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“Killed in a brutal way”

Two soldiers who had gone missing were found today, and it appears that they were “killed in a brutal way and tortured,” according to an Iraqi military official. This is terrible, but is it a surprise? Expect Bush and others to decry the treatment of these soldiers, and not mention the government-sanctioned torture that’s been ...

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The Constitution Is Important When It’s Directed at You

Wanted to pass this along from Dailykos, which sums up what I think too: Pardon my cynicism for a moment. But in the wake of the raid on Congressman Jefferson’s office, all the flutter in the legislative and executive branches about concepts like the “separation of powers” and “constitutionally protected areas” has a tangibly synthetic ...

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Imprisoning Journalists

This is simultaneously chilling and yet not surprising: The administration’s assault on a free and vital press took a huge leap forward this weekend, when Attorney General Alberto Gonazles announced on national television that the Bush administration has the power to imprison journalists who publish stories revealing conduct by the President which the administration wants ...

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Schneier on Security: The Value of Privacy

Security expert Bruce Schneier puts it best: The Value of Privacy Last week, revelation of yet another NSA surveillance effort against the American people has rekindled the privacy debate. Those in favor of these programs have trotted out the same rhetorical question we hear every time privacy advocates oppose ID checks, video cameras, massive databases, ...

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Dictatorship

Writing about the Angry Liberal Guy Rant yesterday allowed me to vent some steam, but then I got roiled up again by today’s news that the NSA has been monitoring billions of domestic phone calls without court approval, something that is clearly against the law. From USAToday: The NSA’s domestic program, as described by sources, ...

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Angry Liberal Guy Rant

Via Boing Boing, C.B. Shapiro writes about why there seem to be “angry liberals” (count me among them), making a list of exactly why he/we/I think that our country is in far worse shape than it was before the Bush administration: I’ve compiled a short (and by no means complete) list just so I could ...

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The Wrongness Singularity

My knowledge of physics is shallow at best, but I grasp enough to recognize that this blog post is pure geeky genius: The wrongness singularity | Cosmic Variance. So in fact, Reynolds has managed to fit five units of wrongness into only four declarative statements! This is the hackular equivalent of crossing the Chandrasekhar Limit, ...

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John Gruber Eviscerates Mac FUD Article

I saw the article yesterday splashed on front pages of news outlets, “Viruses Catch Up to the Mac,” and knew immediately that it was uninformed FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt). Not only because I follow the Macintosh world, where, in fact, viruses have not caught up to the Mac, but because it starts out with ...

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Democratic Narrative and Looking Beyond Self

Markos at DailyKos looks at an essay by Michael Thomasky of The American Prospect about the need for the Democratic party to have a philosophy. It’s good stuff, touching on something that I feel in my bones but which I haven’t seen articulated: we’re no longer looking toward the common good. So what does Tomasky ...

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Real Security and Hard Facts

Here’s something way-too-long time coming: the Democratic party today unveiled Real Security, a full-on assault on the misconception that Democrats can’t handle America’s security. The Republicans are turning to this attack because they don’t have much left: under the Bush Administration and a Republican-led government, things have gone to shit. Security, emergency response, corruption, the ...