Archive for July, 2010

Is information transformative?

July 30, 2010

After the meltdown, we have been living the many aspects of perception management. Powerful and moneyed interests have tried to gain advantage in the war over our hearts, minds and natural resources.
The propaganda tools have been used to: predetermine, select, shape, control and restrict by the selection of topics, distribution of concerns, emphasis, framing of issues, filtering of information and bounding of the debate.
And as the “governors” know, they have nothing to support them but opinion (Hume)
The media has been preoccupied with glorifying economic growth, foreign investment and assured job creation on one hand and celebrities in rehab, political punditry and a mauling at the zoo on the other.
To counter (punch) this, a handful of people have more than made-up for this media brilliance, and thanks to them we are 85% ahead, with 10% brain dead, and 5% willing to sell their kidneys.
At the same time, the opinion industry tells us that the fears, prejudices, and whims of the rational voter wants to return power to the same people that got us into this mess.

Information
Content analysis
Information Warfare (IASIW)
Perception management
Propaganda Models
What We Call the News
In Growth We Trust
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A country under siege

July 26, 2010

Capacent Gallup: 85 percent of the population is opposed to foreign entities being able to buy Icelandic Natural Resources. (Gallup.pdf)

” These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ” – Thomas Paine

The Afghan War Diary (AWD)

July 26, 2010

WikiLeaks today (Sunday, July 26 5pm EST.) released over 75,000 secret US military reports covering the war in Afghanistan.


The Afghan War Diary an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. They include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.

The Afghan War Diary

And for once there are media partners:

I Enjoy Crushing Bastards‘ – Julian Assange
The Best Leak Ever – Jon Stewart

Liz Cheney wants us to close down Wikileaks 😀

“The words of this dear woman show a perfect lack of knowledge of the subject and doubtlessly an equal lack of understanding as to the issues and causes for which Wikileaks is fighting for.
It’s not surprising considering the fatherhood.” – K. H.

A Symphony of Lies

Manufacturing righteousness

July 24, 2010

What would we do without the industrious public relations people?

Not a day passes without “news” about his boyish charms. Boy: walking in a public place, – in a tent, – on his motorbike, – promising to pay his debts.

No improper mention of is private jet or yacht, his days in Petersburg, his offshore accounts, his massive loans days before “his” bank went bankrupt, – leaving Icesave with a humiliated nation.

And of course the neo-con-religious find no fault in him, after all he is the living proof for their ‘Weltanschauung’.

I’m King David, and I did not approve.
– ” – , and it’s not to much for the state to swallow.

Les 7 salopards de la crise  (3/7) – Marianne N°692
Trust Me, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Björk’s Open Letter to the Members of Parliament

July 16, 2010

” MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT! WE ICELANDERS ASK YOU FOR A
TRANSPARENT, OPEN DISCUSSION AND RECONSIDERATION
CONCERNING THE SELLING OF THE ACCESS TO OUR NATURAL
RESOURCES !

In two weeks Magma Energy Sweden AB could become the biggest shareholder of HS Orka. The company would then have access to some of our most important natural resources for the next 65 years, with an optional extension for another 65 years. 130 years! Is this in accordance with the laws that state only the Icelandic government should have the right to harness and govern the natural resources of Iceland?

Shouldn’t we ask for an investigation of this deal and get a report on the business exchange concerning our resources, as we got a report on the banks?

Shouldn’t the nation be able to decide for itself if it is willing to sell off it’s natural resources, by means of a law change to enable a national referendum?

One of the IMF’s suggestions is that Iceland should open up access to it’s natural resources to foreigners. According to the letter of intent signed by the government last April, it seems that those suggestions will be followed. Are we thus going to use our nature in this way to pay off the Icesave-debts of those few Icelandic venture capitalists?
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Allegedly the Magma deal is about the benefits of foreign investment. How does that compute with the fact that 70% of the purchase price is financed with a local bullet-loan with collateral in the shares?
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Is there anything that guarantees jobs will be created in Iceland through this deal?
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In the future, water will probably be the most valuable resource in the world. Will the deal with Magma Energy possibly set a legal precedent, and be used in the future to enforce the sale of more natural resources?

What will our grandchildren think of the deals we’re making now? “

Bjork.com

Open Letter to the Members of Parliament (full text)

Petition to the Government
” I urge the authorities to stop the sale of HS Orka and for Alþingi to hold a national referendum on the ownership and the utilisation of our energy resources. ”

It’s Oh (Not) So Quiet. More than 16,000 people have already signed.
Mapping this onto the UK and US census, this would mean more than 3.3 and 16 million signatures respectively.

Denial-of-service attack?

Public Services International -Privatisation in the energy sector (pdf)

Freedom of establishment for companies and abuse of rights in EU/EEA law – Energy policy

Oh my God, the holy trinity of “free” market economics: growth, (foreign) investment and job creation (lol) is at risk!
By the way, we are living and paying for a disgraced profession (one of many), bought and payed for by the likes of the current vulture.

What we are seeing now is an “operation” of suppressing the truth and splitting hairs.

” Who owns Magma Energy? Have MPs and Ministers seen and studied the list of shareholders? If not – how dare they sell valuable assets and rights of usage of the Nations natural resources to complete strangers, men without any reference at all? ” – Lara Hanna

Ministerial advice

July 11, 2010

The financial and social destruction continues but now at the invites of the Social Democrats and the Left-freaking-Greens.

The Ministry of Industry Energy and Tourism has been brought to light to have advised foreign investors how too brake Icelandic laws and aided and abetted the transfer of our natural resources to foreign control.

Ministers would resign for lesser crimes in all our neighboring countries, however an Icelandic Social Democratic minister just refuses to respond to the issue.

The Report of the Special Investigation Commission (SIC) documented incredible incompetence in the civil service and negligence in official duties of ministers.

“Great lack of documentation is prevalent in the administration and communications are characterized by informal conversations. Professionalism was thus greatly hampered in government.
There is no doubt that political recruitments are harmful and reduce the credibility of officials.
Narrow legal interpretation prevented work to progress according to the aim of the law which in turn served private interests at the publics expense.
It shows how the prevailing mentality and accepted value systems can be harmful to no lesser degree than direct fraud and scam.

Many politicians neglected their multiple responsibilities and failed in their duties towards the public.”

Nothing has Changed.

Economic growth, foreign investment and job creation is the usual corporate propaganda drivel. Let’s Take the Risk Out of Democracy and hide factual information from the public.

Magma Energy Sweden AB

As usual the mainstream media has mostly complied to their corporate ownership so here are some articles from Lara Hanna (IS) and the icelandweatherreport.com

And while we’re looking the other way, our resources are peddled off at bargain prices – August 20, 2009

More on the ludicrous Magma HS Orka deal – August 23, 2009

Magma Energy end the second coming on Kastljós – August 26, 2009

Lowest energy prices!! – or how to sell yourself Icelandic style – September 11, 2009

Of corruption, stupidity and the value of green energy – September 14, 2009

Protests today at Reykjavik City Hall! – September 15, 2009

Magma of Canada takes full control of HS Orka – May 17, 2010

Major fury over new allegations regarding Magma Energy and HS Orka – July 12, 2010