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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 28 2013

What makes up ‘the press’ and who is a ‘journalist’?

Times are hard for the mainstream media. They are suddenly waking up to the fact that they are not such an exclusive and desirable club after all and that people do not need them that much anymore. In response they are trying to desperately reserve the label of ‘journalist’ only to those who belong to …

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Jun 27 2013

The dismal state of the US banking industry

The Daily Show takes a close look at the banking sector in the US where, unlike in many countries, the banks seem to be more like crime syndicates than staid financial institutions. In the first clip, the show discusses yet another revelation about how the banks and ratings agencies colluded to play fast and loose …

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Jun 27 2013

Strange Texas filibuster rule

Many of you would be aware of how Texas state senator Wendy Davis helped defeat an effort to pass extremely restrictive abortion legislation by conducting a ‘talking filibuster’ for over 10 hours that ran out the clock so that a vote could not be taken by midnight of the last day of the legislative session.

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Jun 27 2013

The practical consequences of the same-sex court decisions

While yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions undoubtedly advanced the movement towards full equality for same-sex couples, there are still many practical matters that need to be addressed. NPR had a good segment where they looked at how the court rulings will affect a whole list of things such as immigration, taxation, social security, armed forces, etc., …

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Jun 27 2013

Top five regrets of the dying

An Australian nurse who spent years working in palliative care looking after dying people during the last twelve weeks of their lives, recorded their epiphanies at the end of life and has compiled a list of their top five regrets. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the …

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Jun 27 2013

Well, that didn’t take long, did it?

After warning earlier today that there will be every effort to discredit Edward Snowden and everyone associated with him, from those publishing his materials to those aiding him in avoiding the clutches of US authorities, I was not surprised that it turns out that there are already news stories to be released today about the …

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Jun 27 2013

A new paradigm of whistleblowing

As an advocate of the rule of law, I have naturally supported efforts to increase government transparency. If you allow governments to act in the dark and claim secret knowledge and powers and an unfettered right to take actions based on that secret information, you have pretty much abandoned the rule of law. I have …

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Jun 26 2013

The Daily Show on the media’s futile quest to find Edward Snowden

The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook (This clip aired on June 24, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)

Jun 26 2013

Recapping the events of the NSA whistleblowing story

So much has happened over the last two weeks on the NSA story that it may be good to take a step back and review events, so as to not get overwhelmed. The Guardian has been the clear leader in covering this story and they have put out two useful pieces.

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Jun 26 2013

Let’s also celebrate an important anniversary

On the occasion of two major advances for same-sex marriage, let us not forget that it was exactly ten years ago today that the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Lawrence v. Texas that people had the right to have sex with others of the same sex.

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