Is The Jury Still Out? -
HONG KONG — Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, has few options to stay one step ahead of the authorities while in apparent hiding. One possibility is to seek asylum in a place that does not have an extradition pact with the United States — there are a few in Asia a short flight away from Hong Kong where he was last spotted, but none where he is guaranteed refuge.
i think i might respect the case he is making if i could hear more of it. he should come back to the US and stand trial. after all, he released documents to local media and seems very thoughtful - something makes me really think he’s coming at this from a patriotic perspective. maybe i’m wrong… is the jury still out on this guy?
Who Taught You To Love Yourself? -
this is a beautiful take on a particular aspect of inner city violence/suicide and the importance of cultural perspectives on loving one another. worth a read…
Follow the money and make decisions based on your interpretation of the intentions of the biggest contributors.
NOTICE: Romney, all banks. How well have the banks treated the average American in the past 8 years? ON THE OTHER HAND: Obama, smart companies (Google, Microsoft) and good universities.
Something to consider, indeed.
This Forbes list of 218 things Obama has accomplished is awesome. The one above is pretty cool, too.
I often think about whether or not I am impressed by Obama and his accomplishments. I want to be hyper-critical of all people in positions of power, but, no matter how hard I try, I pretty much always come down feeling like Obama is a great president.
Some may say I’ve had too much of his Kool Aid - that may be - but I tend to think that many of his critics, in their criticism, sound like they’re grasping at straws or making contradictory arguments to simply disagree with Obama. For the most part, I feel like Obama stakes out positions that are moderate/middle-of-the-road and, as a result, makes policy that, though not always as ambitious as some liberals would like, is logical, reasonable, and, in the long run, a winning strategy. We shall see, though…
Open Congress is RAD! -
this is super cool - we’ve come a long way in a few years, as far as researching congress is concerned. i remember, a little over 5 years ago, writing my undergrad thesis paper and having to go in and look through reels and reels of microfiche to read the congressional record. awesome!
i love this kind of stuff…
Why Is There No Looting in Japan? -
I just posted this in response to the above linked article in The Telegraph. It breaks my heart to read such racist nonsense any time, let alone during one of the most devastating disasters in recent history…
Anyway, my response:
The answer to why there is “no looting,” seems to me, is hinted to in the brief article itself: “… with supermarkets cutting prices and vending machine owners giving out free drinks.”
Looks as though this large scale societal reaction to the crisis on the part of businesses and those with access to resources, no doubt, plays an important part in answering your question.
Furthermore, my bet is that some Japanese, in seriously dire circumstances, without water or food, have probably taken things from abandoned supermarkets or vehicles in order to survive. This would be defined as ‘looting’ by some. The fact that the title says “no looting” is beyond misleading… to be sure, there is no way for anyone to know if this is true at the current stage of the crisis. After all, there are thousands of people missing and whole parts of the country that rescue teams can’t even get to.
With all this said, the racist and thoughtless reasons for ‘looting’ that many have suggested in this comment area are nothing more than that: racist and thoughtless.
So, to all you racists, try empathy and ponder this:
Your community has just been destroyed (from, say, a hurricane, flood, tsunami, or earthquake). You have no food or water. You are outside, shivering, wearing tattered and wet clothes. In the distance you see a supermarket and you hurriedly limp up to it. Inside there are bottles of water and food, but no checkers to purchase said food and water from. Even if you had money, which is probably a bit unlikely given the disaster, you couldn’t buy anything. What do you do? Do you ‘loot’ what you need to survive?
Nelly Furtado Is Donating Her Qaddafi Money To Charity -
I really like this article, the song “I Am Like A Bird,” and the question they ask at the end… about oil companies.
There is a danger that the events in Egypt will mislead some to lose hope in peace… I think the opposite, that there can be another way to challenge the events near us. This is the time to move forward, fast, take my peace initiative with the Palestinians and make a deal. This will be my advice to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Don’t wait. Move, lead and make history. This is the time. There will not be a better one. —
Ehud Olmert, Former Israeli PM.
The Israel Peace Plan That Still Could Be - By Bernard Avishai - The NY Times.
With the boiling over of democratic demands throughout the Arab world, I get the sense that now could be a critical time to pursue a legitimate agreement in the Palestinian/Israeli dispute…
Really great, thorough article with a whole bunch of insightful quotes from the Palestine Papers… READ.