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“The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent,”
How about we look at the source of the problem- American foreign (Business) policy vs. the symptom- terrorism?
Posted by in News on February 2, 2013
- The Reed College website
- The Wikipedia page (Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger is a Reed alum)
- Here’s a list of people who have attended Reed (both graduates and not), Harlan will be in good company.
- What the Princeton Review says about Reed
- Here is a slightly dated virtual tour page
- Reed ranks first among U.S. liberal arts colleges in percentage of graduates going on to earn doctoral degrees and fourth among all institutions of higher education
- Admissions/Academic ratings*… Reed: 99/98 U.C. Berkeley 97/86
- Reed is reducing it’s carbon footprint by 2.65 million pounds
- The stakes are big, choose small, by John Kroger, President, Reed College
- The iPad goes back to school, by Dr. Martin Ringle, the chief technology officer at Reed
- Only 12 hours away
- Part of the parent tour was a wine & snacks meeting in the admissions office (shades of SCDS!)
- After touring Reed, both Liz & I wanted to go to school there
- Great Cuban food in the nearby neighborhood
*The Princeton Review- The Best 376 Colleges
R.I.P. Aaron Schwartz — Young, Dedicated, Courageous, Internet Pioneer, Free Speech Activist and a martyr to the cause.
Posted by in News on January 14, 2013
Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, andInternet activist.
Swartz was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the “RSS 1.0″ specification of RSS, and built the Web site framework web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. He also built Infogami, a company that merged with Reddit in its early days, through which he became an equal owner of the merged company.[i] Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He cofounded the online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against SOPA) and later worked with US and international activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR, which became the subject of a federal investigation. Swartz opposed JSTOR’s practice of compensating publishers, rather than authors, out of the fees it charges for access to articles. Swartz contended that JSTOR’s fees limited access to academic work produced at American colleges and universities.
On January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment, where he hanged himself. One commentator wrote that “His case highlights society’s uncertain, evolving view of how to treat people who break into computer systems and share data not to enrich themselves, but to make it available to others.”
** UPDATE **
By Wesley Yang, New York Magazine 09 February 13
** UPDATE **
Who was Aaron Swartz ?
Anonymous hacks M.I.T. in tribute to Aaron.
Meet U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, one of President Obama’s mistakes.
Petition to remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
10 Awful Crimes That Get You Less Prison Time Than What Aaron Swartz Faced for Freeing JSTOR Articles.
MIT did not speak out against the prosecution’s case, now they’re ‘investigating themselves’.
JSTOR did not want Aaron prosecuted. Here is their statement.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch-the-Bitch McConnell reiterated his position this morning: Government will shutdown unless President makes dramatic cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
He wants the Democrats to not only enable the cuts, but also shield Republicans from the political consequences of cutting these programs by cutting them on the Republicans behalf.
Mitch-the-Bitch intendeds to hold the nation hostage to get cuts to programs
which have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEFICIT !!
Who in Hell does he think he is ?
The United States is different, all you need is money. If you have enough, you can do as you please.
In the past 48 hours, police in the U.K. and Germany have arrested senior bank executives for serious crimes. On Wednesday, Deutsche Bank offices were raided by 500 police because the CEO and CFO are under investigation for tax evasion.
Meanwhile in the U.S., the Justice Department signed a settlement with HSBC Bank on Tuesday, for its involvement in-
Providing support to terrorists.
HSBC Bank paid a trivial, half of one quarter’s profits and no executive will be criminally prosecuted.
Glen Greenwald does a heroic job covering the various layers of justice in America at this link.
Hell, the United States had a President, Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense all culpable of War Crimes and Eric Holder and the President looked ‘Forward’ instead of doing what should have been done.
What should we expect?
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to end a longstanding ban on owning the major daily newspaper and radio outlets in the same market
Posted by in News on November 26, 2012
Why is this man laughing?
Because just in time for the holidays, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering changes to media cross-ownership rules that watchdogs say could good give Rupert Murdoch’s massive conglomerate News Corporation the go-ahead to acquire more big media outlets.
American Corporate Media DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THIS.
Read the whole story here, and here, and here, and here.
Then contact the President, your Senators, and your House Representatives.
Make some noise, tell them you do not want this to happen!
Looking at Gasoline prices…
Then gas prices vs. oil production…
So when I hear Willard telling America he is going to increase domestic production and make America stand on her own, not importing oil, I have to laugh. Loudly and heartily. The man just doesn’t get it. Or the man knows most Americans don’t get it and he can snooker them into thinking he can do it so the morons will vote for him.
Seth Borenstein and Jack Gillum of the Associated Press explain:
That’s because oil is a global commodity and U.S. production has only a tiny influence on supply. Factors far beyond the control of a nation or a president dictate the price of gasoline.
When you put the inflation-adjusted price of gas on the same chart as U.S. oil production since 1976, the numbers sometimes go in the same direction, sometimes in opposite directions. If drilling for more oil meant lower prices, the lines on the chart would consistently go in opposite directions. A basic statistical measure of correlation found no link between the two, and outside statistical experts confirmed those calculations.
Nobody who is POTUS can do jack shit about this until they lay some nasty rules down for the oil companies, or nationalize them. Take your pick. It just isn’t going to happen otherwise.