Friday Night Open Thread

Below, John Amato of Crooks and Liars and I talking sports and various sundry things. Also to be broadcast on Netroots Radio tomorrow morning at 9 am EST (noon PST):

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    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 127 (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:36:29 AM EST
    Love is blind as a bat out of hell is other people. (link)

    Vol. 126

    Vol. 125

    Off to the company picnic in Golden Gate Park today, where it's forecast to be, of course, foggy and about 60 degrees. Ah, summer in San Francisco. Time to cross a bridge and get warm.

    a new gun rights group (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by DFLer on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:58:47 PM EST
    Black NRA
    Sarah Silverman
    The NRA is finally putting guns into the hands of those who need them most.

    Pretty interesting. No wonder (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:42:28 PM EST
    our go to guy hasn't posted much re Syria.

    Niners/Seahawks, BTD (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:44:16 PM EST
    Who you picking? Seattle is so damn tough at home with that 747-like noise level, and they laid a serious beating on us there last year, but I'm inclined to take SF only because Kaepernick made such a huge statement with his arm last week, as did Boldin. We shall see, but a couple of great games to start the SF sked.  


    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY (a free comic a day)

    I like the Seahawks, simply ... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:40:25 PM EST
    ... because they're at home, but I don't think it'll be anything like the vicious pummeling they dealt the Niners last season at Qwest Field or whatever they're calling it now. Seattle wins a slugfest, 24-20, with the Niners returning the favor later in the season.

    Undercover Seattle Cops (none / 0) (#14)
    by BeDazzled on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:55:12 PM EST
    Will be in the stadium for the game - wearing SF jerseys to try to keep the fans from getting too aggressive with the opposing fans.

    My son is a writer for a popular (none / 0) (#15)
    by BeDazzled on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:00:11 PM EST
    blog focused on the Seahawks - FieldGulls.

    Assad agrees to kerry's demands (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:08:59 PM EST
    that he pledge to give up chemical weapons.

    Haaretz Thursday...
    Assad: We'll give up chemical weapons once U.S. stops arming rebels

    Syria will fulfill an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops threatening to strike Syria, the Russian RIA news agency quoted President Bashar Assad as saying in a television interview.
    "When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized," he was quoted as saying in an interview with Russian state television.

    Something has to be done about terrists in Syria, it seems.

    NSA MITM (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:27:58 PM EST
    NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports
    If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency -- or its UK counterpart -- appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence.
    Brazilian site Fantastico obtained and published a document leaked by Edward Snowden, which diagrams how a "man in the middle attack" involving Google was apparently carried out.

    A technique commonly used by hackers, a MITM attack involves using a fake security certificate to pose as a legitimate Web service, bypass browser security settings, and then intercept data that an unsuspecting person is sending to that service. Hackers could, for example, pose as a banking Web site and steal passwords.

    The technique is particularly sly because the hackers then use the password to log in to the real banking site and then serve as a "man in the middle," receiving requests from the banking customer, passing them on to the bank site, and then returning requested info to the customer -- all the while collecting data for themselves, with neither the customer nor the bank realizing what's happening. Such attacks can be used against e-mail providers too.

    It's not clear if the supposed attack in the Fantastico document was handled by the NSA or by its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The article by the Brazilian news agency says, "In this case, data is rerouted to the NSA central, and then relayed to its destination, without either end noticing."
    CNET got a "no comment" from the NSA in response to our request for more information.

    Thought this would ruffle more feathers (none / 0) (#6)
    by AmericanPsycho on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 11:09:52 PM EST
    The story about legislation making it way through the senate defining who is and who is not a 'protected journalist' (or a real reporter).  It's shown up in some of the right-wing blogs including drudgery but I haven't seen it mentioned very much elsewhere..


    I wonder if Jeralyn would be afforded protections under this crafty set of rules.. or is she just a 'blogger' ..

    Snip from the LA Times link (none / 0) (#7)
    by Mikado Cat on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 02:52:48 AM EST
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) insisted on limiting the legal protection to "real reporters" and not, she said, a 17-year-old with his own website.

    "I can't support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege ... or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I'm not going to go there," she said.

    Feinstein introduced an amendment that defines a "covered journalist" as someone who gathers and reports news for "an entity or service that disseminates news and information." The definition includes freelancers, part-timers and student journalists, and it permits a judge to go further and extend the protections to any "legitimate news-gathering activities."

    But the bill also makes it clear that the legal protection is not absolute. Federal officials still may "compel disclosure" from a journalist who has information that could stop or prevent crimes such as murder, kidnapping or child abduction or prevent "acts of terrorism" or significant harm to national security.


    I'll be waiting for somebody smart to untangle the leagalese of the actual bill.


    Oh... (5.00 / 4) (#9)
    by lentinel on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:47:18 AM EST
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) insisted on limiting the legal protection to "real reporters" ...
    "I can't support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege ... or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I'm not going to go there," she said.

    OK. She doesn't have to, "go there".
    But I hope she will consider going somewhere and quickly.
    Into retirement if possible.

    This is the right-wing rambling of a member of congress trying to find a way to inhibit freedom of the press and of the individual and to protect the malfeasance of the entrenched powers that be. A spokesperson for the shoot-the-messenger brigade.

    The contempt with which she mentions Snowden, and not the abuses he has made known, tells us a lot about this relic of contorted liberalism.


    Fein[redacted]stein is a [redacted] [redacted]. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Edger on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:44:40 AM EST
    She might want to carefully choose her public appearance venues before someone out there takes it into his head that she should be [redacted] one day.

    btw, the LA Times articles title is "Bill to protect journalists clears Senate panel"

    When did the LA Times start publishing satire?


    Good point. (5.00 / 3) (#11)
    by lentinel on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 10:02:12 AM EST
    A bill to "protect" journalists...

    That would be a welcome turn of events were it to be true.

    Maybe they mean, a bill to put journalists in protective custody.


    Obama actively campaigning now (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 10:08:45 AM EST
    for anybody but democratic candidates in 2016, and preferably for the farthest right-wing freeper nutters you can think of. Oh, and Wall Street, too. President McBlankDimonFeinCain anyone?

    If President Obama continues with his plan to close the Small Business Administration (SBA) he could see his approval ratings drop to a record low and devastate the Democratic Party's success in the upcoming elections.
    Based on the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, America's 28 million small businesses are responsible for over 90 percent of the net new jobs, over 50 percent of the private sector work force, over 50 percent of the GDP and over 90 percent of U.S. exporters are small businesses.

    The one and only agency in Washington to assist the 28 million American small businesses is the SBA. The agency is charged with managing the single largest economic stimulus program in U.S. history to assist small businesses. That program, established under the original Small Business Act, stipulates that a minimum of 23 percent of the total value of all federal contracts and subcontracts shall be awarded to small businesses.
    President Obama has refused to back legislation such as H.R. 1622, "The Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act" that would completely end the diversion of federal small business contracts to large businesses and redirect up to $100 billion a year in existing federal infrastructure spending to middle class small businesses.

    To add insult to injury, President Obama has announced plans to essentially close the SBA. Closing the SBA would mean the end of all federal programs to assist disabled veteran-owned firms, minority-owned firms, woman-owned firms and all other small business programs.

    -- Obama's Plan to Close the SBA Will Sink the Economy and His Approval Rating

    Gotta leave his legacy stamped on the forehead of everyone, I guess. Right between the eyes.

    OTOH, if his approval rating sinks far enough and he's made to understand that no one will ever vote for him again that's sure make him straighten up and fly right, eh?