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Oil company owner's aggressive memos from late 1970s – Boing Boing
Link: Oil company owner’s aggressive memos from late 1970s – Boing Boing
“Do not speak to me when you see me. If I want to speak to you, I will do so. I want to save my throat. I don’t want to ruin it by saying hello to all of you sons-of-bitches.”
Death to All Juice | Know Your Meme
Link: Death to All Juice | Know Your Meme
Over a year later in June 2010, Carlos Almonte and his friend Mohamed Alessa were arrested by the federal authorities at the JFK International Airport, who allegedly sought to fly to Somalia and join an Islamist insurgent group.
Surprise! Feds stored thousands of checkpoint body scan images after all – Boing Boing
Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs: "largest intelligence leak in history"Lots of early links on this one…
Link: Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs: “largest intelligence leak in history” – Boing Boing
An archive of classified U.S. military logs spanning six years, more than 91,000 documents, and 200,000 pages, was today made available by WikiLeaks. The papers show a picture of the war in Afghanistan that is far more grim, and far less hopeful, than previously portrayed.
Link: Leaks provide ground-level account of Afghan war – Washington Post
Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online Sunday amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings as well as covert operations against Taliban figures.
Link: The War Logs: Reaction to Disclosure of Military Documents on Afghan War – At War Blog – NYTimes.com
The At War blog will be providing coverage of the reaction to the release of an archive of classified military documents described below that paints a grim portrait of the war in Afghanistan. The New York Times had access to the documents and published a series of reports that are gathered here.
Link: WikiLeaks Drops 90,000 Secret War Docs; Fingers Pakistan as Insurgent Ally | Danger Room | Wired.com
Turns out “Collateral Murder” was just a warm-up. WikiLeaks just published a trove of over 90,000 mostly-classified U.S. military documents that details a strengthening Afghan insurgency with deep ties to Pakistani intelligence.
The War Logs – NYTimes.com
Link: The War Logs – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com
A trove of military documents made public on Sunday by an organization called WikiLeaks reflects deep suspicions among American officials that Pakistan’s military spy service has for years guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants.
Sierra Leone Diamond Miner Devastated By News Of Broken-Off Engagement
Link: Sierra Leone Diamond Miner Devastated By News Of Broken-Off Engagement | America’s Finest News Source
Standing waist-deep in one of the many gravel pits that surround the city of Kenema, and struggling to fight off the harsh African sun, local diamond miner Muwomba D’akari was deeply saddened Monday to learn of Linda Hines and David Meyer’s recently canceled wedding engagement.
The rise and fall of an Internet sensation
Link: The rise and fall of an Internet sensation via: Epic Beard Man’s tragic tale – Boing Boing
Thomas Bruso’s already unpredictable life took an abrupt detour. It was the day he ceased being Thomas Bruso and became Epic Beard Man, Internet sensation.
PDNPulse: Kim Komenich: Pulitzer Winner, Superhero. What Next?
Link: PDNPulse: Kim Komenich: Pulitzer Winner, Superhero. What Next?
Komenich locked the would-be robber up from behind with a bear hug–a “well-intentioned bear hug,” he says–and held on until police to arrive.
American Airlines Now Charging Fees To Non-Passengers
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The fees, the latest introduced by American Airlines in a continuing effort to combat its financial woes, will take effect on Monday. According to company officials, these charges will include a $25 tax on citizens traveling with any other airline, as well as a mandatory $30 surcharge for passengers who decide to just stay home for the holidays instead.
Human-flesh Search Engines in China – NYTimes.com
Link: Human-flesh Search Engines in China – NYTimes.com
“This is not a human,” wrote BrokenGlasses, a user on Mop, a Chinese online forum. “I have no interest in spreading this video nor can I remain silent. I just hope justice can be done.” That first post elicited thousands of responses. “Find her and kick her to death like she did to the kitten,” one user wrote. Then the inquiries started to become more practical: “Is there a front-facing photo so we can see her more clearly?” The human-flesh search had begun.
Changing Face in Poland – Skinhead Puts on Skullcap – NYTimes.com
Link: Changing Face in Poland – Skinhead Puts on Skullcap – NYTimes.com
“I went to my parents and said, ‘What the hell’? Imagine, I was a neo-Nazi and heard this news? I couldn’t look in the mirror for weeks,” he said. “My parents were the typical offspring of Jewish survivors of the war, who decided to conceal their Jewish identity to try and protect their family.”
Sarkozy describes France's 'blindness' to genocide in Rwanda – washingtonpost.com
Link: Sarkozy describes France’s ‘blindness’ to genocide in Rwanda – washingtonpost.com
France made serious errors in judgment over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and wants to ensure that all those responsible for the slaughter are caught and punished, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday.
A family and a conscience, destroyed by North Korea's cruelty – washingtonpost.com
Link: A family and a conscience, destroyed by North Korea’s cruelty – washingtonpost.com
“I am fool.” That self-assessment comes from Oh Kil-nam, a South Korean economist who moved to North Korea a quarter-century ago, dragging along his unhappy wife and two teenage daughters. He then defected to the West, leaving his family stranded in a country his wife had called “a living hell.”
How spy technologies foil old-school political killings – washingtonpost.com
Link: How spy technologies foil old-school political killings – washingtonpost.com
The practice of secretly assassinating purported enemies of the state — an age-old tool of foreign policy — has run up against steadily improving international police collaboration and the global proliferation of surveillance technologies that make it harder for anyone anywhere to surreptitiously conduct a high-profile killing on foreign soil.
Missteps, errors and miscommunication doomed Blackwater case – washingtonpost.com
Link: Missteps, errors and miscommunication doomed Blackwater case – washingtonpost.com
The questions come as the Justice Department last month launched its appeal of a scathing opinion by the well-respected judge, who ruled that the conduct of Kohl and other prosecutors was so egregious that it “requires dismissal of the indictment against all the defendants.” The guards had been accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians and wounding 20 others in an eruption of gunfire and grenade explosions in a busy Baghdad square on a sunny afternoon in 2007.
Afghanistan's Karzai asks Taliban to lay down arms – washingtonpost.comCLICK NOTE: I guess the war is over now…
Link: Afghanistan’s Karzai asks Taliban to lay down arms – washingtonpost.com
Afghanistan’s president appealed to Taliban fighters Sunday to lay down their weapons and accept Afghan laws, as the government and its international allies push a program to entice militants away from the insurgency.
Soldiers in convoy kill Kabul imam sitting in car – washingtonpost.com
Link: Soldiers in convoy kill Kabul imam sitting in car – washingtonpost.com
“After they shot him, they didn’t stop, they just kept driving,” said Baryalai, a 45-year-old day laborer who was at the scene. At least eight bullet holes were visible in the passenger side of Yunis’ vehicle. His neighbors said they counted four gunshot wounds in his torso. Windows on that side of the car were shattered, and broken glass was sprinkled on the seats and floor. “Why are these Americans killing innocent people? What was his crime?” asked Arif Khan, 30, a shopkeeper who attends the mosque. “He has so many children, his brother has already passed away, he is taking care of his brothers’ children, too. Who will take care of them now?”
Congo Approves Economic Stimulus Package Of AK-47 For Every Citizen
Cartoonist in Denmark Calls Attack ‘Really Close’ – NYTimes.com
Link: Cartoonist in Denmark Calls Attack ‘Really Close’ – NYTimes.com
At one point during the attack, which took place late Friday, only a reinforced bathroom door protected the artist, Kurt Westergaard, 74, who was shielding his 5-year-old granddaughter as the attacker — armed with an ax and a knife and shouting “Revenge!” and “Blood!” — tried to smash through the door, according to an account the artist gave to the newspaper that employs him, Jyllands-Posten.