Borowitz again

U. S. seemingly unaware of irony in accusing Snowden of spying:

Scalia Arrested Trying to Burn Down Supreme Court, posted by Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

‘In a shocking end to an illustrious legal career, police arrested Justice Antonin Scalia today as he attempted to set the Supreme Court building ablaze.’

Supreme Court Frees Americans From Burden of Voting:

‘By a five-to-four vote, the Supreme Court today acted, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, “to relieve millions of Americans from the onerous burden of having to vote.”’

Edward Snowden on why he did it and the possible implications, video, The Washington Post

The Ongoing Story: Twitter and Writing, The New Yorker

‘How would great writers of the past handle the Twitter predicament?…[And] could Twitter possibly be productive, beyond the basic act of publicizing what you have written and/or proving that you still exist?’

‘The Prism: Privacy in an age of publicity’, Jill Lepore in The New Yorker

‘As a matter of historical analysis, the relationship between secrecy and privacy can be stated in an axiom: the defense of privacy follows, and never precedes, the emergence of new technologies for the exposure of secrets. In other words, the case for privacy always comes too late. The horse is out of the barn.’

In solidarity: Daniel Ellsberg and Julian Assange on whistleblower Edward Snowden & more

‘In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago.’ (Daniel Ellsberg)

Edward Snowden is a ‘hero [who has exposed] one of the most serious events of the decade – the creeping formulation of a mass surveillance state…I would strongly advise him to go to Latin America. Latin America has shown in the past 10 years that it is really pushing forward in human rights. There’s a long tradition of asylum.’ (Julian Assange)

‘Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data’, Guardian

‘America’s National Security Agency (NSA)…enjoys routine access to communications data from the US’s largest telecoms companies…The new allegations…are focused not on telephone records but on internet data. According to the documents obtained by the Guardian, the NSA uses a programme called Prism, authorised under a Bush-era law, since renewed by the Obama administration, to obtain direct access to the systems of internet companies, search engines and social media including Google, Facebook, Apple, Skype, Yahoo and other household names. Although all these companies are obliged, under US law, to comply with NSA or FBI requests for users’ communications, the unique feature of the Prism programme seems – at least according to internal evidence – to be that it allows the US agencies direct access to the companies’ traffic.’

‘How the U.S. Uses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly’, NYT:

From the barricades in Istanbul

The Istanbul protests represent a defence of a secular Turkey and of the historical achievements of the women’s and general democratic movements in Turkey over the twentieth century, which are now under threat from a neo-liberal, pro-Islamist regime.

On women’s participation in the Istanbul protests: “One of the truly remarkable aspects of the recent protests in Istanbul and around the country has been the level of participation and visibility of women… Easily half the crowd at any given protest that I’ve seen has been female.”

There “are very real and very serious threats to female autonomy in Turkey, where women…have long been a prominent and liberated part of society.”

For the report, and photographs and posters, follow the link below. In addition to the photographs of the Woman in Red and the Woman in Blue, note the photograph of the injured Reuters photographer Osman Orsal, who took the photographs of Ceyda Sungur.

A gallery of 188 photographs of the protests on Huffington Post (scroll down):

CiteAb Blog | An Interview with eLife, the researcher-led open access journal

What does eLife, the new, researcher-led open access journal that is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, seek to do? In this interview, Mark Patterson, executive director of the journal, speaks to the challenges and opportunities of launching and developing this exciting venture, which is powered by new thinking on publishing technology.

Assange Statement on the First Day of the Manning Trial

“Private First Class Bradley Edward Manning is being tried in a sequestered room at Fort Meade, Maryland, for the alleged crime of telling the truth. The court martial of the most prominent political prisoner in modern US history has now, finally, begun.”

(via Parvathi Menon)

The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ by Julian Assange –

‘The New Digital Age’ by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen is ‘a balefully seminal work in which neither author has the language to see, much less to express, the titanic centralizing evil they are constructing…If you want a vision of the future, imagine Washington-backed Google Glasses strapped onto vacant human faces — forever…But this is essential reading for anyone caught up in the struggle for the future, in view of one simple imperative: Know your enemy.’

Colonoscopies Explain Why U.S. Leads the World in Health Expenditures –

‘Whether directly from their wallets or through insurance policies, Americans pay more for almost every interaction with the medical system. They are typically prescribed more expensive procedures and tests than people in other countries, no matter if those nations operate a private or national health system. A list of drug, scan and procedure prices compiled by the International Federation of Health Plans, a global network of health insurers, found that the United States came out the most costly in all 21 categories — and often by a huge margin.’