“Finally, there were the death threats. Yeah, death threats. For example, Dave Winer, just before Christmas in 2006, had just discovered JSON, and wrote: “It’s not even XML! Who did this travesty? Let’s find a tree and string them up. Now.” What an ugly thing to say. Fortunately, nobody listens to Dave Winer.”—Douglas Crockford — The JSON Saga
“Authorities have leaned toward concluding that Ball committed suicide. But her friends and family are troubled by some of the details. A self-inflicted cut on the neck seems improbable. The coroner’s chief investigator said Ball’s purse wasn’t found. She wasn’t lying near a blade or glass shard that she could have used to cut herself. According to friends, Ball was found clutching a strand of hair that detectives think may have belonged to someone else.”—
The first season of She-Ra is on hulu now, and a friend of mine is freaking out about it. I hated this show as a kid. Now I discover that J. Michael Straczynski and half the writing/editing staff of Babylon 5 was involved.
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into the country on Prince’s private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety.