Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Greenwald's proscription list put the word end to Snowden's comedy show

Writing another piece on the odd couple Snowden and Greenwald is like taking out the trash at night.

You want to procrastinate that moment as long as you can and maybe the trash will magically vanish by itself.

The problem is I can easily forget about both of them but unfortunately there are people out there who still think that Snowden is a real leaker and Greenwall a real journalist.

I didn't use the word "trash" by chance, the whole Snowden story is a giant pile of trash, a trashy show that was staged  the old way by the same old production which finds no other place in today's conscious world than in a dumpster. 

The latest episode of the saga is called "proscription list".

In ancient Rome, the proscription list was a posted notice listing Roman citizens who had been declared outlaws and whose goods were confiscated. Rewards were offered to anyone killing or betraying the proscribed, and severe penalties were inflicted on anyone harbouring them. 

Their properties were confiscated, and their sons and grandsons were forever barred from public office and from the Senate.

In more recent times, the most famous proscription list is the one that Adolf Hitler published before the invasion of Poland  that identified more than 61,000 members of Polish elites: activists, intelligentsia, scholars, actors, former officers, and others, who were to be interned or shot. 

Making a list of citizens who are not welcomed by a government or any other institution is a typical tool of every respectful dictatorship

People tend to forget that Steven Spielberg' "Schindler's List" is the story of the Jewish Holocaust that was possible only thanks to the proscription lists.

As a matter of fact in Schindler's list opening scene you see a bunch of nazis registering people's names on their typewriting machines, that's why the typewriting machine became the symbol of the Holocaust, because it was the main tool used by the nazis to perform a mass killing like a typical office duty. 

Lists and typewriters are the symbol of the bureaucratic killing machine to give the audience the idea of a system of cold, mighty hierarchical power. 

June 1 2014, Glenn-I-know-real-leakers-Greenwald takes on Nazi style and announces he has a 'list' of NSA-targeted US dissidents but when he's being asked by American Journalist Naomi Wolf to publish the proscription list he tweets her back that he has some unspecified "Privacy Concern" and he wants to respect the people's privacy.

Privacy???? Keeping secret a list of names of people labelled as "dissidents" by the US Government? Where's Mr. Greenwald's quest for freedom? Eventually Greenwald's tweet has been deleted. I wonder why.

First of all if the United States Government would publish such a list that will be the end of Democracy as we know it and the end of the United States reputation as the Land of Freedom.

Second of all, by simmering the release of a proscription list Glenn-I-know-real-leakers Greenwald would be the main accomplice of a fearmongering campaign to devastate the lives of those millions who might even slightly think they could be in that list.

Where all this could possibly lead us to?

As I have been affirming in my first review of the Snowden show back in September 2013, Gleen Greenwald is just a bookkeeper, he's the employee of the year who does his homework as soon as he's being asked for by his owners.

He can be compared to French Lawyer Joseph Haennig, who during the French Nazi regime of Vichy, published an article to enlarge the boundaries of the concept of Jewishness so that more people could have been deported and killed in concentration camps.

According to Prof. Richard Weisberg who studied the Vichy lawyers more in depth than anyone on this planet, Vichy lawyers, thanks to their interpretational skills, they ingrained ability to avoid the conflict between the racial laws and the foundational egalitarianism of traditional French Constitutional Law.

Mr Greenwald, who not by chance is a Lawyer, is the perfect reincarnation of Joseph Haenning's sociopath attitude. He is being paid to play the slave of a fearmongering show, whose only objective since day one was to terrorize independent journalists to go on writing because they were under surveillance.

Mr. Greenwald perfectly knows that proscription lists are themselves not only illegal but ethically and morally unacceptable because they belong to Nazi Germany "best practices" and the United States Government doesn't like to be identified like "the Nazi Regime" because it doesn't reflect the most basic values upon which America has been founded. 

And no lawyer on planet earth would be able to avoid the conflict between the US Constitution and a proscription list. More in deep no lawyer on this planet would even give such a legal abomination a try unless he wants to be crucified at the Lincoln memorial.

Hence by simmering the release of such a science-fictional list of names shows a clear will  to bring the campaign of terror started by Snowden on mass surveillance to a higher level. To its highest level. To its brinkmanship. 

The real question is why the screenplay is taking such an unexpected turninig point? 

Well, that's because the Snowden show was a total bomb at the box office and it didn't receive that amazing feedback its producers were expecting from it.

As a matter of fact, American Journalist Naomi Wolf, started to question the reliability of Snowden right after it premiered on the lamestream media one year ago.

The problem is that if a list of such kind had existed it would have had Naomi Wolf's name on top of it. Although such a move would have meant that the whole Snowden show was a giant fake as it is. Hence even if such a list would exist it could have never ever been published because it would be a lethal self-inflicting blow for the Snowden comedy show.

Unfortunately for Mr. Greenwald not everyone on this planet has his/her brain fried by the mainstream media which he wonderfully represents. Some of us have a weakness for history, that in the era of  Consciousness, the one we are living now, is a combination of past present and future combined together. The problem is these amateurs like Greenwald and Snowden completely ignore the fact that in the era of Consciousness there's no difference between past and present, it's all one. 

Moreover there is no list of dissidents because that would immediately identify the United States Government like the Germany of 1933 which is against the very meaning of Freedom upon which America was founded.

Being a Lawyer Mr. Greenwald should know these things because here we talk about the very basics. 

If Mr. Greenwald ignores such basics there are only two options left: 

1) he's the worst lawyer and the worst journalist and the worst American citizen ever


2) he willingly CHOSE to ignore these facts.Which is much more probable unless Mr. Greenwald wants to be identified as a mentally disabled person.

I think this is the moment in which a real journalist should tell his readers "You decide". 

Whoever made up this giant fake show of Snowden and Greenwald is just an amateur. We entered the era of global Consciousness and staging a fake leaking show only to spread fear and terror like if we were in the Middle Ages is simply pathetic. Next time you want to set up a show to a world audience you'll have to hire real professionals, people whose area of expertise is global consciousness, otherwise the only effect you are going to produce is boredom and pity for those poor actors whose acting skills and reputation is now completely destroyed. 

I think the casting director chose Snowden as the main character because of his physical appearance because he might look like a creepy nerdy spy, but real spies don't look like Snowden, exactly like
real journalists don't look like Greenwald. 

These people are just very low-rent actors, who were hired to play a pathetic show to spread fearmongering propaganda over an hypothetic global surveillance system and that's the beginning and the end of their circle of revelations: a bunch of hot air and a lot of stone age fearmongering propaganda. "You guys are spied on a 24/7 basis".

There are 7 billion people on this planet. If you have to spy on 7 billion people you need 35 million employees because to spy on one person you need at least 5 people (two surveillance operators who actually spy on the subject, an analyst who compares the data, a psychologist who connects the dots and a supervisor who checks the whole process)

The game is over Mr. Greenwald and you will go down in history as the employee of the year.

E Pluribus Unum

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Italy's Curse: The Lust for Revenge

Only a week after former US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner revealed in his book that back in 2011 EU officials approached him with a plan to overthrow Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s elected leader, another assumed "international plot" has been revealed by the leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement, Gianroberto Caseleggio:
"It was April 10, 2013, a week before Italy's Presidential Elections. I was with Mr. Grillo (The Five Star Movement leader) and two of our staff members.

The British Ambassador asked us if we would like to meet Enrico Letta, who at the time was Vice-Secretary of the Democratic Party and who was waiting in the next room. 
We turned down the offer. 

Eventually we were taken upstairs via a backstair to have lunch with some of the Embassy staff while the Ambassador was having lunch with Mr. Letta downstairs. 

At one point the Ambassador (rather his right-hand man) asked us: "What do you think of the re-election of Mr. Napolitano? (The incumbent President of the Republic) 

Two weeks later Napolitano was re-elected President and Mr. Letta was named Prime Minister. We reached the conclusion that there was something wrong in all this . . .
It proves the strong influence that foreign governments have on Italy's political choices. 

It's not just Germany. It's one of the many faces of our total loss of sovereignty: we lost territorial sovereignity in 1945; we lost monetary sovereignty with the Euro and the fiscal sovereignty with the fiscal compact. In order to win the elections we should win the elections in at least three foreign countries...."

Italians tend too easily to forget that from 1923 to 1943 Italy was ruled by a ferocious fascist dictatorship which was Hitler's first ally.

Much has been said about the existence of secret treaties that would see the World War II winners as Italy's democracy supervisors but like every conspiracy theory there is no conclusive evidence that such treaties do exist.  

Even if that were the case, you have to see the situation within the setting of 1943, when Italy was completely devastated by 20 years of gruesome dictatorship that has no comparison in today's world. 

Besides, on the occasion mentioned above, the British Ambassador merely provided help as mediator between two major political forces who wouldn't even talk to each other otherwise. 

As a matter of fact this is the real Italian problem:  Resentment. 

Nonetheless, since this is a major structural problem that has affected Italian society since the dawn of time, political leaders tend to exaggerate International conspiracies as an excuse to avoid such a hot topic.

Politicians in Italy do not talk to each other because they see each other not as adversaries but as enemies.  

Resentment in Italy is the real engine that moves Italy's politics forward. 

To make yourself an idea, take Richard Nixon's enemy list attitude and multiply it by a thousand, and you're still nowhere near it. You have to imagine a country of politicians who have no political adversaries but enemies.

Where all this hatred comes from?

Well my idea is that it's a combination of several factors that piled up along the past seventy years. 

The Fosse Ardeatine massacre can be probably considered as the major inciting incident of this chain of hatred as it's still an open wound even in today's Italy. 

The Fosse Ardeatine was a mass killing carried out in Rome on 24 March 1944 by German occupation troops during the Second World War as a reprisal for a partisan attack conducted on the previous day in central Rome against the SS Police Regiment Bozen.

This is probably the possible inciting incident for which left and right used as their favorite blame game, which started and fuelled a series of retaliation events which have been keeping Italians divided between left and right since the last world war (which was also Italy's civil war) and that lasted for seventy years because that "original sin" transformed itself along the way assuming different forms that made people forget the very reason why they kept blaming and hating each other.

Since then, resentment in Italy perpetuated through time. generation after generation. 
Still at today you can see Millennials who claim to be "fascist" or "communist". 

Italy's politics not only was absolutely unable to understand or contain this huge wave of resentment and hatred that sparked across the country for the past 70 years, not only they did absolutely nothing to cool it down but Italian political parties actually exploited such negative feelings for parochial interests with the only result of dividing Italian society even more. 

Leftist politicians reminded their voters of the Fosse Ardeatine, Right Wing politicians recalled Stalin's purges while Italians were in the middle of this storm that only aimed to harvest more hate among the very same people: neighbors, relatives, friends were pulled to keep each other away because of different political affiliation. 

You have to consider other relevant historical factors that helped keeping up these divisions: During the Cold War Italy was the battlefield of the two superpowers because of its strategical position in the Mediterranean sea. Although the Cold War ended in 1989 and since then we saw no political leader who acted as Peacemaker between the two factions that kept hating each other for whatever reason that piled up along the way. 

The main problem with a negative feeling like hate is that it transforms itself along the way. As a matter of fact left and right parties are almost the same in today's political arena as last century ideological stances have completely vanished like snow in the sun but hatred stays on as it flows throughout a giant invisible system of communicating vases. 

You want to take a look at it? Just tune yourself into any of Italy's political debates, you'll see people screaming at each other for the whole time and that's not folklore. It's gratuitous baseless hatred. I would like to pop up in any of these pathetic public shows just to say: "wake up! war is over since 1943." Unfortunately, Italian tv networks are so primitive they still base their concept of audience development upon physical altercation. Hence no peace talk in sight. 

A famous Italian sentence which still at today is used in convivial occasions is "let's not talk about politics if we want to stay friends". Like if politics would carry with it a sort of unspeakable gloomy curse. 

I would like to remind here the words of one of the greatest mentors I had to chance to have in my academic career and that's Professor Richard Weisberg from Yeshiva University whose work was the subject of my JD final thesis.

Professor Weisberg is the leading figure of a movement called Law & Literature, a literary stream that sees the participation of some of the major legal figures of our times, like Judge Richard Posner and Dr. Robin West. 

Law & Literature explores the connection between revenge, resentment and Law along the course of human history and according to Professor Weisberg "the resented legal professional can make more damage than an atomic bomb". That is to say that the negative energy or "ressentiment" that has been fuelling Italy's politics in the past 70 years has to be overcome or definetely abandoned by the Italian people if they want to enter a real Consciousness Shift or if they expect any change to happen, otherwise they will be facing the same c(o)urse of the past.

Being this the situation I think we have to say thank you to the British Ambassador for trying to provide our ressented political leaders with some of his communication wisdom. Otherwise, being the 5 stars considered by the Democratic Party a protest movement while the Democratic Party being seen as affiliated with the establishment by the other, no compromise would have been possible without a foreign facilitator.   

We have to consider that Democracy of sorts had existed in England for centuries - as far back as 1432, while Italy became a democracy on June 2 1946.  

Britain never lost a war while Italy lost two. I think you have to consider these things when you talk to someone who represents a country with such a respectable reputation and whose only objective is to help your political leaders simply to talk each other. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: How did planet destroyer David Koch get invited at Windsor Castle?

"Climate change sceptics are 'headless chickens', said Prince Charles on January 30 2014, accusing "powerful groups of deniers" of engaging in intimidation.

When it's about being “powerful deniers,” nobody is second to the Koch Brothers; and Prince Charles was talking to the Koch Brothers when he spoke at the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize Event.

Hence the real mystery here is "why in the world was Mr. David Koch invited to attend a charity dinner for The Royal Marsden Hospital at Windsor Castle?"

There could be different answers indeed:  the dinner was sponsored by Ralph Lauren, so maybe he's the one who invited Mr. Polluter. Although, if I were Mr. Ralph Lauren's Marketing Consultant I would have warmly discouraged the invitation of such "an uncomfortable guest.”

Of course the invitations were managed by the Ralph Lauren staff and maybe those P.R. people down at Ralph Lauren HQ aren't aware of the Antarctic melting situation our planet is undergoing. Maybe on doomsday they would be sitting in the front row at their favorite fashion week's runway. Who knows? Remember the Titanic Orchestra?

The good thing is that the Duchess of Cambridge wasn't there and we don't believe in coincidences.

Because if she had attended the dinner, the Duchess would have had to sit next to Mr. Koch.

Here I think it would be appropriate to recall a quote from Shakespeare in Love: "The Queen of England does not attend exhibitions of public lewdness."

Another coincidence was that Mr. David Koch and his wife weren't portrayed in ANY of the official pictures released to the press. 

At the end of the day, those people at Ralph Lauren were quite lucky, to say the least, but also they did not consider the fact that you don't need a picture to write a story, because the Daily Mail reported the presence of Mr. Koch.

A second possible explanation of the Koch's invitation is that David Koch is suffering from prostate cancer and has donated millions to cancer research institutions and is a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board. Nonetheless, the Koch Industries’ subsidiary Georgia-Pacific is actively working to downplay the dangers of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

In the end we completely understand that the cancer research needs to be funded. The problem here is that the individual invited to be involved by Ralph Lauren can be compared to a mass murderer as I can't find another title for someone who invested more than $1 billion to enforce the Climate Change deniers while Antarctica is melting down at light speed. Here we are talking about our planet and the survival of our civilization. In practice David Koch is like those dark characters of the James Bond movies whose objective is destroying the world, with the exception that the one we are living is not a movie but a real nightmarish disaster.

Would you invite such a sociopath to your charity dinner?

As a matter of fact if we look at David Koch's resume, his presence at Windsor Castle must be considered at least "inappropriate" to speak euphemistically:
The Political Economy Research Institute ranks Koch Industries as the tenth worst air polluter in the U.S. in their Toxic Release Inventory.  

CARMA (Carbon Monitoring for Action) reports that Koch releases about 200,000 tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide annually.

Koch Industries has a long record [PDF] of environmental crimes and violations, including, but not limited to:

A $1.7 million fine by the EPA and $500 million commitment to correct pollution violations in seven                states
Millions of gallons of spilled oil from Koch pipelines throughout the past decade
A $25 million settlement with the U.S. government in 2001 after falsifying extraction records for oil                collected on Native American and federal land
A $20 million settlement in 2000 for falsifying documents relating to a major release of the carcinogen           benzene
A 1996 explosion that killed two teenagers due to a leaking Koch gas pipeline

Through Koch Industries and their family foundations, the Koch brothers are premier financiers to organizations that deny, question or belittle the significance of global warming.  

Compared to ExxonMobil, which spent $10.2 million on skeptic groups from 2005-2008, Koch Industries dwarfed their contribution with a $31.6 million effort. (Source: GreenPeace)

Koch Industries was the 2011 inductee for Corporate Accountability International's Corporate Hall of Shame for "spending over $50 million to fund climate change denial and influencing the Supreme Court's decision to allow unlimited corporate dollars to flow into federal elections." Koch Industries is the sixth member of the Hall of Shame, after Monsanto, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Blackwater and Halliburton.

Koch worked behind the scenes during the 2010 “Rally for Jobs” astroturf events, coordinated by the American Petroleum Institute in order to create political pressure against clean energy and climate legislation in the interest of the oil and gas industry.  Groups such as Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which are both heavily funded by the Koch brothers and founded by David Koch, were partner organizations in promoting the rallies.

Koch Industries spent $1 million to promote California Proposition 23, intended to undermine the states clean energy and climate law, through subsidiary company Flint Hills Resources.  Koch also pushed Prop 23 through one of their beneficiary front groups, the Pacific Research Institute, which published and promoted reports that made favorable economic arguments for Prop 23 using flawed methodologies.

The Koch brothers have been identified as the major supporters of a secretive conservative funding group, Donors Trust. In 2013, it was revealed that Donors Trust is the biggest financier of climate denier groups in the world. According to The Guardian newspaper, Donors Trust, thanks to anonymous donations from the Kochs and others, dispersed nearly $120 million funding to climate denial groups between 2002 and 2010.

Without mentioning the fact that the Koch brothers are the main sponsors of the Tea Party, an organization that aims at dismantling every single piece of legislation that supports the welfare system, including the minimum wage and free healthcare for veterans.  

How these people can be considered "guests of honor" at Windsor Castle remains a mystery.

E Pluribus Unum