Maiello: Human Rights and the Stock Market
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And on a Lighter Note, CPAC Starts Today!
In an earlier comment I referred to Julian Assange as an unfortunate choice of prom date for Ed Snowden.
Now, Snowden's choice of Moscow as a transit point has cast him into an odious threesome including Vladimir Putin of Russia. There are quite a few possibilites for what could happen now. So I have to alter my prediction of a drawn-out flurry of diplomacy ending in a quiet life in Iceland which does not feature a career in technology. The new possibilities are as follows: [Read more]
What the heck, I don't care if I'm wrong. So fwiw, here's my prediction of what will happen in the Snowden case. (As long as Greenwald/Poitras don't release further information without Snowden's permission, in which case all bets are off.)
Snowden has made his main revelation, which is that spying happens, and that we need greater scrutiny both of the overall laws (congressional oversight) and of the details (better technical protection and encryption of data to which admins do have access). No matter how everybody feels about it, it's done, and that conversation is moving forward. [Read more]
All I can say is, if James Van Der Beek and Krysten Ritter's (of don't trust the B in apartment 23) agents are not shopping them as possiblities to play Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras in the eventual movie to be made about this NSA story, then James Van Der Beek and Krysten Ritter have the dumbest agents in the history of Hollywood.
My prediction is that Van Der Beek's career will be revitalized by the (eventual) film in the same way that John Travolta's was revitalized by Pulp Fiction, and that he will cause a minor poopstorm by proclaiming "Thank God for government overreach!" during his Golden Globe acceptance speech. [Read more]
Hopefully this video will attach--I came up with a visual to support freedom to marry in all 50 states and am looking for feedback. Also maybe shares...I haven't done anything to get it out there yet.
I also couldn't figure out how to attach the jpg file I made. Technology is hard.
I had been trying to decide how D. Tsarnaev would describe his activities in his discussions with authorities and the press. I thought he'd be quiet for a few days but apparently he's already begun to talk with authorities. I'll post a link as soon as I find a good rundown.
Update: Regarding that link posting business, I'm very skeptical about the articles discussing Tsarnaev's "initial interviews" as released by "government sources, and am not going to post them. The kid spoke one word yesterday, and it was "no" in response to the question of whether he could afford a lawyer. So I strongly suspect that these "initial interviews" are not what they seem. With that giant salt lick delivered, here are my thoughts. [Read more]
Stories. They've been around for a long time, and sometimes they help us figure out trends and events that seem mysterious.
In the days after Sandy Hook, I thought a lot about the story of the Pied Piper, in which citizens thought they had found a permanent solution to their rat problem, only to discover that the price of that solution was...their kids. (Uh-oh, it turns out that preparing our children for some sort of theoretical disaster by teaching them to ride and shoot and hate America might have its drawbacks.)
Now, thinking of two 19-year olds (so impossibly, foolishly young) whose lives have been effectively sacrificed on twin altars of extreme thinking, I keep coming around to the last scene of Romeo and Juliet, with the two kids from families who had a lot in common but chose to hate each other, laid out on funeral biers and the prince (a dull guy but you know, he was right) trying to connect the dots for them. [Read more]
Info regarding upcoming trial. (Tomorrow.)
If I were the prosecutor, I'd want to know this. But you never know....:^) [Read more]
I’ve been following the story of Colin Small, a young Republican who was seen throwing out completed voter registration forms in Harrisonburg, VA, and got arrested for it. Turns out Small was employed by the oft-renamed firm sometimes and formerly known as Strategic Allied Consultants, sometimes and formerly run by disgraced Republican consultant Nathan Sproul.
Allegations have been made, predictably, that Small’s act was part of a larger Strategic Allied conspiracy, but no solid proof has emerged. Small’s bosses fired him and offered the usual “bad apple” explanation.
In addition, a rather weak explanation for Small’s behavior was offered up by an “unnamed source close to the story” who said Small panicked because he couldn't file the forms by the deadline, and solved his problem by ditching them. [Read more]
Ok, this question has been burbling around in my mind for awhile, especially now with actual Senators coming out in favor of same sex marriage.
Are LGBTs and their supporters the new senior citizens? And by that, I mean a block of people who will reliably vote as predicted, and moreover work for their candidates of choice, encouraging their many friends to come out and do the same?
It seems to me that it has suddenly dawned on everyone that the long-term ROI of a gay vote is huge. Acknowledge their equality, deliver same sex marriage to this group, and expect them to vote for your party FOREVER--forget that problem of people turning more conservative as they get older and switching to the GOP. [Read more]