Archive for September 20th, 2008
Update Oct 8: guess you’ve heard that someone was been indicted Tuesday for the Palin email hackery: Mike Kernell, 20, son of TN lawmaker David Kernell (D-Memphis.)
The young man is an economics major at Univerity of Tennessee and is facing 5 years ih prison among other things.
That’s what resetting other people’s passwords and publishing their emails can do for ya.
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Here in Athens, Georgia last evening’s comedy performance by Craig Ferguson isn’t all that’s being discussed.
The recent hacking of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin’s email accounts was finagled through a portal website based here in Athens which is for those who don’t appreciate having access blocked to various sites and online services. But using it for nefarious purposes in a no-no.
Vtunnel, a site owned by Gabriel Ramuglia, who happens coincidentally to have graduated from a school in Alaska (with no link to Palin or her government) is now preparing info on the hacker-Vtunnel user for the FBI.
Vtunnel’s link has been added to my Links List under ‘Web Surfing and Issues’ if you’d like to check it out, for as we know, Net Neutrality has been yet another casualty of the Bush administration and I, for one, am heartily disgusted with it.
Why, just last week I attempted to access a site I hadn’t visited since last year and thought I’d see what was up with lame duck Bush’s tenure being on the wane…but denied and blocked was I.
So that will be my first try at Vtunnel – to see if I can access Smirking Chimp! Care to join me?
Not by me, silly.
Both readers of this blog surely know I am not qualified as a film reviewer knowing only what I like, not what you will.
But my fellow Gatherer, Digital Dogs, has published an informative review of this film starring the beautiful Keira Knightley and the brilliant Ralph Fiennes as the Duchess and Duke of Devonshire, with Dominic Cooper as Earl Grey (of tea fame!)
So if you like historical dramatizations and lovely costumes (who doesn’t?), you may be interested in seeing “The Duchess.” I know I am.
Read Digital Dogs’ review here:
Update: found an interesting article in The Daily Mail about the child the Duchess gave up being a direct ancestor of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York! Eliza was also an indirect ancestor of Diana Spencer, Princess Diana.
The article has quite a few historical details including a fragment of a poem which Georgiana wrote to her illegitimate daughter, Eliza, child of Charles Grey, a future Prime Minister of Great Britain:
The Point of No Return
By Mike Whitney
Neither China nor the Saudi princes are buying any more failing investment banks.
They’ll leave that to the US taxpayer.
The Party’s Over
By Patrick J. Buchanan
The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions of dollars of our people’s wealth, is, like the Crash of 1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset of another.
Hey US, Welcome to the Third World!
By Rosa Brooks
It’s been a quick slide from economic superpower to economic basket case.
Paulson and Bernanke Stampede Washington – Continue Raid On The Public Purse Citing Grave
Financial Threats, Officials Ready Massive Rescue
By Binyamin Appelbaum and Lori Montgomery
The Bush administration is urgently preparing a massive intervention to” revive” the US financial system, including a plan to sweep away the unpaid loans that are choking banks and blocking the flow of money to borrowers. – Paulson and Bernanke presented a “chilling” picture of the state of the financial system, according to a participant in the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Did you vote for George Bush? Just wonderin’ since he’d never succeeded at any business venture before 2000 and look at him now – bailed out by US taxpayers again.
Of course, conspiracy theorists think this economic collapse is part of the one-world-government plans that were put in place decades ago. Or centuries ago if you subscribe to the Great Seal’s reverse-with-its-all-seeing-eye theory.
Watching Bush, Cheney, Greenspan, and now Bernanke and Paulson in action, I find it difficult to discount the conspiracy theory that they know what they’re doing and that the economic, governmental, and social net failures of America were on the menu all along.
If so, these social tinkerers think that the chaos they are creating is “worth it” especially since they will never suffer as will we, and that their longed-for New World Order is only possible by destructuring society’s systems to make way for for a new start.
Pluto in Capricorn.
You know I still use Bush’s first Inaugural chart 2001 to represent all of his tenure with its 8th house (debt, credit, insurance, finance, shared resources, death, transformation, etc) full of Pluto and Chiron snugged around the Moon in Sagittarius…the People, crowded by the violent and oppressive corporatism/fascism pair, Pluto/Chiron. Its ‘too close for comfort’ flavor is out in the open now, isn’t it? Too late, the trap is sprung!
So my facetious “thanks” goes out to all who voted for George Bush. Now will you compound the issue and give Bush a vote of “confidence” by voting for John McCain? Pluto may be in Capricorn but we don’t have to hand them our heads on plates. Actually we already did that in 2000 and again in 2004. Yeeks. And we couldn’t even get Bush-Cheney impeached to show our displeasure!
But it’s 2008, and as I always say: a vote for John McCain is like a vote for Karl Rove – and that most definitely includes Sarah Palin, the lure. The Angler has spoken (aka Cheney, who must be quite smitten with Palin.)
So even if Barack Obama moves into the White House, his opponents ‘have ways’ and have shown themselves capable of ANYTHING to keep their grasp on power and their agenda on track.
Another option is that Obama plays the game their way and the American people are still in the soup. Rise up? Laws are in place to tamp us down. They call it ‘martial law’ but by then most people will realize what it really is – if they don’t already. Perhaps we’ll be too cowed and hungry to murmur our disapproval. “A hungry man is not a free man.” I disremember who said it, but it’s all too true.
Woo! After seeing the lovely and hilarious Craig Ferguson in concert last evening, you’d think I’d be in a lilting mood today. But one quick look at this morning’s news and the Craig glow fades all too soon…just a glance at the latest doings of those cheeky monkeys of Washington who are ruining our children’s and grandchildren’s lives puts me back in my political snit of miffdom all over again.