Friday Catblogging from the archive: Dec. 18 ,2009

Originally posted as a diary by SPK in 2009

Thomas Frank : How ’70s and ’80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America

Nixon’s lies and Reagan’s charms created the space for Clinton, Carter and Obama to redefine (and gut) liberalism

Salon, By Thomas Frank, November 16

“The Invisible Bridge” is the third installment in Rick Perlstein’s grand history of conservatism, and like its predecessors, the book is filled with startling insights. It is the story of a […]

Berlin’s digital exiles: where tech activists go to escape the NSA

With its strict privacy laws, Germany is the refuge of choice for those hounded by the security services. Carole Cadwalladr visits Berlin to meet Laura Poitras, the director of Edward Snowden film Citizenfour, and a growing community of surveillance refuseniks.

The Guardian, By Carole Cadwalladr, November 9

It’s the not knowing that’s the hardest thing, […]

The Unattainable Illusion of Meritocracy

Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, October 26

I’m a big fan of Richard Bookstaber, the author of the important book A Demon of Our Own Design. And while I’m glad to see a rare new post from him, on how to deal with the matter of inequality (as in whether to deal with the problem […]

‘Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods.

Al Jazeera, By Audrea Lim, October 24

Richmond, CA — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated […]

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Newsweek, By Julian Assange, November 23

Eric Schmidt is an influential figure, even among the parade of powerful characters with whom I have had to cross paths since I founded WikiLeaks. In mid-May 2011 I was under house arrest in rural Norfolk, England, about three hours’ drive northeast of London. The crackdown against our work […]

Matt Savinar radio interview

I was the subject of a radio interview a week or so ago, just before the release of the movie, Kill the Messenger, about the late Gary Webb. Listen to the interview here.

Watch this movie.

Jukebox: Glen Campbell’s Farewell

…but we will miss you, Glen

Friday’s Jukebox early…

Brands Are Scanning Your Selfies And Party Photos To Look For Their Logos

Consumerist, By Laura Northrup, October 10

Let’s say that you’re a brand, like Nabisco or the North Face, and you want to see what people are saying about you online. You could do a text search of Facebook and Twitter, but that’s soooo 2009, and you can’t guarantee that people will always label the photos […]

Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer-Winning Poet, Dies at 89

NYT – Carolyn Kizer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose verse, overtly political and bitingly satirical, came, as she fondly put it, with “a sting in the tail,” died on Thursday in Sonoma, Calif. She was 89. The cause was complications of dementia.Ms. Kizer’s first collection, “The Ungrateful Garden,” published in 1961, left little doubt […]

Crypto wars redux: why the FBI’s desire to unlock your private life must be resisted

In 1995, the US government tried – and failed – to categorise encryption as a weapon. Today, the same lines are being drawn and the same tactics repeated as the FBI wants to do the same. Here’s why they are wrong, and why they must fail again.

The Guardian, By Cory Doctorow, October 9

Eric […]

More Ian Welsh: “Why the Economy is Bad for Most People and Getting Worse”

From Ian’s October 6 blog entry : This is the second collation of articles on why our world is what it is, and how we can change it. Some of these articles are old, as I don’t write as much as I used to about economics because the decision points for avoiding a completely lousy […]

War of the Gods

Back in 2006, I was reading a web site that had posted a news-link to a story about the slaughter of a dozen Muslim adherents in Africa by a group of Christians. The slaughter was alleged to be reprisal for an earlier massacre of Christians by Muslims. The poster of the article decried the hypocrisy […]

Ian Welsh: “The Role of Character and Ideology in Prosperity”

From Ian’s October 2 blog entry: I will be starting a new series on technology and its effect on society. Before I do so I want to take readers through some of my previous writing on ideology and character, and how they help form the societies we live in. Taking the time to read […]

The silence is deafening: calling out musicians

Original here.

During the lead-up to Dubya’s war in Iraq, I found myself allied with strange bedfellows, so to speak: Democrats and the like, who opposed obvious lies and deceptions foisted upon the American public to lead us into war.

Among more vocal opponents were musicians whose work I gobbled up with glee.

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