Boeing loses Brazilian defense contract to Saab over NSA spying

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US high-tech companies, already suffering in a fantasy economy propped up by Keynesian stimulus and undermined by outsourcing, international trade agreements and automation, are now really feeling the heat from the blowback of slow-creep Snowden revelations.  Nobody wants a backdoored Cisco router or Microsoft operating system.  It’s so bad that DARPA/NSA darlings like Google and Facebook are rebelling against their benefactors in protest, if only in a superficial theatrical motion to save face for full complicity in all of this.

Now, the lucrative “Lord of War” defense sector, specializing in selling weapons to tinpot dictators worldwide to oppress their populaces and squabble over precious resources at the behest of the bankster cabals, are getting a taste of NSA blowback.  Zerohedge reports that Brazil is canceling a 4 billion US$ contract for fighter jets and instead going with Swedish SAAB for their flying pointy sticks:

Brazil awarded a $4.5 billion contract to Saab AB on Wednesday to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets, a surprise coup for the Swedish company after news of U.S. spying on Brazilians helped derail Boeing’s chances for the deal.

Aside from the cost of the jets themselves, the agreement is expected to generate billions of additional dollars in future supply and service contracts.

The timing of the announcement, after more than a decade of off-and-on negotiations, appeared to catch the companies involved by surprise.

Until earlier this year, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet had been considered the front runner. But revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency in Brazil, including personal communication by Rousseff, led Brazil to believe it could not trust a U.S. company.

“The NSA problem ruined it for the Americans,” a Brazilian government source said on condition of anonymity.

A U.S. source close to the negotiations said that whatever intelligence the spying had delivered for the American government was unlikely to outweigh the commercial cost of the revelations.

“Was that worth 4 billion dollars?” the source asked.

“We are a peaceful country, but we won’t be defenseless,” Rousseff said on Wednesday at a lunch with senior officials from Brazil’s military, where she said the announcement was forthcoming. “A country the size of Brazil must always be ready to protect its citizens, patrimony and sovereignty.”

You all are surprised?  NSA, your retribution is just starting.  Thanks for destroying the last lynchpin of US voodoo economics, the backer of international petrodollars (AKA Federal Reserve Notes) known as the military-industrial complex.

 

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aangirfan: Houston and Gay Osama

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The prosperous bin Laden family, in contrast with US public perception of them, is quite close to the highest echelons of power.  aangirfan.blogspot.com , tireless exposer of Belgian pedophile castles and BBC/Windsor Castle-chummy child rapists, goes into some detail on who the bearded and turbaned Muslim Emmanuel Goldstein of last decade is. 

Obama, Osama… same difference.

 

Bio-hacking: the rapidly advancing worlds of the biological sciences

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Once the domain of dystopian science fiction and the blockbuster Hollywood movies that butcher them, a brave new world is emerging on the horizon with exciting and creepy implications alike. From microscopic RFID tags that paint an entire chapter of your life in terms of consumption habits and the implied psychology behind them, tiny insectoid cyborg surveillance drones in the shape of dragonflies to bioengineering viruses targeted specifically for genetic weaknesses in an enemy based on their peculiarities and defects, we are indeed on the cusp of some crazy fucking shit.

“The Diamond Age” by David Musashi Tanimura on deviantart, inspired by a great novel by Neal Stephenson where a neo-Victorian steampunkish society uses nanotechnology to control people with blood-based nanobots.

By way of Catherine Austin Fitts’ Solari blog, I started reading “Hacking the President’s DNA”, an article in the Atlantic about some of the biological advances in this area and how they can be used to modify human biology not in an indirect way like psychology and propaganda have had to do (even combined with electronics) but directly through bioengineering.

When I read about “garage geneticists” from the boingboing/make crowd, I thought, “Oh gee, nothing could go wrong here…” Well, the kinds of biotech being discussed in this article are several orders of magnitude more developed as the author is keen to point out with his comparison to Moore’s Law and chip manufacturing.

This is probably a good time to start investing in bioinformatics, biogenetics and biological sciences in general. Also, in nutrition and dietetics, since this is probably the first line of biological self-defense, just like with the antivirus market and digital self-defense.

Also, don’t use antibacterial soap and antibiotics unless you really have to. Probiotics are good! I might have to semi-crosspost this line of thinking to my nutrition blog.

For starters, while most criminals might think twice about mass slaughter, murder is downright commonplace. In the future, politicians, celebrities, leaders of industry—just about anyone, really—could be vulnerable to attack-by-disease. Even if fatal, many such attacks could go undetected, mistaken for death by natural causes; many others would be difficult to pin on a suspect, especially given the passage of time between exposure and the appearance of symptoms.

Moreover—as we’ll explore in greater detail—these same scientific developments will pave the way, eventually, for an entirely new kind of personal warfare. Imagine inducing extreme paranoia in the CEO of a large corporation so as to gain a business advantage, for example; or—further out in the future—infecting shoppers with the urge to impulse-buy.

Those despicable foreigners.

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I’ve found in my travels much the same that Craig Murray has found:

I have traveled this world much more extensively than either Obama or Romney, and I still do. I find everywhere, even in areas of conflict and economic difficulty, the vast majority of people are friendly, even kind, and have very similar aspirations, across cultures, to personal development and emotional fulfilment.

The striking thing about tonight’s US Presidential “foreign policy” debate, is when it did occasionally discuss foreign policy, the world out there was discussed not as a place of vast potential, but as a deeply disturbing place full of foreigners who are, apparently, all evil except the Israelis, who are perfect.

The vast benefits from cooperation and trade with “abroad” were not mentioned once that I noticed (though I confess the thing was so awful my attention wandered occasionally). Europe apparently doesn’t exist, other than Greece which is nothing more than a terrible warning of the dangers of not being right wing enough.

The correct attitude to all these foreigners that God so unfortunately and inexplicably placed on this planet, is apparently to maintain incredibly large armed forces, murder people with drones (they were both very enthusiastic on this one), place sanctions on them and declare them “currency manipulators”. The only surprising note was that both agreed that they could not kill everyone in Iran.

But “We can’t just kill our way out of this mess” was spoken with regret, rather than as an affirmation of the possibilities of cooperation instead. What a grim and joyless world view.

Fear sells war. Sending fear via mass communications amplifies this fear and amplifies war profits. Fear sells a lot of other stuff, too, but by far the worst is what genocides a million Iraqis through depleted uranium usage or starves thousands of Iranians through food embargoes.

hat tip Washington’s Blog and Anthony Freda

Young social media terrorists?

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Wired’s Danger Room is no stranger to controversy and usually has the stones to publish hard-hitting analyses. I have to admit, though, at first glance their new article on the “Insider Threat”, is a bit sensational.

Active duty military live under a different set of rules than civilians do and for good reason. Part of the military’s job is using violent force for national security. This is not to be taken lightly or whimsically, so a different set of rules applies. It’s part of the sacrifice servicemen and women make when enlisting. Most especially in the light of the Fort Hood incident and the recent “insider” killings by Afghanis training alongside our troops, the response for those in charge to be on the vigil for warning signs of trained killers flipping out and offing innocents really isn’t so unusual.

That having been said, none of this would probably be an issue if we weren’t engaging in yet another illegal occupation of yet another country:

Admittedly, the U.S. military command isn’t sure what’s causing the insider attacks, but it’ll be difficult for an American soldier who doesn’t speak Pashto or Dari to identify “strange habits” among people from an unfamiliar culture.

Yeah um… Maybe occupying their country for 11 years has something to do with it.

And why are veteran suicides skyrocketing exponentially in this country? Why did they contribute overwhelmingly for Ron Paul in both 2008 and 2012?

Still, I think Danger Room and Washington’s Blog (normally I more or less agree with the latter’s writing) in particular are going over the top with this. Washington’s Blog makes it sound like it’s all US citizens, not rank-and-file military. I think this is disingenuous, even though we all know those things *are* being considered by DHS and their ilk as factors for domestic terrorism – see the MIAC reports for example. It’s quite reasonable for the DHS and their brownshirt stooges to be afraid of returning veterans because most of them enter with noble reasons and return disillusioned, just like all the previous BS wars. This time they think they’ll hush it up. Not likely.

PS It is really bothering me that veteran suicides are skyrocketing. I don’t care what the cause is so much as that it’s not getting reported on top of the filthstream getting reported on. Every major media outlet should be devoting at least an hour a day to this terrible reality and at least trying to reach out to vets to let them know there’s a better way. With an annual budget of $87.6 billion (of the Veteran’s Administration, at least as reported in 2010), I think it’s the least we owe them.

2007 invasion of Iran was narrowly thwarted!

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says Gordon Duff in this thought-provoking article about Gwyneth Todd, a Middle East advisor to the Navy, stopping a planned false-flag operation as a final hurrah for the Bush administration’s PNAC agenda to invade and occupy the entire Middle East.

Military command of this invasion, to be done without consultation of congress or the United Nations was left to Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff and Admiral Will J. Fallon, both career opportunists with extremist political views, willing to do anything for promotion and the curry favor from the powerful criminal figures in US government.

Their “cover story” was to sale a frigate up the Shatt al Arab, a disputed waterway between Iraq and Iran, hoping to stimulate a “response” from Iran.

Their real plan was to create the response themselves, as was done by the Navy during the Tonkin Gulf Incident in 1964 when America “invented” an attack by North Vietnam as a prelude to a 10 year war America eventually lost.

Their plans were to create phony radio traffic simulating an Iranian attack in order to push America into authorizing hostilities that they, themselves, had perpetrated in as part of a conspiracy.

Sounds familiar…

There’s a Washington Post article referenced by the Duff one that goes into more detail and you have to stick with it until page 4 to really get the good stuff, which is why I guess Duff wrote this piece up. I love how it’s in the “Lifestyle” section which, from what I remember from reading the WaPo print version, is filled with restaurant reviews, contemporary art exhibitions and the like. Cowards.

Well, if this is all true, thank God for Gwenythe Todd and what she did. No wonder everyone was barking about the imminent invasion of Iran about that time. And have been since 2006, as far as I remember.

Democrat or Republican, Independent or Libertarian, let’s all put our differences aside just once and PUT A STOP TO THIS MADNESS.

Update: found 3 videos of recorded interviews:

DARPA cyborgs

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DARPA continues human experiments to create military super soldiers

Like regrowing limbs on the battlefield.

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