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The Warrior at the Mall
"If what I say deserves to be taken seriously, it’s because I’ve taken the time out of my worthless sponge life as a concerned American civilian to form a worthy opinion. Which means that although it is my patriotic duty to afford men like John Kelly respect for his service, and for the grief he has endured as the father of a son who died for our country, that is not where my responsibility as a citizen ends. I must also assume that our military policy is of direct concern to me, personally. And if a military man tries to leverage the authority and respect he is afforded to voice contempt for a vast majority of Americans, if he tries to stifle their exercise of self-governance by telling them that to question the military strategy of our generals and our political leaders is a slight to our troops, it’s my patriotic duty to tell him to go pound sand."
people  politics  usa 
yesterday by ingenu
The U.S. CLOUD Act and the EU: A Privacy Protection Race to the Bottom | Electronic Frontier Foundation
U.S. President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion government spending bill, signed March 23rd, offered 2,323 pages of budgeting on issues ranging from domestic drug policy to defense. The last-minute rush to fund the U.S. government through this all-or-nothing “omnibus” presented legislators with a golden opportunity to insert policies that would escape deep public scrutiny. Case in point: the Clarifying Lawful Use of Overseas Data (CLOUD) Act, whose broad ramifications for undermining global privacy should not be underestimated, was snuck into the final pages of the bill before the vote.

Between the U.S. CLOUD Act and new European Union (EU) efforts to dismantle international rules for cross-border law enforcement investigations, the United States and EU are racing against one another towards an unfortunate finish-line: weaker privacy protections around the globe. 
gov2.0  politics  data  privacy  europe  usa  EFF  digital_rights 
yesterday by rgl7194
Van Morrison's Cosmic Accident - Open Source with Christopher Lydon
In the annals of rock music albums, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is one of a kind. In an earthy medium, it’s a masterpiece of abstraction. Indecipherable. Irresistible. Influential. Accidental, it seemed, from the first licks ...
listening  music  history  usa  people  wild 
yesterday by ingenu
Map: A tour of the Great Quake of 1906
Step back 112 years to the day and to San Francisco's darkest hour.
history  usa  sanfrancisco  disaster  earthquake  visualisation  photography 
yesterday by garrettc
What Black People Have Always Known About Diversity Policies
Comment on the incongruency of how “diversity” is stated and practiced
usa  culture  black  racism  Q2  2018  pointofview  starbucks  philadelphia  police  retail  h&m  applebees  diversity 
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