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Breaking the Calm – Musing on Misinformation & Morons

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From Breaking the Calm

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Musing on Misinformation & Morons.

The net is abuzz with a rumor claiming that the CIA is behind a Wikileaks mirror that was hosted at http://wikileaks.psytek.net.  This rumor lacked any real evidence, yet was reported by many in the hacker/hacktivist community as fact.

The rumor was started by a comment on Reddit.com. On Thursday, December 9th 2010 at 08:28 PM PST Reddit user isoteemu commented:

“I was going thru WikiLeaks mirrors list, and noticed a small oddity; http://wikileaks.psytek.net was on netblock which belonged Central Intelligence Agency. It has now changed, but 010-12-08 12:27:34 (EEST) was still registered for CIA.”

Most users replied with more baseless speculation, while the few users asking for real evidence were drowned out by a beautiful circle-jerk of ignorance.

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Star Trek: Of Gods and Men – Part 1 (playlist)

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Forbidden Planet Part 1

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Opera “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Wagner, Karajan, Bayreuth in English

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Right Wing Watch – Right Wing Round-Up and Leftovers

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From Right Wing Watch:

Right Wing Round-Up

Submitted by Kyle on December 10, 2010 – 4:32pm

Right Wing Round-Up

Submitted by Kyle on December 9, 2010 – 4:56pm

Right Wing Leftovers

Submitted by Kyle on December 10, 2010 – 4:18pm

  • Brian Fischer takes a break from his vacation to wonder if the repeal of DADT will lead to “mandatory cross-dressing.”
  • Why am I not surprised that Fox News loves the living nativity?
  • Need racist soap?  This is the store for you.
  • You know that Jesus is coming back soon because foreign Christians are picking grapes in Israel.  Seriously.
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera rejoices over the failure of the DADT vote: “”[I]f Obama and Sen. Reid succeed in repealing the homosexuality ban, it will devastate our military, lead to an exodus of Christian- and tradition-minded servicemembers from the military, and serve as a catalyst for America’s continued moral decline.”

Right Wing Leftovers

Submitted by Kyle on December 9, 2010 – 4:45pm

  • FRC hails the failure of the DADT vote.
  • Speaking of FRC, they remain very upset about being classified as a hate group by the SPLC.
  • But I do want to highlight this good post by Tom McClusky pointing out the ridiculousness of Grover Norquist’s self-serving rationalization.
  • What a surprise: Westboro Baptist Church is going to protest Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral.
  • Finally, CNSNews has started asking members of Congress whether they believe Jesus had a right to life at the moment of conception.  I have no idea why.
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Marie C. Baca – Some Appointees to Oil and Gas Commission Are Industry Execs, Lobbyists

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From Truthout:

Some Appointees to Oil and Gas Commission Are Industry Execs, Lobbyists

Thursday 09 December 2010

by: Marie C. Baca   |  ProPublica | Report

Joseph Pettey is the owner of Pettey Oilfield Services Inc., and the 2003 Virginia Oil and Gas Festival Man of the Year. Thomas E. Stewart is a third-generation driller who lobbies the government on behalf of energy companies. Both sit on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which is increasingly positioning itself as an authority on drilling-related issues like hydraulic fracturing.

The 38-state commission was created in 1935 to promote the efficient harvesting of oil and gas. Its mission was later expanded to acknowledge the need to protect health, safety and the environment while accomplishing that goal. It is funded by government grants and fees from the states. The commission members are appointed by the member governors. Most are state regulators who oversee gas and oil drilling, but at least seven states have representatives who are either lobbyists or energy executives.

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Evan Solomon interviews Noam Chomsky (4/16/2002)

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