It’s Thanksgiving week. Have you thanked a soldier yet? Here’s your chance to do it quickly. And thank Xerox for making it possible.
We stand with intelligence
And speaking of those who work to keep America safe, instead of prosecuting our CIA, wouldn’t it be nice if the Justice Department went after those with real culpability – like the ones that brought us to 9/11 in the first place or have aided our enemies since then?
The mission of this new website is to stand with those CIA agents who, on Aug. 24, 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder began prosecuting for undertaking difficult intelligence assignments in the aftermath of 9/11.
“This purely political decision is damaging not only to the intelligence community, but to the safety of us all, especially in the face of global terrorism,” the site states. “We, the people, must stand with the unsung heroes who are defending this country and our families from harm.”
The little blue bird of happiness
The explosion of Twitter and its burgeoning applications have prompted me to create Surfin’ Safari’s own little sweet tweet section. Check out this week’s Twitter features beginning with Twitter Geo, in which twitterers could find what people are posting from the place where an important event is happening, or what people are saying about a specific restaurant or store.
Which hints at this: Twitter rings the cash register … finally.
Instead of asking “What are you doing?” Twitter will now ask “What’s happening?” Why the change?
Making Twitter a better two-way communicator, a new tool called Bettween aims to make it easier to visualize conversations between two specific users as well as share them with others.
This kid is coming for your job sooner than you think. The 16-year-old with gigs as a professional journalist for TechCrunch, a marketing evangelist for Qik and as CEO of his own startup has also been officially endorsed by Twitter.
Twitter movie reviews – this app scans Twitter for what people are saying about a movie and shows you a rating based on that. Roger Ebert: so yesterday.
New kid on the block – feels like a newspaper
Techmeme’s algorithm is the secret sauce that allows small, no-name blogs to reach the top of the pile every once in a blue moon.
Internet, broadband and the stimulus bill
$7.2 billion in stimulus dollars must be distributed by Sept. 30, 2010, to expand broadband network wiring, develop public computer centers in places such as libraries or schools and fund “innovative projects to stimulate demand for, and adoption of, broadband.” Think it can be done with government efficiency?
Google helps hearing-impaired at YouTube
Google’s new technology can insert captions only on English-language speech, but is giving users the choice of using its automatic translation system to read the captions in 51 languages.
High tech goes after Nixon’s 18 minutes of missing tape
The most mysterious 18 1/2 minutes of modern history might be revealed, thanks to evolving technology.
The NSA and Windows working together?
File this one under the “Sometimes it feels like somebody’s watching me” category.
If you comment, be warned
Careful what you leave behind. It could come back to “hunt” you.
Windows tips and tricks
If you smoke, Apple will cancel your warranty
Does putting your Mac in the dishwasher void the warranty? Only if there are ashtrays in there.
Looking to buy or sell a house?
Check into this first. Now online brokers can publish the same information to the web that a real estate agent can share with his clients: Photos, property history, blog posts and more.
Technology weighing on your shoulders
In death, you live … at Facebook
The five-year-old social network will “memorialize” profiles of the dead if their friends or family request it.
1955 – Rosa takes HER seat
The bus driver threatened to call the police, and she told him to go ahead. That act of defiance changed America.
The man accused of assassinating U.S. President John F. Kennedy shot dead in a Dallas police station. Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old former Marine, was being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail, at the center of a large crowd of police officers, reporters and camera crews. His killer Jack Ruby was led in to the area by a high-ranking police official, which the Warren Commission never got into.
A Baylor collection of JFK assassination conspiracy materials has drawn international attention. Ben Rogers, director of the Baylor Collections of Political Materials, said lingering questions about Kennedy’s death and its aftermath continue to haunt the thoughts of skeptics – and not just those in the United States.
Baylor joined the conspiracy community more than four years ago, with the acquisition of the papers and memorabilia of W. Penn Jones Jr., a Texas newspaper owner and editor who sold his publication, the Midlothian Mirror, in 1974 to devote himself full-time to researching the JFK assassination.
The Baylor Collections of Political Materials also has copies of JFK materials held by others, including hundreds of photographs, documentary DVDs, volumes of police reports on Oswald and his killer, Jack Ruby, and recordings of radio interviews with people who witnessed the assassination.
See Dealey Plaza from the same perspective as Oswald allegedly did. Live cam action.
Now playing at The Princess Theater
“You know as well as I do, that plenty of people playing this game, they don’t think that way. They’re willing to sell their souls, crawl through sewers, lie to people, divide them, play on their worst fears for nothing! Just for the prize.”
In which movie does the quote above appear? Send your answer to me at the email address below. Be the first reader to guess correctly and your name will go here in next week’s Surfin’ Safari.
WorldNetDaily Surfin’ Safari reader Jon Valentine of Severna Park, Md., correctly identified the movie “JFK” in which the character “X”, portrayed by Donald Sutherland, said, “Like Caesar, he is surrounded by enemies. Something’s underway, but it has no face. Yet, everybody in the loop knows. … I think it started like that in the wind. Defense contractors, oil bankers. Just conversation. A call is made.”
The 1991 film, directed by Oliver Stone, is based on a real court case that took place in New Orleans in the late 1960s. Jim Garrison, a New Orleans District Attorney, charged Clay Shaw, a local businessman and civic leader, with conspiracy in the death of President John Kennedy.
The jury acquitted Shaw almost immediately, and the case was actually seen as something of a shambles. Garrison was portrayed by Kevin Costner, who said this memorable quote:
There’s a simple way to determine if I am paranoid. Ask the two men who profited most from the assassination, former President Johnson and your new president, Nixon to release the 51 CIA documents pertaining to Lee Oswald and Jack Ruby. Or the secret CIA memo on Oswald’s activities in Russia that was destroyed while being photocopied. These documents are yours. The people’s property. You pay for it.
But as the government sees you as children who might be too disturbed to face this reality or because you might lynch those involved, you cannot see these documents for another 75 years. I’m in my 40’s so I’ll have “shuffled off this mortal coil” by then. But I’m already telling my eight-year-old son to keep himself physically fit so that one glorious September morning, in the year 2038 he can go to the National Archives and learn what the CIA and FBI knew.
Hell, they may push it back then. It may become a generational affair. Questions passed from father to son, mother to daughter. But someday, somewhere, someone may find out the damn truth. We’d better. Or we might just as well build ourselves another government like the Declaration of Independence says to, when the old one just ain’t working anymore.