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US Assassination Team uses drone to smuggle missile past Baghdad Airport Security

COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS take great care to exclude weapons and explosives from their passengers’ bags and accessories. Why bother when authoritarians can bypass security regulations and restricted airspace with armed drones? US officials brag that they killed the world’s Number One Bad Guy, an Iranian major general named Qassem Soleimani, who they claim was responsible for American casualties. Naturally the precision airstrike killed Soleimani’s entourage as well, including Brigadier General Hussein Jafari Nia, Major-General Hadi Taremi, Colonel of the Guards Shahroud Mozaffari Nia, Captain Waheed Zamanian, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy-commander of the Iraq’s People’s Mobilization Forces, and Mohammad al-Shibani, Muhandis’s son-in-law. No word yet on what their crimes are alleged to have been, had charges been brought and the group been summoned to a court of law, as would be done in any self respecting international law abiding society. Anyhow NBD, the U.S. of Assholes has traded its nocturn Seal Team raid Death Squads for MQ-9 Reaper drones guided by War Room extrajudicial assassins. And Yanks no longer shy away from Death’s Head nomenclature. We’ve gone from Predator drones to Reaper. Ha ha “Grim Reaper” get it? America Fuck Yeah! No, you dumbfuck blimpnecks, that drone is actually a sower. Of a grim harvest.

Texas church gunman kills two gunmen before being killed by next gunman

A gunman goes into a church –have you heard this one? Essentially the latest headline goes: Texas church gunman kills two armed churchgoers before being killed by yet another. That’s a lot of Texas church gunmen. Apparently when the shooting stopped even more worshipers pulled out their guns. Let’s see, the lesson about needing a gun to defend oneself doesn’t add up so well in this example. In Texas totting a gun to church means you have a one in three chance of surviving an attack by a fellow gun believer. Sunday’s two victims were armed after all and it didn’t save them. And if we think about this charitably, as we ought to because the first gunman, the troubled one, was a churchgoer himself, having a gun didn’t save him either, the actual odds become one survivor out of every four church gunmen. God rest everybody’s piece. So the lesson here is, don’t go to church! And especially not if you are packing. If a fellow troubled soul doesn’t shoot you, security will.

Joe Biden admits he’s Republican

JOE BIDEN thinks he can sway voters by saying he’d consider a Republican as his vice-presidential pick. Then he explained about choosing a running mate: “Whomever I would pick, were I fortunate enough to be your nominee, I’d pick someone who was simpatico with me, who knew… what my priorities were and knew what I wanted to do. We could disagree on tactic, but strategically we’d have to be on the exact same page.”
 
How’s that for truth in advertising? Biden thinks he might be on the exact same page as what’s supposed to be the other party. HA.

Corporate News Streetwalker Didn’t See That Coming

Local news reporter Alex Bozarjian felt “violated, objectified, and embarrassed” when a passing marathon runner grabbed her butt on live TV. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of that! Corporate media INDULGES in disrespect and objectification, shouldn’t their representatives be braced for the consequence? Was it a sexual assault? The grinning runner did that FOR THE CAMERA! A slap aimed to denigrate and disrespect should greet every mainstream news hack who presumes their victimized public cannot strike back. Bozarjian’s station says “No woman should have to endure that abuse simply doing her job.” Doing THAT job –how about ALL of them? Male AND female! Whether fool or knave, unknowing or mendacious, media whores deserve a slap whenever they surface in public. Though that slap would probably be more effective delivered in the face. Bozarjian got off easy.

Wife of US spy Jonathan Sacoolas on the lam after world record hit and run

The US Air Force flew one of its intelligence workers’ wives out of the UK after she committed vehicular homicide, then claimed diplomatic immunity. The British press reports that the whereabouts of Anne Sacoolas are being concealed from journalists and investigators. The US media is conspiring to keep all personal details being made public. Freedom the the Press does not protect your freedom to know.

Anne Sacoolas, 42, wife of US “diplomat” Jonathan Sacoolas (reportedly an intelligence officer with the NSA), fled the UK after killing Harry Dunn, 19, when her Volvo collided with his motorbike while she was driving on wrong side of road. Sacoolas had just exited the RAF Croughton base in Northamptonshire, which is leased to the US and called the Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC). Sacoolas’ eldest of three children was in the car at the time of the accident. Usually diplomatic immunity only covers diplomats in London, but a special deal signed as early at 1994 includes this particular base. US media is reporting the story, without mentioning her name, or that her “diplomatic immunity” is a cover for intelligence work.

Curious things, these media moratoriums.

Fuck rights or liberation, with BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee says BLUE LIVES MATTER!

Spike Lee’s history lesson represents the worst of exploitative falsifications. There was NO student girlfriend. No CC Black Student Union contact. There was NO BOMB whatsoever. And Detective Ron Stallworth’s white partner was NOT Jewish. And guess what: His phone calls with David Duke are uncorroborated. So that leaves what truth exactly?

Stallworth’s pretend surrogate made at most 2-3 undercover contacts with clan members, tops. I’m guessing because many local cops were in the Klan. And if his partner was indeed asked to lead the chapter, it was likely BECAUSE he was a fellow cop.

The film pretends that the Colorado Springs police were against racists, and harbored only one bad apple. Fat chance. Conveniently for Stallworth’s narrative, the CSPD chief shut down the investigation and ordered all evidence destroyed.

Stallworth did receive a Klan membership card in the mail.

Stallworth WAS on the security detail for the David Duke visit. Stallworth says the snapshot scene happened, but he LOST the Polaroid!

Actually, most of Stallworth’s own claims cannot be verified.

Two NORAD clansmen WERE identified, but merely transferred to Alaska.

Meanwhile, as a black plainclothes detective in Colorado Springs, Stallworth went undercover in groups PROTESTING the clan. Of course. Ron Stallworth spent his career infiltrating black communities and gangs, in Colorado and Utah.

In my experience as an activist, the cops often use black undercovers because victims can’t out them without being seen as racist.

I can also attest to the racism in today’s CSPD. The Klan’s most recent incarnation, known as THE MINUTEMEN, only a few years ago, did their recruiting from A CSPD POLICE SUBSTATION. The Minutemen want enthousiasts who can patrol the southern border to shoot Mexicans. Only whites with gun permits need apply. So-said the sergeant making the pitch.

Basically Spike Lee glamorized cops without regard to violating the public right of assembly. Lee broadly chose to blame Trump for a resurgence of racist violence, without pondering the question his own film raises about police infiltration and police instigation of violence. I’d say Spike Lee made a BLUE LIVES MATTER joint, at the expense of Black lives, rights, and liberation.

Colorado Springs police win round one against socialists, convince local jury that free speech obstructs order.


CONVICTED! The March 26, 2017 arrests of socialist marchers finally came to trial last Friday. We were all found GUILTY! OF MARCHING! YES! Because that’s a crime in Colorado Springs. It’s disguised as a misdemeanor offense called “Obstruction.” On the other hand, all four defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of Failure to Desist or Disperse, of which we were equally culpable, if you consider the police dispersal order lawful.

While a complete not-guilty verdict would have been more comforting, and of course just, the silver lining is that we can now appeal this decision to a higher court.

Appeal
Next time round, the judge’s prejudice, the prosecution’s dishonesty, the police misconduct, and the impropriety of applying an obstruction ordinance to curb protest, can be reviewed by adjudicators with more authority, whose decision can set legal precedence. Though appealing to higher wisdom in Trump’s America has become a crapshoot.

The kangaroo aspect of municipal courts does get tiresome. Our railroading was well oiled so our court scheduled only one day of trial. Six to ten officer testimonies, plus ours, plus the various surveillance and body-cam videos, seemed sure to expend more than a day. We played along, hoping to spare the charade no more time than it deserved.

We were also confident a jury could not fail to see through the preponderance of bullshit. Ours seemed a sympathetic jury with smiles and eye contact. They rolled their eyes at the police overreach. We sympathized with their having to upend their schedules to listen to the bullshit and so we wanted to hurry it along for their sake. We abbreviated our testimonies and our cross-examinations of the idiotic cops to spare the jury excess misery. At the same time we feared a contempt charge from the judge if our testimonies strayed into subjects the judge had forbidden us to mention to the jury. Like the Outrageous Governmental Misconduct.

Censored topics
The verdict should not have been a surprise. Earlier in the week the judge forbid defense attorneys from instructing the jury about the First Amendment. And so Friday’s jury had only to decide, were they out on the street or not? None of us disputed being in the street, which the prosecutors defined as obstructing traffic, therefore we were found guilty.

Judge Kristen Hoffecker’s rationale for eliminating the standard First Amendment jury instruction, and prohibiting defense lawyers uttering the phrase “First Amendment Rights” was because prosecutors argued the charge of obstruction had nothing to do with free speech. But what charge does? If a law overtly infringes on free speech, it would be held unconstitutional. As a result, police and city prosecutors use tangential offenses to criminalize protesting. Obstruction is a local favorite.

If police officers don’t understand the First Amendment enough not to violate it, and city lawyers don’t respect it enough to persist with prosecutions, and judges don’t know enough to throw out abusive charges, are we really to expect common citizens sitting in the jury box to know where they’re supposed to draw the line?

Obstruction
By chance I have some familiarity with the obstruction pretext. The prosecutor kept telling the jury that had we marched on the sidewalk, we would have avoided citations. Had she asked me directly, I could have answered: not true. I have frequently been threatened with arrest for OBSTRUCTING THE SIDEWALK. And there’s more to that story obviously.

Likewise, walking in the street is not the only way to be targeted with obstruction. I’ve been charged with obstruction IN A VEHICLE ON A STREET. Both examples happened at protests. Police can accuse you of obstruction, on the street or off.

Obstruction is be a legitimate violation of course. If you’re preventing someone driving by, in this example, or walking by, or a government function, or a commercial activity, etc. However, if the accusation of obstruction is the pretext to obstruct YOU from expressive activity, that’s an abuse of the ordinance.

An indication of such abuse might be if police allow others to do what they’re disallowing you, perhaps because of your ideology. In Colorado Springs, authorities have allowed numerous political marches on the street without arrests or threat of arrest. Some recent examples include #MeToo, the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, Anti-Fracking, Critical Mass, Occupy, to name demonstrations which have taken our downtown streets without arranging permits beforehand.

Those who’ve sought permits, by the way, learn they cost $7,000. Events have been cancelled for failing to fundraise the required fee. That very literally is not free speech.

Jail
Back on the stand, if I had been able to recount being charged with obstruction of a sidewalk, I could have emphasized I was JAILED for it.

Jail was another topic we were forbidden to broach. A jury is not supposed to consider the potential penalties to result from its verdict. Our jury had no inkling we could be jailed for our protest march. I say this because even our lawyers discounted its likelihood. But the first thing Judge Hoffecker did after dismissing the jury was to schedule all defendants for a Pre Sentencing Investigation. PSIs are unusual for misdemeanor convictions, though standard for felons, addicts and sex offenders.

The trial flaunted other indignities.

Objections
The jury pool from which we chose our jurors included an African American Teamster who spoke proudly of protest, even if it might block traffic. We wanted him on our jury and he was the only black person in the group. Naturally the city eliminated him first, without regard for the federal law which gives protected status to minority jurors. The judge repaired to her chambers and conjured another pretext to overrule our objection.

Two of our defendents exercised their Fifth Amendment right, not to testify, and as we all know, not to have that used against them. In her closing statement, our city prosecutor brought up the fact they’d chosen to avoid incriminating themselves. That’s a red letter all caps NO-NO which should produce a mistrial. Our judge ran to her chamber to consult the law (likely make a phone call) and reemerged steeled to shrug it off.

Lawful order
As I said, we were acquitted of Failure to Desist and Disperse. Most of us didn’t hear or understand the garbled commands which the police officers testified were lawful orders. Listening to the audio on the bodycam footage in court made it clear to me why those orders were not conveyed.

It turns out, instead of saying “This is Officer Keller with the Colorado Springs Police, I’m ordering you etc, etc”, the police were actually yelling “Get on the sidewalk! Get on the sidewalk!” We mistook them for hecklers responding to our chant of “Off the sidewalks! Into the streets!” And of course “Whose street? Our street!”

I didn’t hear the police barking at us on March 26, but I would recognize it now. I have since come to witness how police in their cruisers use their intercoms to communicate with the urban poor. They pull up on the homeless and from their cruisers dispense with all formality. “Get up! Stand up!” They yell to homeless not abiding by the new no-sitting ordinance. “Move it! Pick up your things!” They yell as they sweep the public parks and homeless encampments. Those apparently are lawful orders. If they say it twice, that counts as two warnings.

Hamilton the Musical lionizes the real Benedict Arnold of the Am. Revolution

USA currency heros and villain
OUR GUILDED AGE OF GREED AND NARCISSISM is naturally going to recast Alexander Hamilton in a heroic light. Though he adorns the ten dollar bill, Hamilton was neither a president nor a founding father. The first secretary of the treasury was rather the nation’s founding banker. Not a Mr. Drysdale safe deposit banker, its loan officer.

Hamilton believed the nation’s currency should belong to a private bank and be loaned to the public, at interest, compounded so the debt could never be paid off.

Every schoolchild knows Jefferson hated Hamilton but the reason was always obfuscated by federalist triviality. In fact Jefferson believed the fruit of a nation’s productivity was supposed to be distributed to the people. Hamilton insisted it go to a bank which need share only the crumbs.

Hamilton the Rat Bastard betrayed America’s founding fathers who sought to escape the Bank of England’s talons. Its loans were not only usurious, the bank’s discretion to expand or restrict credit enabled it to create financial crashes so as to seize the public assets proferred as collateral. Though the original colonies had benefited by printing their own currency in the past, Hamilton convinced George Washington that instead of the nation printing its own currency, a bank should do it, so the 100% profit of printing money could be spread among private shareholders, not the American public or their legislature.

Any schoolchild could grasp the unfairness of the contract which Hamilton imposed on what would have been a prosperous people. The national debt is still binding today. Its abolition and everyone’s emancipation could be just one big school walkout away.

Hence the constant indoctrination.

That’s what makes Hamilton: an American Musical all the more pernicious. Because it’s aimed at children. Its theme of How History Will Remember You is an ode to infantile angst, while obviously innoculating their childish allegiance to mature scrutiny. Hamilton is High School Musical league, with the pretense of being historical. Parents are agog because they think there’s substance behind the interracial rap voguing and vapid graphic novel dialog. It’s the same excitement parents showed for Harry Potter Middle Earthian dreck because at least the kids are reading.

Before the revolution the American colonies prospered with their own currency. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson visited England and saw the poverty and squalor where they expected to see the shared bounty of the world’s most powerful empire. The “Bank of England” was sucking England’s economy dry and soon a law was passed to mandate that the colonies subjugate themselves to the same perpetual loans. That’s what prompted the American War of Independence. The Tea Tax and No Taxation Without Representation are perfidy. Why is school-taught history so boring? Because it’s a fabrication to hide the truth.

Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison opposed the yoke of debt slavery, while Hamilton’s cohorts and banking agents kept reimposing it. When President Andrew Jackson paid off the national debt in full, he bankrupted the bankers! Abraham Lincoln paid for the War of Rebellion by printing Greenbacks. Their success was sabotaged by the banks and international finance got its hooks in again.

What an odd coincidence that the portraits of each of those foes of national debt, depicted on US currency denominations, face the same direction, while the Arnold of all Benedicts grins back at them.

Today kids are learning a valuabe civics lesson. Government won’t do anything for people, without a gun to its head.

OH THE IRONY. But Poe’s Law probably governs in high schools too. For the same reason irony doesn’t compute on social media: adolescent frontal lobes.

I don’t have much use for guns myself, but it’s obvious to me that when the corporate media gets behind a public issue like gun control, it can’t be in the people’s interest. AT ALL. Since when have even Big Dems supported anything righteous?

The news usually blacks out calls for social reform. Unless it’s the common people you’re asking to disempower, not corporate hegemony. Today the press is platforming the protests with live feeds and biographical highlights of the youthful petitioners. This is MANUFACTURED DISSENT. Nickelodeon suspended its television programming to accommodate, in essence, a protracted commercial break. A young person’s choice to “walk out” from school today is not rebellion, it’s conformity. To the astroturf. Get a load of the profiling of the Florida students, portrayed as movement organizers! Their role more resembles contestants for America’s Got Talent: the Protest Edition.

The #March14 school walkouts across the country only confirm the mendacious education our children are getting.

Gee kids, when you graduate, to no job, no health care, no environmental protections, no economic rights, maybe even no home, AND a leveled playing field of NO PRIVILEGE for any of you, you kids are going to need guns.

Can one liberate sheeple?

Animal liberators face a dilemma. Livestock deserve to be freed, every last piglet and lamb. But animals bred for captivity won’t survive without it. Emptying a CAFO will precipitate an equally calamitous tragedy outside its door. The remedy of course is to stop breeding sentient beings for human consumption. The same probably holds for people. Social justice advocates can aim to liberate the “sheeple” but into whose hands?

President Trump wants a Bastille Day? By all means, let’s give it to him!

YES, GIVE TRUMP HIS MILITARY PARADE! Let the world see the tinpot military dictatorship which the US has become. President idiot was inspired to order his generals to parade their best hardware after attending France’s Bastille Day celebration. Obviously he doesn’t know the French republic is commemorating their liberation from the Ancien Regime of monarchy, theocracy and feudalism. That’s when Parisienne rioters overran the fabled Bastille prison, the impregnable fortress which held political prisoners. It was the act which launched the French Revolution. Historians estimate the crowd of Sans Culottes to have numbered less than 800. Remember that next time you think the turnout at your demonstration is too small to make a difference.

How to play a REAL game of Monopoly.


MONOPOLY was invented by an anarchist who wanted to demonstrate the folly of capitalism. She called it The Landlord’s Game. Virtually unchanged, Parker Brothers’ Monopoly still teaches that the land grab end game always results in a monopoly. Players don’t consider such an outcome objectionable because board games need a single winner, and since everyone starts at square one, all have a chance to drive the rest of humanity bankrupt. You don’t have to tweak Monopoly much to render a perfect forecast of a child’s prospects in the real economy. Start the game with all the properties fully populated with hotels and houses, all owned by the player who won last time. Now go.

Just kidding.

But dispense with the New World homesteading delusion. Unless you’re planning fresh conquest and genocide, land ownership today is sewn up. Fully populate the properties and distribute them in advance, to one or all of the players, it doesn’t really matter. The real monopoly lies with the bank.

The banker in this tweaked version of Monopoly doesn’t play at all, as far as rolling the dice to progress around the board. The banker’s token doesn’t need the wage earned by passing “GO”, nor does he need to risk going to jail. Yes the banker is a white male. The banker’s token lies idle wherever it wants on the board, while the bank doles out the money and reposesses the properties whose owners go bankrupt.

Actually in the tweaked mode, the banker doesn’t distribute the money, he lends it. Every $200 to pass GO, he keeps a share. Every property and building is actually on loan, so he collects interest. What’s lent and what’s collected are secretly recalculated every round to leave the bare minimum which players need to keep circulating the board.

That’s the game. Enjoy!

If it doesn’t sound fun to you, too bad. Keeping a player’s interest in an unfair game is unimportant because monopoly is compulsory.

Sovereign Bruce Doucette found guilty of organizing a jailbreak from servitude


BREAKING: A jury of twelve Denverites just found Pro Se defendant Bruce Doucette GUILTY of multiple counts of racketeering, organized crime deeds, etc, for the actual self-confessed act of telling off his betters. By whom I mean, the local officiates of a fraudulent entity which presumes everyone’s birthright is slavery.

Judicial reform activist Bruce Doucette is next Denver sovereign to face joint FBI JTTF IRS & Colorado AG show trial

DENVER, COLORADO- Into the second week of the Doucette sovereignty trial you can’t help but imagine yourself attending the burning of a medieval heretic. There but for a modicum more caution than courage go I.
 
Sovereign Bruce Doucette and his nine co-conspirators, who prosecutors allege constituted a “criminal enterprise”, were saying what most know to be true about our nation’s corrupt justice system. Their attempts to bring reform however sparked the fear and wrath of the targeted cronies, who now lash back with all the authoritarian muscle with which they conduct their misdeeds.

Small surprise, obviously. That’s why you and I are standing around the fire and not in it. But seeing the fire being fueled by the FBI, its Joint Terrorism Task Force partners, and Colorado’s First Deputy Attorney General himself, onlookers dare not show sympathy for the heretics.

If you think this is an exaggeration, you haven’t been watching the Denver “paper terrorist” enterprise trials. Last December, the first two sovereigns were convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, etc, and given 36 and 22 year sentences. At their ages, that’s LIFE. Two remain to be tried, including Doucette. The rest took plea deals and were given only probation. This was in exchange for being made to “renounce allegiance to the sovereignty movement” and “to cease criticizing” judge whoever.

In constitutional days, criticism was free speech. And belief was a fundamental right. If you can reduce a prison sentence to probation by merely swearing fealty to the dominant authority, the real problem law enforcement has with these paper crimes is the First Amendment.

Today Colorado is giving life sentences for heresy.

Injustice
Systemic corruption among judges, sheriffs, district attorneys, and petty bureaucrats is no mere conspiracy theory. Someone is filling America’s booming for-profit prisons. Someone is enboldening cops to shoot rather than arrest. Who do you think is running the courts which prey entirely on the disadvantaged?

In Montaigne’s day, even aristocrats feared the courts. America’s innovation was to ensure the legal system benefits the rich, while pretending to serve The People. And administered by clowns who swore an oath to the people. For laughs.

Oaths
Doucette and his sovereign reformers discovered that many of these cronies had become so brash, they had dispensed with the oaths of office which they were constitutionally required to make. More hadn’t even posted bonds to secure said oaths. Bonds are mandated by the constitution to hold public officials accountable to their subjects over whom they wield disproportunate power.

But Doucette & co soon found that pointing out the missing oaths and bonds fell on deaf ears. Bond-less, oath-less, unaccountable despots can simply bang the gavel and ignore you.

While the more clever, if less principled, among us learn to exploit a crooked system, and the rest of us gnash our teeth in frustration, the Colorado sovereigns were foolhardy enough to take on the system with its own medicine.

Liens
Doucette and crew enterprised to serve official looking financial liens on the corrupt office holders, for monetary amounts corresponding to how long the officials had defrauded the public by drawing their oath-deficient salaries. With interest, compounded, the liens named extraordinary amounts due. The asserted default judgements totaled millions or billions, even TRILLIONS. This apparently frightened the officials who received the correspondence. A trillion dollar personal debt can ruin your credit.

Those lien amounts were contrived to bring the offender’s attention to their offense, if also to infer the moral bankruptcy of corruption. But instead of hopping to the swearing of oaths and the posting of their negligent bonds, the cronies called the FBI.

It turns out the FBI was already watching because the sovereigns and their ideology fall under federal definitions of domestic terrorism. You heard that right. Leave-me-alone sovereigns are considered terrorists.

Of course, sovereign ideology is a HUGE existential threat the system, but whenever did you give your assent to being thought-policed?

Sovereigns
The sovereignty movement in the US is comprised of a growing population of political constituents awake to the reality that their government no longer represents them. Their government acts unconstitutionally, to be specific. Its taxes, its judicial system, and especially its monetary mechanisms, are unconstitutional.

It’s become cliche to say our government is illegitimate. But what else are you going to call it? By a gradual process, the American democratic project became an authoritarian shadow state.

Sovereigns can argue with conspiracy theorists about maritime dominions or Freemasons or whatever complicated subterfuge, but to make a long story short, our national economy came under the control of oligarchs. The steps are easily documented.

I’ll list these highlights because they’ll pop up again later: 1861, endenturing Americans to foreign debt payments; 1913, shifting control of US currency to the predations of domestic private capital; 1949, our republic becomes a security state. All these transformations were expressly contrary to the intentions of the founding fathers and without consultation of the people.

Fraud
Despite Thomas Jefferson’s personal warnings, and his anti-Hamiltonian safeguards which held ground for generations, the American nation became enslaved to usury. Specifically it yielded to private loans and their interest rates which engineer economic instability and poverty. Our nation’s public wealth was usurped by the same financial masters who wrung opportunity, equality and equilibrium from Europe, the anemic economies from which our forefathers and subsequent immigrants declared their independance.

Because this is not what is represented to Americans in our civics classes, nor what we believe to be our citizenship compact, how can a declaration of personal sovereignty be unreasonable? The American Dream is a bait and switch. It’s false imprisonment. It’s contract fraud with our social contract.

Naturally Mommon has no intention of letting this truth be uttered. Mammon deems sovereigns as rebellious slaves. To a slaveowner, that’s terrorism.

Heresy
Sovereigns are often maligned as “patriots” in the retrograde supremicist sense. Obviously they are patriots enamored by what the American project has always pretended to be. Sovereigns are dedicated to the constitution we’re supposed to follow, to which any official with broad authority over people, is supposed to swear an oath.

In view of a lawless government and an abusive predatory bureaucracy, sovereigns try to indemnify themselves from corruption’s long greedy arm. This of course troubles our masters.

Persecution
The trial of sovereign Bruce Doucette is not a pretty thing. As a sovereign he cannot but represent himself Pro Se. You can wish his legal arguments were sharper, you can wish he had a lawyer’s chops, but Bruce Doucette is an ordinary person. He’s just smart enough to recognize injustice, and smart enough to have drawn its wrath, but stupid enough to have the moral conviction that prevents him from standing idly by like you.

Now Bruce Doucette is up against flames and torturous barbs honed by centuries of Inquisition. Today’s shackles and compliance control devices are exerted by the IRS.

Income tax is a convenient weapon with which to bludgeon sovereigns because it’s their Achilles Heel. Sovereigns take a principled stand against the income tax and they don’t pay it. We indoctrinated subjects consider income taxes ubiquitous, but it’s a contemporary government abuse.

Debt
Since prehistory, taxes were levied on wealth and land. When pre-industrial private finance schemes began to suck the wealth of nations and its land holders, governments had to make up their losses with other tax revenues.

Industrialization provided individual wages and salaries from which to trim a government’s share. Initially this was used to pay for the incidental expenses of war. Increasingly, the income tax became necessary to meet a nation’s growing interest payments to private debt in light of its diminishing assets from which to draw.

For some deranged logic, which we’ve lost the critical thinking skills to question, people accept national debt to private lenders as an obligation inherent to all national economies.

Income Tax
The history of the income tax can be traced to some telling coincidences. The first income tax appeared in England in 1799, levied to pay for the war against Napleon. Revolutionary France had thrown off the international financiers trying to impose private debt. Napoleon was fighting to preserve France’s prosperity which had come from his economic measures to thwart usury.

The first US income tax was imposed in 1861, to subsidize the War of Rebellion. By coincidence, that’s the year the Union violated long standing constitutional prohibitions against saddling our economy with private international debt. The federal income tax remained a contentious tax, until a Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.

Undeterred, Congress eventually amended the constitution to legitimize the income tax. By no coincidence at all, they did it in 1913, the same year American bankers created the Federal Reserve, the mechanism by which the spoils of usury and financial manipulation could be rendered from London to domestic profiteers. The spoils remained private. National debt was still the means to steal the wealth created by labor.

Thus the bankers wanted not only the prosperity generated by the labor, but a cut of the wages which paid for the labor. The only thing the rich have ever wanted was everything.

Besides, again the government needed the income tax to pay the interest on the private money it borrowed from the Fed.

No wonder sovereigns repudiate the income tax. It’s a slap in the face when the usurers already have both hands in your pockets. It’s robbing you personally when they’ve already taken the wealth you helped generate. It’s taking YOUR wallet when they’ve already stolen EVERYONE’S safe. And if the chairman of the Federal Reserve determines you can do without that sandwich, they’ll peg the interest rate to take that too.

Your nation’s wealth is not just your birthright, it’s the fruit of your collective hard work. A productive community, whether agricultural or industrial, is naturally prosperous. Unless it’s harnessed to perpetual interest payments. Debt means perpetual inequity. Especially when the interest rates are variable, adjusted to ensure that borrowers are left only with the crumbs of subsistence.

Jeers
Probably you’ve little sympathy for louts who don’t pay their taxes. Defendant Bruce Doucette was certainly made to look shameful for shirking his financial responsibility to the state. If you think he had one.

As the enlightened moderns we think we’ve become, we can look back at medieval heretics and know they weren’t criminals. And we know the bishops, burgermeisters and prosecutors of old could not have burned the heretics without the support of the jeering crowds. What inclined the medieval townspeople to jeer? In hindsight it’s easy to conclude it was gullible self-defeatism.

Please consider reasons you think you have now to jeer at Bruce Doucette. He followed his convictions. He spoke his mind. He tried to make authorities show the deference due their constituents, the common people. That mission was not criminal.

Just because your would be champion isn’t erudite doesn’t make him a criminal. If you think handing a public official a lien for 17 BILLION DOLLARS, owed to the American People, makes the defendant a bad boy, then give him a spanking!

Doucette’s act didn’t make victims of the unconstitutional oath-fraud officials. The court paraded a string of judges and sheriffs to testify against Doucette. They told the jury they felt victimized by the defendant’s “paper terrorism”. Bullshit.

On the other hand, no one is considering the real victims: the ruined lives, incarcerated or in penury, harassed, condemned and sentenced by those unaccountable public officials today pretending to be “victims”. If those real victims could testify at this trial, we all might be showing a little more appreciation for Doucette.

Snapchats Austin Forget and Lauren Combs rescued a pet pig, then ate her.


MOLLY was a 3-year-old pot-bellied pig rescued from an abusive home. After nursing her back to health, a “no-kill” shelter in British Columbia adopted Molly to a creepy young couple in Duncan, Vancouver Island, who signed papers agreeing they wouldn’t eat her. Then Snapchat pics turned up celebrating Molly being seasoned, cooked and served. The shelter sent constables to investigate but learned no laws had been broken because Austin Forget and Lauren Combs assured them that Molly had been killed humanely. Forget was more descriptive on Facebook where he declared “hahahahahah I killed the fucking pig” with a gun apparently. The public outcry has prompted both to delete their social media accounts and Forget is apologizing for his insensitivity which he blames on his youth. Trolls are weighing in that it’s just bacon. And while we can condemn Austin and Lauren for being souless gourmands, they’re no more inhuman than anyone who eats the intelligent and sentient pig, whether family pet or terrorized industrial farm internee.

This repulsion driven resurgence of civic engagement is so 2002, sorry.

If we can credit the proto simian president George W. Bush with one good thing, his mediocrity did re-engage the electorate. Not enough of it, nor with satisfactory haste, but eventually Bush’s misdeeds repulsed enough Americans to elect the first black president. They hoped he would jail the Bush cabal and restore peace, but that didn’t happen. Instead the Bush wars carried on and Barack Obama started his own, also redoubling attacks on the American people, the middle class, immigrants, domestic jobs, Main Street, the environment, and paradoxically, the lives of black men. Equality, justice, civil society, continued to be degraded. The wave of youthful activists who saw their black Abraham Lincoln unmask himself to be a Herbert Hoover, disengaged from politics in disgust.

While the widespread revulsion to Donald Trump appears to surpass record tolerance levels, in reality, the alarm and incredulity are not unfamiliar. Once again public despair is being channeled toward the voting booth, as if elections, and midterms, and the same old candidates, and the same stump speeches, will finally yield deliverance.

We can hope that we’re quicker studies this time round, prepared to give Donald the boot after just one term, but in truth, that was the plan with Dubya. It seemed so inconceivable that the Trumpian Bush could win a second term, that when he did, Americans felt they owed the world an apology for the error. Remember the 2004 SORRY EVERYBODY campaign? That election’s democratic challenger turned out to be a ringer, which exasperated voters who were certain that anybody-but-Bush was in the bag.

Midterm elections, whether they succeeded in sweeping Congress or not, provided negligible representative fortification against corporate predation. Not 2002, 2006, 2010, nor 2014. So why is the delusion so persistent?

This time round, I dare not be such a killjoy to suggest Trump will not be stymied in 2018 or dislodged in 2020, but I can’t see a people friendlier legislature nor any presidential replacement on the horizon that won’t capitulate like John Kerry. This weekend’s women’s marches and protest signs were cathartic and inspiring, and the vigor always feels promising, but People, we’re following the same piper! Throw the bastards out, etc! Si Se Puede! Trump Bush!

Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires executed. Can Americans import that?

William Jennings Bryan said “No one can earn a million dollars honestly.” He was riffing Balzac: “Behind every great fortune is a great crime.” Big Pharma billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman stole $3.2 billion via a string of great crimes. Last month the unfortunate couple was found bound and strangled in their home in an apparent murder suicide. Investigators have now concluded it was an execution, the work of a “group”. A people’s revolutionary tribunal maybe? That idea could be another Canadian import that the One Percent are probably anxious to keep out of the American public’s grubby hands.

Standing Rockstar Red Fawn is seduced by infiltrator, set up with his gun, then urged by lawyers to cop a plea. What?!

I had a lot of fun at Standing Rock. The spontaneous resistance in Cannonball, ND, and the environmental movement it spearheaded, was for me the most inspiring uprising of 2016. My favorite memories were watching the ever increasing flow of distant tribal delegations make their formal running entrances into the main camp. Indigenous peoples came from across the world to join the largest NDN resistance gathering since the Little Big Horn. I was encouraged to see the keen interest of the international press and documentary filmmakers even though local and national media stayed clear.

Standing Rock was also not all that it was billed to be. It wasn’t going to be DAPL’s Last Stand. The scene was dominated by patriarchal religious elders who stymied initiative, unity, and best practice at every turn. If it wasn’t for the actions led by the Red Warrior Camp, maligned and disowned by tribal leadership, the gathered “Water Protectors” would not have protected or resisted a thing. Every media victory, every provoked outrage, and every setback for the DAPL was orchestrated against the orders of the official organizers, whose sabotage was abetted by the usual passivist NGO allies and their PC scolds. Reservation chairman Dave Archambault II turned out to be made of straw. When protest momentum threatened to become unstoppable, his agency-indian cronies capitulated to the USG. “DAPL Dave” as he came to be called, evicted the camp himself. (That’s not Archambault above. That’s FBI-informant Heath Harmon, who set up Denver activist Red Fawn. More on that below.)

DAPL-Dave’s true colors were known to Occupy Denver visitors to Standing Rock. Early on we stumbled into a secret meeting at the casino which Dave and his cronies held with the National Guard, the BIA, and state troopers. The forward North Camp, the only encampment which actually blocked the pipeline, was already being surrendered. Yes, back in September! We were ejected under the pretext of being non-native. Meanwhile real Native American activists were furiously searching the halls to attend or disrupt a falsely rumored press conference. Outside the secret meetings, the same cronies pretended to be the camp’s champions and wielded all the authority.

The counterproductive leadership edicts were laughable:
No photos. Wait, what?!
No ‘isms. Yes let’s throw education out with the bathwater.
No activists affiliated with “Anonymous”. Um, why?
Women must wear skirts at the sacred fire. Hahaha in subzero weather!
Camp needs: meat, wood. Unpalatable for environmentalists, also not sustainable.

Another self-defeating hierarchy was the legal branch. At face value it was great to see lawyers stepping forward to offer their services. Their pitch was standard: you’re on your own, use public defenders, but we’ll provide coordination and advice. In practice they’ve proven to be a fiasco. The difficulties are being blamed on the ferocity of federal prosecutors and the hostility of racist North Dakota juries. Yeah, no.

So basically, the narrative is still being written by defeatists. The hundreds of water protectors who face charges have had mixed results in the courts, because the legal team is selling defendants down the river. Yesterday it was Red Fawn.

Red Fawn Fallis
At the protest confrontation of October 27, Red Fawn was jumped by two officers when she stepped back from the front line. The arrest was unprovoked, but as she was assaulted, a revolver fired beneath her. She claims she was trying to pull it from her coat. As a convicted felon she is not supposed to carry a firearm so she was trying to shed it. Why did she have the gun? Her lawyers won’t let her explain. The gun was entrusted to her by a new boyfriend at the camp, who turns out to have been FBI informant HEATH HARMON. He had been infiltrating the protest camp for months, charting who was leading who, etc. As a result, activist leader Red Fawn Fallis, daughter of Denver indigenous activist Troy Lynn Yellow Wood, was snatched and grabbed, out of the blue, in the absence of protest escalation, because authorities knew Fallis had the gun.

Does that pass the smell test, even for a racist Fargo jury? Apparently the lawyers have polled Fargo.

Red Fawn is charged with many crimes, one that carries a 10-year minimum sentence, and the legal brain trust think she’s toast. Even though the disclosure of informant Harmon hints at other infiltrators scotching the works, authorities are denying motions for further discovery, even potential Brady Material. Can they do that? Yes, but obviously that’s a huge cause to overturn a verdict on appeal. But not for Fawn’s lawyers, they’re crying uncle. So instead of fighting to expose federal, state, Morton County, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and private security industry overreach, the legal team has convinced Red Fawn to plead guilty. Hoping she won’t get more than seven years.

Fighting the charges, appealing a conviction, appealing again if it comes to that, could take years. Not seven years

Oh, and they’ve prevented Red Fawn from giving public interviews, to keep her from incriminating herself! WHILE they have her give up the right to defend herself! What? What! Make her plead guilty AND forbid her from going public?! Seven years AND a non disclosure clause, when disclosure most matters?!

Technically, the legal team may be representing Red Fawn by the numbers. Preventing her from speaking publicly about what happened is also sound legal advice. But requiring both rejects the very cause for which Red Fawn was fighting. Such cowardly attorneys have no business defending activists. They’re as bad as protest leaders who force demonstrators to stand down.

If the five remaining defendants facing felony charges or the hundreds more facing misdemeanors do not put up a fight, there will be no exposing “Heath Harmon” and his cohorts. Standing Rock was a peaceful assembly. Violence making was alleged but never proved true. Camp leadership was rife with collaborators and fake activists. Quashing the legal defenses is the last step necessary to keep the story from being told. You’re still going to be hearing fund raising requests for the legal expenses of the remaining accused. Attorneys Molly Armour, Jessie Cook and Bruce Ellison have some nerve to pretend they are serving the cause.

US president spills beans on shitholes where developed world goes to shit.


Citing “shithole countries” of Africa, Trump impolitely referenced where it is that developed nations go to shit. OBVIOUSLY, SHITHOLE is vulgar, derogatory and unhelpful. Used by the US president to describe dark-skinned nations, it’s reprehensible and racist. But “shithole” is more than a euphemism. Literally it’s a place made awful by being the dumping ground of everyone’s excrement. The specific lands which Trump slandered, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and all of Africa, are beautiful, scenic, and bountiful places. How could “shitholes” begin to describe them? Well, in a gold-plated toilet scale… Isn’t “shithole” an appropriately condescending description of the purposefully underdeveloped and exploited African and Caribbean lands? The victims of the externalized costs of colonialism, capitalism, and now climate disaster, are what President Trump calls shithole countries. Predictably the international western press is translating shithole in its colloquial sense, not its literal, as shabby, backward, etc. –obviously to spare western readers from embarrassing themselves about their abusive relation to the third world, because there is absolutely no doubt that every culture and every language has a word (which predates plumbing) for where the community goes to shit.

Junior Netanyahu’s strip club banter exposes father’s graft -TRANSCRIPT


Three twentysomething douches sit in an armored limo parked in front on a strip club. They’re arguing about who paid for whose prostitutes. Benjamin Netanyahu’s son wants the son of gas tycoon Kobi Maimon to spot him $115 because his father the prime minister just directed $20B his way. Someone recorded the conversation. The third douche, a playfriend hired by Australian billionaire James Packer to lobby Netanyahu’s son, says “God help us if this gets out!” So they threaten to kill both the bodyguard and the driver. The driver who taped the conversation is being accused of indiscretion, not self defense. Check out the transcript below. Annotated.

The English transcript has been softened by the censors and comprises only a portion of the conversation, which apparently was too explicit. Here’s what is pubic so far, with Google addresses so you’re right there: Clara, Pussycat, Benedict, and more!

Yair Netanyahu: I’ll text her to come “takeaway” with me bro … she’s coming with me as “takeaway.”

He thinks the stripper is coming with him, what a dumbass.

Can you tell him the stripper isn’t coming? Forget it.

Bodyguard: Forget it, he’s drunk. Where’s the lady?

Roman Abramov: Bro, she pulled a fast one on you, she wanted you to take her to a room and give her 800 shekels like an idiot … you’re dumbasses, if someone had photographed you outside a strip club, do you realize what that would have looked like?

Son of Kobi Maimon: Do you know how much I’ve spent today? It wasn’t even for me, I spent 400 shekels on him.

Netanyahu: No, it’s all right, he paid you back.

Abramov: No, I used cash as well.

Maimon: 2,000 at the strip club.

Bodyguard: Tomorrow morning you’ll wake up and remember nothing.

Abramov: No, I spent 400 in cash then as well.

Maimon: So you’re exactly at 100.

Netanyahu: I’m a little in overdraft, bro. Dudu stung us.

Maimon: I’ve spent 3,000 today.

Netanyahu: I don’t know how we’re going to Ibiza.

Abramov: On what?

Maimon: 3,000 shekels I wasted.

Abramov: On what?

Maimon: I spent 300 at Clara and I gave Netanyahu 400.

Abramov: He also gave you 400 shekels.

Netanyahu: No, that was for the whore.

Abramov: No, he wanted to show Maimon how much he’s spending, like he deserves respect.

Maimon: Dudu ran off on us, bro.

Netanyahu: But if you want, I’ll fix you up with [Lee Levi, his girlfriend at the time].

Maimon (laughing): How is that?

Netanyahu: I have to fix her up with everyone, I’m paying off my debts.

Maimon: You can’t get her for yourself. I want that stripper – that will settle my debt.

Netanyahu: But bro, Jackie is the best.

Abramov: What do you mean, she’ll come, you dumbass? Bro, he’s tripping but he thinks it’s real. He’s tripping.

Netanyahu: I took her phone number but I don’t think it’s real.

Abramov: Bro, think about it. Do you know how many strippers I have on my phone that I had.

Maimon: Bro, I have the number of a stripper.

Abramov: It’s about time, half of my phone numbers are of strippers.

Maimon: But I brought you the stripper, I paid for her first.

Nu, you jerk, it was my money.

Abramov: Your money, you jerk?

Netanyahu: Bro, that Sophie, she was the hottest.

Abramov: Me first, listen. I had like 2,000 shekels for the dances, I’m not kidding, I had two lap dances.

Netanyahu: But where’s all the rest?

Maimon: No, it was three dances.

Netanyahu: Where’s the rest?

Maimon: ‘Cause I spent it on you, on him, every second I was like, ‘Go dance on his lap,’ I paid for your dance, bro.

Netanyahu: You paid for Jackie too.

Abramov: Wow, bro, we have to go back there.

(The bodyguard laughs)

Maimon: Look, even the bodyguard is laughing at you. You saw her kissing me, didn’t you?

Bodyguard: I saw her shoving you away the whole time, that’s what I saw.

Abramov: Bro, do you know how many girls I was with at Pussycat, you dumbass?

Did they kiss you?

Yes.

Bro, what’s the big deal?

Bro, she’ll drive you nuts.

You’re not even on her radar, tomorrow it’ll be someone else.

Yes.

Abramov: What’s your problem, you dumbass, she’s a hooker, like, a hooker par excellence.

Netanyahu: It’s my mother on the phone? My mom is calling, how embarrassing, my mom, wow how embarrassing that she’s calling

Abramov: Your mom, is your mom awake at these hours on Friday?

Maimon: Is she cool with leaving the house?

Abramov: At this hour?

Netanyahu: Why don’t you get the Japanese girls

(One of the three, to the bodyguards): If he quits, bro, we’ll to murder him … When you quit, be careful because you’ll die, too bad for the kids.

Netanyahu: Dudu stung us.

Abramov: Now, bro, he’s opening Leviathan [natural gas field], now we’re living off that, for two years, bro. What about Leviathan, tell us.

Netanyahu: My dad got a great deal for your dad.

(Laughter)

Netanyahu: Bro, you have to be nice to me. Bro, my dad got your dad a sweet deal, he fought for it at the Knesset, bro.

Maimon: What?

Netanyahu: My father really fought for it. I remember.

Abramov You owe us, you owe us 125 thousand.

Netanyahu: Bro, my dad just got you a 20 billion dollar deal and you can’t spot me 400 shekels?

Maimon: Are we talking about Sheshinski [head of commission on natural gas royalties]?

Netanyahu: Not this time, now it’s the new one.

Abramov: Sheshinski is hell.

Netanyahu: He screwed you on that, but then he made up for it. He just got you 20 billion dollars.

(Laughter)

Netanyahu: You’re crying over 400 shekels, my father arranged 20 billion dollars for your father and you’re crying over 400 shekels for me, you son of a bitch.

Abramov: I don’t want this conversation getting out, God help us. God, if this gets out…

Bodyguard: Where are we going, where do we drop him off?

Netanyahu: Can you put on Waze for a minute? Rothschild Boulevard, number 30 [Maimon’s Tel Aviv apartment] and then to the apartment [of billionaire Packer at the Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv].

Netanyahu: If we’re already talking hookers, what’s open at this hour?

Maimon: Benedict.

Netanyahu: Wow.

Maimon: Are you coming to Benedict? It’s on Yair.

Netanyahu: It’s on me, despite the 400 … He needs to get out.

Bodyguard: No, no one is coming to replace me, don’t worry.

Maimon: Let’s go to Benedict, as long as Yair is paying.

Abramov: As long as Yair is paying I’m happy.

Netanyahu: Do you think the waitress will play along?

I don’t know, let’s check her out.

I don’t know…

Maimon: I’m going to sleep.

Come on.

Maimon: I’m going to sleep.

Abramov: Come on Yair, it’s on Yair, let’s go … he didn’t have money for a hooker, it was on Yair, it’s on me, you just got 20 billion and you’re crying.

Netanyahu: Son of a bitch, my father got you 20 billion.

Sorry no, Reich is not the resistance.


Robert Reich is great. His historical analysis is sound, though hardly radical. His economics challenge the dominant media narrative. If his illuminations work for you, fine. But sorry no, Robert Reich is not the resistance. Reich is only playing the foil to Trump’s villain. And how hard is that, really? Reacting to Trump is the Democratic Party line. Resistance means more than the third law of physics. But this focus on the Mueller probe is not even that. It’s pure fourth fundamental state of matter.

Israel blacklists activist groups which most threaten their colonial legitimacy


 
 
–SAYS ISRAEL.
Israel released its annual list of political orgs which pose the biggest threat to their Apartheid colonial project in Palestine. Except — WHO DOES THAT?! Who gives positive feedback to adversaries?! Rather, this is a list of the lesser effective pro-Palestinian campaigns which Zionists would like to see draw energy from the international BDS movement. BDS is universally acknowledged to be Apartheid’s existential nemesis. Hence the regular legislative attempts to make it illegal. BDS took down White South Africa. This BDS is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israeli Apartheid in Palestine.
 
Below is the official “worst enemy” list, which avoids mention of BDS except where the omission would not seem credible. The list is divided by hemisphere. Europe is made to look like BDS there gets only a smattering of support. In the US there’s no BDS group at all, until you notice they’ve relegated BDS NATIONAL COMMITTEE to “other!” HAHA!

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONS:
France-Palestine Solidarity Association
BDS France
BDS Italy
European Coordination of Committees & Associations for Palestine
Friends of Al-Aqsa
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
The Palestine Committee of Norway
Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
War on Want
BDS Kampagne

AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS:
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
Code Pink
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Students for Justice in Palestine
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

OTHER GROUPS:
BDS Chile
BDS South Africa
BDS National Committee

Meow Wolf’s new Denver development is urban predation in sheep’s clothing.

Terra CottaDENVER, COLO- Alternatively, Santa Fe alt-art venue Meow Wolf is URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CAT’S CLOTHING. Here’s the scam: Laud an arts collective of “creative types”. Let them pitch an arts space project to city planners for which you’ll supply the ownership investment. Let their non-profit creative-class cred prompt city leaders to provide otherwise unavailable land and the tax incentives and exclusions which come to cultural projects. Let them lead community fundraising to support art etc etc. You buy the land, you own the building, and you give them a 20-year lease. Their rent is subsidized by more community and city support. Cha-ching.

In the end, you’ve got another property, where you mightn’t been able lacking eminent domain. And you’ve roped in long-term tenants whose rent checks are backed by taxpayers. When your cronies lobby the city against that public support and their project is a bust, or when the lease expires, your sky is the limit! How can you lose?

Normally you pull this scam on locals, but art communities have their own MBA grads now. So how to subvert urban artists? Bring your own hicks.

In Denver, developers are using a New Mexico based band of bohemians called Meow Wolf as their shill intermediaries. Meow Wolf is a sort of Cirque du Soleil meets Halloween haunt house, in Santa Fe, who secured their own “permanent” leased space only last year with the backing of Game-of-Thrones creator George RR Martin. It’s the reverse of course, because Meow Wolf attracted the public subsidies for the pulp author turned property developer, who keeps the building.

Now someone has decided Meow Wolf can franchise their black-light immersive fun-houses everywhere that low-brow passes for art.

For 2018, Meow Wolf has rolled Denver for a new construction downtown. Except no, they and their public support get only a LEASE. Flush with praise for their success, the Meow Wolves admit they’re working on simultaneous metropolises across the west, even as they appear so fresh off the boat they hardly know what they’re doing!

They don’t, but their landlords do. Those crazy creatives!

Neuroscientist Alexandra Elbakyan designed SCI-HUB to free science from parasitic capitalism, by outsmarting it.

Alexandra ElbakyanA US judge ordered that scientific document aggregator SCI-HUB be shut down. The site’s creator, Alexandra Elbakyan, was fined $15 million. Except the long arm of US copyright greed can’t reach her in Russia, and the 29-yr-old neuroscientist from Kazakhstan doubts capitalism’s goons can outsmart the science community which favors open science. In fact Elbakyan’s is a fait accomplit.

While the late Aaron Swartz got caught swiping too much at once from JSTOR’s digital vault, Alexandra started about the same time, 2011 – she was 22, but she set the rate to single file and crowd sourced pressing the enter key. By 2015, she’d liberated 50 million scientific papers and dispersed the files to research archives everywhere.

Why you’re not hearing much about this story, or only a skewed portion of it, is because the media and its publishing arms are trying to walk back on Elbakyan’s success. If you don’t know open access won, in effect, it will not have.

For starters, an injunction has shuttered various iterations of sci-hub.org domains, but hashtag #scihub keeps turning up new mirror sites, and you don’t need nameservers for IPs (80.82.77.83 and 80.82.77.84). Meanwhile mainstream media, including Wikipedia, falsely compares Elbakyan’s project to Pirate Bay or even the JSTOR stash of Aaron Swartz (though Swartz’s manifesto was obviously an inspiration). As Elbakyan explains on her blog Engineuring, Sci-Hub’s cache of liberated scientific articles is just a byproduct of its main function, as a mechanism to access scientific knowledge on demand, for free, through someone’s paid academic license, if, explicitly, not yours. Think of it as deciding that an ADMIT ONE ticket, for science, ought to be interpreted to mean one humanity.

Most of the articles in question were publicly funded but subsequently privatized by a profiteering publishing scheme that has resisted reform. It drove open access advocate Aaron Swartz to suicide.

Editorials opposed to open access make a defense for gate-keeping. Scientists, researchers, academic institutions, and the inquiring public should pay for the value added by gate-keepers. Yeah no.

Sci-HubWhat reporters are downplaying, and what Elbakyan is taking personal legal risk to explain, is that 50 million scientific papers have already been liberated. That cumulative scientific knowledge is now entrusted with myriads of digital repositories across the globe, where it belongs.

Only 4.3% of Sci-Hub’s new download requests require fresh retrieval behind paywalls. Schrödinger’s paper is out of the bag.

If western authorities catch Alexandra Elbakyan she’ll share the fate of Chelsea Manning or Julian Assange at best. But our thanks to her.

NOTES:
Elbakyan wrote to US Judge Sweet in 2015, in her own self defense:

— Case 1:15-cv-04282-RWS Document 50 Filed 09/15/15 —

Dear Mr. Robert W. Sweet,

I am writing to clarify some details on Elsevier v. Sci-Hub,
Case # 15-cv-4282.

I am the main operator of sci-hub.org website mentioned in the case. That is true that via sci-hub.org website anyone can download, absolutely for free, a copy of research paper published by Elsevier (Elsevier asks for 32 USD for each download).

I would like to clarify the reasons behind sci-hub.org website. When I was a student in Kazakhstan university, I did not have access to any research papers. These papers I needed for my research project. Payment of 32 dollars is just insane when you need to skim or read tens or hundreds of these papers to do research. I obtained these papers by pirating them. Later I found there are lots and lots of researchers (not even students, but university researchers) just like me, especially in developing countries. They created online communities (forums) to solve this problem. I was an active participant in one of such communities in Russia. Here anyone who needs research paper, but cannot pay for it, could place a request and other members who can obtain the paper will send it for free by email. I could obtain any paper by pirating it, so I solved many requests and people always were very grateful for my help. After that, I created sci-hub.org website that simply makes this process automatic and the website immediately became popular.

That is true that website collects donations, however we do not pressure anyone to send them. Elsevier, in contrast, operates by racket: if you do not send money, you will not read any papers. On my website, any person can read as many papers as they want for free, and sending donations is their free will. Why Elsevier cannot work like this, I wonder?

I would also like to mention that Elsevier is not a creator of these papers. All papers on their website are written by researchers, and researchers do not receive money from what Elsevier collects. That is very different from music or movie industry, where creators receive money from each copy sold. But economics of research papers is very different. Authors of these papers do not receive money. Why would they send their work to Elsevier then? They feel pressured to do this, because Elsevier is an owner of so-called “high-impact” journals. If a researcher wants to be recognized, make a career – he or she needs to have publications in such journals.

What I written here is not just my opinion – this topic is widely discussed in research community. For example, a researcher John Willinsky wrote a book named The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship where he discusses this problem. The general opinion in research community is that research papers should be distributed for free (open access), not sold. And practices of such companies like Elsevier are unacceptable, because they limit distribution of knowledge. In 2012, there was an “Elsevier boycott” organized by a prominent mathematician Timothy Gowers to battle such practices:

“The Cost of Knowledge is a protest by academics against the business practices of academic journal publisher Elsevier. Among the reasons for the protests are a call for lower prices for journals and to promote increased open access to information. The main work of the project is to ask researchers to sign a statement committing not to support Elsevier journals by publishing, performing peer review, or providing editorial services for these journals.”

I would like to also mention that we never received any complaints from authors or researchers, only Elsevier is complaining about free distribution of knowledge on sci-hub.org website.

Best regards,

Alexandra Elbakyan,
the sci-hub.erg operator

Covertly spawned, color revolutionary, Arab Springy pro-democracy protests can do for Iran what we did to Syria.

When Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu express their support, you can be certain it’s not for the good. Foreign military intervention in Iran aims to repeat the western demolition of Syria. While authentic public protest in Iran should be tolerated, western intelligence operatives should get no quarter. Terminate all covert actions in Iran, especially US-funded “democracy” agents. And NO WAR WITH IRAN.