delicious.com/willis.creative/blindfla links for the week ending today.
- Indiana Deputy Attorney General Fired Over Threatening Twitter Posts 022411
- Indiana Deputy Attorney General Jeff Cox has been fired for remarks he made on Twitter last week, suggesting riot police in Wisconsin should use live ammunition when clearing protesters out of the Wisconsin Capitol building.
- Indiana deputy attorney general fired over Twitter posts – 13 WTHR
- Indianapolis – An Indiana deputy attorney general has been fired after a magazine reported he used his Twitter account to urge police to use live ammunition against Wisconsin protesters.
Mother Jones reporter Adam Weinstein said he exchanged tweets with then-Indiana Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox over the weekend, and was disturbed by the messages he read from Cox.
- Indiana deputy attorney general tweets: “Use live ammunition” on demonstrators – Boing Boing
- On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin capitol building–something that didn’t end up happening–one Twitter user sent out a chilling public response: “Use live ammunition.”
- YouTube – Songs from a Lost Homeland – video clip
- For many Palestinians music is a means of safeguarding and promoting national identity.
- A Look At The Youth Of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood : NPR 021711
- Journalist Charles Sennott recently returned from Tahrir Square, where he was filming a documentary on the revolution for PBS’s Frontline. It focuses on the young members of the Muslim Brotherhood who played an important role in Egypt’s revolution.
- YouTube – Koch Whore: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
- The BEAST’s Ian Murphy calls Walker, posing as archconservative moneybags David Koch, and they casually discuss crushing all public unions.
- Koch Whore | The Beast
- “Carpenter’s quote made me wonder: who could get through to Gov. Walker? Well, what do we know about Walker and his proposed union-busting, no-bid budget? The obvious candidate was David Koch.
I first called at 11:30 am CST, and eventually got through to a young, male receptionist who, upon hearing the magic name Koch, immediately transferred me to Executive Assistant Governor Dorothy Moore.”
- Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, falls for phone prank | World news | The Guardian
- The Republican governor at the centre of the union-busting protests in the US has been embarrassed by a prank call that he believed was from one of his billionaire backers.
On the recording of the call, which has been released online, the Republican governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker tells a caller impersonating one of the rightwing Koch brothers that he is looking forward to flying to California to celebrate with them once the battle with the unions was won, and jokes about taking a baseball bat to slug Democratic leaders.
- Wis. Governor Receives Prank Phone Call : NPR
- Political pranks are hardly new, but when a sitting governor in the midst of a high-stakes fight with organized labor is punked by someone pretending to be a major conservative contributor, people take notice. Someone pretending to be David Koch, a businessman who has contributed heavily to conservative candidates and causes, taped a lengthy conversation with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The recording became public Wednesday.
- It’s official: Pittsburgh is the most liveable city in the U.S. | News In Brief | Marketplace from American Public Media 022211
- The Economist Intelligence Unit has released its 2011 Liveability Ranking and Overview, and the Steel City tops the U.S. list, beating out Los Angeles (44th), New York (56th), and even Honolulu (30th).
But it’s not all good news. Not a single U.S. city ranked in the world’s top 10, or even top 20 most Worl1d.jpgliveable cities. On that list, Pittsburgh ranked 29th globally. Vancouver, Canada, topped the list, followed by Melbourne, Australia.
“Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion,” said Jon Copestake, author of the report, in a press release.
- The Globalist | About Us
- The Globalist covers the biggest story of our lifetime — globalization. Our business has non-profit and for-profit components: As a public service, we publish a free website on the global economy, politics and culture. And we offer content licensing and syndication services to newspapers and magazines, colleges and universities, high schools, global companies and international organizations, as well as foundations and non-profit organizations around the world.
- The cost of a soldier deployed in Afghanistan | Marketplace From American Public Media
- This one is in the context of all the budget debates and what costs money in the United States and for U.S. taxpayers. So my question for you today is this: How much does it cost per year to support one U.S. service member deployed in Afghanistan? Is it A) $67,000 a year; B) $132,000 a year; C) a staggering $685,000 per year; or D) an unbelievable $1.2 million a year?
- Gene Sharp, ‘Clausewitz Of Nonviolent Warfare,’ Amazed By Egypt’s Youth : The Two-Way : NPR
- He’s been called “the man who changed the world,” by the editorial board of the Boston Globe, and the Karl Von Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare” by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
As Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep notes, former Harvard reseacher Gene Sharp has been an inspiration to young revolutionaries in countries such as Serbia and Egypt, where they used his manual From Dictatorship to Democracy and his book The Politics of Nonviolent Action to help guide them through what turned out to be successful — and peaceful — revolts against oppressive regimes.
- BBC – BBC World Service Programmes – The Strand, 17/02/2011, David Shields
- Is the conventional novel finally dead?
- Women of the revolution – Features – Al Jazeera English
- Egyptian women, just like men, took up the call to ‘hope’. Here they describe the spirit of Tahrir – the camaraderie and equality they experienced – and their hope that the model of democracy established there will be carried forward as Egyptians shape a new political and social landscape.
- On The Media: Transcript of “Our Future with Technology” (February 18, 2011)
- As computers become smarter (and smaller), there’s a good chance that in the future, the lines between humans and computers will begin to blur. What does that mean for our essential humanness? Clive Thompson, Jamais Cascio, Jaron Lanier and Ray Kurzweil discuss a future where machines can think like humans and people become one with the web.
- On The Media: Transcript of “The Global Impact of the Internet” (February 18, 2011)
- Is the internet helping to free people from oppressive governments or is it simply giving those authoritarian regimes another way to spy on dissidents? Ethan Zuckerman from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society joins Brooke and Bob to discuss the internet’s role — for better or for worse — in uprisings from Iran to Egypt.
- On The Media: Transcript of “The Personal Impact of the Web” (February 18, 2011)
- This week On the Media brings you a version of our first ever live show – a look at the internet and how it’s changing us. First up, what is the net doing to as individuals? Does it make us better and more connected to each other? Or does it degrade our real life social connections and leave us at the mercy of long distance bullies? Bob and Brooke hash it out, with help from psychologist Sherry Turkle, writer Conor Friedersdorf, and net researcher Lee Rainie.
- YouTube – Empire – Social networks, social revolution 0217711
- Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have become the new weapons of mass mobilisation. Are social networks triggering social revolution? And where will the next domino fall?