[Podcast] Dan Carlin Interviews NSA Whistleblower William Binney

[Podcast] Dan Carlin Interviews NSA Whistleblower William Binney

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. This article or image contains materials that originally came from a National Security Agency (NSA) website or publication. It is believed that this information is not classified, and is in the public domain. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Security_Agency_headquarters,_Fort_Meade,_Maryland.jpg
Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. This article or image contains materials that originally came from a National Security Agency (NSA) website or publication. It is believed that this information is not classified, and is in the public domain. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Security_Agency_headquarters,_Fort_Meade,_Maryland.jpg

You should definitely listen to this. Dan Carlin of the ‘Common Sense’ and ‘Hardcore History’ podcasts recently interviewed NSA whistleblower William Binney.

Before Edward Snowden, Binney and Thomas Drake were among the few former NSA officials to go public about the agency’s activities after 9/11.

Many of the allegations made by these earlier whistleblowers against the NSA’s antidemocratic, totalitarian mass surveillance efforts were confirmed in 2013 by the Snowden leaks.

Some of the interesting aspects touched on in in the interview are

  • Binney’s estimation that the NSA stores the content of our electronic communication
  • The disregard of the U.S. Constitution among the leadership of the NSA
  • How U.S. presidents, once they take office,  are “bamboozled” into believing the intelligence services’ narrative that they need to be allowed to break the Constitution in any way they wish in order to protect national security
  • The subversion of the judiciary process through creeping of NSA data into criminal cases that that do not have anything to do with terrorism and the subsequent cover-up through ‘parallel construction’ of legal cases

Listen more:

Old School Whistle-Blowing.” (Common Sense with Dan Carlin, episode 265, 2013/11/27)

Podcasts: Gerrymandering at My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

The Gerry-Mander
Original cartoon of “The Gerry-Mander”, this is the political cartoon that led to the coining of the term Gerrymander. The district depicted in the cartoon was created by Massachusetts legislature to favor the incumbent Democratic-Republican party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists in 1812. Originally published in the Boston Centinel, 1812. Image by Elkanah Tisdale (1771-1835). This image is in the public domain. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Gerry-Mander_Edit.png

Bruce Carlson, producer of the My History Can Beat Up Your Politics podcast has currently released a very entertaining episode about the history of redrawing electoral districts in the US, also known as ‘gerrymandering.’ For anybody who wants to feed their inner political history geek and get to know the ins and outs of winning majorities by changing electoral districts, this is very worthwhile.

Make sure to check out this episode, listen to some other ones as well, and support the podcast if you can.

 

The 2012 DNC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina

Last week, the RNC finished its party convention in Tampa, Florida. Now it is the Democrats’ turn to present themselves to American voters, nominate their presidential candidate (same as the old), and convince them of their agenda. I will update this post as the convention develops.

Official website: http://www.demconvention.com

On youtube: http://www.youtube.com/DemConvention

Below you can find some of the big speeches given at DNC 2012.

Michelle Obama:

News Coverage:

Michelle Obama DNC speech: Obama’s life makes him understand” (Politico, 9/4/2012)

First Lady to Extol First-Term Record in Convention Kickoff” (New York Times, 9/4/2012)

First lady lauds Obama’s values, vision” (Washington Post, 9/4/2012)

The ‘New Obama’: Michelle Keeps Hope Alive” (New Yorker, 9/5/2012)

German:

Michelle lehrt Amerika die Liebe zu Obama” (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 05.09.2012)

Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio:

News Coverage:

Julian Castro: Obama 2004 redux?” (Politico, 9/5/2012)

Charlotte energized by Michelle Obama, Castro” (Politico, 9/4/2012)

Who Is Julián Castro, the Democratic Convention Keynote Speaker?” (The Atlantic, 9/4/2012)

Julián Castro’s Impossible Task” (New Yorker, 9/5/2012)

Democrats appeal to women, Latinos, young people on first night” (Washington Post, 9/4/2012)

Democrats place gay marriage on convention platform” (USATODAY, 9/4/2012)

5 speakers to watch at the Democratic National Convention, Day 1” (Washington Post, 9/4/2012)

DNC 2012 Speakers and Keynotes in Charlotte, N.C.” (Politico, 9/3/2012)

Bill Clinton:

News Coverage:

Anatomy of a Speech: Bill Clinton” (New York Times, 9/5/2012)

Clinton Delivers Stirring Plea for Obama Second Term” (New York Times, 9/6/2012)

[Chart] “Conventional wisdom: A comparison of key words spoken by the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates during their convention speeches” (Washington Post, 9/6/2012)

In a Barn-Burning Speech, Bill Clinton Leaves Romney-Ryan Bleeding on the Ground” (Alternet, 9/5/2012)

Five Takeaways From Wednesday At The Democratic Convention” (NPR, 9/6/2012)

[Podcast] Common Sense with Dan Carlin #236 – “Trapped by the Inflexible Mind” (9/6/2012)—”Jobs are the main subject of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but Dan explains why both parties refuse to discuss the real reason good jobs are in such scarce supply.”

German:

Parteitag in Charlotte: US-Demokraten nominieren Barack Obama” (Zeit Online, 06.09.2012)

‘Lasst Obama im Amt’” (taz, 06.09.2012)

Barack Obama:

News Coverage:

Obama convention speech: Downsizing the dream” (Politico, 9/7/2012)

Why Obama’s Speech Was Dull” (The Atlantic, 9/7/2012)

Barack Obama Speech At 2012 Democratic National Convention: Perseverance Replaces Change” (Huffington Post, 9/6/2012)

In Democratic convention speech, Obama vows ‘our problems can be solved’ — with more time” (Washington Post, 9/7/2012)

Obama convention speech: Downsizing the dream” (Politico, 9/7/2012)

Obama Presses Plan to Revive Economy at Convention” (Wall St. Journal, 9/7/2012)

German:

[Podcast] “Obama gegen Obama? Wahlkampf eines entzauberten Präsidenten” (hr2 Der Tag, 06.09.2012)

Joe Biden, Vice President:

Fact-checking of DNC speakers:

Clinton And Other Dems Did Some Cherry-Picking, Fact Checkers Say” (NPR, 9/6/2012)

Democrats Unleashed Some ‘Dubious Or Misleading Claims,’ Fact Checkers Say” (NPR, 9/5/2012)

Democratic Disinformation from Charlotte” (PolitiFact, 9/5/2012)

Day 2: More Convention Canards” (PolitiFact, 9/5/2012)

Bill Clinton’s night at the Democratic convention” (PolitiFact, 9/5/2012)

On final night in Charlotte, Obama takes the stage” (PolitiFact, 9/6/2012)

Useful Tools: Podcast URL Extractor

If you like listening to podcasts, you might have run into the following problem: a friend recommends a certain interesting podcast to you, but it is only available on iTunes. That is an obstacle if you do not own Apple products or have the iTunes software installed on your Windows PC. On some operating systems, such as Linux, iTunes is not even natively available. You might try using WINE, but it is not optimal.

To add an iTunes podcast to a random podcatcher program, either on your computer, or on your smartphone, you need the rss feed address of the podcast. Luckily, there is a nifty website that extracts the rss feed from the iTunes page of a particular podcast.

Simply copy and paste the URL of the iTunes page of the podcast into a form field and get back the rss feed address to copy into your podcatcher.

You can also enter keywords, which will result in a list of related podcasts that may or may not be of interest to you.

Here is the page:

http://itunes.so-nik.com/

This is how it looks:

Happy podcast listening! Why not enlighten yourself with a good program while doing chores or sports?