Category Archives: In the News

Stuff we read about that could be fodder for future discussions

Peter Singer on Wikileaks

We’ve been quiet at the Junta lately, preoccupied with summer and its attendant joys. The art event we had planned for June didn’t work out; sorry about that. But it’s only been postponed until fall, when city life gets back to normal – so don’t despair. Meanwhile, here’s a thoughtful piece from Peter Singer in […]

There’s no such thing as silence

I thought this New Yorker story was apt, given some of our earlier discussions around here. They’ve put the full story behind the paywall, but I’ll share it here with you, friend, in case you missed it: Read on: John Cage: Searching for Silence

Jailbreaking is officially legal

Thanks to the efforts of the good folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it’s now official: you can do what you want with your own devices. Apple argued in this jailbreaking case that copyright law prevents people from installing unapproved programs on iPhones. But the EFF successfully argued that making a phone interoperable amounts to […]

The Anti-Capitalist

Can capitalism survive the present trauma? Yes, of course.” But, Harvey explains, it can only do so at a terrible price. The mass of the people will be required “to give generously of their fruits of labour to those in power, to surrender many of their rights and their hard-won asset values (in everything from […]

Junta Justification

The latest psychology strikes a blow against reality TV, but it shows some evidence in favor of what we’re doing at the Junta. From the journal Psychological Science: Well-Being Is Related to Having Less Small Talk and More Substantive Conversations Is the happy life characterized by shallow, happy-go-lucky moments and trivial small talk, or by […]

CIA Dosed a French Village with Acid

Wow. Via Boing Boing, H.P. Albarelli Jr claims the CIA sprayed liquid LSD over the air and spiked the bread supply of Pont-Saint-Esprit, a village in southern France, in 1951. From the Telegraph: One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother. […]

The Effectiveness of Sanctions

WNYC carried a story this morning about American companies doing business in Iran. While technically it is illegal under American law for companies to deal with Iran, business successfully lobbied to be allowed to subvert the embargo by using their foreign subsidiaries. This is how, for example, Honeywell is able to sell Iran technology to […]