My basic problem with the #Snowden/PRISM story.

This was a comment made privately by a friend of mine:

If Glenn Greenwald says the sky is blue, my first instinct is to wonder how I could have always been so wrong about the color of the sky, and the second is to wonder how the sky being blue is detrimental to the interests of America.

…and that’s pretty much it.  To paraphrase/mangle Harry Turtledove: activists on the Right tend to believe that America is damaged, and needs to be repaired; while activists on the Left tend to believe that America is wrecked, and needs to be replaced.  Greenwald definitely wants to switch out wholesale our current system, and I am not entirely certain that he wouldn’t be happy to see half of the people that I follow on Twitter end up in a camp somewhere. Trust him at your peril. Continue reading My basic problem with the #Snowden/PRISM story.

Facebook/Google: Barack Obama is the kindest, warmest, bravest …

…most wonderful person that they’ve ever known in their lives. Slate, of all organizations, summed it up best:


Basically, it looks for all the world like Google and Facebook got some sort of recommended talking points memo designed to end this hullabaloo by giving them something suitably vacuous to say that would allow them to, I think, progress past this issue and move on.

…OK, I’ll stop now.

Moe Lane