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HRC-Neutralizer of Left for Wall Street, Monsanto, NSA, etc.

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Jon Queally in “Amid Populist Surge, Hillary Clinton to Wall Street's Rescue?” discusses a Tuesday NYT's article that suggests that Hillary Clinton is viewed as a “solution” by Wall Street in relation to all the unsettling populist calls for “stronger economic reforms and regulations.”

It seems that Hillary Clinton’s upcoming presidential nomination by many progressive/Dem cronies is viewed as a sure thing, a veritable cakewalk, a heralded “coronation” exercise. Read more about HRC-Neutralizer of Left for Wall Street, Monsanto, NSA, etc.

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Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden receive 2014 Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling (transcript)

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Laura Poitras: Today a lot of people have talked about the risks that whistleblowers have taken and I just would like to acknowledge the impact on their families and how difficult that is, and I believe that some people in Ed’s family are here today and I just want to acknowledge the sacrifice that they’ve made.

Edward Snowden: I actually can see my father sitting in the front row there, but I didn’t want to call him out because I didn’t want to add any... Thank you for coming, I really appreciate your support. I know this has been hard for everyone, and I love you, Dad. So thank you.

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Q Munk Debate Preview - Jian Ghomeshi talks with Michael Hayden and Glenn Greenwald

Still on the Munk Debate, laying down a record. Stepping backward in time now to the morning of the debate, when both Michael Hayden and Glenn Greenwald were interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q. Hayden was interviewed by phone, Greenwald was in Studio Q with Ghomeshi.

The interview with Hayden fascinates me. You know how it is when you're looking in a mirror and trying to make your hands move right but they keep going wrong, and then you just stop and stare? Read more about Q Munk Debate Preview - Jian Ghomeshi talks with Michael Hayden and Glenn Greenwald

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Edward Snowden statement at Munk Debate on State Surveillance (transcript)

Edward Snowden speaks via video at the Munk Debate on State Surveillance, May 2, 2014, in Toronto. A clip from this video was shown during the debate. This is the full video, with transcript below fold.

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Post Munk Debate Show - transcript

"First of all, I think it’s fiction that they say, “Well we only collect information on foreigners.” Who cares? The U.S. will collect information on Canadians, Canadians will collect information on Americans, and vice versa with the Five Eyes, each being each other’s eyes."

Continuing on from here, a review of the debate from a Canadian perspective. Immediately after the debate in Toronto, the conversation continued online. Hosted by Dr. Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and joined by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, as well as Joseph Menn, Technology Projects Reporter with Thomson Reuters. Transcript below fold. Read more about Post Munk Debate Show - transcript

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Team Glenzilla vs. Creepy Unamerican Goblins - Munk Debate on State Surveillance transcript

Munk Debate on State Surveillance, last Friday, May 2nd, in Toronto. Glenn Greenwald and Alexis Ohanian versus Michael Hayden and Alan Dershowitz.

Tossing bouquets to Glenn and Alexis, thank you so much, and thanks as well to Canada and host Munk Debates.

Drinking game: First person to say "unconstitutional."

Transcript below fold. Read more about Team Glenzilla vs. Creepy Unamerican Goblins - Munk Debate on State Surveillance transcript

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Who owns the future? Jaron Lanier on KCRW's This...Is Interesting

"You know, if it’s all a volunteer economy of people sharing files, you’ll have these giant spy services that become superpowerful from watching what people are doing and then being able to manipulate them. But the better idea is for people to be able to pay each other when they get good at designing these things because then you can still have a middle class even though the machines have gotten really good."

Inspired by ponderings on Lambert's fundraiser and my mystification at all things dismal science, I'm going back to a podcast I heard last year. Things aren't working, the middle class is dying, and internet pioneer and free thinker Jaron Lanier looks back forensically -- "we did screw something up" -- and forward with Captain Kirk optimism. This is interesting. Podcast at KCRW, and my transcript below the fold. Read more about Who owns the future? Jaron Lanier on KCRW's This...Is Interesting

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"Do we really want the NSA to poison the international online community?" Marcy Wheeler interviewed

Scott Horton interviews Marcy Wheeler on February 28. From the program notes:

Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses her work with the Greenwald/Scahill/Poitras media project The Intercept; the extent of NSA data mining, which tech firms/telecoms are cooperating, and the maze of legal justifications; and why, if a government agency must spy on everyone to no good effect, it might as well be the CIA instead of the NSA.

Plus Ron Wyden's excellent questions.

Podcast here, transcript below the fold. Read more about "Do we really want the NSA to poison the international online community?" Marcy Wheeler interviewed

An ATM Just Wished Me Happy B-day & I FREAKED!

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I have three blogs that are in various levels of development but I am shooting this one from the hip, so to speak, in five minutes of an adrenalin rush upon arriving home.

Ten minutes ago I left my NYC neighborhood Duane Reade pharmacy and on my way out the door withdrew some cash from a Chase ATM machine.

As my transaction finished a row of balloons spelling out HAPPY BIRTHDAY flashed merrily on the screen.

Whaaaaa.....????. Read more about An ATM Just Wished Me Happy B-day & I FREAKED!

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In the wonky weeds with Marcy - more on Obama's spy speech, three days later

Nicole Sandler: I find this fascinating, yet it is very – wonky is not the word, but it’s so in the weeds. I know, Marcy Wheeler, you’re so good at reading through this stuff, but to the average person – and I’d say I’m not even the average person, I’m probably more informed than most, I know I’m intelligent, but a lot of this stuff, I mean, you know, my eyes sort of roll back in my head and ...

Amen!

I'm still playing podcast catch-up. After Obama's speech last Friday and Marcy's review on The Scott Horton Show (my prior transcript), Marcy did The Nicole Sandler Show on Monday. Way wonky, but kinda wonderful too, or wonderlandful, if you follow:

Marcy Wheeler: And so they’re trying to kind of develop this Panopticon within U.S. networks. And that’s the solution they want to come up with to defend our networks, rather than, by the way, increasing encryption and security and everything like that. And the reason they don’t want to do that is because it makes their spying harder. So it’s this circular issue, and I think it’s a dangerous circular issue because basically the NSA is making us less safe with what it’s doing with encryption, and then having made us less safe, it’s insisting that it needs to be able to police U.S. networks in a more intrusive fashion because it’s made us less safe.

Got that? Or, cutting to the chase:

Marcy Wheeler: We're not done learning... President Obama tried to end it, tried to close down discussion on Friday; we’re not done yet.
Nicole Sandler: No. I don’t think discussion will be closed as long as they, you know, can’t silence people like you... Information really is power, isn’t it?
Marcy Wheeler: Yep, it is.

Podcast here -- Marcy's segment, about a half an hour, starts at around 32:00. Transcript below the fold. Read more about In the wonky weeds with Marcy - more on Obama's spy speech, three days later

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Marcy Wheeler on Obama's spy speech: "I hope you didn’t want good news from me"

Scott Horton: So, you know, I kept spacing out during that thing, but I was pretty sure he said nothing for 45 minutes and I’m glad that you were able to pay attention...

Amen!

I know Obama's spy speech last Friday got a lot of attention. I've seen Marcy do post after post at emptywheel.net, including her comprehensive annotated version. I glaze. When those big flurries happen, I'm always grateful for a podcast interview to scope out the big picture. Podcast here, about 30 minutes, and late transcript below the fold. Read more about Marcy Wheeler on Obama's spy speech: "I hope you didn’t want good news from me"

Obama Re-Frames Paul Revere as 'NSA Poster Boy'

I’m thinking whistleblower Edward Snowden far better fits the profile of a latter day Paul Revere than Obama’s nomination of the fourth-amendment-eliminating NSA. Read more about Obama Re-Frames Paul Revere as 'NSA Poster Boy'

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Bruce Schneier on what we got from NSA: "An internet vulnerable to every attacker"

"And as we see, a lot of the techniques that the NSA is using are techniques China uses, are techniques a criminal uses – they’re not really magical, they’re just bigger budget. So we have a choice. We can make the internet safe for everybody and secure for everybody. Or we can make the internet vulnerable for everybody. And a vulnerable internet is much more dangerous."

So many great podcasts lately, so little time! Here's computer security expert Bruce Schneier being interviewed on The Scott Horton Show on January 9 about his article in The Atlantic, “How the NSA Threatens National Security.” (A week later Schneier briefed selected members of Congress on the NSA at the request of Rep. Zoe Lofgren; more here and here.) Podcast here, about 10 minutes. Transcript below the fold. Read more about Bruce Schneier on what we got from NSA: "An internet vulnerable to every attacker"

Obama's NSA Speech: Review Without Review, Reform Without Reform

Obama’s speech on intelligence gathering was the full on horseshit performance many of us thought it would be.

Obama began with a revisionist, some might say tortured, reworking of American history which placed the NSA in the tradition of Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. I guess what they say is true, that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels and Obama’s wrapping the NSA’s war on the Constitution up in the flag certainly qualifies.

But it is when Obama arrives at 9/11 that he really goes off the rails and dispenses with any semblance of reality. Read more about Obama's NSA Speech: Review Without Review, Reform Without Reform

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