When the Leaker Gets Leaked: Irony of the Year Award 2010 (Blog Post)


Note to Julian: The truth is never the problem.

In a move that historians may record as among the most audacious and least self-aware complaint of all time, lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have loudly condemned the leaking of secret government documents pertaining to the rape charges against Assange. Swedish police files about the case against Assange were leaked to the Guardian, the same newspaper to which Assange recently leaked thousands of classified U.S. State Department cables.

The lawyers for Assange, who describes himself as an activist for "radical transparency," complain that the leaked police files unfairly damage Assange and make his legal defense more difficult. Assange's representatives are especially angered by what they call the political motivations behind the leak -- the same charge many critics have leveled against WikiLeaks.

The Australian Times reports:
Bjorn Hurtig, Mr Assange's Swedish lawyer, said he would lodge a formal complaint to the authorities and ask them to investigate how such sensitive police material leaked into the public domain. "It is with great concern that I hear about this because it puts Julian and his defence in a bad position," he told a colleague.

"I do not like the idea that Julian may be forced into a trial in the media. And I feel especially concerned that he will be presented with the evidence in his own language for the first time when reading the newspaper. I do not know who has given these documents to the media, but the purpose can only be one thing - trying to make Julian look bad."




How to Debate On the Internet (Blog Post)


Rules of Internet Debate

a. discredit the messenger

b. admonish said messenger as unintelligent and/or uneducated

c. stereotype the messenger into a perceived group, i.e rednecks, wingnuts, homophobes, bigots, etc...

d. trumpet your superiority/intellect/education

e. declare the other guys are RACIST!

f. declare the message dangerous

g. declare messenger INSANE

h. ban member.

Comet McNaught (Blog Post)

Comet McNaught















This is Comet McNaught.  For our friends downunder, a rare display of celestial beauty.  It was too good a pic not to post.  Photography by Akira Fujii accompanied by the following:


Comets often enliven the night sky, although few grow as large and bright as Comet McNaught, here photographed with a camera on a tripod by Akira Fujii, from Australia in 2007. Most comets are much dimmer, but can still make for entrancing viewing through binoculars or a small telescope. The long fuzzy "tail" of a comet is gas and dust freed from the comet and pushed away from it by the Sun's wind and energy.


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