a citizen’s journal by Thomas Nephew

links for 2008-12-09

Posted by Thomas Nephew on December 10th, 2008

  • “Brian Dettmer carves into books revealing the artwork inside, creating complex layered three-dimensional sculptures.” Ran across this last year, glad I found it again. If you love books and appreciate art, here’s a new way of looking at both.
    (tags: books art)
  • “If President Barack Obama wants to stop the descent toward dangerous global climate change, and avoid the trade anarchy that current approaches to this problem will invite, he should take Al Gore’s proposal for a carbon tax and make it global. A tax on CO2 emissions — not a cap-and-trade system — offers the best prospect of meaningfully engaging China and the U.S., while avoiding the prospect of unhinged environmental protectionism.”
  • “On December 4, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH spoke to Advisor B and informed Advisor B that he was giving Senate Candidate 5 greater consideration for the Senate seat because, among other reasons, if ROD BLAGOJEVICH ran for re-election Senate Candidate 5 would “raise[] money” for ROD BLAGOJEVICH, although ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he might “get some (money) up front, maybe” from Senate Candidate 5 to insure Senate Candidate 5 kept his promise about raising money for ROD BLAGOJEVICH.”
  • “Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.” Nice going, a**hole. One thing: I would prefer to assume there was good reason to be surveilling him in the first place; I knew he was under a cloud of some kind, but hadn’t followed the story closely.
  • “Mr. Mukasey told reporters that there was “absolutely no evidence” that anyone involved in developing the policies “did so for any reason other than to protect the security in the country and in the belief that he or she was doing something lawful.”” Well, alrighty then — if Gonzales v2.0 says it, what more do we need? Except that people like Haynes, Feith, Yoo, and Addington lied about it to other admin officials and to Congress — “consciousness of guilt.”
  • “You and I know that the same people and corporations who have destroyed our economy, shipped jobs overseas and created the largest gap in pay between workers and CEOs oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. See below for some of their erroneous claims and the facts that you need in order to refute them.”
    (tags: efca)

2 Responses to “links for 2008-12-09”

  1. Nell Says:

    You’ve probably seen the LA Times‘ recent contribution to the Maryland police spying-on-activists story.

    I’m less surprised to see this after learning via newspaper biz stories that the Tribune Corp owns the Baltimore Sun — so there’s not much new in the story, but it takes it more nationwide than it had been.

  2. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Yes, someone on the neighborhood listserv mentioned the LA Times piece. The main things I got from it were
    1) that it seems to be confirmed that the data wandered up into fed databases — something I thought was likely, of course, but wasn’t sure had happened (“and shared some information about them with half a dozen state and federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.”)
    2) a fuller description of who got surveilled — hadn’t known about the nuns or the Democratic candidate (Barry Kissin).

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