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"What we learned in there," Sanchez said, "is significantly more than what is out in the media today."

Lawmakers are barred from revealing the classified information they receive in intelligence briefings, and Sanchez was careful not to specify what members might have learned about the NSA's work. 

"I can't speak to what we learned in there, and I don't know if there are other leaks, if there's more information somewhere, if somebody else is going to step up, but I will tell you that I believe it's the tip of the iceberg," she said.
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#nsa   #surveillance   #prism  

http://thehill.com/video/house/305047-dem-rep-lawmakers-learned-significantly-more-about-surveillance-programs-in-nsa-briefing

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The invention of the term "patron-client networks" is very interesting here.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/colonized_by_corporations_20120514/

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I don't agree with this article, but I still think it was well-written and thought out.

My concern is that the low-information voting public, being fed a corporate media narrative, won't be able to recognize, nor appreciate, a distinction between "targeted property destruction" and "violence". As a result, property destruction may turn off more people than it wakes up, and feed into the corporate narrative that dissidents are violent people who need to be suppressed.

I don't think that waking people up is more important than defining the future, but rather that they are inextricably linked. I think that whatever is done now in the name of social change will become part of the tactics of any system that replaces the one we already have, should that come to pass in the near future.

Many thanks to Audrey Brown for sharing this.

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/05/02/why-all-the-smashy-smashy-a-beginners-guide-to-targeted-property-destruction

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Two highly respected analysts suggest that the American political system is even worse than it looks. They argue that the emergence of parliamentary-style parties in America is a formula for "willful obstruction" and gridlock. They fear that the coming election will neither affirm the existing order nor accomplish sweeping change "in a way that will recreate a functional and legitimate political process" http://econ.st/J21Rei

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Via Chris Doherty, a short video showing how books are made, using old-school printing methods.

https://vimeo.com/38681202

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The part about the lighter fluid is my favorite. Stephen King ftw!

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I want to circle the astronaut helmet, scrawl "That's me" next to it, and sign my name.
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I had a vigorous discussion with some friends today about the Google terms of service, as it relates to the use of their new cloud drive offering. I cited GOP abuse of the term "small business" as an example of the way that lawyers very skillfully redefine words in public debate. This allows them, and the politicians they work with, to lie to the public and keep a straight face. This article from two years ago explains the particular case to which I referred.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/gop-bechtel-pricewaterhousecoopers-and-other-small-businesses-will-see-tax-hike-charts.php

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Which is weirder: the study, or the person designing it? Interesting finding, though.

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/04/24/why-creepy-people-give-us-the-chills/

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