[And leaving this sticky because now I've had time to go through the comments and make some responses. --lambert]
[Leaving this sticky to remind myself that I still have things to say. And it's interesting to imagine what future historians, if any, will think of the 2008 Democratic campaign. We'd better get our thoughts and memories on the record! I'd also note, for researchers like Cannon, that Corrente's archives are incomparable, and our faceted/filterable search function is excellent. It's also sad to me that many comrades in arms from that time have dispersed. It's natural, of course. --lambert]
Joe Cannon is writing a book "that will give a precis of the strangeness that hit blogworld in 2008." He asks the following questions, which I thought I'd open up for discussion:
1) Looking back, do you think that Obama mania was a genuinely spontaneous eruption, or do you think that the whole thing was engineered by manipulators who worked the blogs using personas?
Yes. (With the caveat that I think the key manipulators, at least the ones doing the manipulation, were perfectly open about it.)
2) Do you agree with my contention that blogs (not television) were the true drivers of the national conversation during that primary fight?
3) And what do you think was the shiftiest trick employed by the Obama forces against the Clinton forces?
Texas caucus fraud.
Readers? Read below the fold...
Marcy Wheeler last month on CIA torture, comedic Senate oversight, and the presidential authorization for torture that we are not supposed to know about
Marcy Wheeler: If nothing else it demonstrates how ridiculous our oversight system is. Because here you have the people who are supposed to be overseen, who can make this case to avoid being overseen and it’s treated credibly... The point of fact is they’re trying to stall this torture report that shows that the torture didn’t work and they lied about it not working.
Scott Horton: Although, we’ve got to be careful how we define work, because I think...it does work perfectly when you’re trying to torture someone into pretending that Saddam Hussein taught him and his Al Qaeda buddies how to make chemical weapons.
Marcy Wheeler: Works like a charm if you’re trying to get detainees to say what you want. And that I think is the big secret, and I think that is the reason why ultimately Obama is offering a fair amount of protection to CIA, because the executive branch and the CIA like having this make-up-lies cover and they protect each other that way.
Also, published 3/13/14 at The Intercept: The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture for Years, by Marcy Wheeler. Read below the fold...
In the past, I would have upgraded automatically. Now, I'm not so sure. OS X has stability and quality problems it didn't use to have, basically since iOS features began to invade it. Read below the fold...
Not that I'm qualified by experience to speak, except to note that this is an excellent rant. Re-arranged slightly:
Today, parents are being fed the idea that it benefits children to constantly be hand in hand, face to face, "What do you need my precious darling? How can I make your childhood amazing?" You can't walk through Pinterest without tripping over 100 Indoor Summer Craft Ideas, 200 Inside Activities for Winter, 600 Things To Do With Your Kids In The Summer. 14 Million Pose Ideas For Elf on The Shelf. 12 Billion Tooth Fairy Strategies. 400 Trillion Birthday Themes.
This is how I remember childhood too: Read below the fold...
This seems to be my day for quoting Kevin Drum:
Heartbleed is a Sucking Chest Wound in the NSA's Reputation
I'm honestly not sure which would be worse. That the NSA knew about this massive bug that threatened havoc for millions of Americans and did nothing about it for two years. Or that the NSA's vaunted—and lavishly funded—cybersecurity team was completely in the dark about a gaping and highly-exploitable hole in the operational security of the internet for two years. It's frankly hard to see any way the NSA comes out of this episode looking good.
"Looking good"? Read below the fold...