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The Unspecial Gen Y, The Unspecial Economy, And The Neoliberal Fail

I’ve never understood the American obsession with categorizing people as Gen X, Gen Y, Boomers and so forth. It’s so obviously a ploy to develop marketing niches to sell people stuff that it seems silly to me that people take it all seriously – we’re all just people, as people have been down the ages. […]

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We are witnessing the end of American global dominance

The Syria crisis is not Kerry’s “Munich moment” but quite the opposite. It signals the end of US global dominance. This the United States’ “Suez Moment”, the moment when an once-undisputed global superpower could no longer reign supreme and the power passed elsewhere. The power passed to the US from Britain during the Suez Crisis. […]

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“Conviction Was Never Going To Happen”

This is too painful for me to comment on. I could barely finish reading the article. But I think it’s important for it to get the widest coverage possible, since it probably won’t get much: Dr. Shiping Bao, the Volusia County medical examiner who was in charge of handling slain-teenager Trayvon Martin’s body in February […]

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Such Sophisticated, Edgy Commentary on Syria!

This is what passes for intelligent, sophisticated commentary on Syria — Julia Ioffe on how an unexpected opportunity for a diplomatic solution to Obama’s sabre-rattling is really Obama “getting played by Putin and Assad”: This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international […]

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The Russian Plan Has Problems, But It’s Better Than The Bombing Plan

If we’re to believe the officially unofficial story brought to us by the stenography of Judy Millers old partner in grime, the NY Times Michael Gordon, today – then Russia’s plan for Syria wasn’t exactly Obama playing eleventy-dimensional chess as the obots would have it. Nor was it exactly a bolt from the blue that […]

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New Zealand bans software patents with historic new law

Open source software advocates and libertarians are applauding a New Zealand law that says software programs cannot be patented unless combined with hardware. Expect furious opposition from US tech companies and patent trolls. What do you do when you’re a small country with a technology industry convinced that innovation requires the banning of software patents, […]

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Despite The “Known Unknowns”, The Fix Is In On Syria War

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been gob-smacked by the number of ostensibly liberal think-tankers and supposedly unbiased media members who have been willing to gloss over all the “known unknowns and unknown unknowns”, to borrow old Donnie Rumsfield’s formulation, in order to join the charge for US and western military intervention in Syria’s […]

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Mark Zuckerberg, FWD.us, and the absurdity of frictionless politics

Mark Zuckerberg and his immigration reform lobby FWD.us  bleat about “frictionless politics.” There is no such thing. Pretending so is delusional and self-serving. Silicon Valley, despite conceits about its innate specialness, has not invented anything new when it comes to politics. The Valley wants much laxer rules on H-1B visas and is pretending their approach […]

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Smart meters and driverless cars mean more government spying on us

Before Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, I supported smart meters that feed data back to the utility in order to better monitor and allocate power. My views have changed. The utilities share data with the government. Some smart meters have the ability to turn off or regulate your appliances. Sorry, but that’s just too much […]

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NUJ: Detention Of David Miranda A “Gross Misuse Of The Law”

Britain’s National Union Of Journalists has come out with a strong statement by their general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, following the detention of David Miranda at London Heathrow in connection with Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing on the NSA and GCHQ. The shocking detention of David Miranda for the crime of being the partner of a respected investigative […]

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