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Investigative journalism link round-up

Posted by on 03/28/07 (Links)

Greetings weary travelers. Here are some good examples of douchebag-exposery.

First off, our pal Jon Elmer has done some reporting on the Department of National Defence’s preparations of a comprehensive counter-insurgency field manual for its soldiers and officers. Read part one and part two (via Inter Press Service).

Next up is a report from the Washington Post about the unwieldy and ever-expanding TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment – who comes up with these names?) database and how it be so caraaazzzyyy.

Lastly, the New York Times just ran a story about NYPD infiltration and spying operations against groups and individuals worldwide in the lead-up to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. (The reporter Jim Dwyer was also interviewed on Democracy Now! on Monday – sounding reticent to actually answer questions. I wonder why?)

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  • Comment by tom on March 28th, 2007 at 3:48 pm:

    yes, there was a pretty quiet fuss about the NYPD thing, especially within the mainstream press of montreal. and, apparently, they even had my fair city under a radar scope (not literally, you idiot) and were checking out all the terrorists we got hidin up in here.

  • Comment by Joe Revolution on March 28th, 2007 at 4:49 pm:

    I declare the hunt for the undercover police officers on this blog officialy open: all of you please give full name and adress. Just so that we’re sure about who is who.

  • Comment by Aaron on March 28th, 2007 at 10:17 pm:

    Yea, I just read that today on DN! thats pretty crazy shit, well i guess i wouldn’t say crazy. (sigh) anyway, i want (not need) a cool bike that… sprays the road with messages… too cool.

  • Comment by Sebas on March 29th, 2007 at 4:55 am:

    That’s the problem with hierarchies, everybody thinks that the undercasts (or inferior ranking subjects) are after them.
    ¡PARANOIA! (just ’cause i’m paranoid doesn’t mean their not after me) And in a fascist police-state, everybody thinks they’re the objective. That’s why the police are knocking on doors of grocery store owners, bike repairmen and cheerleadres.

    Soon we’ll all be living in ghettos (not Bronx-like but Warschaw-like) controlled by the Republican Democratic Party of the United Nations of the World.

    But the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    I’ll play along with Joe Revolution (wink dink) ;D

  • Comment by caítlin on March 29th, 2007 at 4:59 am:

    I admit it! The money was just too good to pass up on… and they gave me the cutest little uniform. Sorry dudes! I’ll try and negotiate a pillow for your cells or something to make it up…

    I haven’t read any of those links and what I’m raving about isnt really related to investigative journalism, but my excuse is its fascinating stuff. I’m sure you’re all far more erudite than lil ol’ me, bla bla, but for those of you with minimal knowledge about the WTO/trade liberalisation etc, i heartily recommend checking this out for a very interesting introduction:
    http://openlearn.ope...rse/view.php?id=2092
    Its sad stuff, and often quite infuriating, but it makes a nice change from the didactic prose that fills most of the left reports on this stuff. Do you ever notice how you could virtually cut and paste the last paragraph of mainstream left articles?
    This one looks interesting too:
    http://openlearn.ope...rse/view.php?id=2392
    G7 study group! I’ll bring the coffee.

  • Comment by Hairhole on March 29th, 2007 at 3:32 pm:

    “It is a fascinating time to be a Canadian soldier,” Lt. Gen. Andrew Asshole Smeller

    Romeo Dallaire told us the same thing last year, when I saw him at a speaking tour. It don’ts sounds too darn fartinating to me.

    Oh well, it doesn’t much matter. Prepare for Armaggedon, ’cause I’m pretty sure Jesus has come back to earth in the form of Jon Elmer.

    Keeping on topic here, what do you guys think of the film ’300′? Is it one of the worst movies ever made, or it it like Motorhead’s ‘the chase is better than the catch’ (you know, shitty but amazing at the same time)?

    I was stabbed at an Against Me! show the other night, with an Aids needle, while saying how Propagandhi would win in a fight- clearly they haven’t seen the physique of Harrison Jord lately? Look to him for the example of a vegan diet, just don’t look to him for the smell of an actual human.

    Anywho, in the absence of g7 radio I’ve been searching for my own tunes; this is the best I could come up with: I extend an elongated, g(7) spot hitting love puff to my little fart fucking husband with this little ditty http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=SGTDRztaCCw

    Substitute the ‘ahs’ for farts respectively*

  • Comment by tom on March 29th, 2007 at 3:59 pm:

    well, it seems the Canadian Department of Doucheries is cutting the annual seal killing, you know that cold-blooded inhuman sin that canadians are famous for. the governmental department is cutting the number of seals allowed to be “culled” (yes that is what they call it) from 235,000 down to 165 000. and it’s not even for the catastrophic state of the enviroment! it’s to preserve enough seals this year so they’ll be able to kill enough seals this year. “in the best interests of those whose livelihood depends on commercial seal hunting.”

    appreantly these hunts take place on the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. That’s actually the name of the province. Yes, it’s one province. I’m not sure if they’ll do it in quebec, because the gulf of st-lawrence coasts on my province too. yay canada! what a great place!

    seriously though, when you think of “culled”, doesnt that make you think of cuddling with your dogs and cats?

    anyways, wife, if you think you’re getting
    any : tonight, you better take back what you said about jord. he is nice, well spoken, handsome, and most importantly, he is the creator of farts.

  • Comment by tom on March 29th, 2007 at 4:03 pm:

    fuck, even when i’m sober my syntax is like that of a jord year old. i meant that they’re cutting down the numbers of seals culled this year, so they’ll have an ample supply of innocent beauties next year.

    also, the killings are actually being reduced to 270,000 from 350,000.

    please, just don’t send paul mcfartney or paul hewson. cull them instead!

  • Comment by Anthony on March 29th, 2007 at 11:43 pm:

    Against Me! is a great band.

  • Comment by poo on March 30th, 2007 at 12:41 am:

    WELL… Propagandhi’s DVD seems to have leaked it’s pants all over the internet. Here’s my review:

    And you thought the departed was a bad movie….

    1 star.

    Regards,

    poo.

  • Comment by Sebast on March 30th, 2007 at 1:19 am:

    Talkin’ ’bout canadian hakapik luv-makin’ freedom haters, ¡geeee weeeeez! ¡Better put my electronic mule on overload then!

    But seriously now…
    ¿Who the fuck has the patience to go see a Frank Miller based movie? I mean, yeah, sure, Rob Rodr did a diddlelidoo fine job with SinCity, but i mean… ¿Spartans? Yeah right, look more like storm poopers to me (i guess in Hairholian those would be “fartans”).

    I’m still halucinating with the bolivian “The Snails Strategy” (doubt that you can find THAT in english, hardiharhar).

    Anyway, since the topic swing has gone (again) towards film and lousy (¿how is this word written anyways?) movie i wonder what your opinion about The Last King of Scotland is. I mean, yeah, Spain kills a lotta Bulls and shit, but at least the leftovers go to the poor in the form of unhealthy food. Seals get killed exactly beacause… ¿So the rich can wear their furs? ¿Does this make any sense at all? Hope not. (spoiler: in the begining of the film a bull is shot in the head by a Scotsmen… i never liked redheads, call me Preeeeeey Juuuuude, don’t get all laid…).

    ¡Eat the Rich!

  • Comment by Sebast on March 30th, 2007 at 1:25 am:

    Ou yeah, i almost forgot,

    Regina Spektor just breaks my Fart (OOOOOOOOOooooouuuchhhhh)

  • Comment by Hairhole on March 30th, 2007 at 7:17 pm:

    Speaking of vagina farter, I believe this dashing fellow is in that there video: http://getactive.pet...ffleck?c=peta2_enews

    Husband: I was just making mention of Harrison’s impressive body sculpting of late. Does this mean you aren’t going to ‘cull’ me tonight?

    Thin Lizzy would beat up Against Me! too: http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=rENy7MQIYJs

    This just in, Jord, the creator of all that smells, stole the Vancouver Olympic flag to use as stinky wipe. The funkin’ poolice can take their raids his direction, they just got to follow their nose’s…

  • Comment by james on March 30th, 2007 at 7:30 pm:

    Caitlin!

    This link of yours rocks so hard. Learning…structured learning…for free! Ahahahahahahahaha…(deep breath)…hahahahahahahahaAhahahahaaa. Ha.

    Ah-ha-ha…ha. Ha ha ha.

    Thanks! =P

    PS: Aha.

  • Comment by Anthony on March 31st, 2007 at 2:28 pm:

    This Against Me! song would rock Thin Lizzys tiny balls off:
    http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=mot5QEecT1M

  • Comment by david on March 31st, 2007 at 6:21 pm:

    where did you find this propagandhi dvd leaked on the internet? i haven’t been able to find it yet, but one thing is for sure: i’d MUCH rather steal this steaming pile of shit than buy it.

  • Comment by gerty on March 31st, 2007 at 8:06 pm:

    Very niiiice link round ups. I wanna know where if anywhere the New York spying thing goes. will heads roll, eyes maybe? I wonder if they already know that I’m going there in May and that expedia.ca offers great service at unbeatable prices. hmm probably everyone knows that.

    while riding the apparently popular wave of insulting heroes that have been obsessed over.. anyone think Derrick looks like Lord Valdamort? have I said this before? irregardless he can stick his wand where ever he wants.

    Allamendus Sexius! **spoof

  • Comment by Hairhole on March 31st, 2007 at 8:27 pm:

    hmmm. I won’t pretend I didn’t like that song- their deal with Jesus appears to be working out for them. However, the solo in this bad boy will rock those mysterious black shirts off those donuts, faster than you can say, baby, hold my starbucks coffee while I throw a brick through a pay less shoes’ window: http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=M7YWRxAUtDk

  • Comment by Anthony on April 1st, 2007 at 4:23 am:

    Hairhole: hahahaha. Payless shoes is like, totally, like, so, like capitalistic corporationy corp. co. corp.

    I like reading your shit. It’s awesome.

    C-Wipe: C’mon mang, when are you dudes gonna tour the west coast again? I promise to break 300 copies of “the Departed” on DVD format with a baseball bat before the show if you play Los Angeles again.

  • Comment by james on April 1st, 2007 at 4:29 pm:

    Uhh…is Regina Spektor severely disabled? In the brain area? Because…uhm. Huh. How should I put this…her…music…is, frankly, well…devoid of interesting moments. And lacking something as well, I could add to that bitter appraisal, something that just shouldn’t be left out of “pop music”. That something is…an “I don’t know what”. Like the French say, but in english, with a French accent.

    In summation, I am happy to see a Regina Spektor music video hyperlink of fantastic digital amazingness on a progressive political music label web page. Very happy. I have dollar signs in my eyeballs where my retinae should be, this is how very happy I am. Right now.

    (happy)

  • Comment by Sebast on April 2nd, 2007 at 7:56 am:

    “Cold Sweat” is what I felt twice during the watching of this unparental guided clip while microphone-hair-singer-dude winks right before and almost inmediatly after the eddie-vanhalen-hotforteacher-rippoff.
    It’s even worse then the first time I saw “Thriller”, but only half as bad as when I found out that Janet looks more like Micheal than Micheal.

    Terrible genomic experiments are going on out the Inet, check it out, chill in, take a beer, vote for voluntary slavery:
    http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=9zKXCQpUnMg

  • Comment by james on April 2nd, 2007 at 11:16 am:

    I remember when Nostradamus posited this theory of Master Plan Takeover, and those who thought him mad…well…where are they now?

    I know how to search for them…

  • Comment by gerty on April 2nd, 2007 at 5:12 pm:

    In defense of Thin Lizzy that song “cold sweat”(1983) was recorded before hot for teacher(1984.. Big van halen’s watching you!). for those interested in accuracy. I’m not so hot for google. cold sweat pun etc. Too bad the transparency is a one way street and i’m in a pinto amidst one ton plus trucks.

  • Comment by Sebast on April 4th, 2007 at 6:19 am:

    Thin Lizzy had Google AND a time machine, clearly.

    I rest my case.

  • Comment by Ian Paisley on April 4th, 2007 at 11:55 am:

    I refuse to order a copy of the new Propagandhi DVD until G7 withdraws the anti-loyalist and crown-bashing rhetoric from it’s promotional campaign.

    NO SURRENDER TO THE FENIAN BOG-TROTTING SCUM.

    Most sincerely,

    Dr. Ian Paisley

  • Comment by james on April 4th, 2007 at 3:36 pm:

    I’m singlehandedly requesting Propagandhi and Hiretsukan and GFK to mosey down to Florida to thoroughly rock the everhating fascist shit out of this state. I needs me some rock, and this’n ain’t offerin’.

  • Comment by james on April 4th, 2007 at 3:42 pm:

    PS: http://video.glath.c...m/view/bullshit.PETA
    Here’s the PETA Bullshit Episode by Penn & Teller.

    Slaves! Video Slaves! Ahahahaha…..

  • Comment by caítlin on April 4th, 2007 at 3:45 pm:

    I gotta say, I’m deeply threatened by the possibility i’m not the only irish person reading this blog.

    Taste these salty tears. Go on.
    …nobody?

    Oh. Ok.

    Yikes… this is awkward.

    Hang on! Big Ian is “british”, right? *smirk*
    Slainte! [irish for "put down the wine glass."]

    And to add a fake air of legitimacy to this nonsense-post; I’m actually quite enjoying my free Time magazines. This quite an interesting, brief history of the sunni/shi’ite divide, worth reading if you need something basic about it;
    http://www.time.com/...641,20070305,00.html

  • Comment by james on April 4th, 2007 at 4:19 pm:

    You’re definitely not a non-Irish person reading the blog. That much is certain. Definitely. Certainly. True.

  • Comment by caítlin on April 4th, 2007 at 4:20 pm:

    Why, thats the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.

  • Comment by james on April 4th, 2007 at 4:28 pm:

    (Cue Romantic Interlude Sonata 7)

  • Comment by Anthony on April 4th, 2007 at 6:28 pm:

    That Penn & Teller episode is a joke. I think the show is called “Penn & Teller:Bullshit”….they should do a whole new episode talking about how their Peta episode was bullshit.

    Penn and Teller aren’t making any good points and alot of their information is mis-guided or wrong. As Vegan I will admit though, quite a grip of Peta supporters/employees I have met are whack jobs.

  • Comment by GrassGrow Danger on April 4th, 2007 at 6:28 pm:

    Obviously I am not going to write my real name while I explain theese basic concept rules that arguebly explain why Irland is nothing but and English province:

    1- Too drunk to resist any english armed forces. That’s what shit beer will do ya.
    2- Incest (In name of the father, the son, the daughter, the mother, the uncle, the cousin, grandpa… Whoever!)
    3- Scotland had William Wallace and Rob Roy. Irland had… Sinn Fein?

    And now for three reasons that will demonstrate why the RedCoats have no intention of touching “eirish” nations even with a long, long… long! stick.

    1- Boston Celtics. I mean, c’mon! There’s no leprechauns in the team! Is it just me or is this pure discrimination towards the vertically-challenged?
    2- St. Pat’s day speaks for itself. And so do those hords of flashed albino boobs.
    3- Uhm… well…

    Okay, I’ve run out of clichés to exploit this absurd topic-swing boost.

  • Comment by tom on April 4th, 2007 at 9:39 pm:

    awwww…is derek really moving to halifax? is this the begining of the end? did somebody fart?

  • Comment by Hairhole on April 5th, 2007 at 1:44 am:

    Their name was ‘Good Riddance’ it was bound to happen. http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=3ZuJIr_uW3M

    …don’t worry, I’ll punch myself in the nuts

  • Comment by Kyle on April 5th, 2007 at 3:29 pm:

    Expanding to Nova Scotia, eh? If G7 would still be producing material items, my heart would have grown two sizes because I’d expect to receive those items much, much quicker.

    I could just call and say, “Hey D-Rock, I’m coming down there to pick that shit up!” And D-Rock would respond with a simple, “Radical, dude.”

    …Yeah.

  • Comment by Sebast on April 6th, 2007 at 9:49 am:

    Better late than never…

    But those myth or logical blue shorts that Todd K. (¡our polish buddy!) wore during the canadian segment of the tour during like, oooh, i dunno ¿two weeks? have also been his official gardrobe in the U.K’s UnderWorld venue for say, like, oooh, i can’t quite recall but… ¿two weeks before?

    That’s economizing and the rest is pure Sum182 fandom.

  • Comment by Hairhole on April 6th, 2007 at 5:56 pm:

    Good Friday? More like Great Fartday.

    In all seriousness though, if you haven’t got a chance to read Todd’s impassioned post on the Propagandhi site, you should: http://www.propagandhi.com/

    I would also like to strongly encourage anyone interested in Rwanda, and good books in general, to check out what I believe to probably have been the most powerful read my eyes have ever endured in what is Philip Gourevitch’s ‘We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families’ http://www.picadorus...aspx?isbn=0312243359

    It was when I read that book and then later found out it was in the recommended reading section of Prop’s Empires album that I KNEW I had stumbled upon the world’s greatest album, band, and book. Seriously.

  • Comment by caítlin on April 7th, 2007 at 2:58 am:

    Hairhole,

    Quite a lot of the books Todd recommends on Africa are very worth reading. I liked the Gouervitch one, but if you’re interested in reading about a few other African countries as well, I really really recommend The Graves Are Not Yet Full. Its one of the few books I wish I’d kept as a reference.
    I have a whole feckin notebook about that book. I actually prefer it to the Gouerivitch one, its very different but very worth reading. Actually, if memory serves me well, one of the last chapters is about Rwanda and the trial, its… i can’t think of an appropriate word so I’ll make one up: depresscinating.

    Me Against My Brother is pretty interesting too, but there was something about the style I found hard to get through… In fact, if you’re curious, you can have my copy.

    I might get shot by every Canadian on here, but I actually didn’t like Shake Hands With The Devil much. I didn’t finish it. I’m reading that Leopold’s Ghost one right now and not thinking much of it either…

    I’m hard to please.

    *salute*

  • Comment by Hairhole on April 9th, 2007 at 8:03 pm:

    Thanks Ca2lin,
    I’ll definatly be checking out the graves are not yet full.
    Did you ever get a chance to check out Todd’s favourite ‘Human Cargo’? http://www.g7welcomi...#038;Category_Code=L
    Not only was that one an important read, but it really brought some of his tracks to life (cut into the earth, life at disconnect, even Fuck the Jord ‘er).

    I’m currently working on Churchill’s Acts of Rebellion. I can’t say it’s an easy read, but it’s sure putting the stuggle of indigenous people in North America into perspective. If we can stop these exploiting dick smellers from fucking with people and raping their land here, it might make it easier to stop them from exploiting countries abroad. I’m really looking forward to that documentary ‘Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land’ on this here eh a Propastinky DVDoodle.

  • Comment by tom on April 10th, 2007 at 12:36 am:

    hello my sweet little husband ,and everyone else. want to talk about books? i’ve got alot of the books that you’ve mentioned and i’ve started reading some but i’m having a hard time and i’d really like discussing them, it helps to digest the information and it helps to formulate broader perspectives. in any case, i’m just fucking lonely and need something better to do with my time. so in an effort to remain a consistent, living, breathing, farting embarrasment, i will post my email address with hopes of discussion and learning and dink enlargement spam. in any case, this post’ll be deleted i’m sure.

    atrophic.limbs [at] nullgmail [dot] com

  • Comment by caítlin on April 10th, 2007 at 2:05 am:

    Human Cargo is probably the best book I’ve read this last year.. its [probably] what got me in to the work i do. In fact, something about it reminds me a lot of Other Lands Have Dreams by Kathy Kelly, which I can’t for the life of me stop plugging. Gotta love intelligent Christians. That woman is really amazing.

    Acts of Rebellion isnt one of those books I’d read from cover to cover… its pretty dense. Ive had it for a long time and I still haven’t finished it actually [i had a brief huff with Churchill about something] – i just kind of dip in when I’m between books.

    And Peace, Propaganda… is great, its like two documentaries in one! But it is, as ever, prettttttty depressing. Oh! check out freesamialarian.com

    Tom: are you reading what I told you to read or am I going to have to beat you about the face?

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