Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:
‘On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat.
It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare to sit down with her floor-level Transportation Security Administration officers—it usually presaged a termination—and so I was nervous as I settled in across the desk from her. She was a woman in her forties with sharp blue eyes that seemed to size you up for placement in a spreadsheet. She held up a copy of the newspaper, open to the letters page. My contribution, under the headline “To Stop a Terrorist: No Lack of Ideas,” was circled in blue pen.
One week earlier, on Christmas Day 2009, a man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had tried to detonate 80 grams of a highly explosive powder while on Northwest…
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Brief article on China’s position in the world, contrasted to the US, with some interesting comments.
Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution, writes Robert Parry.
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Via Phil Ebersole:
Here an interesting 39 minute video by computer scientist (and writer etc) Jaron Lanier, that touches on the mixed feelings and confusion so many of us have about google/apple/facebook/amazon taking over such economic power — the feeling that something seems a little strange about the “new economy” where the best and brightest are all off to make cel phone apps, etc. I think he presents a lot of great analytical distinctions & insights.
link (full video is embedded about 10 paragraphs into it):