Daily Archives: May 10, 2011

Jay-Z Addresses Illuminati Accusers, Says They Can’t Handle His Success

ballerstatus.com | May 5, 2011

By Allen Starbury

Jay-Z’s rumored connection to the historical secret organization known as the Illuminati has been a much talked about topic for a few years now. And while he’s brushed off the rumors with as outrageous and even humorous, the discussion continues.

In a recent interview with Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, the hip-hop mogul was asked about his alleged affiliation with the Illuminati, in which he claimed his accusers just can’t handle his success.

“It may sound a little arrogant, but I just think people can’t handle when somebody else is successful,” Jay said in the mag’s feature. “Something has gotta be wrong; you gotta be down with some higher power. And I guess when someone else is successful, it makes you feel like maybe you’re a failure. So it can’t be you, it has to be some other force.”

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Jay-Z addressed the rumors last summer in his verse on Rick Ross’ “Free Mason,” where he denied being a part of a secret society and/or a devil worshiper.

“I said I was amazing, not that I’m a Mason / It’s amazing that I made it through the maze that I was in / Lord forgive me, I never woulda made it without sin / Holy water, my face in the basin / Diamonds in my rosary shows he forgave him / Bitch I’m red hot, I’m on my third six, but a devil I’m not,” he spits.

Jay-Z is just one of several rappers who’ve been accused of being a member of the Illuminati. Others include Kanye West, and 50 Cent.

Members of Paliament subject to royal gag order

While Flynn did not refer to the “individuals” by name it was clear he was talking about members of the royal family and more specifically, Prince Andrew.

” It is our duty to remove this gag, and to speak freely as citizens rather than being silenced as subjects”

– Paul Flynn MP

epolitix.com | May 4, 2011

By Ned Simons

A Labour MP who attacked Commons rules that prevented him criticising the royal family was told his remarks were “inappropriate” in light of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Paul Flynn said that Commons rules allowed him to praise the royals but prohibited him from criticising them even though he was free to do so in broadcasts or on blogs in the outside world.

“In this House my mouth is bandaged by archaic rules that deny me the chance to be critical of certain individuals. I can be sycophantically, emetically in praise of those individuals—that is not limited in any way—but I am not allowed to criticise them,” he said.

While Flynn did not refer to the “individuals” by name it was clear he was talking about members of the royal family and more specifically, Prince Andrew.

Flynn has been critical of the Duke of York’s position as Special Representative for International Trade and Investment following revelations about the prince’s friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein as well as with authoritarian regimes.

The Newport West MP said it was “entirely irrational and anti-intellectual, and contrary to the debating freedoms” of the Commons that he was not allowed to repeat the criticism that appeared in national newspapers.

The Commons rule book, Erskine May, states: “Unless the discussion is based upon a substantive motion, drawn in proper terms, reflections must not be cast in debate upon the conduct of the Sovereign, the heir to the throne, or other members of the royal family.”

A substantive motion is a debate in the Commons that results in a decision of the House.

This rule also applies to discussion of governor-generals of overseas territories, the Lord Chancellor, the Speaker, judges and MPs themselves.

Flynn was speaking in the Commons in the early hours of this morning after MPs debated the Finance Bill until 4am.

He said: “In a grown-up, modern Parliament, no issue should be beyond our surveillance and, if necessary, our criticism. It is our duty to remove this gag, and to speak freely as citizens rather than being silenced as subjects.”

But Lib Dem minister Ed Davey told Flynn his comments were “inappropriate” in the light of last weekend’s royal wedding and expressed support for the role of Prince Andrew as a trade envoy.

“I do not know what has motivated the hon. Gentleman,” he said.

“His timing is particularly inappropriate coming as it does four days after the royal wedding, when I believe the whole country showed the support that they give to the royal family and all its members.”

He added: “I am proud to be here to support the role of His Royal Highness.

“I, for one, believe that the Duke of York does an excellent job as the UK’s special representative for international trade and investment. He promotes UK business interests around the world, and helps to attract inward investment.”

It is not the first time Flynn has raised the issue. He attempted to speak about the conduct of Prince Andrew in March but was prevented from speaking by the chair of the debate.

Outcry over CCTV cameras in school toilets

Scotsman | Apr 25, 2011

By SHÂN ROSS

CCTV cameras could be installed in school toilets in every school in West Lothian to deter bullying – despite objections by a number of parents and civil liberties groups.

Councillors had considered ditching the cameras at Whitburn Academy and West Calder High which overlook the area around the sinks after parents expressed concern about the risk of the footage being misused.

However, after a consultation with parent councils and review of guidelines councillors have decided to expand the scheme, which applies to both primary and secondary schools.

The new guidelines will ensure particular care is taken when positioning CCTV cameras in sensitive areas.

For example, CCTV cameras must only be positioned in changing rooms or toilets following consultation with parents, pupils and staff.

But the decision about the possible introduction of security cameras will be left to each individual school and will only be installed provided parents and pupils are consulted.

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Officials said cameras are not monitored and footage from them only examined following a complaint of bullying.

Footage is kept for a “short time” and then disposed of.

SNP executive councillor for education Andrew Miller said: “Head teachers have stressed the value of CCTV in toilet areas to deter vandalism, smoking and other indisciplines.

“They are also popular with the majority of pupils. When there’s a need to place cameras in sensitive areas, they will only be done so with the support of the school community.”

However, David Mitchell, a member of West Lothian Parents’ Group, said: “I can’t imagine anyone would want mobile cameras in a toilet and what’s the point of having a fixed camera?

“Any pupil misbehaving will just make sure they are out of view.”

But Amanda O’Neill, who has two sons aged ten and eight at Whitburn, welcomed the move. She said: “Schools have endless glossy leaflets about their anti-bullying policies, but when you actually complain about anything they tell you nothing can be done without proof.

“The cameras will provide the evidence and I find it reassuring that when my kids go to secondary they wiill have that bit more protection.”

Daniel Hamilton, director of Big Brother Watch UK, said: “This is an extremely worrying development. Any right-thinking person would conclude that monitoring school toilets with CCTV cameras is a gross invasion of children’s privacy.

“The risk of this footage falling into the wrong hands is too horrifying to think about.”

Eileen Prior, executive director of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, voiced concern, although she backed West Lothian’s plan to consult on any future installation of cameras.

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DARPA sets out to build futuristic Starship organization

NASA, DARPA look to organize 100 Year Starship Study

networkworld.com | May 5, 2011

By Layer 8

What started out as an idea about how to further explore the outer reaches of space is now beginning to take more serious shape as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today issued a call for industry information on how to form such as cosmic entity.

Specifically DARPA said it issued a Request For Information intended to solicit ideas and information on structure and approach, and identify parties qualified and interested in furthering what’s known as the  100 Year Starship project.  DARPA says the 100 Year Starship Study is a project to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel practicable and feasible.  The Department of Defense and NASA are also involved in the Starship project.

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DARPA said it expects to generate contracts for “initial start-up and early operating expenses for the organization not to exceed several hundred thousand dollars.”  This RFI is intended to solicit ideas and information on structure and approach, and identify parties qualified and interested in furthering the 100 Year Starship effort.

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US Military Elite’s Automated Video Surveillance Will End Public Anonymity

extremetech.com | May 5, 2011

By Evan Dashevsky

To be in public is to be on camera, but most video footage is discarded, as only so much can be sorted and analyzed — until now. DARPA has created a technology that can index and analyze video in real-time, marking the end of anonymity in public places.

In 2008, DARPA, the US military’s elite group of pocket protector warriors, began soliciting the tech industry to develop technologies that would allow computers to sort through and index surveillance footage from the military’s fleet of drones, satellites, and miscellaneous other super secret spy cameras. This was all part of the Agency’s proposed Video Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool (VIRAT) that would be able to describe specific human activities in real-time. This automated index would allow for searchable queries (i.e. “how often did an adult male taller than six-foot get in a car in the early morning between November 1st and December 22nd in this compound in Abbottabad?”) or flag behavior such as when someone carries a large package towards a car on the side of a road in Basra, but walked away empty handed.

And it appears that DARPA has had some success to this end. Earlier this week, the military released a mandated contract announcement describing how the VIRAT system will be deployed into various military-intelligence video archives and systems. The contract will be fulfilled by Lockheed Martin for an unspecified amount. We haven’t been given any detailed information on how this new technology works or how accurate it is, only that a belt-tightening defense industry is willing to invest in it.

The military has an inherent interest in transferring surveillance duties from human eyeballs to an algorithm that can’t be swayed by political pressure. In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, human analysts famously misread surveillance footage as proof of Iraqi WMDs. (The problem with relying on flawed human analysis in order to support policy was described in depth in Malcolm Gladwell’s essay collection What The Dog Saw). The military already has the tools to capture a torrent of information (and as the truism goes the wars of the future will be won and lost with intelligence) but now it is developing the means to sort through it.

As with many DARPA projects, the technology will eventually filter down into commercial industry and then finally to consumers. If the tech works as promised, we could start to see it implemented in domestic surveillance programs. Much of the Western world has willingly traded privacy for the security of ubiquitous surveillance. Most riders on public transportation feel safer knowing that they are surrounded by cameras that are plugged in directly to some control room. Of course, a dedicated team of human observers could never effectively monitor all those screens covering an entire system, but with this new automated tech, authorities might be alerted to, say, someone walking into the subway wearing a bulky coat in early July. Additional facial-recognition software might compare this individual’s face to specific watch lists. Whether this Big Brotherly oversight makes you feel more or less safe is entirely up to you.

Beyond surveillance, this automatic video tech could make all uploaded video searchable, regardless of tags or descriptors. As pocket-sized cell phones surpass the video technology of the camcorders of previous decades, we will all be captured on video and placed on the web on a regular basis. In the not-so-distant future, it may be possible for someone (your friends, potential employers, whatever) to Google your name and find — in addition to your Tumblr page and that photo of you in your Halloween costume your girlfriend posted on Facebook — some incidental footage of you at that political protest from last summer that some stranger uploaded to YouTube.

Anything that happens in public will be public record.

Torture? See how China gets its way with victims

Video of last ‘suspect’ used to coerce ‘confessions’

WorldNetDaily | May 7, 2011

By Michael Carl

It’s a new high-tech torture, officials say. In China,  officials severely tortured Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng with the camera running and then coerced a tax evasion “confession” from artist and dissident Ai Weiwei by showing him the Gao video, and warning him that’s what could be coming.

The details are graphic. A Christian Newswire statement says electric shock was a part of Gao’s torture.

“Fu Zhenghua, the chief of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, instructed those handling the case to show Ai Weiwei the video of Gao Zhisheng being tortured, including shots of electric batons being inserted into Gao’s anus and his blood, semen, feces, and urine spurting out,” a China Aid report said.

“Fu Zhenghua also issued an order saying: Whatever methods were used on Gao Zhisheng, use the same ones to make Ai Weiwei give in. After several consecutive days of torture, Ai Weiwei was finally compelled to sign a statement of confession, admitting to tax evasion,” the China Aid report added.

China Aid spokesman Mark Shan says the video was obtained entirely by the police for use in the torture of other Chinese dissidents.

“The footage is not news video footage. It was a movie by the Chinese government. The torture is real and is known as a worldwide tragedy,” Shan said.

Shan also pointed to a January report that gave some of the details of Gao’s torture.

“There was an AP report in January I think, that told of some of the details of the torture – shocking,” Shan declared.

Gao told the Associated Press that he was stripped naked and repeatedly hit with handguns.

He described how officers for two days and nights took turns beating him and did things he refused to describe. When all three officers tired, they bound his arms and legs with plastic bags and threw him to the floor until they caught their breath to resume the abuse, Gao said in the report.

“That degree of cruelty, there’s no way to recount it, For 48 hours my life hung by a thread,” Gao added, according to the AP account.

Shan said such treatment is routine when the Chinese government is looking for evidence. Torture is how they obtain the “proof” they want, he said.

“That’s the way they convict people and get so-called proof from the suspects, from the people they’re prosecuting, so the next time they can sentence them,” Shan observed.

“They (the government) just want people to give in or say what they want them to say,” Shan asserted.

Shan adds that Gao’s only crime is being a famous lawyer and for choosing to defend groups on the government’s enemies list.

“He is a very famous lawyer in China. He won a reputation medal from the Chinese government. But he started to defend the persecuted religious minorities in China,” Shan asserted.

“I think he defended the Falun Gong practitioners, so from that time on he got into big problems,” Shan explained. “This group is labeled a cult by the Chinese government.”

Shan adds that Gao apparently has one more strike against him by the government.

“Gao Zhisheng is a Christian and he just wanted to defend their human rights. He doesn’t argue with what they believe; Gao says that’s not the issue. The issue is their human rights. They should have the freedom to choose to believe,” Shan detailed.

Gao Zhisheng is not the only human rights lawyer in the crosshairs of the Chinese regime.

An Agence France Presse story posted by France 24 says that human rights lawyer Teng Biao was freed, but human rights attorney Li Fangping disappeared.

“Chinese human rights lawyer Li Fangping said Thursday he was home after disappearing for five days, but the wife of another attorney said her husband had vanished amid a tough crackdown on dissent,” the report stated.

“But another attorney named Li Xiongbing – who has represented human rights activists, victims of religious persecution and AIDS advocacy group Aizhixing – went missing Wednesday, his wife and activists told AFP,” the report added.

International Christian Concern China specialist Kris Eliott doesn’t discount the reality of torture in China. She says torture is routine, but believes that Gao’s treatment is at the upper end of a torture scale.

“There are levels of torture that the Chinese will face, we believe that what Gao’s facing now with electric shock, that’s on the far end,” Eliott said.

“A lot of people who are arrested will not face such torture. A lot of times the torture will be sleep deprivation, food deprivation, leaving the lights on all night long and building up to the point where they threaten the person’s life,” Eliott maintained.

The China Aid report says that Chinese authorities forced Ai Weiwei to watch the torture video of Gao, and told Weiwei that the treatment on the video would be given to him if he didn’t sign the confession.

Elliott believes that the psychological trauma of Weiwei watching the graphic details of Gao’s torture caused Weiwei enough mental duress that watching the tape could be considered torture.

“He was shown that video so that it was torture for him to be able to see the torture of another human being,” Elliott stated.

Elliott said she’s been in contact with her sources in China and the sources have noticed an uptick in incidents and severity of persecution.

“We haven’t seen any pattern of the effort, but I’ve talked with some of our partners and they’ve seen an increase in Christian persecution in the last year or so,” Eliott stated.

“We’ve seen in just last January, two Catholic priests were arrested and tortured and pressured to register with the government,” Eliott related.

“We’ve seen another human rights lawyer be arrested, tortured and now believed to still be under house arrest. We’ve seen the government focus on the leaders so these people become an example for the government to other dissidents or Christians,” Eliott further explained.

Eliott says she believes that because China is emerging as a world leader, China will face more media scrutiny.

The Queen’s cousin, Duke of Gloucester, attends papal beatification


LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester (L) and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester attend a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Getty Images

British Royal Family Examiner  | May 4th, 2011

By Linda Gentile

HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was back in the United Kingdom today after visiting Vatican City for the beatification of Pope John-Paul. The Queen’s cousin opened both a £25.5m, 19-bed community hospital and the Joint Cadet Centre in Minehead, Somerset. Funded by the Ministry of Defense, the new facility includes a parade room, classroom and cafe.

The Duke, who is the youngest grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, arrived by steam train from Bishops Lydeard; This Is Somerset reported that he even shoveled some coal on the way in. This Is The West Country also noted that the visit coincided with the West Somerset Railway’s 35th year, and that the Duke spent time chatting to volunteers once he got to Minehead Station.

All this is a far cry from the weekend’s pageantry. On Friday, the Duke of Gloucester and his wife, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, were at the Royal Wedding — two of almost 50 members of the extended Royal Family present. Then, on Sunday, the couple was at Vatican City, observing the beatification of Pope John-Paul. The ceremony is a step on the journey towards making the former Pope a saint.

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at Royal Wedding, Vatican City

According to British embassy to the Holy See, the Duke and Duchess were greeted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who paid an unprecedented state visit to the United Kingdom last year. Over one million people were present at the ceremony, including several heads of states and members of four other European Royal families.

While British royals can’t be members of the Catholic church unless they give up their place in the succession, the Duke and Duchess were attending as representatives of the Crown.