Why Bradley Manning Should Go Free ~ The Young Turks

2012 The Awakening

“Two major precedents — one encouraging, the other troubling — emerge from today’s conviction of Bradley Manning on espionage charges, but not on charges of aiding the enemy. One is about the definition of journalism, and all the attendant protections that are supposed to come with that profession in a democracy. The other is about who America’s government defines as patriotic heroes and who it deems traitorous villains.”*

Bradley Manning faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of espionage. But why? Why are the priorities of the American government to persecute a man who publicized very credible allegations of torture and war crimes rather than pursue those who committed those crimes? Isn’t it a soldier’s duty to report war crimes? Cenk Uygur makes the case for freeing Bradley Manning.


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Flawed Google Glass re-Design highlights problems if we try to only “see” Augmented experiences

Black Hat USA 2013 Day One – Latest News

CYBER ARMS - Computer Security

Black Hat’s Barnaby Jack Statement:

We have lost a member of our family. Everyone would agree that the life and work of Barnaby Jack are legendary and irreplaceable. Barnaby had the ability to take complex technology and intricate research and make it tangible and accessible for everyone to learn and grow from. Beyond his work in our industry, Barnaby was an incredibly warm hearted and welcoming individual with a passion for celebrating life. We all have a hilarious and upbeat story about Barnaby. He is truly a shining example of what we love about this community. (Continue Reading…)

Latest BlackHat news, Courtesy of DarkReading:

‘Hangover’ Persists, More Mac Malware Found
Attackers behind the Operation Hangover cyberspying campaign out of India found dropping OS X malware, covering their tracks online

Researchers To Highlight Weaknesses In Secure Mobile Data Stores
At Black Hat USA, a team of mobile-security researchers plans…

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Providers Are Held Accountable. Why Aren’t Technology Vendors?

Engaging The Patient

Patient engagement.

It’s the term everyone’s using without an understood definition.

Emmi Solutions Co-founder, Jordan Dolin has discussed this enigma on Engaging the Patient and has now shared his thoughts with The Healthcare Blog  in a piece titled, “Providers are Held Accountable. Why Aren’t Technology Vendors?”

In it he writes:

“The ambiguity allows publishers of diabetes fact sheets to call it patient engagement when a newly diagnosed patient is handed a 100-page binder of information that is more likely to become a doorstop than an interactive engagement tool. Likewise, call centers that remind patients of their appointments, in-room entertainment systems, or printed discharge instructions, could also erroneously be called “patient engagement.” The reality is handing someone a piece of paper is not engaging them in their care. When the industry talks about patient engagement, they mean motivating patients to take an active role in their care to drive outcomes.”


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Fantastic Article Describes What It Is Like to Have Dementia

Alzheimer's Speaks Blog

Fantastic Article Describes


What It Is Like to Have Dementia

This is one of the best article I’ve read which really gives solid examples of what it is like to live with dementia.  Donna Baker and her husband talk openly about life with dementia.  Please take the time to read this fantastic article.  I promise it will change the way you think about dementia.  Thank you Karina Bland with  for writing this important article; Alzheimer’s disease strikes woman in middle age.  Click on the Channel 12 logo below to get to the article.


For additional resource for dementia and caregiving check out Alzheimer’s Speaks



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Elsevier and Dryad implement reciprocal linking

Dryad news and views

We are pleased to share below the text of a press release from Elsevier, announcing use of this image to direct viewers of online articles to the underlying data in Dryad. Dryad_web_banner_small_v4eSee below for sample articles; the image displays on the right sidebar, under Applications and Tools. This Dryad widget may be used by any publisher or journal to facilitate access to related publicly available data that authors have archived in Dryad.

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Dryad Digital Repository, a leading archive for scientific and medical research data, today announced that they have implemented two-way linking between their respective content.

TheDryad Digital Repository provides facilities for archiving, discovery and accessibilityof data files associated with any published article in the sciences or medicine, as well assoftware scripts and other filesimportant to the article. Dryad is…

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Weekly links for July 29

God plays dice

Brian Hayes on crinkly curves.

Eric Colson at Strata 2013 on Stitch Fix’s clothes recommendation algorithm.

Andrew Gelman at Slate on multiple comparisons

Priceonomics on prisoners and the prisoner’s dilemma.

Neal Wagner has posted preprints of Knuth volume 4A (“Combinatorial Algorithms”).

Randy Zwitch has a tutorial on the scientific programming language Julia.

Patrick Juola wrote a guest post at Language Log on how Robert Galbraith was outed as J. K. Rowling and then Geoff Pullum wrote about Juola; see also the Chronicle (of Higher Ed, not San Francisco). Here’s Juola’s web page and long paper/short book “Authorship Attribution”.

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