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Open Thread 6-12 March

by Bjinse Sun Mar 5th, 2017 at 09:11:41 PM EST

Threads are always better in the morning

by Bjinse on Sun Mar 5th, 2017 at 09:26:52 PM EST
Guardian - Paul Mason - Truth is being walloped by outright lies. We need to fight for it

We have to learn something profound from this. In an ideological crisis, facts alone do not win arguments: narratives do. The clearest difference between the liberal-democratic newspapers - including this one - and those of the right is that the former have no overarching narrative. They espouse a series of good causes. They partake in stolid investigations hidebound by numerous self-imposed rules, as a result of which nobody gets busted. Having bought the ideological self-justification that "I just report the truth", many journalists and editors are clueless as to why this "truth" is now being walloped by outright lies.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 7th, 2017 at 02:16:40 PM EST
WikiLeaks publishes 'biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents' - Guardian

The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices.

The thousands of leaked documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking and reveal how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices.

The leak, named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, will once again raise questions about the inability of US spy agencies to protect secret documents in the digital age. It follows disclosures about Afghanistan and Iraq by army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010 and about the National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ by Edward Snowden in 2013.

Dig in.

by Bjinse on Tue Mar 7th, 2017 at 08:48:57 PM EST
by generic on Mon Mar 13th, 2017 at 07:02:39 PM EST
No, I'm not gonna go remotely that far

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 13th, 2017 at 08:54:36 PM EST
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