Vice: The Hack Becomes You – Part I

Attention: Vice. Next time you want an ACTUAL story don’t just send some fuckwit who waltzes into the defense conference like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. Send someone with some skin in the fucking game. At least when Shane went to SOFEX he rolled with a subject matter expert. If I wanted to watch softball dicksuck journalism I’d replay Meet the Press David Gregory episodes. This wasn’t objective journalism — this was a fucking commercial. Hey, Makuch. How about you wipe that dumb smile off your face and actually ask a fucking tough question? Instead of sheepishly asking the shoulder-fired missile salesman a question, “so is this for sale?” Missile salesman says nothing. What’s that sound? That silence you hear after you ask someone a question is the sound of them not giving a fuck because you don’t comport yourself as someone who they should dignify with an answer. You should be fucking personally insulted when that shit happens, Makuch. You had an opportunity to build an important piece … even if you were to take the technology angle it would’ve been better than whatever this shitty advertisement for milplex with a posthoc SLOPPY attempt at meaning stapled on as a rider at the end was.

“as the department with the largest federal budget, nat defense has been working to find efficiencies and find savings that will be reinvested into our military capabilities and readiness.”

Huh. That’s funny. If you have the largest federal budget why are you concerned with reinvesting savings into your FUCKING military capability. Why wouldn’t you request a smaller budget. That was one of the most convoluted, contradictory things I’ve ever heard a governmental official say — ever. “We have tons of money but we’re looking for cheap deals …. so we can spend more money.”
“not just in symmetric warfare but asymmetric warfare.”

Matt Damon there, the fucking micro UAV salesdouche, in one breath warns against the proliferation of his product AS HE SELLS HIS PRODUCT. Then he tries to make a point about symmetric warfare. Someone care to explain to me where a symmetric war is taking place where a uniformed military is using drones against another fucking uniformed military?

tldr; Makuch is a soft permasmile noob who had no business covering CANSEC. The video is a fucking advertisement for the milplex with a weak attempt at meaning stapled onto the end. Worst VICE piece since the time they sent the fashion correspondent to cover Kingdom of the Little People.

Vice: The Hack Becomes You – Part II

Would it be possible to send journalists with SOME military background to cover these stories? I found it funny how he spoke English to the brown-skinned guy and Spanish to the white guy – was that intentional or what?

This isn’t real journalism. This is a joke. Without even addressing the grievances of the irregular parties they’re reduced to “insurgents” and “terrorists” – meanwhile, not once did the designator DEATH SQUAD[1] get used to describe the paramilitary forces. This isn’t objective journalism – this is fucking hackery.

They sent a cheerleader with no skin in the game to make an advertisement, not cover a story …. Vice has been doing this with greater frequency lately.
Why do these shitbag bureau chiefs with no experience whatsoever insist on soloing these military-related stories? If you haven’t seen the (laughable) CANSEC cheerleader piece and you want to laugh as some doe-eyed 35 year old walks around a defense conference like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory I suggest you watch it. The only thing missing was him to exclaim, “OH NEATO!” and “OH COOOOOOOOOOOOL!” as he proceeded to tell no story.

When Shane Smith covered SOFEX he brought a fn Marine with him who is a subject matter expert. Neither of these journalists, Hernandez or the other guy, did the same.

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/death-squads-colombia_b_5021244.html

FUNDIBOTS! ROLLLLLL OUT!

My friend Linz will be headed back to Uganda on January 3rd to continue bringing STE(A)M to the East African nation. He’s a technology educator. Forward thinking, motivated, and If you’re looking for a worthy cause check his introductory video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJcSynRdV1M

With every piece of money donated Linz will leave another LED or another resistor, or another PCB board, breadboard, or soldering iron like some kind of new age technological version of Johnny Appleseed. He has traveled to Rwanda and is looking to continue his workshops there after having succesfully completed one a couple months ago.

Help continue to make Linz’s work a success. Hep to inspire a brand new generation of technologists by donating even a small amount to his worthy endeavor.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/linzcraigteched/diy-technology-for-east-africa-a-documentary

Even if you don’t decide to donate, please Please *PLEASE* < > this!

Let’s futurize our world. Having equal parts technology and ecology. Let’s grow!

Thanks, Obama.

http://wapo.st/1qGmg2g

Because Obama’s betrayal of working class families was incomplete he urges Congress to pass the bill. A bill all but written by the banking establishment. Senator Warren, one of the only Dems to have the spine to start a fire alerting the American public to this disgusting, concerted effort on part of the banking elite (the sinecure class’s “upper crust”) to dictate federal policy regarding the oversight and accountability of their industry.

Now you might be a libertarian or an anarcho-capitalist – but that doesn’t mean we have to disagree. THIS IS CRONY CAPITALISM AT IT’S WORST. It’s bad for Capitalism. It’s bad for America. It’s bad for the American people. It’s bad for the small business owner. It’s bad for the honest billionaire. It’s bad for the middle class American. It’s bad for the working class American. It’s bad for the disenfranchised struggling poor American. It’s bad for LITERALLY everyone except an elite, small, minority CABAL with it’s claws so deep in the flesh of our government it should SCARE you. And you should no longer wonder WHY after all of these years since the housing bubble popped in 2008 that there haven’t been more federal cases brought against the Banking apparatus. They’ve infected our legislature and effectively control the organs of oversight, operating a revolving door between government and the Banking establishment. Like a parasite. Like an emerald cockroach wasp.

“Many Wall Street institutions have exerted extraordinary influence in Washington’s corridors of power, but Citigroup has risen above the others,” she said. “Its grip over economic policymaking in the executive branch is unprecedented.”

We need to kill this kind of behavior, which unfortunately is all too familiar – NOT just in banking, but in telecom oversight, defense appropriations, and intelligence committees.

As a sworn member of Congress you work for the people or you don’t work.

I want every member of Congress with a history of employment at Citigroup on front street. I want every American to know the names and the faces of these people – and not just in banking and finance. The legislature of the United States of America is not to be used to set you up for retirement. You have a SACRED OBLIGATION to FAITHFULLY represent the will of the American people NOT the will of a small corporate elite.

I want to know who they are. What states they’re from. What districts they represent. I want to know what they eat for breakfast. I want to know their shoe sizes.

https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?cycle=2014&id=D000000071

If you weren’t insulted enough the Franks Dodd resolution has as it’s namesake former Senator Chris Dodd. Dodd, if you didn’t know, pushed for SOPA at the behest of the MPAA then after his senate tenure turned around and joined the MPAA as lead counsel. That’s not how you pass copyright protection reform.

Why German Solar Is So Much Cheaper Than U.S. Solar

While the Energiewende, (Energy Transition) is gaining momentum in Germany as the country hits the 33 Gigawatt Photovoltaic mark and subsidies for Solar Installations are now being reduced to let the Bird fly by its own, the worlds largest energy consumer the USA is still lagging in capacity build up. In an excellent analysis Zachary Shahan at Cleantechnica.com/ details why exactly despite mainly better weather conditions Solar energy is still double the price than in Germany. Move along here