• The U.S. embassy in Moscow explained the arrangements in Russia like so: Vladimir Putin is Batman and Dmitry Medvedev is Robin
• Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini described the leaks as "the September 11th of world diplomacy
• The Daily Mail says that the leaks include an 'unflattering assessment' of the governing coalition
in the U.K. The U.S. administration holds it in low regard
, says the BBC.
• The BBC also reports that Wikileaks remains down due to an ongoing denial of service attack
• The White House has fresh condemnation
of the disclosures.
• El Pais writes that the U.S. is keeping a close eye on Turkey's 'Islamist' leader Erdogan and believes he has a hidden agenda
• Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. has an extensive network of spies in the German government
that kept it up to speed on Angela Merkel's coalition negotiations. It sees an emergent worldview in the cables
• More from El Pais
: Berlusconi has wild parties, Chavez is isolated, and Gadaffi is worried about fine lines and wrinkles.
After 40 years of trademark threats and general grousing, the Y.M.C.A. (or at least one international branch of it) is embracing the eponymous Village People song, Y.M.C.A.: it’s commissioned a cover version from singer and D.J. Boy George to promote the organization. The decision to embrace the song – along with queerness and marriage equality […]
The Samurai Guitarist brings some Morricone to Michael. (via Laughing Squid)
Somewhere between “hard to believe” and “of course they do” lurks the music, played over massive PA systems in Pyongyang, by the North Korean regime. Here are two important points of comparison: the unsettling Lavender Town locale in Pokemon, which matches North Korea’s oddly melodic eeriness… … and Chicago’s tornado siren, for sheer nightmare terror […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]
The Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones are far more than your run of the mill Bluetooth earbuds. While the earpiece design makes these earbuds ideal for exercise and activity, and passive noise cancelling is conducive to a more serene listening experience, these buds go well beyond just playing music.First of all, they can actually […]