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Surveillance States and the End of Freedom 20 Aug 2013 | 06:25 am

The detention of David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald’s husband has led to much hand wringing.  He was forced to give up the passwords to his phone and his computer, was threatened with jail, and was only a...

Need help with finding old Bop News Articles (aka. bleg) 15 Aug 2013 | 11:14 am

I’ve decided, after some prompting, to put together an anthology of my writings.  Unfortunately they’re scattered over multiple blogs and some of those blogs don’t exist any more.  I had assumed this ...

All registered users will have to re-register Thursday August 14th 15 Aug 2013 | 04:53 am

Sorry folks, but the amount of registration spam is out of control and one of the things slowing down the blog.  I’m going to purge everyone who doesn’t have at least editor level access tomorrow, and...

Why Egypt’s Regime Must Double Down 15 Aug 2013 | 12:27 am

There have been more killings in Egypt today of Muslim Brotherhood supporters.  Of particular note is the death of Asmaa al-Beltagi, daughter of a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, Dr. Mohammed al-Bel...

The Beauty of Obama’s Clapper Appointment 13 Aug 2013 | 03:15 pm

As you’ve probably heard, Obama has appointed James Clapper (the man who lied under oath to Congress about NSA spying) to review NSA spying. I am in awe, few things have impressed me this deeply. Th...

Because you all come here because of my taste in music 9 Aug 2013 | 01:24 am

some fiddle music:

Why Jeff Bezos Purchased the Washington Post 6 Aug 2013 | 10:47 am

Newspapers don’t make much money any more (though in the 90s they made returns in the teens regularly.)  What they do still have, though, is influence and power.  Even though newspapers don’t have the...

Bin Laden’s insights and the Egyptian Coup 4 Aug 2013 | 11:59 am

This is the sort of post that makes people mad, but in light of what’s happening in Egypt it’s necessary to talk about bin Laden. Most people who hate bin Laden have never read read his writings.  Th...

Snowden, Manning and the role of government secrecy 2 Aug 2013 | 09:56 pm

I’ve stayed out of the Manning and Snowden imbroglio because most of what needs to be said is being said by other people. However there is one issue that is not being made clear enough, but which und...

Employment and Economic situation in a nutshell 2 Aug 2013 | 07:40 pm

1) In absolute terms there are still less jobs than before the recession.  In absolute terms.  As a percentage of the population, it will not recover in 10 years, which is what I said the moment that ...

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