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Stratfor CEO: WikiLeaks ‘makes war more likely’

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Speaking to an audience on Tuesday at this year’s South by Southwest convention, Strategic Forecasting CEO George Friedman suggested that by publishing archives of U.S. diplomatic cables, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks actually “makes war more likely.” And in a surprising claim, Friedman added that his company tended…

Austin police swarm white man for walking with black granddaughter

The Austin Police Department (APD) was unapologetic Wednesday after a swarm of officers detained a white man over the weekend, simply for walking home with his black granddaughter. As it happens, that man was journalist-turned-political consultant Scott Henson, who writes the blog Grits for Breakfast, covering criminal justice reform issues.…

Holder promises close inspection of so-called ‘voter fraud’ measures

At a time when many Republican-run states are making it harder for people to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to break up their game. “The reality is that – in jurisdictions across the country – both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common,” he said…

Cities really are a happy medium

Richard Florida reports on how the trends in what people want from their homes have finally shifted away from bigger and further away from other people towards people wanting to live in more walkable areas. There’s also a rise in people willing to go down in home size for a…

SXSW Day One, Part I

Wednesday got off to an early and magnificent start at a 12:30 show for The Hounds Below at The Hole in the Wall, a venerable Austin institution that is closer to campus than downtown. Since they have a 60s vibe to them, it was the perfect venue—you can see the…

Is it terrorism?

That’s immediately the discussion that’s forming around this situation in Austin. (Which is different from the first question I asked, which is, “Why does Austin and the area around it attract so much hellacious, random violence? The Ft. Hood shootings weren’t that long ago, you know.”) My first inclination was…

Protesters assault bodily autonomy, shopping trip

So I was tipped off by a nice saleslady many months ago about a biannual event called Le Garage Sale, where all the local boutique shops unload their sales merchandise with deep discounts at the Palmer Events Center, and I was determined to make this a regular thing for myself.…

How To Enjoy Austin, TX During Netroots Nation

Ack, I meant to get this up yesterday. There’s a lot of joys in moving (new place, new paint, chance to clean behind the couch), but one of the big drawbacks is packing takes over your life and you can’t blog anymore. I promise, once Netroots Nation is over and…

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