Saturday, September 10, 2011

Headlines - Saturday September 10


Dude, use GMail for your attacks on The Man if you're a state employee and The Man owns the email servers. Do we really have to tell you this? "A Wisconsin state employee has been fired after he revealed that a Department of Transportation official had instructed workers to not notify citizens that IDs necessary for voting could be obtained for free. ... State employee Chris Larsen told radio host John "Sly" Sylvester that his bosses at the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) had become upset because he sent an email to other employees Thursday to remind them that photo IDs were supposed to be available without charge. ... "Do you know someone who votes that does not have a State ID that meets requirements to vote?" Larsen asked in his email, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Tell them they can go to the DMV/DOT and get a free ID card. However they must ask for the free ID. a memo was sent out by the 3rd in command of the DMV/DOT. The memo specifically told the employees at the DMV/DOT not to inform individuals that the ID's are free. So if the individuals seeking to get the free ID does not ask for a free ID, they will have to pay for it!!" ... Just a day earlier, The Capital Times had revealed the memo written by Department of Transportation's Steve Krieser. ... "While you should certainly help customers who come in asking for a free ID to check the appropriate box, you should refrain from offering the free version to customers who do not ask for it," Krieser told Division of Motor Vehicle employees. ... Moments after being fired, Larsen spoke to Sylvester in an interview. ... "I decided that I thought it would be prudent as a fellow citizen of the state and just a decent human being in general to send out an email to all of my constituents where I work that they should be informed," Larsen recalled. "As a result, I am not apparently employed.""

The New York Times just published this graphic.

To gloss it here, it documents what we have spent—in money—to respond to the attacks of 9/11.

Here's what it comes to:

The cost to al Qaeda of staging the 9/11 attacks?

About half a million dollars.

Cost to the United States incurred as a direct result of the damage done in the attacks and the immediate economic impact?

$178 billion.

Cost to the United States to implement the Homeland Security state?

$589 billion.

Cost of the wars fought in the wake of the attacks, current and to come?

$2.5 trillion.  With a "t."

That would be roughly the size of the deficit reduction package agreed in the debt limit hostage crisis negotiation this summer.

The total federal debt?

Approximately $14.7 trillion.

The accumulated price in dollars of of 9/11 is in excess of one fifth of that total.  The price in lives lost and damaged?  I can't even begin to count.

Those that followed?  Self inflicted and ongoing.

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Congratulations, TPM. You're in the big leagues now. "On Friday morning, the political website Talking Points Memo posted mug shots of several individuals arrested for their alleged connection with denial of service attacks carried out by the hacktivist group Anonymous. ... TPM tweeted at the time, "We sincerely hope our site doesn't go down for posting this," but precisely that appears to have happened by Friday afternoon. ... At 5:23 PM EST, the website National Confidential reported that TPM was offline, but then added four minutes later that the site was back. However, over the course of several attempts between 5:30 and 6:00, Raw Story was unable to get the main TPM page to load. ... A page at the TPM site with the slide show of mugshots did load, but without the pictures. Its headline reads "Anonymous Unmarked," and a caption at the bottom explains, "Federal authorities in July arrested 16 alleged 'hackivists' they said were involved with the group Anonymous. Most of the defendants were accused of launching an attack on PayPal for disabling Wikileaks' account. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, TPM has exclusively obtained their mugshots." ... The same images are available at Gawker, however, with no sign of attempted interference. This might suggest that whatever problems TPM is experiencing are purely coincidental."
A California museum has cancelled an exhibit of art by Palestinian kids in Gaza, reportedly after pressure from pro-Israel groups in the Bay Area.
Time to start drinking heavily

Nosferatu is venturing out into the sunlight to relive the happiest moments of his life:

WASHINGTON — Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani urged polarized Americans on Thursday to "rediscover our unity" as he prepared to mark ten years since the September 11th attacks with a national speech.

"We withstood the worst attack of our history, intended by our enemies to destroy us. Instead, it drew us closer and made us more united," he said in a statement, warning: "It's a strength that must be guarded and nurtured."

"We must rediscover our unity," said Giuliani, whose take-charge response to the attacks made him a national figure during an all-too-brief period in which superheated partisan rhetoric cooled in the shadow of the tragedy.

Small problem here: In Ghouliani's world, "unity" = "fascism," sooooo let's not take his advice, mmmm-kay?

Jesus tits, I can't fucking wait for it to be 9/12 already.


The Myth Of Global Warming (Con't)

One scientist says he is "gob-smacked" by the extent of the breakup of a Greenland glacier in just the last two years.

Located in north west Greenland, the Petermann Glacier accounts for 6% of the area of the Greenland ice sheet, said Dr Hubbard. It terminates as a floating tongue of ice, measuring around 43 miles (70km) long by 12 miles (20km) wide, the largest of its kind in the northern hemisphere. At its thickest the glacier is 3,280ft (1000m) high. "Although I knew what to expect in terms of ice loss from satellite imagery, I was still completely unprepared for the gob-smacking scale of the break-up, which rendered me speechless," said Dr Hubbard. "It was incredible to see. This glacier is huge, 20km across and 1000m high. "It's like looking into the Grand Canyon full of ice and coming back two years later to find it's full of water."


Frank Luntz lies about the Bush legacy on terrorism: "Yes [9/11] allows us to appreciate George Bush And Dick Cheney For Keeping Us Safe."

How can anyone possibly say this?! The biggest terrorist attack on American soil which occurred during the Bush/Cheney presidency is a reminder that they kept us safe?! In fact, they kept us less safe than anyone since the British invasion during the War of 1812! 3,000 American civilians died on their watch, and in subsequent months and years, the nation was gripped in fear of more attacks, while thousands of Americans were being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kept us safe?

Jon Stewart: Perry will punch cancer in the face!

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