Tuesday, March 31, 2009

London's CCTV ruled illegal

Actually, the important part of the article is here:
The security operation at this week's G20 summit was thrown into chaos last night when it emerged that the entire network of central London's wireless CCTV cameras will have to be turned off because of a legal ruling.
I don't think all of the security operation was thrown for a loop. The CCTV network was turned off for the 7.07.2007 terrorism exercise in London as well.

Meanwhile, Chicago should take heed of that ruling (most monitored city in the United States).

The Globe & Mail, among other outlets, reports that London is battering down the hatches in fears of violent protests.

Are we getting set up for something?

Ed. note: The answer is YES.

Ha, and double ha!

I was gently chastised last week for missing the forest on my outrage at AIG bonuses last week.

And now it turns out that there's more, much much more to those bonuses.

And now a gentle reminder: I am perfectly capable of maintaining outrage at several entities simultaneously and over long periods of time. Which is I why I maintain my Arch Enemies List (and you're still on it, DuPage County).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From the "Can't Make This Stuff Up" files

OTARU, Japan, March 25 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hirohide Yamaguchi said on Wednesday he would not completely rule out the possibility of cutting interest rates further from an already low 0.1 percent.
That's right: Dep. Governor Yamaguchi sees room to maneuver on lowering the interest rate FROM 0.1.

Well, if they make microscopic transistor radios, why not do the same with interest rates?

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Hits the Trail

So glad Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) picked DETROIT as part of his 5-week tour promoting amnesty for illegal aliens.

Nothing people like hearing more while dealing with crushing unemployment is a Congressman pitching a renewed effort to add illegals to the workforce.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

AIG contracts (aka bonuses) untouchable. Labor contracts - break 'em!

So I tossed onto a social networking site a link on the City of Vallejo getting a court to break their union contracts. And noted that it's pretty damn easy to break labor contracts, but not so much for retention bonuses at AIG.

And this asswipe wrote this:
Brian Potter at 12:51pm March 18These bonuses were in the stimulus bill.........OBAMA has known about this for a LONG TIME........BUT in case he did not.......he should have READ THE STIMULUS BILL.......it was in there!!!!!!! Dont let the smoke screen fog what they are doing.......

Brian Potter is very fond of the upper case and ellipses. This causes me to doubt his powers of rational thought. And yes, his sexuality.

Somebody is pretty unclear on what "they" are doing, and it's not me.

Time to renew my IWW membership.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sanity Strikes In Some Of The Strangest Places

3/17/09 11:53am CT Update:
Situation Back To Normal - Pope States Condoms Won't Solve 'AIDS'

From the article:
[Pope] Benedict said that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS.

Ed. note: We have the cardinals out there every day, making sure prostitutes are safe from condoms.

Vatican prelate defends abortion for 9-year-old

From the article:
An influential prelate* said Brazilian doctors didn't deserve excommunication for aborting the twin fetuses of a 9-year-old child who was allegedly raped by her stepfather because the doctors were saving her life.

*That influential prelate is Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Red-light cameras to the rescue

The Sun-Times reports today that the Chicago City Council heard a proposal to expand the reach of the red light cameras to search for uninsured motorists and issue tickets (carries a $500 fine).

And all under the guise of "wiping out the city's projected deficit for 2009."

Which means of course those red-light cameras are on all the time (and not "tripped" when a motorist crashes a red-light) and scanning license plates.

Some interesting tidbits from the article:
That’s already happening daily in 13 states, but not here.
Ed. note: Great.
Illinois’ mandatory insurance law carries a $500 fine. If Chicago levied a $300 fine and used its home-rule power to keep the money, the annual take would top $100 million. A $500 city fine would generate $357 million.
Ed. note: Can you see the looming battle between Chicago and Springfield, with taxpayers/drivers in the role of MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE? Our money will be taken, we just don't know which grasping whore will keep it.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours

Except in Australia. A small round up of this weekend's news.

Automatic Earth has an unpleasant post today on food prices. Specifically, the horrendous timing on food prices & nutrition (prices going up, nutrition going down).

In a nutshell, the farmers' problems last year are going to hit us this year. Ammonia (key ingredient in fertilizer) has skyrocketed, so farmers cut back on fertilizer. This means land has to lay fallow more, the crop that is grown has fewer nutrients (ironically triggering the need for us to eat MORE to get the same levels).

Ed. note: There were food riots last year, but restricted to poor countries. There will be no such restriction this year.

Sy Hersh shares some more hard truths with the American public.
At a University of Minnesota event:
"new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”
Ed. note: Emphasis mine.

Catherine Austin Fitts/Solari rebuts Greenspan's lame defense "The Fed Did Not Cause The Housing Bubble."
Like Sy Hersh, she shares some hard truths such as:
One of the dirty little secrets behind the housing bubble is the long standing partnership of narcotics trafficking and mortgage fraud and the use of the two in combination to target and destroy minority and poor communities with highly profitable economic warfare. This model is global. It is operating in counties throughout the world as well as in US communities.
Ed. note: By the way, that long standing partnership is with the U.S. Government. Don't believe me? Read Gary Webb's expose on CIA drug trafficking in South Central Los Angeles. Oh yeah - and make sure you read how he supposedly killed himself.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Another day in Bizarro World

[Forbes] GM Steering Delphi Out of Chapter 11

Get it? Delphi, who makes steering parts, is getting led out of bankruptcy by GM.

Will GM extend the same helping hand to bankrupt GM drivers?

In a separate comment, did Forbes accept some kind of dare to cram as much sh*t as possible onto their web site? They barely got the article in there.