Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dudley Did-Wrong: Taser Torture in the Great White North

by William Grigg

What would Constable Benton Fraser, the genteel, scrupulously honest, and self-effacing Canadian Mountie from “Due South,” say about this:

“A Selkirk, Man., RCMP officer denies any wrongdoing in the case of a teenage girl who says she was injured with a Taser while in police custody two years ago….

The teenager was taken into custody after she and some friends were found drunk in her parents’ van, which her mother had reported stolen.

In her statement of claim, the girl says she was put in a cell by several officers, and after punching or shoving one of them, was allegedly shoved onto the floor, knelt on by four officers, and hit with a stun gun in her thighs three times.

In the documents, Gavel admits that a stun gun was used, but only after `it became necessary to physically restrain [the girl, and] fit her with a spit mask.’

Contrary to the girl’s claims of being shocked numerous times, the documents said the Taser was `successfully applied’ only once to the inside of the girl’s thigh.”

So, let’s get this straight: A 16-year-old girl was pinned to the floor by four fully-grown men (well, nominal males, in any case), and then subjected to electro-shock “pain compliance” torture in which the business end of the Taser was pressed against her inner thigh. That’s the sort of thing that, if done by people not on a government’s payroll, would result in someone being placed on a sex offender registry.

In literature, drama, and even cartoons, the Mounties have been depicted as a corps of professional, highly disciplined police not given to the violence, corruption, and vulgarity so frequently found here in the Lower 48. (Once, when exceptionally frustrated, Constable Fraser let loose with his idea of a curse word: “Bindlesnitch!”)

Apparently, whatever it is that has turned so many American policemen into state-licensed sadists is contagious, and the Mounties have come down with a severe dose.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Agent of Empire Visits Vassal

Rare bit of truth from one of our overlords.

"At the risk of sounding undiplomatic, Pakistan has to have internal investment in your public services and your business opportunities," Clinton told businessmen, taking swipe at tax evasion in the cash-strapped country.

"The percentage of taxes on GDP is among the lowest in the world... We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn't move, and that's not what we see in Pakistan," she said.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

North Korea Detonates Mass Murder Device

The state is excellent when it comes to the production of "bads". Mass murder is, unfortunately, one of those things that the state is accomplished at, creating large amounts of weapons (nuclear and non-nuclear) designed specifically for this purpose. It was brought to my attention recently that had the United States captured, lined up, and shot hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians during WWII the world would have been outraged. However, dropping two bombs to do essentially the same thing is defended vigorously. Why is that?

North Korea Conducts Nuclear Weapons Test
Posted By Jason Ditz On May 24, 2009

South Korea’s cabinet is holding an emergency meeting this morning after it detected an “artificial earthquake” in North Korea, a sign that the nation may have conducted a test explosion of an atomic weapon.

Those fears were later confirmed by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA), which confirmed that the nation conducted its second underground nuclear test at approximately 10:00 am Monday local time (roughly 9 pm Sunday EST). The seismic activity detected was similar to the October 2006 test. The South Korean stock exchange plummeted over the news. The Japanese market lost some of its gains as well.

Yet the news was not entirely shocking, as South Korean officials said they had detected “brisk” activity at the nation’s nuclear test site earlier this month. Japan’s Foreign Ministry has promised to respond responsibly, while the European Union termed the test “worrying.”

North Korea pulled out of 6-party talks last month after the United Nations condemned them for what they claimed was a satellite launch but which the West dubbed a “missile test.” The nation ordered International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors out and said it was preparing new nuclear tests.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Truth From A Liar's Mouth

Amazing. A 1:54 he says: " are privatizing something that is what essentially sets a nation-state apart which is the monopoly on violence."

No One Dares Call It Fascism

This will not end well. It now seems inevitable that the American people will be on the hook for sinking auto companies burdened by regulations, unions, mismanagement, and backward thinking. What fresh hell will tomorrow bring?

U.S. Expected to Own 70% of Restructured G.M.
Published: May 26, 2009

DETROIT — The government will hold a large share of General Motors after the company emerges from bankruptcy protection, and will provide G.M. with about $50 billion in financing so that it can reorganize, people with direct knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

The Treasury Department will receive about 70 percent of the new G.M., while the United Automobile Workers union will hold 17.5 percent through its retiree health care fund.
The fund also would receive warrants for an additional 2.5 percent of stock in the new G.M., with a price to be determined later, potentially giving it a total of 20 percent.

That is about half of the stock that the U.A.W.’s fund, called a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, or VEBA, was expected to receive under plans drafted this spring.

The figures were outlined to union leaders in Detroit, who met Tuesday to consider a new agreement between the U.A.W. and G.M.

Bondholders will receive about a 10 percent stake of the new company, and others will receive a smaller percentage, these people said.

G.M., which has already received $19.4 billion in financing from Treasury, would get an additional $50 billion or slightly more in debtor-in-possession financing, which it would draw upon during its reorganization.

The Treasury plans to create a new version of G.M. with its most attractive assets, like Chevrolet, Cadillac and some of its manufacturing operations. The rest of G.M. would be sold or liquidated.