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Friday, July 07, 2006
Black Boxes

 Black Box Epiphany

I started out to write an update on Bush's domestic NSA spying program.  So, I sought out to find some appropiate images.  This resulted in my visual epiphany, shown above.

When I first read news that the NSA domestic spying activities were in place well before the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, I had two reactions.  First, I thought how disingenuous Bush is when he says that he ordered the program be put in place to "protect the country."  He's taking credit -- or blame, depending upon your perspective  -- for something he had little to do with.  Second, parts of the ongoing news reports are wrong.

After doing some simple bricklayer-level research on my own, I discovered that not only was the NSA program not a secret, but also that is has been planned for some years and has been practically advertised since the beginning, before Bush took office.  Whether the corporate media is lazy, too stupid to use google, or has some other reason for not reporting on this -- you decide.

The National Security Archive at George Washington University

In March 2005, the GWU archive published the declassified version of the NSA's "Transition 2001" report.  A culmination of studies going back to 1999, the report was finally published by the NSA in December 2000.  Download the PDF file.

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While I know some people will take the time to read the 42-page report, others will not.  Obviously some corporate news reporters have not, to be sure.

To cater to your laziness, I highlighted some of the text in the report on page 31 (page 36 in the PDF file) for you.

It speaks to the policy decision for NSA's need to "live on the network" -- on the internet backbone at AT&T.

Some people will complain that they didn't see this coming -- pointing out that the report was classified in December 2000 and only declassified and published at GWU in March 2005.

That sounds like a reasonable excuse, until you notice that the National Security Administration itself published a press release about the privatization efforts, and even naming the program in the PR.  "Project Groundbreaker" was advertised in June 2000.

As any government agency would, the NSA solicited contracts for Groundbreaker.  In July 2001, the 5-year, $2 billion contract was awarded to CSC, who created the "Eagle Alliance" team.  How secret is Eagle Alliance?  They have their own website to advertise the project.

Eagle Alliance

Eagle Alliance pulls together the best and brightest of the military-industrial complex to get the NSA mission done.  It's not a friggin' secret.  They have regular press releases, they've hired over 1000 former NSA employees, and they are recruiting.

Why did I have a visual epiphany with the images above?  I saw the cars in the parking lot at the vast NSA complex and the vast number of people in Mecca making the Hajj.  I thought how oddly similar they looked.

Then, I thought how odd that both iconic images were black boxes.  If they are stained black from crude oil now, will they both turn red sometime in the future?

That's up to you.

[Headphones] :: Democrusader - JfZ

I don't use Skype just because it saves me money.

NSA-free Skype

Unlike other telecom providers, they are also NSA-free.  I hope.


Thursday, July 06, 2006
Global War Update

 Where is Waldo bin Laden ?
Where is Waldo bin Laden?  Apparently, the Bush government really doesn't care to know, as it disbanded the CIA unit that was focussed on hunting Osama sometime last year.  CIA's "Alec station" was set up in 1996.  When did Dubya decide that "smoking them out of their caves" and catching Osama "dead or alive" was no longer a priority?  After Bush finally got elected in 2004, obviously.

I recently snapped this photo of Ossie with my cell phone.  He just finished getting a nice seaweed and Zionist blood facial treatment at Club Med.  He's always bitching about how desert sand gets into his sensitive pores.  I think he stole their towel.


 The real price of gas

Shifting the focus of the Global War on Terror to one-upping-my-daddy, regime change and nation building in Iraq has caused an estimated 40,000 Iraqi deaths and 20,000+ military casualties, with over 2500 U.S. service members killed.  This makes me wish for the good old days when I was bitching about BushCo's war of choice.

Despite those inconvenient facts, the press waited obediently for Dubya to finish jogging on the South Lawn with an OIF veteran and give them some soundbytes for a feel good story.  Watch the real video here.

U.S. president Bush is most honest when he is not speaking from a prepared speech (the official lies), but instead speaking as best as he can in impromptu comments.  As foreshadowing for the non-ending of his Iraq madness, read the transcript or watch the video and notice that the president concludes his comments by telling the press corps, "We're not through running yet. Get out of the way."

Think about it.

 Free Your Mind

If Osama bin Laden is no longer the boogeyman, who is?  al-Zarqawi has been killed.  Who do we blame for the problems in Bush's Iraq?  First, we can name the next anonymous Arab for al-Zarqawi succession on the most wanted-list, and then we can ramp up the Orwellian fear meter to have us look at ourselves with suspicion and distrust.  The Miami Seven (one is actually in Atlanta now) were not granted bond in federal court today.  The AP reported this at 1:45pm with the headline, "Bond denied for 6 accused of terror plot."

Several hours of editting and additions turned the same story into "Judge denies bond for Sears Tower suspects."  Much scarier.  This is how the corporate media massages your grey matter, thinking, and opinion.  Remember my little thought experiment two years ago?

The funniest bit of bullshit was provided by White House spokesman, Tony Snow, when he commented on the sudden death of Enron's convicted CEO Ken Lay.  He said Ken Lay was just "an acquaintance" when everyone knows that Lay was part of the Bush-Cheney Energy consortium meetings that are still sealed under "executive privilege."  Even when you die, these spineless weasels will deny you to save themselves.

[Headphones] :: Democrusader - JfZ

I don't use Skype just because it saves me money.

NSA-free Skype

Unlike other telecom providers, they are also NSA-free.



Friday, June 30, 2006
Tag Board Archive - May Jun 2006

Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly, I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new tag.  When it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.

The second rule: if the entry was older.  But, the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories.  So, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then, the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.

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Deirdre How ya?
Spacenoodle thanks for the suport with the job thing
Spacenoodle thanks for the suport with the job thing
J f Z Cheney's minions can only hope I don't microwave a burrito in his vacinity.
BAC The Republicans WILL take the executive and legislative branches again! Cheney's GREAT in 08
J f Z melvin: Thanks for the jacket quote on some future book. Jude: Ehugz! Candy Sista: Old enough to drink you under the table. plh: Ehugs back!
plh thoughtful thursday }}}HUGS{{{
Jude If you're referring to JfZ, you couldn't be more wrong, Melvin. Now if it was Bush...
melvin this guy is a fucking fruit cake
Princess Becky you should read the ingredients on the side of a can of "potted meat product"'ll be eqaully grossed out.
Brandon Starr You've already got a named storm headed your way. Seems early in the season...
waterangel09 hullo. I saw you posted at the Main Tagboard so I decided to visit your blog. You have a wonderful blog! I love it. ^^
plh the ingredients on the side of the SPAM can at the store - OHHHH YUCK am i glad i dont eat that stuff - so i made a pic & put on my blog entry
plh i think it was you thyat mentioned Soylent Green the other day on the tagboard - IF it was you it sparked my intrest in something i read online about canned SPAM LOL - so i finally after all these...
J f Z Well, it was the only time I put white paint on my lawn in my life. Come to think of it, I mowed that hill for almost 20 years. Only painted it once.
Jude BTW, I left a comment on your "School Skip Day" entry. Excellent.
Jude I love it, John...coulda been you're id speaking. Howl for me, baby!
J f Z <-- Some other insight into my childhood. The huge sign said, "WOLF." He was some local politician my mom helped get elected.
J f Z I still have the notif email list, per se. I just de-selected using it here and on Dark Skies as a test.
Jude Hey, did you clear your notification list? I'm not getting emails on your new posts...
Jude *laughing* I'm almost afraid to ask what the sign was...or what it said. Almost. Yeah. I wanna know. Lay it on me, big guy...I'm braced.
plh murbles too
Akira3099 murble

colby hi
J f Z <-- Thanks. I'm glad it was helpful. Your composition gallery is very intriguing!
J f Z Jude, I once mowed my front yard into an acre-sized sign and painted it, when I was a kid.
Patricia Your Gallery Tutorial worked beautifully !!! I have put up one gallery this evening - Thanks so much.
Jude ...did I ever tell you about the 26+ ft blanket I made? No lie. I still have a difficult time explaining that one.
Jude Great template! Perfect for a gamer. And yes, I guess building web layouts is a bit like knitting, except I can't watch TV while coding. Well, I could, but...
J f Z <-- Basement Dweller template in my gallery, Jude. The lo-rez jpg is 2-3x larger in KB than the GIF page graphics. Heh.
Jude John, I like the blog template you designed... very 'Fallout' (a favorite of mine).
plh i survied moms day but yet im still living it over & over & over lol and over
Seige < click here
Seige hiya... just wanted to let you know about the Google API modules I've written for blogdrive. Do try it out, I think you'd like them.
Frustrated Writer Hello! Blog hopping
intan nice blog..
mish thanks for droppin by
Inspired Since I came, I thought I'd post ya a little hello there.
JfZ Thanks, loz. I'll be adding more links to my ever-neglected link lists!
plh happy mamas day to yo mama
loz oh geez... I blew the order after all. just wanted to mention that is owned & run by JillnoJack, who you might remember from Song Planet radio?
loz hello there . I popped by from the main tagboard, but have seen you around blogdrive (ie, Lyly's place as one example). I notice you have some radio & 'community' type sites listed here, so ...
loz figured I'd offer a couple other alternatives for you to check out if you want: & (posted last part of full comment first for 'order'). take care!
Mike Nice blog you got here JfZ.
Lucinda Hi
Seige hi ya
chita i luv skiddy^^
chita hi, jfz..nice blog youve got..i like it..keep up the work^^
wailfulrhyme well, i'm bringing my pink cowboy hat. i hope that's good enough.
wailfulrhyme *squishy hugs*
Seige short film contest?
J f Z Thanks, Jude. I had read about Caprica. Sounds promising!
Joanne thanks for dropping by my blog, good day =)
Jude hey JfZ, I sent you a news blurb via contact form re a new BG series under development...might be good.
J f Z Those pesky Edmonton Oilers. When you win the lottery, Mel, please give me an NHL season on TV. I only saw like 1 or 2 games.
melicious I still haven't won the lotto yet but you will know when I do. Did you see our "boys" are out of the playoffs Miss you sweetie!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Pimping the Flag

Is this image of the flag an illegal desecration?
A Senate proposal to amend the U.S. constitution was narrowly defeated by one vote yesterday.  This wasn't about banning gay marriage.  Nope.  This time, Senators lined up to protect Old Glory from being "desecrated" by excluding that act of symbolic speech from first amendment free speech protections.  In order for S.J. 12 to have passed, it would have required 67 votes.  It fell one vote short.  No matter how you feel about this issue, you have to admit that legislation coming up now smacks of election year pandering, more than anything else.  Politicians can get in front of the television cameras, wax jingoistically and patriotically, and use those soundbytes in a few short months in their own political campaign commercials.  If you believe I am being overly cynical, perhaps you should read some of the quotes from Senators included in Dana Milbank's column, "In the Senate, Covering Themselves in Old Glory," in the Washington Post newspaper.  It's very snarkalicious.

I am one of those quirky people who believes that free speech trumps offensiveness of that speech every time.  In other words, some speech may be tasteless or offensive to some people, but you don't outlaw that free speech.  You combat it with more free speech, not less.  Counter protest.

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, agrees with me on this.  He's not the only military veteran, either.  Of course he stated his position far more concisely and eloquently.  In 1999, he wrote:

"The First Amendment exists to insure that freedom of speech and expression applies not just to that with which we agree or disagree, but also that which we find outrageous."

While it may be politically helpful for Senators to stand up and make patriotic pronouncements, I find their pandering and some of their language usage troubling.  Specifically, using the word "desecration" is wrong, or purposefully misleading to stir up other strong emotions among their socially conservative base.

n : blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath" [syn: profanation, blasphemy, sacrilege]

The U.S. flag is not a religious symbol.  And while I sometimes get goose bumps listening to an arena singing the national anthem before a hockey game, feeling the unity of people, it is simply the flag of our nation.  It has changed over the course of time to denote the change of the United States.  If the conservative Republicans want to change the U.S. into a theocracy, they should go find Mullar Omar and sign up for his Taliban team.

[edit]  Sorry.  I get worked up into a rant when I see our politicians acting so pathetically.  If you want a much lighter take on the flag burning issue, do read Dilbert blog by Scott Adams.

[Headphones] :: Democrusader - JfZ

I don't use Skype just because it saves me money.

NSA-free Skype

Unlike other telecom providers, they are also NSA-free.


Monday, June 26, 2006
Homegrown or homemade?

Around the world, the headlines trumpet the reassuring news that the Bush Administration has foiled yet another terrorist plot!  Google it.  From Seattle to Shanghai and from Syracuse to Sydney, scared citizens can breath a sigh of relief that the Sears Tower still stands.  While I might appologize for my overuse of alliteration, I stand stoicly behind my snarkism about this latest headline news in the Democrusader's Global War on Terror.  I'm not dismissing the threat that real terrorists pose to our national security, our neighbors in uniform overseas, or innocent civilians in regions of conflict.  I am pointing out that the hype of threat and law enforcement accomplishment is lacking here.

This Bushco bust of the "Miami Seven," as their media moniker goes, is troubling to me on a number of levels.

First, it reminds me of the politically motivated, pre-election, look busy, machinations of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) giving press conferences about endless unspecified threats.  If we had been listening more carefully to Tom Ridge and John Ashcroft back in those days, we might have realized that their "Terrorist Chatter" was probably passed to them by the NSA listening to your grandmother when she called you to complain that she practically had to get naked in the airport in order to board a plane to visit you for the holidays.

Everyone knows people are starting to complain about this president and his policies.  Now that Karl Rove is no longer in serious jeopardy to spend time in jail, the Decider's Whitehouse team is likely back to its security scares that helped them in the past.  It's just sad and tired.

Second, these seven guys are not in any league close to any homegrown terrorist group from the past or brewing on "the shadowy internet," as FBI Director, Robert Mueller has intimated.  Alberto Gonzales followed with the same unconnected logic and scare tactics in his press briefing -- and as the top law enforcement official for the U.S. government -- his self-aggrandizing statements were parroted all over the planet when he compared them to homegrown terrorists in London, Madrid and Toronto.

''Left unchecked, these homegrown terrorists may prove to be as dangerous as groups like al Qaeda,'' Gonzales said.

WTF? Like your unchecked and corrupt branches of government?  I'd like to see Gonzales' secret dossier on film maker Michael Moore.  That would make for fun poolside reading all friggin' summer long.

Unlike most newspapers out of the area or the 8-second soundbyters on the television, local reporters in the Miami area followed up on this scary terrorist group.  Despite reports of the raid on the warehouse netting "muslims" from "their embassy" and "temple," the group's mastermind, Baptiste, was taken into FBI custody while he was putting up stucco on a Miami residence.

Baptiste ran a small, inner-city remodelling business doing stucco and masonry.  He did have a fairly unique religious belief drawn from combined mainstream religious beliefs, all three Abrahamic traditons.  He was also adherent to a strict discipline of martials arts.  Had he not been so easily stupified and led by an eager undercover FBI agent, he might have made into a good faith-based charity asset for Bushworld in Miami, except he was overtly strange and anti-goverment according to statements by folks in the 'hood.  Seriously, that sounds like half the bricklayers I ever worked with over the years in Detroit, white or black.

What about the rest of the wanna-be terrorists?  They followed Baptiste, plain and simple.  He gave them martial arts training and some hope beyond. Baptiste gave some of them work and income, but also required that they lift their minds out of the ghetto.  No drinking, no smoking, no drugs -- just work, a clean life, and religious study.  Sounds oddly like a compassionate conservative blueprint, to me.

There are now a number of groups in the U.S. that should be put on notice, formal and informal.  The NRA is one.  As vocal advocates of the second amendment -- the right to keep and bear arms -- your members are more armed and political than the Miami Seven.  Better watch what you say amongst yourselves. The Decider may be listening.

Hell.  I better shave my beard.  Now, it's way cooler than that of al-Zawahiri and I don't have a guitar, a Harley, or a funky religion to justify my growth of it, Alberto.  I'm going for the master's beard like in Kill Bill, even if I have make my own sound effects.  Go figure.

[Headphones] :: Too Poor To Die - Louisiana Red

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