Dec 24, 2015

US Generals Feed Intelligence Data to the Syrian Regime

And Its Been Happening For Some TimeAccording to RT, Seymour Hersh has reported that the head of the DIA and Chiefs of Staff, reported this intelligence military to military through a 3rd party military, which eventually made its way to the Syrian regime.

This is startling to say the least - As Seymour alludes to, the Generals felt that they were honouring the U.S. constitution if not the president. Agree with Seymour that it's confounding in the extreme why the administration up until lately wanted to oust Assad. Guess they felt that satisfying Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as more important. Sad.

Makes one wonder about the competence of those in power in the U.S. government!



Dec 23, 2015

License Plate Reader Software For The Little Guy

2004 New Brunswick license plate, scanned from...
While perusing the Debian-Planet blog today I noticed a post by Petter Reinholdtsen, where he discusses license plate software, (aka license plate reader) that will read the license plate in pictures and videos and output in machine readable format.
It is available in github here, but the developer and Petter have it packaged for Debian. Presently it's sitting in the new que, hopefully it will be in Debian SID soon.

Petter explains on his blog post his reasoning why it should be available to the rest of us, and I must say I agree with his thinking. When tools are available only to the powerful, as in governments, then a state of tyranny exists in my opinion.

Please read Petter's blog post for more information.

Dec 10, 2015

SAA Have Trouble Garrisoning and Holding Onto Territory Captured

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ISIS Recaptures Maheen

As others have, I question why the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) wastes manpower and lives, on capturing territory that they can neither garrison or keep.
Just seems such a waste as we know that there is a shortage of available manpower in the SAA. This is one of the major reasons that Iran, and the Popular Volunteers from Iraq and Lebanon are providing the bulk of soldiers in the fight.

On Wednesday morning in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a large-scale counter-offensive at the village of Maheen in order to recover several points lost to the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and their allies over the last three weeks.
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Dec 3, 2015

Reports Indicate ISIS in Libya Training Pilots

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According to www.aawsat.com the Islamic State now in Libya are training pilots to fly planes, opening another dimension to their strategy.
ISIS terrorists in the city of Sirte, northern Libya, are training to fly planes using at least one flight simulator according to military sources in the North African state. The sources added that there is a prevailing belief amongst investigators that the device was seized from the training departments of Gaddafi’s looted airports.
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Dec 2, 2015

Shooting standoff in California, multiple victims - YouTube


Huge Movement of Trucks at Syrian Turkish Border Crossing



At the Reyhanli Checkpoint into Turkey

As one can see, this is a massive amount of material going through into Turkey - how many of these are carrying crude oil? Reports suggest that the tanker trucks are being camouflaged as regular tractor trailers over the tanks, by ISIL, DAASH.


Leil-Zahra Mortada's Photos - Women of Egypt

Leil-Zahra Mortada's Photos - Women of Egypt

Some provoking images here, from the protests during the Arab Spring (I think).

Facebook Makes Money off of You


Facebook makes mucho dollars of of us - we're the product!


We'd gotten a glimpse at Facebook's financials when the company first filed for an IPO in early February, but now an amended S-1 filing has shed even more light on the giant pile of money hoarded by the Zuck dragon. Including, reports TechCrunch, how much he made off of you.
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Russian Air Force Strikes Oil Facilities in al-Sawra

Air strikes on the oil storage tanks in the vicinity of al-Sawra, Syria - YouTube


Sep 22, 2015

Ukraine And It's Not So Democratic Nation

Ukraine’s ‘Democratic’ Dictatorship

Anyone that thinks the "revolution" in the Maiden was started by the Ukrainians spontaneously, is wrong, in my opinion, and that of others well versed in world affairs. Antiwar's website has a great article by Justin Raimondo:

The media narrative about Ukraine – that the “Maiden revolution” was a democratic European-values oriented revolt against a tyrannical Russian-controlled puppet – has always been  a fairytale, largely perpetrated by the Western media in complicity with the US State Department and the European Union. Yet now that same media is being forced to reexamine their bias in the wake of the Ukrainian government’s banning of 34 journalists and seven bloggers from entering the country. The list of the banned includes journalists from Britain, Switzerland, Israel, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Estonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Macedonia, and Serbia.
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