links for 2009-09-15

  • From an opinion piece in the Miami Herald written by two former Marines (Charles C. Krulak was commandant of the Marine Corps from 1995 to 1999. Joseph P. Hoar was commander in chief of U.S. Central Command from 1991 to 1994): "We have seen how ill-conceived policies that ignored military law on the treatment of enemy prisoners hindered our ability to defeat al Qaeda. We have seen American troops die at the hands of foreign fighters recruited with stories about tortured Muslim detainees at Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib. And yet Cheney and others who orchestrated America's disastrous trip to “the dark side'' continue to assert — against all evidence — that torture “worked'' and that our country is better off for having gone there."
    (tags: war government)
  • How an official crowd estimate of 70,000 for the conservatives' march on Washington turned into a reported 2 million on some media outlets. Keep in mind that rally/protest numbers in DC are ALWAYS disputed and the holder of the rally always questions the estimate of the whoever's in charge. For that reason the National Park Service stopped providing estimates for the number of people on the National Mall during events, and you'll notice that the 70,000 estimate came from the DC Fire Department. Still, 70k to 2m is a little outrageous.
  • Fred Wilson nails writes about his right to speak his mind on his own blog: "I am not an expert in everything I write about. But that is not going to stop me from speaking my mind about things other than venture capital and web startups. It might annoy or piss some people off. It could even hurt our business because those people are less likely to do business with me or our firm.

    But I've made the decision to put myself out there, speak my mind publicly, and say what I think. And I am going to continue to do it."

    What he said.

    (tags: blog blogs)

  • "State officials are educating public and private solid waste management facilities to separate the banned items from the waste stream before those items arrive at a disposal facility. If necessary, enforcement of the disposal bans will be applied primarily at disposal facilities such as landfills and transfer stations by the N.C. Division of Waste Management. The law does allow for accidental or occasional disposal of small amounts of banned materials. However, starting a recycling program for the banned materials is the simplest and easiest way to ensure compliance."

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