I was reading some old XKCD and was struck by this comic, which depicts the refined, purified, concentrated, Grade-A cowardice that increasingly defines the male mind (not mine, of course, *cough*):
So Reality Winner, former NSA contractor, is in federal prison for leaking classified information — for five years and three months, the longest sentence of any whistleblower in history. She gave documents on how Russia had attempted to hack vendors of election machinery and software to The Intercept , which completely bungled basic security procedures (according to a recent New York Times piece from Ben Smith, the main fault lay with Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito ), leading to her capture within hours. Winner recently contracted COVID-19 in prison, and is reportedly suffering some lingering aftereffects. Glenn Greenwald has been furiously denying that he had anything at all to do with the Winner clusterfuck, and I recently got in an argument with him about it on Twitter. I read a New York story about Winner, which clearly implies that she was listening to the Intercepted podcast of March 22, 2017 , where Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill expressed skepticism about Russia actually b
What an enjoyable blog to read! I'm a PCV in the Eastern Caribbean nation of St. Kitts & Nevis. And even with some overlaps in culture and heritage, I gather the cursing is much more creative there than here.ReplyDelete
I'm a techee, and adore xkcd as well. And your blog title takes me back to GenChem at GA Tech. *involuntary shudder* Cool blog header, btw – did you take that picture yourself?
Yeah, Afrikaans cursing could make Nixon blush. I don't know much of that language, but there are a few choice phrases that also sound really aggressive :)ReplyDelete
I was a big fan of chem throughout, which apparently makes me some kind of psychopath.
Didn't take that picture, unfortunately, that's a Creative Commons picture of the Little Colorado that I used for a story of my dad's. Worth a read if you've got a few minutes.