RIP Rick Piltz — George W. Bush White House Climate Science Whistleblower.

From 1995-2005, he held senior positions in the Coordination Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

In the spring of 2005, Rick resigned from his position to protest the Bush Administration’s political interference with climate change communication. His whistleblower documentation of politically motivated White House editing and censorship of climate science program reports intended for the public and Congress received front-page coverage in the New York Times and was widely reported in the media. 

Rick testified before both the House of Representatives and the Senate at hearings on political interference with federal climate scientists.

Basically, the Bush II administration was caught editing scientific reports from the EPA. Piltz informed the public, and a scandal broke out.

It should also be noted that George Bush Sr created the world’s first federal level climate change research office in 1990 with the Global Change Research Act of 1990. His son, George Bush Jr., tried to shut it down. See also.

Turkish Secret Service murdered American journalist? She has been killed in a suspicious car accident.American journalist, Serena Shim, reported about Kobanê. The Turkish Secret Service visited her and she died shortly after. 

She was going back to her hotel from a report scene in the city of Suruç in Turkey’s Urfa Province when their car collided with a heavy vehicle. The identity and whereabouts of the truck driver remain unknown. On Friday, she told Press TV that the Turkish intelligence agency had accused her of spying probably due to some of the stories she has covered about Turkey’s stance on the ISIL/ISIS/IS terrorists in Kobanê and its surroundings, adding that she feared being arrested. Shim said she was among the few journalists obtaining stories of militants infiltrating into Syria through the Turkish border, adding that she had received images from militants crossing the Turkish border into Syria in World Food Organization and other NGOs’ trucks. Shim flatly rejected accusations against her, saying she was “surprised” at this accusation “because I have nothing to hide and I have never done anything aside my job.”

Few days ago a Kurdish journalist was executed on open street in Adana. The culprits are also unknown.

Don't you just love it when people's nerdy entertainment hobbies are invaded by outsiders and members of the media in an attempt to transform them into proxy-fights for politicized ideological agendas that have little relation to the context of said pieces of entertainment?

Oh wait, no one likes that, except for the media and for profit bloggers of course. 

As a freelance writer, let me give you a tip on “nerd blogs.”  99 percent of them on the net are fake.  I’ve literally seen writing assignments about  gender and women’s issues in video games shopped around on the website I work for. 

Yes, literally anyone can write these.  The author could be a 78 year old male white supremacist and then it will be published under a pseudonym with no relation to the person who wrote the original text or indication that it was ghost written  Similarly, I’ve written hundreds of aritcles about how to live “green” when I don’t give two craps about sticking to those standards myself in the real world and find most people that use the word “green” in real life to be obnoxious asshats.  I did it for the money.

And don’t get me started on generalized, “news sites” that cover stuff like that.  I literally had someone from the Guardian make up a quote for me for an article on fucking Archie Comics when I gave him very specific quotes to use.  The people that write this stuff DO NOT care about these nerdy niche products.  They’re doing a job like “sanitation workers” do when they put your garbage into the back of a big truck.

With that in mind, when a schism develops between the media and the lowly serfs below them, who do you think is going to win?  Yeah, it’s not going to be the media.  People speak with their votes on election day and tend to make the talking heads on TV look like fools.  Similarly, consumers speak with their money.  If the media actually controlled this shit, porno and horror movies would have been eliminated in the 1970’s probably.  Guess what?  They weren’t.

So while the political correctness grievance brigade thinks they have an upper hand currently due to the media coming to their rescue, I don’t think it’s going to last.  Eventually, it’s going to be a wash.  The journalists and bloggers who pat each other on the back are not going to drive sales or support products on the market.  That’s not even their objective.  They literally do not care, and feigning some kind of “understanding” of what they are talking about is a form of show business like professional wrestling or reality TV.  It’s not real.

Much loathed and admired within the leftist community, autonomists represent a small but mixed bunch. With their focus on the daily, small-scale class struggle, their squats and auto-reduction, and their sometimes incomprehensible jargon they elicit both fascination and contempt from other marxists. Yet it is easy to let our view of them be dominated by theoretical considerations alone, thereby ignoring how their ideology and composition molds them to be excellent journalists, offering key lessons for re-igniting a working-class media to counter hegemony.

I think this article is really weird but I suppose it’s worth sharing.  Also their claim that the operaistas were only as few hundred people is dubious.  I think between PO and LC there were 10,000 people in groups influenced by operaismo.


Female Gamers React To #Gamergate

After hosting a #Gamergate conversation with Brianna Wu and 8chan founder Frederick Brennan on Tuesday, HuffPost Live sat down with three female gamers on Wednesday to get their views on the movement.

Watch the entire video here for the full conversation with Georgina Young, a staff writer at Gamesided, and gamers Jennie Bharaj and Jemma Morgan


Hong Kong Police Clash With Occupy Protesters

For weeks now, pro-democracy protest groups have occupied parts of central Hong Kong, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Local police have been urging the demonstrators to leave for days, and have recently stepped up efforts to dismantle barricades on several major roads - only to have many of them rebuilt hours later. Tensions boiled over last night, leading to a violent clash between police and protesters. Police arrested dozens, and at least one demonstrator, politician Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, was dragged away and beaten by police, a moment caught in this video. As of today, most of the Occupy protesters remain in place, Beijing refuses to budge, and no discussions are underway.

Marissa Alexander faces 60 years in prison.

Here’s a heads up, folks:

Yes, Marissa Alexander’s original 20-year sentence was overturned. However, she now faces 60 years. The gossip blogs sharing the “breaking news” about her 20-year sentence being overturned took a year-old article from ABC News and slapped a new date on it without publishing updated information. Here are two more updated articles about her case.

I’ve been seeing that Black Media Scoop article being shared and retweeted everywhere, so I didn’t want anyone else to fall prey to the hype. Please feel free to spread the word.

Does Someone Have to Die Before Gamer Gate Ends?

Brianna Wu is a developer and writer who’s penned pieces on the gender imbalance in modern video games and the harassment women in the industry continue to deal with as part of their daily business. She heads up the small studio Giant Spacekat, makers of Revolution 60, a mobile game hailed as “a most triumphant and excellent adventure” by and denounced as “a bland, uninteresting, feminism circle-jerk” by Metacritic user Realgamer101. I’m guessing that’s not his real name, but there’s no guesswork required to figure out the poster’s gender.

On October 11, Wu tweeted the above screenshot—a series of threatening messages she’d received from a Twitter account that’s since been suspended. 

Before we go any further, it’s important to ask whether or not you want to read anything more on GamerGate. Since you’re on this page, chances are you’re aware of the sides in this bizarre online kerfuffle, as well as the problem with giving GamerGate any further coverage: These words may be further fuel for a fire that needs to die down before anyone can properly discuss the more pertinent points raised by a still-evolving debate.

If that means nothing to you, here’s a summary: A (formerly) low-profile indie developer named Zoe Quinn created and released a game called Depression Quest. Some people argued that it wasn’t a game at all—but that’s not the controversy. An ex of Quinn’s published information in August of 2014 implying that she had slept around to secure positive review coverage forDepression Quest. There’s no evidence connecting any alleged promiscuity—which, in any case, is nobody’s business apart from those doing the screwing, anyway—with the reception Depression Quest received, but the conversation quickly turned to ethics: As in, some game journalists were seen to be favorable toward certain projects that they were incredibly tenuously linked to. That connection could be chipping into a Kickstarter pot, or having long ago worked on a collaborative venture together. You get the idea: Person A once spoke to Person B, and for that reason Person A’s recommendation of Person B’s new Game C is clearly completely corrupt.


New York Times journalist James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Today he joins Fresh Air to talk about journalism, getting subpoenaed, and his new book Pay Any Price.

You cannot conduct aggressive investigative reporting without confidential sources. Whistleblowers have to reveal things that can threaten their career or their livelihood because everything is secret and classified [and] in order to talk about almost anything important in national security or the war on terror, people have to take risks in order to tell the truth about what’s going on.

We as reporters have to be willing to provide confidentiality in order to receive that information and report on that information and tell the American people what’s really happening. If we don’t have the ability to maintain confidential sources and protect our sources, then people won’t be willing to talk to us and we won’t be able to find out what the government is doing.” 

Photo Caption: A 4000-page petition with 100,000 signatories who support New York Times reporter James Risen sits on a step ladder before being delivered to the U.S. Justice Department August 14, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Parliament passed the first of three anti-terror bills last week.

The 1st bill (now passed) gaols journalists and whistleblowers who disclose classified info and makes it easier for ASIO to spy on our net.

The 2nd bill makes it easier for cops to barge into Aussies’ homes.

The 3rd bill gives the Government more access to our internet metadata.

The last two bills can still be stopped with your help. #StopDataRetention

Scenes from Daily Life in the de Facto Capital of ISIS

Artist Molly Crabapple has completed sketches based on the scenes presented in the source’s photos. “With the exception of Vice News, ISIS has permitted no foreign journalists to document life under their rule in Raqqa,” Crabapple wrote. “Instead, they rely on their own propaganda. To create these images, I drew from cell-phone photos a Syrian sent me of daily life in the city. Like the Internet, art evades censorship.”

via vanityfair

"The tone of [Ebola news] coverage seems to be increasing fear while not improving understanding." -Rutgers-Eagleton poll director

A disturbing poll reveals that many Americans who follow Ebola media coverage closely are more misinformed about the virus than people who don’t: 

Measuring the rising anxiety among news consumers, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of New Jersey residents found that 69 percent are at least somewhat concerned about the deadly disease spreading in the U.S.

The truly strange finding was that people who said they were following the story most closely were the ones with the most inaccurate information about Ebola. The more information they consumed about the dangerous disease, the less they knew about it. How is that even possible?

And a more recent Harrison poll revealed this

"Three out of four of those polled said they are concerned that people carrying Ebola will infect others before showing symptoms themselves."

Given that this "is a medical impossibility," since the virus can only be passed from a person with symptoms to another, it makes one wonder:

What’s going to be more difficult: Protecting the country from the Ebola virus, or protecting our citizens from false claims about Ebola, which lead to a severe public misunderstanding of the facts and unnecessary fear?


Protests are often remembered at their most iconic: A flower in a gun barrel opposing war in Vietnam, a “Black Power” salute at the 1968 Olympics, a Tank Man in Tiananmen Square. But though an image can define a protest, the reverse is often true—especially in an age of live coverage and social media, where the world is constantly watching.

Recent protests, like the “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong and the battle for racial justice in Ferguson, have yielded symbols breathtaking for their visual contrasts: Raised arms before military-grade vehicles, umbrellas dispelling thick streams of pepper spray fired at waves of protesters.

These moments are irresistible in an era where social networking can fuel protest, where hashtag activism can unite communities around the world, the universality of such symbols is tempting to highlight.

The question must be asked however: How much of their meaning is organic to those who protest, and how does it change after going through the filter of the media and public consumption?

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