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How to destroy democracy

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What is this really about? Charles Pierce:

Today, someone from the chop shop took to the pages of Tiger Beat On The Potomac to make the case that, because politics are icky and people are mean, what the country needs is a bipartisan figurehead about whom we can all feel nicey-nice.

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What Bezos bought

Jeff Jarvis

Newspapers need to gather "small data" about individual users, such as where they live, work, and what their key interests are, to serve people with greater relevance and value, Jarvis said. "I hope that skill -- building profiles and using them to improve relevance -- is the first that Bezos brings to the Post."

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Prism Break

Prism Break - Online privacy tools.
Another useful site: security in-a-box. Read below the fold...

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Proto death squads

Corporations are enlisting militias to chase terrorists. Seriously.

And by terrorists we mean environmentalists and protesters.

We are sliding towards fascism. For real. Read below the fold...

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The Unit in My Pants Exploded Prematurely!

My partner was very disappointed, but after reloading we will try again in a half hour.

That model won't train.

Not without "the best educated guesses of smart human analysts". Read below the fold...

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Tweet of the Day

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Koch brothers financial coup d'etat

Watching the unfolding emergency management tragedy in Michigan, I realized what anti-tax extremism was about. It is much worse than your normal conservative I don't want to pay taxes. By destroying the tax base, the Koch brothers can engineer financial collapse, race in and scoop up all the assets for cheap. It is the blitzkrieg of disaster capitalism. Read below the fold...

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Now I know how Russians felt

U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances

(Reuters) - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

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Tweet of the Day

Once drones over US skies become plentiful, I expect a rich market for "Not Engaged in Combat" hats, wrist bands, t-shirts, etc.
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Out with the old year, in with the new!

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[Open New Year's Eve thread. And if you go out drinkin, have a diesignated driver or take a cab home! --lambert]

I have to go wrestle with RSS and add (I hope) some keen new functionality but it is not merely my obligation but my pleasure to sticky a New Year's post.... A wish I shared with a friend was for less chairoscuro, meaning a bit less contrast between bright light and dark shadow:

For example, I spent a month in Bangkok while continuing to blog heavily, which is very bright; but the continuing stress of the economy just doesn't seem to let up, and the Fecal Cliff nonsense makes the angst all the worse, which is dark and darker. Read below the fold...

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Justice in today's America

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Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison

A pretrial hearing in the case against accused LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond this week ended with the 27-year-old Chicago man being told he could be sentenced to life in prison for compromising the computers of Stratfor.

Judge Loretta Preska told Hammond in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday that he could be sentenced to serve anywhere from 360 months-to-life if convicted on all charges relating to last year’s hack of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose servers were infiltrated by an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

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$1 billion face recognition system across America

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FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America

A billion dollars. A billion dollars for this sucker. Divided 50 times that would mean $20,000,000 for each state were it sent out as revenue sharing. Not a lot, but at least take some pressure off the states. As it is, who needs this? Read below the fold...

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What Susie said

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Susie

Let’s not be naive. Trapwire has nothing to do with “terrorism.” Trapwire is all about preventing a "1789" reaction when your new Libertarian overlords take away Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance and the minimum wage.

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The surveillance state

Susie has the latest on pervasive government surveillance. I just want to state the obvious, pervasive government surveillance did not prevent that AIDS clinic from burning. It did not protect the people of Aurora, Colorado, and it did not protect the Sikhs in Oakcreek, Wisconsin.

London has the most pervasive surveillance system anywhere in the world. It was completely useless in the recent riots. Surveillance systems don't protect people because they are not designed to protect people, they are designed to control people. Read below the fold...

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