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Is NASA about to announce the discovery of extraterrestrial life?

Is NASA about to announce the discovery of extraterrestrial life?

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In this sense, most of the media commentary on the latest round of leaks has totally missed the point. After all, why are diplomatic cables being leaked? These leaks are not specifically about the war(s) at all, and most seem to simply be a broad swath of the everyday normal secrets that a security state keeps from all but its most trusted hundreds of thousands of people who have the right clearance. Which is the point: Assange is completely right that our government has conspiratorial functions. What else would you call the fact that a small percentage of our governing class governs and acts in our name according to information which is freely shared amongst them but which cannot be shared amongst their constituency? And we all probably knew that this was more or less the case; anyone who was surprised that our embassies are doing dirty, secretive, and disingenuous political work as a matter of course is naïve. But Assange is not trying to produce a journalistic scandal which will then provoke red-faced government reforms or something, precisely because no one is all that scandalized by such things any more. Instead, he is trying to strangle the links that make the conspiracy possible, to expose the necessary porousness of the American state’s conspiratorial network in hopes that the security state will then try to shrink its computational network in response, thereby making itself dumber and slower and smaller.

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ladimcbeth:

ewilcox:

Order a case of this new Just Beer pale ale & you get a detective story told in 12 chapters—one chapter printed on each of the 12 bottles

Why didn’t I think of this? My next series of poems is totally going to be released on pinot noir labels. If people get drunk enough, they might even read them! 

This would make a great gift for several people I know.

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jamesurbaniak:

iwdrm:

“I got some bad ideas in my head.”

Taxi Driver (1976)

Holy shit. This is, without question, the best gif ever.