Coincidentally, what former marine Matt Howard says might be more true than we would like to believe:
A year ago I attended a festival for and by hackers, called Hacking At Random. Among many of the interesting people camping there were the WikiLeaks team. They were involved in some inspiring talks there, of which you can still download the videos. During my stay at HAR I even had a short conversation about gevulde koeken and some other superficial things related to the festival with mister Assange. I think of myself as being a pretty good judge of character, and this is certainly not the type of man that goes around treating women like shit, which becomes even more clear when you see this character analysis of Julian.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks recently leaked:
A clip from their website:
The material shows that cover-ups start on the ground. When reporting their own activities US Units are inclined to classify civilian kills as insurgent kills, downplay the number of people killed or otherwise make excuses for themselves. The reports, when made about other US Military units are more likely to be truthful, but still down play criticism. Conversely, when reporting on the actions of non-US ISAF forces the reports tend to be frank or critical and when reporting on the Taliban or other rebel groups, bad behavior is described in comprehensive detail. The behavior of the Afghan Army and Afghan authorities are also frequently described.
Another video of great value, showing what cowards Robert Gates and admiral Mullen are. Blaming others for causing problems? How about apologizing first?
Of course WikiLeaks knows those tricks all too well and keeps doing what it is good at:
Another good bunch of arguments from Jeremy Scahill:
Will Obama be a huge disappointment after all? Thanking Bush:
Is the world ready to waste money, energy, resources, human life and time for another corporate war (induced by the 20% of the planet that uses 80% of the earth's resources)? What I don't understand is that nobody in government seems to have learned a thing the last few years. Apparently they did not see any of these videos either, which is ridiculous. And they have to plan it now? How stupid can you be?
Have any of you heard of Autonomous Nonprofit Organization "TV-Novosti"? They run RT, the best english language news channel I've seen so far:
Why have these wars even started? Is it really muslim extremism, or islam? If so, then this is surely not the way to fight the ideology called islam. I know some videos that do a better job in that department:
THE CABLE GUY
The earliest audio scam I can recall is fancy wire for connecting loudspeakers, and it's still going strong. These days vendors claim their wire yields better sound quality when compared to normal wire, and, of course, it's much more expensive than normal wire. In truth, the most important property of speaker wire is resistance, which is a function of its thickness. The resistance must be low to pass the high-current signals a power amplifier delivers, and is exactly analogous to a large water pipe allowing more flow than a small pipe. For short distances - say, up to five feet - 16 gauge wire of any type is adequate, though thicker wire is needed for longer runs.
The three other wire parameters are inductance, capacitance, and skin effect. But those are not a factor with usual cable lengths at audio frequencies, especially when connecting speakers to a power amplifier. Low capacitance wire can be important in special cases, like between a phonograph cartridge and its preamp. But high quality, low capacitance wire can be had for pennies per foot. Wire scams are very popular because wire is a low-tech device that's simple to manufacture, and the profit margin is extremely high. I could devote this entire article to wire scams, but instead I'll just summarize that any audio (or video) cable costing more than a few dollars per foot is a rip-off.
Even sillier than expensive speaker wire is replacement AC power cords and most other power "conditioner" products. The sales claims sound logical: Noise and static can get into your gear through the power line and damage the sound. In severe cases it's possible for power-related clicks and buzzes to get into your system, but those are easily noticed. The suggestion that subtle changes in "clarity and presence" can occur is plain fraud. Indeed, every competent circuit designer knows how to filter out power line noise, and such protection is routinely added to all commercial audio products. Spending hundreds of dollars on a six-foot replacement power cord ignores the other hundred-odd feet of regular wire between the wall outlet and power pole./p>
Even more about cable myths here. And in Dutch here.
Also, read the letter from Blue Jeans cable sent to the biggest sham company ever called Monster Cable.