Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Richard D. Wolff Lecture on Worker Coops: Theory and Practice of 21st Ce...

CENSORSHIP: New Twitter CEO 'NOT BOUND' By First Amendment | Breaking Po...

Revelation. You guys bury the leads, all the time. 1) Krystal Ball just said that the job of the Press has changed. That it is no longer to tell the public audience the story, but because everyone now has a voice, and everyone has limited time & attention, the job is NOW to curate, and thus filter (censor), the nearly infinite amount of information, so that they we the audience can see only what is important, true, or necessary. That is huge. Both as a revelation and a value statement.
2) Saggar said that Engineers are "not equipped to make socio-economic decisions". (He also seems to support the 1st Amendment quite Passionately, which is weird coming from a 'conservative', since they don't want to lose the power they have conserved, but the 1st Amendment was designed to distribute power). This judgement against Engineers seems informed by perhaps biased. I see no evidence that smart people can NOT be smart in more than one area of life. There are strange examples of mistakes that smart people make, see Zuckerberg, but their raw intelligence and success seem to lead to the conclusion that they can learn, even if they make mistakes. The final revelation that Saggar mentioned is "BLUE SKY", stop burying the lead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluesky_(protocol)

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Conversation on The Young Turks

 Don't be afraid to question authority. 
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Money Corrupts Politics 

Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky

Monday, May 31, 2021

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Krystal and Saagar: Tim Dillon Tells NYT Journo Writing Rogan Profile To...

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This week’s podcast: The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, leaks and lies

In 1971, a 22-year-old named Robert Rosenthal got a call from his boss at The New York Times. He was told to go to Room 1111 of the Hilton Hotel, bring enough clothes for at least a month and not tell anyone. Rosenthal was part of a team called in to publish the Pentagon Papers, an explosive history of the United States’ political and military actions in Vietnam that shattered the government’s narratives about the war. Former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked the secret papers to the press. In this episode, we hear the experiences of both Ellsberg and Rosenthal.

At 90 years old, Daniel Ellsberg is still shaking things up

As Daniel Ellsberg recounts on this week’s podcast, in 1961, he was a young researcher helping the Kennedy administration plan America’s nuclear war strategy. At the time, it seemed like the United States or the Soviet Union were on the brink of launching nuclear weapons whenever tensions flared. Ellsberg wondered whether government officials had ever thought about how many lives would be lost if the U.S. actually carried out its “first strike” nuclear plan. Turns out, they had: A neatly typed report said the first nuclear strike would kill 600 million people. “I remember my reaction very, very well,” Ellsberg says. “This is the most evil plan that has existed in the history of the human species. This is an evil piece of paper. It shouldn’t exist.”

Ellsberg decided he had to keep the United States from ever launching a nuclear war. As the U.S. escalated the war in Vietnam, he made the decision to become a whistleblower. At night, he photocopied 7,000 pages of government reports that showed the grim reality of the war in Vietnam and exposed secret U.S. bombing campaigns. While Ellsberg faced charges under the Espionage Act, his revelations helped turn the tide of American opinion against the war. 

This week, at age 90, Ellsberg is still making headlines for holding the government accountable. A once-classified document he disclosed in recent years revealed that in 1958, the United States drew up plans to drop nuclear bombs on China. While he copied the report at the same time as the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg decided to highlight it amid new tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan. As he told The New York Times: “As the possibility of another nuclear crisis over Taiwan is being bandied about this very year, it seems very timely to me to encourage the public, Congress and the executive branch to pay attention to what I make available to them.”

Listen to the episode: The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, leaks and lies