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The long take:
The long take: - "If cinema is sometimes dreamlike, then every edit is an awakening." -Roger Ebert -

Twitter Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:49:29
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Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed -
Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed - Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed

Twitter Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:46:19
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The Fimoculous 2010 list of lists:
The Fimoculous 2010 list of lists: Fimoculous - Lists: 2010

Twitter Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:39:21
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Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die
Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die -Patton Oswalt: Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die -

Twitter Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:36:32
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Spam Poetry: "Why does the bull teapot devastate a reassuring head?"
Spam Poetry: "Why does the bull teapot devastate a reassuring head?"

Twitter Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:52:19
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RT @badbanana: Took the family to see True Grit. Now my daughters can't wait to avenge my death.
RT @badbanana Took the family to see True Grit. Now my daughters can't wait to avenge my death.

Twitter Tue, 28 Dec 2010 08:05:45
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"Another Green World" - Brian Eno BBC documentary -
"Another Green World" - Brian Eno BBC documentary - - Eno BBC Documentary -

Twitter Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:51:48
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Happy 100th birthday, Fritz Leiber
Happy 100th birthday, Fritz Leiber Happy 100th birthday, Fritz Leiber

Twitter Fri, 24 Dec 2010 18:19:14
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RT @ggreenwald: What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010:
RT @ggreenwald What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010: What Wikikeaks revealed to the world in 2010 (corruption and lies)

Twitter Fri, 24 Dec 2010 08:20:53
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RT @davewiner: Sarah Palin Uses Info Gleaned From 'Treasonous' WikiLeaks To Pen Op-Ed On Dangers Of Iran.
RT @davewiner Sarah Palin Uses Info Gleaned From 'Treasonous' WikiLeaks To Pen Op-Ed On Dangers Of Iran. - Sarah Palin Uses Info Gleaned From 'Treasonous' WikiLeaks To Pen Op-Ed On Dangers Of Iran -

Twitter Fri, 24 Dec 2010 08:17:54
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Two doors down, the neighbors are fire-twirling.
Two doors down, the neighbors are fire-twirling.

Twitter Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:26:14
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Off The Rails: The Year In Fox News Misinformation
Off The Rails: The Year In Fox News Misinformation The Year in FauxNews 2010

Twitter Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:09:12
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Bruce Schneier: Security in 2020
Bruce Schneier: Security in 2020 Security in 2020

Twitter Tue, 21 Dec 2010 07:46:39
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RT @daviddlevine: Support Our Möbius Strips
RT @daviddlevine Support Our Möbius Strips - Support Our Mobius Strips -

Twitter Tue, 21 Dec 2010 07:27:18
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RT @ricksaunders: Captain Beefheart obituary via @guardian
RT @ricksaunders Captain Beefheart obituary Captain Beefheart obituary via @guardian

Twitter Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:49:28
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RT @johnmoe: #thesekidstoday with their Chekhov tattoos and their three layers of socks and their insistence on naming all dogs "Greg".
RT @johnmoe #thesekidstoday with their Chekhov tattoos and their three layers of socks and their insistence on naming all dogs "Greg".

Twitter Mon, 20 Dec 2010 02:32:12
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Stop The Show. I Need To Say Hello-To The Crow. Farewell Captain

I don't care if they break the page, Mr Van Vliet is getting the the big videos.

"Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do" live in Cannes, 1968

"Click Clack" live in Paris, 1973

"I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" live

BBC Documentary, Part 1

BBC Documentary, Part 2

BBC Documentary, Part 3

BBC Documentary, Part 4

BBC Documentary, Part 5

BBC Documentary, Part 6

Performance videos from R.I.P. Captain Beefheart @ Pitchfork



RT @ricksaunders: DEEP BLUES: SWEET DREAMS DEAR CAPTAiN BEEFHEART: #Bob Lefsetz sums up Capt Beefheart best::
RT @ricksaunders DEEP BLUES: SWEET DREAMS DEAR CAPTAiN BEEFHEART: #Bob Lefsetz sums up Capt Beefheart best:: SWEET DREAMS DEAR CAPTAiN BEEFHEART

Twitter Sat, 18 Dec 2010 23:25:36
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RT @crankfetter: Consciousness bone connected to the coffee bone.
RT @crankfetter Consciousness bone connected to the coffee bone.

Twitter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:14:42
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RT @TaraBusch: Perhaps the most disturbing Santa I've ever seen.
RT @TaraBusch Perhaps the most disturbing Santa I've ever seen. - Santa is Satan spelled sideways! -

Twitter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:48:50
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RT @pattonoswalt: So, does Larry King peel the old man suit off his alien insect carapace tonight?
RT @pattonoswalt So, does Larry King peel the old man suit off his alien insect carapace tonight?

Twitter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:44:37
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RT @badbanana: They should make vegetables out of something people want to eat.
RT @badbanana They should make vegetables out of something people want to eat.

Twitter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:43:23
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RT @ricksaunders: As soon as I win the lottery i'm gonna hire a band to follow me around and play this: via @youtube
RT @ricksaunders As soon as I win the lottery i'm gonna hire a band to follow me around and play this: Barry Adamson - Shadow Of Death Hotel via @youtube

Twitter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:41:49
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"The largest data release in the history of the humanities"
"The largest data release in the history of the humanities" - Google Books Ngram Viewer -

Twitter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:34:38
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Failing to Prosecute Wall Street Fraud Is Extending Our Economic Problems
Failing to Prosecute Wall Street Fraud Is Extending Our Economic Problems - Prosecute Wall Street Fraud -

Twitter Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:31:40
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Check out who North Korea is following:
Check out who North Korea is following: - The hermetic kingdom of North Korea is twitter following @Radioactivehair -

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 23:28:55
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RT @warrenellis: also, mad possible evidence for the existence of the multiverse:
RT @warrenellis also, mad possible evidence for the existence of the multiverse: .. Evidence that our universe has been struck by four other universes...

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:28:57
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RT @somebadideas: Forbes does an amazing, minutely detailed analysis on the #gawker security breach.
RT @somebadideas Forbes does an amazing, minutely detailed analysis on the #gawker security breach. - The Real Lessons Of Gawker’s Security Mess -

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:24:49
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RT @justinvincent: A new end-the-world scenario: Photosynthetic Mirror Cells
RT @justinvincent A new end-the-world scenario: Photosynthetic Mirror Cells Ban Mirror Cells (Next best thing to Grey Goo Nano)

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:20:31
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RT @ggreenwald: Rush Limbaugh - lying as usual - claims the ACLU has been silent on the TSA issue:
RT @ggreenwald Rush Limbaugh - lying as usual - claims the ACLU has been silent on the TSA issue: Q: Why Has the ACLU Been Silent About TSA Abuses? A: Because You Haven't Been Listening

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:17:20
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RT @crankfetter: The problem with sobriety is you can't sleep it off.
RT @crankfetter The problem with sobriety is you can't sleep it off.

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:59:33
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RT @chris23: "We are now living in a global state that has been structured for the benefit of non-human entities with non-human goals." ...
RT @chris23 "We are now living in a global state that has been structured for the benefit of non-human entities with non-human goals." ...

Twitter Sat, 11 Dec 2010 05:35:33
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Audio interview: Frank Herbert and David Lynch
Audio interview: Frank Herbert and David Lynch Audio interview of Frank Herbert and David Lynch

Twitter Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:13:25
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Oh, NOW You're Worried About Putting Lives at Risk

"Congratulations – you have now reached approximately the state of disbelief I’m in as I listen to the US state and its asshole apologists whine about how Wiki-leaks is putting lives at risk.

I’m sorry, US State Department, British Foreign Office, can we just back up a bit here? I need to clarify terms a little.  Putting lives at risk, you say?

What, you mean in the same way that conducting an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation in search of weapons of mass destruction for which there was no evidence put lives at risk (when it wasn’t merely snuffing said lives out by the thousand)?  You mean in the same way that incompetent bombing of Afghan villages, wedding parties and miscellaneous shepherds put lives at risk? The way in which scooping up a random assortment of human beings and detaining them against every law there is for years at a time put lives at risk? The way in which grabbing citizens with names you don’t like off the streets of Canada, Germany and Italy and flying them out to fuckwit totalitarian regimes for interrogation put lives at risk? The way acting as paymaster and approving sponsor for an unending succession of bloody-handed despots across the geo-political landscape for the last several decades put lives at risk? The way training up the best and the brightest of the world’s torturers and political murderers for the last half century put lives at risk? Putting lives at risk in that sense, you mean?

Fuck you, buddy."

I have the same reaction whenever I hear a government official proclaim that the release of the cables is illegal: Oh, NOW you're worried about people breaking the law. Because I know what else is illegal-torture, and conspiracy to torture, and wiretapping without a warrent-those things are punishable felonies, and so long as you choose to ignore them you lose any claim to moral or legal legitimacy.

Link: You believe this shit?


Happy Freaking Holiday
Black Christmas - Poly Styrene
Via RiCK SAUNDERS BREAKS HiS SiLENCE

The U.S. will host the World Press Freedom Day event in 2011 #irony
The U.S. will host the World Press Freedom Day event in 2011 #irony - I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of people suddenly facepalmed and then were silent -

Twitter Wed, 08 Dec 2010 08:36:12
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RT @wikileaks: WikiLeaks now hosted at 507 locations, planet wide
RT @wikileaks WikiLeaks now hosted at 507 locations, planet wide - Wikileaks Mirrors -

Twitter Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:27:49
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RT @UnlikelyWorlds: RT @tomwaits: Tom pays tribute to Southside Johnny . . . with the two performing "Walk Away"
RT @UnlikelyWorlds RT @tomwaits Tom pays tribute to Southside Johnny . . . with the two performing "Walk Away" - Southside Johnny and Tom Waits - "Walk Away" -

Twitter Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:22:44
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RT @crankfetter: I wish Obama had the savvy, guts, and political will that he appeared to have back when I was sending money for his cam ...
RT @crankfetter I wish Obama had the savvy, guts, and political will that he appeared to have back when I was sending money for his cam ...

Twitter Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:09:08
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The Ramones' "Blitzjrieg Bop" deconstructed:
The Ramones' "Blitzjrieg Bop" deconstructed: - Hey ho! The Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ deconstructed -

Twitter Tue, 07 Dec 2010 06:42:32
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David Lynch sings the blues
David Lynch sings the blues - David Lynch - I Know -

Twitter Tue, 07 Dec 2010 05:32:32
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The Twitter Hulks:
The Twitter Hulks: .. HULK LOVE TWITTER ..

Twitter Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:39:56
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Wikileaks mirror sites -
Wikileaks mirror sites - Wikileaks Mirrors

Twitter Mon, 06 Dec 2010 02:25:14
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Things We Do To Innocent People To Prevent Terrorism

Things we do to innocent people to prevent terrorism
Via Jorn Barger

Organize screenings of a documentary on gas drilling, get put on terror watch list #tsa #corruption
Organize screenings of a documentary on gas drilling, get put on terror watch list #tsa #corruption - Actor Mark Ruffalo placed on terror watch list for supporting a documentary about gas drilling -

Twitter Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:23:43
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"Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless"
"Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless" "the financial equivalent of slumlords or toll collectors in pin-striped suits"

Twitter Sat, 04 Dec 2010 07:06:49
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Ah, another holiday season wishing that there was a real "War On Xmas", the kind with guns and flamethrowers
Ah, another holiday season wishing that there was a real "War On Xmas", the kind with guns and flamethrowers

Twitter Sat, 04 Dec 2010 06:14:38
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RT @arthurwyatt: Dick Cheney is so crooked **he** scams Nigeria.
RT @arthurwyatt (My Xmas wish: Cheney in a Nigerian Prison) Dick Cheney is so crooked **he** scams Nigeria.

Twitter Fri, 03 Dec 2010 08:34:27
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Toy robot frightens Denver police (w/priceless pic) via @GreatDismal
Toy robot frightens Denver police (w/priceless pic) Toy Robot Attacks Denver via @GreatDismal

Twitter Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:26:52
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RT @wikileaks: WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number:
RT @wikileaks WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number: Wikileaks via IP address - no DNS - 88.80.13.160

Twitter Fri, 03 Dec 2010 08:16:58
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RT @ggreenwald: I'm just grateful not to live in China, where - I hear so often - websites are blocked for containing politically incrim ...
RT @ggreenwald I'm just grateful not to live in China, where - I hear so often - websites are blocked for containing politically incrim ...

Twitter Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:14:11
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Glenn Greenwald on Wikileaks and Moral Standards

"Time's Joe Klein writes this about the WikiLeaks disclosures:

I am tremendously concernced [sic] about the puerile eruptions of Julian Assange. . . . If a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail because of a leaked cable, this entire, anarchic exercise in "freedom" stands as a human disaster. Assange is a criminal. He's the one who should be in jail.

Do you have that principle down?  If "a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail" because of the WikiLeaks disclosure -- even a "single one" -- then the entire WikiLeaks enterprise is proven to be a "disaster" and "Assange is a criminal" who "should be in jail."  That's quite a rigorous moral standard.  So let's apply it elsewhere:

What about the most destructive "anarchic exercise in 'freedom'" the planet has known for at least a generation:  the "human disaster" known as the attack on Iraq, which Klein supported?  That didn't result in the imprisonment of "a single foreign national," but rather the deaths of more than 100,000 innocent human beings, the displacement of millions more, and the destruction of a country of 26 million people.  Are those who supported that "anarchic exercise in 'freedom'" -- or at least those responsible for its execution -- also "criminals who should be in jail"?  

How about the multiple journalists and other human beings whom the U.S. Government imprisoned (and continues to imprison) for years without charges  -- and tortured -- including many whom the Government knew were completely innocent, while Klein assured the world that wasn't happening?  How about those responsible for the war in Afghanistan (which Klein supports) with its checkpoint shootings of an "amazing number" of innocent Afghans and civilian slaughtering air strikes, or the use of cluster bombs in Yemen, or the civilian killing drones in Pakistan?  Are those responsible for the sky-high corpses of innocent people from these actions also "criminals who should be in jail"? 

I'm not singling out Klein here; his commentary is merely illustrative of what I'm finding truly stunning about the increasingly bloodthirsty two-minute hate session aimed at Julian Assange, also known as the new Osama bin Laden.  The ringleaders of this hate ritual are advocates of -- and in some cases directly responsible for -- the world's deadliest and most lawless actions of the last decade.  And they're demanding Assange's imprisonment, or his blood, in service of a Government that has perpetrated all of these abuses and, more so, to preserve a Wall of Secrecy which has enabled them.  To accomplish that, they're actually advocating -- somehow with a straight face -- the theory that if a single innocent person is harmed by these disclosures, then it proves that Assange and WikiLeaks are evil monsters who deserve the worst fates one can conjure, all while they devote themselves to protecting and defending a secrecy regime that spawns at least as much human suffering and disaster as any single other force in the world.  That is what the secrecy regime of the permanent National Security State has spawned.

Meanwhile, in the real world (as opposed to the world of speculation, fantasy, and fear-mongering) there is no evidence -- zero -- that the WikiLeaks disclosures have harmed a single person.  As McClatchy reported, they have exercised increasing levels of caution to protect innocent people.  Even Robert Gates disdained hysterical warnings about the damage caused as "significantly overwrought."  But look at what WikiLeaks has revealed to the world: 

We viscerally saw the grotesque realities of our war in Iraq with the Apache attack video on innocent civilians and journalists in Baghdad -- and their small children -- as they desperately scurried for cover.  We recently learned that the U.S. government adopted a formal policy of refusing to investigate the systematic human rights abuses of our new Iraqi client state, all of which took place under our deliberately blind eye.  We learned of 15,000 additional civilian deaths caused by the war in Iraq that we didn't know of before.  We learned -- as documented by The Washington Post's former Baghdad Bureau Chief -- how clear, deliberate and extensive were the lies of top Bush officials about that war as it was unfolding:  "Thanks to WikiLeaks, though, I now know the extent to which top American leaders lied, knowingly, to the American public," she wrote."

The moral standards of WikiLeaks critics


Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe:
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe: Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

Twitter Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:34:25
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Kim Jong-il looking at things:
Kim Jong-il looking at things: Kim Jong-il looking at things

Twitter Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:13:52
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Vernor Vinge's sequel to A Fire Upon The Deep coming in October 2011
Vernor Vinge's sequel to A Fire Upon The Deep coming in October 2011 "A Fire Upon The Deep" sequel due Oct 2011

Twitter Thu, 02 Dec 2010 04:51:35
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RT @JPBarlow: Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. - Terry P ...
RT @JPBarlow Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. - Terry P ...

Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:28:36
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RT @JohnFugelsang: So it's Treason to ever reveal State Secrets, unless you 'Out' a Spy cos her husband reveals you're lying the US into ...
RT @JohnFugelsang So it's Treason to ever reveal State Secrets, unless you 'Out' a Spy cos her husband reveals you're lying the US into ...

Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:22:35
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RT @ricksaunders: Sweden will destroy us all via the funkyass monster sleaze of Dogbreath-GottaGo via @youtube You H ...
RT @ricksaunders Sweden will destroy us all via the funkyass monster sleaze of Dogbreath-GottaGo Dogbreath - Gotta Go via @youtube You H ...

Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:05:15
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RT @warrenellis: Hideous new buzzword for the week: "postpersonal blogs"
RT @warrenellis Hideous new buzzword for the week: "postpersonal blogs"

Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:53:24
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RT @ggreenwald: Excellent @JackShafer: "Why I Love WikiLeaks. For restoring distrust in our most important institutions" ...
RT @ggreenwald Excellent @JackShafer "Why I Love WikiLeaks. For restoring distrust in our most important institutions" "Why I Love Wikileaks" ...

Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:49:41
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RT @factlets: Vultures in South Africa face extinction. Gamblers smoke their brains for a glimpse of the future. ...
RT @factlets Vultures in South Africa face extinction. Gamblers smoke their brains for a glimpse of the future. Vulture Brain Smoking ...

Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:29:53
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