Exclusive: Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile
Reuters: ‘Exclusive: Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile’ —
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11 hours ago
Blog | Access
RT : Kudos to et al for spotting the TRIS point on and notifying EC commission:
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12 hours ago
Eye 1371, on its way to shops and subscribers now.
Private Eye, Ukraine Air Disaster: Putin to Act —
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yesterday
No Russian » The Vault of the Future
@blech so many thoughts … and then I read this:
Russia  Putin  2014  from iphone
yesterday
Kerry caught on hot mic disparaging Israel - YouTube
RT : U.S. Sec. Kerry caught (off camera) sarcastically deriding the IDF’s “pinpoint operation” on
from twitter
3 days ago
@bruces/Ucraina on Twitter
*The Ukrainian disinfo cyberwar was already an awesome, Gothic-Slavie fantasy dystopia weeks ago, but...
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3 days ago
Putin’s credibility lies amid the wreckage of flight MH17 - FT.com
1/ , — ‘Let us be clear on one thing: the crisis over Ukraine, which has been escalating since late last /
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4 days ago
The Malaysia Airlines crash is the end of Russia’s fairy tale - The Washington Post
2/ ‘summer, has been initiated and driven by Russia at each and every step.’ Cp @anneapplebaum, — /
Anne_Applebaum  Russia  Putin  2014  war  terrorism  Ukraine 
4 days ago
Twitter / Sara__Firth: I resigned from RT today. I ...
RT : I resigned from RT today. I have huge respect for many in the team, but I'm for the truth.
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5 days ago
Twitter / StateOfUkraine: #Russia'n cmdr Strelkov commented ...
RT : Donetsk commander Strelkov, longtime Russian agent, claimed credit today for shooting plane he thought was Ukrainian
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6 days ago
Twitter / NATOSource: Malaysian Airlines flight #MH17 ...
RT : Malaysian Airlines flight reported to have been shot down by BUK-M1 [aka SA-11] surface-to-air missile system
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6 days ago
Lost US extraordinary rendition files have 'dried out', Foreign Office says - Telegraph
RT : Last week, UK Govt said Diego Garcia rendition files had suffered "water damage." Now they say they've "dried out":
from twitter
7 days ago
Google+
"Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use."
ID  identity  2014  Google+  names  real_names 
8 days ago
Twitter / JackofKent: Stand corrected - three Lib ...
MT 'three Lib Dem MPs voted against emergency motion, with also speaking against.' —
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8 days ago
philosophunculist, n. : Oxford English Dictionary
OED WoTD: ‘philosophunculist, n. … A petty or insignificant philosopher.’ —
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8 days ago
Jonathan Glazer interview: 'It felt as if we were under siege' | Film | The Guardian
"My first question is, can I do this film anonymously? I'm interested in the work and the journey and I have nothing to add. I live my life as well as I can with the people I love, and that's very separate. I got a phone call saying, "You have to do four interviews for the DVD release." I was like, "Oh for fuck's sake…" It hurts when I have to do it."
interview  cinema  film  Guardian  2014  Jonathan_Glazer  from iphone
10 days ago
David Hare on Jimmy Savile: biography of the man who 'groomed a nation' | Books | The Guardian
"Savile does not belong among the amoral heroes of Patricia Highsmith, disposing of people without remorse in a meaningless universe. Rather, he inhabits the driven world of Graham Greene, where the protagonist is in a lurid and sweaty argument with his maker, trying to pile up credit points to balance the final ledger against what he knows full well to be his sins. If the definition of a psychopath is someone who does not understand his own depravity, then Savile is, to the consternation of medical apologists, the very opposite. He always carried the rosary the pope had given him. On his deathbed, he was found with his fingers crossed. … Like many Roman Catholics, he is concerned to make a good death – it's one of the most important things in his life – but at no point is he ever known to give a moment's thought to the tormented deaths waiting for those whose lives he has ruined. Even in guilt, the drama is always about him. … All religions rely on the notion of redemption, but the only redeeming feature of Savile's life is that he has posthumously lucked into such a clear‑eyed and morally conscientious biographer. Prince Charles once wrote "Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country, Jimmy." They do now."
David_Hare  Guardian  2014  book_reviews  Jimmy_Savile  abuse  child_abuse  from iphone
10 days ago
Israel/Gaza: UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises | Amnesty International
Amnesty: ‘UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises’ —
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10 days ago
Facebook and Engineering the Public — The Message — Medium
"large corporations (and governments and political campaigns) now have new tools and stealth methods to quietly model our personality, our vulnerabilities, identify our networks, and effectively nudge and shape our ideas, desires and dreams. These tools are new, this power is new and evolving. It’s exactly the time to speak up! … (Yes, short of deep totalitarianism, legitimacy, consent and acquiescence are stronger models of control than fear and torture—there are things you cannot do well in a society defined by fear, and running a nicely-oiled capitalist market economy is one of them). … Today, more and more, not only can corporations target you directly, they can model you directly and stealthily. They can figure out answers to questions they have never posed to you, and answers that you do not have any idea they have. Modeling means having answers without making it known you are asking, or having the target know that you know. This is a great information asymmetry, and combined with the behavioral applied science used increasingly by industry, political campaigns and corporations, and the ability to easily conduct random experiments (the A/B test of the said Facebook paper), it is clear that the powerful have increasingly more ways to engineer the public, and this is true for Facebook, this is true for presidential campaigns, this is true for other large actors: big corporations and governments."
Zeynep_Tufekci  2014  power  Facebook  big_data  control  modelling 
11 days ago
What does the Facebook experiment teach us? — The Message — Medium
"The more I read people’s reactions to this study, the more I’ve started to think the outrage has nothing to do with the study at all. There is a growing amount of negative sentiment towards Facebook and other companies that collect and use data about people. In short, there’s anger at the practice of big data. This paper provided ammunition for people’s anger because it’s so hard to talk about harm in the abstract.

For better or worse, people imagine Facebook is run by a benevolent dictator, that the site is there to enable people to better connect with others. In some senses, this is true. But Facebook is also a company. And a public company for that matter. It has to find ways to become more profitable with each passing quarter. This means it designs its algorithms not just to market to you directly but to convince you to keep coming back over and over again. People have an abstract notion of how that operates, but they don’t really know, or even want to know. They just want the hot dog to taste good. Whether it’s couched as research or operations, people don’t want to think they’re being manipulated. So when they find out what soylent green is made of, they’re outraged. This study isn’t really what’s at stake. What’s at stake is the underlying dynamic of how Facebook runs its business, operates its system, and makes decisions that have nothing to do with how its users want Facebook to operate. It’s not about research. It's a question of power."
danah_boyd  2014  Facebook  research  big_data  ethics  power 
11 days ago
Enacting security law by guillotine - FT.com
1/ FT: ‘On national security, a prime minister should always act calmly. Instead, what the public is being offered /
FT  DRIP  Parliament  privacy  surveillance  2014  from twitter
12 days ago
Open Rights Group - Threat of legal action not terrorism behind calls for emergency data retention legislation
ORG: ‘Threat of Legal Action Not Terrorism Behind Calls For Emergency Data Retention Legislation’ —
from twitter
13 days ago
Dear John Whittingdale, I've just heard from Tom Watson, MP that there may be - Pastebin.com
Claire Perry emailed me this week. Now I’ve emailed her, re Monday’s data retention bill. posted what he sent:
DRIP  from twitter
13 days ago
New powers give spooks OK to track terror plots on web | The Sun |News|Politics
RT : That's two onetime employers of Andy Coulson, agreeing that you need to be placed under more surveillance
DRIP  from twitter
13 days ago
Something terrible could be happening in Parliament on Monday and I need your urgent attention. — Medium
I've asked Labour's front bench to publicly oppose the rush for legislation. MPs need time to read any proposed Bill
Tom_Watson  DRIP  privacy  surveillance  Parliament  2014  from twitter_favs
14 days ago
Tory Minister Accidentally Poses In Front Of "Sack Cameron" Graffiti
Life matching satire, again (example 34659): ‘Tory Minister Accidentally Poses In Front Of “Sack Cameron” Graffiti’ —
from twitter
15 days ago
Twitter / herdyshepherd1: Sheep descending the ...
Sheep descending the fells.
Gathering for clipping as they have done for c.5000 years.
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15 days ago
Bryant Tan plays Wieniawski's Legend - YouTube
Here he is, playing in his final school concert: . And his old blog gives another angle: .
from twitter
17 days ago
Bryant's Blog | Stream of randomized thoughts from a student
Here he is, playing in his final school concert: . And his old blog gives another angle: .
from twitter
17 days ago
Recent graduate passes away in mountaineering accident | Stanford Daily
RIP Bryant Tan, a former student of enormous talent and accomplishments, musical and scientific. Such a loss. —
from twitter
17 days ago
Twitter / zthrs: My parents have the art of ...
My parents have the art of the dramatic selfie nailed down.
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17 days ago
Twitter / lessig: That's it. We did it. For US. ...
That's it. We did it. For US. For . Tears, and sleep, and endless thanks.
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19 days ago
Sex and wheels: Zadie Smith on JG Ballard's Crash | Books | The Guardian
‘a quintessential Ballardian sentence, depicting a denatured landscape in which people don't so much communicate as exchange mass-produced gestures’
J_G_Ballard  Guardian  2014  books  literature 
19 days ago
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