Monthly Archives: January 2014

No ‘Plausible Deniability’ Anymore

Immediate comments debunking litany-like claims by President Barack Obama about aim and scope of overall inoffensive NSA’s mass surveillance, made in carefully staged public speeches such as yesterday’s State of the Union Address, by those who have access to Edward … Continue reading

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Journalism is About Telling Stories That Make a Difference?

E-bay founder, billionaire and philantropist Pierre Omidyar’s new enterprise First Look Media has been described in a short video clip and one wonders what is so new that dedicated investigative individuals like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras or New … Continue reading

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German Television Interview With Snowden

Update below. Whether German television channel ARD intentionally hid its interview with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden Sunday night is not clear. That it was immediately taken off its media center so that interested viewers who had missed the broadcast … Continue reading

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By Compass and Straightedge

Update below. Readers may have noticed that I have attributed considerable recreational time on this blog to conceive and convey quasi-periodic patterns on ancient Islamic buildings. Following a first visit of Esfahan’s Darb-i Imam shrine in the old city in … Continue reading

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The Moon Illusion

Not only when having lived in the Middle East a couple of years ago, then interested in how beginning and end of Ramadan was actually determined, I have always been a moonwatcher. I remember vividly my first lunar eclipse when … Continue reading

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