Michael Hastings died in a single-vehicle automobile crash in his Mercedes C250 Coupé at approximately 4:25 a.m. in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on June 18, 2013. A witness to the crash said that he seemed to be driving at the car's maximum speed before the car fishtailed and crashed into a palm tree. Witnesses described the car's engine being ejected 50 to 60 yards from the scene. One eyewitness said Hasting's car exploded prior to crashing, and some press reports have described the crash as suspicious; the Los Angeles Police Department has said there are no signs of foul play.
Earlier the previous day, Hastings indicated that he believed he was being investigated by the FBI. In an email to colleagues, which was copied to and released by Hastings' friend, Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs, Hastings said that he was "onto a big story", that he needed to "go off the radar", and that the FBI might interview them. WikiLeaks announced that Hastings had also contacted Jennifer Robinson, one of its lawyers a few hours prior to the crash, and the LA Times reported that he was preparing new reports on the CIA at the time of his demise. The FBI released a statement denying that Hastings was being investigated.
According to Biggs, Hastings' remains were cremated and returned to Vermont. Biggs stated that his family did not want Hastings to be cremated.
First, they came for the oil.
You will not find the clip on youtube where Louis CK elaborates on the subject, but he discussed it in a clip in Season 2 of his show Louie (Episode: Moving). Since youtube does not allow it to be uploaded, here is a transcription:
And we used to let kings take over for their fathers. That's the craziest rule that ever existed, that if the king dies, they let his kid be the king. What are the odds that he's not gonna be a piece of shit? How do you let that... That's one of the weirdest things that we've ever done as a race of people, I mean all of us. White people... I mean, there are black kings too... African countries. There's never been a black king of england. That's never gonna happen. That's one colour line that's never gonna get... Don't even hope, man. It ain't gonna happen. There's not gonna be a black king of england. I mean, after all that white that's been pumped into their blood for years, they've just been this kind of jizzy white colour for all these generations... Purply... They're all... Every british royal looks like cockmeat. That's what their faces look like, an Irish penis. That's what they look like, someone took an Irishman's penis and stretched it out and drew a face on it with sharpie. [makes face] Just... That's what they look like.
Comedian Louis CK frequently manages to be very funny as well as topical. He's the only person I know of that put rumsfeld on record for being unable to deny being a lizard.
PS: Why do the english royals all look like they're made of cockmeat? As comedian Eddie Izzard points out: "cos it's a bad idea when cousins marry."
Mandela is a terrorist, and not the pretend kind invented to steal other people's resources. The only amazing thing about him is that his case demonstrates the absolute power that the mainstream media has to influence those who seemingly have no will of their own. The beginning of his rule in South Africa marks the beginning of legendary levels of corruption, where his family and the families of many other so-called struggle heroes enriched themselves at the expense of the very same people they were pretending to bomb civilians for in all those long years.
Today, South Africa has fallen apart. The only mirage of organisation that remains is maintained by the lies of an ex-MK member, who surely derives his powers of bullshitting from a head that looks like a pinched loaf. Strikes and violent protests are the everyday norm, and the news for the most part no longer even reports on them, in the same manner that they don't report on the sun rising that morning.
The South African police recently massacred dozens of striking mineworkers in an effort to "maintain order" for the mine. If you don't know: The people who regularly speak about maintaining order actually mean to maintain profitability, either for themselves or their benefactors. Nearly 20 years of democracy in South Africa has demonstrated the very real faults designed into the system, which, like mandela himself, is praised ad nauseum, despite the facts.
Look past the heavy propaganda right now, and you'll find that this post treats him with more respect than his handlers apparently are. After years of being paraded around like some catatonic totem, he has been declared effectively dead, but you would never know it listening to the biggest bullshitters in Africa. Much money has been invested into the "Mandela @ 95" brand name, and you can bet that he will be kept relatively unrotted until such time as most of the party's over, and the greatest media frenzy can be derived from his death.
The wikipedia article for the anc's militant wing still has many details on their attacks on civilian meeting places such as bars and restaurants, but I'll highlight this one section in the post, as it perfectly demonstrates the spirit of the anc's rule in the so-called post-apartheid South Africa:
A bomb was detonated in a bar on the Durban beach-front in 1986, killing three civilians and injuring 69. Robert McBride received the death penalty for this bombing which became known as the "Magoo's Bar bombing". Although the subsequent Truth and Reconciliation Committee called the bombing a "gross violation of human rights", McBride received amnesty and became a senior police officer.
The next generation of gaming consoles is shaking the world with its death rattle. Turns out sony shooting themselves in the foot seems like a misstep after microsoft felt that they should not be outdone. But the people who still have intentions to buy into the next generation of DRM boxes spoke, and the message was clear: Fuck you.
Full strip in today's Penny Arcade
No surprise, after the recent revelations about the back room deals of just about every major technology company on the internet. Make no mistake; the only protection intended by ubiquitous spying is the protection of profit.
That they would think that they could make any kind of significant profit from another generation of consoles during the collapse of currency is one thing, but for them to think they could do it with the "xbox one world one order" is beyond me. Perhaps they're just having a laugh. Perhaps they don't have internet or teevee or radio in their bunker.
The failure of the next gen console has, strictly speaking, not yet happened. Somehow, though, the fall has already reverberated backwards in time and out through one of the (now ex) spokes-holes of microsoft. Let their arrogance and stupidity stand as a warning to all who can see:
When dealing with the bullshit vendor class of merchants, the questions that don't get answered are usually the important ones. Building 7 is an obvious example, seemingly not existing in the wild and inaccurate saga of 9/11 as it is known in the mainstream.
Exposition in a short article describes bitcoin thus:
Bitcoin is a form of fully-digital currency that is widely used is some (often seedy) corners of the Internet. “Bitcoin mining” refers to the algorithmic process by which Bitcoins are earned. A computer or group of computers attempts to solve an extremely complex equation, and once the answer has been reached, a block of Bitcoins are awarded. The equations get more and more difficult as the years go on to compensate for increased computing power.
It can take years to solve just one of these equations on a single PC, so as a result some people network their PCs in a coordinated effort.
Desperate and short-lived schemes are apparently the staple of collapsing economies. Bitcoin seems to fall into this category, purporting to solve the problem of currency issue, but introducing significant problems of its own. I conclude its moment of prime profit must be short-lived because I strongly suspect that gaping flaws work much better for currencies people were born with, than one that's sold to them in the age in which many persons carry an evolved resistance to infomercials.
It so happens that it is also the age in which giant banks (beneficiaries of the current gaping flaws in currency issue) extract further advantage by using massively powerful server farms and low latency network connections to automate sheep shearing of the stock market, AKA High-Frequncy Trading.
A question you won't find answered relating to bitcoins, is how those who already acquired the most resources would be prevented from extracting unfair advantage via the new system. Bitcon is designed around the premise that more processing power equals more money. Even if the generation of bitcoins could be limited per account, the creation of fake accounts (in effect fake persons) could not be limited without a key component.
The solution to this basic design flaw that we're no doubt meant to come up with—but not until enough people have a stake in the success of the bitcon—is that a hard accounting should be made of all activity by some appointed authority. Being the first true digital, and global, currency, that would require a detailed (and mandatory) centralised global ID system, tied directly to your financial activity.
It is particularly noteworthy that further centralisation is usually the solution offered by the bullshit vendor class of merchant, having extracted all the profit from the problem that it could. Centralisation serves to concentrate control, and means therefore power. It is further noteworthy that control and power (or "order" as it is amorously referred to) is usually sought by those so unable to cope with the realities of existence that they go to extremes to make the universe appear to accord with their limited understandings.
The rest of the jokes in today's Penny Arcade.
I've been following this comic for years, and recently linked this important document posted by one of its creators.
The answer is always more art; the corollary to that is the answer is never less art. If you start to think that less art is the answer, start over. That’s not the side you want to be on. The problem isn’t that people create or enjoy offensive work. The problem is that so many people believe that culture is something other people create, the sole domain of some anonymized other, so they never put their hat in the ring. That even with a computer in your pocket connected to an instantaneous global network, no-one can hear you. When you believe that, really believe it, the devil dances in hell.
To say that our society is bifurcating is an oversimplification, but it seems clear that two distinct paths will dominate. First we have "our" dying culture. To name it would be to invite lobbyists to subvert yet another idea in favour of the status quo, but I expect we all have a relatively clear sense of what its constituent parts are: Materialism, wilful ignorance, lack of empathy, all symptoms of unchecked fear. It's been inevitable since fear was a thing, but its current form started taking recognisable shape when mass-produced media made it possible for people with money to speak louder than anyone else. Since then it's been maturing at a growing pace, and right now this culture is discovering ways for itself and its participants to die of their own stupidity.
We're past the point where it was getting surreal. Surreal levels of imbecility, broadcast en masse, is the new normal. This is all anyone could really expect from anything that could only flourish where cognitive dissonance is a requirement of participation.
Today we'll be focusing on the trends in gaming. If you weren't aware, games are the emerging art form of our times. Somewhere in the range of 90 to 99 percent of everything that's sold in this medium is utter shit. Never has this been more apparent than it is now. I now follow the medium strategically, no longer avidly; letting the news find me. Even from this level it is clearly apparent that the old guard—the money men—are begging to be put out of their misery. The newly-announced PS4 is such a good example that I just had to put in a few words about it. Here are some straight words on the matter from an unbiased source. In this case, unbiased means "not a conspiracy theorist".
Yes, sony have shot themselves in the foot. So painful was their action that it could be felt ahead of time. If some of the things I've heard about windows 8 are any indication, microsoft will guillotine both their own proverbial legs in response to their rival (though it's hard to imagine them making a bigger mess). How this happened, I will attribute to the visible results of the Paris Hilton Effect. To summarise: They are building on foundations that in no way can support the weight they wish to put on it. In this case, the weight is immense. As the second linked article from the Penny Arcade Report points out, sony has no idea what it seeks to accomplish (except profit). So they have turned to this second's buzzword: Social. While there are many eyes—and thus ad revenue—in the world of social, there is not much of anything that matters. Massively expensive viral campaigns come and go before they can make any impact more substantial than a few million "lol"s. It's the weakest of weak foundations, and sony's next gen console is the heaviest single thing I've yet seen placed on it. The crash has not yet happened, but it is already being felt.
The other way
Which leads us to the second path humans can take. Sentient beings have the ability to sense the future, and it's clear that emerging trends are nurturing this ability even in those that do not actively seek it. In truth, I suspect it's not so much an ability to see the future as it is an ability to see the present, along with a projection of consequences. The culture in which we have been immersed is toxic, and it's getting close enough to the end game that human mammals are starting to feel mortally threatened, and our sense of survival are bringing useful abilities to the fore. We live in interesting times. For many this will not be a curse, but an awakening.
An ultimately poor attempt at legitimizing the official story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in the only medium it would seem plausible: Science fiction. Not only does anything actually relating to the assassination play a very minor role in the story—making every description I saw used to sell the book as fraudulent as its contents—but it seems that the closest either of the writers actually came to LSD was its wikipedia page.
Guess I was a little overoptimistic expecting anything other from the creator of Heroes.