"It’s a dangerous myth, that we should all need permission any time we’re getting value out of a piece of culture. And it’s one that gets entrenched deeper each time we accept the idea that we’re able to make use of a work because a copyright owner is or would be OK with it, and not just because we have a basic right to participate in culture that is more fundamental than anybody else’s desire to maximize profits."
— Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem — Medium
"Which is why the fundamental law of capitalism must be: If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around."
The Pitchforks Are Coming … For Us Plutocrats - Nick Hanauer - POLITICO Magazine
in which a 0.01% multi-billionaire exhorts his fellows to push for sensible policy changes now, before the revolution that history shows to be inevitable, suddenly appears.
The point is that these people either didn’t care about those details until the case became a partisan issue, or weren’t actually following the Bergdahl issue. They just latched onto an ideologically convenient way to bash Obama. You think the president hates the troops — why hasn’t he brought our captured man home? You think Obama is secretly anti-American — why did he release Taliban leaders to free a traitor?
Now, you can find people saying just about anything if you search long enough on Twitter. But these tweets perfectly demonstrate the larger principle that politics makes you stupid. A raft of social science research finds that people seek out facts that prove their political worldview correct, and ignore or reject the ones that challenge it. It’s so bad that, in experiments, people reject the right answers to math problems when their conclusion is ideologically threatening.
8 conservatives who hated Obama for not releasing Bergdahl — and now hate Obama for freeing him - Vox
this is not just a conservative issue; liberals have the same kind of blind spots for exactly the same reasons.
"We’ve seen our fair share of federal government attempts to keep records about stingrays secret, but we’ve never seen an actual physical raid on state records in order to conceal them from public view."
— U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU | Threat Level | WIRED
"The rich exist for the sake of the poor. The poor exist for the salvation of the rich….
I am often reproached for continually attacking the rich. Yes, because the rich are continually attacking the poor. But those I attack are not the rich as such, only those who misuse their wealth. I point out constantly that those I accuse are not the rich but the rapacious. Wealth is one thing, covetousness another. Learn to distinguish."
— St John Chrysostom (via antonyofva)
"We could have been more skeptical of NSA’s intentions," RSA Chief Technologist Sam Curry told Reuters. "We trusted them because they are charged with security for the U.S. government and U.S. critical infrastructure."
— Exclusive: NSA infiltrated RSA security more deeply than thought - study - Yahoo News (via infoneer-pulse)