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January 28, 2012

Jon Ronson's Escape and Control - The Search for Omer Gershon

This is episode one of Ronson's new web series about people trying to control the internet. Jon Ronson's Escape and Control - The Search for Omer Gershon

Awesome Photo: FDR's 52nd birthday party

Yeah. It's a fricking toga party. FDR’s 52nd Birthday Party : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Time Traveler From The Year 1998 Warns Nation Not To Elect Newt Gingrich

Time Traveler From The Year 1998 Warns Nation Not To Elect Newt Gingrich | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
WASHINGTON—Saying he came bearing an important message from the past, a stranger from the year 1998 appeared on the Capitol steps Thursday and urged voters not to elect Newt Gingrich president in 2012. "In the late 20th century, Newt Gingrich is a complete disgrace!" said the time-traveling man, warning Americans that 14 years in the not-so-distant past, Gingrich becomes the only speaker in the history of the House of Representatives to be found guilty on ethics charges, and is later forced to resign. "In my time, he shuts down the federal government for 28 days because his feelings get hurt over having to sit at the back of Air Force One. Gingrich gets our president impeached for lying about marital infidelities when, at the same time, Gingrich himself is engaged in his own extramarital affairs. And for God's sake, he divorced his first wife after she was diagnosed with cancer. Won't anyone listen to me?!?" When asked about Donald Trump, the time-traveler said he had no information on the man, as no one from 1998 cared about a "washed-up fake millionaire."

Oakland now using petty "lawfare" to harass and fine Occupy Oakland out of existence

Stung by Bad PR, City Officials Adopting New Tactics to Suppress Occupy Oakland | Occupy Wall Street | AlterNet
Oakland officials have taken a new tack in their suppression of the Occupy movement, one that seems addressed to the city's public relations problems. Gone are the mass arrests, “less-lethal” weaponry and tear gas, replaced with a kind of "lawfare" on the few protesters who remain in the plaza at the foot of Oakland City Hall where the occupation's tent city once stood. Authorities are no longer routinely claiming that Oakland's occupiers are rioters, arguing instead that they are blocking public access to walkways and possessing unpermitted property -- conduct that may or may not, in fact, be protected under the First Amendment as "expressive" political activities. Over the last month, the arrests have come in fives and tens, repeatedly targeting some of the same few and most visible activists. "One of the things the Oakland Police Department is looking at is changing our strategies on how we deal with these protests," says public information officer Johnna Watson. "We want to do something that's more effective. And one of the things we're looking at is when we have repeat offenders, we don't want to just keep arresting them -- we want to implement other tools that the law allows us." . . . These new tactics began in mid-December, when Oakland city administrator Deanna Santana told the occupiers at Frank Ogawa plaza outside city hall that they were "creating a threat to public welfare." On December 17, police began issuing citations at the plaza for offenses such as, in one case, leaning a bike against a wall while reading poetry aloud. Tickets handed out to the jovial Interfaith coalition group said only "umbrella." Two people were arrested for refusing to give up blankets, sleeping bags and other property that police alleged was connected with unpermitted lodging. . . .

After having his house burgled, Mark Twain pens a notice to would-be robbers

Letters of Note: To the next Burglar

Navy's new murder drone has no pilot, so who is accountable?

And: just two weeks ago Iran hacked a spy drone so hard that it landed for them and was captured. Is sending heavily armed drones out really a good idea? New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who's accountable? - latimes.com
The Navy's new drone being tested near Chesapeake Bay stretches the boundaries of technology: It's designed to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, one of aviation's most difficult maneuvers. What's even more remarkable is that it will do that not only without a pilot in the cockpit, but without a pilot at all. The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone's ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently. . . .