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Rather Biased

Lew Rockwell Blog - Sat, 2013-11-16 23:30

Just as historical accounts in the old Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin would edit out any references to Leon Trotsky, so CBS News is editing out any references to its former news reporter and anchor Dan Rather in its “coverage” of the November 22, 1963 murder of John Kennedy.

For fifty years Dan Rather has been “Rather Biased” concerning the Kennedy assassination and the Warren Commission cover-up of what took place that day in Dallas. As a Dealey Plaza “eye-witness” to those tragic events, together with his tenacious adherence to the government’s “official story” is what made (and launched) his CBS network news broadcasting career.

On November 22, 1963, a coup d’état by Lyndon Johnson and the highest echelons of the National Security State was accomplished with the brutal murder of President John F. Kennedy. Andrew Gavin Marshall has written an excellent and concise online summary article, “The National Security State and the Assassination of JFK,” which compliments the definitive, path-breaking research of author James W. Douglass in JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.

The “smoking gun” in the cover-up of the assassination is found in CIA Dispatch #1035-960 (available online). This was the crucial covert directive to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird elite media assets to vigorously denounce critics of the Warren Commission Report as “conspiracy theorists.” This is when that particular derogatory term of denunciation and disinformation entered the national conversation in an attempt to cut off and stifle informed debate on the president’s murder because the path of evidence would lead directly to those elements behind the sinister cover-up.

These facts are discussed in detail in Lance deHaven-Smith’s authoritative Conspiracy Theory in America (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press). Dr. Smith is a widely published scholar in peer-reviewed academic journals and is Professor in the Reubin O’ D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in Tallahassee. DeHaven-Smith has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CBS Nightly News with Dan Rather, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and other national TV and radio shows.

The upcoming CBS line-up of “programing” (sans Dan Rather) will continue their five decades of disinformation, deceit, and duplicity regarding Kennedy’s murder.

CBS chairman William Paley, Fred Friendly, and Edward R. Murrow were part of the Agency’s Operation Mockingbird to provide deflection and cover for the CIA’s ‘family jewels’ of the day. CBS News president Sig Mickelson (1954-61) was liaison to the CIA. Because of his frequent communications, Mickelson even had a direct private phone line installed to the Agency. CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite was a former military intelligence officer also connected within this elite nexus.

CIA director Allen Dulles (fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs disaster and later the key member of the Warren Commission cover-up), CBS chairman William Paley, and CBS board director Senator Prescott Bush were intimate associates in various sociopolitical networks of the northeastern seaboard establishment found in Washington and New York during the days of the early Cold War. Whether they would meet in their elite private clubs, at the Harold Pratt House of the Council on Foreign Relations, or in Wall Street corporate and bank board rooms, these old birds of a feather flocked, connived, schemed, and conspired together.

Ironically it was Dan Rather’s reporting on Prescott Bush’s grandson which got him sacked from CBS. Investigative journalist Russ Baker’s superb book, Family of Secrets, vindicated Rather in detailing George Walker Bush’s AWOL absentee record and criminal behavior regarding the National Guard during the Viet Nam War. Baker also illuminated Prescott’s son George Herbert Walker Bush’s curious connections to the unfolding events in Dallas on November 22, 1963.


Categories: Politics

Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Desktop screenshot preview

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 23:04
This distribution’s release track record suggests that Linux Mint 16 will be released less than two weeks from today. And when that happens, it will be the first stable edition of Linux Mint with Cinnamon 2.0 desktop pre-installed.
Categories: Computers

NVIDIA, Mentor Graphics May Harm GCC

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 21:30
Yesterday there was news that OpenACC 2.0 parallel programming support was coming to GCC complete with GPU acceleration support for NVIDIA GPUs. While it was exciting on the surface, it appears that this work may be poisonous and could have a very tough time making it upstream...
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Top 8 Linux Performance Monitoring Tools

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 19:55
In Unix like operating system we have the performance monitoring tools like top,vmstat,iostat,sar,free and lot more.... In this tutorial we will discuss most commonly used linux performance monitoring tools.
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oVirt 3.3 hackery on Fedora 19

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 18:20
My final target was to create two node oVirt 3.3 cluster and virtual machines using replicated glusterfs 3.4.1 volumes. Choice of firewalld as configured firewall seems to be unacceptable for this purpose in meantime. Selection of iptables firewall allows to complete the task.
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SUSE Linux Operating System Is Preferred By Top Retailers

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 16:46
SUSE Linux Enterprise continues to be the preferred Linux operating system for retailers, running on a variety of hardware platforms. For retailers of all types, SUSE Linux Enterprise offers reliability, lower costs and greater security, from Point of Service (POS) to data center.
Categories: Computers

Detroit: Soup, Salad & Startup?

Lew Rockwell Blog - Sat, 2013-11-16 16:10

Here’s another heroic anarcho-Detroit platform: Detroit Soup is an anarcho-launching platform for citizen startups: funded by normal folks for hopeful visionaries who dream of pursuing some entrepreneurial, charity, or artistic vision within the Detroit community. Here is a description of the group from the Detroit Soup website:

- a collaborative situation

- a public dinner

- a platform for connection

- a theatrical environment

- a democratic experiment in micro-funding

- a relational hub bringing together various creative communities

- a forum for critical but accessible discussion

- an opportunity to support creative people in Detroit

Detroit SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating creative projects in Detroit. For $5 you receive soup, salad, bread, and a vote.  You will hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology, etc., who have four minutes to share their idea and then field four questions from the diners. We eat, connect, share resources, and vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. When the night nears to a close we count the ballots and whoever has the most votes takes home the money from the door.

Detroit Soup is about bringing people in the community together to support others in taking risk and bringing value to the city. Detroit Soup holds public dinners with a $5 charge for a “soup, salad, and a vote.” Visionaries present their projects and attendees vote on which project should receive the cash raised from the dinner. This month’s winner of the take was ‘Sit on It Detroit,’ an organization I have written about in the past on my Detroit: From Rust to Riches blog. This group builds bus stop benches (from repurposed wood with bookshelves) for placement at Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus stops  because the government is too inept to get it done.

You can read more stories like this on my Detroit: Rust to Riches blog, or follow me on Twitter @karendecoster, and follow my public Twitter list “Detroit!” that pulls all unique Detroit sources into one list.

Categories: Politics

Police Attempt to Murder Kids When Mother Flees Arrest

Lew Rockwell Blog - Sat, 2013-11-16 16:08

Police do not exist to protect persons and property. Their primary mission is revenue collection at gunpoint on behalf of the political class. In Occupied America, refusal to submit to such extortion is an offense worthy of summary execution of the rebel — and any innocent bystanders, including children.

Rihanna Ferrell was stopped by a road agent for violating the speed limit. After the parasite turned his back, Ferrell drove away. She stopped again a short distance away, and the revenue collection agent attempted to abduct her (or, as he would put it, arrest her). Ferrell was in the company of her five children, the oldest of whom — her 14-year-old son — quite commendably came to his mother’s aid when an armed stranger violently laid hands on her.

A thugscrum soon coalesced and laid siege to the family’s vehicle, breaking windows and terrorizing the children. Ferrell took off again, prompting one of the cretinous tax-gatherers to fire several shots into the rear of the vehicle — an act of criminal attempted homicide. Following an extremely dangerous chase, Ferrell eventually pulled over and surrendered.

The actions of the mother may be considered intemperate and irresponsible, and they will be punished as if they were actual crimes — which they were not. Ironically, the headline supplied by ABC News underscores the identity of the real criminals in this encounter: “Police Take Aggressive Action When Mother and Her Kids Resist Arrest.” All aggression is criminal, and only aggression (force or fraud) can be considered criminal.

The behavior of the police in this episode was close kindred to that of occupation forces in Iraq who would often fire indiscriminately into vehicles that refused to stop at checkpoints. Indeed, this is entirely typical of the tactics employed by the Regime’s domestic army of occupation.

UPDATE This traffic stop occurred outside Taos, New Mexico — a state where every routine traffic stop is freighted with the very real possibility of rape or other sexual assault at the hands of police and their medical enablers. That entirely plausible fear should be regarded as a compelling defense for Mrs. Ferrell’s actions.
Categories: Politics

Re: Catcalls and Violence

Lew Rockwell Blog - Sat, 2013-11-16 15:19

Karen:  As Ayn Rand might have put it, anyone who doesn’t know the difference between offensive words and acts of physical violence deserves to find out!

Categories: Politics

Five free Gmail-friendly email desktop clients

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 15:17
Email is the single most important element of daily work life; without which we would be less-than-efficient. We rely upon email to communicate, send files, schedule, and much more. Every company depends upon different solutions for email - some use Gmail. For those that depend upon Gmail, the browser interface may not be the ideal interface to work with throughout the day. For those wishing to have a more standard email client, you're in luck. I have found five efficient, user-friendly desktop email clients that interact with Gmail.
Categories: Computers

No Catcalls, Please. I’m Offended and You Are Violent.

Lew Rockwell Blog - Sat, 2013-11-16 14:50

Once again, the perpetually offended, politically correct, feminist-first crowd has found something to be offended about – shocking I know!

Read the whole article on Yahoo - it’s quite entertaining. Burt’s Bees, a great company that makes all kinds of cool stuff for body & beauty had a product called Vanilla Flame Body Butter wherein the packaging contained this “offensive” statement: “Soak in the moisturizing seductiveness of shea butter and indulge in the scent of vanilla and rice milk. And let the catcalling commence.”

One member of the Perpetually & Collectively Offended Club tweeted, “Catcalling is a violence against women.” So this gal created a petition asking the company to “issue an apology and agree to stop the production of products that legitimize street harassment.” The petition website reads:

Street harassment, commonly referred to as catcalling, is the most common form of gender-based violence globally. Long-term impacts include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and at ihollaback.org, victims report missing school, changing jobs or moving homes to avoid exposure.

So somehow, one miserable and scatterbrained bimbo has managed to take a simple product marketing inscription and turn it into something which magically gives rise to a physical act, which then becomes defined as violence, which then begets depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and therefore we shall witness the ensuing ruination of one’s life. The always-fuming, feminist crowd habitually distorts definitions of otherwise meaningful words and manages to elevate every act deemed to be personally offensive into a criminal act of epic proportions against the entire female gender.

This “street harassment” terminology is a bit misleading, as I have been on the receiving end  - many times – of such harassment that has gone too far for my own comfort. Oftentimes it takes place while I am in my car, but sometimes out on the streets or other public place. It’s not violence – it’s what I deem passive-aggressive behavior from men who do not have a clue about proper social skills. This can be a cultural, behavioral, and/or IQ question, and each situation is to be judged accordingly. In fact, I always get ‘fun’ catcalls all the time. Generally, they are from otherwise friendly men who just want to convey that they find you, or something about you, appealing to their senses.

But a “gaze” or a catcall is not to be equated with violence, which is an act of physical force. Fewer people are starting to take this feminist illogic seriously anymore, thank goodness.

Categories: Politics

They Got it Right the First Time

Lew Rockwell Blog - Sat, 2013-11-16 13:23

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Patriot-News newspaper let out a belch of political correctness recently when it apologized for how the paper referred to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as “the silly remarks of the president” 150 years ago.  The paper, which used to be called the Patriot-Union, got it right the first time, of course.

Categories: Politics

GIMP leaves SourceForge, EFF Tackles NSA & More…

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 13:22
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to review evidence that the NSA’s “Associational Tracking Program” is both unconstitutional and that it’s not authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act which the government has been using as justification of NSA practices. The EFF also provided the court with testimony from 22 separate organizations that detail how the NSA’s program of collecting telephone records is hampering their operations.
Categories: Computers

Why Google's Fair Use Victory In Google Books Suit Is A Big Deal--And Why It Isn't

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 11:28
Today, federal judge Denny Chin rejected a copyright challenge Google’s practices of scanning books into digital format and presenting snippets of those scans in search results because the practices qualify as fair use. It’s an exciting and hard-fought victory for Google, one that took nearly a decade of litigation and many millions of dollars to achieve. Still, this ruling merely preserves the status quo, last year a related case (the HathiTrust case) already found fair use for similar facts, and a Second Circuit ruling earlier this year signaled that Google probably would qualify for a fair use defense. So is this ruling a big deal? Yes and no.
Categories: Computers

Ghost is very basic. VERY BASIC

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 09:34
I didn't expect the post-WordPress blogging system Ghost to ship with all of its promised features, but it's more basic than I thought it would be. It's basically entries tagged with Markdown and presented on the page.
Categories: Computers

FreeMat -- Yet Another MATLAB Replacement

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 08:05
Many programs exist that try to serve as a replacement forMATLAB. They all differ in their capabilities[he]mdash[/he]some extending beyondwhat is available in MATLAB, and others giving subsets of functions thatfocus on some problem area. In this article, let's look at anotheravailable option: FreeMat.
Categories: Computers

Red Hat: 2013:1521-01: python-django: Moderate Advisory

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 07:18
Updated python-django packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat OpenStack 3.0. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact.
Categories: Computers

BleachBit 1.0 released

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 06:31
BleachBit 1.0 makes it easier to shred any Linux file; adds three cleaners; improves cleaners for Google Chrome and Adobe Flash; has a digitally signed installer for Windows; and more.
Categories: Computers

SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 05:43
A week after the developers of popular graphics-wrangling app the GIMP bailed from SourceForge rather than endure the many odd ads it encourages, the site has responded with a scheme that makes its users the arbiters of acceptable ads.
Categories: Computers

Is All Hope Lost For Non-Android Linux Tablets?

LXer - Sat, 2013-11-16 04:56
Canonical with their Ubuntu Touch initiative isn't the only project that's failed to deliver as of yet with a successful non-Android Linux tablet.
Categories: Computers
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