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Why would Cohen's new job  be so troubling for privacy advocates? He's out of government and there's no evidence at all that his role at Google involves either Afghanistan or privacy.  He's a think tank guy. It's about as troubling as if he went to Apple and ran an Apple store.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Wikileaks names US cellphone spy target as Afghanistan, claims Google staffer was involved

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Pertussis is often fatal to infants, which is why it's absolutely indefensible to refuse vaccination.

9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115551/jenny-mccarthy-anti-vaccination-movement-blame-whooping-cough

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In some occasions in Russia there can be enormous social pressure to drink.

10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/05/navy_fires_skipper_xo_and_engineering_and_ops_officers_of_uss_vandegrift

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Ow!  All compliments below are on target.  I now understand FWD.us.

1 year, 2 months ago on The talented Mr Green: How FWD.us lost New York, Elon Musk, and the tech moral high ground

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@prostoalex @FredZimmerman  The article did nothing to persuade me that the author's particular choices reflected anything other than his particular choices. Not a good piece of analysis.

1 year, 7 months ago on I admire Amazon. I just don’t shop there anymore.

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@ADefWebserver @Gaia Dempsey Agree with ADef. This is a business publication.  I'd like to see some scrap of data that suggests that the thesis applies to anyone except those with highly precious ethical systems.  If it's all about the observer ... I spent a few thousand dollaars at Amazon last year, and happily.

1 year, 7 months ago on I admire Amazon. I just don’t shop there anymore.

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This is a really silly article: "it's all about me" journalism.

1 year, 7 months ago on I admire Amazon. I just don’t shop there anymore.

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 @joelammers  @FredZimmerman Oh, I think we were right to intervene.  No one foresaw the chain of events that would lead to Hitler.  Many people have argued over the years that the strict terms at Versailles were the crucial error.

1 year, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/21/was_john_f_kennedy_the_flat_out_absolute_worst_us_president_of_the_20th_century

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Jim Monroe -- interesting thought on Wilson. No US in WWI = even longer struggle leading to exhausted European  Powers. No punitive reparations, strong German state, no Hitler.   Looking back from today's perspective, fifty more years of Kaisers would have been better than twelve years of Hitlers.

1 year, 12 months ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/21/was_john_f_kennedy_the_flat_out_absolute_worst_us_president_of_the_20th_century

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If you think about it in terms of expected value: by Kennedy's own estimation, there was one chance in three that the Cuban Missile Crisis would have resulted in a nuclear war, which would have cost, what, a hundred million lives and set civilization back by a hundred years.  That;s an expected value of -33M lives and -33 years of global progress.  Nothing JFK did in his 3 year term could possibly balance that out.  

1 year, 12 months ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/21/was_john_f_kennedy_the_flat_out_absolute_worst_us_president_of_the_20th_century

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The future of magazines got this guy hired? It's not 1995. Time Pathfinder already failed.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Future of Magazines Should Look a Lot Like Spotify

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