August 12th, 2011


Good News, Everyone! Security Services Are Hiring! All You Have to Do is Die for the Super Wealthy!

And They Say The Rich are Not Jub Creators.

These Guys Will Stop You From Killing Your Boss

The Primary, tall and flinty with a graying goatee, has decided he's in the mood for shopping, a development that's got David Perez all worked up. I'm sitting with Perez in a Chevy Silverado in downtown Santa Monica. A fit ex-Marine, Perez is in charge of the Primary's six-man protection detail. For 20 minutes, we've been waiting around in a grocery store parking lot, but now the Primary has parked his Porsche 911 Carrera at a shopping strip nearly a mile away. Though Perez already has three "countersurveillance" experts on the scene, he's antsy to join them. His client has a stalker, whom one of the team members had spotted earlier. The Silverado crawls through glacial traffic. "You're driving like an old lady!" Perez barks. "Catch the green!"

Perez and his partner Mike Gomez, a bodyguard resembling The Sopranos' Silvio, finally track down their client at a Barnes & Noble. Two of the countersurveillance guys go back to scouting for menaces, while Perez and Gomez, both of whom are trained sharpshooters and martial-arts experts, step in as the Primary's "close protection" team. Shoppers stare at the entourage, straining to recognize someone famous.

The men form a barrier around their client as he stops to watch a street-magic act, browses racks at Armani Exchange, wanders in and out of a Hooters and past a Gap. And that's when everything goes haywire. The stalker sprints around a corner, trailed by one of the countersurveillance guys. He lunges at the entourage. Gomez wraps the Primary in his beefy arms and yanks him away. The other agent intercepts the assailant mid-lunge and pins him against the wall with his elbows. "He's out of play," says the Primary. The agent and the stalker untangle their arms and laugh.

The entire scenario was a training drill staged by the World Protection Group Inc., an executive protection company with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and Mexico City. The man playing the Primary, not a real CEO but a former Secret Service agent and narc, asked that I not use his name because, he says, he often works undercover in Mexico. Earlier that morning, he had lectured a group of trainees—WPG employees and freelancers shelling out $575 for the session—about the wide, wide world of corporate security: "You are going to find yourself in places six months or a year from now that you never thought you would get to," he said. On a screen behind him, a well-dressed couple strolled from a Learjet to a Jaguar, framed by a neon sunset.

There are no reliable numbers on the growth of executive protection (EP), but the experts I spoke with say it has expanded at a rapid clip since the 1980s, with dozens of new players breaking into the game. That happens to be the same period during which the top 1 percent of US earners nearly tripled their annual income (PDF). More than a few of them, it seems, have felt compelled to hire men with guns.
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UK Riots: The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and the entire British political class came together yesterday to denounce the rioters. They were of course right to say that the actions of these looters, arsonists and muggers were abhorrent and criminal, and that the police should be given more support.

But there was also something very phony and hypocritical about all the shock and outrage expressed in parliament. MPs spoke about the week’s dreadful events as if they were nothing to do with them.

I cannot accept that this is the case. Indeed, I believe that the criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite. It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up.
It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. So have the feral rich of Chelsea and Kensington. A few years ago, my wife and I went to a dinner party in a large house in west London. A security guard prowled along the street outside, and there was much talk of the “north-south divide”, which I took literally for a while until I realised that my hosts were facetiously referring to the difference between those who lived north and south of Kensington High Street.

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Props to the Telegraph for allowing Peter Obourne to continue to explore his apparent  burgeoning identity crisis. Hurray for actual journalism, Torygraph.
Professor Chaos

Another One Bites The Dust

Anti-gay Indiana state lawmaker caught in Craigslist gay sex scandal

An anti-gay Indiana Republican state lawmaker has been caught in a gay sex scandal, accused of offering an 18-year-old male cash for “a really good time.”

State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, who recently voted in favor of a state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, responded to a local posting on Craigslist and offered the young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel, according to an email exchange provided to The Indianapolis Star.

he emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”

The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man — who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old — says, “I need a sugga daddy.”

The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.

The Indianapolis Star

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The X-Files // Scully Glasses

Help East Africa post

The current drought in the Horn of Africa is the worst in 60 years. Between 11 and 13 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Tens of thousands of people walk for days headed to refugee camps only to die of thirst and hunger. Mothers have to choose which of their children will live, babies are born only to be left to die, women are at higher risk for sexual assault, and the instability of the famine only exacerbates existing political tensions and violence. To make matters worse there's no rain forecast until September, leaving millions of people hanging on for dear life.

I know that a lot of us might not have the financial ability to donate but please, please donate if you can, bbs. Every little bit helps. To my Canadian bbs, every dollar we donate will be matched by the government until September 16th.

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Feel free to link the shit out of this post. Any suggestions or updates are more than welcome, any other links or info about helping would be loved and added into the post. I know that a lot of us can't afford to give, but if you can please, please do.

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Japan demonstrates against Korean entertainment

Japan demonstrates against Korean entertainment

In stark contrast to earlier reports of South Korean pop stars increasing influence on Japanese consumers, some Japanese seem to have enough of the Korean wave. This is despite Bae Yong-joon’s persistent popularity and K-Pop’s strong showing on the Oricon charts.

Around 500 demonstrators rallied in front of Fuji TV headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday to protest against the broadcasts of Korean TV dramas, The Chosunilbo reported.

The rally was triggered by an earlier controversy when the popular Japanese actor, Sousuke Takaoka tweeted anti-Hallyu sentiments last month saying he would never watch Fuji TV again, adding that Japanese people want traditional Japanese programs. The actor was purportedly fired from his regular program because of his remarks.

Demonstrators were organized via Twitter messages and through other websites.

The anti-Korean wave became political with some protesters either whisking on Japanese flags, or shouting “Long live the emperor”, or singing the Japanese national anthem.

Protesters pointed out Fuji TV’s excessive airing of Korean TV dramas and demanded that the government cancel the company’s license for broadcasting.

Protesters announced they are staging another rally on Aug. 21.

Despite the anti-Korean Wave rallies led by rightwing groups and their supporters, the widely popular Korean soaps and programs featuring K-pop stars like Girls' Generation and Kara continue to air in Fuji TV as well as in state broadcaster NHK.


Oh, FFS. I'm glad Takaoka was fired, and this just goes to show social media can be used to organize fuckery just as much as anything else.

And it's amazing how open people are with their hate--I was in Osaka last weekend, and there was a guy flying Japanese war flags and "NIPPONNNN!!!"-ing it up and spewing anti-Chinese bullshit with a frickin' bullhorn on the street. Plus there are little vans that go by sometimes that just blare xenophobic bullshit in bigger cities. So I can't say I'm surprised by this, really. Just, gah. Of all the things happening now to protest (hi, Tepco, hi Kan's administration bungling everying)--protesting that?!

I agree with the quote from the Chosunilbo article: But Kenichiro Mogi, a renowned neurologist and TV show host, recently tweeted, "It is childish to criticize a broadcaster for leaning toward the Korean Wave. Immature cultural nationalism in a global age only weakens Japan further."

That, and it makes the protesters look like a bunch of dicks.

Young Offenders Worker and Community Campaigner Discuss the Causes of the London Riots.

Shelagh Fogarty – BBC Radio Five - Wednesday 10th August

Shelagh Fogarty: Our reporter spoke to these looters in Manchester.
Collapse )Shelagh Fogerty: Well *sighs* let’s talk to Winston Smith. The author of a book called “Generation F” which deals with the issues of the so-called “underclass”  He’s also a former youth worker and writes a critical blog about the youth justice system.

Hello to you, Winston Smith.

Winston Smith: Hi there.

Leslie Pullman is a community campaigner and has worked with victims of anti-social behaviour in the Manchester area.

Hello Leslie.

Leslie Pullman: Hiya

That’s depressing listening isn’t it Winston Smith?

Winston Smith: It’s very depressing, but I’m not surprised at all and it reflects basically the work that I did in Manchester with the Youth Offending Service. I’m not at all surprised that that’s the type of attitude. Cause they’re saying that the government have failed to stop it, but they’ve been failing for years.

Theresa May was talking about the consequences. “People are going to see the consequences for these crimes.” Well, I can tell you that for those that are under 18, some of them will be in youth detention centres. They will be in rooms. They are not allowed to call them “cells”. They will have video games and televisions in those rooms. Look, I’m not advocating that they should be in dungeons or being treated inhumanely, but they should be punished.

For those that don’t end up in detention centres, they will be put on what’s called an intensive surveillance and supervision programme, which is part of the Youth Rehabilitation Order. While they are on that they will spend the majority of their time being driven by youth workers like me to play football, to go to gyms. They will be told that they themselves are victims of crime. It’s absolutely absurd.

Shelagh Fogerty: Leslie Pullman

Leslie Pullman: I couldn’t agree with more with what the gentleman’s just said. I was asked this question nine years ago when I was promoting ASBOs. I was asked repeatedly “why would they do this?” and it’s exactly what the gentleman said, because they can. And that the kids know they can do it, but you must understand when you’re looking at the pictures on the television, they’re not kids, a lot of them, they’re adults. And the adults are leading the kids, due to kids being let off being called criminals and being given these soft options. And they do it because they can, it’s exactly right. And they’re right, the government hasn’t stopped them. Not just this government, successive governments.

And it’s nothing to do with being disaffected, being black. It’s got nothing to do with all that. It’s opportunism.

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For a limited time you can listen to the original interview at BBC Radio 5's website.
(Source - Choose the programme for the 10th August)

I had never believed things were this bad....

BART: Digital Freedom of Speech a Threat to Safety and Security!

Why Hasnt The Government Shut Down This "Freedom of Speech" Before It Hurts Someone Again?

BART admits halting cell service to stop protesters

BART officials acknowledged this afternoon that they shut down cell phone and wireless data service in its downtown San Francisco stations to disrupt a planned protest. Their announcement sparked denunciations from civil libertarians and the apparent threat of a cyber-attack on the BART website.

A statement posted on the transit agency's website said the communications blackout was ordered in the interest of public safety:

"Organizers planning to disrupt BART service on August 11, 2011 stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police," the statement reads.

"A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees and demonstrators. BART temporarily interrupted service at select BART stations as one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform."
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Walmart Job Applicants: 'I'll Take Anything'

 SPRINGFIELD, Penn. -- Among those here in the parking lot of the Masonic Hall, there's an abiding sense that the economic recovery has stalled, if it was ever there to begin with.

Young and old, well educated and uneducated, they're all coming here for the same thing: a job at the new area Walmart, which has set up a hiring center inside the hall; and most of them don't care how many hours the store can give them, what they'll have to do, or even how much they'll be paid. They just want a job.

First requirement: Humility.

"I'll take anything," many say.

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I wonder what the people in this article would like to say to Jody, an employee at Chesapeake Energy, who says in a commercial for the company that "if you don't have a job, you don't want one." (click link and select "Jody")

Daily Show's Jon Stewart calls Fox's Megyn Kelly a hypocrite

Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart celebrated the triumphant return of his favorite Fox News personality, Megyn Kelly, after a lengthy maternity leave.

While Stewart was happy to have Kelly back, there was something a little different--and it wasn't just her new, shorter hairstyle. Upon her return to "America Live" this Monday, Kelly grilled conservative radio host Mike Gallagher, who had called her maternity leave "a racket."

For Stewart, Kelly's stance was more than a little ironic. "She was making quite a spirited argument that workers are entitled to certain benefits and that society has an interest in protecting these benefits, which is great...and really weird. Wait, 'cause that's not the Fox's Megyn Kelly that I thought I knew."

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Watching this last night, I just kept going "OHHHH SHIT SON".
Kissing Parts

Marine to Receive Medal of Honor in September

A Marine sergeant will receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan from President Obama on Sept. 15, the White House announced Friday.

Dakota Meyer, 23, a scout-sniper from Columbia, Ky., fought through fire from enemy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to help rescue and evacuate more than 15 wounded Afghan soldiers and recover the bodies of four American service personnel. The incident occurred Sept. 8, 2009, in a remote mountainous village during an hours-long firefight with Taliban fighters.

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