Operation Amnesia

Fuck Frank Bruni and everybody at the New York Times. Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty aren’t responsible for the wars and our insane, incompetent leadership and their bloodlust.

Bin Laden, Torture and Hollywood
December 8, 2012

Even as David Edelstein, the film critic for New York magazine, named “Zero Dark Thirty” the best movie of 2012 in a recent article, he digressed to say that it “borders on the politically and morally reprehensible,” because it “makes a case for the efficacy of torture.”

Edelstein isn’t the only critic in a morally complicated swoon over “Zero Dark Thirty.” Last week the New York Film Critics Circle awarded it the best movie of the year. So did the National Board of Review. Surprises atop surprises: not only does “Zero Dark Thirty” decline to toe a conventionally liberal line, but it is being embraced by many cultural arbiters who are probably at some level horrified by the conclusions it seems to reach.

Bradley Manning Gets No Love From The New York Times

Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia

…and please, will somebody do something about Thomas Friedman? I mean, really…

My Secretary of State
November 27, 2012

President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state. Kerry is an excellent choice for defense. I don’t know Rice at all, so I have no opinion on her fitness for the job, but I think the contrived flap over her Libya comments certainly shouldn’t disqualify her. That said, my own nominee for secretary of state would be the current education secretary, Arne Duncan.

Is it just me? Or did he just say he had no opinion on a subject and then voice the the strongest possible opinion on that same subject in the same sentence? That’s in the first paragraph. They pay him. Charlie Rose interviews him for a whole hour a couple times a year. I’m recommending euthanasia.

Susan Rice is Bad News


90 Replies to “Operation Amnesia”

  1. Juxtaposed to Operation Amnesia is what I’d call Operation Dredge.

    “The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.

    Now, NCTC can copy entire government databases—flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others. The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior. Previously, both were prohibited.

    The changes also allow databases of U.S. civilian information to be given to foreign governments for analysis of their own. In effect, U.S. and foreign governments would be using the information to look for clues that people might commit future crimes.”


    Fahking cockaroaches.

  2. ooh, they made a movie about this a few years back. called it something like “precrime”. they could track your thoughts, look for patterns, arrest and imprison you for just having the thoughts. i’m sure torture was in there, somewhere.

    actually, it’s just a modern-day version of the king’s paranoia. alexander the great had one of his best and most experienced generals killed because of a rumor that the general and his son were going to stage a coup. so, being the decisive and paranoid sort that he was, alex had them both offed preemptively.

  3. Imagine Bob Dylan singing this part:

    “they could track your thoughts, look for patterns,
    arrest and imprison you for just having the thoughts.
    i’m sure torture was in there… somewhere.”

  4. yeah, when i encounter a real enthusiastic one (not too many these days), i like to ask if they are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the environment. “you mean, like, stop breathing?” exactly.

  5. most of the time, breathing comes naturally for me. In-suck up O2; Out-exhale CO2 plus H2O, repeat. just like an ICE machine.

    visited a good friend and colleague today who was just recently diagnosed with bone cancer. he now has a titanium rod down his left femur to keep his leg bone from collapsing. (only nerds like me ask what kind of Ti alloy was used–he didn’t know). in the old days, they would have just cut the affected leg off. it’s spread to his right arm. next up: radiation and chemo. he’s eight years younger than i am. life can be both unfair and cruel.

  6. Every 5 days all the molecules in your stomach lining are replaced. Every 12 months about 95% of the molecules in your body are changed over for new ones (I think tooth enamel mostly stays put).
    Thus I am not the man I used to be, gven that I have had a canine tooth removed.

  7. actually, there’s a long and popular tradition of equating breath with life. so, i don’t know what that means.

    decartes equated existance with thinking. many people ran with that. humans like thier stories, especially the ones about themselves.

    i like the breath idea better. i guess.

  8. another part of your body that is slow to regenerate is the cartilage in your joints. that’s why doctors get rich doing knee, hip surgical replacements.

    nice to know i get a new dick every year, to replace the old, worn out one.

  9. descarte’s thinking definition was ceased upon by the “nature, red tooth and claw” types to justify human enslavement/consumption of other animal life. now that we know many other animals think also, including our farm animals, it’s a little more difficult to justify our exceptionalism.

    our execptionalism is what will ultimatey bring on our demise. too bad we have to take so much innocent animal and plant life with us. if any of them could vote, we’d surely be fucked. of that i am certain.

    doom channeling dereck jensen, i think.

  10. yeah, i could have a hard time in argueing against human exceptionalism, of a sort. i mean, nothing else out there is throwing “consciously” manufactured artifacts out into the rest of the universe, i guess.

    the problem, in my mind, is a hubris, of sorts, caused by a failure to realise our true essance as “just” another thermodynamic phenomenon, that has no choice but to act as such; living off an entropic flux, provided predominately by solar radiation driving a nutriant cycle, and such. i guess.

  11. of course, the hubris that i refer to is part and parcel of our “success” as a recognizable phenomenon of sorts. so the snake always eats it’s tail. i guess.

  12. remus, i believe that’s elvis’ body on BHO’s head. what a combo.

    somewhere, my sister has that album cover. i’ve told her she is sitting on a small fortune in 50’s and 60’s memorabilila. she even has an original mickey mouse watch.

  13. Its all evidence of the death of culture, meaning, value, self respect and honor. Death of dignity. Death of art. Death of music. Celebration of dumb ignorance. Fuck you and your death.

    So how was your day?

  14. so we lost senator dan on monday, aged 88. senator akaka is even older and is retiring end of this year. hawaii goes from most senate seniority back to zero. i think we may be in for some hard times, federal funding-wise, cliff or no cliff.

  15. Dunno. Christmas and NYE in summer are pretty good. Pretty good excuses to get out and away from relatives.
    “Friends welcome anytime, relatives by appointment only”

  16. wow, that kid almost became (a) adopted as a golden eagle; or moron likely (b) golden eagle chick food. solution: (a) if human, when outside, add lead diving weights to kid; or (b) if eagle, get a better grip on kid.

  17. Golden eagles have long been known to take small deer in Asia. Austringers have used them occasionally for hunting. Pretty powerful animals.

  18. guess i finally pissed off jay hanson over on his list and got my comment banned. those guys don’t really understand the use of ERoEI but like to throw it around as though they do.

  19. yeah, like i’ve said, i’m carefull about what i say and how i say it over there. he’s touchy, and i’d like to stay on the list.

  20. bif, there is an open enrollment period right now, so you can join the list if you want to (normally, it’s closed). expect to receive about 10-20 more emails per day.

  21. liked this comment on America2.0 a lot:

    “yeah, eroi is, in the end, very very personal. if, for example, a million starve to death, so that, let’s just say, the potus can ride around in his 747 for another month or so, that would seem like a pretty good eroi to many people. i think.

    on a more mundane level, gas and oil to power something like a chain saw would be worth more than it’s wieght in gold (and maybe a child or 2). i would guess.

    i don’t exactly know, but i think the germans used a coal to liquid process to power some of thier rolling (and flying?) stock during ww2. i kinda doubt that when added up, that that program had a positive eroi, in some sort of strictly numerical sense.

    anything outside of a nutrient cycle driven by solar gain is not sustainable, in my mind.”

  22. “i don’t exactly know, but i think the germans used a coal to liquid process to power some of thier rolling (and flying?) stock during ww2. i kinda doubt that when added up, that that program had a positive eroi, in some sort of strictly numerical sense.”

    that process is called Fischer-Trope, after the inventors. the Germans would have gotten even moron jet fuel and tank fuel by this method had it not been for the USAF and RAF bombing their refineries.

  23. Those coal mines and syn fuel plants had POWs and other expendible slave labor. Tapping residual strength of humans to point of starvation is an evil way of lowering EROEI. I’m sure they made the math work in their favor, until air strikes and Patton’s Army upset the production.

  24. anyways, that’s why all those eroei debates are kinda silly. when looked at from a total system’s perspective, the attempt is always 1:1, but there’s always inefficiencies. i think.

  25. i wuz bummed to learn that the “golden eagle snatches a toddler” video wuz a con job, some college editing assignment that went viral. they even got a poor grade on it.

    is nothing sacred on the internet? apparently not.

  26. Reasons to be cheerful:

    1) days getting longer in northern locations – new growing season!

    2) open enrollment at ZK! – things keep getting better and better.

  27. the Hawaiian end times came a fews early on 17 Dec 2012 when we went from top US senate seniority back to zero with the loss of senator dan. there’s gonna be a lot to mourn for. maybe prez barry will rescue us.

  28. “you mean slave labor was used to make the great pyramids?”
    Not so, oh noble Doomisattva!


    One of the most compelling pieces of evidence we have is graffiti on ancient stone monuments in places that they didn’t mean to be shown. Like on foundations when we dig down below the floor level, up in the relieving chambers above the King’s chamber in the Great Pyramid, and in many monuments of the Old Kingdom—temples, other pyramids. Well, the graffiti gives us a picture of organization where a gang of workmen was organized into two crews, and the crews were subdivided into five phyles. Phyles is the Greek word for tribe.

    The phyles are subdivided into divisions, and the divisions are identified by single hieroglyphs with names that mean things like endurance, perfection, strong. Okay, so how do we know this? You come to a block of stone in the relieving chambers above the King’s chamber. First of all, you see this cartouche of a King and then some scrawls all in red paint after it. That’s the gang name. And in the Old Kingdom in the time of the Pyramids of Giza, the gangs were named after kings. So, for example, we have a name, compounded with the name of Menkaure, and it seems to translate “the Drunks (or the Drunkards) of Menkaure.” There’s one that’s well-attested, in the relieving chambers above the King’s chamber in the Great Pyramid, “the Friends of Khufu Gang.” This doesn’t sound like slavery, does it?

    In fact, it gets more intriguing, because in certain monuments you find the name of one gang on one side of the monument and another gang…on the other side of the monument. You find that to some extent in the Pyramid temple of Menkaure. It’s as though these gangs are competing.

  29. whew, well, now i can reinstate my travel plans to visit those pyramids with a clear conscience, knowing that all those workers were actually union paid with full benefits, including daycare and burial services.

    things sure have gotten a lot worse for the us wage slaves in the past 5 to 6 millennia. musta all started with those right-wing union-busting romans.

  30. “Nice, 10-point…”

    Thought you were going to relate a deer-hunting story for a second there. A little snow on the ground here, today.

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