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Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

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They need to do a gubernatorial remix of this joint.AA I don’t know how well that lil’ place is doing since Katrina, however.

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Posted: December 10th, 2008
at 4:13am by Black Ock


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Patriot Act

Ever wonder what that term means?

Bush signs Patriot Act into law (above).  Allegedly, no ninjas were present.

SEC. 207. DURATION OF FISA SURVEILLANCE OF NON-UNITED STATES PERSONS WHO ARE AGENTS OF A FOREIGN POWER.

(a) DURATION -

(1) SURVEILLANCE- Section 105(e)(1) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1805(e)(1)) is amended by-

(A) inserting `(A)’ after `except that’; and

(B) inserting before the period the following: `, and (B) an order under this Act for a surveillance targeted against an agent of a foreign power, as defined in section 101(b)(1)(A) may be for the period specified in the application or for 120 days, whichever is less’.

.::Read it -> educate yourself at Epic!

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Posted: November 12th, 2008
at 3:18pm by Black Ock


Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,primary sources

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Transperancy International : Increase Revenue Transparency

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a€oeThe tragic paradox, that many resource-rich countries remain poor, stems from a lack of data on oil and gas revenues and how they are managed. Companies must do more to increase transparency,a€A said Huguette Labelle, Chair of TI.

[Transperancy International]

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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 8:11pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,green,not ninja-worthy,business,politricks,primary sources,et cetera

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"Wag the Dog" by David Mamet

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Posted: April 28th, 2008
at 7:00am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: film,politricks,primary sources

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Barney Frank : HR 5843

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Posted: April 8th, 2008
at 1:43pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Euphemism and American Violence

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By David Bromwich

If one extreme of euphemism comes from naturalizing the cruelties of power, the opposite extreme arises from a nerve-deadening understatement. George Orwell had the latter method in view when he wrote a memorable passage of "Politics and the English Language":

Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.

Orwell’s insight was that the italicized phrases are colorless by design and not by accident. He saw a deliberate method in the imprecision of texture. The inventors of this idiom meant to suppress one kind of imagination, the kind that yields an image of things actually done or suffered; and they wanted to put in its place an imagination that trusts to the influence of larger powers behind the scenes. Totalitarianism depends on the creation of people who take satisfaction in such trust; and totalitarian minds are in part created (Orwell believed) by the ease and invisibility of euphemism.

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If one extreme of euphemism comes from naturalizing the cruelties of power, the opposite extreme arises from a nerve-deadening understatement. George Orwell had the latter method in view when he wrote a memorable passage of "Politics and the English Language":

Americans born between the 1930s and the 1950s have a much harder time getting over the shock of learning that our country practices torture than do Americans born in the 1970s or 1980s. The memory of the Gestapo and the GPU, the depiction of torture in a film like Open City, are not apt to press on younger minds. But the different responses are also a consequence of the different imaginings to which people may fall prey. Many who fear that their children might be killed by a terrorist bomb cannot imagine anyone they know ever suffering injustice at the hands of the national security state.

This complacency suggests a new innocencea€"the correlative in moral psychology of euphemism in the realm of language. And if you take stock of how little general discussion there has been of the advisability of pursuing the global war on terrorism, you realize that this country has scarcely begun to take stock of the United States as an ambiguous actor on the world stage. Those who said, in the weeks just after the September 11 attacks, that the motives of the terrorists might be traced back to some US policies in the Middle East were understandably felt to have spoken unseasonably. The surprising thing is that six and a half years later, when a politic reticence is no longer the sole order of the day, discussion of such matters is still confined to academic studies like Chalmers Johnson’s Blowback and Robert A. Pape’s Dying to Win,[3] and has barely begun to register in The New York Times, in The Washington Post, or on CNN or MSNBC. Ask an American what the United States may have to do with much of the world’s hostility toward us and you will find educated people saying things like "They hate the West and resent modernity," or "They hate the fact that we’re so free," or "They hate us because this is a country where a man and a woman can look at each other across a table with eyes of love." Indeed, the single greatest propaganda victory of the Bush administration may be the belief shared by most Americans that the rise of radical Islama€"so-called Islamofascisma€"has nothing to do with any previous actions by the United States.

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Ridiculously ill article. Excellent read.AA Thanks to Lissy for the link and to Tris for other contributing content today.

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Posted: April 3rd, 2008
at 9:19am by Black Ock


Categories: politricks,weaponry,9th dan,primary sources

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MNP Primary Sources : Hugo ChA¡vez and Juan Carlos I

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Posted: March 24th, 2008
at 8:00am by Koookiecrumbles


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MNP Primary Sources - Letters on Cuba

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Click the image to read the first page and click here for the entire document.

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Click the image to read the first page and click here for the entire document.

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Posted: March 7th, 2008
at 11:30am by Black Ock


Categories: politricks,real life news,primary sources

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