Lawrence Lessig interviews Jack Abramoff on corruption in Washington

It seems there was a public interview of Jack Abramoff by Lawrence Lessig under the banner of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at HLS, of which Lessig is the director.

There are two nice write-ups with pictures and quotes. There is also a video of the interview. 🙂

Internet Finds: Mijn moskee is top

“Mijn moskee is top” is a funny (as in unfamiliar 😉 ) show broadcast by the NPO where they visit mosques around the Netherlands and try to give an insight into the their respective communities and let them explain why they think their mosque is “top”. 🙂

The nice thing is, you can catch old episodes on Uitzending Gemist (the NPO’s web portal for already broadcast programs). 😀 The downside is, to do so, they expect you to have Silverlight (really bad 🙁 ), but also offer Flash as an alternative (less bad, but still).

Internet Finds: Der Krieg der Banken gegen das Volk

FAZ.net: Oligarchie der Finanz – Der Krieg der Banken gegen das Volk

03.12.2011 · Es gibt einen Weg, wie der Euro gerettet werden kann: Man muss nur der Europäischen Zentralbank erlauben, das zu tun, wofür Notenbanken gegründet worden sind: Geld drucken.

Wenn der Euro kollabiert, dann deswegen, weil verschuldete Staaten der Eurozone Geld bezahlen müssen, das sie sich borgen müssen und nicht durch die Notenbank beschaffen können. Im Gegensatz zur amerikanischen und britischen Zentralbank, die Geld drucken und das Land vor der Insolvenz bewahren können, hat die EZB diese Möglichkeit nicht – dafür sorgen die deutsche Verfassung und der Vertrag von Lissabon.

Internet Finds: Radio silence puts subs on nuclear alert

If you are the captain of a British nuclear submarine, how do you find out if your home country is still there?

Secret orders to the captains say that these deadly instructions are to be opened and acted upon only if the submarine cannot tune in to Radio 4’s Today programme for a given number of consecutive days. That is a reliable sign that Britain has been hit by a nuclear attack.

and then what?

Reports suggest that the Prime Minister’s letter, written just days after he won the 1997 election, offers the submarines four options: to put the vessels under US command, to make their way to Australia, to launch a nuclear strike against the enemy or to use their own judgement.

and this is what the foreign secretary has to say:

“Perhaps it’s a not so subtle bid by the BBC to increase the licence fee to pay the electricity bill.”

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Manchester Evening News: Radio silence puts subs on nuclear alert