Vengeancia (updated March 12, 2014) According to this article from Kit Daniels at Infowars, “Very few attended a panel discussion on gun control in Austin, Texas yesterday even though the event was heavily promoted by media, proving once again the popularity of the Second Amendment and basic human freedoms as a whole.” For background, check out activist Karen Hudes: “There is a huge global conspiracy,” here.
Also for background read these excellent articles by Michael Rozeff, Central Banks are Not Banks, here and also Love It or Leave It?, here. Check out the Zero Aggression Project, here. Check out Featured Musicians Propagandhi.
“Key leaders from the three largest gun control groups – Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Americans for Responsible Solutions and Moms Demand Action – not only organized the event but also spoke to the handful in attendance who occupied at most 10% of the available seats.
“This despite the fact that the panel discussion was a registered event of South by Southwest, an internationally-known set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that takes place every spring in Austin with an attendance of at least 100,000 from across the world.
“The lack of attendance for a gun control event is not unusual.
“In San Antonio back in October, only around three people showed up for a gun control event organized by Moms Demand Action as a counter-protest to an open carry rally occurring simultaneously at the Alamo, of which an estimated 1,500 showed up in support for the Second Amendment.
“The lack of attendance at these anti-gun events reveals that not only is gun control unpopular, but the groups organizing these events are not grassroots as they claim but are rather top-down front groups led by corrupt politicians such as former N.Y. mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“These groups pretend to be grassroots to shift attention away from Bloomberg and his true agenda: the complete disarmament of all Americans. ‘Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,’ Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mayor John C. Tkazyik wrote shortly after leaving Bloomberg’s gun control group. Bloomberg is unfortunately not alone.
“At a gun control event last year, Austin, Texas City Council Member Mike Martinez admitted that gun control is simply a step-by-step process to completely eliminate the Second Amendment. While pointing at a sign held by a protestor which read ‘Stop Gun Ban,’ Martinez said that ‘someone needs to inform him that there is no gun ban currently, but because of the work we’re doing today, we will make [his] sign legitimate shortly.’ ”
‘So you hang on to that [sign],’ he said to a cheering crowd of gun control advocates. Bloomberg’s supporters are also working with Facebook to restrict free speech when it comes to pro-gun talk on the social media site, which was discussed at yesterday’s event. ‘Last week, Facebook and Instagram announced nine new policies that they were putting in place in response to our campaign,’ Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action and a former Monsanto PR exec, said to the Guardian.
“With these nine new policies, including restrictions on users under 18 from seeing firearm-related content and the forced indoctrination of gun control propaganda, Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram are now placing guns in the same category as porn. But why would Bloomberg and these other authoritarians want to do all of this? Simple, citizens who lack liberties are easier to control.
“‘He who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by it, for in rebellion it has always the watch-word of liberty and its ancient privileges as a rallying point, which neither time nor benefits will ever cause it to forget,’ noted 16th-century historian Niccolò Machiavelli wrote as advice to tyrants.
“By taking away basic liberties as recognized by the Bill of Rights, authoritarians are preventing real grassroots resistance to upcoming laws worse than New York’s soda ban or Obamacare because subjugated citizens no longer have any fight left in them.
“In other words, Americans are being conditioned to become slaves. But many are still standing up for their rights and it’s also been reported that gun owners are planning another rally in Austin in the near future.” Read more at Infowars. Check out USA vs. US.
“The National Rifle Association was quick to accuse Facebook of bowing to pressure tactics from anti-gun groups…..Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said:
‘The NRA enjoys 150 times more support on Facebook than Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That’s why Bloomberg and the gun control groups he funds tried to pressure Facebook into shutting down discussion of Second Amendment issues on its social media platforms.’
“Some members of the Facebook community Guns For Sale, which has more than 200,000 “likes,” also criticized the announcement, calling the new rules unconstitutional and unnecessary.” Read more.
“A Connecticut man revealed shocking comments made by a Branford police officer this week who has openly defended door-to-door gun confiscation.
“After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Conn. lawmakers mandated that all ‘assault rifles’ and ‘high capacity’ magazines be banned, requiring all in circulation to be registered with the state. Fearing the obvious move towards confiscation, the vast majority of gun owners have refused to submit, with estimates finding less than 13 percent of rifles being registered.
“Navy veteran and former firefighter John Cinque, who made national news after telling state lawmakers he would not comply with gun registration, briefly commented on the officer’s statements in a discussion with gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti last Friday.” Read more.
“Arizona FreedomFest is an independent, non-partisan festival where Freedom and Liberty loving people meet to celebrate great entertainment, great speakers, great ideas, great music, and great thinkers in a fun and inspiring environment. Check back frequently for upcoming event notices for 2014.
“The Arizona FreedomFest is a statewide event to be held in the scenic White Mountains of Arizona at the private, 30+ acre Owens Creekside Ranch (Deuce of Clubs and 9th Place) located in the resort Town of Show Low, Arizona. Unlike other parts of Arizona in the summer, Show Low sits at an elevation of 6,400 ft, so temperatures remain pleasant with a cool mountain breeze….” Read more. Check out the FB page.
Also, read this from AOL “Surveillance. Online privacy. Robots. Food processing. Wearable computers. To get a sense of what’s on the minds of the tech industry’s thinkers, leaders and tinkerers, it’s a good idea to head to Austin, Texas, rather than Silicon Valley this time of the year.
“More than 30,000 people descend on this eccentric city for the South By Southwest Interactive Festival each March. This year, NSA leaker Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder and secret spiller Julian Assange are topping the bill, alongside Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of genetics testing company 23andMe.
“Snowden and Assange won’t be making the trip to Texas, however. They’ll appear on live video, since both are living as fugitives, in Moscow and the Ecuadorian embassy in London, respectively. Their inclusion illustrates how the festival is trying to balance holding on to its independent roots even as it’s flooded by a barrage of corporate sponsors and threatens to grow too big for its hometown.
” ‘We have always said that South By Southwest is a very big tent and we have all different types of people,’ said Hugh Forrest, director of the interactive festival. ‘This is a feature and not a flaw.'”
“Still, it’s clear that online privacy and government surveillance is on top of the technology set’s mind this year. Snowden, the former NSA contractor who appears Monday, faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking thousands of classified documents to media outlets. He is living under temporary asylum in Russia, which has no extradition treaty with the U.S.
“Snowden is unlikely to talk about the case against him during the session and will focus instead on “how technology enables surveillance and how technology can protect us from surveillance,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. Soghoian will be speaking to Snowden along with Snowden’s legal adviser, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner. Snowden is being represented by the ACLU in the U.S. government’s case against him.
“Speaking at South By Southwest – rather than in front of Congress or at a conference of lawyers – gives Snowden a chance to talk to the technology community, “his peers,” Soghoian said. ‘The reason the NSAs collected as much information as it did is because of technology,” he said. “Technology got us into this mess and technology will get us out of it.’
“Assange, meanwhile, will speak on Saturday with Benjamin Palmer, the co-founder of The Barbarian Group, a marketing agency whose clients range from Pepsi to Samsung to New York City. As to why a marketing executive is interviewing a figure as controversial as Assange? A hint: Visitors to the group’s website are greeted with the message “We create ideas that provoke a reaction.”
“Part of the larger South By Southwest festival that also includes music, film and recently education segments, SXSWi, as it’s dubbed, became a separate event in 1994, when it was still called “SXSW Multimedia.” Past speakers have ranged from the computer scientist and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier in 1997 to investor Mark Cuban in 1999 and Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams in 2004.
“This is where Twitter soared from obscurity to the world stage in 2007, where Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appeared on stage in 2008 when his site was still the No. 2 online social network behind MySpace and where the location-sharing app Foursquare emerged a year later.
“Attendees looking for the next Twitter, Facebook or even Foursquare here, though, might have to dig a bit deeper these days. As the festival evolves and grows bigger each year, it’s becoming more difficult – not to mention more expensive – to stand out as the coolest startup or the most useful app. For Caroline Tien-Spalding, marketing director at imaging firm ArcSoft, the interactive festival is where new ideas percolate.
‘You have a lot of things at the very, very beginning. You don’t know what’s going to make it and what won’t,’ said Tien-Spalding, who is giving a presentation about the future of facial recognition technology, titled ‘The Good, the Bad & the Ugly,’ on Tuesday.
“Other sessions at the five-day festival include discussions such as “The Next Steve Jobs May Be from Africa,” “The Internet of Cars” and “Welcoming the Robot Workforce.” On Sunday, Rodrigo Martinez, life sciences chief strategist at the design firm IDEO, will be part of a panel about the future of wearable technology called “The Connected Body – Can We Get Value from Wearables.”
“The problem, he says, is that the conversations about wearables are being driven by hardware and software rather than the motivations, needs and inspirations of the humans who use them.”
“‘Forget about technology,’ he said. ‘What are the things that matter to an individual – and then you design around that.’ Read more.
“Neil Young wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made. So at SXSW yesterday (and on Kickstarter, which I’ll get to in a moment), Young introduced Pono. In Hawaiian, the word means righteous or goodness. For the world of sound it’s an audio player that Young says he’s been working on for two-and-a-half years, one that’s capable of playing music at the same quality at which it was recorded.” Read more.
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The Verge | Despite six years of Federal Aviation Administration statements to the contrary.
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Mike Masnick | Committee has been pushing to release a supposedly devastating 6,000 page report about the CIA’s torture program.
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Ron Paul | Last week Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed an additional 40,000 reduction in active duty US Army personnel.
Phys.org | Middle-aged Americans took the biggest hit.
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Fox News | Agency could sideline project over salmon.
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Zero Hedge | Gold manipulation is not only not surprising, but accepted and widely appreciated.
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Zero Hedge | The dismal trail of dead bankers continues.
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Don Dahler | Economy still recovering from the recession has chilled.
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Tony Cartalucci | Protests across Turkey openly led by Turkey’s opposition, contrary to the initial narratives peddled by the Western media.
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AFP | Pro-Russian dancers twirled on stage in town square.
RT | U.S. is ramping up its military presence in the region.
AFP | A United States warship crossed Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait Friday, headed towards the Black Sea.
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Tony Cartlucci | The Western media can now finally recuperate some of its lost legitimacy.
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Tony Cartalucci | Understanding that democracy is not the solution is the first step of finding real solutions.
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Xinhua | Militants targeted civilians, security forces and police.
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Reuters | Russian Parliament granted President Putin the authority he sought to use military force in Ukraine.
Kit Daniels | Proposed legislation, troop movements all point towards a push for reunification.
Eric Draitser | A Ukraine free of Russia, Jews, and all other “undesirables.”
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Michael Snyder | Russia will never, ever give up Crimea without a fight.
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Jerusalem Post | Foreign Ministry slams as “racist” report by NGO on IDF’s actions against Palestinians.
Zero Hedge | Shortly after the US warned Russia over its “provocative actions” with regard Ukraine…
AFP | Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday without explanation.
debka.com | There is no way that President Vladimir Putin will relinquish Russian control of the Crimean peninsula and its military bases there.
Land Destroyer Report | BBC plums new depths with dishonest coverage of Thai crisis and attempted justification of expanding pro-regime terror campaign.
RIA Novosti | The proposal put forward by the nationalist Svoboda party, which played a key role in the street protest movement.
Michael Snyder | Russian military vehicles have been photographed in the main square of Sevastopol, and there are fears that Ukraine is about to plunge into a very bloody civil war.
politico.com | Republicans are hoping to force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) into holding a vote.
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Thierry Meyssan | Obama has mobilized almost the entire National Security Council team.
AFP | Obama warns Karzai on security deal.
Mac Slavo | Russians raise flag over Ukranian Republic of Crimea.