Monday, October 14, 2013

Thanks for everything

"For feds, there is more at stake in Tsarnaev case than just losing":
"More and more in recent decades, a major reason for federal prosecutors to want to avoid trials is not just to eliminate the risk of their losing, but, rather, as we learned recently from the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, to avoid having the public learn some of the secrets of how federal agents and prosecutors have operated of late.
The danger of having more federal criminal jury trials is not that the government might lose verdicts, but, rather, that casting daylight on increasingly corrupt and unlawful federal tactics risks a loss of public confidence in the federal criminal justice system. Those of us who have dealt with the Department of Justice and the FBI and other agencies in recent years, especially in what might be dubbed the age of terror, harbor few remaining illusions."
Rhetorical question:  "Why did BBC let Simon Schama make "moral case for Israel" unchallenged?":
"Even Schama himself, in the interview that follows, can’t seem to believe what the BBC let him get away with.
The Haaretz journalist, Anshel Pfeffer, puts it to Schama that it would appear the BBC seems to be on Israel’s side after all.
“ ‘I know,’ [Schama] says, laughing, ‘people were tweeting to me last night in amazement, ‘Is this the BBC?’,” Pfeffer reports."
"Mark Zuckerberg purchases four neighboring homes for $30 million… to protect his privacy" Note how privacy is a luxury good that reinforces the status of the 1%.

"Janet Joy":  "So Yellen is, if you like, a member of my tribe . . ."  No comment.

Human Rights Watch suddenly takes an unprecedented and shocking interest in . . . um . . . human rights.

"Arafat poisoned to death: Lancet medical journal"  "Arafat and Polonium Poisoning: A Sort-of Update"

"New York Times says UK tried to get it to hand over Snowden documents"  It appears that it was decided that document management and spin was the better way to go.

"A Heat Vampire in Search of a Movie Deal" and comment by Steven Bloom.  Everything's coming up Koch.

Keeping the regulators semi-honest:  "Don’t Need No Stinking Stuxnet to Make You Worry"

"Incredible Israeli Tales of Lucky Escapes in Westgate Attack"
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