Activists’ Action Plan

The Atlantic has a great post on a 26-page pamphlet that they have deemed an Activists’ Action Plan for the political protests in Egypt. The pamphlet has tips and advice for protesters demanding reform in their country. The pamphlet includes diagrams and tactics for dealing with the riot police and security forces.

One page includes advice on necessary clothing and accessories, such as a leather jacket or sweatshirt with a hood, garbage can lid or pot lid to use a shield, protected glasses, scarf to cover mouth, spray paint, gloves, and comfortable shoes.

Necessary Clothing and Accessories

Necessary Clothing and Accessories

Another page describes how to deal with riot police vehicles, such as those with water cannons use to disperse crowds. One tip is to use spray paint to paint over the windshields of police vehicles and surveillance cameras.

How to Use the Accessories

How to Use the Accessories

The Atlantic did not post the whole pamphlet, just a few translated page.

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).

Self Serving Censorship in the Media

Two things happened this week that speaks volumes of the double standards and double talk of the press and how they function to spread FUD in the populace as an instrument of the Ministry of Misinformation. The first revelation was the firing of Juan Williams by NPR. Juan Williams was a long time correspondent and news analyst a the NPR was fired after he appeared on the Fox News television show The O’Reilly Factor when he spoke about his views about Muslims who wear middle eastern clothing. In particular the soundbite used by all news outlets is the following, “I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried.” He said a lot more than just that, this one quote was pulled out from larger discussion about how America is not at war with Islam or Muslims, but neither side listens to the context, just the out of context blurb about some garb. The firing of Juan Williams comes less than a month after Shirley Sherrod from the USDA by the administration when a video of her came out that took a speech where she admitted that at one point she had racist attitudes towards a white farmer. Shirley was speaking to an all black audience about something that happened years prior, and she was the whole context of her speech was about how she herself overcame those racist tendencies against. The political correctness police is just as bad as the secret police in making examples of those that honestly speak their mind.

The other event that shed light into the incompetence of the news media is the wikileaks release nearly 400,000 documents. Let me be clear and first state that by no mean would I ever want any service men or women to be harmed by the release of these documents. That being said, they are fighting in Iraq for transparency and democracy and to keep the American people in the dark of what is happening in Iraq is a disservice to those serving there. If this was 1970 and these document were housed in some closet in the Watergate hotel and if Julian Assange worked for the The Washington Post he might have won the Pulitzer Price for uncovering the truth in Iraq. Even with journalists embedded with the military, the news media is blind or turning the other way to keep the American population misinformed

The G-Word

From the beginning of the time, the word gay has always meant merry, happy, lively. To say someone had gay spirits meant that they have a merry spirit about them, not that they had homosexual ghosts in their apartment. Throughout the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, songs that meant to lift a persons spirit often used the word gay to describe a merry old time. Up until recent more recent time, maybe in 80’s, the word was hijacked by the homosexual community to be mean what we know the word to mean, gay. So moving into the 90’s calling someone was calling them homosexual, and this word was used by the homosexual community to describe themselves as gay. But somewhere along this time, the word gay was hijacked once again. Because the use of the word was so gay, it started to be used as a pejorative fashion. For example, a straight person would say that something was gay to mean that it was bad, or suckie, or gay. Another interesting point, is that gay women opted to self identify using the word lesbian, not gay. Gay males were the only ones that still self identify as gay to describe their sexual orientation. So now we live in a world where the word gay is colloquially used in two different forms, in one for homosexual males to self identify, and by everyone else to describe something that sucks! But because the Political Correctness Police (PCP) want to abolish any word that can be deemed hurtful the word gay is the gay version of the N-word. And of course, this is happening at a time when every millennial of every color is self identifying by the use of the N-word.