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The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions

The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions
(updated below [Wed.]) There's not much to say about Monday's Boston Marathon attack because there is virtually no known evidence regarding who did it or why. There are, however, several points to be made about some of the widespread reactions to this incident. Much of that reaction is all-too-familiar and quite revealing in important ways: (1) The widespread compassion for yesterday's victims and the intense anger over the attacks was obviously authentic and thus good to witness. But it was really hard not to find oneself wishing that just a fraction of that compassion and anger be devoted to attacks that the US perpetrates rather than suffers. Juan Cole this morning makes a similar point about violence elsewhere. One particularly illustrative example I happened to see yesterday was a re-tweet from Washington Examiner columnist David Freddoso, proclaiming: Idea of secondary bombs designed to kill the first responders is just sick. I don't disagree with that sentiment.

Teen Stunned at Portrayal as Boston Bomb Suspect The Post reported later Thursday that the pair weren't considered suspects, and the FBI has since identified two other men as suspects in Monday's bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 180. But Barhoum, a track runner at Revere High School, said he is convinced some will blame him for the bombings, no matter what. He was so fearful on Thursday that he ran back to the high school after a track meet when he saw a man in a car staring at him, talking into a phone, he said. Barhoum added he received more than 200 messages online Wednesday, with one commenter from Oregon asking: "How could you do that? Barhoum said he won't feel safe until the bombers are caught. "I'm going to be scared going to school," Barhoum said. Attempts to reach Zaime were not immediately successful. Barhoum's father, El Houssein Barhoum, who moved his family from Morocco five years ago, said he is worried his son will be shot and fears for his wife and two young daughters.

When Crime Pays: Prison Can Teach Some To Be Better Criminals hide captionPrison provides an opportunity for networking with more seasoned criminals. Prison provides an opportunity for networking with more seasoned criminals. In popular lore — movies, books and blogs — criminals who go to prison don't come out reformed. Scientists who have attempted to empirically analyze this theory have reached mixed conclusions, with analyses suggesting that activities like drug addiction or gangs are what determines whether the correctional system actually gets criminals to correct their ways. What else could be at work? Donald T. The survey conducts incredibly detailed and confidential interviews, and then repeats those interviews with the same people year after year — often going to extraordinary lengths to track down those who may have moved overseas or ended up in prison. Included in the survey are questions about how much money individuals make legally and illegally. As to the process by which this happens, he says, "You come in [to prison].

Glenn Greenwald on the High Cost of Government Secrecy BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In the aftermath of the Boston bombings and the massive manhunt which led to the death of one suspect and the arrest of another, both of them Muslims, there have been calls for increased surveillance and scrutiny of the public at large and Muslims in particular. On Fox News the other day, New York congressman Peter King said: “If you know a threat is coming from a certain community, that's where you have to look." Proceed with caution here, Mr. King. My guest, the journalist and columnist Glenn Greenwald, was flying here from his home in Brazil as events in Boston were unfolding. Among his best-selling books: How Would a Patriot Act? GLENN GREENWALD: Great to be back. BILL MOYERS: Was it right, in your opinion, for the suspect in Boston to be charged as a criminal rather than an enemy combatant? GLENN GREENWALD: Absolutely. But the broader question is, should we change or radically alter or dismantle our standard protocols of justice in the name of terrorism.

It Wasn't Sunil Tripathi: The Anatomy of a Misinformation Disaster - Alexis C. Madrigal How a terrible mistake falsely linking two people to the Boston bombing spread so far so fast In the middle of the last night's nearly unbelievable turn of events, for a few hours, hundreds of thousands of people received a message about the identity of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers that was painfully false. Word got out that the Boston Police Department scanner had declared the names of the two suspects. But the names that went out over first social networks and then news blogs and websites were not Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation released early this morning. This is the story, as best as I can puzzle it out, about how such bad information about this case became widely shared and accepted within the space of a couple of hours before NBC's Pete Williams' sources began telling the real story about the alleged bombers' identities. But not at first. A single tweet references Mulugeta at the time his name was said on the scanner.

Realtime Political Fact-Checking Becomes A Reality With WaPo’s ‘Truth Teller’ We are coming closer to a reality where no politician can ever spread well-known lies. Today, exclusively with TechCrunch, The Washington Post has announced a fully automated fact-checking program, Truth Teller, that displays “TRUE” or “FALSE” in real time next to video of politicians and pundits as they speak. Given the fact that almost one-fifth of registered voters still believe Obama is a Muslim, a tool to curb widespread myths could benefit our democracy. Check out a demo below: The Knight Foundation-funded Truth Teller program automatically transcribes speeches and checks the statements against a database of well-known facts. For now, the early beta prototype has to be manually hand-fed some facts, and thus only works on topics it has been specifically designed to recognize. There’s definitely precedent for the way real time fact-checking can completely alter the outcome of discourse. That said, the very same example highlights some hurdles that Truth Teller will need to overcome.

Democratic Party priorities - Glenn Greenwald Much of the reaction to the article I wrote last Saturday regarding progressives, the Obama presidency and Ron Paul (as well as reaction to this essay by Matt Stoller and even this tweet from Katrina vanden Heuvel) relied on exactly the sort of blatant distortions that I began that article by anticipating and renouncing: that I was endorsing Paul as the best presidential candidate, that I was urging progressives to sacrifice reproductive rights in order to vote for him over Obama, that I “pretend[ed] that the differences between Obama and Paul on economics [and other domestic issues] are marginal”; that Paul’s bad positions negate the argument I made; that Ron Paul is my “hero,” etc. etc. One can agree or disagree with it, of course, but there’s simply no way to fail to understand that point (or, worse, to distort it into something it isn’t) absent a desire not to understand it. Matt Taibbi put it even more bluntly: There are many points worth making about Drum’s argument.

We know when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sleeps It is a strange reality of our times that we have no idea what motivated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to attack the Boston Marathon, if indeed he was involved, but we do know when he sleeps: That’s our visualization of tweets by @J_tsar, a Twitter account that has been linked to Dzhokhar, one of the alleged Boston bombers. The darker the pink, the more tweets. What it tells us, quite mundanely, is that Dzhokhar stays up late, often smoking weed, and sleeps past noon. Less than 12 hours ago, we had never heard of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Nor had we heard of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar’s brother who was killed in a gunfight overnight. We know the brothers Tsarnaev lived at Apartment 3, 410 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we know what the house looks like. Where it was once only reporters and the police who dug up information about people of interest, a whole nation is at it today. Of course, we don’t really know whether we know the things about the Tsarnaev brothers that we think we do.

Red Dead Redemption (X360) Game Script by Shotgunnova |???\???|??? The Egyptian mirror - Glenn Greenwald Vice President Omar Suleiman warned Tuesday that “we can’t put up with” continued protests in Tahrir for a long time, saying the crisis must be ended as soon as possible in a sharply worded sign of increasing regime impatience with 16 days of mass demonstrations. Suleiman said there will be “no ending of the regime” and no immediate departure for President Hosni Mubarak, according to the state news agency MENA, reporting on a meeting between the vice president and the heads of state and independent newspapers. He told them the regime wants dialogue to resolve protesters’ demands for democratic reform, adding in a veiled warning, “We don’t want to deal with Egyptian society with police tools.” At one point in the roundtable meeting, Suleiman warned that the alternative to dialogue “is that a coup happens, which would mean uncalculated and hasty steps, including lots of irrationalities.