Thursday, 28 October 2010

Saturday in DC

Saturday here in the DC area represents this massive and unbelievable mess.  First, there's thirty thousand folks running in the US Marine Marathon....and you can figure at least another sixty thousand folks watching this event.

Then you have the Comedy Central crowd with Jon Stewart's meeting down by the capital building.  While Comedy Central is projecting this to be around 80,000 folks.....some strong indicators are now bouncing around the 150,000 number.

So you have two diverse groups....trying to use public transportation, and somehow working to get over to the Pentagon or to the Capital area....and maybe as many as 200k folks, with the regular tourists as well.

My advice?  Stay home or stay south of the river.

My Local Town

We had a nut arrested in the DC area yesterday...over here on the Virginia side.  Islamic character, who wanted to remembered in some fashion, and he advertised somewhere (I'm guessing) that he was available for nut-case Islamic planning.  Naturally, some FBI guys realize the implication....just walk up and say they are real Islamic nuts themselves, and they've got a big plan but need him to fill in all the squares.

Our nut then meets up, and gets all peppy.  He volunteers to do the planning and surveillance.  So he comes back and he's got this plan of bombing four Virginia METRO stations (Arlington Cemetery, Courthouse, Pentagon City, and Crystal City).  At that point, it was a done deal, and the cops arrest him.

He could have killed hundreds of folks (not thousands as Channel Four indicated).  You have remember that these backpack bombs have a limit.

The interesting thing is that he's a naturalized citizen from Pakistan.  Got a degree.  Was fully employed.  Was living the American-dream.

I would speculate he's got five to seven years of prison for planning this.  You have to feel sorry for the guy.  He had a good life lined up, and his religion upbringing apparently went into a curve.....making him think thoughts that weren't rational.  He was willing to do a self-styled suicide.   He was a Muslim first....before being an American.  He lost his compass in life, and was a loser from that day on.

The Lady and the Cellphone?

Ok, so view the seven minute clip. Here's the thing. This guy has a point...the lady in this clip...from 1920...is holding something, and talking through it. I watched the clip three times. I am convinced that she is holding a cellphone. The problem is...she shouldn't be. And if she is....what does this really mean in 1920?


The Wrong Folks to Mess With

You aren't hearing much on the topic....at least for the next couple of days...but WikiLeaks is about to come up gasping for air.

Yes, it is true that WikiLeaks is going to publish more classified Pentagon messages.  And a month from now.....I expect them to release another batch of messages.  And a month after that, another batch of messages.

Frankly, the drama is now dead.  The public doesn't care much.  The key sign?  They hinged the big releases to involve certain key newspapers in Europe, and the New York Times.  To be honest, people of influence have kinda dropped the New York Times, and its significance in the world is less than a decade ago.  So public outage is pretty much a little above marginal.

As for my original hint of gasping for air?  Well, that has nothing to do with the Pentagon's secret messages.  Instead, it has to deal with secret Russian email, from Russian businessmen, Russian government officials, and from Russian folks of importance.  WikiLeaks somehow got itself into a position of acquiring these....I'm guessing via an American "helper" (strictly a guess).

What Julian Assange and the remainder of leadership of WikiLeaks haven't calculated....is that the Russians have KGB and Mafia guys on the payroll.  If they aren't happy....they kill people.

I suspect that WikiLeaks has taken on a five-star treasure of leaks and just figured that the Russians would act the same way as the Pentagon....in a civilized manner.  That was probably a stupid gamble.

Over the next couple of weeks....I'm expecting the WikiLeaks management crowd to dwindle quickly....as they scatter and admit they don't want much to do with the mess.  Julian Assange?  I think he'll disappear for a couple of months.  Just a humble guess.