"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech
3. Avaricious Brilliance for Economic Disaster
There was an earlier file today, but it
is in Dutch and about me + M.E.
In this file there are just three pieces that I link to (that are not
by me) and the first of these is about mathematics, but it is good.
The other two are by Ewen
MacAskill on the millions
the NSA paid to what may fairly be called the Big Brother companies,
and by Ralpn Nader on the brilliance of Larry Summers - or was
1. Mathematical Mystery
I like mathematics and logic, but Google's videos are not
well supplied in those respects, or not so that I found it.
There is more than I can view, but much is about stuff I do not much
care for. What I tried usually wasn't worth much, and often was
subtly or less subtly mistaken and/or not presented well.
But the following I found for the most part quite good and informed:
It does contain footage with Raymond Smullyan
that's some 30 years old, for Smullyan is currently 94 and the video is
about thirty years old. There are also a number of talking mathematical
heads, but these were for me the least interesting.
But the subjects treated were treated quite well, on the basis of real
understanding and also - unlike most of the mathematical heads -
without talking down.
paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech
As to the crisis:
here is the Guardian's Ewen MacAskill:
It starts as follows:
MacAskill explains his
statements are based on materials supplied by Edward Snowden, and also
The National Security
Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet
companies involved in the Prism surveillance
program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were
unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the
The technology companies,
which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and
Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the
wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa)
that taxpayers' money was used to cover the companies' compliance costs
raises new questions over the relationship between Silicon Valley and
the NSA. Since the existence of the program was first revealed by the
Guardian and the Washington Post on June 6, the companies have
repeatedly denied all knowledge of it and insisted they only hand over
user data in response to specific legal requests from the authorities.
Also, the four companies were
asked about it, and the responses were varied:
Yahoo said it applied
for reimbursements; Facebook denied receiving any money; Google did not
reply specifically, and Microsoft did not answer at all (until after
the piece was published, and then it evasively said it complied with
because it is forced to).
3. Avaricious Brilliance for Economic
Finally, here is a bit
by Ralph Nader:
This is about Obama's
candidate to follow up Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve,
which Obama wants to be Larry Summers,
who is said by many to be "brilliant". Here are the first three
paragraphs of Nader's take on this "brilliance":
The widening circle
applauding megamillionaire Larry Summers –of Harvard University,
Washington, D.C. and Wall Street – agrees on one word to describe the
colossal failure – Brilliant! That circle includes Barack
Obama, who appointed Summers in 2009 to be his chief economic advisor,
Bill Clinton, who made him Secretary of the Treasury, and the Harvard
Board of Overseers, who named him president of Harvard University in
With Clinton and his
promoter, Robert Rubin, who preceded him at the Treasury post before
making over $100 million at Citigroup, Summers brilliantly deregulated
Wall Street in 1999 and 2000 thus setting up one of corporate
capitalism’s most harmful speculative binges.
With Clinton’s approval,
these men pushed for the repeal of the successful Glass-Steagall Act of
1933, which separated investment banking from commercial banking. They
then blocked the regulation of mounting speculation in complex, risky
derivatives that led to the tanking of Wall Street in 2008. The
collapse, caused by the plutocrats, cost 8 million jobs, drained away
trillions of dollars in pension and mutual fund assets, and plunged the
country into a “Great Recession”.
There is rather a lot more on
this "brilliant" man by Nader, and the Wikipedia article on Larry Summers
also is quite interesting. That article ends as follows:
In the 2010
documentary Inside Job, Summers is presented as
one of the key figures behind the late-2000s
financial crisis. Charles Ferguson points out the economist's role
in what he characterizes as the deregulation of many domains of the
I pointed yesterday to
It seems that Larry Summers is
the least qualified for the job, being one of the main deregulators. So he'll probably be nominated by Obama...
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more proper
that law should govern than any one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I
from is quite pertinent.)
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: