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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion
Wed Dec 15th 2010, 04:24 PM
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Please see #1 and tell me how "Vote for Obama or else" is not a threat used to intimidate and coerce, esp for political purposes.

Many of us Progressives would like reasons to vote for Obama that are not terroristic threats of what will happen (war, depression, Palin) if we don't shut up, support, and vote for Obama in 2012. We bought in and fell in love with the ideas of Hope and Change, but have received little reason to support, donate, and vote for it again in 2012. No, I don't want a pony that shits rainbows, but I would be happy with the appearance of trying to deliver something for the Progressive Base. End a war, either war. Hell, don't escalate a war or expand the theatre. Give us healthcare or access to insurance worth a damn. Stop torturing people. Stop giving everything to republicans without a fight. End DADT and DOMA or lean heavily on the Congress to repeal it. Prosecute BP, don't have them over for dinner. Prosecute Bush/Cheney, or threaten to do so and apply their payoffs (see Nigeria) towards the something for those who are out of work. Fuck the CEO's, meet with unemployed people and give them some Hope that times will Change.

All we are asking for is the appearance that your on our side. Maybe then we'll think about voting for Obamain 2012, but threaten us and I, for one, will stay home.
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jul 19th 2010, 06:41 AM /

First, today I am thankfully so far from the industry's web, but for several years I was smack dab in the middle of it. Former intel and company men began grooming me while still in college.... To flash forward, its a couple years after 9/11 and I quit while holding several security clearances, being right in the middle of this con, and making good money after coming to several conclusions. Some listed below.

Secondly, I have only spent the last hour or so devouring the piece, and while I've seen things I knew were true, I've read things that I suspected and others I had no idea of. I've also seen things they've missed.

If this project interests you, allow me to suggest a book by Tim Shorrock, Spies For Hire. I read his book one day at a Barnes and Noble and contacted him to add to his piece. He had, as I assume do the Post, more info, but cannot produce it because of classified status and people still working under it's protection.

What this piece is missing, or I've yet to find is that 9/11 didn't trigger a growth of such intel as much as it allowed intel outfits to go private and submit a bill to the government. Just as how 9/11 didn't illustrate the need for the Patriot Act, but provided the excuse for it's implementation, as pieces had been written long before the first plane hit a building. 9/11 shut up the detractors to such power grabs as did the targets of the anthrax attacks target those who would speak or vote against it. The billions or trillions earned from this growth of intel were the ends and the events leading up to the Patriot Act provided the means to these said ends. Look at those who have made the most since then. An example is James A Baker III. Go look at his connections to this new world of private intel money and lay that along with his former life in the government, very cozy and convenient indeed.

None of this is about intel, security, or freedom. It's about money. The Cold War was over. The Soviets took their ball and went home to crumble under the weight of failed economic policies and imperial expansion that left them in a similar place as we find ourselves today. The same people who made trillions during the Cold War wanted more money, so they started a Terror War and it's played out nicely for them.

Oh wait, you thought this was about a guy in a cave or some men with boxcutters....

I'm out in the Gulf, working off of my iPhone, but I will have a lot more on this project in the coming weeks.
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Mar 19th 2010, 01:24 PM
The HCR was an in your face to those who were asking for Medicare For All or a viable Public Option.

He's getting HIS HCR passed, without Progressive support.

He doesnt want us around.

Sure, he didnt complain when we donated to his campaign.
He didnt complain when we were knocking on doors or phone banking for him.
He didnt complain when he got elected from the fruits of our hard work.

But he and Rahm did start complaining when WE raised objections to:
his continuation of the Patriot Act,
his surge in another war, his continuation of another, and the apparent beginning of yet another,
his continuation of DADT
his failure to repeal DOMA
his taxing of Union benefits
and on and on and on

Now that we know our place in the Obama Administration, under the bus with the rest of the fucking retards, we will be sure to respond accordingly. In the lead up to November 2010 and 2012, please do not expect:
Union Support
Progressive Support
Grassroots Movement
GLBT Support

We will keep our money, time, and effort to ourselves. Good luck in November
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 24th 2010, 02:28 PM
Breaking: New Spam Filter on Congressional Inbox Cripples Progressive Movement.

(Washington DC: Feb 24, 2010)

Dealt a huge blow today from the makers of the new Fukitol Spam Filter, Progressive message boards and MoveOn were forced to close their "virtual" doors after the new spamfilter was installed on the email servers of Congress and the White House.

When reached for comment, Senator Harry Reid's office responded by saying "Are those the ads about the penis pills? We delete all of those anyway." Speaker of the House Pelosi's office responded by saying that the..." Speaker is excited to be getting her computer installed as soon as they find an internets." Email solicitations for response to the White House came back as a "flagged by user", so we assume that they have installed the new software already.

When the offices of MoveOn dot org were called, the operator said that his feet were too tingly from having just stood up and walked across the room for him to think about a comment at this time.

Mock me, but how do you know that any of the messages even get through.

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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 24th 2010, 12:41 PM

(from )
I know, how very SLACKER of me

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism) is a portmanteau formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. The acts also tend to require little personal effort from the slacktivist.

Examples of activities labeled as "slacktivist" include signing internet petitions, the wearing of wristbands ("awareness bracelets") with political messages, putting a ribbon magnet on a vehicle, joining a Facebook group, posting issue-oriented YouTube videos, altering one's personal data or avatar on social network services, or taking part in short-term boycotts such as Buy Nothing Day or Earth Hour.

How many petitions to end the war have you signed? How's that going for ya?

Did you sign Dennis Kucinich's petition to Impeach Bush? How'd that end for us?

There is even a website / with 622 PAGES of petitions to Congress for you to sign on to. Included on the first page of the website are such gems as "Tell Congress to protect the Pledge of Allegiance",

Tell Congress to support Judges who respect the Constitution.
Senate Resolution to Honor the Monuments Men
Revoke Peta's Tax-exempt Status
U.S. citizens for stopping illegal immigration
Tell Congress To Support The Safe Climate Act
Tell Congress To Support The Fuel Economy Reform Act
Amend or End HR 811
" Mr. President, U. S. Senators & U. S. Representatives, Show Us You Stand For Liberty, For Democracy And For Human Rights In Ethiopia!!! "
Tell The Senate To Support The Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act
Introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, this is an important first step in reducing carbon emissions in the US
Tell The Senate To Support Strong Renewable Electricity Standard
End Chinese Communist Party Torture And Murder Of Falun Gong Practitioners

This does not and will not accomplish anything except make the petition signer FEEL like they DID something without even having to leave the comfort of your computer.

So I guess the real question is do you feel better?

And, no, I'm not going to organize a movement, or have you sign a petition to do something, I am going to try to get myself and my family ready for the day, coming soon, when we'll wish we had paid attention to our grandparent's stories about how they survived during the Great Depression. I'm reading The Urban Homesteader, trying to save for a few acres out in the country, building a chicken coup, and practicing growing a few crops.

Flame on
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Aug 02nd 2008, 12:05 PM

His neighbors say that they knew that he was under surveillance because they parked the SV's (surveillance vehicles) in front of their houses on numerous occasions.

His was a classic "suicide op" in which the subject is surveilled OVERTLY. He is harassed until it drives him crazy. He is threatened with jail and prosecution like the Sword of Damacles was hanging over his head. He is "reminded" that if he goes to jail (and/or is executed) that his family will not receive any of his pension, insurance, retirement..... While his suicide probably voided any private insurance, his family will still not get benefits from the government.

Agents had reached his therapist and were getting the evidence to discredit his name and any defense that he might wage against the charges he was being threatened with. He was also being prepped for discreditation in the event that he turned "whistle blower".

His "suicide" was an excellent Operation by those who either were responsible for the original anthrax or who wanted to make the story go away by putting the blame on him.


If Bruce Ivins was the main suspect, why hadn’t we heard anything about the Anthrax case in nearly seven years?
Why was Steven Hatfield able to successfully sue the US Government for harassment and violation of his civil liberties just a couple of months ago?
Did the government lean on Ivins just as they leaned on Hatfield, but Hatfield was able to get out from under the pressure by putting the pressure back on the government?

fwiw, I used to work in the "discrediting" field many years ago and have seen this done a few times, and this appears to have followed the SOP (standard operating procedure).

No autopsy huh, oh well I guess the case is closed and ready to be sent down the memory hole.
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Mar 18th 2008, 05:54 PM
by means of the club, the whip, the power of fear.

Ed Abbey said this and I believe that this shows the key difference between our two candidates. Do we want a leader to tries to lead by example or a ruler who uses the whip and the power of fear? A moving speech on the audacity of hope and the power of change and inspiration or another 4 years of "3AM phone call" ads? Hasnt bush already ruled us through fear?

Do we want to be led out of a very dark time of wars, pending economic disaster, and global climate change or do we want to be ruled by more fear of more wars, further economic calamity, and greater global disaster?

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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jan 22nd 2008, 09:11 AM
If we cannot afford to pay our credit card bill, the credit industry suffers.
If we cannot afford to pay our mortgage, the housing industry suffers.
If we cannot afford to buy a new car, the auto industry suffers.
If we cannot afford to pay our cable bill, the telecom industry suffers.
If we cannot afford to take a trip, the transportation industry suffers.

When the MIDDLE CLASS suffers, the world's markets suffer. When we lose our jobs, we stop paying our bills and also stop fueling the world's economy.
So, why do we want to give huge tax breaks to corporations and the rich?

Do they pay our credit card bills?
Do they pay our mortgages?
Do they buy new cars?
Do they pay the cable bills?
Do they go to Disney World

All of the trouble in the world markets, along with the fact that the current Presidential campaign has been going since the day after GWB was sworn in for a second term, tells me that NEO_CONSERVATISM_DOESNT_WORK!!! (ie Voodoo Economics and Trickle Down...)
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 14th 2007, 09:59 PM
Today we heard the beginnings of some whispers that some locally stationed troops have been recently killed. There is no word on who, where, or how many because the word takes a few days to reach the news and the parents. Members of the 3rd Infantry Mechanized have been shipping out of here on a regular basis and the latest buzz is that the tours might be extended beyond the 15 month mark to possibly 18 sometime after Christmas.

Every day that we wait, that we talk, that we sit, another troop dies and another family is crushed. More than 3400 families have been crushed because of our illegitmate regime to date.

I have been reading Thoreau's On The Duty of Civil Disobedience again and it's gonna get me in trouble. When I sit here and allow the government to do whatever it does, I am silently giving my approval for this war and everything that they do. I am finding it harder and harder to sit here day after day and watch what this government does and continue to support it with my taxes that buy the bullets and the bombs that kill and with my silence that gives it time to kill and conduct an immoral occupation. I shake in anger and in tears and I am coming closer and closer to acting on my fantasies of withdrawing my support for this country by either taking myself out of this country or doing something more severe that would surely get my face on CNN. I am not threatening violence, far from it. I can accomplish no goal through violence. I do see however how the monks who set themself on fire are able to remain perfectly still as they committ the ultimate protest.
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Posted by NightWatcher in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Apr 30th 2007, 04:01 PM
During the blizzard in New York State this past winter, people said "global warming HA, I wish" Will these same numb nuts admit that global warming (global climate change, as I prefer) is happening now that it is officially as hot as hell down here. In South Georgia, many places hit 90 today. Due to a nasty drought, we also have a huge forest fire that has destroyed 82K acres and growing. We have not had "measurable rain" in I can't remember how long. We also are not supposed to be watering our house except on certain days for even numbered houses and the others house numbers on the other days. The drainage pond near my place is the lowest that I can remember as well.

Also, what should I do to the people who run their sprinklers for hours on end to water their sad lawns? My dad just planted a bunch of stuff and commented that he needs to run his sprinklers for the next few days. When it comes to water rationing, no one here pays attention. Either that or they choose to ignore the laws that are meant "for everybody else but me". And yes, my car is dirty because I cannot/will not wash it while water remains in such tight supply and high demand.

Call Australia and ask them how their water supply is doing.

We need to shift away from green grass lawns and begin to focus on vegetation (or decoration) that thrives in little/no water. If my front yard bushes die, I will replace them with sand and a rock garden.
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