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Category Archive: Politics

Apr 10 2014

Too big to fail and too rich to jail

lady justice

It has long been true that the rich and well-connected got better treatment from law enforcement and the justice system than the poor and powerless. But that brutal fact was usually hidden behind a façade that claimed that the system was impartial and fair. The image of the statue of a blindfolded Lady Justice holding …

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Apr 09 2014

And the winner is … Iraq?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a news story in which it was reported that the NSA had “built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place.”

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Apr 08 2014

Malaysian airlines and torture report timelines

NPR has put together a ‘just-the-facts’ timeline of what is known about the disappeared Malaysian airliner. Given all the wild speculation that has been bandied around, it was good to read about just the things that we know.

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Apr 08 2014

Introducing the LPD (Libertarian Police Department)

Tom O’Donnell imagines what it would look like if Ayn Rand and her devotees ran the country according to their ideas. It begins: I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate …

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Apr 08 2014

The struggle over the senate torture report

The spat between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA about what to do with the 6,300-page report on torture headed towards some kind of partial resolution with the committee voting 11-3 to declassify and release only about 500 pages, not the full report. This consists of just the Executive Summary and conclusions but the …

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Apr 07 2014

Crazy attitudes towards guns

The Daily Show looks at how bizarre have become the policies and attitudes in the US about guns where safety measures concerning real that would seem so commonsensical are viewed as unthinkable impositions on gun ownership, while children merely pretending to play with guns are seem as a terrible threat.

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Apr 07 2014

Banana Republicanism

One of the signs that a nation has reached an oligarchic state in which control over major decisions has become vested in a super-wealthy class working through its puppets is that the normal institutions of governance by elected representatives start to sink into irrelevance and become almost clownish in their operations.

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Apr 07 2014

A new meme in the making

One of the common misconceptions heavily promoted by successive Israeli governments and their lobby in the US is that Israel keeps making generous offers of peace towards the Palestinians but keeps getting rebuffed, and that this is the main hindrance to achieving peace. That this goes against all the facts has been repeatedly pointed out …

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Apr 07 2014

The US government subverts Twitter

Via reader Marcus Ranum, I learned of this story where it has been revealed that the US government agency known as USAID (US Agency for International Development) set up a fake Twitter network to create the impression of popular unrest against the Cuban government.

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Apr 06 2014

The corrupting influence of money on elections

It was clear that Jon Stewart was livid at what he saw as the implications of the US Supreme decision in the case McCutcheon v. FEC and he devoted three segments to the topic.

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