Ever wanted to know what the hell the US is up to? This nicely presented zoomable wall chart details all the spend. Most importantly it gives a detailed look at the discretionary spend of $1182 billion that must be approved by congress. Scary things is they are looking at a 70/30 split with 70% of all that 1182 Billion going to ‘Security/National Defense’. Thats a whole lot of Homeland security and all sorts of other lovely stuff.
Regime change begins at home I feel.
Did you know that the US citizens fund the Israeli Armed Forces to the tunes of 2.5 Billion? This is a 6% increase – so Palestine should be feeling all warm and cozy with that news. Look for the US to step up it’s unmanned vehicle operations with spending up over 300%. Here come the robots…
linkage: US tax spend 2009
The Portfolio.com website has an in-depth article on the hacking of Media Defender and subsequent publishing of internal documents. It includes the response from The Pirate Bay and details of the tactics used by Media Defender. A good summary of the state of the Piracy industry as a whole. Well worth a read
Here is a snippet:
“Oh, yeah, yeah, we’ve checked out our email server, and our email server itself has not been compromised,” the MediaDefender executive said.
But, of course, it had.
“In the beginning, I had no motivation against Monkey Defenders,” Ethan tells me. “It wasn’t like, ‘I want to hack those bastards.’ But then I found something, and the good nature in me said, These guys are not right. I’m going to destroy them.”
linkage: the pirate bay vs media defender – “the pirates can’t be stopped”
If you’ve ever been to an outdoor party in the jungle and just when the sun comes up the police turn up to stop the music? Well here’s a peaceful solution.
linkage: full size via atbworks
The universe is good at providing a counter for all things. It should come as no surprise that as the wealthy get wealthier, the pirates get more arrr’s in a day.
linkage: a bigger version via justingerard.com
It has got to be a hard life – yet ultimately liberating. A beautiful glimpse into the life of squatters who live their life in, on, or around trains.
linkage: rail squatters photo exhibition