rhenley commented on the blog post Americans Overwhelmingly Think Congress Should Vote on Syria
Actually there are a few congressional Democrats who think the president needs to call on them:
“53 Democrats led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), in a letter (PDF) calling on President Obama to consult Congress before the use of any military force in response to the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.”
This rather interesting piece of ‘information’ has appeared in several newsreports:
Although many of the files were encrypted, Mr Robbins said, Mr Miranda was also carrying a “piece of paper containing basic instructions for accessing some data, together with a piece of paper that included the password for decrypting one of the encrypted files on the external hard drive”.
It would be difficult to decrypt the material without an appropriate password. So now having belatedly conjured up this smoking paper with the passwords on it for the court, it allows the UK government to claim there are all kinds of subversive materials to be had in what Miranda carried.
There is likely much more going on here than the mere presentation of actual facts for the court.
rhenley commented on the blog post Guardian-New York Times Partnership on NSA Files from Snowden a Symptom of Crackdown on Press Freedom
With concerns about this NYT coalition of oppressed journalists, there’s this interesting note:
Scott Shane has an increasingly consistent ability to tell grand tales that serve the interests of The Powers that Be. And somehow his stories about extremely sensitive subjects like drones don’t get chased for leaks.
How to Get the Government to Ease Up: Involve Scott Shane
rhenley commented on the blog post On MSNBC With Tamron Hall Discussing Bradley Manning
Yet there was no evidence presented in open court that Manning’s actions led to death or injury. As Kevin Gosztola reported, if any such evidence was presented, it was done in secret.
If you listen to Alexa O’Brien’s interview of David Coombs today on Democracy Now:
You will hear his lawyer said the prosecution never presented any evidence to support the government’s theories about actual harm in open or closed court sessions.
rhenley commented on the blog post Latest US Drone Strike In Yemen Causes Fear For Safety Of Americans
The Yemeni tribal leaders said five missiles struck a vehicle travelling in Maarib Province in Tuesday’s strike, killing all of its occupants.
rhenley commented on the blog post $250 Million is a Relatively Cheap Price for Influence
You will likely need to translate this interview:
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: I do not read printed newspapers
After a Sutter system urgent care center charged me $550 last year for a tetanus shot, I figured I was better off dead the next time anything happens. I’m sure they think the same thing after they extract the cash.
rhenley commented on the blog post Nancy Pelosi Driving Force Behind Saving the NSA Spying Program
The Pelosi response to complaints about her vote is here:
Congress Must Examine Various National Security Collection Programs & Consider Amendments to Law
rhenley commented on the blog post Yemeni Journalist Who Obama Kept in Prison Is Free
Since he is being confined to Sanaa, I assume they put an ankle tag on him. That way the drones will have more precise targeting available.
While it is disturbing to know the details, I am glad the film is available. Years ago I went kayaking in Canada’s Inside Passage to be around killer whales. What I learned from the lengthy encounter is that these animals are highly intelligent and consciously aware of all the elements in their environment. Unlike the [...]
rhenley commented on the blog post The Propaganda & Yellow Journalism Which Undermines Snowden’s Whistleblowing
You forgot to mention Glen’s response to the predictable news you identified:
The personal side of taking on the NSA: emerging smears
There are a lot of interesting ideas to consider in this review.
But wait, this statement above appears to be somewhat incorrect:
except the people who speak about the allegations are providing hearsay.
The trailer appears to show Gibney’s interview with one of the women in Assange’s triangle of errors:
There is nothing in the trailer which entices me into seeing this film, largely because as this review well notes, and the trailer drones on with, it seems to largely be fronting a character assassination plotline to entertain us.
I don’t understand all this chatter about those sleazy Clinton affairs here.
The topic of the day is Weiner, his wife, Huma Abedin, and both of their rather obvious naked ambitions:
Anthony Weiner’s Cardinal Sin: Rank Hypocrisy, Not Creepy Sexting
Weiner’s Wife Didn’t Disclose Consulting Work She Did While Serving in State Dept.
So much for an informed public discussion of political hacks that are not concerned in the least about the actual public role they are seeking beyond the mere artifice of the chosen.
If anyone is looking to understand the forces at work which gave rise to the atomic bomb nuclear projects, and thus the associated lack of concerns over people who they involved on the periphery of those projects, ‘The making of the atomic bomb’ by Richard Rhodes is the book to read. You will not though [...]
rhenley commented on the blog post Not Reading the Boston Bomber Suspect His Miranda Rights
I just noticed this article:
Boston bombing suspect under FBI surveillance for years, says mother
‘They told me my son was an extremist leader,’ says Zubeidat Tsarnaeva
And thanks to that Atlantic article you linked to, I noted this book:
The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism – Trevor Aaronson
rhenley commented on the diary post Abrupt climate change and the dead end of eco-consumerism by cassiodorus.
There has been a large influx of crows here recently at my bird feeder, so I headed to the library to find a book about Crows. I have been reasonably impressed so far with this one: Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom for the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt http://thetanglednest.com/ The author’s suggestion to the question you [...]
rhenley commented on the diary post “Fruitvale,” the new movie about Oscar Grant, gets rave reviews at Sundance UPDATE 2 by hotflashcarol.
There is also a short interview with Ryan Coogler on the Sundance site here talking about the film:
rhenley commented on the blog post Film Highlights Public Defenders Fighting Against Creation of Permanent Underclass
There’s also a shorter interview with Dawn about the film on the Sundance site here:
rhenley commented on the diary post Obama EPA Shut Down Texas Shale Gas Water Contamination Study by Steve Horn.
The problem really is the loosening of environmental standards over the years and the collusion with industry that has been ongoing for quite some time.
Don’t miss the work that ProPublica has been doing on these issues also:
Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply
rhenley commented on the diary post Alaska Blog and Media Coverage of the Kulluk Grounding – Updated by EdwardTeller.
Live tracking for the tow is showing here in the bay now:
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