Nov. 29th, 2010

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A drop. A cop. A stop sign. Shuttered shops
And churches, falling down the memory hole.
No one remembers them. An empty lot,
An ordnance. There were answers. He had goals,

But met his quotas first. Thin flakes of lead,
Thin flakes of stone. Secure them to a spear
And catch a rabbit. Catch a man instead.
Or wait for something bigger to appear

Across the intersection. Catch a blur
On worn-out cameras, loops of ragged tape.
These objects seem much bigger than they were.
He knows just how they feel. Trace the shape

Of broken bodies chased by broken men:
Six ghosts, at ten to three. Play that again.
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Most previous WikiLeaks releases left me saying "yes. People need to see this. Speak truth to power, yo."

But the newest releases are full of private, unguarded remarks between diplomats, human rights activists and others who need to be able to communicate candidly in private if they are going to be able to trust each other at all. And so I am losing faith here. I do not understand why it was in the world's best interest to release this information.

If I'm the President I need to be able to pick up the phone and talk to Ivan and not worry that Julian Assange is going to report my every fart joke. If I can't do that, then I might choose not to talk to Ivan at all. Which could be catastrophic.

Your thoughts?
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Dear Super Badrats,

I launched a new website yesterday. What Shall We... is an insanely simple way to plan dinner, drinks, a movie party, or pretty much anything that isn't formal with people that you place at least a little trust in. I'm gunning for a level of simple that just doesn't happen with tools that require accounts (who wants another account anywhere ever?) and limit the amount of input that your peers are allowed to give in the decision. I'm also shooting for realtime here - you can watch people vote and suggest stuff on the fly. Which hopefully encourages folks to stay involved and come to consensus on the decision.

Please give it a look-see and let me know what you think!

What Shall We...

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"China is distancing itself from ally North Korea and has indicated a willingness to accept Korean unification under the South’s control, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable provided to the Guardian by"

Unless of course the WikiLeak fucks that up.

I am not in the pro-Assange camp today.

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