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TSA Agent Confession: Dear America, I Saw You Naked

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Jason Edward Harrington writes for Politico:

‘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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oh is that ferguson thing still going on?


China’s New Global Leadership [Jeffrey Sachs / Project Syndicate]

Brief article on China’s position in the world, contrasted to the US, with some interesting comments.


US Media “Group-Think” on Syria, Russia [Robert Parry / consortium news]

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.

Link to article:

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“Myth of AI” [Jaron Lanier /]

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):


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