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Archive for May 14th, 2014

Very interesting insight into the origins of Snowden’s mindset

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Quite a fascinating article. Snowden developed his sense of “right action” through the playing of video games.

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14 May 2014 at 8:03 pm

US Brownshirts? Keep an eye on the militia movement

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This article is worth reading and pondering. What is happening is not comic, and many man-years of thought and planning have gone into the armed anti-government movement, with a lot of communication among the groups, thanks to the Internet. The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks these movements. Movements of this sort seem to exhibit various dynamics, including withering away, blowing up big, and—sometimes—growing bigger and stronger more rapidly than expected, like the Brownshirts and the Blackshirts.

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14 May 2014 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government, Law

Very intriguing: Jil Abramson, 60, abruptly out as NY Times executive editor

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With the control of our media increasingly driven by politics and money aggressively seeking control, things like this deserve a clear explanation.

UPDATE: Here’s the backstory.

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14 May 2014 at 12:02 pm

Posted in Business, NY Times

How to guard your privacy and encrypt your communication

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This is the video that Edward Snowden sent to Glenn Greenwald, who blew it off until much later…

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14 May 2014 at 11:21 am

Posted in NSA, Software, Technology

Microcredit works after all, a 20-year study concludes

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14 May 2014 at 9:23 am

Posted in Business

Senators: Obama Administration has created a culture of misinformation

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Harsh words well deserved. Charlie Savage reports in the NY Times:

Two Democratic senators accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of seeking to “ignore or justify” statements it made to the Supreme Court about warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency, contributing to what they called a “culture of misinformation” by the executive branch.

In a letter to Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., the senators, Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon, maintained that the Justice Department was not being forthright about what they portrayed as factual misrepresentations to the Supreme Court in 2012. The case involved a challenge to the constitutionality of a law permitting warrantless N.S.A. surveillance.

The senators’ message was a response to a letter that the Justice Department sent them in December defending its conduct in the surveillance case, Clapper v. Amnesty International, in part because certain aspects of N.S.A. spying had been classified at the time. The department’s letter had not been public, but Mr. Udall’s office provided it to The New York Times on Tuesday.

Together, the letters added to a growing public record of some of the legal frictions that have followed the increased scrutiny of N.S.A. surveillance practices set off by the leaks from the former contractor Edward J. Snowden.

The Justice Department was reviewing the senators’ letter and declined to comment further, said Brian Fallon, a spokesman.

In the Clapper case, a group of plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. It permits the N.S.A. to intercept Americans’ international emails and phone calls on the domestic network and without a warrant as long as the target of the surveillance is a noncitizen located abroad.

The Obama administration argued that the plaintiffs lacked standing because they could not prove their communications had been intercepted. The justices voted 5 to 4 to dismiss the case.

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. recited two claims made by the government: The Justice Department must notify criminal defendants who faced evidence derived from such surveillance, and the N.S.A., to intercept the Americans’ communications without a warrant, must target their foreign contacts for surveillance. But both claims have come under scrutiny in the recent focus on N.S.A. activities.

It emerged that the Justice Department was not notifying defendants in situations when warrantless surveillance had led in turn to a wiretap order on an individual that produced evidence used in court. Mr. Verrilli fought an internal battle last summer to change the practice, and prosecutors have been belatedly  notifying defendants, who have clear standing to challenge the constitutionality of the spying. . .

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For a supposed Constitutional scholar, either Obama doesn’t understand quite a bit of the Constitution, or he believes he can simply ignore the Constitution (which shows he doesn’t understand it). Very bad.

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14 May 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted in Daily life

Stealth shave, super smooth

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SOTD 14 May 2014

Very fine shave today indeed. I used one of my Rod Neep brushes with HTGAM’s Meta Nectar shaving soap: wonderful lather. The Stealth did its super shaving job, and then a splash of June Clover, one of my faves.

Cleaning ladies today. Must get ready.

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14 May 2014 at 8:01 am

Posted in Shaving

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