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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 28 2010

Glenn Greenwald on CNN

Greenwald is doing heroic work defending WikiLeaks all over the place. In this segment, he demolishes alleged CNN journalist Jessica Yellin and former Homeland Security advisor to George W. Bush (and now CNN employee) Fran Townsend. The authoritarian mindset of these people and their willingness to ignore the facts is astonishing (via Balloon Juice) Greenwald …

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Dec 28 2010

It’s snow story

Here are some simple facts. Weather is unpredictable. In the northeast we get snow during the winter months. Most of the time the falling snow is spread out over time. But as with any stochastic process, on occasion a lot of snow will fall in a short time, more than one can be reasonably prepared …

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Dec 28 2010

The secrets of an academic ghostwriter

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently had an article by someone who has made a good living (about $66,000 this year) by writing custom research papers on almost any topic for undergraduate and graduate students who hire him to do their assignments. I’ve written toward a master’s degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, …

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Dec 27 2010

Julian Assange on interviewed on TED

The video highlights two things: (1) that WikiLeaks is not only about the US but exposes secrets of governments the world over; and (2) that I suspect that most ordinary people (like those in the audience) have an instinctive sympathy for WikiLeaks as fighting for what is right. (via Norm)

Dec 27 2010

The strange behavior of Wired magazine

Glenn Greenwald highlights [link fixed] an under-reported but strange and important aspect of the Bradley Manning case.

Dec 27 2010

Hillary Clinton’s merciless assault on irony

Our Secretary of State is concerned and saddened by a Russian court’s guilty verdict on a tycoon on embezzlement charges. “This and similar cases have a negative impact on Russia’s reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate,” Mrs Clinton said. She said the verdict “raised serious questions about selective …

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Dec 27 2010

Julian Assange’s philosophy

There has been much discussion lately of what makes Julian Assange tick, what drives him and WikiLeaks to do what they do. Thanks to commenter Jared A, here is a link to a thoughtful analysis of Julian Assange’s philosophy, based on things he has actually written.

Dec 27 2010

Fear and irrationality

When people are fearful, they do irrational things. Tom Englehardt looks at who benefits from all these allegedly terrorist plots that have been uncovered with great fanfare and which seem to be aimed purely and simply at keeping people scared. We now live not just with all the usual fears that life has to offer, …

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Dec 26 2010

News without mercy

I enjoy the Onion News Network and was pleased to see that it is coming to TV at 10 p.m. Fridays, starting on January 21 on the IFC channel. Then perhaps we will hear the news that the rest of the media is afraid to tell us, like how Obama is going to replace his …

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Dec 25 2010

David Frost interviews Julian Assange

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