Behind the US Targeted Killing Program
---"What has been created here - permanently institutionalized - is a highly secretive executive branch agency that simultaneously engages in two functions: (1) it collects and analyzes massive amounts of surveillance data about all Americans without any judicial review let alone search warrants, and (2) creates and implements a `matrix' that determines the `disposition' of suspects, up to and including execution, without a whiff of due process or oversight. It is simultaneously a surveillance state and a secretive, unaccountable judicial body that analyzes who you are and then decrees what should be done with you, how you should be `disposed' of, beyond the reach of any minimal accountability or transparency. --Glenn Greenwald
---"There’s a rhetorical consensus in Washington that, as Romney said at Monday’s debate, the U.S. `can’t kill our way out of this mess.' It’s spoken so often it’s a cliche. But in practice, killing appears to be the mainstay of U.S. efforts: nearly 3,000 people have been slain by drone strikes, according to a Post online database, including an undisclosed number of civilians. And the security agencies are preparing for even more." --Spencer Ackerman
---"the Dr. Seuss economy of death"
---Power of Quiet
---"Many here ask, nodding toward the sky, has America not learned the lessons of Iraq?"
---"most nonfiction movies now work backwards, starting with a conclusion (be it left wing or right wing) and then looking only for the footage that supports it"
---“We all want everybody to vote. But we want an informed voter . . . Voting is a privilege. How easy should it be? . . . Why would we make it any easier? I want ’em to fight for it. I want ’em to know what it’s like. I want them to go down there, and have to walk across town to go over and vote.”
---"As inequalities increase in Britain and across much of the world, so does the criminalisation of protest"
---"White Privilege Wedding" --Anne Helen Petersen
---The Miles Davis Story
---"Video Studies of the Western" --@filmstudiesff
---trailers for The Central Park Five, Empires of the Deep, Iron Man 3, Lay the Favorite, and A Good Day To Die Hard
---"Let’s say the price of food doubles in the next twenty years. The Arab Spring will seem like a pep rally."
---"What parts of the digital world do you want to see appear in the physical world?"
---"that probable severity of climate change remains masked; by industry, by politicians, and by a beltway media that diligently parrots their platforms. Which means all of us back home continue our fossil fueled-march towards a warmer, weirder world, oblivious, and surrounded by climate silence."
---"5 Reasons Why Now Is The Greatest Time for Filmmaking"
---"When I started writing, I realized that I was learning stuff about films. I was reflecting on cinema, and I was asking myself questions that tried to frame my personal approach to filmmaking, and the more I was writing, the more I knew what I was lacking. The more I wrote, the more I understood that there was a lot that was lacking." --Olivier Assayas
---"This is the first generation of people that work, play, think and learn differently than their parents. They are the first generation to not be afraid of technology. It is like the air to them."
---How Daniel Day-Lewis stays in character
---You Don't Own Me
An Early, Wordless Graphic Novel About Mankind’s Appetite for War - My friend Si Lewen, the painter, died three months ago, a little shy of his ninety-eighth birthday. In one of our last phone conversations, I asked him i...
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