Erschienen am 20.12.2012

While Report on CIA Abuse Stays Secret, Senators Blast Tinseltown Torture (Wired)
„So the report that could settle the debate about torture won’t settle the debate about torture until the self-interested parties who’ve stymied accountability for torture decide it’s safe to settle the debate about torture.“

Arrests Made in Maple Syrup Theft From Quebec Warehouse (
Ian Austen: „It was an inside job of sorts. Thieves with access to a warehouse and a careful plan loaded up trucks and, over time, made off with $18 million of a valuable commodity. The question is what was more unusual: that the commodity in question was maple syrup, or that it came from something called the global strategic maple syrup reserve, run by what amounts to a Canadian cartel.“ (via klischka)

Writing Under Surveillance (The Pangrammaticon)
Thomas Basbøll: „I think that mindset is totalitarian. It says something about what the Internet has done to how we (or at least I) feel about writing.“

McObjet a (Ian Bogost)
„Each year, the McRib returns for a brief visit to Earth. Its arrival elicits reactions ranging from horror to awe. No matter the tenor, each response’s inspiration is the same: this would-be rib sandwich is really a restructured pork patty pressed into the rough shape of a slab of ribs, its slathering of barbecue sauce acting as a camouflage as much as a coating.“

Tor: An Anonymous, And Controversial, Way to Web-Surf (Wall Street Journal)
„Mr. Weber says the porn isn’t his. But it might have come through his computers as the unavoidable cost of serving as a volunteer for the fast-growing Tor network. ‚Sure it’s bad“ that Tor can be used by criminals, he says, but ‚there is nothing I or the Tor Project can do.'“