Monthly Archives: October 2010

US Agents Spying through Social Networking Sites

From Democracy Now: US Agents Spying through Social Networking Sites Newly released documents show government agencies have engaged in domestic spying through popular social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a 2008 memo … Continue reading

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Some John Steward gold: freedom is just a slogan for party hacks

John Stewart interviews Eric Santor, the Republican whip (what is a whip). Again and again, Stewart makes crippling attacks at Santor’s assertions, showing them to be reductive, misleading platitudes. At one point, he seems to have had enough when Santor … Continue reading

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This video, of daily life in Nablus, is beautiful

Despite the difficulties of life under the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, life goes on for the main folk. This video (15 minutes) shows beautifully some clips of normal life. Skip the first five minutes if you like. The final scene, of a … Continue reading

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The more money you can spend in elections, the more kooky candidates you can get elected

Rachel Maddow makes the excellent point that when you are allowed to anonymously spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to whitewash the image of a candidate and control the narrative offered to public perception, by bombarding public media with favorable … Continue reading

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Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court justice, spouse of antiObama fanatic

On one hand we have the very conservative member of the Supreme court, Mr. Clarence Thomas. He sits with the biggest hitters in the American justice system, and hands down the rule of the land. He is sworn to uphold … Continue reading

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Buying the elections

The NYTimes put out this chart today to try to show how much money is getting thrown around in these elections. Perhaps one of the most disconcerting aspects of it is how much anonymity can be preserved through these nonprofits. … Continue reading

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American elections are officially for sale

From DemocracyNow (click on link to see the video): Campaign Cash: The Independent Fundraising Gold Rush Since Citizens United Ruling A pair of campaign finance watchdog groups have called for a probe of a new nonprofit formed by Karl Rove … Continue reading

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American hypocrite: Dobbs, while excoriating illegals, employs them for years

Like Whitman, Dobbs has made lots of wasp Republican points by railing against and scapegoating brown-skinned immigrants. Like Whitman, investigative reporters have found that Dobbs has actually employed many undocumented, illegal immigrants as cheap labor at one of his  enormous … Continue reading

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More on pharmaprofits and psychiatry: friendly cures and expensive pills

Following up on my last post, I remembered an article that appeared last May in the NYTimes magazine. The author, a psychology professor and practicing psychiatrist at Tufts, shed some critical light on the current situation in psychiatry, which he … Continue reading

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When profit leads the way to diagnosis: doctors and profit-mongers

Here are some excerpts from Borch-Jacobsen’s review of David Healy’s new book on bi-polar disorder. Healy’s findings are deeply troubling, since they sketch out a pattern of pharmaceuticals influencing the deep structure of how medical knowledge is formed, and therefore … Continue reading

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Video of Brown-Whitman debate

Some readers have asked for more video of the debate:

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Question: can your cat fall out the window?

Answer: yes it can. Having just got Mayflower, the new love of our indoor life, and living on the 5th floor, we were wondering if we can open our screens or not. Mayflower loves to sit on the windowsill before … Continue reading

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Crimes abroad and at home

The opening lines of an article in today’s NYTimes: From 1946 to 1948, American public health doctors deliberately infected nearly 700 Guatemalans — prison inmates, mental patients and soldiers — with venereal diseases in what was meant as an effort … Continue reading

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Brown v. Whitman

Update: see more of the debate here.]

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True Love II

And here is the blanket my mom made for Tamara and Aaron (the pattern is a special band full of significance, though I forgot all the details (something about representing a super strong union)

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True love

My brother is a married man…

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Web-site optimizing

How the internet works: here is how google figures out who to put at the top of a search list, and how site owners try to push themselves up through that list to the top.

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Self-perception

Seeing yourself in the mirror. Se regarder. Non seulement se regarder, mais se voir. Voila le test d’une intelligence digne de notre respect. A science lab has just found out that rhesus monkeys can see themselves in the mirror. Traditionally, … Continue reading

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In the video below, a major French news magazine is found to have invented whole-cloth during its reporting on immigrant issues. Le Point had recently promised to “say it like it is” in its issue on the hot political topic … Continue reading

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Blogging in a new way

When I first began blogging, I was anxious about the possible consequences of putting myself within reach of the public realm. There have been enough horror stories of web searches and facebook inspections by employers to make me think hard … Continue reading

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