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  •  Reading some of his work, he seems to be (29+ / 0-)

    an interesting fellow. And his paper, which I skimmed, is quite interesting.

    "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

    by David Harris Gershon on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 06:16:33 PM PDT

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    •  Are you a fan of (1+ / 0-)
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      Bruce Scheier's blog?

      Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

      by FrY10cK on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 03:26:06 AM PDT

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      •  interesting--is anyone a fan of Glenn Greenwald's (1+ / 0-)
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        blog at The Guardian?

        I love the nice reveal of the Orwellian hypocrisy in what Glenn Greewald wrote about the attempt to defund NSA with the Amash amendment today.  He wrote:

        Using Orwellian language so extreme as to be darkly hilarious, this was the first line of the White House's statement opposing the amendment: "In light of the recent unauthorized disclosures, the President has said that he welcomes a debate about how best to simultaneously safeguard both our national security and the privacy of our citizens" (i.e.: we welcome the debate that has been exclusively enabled by that vile traitor, the same debate we've spent years trying to prevent with rampant abuse of our secrecy powers that has kept even the most basic facts about our spying activities concealed from the American people).

        The White House then condemned Amash/Conyers this way: "This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process."

        What a multi-level masterpiece of Orwellian political deceit that sentence is. The highly surgical Amash/Conyers amendment - which would eliminate a single, specific NSA program of indiscriminate domestic spying - is a "blunt approach", but the Obama NSA's bulk, indiscriminate collection of all Americans' telephone records is not a "blunt approach".

        Even worse: Amash/Conyers - a House bill debated in public and then voted on in public - is not an "open or deliberative process", as opposed to the Obama administration's secret spying activities and the secret court that blesses its secret interpretations of law, which is "open and deliberative".

        That anyone can write a statement like the one that came from the Obama White House without dying of shame, or giggles, is impressive.

        Similarly Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who happens to be on the national security committee, just said that he is so relieved that Snowden revealed what he could not say due to a gag order that only allowed him to speak of a "secret laws" and that, of course, "secret laws" are antithetical to a bona fide democracy.

        Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

        by Einsteinia on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 11:48:28 AM PDT

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