The US government and Pentagon are involved in trying to get WikiLeaks shut down, in part due to its "documents which embarrass the U.S. Government: information which, as they put it, 'could be manipulated to provide biased news reports or be used for conducting propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, perception management, or influence operations against the U.S. Army by a variety of domestic and foreign actors.'" Read about it here.
Recently, nihilistic_kid pointed at this post about Steve Perry, whose name you won't know but whose work many of you have read or watched, particularly if you ever saw an episode of Thundercats. He's ill with cancer, no insurance, the usual clusterfuck. This Orlando Sentinel article paints a somewhat rosier picture, but while he's better off than he was - he's no longer sleeping in his car - he's still in a spot.
A few people on my friendslist were talking about the first recognition of a genderless person in Australia; the government changed their minds and invalidated the already-issued documents.
Please enjoy this Canadian foreign policy blog I just discovered. I haven't had a chance to read much of it yet, but skimming it seemed interesting.
My arms are continuing to improve, but I'm heading into spring and my heavy playing season! Despite this, after Norwescon, I'm hoping to start following economics more closely again.