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Krugman: "Hard to Escape the Bottom Decile, But Turns Out Also Much Easier to Stay in Top Decile"

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/we-were-middle-class-once-and-young

June 23, 2013, 12:34 amComment

We Were Middle-Class Once, And Young

As I noted the other day, Greg Mankiw (pdf), in his defense of the one percent, seems oddly oblivious, among other things, to the extent to which America has changed since he was young. We are a much more unequal society now, and as a consequence arguably one with a lot less intergenerational mobility too.

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Not only do the affluent spend much more on their children, but the gap has grown a lot since Greg and I were young. Maybe all that spending is wasted — but I doubt it. We have become both a more unequal society and a society with more unequal opportunities.

There’s a lot more in the Corak paper, by the way. I was especially struck by the comparison of mobility in the US and Canada. I wasn’t surprised that America has less mobility, and certainly not that in America it’s hard to escape the bottom decile. But it turns out that in America it’s also much easier to stay in the top decile — hardly the image of a meritocractic society, unless you believe that America’s top decile is genetically superior to Canada’s.

Anyway, we are not the society we once were — and baby boomers should realize that.

Snowden Says Leaks Didn’t Disclose U.S. Military Targets

Source: Bloomberg

Snowden Says Leaks Didn’t Disclose U.S. Military Targets

By Phil Mattingly and Chris Strohm
June 17, 2013 1:25 PM EDT 30 Comments

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents about government surveillance programs, said he didn’t reveal any U.S. operations “against legitimate military targets.”

“I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous,” Snowden said during an Internet question-and-answer session today on the website of U.K.’s Guardian newspaper.

Snowden’s identity on the chat couldn’t be independently verified.

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He said he has “had no contact with the Chinese government” and speculation that he would provide classified information to foreign governments in exchange for asylum is “a predictable smear” that he anticipated. “Just like with the Guardian and the Washington Post, I only work with journalists,” Snowden said.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-17/snowden-says-he-did-not-reveal-military-targets-in-disclosures.html

Snowden: "I Had No Contact with the Chinese Government," "Predictable Smear."

He said he has “had no contact with the Chinese government” and speculation that he would provide classified information to foreign governments in exchange for asylum is “a predictable smear” that he anticipated.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-17/snowden-says-he-did-not-reveal-military-targets-in-disclosures.html

Snowden Says Leaks Didn’t Disclose U.S. Military Targets

By Phil Mattingly and Chris Strohm
June 17, 2013 1:25 PM EDT

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents about government surveillance programs, said he didn’t reveal any U.S. operations “against legitimate military targets.”

“I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous,” Snowden said during an Internet question-and-answer session today on the website of U.K.’s Guardian newspaper.

Snowden’s identity on the chat couldn’t be independently verified.

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“These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target,” Snowden said on the website. Snowden added that after his leak, the government “immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime.”

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He said he has “had no contact with the Chinese government” and speculation that he would provide classified information to foreign governments in exchange for asylum is “a predictable smear” that he anticipated.

“Just like with the Guardian and the Washington Post, I only work with journalists,” Snowden said.

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FISC Will Not Object to Release of 2011 Court Opinion That Confirmed NSA’s Illegal Surveillance

Source: International Business Times

FISC Will Not Object To Release of 2011 Court Opinion That Confirmed NSA’s Illegal Surveillance

By Sreeja VN | June 13 2013 1:32 AM

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, ruled Wednesday that it has no objection to the release of a 2011 opinion of the court, which found that some of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs under the FISA Amendments Act, were unconstitutional.

A 2011 FISC court ruling had concluded that some of the NSA’s surveillance programs had violated sections of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, a law aimed at protecting American citizens from surveillance programs targeted at foreigners.

The nation’s most secretive court, as it has been called in the media, said that the 86-page classified opinion can be made public if a district court orders it.

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The ruling is significant as the NSA’s PRISM program, which has sparked public outrage over Internet users’ privacy rights, is based on the same sections that the FISC found was circumvented by the security agency.


Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/fisc-will-not-object-release-2011-court-opinion-confirmed-nsas-illegal-surveillance-1305023

The Nation: Google Handed Over Personal Data of Two WikiLeaks Volunteers to Grand Jury

@kgosztola: Google handed over personal data of two WikiLeaks volunteers to grand jury:

http://www.thenation.com/article/174933/court-documents-reveal-extent-federal-investigation-wikileaks#axzz2WtBnHpNO

The Dragnet at the Edge of Forever

Amidst the havoc surrounding the earth-shattering revelations being made about the massive catch-all surveillance being conducted by the US government against virtually everybody with an Internet connection, a set of relatively unremarkable letters arrived in our GMail inboxes on Tuesday evening, containing a series of attachments.

These attachments were scanned court orders, sealed and later unsealed, issued to Google by the United States District Court for the eastern district of Virginia. These orders demanded that Google hand over to the United States (yes, they were that specific), various information relating to accounts we hold with Google, including whom we communicated with, when, from where, and for how long.

The court orders were almost certainly related to the Grand Jury investigation of the unauthorized public disclosure of information showing considerable misconduct, including a number of probable cases of war crimes, by US military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan during their wars in these countries, a list of people being held without trial or legal recourse in Guantanamo Bay, and a trove of diplomatic cables detailing the ways the US government have conducted themselves – both good and bad – over many years.

This investigation, which appears to be winding down as Justice Liam O’Grady felt it safe to unseal the orders, appears to have been conducted not for the purpose of attributing criminal behavior to those guilty of conducting said war crimes and violations of fundamental human rights, but to punish those who performed the public service of making the world aware of them.

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And yet more get introduced to this saga all the time. Over the last several years we have seen many of our friends, colleagues and allies pestered – for lack of a better term – by overzealous law enforcement, prosecutorial overreach, and misapplication of laws which at one point may have been intended to protect democratic values. They have been hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes killed directly or indirectly, all for nothing but their desire to uphold the values our societies hold dear.

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Facebook Admits Year-Long Data Breach Exposed 6 Million Users

Source: Reuters

Facebook admits year-long data breach exposed 6 million users

SAN FRANCISCO | Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:08pm EDT

By Gerry Shih

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has inadvertently exposed 6 million users' phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the past year, the world's largest social networking company disclosed late Friday.

Facebook blamed the data leaks, which began in 2012, on a technical glitch in its massive archive of contact information collected from its 1.1 billion users worldwide. As a result of the glitch, Facebook users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends obtained additional information that they were not supposed to have.

Facebook's security team was alerted to the bug last week and fixed it within 24 hours. But Facebook did not publicly acknowledge the bug until Friday afternoon, when it published an "important message" on its blog explaining the issue.

A Facebook spokesman said the delay was due to company procedure stipulating that regulators and affected users be notified before making a public announcement.

"We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behavior on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing," Facebook said on its blog.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE95K18Y20130621

Breaking: U.S. Charges Snowden with Espionage

Source: Washington Post

U.S. charges Snowden with espionage

By Peter Finn and Sari Horwitz, Published: FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 6:04 PM ET

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the officials said.

The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction where Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is headquartered, and a district with a long track record in prosecuting cases with national security implications.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Read more: http:/www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-charges-snowden-with-espionage/2013/06/21/507497d8-dab1-11e2-a016-92547bf094cc_story.html



Friday afternoon dump.

@BreakingNews: More: US asks Hong Kong to detain NSA leaker Edward Snowden on provisional arrest warrant - @washingtonpost http://t.co/dEvGFJcmKK

Oregon Agency Blames Pesticide for Bumble Bee Kill (25,000 Dead in Shopping Center Parking Lot)

Source: Associated Press

Jun 21, 2:47 PM EDT

ORE. AGENCY BLAMES PESTICIDE FOR BUMBLE BEE KILL

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials say a pesticide is to blame for the deaths of an estimated 25,000 bumble bees in a shopping center parking lot.

The state Department of Agriculture said Friday that tests on bees and foliage showed the deaths are "directly related to a pesticide application on linden trees" that was meant to control aphids.

It said an investigation is underway to see if the application of the pesticide Safari, done last Saturday, violated the law.

To prevent more deaths, bee-proof netting is planned for 55 European linden trees whose blooms attracted the pollinators to the Target parking lot in Wilsonville, southwest of Portland.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DEAD_BEES

Food Network Says It Won't Renew Paula Deen Contract After Admission She Used Racial Slurs

Source: New York Times

@AP: BREAKING: Food Network says it won't renew Paula Deen's contract after admission she used racial slurs. -MM

CNN: Statement from Food Network: "Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month"

Food Network Drops Paula Deen

By JULIA MOSKIN
Published: June 21, 2013

The Food Network said Friday that it would not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of June.

The announcement followed a bewildering day in which Ms. Deen, the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cooking and a sugary mainstay of the network, failed to show up for an interview on the “Today” show and then begged her family and audience for forgiveness in two online videos for using racial epithets in the past.

She has faced a volley of criticism this week over her remarks in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit by a former employee. In the document, she admitted she had used racial slurs, tolerated racist jokes and condoned pornography in the workplace. The Food Network statement did not elaborate on its reasons for dropping her, but a person close to the network said its shows featuring her sons, Jamie and Bobby, would not be affected.

In her first video on Friday, posted on YouTube and later removed, Ms. Deen, near tears, said: “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/dining/paula-deen-is-a-no-show-on-today.html

ACLU: NSA Retains Purely Domestic Communications Without Warrants, Documents Show

http://www.aclu.org/national-security/nsa-claims-broad-authority-monitor-americans-international-calls-and-emails

NSA Claims Broad Authority to Monitor Americans' International Calls and Emails

Agency Retains Purely Domestic Communications Without Warrants, Documents Show


June 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

NEW YORK – The government is engaged in warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans' international communications, according to secret FISA Court documents released today by The Guardian. Jameel Jaffer, American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director, made the following comments about the latest revelations:

"After Congress enacted the FISA Amendments Act in 2008, we worried that the NSA would use the new authority to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans' telephone calls and emails. These documents confirm many of our worst fears. The 'targeting' procedures indicate that the NSA is engaged in broad surveillance of Americans' international communications.

"The 'minimization' procedures that supposedly protect Americans' constitutional rights turn out to be far weaker than we imagined they could be. For example, the NSA claims the authority to collect and disseminate attorney-client communications – and even, in some circumstances, to turn them over to Justice Department prosecutors. The government also claims the authority to retain Americans' purely domestic communications in certain situations."

ACLU Staff Attorney Alex Abdo said:

"Collectively, these documents show indisputably that the legal framework under which the NSA operates is far too feeble, that existing oversight mechanisms are ineffective, and that the government's surveillance policies now present a serious and ongoing threat to our constitutional rights. The release of these documents will help inform a crucial public debate that should have taken place years ago."
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