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    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
    12:12 am
    Rare bit
    Whether it’s Watch Dogs, Destiny or Assassin’s Creed, 2014 has been filled with ambitious open-world action games that ultimately proved a little underwhelming.
    Fortunately, Far Cry 4 isn’t one of them. Players control Ajay as he travels to the fictional Himalayan region of Kyrat to scatter his mother’s ashes, only to get embroiled in a civil war. It’s an epic adventure, with an enigmatic villain and beautiful visuals. Swooping over the landscape in a glider is a delight, while combat is satisfying, particularly during bow-and-arrow stealth quests, and the game is huge as well.
    There are hundreds of missions, including some built for co-operative play, plus deadly animals to deal with – from rhinos and elephants to crocodiles. There are flaws here – the driving mechanics feel clumsy (but can be tweaked), while the menu system is convoluted – yet these are trivial complaints, as Far Cry 4 is that rare beast: an open-world game that delivers.
    Monday, December 22nd, 2014
    12:36 am
    Gonzo-riffic
    “We will never tolerate anyone who insults our highest authority. But in case we have to retaliate, we would not carry out terrorist attacks on innocent viewers at movie theatres but stage frontal attacks on those who are responsible for the hostile activities against the DPRK (North Korea) and their headquarters,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said.
    “The United States must bear it mind that grave consequences would follow if it rejects our proposal and continues blabbering about so-called retaliations against us”, he added.
    Saturday, December 20th, 2014
    11:35 am
    Rat finks united
    Svante Lehtinen has been quietly and cautiously revolutionizing the economy in Finland.
    With his non-profit project FIMKrypto, he has been working with a team of coders and strategists to try a new method of establishing common wealth within a nation.
    The ambitious goals include providing a basic income to every qualifying Finnish citizen, reward incentives for participation, and ultimately the overall improvement of the quality of life of Finnish people.
    Lehtinen hopes learning from the mistakes of previous altcoins, alongside careful execution of long term strategy, will help FIMK establish a solid foundation in the digital frontier. FROM

    http://thebitcoinnews.com/2014/12/19/fimk-revolutionizing-finlands-economy-with-cryptocurrency/
    Friday, December 19th, 2014
    8:54 pm
    viva Palestine libre
    Ali Abunimah writing today in the Electronic Intifada:

    I evaluate any steps related to Palestine through a simple and consistent lens: does this measure take us closer to the fulfillment of Palestinian rights, all Palestinian rights?

    These rights are set out most succinctly in the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS): an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian land during and since 1967; an end to Israel’s institutionalized racism against Palestinians in present-day Israel (the areas on which Israel was established in 1948); and the return of Palestinian refugees to their land and homes.

    I believe in a positive vision of a Palestine whole and free, where all people live in a decolonized and reunified territory without discrimination based on religion or ethnicity and without sectarian territorial partition.
    Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
    6:10 pm
    Nxt Solution
    Synopsis:
    As humanity transitions its hierarchical systems to their decentralized counterparts, the world is split in two. On the one hand, those clinging to power, believing that a select few must rule over the vulgar majority… On the other, those who believe in the decentralization of power, democracy, and the empowerment of the individual. The Justice system, fighting to protect itself from change, morphs into a vicious oligarchy, willing to do anything to hold onto power. Libertarian cyberpunks birth a decentralized, untraceable cryptographic digital currency, and deliver it to the masses.. at last a glimmer of hope. A peaceful resistance is born, challenging the status quo by merely doing business in new and innovative ways that take power from the state and decentralize it. The state reacts with force, imprisoning and subverting dissidents, branding them “domestic terrorists” . A darker side of the revolution emerges. A decentralized, anonymous, website wherein the public can place anonymous bounties, using virtual currency, on whomever they see fit. Heads of state, judges, corrupt bankers, oil tycoons… no one is immune from becoming a target. The question is who is on the list? and who is gunning for their bounty?

    FROM

    http://deathrowdemocracy.com/
    2:25 pm
    Obama blows
    You don't need a weatherpersyn to know

    Obama is speaking this afternoon at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. This mouthful is known more commonly as Fort Dix.

    Obama has an unusual connection to this place, which makes his appearance there eerie, to say the least.

    Obama began his first Illinois state senate bid with a meet-and-greet in the Chicago home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Obama could not have picked a harder-Left living room in America in which to stage his first campaign reception. Ayers and Dohrn were co-founders of the 1960s radical group the Weather Underground.

    Ayers has described himself as follows:

    “I’m a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist.”

    In 1970, Ayers summarized the Weathermen’s philosophy: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”

    For her part, Dohrn was hardly a typical, midwestern housewife.

    “There’s no way to be committed to non-violence in the middle of the most violent society that history’s ever created,” Dohrn declared in 1969. “I am not committed to non-violence in any way.”

    Ayers, Dohrn, and the Weathermen went on a bombing campaign that blasted the Pentagon, the State Department, Gulf Oil’s Pittsburgh headquarters, San Francisco’s Presidio military base, and New York’s Queens Courthouse.

    One of the Weather Underground’s bombs went off early

    Weathermen (Weatherpersons?) Ted Gold, Diana Oughton (Ayers’s then-girlfriend), and Terry Robbins, fatally detonated themselves on March 6, 1970. They were constructing a bomb inside a townhouse at 18 West 11th Street in Greenwich Village. Within the debris, cops discovered an anti-tank shell and 60 sticks of dynamite.

    What was their target?

    Were they better bomb makers, Ayers’s comrades would have set off a nail-filled bomb at a dance for non-commissioned officers and their dates and spouses at Fort Dix. As Ayers has observed, the bomb would have ripped “through windows and walls and, yes, people too.”

    That bomb never went off, unfortunately.

    And today, one of Bill Ayers’s protégés is America’s commander-in-chief, addressing GIs at the same military facility
    12:36 am
    Hitlers revenge
    Request for war crimes prosecution
    In November 2006, the German government received a complaint seeking the prosecution of Alberto Gonzales, then-Attorney General and former White House Counsel, for alleged war crimes.

    Co-defendants included: Geoffrey D. Miller, Donald H. Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Stephen Cambone, Ricardo S. Sanchez, Walter Wojdakowski, Thomas M. Pappas, Barbara Fast, Marc Warren, John Yoo, William J. Haynes, II, David Addington, and Jay Bybee, top political appointees who participated in making policy about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques for CIA and DOD.
    Sunday, December 14th, 2014
    6:54 pm
    Crypto climate change
    Cryptoeconomist • 11 hours ago
    While Microsoft's adoption of bitcoin is a good news, I believe that merchant adoption is no longer an issue anymore. The real issue is the slow adoption by consumers. The two things can really speed up consumer adoption over the next 2 to 3 years are:

    1. Security of bitcoin wallet: right now it is too cumbersome for an average consumer to secure his/her bitcoins. Consumers need an easier way to secure their bitcoin holdings.

    2. Removal of bitcoin price volatility from consumers: we need to separate the utility of bitcoin as a payment mechanism and the utility of bitcoin as a long-term investment asset. Investors, not consumers, should bear bitcoin price volatility risk. FROM

    https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/first-reactions-microsofts-adoption-bitcoin/?utm_content=buffer3e8b2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    12:36 pm
    Time Bandits
    You’ve just finished writing a new book, Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison. Can you give us a sneak peek?

    Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter accusations. If calm is not to your benefit, chaos is your friend. And don’t trust anyone.

    How has that helped you survive prison?

    I’ve “survived and thrived” here based on my wits, by forming strategic alliances, by relying on myself, by trusting nobody. They made me appear more “seasoned,” more commanding of respect.

    What challenges do you face coming out?

    The biggest challenge will be finding permanent work. I recognize I’m controversial. Some companies dislike controversy. I’ll have to find a place that will fit both of us.

    What do you want to do?

    I’d like to sit at a desk at a think tank, think the big thoughts and write provocative articles and books. FROM
    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalcomment/national-security/imprisoned-former-cia-agent-john-kiriakou-speaks-about-torture-prison-and-the-future.php#.VIsbSz7zE-s.twitter
    1:34 am
    JIMI one-and-only
    Vladdrakul, Stockholm, 5 months ago
    While most of this is whining there is one point she makes that I agree IS important. Jimi was not only rightly famoes as the greatest (electric) guitarist of all time but of being a real mellow and nice Hippie (Ie not a scum bag one like many were). EVERYONE; even those jealous of his talents (like (Clapton etc) say he was a really nice guy and very attentive and respectful to his 'ladies'.
    Yes he was promiscuous but his many girlfriends all without exception say he was gentle, well mannered and kind. Compared to the vile behaviour of our other Rock Heroes; Jagger, Page, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart etc etc; he was a bloody gentleman!
    To bad he got too high and died so young. The biggest musical loss of them all! One of the few true geniuses of popular music; along with Elvis, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin (Robert Plant being a really nice guy too, like Jimi, since he grew up after his wild days in Zep). Hendrix the Great; and the model for black fashion for 20 years! Afro's anyone?
    Saturday, December 13th, 2014
    9:07 pm
    Sorry Bruce
    ♪...Together we'll walk around the stone / But till then tramps like us ramadan baby we were born for haj ...♪

    ♪...Allah al Ackbar brother I don't know when / We're gonna get to that paradise
    Where we really wanna go ...♪

    ♪...Together effendi we can live with the sarin-gas / I'll love you with all the madness in my soul ...♪

    The highway's jammed with broken Martyr's on a last chance power drive /Everyone out on the run tonight /But there's no place left to hide

    ♪...I wanna die with you effendi on the street tonight / an everlasting paradise...♪

    ♪...an Israeli amusement park lies bold and stark / Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...♪

    ... Beyond the Palace American drones scream down the boulevard/
    Slave Girls tear their hair in pieces / And the boys try to look so hard

    ♪...But I gotta know how it feels / I want to know if blood is haram / I want to know if Al-Baghdadi is for real ...♪

    ♪...Allah-al-ackbar, will you roll with me under the wire / `Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely MIG pilot...♪

    ♪...Together we could break Assad's back / We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back to Tikrit...♪

    ♪...Just wrap your legs 'round these Toyota rims / And strap your hands 'cross my Tank engines... ♪

    ♪...Damascus let me in I wanna be your friend / I want to guard your dreams and visions ...♪

    ♪...We gotta get out while we're young / Cause shaheed like us, effendi we were born for jihad...♪

    ♪...Oh brother they rip the bones from your back / It's a death trap, it's anal rape... ♪

    ♪ ...Sprung from cages called frying pans, sleep-deprived, food injected,and feeling sick all the time...♪

    ♪...In the day we sweat it out on the slots of a runaway Guantanamo dream
    At night we ride trollies of glory to suicide machines...♪
    Friday, December 12th, 2014
    6:37 pm
    ZERO - DARK - SONY
    Allegations of pro-torture stance
    The film has been both criticized and praised for its handling of subject matter, including the portrayal of harsh interrogation techniques, commonly classified as torture.
    The use of these techniques was long kept secret by the Bush administration. (See Torture Memos.)
    Glenn Greenwald, in The Guardian, stated that the film takes a pro-torture stance, describing it as "pernicious propaganda" and stating that it "presents torture as its CIA proponents and administrators see it: as a dirty, ugly business that is necessary to protect America."
    Critic Frank Bruni concluded that the film appears to suggest "No waterboarding, no Bin Laden".
    Jesse David Fox writes that the film "doesn't explicitly say that torture caught bin Laden, but in portraying torture as one part of the successful search, it can be read that way."
    Emily Bazelon said, "The filmmakers didn't set out to be Bush-Cheney apologists", but "they adopted a close-to-the-ground point of view, and perhaps they're in denial about how far down the path to condoning torture this led them."
    Journalist Michael Wolff slammed the film as a "nasty piece of pulp and propaganda" and Bigelow as a "fetishist and sadist" for distorting history with a pro-torture viewpoint. Wolff disputed the efficacy of torture and the claim that it contributed to the discovery of bin Laden.
    In an open letter, social critic and feminist Naomi Wolf criticized Bigelow for claiming the film was "part documentary" and speculated over the reasons for Bigelow's "amoral compromising" of film-making, suggesting that the more pro-military a film, the easier it is to acquire Pentagon support for scenes involving expensive, futuristic military equipment. Wolf likened Bigelow to the acclaimed director and propagandist for the Nazi regime, Leni Riefenstahl, saying: "Like Riefenstahl, you are a great artist. But now you will be remembered forever as torture's handmaiden."
    Author Karen J. Greenberg wrote that "Bigelow has bought in, hook, line, and sinker, to the ethos of the Bush administration and its apologists" and called the film "the perfect piece of propaganda, with all the appeal that naked brutality, fear, and revenge can bring".
    Peter Maass of The Atlantic said the film "represents a troubling new frontier of government-embedded filmmaking".
    Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, who has published The Dark Side, a book about the use of torture during the Bush administration, criticized the film, saying that Bigelow was milking the U.S. torture program for drama while sidestepping the political and ethical debate that it provoked".
    She said: by "excising the moral debate that raged over the interrogation program during the Bush years, the film also seems to accept almost without question that the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation techniques' played a key role in enabling the agency to identify the courier who unwittingly led them to bin Laden.

    Author Greg Mitchell wrote that "the film's depiction of torture helping to get bin Laden is muddled at best – but the overall impression by the end, for most viewers, probably will be: Yes, torture played an important (if not the key) role."
    Filmmaker Alex Gibney called the film a "stylistic masterwork" but criticized the "irresponsible and inaccurate" depiction of torture, writing: there is no cinematic evidence in the film that EITs led to false information – lies that were swallowed whole because of the misplaced confidence in the efficacy of torture. Most students of this subject admit that torture can lead to the truth. But what Boal/Bigelow fail to show is how often the CIA deluded itself into believing that torture was a magic bullet, with disastrous results.

    Philosopher Slavoj Žižek, in an article for The Guardian, criticized what he perceived a "normalization" of torture in the film, arguing that the mere neutrality on an issue many see as revolting is already a type of endorsement per se.
    Žižek proposed that if a similar film was made about a brutal rape or the Holocaust, such a movie would "embody a deeply immoral fascination with its topic, or it would count on the obscene neutrality of its style to engender dismay and horror in spectators."
    Žižek further panned Bigelow's stance of coldly presenting the issue in a rational manner, instead of being dogmatically rejected as a repulsive, unethical proposition.
    Journalist Steve Coll, who has written on foreign policy, national security and the bin Laden family, criticized the filmmakers for saying the film was "journalistic", which implies that it is based in fact.
    At the same time, they claimed artistic license, which he described "as an excuse for shoddy reporting about a subject as important as whether torture had a vital part in the search for bin Laden".
    Coll wrote that "arguably, the film's degree of emphasis on torture's significance goes beyond what even the most die-hard defenders of the CIA interrogation regime [...] have argued", as he said it was shown as critical at several points.
    U.S. Senator John McCain, who was tortured during his time as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, said that the film left him sick – "because it's wrong". In a speech in the Senate, he said, "Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden's courier, Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information."
    McCain and fellow senators Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin sent a critical letter to Michael Lynton, chairman of the film's distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment, stating, "[W]ith the release of Zero Dark Thirty, the filmmakers and your production studio are perpetuating the myth that torture is effective. You have a social and moral obligation to get the facts right."

    Michael Morell, the C.I.A.'s acting director, sent a public letter on December 21, 2012 to the agency's employees, which said that Zero Dark Thirty takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate" and that the film "creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding Bin Ladin. That impression is false. (...)
    [T]he truth is that multiple streams of intelligence led CIA analysts to conclude that Bin Ladin was hiding in Abbottabad. Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well. And, importantly, whether enhanced interrogation techniques were the only timely and effective way to obtain information from those detainees, as the film suggests, is a matter of debate that cannot and never will be definitively resolved.
    The Huffington Post writer, G. Roger Denson, countered this, saying that the filmmakers were being made scapegoats for information openly admitted by government and intelligence officials.
    Denson said that Leon Panetta, three days after Osama bin Laden's death, seemed to say that waterboarding was a means of extracting reliable and crucial information in the hunt for bin Laden.
    Denson noted Panetta speaking as the C.I.A. chief in May 2011, saying that "enhanced interrogation techniques were used to extract information that led to the mission's success". Panetta said waterboarding was among the techniques used.
    In a Huffington Post article written a week later, Denson cited other statements from Bush government officials saying that torture had yielded information to locate bin Laden.
    National security reporter Spencer Ackerman said the film "does not present torture as a silver bullet that led to bin Laden; it presents torture as the ignorant alternative to that silver bullet".
    Critic Glenn Kenny said that he "saw a movie that subverted a lot of expectations concerning viewer identification and empathy" and that "rather than endorsing the barbarity, the picture makes the viewer in a sense complicit with it", which is "[a] whole other can of worms".
    Writer Andrew Sullivan said, "the movie is not an apology for torture, as so many have said, and as I have worried about. It is an exposure of torture. It removes any doubt that war criminals ran this country for seven years".
    Filmmaker Michael Moore similarly said, "I left the movie thinking it made an incredible statement against torture", and noted that the film showed the abject brutality of torture.
    Critic Andrew O'Hehir said that the filmmaker's position on torture in the film is ambiguous, and creative choices were made and the film poses "excellent questions for us to ask ourselves, arguably defining questions of the age, and I think the longer you look at them the thornier they get".

    Screenwriter Boal described the pro-torture accusations as "preposterous", stating that "it's just misreading the film to say that it shows torture leading to the information about bin Laden", while director Bigelow added: "Do I wish [torture] was not part of that history? Yes. But it was."

    In February 2013 in the Wall Street Journal, Boal responded to the Senate critics, being quoted as saying "[D]oes that mean they can use the movie as a political platform to talk about what they've been wanting to talk about for years and years and years?
    Do I think that Feinstein used the movie as a publicity tool to get a conversation going about her report? I believe it, ..." referring to the intelligence committee's report on enhanced interrogations.
    He also said the senators' letter showed they were still concerned about public opinion supporting the effectiveness of torture and didn't want the movie reinforcing that. Boal said, though, "I don't think that [effectiveness] issue has really been resolved" if there is a suspect with possible knowledge of imminent attack who will not talk.
    Writer Mark Bowden argued that the film is neither pro- nor anti-torture: "[P]ure storytelling is not always about making an argument, no matter how worthy. It can be simply about telling the truth."

    In an interview with Time magazine, Bigelow said: "I'm proud of the movie, and I stand behind it completely. I think that it's a deeply moral movie that questions the use of force. It questions what was done in the name of finding bin Laden."
    In a 2013 interview on The Colbert Report, Bigelow said the film showed many techniques of intelligence gathering used to find bin Laden, such as electronic surveillance, troops at the ground level, and "good, old-fashioned, boots-on-the-ground sleuthing".
    3:59 pm
    Assassinate button
    ‘Dislike’ Button
    Zuckerberg was asked if he’d ever implement a “dislike” button, since there are some things that are inappropriate to “like.” He said Facebook thought about it -- then decided against it since such a button could spread negativity.

    “A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives,” he said. “What’s the right way to make it so people can easily express a broader range of emotions? To empathize?

    Don’t expect a new button anytime soon, he said. But it makes sense to think about the issue so the company can figure out the right way to connote emotions, he said.
    1:43 pm
    Tora Tora Tora
    By volunteering for the Five-Eyes he betrayed Iraq & Manning. By appearing in the NYT he betrayed Snowden #VeryAssange

    Assange has also tilted away from democracy & towards tyranny in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, PNG, Ecuador, Syria & China.

    Solidarity with Assange - post July 2014 - means solidarity with the Five-Eye's criminal conspiracy. A new level of criminal collaboration.

    Mr Assange agreed that some level of privacy was necessary for the successful operation of the military http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/assange-i-can-rule-from-overseas/4844186

    That's because a month AFTER Snowden, Assange volunteered to work for the Five-Eye's criminal conspiracy.

    To the extent that ANYONE in the Tor project still supports Assange they are manifest collaboration suspects too.

    Come on Jellybean - stop being such an ethics enthusiast and start practising minimal ethical hygiene! Break with Assange or just FUCK OFF!

    Does Jacob Appelbaum agree with this 2013 WL party candidate? "Being guilty of aggravated rape has nothing to do with our party"

    GEOFFREY "sexual offence for a man to deliberately deceive a partner whose consent has been conditional upon his use of a condom" ROBERTSON

    To be crystal clear, Jacob Appelbaum is gagging two serious complaints of sexual abuse & rape so long as he stands with Assange.

    Talking about Wikileaks sexism & criminality is a very important discussion to have. http://www.wikiwatch.org.uk/common-misconceptions/

    Now the US armed forces have done some work to reduce sexism over the last few years. Assange & Appelbaum have done the opposite.

    Tor was designed by the US Navy and that it receives a lot of US federal funding, the bulk of which comes from the US Department of Defense.

    Conspiracy theorists are those who claim coverups whenever insufficient data exists to support what they're sure is true.

    Don't let the Tor exit node hit your jellyback on the way out, loser!

    Jellybean could be on the way out at the Tor project. They're condemning online sexism and Jacob Appelbaum embodies it #VeryAssange

    Since 2010 Wikileaks has embodied “revenge porn”, cyberstalking, and online sexual harassment. Enough is enough.

    Failing to tackle gender-based online violence when you could is a serious crime Jellybean. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/11/countries-failing-to-protect-women-online-says-tim-berners-lee-backed-report

    To the extent Tor support is mixed up with Wikileaks they represent an attack on women in cyberspace and anyplace.

    BAD ideas cling together - and they'll cling to us if we let them

    By cosying up to Putin & Paul, Assange demonstrated his reverse Midas touch.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    10:34 pm
    KRAPHAMMER
    “What intelligence service abroad is going to help us when they are going to be exposed and pilloried around the world?” Krauthammer asked. “We’re going to lose all [of our human intelligence]. We’re not going to have any allies around the world. And because we have so little human intelligence, as a result of a drone program that kills our enemy and never captures him — nobody’s gone to Guantanamo in the six years of the Obama administration — we rely on the eyes or ears of other allies.”

    Krauthammer concluded: “Who are going to help us after this? Nobody.”
    10:27 pm
    I am so proud
    Berkeley anarchs - you rock!

    "...in the course of the protests, gangs of anarchists became the face of the occasion by destroying public and private property. They smashed store windows, looted stores like Trader Joe’s and Radio Shack, set fires in the streets, and tried to deface city hall and the police station. They attacked police officers and tried to destroy police vehicles. They stopped traffic on major streets and highways..."
    10:52 am
    The way we roll
    Rapporteur on Torture and Other CIDT identified the following acts as constituting torture: beatings; extraction of nails, teeth, etc.; burns; electric shocks; suspension; suffocation; exposure to excessive light or noise; sexual aggression; administration of drugs in detention or psychiatric institutions; prolonged denial of rest or sleep; prolonged denial of food; prolonged denial of sufficient hygiene; prolonged denial of medical assistance; total isolation and sensory deprivation; being kept in constant uncertainty in terms of space and time; threats to torture or kill relatives; total abandonment; and simulated executions.

    http://justsecurity.org/18043/torture-convention-appendix-army-field-manual-interrogations/
    Friday, November 21st, 2014
    7:41 pm
    Arrest the Jackass
    James_Blair fbxl5 • 9 hours ago
    Assange ruined Wikileaks by making it all about *him* rather than the information. Manning mattered. Snowden matters. But Assange? I'm not even sure what exactly made him important in the first place.

    The entire movement has been better off without him. If he gets out, all we will get is more me-me-me stuff and more interviews with his pals like Lukashenko of Belarus.
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    C.M. • 10 hours ago
    Assange has no credible fear that Sweden, of all possible countries, might co-operate in an extradition to the USA for a political offence, especially given that, when he was expressing this fear, he was still wandering around in the UK, which would certainly have extradited him if the USA asked.

    He might well have a credible fear of being found guilty in Sweden though, but I don't know anything about Swedish sex crime law.
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    right flag C.M. • 10 hours ago
    I don't know about extradition, but Assange did say that "Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism."

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/swedish-court-julian-assange-arrest-warrant/382998/#disqus_thread
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    6:13 pm
    Snot easy being green
    he following resolution was debated at the British “Left Unity” conference on Saturday:

    “Despite the atrocities it has carried out and its attack on the Kurds, IS nevertheless represents an attempt to break fundamentally with the structure of religiously and ethnically divided nation states imposed on the region by Britain and France at the end of the First World War… Unlike a continuation of the framework of western-imposed nation states, it therefore, theoretically, has progressive potential.”

    “The Caliphate represents an alternative political vision that is gathering support amongst Muslims across the Muslim world because… it stands for replacing the brutal regimes in which they live with a political system based on Islam that sets up an accountable executive, an organised judiciary, representative consultation, inal motions and amendments for the rule of law and citizenship; such a state could only be a stabilising force for the region and the European Left has to acknowledge and accept the widespread call for a Caliphate among Muslims as valid and an authentic expression of their emancipatory, anti-imperialist aspirations.”
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    6:53 pm
    Get your damn dirty paws off my data
    The library researcher Ben Kaden pleaded for a conference to bring out the NSA already publicly available documents as a book and to open up the better. Others call for the publication of all material Snowden.

    The dropwise unveiling of individual facets of the NSA scandal comes According to observers at attention economic boundaries. The "sobering turning point" that the intelligence mass surveillance for Western society representative, have been triggered comparatively little public reaction, stated Ben Kaden from the Center for Technology and Society at the TU Berlin on Saturday at the conference "Slow Politics" of the " Berliner Gazette ". The current political and media discourse has remained quite abstract for the general public and have developed "no lasting effect".

    Call for publication of papers Snowden gets louder
    The library researcher Ben Kaden is committed to a collective processing and dissemination of Snowden papers.
    Image: Stefan Krempl
    The library and information scientists therefore makes for a collective processing and dissemination of strong papers of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on a neutral platform. Ideally this would be in his view, a public library, since this institution was regarded as trustworthy and does not pursue commercial interests. They also offer a wide range of switching functions for collaborative Open up the material by about indexing or annotating.

    Digital instruments such as crowdsourcing could be involved in the preparation of such "Snowden commons" according to the researchers. Professionals, it would just about possible to explain in comments what meant certain passages in the intelligence jargon written and studded with numerous acronyms documents.

    The Snowden papers are for Kaden's cultural heritage, so that they must be be available to the public and archived. This is apparent in this country about from Article 5 of the Basic Law on Freedom of Information. One could as the grounds for the claim and Open Access thoughts use: Similar to subsidized with government funds scientific research would be funded with public money and intelligence. It is therefore appropriate to transfer the documents in the possession of the general public.

    A public library would have the papers a safe haven for their accessibility for future generations, explained the researchers. They could act as a focal point for new forms of "civil education" to return the surveillance by the secret through a social project.

    The prelude to this experiment was the summary and release date of the Snowden-confidant and media organs according Kaden put on-line material to make a book. In this form the documents are "acceptable" for a library, while individual downloads there were not publishable substances in the category. This means that around five percent of the total Snowden fundus would at least preserved for the public and officially opened for verification and further exchanges. Still unclear is the copyright status of the documents with legal problems in this regard, but is unlikely.

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    The Amsterdam Media Professor Geert Lovink suggests, to make the whole treasure of the NSA whistleblower publicly.
    Image: Wikipedia The Amsterdam Media Professor Geert Lovink left no doubt that in his opinion the medium term, the entire treasure of the NSA Whistleblowers must be made and archived publicly. Such an approach has a very different range than the global 24-hour news machine. "Journalists want to make headlines and politics", was the founder of the Institute of Network Cultures . But it was important to think long-term.

    The Snowden-papers offer unique insight into a loud Lovink "information-military complex in the making": They showed roughly, "who are the actors and what technologies they use." In addition, they made different impact of monitoring on individual countries or regions significantly and who personally was affected as a group or society. Taken together, this was "for all investigative journalists around the world for decades interesting".

    A pertinent archive should also already published relevant papers of Wikileaks and the New York Cryptome activists included John Young, underlined the Dutchman. Just as an overall view of intelligence development will be. Would have to take a stand on issues that involved an editorial revision, to possibly screen out sensitive personal information. Personally, he does not think much of the great blacks, as in this country, the federal government operates NSA committee of inquiry : "We talk about general monitoring procedures and data that we have created itself, not on individual espionage cases."

    The Canadian cultural theorist Max Haiven calls a "trust company for Big Data".
    The Canadian cultural theorist Max Haiven calls a "trust company for Big Data". Vergrößern
    Image: Stefan Krempl The-heard by the Guardians of the fundus argument that the material was too complex for an unmediated publication, Lovink dismissed as far-fetched. In his view, should decide the public. She was also to be better able than a chosen small circle.

    Another form of a commons open to all, brought the Canadian cultural theorist Max Haiven into play. He called for a "trust company for Big Data". Data that were incurred as the benefit of search engines, are a public good. Companies such as Google should therefore not only have the right to dig for it, and so "great power" to exercise over the person concerned. It would have to be found new ways for users to retrieve their own information. Also, algorithms and other tools and the "cultivation" and scouring the enormous mountains of data should be treated as common property. (Stefan Krempl) / ( se )
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