Sunday, June 30, 2013

Proudly backwards

Finally, the start of the real story:  "Greenwald on ‘coming’ leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen"

So, we get some new slides and some more 'limited hangout', a 'court approved' system with supervisors who "must endorse the analyst's "reasonable belief," defined as 51 percent confidence, that the specified target is a foreign national who is overseas at the time of collection."

Where is Snowden anyway?  We're told he is in Russia, but I see no reason to believe it.  The idea he should head to Ecuador at which point the Ecuadorian government will get around to deciding what to do with him?  Not very prudent for Snowden, particularly as the American dirty tricks and pressure on Ecuador are in full effect.

"Leak inquiry launched over ‘NYT’ story on American-Israeli cyberwar targeting Iran"  Another general in trouble for crossing World Jewry.  I'd still be careful of the Stuxnet story.

"Syria, The Faces Behind The Terror" by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

"White Turks, Black Turks, and Negroes: The Politics of Polarization"  The bifurcation between the 'with it'/'proudly not with it' groups allows the 1% to get away with murder, and explains things like:
  1. why the Republicans still promote the craziest socially conservative programs against the wishes of sizable majorities of the American population;
  2. why the mayor of Toronto can be a crack-head;
  3. why Morsi is in charge of Egypt;
  4. why Erdoğan is in no political danger.
The riots and protests against conservatism are in the deepest urban areas, while the suburbanites - much of the countryside has been forced to move to the suburbs - and country dwellers remain defiantly and proudly backwards.
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