August 24 2014
Three statements by Missouri Police Officer Michael Pappert:
"I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community."
"These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."
"Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them."
Three statements by Missouri Police Officer Dan Page:
"I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I'm also a killer. I've killed a lot. And if I need to, I'll kill a whole bunch more. If you don't want to get killed, don't show up in front of me. I have no problems with it."
"I'm into diversity -- I kill everybody. I don't care."
"There was a time in this country when pastors wore a military suit underneath their robe."
August 23 2014
We have known for a year now that the NSA has been tapping servers at
top internet companies. These companies have all issued denials that they
consented to or were aware of these programs.
Here is a statement in an NSA document from 2011:
All PRISM providers, except Yahoo and Google, were
successfully transitioned to the new Certifications. We expect Google and
Yahoo to complete transitioning by Friday 6 Oct.
In addition, these companies were paid by the NSA to help with costs.
More: NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies
August 20 2014
Why Insanely Expensive, Ineffective American Bombing Campaigns Will Always Get Funded
Drone Warfare is Neither Cheap, Nor Surgical, Nor Decisive
The Ever-Destructive Dreams of Air Power Enthusiasts
[W]hen it comes to killing people from the skies, again and again air power has proven neither cheap nor surgical nor decisive nor in itself triumphant. Seductive and tenacious as the dreams of air supremacy continue to be, much as they automatically attach themselves to the latest machine to take to the skies, air power has not fundamentally softened the brutal face of war, nor has it made war less dirty or chaotic.
Indeed, by emboldening politicians to seek seemingly low-cost, Olympian solutions to complex human problems -- like Zeus hurling thunderbolts from the sky to skewer puny mortals -- it has fostered fantasies of illimitable power emboldened by contempt for human life. However, just like Zeus’s obdurate and rebellious subjects, the mortals on the receiving end of death from on high have shown surprising strength in frustrating the designs of the air power gods, whether past or present.
August 20 2014
Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy:
For those who resist, who dare to act independently, think for themselves, march to the beat of a different drummer, the consequences are invariably a one-way trip to the local jail or death.
What Americans must understand, what we have chosen to ignore, what we have fearfully turned a blind eye to lest the reality prove too jarring is the fact that we no longer live in the “city on the hill,” a beacon of freedom for all the world.
Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.
August 20 2014
Gulsanam Mamazoitova - Tanovar | Гулсанам Мамазоитова - Тановор
Gulsanam Mamazoitova is an incredible singer and we just don't hear enough of her work.
Great news, she just released a new video for her song Tanovar. Bone chilling, emotional, gorgeous work.
August 20 2014
Soldiers of the militant occupation army that has beseiged parts of
Missouri in a war against democracy and freedom continue to both assault
and issue death threats against the people.
ACLU complaint resulted in
the soldier being reassigned to a different area after his assault.
However, officials and commanders refuse to disclose the name of the
soldier who assaulted and threatened civilians. [Update: Officer Ray Albers]
August 19 2014
The real looting of Ferguson
The real perversion of justice by way of modern American racism is that
black people in Ferguson – like black people in the greater St Louis
metropolitan area and nationally – are marginalized economically and
physically from day one. That is the real looting of Ferguson.
August 19 2014
Journalists continue to be attacked, arrested,
illegally restricted, and assaulted with chemical weapons in the
totalitarian american police state war against democracy presently
unfolding in Missouri as heavily armed gangs of uniformed jackbooted
militant thugs attack the people and deprive them of their fundamental right to
demonstrate and assemble.
The "Show Me State" shows us the face of fascism, tyranny, and
suppression of democracy. Perhaps your state is next now that extremists
control what is left of the american governments.
August 18 2014
American soldier in Missouri filmed threatening to murder a
reporter. Other officers refuse to disclose the name of the soldier who
made the threat.
These are the police that have been seen recently in tanks, wearing
battle fatigues, with sniper's rifles that they are targetting on unarmed
peaceful democracy demonstrators, and who have fired tear gas at and arrested
reporters and demonstrators.
Even more terrifying than these soldiers (often misleadingly called
militarized police) are the americans who defend this activity and claim
falsely that the US is a free country, or values justice.
The U.S. is a genocidal war regime. It is an illegitimate criminal
entity. Those who defend this particular version of the U.S. on any level
are depraved and delusional psychopaths. They are mentally ill.
A free america no longer exists. Whose fault is that? It is the rah rah
american police state defenders who make excuses for totalitarianism. The
police state defenders are the ones who truly "hate us for our freedom".
This mentality was present during the days of Jim Crow, through the red
scare, and through the era of lynchings. And it continues to infect
the minds and spirits of much of america. These people hate freedom.
They love authority, power, and abuse of power, believing it serves their
own interests. Until it turns to bite them, as it always does. Just
as Josef Stalin eventually betrayed those who supported him, so will
the defenders of the american police state themselves be betrayed by
the police state monster they themselves have created and celebrated
for decades. They are making their bed they will lay upon. Unfortunately
there is massive collateral damage of the innocent and those who hope for a better world.
August 9 2014
Happy International Day of the World's Indigenous People.
July 28 2014
Paul Dolden's amazing new album will be released tomorrow on Nexos' Starkland label!!!
Some may recall I was really excited to broadcast and discuss some
music from the works on this album when I was a guest on WRFU Radio Free
Urbana. Well the fancy high brow label version is finally out! Get it!
July 27 2014
Dildora Niyozova has been focusing on pop music, often with
identifiable nuances of traditional singing, but lately has released
several videos with a focus on classical and folk Transoxianian repertoire.
Dildora Niyozova - Ushshoq | Дилдора Ниёзова - Ушшок
Dildora Niyozova - Sevgi | Дилдора Ниёзова - Севги
Here's a nice example of her pop style, which is also one of the videos showing
the immense influence of Cuban culture in Uzbekistan due to cultural exchanges
during the Soviet era, similar appearances and values of the people, and the symmetry of
the inverse relation between water and land between the two nations.
Cuba is known as Ozodlik Oroli, the Island of Freedom.
Dildora Niyozova - Yana yana
July 13 2014
This evening, upon returning home from a Maker's Fair, we encountered
some kids and a man standing in the middle of the road. The adult
held a shovel. We stopped and they moved something out of the way with a
stick. We moved slowly past and I looked down at the ground to see what they
There was a smallish yellow and black garter snake, about 3 feet long
lying on the side of the road, his head in position to see me. He was
still conscious, but his head had been partially hacked off with a shovel
and was bleeding.
A little innocent garter snake just out minding his business. Happily
eating mice that carry dangerous diseases like Lyme disease. Performing a
real service. Harming no one.
After securing my things at the house, I went back to talk to them and
explain that these snakes are harmless and helpful, but they were gone.
They had all gone up to the neighbor's house, carrying the now dead
snake. The neighbor was up there, with his gun holstered, glancing at me.
It was clear from the way they were showing the snake and he was
examining their work that he had sent them down to kill the snake. Some
years back this neighbor had previously threatened to harm my family,
while in the direct presence of his friend the Deputy Sheriff. I asked
the Deputy at the time if he had any opinion about that threat and he
told me, "To be serious it has to be more specific than that." This
neighbor doesn't take kindly to having any of his various killings and
schemes questioned, and often spends hours shooting his various guns, so
I chose not to proceed with the explanation of the snake's harmlessness,
which he knew anyway. The reason these people murder animals is because
of their distorted religious framework that calls for domination and
destruction of innocent creatures. I knew this because some years ago I
was in a field with him and his children and picked up a black snake and
they wanted me to kill it but I would not. I explained that these snakes
reduce disease, are harmless and helpful and something that you want more
of, not to harm. Their response to all these points was simply "Snakes
have the Devil in them."
Whether killing garden snakes, shooting little turtles, murdering indians,
or enslaving blacks, it's all the same philosophy and comes from the same place
and is an endemic theme of this colonialist culture. A place of immense evildoing
seeking to control, assimilate, enslave and destroy.
July 10 2014
Lola Ahmedova - Unutolmadim | Лола Ахмедова - Унутолмадим
It's been a while since Lola Ahmedova's last video, glad to see a new one.
Lovely voice, very sentimental topics.
July 9 2014
Yulduz Usmonova - Yoningdaman | Юлдуз Усмонова - Ёнингдаман
Latest video from Yulduz Usmonova. For those not keeping up with the
super coolest stuff, Yulduz is especially interesting because after her
music was banned for being too activist, there was a great public outcry
and her music was restored. Inspired by the support of her fans to fight
the power, she ran for national Parliament and was readily elected. She's
also cool and approachable, maintaining her indigenous roots which are
apparent in some of her videos involving mountain tops. (This particular
one is more popish and follows the new bicycle trend started last
month by Munisa.)
July 6 2014
Во поле туман / The Field Tuman
Огней так много золотых / Many Golden Lights
Ой горе моё, гореванье / Oh my grief, mourning
July 4 2014
Today, July 4, Great White Father Washington invites you to celebrate 238 years of white supremacy, genocide, land theft, colonialism, rape, slavery, war and murder under his new style of flag.
Accepting an invitation to celebrate such matters is a personal choice.
June 2 2014
This frozen soup has three packets.
I wonder if I am meant to put the wontons in at the beginning?
Or should I instead heat to thawing the broth packet first, and then put in the wontons?
No problem, let me check the instructions...
"Imagine yourself sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Central Thailand. You order a bowl of Tom Yam soup just the way YOU like it: spicy or not so spicy. With our True Thai Tom Yam Soup, you can have it either way. In addition to the frozen broth and package of spinach & mushroom filled wontons, in this package, you will find a packet of frozen lemon grass, Thai basil and chilis. Add what you like and leave out what you don't. In five minutes, you can be back on the banks of the river."
Um, I guess that means I should just add the wontons "whenever"? Cool.