Links, 9/28/11

Back in the day we were watching cut submarine telecom cables pretty closely. Here’s a map of the global Toobz network. (h/t Global Guerrillas)

A Muslim Republican, Nezar Hamze, was denied a spot on Broward County Republican Party’s Executive Committee not because he is Muslim, the party claimed, but because he has ties to CAIR. The DOJ owns significant responsibility for this, as they have not rescinded a document in the Holy Land Foundation trial naming CAIR as an unindicted conspirator.

Hershey has gotten increasingly dickish in response to the foreign workers who they’ve been exploiting all summer. The latest? They’re pushing these kids out of housing and harassing their parents. (h/t Susie)

Among other things, Facebook includes a record of every event you’ve been invited to, and whether you’ve accepted, declined, or ignored that invitation. This must be why FB, on a seemingly daily basis at this point, spams me to tell me I’ve got notices I’m ignoring.

The Obama Administration has delayed implementation–from November to January–of the new fuel efficiency standards that it was bragging about back in July. I’m sure implementing them during an election year won’t be a problem.

Anthony (Tony Baloney) Bologna actually pepper-sprayed at least one other group of protestors over the weekend. Check out Bologna’s face as he engages in this kind of senseless brutality.

As hard as you New Yorkers think it is to find a parking space, take solace in knowing that it is far harder to find spaces in cities in China and India. This, btw, is one of the fundamental flaws to plans car companies have to keep expanding wildly in China. There’s simply not space to park all those cars.

I was going to write a post on how the Administration should be focusing is energy on Chinese currency manipulation rather than its jobs bill (or better yet, both). But DDay laid out what’s going on, with Harry Reid postponing Obama’s jobs bill for now to work on the currency bill. So go read his post.

 

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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

11 replies
  1. MadDog says:

    That Submarine Cable Map is too cool. When you click on an individual cable, it gives you details such as owners, length, and landing points at both ends.

  2. MadDog says:

    @MadDog: Hey EW, the Edit function just showed up!

    I like the 2nd function “Request Deletion”. There probably needs to be a space between the “Click to Edit” and “Request Deletion” functions to provide clarity.

  3. JohnT says:

    Among other things, Facebook includes a record of every event you’ve been invited to, and whether you’ve accepted, declined, or ignored that invitation.

    And, until a few days ago …

    Dave Winer wrote a timely piece this morning about how Facebook is scaring him since the new API allows applications to post status items to your Facebook timeline without a users intervention. It is an extension of Facebook Instant and they call it frictionless sharing. The privacy concern here is that because you no longer have to explicitly opt-in to share an item, you may accidentally share a page or an event that you did not intend others to see.

    The advice is to log out of Facebook. But logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com. Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.

    http://nikcub-static02.appspot.com/logging-out-of-facebook-is-not-enough

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