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Comedy And Smart Power

9 Dec

Bletchley Park's ColossusAbove all, the infectious comedic punch and the quality of the information about the role Bletchley Park‘s cryptanalysts played in the defeat of WW2 Germany and the way the modern internet works is the most refreshing aspect of this BBC4 episode, “Secret Science” (via Boing Boing). It’s always a blast to hear Brian Cox, but the entire ensemble made cryptanalysis new for me.

Of course, the British slant, to make history the result of Britannic heroism is only too apparent. But, if radio programming could be this entertaining and yet so informative, maybe Rupert Murdoch and his media empire could play the role of punching bag

Occupy Oakland Leads the Way

3 Nov

Joshua Holland at to Occupy Oakland – and Oakland longshoremen – for shutting down the Port of Oakland.

SPENCER MICHELS: One goal of the strike was to shut down the busy port of Oakland toward evening. But at 9:00 in the morning, a retired dockworker said members of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehouse Union had stopped work on their own.

JACK HAYMAN, retired longshoreman: The trucks with containers are backed up for at least a mile. Cargo is not being worked effectively. None of the cranes are moving. And the rank-and-file of the Longshore Union did this on their own. The leaders of the union wanted them to work today, but they, by and large, are not working the port. The port is down.
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Joining the Party – Or Not

24 Oct

South Korean protesters stage a rally named "Occupy Seoul" in front of the Financial Supervisory Commission building in SeoulWhere you sit – or how much you got – determines what you want?

Citizen Radio’s Allison Kilkenny interviews Greg Palast

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