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Snowden, Manning and Assange: Since When Did the Constitution Mandate ... - Truth-Out

Snowden, Manning and Assange: Since When Did the Constitution Mandate ... - Truth-Out | World Affairs | Scoop.it

Indeed, Snowden, Manning and other whistleblowers have demonstrated the fragility of governmental power with their very actions. Hence the government's kneejerk response: They're traitors! They disobeyed and must be punished, because any unofficial leakage of government policy is, by definition, bad for security. Of course the security in question is the security of those in power. The belief that their security is our security is the link that must be broken. As Sharp points out, we don't automatically owe those in power our good will.

 


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Pathological Altruism

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"Empathy," Oakley notes, "is not a uniformly positive attribute. It is associated with emotional contagion; hindsight bias; motivated reasoning; caring only for those we like or who comprise our in-group (parochial altruism); jumping to conclusions; and inappropriate feelings of guilt in noncooperators who refuse to follow orders to hurt others." It also can produce bad public policy: 

 

Ostensibly well-meaning governmental policy promoted home ownership, a beneficial goal that stabilizes families and communities. The government-sponsored enterprises Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allowed less-than-qualified individuals to receive housing loans and encouraged more-qualified borrowers to overextend themselves. Typical risk–reward considerations were marginalized because of implicit government support.

 

The government used these agencies to promote social goals without acknowledging the risk or cost. When economic conditions faltered, many lost their homes or found themselves with properties worth far less than they originally had paid. Government policy then shifted to the cost of this "altruism" to the public, to pay off the too-big-to-fail banks then holding securitized subprime loans. . . . Altruistic intentions played a critical role in the development and unfolding of the housing bubble in the United States.

 


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Complete Third Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy 2012: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney Oct 22, 2012

The third presidential debate on foreign policy between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in the run up to the general election in November. Watch full coverage a...
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Joel Skousen: Tsarnaev Brothers Were Set Up

Founder and chief editor of World Affairs Brief Joel Skousen also talks to Alex about the history of manufactured terror and how governments frequently emplo...

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Does Al Qaeda Have Missiles? | World Affairs Journal

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More from World Affairs ... Established in 1837, World Affairs is a bimonthly international affairs journal that argues the big ideas behind US foreign policy. About Us · Staff Bios · Contact Us · For Advertisers · Terms of Use.
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Dystopian secrecy fuels clueless wars - Asia Times Online

Dystopian secrecy fuels clueless wars
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Hezbollah's Disneyland | World Affairs Journal

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Hezbollah has buit a museum-theme park atop a mountain in Lebanon dedicated to its "victorious" exploits against Israel. Conspicuously missing from this propaganda playland however are the terror group's monstrous ...
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Killing the Messenger: Official Greek Government Policy

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Killing the Messenger: Official Greek Government Policy. by Stephen Lendman. Greece reflects failed state governance. It's the epicenter of banker occupation. Neoliberal priorities alone matter. It's economy was ravaged and ...
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Area's ripe for economic boost of launch site

Can lightning strike twice in the same place? Lightning struck our region's economy in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy proposed that the United States land a man on the moon.

 

That daring challenge brought unprecedented growth to our region. However, it also left the area vulnerable to sudden shifts of government policy, such as the downturns that followed the end of the Apollo and space shuttle programs.

 

Fortunately, there is a solution. A new wave of commercial aerospace companies is emerging, scouting locations to set up shop, and seeking skilled employees to hire. Florida needs to raise a lightning rod to attract this fast-growing "New Space" industry.

 

 


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White House report hints at increase in baseline broadband speed | Lightwave.com

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High-speed broadband has become so ubiquitous in the United States that the baseline for broadband could become as high as 10 Mbps downstream, suggests a new White House report. Meanwhile, fiber-based broadband access continues to lag other media in terms of reach, even at 100-Mbps levels.

The report, “Four Years of Broadband Growth,” represents the White House’s assessment of how broadband access in the United States has improved as the result of the Obama Administration’ policies as well as significant investment from the private sector. Report authors the Office of Science and Technology Policy and The National Economic Council note that the government defines “broadband” services as 3 Mbps downstream and 768 kbps upstream – although the Federal Communications Administration uses at least 4 Mbps downstream and upstream speeds of at least 1 Mbps.

 

However, thanks to greater penetration of wired and wireless broadband access networks, 91.4% of Americans have access to wired broadband networks that are advertised as capable of offering 10 Mbps downstream, the report authors assert. Wireless networks capable of such downstream speeds reach 81% of the U.S. population, the report adds.

“Nonetheless, we acknowledge that the country is rapidly reaching the point at which baseline broadband evaluations should increase, and might instead begin at 10 Mbps downstream. This evolving baseline reflects a growing need for increased bandwidth as more Americans use the Internet for work and to build career skills,” the authors suggest.

 

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First Presidential Debate: Obama vs. Romney (Complete HD - Quality Audio)

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney discuss domestic policy in the first debate of the 2012 presidential election from Denver, Colorado. Subscribe to The ...
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PRISM NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s gross miscalculation

PRISM NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s gross miscalculation | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden’s classified leaks did not stop PRISM or bring down the US government. But they did leave him a man without a country.
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Snowden Isn't the Story: Dispelling Post-9/11 Privacy Delusions - World Affairs (blog)

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World Affairs (blog) Snowden Isn't the Story: Dispelling Post-9/11 Privacy Delusions World Affairs (blog) So the latest from the US National Security Agency is that (a) terror plots in more than 20 countries (names of those vulnerable countries,...
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US army blocks access to Guardian website to preserve 'network hygiene' - The Guardian

US army blocks access to Guardian website to preserve 'network hygiene' - The Guardian | World Affairs | Scoop.it
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The US army has admitted to blocking access to parts of the Guardian website for thousands of defence personnel across the country.
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Where immigration policy intersects with government surveillance ...

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Where Immigration Policy Intersects with Government Surveillance (via Moyers & Company). During a week notable for dramatic disclosures about the breadth of government surveillance, the Senate started debating the ...
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