Morning, I am always surprised how long the days can be this time of year. The mixture of enjoying the day, taking care of today's needs, remembering the challenges of the past, preparing for the known future and trying to anticipate the unknown.
Essays and Open Threads
One of the more notorious quotes expressing the neoliberal philosophy is British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in an interview with Women's Own magazine, October 31, 1987, declaring "there is no such thing as society."
“And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it.”
Teresa May, British Prime Minister June 2017
Thereby unequivocally admitting the terrorists have won.
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”
Benjamin Franklin, 1755
His father tells his story.
I first met then- President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election.
Borrowed from another's FP article, with a few minor modifications.
I am hopeful that I can finish the Seth Rich part in one essay before moving on the other prong of this story, which is about the Awan brothers. I suggest that you revisit my earlier essays for background, even though some of this will be repeated here.
She might not thank me for categorizing her this way, but I just came across a delightful interview with Dame Maggie Smith. It's hilarious, and well worth watching:
Think of this as a pop quiz:
If you fail you will not get your degree ... ever.
Which statement is correct?
Dredging [does] [doesn’t] hurt fish.
For extra credit: Explain the obvious errors for the "losing" side of the argument.
The American College Health Association met in Austin, TX at the end of last week for their annual meeting. On Friday the campus health professionals discussed how to effect change on their campuses to make them more inclusive for transgender students.
After posting posting about the leaked NSA document published by The Intercept last night, I woke up this morning to discover that the person who likely leaked this five page document has been arrested by the FBI.
It's good to see you. Come on in, leave your shoes in the hallway, we've got fire on the stove preparing lunch for later. In the meantime, browse the bookshelves and plunk down on the sofa with one, or pick out some tunes from the music library or come in to the kitchen to help with the cooking. Our special blend of tea is steeping and will be right up.
Simply stated at whatisnetneutrality.org: "Net Neutrality is the principle that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet."
That principle protects one's freedom to communicate and to choose information sources, without being throttled or blocked by one's internet service provider (ISP). In this information age, that freedom becomes more-and-more widely recognized as a right. And it becomes more-and-more crucial for citizens of a constitutional democracy in keeping informed and active.
What happens when the banks literally own everything?
No, I'm not asking this as a theoretical exercise. Nor am I being excessively pessimistic.
I'm speaking of a scenario that will happen if current trends continues.
The Intercept has obtained a "Top Secret" document from an anonymous NSA source that claims the Russian Military Intelligence (a/k/a GRU) hacked into a US company, VR Systems, that sells "electronic voting services and equipment whose products are used in eight states."