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Posted on March 27, 2011

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Target wants to sue protestors because they’re “driving away customers“… thanks for the obvious guys, but I think that’s the point.

Libya is exporting oil, so does that mean our prices will go down?

Here’s some info on the HBGary/Wikileaks war:

And Barr wanted to go further, pushing on people like civil liberties Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald—apparently hoping to threaten their livelihoods. “These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals,” he wrote. “Without the support of people like Glenn WikiLeaks would fold.”

because to squeeze people until they’re forced to give in isn’t coercion(at best) or extortion(at worst), it’s a weird form of free will? Sounds like a real creep to me. This is funny though:

In the days since the attack and the publication of Barr’s e-mails, his partners at other security firms threw him under the bus. “I have directed the company to sever any and all contacts with HB Gary,” said the CEO of Palantir.

it’s funny because i wonder if they are trying to save their own skin or if they really didn’t know what a scumbag this guy Barr was, and if they did know I wonder if they will choose future partners more wisely. The gem, though:

Why did he suggest pressuring corporate critics to shut up, even as he privately insisted that corporations “suck the lifeblood out of humanity”?

emphasis mine. but seriously! Is there a concerted effort for corporations to suck the lifeblood out of humanity, because it seems like they’re doing a damn fine job of it so far.. or is it really a perfect storm of circumstances that just happened to weigh in favor of the elite? Either way it’s class warfare now

a couple journalists are missing in Syra.  Light and Love to them, hopefully they are returned safely.  I was thinking about this the other day though.. It’s kind of a trip that journalists can be in war-ravaged places and have some expectancy that they will not be harmed.  The global community goes into an outrage if a journal from another country is killed while reporting, and I think it’s interesting.  Obviously its important that journalists not be targeted (or seen indifferently), and we see that their safety is not guaranteed. I just thought it was interesting.

More on the Libyan woman who burst into the hotel where journalists were staying.  Interesting how the tactics are the same in Libya as they are here in America. Step 1: pathologize and discredit the victim:

Eventually, she was removed from the hotel by security and put in an unmarked car, and journalists were told that she was drunk and mentally unstable. The Washington Post reached al-Obeidy’s mother, Aisha Ahmed, at home Sunday. She said her daughter is a 26-year-old law student studying in Tripoli, and said that she was a hero for telling about what had happened to her, despite risk of further personal injury.

oops, fail thanks to journalism. Step 2: simultaneous slut-shame and victim-blame:

Government officials are saying that al-Obeidy is a prostitute, and that she knew her assailants in what was a “party gone wrong,” though al-Obeidy says she was detained at a checkpoint headed toward Tripoli.

There’s nothing refuting the second part.  The story of a law student being involved in prostitution would be interesting to hear though.  This woman is so incredibly brave to try and tell people what happened to her, what other people did to her (emphasis meaning there is no way you can blame a woman for any man or men raping her) knowing the consequences of her actions.  Any survivor of sexual assault is brave for telling their story. So many women don’t.

Someone new is calling out faux news for their buuullshiiiitt. Personally I think it’s not the best article, but I think that someone is challenging fox news in a legal way is epic.  I also think it’s amazing that it’s getting media coverage.

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