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Study: US government is an oligarchy Researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities released a study in April that found U.S. politicians more often reflect the wishes of the rich and powerful over the needs of the majority of Americans, who have a "minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

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Study: US government is an oligarchy 

Researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities released a study in April that found U.S. politicians more often reflect the wishes of the rich and powerful over the needs of the majority of Americans, who have a "minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

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Link 15 Apr 21 notes Does Torture Work? »

Two trends emerge from the analysis:

  • First, torture has no identifiable systematic association with decreases in insurgent perpetrated killings.
  • Second, torture is shown to be robustly associated with increased killings perpetrated by counterinsurgents.

Such evidence should lend pause to those who would consider employing torture, at least within the context of an insurgency. Justifications for torture do not rest on the contention that engaging in torture will reveal information, but on arguments that engaging in torture will allow state agents to somehow stop challengers from engaging in violence. If torture cannot produce discernable effects on insurgent violence then any immediate effects by torture, including the revelation (or non-revelation) of information, are of little consequence.

In this case, not only did torture display no relation to decreases in killings perpetrated by insurgents, but it had a somewhat pathological quality of being strongly associated with increases in other forms of counter-insurgent violence. The evidence suggests that insurgents were able to outmaneuver the forces employing torture, for example by adapting their organizations and strategies in response to torture or by rallying popular support against the use of torture. Subsequent counter-insurgent strategies appear to have been far less variable. The use of torture was strongly associated with increases in killings committed by counterinsurgents in the locality where torture took place as well, in some cases, in surrounding areas.

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Link 13 Apr 20 notes Shocker: NSA exploited #heartbleed bug for at least two years»

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

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Today’s winner in Secret.

An optimist born every minute

parislemon:

Today’s winner in Secret.

An optimist born every minute

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Photo 12 Apr 20 notes emergentfutures:

Digital advertising hits $43B, passing broadcast TV for the first time ever


Full Story: Venture Beat

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Digital advertising hits $43B, passing broadcast TV for the first time ever

Full Story: Venture Beat

Video 12 Apr 82,498 notes

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Poe’s Law: That moment when a Fox Business commentator sounds just like a Disney villain.

Fine. Tell us where the talking llama is OR I’ll burn your house to the ground.

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Link 12 Apr 38 notes A civilisation built upon software isn't safe»
Link 12 Apr 34 notes Untaxed U.S. corporate profits held overseas top $2.1 trillion: study»

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Rob Tornoe
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