16, 2013
Crisis: Greenwald * 2, Cameron, Brown, Congress, Navalny, TYT
  "They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
   "All governments lie and nothing
   they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

  1. Glenn Greenwald Is Leaving the Guardian to Build His
       Own Media Empire

  2. Greenwald: 'Most Shocking' NSA Stories Yet to Come 
  3. Snowden leaks: David Cameron urges committee to
       investigate Guardian

  4. Former Labour minister accuses spies of ignoring MPs
       over surveillance

US government shutdown: Congress in disarray as deal

  6. Alexei Navalny freed by Russian court but conviction for
       theft is upheld

  7. A SINGLE Day Of NSA Spying Nets HOW MANY Emails?
About ME/CFS


Today I selected seven stories for you.

1.  Glenn Greenwald Is Leaving the Guardian to Build His Own Media Empire  

The first news today is that Glenn Greenwald is leaving the Guardian, amicably:

This starts as follows:

After making a little history with the British paper and website, the writer who broke the NSA surveillance story says he is leaving for a “once-in-a-career opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.”

Greenwald did not immediately elaborate on the venture, but there’s a lot of love between his announcement and The Guardian’s report of it, and the divorce appears to be amicable.

Greenwald has been with The Guardian for only a little over a year.

There's more there, but meanwhile I"ve got a little more than is there:

The "once-in-a-career opportunity" seems to be an offer by the 46-year old Pierre Omidyar, who is a billionaire of Iranian-American background, and a well-known philantropist, to help fund a new news-organization. He's also born in the same year as is Glenn Greenwald.

But that's about all I know.

2.  Greenwald: 'Most Shocking' NSA Stories Yet to Come

Next, in case you might worry about more NSA news (by independent reporters), here is an item by Jacob Chamberlain, on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
When it comes to the "shock" inspired by the recent National Security Agency revelations, the worst is yet to come, said Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been working with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on the leaks.

“There are a lot more stories,” Greenwald told a large crowd at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro. “The archives are so complex and so deep and so shocking, that I think the most shocking and significant stories are the ones we are still working on, and have yet to publish.”

Of course, one may say this is what he would say, but I do not see much reason to doubt him. Also, it is true he has meanwhile gotten rather a lot of support.

3. Snowden leaks: David Cameron urges committee to investigate Guardian

Next, we go to a quite different character, namely the English PM Cameron, who gets reported by Patrick Wintour in the Guardian:
This starts as follows:

David Cameron has encouraged a Commons select committee to investigate whether the Guardian has broken the law or damaged national security by publishing secrets leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

He made his proposal in response to a question from former defence secretary Liam Fox, saying the Guardian had been guilty of double standards for exposing the scandal of phone hacking by newspapers and yet had gone on to publish secrets from the NSA taken by Snowden.

Speaking at prime minister's questions on Wednesday, Cameron said: "The plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security and in many ways the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security adviser and cabinet secretary to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files.

"So they know that what they're dealing with is dangerous for national security. I think it's up to select committees in this house if they want to examine this issue and make further recommendations."

Actually, that is not so: The British national security did not get damaged by Snowden or the Guardian; the files that were destroyed were not destroyed with the consent of the Guardian, but by force exerted by British secret service spooks; and it is quite odd that Cameron sees reasons to investigate the Guardian, whereas he does not see reasons to investigate his own secret service.

But then he is a quite different man than is Glenn Greenwald - by which I mean that I do not regard him as honest, reliable or decent. Not in the least bit.

4. Former Labour minister accuses spies of ignoring MPs over surveillance
Next, to illustrate what I said, here is another bit from the Guardian, by Rowena Mason:
This starts as follows:

A former Labour cabinet minister has warned that GCHQ and Britain's other intelligence agencies appear to be undertaking mass surveillance without parliament's consent because the coalition failed to get the so-called "snoopers' charter" passed into law after Liberal Democrat opposition.

Nick Brown, a former chief whip who sat on the parliamentary committee scrutinising the draft communications data bill, said there was an "uncanny" similarity between the GCHQ surveillance programmes exposed by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden and proposals in the first part of the bill.

The communications data bill – dubbed the "snoopers' charter" by critics – would have given GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 much greater powers to gather and save information about people's internet activities but it was shelved in the spring amid Lib Dem fears that it intruded too much into privacy.

Brown, a Labour MP, said that it "looks very much like this is what is happening anyway, with or without parliament's consent" under GCHQ's secret Tempora programme, which was revealed by the Guardian in July in reports based on files leaked by Snowden.

Yes, indeed. There is considerably more under the last dotted link.

5.  US government shutdown: Congress in disarray as deal collapses

Then we switch to the other side of the Atlantic, although my source is still the Guardian, namely in an article by Paul Lewis and Dan Roberts: 

This starts as follows:

Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed the US economy to the brink on Tuesday night when they turned against a proposal by their party leadership that would have reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling, just over 24 hours before the country’s borrowing limit expires.

The failure by John Boehner, the House speaker, to persuade elements within his own Republican caucus to back a bill designed to placate conservatives underscored the severity of the political crisis facing Washington.

Boehner’s bill, which was drafted after Tea Party-backed members of the House voiced their opposition to a deal forged between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, had been expected to be put to a vote on Tuesday night. But it was pulled at the last minute after the House GOP leadership realised that the bill, opposed by Democrats, did not even have the support of sufficient Republicans to pass.

There is quite a lot more under the last dotted link, and I only make two points here: (1) it's a great and quite dangerous mess anyway, but at least part of the responsibility is Boehner's, who is one of those I am always unsure about how drunk he is (I may be mistaken, but it would explain some), and (2) even Warren Buffett has warned how dangerous it is to risk going through the debt ceiling.

Breaking News: At 7 o'clock in the evening today, it seems there is an agreement.

6. Alexei Navalny freed by Russian court but conviction for theft is upheld

Then there is an update on a story I reported earlier on, again from the Guardian, as reported by Reuters:

This starts as follows:

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's conviction for theft has been upheld by an appeals court but his five-year jail sentence was suspended, allowing the prominent critic of Vladimir Putin to walk free.

However, the conviction will prevent Navalny, who emerged from a wave of street protests as the most prominent opposition leader, from seeking elected office for years. He has said he will appeal against the decision.

There is more under the last dotted link, but the summary is that it isn't much of a victory, although his prison sentence is "suspended".

7. A SINGLE Day Of NSA Spying Nets HOW MANY Emails?

Finally, an item by The Young Turks, which is 5 1/2 minutes of video, on a theme I treated before, but which is treated well by them:

In brief: The scavenging of e-mails and anything else done by anyone on a computer connected with the internet is illegal, dishonest, indecent and sick, and it helps absolutely no one except a few spooks and their friends, who want to become extremely powerful, and control everyone, to a much larger extent than any government ever could.

Also, TYT is quite right that it is all done very trickily, and that one favorite trick is that the English spy for the Americans, and the Americans for the Australians, and so on, and then they exchange what they've done. This is how they "avoid spying on their own people", which they are forbidden to do: their friends do it for them, and they do it for their friends, and then they exchange. Such honorable men!



[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, thay the governors do not rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the government, if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald:
It is more proper that law should govern than any of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servant of laws.
(And I note the whole file I quote from is quite pertinent.)

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to
facilitate search machine) which is a disease that I have since 1.1. 1979:

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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