Surveillance State Patsies Being Liquidated

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First — this:

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Reuters — Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:54pm EDT — Boston bomb suspect in custody: CNN [CNN via Reuters?]
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/17/us-usa-explosions-boston-arrest-idUSBRE93G0WD20130417

(Reuters) – Authorities have arrested a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings based on security video that showed a man depositing a bag at the bomb scene before the blasts, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. and Boston law enforcement sources.
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Then — Reuters decides to venture out on its own, and finds out that the arrested alleged perpetrator is now conveniently dead:

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Reuters — Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:51am EDT — Suspect in Boston Marathon bombing died of gunshot and possible [possible?] blast wounds, doctor says
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-usa-explosion-boston-doctor-idUSBRE93I0C820130419

The man arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest, the doctor from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston told reporters.
“There were signs of more than just gunshot wounds,” said the doctor, who did not give his name.
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These apparently motiveless young former students were probably set up as patsies in order to “justify” a new total surveillance state. A mass observation culture, where an eleet ruling patrician observer class oversees the submissive subordinate observee class. The wealthy info-eleet will be entertained by the spectacle of our misery. The relationship will be non-reciprocal with no info-equity at all. All information about the wealthy info-eleet will be classified Top Secret, so the info-pleb observees will never be allowed to know what the eleet are doing and enjoying.

A brave, and naked, new world. Big brother “loves” you!

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What Is “Information?”

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Physicists have a lot to say about what they perceive as “information.” They use mathematics that is even peculiar to them to describe it. (They are still, apparently, messing around with Claude Shannon’s bits, logarithms, uncertainty of communication, etc.) But really, what is it? Years ago, I came up with a “dimensional” way of answering the question. It was not elegant; and it went (almost) nowhere. The mathematical “real numbers” can be conceived as being “one dimensional.” That is, they describe quantities such as “how long,” “how heavy,” “how hot,” etc.

The most basic mathematical “functions” are two-dimensional — they are curves on a (flat) plane. The theory gets a bit messy here, since sketches made with soft chalk on flat canvases could just as well be called “functions.”

So real numbers are one-dimensional. “Basic” functions are two dimensional. Boolean values would be “in” or “out,” “yes” or “no,” or “true” or “false,” etc. Clearly they are zero-dimensional. They are not entities that have the quality of being “more” or “less,” They either “are” or they “are not.” This all makes clear sense, yet it goes nowhere by itself.

I used to work for the State of Connecticut, in the U.S.A. as a surveyor’s assistant, planning long highways. They were very long, and so we would have to take “earth curvature” into account. In ancient times, for ships sailing on the vast oceans, this was done with something called spherical trigonometry. Distances on our spherical earth were measured in degrees of arc, rather than in, say, meters. A spherical triangle is formed by the shortest distance (on a globe) of three points. Etc. If we ignored this earth curvature, roads from New York State would simply not quite meet up with roads from the State of Connecticut. That would be a very bad thing!

Now this is all absurd from the point of view of the ordinary land surveyor. He or she would do a “cadastral” (line-by-line) survey, which is concerned with pieced-together bits of evidence, such as stone walls, iron pipes driven into the ground, and sometimes, fences. It was all performed using precision instruments. But there was no thought at all given to “earth curvature!” It was taken for granted that the earth was basically flat, and it would be ridiculous take into account tiny distortions caused by earth curvature. I worked at jobs doing both types of surveying. But these ways of thinking, though perfectly logical, were completely incompatible! This means that, for human beings, two-dimensional information is fundamentally incompatible with three-dimensional information. Basically, three dimensional information cannot be faithfully represented in terms of two dimensional information. Yet, it is usually necessary to think of geography in terms of two dimensional information. The physical universe manages to operate with no difficulties arising from the discrepancies between a “flat world” and a “round world.” It is “monological”. Everything fits together, and there is no possibility of any contradiction between chemistry, physics, mathematics, logic, and so on. The universe “talks to itself only.” But nonetheless, operating on a small scale, human beings (and most everything else) would waste vast amounts of energy by trying to take notice of earth curvature. Is this perhaps a line of demarcation between the human and the rest of the universe? A human being has a brain that can negotiate discrepancies between incompatible systems of logic. The essence of sentience is that it has the ability to negotiate between inconsistent systems. Between the two dimensional and the three dimensional, for example.

There exist other incompatible systems in the world that must be reconciled. Human speech is not an “monological” process. That is, it is not at all like mathematics or physics. In monological systems, everything locks together into a totally coherent process. This has engendered a fallacy that has persisted for 2,500 years. Human speech is a “dialogical” (mediated) system, much like an advanced biological system. It is a system comprised of subsystems that are in fact somewhat incompatible, and which thus require the services of a computational apparatus (the human mind) to mediate their mutual interference.

Now, consider the biology of your physical being, for example: Your brain requires glucose constantly; it demands 25% of the ATP energy of your cells. But that glucose is rather toxic to most every other organ in your body. So the size of your brain is not so important as the size of your liver. Humans have huge livers to keep their blood free of neurologically disruptive chemicals, and they work with the pancreas to balance the insulin that keeps the brain running without the glucose in the bloodstream poisoning every other organ. This is not an monological system that runs automatically. This “dialogical” system is fundamentally unstable, and requires the mediation of many mutually interfering subsystems by a DNA/protein computer, which must run constantly to maintain a tenuous dialog.

The brain is another computational system whose main function is the mediation of mutually interfering subsystems. One of them is language. So, language is not amenable to ordinal proofs and corollaries. It can only be understood in terms of typology and “comprehensive closure” (an approximate, yet detailed and reasonably accurate “fitting of things together”). We can observe its organs and their interactions, but we will never arrive at proofs and corollaries.

The science of computing is merely at the threshold of becoming able to manage incompatible dialogical systems. For example, if a computer program is tasked with dividing three by zero, the machine could just “crash,” or it could “throw an exception,” which might be “handled” by some special sub-program. This sort of solution is often seen as awkward. In fact it is the first step toward the evolution of dialogical (sentient) systems.

Mutually inconsistent systems can sometimes co-operate via the implementation of stochastic methods. Decisions can be made by lackadaisical coin-tossing, but that will not usually give adequate results.

What we think of as “information” is really always the product of dialogical mediated systems, that are alive, or intelligent, or (sometimes) merely computational.

And the entire human enterprise of “science” has always been a never-ending attempt to represent information in the zero-dimensional form, manifested as written and spoken words.

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The Real Truth Of The Cyprus “Haircut”

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They say that Cyprus initially got in trouble by foolishly lending money to bankster-infested Greece. The thing about Cyprus is that it’s main “industry” is the off-shore tax shelter racket “business.” They “shelter” many tens of $billions of Russian mafia loot. But also many tens of $billions of Russian Government funds! (Just don’t ask.) And when Greece went belly-up, both the Russian mafia and the Russian Government stood to be looted — Unless somebody would “bail out” the Cypriot banks.

That would be the Russian Government itself, or the austerity-loving IMF. Putin was not keen at all on bailing out (throwing away sovereign wealth at) the Russian oligarchs, but the IMF wanted to impose a 10% confiscation of all Cypriot bank deposits, plus the usual austerity measures (libertarian “social cuts”). If no bail-out agreement was finalized before 3/25/13, Cyprus would become instantly bankrupt and would exit the European Union. Add to all this that Cyprus is largely comprised of Turkish (an Islamic NATO country) ethnics in its North, and Greek (largely Orthodox Christian non-NATO) ethnics in its South (and so a civil war happens on-and-off).

The game of chicken went on until the very last moment. Putin refused to budge. The protests got so tremendous that Cyprus had to limit bank account confiscation to accounts larger than €100,000. But the austerity cuts were still in play. So at the very last moment before 3/25/13, the IMF winked, and agreed to do the bailout (with austerity measures).

The Russian oligarchs (mostly former KGB) are certainly going to leave a body trail. But NATO didn’t get Russia to bail them out. Putin knew that Cyprus had become too expensive.

Wait for the “humanitarian” intervention when the Turkish Cypriots rebel.

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Capitalist Threat!

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If you’re a capitalist (or member of the terrorist-employer class), you get a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card.

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The Market Ticker — Quick Update On Cyprus — by Karl Denninger — 3/24/13
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=219093

You probably didn’t get directly screwed tonight, unless you live in Cyprus. You probably didn’t get directly screwed when GM went under either, nor when any one of a number of other, similar events (Greece anyone?) has taken place.

But you did get screwed, because your place of work had its capital structure and the ability to attract capital damaged. Your ability to invest with a reasonably-calibrated level of risk and reward was damaged. You were personally harmed by these acts, even though your harm is at this point diffuse and difficult or even impossible to pin down and put a number on.

But make no mistake, you were harmed, and when, not if, those who were directly hosed in any of these incidents decide they’ve had enough, and that they will no longer sit still for this form of financial rape, if you’re within the blast radius of whatever they decide to do you will be harmed again — and quite possibly to a much greater degree than you can imagine.
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“Blast radius?” Even Hal Turner was tame compared with these guys!

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ChattahBox News Blog — White Supremacist Blogger Hal Turner: Former FBI Informant — 4/29/09
http://chattahbox.com/us/2009/07/29/white-supremacist-blogger-hal-turner-former-fbi-informant/

Some of Turner’s top hits of hate and violence are below:

In 2006, Turner told his audience to clean your guns, have plenty of ammunition [and] then do what has to be done to undocumented workers and also suggested that half the U.S. Congress may have to be assassinated.

He threatened violence against anti-racist activist Floyd Cochran saying that he arranged for a group of guys to physically intercept Cochran and that Cochran would get such a beating that his next stop is going to be University Hospital.

Turner sent a threatening letter to the Poverty Law Center, which said, If you do not change your stance soon, you will face a wrath of fury that you will never be able to defend yourself against. We have the ability to reach out and touch someone.
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On December 21, 2010, Hal Turner was sentenced to 33 months in prison by a federal judge. And he was barred from participating in Internet or satellite radio programming for three years. He had said many frightening things on his blog, but never mentioned any anything about a “blast radius.”

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Eat Dirt And Live!

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Smithsonian.com— April 2013 [?] —The Unintended (and Deadly) Consequences of Living in the Industrialized World
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Unintended-and-Deadly-Consequences-of-Living-in-the-Industrialized-World-199164051.html?c=y&page=2

Think about it this way: At birth, our immune cells make up an aggressive army with no sense of who its enemies are. But the more bad guys the immune system is exposed to during life’s early years, the more discerning it gets. “The immune system is programmed within the first two years of life,” says Knip. “With less early infection, the immune system has too little to do, so it starts looking for other targets.”

Sometimes the immune system overreacts to things it should simply ignore, like cat dander, eggs, peanuts or pollen. Those are allergies. And sometimes the immune system turns on the body itself, attacking the cells we need to produce insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or hair follicles (alopecia) or even targeting the central nervous system (multiple sclerosis). Those are autoimmune disorders.

Both appear to be mostly modern phenomena. A century ago, more people lived on farms or in the countryside. Antibiotics hadn’t been invented yet. Families were larger, and children spent more time outside. Water came straight from wells, lakes and rivers. Kids running barefoot picked up para­sites like hookworms. All these circumstances gave young immune systems a workout, keeping allergy and autoimmune diseases at bay.
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So clean living is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, if you are really dying from a bacterial infection, you can get an amazing load of fungus-produced antibiotic protection simply by eating forest dirt. Another fact well-known in the past, and suppressed in our ultra-commercial present.

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All About Energy — Age Of Abundance, Productional Flameout, Or Grid Collapse?

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— | 1.0 | —What, From A Human Perspective, Is “Energy”?

The famous physicist Michio Kaku, who produces endless Internet videos, claims we are headed for a fabulous “Age of Abundance.” Others such as the famous trends forecaster Gerald Celente advise us to “Prepare for the Worst.” And it could go either way in the long run. In the short run, due to political insanity (we don’t have machine-free simple score voting), things are looking rather bad. I am not going to talk much about “economics,” — astrology or “sexology” would be much more interesting, wouldn’t they? I will talk about energy and productionality. Productionality is simply the making of desirable stuff. It always requires some form of energy.

Everybody has at least a rudimentary idea of what energy (in the physics sense) is. But there is “focused” and “diffuse” energy. A typical room lamp emits relatively diffuse energy, as it spreads its light all over the room. A laser usually emits more focused energy, as its light can be concentrated upon a single spot. I guess you could say that the “focality” of an energy source is equivalent to the intensity of heat that it can produce in a particular place. It appears that diffuse energy can be transformed into more focused energy at a cost, presumably of energy.

There is also “stored energy” (or “potential energy”) and “active energy.” A kerosene generator uses energy stored in kerosene to produce electricity, an active form of energy, while a windmill generator uses active energy of moving air to do so. Stored energy is “available on demand,” while active energy is “available on occasion.” However, active energy can generally be converted into stored energy in various ways.

Energy is intimately involved in the processes of productionality: the making of useful things. The active energy of sunlight is needed to grow potatoes, for example (although the potato is actually a source of stored energy). However there are forms of embedded energy that generally cannot be converted into active energy. For example, it has been noted that the quantity of active energy required to build an automobile is roughly equivalent to the active energy (derived from energy stored as gasoline) it will utilize over its average expected lifespan. So an automobile contains a vast amount of embedded energy. In fact the production of goods may be described as the operation of transforming active energy into embedded energy. Therefor, planned obsolescence, or planned disposability (plus over-packaging) is perhaps the greatest waste of human-utilized energy.

/Addendum/Use of the term “embedded energy” is actually inapt. It’s a bit odd to suppose that an automobile “contains embedded energy” since the energy expended in its production has long since dissipated, mostly as heat. It would be more accurate to state that it “contains energy expenditure.”

— | 2.0 | —The Nightmare Of Grid Collapse

The worst kind of “grid collapse” would not be a continent-wide technical failure of the electric grid, although that could be very bad indeed. The worst would be the result of a massive solar coronal mass ejection, which could generate a powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that might well burn out nearly all electronic and electrical devices. A very-easy- to-perpetrate high-altitude nuclear explosion, or perhaps a half dozen small high-altitude nuclear explosions could bring about the same result.

Everything more complex than spoons and forks is operated via electronic controls these days. This includes TVs, computers, all lighting except oil lanterns and candles, refrigerators, electric pumps in home heating systems, pumps that supply water, automobiles, delivery trucks… just about everything we use and require to survive. No more trucks would be delivering food, which could not be harvested anyway. Nearly everyone would freeze to death, die of thirst, or starve. But… it gets much worse.

Nuclear power plants and their spent fuel water pools need to be cooled for about five years, currently by electric water pumps (which have back-up diesel generators). We should be aware by now that virtually every information outlet has been deceiving us about the Fukushima melt-down, which is probably more than three times worse than the Chernobyl disaster. At least four reactor units at Fukushima have been spewing many radioactive substances into the air, ocean, and soil since March 11th, 2011. I would guess that the background atomic radiation in the northern hemisphere is perhaps twice what it was before this event occurred. Now that was just from the loss of cooling for about four reactor units. There are now more than 400 nuclear power plants in our world. If their electric pumps burn out due to an EMP event, it is likely that nothing on earth could live for the following one billion years. Those electric pumps could be replaced with simple kerosene diesel directly-powered pumps, but that would cost a bit of money. Five years worth of kerosene would have to be kept on hand, and it would have to be guarded. The ruling class obviously has a different perspective than most of the rest of us.

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Obama’s Orwellian NDAA Info-Inequity — Now It’s Overtly Censoring Your News

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NDAA bans Iran’s Press TV from U.S. airwaves — Fight Back News — News And Views From The People’s Struggle — March 2, 2013
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2013/1/5/ndaa-bans-iran-s-press-tv-us-airwaves

Chicago, IL – The massive 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Obama Jan. 2, contains sanctions that effectivly ban Iran’s popular station, Press TV [an Iranian TV news service], from U.S. airwaves or cable networks. Press TV is still available on the internet.

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Iosbaker told Press TV, “In order for there to be an anti-war movement, there has to be alternative sources of information. And they’re afraid of the anti-war movement because even in just the recent history, the anti-war movement has had consequences for the rulers here.”

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This is not the first such move by the U.S. The U.S. currently bans the popular and progressive Lebanese TV station Al-Manar. In 2008, a New York businessman was jailed for ‘material support for terrorism’ for including Al’Manar in satellite TV broadcast in the U.S.
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Press TV has hosted numerous famous American guests on its network, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Noam Chomsky, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, and many others:

•  ’US politicians irresponsive to public’ (McKinney) (Because we have fake “election methods” red herrings, not simple score voting.)
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/181233.html

•  US, a leading terrorist state in world: Chomsky
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/29/286231/us-a-top-terrorist-state-chomsky/

•  Former US Official exposes disinformation campaigns against Iran, Syria (Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark)
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/21/267939/former-us-official-exposes-disinformation-campaigns-against-iran-syria/

But we Americans are not permitted to hear what these great fellow citizens have to tell us, since our oligarch owned ’leet dis-info-system will not let them, and blocks alternative sources such as Press TV.

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