Four of the detainees have been released, but seven have been jailed pending trial. The reasons given by the judge for their continued detention include the posession of certain books, “the production of publications and forms of communication”, and the fact that the defendants “used emails with extreme security measures, such as the RISE UP server”. We reject this Kafka-esque criminalization of social movements, and the ludicrous and extremely alarming implication that protecting one’s internet privacy is tantamount to terrorism. Security is not a crime – help.riseup.net (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
Ich sage euch: man muss noch Chaos in sich haben, um einen tanzenden Stern gebären zu können. Friedrich Nietzsche (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
The F.B.I. is subjecting hundreds of its employees who were born overseas or have relatives or friends there to an aggressive internal surveillance program that started after Sept. 11, 2001, to prevent foreign spies from coercing newly hired linguists but that has been greatly expanded since then. F.B.I. Employees With Ties Abroad See Security Bias – NYTimes.com (3.1.2015) (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
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Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover … the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. Aldous Huxley to George Orwell, 1949 (via: Heather Marsh: How we came to be ruled by Death Eaters) (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
If you think it through, actually, when a zebra is being eaten alive by a lion, that’s one of the worst experiences that you could possibly have. And if we are compassionate toward our pets and our kids, and we see a squirrel suffering in our backyard and we try to help it, why wouldn’t we actually want to help the zebra?” We could genetically engineer lions into herbivores, he suggested, or drone-drop in-vitro meat whenever arificial intelligence detects a carnivore’s hunger, or reengineer “ecosystems from the ground up, so that all the evolutionarily stable equilibriums that happen within an...
A robust 8-1 majority of the Supreme Court ruled today that, contrary to folk belief, ignorance of the law is a perfectly good excuse—as long as it’s a cop who’s claiming ignorance. Supreme Court: It’s OK for Cops to Guess Wrong About What the Law Is (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)