Canadian MP Considers Pieing an Act of Terrorism

*fukkin dumbasses.*

OTTAWA – A Liberal MP says he believes the federal government should investigate whether the pieing of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea by a woman opposed to the seal hunt constitutes an act of terrorism.

Shea was delivering a speech Monday at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ont., when a woman stood up and pushed a tofu cream pie squarely into the minister’s face.

The animal-rights group PETA later took responsibility for the incident. It said in a release that it was part of its campaign “to stop the government’s ill-advised sanction of the slaughter of seals.”

MP Gerry Byrne says he thinks what happened should be reviewed under the legal definition of terrorism.


Only What’s Actionable

*From UrbanSurvival*

If I had a crystal ball, I’d be tempted to cover the damn thing up because the next several weeks are looking downright crappy.  So much is drifting around in the predictive linguistics that Cliff at is planning to put out a “Shape of Things To Come” report around the 15th.  But, beyond that, after swearing off ‘short term immediacy values’ there are three that I outlined for Peoplenomics subscribers on Sunday that you may as well put them on your refrigerator door so you can play along at home.

The three high immediacy values indicate the increased chance of a major earthquake this week (Sep 2-5, more likely 3-4) which will be large enough (>6.8 to 8.0+) that a couple of weeks after the quake we’ll still be watching imagery of buildings falling into their foundations.  Might want to bookmark the USGS global seismograph page here.  Oh, and the global quake list here.  Along about Thursday or Friday is when the data seems to peak.

Quake could be Turkey/Pakistan/Asia/China because of the time delay in the pictures, or around latitude 34 north but that data’s very broad, so anything south of the SF area latitude-wise seems possible.  And may not be North lat.  See the problem?

Then about a week later (shading toward September 7-11 there’s an increased risk of ‘terrorism’ events (explosions, no further detail or clarity yet) and then around September 13-15 a ‘sudden/surprising’ hurricane coming ashore in the Southeast USA.


Actionable?  Maybe not.  Let me explain:  The problem with all of this is that these are statistical probabilities based on shifts in language and may or may not actually happen.  Secondly, they are not specifically actionable except insofar as people in SoCal and around New Madrid may wish to have earthquake kits topped off with fresh water.  That comes up on my list this week, even though we’re nowhere near a quake-zone.  At least yet.

Same thing with terrorism risks elevating around September 7-11th:  Not enough clarity to be actionable and may not even be in the US, since only the terra entity has been processed so far, so it could be a few days before we find out if that shows in the PopUSA data when that portion of the model is run.

Then there’s the ‘sudden/surprising’ hurricane around Sept 13-15 in the SE USA.  Again, about all you can do is buy a couple of blue tarps and have the generator ready; this one threatens to cause some degree of Diaspora and we should be treated to visuals of FEMA’s response in KatRita kind of fashion by say the 20th or so.


Beyond these three immediacy value pops it looks like the “Shape of Things to Come” report will be out around September 15th, and by then many of these short term values/aberrations in the data will be passed and they’re not really the point of the work, anyway.

My advise to anyone is to focus on those things which are personally actionable and blow off most of the rest of the news.  Toward that end,  next week’s Peoplenomics report is a kind of step-by-step report (workbook?  Don’t know how wordy I will get…) which explains how to set up your own cross between a radio or TV assignment editor-level information platform at home and personal recording studio.  Hope it won’t go ebook length, but that sometimes happens when it’s a subject that I really enjoy.  Not that  the budget for such a creation (About $1,000) could be better spent on other things, but it’s at least a primer on how to get access to non-corporate media and get some sense of how the rest of the world is operating.

You are what you think – and getting control of your own electronic sheep leash is at least a first step on the road to independent thought.

Having laid all that out, the markets really fade into insignificance, since fall market declines are nothing new and we’re almost at fall now.  In the linguistic work, fall in America may be described any number of ways:  The classic version would be through September 20/21 which it ‘officially’ arrives, but in contemporary language it’s from Memorial Day to Labor Day which means next weekend we’ll be edging out of it.

Where things have come more clearly into focus is what happens to the longer term values from September 15th out through next year and there are been some degradation in the outlook there, especially as it relates to basics like food and governmental organization and response to (nominally) free humans; just be patient and the report will be along.  Meantime…

Fires Over Glendale

The “Summer of Hell” has been a bit lighter (so far) than some of my personal expectations, although we’ve had plenty of ‘revolutionary’ imagery & revolutionspeak to contend with; everything from demonstrators practicing open-carry of fire arms at political demonstrations, to the hot language around the town hall meetings attempted by congresspersons and now the major fires out in California which are threatening the big communication towers up on Mount Wilson.

Don’t know if you have ever had the chance to take the ‘windy roads’ up northeast from Glendale, but it’s a pretty area, or at least it used to be.  A Google map of the area is here.  The reason the Mount Wilson fire is important is that there are something like 22 television stations and 25 radio outlets with facilities up on that hill, although there aren’t that many towers.  A lot of them are shared facilities with big backup generators and cooperative tower leasing.  Two firefighters dead so far.

New Broom Sweeps Japan

The first time in what, 30-odd years, Japan has a new party in power.  Gone are the (not really) Liberal Democratic Party and in come the Democrats.  All of which would be a total yawner except for the fact that the Dems want to impose a ban on temporary workers on the factory floors of the country which has the business lobbyists are twisted up in their knickers.

Monday’s action on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was muted with the N225 down 4/10th’s of one percent.  Japan’s economy has about been flatlined since 1996.

Like the US problems catching up to us now, Japan has problems that no one has simple answers for because all possible solutions will cause socioeconomic pain.  The problem can be summarized as”

  • Government has made too many social commitments

  • Government hasn’t really ‘saved’ money to meet these commitments and

  • When a recession (second depression) kicks in, guess what?  Not enough dough!

All of which leads to all kinds of teeth-gnashing and snarling among the politicos who rather than getting candid in in-your-face about the tough choices spend most of their time maneuvering for maximum personal gain/profit/wallet padding.

China was down almost 7 percent last night – way I figure it is that some of China’s hot money will be called home to cover, so I’d expect the US market to be down today.  Just a feeling.  Shanghai chart and numbers here.  A couple of big losers in Chinese steels and transports when you drill down into it.  Bummer for China’s economy.

Sick City

The headline that H1N1 has infected about 10% of New York in its rounds this spring leaves me wondering “If this stuff is so damn dangerous, where are all the dead NY’ers?”

Such reasonable questions aside (and yes, I understand it can mutate) I’m still aghast and appalled that flu hysteria is on the verge of turning the Republik of Massachusetts into a “Constitution-free Zone” by contemplating roundups and $1,000 a day fines for those who won’t roll up their sleeves.

I won’t go for the obvious jackboot and needles since the net’s full of that.

President of Columbia has the swine flu.

Like It Wasn’t Obvious Department

Faced with North Sea declines, mounting debt load on the Pound, newspapers in the UK are getting around to my view that the “Lockerbie bomber was set free for oil.”  Not being judgmental on this, mind you; depends how attached you are to driving and reliable power in the UK, does it not?

That said, Al Jazeera is reporting this morning that the Lockerbie bomb is in the hospital.

Pirate Blockades

The British government is considering new rules which would allow UK ISP’s to cut off internet file-sharing users.  As you’d expect, there are some folks who are really ticked at the proposal because it will likely add to internet costs.  But, the government’s business secretary Peter Mandelson insists it’s a workable solution

News watching tip:  If a media outlet refers to the UK biz-sec as ‘Lord Mandelson’ you can get an important insight into the old (top down/royalty model) paradigm being supported down at the unquestioned/subliminal level.

“Lord” is royal labeling scheme and we don’t do that around here as my personal clarity on the subtleties of paradigm reinforcing mechanisms improves.  Sorry for being so dense.

Slow Learner’s Department

I noticed that Russian television today is marking their pull out from Afghanistan 15-years ago.  Meantime, “U.S. fears clock ticking on Afghanistan.”  Can someone explain to me why we’re there besides the economic stimulus for the war machinery outfits, the poppy fields and pipeline routes?

Russian TV is also reporting about the growing number of political prisoners in Georgia – evidence they say that democracy is dying there.  Still looks like a Moscow vs. the West flashpoint to me.

New Kind of Eye Surgery

One more from our scan of Russian headlines?  Sure, how’s this one:  “Cutting-edge laser surgery – with no cuts” is coming along.

Immunity Card?

I’ve been wondering if former veep Dick Cheney might have gotten a ‘get out of jail” card from his former boss George Bush before leaving office.  At least that’s one question which crosses my mind upon reading how “Cheney may snub detainee probe.

Linguistic note: If you or I did that it would be contempt.  That Cheney might do it being called just a ‘snub’ is curious, isn’t it?

Chicago Cameras On Every Corner??

*I won’t be going back to Chicago anytime soon ;)*

Mayor Daley has argued that security and terrorism won’t be an issue if his Olympic dreams come true because, by 2016, there will be a surveillance camera on every street corner in Chicago.

But even before that blanket coverage begins, the “Big Brother’’ network is being put to better use.

Call takers and dispatchers now see real-time video if there is a surveillance cameras within 150 feet of a 911 call, thanks to a $6 million upgrade to the city’s “computer-aided dispatch” system.

When live video appears, call takers can pan, tilt and zoom those cameras to get the best possible view of a crime or disaster scene.

“As a first responder, I can’t tell you how important it is to have a set of eyes on an emergency scene prior to your arrival. The valuable information they provide from the camera network can ultimately mean the difference between life and death,” said Ray Orozco, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

“Whether you send one ambulance or three, two squad cars or four, it all depends upon the information we are able to gather from the 911 caller,” said Orozco, a former fire commissioner.

During a December test, live video was used to catch a petty thief in the act of sticking his hand in a Salvation Army kettle outside Macy’s on State Street.

But, the crime-fighting potential is “limitless,” said Police Superintendent Jody Weis.

“You know what the suspect’s vehicle might be. It can give us instant leads. . . . We may get some information from that where we may not even respond to that location. We could actually get ahead of it and go to a place where that vehicle maybe was last seen or the individual might be running to,” Weis said.

And, “If we can warn our officers of any dangers they’re facing ahead of time, it’s a tremendous advantage.”

Although the city’s vast surveillance network includes cameras installed at private businesses, universities and homes, Orozco said civil libertarians have nothing to fear.

“We do not and we will not take access to any camera inside of a building,’’ he said. When the city accesses private cameras, workers only see “what you would see if you were sitting on a park bench in front of that building,” he said.

In 2004, City Hall used a $5.1 million federal homeland security grant to install 250 cameras at locations thought to be at high risk of a terrorist attack and link them and 2,000 existing city cameras to the 911 center.

Chicago then launched “Operation Virtual Shield,’’ by linking 1,000 miles of fiber cable to a unified “homeland security grid’’ — complete with hundreds of additional cameras and sensors to monitor the city’s water supply and detect chemical and biological weapons.

On Thursday, Orozco refused to say how many cameras are currently linked to the 911 center. But, he reiterated Daley’s earlier promise.

“We’re going to grow the system until we eventually cover one end of the city to the other,” he said.,mayor-daley-emergency-surveillance-cameras.article

Mumbai Attacks Look Like A Western Intel Operation

The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai India appear to be the work of a western intelligence agency. Sophisticated terrorist attacks are usually only executed by an institution with a vast amount of resources at their disposal, and not by terrorists living in a cave somewhere. History has shown that high profile terrorist attacks which get top billing in the media are in fact government sponsored. Already, India is blaming Pakistan for the attacks and we’ve also seen an onslaught of propaganda from media outlets attempting to place the blame for this attack on the fictional CIA founded organization Al-Qaeda. There are even eyewitness accounts saying that the attackers did not look like Indians but instead appeared to be western. In fact, some of the attackers have already been identified as British citizens of Pakistan origin. Of course none of that matters, since the media needs to sell the Al-Qaeda myth to the dumbed down masses here in America. Considering that Barack Obama has gone on the record talking about the possibility of using military force in Pakistani territory to go after Al-Qaeda terrorists, it looks as if this event is going to conveniently provide him the excuse to do so when he takes power in a few months. He can say that he is going after Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and the media will sell it as the right thing to do. Let’s face it; the only groups that would gain from the killing and wounding of hundreds of innocent people in India are western governments. It is allowing them to continue to sell the phony terror war to the dumbed down American sheep, it effectively plays off India against Pakistan and it provides the excuse for future U.S. military intervention into Pakistan.

Let’s get into more detail about who will gain and why they stand to gain from these attacks. First, the attacks allows the media to re-introduce the idea of the phony terror war back into the public eye. Despite the fact that there is little to no evidence that this was pulled off by some sort of Islamic terrorist group it is being billed as such an attack by Al-Qaeda. In addition, we have coincidentally seen terror alerts with claims that Al-Qaeda is planning to attack subways and Amtrak stations the same day of the Mumbai attack here in the United States. Even though the government can provide no specifics on the intelligence that lead them to conclude that this was a possibility, this has given them the excuse to pump more fear into the minds of the American people through the mass media propaganda complex. It has effectively brought the horror of the terror attacks in India closer to home in order to continue the media sell of the bogus terror war.

Second, it allows India and western governments to blame the attack on Pakistan as a pre-text to launch military operations on Pakistan soil. Obama has already said that he would take action against so called terrorists in Pakistan. Such attacks would not have anything to do with fighting the bogus terror war but instead would be used to exercise continued western influence in that portion of the world.

Third it serves as a way to create more tension between India and Pakistan both of which are nuclear powers and both of which have been fighting over the region of Kashmir for many years now.

Conveniently a new Al-Qaeda tape was released on the Internet yesterday showing the supposed number two of Al-Qaeda Ayman Al-Zawahri challenging the Bush administration to send the military into Pakistan. With each Al-Qaeda video and audio release it is becoming increasingly more obvious that Al-Qaeda is actually intentionally making statements to help fulfill the agenda of the west. If Al-Zawahri were really living in a cave somewhere it would be a little more difficult to make all of these video and audio tapes. Al-Qaeda is a fictional group created by the CIA, so considering that fact; wouldn’t it make more sense if Al-Zawahri were actually working for the CIA, instead of a phony organization that is really just a list of names? By challenging the Bush administration to send troops into Pakistan, he’s in fact giving credibility to the idea that there are terrorists that need to be defeated there.

Whenever these attacks occur, one has to look at who would gain the most from them. Clearly, the west has the most to gain from such an attack. They get to use these attacks to sell their phony terror war, play off India against Pakistan and it serves as a fantastic excuse to justify a future military invasion of Pakistan. The war on terror is a fraud and this appears to be yet another manufactured event that will allow the bloodthirsty criminals in Washington DC to continue their efforts in consolidating their power and control.

Pakistan warns India against attack accusations

*Coming down Main street, folks…*

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan warned India against accusing of it links to the Mumbai terror attacks Thursday, saying doing so would “destroy all the goodwill” between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

The remarks by Pakistan’s defense minister came hours after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said militants based outside his country carried out the atatcks.

Singh did not single out Pakistan, which New Delhi has accused of complicity in terror attacks on its soil before, but his remarks are likely to be taken as a sign here that India suspects Pakistani links somewhere in the plot.

A serious deterioration in relations between Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since 1947, would greatly complicate U.S. foreign policy in South Asia as it tries to get Islamabad to focus less on its southern neighbor and more on tackling al-Qaida and Taliban militants along the Afghan border.

In 2001, militants fighting Indian-rule in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir attacked the parliament in New Delhi, helping push the countries to the brink of war a year later.

The attacks late Wednesday saw teams of gunmen target at least 10 sites, including two luxury hotels, a railway station and a Jewish center, in the financial capital of Mumbai. More than 100 people were killed.

In an address to the nation, Singh said the group that carried out the attacks “was based outside the country” and warned its neighbors “that the use of their territory for launching attacks on us will not be tolerated.”

‘We should not be blamed’
Pakistan Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar condemned the attacks, but said “we should not be blamed like in the past.”

“This will destroy all the goodwill we created together after years of bitterness,” he told The Associated Press. “I will say in very categoric terms that Pakistan is not involved in these gory incidents.”

Earlier, Indian navy spokesman Capt. Manohar Nambiar said navy officers had boarded a cargo vessel it suspected of ties to the attacks that had come to Mumbai from Karachi, Pakistan. He later said the ship was not linked in any way to the strikes.

Many analysts said Wednesday’s attacks were more likely to have been carried out by indigenous, Indian extremist groups blamed for a series of bombings this year.

They also noted that India’s government stood to benefit politically for hinting at the involvement of its old rival — rather than admitting some of its own 145 million Muslims had become radicalized.

“It will always want to label this militancy as foreign rather than to accept it has its own problem,” said Shaun Gregory, an expert on South Asian terrorism at the University of Bradford in Britain. “That sells much more easily to the Indian public than admitting serious grievances within its Muslims.”

Improved relations
Relations between India and Pakistan have improved in recent years, helped by a reduction in the flow of militants into Kashmir, the divided and violence-torn territory at the core of their dispute.

Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, declared over the weekend that India posed no threat to Pakistan and called for the heavily militarized border to be opened for trade.

Earlier, Pakistan’s foreign minister said his country would cooperate in any investigation. He too warned against early speculation about the perpetrators.

“Let us not go in for knee-jerk reactions,” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was in India for talks on a slow-moving South Asian peace process.

An Indian media report said a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks in e-mails to several media outlets. There was no way to verify that claim.

Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore, said he believed the terrorists were from India.

“The earlier generation of terrorist groups in India were mostly linked to Pakistan,” he said. “But today we are seeing a dramatic change. They are almost all homegrown groups.”

Mumbai: Hostages freed as PM blames ‘outsiders’

*This is following a very well-defined script, isn’t it?*

MUMBAI, India (CNN) — Fresh gunfire and explosions were heard late Thursday in Mumbai as police battled terrorists at three sites almost 24 hours after the first wave of violence hit the city.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggested the group behind the terrorist attacks, which killed 125 people, was based outside the country.

CNN reporters said regular gun fire and blasts could be heard at the Oberoi and Taj Mahal hotels and a Jewish center in the city.

Police had some success with 10 hostages reportedly freed from the Oberoi despite a major fire.

Shortly after authorities said the siege had ended at the Taj Mahal hotel, two explosions were heard, similar to the six blasts heard earlier.

It was not immediately clear what caused any of the explosions. Witnesses said continuous gunfire could be heard at the hotel.

A fire from earlier billowed smoke through one of the hotel’s windows, as firefighters poured water over the plumes.

A few blocks away, at the Hotel Oberoi, a major fire raged Thursday night through one floor there, CNN’s sister network in India, CNN-IBN, said.

The network reported 30 people were trapped, and said gunshots could be heard. Later, an explosion was heard from the hotel’s rear side.

At least three or four terrorists are still holding hostages in both the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, British officials told CNN on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Singh suggested the group behind the attacks probably had “external linkages.”

“It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the financial capital of the country,” he said.

The death toll from the series of coordinated attacks was at 125, including at least six foreigners, by Thursday evening authorities said. An Italian and Briton were among the confirmed dead.

Another 327 people were wounded in the attacks, including seven British, three American and two Australian citizens.

In addition, at least nine gunmen were killed in fighting with police. CNN’s sister network in India, CNN-IBN, quoted police sources as saying they believed there were around 26 gunmen, most of them young.

Also among the dead was Hemant Karkare, the chief of the Mumbai police’s anti-terror squad, and 14 police officers.

Indian officials have told Canada that they believe six Canadians are being held hostage in the two hotels, according to a senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Canadian government has no information of its own to confirm the number or to ascertain if they are among the dead or injured, being held captive or just stuck in the hotels.

Authorities found 8 kilograms (17 pounds) of RDX, one of the most powerful kinds of military explosives, at a restaurant near the Taj, indicating that the attackers may have been planning more violence.

Gunmen also remained holed up in a building called Chabad House, where several Jewish families live. Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg, the city’s envoy for the community, was being held inside with his wife, a member of the Hasidic Jewish movement said. The couple’s 18-month-old baby was released unharmed.

Two women and an infant were seen escaping from the building but three to four residents remained captive inside, an Indian official said.

Police said gunmen fired indiscriminately from the building. Stray bullets killed a couple in their home and a 16-year-old boy who stepped outside, police said.

Police surrounded the building and exchanged gunfire in which one of the gunmen reportedly was shot, CNN-IBN said.

India under attack…

*Rapidly changing situation, so nothing is staying all that currrent. It looks like there have been western hostages taken. Talk of the army coming in, police overwhelmed.*

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Gunmen targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India’s financial capital, killing 16 people and wounding 90, officials and media reports said.

The Press Trust of India said at least 16 people were killed in the attacks that began late Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning.

Johnny Joseph, chief secretary for Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, said 90 people had been injured, but refused to say how many had died.

A.N. Roy, a senior police officer, said police continued to battle the gunmen.

“The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed, the encounters are still going on and we are trying to overpower them,” Roy said.

Gunmen opened fire on two of the city’s best known Luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi. They also attacked the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in southern Mumbai and Leopold’s restaurant, a Mumbai landmark.

The gunmen also attacked police headquarters in south Mumbai, the area where most of the attacks took place.

“We are under fire, there is shooting at the gate,” said constable A. Shetti by phone from police headquarters.

The motive for the attacks was not immediately clear but Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terror attacks, including a series of blasts in July 2007 that killed 187 people.

“It was really scary. It was like the sound of loud crackers, not one but several, we just ran out of there,” said Janice Sequeira, a tourist who had been at a restaurant in the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Several European lawmakers were among those inside the hotel.

Sajjad Karim told Britain’s Press Association news agency that he and several other lawmakers were barricaded inside the Taj Mahal Hotel.

“I was in the lobby of the hotel when gunmen came in and people started running,” he told the Press Association by phone from the basement of the hotel.

“A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me. I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen,” he said.

Karim was part of a delegation of European lawmakers visiting Mumbai ahead of a forthcoming EU-India summit.

At the Oberoi, police officer P.I. Patil said shots had been fired inside and the hotel had been cordoned off. He would not give any other details.

The Press Trust of India news agency quoted Mumbai General Railway Police Commissioner A.K. Sharma as saying that several men armed with rifles and grenades were holed up in the train station.

Leopold’s restaurant was riddled with bullet holes and there were blood stains on the floor and shoes left by fleeing customers, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene.

At least 25 people had been brought to the G.T. Hospital near the shootings, said hospital official Yogesh Pandey.

Mumbai has been hit repeatedly by terror attacks since March 1993, when Muslim underworld figures tied to Pakistani militants allegedly carried out a series of bombings on Mumbai’s stock exchange, trains, hotels and gas stations. Authorities say those attacks, which killed 257 people and wounded more than 1,100, were carried out to revenge the deaths of hundreds of Muslims in religious riots which had swept India.

Ten years later, in 2003, 52 people were killed in Mumbai bombings blamed on Muslim militants and in July 2007 a series of seven blasts ripped through railway trains and commuter rail stations. At least 187 died in those attacks.