News release: “The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today released a declassified version of its investigative report on Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to China and then Russia after stealing an estimated 1.5 million classified documents
Via The Guardian – “…The report’s credibility was immediately condemned by Snowden’s lawyer Ben Wizner.
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Eva Brann says in her first book of aphorisms and aperçus, Open Secrets/Inward Prospects: Reflections on World and Soul (Paul Dry Books, 2004):
Strictly speaking, the age-old gripe that critics are parasites remains accurate but not fatal. By parasite we mean an organism that “lives on, in, or with an organism of another species, obtaining food, shelter, or other benefit.” Without a host, there can be no parasite, and without a parasite a host will get along just fine (or not). Fortunately, there are exceptions – self-renewing critics who think, write and create work that “enable[s] the readers better to enjoy life,or better to endure it.” Rarest of all are critics who write well, sometimes better than those they write about. Among living practitioners is Gary Saul Morson, a scholar of Russian literature at Northwestern who bolsters enjoyment and endurance. For instance:
Rudolph II was one of the most colorful rulers of Bohemia, and inadvertently, one of the most influential