- The NSA is recording and storing one billion cellphone calls per day.
- Wow on the diversion of the Bolivian President's flight so his plane could be searched for Edward Snowden. Suddenly Julian Assange doesn't sound so paranoid any more. I think we are all getting an object lesson here in how the world really works, and it's not pretty at all.
- Glenn Greenwald's speech on meeting Snowden worth reading in full.
- Morsi government in Egypt overthrown by military. More unrest in Middle East is not great for the rest of us, but of course the main hope would be for a decent life for the Egyptian people. I'ts very unfortunate that it has come to this.
- And the Oil Drum is closing down for new content. That was where I first started blogging back in 2005. Sad to see it go (though I confess I haven't been a regular reader in a number of years).
Finally, I mentioned the other day that I was using Vienna to read news. It turns out that Vienna was in the background relying on Google Reader in ways that I didn't realize. It totally fell apart and became useless once Google Reader was turned off. Grrr. It may take me a while to have a functioning blog reader set-up again.