Posts Tagged ‘Skynet’
* SF Gate review of Kill Anything That Moves The Real American War in Vietnam.
The problem, as described in Turse’s “Kill Anything That Moves,” is the tension between the “bad apples” argument – which sees atrocities in Vietnam as the exception – and the reality of the broader, official “American way of war.” Turse came to understand the latter after he stumbled onto documents of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group. The military created the group after the My Lai massacre to avoid again being caught flat-footed.
The point, Turse found, was not to prevent war crimes but to contain the damage and stay, as the euphemism might go today, ahead of the PR problem. Finding the cache of internal documents, Turse halted his academic thesis work, and lit out in his car to spend the next several days photocopying these documents. He rounded this out with interviews with more than 100 veterans, alongside those of eyewitnesses and survivors of American atrocities in Vietnam. His verdict – more than a decade later – is damning and masterful.
* In the new New Republic: Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people.
Wednesday is the day I historically post links.
* It all finally makes sense; Michele Bachmann says the crazy things she says because she comes from an alternate universe where Jimmy Carter was president in 1976.
* Also in alternate-universe news: South Korean scientists claim to have cloned glowing dogs.
* They’re turning Margaret Atwood’s (very good) Payback into a full-length documentary about debt.
* “Crazy” Joe Biden was a key figure in the Arlen Specter party switch. Now who’s laughing?
* The headline reads: “Student, 11, steps up to lead school band when budget constraints leave PS 37 without band teacher.” Get this kid a scholarship anywhere he wants to go, and pour some real money into public schools already.
* The Bush-Obama position on state secrets takes a much-needed hit.
* An entity passes the Hofstadter-Turing Test if it first creates a virtual reality, then creates a computer program within that reality which must finally recognise itself as an entity within this virtual environment by passing the Hofstadter-Turing Test. So now we just need to get Skynet self-aware.