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Swimming in the Deep End

It’s a particularly somber Fourth of July for my family this year. My 20 year old nephew (my step-brother’s only son) deployed to Afghanistan this week. Last night he Facebook messaged me, asking me to let everyone know he had arrived safely. To the war. The poor kid was excited to see mountains for the first time. But acknowledged that the circumstances under which he is seeing them are less than ideal. We hope that his deployment passes by quickly and uneventfully.

And because it is a patriotic holiday I am posting something I think is important. That yes, it actually is patriotic to question the government. A government full of officials that we-the-people elected (or who were appointed by those who we-the-people elected). This is most definitely worth watching. Glenn Greenwald gives a public talk, for the first time since NSA leak story: Glenn Greenwald skyped in to the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago, to speak about Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s surveillance program. Of course this issue is bigger than Edward Snowden. There are a number of “Restore the Fourth” events happening around the country today. Protests organized to “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” And Mozilla started the website It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

who needs eyebrows anyway?

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