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williambanzai7's picture

 

WB7: You want to know what I have real problem with?

Michael Jerkoff.

"Chertoff's role has been strongly criticized by passenger right advocate Kate Hanni, the founder of FlyersRights.org, who opposes the use of the scanners on privacy and health grounds, citing government studies about radiation exposure."

"They're trying to scare the pants off the American people that we need these things," Hanni told The Huffington Post. "When Chertoff goes on TV, he is basically promoting his clients and exploiting that fear to make money. Fear is a commodity and they're selling it. The more they can sell it, the more we buy into it. When American people are afraid, they will accept anything."

This is the perfect example of the "for profit crony democracy" that you heard about earlier this week. I was going to write more about this, but I don't have to. All you have to do is read this article to learn why I am outraged: Fear For Sale.

This guy Jerkoff leaves his position as head of the Department of Homeland Security and starts his own company by soliciting away Homeland Security employees. Something you can potentially be sued for in the private sector. Then he signs consulting agreements with and buys shares of companies that will benefit handsomely from his authoritative fear mongering campaign.

Do you ever see or hear any disclaimers or conflict of interest disclosures when he appears on TV promoting this stuff?

Of course not!

Meanwhile, Team-0 appears to have swallowed his backscatter--shnook, slime and sinker.

I don't know whether these back scatter scanners are necessary or not. I don't know whether bomb sniffing dogs can do the same job (although I have my suspicions).

But I do know one thing friends, we are getting screwed yet again by American cronyism.

WB7

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williambanzai7's picture

All I know is if people don't make noise now, these machines are going to become ubiquitous

Bob's picture

This is truly a pivotal battle in the war for humanity. 

williambanzai7's picture

The process of being transformed from humans to electrons...

Bob's picture

Yes, it's strange to foresee a day in the not so distant future when The Matrix would effectively be a literal representation of "life." For those who still enjoy physical existence (allowing for nuclear wars, mass starvations, plagues of various origins, etc.), which existence will be more strongly determinative? 

Look at the proportion of our ongoing experience that is already digitally mediated and sourced--even for we "rebels" who spend so much time online "fighting" the dramatic sociological trends. 

At what point will corporeal existence become essentially a waste of natural resources? 

williambanzai7's picture

I don't know, but there are some people like me who literally spend more time on the internet than they do watching TV ;-)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Simulacra and Simulation - The real (uncertain if pun intended) New World Order.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulacra_and_Simulation

Bob's picture

Pun indeed! 

Irony birthing meta-irony . . .

http://www.ubishops.ca/baudrillardstudies/vol1_2/genosko.htm

As Agent Smith would say, it seems inevitable (Baudrillard's objections notwithstanding.)

Bob's picture

IMO, chips will prove to have been a red herring/straw man.  Once folks have voluntarily surrendered to scans everywhere they go and scanners become mobile, people are constantly monitored via cameras and facial recognition software (not to mention internet and phone surveillance), etc., who needs to "chip" people?

Win the "Chip War" and you win nothing except a fantasy victory.  Chips have no substantive advantage to TPTB except making control systems less demanding on computing resources.  But take a look around--good old Moore had the answer to that long ago. 

Chips are completely passe . . . there is in all probability a virtually holographic digital representation of you living in a parallel cyber-universe that perfectly reflects your life in every way in a database world like Second Life.  Maintained by our protectors at DHS.

If not today, then certainly before long. 

All you can realistically hope for is that the bitches have made your avatar good looking. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

 If we don't demand our constitutional rights they will be gone.

We can demand all we want. For the most part they are long gone. The question is, will we take them back. As I said in my most recent piece (with lots of help from WB7)....

After all, one can’t truly say they enjoy certain “rights” until they actually try to exercise them. Until then it’s all just philosophical musings.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/crony-america-and-bill-rights-artwork-williambanzai7

Husk-Erzulie's picture

I'm still all wound up about that piece CD.  It has got me going back and reading up on the founders.  Right now I am impressed by the deep philosophical divide between the federalists on one side, like Hamilton who I could easily see today as a beamer drivin Wall Street MOTU, and the (unrealistic, airy fairy, utopian, unicorn believin?) republicans like Jefferson.  These tensions had a deep impact on the framework they created and can still be seen playing out today.  I think your premise was a little bit too easy, but, as I said before, I really look forward too the possibility of a more dedicated analysis, I hope it's in the cards.  Best :-)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

If the piece got you wound up, we consider the piece successful.

First I urge you to read the actual writings of these "founding fathers" before you read various interpretations written by numerous authors and scholars.

What's almost always missed by so many today is the following. All clear thinking people today understand that the so-called autobiographies written by/for the various modern day leaders are nothing more than revisionists history attempts. They are clearly attempting to get a sanitized version of events into the public meme. Then the keepers of the modern public myth use these books together as "references" to continue to sterilize history.

Back 200 (300-500-1000) years ago, every educated and influential person understood that his papers and correspondence would be examined for decades, even centuries, later just as the educated statesman read the papers of those who came before him. This was simply a part of the education process. You crafted your version of your legacy with your papers and correspondence.

Thus they were very careful what they wrote and to whom. And it was well understood that you could, and should, weave your legacy by deliberately writing about certain subjects in order to influence those who would come later to your point of view. Your papers and correspondence became your own personal propaganda effort.

Yet today we are taught that everything these men wrote was from the heart and completely trustworthy. In addition, we are taught that history is history and what is in the history books is the truth and the whole truth. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many people tell me they "read" George Washington or Jefferson when in fact they read a book or two written by someone else that contain "quotes" and "papers". Having read the original papers (some of which I think have been forged) often the actual quotes don't exactly match and some seem to be fabricated, just like the Bible has changed with each translation and revision.

Jim in MN's picture

CD, interesting thought: Have been thinking about when in history it became impossible to have read essentially everything.  Back in the day, the true savants had read everything, in all languages.  The Alexandria library fire made it easier, and the Chinese, Arabic and Indian material was spotty for the Westerners, but overall one could cover all subjects and cover them deeply. If you were in Persia and learned other languages, arguably you could get the whole thing (other than interviewing some Olmecs, Cahokians, Tlingits etc.).  Some of my ancestors were Protestant French exiled to the Netherlands and thence to New Harlem, er Manhattan in the 1650s.  Their profession?  Printers.  Everyone was always eagerly printing new editions of the classics, and new works.  By the next century, the tide of books was already getting out of hand; probably sometime around 1750 was the last time a person could 'know it all'....

Sure, the Founders had strong disagreements on human nature and so forth but it was all based on a commonly held base of knowledge concerning history, philosophy, economics, etc.   

We are so limited in our haughty vastness of 'information'.....

 

 

velobabe's picture

i know what you mean, now. i was so mad when i learned about asian art and was never included in any of the art history books when i was studying art in college. honestly, it had maybe two pages dedicated to why they weren't included. cause they didn't know about the various art periods or rather to long to included.

what manipulation has been placed on the dumb american student.

can you believe i never knew about the jewish religion or it's people almost until i was 17 yo? because jewish people weren't allowed to buy houses or something in the small community i grew up in. can you imagine that happening today. very small windows are opened to some in this country.

ps i still don't know much about the jewish religion but have grow to appreciate it now since reading ZH :-)

DisparityFlux's picture

Surely some "think-outside-the-box" terrorist is working on the dog bomb.  Does the TSA X-ray dogs before loading them aboard planes?  Can a bomb sniffing dog detect a bomb inside another dog?

Bastiat's picture

I'm not sure how good dogs are at detecting what's inside other dogs but they sure try!

Jim in MN's picture

Darn it I was drinking coffee when I read that.  Now I need a napkin.

CulturalEngineer's picture

Welcome to "Stupidity and Fear" as the unmentioned guiding model for our crony corporate/government alliance!

Bin Laden never had better friends. 

Try this on for size:

Terrorists may be pissed off but they're not stupid. Their goal in NOT to win militarily (that's why they're terrorists). But rather to disrupt, create fear and drag down their eney by burdening them with unsustainable social/economic costs.

So you can turn you own people into cattle trying to get onto planes...

And then all they have to do is have the guy blow himself up IN THE SECURITY LINE, BEFORE THE SEARCH!

Hundreds killed, airport shut down for hours if not days. If they can do a couple at once they can probably shut down ALL airports...

WITHOUT EVER GETTING NEAR A SEARCH OR SCANNER!

Okay, then they decide to screen people in the parking lot for a kajillion dollars squared...

So then they blow up a subway... or a train... or poison a water supply... or any of numberless other possibilities.

Bottom line:

Take reasonable precautions... but increasingly complex civilizations have so many vulnerable points that are susceptible to disruption by small numbers that the approach being taken actually becomes an assist to the terrorist.

The only longterm solution involves something that might be called dispersed resiliency... a model for political economic development.

It may be speculative to suggest it but its possible that this increased vulnerability of complex technical societies makes both the current nation state model obsolete, as well as a globalization model dependent on geographical/national specialization rather than a healthier multiplicity of independently survivable economies... (I don't mean a world without trade, but rather one that recognizes that constantly increasing trade is NOT necessarily an indicator of resiliency.)

The Problem in Scaling Altruism: Where's the Intelligent Life? http://culturalengineer.blogspot.com/2010/04/problem-in-scaling-altruism-wheres.html

williambanzai7's picture

Well, I see I am going to have to check out your blog...

Bob's picture

Beautiful, Banzai. 

Art can make so many words unnecessary. 

williambanzai7's picture

Tnx Bob, the art of fighting back ;-)

phat tails's picture

Awesome work, William! I cannot wait to send this to my mom and all of my friends. Great music too and so fitting. Music really adds a nice touch. I watched a movie recently with the song "check yourself before you wreck yourself" and I had delightful visions of bankstas getting their fair share of vigilante justice;)  Thanks for sharing your talent with the world!

velobabe's picture

william, i again cant seem to find that last image on this video, as a single pic. i looked again on your blog by the way. nope not there either. now are you trying to hide this from me? i like your crossed swords or bayonets? please let me have one so i can print it out.

it is perfect with zero hedge written on it. now why did you choose this graphic? with the swords or what ever they are, when you said you don't have a sword. i have a sword and getting more and more comfortable with it. i am not going to play with it when i am stone. cause it is always a loaded gun.

ps i knew it was going to be this beatle song, that was a good one.

well happy thanksgiving. i don't really celebrate cause i don't have any friends or family around me.

williambanzai7's picture

Happy T Day to you as well...

velobabe's picture

william, i again cant seem to find that last image on this video, as a single pic. i looked again on your blog by the way. nope not there either. now are you trying to hide this from me? i like your crossed swords or bayonets? please let me have one so i can print it out.

it is perfect with zero hedge written on it. now why did you choose this graphic? with the swords or what ever they are, when you said you don't have a sword. i have a sword and getting more and more comfortable with it. i am not going to play with it when i am stone. cause it is always a loaded gun.

ps i knew it was going to be this beatle song, that was a good one.

well happy thanksgiving. i don't really celebrate cause i don't have any friends or family around me.

williambanzai7's picture

It is with the pirate post.

velobabe's picture

NO william. that one says jolly hedger. i want the one with Banzai7 under the pirate knives†

now you have replied and that was a double, people.

whoopsing's picture

Thank's for the laugh Bill

nhsadika's picture

Awesome imagery. 

lilimarlene1's picture

Always enlightening, William. Excellent work, as usual.

Bastiat's picture

I have to fly next month. I've already decided to get my chesnuts roasted rather than groped and fondled.  They don't change those gloves!  That's just nasty.

velobabe's picture

i can't wait to get fondled by some black bitch. i am going to completely fuck with her and tell her i have never been touched by a female E V E R. laugh and joke with her. but i will absolutely make her change plastic gloves. that is like never throwing out a condom. not that i ever used condoms, but gross-Ø if they don't change their rubber plastic gloves for each patient.

doolittlegeorge's picture

at the airport?  in front of the kids? velo, velo, velo...THE CHILDREN, THE CHILDREN!

Bastiat's picture

If I do get the enhanced grope, I think when the guy gets down low in front of me I'll say in my best Deliverance voice:  "You better pray good."

 

snowball777's picture

I was thinking that working up a raging 9-inches before I get patted down would turn the tables on them a bit.

Aristarchan's picture

I was thinking the same thing....but then figured, why only put up half an effort?

Common_Cents22's picture

Stuff a 18" roll of summer sausage down your pant leg before getting scanned.   You'll see a crowd forming around the monitor and a couple T&A, oops I mean TSA guys coming to shake your hand.

velobabe's picture

i am going to stuff an 18" sausage roll down my really really tight pants one day, and see if they blink. i swear i will.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

That's it.

Every male and female should wear a codpiece when they plan to opt out to be groped.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codpiece

Fearless Rick's picture

CD, codpieces are so Medieval. I prefer not flying as the correct path to freedom and bliss.

I do, however, applaud your initial comment in this thread. It is all about conditioning the American public to be scanned, groped and scared, and most are willingly buying into it, despite the obvious fact that no bombs or explosive devices or threatening materials have ever been seized by our glorious TSA sleazebags.

BTW: Nice looking cat, great hat. And congrats to WB7 for another nice piece of work. The hits just keep on coming.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

CD, codpieces are so Medieval. I prefer not flying as the correct path to freedom and bliss.

Humor is a wonderful thing and the intent of my codpiece comment. Have you noticed that I seem to be the set up man for WB7 and his wonderful art? We haven't talked about it, but it appears I'm Costello and he's an insane version of Abbott. :>)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

LOL

I just hope you wash that brain of yours before you use it.

Oh, wait. I see you've already been brainwashed. Thanks TSA. :>)