Max wants to get the old MaxSpeak site back up and says he needs html help. I really miss MaxSpeak, so I hope this happens soon.
Horrible news: Stirling Newberry has had a stroke. Updated here. This sounds a lot like what happened to Stu Shiffman, and right now Stu is able to eat baby food and speak on the phone and be understood - after a year of very good care. Let's hope Stirling also has very good care, but expect a long, scary, frustrating ride before he can talk to us again.
Glenn Greenwald's big scoop: "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama"
Charlie Savage and Edward Watt: "U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls"
Bruce Schneier in The Atlantic, "What We Don't Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know: The NSA's surveillance of cell-phone calls show how badly we need to protect the whistle-blowers who provide transparency and accountability."
@algore: "In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?"
Sam Seder talked to Marcy Wheeler about this on The Majority Report.
"Supreme Court upholds DNA swabbing of people under arrest" - We apparently have several Supreme Court justices who either don't understand or don't care that the point is to prevent cops from going on fishing expeditions. If they can retain data on people they've inappropriately arrested (as is so often the case), they can get anyone on anything, eventually, just because they don't like them. Interestingly, Breyer voted with the majority and Scalia voted against.
The British version: "Copyright extension: good for Cliff and the Beatles, bad for the little guys?" This is ghastly news for most musicians and for listeners. It means that many old recordings will remain hidden and buried while a tiny handful of already-rich performers will be the only beneficiaries. Those great forgotten recordings will remain forgotten, as will the performers' ability to generate income off of them. (Typically, I noticed that the mere act of linking to examples of great old British recordings in a Guardian article seems to have generated take-down orders. I've noticed a lot of that over the years, and since the previous industry-protection law came into existence, British creation seems to disappear off of YouTube like crazy. That means that, far from being protected, British creators are being robbed of promotional opportunities by these laws.)
The Democratic leadership thinks they're doing fine, even though their policies are not much different from Republican policies.
"If you hear a kind of whooshing, rushing noise, don't worry - it's not US jobs moving to China. Today's great sucking sound is the sound of agricultural wealth being siphoned off into the global financial system.
Why you need to be a corporation - so you can have some rights.
A rough week for Monsanto
It turns out that even with disastrous policies in place, Social Security and Medicare still aren't going to be bankrupted by the Baby Boomers. This fact is serious rain on the parade of Austerians, but, says Krugman (ever the optimist), "The truth is that the long-term outlook for Social Security and Medicare, while not great, actually isn't all that bad. It's time to stop obsessing about how we'll pay benefits to retirees in 2035 and focus instead on how we're going to provide jobs to unemployed Americans in the here and now."
Michael Hiltzik continues the call, saying, "Social Security should be expanded, not cut."
Sam Seder hosted Thom Hartmann's show and discussed the new, more optimistic report on Social Security and Medicare - and posted the show on his The Majority Report podcast.
Sam also talked to Trevor Aaronson about the FBI's Manufactured War on Terror.
Ian Welsh on The Decline and Fall of Post War Liberalism and the Rise of the Right, complete with scary graphs: "Liberalism failed because it couldn't handle the war and crisis of the late 60s and 70s. The people who could have, were dead or too old, they had not properly trained successors, those successors were paying attention to the wrong problem and had become disconnected from reality on the ground. And the New Deal coalition was fracturing, more interested in hating blacks or keeping the 'good' suburban lifestyle than in making sure that a rising tide lifted all boats (a prescriptive, not descriptive, statement.)"
Mike Lux notes that DC "centrists" are far away from the voters, and thinks populist Democrats have a good chance to win in red states.
Susie Bright's film quiz (may not be work-safe). I was moved to link this because she includes a clip from one of my favorite films, Shampoo. Alas, a look at YouTube did not find me a clip of the scene toward the end when Jack Warden confronts Warren Beatty and George explains it all.
I liked this poster.
"Poll: Are you sad to see Smith go?" - It was the comment thread that got me.
I've been reflexively skipping this ad after 3 seconds, but I decided to watch this time and realized it's a great little snap sightseeing tour of London.
The Corrugation of Dreams - Sometimes I am completely amazed by what a creative individual can do with even the most unimpressive of materials.
Kenny Graham And His Satellites, "Sunday"
Louis Armstrong and the All Stars 1950. "Panama"
Roy Williams, George Chisholm, and the Alex Welsh Band, "It's Alright with Me"