The Friday Find

I heard this classical percussion piece on the way to work this morning on Boston’s classical radio station… it’s pretty fantastic.

Urban city planning is always cool…

British reporters are always exuberantly enthusiastic and fun to watch… I love the way he says “industrial” at the end. So British.
Courtesy Gizmodo: Helsinki’s Underground Shadow City

U.S. News

Clearly following Obama’s State of the Union focus on importance of education and the role of teachers in our society, the school board in Providence, Rhode Island votes to terminate all of its 1,926 teachers. Hmmm yes.
The Providence Journal: Board votes to dismiss all Providence teachers

The Big Story coming out of Rollingstone…
Another Runaway General Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

Money Quotes:

The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department’s own definition, psy-ops – the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors – are supposed to be used exclusively on “hostile foreign groups.” Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a “propaganda rider” that also prohibits such manipulation. “Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans,” says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s what you learn on day one.”

“Propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors”… could also describe the media blitz over WMD in the run-up to the Iraq War. But, I think it’s a valid point. Propaganda and tactics of persuasion have usually been required to push a democratic population toward the prospect of war. If the military can do it to our elected leaders, they can certainly do it to us.

And finally – a sweet new ad from Mercedes-Benz…

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