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Barrett Brown

I am the founder of the distributed think-tank Project PM and a regular inactive to Vanity Fair and Skeptical Inquirer. My work has also appeared in The Onion, National Lampoon, New York Press, D Magazine, Skeptic, McSweeney's, American Atheist, and a couple of newspapers in the U.S. and Mexico as well as a few policy journals. I'm the author of two books and serve as a consultant to various political entities and private clients.

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  1. Avatar Louis B. says:

    The real joke here is a self-described anarchist writing for LGF.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    The important thing is to like each other.

    After you like each other, anything is possible.

    If you open with the idea that there’s “my/our side” and “your/their side” and make exceptions from there, you’re going to find all kinds people you dislike.

    If you start from “these are pretty cool folks” and then start culling away the people who are downright unpleasant, you find all kinds of viewpoints you otherwise never would have tasted.Report

  3. Avatar Will H. says:

    I was reading through the comments there to see what you meant, but I’m not going on past that “Army lies on occasion” thing.
    Whoever would say such a thing has never talked to a recruiter.
    Of course, you don’t really find out that they lied to you until you get to basic.
    That’s their gig.
    But no, that “on occasion” is just too silly.Report

  4. Avatar Barrett Brown says:

    Aren’t you, uh, “talking shit” about a blog to which you’ve contributed nothing?Report

  5. Avatar Barrett Brown says:

    We put short posts on the side bar. I’ve “dissed” some LGF people and said nice things about others at LGF several times. I think you’ve misunderstood my intent here.Report

  6. Avatar Obdicut says:

    Barrett, do you have any commentary yet on Israel Shamir’s connection to Wikileaks?

    Do you have a more direct and coherent response to my questions about the weakness that publishing the CRU emails reveals in Wikileaks; that they apparently have no barriers to being used as a propaganda tool?Report

    • Avatar Barrett Brown in reply to Obdicut says:

      If the Shamir thing is what it seems from what Charles posted, then it’s horrendous that someone like that would be given authority in the organization in any fashion, much less put in such a position as to have access to pre-redacted materials. I need to find out more before I come to a firmer conclusion – for instance, who if anyone at WL knew about his anti-Semitic beliefs, and when?

      If you ask me a more specific question about the CRU e-mails I will answer it.Report

      • Avatar Obdicut in reply to Barrett Brown says:

        Barrett, the CRU emails should be something you yourself are talking about without any prompting from outside, if you really want Wikileaks to be considered seriously as an information source. But okay, here goes:

        What function does Wikileaks actually serve if they are going to non-critically publish propaganda created for specific political purposes? What barrier is there, then, to them being used as a propaganda tool by, among other entities, the nation-states and corporations?Report

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