Minn. woman saves deer with jar stuck on its head Associated Press (Chuck L)
Zabu the Tiger Ignores Everyone Else, Just Doesn’t Give a Fuck Jezebel (Lance N). When you are that handsome, why not?
Pollution in Northern Hemisphere helped cause 1980s African drought University of Washington (Slashdot)
Turkey: A change of tempo Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, Guardian
Renowned Rights Watchdog to Downgrade United States in Freedom Rankings Slate (Ed Harrison)
White House Plays Down Program that Collected Data New York Times. Duh!
The PRISM spin war has begun Foreign Policy
How the U.S. Uses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly New York Times. One buddy who is well informed (prosecutors in his family + government contacts) and only mildly paranoid told me some time ago that iPad 2 and the later ones were surveillance devices, as in the NSA could use them to listen in on the conversations where they were located (as a result, he was of the point of view that it is nuts to own one). If true, this “all we care about is the metadata” should be taken with a fistful of salt. But another tidbit: a different buddy, in the early days of the Web, developed and released an e-mail anonymizing program. Within days, his office was broken into and all his computers were smashed. He was pretty convinced the two events were related.
Jacob Appelbaum’s 29C3 keynote on the out-of-control surveillance state BoingBoing (Richard Smith, notice date)
Internet Shattered: Spies, Spooks, and Disgust Lauren Weinstein (Chuck L)
Obama FCC Chairman Nominee Walking Conflict of Interest DSWright, Firedoglake
Some Baby Steps on Money Funds Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
High prices are driving more motorists to rent tires Los Angeles Times (rich)
Antidote du jour (martha r):