Part one of a two-part series covering the years 1818 to 1823, in France.
Archive for February, 2013
Ryan Gallagher - 10 February 2013
Exclusive: Raytheon’s Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups
A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.
A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
SmithsonianMag - February 4, 2013
By the end of his brilliant and tortured life, the Serbian physicist, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla was penniless and living in a small New York City hotel room. He spent days in a park surrounded by the creatures that mattered most to him—pigeons—and his sleepless nights working over mathematical equations and scientific problems in his head. That habit would confound scientists and scholars for decades after he died, in 1943. His inventions were designed and perfected in his imagination.
Tesla believed his mind to be without equal, and he wasn’t above chiding his contemporaries, such as Thomas Edison, who once hired him. “If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack,” Tesla once wrote, “he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. I was a sorry witness of such doing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.”
Kennedy heir’s questions draw attention to TrineDay Publications and books by those who have long questioned the lone gunman theory in the JFK assassination
(PRWEB) February 06, 2013
When the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy announced before a live audience recently that his father did not believe in the lone gunman theory regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, nor respect the Warren Commission report on the subsequent investigation, renewed consumer interest was directed to a small publishing company based in Oregon called Trineday.
Founded by Kris Millegan, the 50-plus book house specializes in well-researched publications that challenge the mainstream press. Chief among Trineday’s best sellers are books by former FBI agents and other witnesses to the JFK events, who insist that the true story about the assassination has yet to be told.
All of the titles conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, or in some cases, challenge whether he was the shooter at all.
The latest of these publications is Trineday’s Bond of Secrecy, wherein the son of CIA Spy and Watergate Conspirator E. Howard Hunt details his father’s deathbed confession about the plot to kill JFK.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The program was designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of law. Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments that used torture, or by the CIA itself in clandestine “black sites” using torture techniques.
Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims, and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit.
More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.
Joël van der Reijden - November 25, 2012
Cold War joint CIA-FBI-Pentagon front with extensive ties to death squads, drug trafficking, pedophile entrapment networks and other criminal covert operations.
Mail.com - 2013 02 06 (Red Ice)
ROME (AP) — Matthew Festing — aka His Most Eminent Highness The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta — bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance palazzo sweaty and somewhat disheveled, and asks an aide if he should take off his sweater to be photographed.
Garrulous and self-effacing, Festing embodies some of the paradoxes of a fabled Catholic religious order that dates from the medieval Crusades: Steeped in European nobility and mystique, the order’s mission is humility and charity — running hospitals, ambulance services and old folks’ homes around the globe. It has many trappings of a country, printing its own stamps, coins, license plates and passports, and yet — a stateless state — it rules over no territory.
Daniel Hopsicker - December 21, 2012
When Rudi Dekkers, the man who ran the flight school where terrorists who crashed airliners into the Twin Towers learned to fly was arrested for drug trafficking in Houston last week, one of the first congratulatory calls I received, after covering his continuing criminal activity for the past ten years, was from his son.
That’s right…his son.
By almost any measure, the 9/11 attack was the most spectacular event in recorded history, witnessed worldwide—live—by many hundreds of millions (some say billions) of people. For dramatic impact, nothing else comes even close.
That’s why it was so strange that the American institution which played a crucial role in the story—Huffman Aviation in the tiny retirement community of Venice, on Florida’s sleepy Gulf Coast—was completely ignored as a subject for investigative journalism by the mainstream media.
Gavin Jacobson reviews Peter McPhee’s Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life
Like his spiritual hero, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Robespierre retained an enduring affection for dogs. He delighted in their companionship, and after long days spent toiling in the National Convention, was often seen walking his beloved hound, Brount, through the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Such a detail might seem immaterial to other biographers, but it represents the kind of factual embellishment that captures the tone of Peter McPhee’s new and highly accomplished study of the person who came to be known as the Incorruptible. McPhee, a specialist on revolutionary France, guides us assuredly from Robespierre’s upbringing in Arras, a provincial town in northeast France, through the stormy crucible of the Revolution, which saw him reach the apex of power, to his painful execution in 1794.
In tracing this narrative arc, McPhee’s primary endeavour, in which he succeeds admirably, is to humanise a figure commonly depicted as a murderous tyrant, presiding over the bloody maelstrom that swept across France between September 1793 and July 1794. Such a view has traditionally seen Robespierre take on a role analogous to the Roman deity Saturn, ravenously devouring the children of the Revolution, severing the heads of ‘fripons’ whose counter-revolutionary instincts threatened France’s inexorable march toward republican rhapsody. He was the blood-spattered forefather to the despotic progenies of the 20th century, and, according to Lord Action, ‘the most hateful character in the forefront of history since Machiavelli’.(1) McPhee rescues Robespierre from such venom, stripping away the layers of myth and prejudice that have set over the years to show us a somewhat tragic figure, more slave than master to the events of his time.
Jay’s Analysis - January 9, 2013
For a long time I’ve held back on my actual thoughts on things, but nowadays I could care less. The actual operation of the entire society has become so absurd, backward, and irrational that it is now comical. For those aware, it is quite evident there is a long term plan to re-engineer and reorganize the western world in particular. The modern world is under the delusion that it has been freed from the prison of “superstition” and “dogma”: Altar and throne have been overthrown and now the “New Man” can arise from the ash heap of millennia of “dark ages” and oppression. Modernity has given us medicine and personal computers, right? Indeed, so onwards towards the great utopia! But is this so? Why do the day-to-day lives of those of use in modernity seem like everything but the great utopia? The previous millennia has seen a multitude of millenialist demagogues hellbent on establishing the “Great Society,” yet the he awakening public is becoming aware of the sense that modern utopia is really another form of enslavement, as even Zbigniew Brzezinski has noted on multiple occasions.
Michael Barker - January 14, 2013
Founded in 1946, the Soil Association is at the forefront of a global movement to promote organic farming. According to their Web site, the Association was formed “by a group of far-sighted individuals who were concerned about the health implications of increasingly intensive agricultural systems.” However, as one might expect, nowhere does the Soil Association’s Web site mention their longstanding connections to the occult community. Indeed, one would hardly guess from their promotional spiel that the description of their founders as being “far-sighted” might equally be interpreted as referring to their ability to communicate with the spiritual realm. This mystical element of the Soil Association’s history has consequently been largely overlooked, which is why Erin Gill’s recently published doctoral thesis, Lady Eve Balfour and the British Organic Food and Farming Movement, is so valuable, especially given the study’s focus on the life of Lady Eve Balfour OBE (1898-1990) — an individual who acted as “a principal force in the creation of the Soil Association in 1946, which she [then] led for more than two decades.” By undertaking the first serious evaluation of the spiritual interests of Eve and her colleagues, Gill comes to the intriguing “conclusion that the early Soil Association should be viewed as a religiously-infused or quasi-religious body and that Eve Balfour’s and other Soil Association members’ New Age beliefs influenced and, indeed, dominated the organisation’s management for many years.”
Michael Barker - January 28, 2013
Lady Eve Balfour’s interest in “muck and mystery” would continue to play “a highly significant and, at times, possibly a dominant role” in her life, and when she wrote the introduction to the New Age book Co-operation Between Workers on Different Planes of Consciousness (Stockwell, 1954), authored by Veronica, “she referred to ‘the life-giving force of all creation — Divine Love’.” As Gill writes: “More than once, Eve distinguished between materialists and non-materialists, asserting that the Soil Association was made of non-materialists and that the number of people who recognised the limitations of a materialist conception of life was growing.” Eve’s personal papers and correspondence likewise attest to the significance of her anti-materialist convictions, and “provide a large amount of documentary evidence indicating that she had a great and wide-ranging interest in unconventional forms of healing, including spiritual and occult methods.”
WashingtonsBlog - February 1, 2013
Dentists Haven’t Read the Studies
Preface: This post doesn’t discuss any conspiracy theories. It simply presents a scientific review of the studies by mainstream sources on fluoride.
Why do dentists push fluoride, even though an overwhelming number of scientific studies conclude that cavity levels are falling worldwide … even in countries which don’t fluoridate water?