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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bmaz @dcbigjohn Awesome pics. Looks like a good time.
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bmaz @xbradtc Baltimore officials have already admitted that the knife he was carrying was legal. No legitimate grounds for arrest. Nor killing.
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bmaz @xbradtc Under Wardlow, a minimal Terry stop probably. The type of conduct that obviously occurred here, not even close.
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bmaz Great news; about time RT @evanchill Canada says will finally issue @MFFahmy11 a passport after an embarrassing delay http://t.co/Sq1Shwd9S8
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bmaz @Popehat @CathyYoung63 "attorney and astute commentator Ken White" Man, you get all the good descriptions.
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bmaz @daneyvilla It seems pretty much that's about it
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bmaz Restrained him on the ground.....for what?? Gray ends up with a severed spine for making eye contact with a cop?
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bmaz How can this be proper basis? http://t.co/tmhnSmgPwt
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bmaz Why did the Baltimore police start chasing Freddie Gray to begin with? What was probable cause for physical arrest?
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bmaz @DanCBarr I had season tix and was at nearly every game that season+playoffs. Incredible energy. You are right, Warriors now do seem like it
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