“American Exceptionalism” and the High School Training Camp for Bootlicks

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism, Shoeshine, The Corporate Bund at 1:42 pm by George Smith

Hillary Clinton spoke in front of an American Legion audience today. She gave a special shout out to its Boys Nation thing: “You help raise the next generation of American patriots. I want to give a special shout out to Boys Nation, which meant so much to my husband when he was growing up.” And […]


WhiteManistan militia: Aiming to dispel stereotypes

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, WhiteManistan at 3:28 pm by George Smith

No self-recognition. (And couldn’t help taking the, uh, easy shot with the title.) Excerpts from an Alaska newspaper: “It’s an effort to show the public that we are different, and that we’re trying to change the public perception of what militia groups and survival groups and prepper groups are,??? Luntz said. Some of the people […]


On the Voice of America: Tried to keep it reality-based

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 1:42 pm by George Smith

Catching up with the Voice of America, which broadcast this hours before Sony withdrew The Interview from wide release on Xmas day. (Today, it reversed itself and is trying to coax it into a 200-300 theater special showing on the 25th, about ten percent of what was originally slated.) From the Voice of America: Cyber […]


Seth Rogen’s digital Pearl Harbor

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 4:35 pm by George Smith

What happens when hackers from North Korea, according to the US government, threaten the American arm of an entertainment giant, Sony, over a mediocre-to-crappy movie, Seth Rogen’s The Interview, set to open Xmas Day? Americans fold. Despite the lack of any actual credible threat of violence, three big theater chains backed out of showing it […]


‘Cyberwar is Bullshit’ Took long enough

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism, The Corporate Bund at 1:37 pm by George Smith

A very young person named Russell Brandom at clickbait news site, The Verge, has discovered this is so. He’s figured out, rightly, that cybersecurity in the US, and — in general, and among its toadies in the West, is solely for protecting the shit of the 1 percent. Former NSA director Keith Alexander, the million […]


Give Americans a royalty on arms sales, slap a VAT on the MRAP

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, War On Terror, WhiteManistan at 2:30 pm by George Smith

In the distant past I wrote that Americans ought to get something for contributing to this country’s position as the leading arms dealer to the world. The American people, out of their generous pockets, have underwritten everything that’s made our war machine the biggest in world history. We’ve paid for the development, purchase, maintenance and […]


CyberGuardian of Banksters, Keith Alexander, on the move

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 10:11 am by George Smith

It’s a good gig and it’s apparently working. Former NSA director, Keith Alexander, the 1 million dollar a month consultant on cyberdefense, is convincing banks they ought to pay him protection money so they don’t lose money to cyberwar. From Bloomberg: Wall Street’s biggest trade group has proposed a government-industry cyber war council to stave […]


More treasures from the world of corporate sharing

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 5:22 pm by George Smith

Even stuff you did more than 20 years ago isn’t safe from corporate theft. If there is a way to steal labor, it will be done. Here then for your enjoyment, from the Morning Call, a piece I did as a free-lancer in 1992. The Call, which belonged to Times-Mirror, now Tribune, never had a […]


Reviewed and recommended: Behold a Pale Farce

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 4:32 pm by George Smith

Authors Bill Blunden and Violet Cheung have produced something of a first, a comprehensive book on cyberwar that isn’t like the rest. Behold a Pale Farce’s (TrineDay, trade paperback) strength is reality, a feature that makes it entirely unique in its field. Readers of this blog know the topic of cyberwar reasonably well. The national […]


Wishful thinking in the pot just before it boiled

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, War On Terror at 11:45 am by George Smith

While I’m very sympathetic to fellow citizens who think they can innovate jerry-bilt gadgets and miscellaneous consumer goods to fight the US surveillance state, Kickstarter campaigns won’t do it. The US government pays contractors 3,4, and five orders of magnitude more than you’ll ever raise in crowd-sourcing. From the WaPost, a flavor of tech invention […]

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