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The True HooHA

"Two U.S. officials said the investigations into Snowden's activities confirmed that his downloading of sensitive information began at Dell. He is believed to have moved from Dell to Booz Allen with little time off in between.

In February 2010, while working for Dell, Snowden wrote in an internet technology forum, Ars Technica, that he was bothered by technology companies allegedly giving the U.S. government access to private computer servers.

"It really concerns me how little this sort of corporate behavior bothers those outside of technology circles," Snowden wrote under the screen name "The True HooHA." "Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types." (Reuters)

Recent revelations are that the NSA used a program called "lifesaver" to covertly copy the hard-drives of computers in the Indian Embassy/Consulate and Indian UN offices.

Snowden was granted one year of asylum in Russia on 8/1/13.

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VW Vans

Man, Megawolff, I drove one of those VW camper vans from the 60s around the LA basin around the turn of the millennium, even took it up north as far as Santa Cruz. It was groovy up the PCH but on the highway system in LA? A definite hazard. Not because it didn't have airbags and anti-lock brakes, but because the things are meant to go 55-60 which creates a freaking hazard these days.

But 1985 was another reality...

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end of the road for VW Type 2 campervans

bummer to read that VW will stop making its magnificent microbuses from december 31 this year.
went to a few shows in an brown early 70s bus. grate times. also loved seeing all manner of the vehicle in show parking lots late 80s, 90s.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430020/VW-campervans-Health-safety-rule-changes-Brazil-stop-production-1960s-iconic-vehicle.html

(jerry garcia bus with a tear drop:) http://images.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/pix/3503827.jpg

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O'Bummer's UN Speach

Even as I support Obama's general attitudes towards current political crises, I am struck by the imperial tone of his speech as I am now hearing it. As he goes from one global hotspot to another and utters mounds of platitudes the hypocrisy of the US's actual actions undermines his words and turns them into steaming piles.

While the US has not lost all moral authority it has lost most of it, like 90%.

Now Obama is saying that the danger to the world is not that America will continue to create empire, but that America will disengage after a decade of war and leave a vacuum of power. It seems to me that Dubya Bush proved that comment wrong on steroids, America leading without a whiff of consultation with any ally.

The rest of the speech?
Blah-blah Syria; Blah-blah Iran; Blah-blah Israel/Palestine

(Sigh...)

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RIP Carolyn

She must have been one open-minded and patient lady to put up with Neil's antics! We should all give thanks for her role as editor of collections of beat writer's correspondence and occasional photographer of Kerouac and Cassidy.

Interesting that she was portrayed by Kerouac as the bourgeois one who always stayed home in "On the Road" but always was the one Cassidy kept crawling back to...

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RIP neal cassady's wife, carolyn

she lived a long (90 years) and very storied life

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/23/carolyn-cassady

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Snakes On a Plane!

"Hundreds of passengers bound for Japan were stranded in Australia overnight after a snake was found on a Qantas plane at Sydney airport.

Staff found the 20cm-long (eight-inch) Mandarin rat snake in the cabin before passengers boarded the Boeing 747 on Sunday.

It is not clear how the snake, which poses no threat to humans, had got on the flight from Singapore.

A replacement flight left for Tokyo on Monday morning."

(Didn't Sammuel Jackson get rid of all those snakes after that terrible movie?

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This Congress --

Should be more than ashamed of themselves. A list of of partisan obstructors should be well publicized so they can be culled from the flock next voting season. 40 votes on trying to defund the Affordable Care Act and now one more coupled to lifting the debt ceiling that isn't going to fly either.

Isn't this the definition of insanity?

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How about that John Boehner!

Mr. Speaker has vowed to hold the 2014 federal budget hostage unless the funding for the Affordable Care Act was withheld. WHAT A BONEHEAD!
Please contact your rep and senator to lodge your complaint in regard to this obstructive position from the Republican members of Congress.

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Isolationism , 9/11 Response

I've always said that the Bush/Cheney NeoCons (NOT America's) response to 9/11 was absolutely wrong. Prosecuting a war against two countries while prosecuting everybody in this country with the Patriot Act was not an intelligent response. Focusing on NY probably had to be done for the aspect of healing alone. BUT, we could have prosecuted the terrorists around the world with the good will of about 150 countries if we had pursued this as a police action. That is, not involved the military except for special forces ops and had the FBI and Interpol and the NSA track the bad guys. Then use the combined special forces of those countries willing (clandestinely, there were a lot of them like Poland, than nobody ever thought of) and whoop the bad guys.

All of the patriotic screeching and ape-like ceremonies of a country and going to war were not needed and, as it played out, overly restrictive of our freedoms. It merely made the country feel worse and scarred a generation of vets., not to mention killed about a million people and injured about 10,000,000 more.

Isolationism is a more difficult thing. It points to an extreme and extremes aren't good in foreign affairs. The world's most bad-ass military can't just do nothing when the rest of the world is waiting for a helping hand or leadership in the face of war crimes and the use of weapons of mass destruction.

There is a long way between that and taking a kick-back position and not forcefully pursuing economic gain at the expense of others. I for one would like our foreign policy too have much larger tendencies towards isolationism but not become isolationist, if that makes any sense...

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