Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Red Scare

When people start telling you that you're crazy, you just might be on to the most important innovation in your life.

Kay Bell, When it came to tax filing, the Devil made him not do it. No, that’s who writes the tax law

Remembering Jimmy Breslin and the ‘gravedigger’ school of news writing

Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard. It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens. Silence occurs in many ways for many reasons; each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words

Big in Red China: Murder Villages and Scam Towns

In some rural areas, crime has become a cottage industry.

Staring at the sun destroys your eyes and can wreck your mind. But is it worth it?

UK court approves use of predictive coding for e-disclosure

Junior clerks' relief as 3 million document reading list trimmed

Where Writers Go To Escape (Escape What, You Ask…)

“Today we are less troubled by the homogenizing effects of entertainment than by our deep partisan divisions in both politics and art. And the cultural shift that today’s literary writers struggle to parse is not the impact of TV sitcoms, but of social media and the internet. Even the notion of escape means something very different in the age of Trump than it meant during the Clinton years. In response, some of these writers have shifted their narratives into a safer, more myth-friendly past; others continue to deliver the hopeful feelings of a simpler time.”

A replication of one of the most widely known obedience studies, the Stanley Milgram experiment, shows that even today, people are still willing to harm others in pursuit of obeying authority. 
Conducting the Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey Science Daily

Cyber Firm at Center of Russian Hacking Charges Misread Data VOA. That would be DNC contractor CrowdStrike. Remember that the FBI never forensically examined DNC servers; they relied on CrowdStrike findings. Oopsie.
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers Is a FraudThe Intercept. Greenwald’s version of the same story.
Russia Critic Sparks Feud At The New York Times Buzzfeed

We lost a war: Russia’s interference in our election was much more than simple mischief-making New York Daily News. The zeitgeist has moved from “hacking” through “interference” to “meddling.” This guy is stuck at “interference.”
Red Scare Redux: “Russian Weapons Stocked Right Up At NATO’s Border!” Moon of Alabama
Getting Russia Wrong The Russia Monitor (DK). The Obot talking point “The President is not a dictator,” localized for Russsia.
Our Perpetual War Political Culture The American Conservative

Why does WikiLeaks keep publishing U.S. state secrets? Private contractors. WaPo

I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind Cracked

Jared Kushner wants the government to run like a corporation. 1: The U.S. is not a Walmart. 2: Jared sucks at business.