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Disney is Evil Movie Review by Sue

A new twist on Disney and their recurring theme of dead mothers and traumatized babies — this time its dead babies and traumatized mothers.

Bob and I saw (part of) the new Disney movie, “Earth”, tonight.

Typical Disney set-up of moms and babies in danger, you just know somebody’s gonna get killed because the music tells you so.

We walked out just as the baby elephant was being chewed up by a pack of lions. Lion hanging off the baby’s anus. Baby elephant screaming. Horrified young children cringing in the audience. (It wasn’t the first miserable death on screen, either.)

Yes, I know, nature is savage and wild, blah blah. But it also doesn’t have a deep-voiced male voice-over and emotional manipulation. And the wilderness isn’t touted as child-friendly entertainment.

When it comes around your way, save your money and your children’s sanity and rent Winged Migration.

F***ing Disney.

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Listening to the ultra right currently getting paranoid about re-education camps reminds me of what some of the ultra left said during the Nixon, Reagan, and Bush regimes, that concentration camps were being planned.

Didn’t happen, did it?

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Inside Obama’s bank CEOs meeting

Politico

The bankers struggled to make themselves clear to the president of the United States.

But President Barack Obama wasn’t in a mood to hear them out. He stopped the conversation and offered a blunt reminder of the public’s reaction to such explanations. “Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn’t buying that.”

“My administration,” the president added, “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

Obama went on to make it clear the banks will change. Which explains why the bankers were so ashen-faced and grim after leaving the meeting when, instead of the normal group hug portrait, they were dumped on the White House lawn and faced a gauntlet of mostly hostile press instead.

Doubtless no one has ever spoken to them that way before.

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Source440. Where musicians share their skills by video

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Our friend Catherine Goldwyn who runs SoundArtLA.org, a nonprofit providing contemporary music training and education to children in underserved areas in Los Angeles, is a co-partner in the just-launched Source440, a website where musicians can share their skills by uploading video lessons.

Source440 is “about sharing information and making musical knowledge free for anyone who wants it.” Musicians can do this by creating their own video lessons and uploading them, watching videos by other musicians, and networking with each other. Lessons can be broken down into chapters, and you can track your progress as you learn.

This is an innovative concept and could easily provide a major service to musicians, especially once it gets a critical mass of videos and users. Tell musicians you know about Source440.

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Google Voice

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Google Voice is about to launch, it is “one phone number for all your phones, for life.” Give one phone number out, and then route the calls to wherever you want.

It has texting, voicemail transcription, ability to route specific numbers to certain phones or voicemail, conference calls, cheap international rates – and it’s free.

But for this to be successful, it must have 100% uptime, something Gmail has not had lately. Plus it needs real tech support, as in actual people you can call and get answers from if something goes wrong. Right now, Google has no live tech support for any product that I know of. something they badly need.

Would I print new business cards with my Google Voice number as my only number? Maybe, but only after the service has been running flawlessly for a year or so.

However until then, it could make a useful number when you don’t want to give out your actual number, like for doctors, lawyers, whoever.

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Computer surveillance by CIA?

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We welcome Josh “UJ” Mull as a Polizeros contributor.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, I was doing some research for the latest episode of Alive in Baghdad, specifically looking for Iraqi reactions to President Obama’s speech announcing the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. One of the reactions I came across was from the Mujahideen Central Command of Rafidan, a Sunni Islamist, Iraqi insurgent group allegedly responsible for the brutal murder of two CIA agents in Baghdad in 2004.

Originally posted on Dandelion Salad, I followed the Rafidan communique back to its source at Al-Basrah.net, an Iraqi insurgent media organization focusing on Sunni Arab Nationalism and resistance to American and Iranian domination. Here’s where it started getting weird.

But first, some background…

I’m running Minefield, the nightly, Alpha version of the Firefox browser and, as such, a lot of my browser extensions occasionally have issues with lock-ups or freezing on certain sites. One of these extensions is KnowMore, an add-on that “alerts you when you visit the websites of unethical companies (it also let you know if you’re visiting a company with a positive rating!).“

The way KnowMore works is by sending every URL your browser accesses back to its home server, checks it against its database of corporate ethics, and then reports it back to your browser to activate the KnowMore pop-up message. Unfortunately, due to my experimental browser, faulty extension coding, or server errors at KnowMore.org, the extension often locks up the browser for a few seconds before displaying an error, usually something along the lines of “cannot reach website.com.”

Back to the weirdness…

As you do, I left all the tabs I was working with open in my browser and jumped back to OpenOffice to keep writing Alive in Baghdad. After a few minutes, I noticed my cursor was blinking wildly as if the computer was “thinking” about something. I switched over to Minefield and found it was unresponsive. After a few seconds, it popped-up its error message, saying it couldn’t reach “cia.gov.” Annoyed, I closed the error and all the tabs without really thinking about what I had just seen and instead jumped back to writing.

About a minute later, it happened again, the same error from cia.gov, this time without any tabs open at all. What this means is that somewhere, in the background and without my knowledge, my computer was attempting to open a connection to the CIA, and the KnowMore extension was having trouble with it. Basically, I was wiretapped without a warrant.

So what does this mean? Turns out, not that much.

First off, it should be pointed out that the Mujahideen Central Command of Rafidan is a US designated Terrorist Organization and, as I said, is allegedly responsible for gunning down two CIA agents, Dale Stoffel and Joseph Wemple, in broad daylight in the middle of a crowded Baghdad street. Simply put, these are not nice guys. Were I not a journalist doing legitimate research, I’d really have no business being at their website in the first place.

Americans, always the “rugged individuals,” treasure their privacy as one of the country’s fundamental freedoms. However, most of the privacy protections granted to citizens were obliterated by the Patriot Act and other subsequent counter-terrorism legislation passed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. To add insult to injury, in 2008 in the middle of an election campaign predicated on accountability and transparency, then-Senator Barack Obama voted to grant immunity to the telecommunications companies responsible for illegally violating what small privacy Americans had left.

So, while I’m offended at the presumptuousness of our intelligence agencies, I don’t really have much ground to be angry with them. The CIA have an obvious reason for monitoring that website, and not only that, but I don’t really have the right to not be wiretapped anymore. I haven’t been struck with paranoia, I’ve taken zero steps to protect from it happening again, but the case is definitely worth considering.

What do you think? Should I be worried? Are you worried? Let me know in the comments.

– Josh “UJ” Mull
Small World News
http://aliveinbaghdad.org
http://aliveingaza.org

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What she said…

Democrats are Dancing in the Streets. (Martha and the Vandellas)

For Republicans, a Wipeout (The Surfaris)

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Time to stop hyperventilating…

From Brad DeLong, who also notes.

By this evening 3/4 of American Jews will have voted for a guy whose middle name is Hussein: if we cannot use this lever for good in the Middle East, we do not deserve to be a superpower.

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Caveat

Ten reasons why you should ignore exit polls

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