All My Wikileaks

There is a saying that states that politics is show business for ugly people. Politicians and bureaucrats are like minor actors in a bad television soap, this has been made transparent with the latest leaks of US embassy cables released by Wikileaks. As you can imagine, the embassy cables have a lot of dirt on third word politicians, despots, and strong men.

The embassy cable leaks describe how China has been caught hacking into Google and other companies. How Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi have a bromance and secret deals going. The US spies on the UN. Saudi Arabia wants to attack Iran via a proxy like the United States or Israel. Hamed Karzai is a motivated by paranoia and cold hard cash. Iran has used the Red Crescent as cover for its agents.

Here is some synopsis of the coverage of the latest wikileaks.

Retweet October 2010

Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in October 2010. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Got Government?

  • After two years into his administration, why do I feel like President Obama pulled a Nigerian scam on the American people!
  • Words that have lost their meaning in 2010: transparency, open, hope
  • Are you down with the GOP? Yeah, you know me!
  • War on Terror really means war x terror, resulting in more of both not less of each.
  • Playboy should do a an issue where all the pictures are taken from the naked body scanners used by the TSA at airport security checkpoints.
  • What the TSA considers optional procedures are another name for beta testing and they are testing on the public!
  • To opt-out is a constitutional right!
  • Aside from the Bible, the most often misinterpreted and misunderstood document is the constitution!
  • China is one giant fiefdom of corporate sweatshops.
  • The next world war will be over the moon’s resources!

Politricks

  • Ron Paul and The Rent Is Too Damn High Party Guy for president 2012!!!
  • There are four kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics, and campaign promises!If Hitler were alive today, he would be the president of the RIAA.
  • As a business woman, if Meg Whitman has spent $140 million of her own cash for her campaign, what does she expect as a ROI on that?
  • It is calculated that Meg Whitman has spent $140 million of her own money on her campaign. Talk about trying to buy an election.
  • #rally4sanity is a rally without a cause.
  • Democracy, based on a true story.
  • The Oscars should have a new award category, Best Political Campaign Smear Ad!

Econemy

  • Liquidity is king.
  • What industry can we outsource next? Agriculture?
  • All blue color jobs will be outsourced to robots.
  • American pride is well ahead of the American economy.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could outsource wood chucking?
  • What a folly to believe you are saving money by buying something on sale, especially if you can do without it!
  • Capitalism is driven in large part by selling to people that don’t have the money things that they do not need.

Propagandon’t

  • When talking about Pakistan, the news often speaks of the “tribal area.”. Where is the tribal area of the US? Washington, DC!
  • The political correctness police is just as bad as the secret police in making examples of those that honestly speak their mind.
  • We all remembered the Alamo, but the reason why we should remember the Alamo we did not remember.
  • Another word for Cap and Trade is carbon emission fiefdom.
  • Another word for Cap and Trade is rations.
  • Education requires student participation.
  • The news has a statistical error rate of 30%!
  • Freedom begets freedom.

Question

  • If the universe was a painting would it be more like a Michelangelo, Picasso, or Banksy?
  • Is there such a thing as too much data?
  • Where in the world is sesame street located at?
  • If a zombie eats a green 1-up mushroom does it come back to life?
  • What is the current temperature of the universe?
  • What is up with teams named after years, the 49ers, the 76ers?
  • If your name is it, what is the word used to describe something as belonging to you? Is it, it’s or its?

Randumb

  • I meme therefore I am.
  • Grammatical rules are meant to be broken!
  • The future is an origami folded onto a fractal.
  • In the end, gravity always win!
  • Pumpkin is a great flavor, I should patent it.
  • Don’t let you conscious mind cock block your subconscious mind.
  • Some people are sex machines others sex robots.
  • I tweet therefore I am.
  • Stress is a gateway emotion!
  • Chocolate rain is a great example of a purple cow.
  • What is up with teams named after years, the 49ers, the 76ers? I wanna start a new team, the 10Kers BC!
  • 3D TV is to real 3D what reality TV is to regular reality.
  • Give me a S. Give me a I. Give me a C. Give me a tissue. What does that spell? I’m sickie…
  • Man, I have a bad case of funk shui!
  • There no vacation for a parent!
  • Dim Sum is the Chinese version of Spanish Tapas.
  • Love hurts deeply!
  • Love is the other four letter word.
  • Love means never having to say your sorry but always admitting its you fault, “It’s my fault honey, I’ll fix that.”
  • It’s a thin line between love and hate, and the more passionately someone hates someone else the more that line bleeds into love.

Overheard

  • OH: Are you going to tweet that?
  • OH: What we have now is only like 0.1 of what we need, but it’s like 10 times better than what we had before.
  • OH: I’m not paying the heating bill for ghosts.
  • OH: that’s what happens when a post is auto-generated from a Twitter account with tweets entered on an iPhone by someone with fat fingers.
  • OH: I’m tough on you because I need you to be tough!
  • OH: You should be a computer security researcher since you seem to be the first to contract every computer virus known to man.
  • OH: There’s always been pros and cons left and right day and night then and now, always.
  • OH: Your logic doesn’t follow, so neither do I.
  • OH: This tastes like space Chinese food.
  • OH: Don’t you worry about it. When you start worrying about me that’s when I get worried.
  • OH: Oh, no, Obama is the President of the United States, he would never lie to the people, why would you think that?

Craporation

  • McDs should have a truth in advertising campaign and name their products to better descriptive names like McFatty, McGrub, and McTasteless.
  • If you farm generic genetically engineered fish twice the size and in half the time then you’ll get none of the flavor.
  • Monsanto should make a cooking book, Genetically Modified Foods for the Soul
  • In addition to fish, meat, diary, and vegetables there is a new food group, bioengineered.

Halloween

  • Happy Halloween! Trick or tweet!!!
  • If grown people come to trick or treat and they don’t have a costume they are getting veggie stix!
  • People getting rid of Easter candy on Halloween: http://twitpic.com/32u2ca
  • Why are people giving out Easter candy on Halloween.
  • Who you gonna call? Watching Ghostbusters!
  • Watching The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror marathon!

How Will the Last Gallon of Oil Be Used?

In his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Jared Diamond wrote about the collapse of Easter Island amongst other failed civilizations. Easter Island is one of the most remote places in the world. Located in the South Pacific, it’s nearest habitable neighbor is over 1000 miles away. It’s over 2000 miles west of Chile. The island is thought to have been first inhabited by Polynesians between 700-1100 AD. Here is a description based on European eyewitnesses.

Easter Island has been cited as an example of a human population crash. When fewer than 100 humans first arrived, the island was covered with trees with a large variety of food types. In 1722, the island was visited by Jacob Roggeveen, who estimated a population of 2000 to 3000 inhabitants with very few trees, “a rich soil, good climate” and “all the county was under cultivation”. Half a century later, it was described as “a poor land” and “largely uncultivated”.
Source: Wikipedia

From archaeological evidence, early in its history Easter Island was a lush and fruitful Island. The island supported a unique culture until the population exhausted all of the available resources. In his book, Jared Diamond posed a question that stuck with me, he asked, what were the thoughts of the person that cut down that last tree on Easter Island as they were cutting it down? What was the branches, limbs, and wood of the last tree of Easter Island used for? Were the remains of that last tree used for shelter, for weapons, or for fire wood?

By some estimates, we have consumed about half of the world’s oil reserves in a little over a century and oil demand is only increasing. Whether or not these estimates are correct, one can imagine a time in the future when all the reaming oil will be down to one barrel. What will that last barrel of oil be used for?

TSA USA Grope Fest

Instead of a link fest, a collection of links on a given topic, I decided to do a grope fest in honor of the intrusive new procedures enforced by the TSA. Apparently, as many Americans have come to find out, TSA stands for TSA Sexual Assault. When running for president, then presidential candidate Obama ran on a platform of hope. Now, two years into his presidency, American hope has transformed to grope. You give up all constitutional rights when you give up your genitalia to government officials to be frisked and handled, because by then the government has you by the balls! I don’t know about you, but there is a no fly zone in my pants so government official keep you hands to yourself. Talk about the overreach hand of government.

TSA Grope Checkpoint

TSA Grope Checkpoint

False Freedom and Security Theater

In the United States, people have an ideal of freedom which sadly is outdated and has not been practiced for generations. The false freedom now in place in the United States has been made evident by the use of naked body scanners and evasive pat downs. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have usurped constitutional rights from its citizens. Without probable cause and without a search warrant undeputized TSA security officers, which amounts to little more than security guards, execute evasive searches known as pat down and employ pornographic ‘advanced imagining technology’ to scan the naked body of passenger, where they be young children, underage teens, elderly folks. There are so many problems with the approach the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security has taken to security in the airport that it’s had to to know where to start.

First and foremost, it the new procedures don’t work and will be proven to fail. I remember like it was yesterday, when I woke up in to what I thought was another day that infamous September 11. I turned on the television to get an update on the traffic flow and the weather before I headed out to work. By the time I turned on the television the first plan had already hit the first tower. It felt surreal, like a movie, the matrix. By the time the second plane hit the second tower, I knew everything I needed to know, I knew the what were the weakness of our security. Likewise, when I see the use of scare tactics as security and humiliating and dehumanizing use of pat downs and pornographic imaging technology it is evidently clear our security weaknesses. For instance, there is materials that can fools backscatter x-ray machine.

A second concern is that the government has not release or made available any information on the amount of radiation emitted by the backscatter x-ray machines. The naked body scanners are basically radiating passengers, including small children. I mean to accuse the government of a conspiracy, but the government has in the past approved the use procedures, methods, and chemicals that later where found to be harmful. For example, a lot of military service men and women have suffered from asbestos, a carcinogen material.

Another huge civil liberties issue with how the TSA is employing its current security measures is that use of non-police officers to conduct unconstitutional searches. Essentially, the TSA is conducting unconstitutional searches on would be travelers. No matter what the TSA posts on it’s website, the act of buying a plane ticket does not remove the rights and liberties guaranteed in the constitution. To justify their use of full body scanners and groping the private areas of men, women, and children the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security point to their website. Never mind that the information in their website has been found to be incorrect and out of date, they have usurped your sovereign rights guaranteed by the constitutions, and conduct thousands of illegal search on the public.

The extensive groping of the genital area of men, women, and children and the use of pornography x-ray imaging technology amounts of sexual harassment. If a police officer were to pull you for speeding or another infraction he would not have the legal authority to search you without probably cause, and certainly he would not have the right to search you in your privates and all those in your vehicle including toddlers and underage children. If the police officer does not have such authority why has the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security usurped such authority.

The TSA has been caught in a lie and presumably has lied about other facts regarding the naked bod scanner. The TSA has used spokesperson to state that the porn scanners don’t have the ability to save, print, or export the images. But this has been proven inaccurate. The TSA’s own requirement specifications state that these machines have the ability to print, save, and export images of passenger in a high bandwidth network. If that is not enough, there is little from stopping a TSA agent from using a cell camera of flip camcorder to record whatever images are displayed from the screen. I hate to say it but it seems that those perceived as terrorist might have more common sense and creativity than those entrusted with our security.

While the United States conducts it’s security theater the real threat and feeds American’s a false sense of security and false freedom, the real threat to America goes without notice. One 9-11 a group of towers collapses and non have been built since. During that same time, China has built a 1-million plus city each year. The real nation security threat is not the enemy can will demolish one or two buildings, the the one that can build one in six days. That is our real security threat, the inability to compete at a international level. At this point, the only industry where we lead the world is the military industrial complex.

Al Queda Missile Fired Off California Coast

The following quote is form Los Angeles Times L.A. Now blog.

Military and aviation officials said Tuesday they don’t know who may have launched a mysterious object spotted in the sky late Monday off the Southern California coast, but noted that whatever the projectile was, it did not pose a threat to national security.

So, if I am to understand this correctly, some unknown/covert organization fires what seams to be a surface to air missile, the pentagon and even NORAD have no idea who launched it, and we are all suppose to not worry about it.  My shampoo bottle is more of a security threat that I have to be man handled, groped, and xrayed by a porn scanner but firing missiles with an unknown payload randomly into the air raises no concern from the authorities.

Since the Pentagon can’t or won’t explain this, I have some theories…

  • It must have been Iranian designed missile fired by Al Queda-fornia.
  • It was just an elementary school science faire project, I think blue-ribbon winner.
  • It was a top secret military satellite launch.

One thing is clear, the contrail was unusual sight for the the residents of Southern California.  There are military bases in the area that do test rockets and/or launch satellites into space.  What is unusual was the large visible contrail that made the rocket launch clear for all to see.

Corporate Leaders Make Bad Political Leaders

The failed gubernatorial attempt by Meg Whitman and the failed senate attempt by Carly Fiorina made me question if corporate leaders would make good political leaders. I think that a political needs to develop different skills than those required by a C-level executive. Can you imagine if the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, was a state governor? As CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt has stated in the past that if web users want online privacy they should change their name. If he thinks that privacy is not a right, imagine what other rights he would want to googlefy. Google’s mission is to make all human knowledge accessible, searchable, and monetizable online as long as it’s not their executives personal information. Your personal information is fair game to be index by their web crawlers and large data centers but Google has a double standard when it comes to their information. For example, try googling for Google Customer Service. Back in 2005, a CNET was blacklisted when one of its reporters posted Google founders private information online. So, I would correct Eric Schmidt, if you want privacy online and you are an Google executive just censor news outlet, otherwise change your name.

Now imagine, for a second, if Mark Zuckerborg of Facebook was president. If Mark Zuckerberg was president, he would nationalize Facebook and make it the de facto National ID system. He would place Naked Body Scanners not only at airports but at malls and movie theaters. TSA agents and other government officials would be able to force check you into locations, to tag you in police lineups, to force you into associations and groups without your permission. As President, Mark Zuckerberg would balance the budget by sharing private customer data with corporations and other agencies.

The candidate I can see myself behind would be a Jobs Ive 2012 ticket. Steve Jobs would redesign the White House to look like a steel and glass iPod nano with a single body aspect to it. He would force all senators to sign NDAs before they vote on any bill. He would simply ban all journalist that write any bad press on his foreign policy as he has to those that written negatively about his products. Steve Jobs’ Press Secretary would be David Pogue.

After seeing Meg Whitman campaign go down in flames I realized that most corporate leaders can’t connect with the every day people they manage. Just think about it, they live on corporate expense accounts and you struggle to keep a budget, they fly on private corporate jets and you practically get strip searched by the TSA, they have a second home and you mostly likely would have a second job (if you can find one).

Independent Diplomat

Independent Diplomat is the sort of idea that I wish I had thought of first. Independent Diplomat is like the Black Water but for diplomats. I first heard of Independent Diplomat from a TED conference talk by Carne Ross, the Executive Director of the non-profit organization. Carne Ross, a former British diplomat, advised the Kosovo to achieve recognition as a sovereign state. Independent Diplomat claims no formal allegiance to any government, but tries to assist in the representation in the world stage of disfranchised groups.

One interesting tidbit mentioned by Carne Ross from his TED talk is that there will be a new country forming soon in Southern Sudan. It wasn’t clear, but Independent Diplomat would be an organization that would hep in the formation of that new country by representing the Sudanese rebels at the UN and see the to the process of state creation.

This is the type of up and coming organization that I wish I had thought of first. I will keep my Independent Diplomat under my radar.

Top 20 Free eBooks for the Amazon Kindle

I’ve always been a book lover. I have a large collections of books, everything from programming books to eastern philosophy. As a book lover and a technologist, I was one an early adopter of the Amazon Kindle. I still use my first generation Kindle, but also enjoy reading on the Apple iPad. Since I started reading books on the Kindle I have not purchased a single physical book. I’ve started to accumulate a virtual library of books that I enjoy and can carry with me.

Here is a collection of free ebooks for the Kindle available through the Amazon Kindle site. These books are classics of physical books that I have purchased, read, and enjoyed. I remember each of the following books fondly. For example, I remember reading The Republic in college for a philosophy class. I read highlighting most of my copy of Common Sense. Great Expectations has always been a favorite book of mine since reading it in high school. The Sayings of Confucius lead me to eastern philosophy books such as The Art of War and Tao Te Ching. I’ve already download all of these free books to my Kindle so as to enjoy them a second time.

Favorite Free Kindle eBooks