Saturday, December 20, 2014

Operation Socialist

Stories of socialist rouble rule the world this week: Retailers had to change prices multiple times to keep up with the rouble’s fall. Shoppers, on the other hand, rushed to beat the price hikes.
The main reseller of Apple in Moscow, re:Store, saw sales two to three times higher than normal at one central branch, according to a salesman, reports Jack Farchy in Moscow.
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 Cops scan social media to help assess your ‘threat rating’ Reuters

Congress Authorises War With Russia – By Walrus Sic Semper Tyrannis

Operation Socialist: The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco The Intercept

Once the Berlin Wall fell, everything changed for the Eastern Europe now proudly called former Eastern Europe. But what happened next seemed more like an occupation than the unification that was advertised. Subtle at first and quite “shameless” later, the occupation took the form of massive privatization, aggressive immigration laws against the Other (freshly represented as second/third grade citizens and non-citizens), and the shinning brand of individualism in which the self is autonomous only as long as it’s an efficient and productive self that competes successfully against others. And this is precisely the starting point for Marina Gržinić’s book, a book that focuses on the structural racialization that had already been internalized in former Eastern Europe and its current policies of death—the let live and make die line of the war state that tries to erase those who are undesirable, those who do not conform and are not interested in doing so.
Necropolitics, Racialization, and Global Capitalism: Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life by Marina Gržinić and Šefik Tatlić

Europe, get ready for war! The “Battle of Greece” will be decisive … failed evolution

Warren to banks: We should have ‘broken you into pieces’ The Hill

Transport strike likely to shut down much of Belgium South China Morning Post. Anti-austerity

Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill WaPo

It’s time for Tor activists to stop acting like the spies they claim to hate Pando. A bit unhinged but not without justification. Gives you an idea how bare-knuckle tech players are when they fight the media. 

Why Ronald Reagan Should Be Seen as a Complete Failure