Kid with the last name Trump falls asleep during Trump speech, American anarchist murdered in Acapulco, Cody Wilson indicted on multiple charges, person upset by Virginia governor’s abortion stance tipped off about racist photo, veterinarian stitched bags of heroin into the bodies of puppies to use them as drug mules, drug dogs, Black Panthers in prison after 46 years, the New Black Panthers are racist assholes, man in Smokies dies of meth, bear eats man in Smokies who died of meth, man kills bear in Smokies who ate man who died of meth, Colorado woman dies after two kidneys mistakenly removed, incompetent doctors, fake doctors, weird doctors, 8 children taken to hospital after eating weed gummy bears, anti-weed book pushes “reefer madness” hysteria, frozen cat covered in ice revived after being found in snowbank, cryogenics and weird rich people, one school district’s security upgrade includes facial recognition to track IDs and AR-15s, school in China, schools in England introduce a new subject: “mindfulness,” wtf is mindfulness, German town votes no to street addresses, new study says smoking weed is associated with higher sperm count, El Paso zoo will feed animals cockroaches named after your ex on Valentine’s Day, “living alone can be deadly” – if you’re not rich, of course.
By Nathan Mattise
AUSTIN, Texas—More than three months have passed since a warrant (PDF) initially went out for Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson’s arrest. That document detailed Wilson’s alleged sexual assault against a female “child younger than 17 years of age” whom he reportedly solicited through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. Last Friday, December 28, the State of Texas finally formally indicted (PDF) Wilson. The 3D printed gun advocate now faces multiple charges: four counts of sexual assault of a child, two charges of indecency with a child by contact, and two charges of indecency with a child by exposure.
These charges are all second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Wilson’s two previously scheduled initial court appearances in November and December had each been pushed back, as often happens in cases still waiting on a formal indictment. This recent filing may make it more likely that the newest tentative date (scheduled for early February) will occur, meaning Wilson’s team would need to finally appear at the Travis County Courthouse.
Burgerville employees organize first fast food labor union, scientists in Israel may have found a cure for cancer, obese woman who advocated plus size positivity dies from heart attack at 49, Leslie Van Houten makes parole again, police ask criminals not to commit crimes because it’s too cold, feds end investigation into Vegas shooting-no motive found, police make 10 million arrests a year but that doesn’t mean they are solving crimes, neighbors of slain couple who shot 4 cops dispute police story, cop who shot fellow officer was drinking on duty, public dissection was a gruesome spectacle, the French have managed to preserve their intellectual book culture, the personal toll of whistle blowing, prisons are quietly building databases of incarcerated people’s voice prints, SF proposal would ban government use of facial recognition in the city, self-driving cars will “cruise” to avoid paying to park.
Todd Lewis is joined by Will Mclean and Fulton Skipworth to discuss the military performance and reevaluate the legacy of Union and Confederate commanders.
Zizek has some of the best analysis of anyone on the Left out there today, even if his proposed solutions are awful.
By David Gordon
Anthony de Jasay, an important free market economist and political philosopher passed away on January 23. Born in Hungary in 1925, he studied at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was a protégé of I.M.D. Little, a leading authority on welfare economics. Like Little, de Jasay was an astringent critic, and he often assailed his fellow classical liberals, such as Friedrich Hayek, as well as opponents of the free market. Almost everyone wrongly took for granted, he thought, that the state is necessary. In fact, those who control the state are self-interested actors, not neutral umpires. In this view, he followed the public choice school, but he argued that James Buchanan and others erred in thinking the state could be tamed by constitutional restraints. He was also skeptical of defenses of the free market on consequentialist and natural rights grounds. Instead, he defended “moral minimalism.” The burden of proof rested on anyone who proposed to limit the conduct of others. His greatest book is The State, but he was the author of many other books as well, such as Social Contract, Free Ride, a criticism of “public goods” justifications for the state. He will be missed.
That so many Western, particularly American, right-wingers are fans of Bolsonaro illustrates why the Right remains as useless as the Left.
Elected president of Brazil last October, with more than 55% of the vote, Jair Bolsonaro just took office. The left, which multiplies the anathemas against him (homophobe, sexist, racist, etc.), speaks of a new upsurge of “populism” and says that his victory delights everyone that the world regards as “right wing and extreme right wing” people. Are you one of them?
Not at all. Bolsonaro certainly benefited from the current trend of populism and captured the vote of the popular classes who previously voted for the Workers’ Party, but populism, I remind you, doesn’t have a precise ideological content. It’s only a style, a manner of responding to political supply and demand, and this style can combine itself with very different ideologies (Luiz Inácio Lula, the former president, was also a “populist”). The right always wags in a Pavlovian manner when it hears they are are going to reestablish “law and order.” The problem is that the law can be unjust and order is often only an established disorder.
I will, of course, refrain from judging Bolsonaro’s intentions. I sincerely hope that he can put an end to corruption and restore some peace in a country where they record 64,000 homicides per year (more than a half million in ten years). What I observe at the same time, is that he was the candidate of the financial markets before all (the São Paulo Stock Exchange leaped 6% the day after his victory), multinationals, starting with Monsanto, and the lobby of large landowners (la bancada ruralista), and that it was the evangelical churches, controlled by North American televangelists and steeped in Zionist messianism, who gave him the most decisive support (formerly Catholic, he converted to evangelicalism by being symbolically baptized in the Jordan in 2016).
But what essentially do you criticize him for?
I’ve listened to Bolsonaro’s various speeches and I’ve attentively read his program, which I find appalling in many regards. After having decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on the climate, he announced the construction of a new highway through the Amazon, the opening of indigenous territories, whose inhabitants will be expelled, to oil and mineral exploitation, and the systematic promotion of industrial agriculture to the detriment of environmental protection. To make things clear, he also coldly suppressed the Ministry of the Environment, whose functions were transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture, and announced the elimination of the Ministry of Culture.
The condition of internet freedom 6 years after the death of Aaron Schwartz, divided about immigration because we speak different languages, Vilfredo Pareto, South Carolina town now a Juggalo free zone, Juggalos VS facial recognition software, wearing a mask in public, Illinois thinks it is now taxing lap dances, tourists relax on the beach in Acapulco among bullet ridden bodies, 7 Star Trek series to be on the air by 2020, how anarchists respond to the government “shutdown,” what’s causing the rise of hoarding disorder, U.S. now says all online gambling is illegal, U.S. proposes to allow drone operation at night over people, hackers broke into an SEC database and made millions from inside information, against federal identification numbers, Costco is opening a $440 million chicken farm to escape America’s chicken monopoly, Florida man drives golf cart drunk barks like a dog and gives deputies the middle finger, getting tasered by Reno 911.
Apparently, the C4SS crowd is now being attacked by rival leftists for being associated with “fascists,” with yours truly being among the primary exhibits in favor of the prosecution. And the accuser is none less than Max Blumenthal, son of former Bill Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal. I have no clue at to what this is about. It looks like it has something to do with Russia. Gillis’ equally goofy but less entertaining friend Alexander Reid Ross is a major Russophobe, and apparently Blumenthal is an impeccably otherwise PC but not quite as Russophobic rival to ARR. Or maybe not. Who knows with these lunatics.
Government shutdown highlights issues that 78% of workers live paycheck to paycheck, research shows affluent Americans barely recognize US income gap, lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook victims against Alex Jones advances, Alex Jones IS the crisis actor, man accused of killing brother with a sword, lizard people, schizophrenia on drugs, new congressional marijuana bill is numbered HR 420, Portland bar sues bartender for $115,000 for drinking on the job, people like to talk to strangers, repeated radio signals are coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, cancer in America is way down for the wealthy, people older than 65 share the most fake news, Attack the System mentioned in “Anarchism in 2018” podcast by The Brilliant, not being recognized by the Church.
All the crazy things corrupt public officials bought with your money this year, IRS plans to take taxpayer money but not issue refunds during shutdown, hundreds of TSA screeners working without pay call in sick at major airports, former Manson follower granted parole, driver arrested for testing positive for “every possible detectable drug,” Florida man worried about vampires burns down his house, “Florida man” in general, Florida woman attacks parents after they refuse to take her to Outback Steakhouse, man makes pipe guns and sells them to gun buy back programs, high risk ATF targets, Yemen clocks over 52,000 attacks total 50 airstrikes per day on average for 2018, China lands spacecraft on the moon, the cost of living has risen faster in Seattle than in any other city, astronaut accidentally called 911 from space, living paycheck to paycheck is disturbingly common, Dr. He and CRISPR, the new wave of sobriety start-ups shaking up the 12-step model.
Syria/Afghan troop withdrawal, Congress strengthens police state in order to wage war on sex workers, moral panics, study finds police officers arrested 1100 times per year, the possibility of future left/right violence, Casey Anthony gets her own reality show, Casey Anthony 4 President, cat owners more likely to be into BDSM than other people, House passes bill banning eating dogs and cats, the sacred dog, Zimbabwe’s health minister says Chinese condoms too small, Amazon’s Alexa suggests murder in AI experiment, the possibility of artificial intelligence reaching a level of self awareness, the world through the eyes of Americans, the impact homelessness and the opioid crisis are having on SF streets, the Dollar Store backlash has begun, London Metropolitan Police deploy facial recognition tech with a 100% failure rate, innocent New York man billed $4,600 for police rectal probe, Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves, unmanned grocery delivery is underway in Arizona, autonomous advertisement is coming, Happy New Year from AttacktheSystem.com.
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit
Exile in Happy Valley
Every year since I started this blog I’ve written a Shitlist of all the cunts who drive me to near homicidal ideation. And every year since I started this blog I’ve countered that poison pen cocktail with a more altruistic list to bring in the new year, a list of people that miraculously don’t suck (I know, right?). It’s often a hard list to write because so few people deserve to be on it. I often have to struggle not to put the same damn people on it every year. This year I’ve decided to leave out my holy trinity of repeat offenders, the patron saint of the Fifth Estate, Julian Assange, and my online mentors, Angela Keaton and Thomas Knapp (consider this sentence an honorable mention), and try to put nothing but first timers on this list. I came up with twelve, and like my shitlist, not everybody is going to agree with my choices. But with me, someone is always going to have to go fuck themselves. Like it or loath it, these are the holy handful of dearest motherfuckers who have kept the proverbial pistol out of my mouth in 2018, and I feel duty bound to salute them.
Canada has called for the immediate release of two of its nationals detained in China. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the detentions arbitrary and a source of deep concern. The two were detained after Canada arrested chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Vancouver. Freeland warned that the detention of the Huawei executive is not political. She added that Ottawa respects its extradition treaty with the US. The Huawei official was arrested after the U-S requested her extradition allegedly for violating anti-Iran sanctions. The US state department echoed Canada’s call on Friday, saying Beijing should immediately release the Canadian nationals.
Senate votes to end support for Saudi war on Yemen/passes resolution condemning Saudis for Khashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia still sells castrated black slaves, Trump’s legal woes worsen, Trump says “the people would revolt” if he were impeached, Utah reduces DUI limit to .05, Tommy Chong on Canada’s weed legalization and underground market, California considers a tax on texting, feminists think sexist men are sexier than “woke” men, the new generation of Unabomber acolytes, Charles Manson and the white cult, Antifa VS Anonymous, left-right gen pop anxiety, Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition at her concert, the Kardashians, 20 men brought up on gun charges stemming from Houston rappers music video, country pop music, ‘racist’ Gandhi statue removed from University of Ghana, anarchists helped Californian fire refugees in a Walmart parking lot where people were already living, Walmarts are the new mining camps, technocrats are the new robber barons, mass democracy.
In episode 16 of Unraveling Political Theory, Tim and Keith will be discussing the burden of responsibility and asking with whom the responsibility should lie in the 21st century. To understand the world of politics and change it for the better, it’s paramount that people begin to study political theory and the ways in which it has manifest throughout history up into the present day. By bringing light to the origins of political and philosophical thought, the present day becomes all the more explainable because one is now able to see the logical progression of such manifestations.
Sex robot creator is ready to make a baby with his machine, PETA says to stop using anti-animal language, the white supremacy-milk connection, the yellow vest riots in France, 95% of speed cameras in French region destroyed during riots, James Fields convicted of 1st degree murder for Charlottesville killing, Chinese scientists and gene edited babies, exorcisms are gaining popularity in the US, Satanic sculpture installed at Illinois Statehouse, missing Emirati princess planned escape for seven years, Israeli software helped Saudis spy on Khashoggi lawsuit says, Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent, Facebook and mass stupidity.
Only what I have been saying for years.
Professional Wrestling and Political News Media have become the ultimate tag team, both utilizing the exact same techniques and formula’s for a very specific outcome. And the outcome is not what you think it is… In 1991, Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) recruited Eric as an on-camera talent. His entrepreneurial instincts and interests quickly propelled him from talent through the corporate ranks to become WCW’s President in 1998. Before leaving Turner Broadcasting in 1999, Eric had established WCW as the leader in the sports/entertainment category and is largely credited for re-inventing the professional wrestling genre. Eric also created the New World Order (nWo) brand for the TNT Network and was responsible for growing licensing, merchandising, pay-per-view, and live event business units by more than $325M. In 2002, he joined long time competitor Vince McMahon to be an on-air character on the highly successful USA Network Series “RAW”. Eric Bischoff can be heard on his weekly podcast 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff exclusively on Westwood OnePodcast Network. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx