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I understand a fact filled post might be scary

And perceived as an attack.
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Sat Sep 19, 2015, 01:50 PM (1 replies)

Whatever Geek

you did what you did... it is what it is.

Thanks. I mean that.

Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Mon Jul 27, 2015, 11:33 PM (1 replies)

You are once again inserting belief

Where none exists.

Belief does not require testing, or for that matter particle accelerators and higher math. You either have it or not. Science has hypothesis that are tested, and when found wanting discarded and replaced or modified.

For example, we just found evidence that Einstein's absolute speed limit...might not be absolute after all. There is no gnashing of garments, or screams of heresy, or anything like that.
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Fri Mar 21, 2014, 10:00 PM (1 replies)

It is, and the have places where they gather

And coordinate attacks, conservative cave comes to mind
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Sat Jan 18, 2014, 11:53 AM (0 replies)

The talk of constitutional crisis

(which it is) in the Chris Hayes show is one that many of us noted a while ago. This was the direction we have been going for years. So let me welcome Mr. Hayes into the hair on fire, constitutional crisis talk. We are there. So be it.
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:49 PM (2 replies)

An attempted mind fuck ( otherwise known as psyops)

As a preface...remember the Plame Leak? Who among you remembers posting in yahoo groups, usenet (the remnants) or AOL boards?

I did, silly me. One of the things that was done is that within 12 hours (talking points travel fast) we had a single line from our conservative drones...it was not about Chenney, but Valerie Plame. It was not about the leaked NOC, but the persona, the victim of the leak. Chenney quickly disappeared...it did not matter what was presented...that did not matter.

Her life was torn to shreds and somebody who served the country loyally became enemy of the state number one. Charges were even talked about but I guess it's harder to charge somebody like her. It was...if you were into the study of psyops, textbook. (Why she said this was coming early in this.)

There was another thing done. Find those who did not buy the hook line and sinker, and attack their credibility. Some folks were driven from posting. Stalking was also the thing. It was never to be allowed to be about what it was...a leak coming from the office of the Vice President. And when one loyal staffer finally fell on his sword, nobody talked of the leaker itself.

Mission accomplished.

I hate to say it, but we have something similar at play here. It must be frustrating since we are refusing to take the bait...he's ugly, he voted for Ron Paul...obviously he is an unamerican fool...case closed.

Suffice to say...it's not about the person, but what was revealed. The fury of the attacks are prima fascia evidence that these leaks matter, and we should pay attention to what was leaked.

I used to think that only Republicans could be this thick to mind fucks. Not any more... Partisans are highly susceptible to them. And there is a reason the military has troops that specialize in mind fuck 101. Suffice it to say...at this point the gulf separating us is galactic, and part of it...is the use of some of those same techniques.

Suffice it to say, once again, it does not matter if Edward Snowden is the worst person ever....like Valerie Plame, it's not about them, but what was revealed. Try as hard as you will, some of us are aware of these techniques.

Oh and like those partisans back then...they were not part of a conspiracy...mind fuck 101 is partly human nature. And the echoes of that long hot summer are in the here and now.

What is left, well...kids some of us get it, and will continue to point it out...it is about what was leaked...some of us don't. The differences in the psychological make up are actually matter of academic research.

The other thing that is left...well...

Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 02:42 PM (137 replies)

Texas last night was electric

The tweeter sphere was shall we say...incredible. National news media, as usual, missed a local story of national importance, just like Wisconsin and Michigan in the beginning. Hell, they never covered an honest to goodness hunger strike at the end of the line, aka San Diego.

Occupy was covered, in the most negatives of ways.

There are thousands of these short bursts (fracking activists for example) across the country, most of the time barely covered by local news if at all..

Now here is where dot connecting comes in. We are having short bursts of citizen outrage, some successful, last night, some not...the hunger strike, Wisconsin. But the fact is that those muscles are starting to get exercise, after decades of atrophy...which brings me squarely to the NSA...

Occupy was spied on by DHS. This is no longer under debate. We can surmise that DHS used data from Stellar Wind, and occupy was designated a terrorist organization. As we further organize we will see more and more of these tools deployed against the citizens for our own good of course, and to keep us safe from those evil terrorists...terrorists has replaced communist by the way.

This is not about the terrorist from abroad, but us. And it has become a race between a state that like all states are desperate to maintain the current order (this is very much partisan independent) and a people that is starting to exercise rights we mostly have not for used for a while.

Buckle in...it will be a heck of a ride...what is at stake is nothing less than what the country really is, not a national myth.

Now...if I can find a mimeograph machine...
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:46 AM (19 replies)

On the Dictablanda

Growing up in Mexico we knew they were listening to our telephone calls, especially foreign calls. So we all knew to watch what we said on the phone, even as early as five years of age. Those were the bad years of the Dictablanda. Those were the years after 1968, when criticism of the party and demands for gasp, transparency and democracy crossed a certain invisible line. For that students went missing...there are still about 1000 Mexicans that non has a clue what happened to, but anybody who's been awake suspects are in some shallow grave at a military base outside Mexico City.

When I was growing up we knew that you could be critical of the state within certain constraints and otherwise were left pretty much alone. So people lived their lives, mostly within a circle of friends and family.

Yes, there were (still are) activists in Mexico, and there are still activists in the "freest country on earth," (if it wasn't comical) with a full force security apparatus that like 1968 in Mexico can be turned, shall we say keyed up, in an instant. This is what is wonderful of this new (really old, I think we took notes from places like Mexico and Spain) system, is that you can still pretend. We are having this discussion right? They are not listening to your calls, only the metadata...and gosh darn it, after doing it illegally, all that was made legal retroactively. Hey, this never happens in a real police state right? So what do we have to fear?

There is plenty to fear. The first is the end of the myth. Thus the efforts to go after the leaker...and never ever deal with what was leaked. What was leaked is outside the boundaries in the play pen, for the most part. Why doing research into this rarely leads to the NYT, coincidentally the Excelsior wouldn't not run these kinds of stories either, but to obscure places in the interwebs...or the foreign press. Yup, this pattern is very familiar to those of us who grew in a dictablanda.

So this is the first issue... This discussion is dangerous to those in power, and the elites that control the power structure. Why they insist you take that blue pill...nothing literally to see here, and it is bipartisan.

The second fear is that sooner or later a crisis will lead to the closing in of the dictablanda into a dictadura. This can be done quickly, and even under the color of law. This also comes with plenty of character Assassination of those who dare speak more and outside the acceptable boundaries. Yup, the military and police forces are planning for that day, why? They know sooner or later too many people take the red pill instead of the blue pill.

Well, as a citizen you have a choice. You can continue to believe in the myth, and go back to sleep, or realize what we knew back in Mexico...voting makes not a tinker of difference, but we do it anyway, since it is practice for the day it just may... But we also knew something else, the kids who went missing in '68 bought us an awareness...in many ways these leaks and Occupy are the equivalent and just as dangerous to the current order.

So to be short, you can be loyal to a man...or an ideal, as problematic as that ideal can be at times.

Myself...I am an idealist at heart and will continue to be critical of those who push the Imperial design, and will vote...I need to remain in practice for when it might matter. For the moment, it does not. Empires do what Empires do...and a democracy we stopped being one a long time ago.

Oh and my phone and my IPad and my tv (when we replace it, ours is still quite dumb) are truly tracking devices... I am sure the commanders of the Mexican Security Apparatus we grew up fearing, or the Stasi, or the KGB, are just envious.

And yup, what we are seeing here is the manufacturing of consent and the creation of the panopticon
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Fri Jun 14, 2013, 01:36 PM (11 replies)

Well, we are exhausted, comic-con...

but that is not why I am posting this. I read here a lot of complaints about the media and how the media (Major outlets that is) are not doing their job.

Folks, they have no intent to. GE owns NBC International for crying out loud.

So here is the deal, we worked on a labor related story...



By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott

July 13, 2012 (San Diego)-- Local labor leaders organized a thank a superhero worker event for Comic-Con International. Sandy Naranjo and Ben Cisneros of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council came to the front of the convention to ask attendees to celebrate labor, as well as pop culture.

Workers were excited to receive appreciation for their labors--and for people to be reminded that it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make an event like Comic-Con International run smoothly.

These workers ranged from the janitorial staff at the convention to the waiters and waitresses at restaurants, as well as hotel workers. They included police officers that guard crossings, transit security that make sure things run smoothly, and train drivers. Also included were Pedi-cab drivers as well as taxi drivers, people you might not think about. It takes an army of workers to ensure that an army of attendees has fun.


We also gave some light to LOCAL artists, who otherwise would get the time of day from the news services.


By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott

July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Comic book authors and artists from East County and across our region were among the throngs seeking to meet fans, sell their works, and attend the esteemed Iesner Awards. Billy Martinez is a local artist from La Mesa. Owner of Neko Press http://www.nekopresscomics.com/index.shtml , he also runs an art school, which started in 1993.

Martinez is both self taught and trained. He started drawing at six years old and has been in the field for twenty years. He has drawn for hot properties like "Hellboy," and "Family Guy."

What inspired him early on? He read Jack Kirby and enjoyed Marvel Comics a lot.


I still have two more stories to do. One literally fell on our lap and was not assigned. It was literally the... go to get food, and walk into it. You see, Comic-Con got ahem... proselytized, by Born Again. Now, I will tell you this, since we were doing the nooz story, we found out it was two different groups from Los Angeles, with two similar, yet different approaches to it, and some independent people.

We also found several different reasons local attendees counter protested them...

And the best part, I got in my backpack, looking for it mostly... the in the exhibit hall to try to get a reaction from them, christian comic... what do you think I am doing next? Yup, reading a graphic novel with a very religious bent to it.

You will NOT see that on major media, now will you?

And lastly, one that was in my assignment list, women in the comic industry. We interviewed a couple women involved in the industry. One is an author working on steampunk based books, that wing a little history on her readers, and the second is a political cartoonist that actually covered Occupy Oakland.

Really, if you want this to continue, I will say it again... support your local independent press.

And you may ask, where was CNN? Truly, outside the main hall twiddling thumbs. Local media did the usual... apart of the tragedy of a con attendee who did get killed last Sunday crossing the road, where were they? Outside... no serious. What do they care about? Just how much money was spent and the small army of oh 200,000 people who came to the city for this... how shall I call it? Mega event.

So stay tuned, one story is fairly good for GD, the other...popular culture.

And this was the fun, if exhausting, assignment... boy do my knees feel like jell-o.

You want a work out program... serious, start chasing news stories. This weekend we got the workout from hell...

On a fun one... we were taking photos of the Star Wars fans in full regalia... well hubby was doing unit photos I was pursuing funny photos, like the Imperial Officer with a Nikon (ok, evidence gathering device). A kid came over, and told me... "your costume is real good, you look like a reporter or something." He pointed at my for real, press pass from the city. Now that was funny.

Gad, I almost feel like NPR, since that is their line locally... in depth reporting nobody else does. (Problem is that NPR local station has not done any in depth reporting on things like this)

I will urge again, find YOUR LOCAL independent media, and kick a few bucks their way. This is NOT cheap.
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Sun Jul 15, 2012, 08:11 PM (3 replies)

Martin Bashir interviewed a WI congress critter (d) talking on this as a goal

Of the republican leadership.
Posted by nadinbrzezinski | Mon May 7, 2012, 03:49 PM (0 replies)
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