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This secret shift to full-on entanglement is also, to my mind, a well-meant but ill-conceived undermining of the Arab Spring. Regime change by force of foreign arms is not a democratic revolution; it is the imposition by foreign powers of their agenda in the service of groups we do not know or understand – and will never know and never fully understand. It actually wrests power away from Libyans and gives it to Westerners, perpetuating a dependency the Arab spring has finally been able to break from. It is, to put it simply, messing with the momentum of history, the real balance of power in the region. And if this has been done covertly already, if the president has bypassed Congress, the American people, and the UN and has already secretly armed the rebels, then we need to get more than angry. To have a third war foisted on us – this time by by secretive fiat – requires serious protest from the president’s core supporters more than anyone. This nascent war needs to be nipped firmly in the bud.

Shoes – Not “Boots” – On The Ground – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

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Transforming the most creative strategies of the tax team into law is another extensive operation. G.E. spends heavily on lobbying: more than $200 million over the last decade, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Records filed with election officials show a significant portion of that money was devoted to tax legislation. G.E. has even turned setbacks into successes with Congressional help. After the World Trade Organization forced the United States to halt $5 billion a year in export subsidies to G.E. and other manufacturers, the company’s lawyers and lobbyists became deeply involved in rewriting a portion of the corporate tax code, according to news reports after the 2002 decision and a Congressional staff member.

G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether – NYTimes.com

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaDLuBaT4ho

Inception – Done in 60 seconds (by DISS2011) via Boing Boing

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via FlowingData. Neat exploration of the evolution of time zones.

A brief history of time zones

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In today’s opinion, written by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the appeals court went further by reversing the habeas win outright. In doing so, the court determined that circumstantial evidence, such as a detainee being in the same location as other al-Qaeda members, is enough to meet the standard to hold a prisoner without charge.

Appeals Court Makes it Easier for Gov’t to Hold Gitmo Detainees – ProPublica

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Last week, The American Independent was first to report that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) had added a section on medical marijuana to its treatment database, making it the first federal agency to formally recognize marijuana’s medicinal properties. Now, NCI has altered the page, removing any mention of the evidence that marijuana can diminish and even reverse tumor growth.

First federal agency to acknowledge medical marijuana removes anti-tumor information from database | The Colorado Independent via @ioerror

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A case of never letting the source spoil a good story | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free | The Guardian

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understatementblog: Here are the annual prices of a variety of services, all of which allow users to access the service from the web and across multiple devices with a single unified subscription. See if you can pick out which one is the outlier: Full sized chart As Frédéric Filloux and others…

The Understatement: Digital Subscription Prices Visualized (aka The New York Times Is Delusional)

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gladwell dot com – million-dollar murray

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Hey, I know that guy!

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