Watch live as Edward Snowden speaks via satellite video at SXSW Interactive starting at 11 a.m. CST.
I watched a Pixar executive on the red carpet kvelling to an interviewer about the gross earnings of Pixar/Disney’s Frozen: Right before the Academy Awards, the film crossed the billion dollar mark in earnings.
This transported me into a reverie about the vault of super-8 films that Walt Disney supposedly made to direct the company for generations from beyond the grave.
(Numbers count down from 8 in a jumpy sequence of bullseye targets. Walt Disney flickers onscreen in a dark boardroom to the rattle of yellowing celluloid. He is seated casually on his mahogany desk in a grey flannel suit, addressing Camera One).
Now that America is so prosperous that nobody needs to physically work anymore, and all citizens are gliding in a delightful orbit on the convex halo of luminous rails around my Holy Matterhorn in our clean, magnetic, gravity-defying Ladybug sport-trams, perhaps we may persuade the Academy Awards to devote this year’s celebration to the spirit of noblesse oblige.
During an investor meeting to address the future of GameStop, GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines accidentally left his microphone on while expressing surprise that people still actually want to work there.
After giving a speech to investors ensuring them that GameStop will adapt to the rise of the digital age, Raines retreated to the backstage where president Tony Bartel and CFO Robert A. Lloyd were waiting for him. Unaware that his microphone was still on, Raines then questioned why people want to work at GameStop.
“I’ve been to hundreds of our stores and I have the same thought every time I walk in those front doors: why do people want to work here?” said Raines over the laughter of Bartel and Lloyd, “No really, why? I know the economy is bad, but there are definitely better places to work. Our stores seem to attract some of the worst shoppers, but that’s a given considering we work with video games.”
The people of Hong Kong could face “disastrous” consequences if it adopts full democracy based on foreign models. Instead, Hong Kong must carry out democratic reform based on its own laws, warned Zhang Dejiang, chairman of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), amid intense political debate on elections for the chief executive of the former British colony in 2017
At present, Hong Kong’s government is governed by the Basic Law, which was adopted before the former’s British crown colony returned to mainland China in 1997, and which will remain in force until 2047.
Under the law, elections to the Legislative Council require a complicated series of steps that ensure a large number of seats for functional constituencies, which are close to the mainland.
Marking International Womens Day 1975, the feminist magazine Spare Rib reported: ‘4,000 women marched through London’s East End.' Photograph: Red Women's Workshop
A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Pompeo, published an open letter to South by Southwest Interactive conference organizers on Friday demanding that they rescind their invitation to Edward Snowden.
Pompeo, R-Kan., said he was “deeply troubled” by the scheduled video appearance of Snowden, whom he described as lacking the credentials to authoritatively speak on issues pertaining to “privacy, surveillance, and online monitoring.”
Snowden is scheduled to speak by video conferencing on Monday at 11 a.m. CT with Christopher Soghoian, a privacy advocate and principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, who will be onstage at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Moderated by Ben Wizner, the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, Snowden is expected to answer audience questions.
Maybe this is how the “war on terror” ends.
Since entering his second term, President Obama has signaled his desire to close out a foreign-policy era that he believes has drained America’s economic resources and undermined its democratic ideals. But it hasn’t been easy. Partly, Obama remains wedded to some of the war on terror’s legally dubious tools—especially drone strikes and mass surveillance. And just as importantly, Obama hasn’t had anything to replace the war on terror with. It’s hard to end one foreign-policy era without defining a new one. The post-Cold War age, for instance, dragged on and on until 9/11 suddenly rearranged Americans’ mental map of the world.
Now Russia may have solved Obama’s problem. Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine doesn’t represent as sharp a historical break as 9/11 did, but it does offer the clearest glimpse yet of what the post-war on terror era may look like. To quote Secretary of State John Kerry, what comes after the war on terror is the “19th century.”