Friday, December 31, 2010
Video art meets skateboarding...Amazing photography, cool music and some awesome skateboarding...check it out.
At the official site:
or on Vimeo:
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Earlier this month, Gregory Schauer, 50, says he looked around his large, one-bedroom apartment in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and realized that he was barely using his master bedroom. Since he slept on the couch most nights anyway, he decided...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
An interesting article that reveals what the Defence Intelligence Agency tried to redact from Anthony Shaffer's memoir of Operation Dark Heart and Operation Able Danger.
In October 2003 Major Anthony Shaffer was on an MH-47 Chinook helicopter roaring toward a rendezvous with a Ranger assault team near Asadabad, Afghanistan about eight kilometers from the Pakistan border. Wearing 40 pounds of body armor and brandishing an M-4 carbine and an M-11 pistol, Shaffer was hunting Taliban insurgents as part of an aggressive new initiative called Winter Strike. CIA intelligence suggested that...
Read more here:
Here is a link to some of the most stunning photography available from the Afghan Conflict:
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
The intelligence analyst suspected of leaking US diplomatic cables is being held in solitary confinement.
According to David House, a computer researcher from Boston who visits Manning twice a month, he is starting to deteriorate and many people were reluctant to talk about Manning's condition because of US government harassment, including surveillance, warrantless computer seizures, and even bribes. "This has had such an intimidating effect that many are afraid to speak out on his behalf," House said.
Some friends report being followed extensively. Another computer expert said the army offered him cash to – in his words – "infiltrate" the WIKILEAKS website. He said: "I turned them down. I don't want anything to do with this cloak and dagger stuff."
"If Manning is convicted, it will be because his individual dedication to human ethics far surpasses that of the US government."
Read full article here:
Read about Liu Xiaobo here:
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Watch Cornel West leave Stephen Colbert speechless and flustered on The Colbert Report.
The Hedgehogs Dilemma
Watch the documentary "An Examined Life" here:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We might not like Mark Zuckerberg or Julian Assange—but we’re going to have to learn to live in the world they’re making.
"These reactions are understandable and, in some cases, warranted. But they are largely beside the point. In a digitized and networked world, Zuckerberg, Assange, and their outfits are merely avatars of the inexorable march toward a radically greater degree of transparency in our personal, cultural, and political spheres. The question about the new transparency isn’t how to thwart it—because we can’t. The question is how we live with it."
Read more here:
Monday, December 13, 2010
On the first day of class every semester, Portia Dyrenforth asks the students taking her psychology course whether they think couples with similar personalities are more likely to be happy together.
Inevitably, she says, they nod.
Then she asks whether they know any couples who are very different from each other but still seem quite content in their relationships.
They nod at this one, too.
Dyrenforth, working with three other psychologists, examined the data with a few questions in mind: Do personality traits influence a person's own happiness in general and in the context of a relationship? Can a spouse's personality affect the happiness of his or her partner? And does having similar personalities affect the couple's relationship satisfaction?
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Easily the best documentary of the year and one that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. Definitely moving...
Watch Part One here:
Watch Part Two here:
Here are more links to other web pages hosting "Restrepo"
And if you're more of a downloader like me...here's a good torrent:
Friday, December 10, 2010
WikiLeaks release of classified information has generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, the information that has been so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing our grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neoconservatives in charge.
There is now more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principal supporter and financier of al Qaeda, and that this should set off alarm bells since we guarantee its Sharia-run government. This emphasizes even more the fact that no al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11, and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did. It has been charged by experts that Julian Assange, the internet publisher of this information, has committed a heinous crime, deserving prosecution for treason and execution, or even assassination.
But should we not at least ask how the U.S. government should prosecute an Australian citizen for treason for publishing U.S. secret information that he did not steal? And if WikiLeaks is to be prosecuted for publishing classified documents, why shouldn't the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others also published these documents be prosecuted?
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While all this is going on Senators, like Joe Lieberman, are not only pressing for the arrest of Julian Assange and Wikileaks under the Espionage Act, but they are also inditing news organizations like The Guardian and the New York Times....absolutely shameful in my opinion...
Read full story here with video:
And here's another great article regarding the extradition of Julian Assange...
Julian Assange extradition attempt an uphill struggle, says specialist.
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange
New Wikileaks website:
All Wikileaks files:
Julian Assange answers your questions: