Posts tagged “foreign affairs”

Remember: They Are Liars

I generally don’t republish someone else’s writing wholecloth, but this piece by William Rivers Pitt for Truthout is worth it on two counts. First, it includes a link that I am amazed to discover is still live on the White House web site. Second, it is the truth. Without further adieu…

No one is such a liar as the indignant man.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, along with a slew of administration underlings and a revolving-door cavalcade of brass hats from the Pentagon, have been making claims regarding Iraq for many years now.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, “enough to kill several million people,” according to a page on the White House web site titled Disarm Saddam Hussein.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 500 tons, which equals 1,000,000 pounds, of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of nearly 30,000 munitions capable of delivering these agents.

They lied.
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Wired’s guide to understanding federal wiretapping

If you have ever wanted to cut through the bullshit politicos hurl about the need to wiretap U.S. citizens inside the United States, Wired has a great piece that gets to the *gasp* facts on the matter. What a concept! Kudos to Ryan Singel for boiling this mess down to the cold, hard facts of the situation.

Sic Semper Tyrannis!

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Amazed or horrified? I think both.

Boston Dynamics' Big Dog

I was transfixed while watching this creation that sprung (literally) from Boston Dynamics with DARPA funding. It reminds me of both the Imperial Walkers on Hoth and a deer running around with its head cut off. Dubbed the “Big Dog“, it will surely haunt my dreams. Definitely worth a look.

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