Links, 8/12/11

The National Security State

While David Cameron has just been speaking hypothetically about shutting down social networks to stop riots, BART turned off cell phone coverage at San Francisco Civic Center station. Didn’t Egypt fine Hosni Mubarak for this kind of censorship?

Slate reports that Andres Breivik may have put a code in his manifesto, with GPS coordinates of locations across Europe.

The AP has profiles of many of the men who died in the helicopter downing over the weekend.

As Paul Pillar summarizes, at the same time as almost 1/6 of Congress goes to Israel on a junket, Israel continues to encourage illegal settlements, forcing the US to waste political capital on preventing Palestinians from getting justice via other means, like statehood. Meanwhile, Antiwar notes that AIPAC’s funding has gotten really fishy, presumably in response to the Steve Rosen defamation lawsuit against it.

In a “Six Questions” with Scott Horton, Harold Bloom draws parallels between the Presidents Bush and late Roman emperors and calls Obama a “pseudo-Aurelius” for the way he has continued W’s policies.

The Vice President of the Maersk Line limited thinks bad policies passed by Congress are worse than pirates. Of course, there’s a significant underlying bias here that says that shipping companies should not have to pay the external costs, so take what is otherwise a very intriguing essay with that grain of salt.

Our Dying Economy

Finally, someone in Congress has pointed out that one way to minimize chances of hacked circuits and chips is to make them in the United States.

The SEC is investigating the S&P’s downgrade.Not competently, I’m guessing.

I talked about how insane it is that people who produce (manufacture or farm) get such a small chunk of the money we spend on their products. This Grist article talks about how Farmers Markets support jobs.

64% of Americans don’t have enough cash to handle a $1000 emergency expense. Give stats on net worth, this should not be a surprise to anyone. Still bad news, but not a surprise.

Justice and Injustice

The Cash for Kids judge got sentenced to 28 years. Heck, I wouldn’t have minded if his sentence were longer.

On the same day Multiple Choice Mitt reminded us all that corporations are people, Exxon filed to have the full Circuit review an opinion holding that corporations, like individuals, could be held liable for torture and other human rights violations.

 

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18 Responses to Links, 8/12/11

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bmaz Trump is not an aberration, Trump is the resultant epitome of decades of "conservative" politics. Look in the mirror GOP, you ARE Trump.
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emptywheel I can just see Barbara yelling at each of her men telling them to get to the nearest camera to scorn that man Trump who showed no respect.
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emptywheel Why are people pretending the Bushes are being principled in refusing to back Trump? Trump damaged their already crappy brand, is all.
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bmaz In fact, GOP/"conservative" ethos+playbook of delegitimization goes back to Carter+then Clinton. Reaping what sown. https://t.co/t9Gy7qREcr
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emptywheel RT @KenGude: Added wrinkle to Trump-Ryan battle is that Ryan has an anti-trade, anti-immigration challenger in 8/9 primary: https://t.co/Ek
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bmaz Thoughtful take by @OrinKerr on the rise of Trumpism, but the GOP ethos of "delegitimization" started earlier. FAR https://t.co/LgZ355ErqQ
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emptywheel @LOLGOP I certainly can't imagine I'm Cheney w/o copious amounts of alcohol. I know that.
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emptywheel @LOLGOP By "you," I assume you mean, "pour yourself several stiff drinks and pretend you're PapaDick and spawned BabyDick Cheney"?
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emptywheel @LOLGOP Apparently Cheney doesn't much mind that Trump blamed his former "boss" for letting 9/11 happen and botching Iraq.
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emptywheel @ggreenwald From that i can only assume he just leaked MORE code word docs to someone he's illicitly fucking @JohnKiriakou @MonaHol @Snowden
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emptywheel @ggreenwald Remember he bitched abt @JohnKiriakou the same week he lied to FBI abt leaking to mistress. @MonaHol @Snowden
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emptywheel @JC_Christian When does Hillary release the library of Trump Whitey coke tapes? Cause that's all I'm looking forward to at this point.
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