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Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch doesn't like the BBC.  
 
And sometimes the BBC doesn't seem to like Rupert Murdoch either.  
 
Following the principle that you should know your enemy, the BBC has assiduously recorded the relentless rise of Rupert Murdoch and his assault on the old "decadent" elites of Britain.  
 
And I thought it would be interesting to put up some of the high points.  
 
It is also a good way to examine how far his populist rhetoric is genuine, and how far its is a smokescreen to disguise the interests of another elite.  
 
As a balanced member of the BBC - I leave it to you to decide.
Admitting that “some will call me a torturer” is a surefire way to cut yourself off from anyone’s sympathy. But Glenn Carle, a former CIA operative, isn’t sure whether he’s the hero or the villain of his own story.  
 
Distilled, that story, told in Carle’s new memoir The Interrogator, is this: In the months after 9/11, the CIA kidnaps a suspected senior member of al-Qaida and takes him to a Mideast country for interrogation. It assigns Carle — like nearly all his colleagues then, an inexperienced interrogator — to pry information out of him. Uneasy with the CIA’s new, relaxed rules for questioning, which allow him to torture, Carle instead tries to build a rapport with the man he calls CAPTUS.  
 
But CAPTUS doesn’t divulge the al-Qaida plans the CIA suspects him of knowing. So the agency sends him to “Hotel California” — an unacknowledged prison, beyond the reach of the Red Cross or international law.  
 
Carle goes with him. Though heavily censored by the CIA, Carle provides the first detailed description of a so-called “black site.” At an isolated “discretely guarded, unremarkable” facility in an undisclosed foreign country (though one where the Soviets once operated), hidden CIA interrogators work endless hours while heavy metal blasts captives’ eardrums and disrupts their sleep schedules.
One of the world's most prominent scientific figures to be sceptical about climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1m in the past decade by major US oil and coal companies.  
 
Documents obtained by Greenpeace show prominent opponent of climate change was funded by ExxonMobil, among others.
One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket...When I arrived at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her, my aunt and a family friend, I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. They told me he was my uncle. He held my hand as I boarded an airplane for the first time. It was 1993, and I was 12.  
 
...Over the past 14 years, I’ve graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country. On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream.  
 
But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality...
 
 
By Jose Antonio Vargas.
Hans Lienesch has tested and rated 407 types of packaged noodles -- so far
Martin Rushent
Just heard the sad news that record producer Martin Rushent died last Saturday, aged 63. His best remembered album, the electro-pop masterpiece ‘Dare’ by the Human League, issued in 1981, was a runaway success, becoming an international best seller and winning Rushent the Best Producer award at the 1982 Brits. Apart from the Human League, Rushent produced artists including The Buzzcocks, The Stranglers and XTC.  
 
League Unlimited Orchestra - things that dreams are made of
sarah's inbox
This site parses the emails sent and received by Sarah Palin while she was governor of Alaska and presents them in a more familiar interface.  
To create Sarah’s Inbox, we used the digitized emails released by Crivella West, Mother Jones, ProPublica and msnbc.com. (Those groups undertook the Herculean tasks of purchasing, collecting thousands of pages of printed emails, scanning and digitizing the emails using optical character recognition technology.)
A fascinating read. Not every autistic persons are diagnosed while young. This post explain what day-to-day life is like for someone suffering from autism (mild autism I should say because she's a functional adult after all).
Music Man Murray
Murray Gershenz, 88, is struggling to find a buyer for the half-million records in his L.A. rare-record store. Murray’s son, the emotional Irv, clings to the store, truly believing there is no separation between the records and his father.  
 
This twenty-minute documentary portrait tells a classic story of an American original, Music Man Murray, as he takes reckoning of his legacy.
The money will go to victims and relatives of the three people killed and 23 wounded by the bombs the former UC Berkeley assistant math professor mailed to scientists and industry executives between 1978 and 1995.  
 
It's only a small fraction of the $15 million in restitution that Kaczynski was ordered to pay when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1998, but it's the most substantial sum his victims are likely to receive.  
 
"It's good news and bad news," said George Grotz, a now-retired FBI agent who helped trace Kaczynski to his wilderness cabin and arrest him in 1996. "I hate to see him glorified, ... yet if there is some good that comes out of this for the victims, obviously that's on the positive side."
From Papua New Guinea to Stoke-on-Trent, Prince Philip has left his mark around the world. As his 90th birthday looms, Hannah Ewan recalls the soundbites that could only have come from one man
Words of wisdom from film director John Waters at the Hay Festival.
Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction, died Friday at age 62.  
 
Scott-Heron was known for work that reflected the fury of black America in the post-civil rights era and also spoke to the social and political disparities in the country. His songs often had incendiary titles — "Home is Where the Hatred Is," or "Whitey on the Moon," and through spoken word and song, he tapped the frustration of the masses.  
 
definitely one of the very best, what a loss
Just as socialists are often the most off-putting thing about socialism, so research suggests that nothing deters people from listening to Bob Dylan like a certain type of Bob Dylan fan telling you why you should. So I won't spend my time here attempting to convince you of the merits of Dylan himself, and turn instead to the relative merits of books about him - almost all of which can be found in this month's promotion to mark his 70th birthday today.
In February 2011 it showed trivial to create a database containing ALL ~35.000.000 Google Profiles without Google throttling, blocking, CAPTCHAing or otherwise make more difficult mass-downloading attempts. It took only 1 month to retrieve the data, convert it to SQL using spidermonkey and some custom Javascript code, and import it into a database. The database contains Twitter conversations (also stored in the OZ_initData variable) , person names, aliases/nicknames, multiple past educations (institute, study, start/end date), multiple past work experiences (employer, function, start/end date), links to Picasa photoalbums, .... -- and in ~15.000.000 cases, also the username and therefore @gmail.com address. In summary: 1 month + 1 connection = 1 database containing 35.000.000 Google Profiles.  
 
My activities are directed at inciting, or poking up, debate about privacy -- NOT to create DISTRUST but to achieve REALISTIC trust -- and the meaning of "informed consent". Which, when signing up for online services like Google Profile, amounts to checking a box.