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TWISTED: NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails
by Justin Elliott
ProPublica, July 23, 2013, 12:39 p.m.

The NSA is a "supercomputing powerhouse" with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

"There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately," NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.

The system is “a little antiquated and archaic," she added...

I am laughing so hard, I am choking myself...
but, peace anyway, kpete

Harry Reid: McConnell ‘Tried To Make Love To The Tea Party’ ("& they didn't like it")

Source: Talking Points Memo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Monday that his Republican counterpart's overtures to the tea party have backfired.

Speaking at an event held by Organizing for Action, Reid seemed to gloat that Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had drawn a Republican challenger in next year's race.

“He tried to make love to the tea party and they didn’t like it,” Reid said, as quoted by the Washington Post.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/harry-reid-mcconnell-tried-to-make-love-to?ref=fpb

Broken shackles

I had not noticed that axe before....
peace, kpete

The Violence of Organized Forgetting

The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Henry Giroux

by Henry Giroux

. . . Until educators, individuals, artists, intellectuals and various social movements address how the metaphysics of casino capitalism, war and violence have taken hold on American society (and in other parts of the world) along with the savage social costs they have enacted, the forms of social, political, and economic violence that young people are protesting against, as well as the violence waged in response to their protests, will become impossible to recognize and act on.

the rest:

Terminally ill man and his husband fight to force Ohio to recognize their marriage, and judge agrees

Terminally ill man and his husband fight to force Ohio to recognize their marriage, and judge agrees
byLaura Clawson

USA flag in the form of a gay rainbow flag The Supreme Court's decision striking down part, but not all, of the Defense of Marriage Act is starting to make itself felt in challenges to the other parts of DOMA. In Ohio, that's happening in an immediate and personal way, with a married couple pressing to have their marriage recognized by the state of Ohio after the death of one, which is expected soon due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And they have a federal judge backing them up:

“The end result here and now is that the local Ohio Registrar of death certificates is hereby ORDERED not to accept for recording a death certificate for John Arthur that does not record Mr. Arthur’s status at death as ‘married’ and James Obergefell as his ‘surviving spouse,’” Judge Timothy Black wrote in granting the couple a temporary restraining order Monday. The order is in effect until 5 p.m. Aug. 5, unless the court extends the order at a later date.

“By treating lawful same sex marriages differently than it treats lawful opposite sex
marriages,” the judge concluded, Ohio’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex
couples’ marriages and Ohio’s statute addressing the same issue “likely violate the United States Constitution.”

Clarence Thomas "Outraged" by Treatment of His Nephew

The Supreme Court recently refused to hear the case of a pregnant woman who was repeatedly tasered by Seattle police during a routine traffic stop simply because she refused to sign a speeding ticket. The Rutherford Institute


Clarence Thomas "Outraged" by Treatment of His Nephew
—By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway| Wed Jul. 14, 2010 2:13 PM PDT

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was reportedly "completely shocked and outraged" when he learned that his nephew, who suffers from epilepsy and was reportedly suicidal, was beaten and tased with a stun gun at a Louisiana hospital—apparently, for nothing more than some unruly behavior.

"Outraged" we can understand: What happened to 24-year-old Derek Thomas does qualify as outrageous. According to an account on Raw Story:

Derek Thomas was admitted to West Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Thursday, after a possible suicide attempt, reports ABC affiliate WGNO.

When the Supreme Court justice's nephew refused to put on a hospital gown and said he wanted to leave the hospital, doctors ordered security to restrain him.

Security guards "punched him in his lip, pulled out more than a fistful of his dreadlocks and tasered him to restrain him," a statement from Thomas' family said.

Shortly afterwards, family members say, Thomas suffered a "massive epileptic seizure."

Still, there's no reason why Justice Thomas should be "shocked" that such a thing could happen. As one of the nine highest placed individuals in the U.S. Justice system, he should know that these things—and much worse—happen every day to Americans who suffer from mental illness.

The Republican Party Is A Danger To American's Health & WellBeing

What sabotage governing looks like
By Steve Benen - Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:24 AM EDT

First, congressional Republicans are actively trying to undermine the federal health care system by refusing to help their own constituents navigate the system.

People regularly call their representatives for help with Medicare, Social Security and other government programs. Yet, Republicans believe healthcare reform spells doom for the federal budget, private businesses and the U.S. healthcare system. They're also enormously frustrated that the law has persevered through two elections and a Supreme Court challenge and believe a botched implementation could help build momentum for the repeal movement.

Some Republicans indicated to The Hill they will not assist constituents in navigating the law and obtaining benefits. Others said they would tell people to call the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Second, there's systemic lying to the public.

Third, there are the dozens upon dozens of repeal votes congressional Republicans keep holding.

These repeal votes tell the public that the future of the law is still in doubt — a significant chunk of the country actually believes the Affordable Care Act has already been repealed — and discourages participation needed to make the law work.

Fourth, congressional Republicans have repeatedly denied the Obama administration funds needed for implementation. Fifth, GOP leaders have shamelessly discouraged private-sector partnerships with Washington on public-awareness campaigns, in the hopes that public ignorance might help undermine the efficacy of the system. Sixth, many Republicans at the state level are refusing to allow Medicaid expansion, no matter how much damage it does to their state. And seventh, these same GOP officials in the states are refusing to create exchanges, making it that much more difficult for federal officials to meet deadlines and fully implement the law on time.


More plus great links:

Eugene Robinson: "Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong & Well, the president did just that."

Obama’s race challenge — and ours

I’m not sure I know an African American man who hasn’t had these experiences. What’s new is the idea that the president of the United States knows what it feels like to be eyed warily, to be presumed guilty of malicious intent. That gets your attention.

Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

Obama’s remarks Friday — a surprise to reporters expecting the usual daily press briefing — were brief and informal. But they amounted to the most important speech about race our first African American president has delivered in office.

My skepticism about whether Obama should even try to say anything meaningful about Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, had nothing to do with the president’s thoughtfulness or eloquence. I simply feared that whatever he said would be misconstrued — deliberately, by some — in a way that robbed his words of their intended meaning.

But Obama began by talking about himself. It was disarming to hear the most powerful man in the world speak of powerlessness.


MUCH MORE (wish i could post it all today):

Awesome dad defends awesome daughter’s message to Texas lawmakers

A 14-year-old Texan stirred a considerable amount of controversy last week with a quippy sign protesting the state’s sweeping new abortion restrictions. Tuesday Cain’s message, written on brilliant pink poster board, read: “Jesus isn’t a dick, so keep him out of my vagina.”

Soon after, an image of Tuesday and her advice to Texas lawmakers started making the rounds on Twitter, and reproductive rights opponents (and jerks on social media) wasted no time in losing their damn minds over it.

On Monday, Tuesday’s father, Billy, came to his daughter’s defense, writing for the Guardian that he was proud of Tuesday’s willingness to stand up for her convictions — and her basic human rights — by coming out to protest the law (with some serious flair):

As parents, we believe that children should be taught continually, instead of just at school. My daughter and I have been to city council meetings to watch and discuss how politics gets done in the city. We have taken our children to the Capitol repeatedly because it is important for them to understand how politics affects them personally. When Sen. Wendy Davis was stopped from filibustering, I woke my daughter up so that she could watch the proceedings on the internet. We stayed up until 3.30am watching more coverage and researched the issues together. I explained as best I could what the bill itself would mean to women in the state of Texas, as well as how it would influence politics throughout the United States if it were passed. When my wife and I decided to go to the Capitol, we welcomed her to come along…


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