Monthly Archives: October 2013

Germany – US – Merkel Would Be So Much More Convincing If It Weren’t True That Her Government Also Wiretaps Politicians – 27 October 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundesamt_f%C3%BCr_Verfassungsschutz Hello, Angela Merkel. Have you forgotten about this? The German government has a federal institution that investigates political organisations deemed to be a threat to the country’s Basic Law (that is, its constitution). This institution performs legal surveillance on politicians … Continue reading

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US – Ground Zero – Building Anything At The Site Means Terrorists Lose – But Losing Our Heads About What’s Important Means They Win – 27 October 2013

http://gawker.com/banksy-bashes-design-of-world-trade-center-claims-terr-1452960050?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook &utm_medium=socialflow I agree with Banksy. The terrorists have won. But not because of anything having to do with the One World Trade Center building. One of the commenters responding to this article on Gawker.com has it exactly right – … Continue reading

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Greece – Bulgaria – The “Little Blonde Angel” Turns Out To Be The Daughter Of Swarthy Roma – And Now We’re All Aware Of The Xenophobia Machine That Produces Stories Like That – 27 October 2013

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/dna-tests-confirm-bulgarian-roma-woman-is-mother-of-greek-mystery-girl-maria/article15073935/ The news media convicts itself. Turns out this “white angel” supposedly abducted by “Gypsies” is actually a Roma girl from Bulgaria. For those of you not hip to the lingo, the Roma people are the “Gypsies”. In other words, … Continue reading

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US – Progressive Republicanism – The Taft Family Pipes Up Only When The Right Embarrasses Them Beyond A Tolerable Limit – And Even Then, They Don’t Do Much Else But Talk – 27 October 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/opinion/the-cry-of-the-true-republican.html?_r=0 It’s interesting how you only hear from the Taft family, that age-old family of Ohio Republicans, when others in the Republican Party are embarrassing them. To be a Taft, it seems, is to be the very definition of a … Continue reading

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US – Frankenstein Progressives – “War Bad! Spying Bad!” – Yeah, But Freaking Out Instead Of Thinking Means The Guys With The Pitchforks Win – 24 October 2013

I was thinking that my fulminations against “emo progressives” often don’t strike the proper chord because people (properly) value their emotions (the source of all things “emo”). They also value the moral positions towards which their emotional intuitions lead them, … Continue reading

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US – NSA – Convenient Historical Revisionism Is Well-Served By Blaming Spies And Disinformation For Choices The Country Made – 23 October 2013

I think the main thing that disturbs me about the continuing torrent of Greenwald/Snowden NSA blather is that it fits in so nicely with American revisionist history. In that history, it all started with Bush and continued with Obama…but no … Continue reading

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US – NSA – Transparency Now, Or Betray All We Have Fought For – 23 October 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/world/europe/united-states-disputes-reports-of-wiretapping-in-Europe.html Not even bothering to write a full commentary. Obama – transparency now, before this consumes the rest of your presidency. We saw in the battle over the shutdown that you still have some good left to do in Washington. … Continue reading

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US – Racial Politics – Just Comp Him The Belt Already – 23 October 2013

http://jezebel.com/black-teen-falsely-arrested-after-buying-designer-belt-1450676495 Barneys on Madison Avenue should give this young man the belt free. Someone responding to this story argued that we should be all trying to make that happen, and I agree. Hopefully a lot of you out there do … Continue reading

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US – France – Germany – Brazil – If Some Countries Want Intelligence System Scandals, They Need Not Really Leave Home To Do That – 22 October 2013

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/10/21/2807751/france-germany-brazil-surveillance/ This is an interesting piece about how the French spy on a lot of their own citizens as well, despite being shocked, simply shocked I tell you, at current Snowden and Greenwald claims about American spying on French communications … Continue reading

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