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Wednesday: Time Travel

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Rayne
In this roundup: A short film about a mother's time travel adventure, the Internet of Stupid Things, and more. My oldest just finished her degree program and my youngest left for his first year of college this past month. Now I feel like…
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The Questions That Should Be Being Asked About Trump's Tax Returns

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bmaz
[Editor's Note - this is a guest post by a friend of ours here at the Emptywheel Blog, Bob Lord. Bob is a longtime tax attorney with some very salient thoughts on Trump's taxes, and lack of production thereof] By Robert J. Lord A lot has…
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Gone Fishing Cycling

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emptywheel
Just to let you know that in 20 minutes I'm headed off for a 10 day almost-entirely device free vacation cycling through the south of France. To be honest, during the redesign, I entirely lost track of the keys to the likker cabinet. But…
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America, Friday Night Lights and Ditka Is An Ass Trash

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bmaz
Colin Kaepernick started something when he sat, and then kneeled, for the Star Spangled Banner. Not sure he knew or fully intended the scope of reaction he generated, but generate it he did. It has led to much consternation and discussion across…
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Hillary Claims to Support Targeted Spying But Advisor Matt Olsen Was Champion of Bulk Spying

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emptywheel
Hillary's advisors say she supports a USA Freedom Act "just right" approach to spying on Americans as part of her intelligence surge. But the inclusion of Matt Olsen among her advisors on the subject might suggest support for more bulk spying.
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Yahoo's Three Hacks

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emptywheel
Today, Yahoo confirmed that 500 million of its users had been compromised in a 2014 hack. But this may actually be the third hack of interest involving Yahoo.
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Why Is DOD Paying Dataminr $13M for Data It Claims to Believe Twitter Won't Deliver?

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emptywheel
A week before Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcell Lettre said he believed Twitter refused to let Dataminr hand its data over to the intelligence community in bulk, Lettre's office sole-sourced a $13 million contract to do just that.
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Wednesday: Big Wheels Turning

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Rayne
Hard to believe this was made in 1982. Yeah, the production quality doesn't match today's digital capabilities, but the story itself seems really prescient. How can an ethically-compromised bloviating bigot manage to fumble his way into office? Now…
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After We Help the Saudis Commit More War Crimes We're Going to Mars!

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emptywheel
Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham successfully convinced the Senate to table a resolution halting arm sales to the Saudis because of their war crimes in Yemen. And then Bill Nelson announced we're going to colonize Mars.
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Welcome to the New and Improved Emptywheel

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emptywheel
Hey lookee here!!! We've cleaned the living room up and vacuumed the floor.
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Tolstoy On Iraq

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Ed Walker
One of the great pleasures of travel is long uninterrupted stretches of time for reading. I’m on the road for a long trip, including a visit to Russia, and took a copy of War and Peace with me. It’s really long, and therefore perfect for…
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What Happens When Visa Applicants Forget Their Old Social Media IDs?

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emptywheel
After being pushed into it by Congress, Customs and Border Protection has been going through the rule-making process on asking visa applicants for their social media IDs. The idea is root out people like Tashfeen Malik, the wife in the San…
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Why Is HPSCI's Snowden Report So Inexcusably Shitty?

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emptywheel
There's now a growing list of things in the HPSCI report on Snowden that are either factually wrong, misleading, or spin. One part of the spin the report admits itself: the committee assessed damage based on the 1.5 million documents Snowden…
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I'm On The Lamb, But I Ain't No Sheep Trash Talk

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bmaz
Hey, what do ya want for nuthin, rubber biscuit? We did Blue Brothers last week. That was awfully right and proper. And this week we are gonna go back to some deeper roots. Keeping in the blue theme, some early Blue Oyster Cult with I'm On The…
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HPSCI: We Must Spy Like Snowden To Prevent Another Snowden

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emptywheel
I was going to write about this funny part of the HPSCI report anyway, but it makes a nice follow-up to my post on Snowden and cosmopolitanism, on the importance of upholding American values to keeping the servants of hegemon working to serve…
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A Cosmopolitan Defense of Snowden

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emptywheel
A bunch of human rights groups have started a campaign calling on President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden, to coincide with the release of the Snowden movie today. With regards to Snowden's fate, I believe -- as I have from the start --…
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If Snowden Doesn't Know Privacy Protections of 702, That's a Problem with NSA Training

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emptywheel
The House Intelligence Committee just released a report -- ostensibly done to insist President Obama not pardon Snowden -- that is instead surely designed as a rebuttal to the Snowden movie coming out in general release tomorrow. Why HPSCI sees…
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FBI can't pretend to be the AP without special approval. They can pretend to be Apple.

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emptywheel
As a number of outlets have reported, the DOJ IG just released a report on FBI's impersonation of a journalist in 2007. The FBI pretended to be the AP to catch a high school student making bomb threats. As I will explain in more detail in…
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A Busy Day for the Bears

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emptywheel
Yesterday, there were three arguably big events associated with stolen records alleged to have ties to Russia's GRU. Simon Biles treats her ADHD The first is the leak, by a group explicitly calling itself Fancy Bear (though the hack was once…
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John McCain Wants to "Expose" Twitter for Refusing to Sell Your Twitter Data in Bulk to CIA

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emptywheel
John McCain just had a hearing on cybersecurity. The primary point of the hearing seems to have been to get Admiral Mike Rogers to say the nation would be less safe if we split CYBERCOM Commander from Director of NSA (that is, if we split his…