random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  I spent 33 years in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force -- the Marine Corps. I served in all the commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to major general. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short I was a racketeer for capitalism.

I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American countries for the benefit of Wall Street.

tagged: imperialism, US military
  —Major-General Smedley Butler, Maj-General Smedley Butler, United States Marine Corps., 1935 - quoted by Billy Bragg as liner notes to his song "The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions" (on The Internationale album).

Archive for the 'hacktivism' Category

amidst a long dark hiatus of the blog, THIS

Friday, December 10th, 2010

THIS. Glenn Greenwald on “The media’s authoritarianism and WikiLeaks”. Please note Greenwald’s excoriation of the widespread misstatement about what WikiLeaks has actually done: WikiLeaks has only posted 1269 of the 250,000 cables they possess. They have not “posted” or “published” all of them; they have not “dumped” them. They have published a very small, screened […]

free power in NYC

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Free Power, NYC, Feb. 3, 2008.Photo by L. Quilter. In NYC earlier this month, I saw someone sitting on a sidewalk with a laptop and other accoutrements. I assumed it was just a convenient (if cold) place to pick up a free wireless signal, but when I got closer I realized that the person was […]


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