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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 29 2013

Separate but equal introduced in Israel

According to an Israeli newspaper, the city authorities in Tel Aviv have decided to introduced kindergartens segregated by race. When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and …

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Aug 29 2013

Being rushed into bombing Syria

One of the surest signs that the US government is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public is when they manufacture an artificial sense of urgency. They are like the hucksters selling time shares who try to persuade people that there is a great deal of urgency and that a decision …

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Aug 29 2013

Your metadata and the law

Timothy B. Lee explains that your telephone metadata (i.e., all the information about your call other than the actual content of the conversations) can tell the government a lot more than whom you called, when, and for how long. Lee quotes from numerous examples given by Ed Felten, a professor of computer science at Princeton …

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Aug 28 2013

The Ventures and drums

The Ventures were an instrumental rock group from the days of my youth who were known for their up-tempo, driving, pulsating beats that gave special prominence to drummers. They were one of the few purely instrumental rock bands that had an extended successful career, the British group The Shadows being another one. Here are two …

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Aug 28 2013

Laura Poitras speaks out

Laura Poitras has been a crucial figure in the Edward Snowden NSA revelations story but has preferred to stay in the background. But in a column in Der Spiegel she describes her end of the events that led to David Miranda being detained at Heathrow airport on his return to Brazil after visiting her in …

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Aug 28 2013

Significant developments on same-sex marriage

The retail giant Walmart has decided to extend its benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of its LGBT employees. Granted, Walmart is a terrible employer that exploits its workers and pays them poor wages but this move is symbolically important because the socially conservative Arkansas-based company is so huge and because it has stated that …

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Aug 28 2013

English translation of the Der Spiegel article

The article on US spying on the other governments and the EU and UN agencies is by Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark that originally appeared in German in Der Spiegel has now appeared in translation..

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Aug 28 2013

The endless cycle of war continues

The repetition of events that led up to previous US attacks on other countries gains pace. We are now at the stage of whipping up public support for yet another bombing campaign. It almost seems as if there is a standard script that is hauled out on such occasions in which just the name of …

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Aug 28 2013

How far should accommodation of religion go?

The province of Quebec proposing a ban on all public sector employees wearing headgear or jewelry that is overtly religious raised the issue of how far a government should go to accommodate the religious preferences of people. My personal view, and one that I think is consistent with the US constitution, is that people should …

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Aug 27 2013

Now that’s an eye-catching building

The Center Pompidou in Metz, France has constructed a building onto which the design group AntiVJ has projected an eye-catching display that is based on the hexagonal structures found on the ocean sea bed by an organism called the paleodictyon nodosum.

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