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Steven Perez
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/economy...
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress
"At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements. The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster | ThinkProgress
"“The bells of liberty are surely ringing throughout Florida today.” said state Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen (R). The cause of Fitzenhagen’s delight is a bill that would allow people with no criminal record to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in crisis or evacuation scenarios. Her bill, which applies to natural disaster scenarios such as hurricanes or forest fires and emergencies declared by the governor or local authorities, passed the state House of Representatives by a 80-36 margin." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"Other lawmakers are not quite so excited about this bill. Democratic Rep. Victor Torres, a retired New York City transit police officer, opposed the bill noting that guns in places like storm shelters could be dangerous and increase tension in an already stressful scenario — “[y]ou are talking about introducing concealed firearms into an environment that is already teeming with... more... - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science' | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate...
Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science' | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) readily admits he’s “not smart enough” to determine the roots of climate change. He is, however, able to rule out one possible cause: humans. The freshman congressman’s remarks came in an interview with ThinkProgress Monday following a town hall meeting. Asked about the spate of extreme weather, including weeks of punishing drought, that has gripped parts of Florida in recent years, Yoho dismissed the idea that it could be a symptom of manmade climate change. “I think it’s a natural occurrence,” the Tea Party-aligned lawmaker said." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/health...
For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal | ThinkProgress
"Most young women assume that being harassed, assaulted, and abused is simply something that everyone experiences, according to the results from a forthcoming study that will be published in the next issue of the journal Gender & Society. The perception that gender-based violence is normal dissuades most victims from reporting those crimes. In order to arrive at those conclusions, sociologist Heather Hlavka analyzed interviews conducted with 100 young women between the ages of three and seventeen years old. The interview subjects had been identified as potential sexual assault victims through an advocacy group that works to combat child abuse. Hlavka discovered that most of those girls rationalized their everyday experiences of abuse and harassment, simply believing there was nothing unusual about being victimized." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women 'Up At The Front' If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women 'Up At The Front' If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent | ThinkProgress
"An uprising of militia members who were planning an “armed response” to federal enforcement of trespassing law ended peacefully Saturday after the Bureau of Land Management stopped rounding up cattle that a federal judge found have been illegally grazed on federal land for years." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"But some allies of rancher Cliven Bundy were prepared to make as much of a media spectacle as possible if violence were to erupt, saying they would put women on the front lines in the event federal officials turned to deadly force." - Steven Perez
"Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack told Fox News Monday, as reported by the Blaze: 'We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.'" - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
Why Darrell Issa's New IRS Scandal Accusation Makes No Sense | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Why Darrell Issa's New IRS Scandal Accusation Makes No Sense | Mother Jones
"It's no secret that Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) don't get along. Last month, Issa cut off Cummings' microphone at a hearing on the IRS scandal. Their latest spat came last week, when Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Cummings, the senior Democrat on the committee, accusing him of secretly scheming with the IRS to target True the Vote, a conservative organization. But in his argument against Cummings, Issa's grasping at straws." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The oversight committee has been investigating whether the IRS purposefully targeted conservative nonprofit groups. GOPers have fixated on the investigation, despite the fact that documents have shown the IRS scrutinized progressive groups as well. And last Thursday, House Republicans voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify about her role in... more... - Steven Perez
"Issa's main gripe is that Cummings sent questions to True the Vote that were similar to questions the IRS put to the organization. He says that although Cummings denied that his staff "might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these federal agencies," his communications indicate otherwise. Issa also claims that Cummings didn't adequately inform the committee of his interactions with the IRS." - Steven Perez
"But according to the timeline in Issa's own letter, Cummings didn't trigger the IRS investigation into True the Vote. True the Vote was on the agency's radar screen months before Cummings reached out to the IRS. Additionally, Issa was aware that Cummings was looking into True the Vote. Cummings CCed Issa on the October 2012 letters he sent to the group and posted them on his website.... more... - Steven Perez
Eric Logan
Allegations Of Impropriety Inside Dallas IRS Office - CBS - http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014...
Allegations Of Impropriety Inside Dallas IRS Office - CBS
“The largest concern is whether or not these employees are using their office to enforce their own personal political ideology. That’s what we saw happen in D.C. with the IRS targeting certain groups. To the extent these employees are supporters of President Obama, that’s fine, but what they do at work is separate from their personal political life. And it should be separate, and we get into trouble when it’s not.” Emert added, “So, if you’re a President Obama supporter, that’s great, you just can’t bring it into the federal office with you, especially during election time.” And it’s an apparent violation of the federal Hatch Act, according to Pete Schulte, a Dallas lawyer and former policeman. “The fundamental bottom line for the Hatch Act is to limit the Executive Branch—also known as the President—from having an army of federal employees being active in political campaigning, to try to re-elect the President and some of their sponsored candidates. So, it’s to prevent federal employees from actively engaging in political activities while they’re on the clock” Schulte told CBS 11 News. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The I.R.S. apparatchiks of the Democratic party. I can't wait to see them run on that ticket. - Eric Logan
"with the IRS targeting certain groups" - That's actually NOT what happened in DC with the IRS, which didn't target specific ideologies, but whatever. http://www.reuters.com/article... - "Republicans tried to link the White House to the IRS activity, but without success. The investigations revealed no clear political bias at the IRS and showed it had also closely reviewed applications from progressive political groups for tax-exempt status." - Andrew C (✔)
Depends on who you believe. I guess ? Lois Lerner's not saying anything. IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed. http://dailycaller.com/2014... - Eric Logan
"Depends on who you believe." -- yes, and Issa -- who released that report the Caller mentioned -- has a long history of being VERY selective with what he leaks. He's incredibly dishonest by any standard. - Andrew C (✔)
I agree with Andrew C - MRW_8
Sean McBride
IPCC report: How to fight global warming while saving money - CSMonitor.com - http://www.csmonitor.com/Environ...
"While containing global warming will require substantial investment in cleaner sources of energy, much can be accomplished through energy efficiency, a new United Nations report says. More efficient cars, buildings, and appliances will play a crucial role in curbing the effects of global warming, the report found." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want' | Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com.au/rand-pa...
Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want' | Business Insider
"Paul’s libertarian views and his stance as a prominent critic of the NSA have put him at odds with many Republican Party leaders, who consider Snowden a “traitor.” Paul was careful to say that not every government contractor should be free to disclose what he sees fit. But he was sympathetic to Snowden’s intentions, noting he was doubtful any of the information would have come to light without Snowden’s disclosures. “We can’t have a government that has no oversight. We can’t have an intelligence community that can do whatever the hell they want,” Paul told reporters Saturday at the Freedom Summit, a gathering of grassroots conservatives hosted by the groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"One of Paul’s favourite crowd-pleasing lines over the past two days in New Hampshire has been positing that if anyone in the crowd has a cell phone, it is likely they would be under surveillance. That line is followed the proclamation that it’s none of the federal government’s “damn business” what you do on your cell phone. Paul said Friday he thinks this issue will be a problem for... more... - Sean McBride
I guess Paul has latched on to this NSA thing hoping that it gets him name recognition. He hasn't convinced me that he's thoughtful, that he's given matters a lot of thought. I don't know what to make of the NSA issue given that they weren't following up on the Tsarnaevs and they've allowed all those Somalis into the country. Probably still taking in more despite what happened in that... more... - Berthe
I think Rand Paul, like many other Americans, takes civil liberties and privacy rights with great seriousness -- they are the bedrock of all our freedoms. - Sean McBride
Paul has positioned himself as an establishment outsider, renegade, speaker of truth to power, etc. -- just as Barack Obama did in 2008. He may be able to cut through Hillary Clinton like a knife through warm butter -- she is a tired, old, stale establishment politico through and through. No spark whatever. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
One recent study (Nature 496, 347-350) estimates that transpiration (water vapour derived from plants) produces 80–90% of the atmospheric moisture derived from continents. This figure substantially surpasses previous estimates (20–65%). If the share of atmospheric moisture derived from vegetation is so much larger than previously recognised, then changes in vegetation may also have greater impacts. Until the processes underlying vegetation control of the water cycle are resolved, the potential impact of land-cover change on the regional and global temperature regimes cannot be estimated with confidence. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Fiddling while Rome burns. Woolgathering. - Sean McBride
Rome, Ga and here we have freeze warnings tonight on April 15th I realize that's weather not climate, but it is quite contrary to prior published alarmists prognostications. You still have a major problem with the models, plants, forests other land use changes and natural variability might deserve further study. - Eric Logan
I pay little attention to local weather variations -- just the key indicators regarding long-term global climate. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | Informed Comment - http://www.juancole.com/2012...
Replace "white" with "jew", oh wait, if a jew does it almost doesn't even get reported, see Israel Rabinovitz - JustTheFactsPlease
Geez, Juan Cole sure has an animus against white people. That's his entire point, that he doesn't like white people. I guess the Tsarnaevs are white and who doesn't think they are the scum of the earth? Maybe he's talking about Timothy McVeigh but if so, Cole hasn't bothered himself to know anything about the OKC bombing that the mainstream media didn't tell him. - Berthe
Sean McBride
Climate Change Countdown | On Point with Tom Ashbrook - http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014...
Sean McBride
Sen. Rand Paul Weighs Containment of Iran Nuclear Threat - ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/blogs...
"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he believes “all options should be on the table” to prevent a nuclear Iran, but the U.S. should not immediately accept the idea of war when the threat of a nuclear Iran could be contained as it has been with other nuclear powers." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"“I’ve repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran. And I think all options should be on the table to prevent them from having nuclear weapons,” Paul said on “This Week” Sunday. But he said those who oppose the idea of containment — or living with an Iran with nuclear weapons — ignore that such an outcome has been necessary in the past." - Sean McBride
"Paul also defended his push to cut U.S. defense spending beyond lower sequester levels. “I believe national defense is the most important thing we do, but it isn’t a blank check,” he said. “Some conservatives think, ‘Oh, give them whatever they want and that everything is for our soldiers’ and they play up this patriotism that, ‘Oh, we don’t have to control defense spending.’” “We can’t be a trillion dollars in the hole every year,” he continued." - Sean McBride
"Earlier this week, another conservative superstar, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, made headlines with his comments on immigration, saying that while illegal immigrants break the law by crossing the border, “it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love.” While Paul didn’t dispute Bush’s comments, he did say he may have framed them differently. “If it were me, what I would have said is, people... more... - Sean McBride
Bluesun 2600
Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant - Boing Boing
"In Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens [PDF], a paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin Page, the authors analyze 1,779 over the past 20+ years and conclude that policy makers respond exclusively to the needs of people in the 90th wealth percentile to the exclusion of pretty much every one else. Mass-scale intervention from citizens' groups barely registers, while the desires of the richest ten percent of America dictate practically the entire national policy landscape." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
this is my shocked face. - Big Joe Silence
Sean McBride
Why judge’s ruling on Bridgegate subpoenas is bad for Christie | MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc...
"Although a New Jersey judge ruled on Wednesday that two of Gov. Chris Christie’s former allies at the center of so-called “Bridgegate” don’t have to turn over related documents to a state committee investigating the scandal, the Republican shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. That’s because Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision indicates just how seriously federal prosecutors – also investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings – are taking the case, according to legal experts and political analysts." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Yes, it won't surprise me if Eric Holder's federal prosecutors are going hard after Bridgegate all the while ignoring Cory Booker's cronies looting the Newark Watershed and burying Menendez dealings with the $21 million Medicare doctor who took Menendez to the Dominican Republic. - Berthe
Sean McBride
70 Percent of Americans Would Be More Bothered by Political Bullying than Politician Drug Use or Infidelity - Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason.com - http://reason.com/poll...
70 Percent of Americans Would Be More Bothered by Political Bullying than Politician Drug Use or Infidelity - Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason.com
"Reason-Rupe finds most Americans would be more concerned by political bullying than typical scandals that bring down politicians. Seventy percent of Americans would be “more bothered” by politicians using their political power to bully someone, while only 14 percent would be more bothered if their elected official used drugs and 11 percent would be more concerned if the politician cheated on his or her spouse." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Well, probably true but its all how the media writes it up. If Christie planned and executed "Bridgegate" all by himself, it would be a more benign "bullying" than what Obama and Holder were up to with Zimmerman, trying to railroad him into prison. No one thinks anyone was trying to get the Mayor of Ft. Lee prosecuted for anything. - Berthe
Sean McBride
Rand Paul Follows Jesse Jackson's Playbook - Bloomberg View - http://www.bloombergview.com/article...
"Jonathan Chait’s analysis today of Senator Rand Paul’s “hostile takeover” presidential candidacy is on target. Paul is too far from the Republican mainstream, especially on foreign policy, for his nomination to result from anything other than a capture of the party by what is, at this point, a relatively small group. That would have no real precedent in the modern (post-1968) era. There is some precedent for Paul’s campaign, however. It may have a lot in common with Jesse Jackson's 1988 campaign (while Ron Paul's efforts in 2008 and 2012 resemble Jackson's 1984 run)." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Thanks for the Rand Paul articles. I'm wary of his candidacy because of his strange amnesty for illegal aliens pronouncements. Does he really not get it? The wage competition and the negative effects on culture, the crime and welfare dependency - Rand Paul seems oblivious to all that. I can't be enthusiastic about his candidacy with that. - Berthe
I am posting the Rand Paul articles not to promote him or express agreement with him -- but because there is interesting political energy and movement surrounding him. I would, however, be pleased to see Paul weaken the neoconservative stranglehold on the Republican Party, regardless of whether he wins the nomination or not. - Sean McBride
Andrew C (✔)
[former Rep Jim Moran (D):] "We [Congressional Representatives] deal with people on a regular basis who come to see us who make more in a week than we make in a year." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Marshall:] "There's something very real going on in that last sentence that goes to the heart of much of the political economy of contemporary America, wealth inequality, and the formal and informal corruption of Congress. As far as it goes, what Moran says in this last sentence is totally true. " - Andrew C (✔)
"So it's not terribly surprising that members of Congress end up with a skewed perspective on average incomes and how many ordinary people live their lives or how it's easy to start thinking and feeling, "Hey, where's third vacation house?" "Where's my private plane?" So yeah, don't expect an avalanche of sympathy for members of Congress who make what would constitute a massive raise... more... - Andrew C (✔)
A congressman from Wisconsin (Sean Duffy) is a millionaire a few times over, and is consistently in line with Paul Ryan in philosophy and legislative action. This would include voting against extending unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed, assistance for women, infants and children, etc. So I was surprised (though I shouldn't have been) to hear rnews item this week that he is advocating that US representatives be given a raise from their meager salaries of $160K. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Sean McBride
Rand Paul: GOP Should Reject Cheney for Defending "Torture" | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Rand Paul: GOP Should Reject Cheney for Defending "Torture" | Mother Jones
"As the intra-party feud between the Cheney/neocon crew of the GOP and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his fellow intervention skeptics continues, here's another dicey matter for the warring parties to battle over: torture. The Cheney crowd fervently defends the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, and fiercely rejects referring to these tactics as torture. But in a 2009 interview posted on YouTube, Rand Paul denounced such practices as torture and said, "Bush had given these orders that allowed torture to occur." Paul, though, noted that he was not in favor of prosecuting Bush or former vice president Dick Cheney, comparing the question of whether to put them on trial for torture to the case of President Gerald Ford pardoning the disgraced former President Richard Nixon. And in another 2009 interview, Paul called on the GOP to disassociate itself from Cheney because the ex-veep was defending his administration's use of torture." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Green 'smear campaign' against professor who dared to disown 'sexed up' UN climate dossier. - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
Green 'smear campaign' against professor who dared to disown 'sexed up' UN climate dossier.
Prof Tol, from Sussex University, is a highly respected climate economist and one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of an important chapter in the 2,600-page report published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been widely criticised by green campaigners after he claimed that the much shorter ‘summary for policymakers’ – hammered out in all-night sessions between scientists and government officials over a week-long meeting in Yokohama, Japan – was overly ‘alarmist’. In his view, the summary focused on ‘scare stories’ and suggestions the world faced ‘the four horsemen of the apocalypse’. He said he did not want his name associated with it because he felt ‘uncomfortable’ with the way the summary exaggerated the economic impact of global warming. The source of the alleged smear campaign is Bob Ward, director of policy at the London School of Economics’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change. Mr Ward – neither an economist nor a climate... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Barry Paul
Andrew C (✔)
House Barely Passes Paul Ryan's Budget, With 12 Republicans Voting No - NationalJournal.com - http://www.nationaljournal.com/congres...
"His budget pushes higher defense spending--and cuts and changes to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and other social safety-net programs." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"At the same time, Ryan's budget does not say precisely what he would replace Obamacare with, only offering the expectation that it will be replaced. And Democrats, like Van Hollen of Maryland, complain that Ryan's proposal, even while scrapping the health care law, keeps all of its more than $700 billion in Medicare savings, as well as $1 trillion in revenues from Obamacare." - Andrew C (✔)
"And Ryan's budget calls for reducing taxes on the wealthy--individuals would have just two rates, 25 percent and 10 percent--and cutting the corporate tax rate to 25 percent. But it does not lay out a detailed route to those goals or even embrace a recent one proposed by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan." - Andrew C (✔)
"To reach balance in 10 years, Ryan's plan embraces a controversial "dynamic scoring" notion that there would be some positive impact on the nation's economic growth simply by reducing the deficit and cutting spending--although some economists disagree with this and even suggest that it could slow the economy. Ryan had not included such a calculation in his previous budget proposals." - Andrew C (✔)
Barry Paul
Barry Paul
New Show! Baseball and Philosophy! www.podcastgarden.com/episode/barry-paul-show-4-8-14-interpreting-the-waking-dream-pt-2-baseball-pt-1_15131
Sean McBride
TimesMachine - Browse The New York Times Archive - NYTimes.com - http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/browser
Useful: TimesMachine + JTA Archive -- there is a need to flesh out and organize these resources. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
How We Know Global Warming Is Happening in One Graphic : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/natural...
How We Know Global Warming Is Happening in One Graphic : TreeHugger
"Skeptical Science has been really pulling out all the stops as 2010 comes to an end, first releasing a great PDF Guide to Global Warming Skepticism and now adding the above image summarizing all the different indicators that the world is indeed warming. Not included in the graphic, Skeptical Science points out, are several other indicators: Lake and rive ice cover freezing later and breaking up earlier, permafrost warming at greater depths, lakes warming, growing seasons lengthening." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Climate change: In the balance | The Economist - http://www.economist.com/news...
Climate change: In the balance | The Economist
IN SCIENCE, more information is supposed to lead to better conclusions and greater consensus. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which published its latest report on March 31st, certainly has more information. The new study synthesises 73,000 published works (a quarter of them in Chinese). This represents a 100-fold increase in about 30 years. But consensus remains elusive. Richard Tol of Sussex University, in Britain, disparagingly appraised the report’s conclusions as “the four horsemen of the apocalypse”. The final version appears to have been fought over paragraph and comma between those (such as Dr Tol) who want to describe dispassionately what they think is happening and those who want to scare the world into taking action. Every six or so years, the IPCC produces a three-part encyclopedia of the climate. This report is the second tranche of its latest effort. The first, on the science of climate change, came out last September. It argued that the process is... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
NSA chief's legacy is shaped by big data, for better and worse - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/nation...
NSA chief's legacy is shaped by big data, for better and worse - latimes.com
In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only about half of enemy signals and taking hours to process them to being able to collect, sort and make available every Iraqi email, text message and phone-location signal in real time, said John "Chris" Inglis, who recently retired as the NSA's top civilian. The overhaul, which Alexander ordered shortly after taking leadership of the agency in August 2005, enabled U.S. ground commanders to find out when an insurgent leader had turned on his cellphone, where he was and whom he was calling. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Keith Alexander is a visionary and a patriot who was doing his job to the best of his ability -- pedal to the metal -- but we also needed to have a public discussion about the domestic political implications of Big Data mining technologies. We still haven't really had that conversation -- especially in the Congress. - Sean McBride
"Alexander had a reputation for aggressiveness even before he came to the NSA. For much of his tenure, that approach helped him, particularly in dealing with one of the biggest challenges the NSA faced. "They had so much data that they didn't know what to do with it, and one of Alexander's successes is how you make a mass of data your friend," said James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at... more... - Sean McBride
Any job Alexander moves on to from here will probably seem incredibly boring compared to his former job. - Sean McBride
The fear is that at the some time in the future the amazing machine that Alexander has built could be commandeered by really bad people of, say, the Stalinist persuasion and mentality. - Sean McBride
I've gradually come to the conclusion that Snowden and Greenwald released far too much sensitive information to the world -- much more than was required to make their important point. They have probably inflicted serious damage on American national security. One can understand why the US government is probably chomping at the bit to pick them up and interview them. - Sean McBride
I agree with that assessment. - Eric Logan
The notion that Glenn Greenwald has the right to rummage through America's most sensitive national security secrets -- that really doesn't fly. I don't have that right. You don't have that right. Why should Greenwald and his associates? - Sean McBride
It's called The Fourth Estate and the people's right to know when unelected officials exceed the charter of the constitution, and take actions against fellow citizens who have protected rights under that constitution. - MRW_8
Greenwald may have bitten off more than he can chew. - Sean McBride
Clapper LIED to Congress. Alexander LIED to Congress. Rather than highhand it about what right Greenwald has, explain the pass you give officials who are in charge of the security of the American people, and who can do their jobs without trampling on their rights. We made it through WWII without these intrusions and we did it faster. You have things backwards. - MRW_8
I am not giving Clapper, Alexander and Hayden a pass and I think we need major reforms at NSA (and in the entire intelligence community). But the thought of Greenwald and his friends rummaging through all that material frankly gives me the creeps -- and I wonder about how many of our adversaries and competitors have acquired access to it -- and will use it to our disadvantage. - Sean McBride
Also: I am really not sure any longer who Greenwald really is, where he is coming from or what he is up to. The Greenwald that has emerged over the last year or two is not the same Greenwald who penned the impressive early anti-neocon blog posts. I think he needs to be interviewed. - Sean McBride
"and I wonder about how many of our adversaries and competitors have acquired access to it" What adversaries? Who are we at war with? The NSA and its satellites can't even track MH370. Couldn't head off 70 million people having their credit cards compromised over the trunks the NSA controls. The NSA info is already compromised: the extraordinary number of outsourced companies that... more... - MRW_8
One can easily think of several nations that would be eager to acquire access to our most sensitive technological, industrial and trade secrets, including China, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Russia and South Korea. - Sean McBride
Great point: "The number of subcontractors that have access to to the complete NSA info overseas was more alarming to me than anything else. None of those subcontractors can be controlled or tried under US laws. Nor do they have to obey them. It's the wild west." - Sean McBride
Did you see the number of subcontractors to the NSA that are already in Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Russia? I can't find the map now, but I sat back and said, Holy Shit. What for? - MRW_8
The NSA has gotta' lotta' 'splainin' to do, Lucy. That's why I like the idea that they need a four-foot cube of Charmin. Those two senators (Wyden and ?) couldn't ask the questions in open testimony for years because their hands were tied with congressional secrecy acts. Greenwald opened the door for them. It woke the other senators up to their lack of oversight and doing their duty. Feinstein was asleep at the wheel. Of course, as soon as she realized HER phone was being tapped, she snapped to attention. - MRW_8
Regarding industrial espionage: [Breaking the Taboo on Israel's Spying Efforts on the United States http://www.alternet.org/story...] - Sean McBride
Menwith hill was built in England because it violated the constitution. All Snowden really did was expose what those who have been paying attention already knew. The devil was in the details. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
With the Snowden revelations the details are everything -- they have assuredly been data mined to a fare-thee-well by foreign intelligence services -- every tiny scrap. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Tol vs Troll: Alarmist tries to distract attention from sexing up of IPCC AR5 SPM. - http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014...
Tol vs Troll: Alarmist tries to distract attention from sexing up of IPCC AR5 SPM.
The professor who refused to sign last week’s high-profile UN climate report because it was too ‘alarmist’, has told The Mail on Sunday he has become the victim of a smear campaign. Richard Tol claims he is fighting a sustained attack on his reputation by [Bob Ward, director of the Grantham Institute], a leading institution that researches the impact of global warming . Prof Tol said: This has all the characteristics of a smear campaign. It’s all about taking away my credibility as an expert. Prof Tol, from Sussex University, is a highly respected climate economist and one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of an important chapter in the 2,600-page report published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5 WGII). He has been widely criticised by green campaigners after he claimed that the much shorter ‘summary for policymakers’ [SPM] – hammered out in all-night sessions between scientists and government officials over a week-long meeting in Yokohama,... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
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