Interesting piece in the NYT about the documentary filmmaker who has played a pivotal role in the Snowden saga, Laura Poitras: Never heard of her? That’s by design: She’s as publicity shy as her colleague Glenn Greenwald is publicity seeking, but she was the person who actually answered Snowden’s anonymous leak offer initially and was […]
About Betty Cracker
Florida woman, boxer wrangler and football hooligan currently deep-fat frying something in a humid swamp somewhere.
Entries by Betty Cracker
Christina Bianco sings cheesy 80s song as multiple divas: The great TBogg is hanging up his spurs. His timeless classic, “Your Mumia sweatshirt won’t get you into heaven anymore,” will live on. Please feel free to discuss whatever. H/T: Gawker
He’s holding a news conference right now, talking about proposals to balance security and privacy, greater transparency, etc. Link to streaming coverage.
Via Gawker: Embassy-Closing Terror Plot Uncovered on Al Qaeda Conference Call For the first time in history, a group of managers were able to sit down and prepare for a major project on a conference call. It’s just that all the managers were al Qaeda managers, and the major project was a terrorist attack. A […]
Scoff if you must (and some of you will), but this blog is a community of sorts, and many of us have had a tough time lately. One thing that continues to amaze me, not just at Balloon Juice but in life generally, is the range and diversity of how people deal with anger, sorrow […]
First: God, or rather his alleged representative on earth: As a colander-carrying Pastafarian, I’m only interested in the religious beliefs of others as an anthropological exercise or mode of self-defense (knowledge being power and all) and care about the Catholic Church only insofar as some of its hierarchy seek to use political influence to restrict […]
Interesting article at Buzzfeed (yes, I know) on why Putin is transforming Russia into a homophobia hub. Putin’s fondness for orchestrating shirtless, macho photo-ops that would be ideal for the cover of a romance novel (if you Photoshopped a more handsome head onto that ripped, well-preserved body) has led to speculation that Putin has latency […]