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Felix Salmon. The implications of the "spreadsheet error" are widespread. Let's hope the vaunted and flawed Harvard study gets even more attention.
Counterparties: The economics of flying blindApparently, both parents returned to Dagestan and the mother was interviewed by phone from Makhachkala, Dagestan. No doubt the parents are in shock, and she says things that are similar to what the father has said. When she talks about how they were "controlled", Reuters says she used a Russian word that means "monitored". She is their mother, so the key takeaway, for me, is not so much the claims that they were set up, but the claims that they were monitored for three to five years.
The leaders of the G20 met in Washington today; their official communique was sent out, like any grand pronouncement, as a Word document posted on a Russian website.
The world’s most powerful finance ministers and central bankers appeared to be working through some serious confusion today. Even India’s finance minister seemed a bit puzzled by all the talk of Europe: “It was supposed to be a G20 meeting, but for a moment I thought it was a G7 meeting”, he said.
Three days after a grad student dismantled the widely-held idea of a 90%-of-GDP tipping point for national debt, the G20 agreed to move away from the idea of setting specific national debt targets. This a big change — just three years ago, the G20’s richest nations pledged to cut their deficits in half by this year. Now, as Reuters notes, Europe is not just re-thinking austerity, but promising to slow it down.
Boston suspect was under FBI surveillance, mother saysHere is the interview on RT. It is not clear to me whether there is one or two interviews referenced in the Reuters article above (they mention RT and Russia One).
In her interview with Russia Today, Tsarnaeva suggested FBI officers had visited her home when she still lived in the United States and told her that Tamerlan "was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him."
She did not say whether the FBI had started to take an interest in Tamerlan although she also referred to the security services' interest in what Internet sites he visited.
U.S. government officials have said the brothers were not under surveillance as possible militants.
But the FBI said in a statement on Friday that in 2011 it interviewed Tamerlan at the request of a foreign government, which it did not identify.
It said the matter was closed because interviews with Tamerlan and family members "did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign".
Tsarnaev brothers' mother: My sons are innocent, this is a setupScahill starts out talking about how he got his start by begging Amy Goodman to let him work with her, unpaid, and how things developed from there. Scahill: "The main thing I've tried to do as a journalist is to tell stories of people who otherwise wouldn't have their stories told." He goes on to talk about how things have changed in our wars, that "all bets are off" and that the rules of engagement have been fundamentally changed since 9/11.
Boston bombings suspects are 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains at large. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnayev, was killed after a police car chase. Their family originates from Russia's North Caucasus - but settled in the United States more than a decade ago. RT talks to the mother of the two suspects Zubeidat Tsarnaeva - LIVE UPDATES http://on.rt.com/...
More info about the Tsarnaev brothers http://on.rt.com/...
Jeremy Scahill Talks Drone Strikes And Obama's Dirty Wars Part 1 and 2
Last week, during the start of the Dallas International Film Festival, Red Carpet Crash film critic Nathan Ligon got the unique opportunity to speak to foreign war reporter Jeremy Scahill about his new film Dirty Wars. The conversation was a deep, opinionated, and impassioned one that I think you will find a bit eye opening. I hope you enjoy this interview and that you will check out ‘Dirty Wars’ when it hits theaters this June.
www.redcarpetcrash.com proudly presents our interview with reporter Jeremy Scahill for his new film 'Dirty Wars'.
Congress: We're planning the largest online protest since SOPA. Vote NO on CISPA sooner rather than later.
CISPA -- the bill that would END our online privacy and violate the 4th Amendment -- will go to a vote in the House today. We're planning the largest online privacy protest in history to stop this bill. Can you contact your reps now to warn them?
What's wrong with CISPA? (in as few words as possible)
As it's written, CISPA won't protect us from cyber threats, but it will violate our 4th Amendment right to privacy.
It lets the government spy on you without a warrant. (read more)
It makes it so you can’t even find out about it after the fact. (read more)
It makes it so companies can’t be sued when they do illegal things with your data. (read more)
It allows corporations to cyber-attack each other and individuals outside of the law. (read more)
Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
Anyone have a good explanation why FBI wasn't able to get a facial recognition on the brothers, in spite of quality of images of Dzhokhar?— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 21, 2013
Police commissioner says he believes Boston bombing suspects were ready for 2nd attack at time of shootout: apne.ws/15vhclh -BW— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2013
VIDEO: Five days in April. b.globe.com/ZdzbJB— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 21, 2013
AP VIDEO: Details of marathon bombing suspects' visits to Boston-area mosque: apne.ws/13GlaaL -BW— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2013
AP VIDEO: Five days of terror in Boston - a timeline of events: apne.ws/XOKtml -BW— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2013
ACLU calls for Miranda rights for Boston bombing suspect thehill.com/blogs/blog-bri…— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 21, 2013
US teen arrested in Chicago for trying to fight against Assad alongside "al Qaeda-linked group"usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/…— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 21, 2013
CCR condemns Miranda delay as "another erosion of the Constitution to lay directly at the President's feet"ggsidedocs.blogspot.com/2013/04/ccr-co…— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 20, 2013
Extremely important piece by Glenn Greenwald about the current miranda rights controversy: "The reason to care... fb.me/24WBdC5i2— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallSt) April 20, 2013
She gets a slew of responses
NBC reporting Obama admin will treat terrorist as a "criminal" and not enemy combatant. Will Obama allow him to lawyer up?— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 20, 2013
High court upholds ruling to suspend parliamentary elections in Egypt: apne.ws/11rJF7x -BW— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2013
MORE: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the money will double nonlethal assistance to Syrian opposition: apne.ws/13o4Rvi -RAS— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2013
Happy Birthday to one, happy Birthday to one, happy Birthday one's majesty, happy Birthday to one.— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) April 21, 2013
When 6 giant corps own almost entire MSM, messages are designed to benefit them, manage you, & how/what you perceivetheeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/who-o…— US Dept of Drone War (@USDroneWarDept) April 21, 2013
"Policy makers abandoned the unemployed & turned to austerity because they wanted to, not because they had to"nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opi…— US Dept of Drone War (@USDroneWarDept) April 21, 2013
Prosecutor who convicted Timothy McVeigh explains why it's vital that the Boston suspect be read his Miranda rights: thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/20/why…— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) April 20, 2013
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