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U.S. Drones Killed 2,800 Civilians in Pakistan in 7 Years Apr. 29th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm
Reposting an article from Disinfo.com. I do not normally do this but I noticed that the link was not only broken but led to the wrong address. I am putting up the body of the text from the Disinfo.com story here and a working link for anyone who is interested in this topic.

A Pakistani human rights lawyer says over 2,800 of the 3,000 people killed over the past seven years in non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone strikes in Pakistan were civilians, Press TV reports.

Shahzad Akbar, the director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, told Press TV on Saturday that only 170 of the people killed in the aerial attacks on the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan have been identified as militants.

That means that “over 2,800 people were civilians, whose identities are not known, and they have just been killed on suspicion of being militants,” he added.

US President Barack Obama publicly confirmed for the first time in late January that drone aircraft have struck targets inside Pakistan. Obama said “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA”, the acronym for Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Pakistan contends that the drone strikes are counterproductive. “We are of the firm view that these are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable,” Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said on January 31.

The link to the PressTV story that spurred Disinfo.com story

PressTV:  US drone raid kills three in NW Pakistan

Cross posted to: so_very_doomed

Make your own motor-bicycle Apr. 29th, 2012 @ 02:58 pm

As consumers of a capitalist society many of us placed a lot of trust in the corporate and political top echelons to steer our civilisation on a steady course. But since the world wide crash there is some are dissatisfaction with the management.

Such is the lack of confidence with our lords and masters ability to handle matters that with the looming presence of peak oil production many people looking for alternative ways to survive any shortfall in their qaulity of life. And some like Mr Jim Gallant are trying to reinvent the last 100 years of petroleum driven vehicular transport.

Hackaday: Home brew motorized bicycle is a super grocery getter

For any of you interested in following in Mr Gallant's footsteps Hackaday is a very good site full of tutorials on how to do all the tasks that one would need to build a motorised bicycle and has many articles, with videos, on this particular topic.

I am feeling a strong attraction to Jacqueline Traide Apr. 27th, 2012 @ 04:40 pm
Most of my vanilla friends would be appalled. Anyone in the community would consider it very poor taste to express such an interest when the dear girl is obviously suffering to make an ethical point. But ...I can not get the girl out of my mind.

Herald Sun: Animal rights protester agrees to be tortured

I realise that a couple of hours of my most earnest attention in a modest salon cannot compare to the humiliation and pain of public torture ...and by medical professionals. So even if she were the type to appreciate my attentions she has all the pain and humiliation she could possible want and, it appears, will be celebrated for it. What is a chap to offer a girl who has everything? Ce la vie.

Hannah Montana is a Masochist? Apr. 5th, 2012 @ 07:53 pm
I hear Miley Cyrus, the star of Hannah Montana, may be an aficionado of self-harm.

The Christian Post: Miley Cyrus Wrist Cuts Ignite Self Mutilation Fears

It makes me so sad when I hear of young girls like this abusing themselves to feel pain. Especially when there are a plethora of ethical sadists who would be only too willing to help them realise a sense of self worth. Perhaps I might write her a letter offering my services?

A confidence game: KONY2012 Mar. 17th, 2012 @ 08:00 am
I am not a futurist but I really had thought we had come to point where the industrial-military complex was united in it's aims for exploitation of the world and it's resources. But It seems the industrial-military complex is undergoing a scism. I am sure we've all seen signs of it before but I don't think it has ever been so evident before in recent history. I am talking East vs West.

Aljazeera: Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012

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Other entries
» Once the Genie is out of the bottle...

The problem with disseminating technology is you get what you put into developing technology. If corporations were to back and develop technology that would help us explore and develop the solar system then we would undoubtedly be buying bottled water fresh from the Asteroid belt and taking our holidays on Mars. If the corporations were to back and develop technology that would help us eradicate pollution, develop safe energy then others would take up those developments and turn the Earth into a veritable garden. If, however, corporations back and develop military technology that is what we get....

Wired: Don’t Freak Out, But Iran Is Helping Venezuela Build Drones

It is not likely that you can develop a military technology, use it against the people you would least want to get hold of it and they will never how to develop it themselves. 

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» The New 'Invisible Colleges'.

Coming across this story where Georgia's State Senate has litigated to bar any student that cannot prove themselves to be a US citizen I had some sympathy for children of emigre families in the US. But what caught my interest was the mention of the Freedom University. The Freedom University is an underground educational establishment that exist to teach and coach undocumented immigrant children through a university education. University professors are volunteering to teach at and run this 'invisible college'.

Democracy Now:
Freedom University: Undocumented College Students in Georgia Forced to Attend Underground School

Sounds sort of twee, does it not?
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» Places not to take a vacation #12...

I have just read Hospitals and Doctors in Homs, Syria, are transferring any gunshot victims to the military Hospitals where they are torturing injured patients. Do not click on the link if you are easily disturbed. This is very nasty...

Channel 4 News: Exclusive: Syrian Docters 'torturing' patients

Cross posted to: so_very_doomed

» Megaupload Prosecution: Can of Worms

Should self-storage companies be held accountable for illegal property their clients store in self-storage facilities?

Should self-storage companies intrude on their clients' privacy by inspecting the property their clients store in self-storage facilities?

I would have said no to both questions. But the America and New Zealand Governments seem to think differently.

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» Doom by Nanny State
The Guardian: The US schools with their own police
'More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour?'...

Another bright idea from moronic control freaks who project their own insecurities. By whom I mean people who feel their lives lack control so overcompensate by interfering with other peoples' lives. Of course people who civil rights are barely recognised, like children, are an obvious target for such ninnies. Agencies who deal with any unrepresented demographic attracts such control freaks and will, like the scum, rise to the top unless opposed. So we end up with this sorry state.

It has come to be established wisdom that the more complex the structure of a society becomes the more effort it needs to spend on protecting that structure. Especially from any chaotic and possibly damaging influence and children's behaviour is definitely chaotic. This also applies to any unrepresented demographic, deemed to be by their nature, to be chaotic and undermining society. Illegal immigrants are a case in point. They are rarely involved in any decision making process in their status. Naturally this also neatly fits in with the thinking of the militaryindustrial complex who are keen to get people used to police monitoring of their lives as early as possible.

If we are not keen to have our lives run by those who have very little interest in our well being we are going to have to change the way we think about sharing our society with children and other chaotic demographics. The fact that we are always having to 'deal' with children would indicate that since we have not found a solution for the problem that we should change our thinking towards it. Or, at the very least, restrict anal control freaks from having any serious input on such matters. If children do not behave as we wish then perhaps we should look to how they are raised? While schools should be responsible for children in their care parents and guardians also have responsibility to raise children in such a way they do not represent a danger to others or themselves. If those parents and guardians can not carry out that responsibility then they are the ones in need of a state education so that they may be equipped to shoulder their responsibilities. Indeed everyone who believes in controlling children and any 'chaotic' demographic should also receive the benefits of such an education.

Cross posted to so_very_doomed

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