Indeed!

Indeed!

(Source: tldrwikipedia)

Killing in the name of… Barack Obama celebrated the Resurrection of his Lord and Saviour on Easter Sunday by killing 30 people in Yemen… A country we aren’t at war with.

Chris Floyd @ Empire Burlesque:

Maggie’s Farm: The Roots and Fruits of Terror War

Monday, 21 April 2014

UPDATE: Meanwhile, the beat goes on. On Monday, the Peace Prize Laureate launched his third drone strike in Yemen in as many days. (It is of course superfluous to point out that the United States is not at war with Yemen.) The latest strike followed one on Easter Sunday, when Barack Obama celebrated the Resurrection of his Lord and Saviour by killing 30 people in Yemen, by the usual courageous method of having an underling in a padded chair somewhere thousands of miles away courageously push a button while courageously viewing a video screen.

This heroic action was preceded by a strike on Saturday, in which 13 people were killed, including at least three civilians. This was purportedly a “signature strike,” a common practice in which the courageous Americans actually have no earthly idea who they are courageously killing from thousands of mile away — they just push the button because a bunch of people they are tracking seem to be “acting like” terrorists in some way or another. For all we know, all 13 people killed that day were civilians, like the 15 people on their way to a wedding whom the Peace Laureate killed last December.

In fact, we have no way of knowing if any of the dozens of people killed by the Peace Laureate during his busy Easter holiday were civilians or militants. Or what “civilian” and “militant” even mean in the context of the Peace Laureate’s never-ending violation of other nation’s sovereignty to kill people, many if not most of whom are completely unknown to him and his assassins.

We are simply told that all the shredded corpses are “al Qaeda militants.” Which of course leads to the question: Are these the same “al Qaeda militants” whom the United States is supporting in Syria, or the “al Qaeda militants” it supported in Libya, or are they some other kind of “al Qaeda” militants? If the “al Qaeda militants” in Yemen suddenly decided to aim their attacks on, say, Iran, would they suddenly become “good” or “moderate” al Qaeda militants, like we have in Syria? And are these Yemeni “al Qaeda militants” of a different stripe from the “al Qaeda militants” the West supported in, say, Bosnia, or Afghanistan?
In Full @ Empire Burlesque

"Killing in the name of" link in the lede = Rage Against The Machine - live in London 2010 (full concert, 1:10:20)

From 4chan (/pol/ - Politically Incorrect) Ukraine Army: Forced To Rebellion

Anonymous writes:
   Riot in the Ukrainian army, story: recruits were called for “10 days training” forcibly hold them for more than two months and threatened to kill or put in jail if they flee them very badly fed, and sleep in tents without heat

Youtube description as Google Translation in English, anglicized Russian, and original Russian as image.

   In Ukraine, 93 mechanized brigade village. Cherkassy rioted reservists. In the place of dislocation 93th Separate Guards Kharkiv twice Red Banner Order of Suvorov and Kutuzov Mechanized Brigade (pgt. Cherkaske Novomoskovsk district Dnipropetrovsk region). Clashed reservists and command. Soldiers due to the reserve protest their conditions of detention and noted the violation of their rights and legislation on reservists in Ukraine. so instead of the promised 10 days they have forcibly kept in a part of more than 40 days. It is noted that although a law was passed aimed at protecting the armed forces of Ukraine servicemen, in fact most of them reservists were dismissed from their jobs and are now in dire need of financial assistance to support their families. In response to the command tried to pacify the rebellious that they did not work and had to use the weapon. The officers made a few warning shots, which helped stop the uncontrolled development. Currently in part carried out an internal investigation.

   Na Ukraine v 93 otdel’noy mekhanizirovannoy brigade pgt. Cherkasskoye proizoshel bunt rezervistov. V meste dislokatsii 93-ya otdel’noy gvardeyskoy Khar’kovskoy dvazhdy Krasnoznamennoy ordena Suvorova i Kutuzova mekhanizirovannoy brigade (pgt. Cherkasskoye Novomoskovskogo r-na Dnepropetrovskoy obl.) proizoshla stychka mezhdu rezervistami i komandovaniyem. Soldaty vyzvannyye v rezerv vyrazili protest usloviyami ikh soderzhaniya i otmetili narusheniya ikh prav i zakonodatel’stva o rezervistakh v Ukraine. tak vmesto obeshchannykh 10 sutok ikh uzhe nasil’no derzhat v chasti boleye 40 dney. Pri etom otmechayetsya, chto khotya i byl prinyat zakon o zashchite prizvannykh v sostav vooruzhennykh sil Ukrainy voyennosluzhashchikh, na dele bol’shinstvo ikh rezervistov byli uvoleny s mest raboty i seychas ostro nuzhdayutsya v finansovoy pomoshchi dlya soderzhaniya svoikh semey. V otvet komandovaniye poprobovalo usmirit’ buntuyushchikh ,chto u nikh ne vyshlo i prishlos’ primenit’ oruzhiye. Ofitsery sdelali neskol’ko predupreditel’nykh vystrelov, chto pomoglo ostanovit’ nekontroliruyemoye razvitiye sobytiy. Na dannyy moment v chasti provodit’sya sluzhebnoye rassledovaniye.

End Result:

More on Beijing’s sunsets here.

Note that "The problem: getting it out of the country…" mentioned below is more complicated than the WSJ touted 'Bureaucracy, Corruption, Violence Making Exports Difficult', which is why we’re consorting with al-Qaeda in Syria… The country smack dab in the middle of the oil pipeline route to the Mediterranean from Iraq:

"No American, not this Bismarck, THIS Bismarck)


Eric Margolis dines with the Bismarcks for Easter and notes:

President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history …
"

Recently, Sen. John McCain, the voice of America’s ignorant right, sneered that Russia was merely “a gas station masquerading as a country.” Gas stations do not produce the likes of Tolstoy, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, or the very smart Vlad Putin.

They do, however, produce puny intellects like McCain.

Just as Russia provided the US with a diplomatic exit from blundering into a war with Syria, so the Kremlin is again offering Washington a way out of the Ukraine imbroglio.

That way out consists of a …
Eric Margolis, “Amateur Hour in Ukraine”, The Unz Review

Dawn Patrol, April 20 2014, 5:45 am at Steamer Lane access point Santa Cruz California. The ‘lane’ itself along with the surfing museum cum lighthouse  is behind and to the right. (The lighthouse is no longer a USCG maritime operation like Big Sur’s Point Sur or Pigeon Point about 30 miles north of Santa Cruz, and was converted to a surfing museum with an operational navigation light a few decades ago). Erosion exposed an earlier structure below the present Steamer Lane museum/lighthouse  which local ‘historians’ (quotes intentional) claim. without evidence, was a previous lighthouse. Personally I think, having been an amateur radio operator familiar with early 20th century communications, that the buried structure is actually an old shore-based telegraphic relay station for ships at sea, perhaps named “International Telegraphic Services”, which would illuminate the reason for the cryptic and much speculated-over name of a nearby beach “ITS Beach" (also known by locals as “Dogshit beach” due to the city allowing off-leash dogs on it at low tide, unlike the tourist beaches within the same viewing range, where dogs are prohibited). Telegraphic relay stations were how passengers on ocean liners in the early 1900s would send a note to their friends ‘wishing they were there’. A modern version of this sort of relay station can be seen just north of Pigeon Point lighthouse where the Coast Guard operates a radio navigation and communications facility on the San Mateo county coast, but ‘postcards home’ are no longer entertained… Just maritime-related communications, and telegraphy? Obsolete. The US Coast Guard no longer monitors for the … —- … distress-related Morse code SOS signal from ships on the high seas, opting for voice and digital data communicated distress calls only.1280x960 photo available here

Dawn Patrol, April 20 2014, 5:45 am at Steamer Lane access point Santa Cruz California. The ‘lane’ itself along with the surfing museum cum lighthouse is behind and to the right. (The lighthouse is no longer a USCG maritime operation like Big Sur’s Point Sur or Pigeon Point about 30 miles north of Santa Cruz, and was converted to a surfing museum with an operational navigation light a few decades ago).

Erosion exposed an earlier structure below the present Steamer Lane museum/lighthouse which local ‘historians’ (quotes intentional) claim. without evidence, was a previous lighthouse. Personally I think, having been an amateur radio operator familiar with early 20th century communications, that the buried structure is actually an old shore-based telegraphic relay station for ships at sea, perhaps named “International Telegraphic Services”, which would illuminate the reason for the cryptic and much speculated-over name of a nearby beach “ITS Beach" (also known by locals as “Dogshit beach” due to the city allowing off-leash dogs on it at low tide, unlike the tourist beaches within the same viewing range, where dogs are prohibited).

Telegraphic relay stations were how passengers on ocean liners in the early 1900s would send a note to their friends ‘wishing they were there’. A modern version of this sort of relay station can be seen just north of Pigeon Point lighthouse where the Coast Guard operates a radio navigation and communications facility on the San Mateo county coast, but ‘postcards home’ are no longer entertained… Just maritime-related communications, and telegraphy? Obsolete. The US Coast Guard no longer monitors for the … —- … distress-related Morse code SOS signal from ships on the high seas, opting for voice and digital data communicated distress calls only.

1280x960 photo available here

Dateline Santa Cruz California
Meet “Ticketman!” Unfortunately, not faster than a speeding police car…


This gentleman is fashionably attired in one week’s worth of tickets (approximately 20) for various minor ‘offenses’ such as smoking in public on Pacific Street, the main street downtown cum shopping mall, and camping. He is attempting to prove a point that Santa Cruz California is not much more than a tourist/transient office worker clip joint/ticket mill… Where the locals get the tickets and the tourists/TOWs get warnings.

My guess is he’s attempting to test Santa Cruz county’s new “Scofflaw ordinance”, with the Orwellian name “ ’Vertical Prosecution' of chronic offenders” making three tickets a jail-able missydemeanor. The county sheriff, in his public statement after the enactment of the law. stated the enforcement would NOT be based on ‘status’.

I suspect the county sheriff scuttled his own DA’s law with his big mouth and I’ll be SURE to remind the judge of that when and if the SCPD incarcerates me for a 1/2 dozen camping tickets received over the last year or so… that houselessness IS ABSOLUTELY related to ECONOMIC STATUS.

The public smoking ordinance, put in place a few years ago is also CLASS RELATED, in a town that leaves traffic laws essentially unenforced at a downtown continually clogged with cars on a ‘tourist street’ so as to not scare affluent shoppers away.

It’s a well known fact that working class people and the poor tend to smoke (WorldBank pdf) whereas the more affluent socially conformist members of society do not.

Further, DO NOT believe the trope regurgitated by the Santa Cruz Senile:

"…it doesn’t mean throwing people in jail," he (DA Lee) said, noting that representatives of the Homeless Services Center and other groups will work to get offenders into treatment, housing and other services.
, The county IS in the process of gathering funding for a larger jail facility due to ‘overcrowding’. When the county built the Blaine Street facility a couple of decades ago, (displacing a whole working class neighborhood in the process) the reason was overcrowding at the downtown facility… now home to the Santa Cruz “Museum of Art & History” aka The MAH EVENT CENTER, and the new triple-the-previous-size jail had people sleeping in the day rooms within three months.

They ALWAYS find people to fill their cage facilities. There IS NO SUCH THING as an ‘undercrowded’ jail in California, where there is a police officer within 15 minutes of EVERY point in the state.

Further, The habitual drug-related offenders DA Lee speaks of shun drug ‘treatment’ or use it for purposes of winter shelter, for which there are many clinics, facilities, and pre-existing funding to assist. However, there is no such thing as ‘treatment’ or housing for the massive number of simply displaced workers camping in the hills… short of “treating” them to a non-existent full-time job that would pay the incredibly inflated local rent, ‘inflated due in part to the influence of income tax writeoffs of a goodly portion of that rent available for transient office workers and away-from-the-nest UCSC students, who also appear to have a total monopoly on all the part-time facework jobs in Santa Cruz… eg. the whole job market in the downtown area.leaving local kids, literally, begging for jobs and housing along with everyone else.

For an example of how this rehabilitative “Substance Abuse Treatment” might work, last week a local private “Behavioral Health” clinic ‘MH Cann’ had one of their clients speak to the diners at the Red Church Monday evening free meal where he stated, in so many words, that last month he had a bad pill habit but MH Cann helped him ‘get clean’ and set him up with a place to live (one of the many ‘clean & sober’ houses where local worker housing used to be but how COULD a property owner pass up guaranteed federal checks for his junk mortgage payments in a town with a 10%+ adult unemployment rate) and a job at the local homeless shelter… The county homeless-facility-they-never-wanted, with a fully operational prison yard culture, and now with, apparently, “Lipstick-on-the-pig” barely weaned from narcotics “Trustees” to work there and lord over that yard.

The “four-sided meeting of representatives of Russia, the USA, EU and Ukraine … calls for refraining from any violent actions, intimidation or provocations.”

Rick Rozoff @ StopNato with Interfax and Itar-Tass reporting on the incident in Sloviansk Ukraine

Would you?Easter MAY be a bad time for doing hatchet jobs on food bank practices but it’s SENSATIONAL (ie. it sells advertising), even if it isn’t news.BeforeItsNews:(not satire – it’s the Mail!)

The Mail on Sunday sent out one of its most experienced reporters to do a hatchet job on food banks and Citizens’ Advice Centres today.

Mail hack Ross Slater even lied to a Citizens’ Advice Centre for his article to see how easy it would be to get vouchers for a foodbank.

But Mr Slater didn’t do a very good job, did he?More @ Before It’s News

Would you?

Easter MAY be a bad time for doing hatchet jobs on food bank practices but it’s SENSATIONAL
(ie. it sells advertising), even if it isn’t news.

BeforeItsNews:

(not satire – it’s the Mail!)

The Mail on Sunday sent out one of its most experienced reporters to do a hatchet job on food banks and Citizens’ Advice Centres today.

Mail hack Ross Slater even lied to a Citizens’ Advice Centre for his article to see how easy it would be to get vouchers for a foodbank.

But Mr Slater didn’t do a very good job, did he?

More @ Before It’s News
   Covert Inquiry by F.B.I. Rattles 9/11 Tribunals

   By Matt Apuzzo
   APRIL 18, 2014

   WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, a pair of F.B.I. agents appeared unannounced at the door of a member of the defense team for one of the men accused of plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As a contractor working with the defense team at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the man was bound by the same confidentiality rules as a lawyer. But the agents wanted to talk.

   They asked questions, lawyers say, about the legal teams for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other accused terrorists who will eventually stand trial before a military tribunal at Guantánamo. Before they left, the agents asked the contractor to sign an agreement promising not to tell anyone about the conversation.

   With that signature, Mr. bin al-Shibh’s lawyers say, the government turned a member of their team into an F.B.I. informant.

   The F.B.I.’s inquiry became the focus of the pretrial hearings at Guantánamo this week, after the contractor disclosed it to the defense team. It was a reminder that, no matter how much the proceedings at the island military prison resemble a familiar American trial, the invisible hand of the United States government is at work there in ways unlike anything seen in typical courtrooms.

“It’s a courtroom with three benches,” said Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School. “There’s one person pretending to be the judge, and two other agencies behind the scenes exerting at least as much influence.” [:::]

In Full @New York Times

The US government also turns the Guantanamo captives they release into CIA mercenaries, if they weren’t previously. See: Gitmo, An American Jihadist ‘Madrass’ - Guantanamo Detainee Killed in Syria Leading NATO-Backed Death Squada