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August 30, 2006


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I set up a google alert for Lockheed Martin, just for fun, and you can't believe the stuff on the internet about them.

Nothing along the lines of this whistle blower account, but the number of contracts this company is receiving for a variety of "defense" and "security" jobs is astounding. Billions and billions of tax payer dollars, never mind their long history of ineptitude, failing to complete work and the absurd-bullshit-class war politics behind them or any of these offense companies taking billions of our tax dollars as run off from these privatization schemes being pushed by right wing scam artists in Washington.

Subway security cameras, computer security and systems, the border wall, the NASA contract, tons of weapons - and they deal them to governments all over the world - and that's the short list of what we are paying this company for. Lockheed has their fingers in all the pies.

Of course, that ranch where Darth Cheney shot Harry Wittington in the face is owned by a lobbyist who works for Lockheed Martin and whose partner also lobbies for Lockheed and Halliburton, etc.

The corporations to profit most from Bush's imperial misadventure and economic colonization of Iraq are Lockheed, Bechtel, Halliburton and Chevron. But I don't expect to hear Wolf Blitzer flapping his propagandist jaw on these topics. Even if they are inept or are totally failing to do the jobs correctly. You Tube is a great thing. So are blogs. And I wonder how much long our relatively free and open internet will last.

virginia kuhn

As one of only a handful of people who created an all-digital dissertation (Chris having done what, be all accounts, is the first), the issue of a "relatively free and open internet" is one that is very close to my heart. The Annenberg Center at USC is actually addressing this topic over the course of the year. In particular, Jennifer Urban and Cory Doctorow are speaking about DRM, copyright & fair use and open source platforms on 12/14; there is a blog for this speaker series and they plan to summarize many of the talks along with the comments so if you can't physically make it, you can still get much of it.

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