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December 10, 2010

Visa and Mastercard cut off WikiLeaks, but still support the KKK

The arrest of Julian Assange: as it happened | News | guardian.co.uk
Charles Arthur, the Guardian's technology editor, points out that while MasterCard and Visa have cut WikiLeaks off you can still use those cards to donate to overtly racist organisations such as the Knights Party, which is supported by the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan website directs users to a site called Christian Concepts. It takes Visa and MasterCard donations for users willing to state that they are "white and not of racially mixed descent. I am not married to a non-white. I do not date non-whites nor do I have non-white dependents. I believe in the ideals of western Christian civilisation and profess my belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God."

December 05, 2010

American Psychosis: What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion?…

projectworldawareness.com | American Psychosis: What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion?…| by Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times
Our culture of flagrant self-exaltation, hardwired in the American character, permits the humiliation of all those who oppose us. We believe, after all, that because we have the capacity to wage war we have a right to wage war. Those who lose deserve to be erased. Those who fail, those who are deemed ugly, ignorant or poor, should be belittled and mocked. Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes that held junk food. And the numbers of superfluous human beings are swelling the unemployment offices, the prisons and the soup kitchens. It is the cult of self that is killing the United States. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. Michael Jackson, from his phony marriages to the portraits of himself dressed as royalty to his insatiable hunger for new toys to his questionable relationships with young boys, had all these qualities. And this is also the ethic promoted by corporations. It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, mistaken for individualism, are the same as democratic equality. It is the nationwide celebration of image over substance, of illusion over truth. And it is why investment bankers blink in confusion when questioned about the morality of the billions in profits they made by selling worthless toxic assets to investors. We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy and to become famous.

December 03, 2010

The Shadowbrokers of Warcraft, players blackmailing players

World of Warcraft Strategies: World of Warcraft "Information Brokers" Wrack Servers
A group of players who identify with “The Shadowbroker” of Bioware’s runaway hit series Mass Effect have begun to collect and sell personal information of players that they encounter on a daily basis in the game. This information is socially engineered out of players, and anything from telephone numbers to the names of the player’s secret alts are sold for both in-game and real currency to prospective buyers. The group rolls a series of level one characters with the guild on World of Warcraft’s most populated servers. Secretly, these people could be anything from high-profile guild leaders to the inactive 80’s sapping information from guild Ventrilos. When they take up the ***** of Shadow Broker, a client need only say the name of the player, and for a price, they will learn all of the information that the shadowy collective has acquired about the person in question. The Shadow Brokers as a group claim to operate for the purpose of self-interest. Some members of the group claim that they sell the information for revenge, or to divulge the secrets of some player to start a flame war or to cause trouble between long-distance couples in the game. Whatever the reason, it is certain that the Shadow Brokers command influence on World of Warcraft’s player base. Several guilds on Moon Guard (US) have expelled some of their leading officers over information supposedly gained by the Shadow Brokers.