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Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy. In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans had tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than any previous human slavery.

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

In the first place, Gibbon said, the Romans had carried with them into slavery the culture of a free people: their language and their conception of themselves as human beings presupposed freedom. And thus, says Gibbon, for a long time the Romans preserved the sentiments – or at least the ideas – of a freeborn people. In the second place, the empire of the Romans filled all the world, and when that empire fell into the hands of a single person, the world was a safe and dreary prison for his enemies. As Gibbon wrote, to resist was fatal, and it was impossible to fly. The power of that Roman empire rested in its leaders' control of communications. That power eradicated human freedom. Who's The 'Traitor' - Dick Cheney or Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden: Dick Cheney Calling Me a Traitor Is an Honor. Le "Projet Jugement dernier" et les événements profonds : JFK, le Watergate, l’Irangate et le 11-Septembre. Le 22 novembre 1963 à 13h, JFK est officiellement déclaré mort.

Le "Projet Jugement dernier" et les événements profonds : JFK, le Watergate, l’Irangate et le 11-Septembre

A 14h38, le vice-président Lyndon B. Johnson prête serment dans l’avion présidentiel Air Force One. A ses côtés se tient Jacqueline Kennedy, qui porte encore son costume Chanel éclaboussé par le sang de son époux. Dans un entretien qu’elle accordera quelques mois après l’assassinat à l’historien Arthur Schlesinger Jr, elle soupçonne Johnson d’avoir orchestré l’assassinat de son mari en lien avec des lobbies pétroliers du Texas. « Je suis conscient de la possibilité d’instaurer une véritable tyrannie aux États-Unis. Dans cet article, je vais discuter de quatre événements importants et toutefois mal compris : l’assassinat de John F. Eight Strategic Factors to Consider in 2012 at Oil Price. Rarely in the past six decades has global context counted for as much in strategic forecasting — trend analysis — as it does at the dawn of 2012.

Eight Strategic Factors to Consider in 2012 at Oil Price

Reliance on stove-piped analysis of “strategic sectors” — such as economic and financial issues, security issues, politics, geopolitics, resources and energy, sociology and religion, and so on — will produce skewed and unreliable estimates, and will tend to favor linear extrapolations of recent experience. A study of broad contextual factors, including an expanded view of history, will show how cycles and confluences of trends potentially play a greater disruptive role than at any time since the end of World War II. We have, in recent writings, stressed the longer-term trends and outlook, but it is important to see how the strategic environment is likely to play out during 2012. Equally, it is important that these trends (and others) are seen collectively, and not separately. Le 31 du mois d'août. (French sea shanty) 500 Internal Server Error. Anonymous (group)

Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities.

Anonymous (group)

A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives". The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites. Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.[3][4] Anonymous members (known as "Anons") can be distinguished in public by the wearing of stylised Guy Fawkes masks.[5]

Tea party. How the Billionaires Broke the System. The US deficit reduction plan makes no sense – until you remember who’s behind the Tea Party movement.

How the Billionaires Broke the System

By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 1st August 2011 There are two ways of cutting a deficit: raising taxes or reducing spending. Raising taxes means taking money from the rich. Cutting spending means taking money from the poor. Peak Oil Guru Robert Hirsch Gives The Definitive Guide To The Coming Energy Fiasco. Oui, il faut mépriser Fox News. La semaine dernière, lorsque la directrice de communication de la Maison Blanche, Anita Dunn, a accusé Fox News de se positionner à droite, la chaîne d'information a réagi comme à son habitude.

Oui, il faut mépriser Fox News

Elle a démenti avec son plus grand sérieux cette accusation. Mais sa façon de traiter l'actualité est venue confirmer que cette accusation était fondée. Parcourez l'article en ligne de Fox News sur cette affaire. Il reprend d'abord les propos d'un important vice-président de la chaîne, Michael Clemente: «Il est sidérant de voir que les responsables de la Maison Blanche ne savent pas faire la différence entre les émissions d'information et celles consacrées aux opinions. Leur attitude semble intéressée.» publicité L'article cite ensuite David Gergen, celui qui incarne la «sagesse conventionnelle» de Washington. Un correspondant de la Maison Blanche pour Politico réaffirme que cette polémique renforcera l'audimat de Fox News.

Examinons les faits. Fox News ne s'est pas du tout assagie.