We’re just a few hours from the premiere of Kristen Schaal: Live at The Fillmore
Kristen Schaal should have a special everyday.
Snowy night in SoHo
– The New York Times, “Army Private Admits Giving Trove of Military Data to Wikileaks” (via inothernews)
Private (Bradley) Manning said the first set of documents that he decided to release were hundreds of thousands of military incident reports from Afghanistan and Iraq that he had initially downloaded onto a disk because he needed them for his work, and the computer network connection kept going down. The reports, he decided, showed the flaws in the counterinsurgency policy the United States was then pursuing in both war zones.
The military, he said, had become “obsessed with capturing or killing” people on a list while ignoring what the operations were doing to ordinary people in the two nations. The reports, he said, were not sensitive because they recounted events that were long over.
“I believed if the public — in particular the American public — had access to the information” in the reports, “this could spark a debate about foreign policy in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
Private Manning said he brought the disks home with him on a leave in early 2010 and initially decided to give them to a newspaper.
He said he first called The Washington Post and spoke to a reporter for about five minutes, without going into detail about what he had. He said he decided that the reporter did not seem particularly interested because she said The Post would have to review the material first and a senior editor would make the call.
He said he then tried to reach out to The New York Times by calling a phone number for the public editor, an ombudsman who is not part of the newsroom. An automatic answering service routed him to voicemail, and he left a message that no one returned, he said. He also considered visiting the offices of Politico, but was deterred by a snowstorm.
Eventually, Private Manning said, he decided to release the information by uploading it to WikiLeaks. He later sent several other batches of documents and files to the organization from his computer in Iraq, while striking up an online chat room relationship with someone who he said he assumed was a senior figure in the group like Julian Assange, whose name he mispronounced as “as-SAHN-JAY.”
Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me.– Franz Kafka (via kateoplis)
Heath Ledger winning an Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role as ‘The Joker’ in The Dark Knight (2008)
will forever reblog this
Also, that P.S.
I received this email today from a very dear friend of my family who lives in Tel Aviv. He has lived through many difficult situations in Israel, and is always the last to worry or acknowledge that there is ever any reason to be afraid. This email tonight, however, was different. We sent him an email to check in and see how he was doing. This was his response:
Well I started to answer and write you that everything is ok…
But as I started to type - there was a strong alarm all around Tel Aviv and the center of Israel. First time for the alarm in Tel Aviv in 20 years (since the Gulf War)…
It was terrifying… We, the Tel Aviv spoiled people, got shocked as 1 alarm played the music. The southern part of Israel is getting hundreds (!!!) of rockets and alarms in the last 2 weeks… and we were quiet… lived as usual …
What I want to say is you can’t understand the fear until you get it yourself… People live there in the south of Israel as they live in a battle field … it’s 2012 and people live in Israel as if it’s a 3rd world war country…
I am looking at myself running as a mouse in a cage to the shelter as the alarm started, calling the family to make sure everybody is ok, and its crazy!
And this is nothing compare to what happening 30 km south from Tel Aviv…
Its unbelievable and this situation makes this IDF campaign in Gaza so right…the support for this operation is from wall to wall…
We planned to have a nice gastronomic trip to Jerusalem tomorrow, us and about 10 of our close friends, but the parents among us are afraid to leave the children at home alone… and how old are their children? They are 15-20 years old…
It’s crazy I tell you
It’s midnight here now, and I expect this night to get worse…
I didn’t mean to make you worry more but the situation here is reminding me of the Gulf War.. Don’t know what to expect…
Hoping for a good night…
Thank you for the mail and for caring..