Vault 7

03.18.2017

A Bad Week and Getting Badder Bigly Fast

Well, of course they bugged Trump Tower. Why wouldn’t they? Trump’s big blunder du jour is that he tweeted “wiretapped,” like some hapless sap out of a 1950s I Was a Spy for the FBI movie. (I know people who still say “ice box,” too.) So he left himself — or rather poor Sean Spicer — open for a week of legalistic pettifogging by reporters acting as litigators for the Deep State’s intel corps.

Anyway, Wikileaks “Vault 7” document release earlier in the month made it clear that US intel has the ability to cover and confuse the tracks of any entity —including especially US intel itself — that ventures to penetrate any supposedly private or secure realm. And, by the way, that probably settles the matter of who “they” are. Whatever statutory restraints once existed against CIA spying on American citizens is long gone by the boards.

 

Fox’s Andrew Napolitano Stirred the Pot for Trump’s British Tempest

 

Do We Live in a Police State?
The latest WikiLeaks revelations tell us the answer is yes

by Justin Raimondo, March 10, 2017

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange would have gone down in history as the greatest enemies of government oppression of all kinds in any case, but their latest release – a comprehensive exposé of the US intelligence community’s cyberwar tools and techniques – is truly the capstone of their career. And given that this release – dubbed “Vault 7” – amounts to just one percent of the documents they intend to publish, one can only look forward to the coming days with a mixture of joyful anticipation and ominous fear.

Fear because the power of the Deep State is even more forbidding – and seemingly invincible – than anyone knew. Joyful anticipation because, for the first time, it is dawning on the most unlikely people that we are, for all intents and purposes, living in a police state.

 

The Bag Holder and His Bag
by Jim Kunstler, March 10, 2017

I think many professional observers-of-the-scene are missing something in this unspooling story: the Deep State is actually becoming more impotent and ineffectual, not omnipotent. Case in point: RussiaGate — come on, let’s finally call it that — the popular idea that Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election. It’s popular because it’s such a convenient excuse for the failure of a corrupt, exhausted, and brain-dead Democratic establishment. But all the exertions of the Deep State to put over this story since last summer were negated this week by two events.

 

US Marines Deploy to Raqqa, Artillery in Tow
Intend to Offer Artillery Support for Kurdish Invasion
by Jason Ditz, March 08, 2017

Details are still scant. Officials refused to confirm the size of the unit or other details, beyond them having a number of M777 howitzers, and a support unit of infantry Marines along with them, marking the first time US artillery has been deployed into Syria.

 

Obama’s Book Deal: The $60 Million Selfie
MATTHEW STEVENSON • MARCH 3, 2017 • 3,500 WORDS

The first book earned for Obama more than $10 million in royalties and established his political identity, as did The Audacity of Hope. If later, it turned that ghostwriters had a hand in turning out one or both books, would we not feel about Obama as we do about cyclist Lance Armstrong—that he had used some of “mother’s little helpers” to get to the finish line?

Lance cheated because “everyone did it” and because seven-time winners of the Tour de France earned $100 million and rode private planes to beachside manors, while less successful domestiques (support riders) ate bananas for lunch and worked during the off-season as a wrench in a bike shop.

Would Lincoln be Lincoln if it later turned out that he had spent his early years living in a split-level suburban ranch house, playing video games after school?

Would Obama be kite-surfing off Richard Branson’s private island if his first book had sounded like a downloaded term paper?

 

Why go near the book when you can just read a thousand words by Andrew Bacevich?

Debunking America’s “Good” Occupation
The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace, Susan L. Carruthers, Harvard University Press, 384 pages
By ANDREW J. BACEVICH • March 9, 2017

Marring this otherwise very fine book, however, are large numbers of careless errors. So, for example, Carruthers describes the Chicago Daily Tribune as part of the Hearst chain, which would come as news to the ghost of Col. Robert McCormick. She refers to George Marshall as secretary of war, a civilian post; during World War II, General Marshall served as army chief of staff. “Until 1945,” she writes, “officers were not permitted to vote.” That is simply not true. She identifies Woodrow Wilson as “an alumnus of the University of Virginia.” Wilson had diplomas from Princeton and Johns Hopkins, but none from UVA. She characterizes Eisenhower’s controversial agreement with French Admiral Jean Darlan, a representative of the puppet Vichy regime, as “Washington’s first retreat from ‘unconditional surrender.’” But the so-called Darlan Deal dates from November 1942; President Roosevelt did not announce the policy of unconditional surrender until the Casablanca Conference of January 1943. The USS Missouri, site of the final Japanese surrender, does not have “massive twin sixteen-inch guns.” Mighty Mo’s main battery consists of three cannons in each turret. The Marine Corps does not have “cadets.” Why the family and friends of a GI convicted of murdering two Japanese civilians would have “joined forces with the Foreign Legion to mobilize support” is, to put it mildly, unclear. Is Carruthers referring to the American Legion? Finally, and perhaps more egregiously, among American military decorations there is no such thing as a “Purple Cross.”

 

This entry was posted by JR.

53 thoughts on “Vault 7

  1. Behold, I have freely summoned the beast from its lair. I expected a response such as yours. You claim to be governed by determinism but I would dispute that. It is somewhere in the middle. Perhaps destiny plays a role.

  2. no, it’s all determined, just very complicated, so it doesn’t look that way. example: name even one occurrence [(except maybe the “big bang”, the one and only certified miracle ™.] that has not been determined by it’s antecedent(s).

  3. well, yes and no. shuffle a deck and the position of each card is now random, there is no conceived order. however, their resultant positions were determined by their original positions, dealer’s hand positions, all antecedents, etc. there are many occurrences, of all sorts, that cannot be predicted. it is beyond our ability. in fact, i could go so far as to say that there is no such thing as 100% accuracy, ever. but then i’d be logically inconsistent.

    i’ve never seen an effective argument against hard determinism, conceptually. practically speaking, we are always acting in uncertainty. does that involve “free will”? i sure don’t see any signs of it, practically or conceptually.

  4. Its possible that when forced to make a choice, such as…say… taking the high road or the low road – you really do freely choose one path or the other. There are some who believe that you take both paths, essentially creating parallel universes – one with you on the high road, one with you on the low road. My high road self is unaware of my low road self’s existence. (See: Quantum theory – which I know nothing about and Schodinger’s cat.) This idea is more fully developed in the short story “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges, which I recommend highly.

  5. It is an illusion because it feels so real, but that experience is not what it seems. The same is true for free will. Although we can experience the mental anguish of making a decision, our free will cannot be some kind of King Solomon in our mind weighing up the pros and cons as this would present the problem of logical infinite regress (who is inside their head and so on?). The choices and decisions we make are based on situations that impose on us. We do not have the free will to choose the experiences that have shaped our decisions.

    none of it, you, the dilemma, the very idea of there being such things as “high” or “low”, appeared out of nowhere. every other moment leads up to this moment. there is no choice in anything.

    quantum theory consists simply of our best guesses about how very small things behave. there are many blanks and seeming paradoxes that have been exploited by the popular imagination. imagination is what we use to fill in the blanks…

  6. i should have attributed that first paragraph to the article i posted, and put it in quotes. it’s not mine…

  7. cats are really limited in their abilities by being a stupid cat. once in a great while, a really smart cat can attain dog like intellectual ability, which is refreashing becuase this does not come with the usual dog suckup personality. speaking from experience here.

  8. quantum mechanics operates at the small and dilute scales. even at small scale, if the medium get crowded, the quantum behavior disappears. at larger scales, that we can easily observe, they say that “information is lost”, so no QM effects, like reversibility or tunneling.

    i’m actually writing a research paper on this topic!

  9. anyhoo, the only real question that matters, who was hotter,ginger or mary ann? mary ann is the correct answer.

  10. Thanks for the educational conversation. Nothing else to do today – snowed in. There was a day when I could shovel all the snow myself with muscle-power. Dave probably got more snow than me this time.

  11. Still trying to understand “self is an illusion”. So, dave and Dr. Doom are riding in a car together. Doc is smoking a cigar and accidentally dumps a large hot ash on dave’s arm, burning him. “Sorry dave!” Dave says, “not to worry, good buddy, self is an illusion, a concept ready for retirement.”

    This could be the solution to the health care/insurance crisis. We will all be hitting the talk show circuit any day now.

  12. yeah, i know what you’re saying. when i look in the mirror i see something, and i call it “me”. no problem. it’s just a word.

    the problem with the concept of “self” is that most people think of it as some sort of “unified whole”. particularly problematic is the idea that the “self” has some capacity to to make (rational) decisions on behalf of body, as if they were two separate entities. something like the “self” can pick a high road or a low road. it just doesn’t work that way.

    the only “self” there is is composed of a conglomeration of cells, that sometimes have their own agenda, even within the same body. so in that sense (a group of cooperative cells), there is a “self”. but there is no unified, in charge, self that somehow resides in the “consciousness”.

    if you’re really interested in this subject, maybe read “the ego tunnel”, by t. metzinger. in my mind, a. schopenhauer pretty much sorted this out 200 years ago.

  13. Thanks, I’m sure its a good read, but I pretty much operate on a need-to-know basis.

    As it is, I can barely concentrate enough to start my own seeds without getting distracted and f&%king up.

  14. I feel sorry for those Chinese tourists. they probably paid a lot of money to fly all the way from snowy, cold Beijing to arrive in another snowy, cold city. what were those idiots thinking? I can’t believe they give a rat’s ass about early American history, the local beer, or are interested in enrolling in BosColl or MIT. they don’t look like sex tourists, and even if they were, what the hell are they doing in frigid Boston when the hotels in Bangkok, much closer to home, offer two girls or boys or both per room? it just doesn’t add up.

  15. The video got cut short cuz I had been at it all morning and ran out of storage space on my memory card. About 30 seconds later I got right up practically under their umbrella. They were all giggling and the one with the red hat insisted on getting photo’d with me. I asked her where she was from. It took her about 10 seconds to say “China.” And I was like, yeah, I know, but “what city?” Completely stumped by that one.

  16. A foursome gets struck by lightning on the 18th hole. As they approach the pearly gates, St. Peter grabs them and says,”listen, there’s been a mistake. That lightning was meant for another group…but we can’t let you go back to earth as yourselves. Take some time and think who you want to go back as.”

    They huddle and when St. Peter comes back they say.”We want to go back as lesbians.”

    “Why lesbians?”

    “So we can eat pussy AND hit from the ladies’ tees.”

  17. no, i don’t play guitar, yet. however, my youngest son does, or did until he went off on a techno-piano-PC composition fantasy enterprise. as a result, i sit in a house with 4 guitars standing around, 2 electric, 2 acoustic. so, i just might take up their playing.

  18. so, i kinda liked this guy’s schtick, a mirror test based on smell for dogs. i guess that the only real measure of ability is the ability to access available energy (create entropy). humans, on a pound for pound basis, with their big brains, opposable thumbs, and predatory eyesight, are the hands down world champs in that category. something like that…

  19. good find. i’ve been thinking along those lines now for many years. humans really overrate their intelligence. other animals, like dogs, have learned to put up with the stuck-up humans. we call it domestication. cats probably think they own their humans, not the other way around. you can tell cats mostly just tolerate humans, and their stupid dogs.

    our cat “owns” a neighborhood, which includes our home. she possesses an area extending across the street for at least two houses, plus the houses on both sides of ours. these include many dogs, but they are small and mostly stay inside. our dog is outdoor, but the cat does not fear it, although the dog must weigh 5X the cat. also, our cat does not completely depend upon us for food, and supplements her diet with hapless birds and rodents who wander in. she in fact feeds us an occasional killed fat rat, as a gift of appreciation, i guess.

  20. my reply to Kunstler’s few months to collapse prediction: it won’t happen. the federal government will not allow a long-term shutdown when a mere vote of Congress will stop it. also, if the Fed or whomever (Deep State) produced a $400 billion surplus for HRC to spend, then why couldn’t it do it again, whenever it wanted to do so?

  21. re: jhk’s prediction, i don’t much buy it either. but stranger things have happened, the whole “black swan” mechanism, and such…

  22. what JHK forgets is all the rackets are what keeps BAU afloat. when it ends, we don’t get a nation back, we get chaos, the grids go down, and the modern society we’ve enjoyed will be over. how is that a good thing? yes, the swindlers get punished, but we all go down together.

  23. another problem with JHK: it’s pretty obvious he’s getting some government “insider information” from some source. it could be someone he knows and trusts or maybe it’s some blog he keeps the source of to himself. OK, but then he takes the information and makes his predictions based upon what HE hopes will transpire, not necessarily what will actually happen.

    he needs to stick to writing fantasy novels. he had is day in the sun, so to speak, back in The Long Emergency days. he was an early adapter to PO ramifications. so was Jay Hanson, Dick Heinberg and a few others.

  24. Okay. I’m ending comments on this thread. So we can like move the conversation forward. Daylight savings.

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