Sunday Reading and Open Thread

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    Quibble (none / 0) (#1)
    by GhostDog on Sun Dec 17, 2006 at 01:34:04 PM EST
    "She used e-mail instead of the much faster but more vulnerable technology called FTP (file transfer protocol), which transfers the images directly into clients' computers."

    Much faster but more vulnerable? What are they trying to say?

    It reads as though the Times believes that "PerezHilton" could be lurking somewhere in the microcircuitry of the client computers, waiting to intercept ftp'd files ... and that sending one E-mail with an attachment (to a single long list of CCs) is somehow much slower than ftp'ing that same attachment to an equally long list of computers one by one ...

    All of that seems doubtful, but they're Professional Journalists and I'm just a Dog and it's just a quibble.

    That Playstation shooting (none / 0) (#2)
    by roy on Sun Dec 17, 2006 at 02:00:07 PM EST
    It keeps getting stranger.

    A fairly detailed description of the day's events here.  "Detailed", of course, not always meaning accurate.

    Long [the cop who killed Strickland] mistook the hammering of the ram for the blast of a gun and opened fire, David said.

    Taking that at face value, Long thought he heard somebody somewhere shooting something in some direction, so he killed the nearest non-cop with no more reason to think that said non-cop was armed.

    Long was indicted.  

    A former New Hanover County sheriff's deputy was charged with second-degree murder Monday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager accused of stealing PlayStation 3 video game systems.

    Then he wasn't.  

    However, the foreman of the grand jury, who checked the box on the paperwork that called for Long to be indicted, later announced that the jury had found Long not guilty and that he accidentally checked the wrong box.

    Now he might be.

    New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said this morning that the sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a Durham teen Dec. 1 could still be charged with a crime.

    Stranger and stranger (none / 0) (#3)
    by Sailor on Sun Dec 17, 2006 at 03:23:10 PM EST
    the cop fired twice THRU the door that was being battered down allegedly because he heard it being battered down.

    He hit the kid in the head and the shoulder, not exactly CBM shooting.

    They had a no-knock warrant because a friend of the deceased, who didn't live there and wasn't there, had posed with guns on the internet.

    My opinion? Cops murdered this kid, the 88 year old woman in Atlanta and Sean Bell. Then they lied about it. Over and over.
    They won't be charged, they won't do time, and nothing will change. It's what cops do. They lie with impunity and that lets them kill with immunity.


    UK serial killer of prostitutes (none / 0) (#4)
    by scribe on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 06:17:31 AM EST
    suspect, a 37 y/o man, reported to have been arrested. No further details. Report by German radio, 7 AM ET.  

    I posted a link (none / 0) (#5)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 01:28:30 PM EST
    to this here last Thursday, and RawStory finally got around to linking to this story today.

    Wars and torture and the demeaning of human life are not the only noteable 'achievements' of the insane bush administration and their equally insane supporters:

    New publishing rules restrict scientists

    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is clamping down on scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest agency subjected to controls on research that might go against official policy.

    New rules require screening of all facts and interpretations by agency scientists who study everything from caribou mating to global warming. The rules apply to all scientific papers and other public documents, even minor reports or prepared talks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
    At the Environmental Protection Agency, scientists and advocacy groups alike are worried about closing libraries that contain tens of thousands of agency documents and research studies. "It now appears that EPA officials are dismantling what it likely one of our country's comprehensive and accessible collections of environmental materials," four Democrats who are in line to head House committees wrote EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson two weeks ago.

    Democrats about to take control of Congress have investigations into reports by The New York Times and other news organizations that the Bush administration tried to censor government scientists researching global warming at NASA and the Commerce Department.

    BushCo may not only be intentionally(?) starting/conducting a world war. Through obtuseness and fanaticism and censorship/bookburning they may be damaging the planet beyond it's ability to support human life.

    Our motto..... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:09:07 PM EST
    profit before knowledge, profit before survival....profit to death!!!

    Liberalism growing in Iran? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 03:27:58 PM EST
    Ahmadinejad opponents leading in local Iranian elections
    TEHRAN: Partial results from elections held Friday suggest that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suffered a major setback a year after his election.

    The victory of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani over an extremist candidate and spiritual mentor of Ahmadinejad's gave one strong indication that voters favored more moderate policies.

    Iran bloggers test regime's tolerance

    TEHRAN : By day, Alireza Samiei covers banking and insurance for an industry newspaper. By night, he writes a daring online blog about Iran's social and political ills.
    Samiei, 27, is among the growing ranks of Iranian bloggers who are relentlessly pushing the boundaries of free expression, making Farsi one of the 10 most popular languages for blogs. The bloggers are testing just how much political and social dissent the nation's rulers will tolerate on the Internet.

    The authorities are pushing back.

    WH partisan censorship (none / 0) (#7)
    by squeaky on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 05:37:37 PM EST
    The goon squad has been acting                               unamerican again lately, to no one's surprise.
    Elliot Abrams and others at the National Security Council in Bush's White House have intervened to stop the publication of an op-ed in the New York Times by Flynt Leverett. Leverett himself served in the National Security Council until not so long ago.

    For Leverett's criticism of Bush administration Middle East policy and its mishandling of Iran since January of 2002, see this interview at Eurasia.net. He advocates US talks with Iran.

    From Leverett's statement:

    ' Until last week, the Publication Review Board had never sought to remove or change a single word in any of my drafts, including in all of my publications about the Bush administration's handling of Iran policy. However, last week, the White House inserted itself into the prepublication review process for an op-ed on the administration's bungling of the Iran portfolio that I had prepared for the New York Times, blocking publication of the piece on the grounds that it would reveal classified information.

    This claim is false and, I have come to believe, fabricated by White House officials to silence an established critic of the administration's foreign policy incompetence at a moment when the White House is working hard to fend off political pressure to take a different approach to Iran and the Middle East more generally.

    Juan Cole

    Time to get rid of one of the many criminals in this administration, namely Elliot Abrams.

    More on Flynt Leverett (none / 0) (#8)
    by squeaky on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 05:50:41 PM EST
    From Steve Clemons

     He has written numerous books, manuscripts, working papers, and many dozens upon dozens of some of the most important public policy op-ed commentary on American engagement in the Middle East and has always dutifully submitted his materials to the CIA's review process. Never -- not even once -- has been a word or item changed in anything submitted

    They don't (none / 0) (#9)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 06:36:11 PM EST
    want any doubt cast on their demonizing of Iran, or any rational consideration of sitting down to talks with Iran.

    Yes, I agree (none / 0) (#10)
    by squeaky on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 06:41:12 PM EST
    And the Saudi's are in mix big time. Ah, where religious sects and oil biz intersect.

    Greg Palast - December 7th, 2006 (none / 0) (#16)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:18:06 PM EST
    Iraq Study Group or Saudi Protection League?
    Behind the fratricidal fracas in Iraq is something even more dangerous than civil war -- a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia over control of Iraq's pivotal position in OPEC, the oil cartel.

    Because what is painted by Baker's Iraq Study Group as an ancient local clash between Shia and Sunni over the Kingdom of God, is, in fact, a remote control war between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the Kingdom of Oil.

    Too bad (none / 0) (#11)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 06:46:10 PM EST
    Leverett and the Iranian bloggers and all the other heretics running loose keep trying to wreck their party....

    On the good news front... (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 06:57:31 PM EST
    Johnson `Conscious' at Times, Remains in Critical Condition
    Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, has been conscious occasionally and remains in ``critical but stable'' condition as he recovers from brain surgery, said his spokeswoman, Julianne Fisher.

    "He has been conscious at times," Fisher said. "That's when he is opening up his eyes and responding to voice commands and touch. But he is being sedated so he can rest and heal."
    Last week officials said that Johnson has weakness on his right side and will need physical therapy.

    That last bit sounds like maybe no paralysis. Good news.

    Is there any commercial (none / 0) (#14)
    by aw on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:54:33 PM EST
    more obnoxious and annoying than the BMW one with the screaming kids?

    Yes (none / 0) (#15)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:12:06 PM EST
    Head On - Apply directly to the forehead.

    Oh, yeah (none / 0) (#17)
    by aw on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:22:51 PM EST
    it's on all the time, too.  But I'm hard of hearing and that screeching still comes through!

    It's pretty penetrating all right.... (none / 0) (#18)
    by Edger on Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:29:35 PM EST
    It's no wonder they don't try to sell it door to door. (rubbing hands together and daydreaming) ;-)