iPads, banks, civil liberties, and rock

Tabbed browsing and the massive computing horsepower of today’s desktop computers are great, but for me they tend to produce the ongoing problem of large numbers of open windows that stay open day after day, week after week, waiting for me to read or blog or otherwise act upon them. Time for a little window cleaning. Here’s what I have open — and what I’m closing — now:

  • Ani DiFranco on Mountain Stage: A live concert which I listened to after seeing Ani live in Laramie, Wyoming, a few weeks ago, and being blown away by her performance. I think it was my sixth time seeing Ani live, and it may have been the best show of them all.
  • Music from Elevator Ride: He just released another great track and I’ve kept it open to stream at will. Of course, you can also download the tracks, which I have done and highly recommend, especially “No One Ever Talks Like This” and “Escondido.”
  • Because We Can: A little essay about why anything is worth doing disguised as an offhand thought about running.
  • Public Defender Revolution: The best new public defender blog I’ve read in years. I just keep it open to reload it every day in case there’s something new. It’s that good.
  • Work-Life Balance Is A Fantasy:
    “A lawyer gets out of balance when he prioritizes work above all else,” Dolan says. “This is a common response to pressure from the firm and within oneself. Work is a great hiding place. It is where many lawyers feel most alive and most safe. They succumb to the illusion of control while at work because there they are in charge. The work is a shield against the world of personal, intimate relationships or the mysterious, unwritten dynamics of marriage.”

    True. Important. Easy to forget.

  • Why We’ll Miss ‘Law & Order’: I just wondered, because I always found the show to be obnoxiously toxic and antisocial in its anti-defendant/pro-cop and pro-prosecution bias. According to Garrett Epps, I’ll allow I may have been mistaken. When did it change its focus to corporate/white collar crime?
  • Trails.com: Because I’m really craving a good hike.
  • A month with the iPad: Surprises and disappointments: I just want to be a well-informed potential consumer. It’s a cool toy. I don’t see how it would fit into my life at all so I don’t really want one (very much), but it’s still a cool toy.
  • Who are the real winners in Europe’s bailout?: You’ll be shocked to find the answer is: Big Banks! Why are people all over the world bailing out banks!? Hmm. I wonder if this has anything to do with the Shock Doctrine.
  • New target of rights erosions: U.S. citizens:

    The most recent liberty-abridging, Terrorism-justified controversies have focused on diluting the legal rights of American citizens (in part because the rights of non-citizens are largely gone already and there are none left to attack). A bipartisan group from Congress sponsors legislation to strip Americans of their citizenship based on Terrorism accusations. Barack Obama claims the right to assassinate Americans far from any battlefield and with no due process of any kind. The Obama administration begins covertly abandoning long-standing Miranda protections for American suspects by vastly expanding what had long been a very narrow “public safety” exception, and now Eric Holder explicitly advocates legislation to codify that erosion. John McCain and Joe Lieberman introduce legislation to bar all Terrorism suspects, including Americans arrested on U.S. soil, from being tried in civilian courts, and former Bush officials Bill Burck and Dana Perino — while noting (correctly) that Holder’s Miranda proposal constitutes a concession to the right-wing claim that Miranda is too restrictive — today demand that U.S. citizens accused of Terrorism and arrested on U.S. soil be treated as enemy combatants and thus denied even the most basic legal protections (including the right to be charged and have access to a lawyer).

    That’s a lot of what I find so incredibly disappointing about the Obama administration — its perpetuation and extension of Bush’s attack on the constitution. Check out Greenwald’s links to more info about the above, but only if you want to be incredibly depressed.

  • How to write a short story: On a lighter note because I’m still trying to figure this one out.

One thought on “iPads, banks, civil liberties, and rock”

  1. 1) Thank you except now I’m feeling like I’d better stay up til 3:00 a.m. and get this friggin post finished.
    2) I, too, want to know how to write a short story, but I can’t open the link. Don’t fix it tonight, though–Must Finish Frigging Post.

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