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Senate Democrats’ All-Nighter Flags Climate Change - NYTimes.com - “Climate change is real. It’s here,” Mr. Reid said, adding that it was time to stop acting as if those who ignore it “have a valid point of view.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The facts and the mystery - The Source - Latest news and updates from Boston.com
Use of Stolen Passports on Missing Jet Highlights Security Flaw - NYTimes.com
Airline probing report 2 visited cockpit in 2011 (6 mile high club)
Ukraine forms new defense force, seeks Western help | Reuters
Putin’s Man in Crimea Is Ukraine’s Worst Nightmare | TIME.com - Little is known about Sergei Aksyonov, the pro-Russia Crimean leader, who rose from obscurity in a month and who is driving the region toward secession
Indian Maoists kill 16 in attack on police | Reuters - Maoist rebels ambushed police and killed 16 involved in a mine clearing operation in a remote part of eastern India region on Tuesday, police said, as the insurgents demonstrated their strength ahead of a general election next month.
Dianne Feinstein launches scathing attack on CIA over alleged cover-up | World news | theguardian.com - Intelligence committee chair accuses CIA of smear campaign Feinstein alleges CIA broke law and violated constitution CIA director John Brennan denies thwarting investigation ... “This is a defining moment for the oversight role of our intelligence committee ... and whether we can be thwarted by those we oversee,” said Feinstein in a special address on the floor of the the US Senate. (shoes on the other foot dept)
Senate raises 'possibility of a criminal violation by CIA personnel' – live | World news | theguardian.com - Dianne Feinstein lashes into CIA on Senate floor Intelligence chair says CIA invaded Senate computers CIA lawyer filed crimes report against Senate staff Same lawyer was named 1,600 times in secret Senate report CIA director John Brennan denies effort to thwart Senate
Feinstein publicly accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers - latimes.com - "I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles," Feinstein said on the Senate floor. "I am not taking it lightly."
Feinstein says CIA spied on Senate computers - CNN.com - "The CIA did not ask the committee or its staff if the committee had access to the internal review or how we obtained it," Feinstein said in blistering remarks on the Senate floor. "Instead, the CIA just went and searched the committee's computer."
Top Lawmaker Accuses CIA of Illegally Snooping on Senate | TIME.com - Sen. Dianne Feinstein publicly accused the Central Intelligence Agency of illegally spying on Senate staff computer systems being used to investigate Bush-era interrogation practices, escalating a war of words between Congress and the spy agency with an accusation that CIA head John Brennan called "just beyond the scope of reason" ("Bush-era interrogation practices" = "war crimes and torture")
Senator Feinstein Finally Finds Surveillance To Get Angry About: When It Happened To Her Staffers | Techdirt - from the well,-look-at-that dept
Vodafone Germany rolls out SIM Card-based end-to-end Encryption
US Spy Boss to Criminalize Journalists Who Publish Leaked Documents ("we will arrest them all")
Snowden: US helped create loopholes in NZ law - National - NZ Herald News
Supreme Court Must Set Limits on Cell Phone Searches | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Changing Technology Demands New Rules for Police
Chicago PD's Big Data: using pseudoscience to justify racial profiling - Boing Boing
The Disturbingly Curious Case Of Barrett Brown « Palisades Hudson Financial Group
Guantánamo hunger-strikers endure 'water cure' torture, federal court hears | World news | theguardian.com - Lawyers say inmate Emad Hassan has been force-fed 5,000 times as practice gets first legal challenge at US federal level
Guantanamo Now Calls Hunger Strikes “Long-Term Non-Religious Fasts” | VICE News (Obama rabbit-hole(TM))
The First Amendment vs. death penalty secrecy laws : Columbia Journalism Review - In Missouri, it’s against the law to name pharmacies that produce drugs for lethal injections. Two news organizations did so anyway. What happens next? (Freedom! to hide shit)
Soldiers accused of sex assaults denied right to use military conduct in defence | World news | theguardian.com - US Senate unanimously passes bill that also strengthens legal rights for victims of sex crimes in military courts (watered-down Blue-Dog bill)
Cancer Patient Who Blamed Obamacare For 'Unaffordable' Costs Will Actually Save Money - “I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said. (Julie Boonstra, famous on the internets for all eternity for being a big fat liar)
John Stoltzfus Baby Boomers - Business Insider - 11 Reasons Why America's Baby Boomers Don't Have The Money To Retire
Eschaton: Simple Solutions To Simple Problems - I don't agree with the policy predictions (either that they should or (hopefully) will happen), but, yes, the retirement catastrophe is here. If only there were some simple low cost program that could be easily expanded to meet the needs of current and near retirees. Thinking, thinking...
Chris Christie Attornies - Who's Afraid of Bridgegate? Not Preet Bharara - Esquire - It's trench warfare lately on the legal front here in New Jersey - Fishman's in a tough spot. Samson hired Michael Chertoff to defend him, and Chertoff was Fishman's boss for many years when Chertoff was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.
'Sundays Are The Worst' Website Urges Christians To Tip Better - "So while it is statistically false to say that Christians are bad tippers, it is true that Christians are more likely to stiff their servers than people of other religious (or non-religious) bents." (depends on your definition of "bad" and "statistics")
Idiocracy: Oregon allows students to leave school for daily Biblical indoctrination | The Raw Story - Adams spoke about the animals that went aboard, including dinosaurs, and the class ended with a recitation of the 10 Commandments and singing in the church’s chapel. (nice no separation of church and state you have there)
Walmart Gives Anti-Union Manual to Store Managers | TheBlot
A dynamic map beautifully illustrating the USA's territorial history
Colorado Recreational Pot Purchases Add $2 Million to State Revenue | TIME.com - The state of Colorado's collected $2 million in taxes on the approximately $14 million in recreational marijuana sales since the drug was legalized and regulated.
Vaping Is the Fanboy-Charged Future of Cigarettes and Weed | Motherboard
Co-author of stem-cell study 'loses faith' in paper
Canadian student has "out of body experiences" whenever she wants
NASA unveils a gorgeous new gallery of celestial images
'Cosmos' - NASA Images of a Space-Time Odyssey - a set on Flickr
New map reveals the Milky Way's location among the "Council of Giants"
Dark Matter Disk Could Have Killed Dinosaurs, Scientists Say - The authors suggest that as the Sun oscillates up and down, it crosses a denser layer of dark matter — like the ham in the middle — causing a gravitational push and pull that disturbs comets in the Oort cloud.
No, "Planet X" does not exist - One of the reasons for the so-called Nemesis Theory is the apparent observation of periodic mass extinction events on Earth.
NASA discovers 715 new planets - CNN.com
Did good weather lead to the greatest land empire of all time? - The Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous empire in human history. But its meteoric rise and remarkable run might not have happened if it weren't for an uncharacteristic change in weather that brought sustained rainfall and mild warmth for a short period of time.
Touching Men's Sexy Boxer Shorts Activates Brain's Reward System In Women, Study Suggests - Women, more than men, connect sex to emotions.
Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope | Scope Blog - “Foldscope”
Foldscope: Origami based print and fold paper-microscope
Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects
Fat cat traps Oregon family in bedroom and prompts 911 call [VIDEO] - UPI.com - A large Himalayan named Lux had the family trapped.
Nicolas Cage bemoans ‘the advent of the celebutard’ | Death and Taxes - While promoting his role in David Gordon Green’s movie “Joe,” Nicolas Cage told festival circlejerkers at SXSW how “celebutards” are a degradation to Hollywood and that, more or less, President Clinton should have not been indicted on impeachment charges in 1998.
Twittapocalypse! Twitter site implodes, locks out tweeps around the world • The Register - Website falls over, mobile and desktop apps knackered in major outage
Popcorn Time reinvents the seedy process of torrenting | Ars Technica - A pretty Netflix-like app that does bad things to copyrights.
Canadian Movie & Music Pirates to Be ‘Fined’ Without Court Orders
Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific | Environment | theguardian.com - Senior adviser to Tokyo Electric Power says controlled release into sea is much safer than keeping contaminated water on-site
Leaked Emails Expose NRC’s Cover-Up of Safety Concerns Days After Fukushima Disaster | EcoWatch
6.9 quake rattles northern California coast — RT USA
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: search area widened - live updates | World news | theguardian.com - Official says men on stolen passports looked like ‘Balotelli’
Investigators Chase 'Every Angle' In Missing Malaysia Jet
Interpol: Database Not Checked Pre-Malaysia Flight - Interpol said Sunday that no country checked the police agency's database that held information about two stolen passports used to board an ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight.
Why Malaysia Airlines jet might have disappeared - The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.
There is precedent for a jetliner going missing - CNN.com - Embedded in the plane's computers, it tells the airline how the aircraft is performing -- speed, fuel, thrust. "If anything fails, it will send a signal to Malaysia Airlines," Quest said.
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Family of Chinese passenger says mobile phone working
Ukraine crisis is about Great Power oil, gas pipeline rivalry | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | theguardian.com - Resource scarcity, competition to dominate Eurasian energy corridors, are behind Russian militarism and US interference
Russia's Cyber-Weapons Hit Ukraine: How to Declare War Without Declaring War | Alec Ross
US Sends Fighter Jets to Eastern Europe - latimes.com
Arseniy Yatsenyuk Meeting With Obama - Still Doubting Where Obama Stands on Ukraine? - Esquire
Congress Wants to Frack the US to Save Ukraine | Motherboard (drill, baby drill for liberty)
» Blog Archive » Disgusting. Horrifying. - Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot. After being transferred from a hospital in Ramallah to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, they received the news that soccer would no longer be a part of their futures (Israel's war on Palestinan soccer players: disgusting)
? Al Qaeda media arm announces new English language magazine - YouTube - Al Qaeda's media arm as-Sahab released a new video on Sunday teasing the launch of an English-language magazine called "Resurgence."
? Edward Snowden and ACLU at SXSW - YouTube
Snowden has shown the 'huge disparity of surveillance and power', says Gellman | Technology | theguardian.com - Government needs reminding that they work for us, says Pulitzer-winning reporter Barton Gellman, who describes Edward Snowden as ending an era of indifference to surveillance
? Edward Snowden and ACLU at SXSW - YouTube
Why Edward Snowden Chose SXSW For His First Live Video Appearance - Forbes
Snowden: Proposed NSA reforms vindicate my data leaks | Reuters
How ACLU Attorney Ben Wizner Became Snowden's Lawyer - Forbes
Declassify the Senate report on CIA interrogation methods - The Washington Post
CIA Accused Of Spying On Senate Panel Investigating Torture - Lawmakers who OK'd NSA spying now crying foul about CIA monitoring of their activities
The NSA Wants To Spy on Itself | Motherboard
Op-Ed: NSA chief seeks to end free press (Keith Alexander doesn't need your steenking Constitution)
A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown | Motherboard
Arthur Nakamoto: My brother, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto... : Bitcoin
Anonymous hackers uncover alleged proof of MtGox fraud from site’s CEO | Ars Technica - "It’s time MTGOX got the bitcoin communities wrath instead of Bitcoin getting Goxed."
Mt. Gox CEO's blog hacked; alleged Bitcoin balances posted | Internet & Media - CNET News - Hackers claim the data allegedly collected from the exchange's servers shows a disparity in the number of bitcoins deposited versus how many it claims were stolen in a security lapse.
Bitcoin Miner Earning $8 Million a Month
Sister of Kent State Student Slain by National Guard to Testify at UN - The 1970 shooting of unarmed students at Kent State University will for the first time be brought before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva on March 10-14, 2014.
The Big Lie That Haunts the Post-Crash Economy | New Republic - Exposing the big lie of the post-crash economy (and now "you" get austerity for your punishment)
McDonald's says wages could rise - Fast food giant McDonald's has said growing concerns over income inequality may force it to raise its wages.
U.S. Subpoenas Port Authority Records Tied to Chairman, a Christie Ally - NYTimes.com
The Party of Me - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Not only is Nader’s belief that there’s no meaningful distinction between progressive politics and massaging Ralph Nader’s insatiable ego longstanding, so is his conviction that someone like Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush in the White House wouldn’t be so bad, and anyway surely a speculated rise in ineffectual opposition will more than make up for it.
? Massachusetts man arrested after recording police officer in street - YouTube - A Fall River man has been charged with violating the Massachusetts wiretapping statute for recording a police officer talking on his cell phone and cursing while working a street detail. (sue the fuckers into the ground)
The Disgraceful Rejection of Debo Adegbile - Republicans voted against his approval as part of a broader anti-civil rights agenda, but the 7 Democrats who joined them ought to be mortified by their own cowardice. (asshole Blue Dogs)
Primary Colors - A Smarter Way to Primary (dudes, 4 shades of yellow is not the way to do this)
Targeted Democrats » Primary Colors - Below is our full list of House Democrats who are too conservative for their reasonably liberal districts. (and neither is requiring an email to see the list)
Rape kits backlog: Joe Biden announces $35 million to reopen cases | New Republic - It’s one of the most shameful numbers in American law enforcement: According to the Department of Justice, some 400,000 “rape kits” are languishing in evidence lockers across the country because local authorities can’t afford to process them. The kits, some of them dating back to the 1980s, contain DNA evidence that could convict rapists. (not a priority)
Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over 'Boobies' Bracelets - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that wants to prevent students from wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness among young people. (Repubican officials wasted a lot on money on that one because "boobies are lewd")
UCLA Study Links Tweets About 'Sex' and 'Getting High' to Areas With Higher Rates of HIV and Drug Use: LAist
American Transit Ridership Hits 57-Year High | Streetsblog USA - “There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities”
How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser » About the book - Fundamental Fysiks Group,
Avedon's Sideshow: If I had my way I would tear this building down - RIP: Bartcop, aged 60. Not just the blog,* the man*. His real name was Terrence R. Coppage, though we never knew that back then.
16 Ways You Can be Phone Scammed
Forest Heights Middle School teacher accidentally shows a sex pic of herself in class - UPI.com - The Forest Heights Middle School teacher had the picture stored on her iCloud account.
Scores arrested at Massachusetts 'Blarney Blowout' - An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 70 people while dispersing massive crowds, including unruly students throwing beer cans and bottles.
U.S. Court Orders Seizure of "DVD Ripping" Software Domains, Servers and Funds | TorrentFreak - A New York federal court has granted the seizure of several domain names, bank funds and social media accounts belonging to DVD ripping software company DVDFab (that DVD you thought you "bought" ...)
Justin Bieber's twitter Account hijacked, Malicious link tweeted to over 50 Million followers. | TechWorm
Bug in Twitter could allow anyone to read tweets from protected accounts - E Hacker News
100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to Stanford Proposal | Singularity Hub - “The greatest barriers to a conversion are neither technical nor economic. They are social and political,” the AAAS paper concludes.
Vietnam Search Team: Spotted Object Near Oil Slick Area
David Remnick: Will Ukraine Be Putin’s Undoing? : The New Yorker
Robert Gates On Crimea: 'I Do Not Believe That Crimea Will Slip Out Of Russia's Hand' - WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday that he believes Russia will ultimately control Crimea, the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea.
Chinese Officials Claims They Were Violently Tortured By Government
Women protest against proposed Iraq law that would allow marriage of nine-year-old girls | The Raw Story - About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers. (that worked out really well +marital rape)
More about the Pew poll on evolution acceptance « Why Evolution Is True = accepting creationism has become part of Republicans’ “team” or “tribal” identity: very religious Republicans were already mostly creationist for religious reasons, and now less religious Republicans are following for reasons of party solidarity.
Republicans’ views on evolution | Pew Research Center - Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution than did so four years ago
What, if anything, is wrong with the Pew poll on evolution acceptance? « Why Evolution Is True
Tribalism, Biology, and Macroeconomics - NYTimes.com - The point, instead, is that Republicans are being driven to identify in all ways with their tribe — and the tribal belief system is dominated by anti-science fundamentalists.
www.culturalcognition.net - Cultural Cognition Blog - Have Republicans changed views on evolution? Or have creationists changed party? Pew's (half-released) numbers don't add up ...
Pleiotropy: Bill Nye totally won that debate
Religion and Science in Conflict—Scientists are much less religious than other Americans | Iranianredneck's Weblog (why Wyoming just outlawed science teaching)
Spiritual Facts | Triangulations
Wyoming Governor Takes Major Stand Against Modern Science - Wyoming took an unprecedented step this week when the governor approved a budget that would prevent the state from reviewing or funding a new set of science standards that treat climate change as fact.
In Parched California, Town Taps Run Nearly Dry - NYTimes.com
239 feared dead on Malaysia Airlines flight as oil slicks spotted in sea | World news | The Observer - Mystery over Bejing-bound MH370 compounded as diplomats confirm two passengers travelling on stolen passports
Israel cuts off water supply to 45,000 Palestinians (typical)
U.S. Armed Forces Sickened After Fukushima Meltdown Get Help From Online Fundraising - "I put in a claim for radiation exposure," Sebourn said, "and it came back completely denied." (screw our troops)
Libya Threatens To Bomb North Korean Ship If It Exports Seized Oil
Ukraine: Are oligarch appointments at odds with new sense of fairness? | World news | The Observer - Appointment of super wealthy to positions of political power upsets protesters who hoped for new era (your protest was pointless)
Ukrainian authorities suffer new cyber attacks - Yahoo News - Ukraine's top security body said on Saturday that it and the national news agency had been hit by cyber attacks, the latest suffered by state organizations since the start of the crisis over Crimea
President Obama: Grant Edward Snowden Immunity Now | American Civil Liberties Union (sign here)
Julian Assange tells SXSW audience: ‘NSA has grown to be a rogue agency’ | Media | theguardian.com - Wikileaks founder: ‘All of us have to do something’
Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration | TechCrunch (it is slowly becoming apparent that they have Barry's balls in a jar)
Chris Hedges: Our Sinister Dual State - Chris Hedges - Truthdig
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: NSA critics got lucky because agency had no PR strategy | Security & Privacy - CNET News - Though the WikiLeaks founder and critics like Edward Snowden were forced into exile, they took advantage of the previously silent NSA's lack of experience at spinning public opinion, Assange told SXSW.
Behind Clash Between C.I.A. and Congress, a Secret Report on Interrogations - NYTimes.com (nice fair and balanced report +read Truman's warning in comments)
In an apparent violation of the Constitutional separation of powers, the CIA probed the computer network used by investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee to try to learn how the Investigators obtained an internal CIA report related to the detention and interrogation program. : news
CIA Spies On Senate Intelligence Committee In Effort to Block Senate Report On Disastrous CIA Torture Program Washington's Blog
sxsw_letter.pdf - Mike Pompeo (R, Idiot) wants SWSX to "censor" Snowden
I got 30 months in prison. Why does Leon Panetta get a pass? - latimes.com - The Espionage Act should be rewritten to deal with issues of intent and motive, and it should be enforced equally. (Panetta, Brennan and Alexander belong in prison)
Meet CUPID: The Drone That Will Shoot You With an 80,000 Volt Taser
New York Post's Defense Of Notorious Boston Marathon Cover Gets Laughed Out Of Court
Hullabaloo - Stopped clock alert: David Brooks is right. Really right. (Bobo comes out against torture)
Commonwealth Foundation, if you live in a glass house ... : Matt Zencey | PennLive.com - I’d take the whole issue more seriously if Commonwealth Foundation didn’t have its own hand deep in the taxpayer-subsidized well.
Results | Conservative Transparency (the 1% trying to get totally rid of unions)
Eschaton: Unions vs the 1% - all you need to know in one chart)
We Need To Fix The Economy Before This Chart Becomes Our Reality
This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare (classic hedge fund strategy)
Economic Inequality: Why Isn’t There More Outrage? by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - However, the media’s failures only explain a part of the public’s eerie underreaction to the skyrocketing economic inequality we’ve seen over the past several decades. There’s got to be more to the voters’ lack of outrage. I wish I knew what it is.
Oops: The Texas Miracle That Isn’t by Phillip Longman | The Washington Monthly - Conservatives say the Lone Star state’s recent record of growth validates their economic agenda. That record crumbles upon inspection. (it always does)
South Carolina’s anti-gay witch hunt: legislature cuts funds to colleges that teach books by LGBT authors by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - . The South Carolina legislature has taken upon itself to yank funding for public colleges that have assigned books by LGBT authors. (writing while gay no a crime)
The religious right’s 5 most demented persecution fantasies - Salon.com - Anti-Christian oppression takes many forms, apparently: Hipsters. Paperwork. Johnny Weir's wardrobe. (Christian warriors and their delicate fee-fees)
CPAC’s version of ‘Firing Line’: Ann Coulter on the right, Mickey Kaus on the left | The Raw Story
Medical Marijuana Research Is Being Blocked, Scientists Say - Leaf Science
How Not to Make a Hash Out of Cannabis Legalization by Mark Kleiman | The Washington Monthly - Leaving it to the states is a recipe for disaster.
Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too : Shots - Health News : NPR
Hangovers 'don't deter drinkers' - Hangovers neither deter nor encourage more drinking, says the University of Missouri team.
CDC: Antibiotic Overuse Can Be Lethal - WSJ.com - About 36% of patients studied were given the powerful antibiotic vancomycin without testing or for too long, the report found.
Breast cancer isn't sexy. Nipnominate's cleavage shots trivialise a devastating illness | Daisy Buchanan | Comment is free | theguardian.com
Epiphenom: Hell and happiness - Believing in hell seems to make people unhappy.
Pentagon: Climate change enables terrorism — RT USA (so people like Rush Limbaugh and the Kochs who enable climate change are?)
China’s desperate need for water is forcing the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people - Quartz
Climate change could mean more malaria in Africa, study says | Environment | theguardian.com - First hard evidence that malaria creeps to higher elevations during warmer years, study of South America and Africa finds
New Government Report Warns of 'Cascading System Failures' Caused By Climate Change
Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people - Yahoo News UK
Erdogan sounds social media ban warning - Europe - Al Jazeera English - Turkish PM says YouTube and Facebook among networks in crosshairs as online leaks fan flames of corruption scandal.
Gang Rape Survivor In India Gang Raped Again While In Police Protection - The two police officers in charge of protecting the woman were eating dinner when it happened.
Venezuela protests: two dead in barricades clash | World news | theguardian.com - Motorcyclist and officer die in Caracas shooting as President Maduro calls protesters 'vandals who hate the people'
'Sarkozy phone was bugged' after rumours Gaddafi funded campaign | World news | The Guardian - Claims of phone tapping described by former French president's lawyer as 'monstrous' violation of his client's legal rights
Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Jong Un's Number Two Man, Reappears After Mysterious Absence
Israeli drones to patrol Brazilian skies during World Cup - Business Israel News | Haaretz - Drones join tanks, remote-controlled robots, thermal cameras and other security measures to be deployed by federal government.
Italy's Public Prosecutor Orders ISPs To Block Dozens Of 'Pirate' Websites Just Because He Said So | Techdirt - from the wave-that-magic-wand dept
Qatar, Bahrain, UAE ban “Noah” film; Al Azhar says it violates Islam : Jihad Watch
Eschaton: Cutting Their Way To Prosperity - Austerity can never fail, it can only be failed ... All that suffering, because Osborne prefers sadism to economic growth.
Heating up: Job creation accelerates in February - Economists polled by Reuters expected the U.S. economy to have created 149,000 jobs in February, up from 129,000, which was revised higher from 113,000.
Russia's Vladimir Putin Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
Putin Rebuffs Obama As Ukraine Crisis Escalates
Crimea Military Post Taken Over By Russians
McClatchyDC.com - Ukrainians say there’s no military way to stop Russia from absorbing Crimea
Ukraine Liveblog Day 18: Moscow and Washington Are Far Apart on Crimea | The Interpreter
Hackers Join In the Struggle for Crimea | The Interpreter
Armed men confiscate AP equipment in Crimea - Armed men in Crimea's capital city have confiscated equipment from Associated Press employees and contractors working there.
EU leaders draw up plans to send gas to Ukraine if Russia cuts off supply | Business | theguardian.com - Europe braced for possible battle with Moscow after Gazprom threatens to cut off gas supply if Ukraine does not pay bill
updated : jail them !before they kill … and kill … and kill again | robinlea - If they cannot be jailed by the dysfunctional system of injustice in our USSA, move on to the Hague. Or what are we … you and I … going to say to the families of all the innocents these two murderers will kill between now and doomsday ? What can we say to the 2500 or so they’ve killed already ?
McClatchyDC.com - FBI probing alleged removal of documents from CIA by Senate staffers
Operation Stall | emptywheel - My favorite part of this passage, though, is that contractors are helping choose with documents CIA’s overseers are allowed to see. Because contractors should surely have more visibility into what the CIA does than CIA’s overseers, right? (another twisty Obama rabbit-hole + the CIA is the covert action arm of the Presidency or the other way around)
NSA chief says legislation to stop media leaks is only weeks away | The Daily Caller - Gen. Keith Alexander told a cybersecurity panel Tuesday that the “media leaks legislation” he proposed to prevent journalists from reporting on government surveillance programs like those leaked by Edward Snowden could be here within weeks. (Obama to criminalize journalism)
Minstry of Truth: Russia Drafts Law That Targets Journalists as Terrorists
vjhvekoen1ww.pdf - I would like to thank the European Parliament for the invitation to provide testimony for your inquiry into the Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens. The suspicionless surveillance programs of the NSA, GCHQ, and so many others that we learned about over the last year endanger a number of basic rights which, in aggregate, constitute the foundation of liberal societies. (Snowden statement to EU)
Snowden Gives Testimony To European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance, Asks For EU Asylum | Techdirt - from the impressive,-as-ever dept
Snowden to EU: NSA Spying distracts from real threats | TheHill
Daniel Ellsberg: Obama Should Say 'Thank You Edward Snowden' -- Fusion.
Glenn Greenwald: Raving Leftist | FrontPage Magazine - Although Wilentz never comes out and says it directly, the reader is left with the distinct impression that he believes neo-communist Greenwald shouldn’t be considered a member-in-good-standing of the Left. In fact, Wilentz seems to insinuate that Greenwald is an extreme right-winger at heart, a proposition that cannot survive serious scrutiny.
Guardian to Make Management Changes - NYTimes.com - The Guardian will make broad changes among its most senior editors this year, the newspaper said Thursday, announcing that Janine Gibson, the editor in chief of its operations in the United States, will return to London.
Propaganda, or the other side of the story? | the first casualty. - At around 5 PM on Wednesday afternoon, RT (formerly Russia Today) anchor Liz Wahl decided to call it quits on-air, accusing the channel of “[whitewashing] the actions of Putin.”
Teju Cole: By the Book - NYTimes.com - require the president to read one book? (he's a murderer, more literature won't help)
Snowden: I raised NSA concerns internally over 10 times before going rogue
Snowden: Spy Services of EU Member States Independently Hawk Domestic Access to NSA, GCHQ | The Dissenter
Lawmaker asks SXSW to withdraw Snowden invite | TheHill - Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who has denounced Snowden’s leak of hundreds of thousands of NSA documents, said his appearance via webcast would undermine the “fairness and freedom” the event is meant to promote.
CIA: We Only Spied On Senate Intelligence Committee Because They Took Classified Documents That Prove We're Liars | Techdirt - from the good-luck-with-that dept (DiFi looking increasingly complicit)
Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt - On the 23 of June, 2011 a secret five hour meeting took place between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was under house arrest in rural UK at the time and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. - JA: Tor or Thor? ES: Yeah, actually I mean Tor. Uh... JA: And Odin as well.
Court blocks government's request to keep NSA phone records longer than five years | The Verge
How the Military Uses Twitter Sock Puppets to Control Debate and Suppress Dissent — Medium - Is Your New Little Friend on Twitter an NSA analyst?
The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously. - The Intercept
The NSA Has An Internal Office Advice Columnist And Yes, She's An Inconsistent Hypocrite Too | Techdirt - from the spy-versus-spy dept
Free Barrett Brown — Comment on the government's motion to dismiss - The charges against Barrett Brown for linking were flawed from the very beginning. In response to a rigorous legal challenge mounted by his defense, the government has finally recognized it and signaled that this is a battle they don’t want to fight. (but they overprosecuted because they can)
Man Said to Create Bitcoin Denies It - ABC News - The denial came after Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story claiming Nakamoto is the person who wrote the computer code underpinnings of bitcoin.
Bitcoin Creator Returns To Internet To Say, 'I Am Not Dorian Nakamoto' - Forbes
REAL Satoshi Nakamoto denies being Dorian Nakamoto : Bitcoin - It's like Jesus himself posted on /r/catholic.
If you believe the report about Satoshi Nakamoto's identity look at this : Bitcoin
The Daily Dot - Massive Bitcoin fundraiser under way for Dorian Nakamoto
The Daily Dot - A history of people misidentifying Satoshi Nakamoto
Satoshi Nakamoto Is Whoever You Want Him to Be | Motherboard
UPDATE 2-Man called Bitcoin's father denies ties, leads LA car chase | Reuters
Satoshi Nakamoto's Page - P2P Foundation
Drone operators free to operate commercially in U.S. airspace, rules federal judge - Blog - Drone Hire - The long stand-off between commercial drone operators and the FAA has just taken an extraordinary twist: A federal judge has rejected the FAA’s ban as unenforceable, ruling that commercial use of drones in the United States is unequivocally legal. (game change; champagne in Bezos' office)
FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns | TechCrunch
Kirsten Gillibrand’s sexual assault bill derailed - Darren Samuelsohn and Juana Summers and Anna Palmer - politico.com (Dems kill it +Cruz voted in favor)
The Pentagon's shameful culture of sexual assault can still be uprooted | Elise Collins Shields | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s bill failed, but when we start over, let’s start at the very beginning: the military academies
Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act blocked in Senate vote
College Grads Taking Low-Wage Jobs Displace Less Educated - Bloomberg
Teju Cole: By the Book - NYTimes.com - require the president to read one book
JPMorgan whistleblower gets $63.9 million in mortgage fraud deal | Reuters
After pledging transparency, PBS hides details of new deal with billionaire owner of NewsHour | PandoDaily
Expanded Thoughts — How Working In Washington Taught Me We're All A Little Like RT America - One of the controversial topics that was very constrained in our writing at ThinkProgress in 2009 was Afghanistan. CAP had decided not to protest Obama’s surge, so most our writing on the topic was simply neutral — we weren’t supposed to take a strong stand.
Podesta is grilled over e-mail | TheHill - In a March 9 e-mail, David Sirota, a fellow at CAP, accused 16 pro-business Democrats of supporting bankruptcy-reform legislation because they received political contributions from the commercial banks and credit-card companies that stand to benefit if the legislation becomes law.
Ex-Chris Christie Aide Fights Order To Give Up Records - A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in legal papers that there's a "real and substantial threat" of self-incrimination if she gives state lawmakers records they have requested from her as they look into a political payback scandal involving Christie's office.
These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners (freedom to be stupid and bigoted)
Somebody Is Stealing Children To Put In Paul Ryan Speeches!
Massachusetts OKs bill outlawing 'upskirt' photos - The legislation says anyone who "photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils" another person's sexual or intimate parts without that person's consent would face a misdemeanor charge and a maximum penalty of two-and-a-half years in jail and a $5,000 fine. (and just how far up a leg is the "sexual" part?)
State Police: Man in custody shoots and kills self | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana - . White was taken into custody, handcuffed behind his back, and transported to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office for processing," Hammons said.
Three Latino Police Officers Awarded $3.5 Million Over Racial Discrimination: LAist
Fun and Games With Stratfor: APD and DPS collaborated with private 'geopolitical intelligence firm' – including bomb demonstrations and undercover surveillance - News - The Austin Chronicle - APD and DPS collaborated with private 'geopolitical intelligence firm' – including bomb demonstrations and undercover surveillance
APNewsBreak: FBI investigates prison company
'Sluts Are Just Whores In Training,' And Other Wisdom Offered By A Sitting Arkansas Judge | ThinkProgress (just look at this asshole's face)
Teen shot by Miami Beach police Taser died of accidental cardiac arrest - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com - A young graffiti artist shot by a Miami Beach police Taser stun gun died of heart failure from the “energy device discharge,” authorities said Thursday.
Four Correction Officers Charged With Beating Rikers Prisoner: Gothamist
Touring the marijuana facility growing plants to save children’s lives | Al Jazeera America
w Police: Tampa family sickened by meat laced with LSD - FOX 13 News - The family bought the bottom round steak at the Walmart on 1501 N. Dale Mabry in Tampa, police said.
? BIG BANG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU - YouTube
The Daily Dot - 2 million Facebook users tried to see their friends naked and got a virus instead
NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's east kills 5 Afghan soldiers - BNO News - Five Afghan soldiers were “accidentally” killed Thursday when the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) carried out an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. It is likely to further anger the country’s president who has refused to sign a security agreement with the United States.
Ukraine crisis: Obama says Crimea referendum would 'violate international law' – live | World news | theguardian.com - Crimean parliament votes to join Russia ‘A farce’, says Ukrainian acting president
LIVE: Ukraine crisis: Crimean Russia vote - Crimean parliament asks to join Russia and plans referendum in 10 days' time on endorsing the move
White House Imposes Visa Restrictions On Some Russians And Crimeans As Obama Authorizes Sanctions (that's gotta hurt)
Are Russia's Security Agencies At War (With Each Other)? / ISN - While the SKR and FSB seem to be cooperating against the MVD, they are nevertheless competitors on other fronts
? RT's Abby Martin says there is no difference between American "corporate media" and RT - YouTube
Bustler: Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg to design July 22 Memorial sites in Norway
US Embassy and Godaddy conspire to censor dissenting Mexican political site - Boing Boing
Outrage as 500 fatcat bankers take home bonuses of £1million - Daily Record - BARCLAYS and Lloyds made more millionaires than Camelot last year – shelling out 508 mega-bonuses to swell the bulging accounts of bankers.
Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report? | The Dissenter (DiFi: "never")
Twitter / YourAnonNews: 'I am deeply dismayed that ... - some members of the Senate have decided to make spurious allegations" - John Brennan, professional liar
US prosecutors drop hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown • The Register - A little sanity returns to the world (BB still faces 70 yr sentence for calling FBI agent "cocksucker")
In defence of Julian Assange | Books | The Guardian - Julian Assange's publisher writes about his experience of working with the much-criticised WikiLeaks founder
Andrew O’Hagan · Ghosting: Julian Assange · LRB 6 March 2014 (they always focus on "personality")
A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry | BetaBoston
Security Firms Don't Think Snowden's Leaks Have Dulled Their Tools | Motherboard
NYC Drone Artist Cleared of Charges | Arts & Culture - Attia faced five charges, three of which were felonies, and 56 counts for possessing a forged instrument. Attia faced possible jail time.
Political Prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway Released After 44 Years - Scores of former Black Panthers are serving virtual life sentences in prison, largely the result of the efforts of J. Edgar Hoover, who ordered his FBI in the 1960s and '70s to target the Black Panther Party - as revealed by the 1977 Church Committee Senate hearings.
The Senate Decides Being A Lawyer Disqualifies You From Holding A Legal Post - Lawyers hoping for a political appointment in the future, take note: the U.S. Senate is now judging attorneys based on their representation of politically unpopular clients. (fuck the Dems who blocked this)
Senate Blocks Obama Civil Rights Nominee For Representing Death Row Inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Face Behind Bitcoin - Newsweek - Satoshi Nakamoto stands at the end of his sunbaked driveway looking timorous. And annoyed.
Chris Christie Paul Fishman - How Far Will U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman Go In The Christie Case? - Esquire - Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, the man in charge of prosecuting him, make a strange Tale of the Tape
Ohio judge dubs Greenpeace protest stunt reckless - CSMonitor.com - Nine Greenpeace activists were charged with burglary and vandalism Tuesday after using a zip line to unfurl giant banners from P&G's headquarters in downtown Cincinnati. A judge chastised the activists, saying they put people in danger.
Sanjay Gupta: "I am doubling down" on medical marijuana - Boing Boing
Researchers Are Working On 'Curing' Dozens Of Babies Born With HIV | ThinkProgress
Two Texas Reproductive Health Clinics Close, a Harbinger of a Coming Access Crisis
Bigotry is not all bad things - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Henry Farrell’s reply to Conor Friedersdorf’s mess of a column this morning. But I want to highlight one particularly clueless passage: (clueless Catholic Libertarian)
Brooklyn Rabbi, Teacher Charged With Distributing Child Pornography « CBS New York
We've gone too far with 'trigger warnings' | Jill Filipovic | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Universities and blogs do students no favors by pretending that every piece of offensive content comes with a warning sign (helicoptering their delicate fee-fees)
Russell Crowe film ‘Noah’ edited to appease Christians upset by ‘historical inaccuracies’ | The Raw Story (yeah, you read that right)
Classic paintings of world cities meet Google Street View – in pictures | Cities | theguardian.com
Are e-cigarettes a tobacco product? L.A. regulation called 'short-sighted.' (+video) - CSMonitor.com - The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to prohibit e-cigarettes wherever regular tobacco products are banned. Supporters of the e-cigarette industry say such laws are premature.
E-cigarettes are all the rage with kids these days: What else to do but panic?
Apple loses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphone sales | Reuters - over various smartphone features patented by Apple, such as the use of fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen, as well as design elements such as the phone's flat, black glass screen. ("fingers" and "a flat screen" were patented)
How Snapchat imitator Puffchat managed to do everything wrong | ZDNet - Early this week Snapchat imitator Puffchat threatened a hacker for disclosing serious security holes and fallacies in the app's privacy claims. As expected, things aren't going well for Puffchat's arrogant founder.
Global Warming Slows Antarctica's Coldest Currents - Scientific American - The deep, salty currents that carry oxygen and nutrients to the ocean depths have been disappearing over the past few decades
Sydney Opera House and Statue of Liberty 'will be lost to sea level rise' | Environment | theguardian.com - Nearly one-fifth of world cultural heritage sites would be affected by global warming of a further 3C, scientists warn - nearly one-fifth of the planet's 720 world heritage sites will affected as ice sheets melt and warming oceans expand.
Documents Show Australia Ignored Expert Advice Against Dredge and Dump in Great Barrier Reef | EcoWatch - Last December the Australian Federal government gave the go-ahead to dredge and dump in the Great Barrier Reef. It did so despite strong, expert advice from the independent authority charged with protecting the reef that it was dangerous to the reef’s health.
Michigan Oil Spill Protest May Land These 3 Women In Prison - Three women each face up to two years in prison for protesting the replacement of an oil pipeline in western Michigan responsible for the biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history.
US and Russia fail to reach Ukraine deal on day of frantic diplomacy | World news | theguardian.com - John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov to resume talks on Thursday as pressure grows on EU to pass punitive measures against Moscow
Ukraine's revolution and Russia's occupation of Crimea: how we got here | World news | theguardian.com - A guide to what's happening, how it got to this point, and why some people say 'the Ukraine'
Ukraine Uprising: Revolution Or An Orchestrated Coup | PopularResistance.Org - (is it hard at all for you to sermonize against invasions of sovereign countries given, you know, how often you yourself support them?)
The Last Argument of Kings » Greystone Limited mercenaries operating in Ukraine - All these people were identified as employees of private security companies Greystone Limited. It is a subsidiary of Vehicle Services Company LLC (which is a private security company Blackwater USA’s notorious was renamed in 2009). Currently, the number of employees of this company in Ukraine is said to be up to 300 people.
Statement of left and anarchist organizations about “Borotba” organization (English, German, Polish, French, Serbo-Croatian)
Lindsey Graham Blames Benghazi For Ukraine Crisis | ThinkProgress (Butch-Me-Up is a living joke)
RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion Into Crimea – On RT - The Intercept
Anchor Resigns On Air Over Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine - Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl resigned on air Wednesday saying that she could no longer be part of a network that "whitewashes the actions of Putin."
US says it worked with Israel to track seized Iranian rockets | GulfNews.com - Obama also directed military to work out contingencies in case it became necessary to intercept vessel
Boris Johnson: Children at risk of radicalisation should be in care - Mr Johnson said they should be removed from their families to stop them being turned into "potential killers or suicide bombers".
Arab states withdraw ambassadors from Qatar in protest at 'interference' | World news | theguardian.com - Qatar has acted as a cheerleader for the uprisings of the Arab spring while the other Gulf states have fretted about their own stability at a time of regional change.
Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR | Amnesty International USA
The Washington Post Uses Biased Experts to Promote Propaganda on Venezuela - The Intercept
Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims | World news | theguardian.com - White House declines to comment after Mark Udall says agency spied on staffers preparing scathing report into CIA torture after 9/11 (Obama loves torture, murder and spying; impeachment time)
CIA and senators in bitter dispute over Capitol Hill spying claims | World news | theguardian.com - John Brennan, CIA director, rebukes intelligence committee as tensions over torture findings explode into public sphere (Brennan guilty of war crimes, accuses Intel Committee of hacking the CIA)
C.I.A. Employees Face New Inquiry Amid Clashes on Detention Program - NYTimes.com - C.I.A. employees were improperly monitoring the work of staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to government officials
WASHINGTON: Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate? | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC
The Inverse of Oversight: CIA Spies On Congress - The Intercept ("undersight")
More Details Revealed Concerning CIA's Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee | Techdirt - from the oh-and-back-to-those-questions dept
Yes, The CIA Spied On Congress « The Dish - Why? The torture report, of course: These war criminals cannot be appeased any longer. They need to be brought back under constitutional control.
CIA And Congress Clash Over Interrogation - The Snowden Effect, Continued - Esquire - We see this again today as the Congress and the CIA start laying clubs on each other.
Diane Roark Talks NSA Retribution by Kelley B. Vlahos -- Antiwar.com
Exclusive: Freed Ex-Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway on 44 Years in Prison & FBI Surveillance | Democracy Now! - At the time of the shooting, the FBI was also monitoring Conway’s actions as part of its counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO. Numerous groups have campaigned for years calling for his release, saying he never received a fair trial and was convicted largely on the basis of testimony from a jailhouse informan
NSA Director’s Comments Suggest Anti-Leaks Legislation Being Secretly Developed in Response to Snowden | The Dissenter - “We’ve got to handle media leaks first,” Alexander additionally declared. “I think we are going to make headway over the next few weeks on media leaks. I am an optimist. I think if we make the right steps on the media leaks legislation, then cyber legislation will be a lot easier.” ("Fuck your so-called jounalism" he added)
US government moves to drop key charges against Barrett Brown | Technology | theguardian.com - Federal prosecutors had come under widespread criticism for seeking to prosecute Brown for the republishing of a hyperlink ... In total, Brown still faces a possible maximum prison sentence of 70 years, though an additional 35 years have been removed through the dismissed counts.
EFF Statement on Dismissal of 11 Charges Against Barrett Brown | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Government backs off case against journalist who faced decades in prison for posting hyperlink | The Verge
Middle Schoolers Win C-SPAN Prizes for NSA Documentaries | Electronic Frontier Foundation
28 Year Old CEO Of Bitcoin Exchange Dead After Possible Suicide | NEWSWATCH - Tech in Asia has updated the article to emphasize that suicide is only suggested and not certain
Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government | The Verge - MazaCoin could be what the Lakota people need to boost them out of longstanding poverty, but is it legal?
The Doomsday Cult of Bitcoin -- Daily Intelligencer
Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping | Ars Technica - This GnuTLS bug is worse than the big Apple "goto fail" bug patched last week.
Sally Beauty Data Hack: Another Day, Another Retailer in a Massive Credit Card Breach - Businessweek - he latest target, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs, is the beauty supply chain Sally Beauty (SBH), a retailer that draws customers from salons and other stylists.
Eschaton: But The Washington Post Tells Me Paul Ryan Really Cares About The Poor - If Paul Ryan's plan involved putting poor people in wood chippers, the Washington Post would dutifully inform us that he was concerned with helping the poor.
NPR Tells US That Pew Expert Paul Taylor Wants to Promote Generational Conflict | Beat the Press - It is striking that NPR is willing to focus so much more attention on the threat to the living standards of millennials presented by a 2-3 percentage point increase in payroll taxes than the policies that could lead to much or all of the benefits of productivity growth over the next three decades going to those at the top, as has been the case for the last three decades.
The Morning Plum: Why GOP won’t evolve on gay marriage - Note the religious breakdown: White evangelical Protestants overwhelmingly oppose gay marriage, by 66-28. By contrast, white non-evangelical Protestants support it by 62-27, and white Catholics support it by 70-26.
Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Life After A Double Mastectomy - a preventive double mastectomy after she tested positive for the mutated BRCA1 gene, with her doctors estimating that she had an "87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer." (James Woodman doesn't believe that statistic, or in biomarkers in general; see disdainful and dismissive personality disorder)
Nearly Every Star In Our Galaxy Hosts At Least One Alien Planet, Scientists Say
Women radio presenters under pressure 'to sound more like men', says Mary Beard - TV & Radio - Media - The Independent
Cops used cell phone surveillance tool 200 times without court’s permission — RT USA - ?The American Civil Liberties Union wants to learn more about any secret surveillance gadgets used by Florida law enforcement agencies after uncovering proof that police there relied on one type of spy tool upwards of 200 times without permission.
Pa. State Trooper Sentenced In Deadly DUI Turnpike Crash « CBS Philly - A former Pennsylvania state trooper who was off duty and drunk behind the wheel will spend at least six months behind bars in connection with a fiery fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near Plymouth Meeting, nearly two years ago.
Suspended Passaic County sheriff’s officer faces new accusation of role in stolen car ring - NorthJersey.com
Settlement reached in Warren "cut on camera" case - WXYZ.com
Bradshaw's widow files civil lawsuit - Bowling Green Daily News: News - Specifically, Heidi Bradshaw claims a member of a responding agency reported that Bradshaw was “10-7” – police code for deceased – before EMS personnel approached Bradshaw and found he still had a strong pulse, causing at least a seven-minute delay of possibly life-saving medical treatment, and that law enforcement failed to preserve evidence that may have shed light on the events surrounding the shooting.
National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-01-14 to 03-04-14 | PoliceMisconduct.net
DEA deputy director: "Every single parent" opposes pot legalization - Boing Boing - "Your statement that all parents are against this is ludicrous," said Cohen. "What do you think, that people who are in favor of decriminalization or changing policy don't procreate?"
California Residents Go Ballistic Over Los Angeles Area School Superintendent's Ridiculous Salary - Business Insider - Centinela Valley Union High School District head Jose Fernandez made $663,000 in 2013 for overseeing a district with three schools and about 6,500 students. By comparison, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John E. Deasy — who is in charge of over 200 schools and about 650,000 students — made $390,000 last year.
Cell Metabolism - Low Protein Intake Is Associated with a Major Reduction in IGF-1, Cancer, and Overall Mortality in the 65 and Younger but Not Older Population
HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial | Science | The Guardian - Radical treatment helps patients' defences against virus by replacing immune cells with genetically modified versions
LSD, Reconsidered for Therapy - NYTimes.com
Los Angeles moves to ban e-cigarettes, joining NY, others | Reuters - "We also have a responsibility to protect our youth and everyone else in public places from the carcinogens found in the ultra-fine particles in e-cigarette aerosol," he said.
Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids' arteries | NDTV.com - Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children's arteries - increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday.
Arielle Scarcella And Nickalaws, Vloggers, Release 'It's Hard Being A Bottom'
gabrielle1106 comments on Writers of Reddit, what are exceptionally simple tips that make a huge difference in other people's writing?
Ukraine crisis: Kerry says Russia 'hiding hand behind falsehoods' – live | World news | theguardian.com -
Putin's Press Conference on Ukraine Proved Merkel Right: He's Nuts | New Republic
Putin Pulls Back Troops, Says No Need for Military Action in Ukraine
Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict • The Register - Kiev security chief says 'IP-telephonic' attack is targeting Parliament
Putin’s power play in Ukraine - The Washington Post - But the world is a darkening place, and the precedents being set are ones that will haunt us for decades to come unless the U.S. administration can act decisively and persistently against Russia. (WaPo wants Bamz to do ... something)
China says military will respond to provocations - China's military is prepared to respond to all threats to the country's sovereignty, a government spokeswoman said Tuesday, ahead of the expected announcement of another big bump in defense spending.
Rebekah Brooks: Charlie concealing bags was a 'monumental cock-up' | UK news | theguardian.com - Ex-NI chief tells court she 'lost it' when she heard her husband had hidden items including 'his rather large porn collection'
Top Aide Behind U.K.'s Porn Filters Arrested for Child Porn - A top aide to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who helped Cameron draft the legislation behind the county's national Internet porn filters, has been charged with "a potential offense relating to child abuse imagery."
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case That Would Have Challenged NSA Warrantless Surveillance of Lawyers | The Dissenter - “The Supreme Court’s refusal to review this case guarantees that the federal courts will never address a fundamental question: Was the warrantless surveillance program the NSA carried out on President Bush’s orders legal? The Court’s decision also guarantees that the Obama administration, which has for the last five years refused to take any position on that question, will now never have to answer either,”
NSA chief criticises media and suggests UK was right to detain David Miranda | World news | theguardian.com - Keith Alexander says revelations have caused ‘grave damage’ and claims officials are making ‘headway’ on ‘media leaks’
Edward Snowden to Talk Privacy With the Tech Community at SXSW | American Civil Liberties Union - In his first conversation in front of an audience since his disclosures began making global headlines last year, Edward Snowden will appear via live video next Monday at SXSW Interactive, the festival that brings together tens of thousands of technology professionals and enthusiasts every year in Austin.
Attorneys for Barrett Brown want case on linking to hacked material dismissed | Law | theguardian.com - The US activist-journalist faces 100 years in prison for posting hyperlink to site containing hacked material in chat room
CyberGuerrilla soApboX » The future for CgAn
Free Money for Everyone by Ryan Cooper | The Washington Monthly - A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation.
Chris Christie Andrew Cuomo - Why Andrew Cuomo Needs To Come Out Of Hiding - Esquire - Andrew Cuomo has let Christie have his way
In Job, Appointee Profits and Christie Gains Power - NYTimes.com - the agency’s executive director, Patrick J. Foye, last week said that Mr. Samson lacked the moral authority to remain chairman.
Scott Brown New Hampshire - Such Are The Dreams Of The Everyday Has-Been, Continued - Esquire - "They keep running these negative ads and crushing my integrity and distorting my votes and the like - almost antagonizing me, challenging me to get in," Brown told POLITICO. "Had they left me alone, I may feel a bit different. But they didn't."
As SC allows guns in bars, 15 people are accidentally hit in bars in other states: GunFAIL LVIII (what could possibly go wrong?)
News from The Associated Press - - A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another student's head.
Keystone XL Pipeline Report From State Department Underestimates Pollution Impact: Study
State Department Pipeline Study Flawed - The New Keystone Pipeline Study - Esquire - The State Department review has proven to be an insufficient fig leaf for any decision.
Study Finds Keystone XL Would Have Much Larger Impact Than State Department Suggests - downplays the significance the pipeline would have for development of the Canadian tar sands, according to a new analysis from a United Kingdom-based group. The analysis also argues that the State Department underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would come with that development. (another fake Obama "study")
Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis | Science | theguardian.com - Scientists describe as 'extremely interesting' new analysis that makes case for gamma rays tracing back to Wimp particles
Ancient Virus 'Resurrected' From 30,000-Year-Old Ice In Siberia - The newly thawed virus is the biggest one ever found. At 1.5 micrometres long, it is comparable in size to a small bacterium.
Animal protein-rich diets could be as harmful to health as smoking | Science | The Guardian - People under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes, study suggests
Spending more time in the dark could boost hearing in old age | Dana Smith | Science | theguardian.com - Hope for non-invasive treatment for age-related deafness as scientists find neurons can compensate for disability at any age
Northwestern Professor Cancels Class Ahead of Planned Protest | NBC Chicago - Students planned to converge upon Peter Ludlow's 12:30 p.m. class before walking out together at 1 p.m.
America's universities: where you're all too likely to be sexually assaulted | Sofie Karasek | Comment is free | theguardian.com - How many more victims have to speak out before US universities and the federal government take meaningful action?
Hundreds rally in Tokyo against dropped Fukushima crisis charges | The Japan Times - Hundreds rallied Saturday in Tokyo to protest a decision by prosecutors to drop charges over the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns, meaning no one has been indicted, let alone punished, nearly three years after a calamity ruled “man-made.” (melt-downs go unpunished, whether bankers or reactors)
Internet Censorship World Map Shows Worst Censorship Offenders | BGR
Obama Russia - Happy Monday - Esquire - Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama by telephone on Sunday that after speaking with Mr. Putin she was not sure he was in touch with reality, people briefed on the call said. "In another world," she said. I'm not sure we needed to start the week knowing that.
LIVE: Ukraine crisis: Grip tightens
Russia says Yanukovych asked for intervention - Europe - Al Jazeera English - Moscow's envoy tells UN Security Council that ousted Ukrainian leader requested Russia's armed forces to enter Ukraine.
Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch One) | VICE News
US Ships Approaching Sevastopol? Mapping US Naval Assets | Zero Hedge - #BreakingNews #US Navy USS George Bush nuclear aircraft carrier declares high alert in the #Mediterranean (oh, the irony)
Ukraine: Russia demands that 2 warships surrender - Russia issued an ultimatum Monday, demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships in Crimea immediately surrender or be stormed and seized, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.
Arms, 400 kilos of explosives seized from Kiev radicals on Crimean border — RT News - Russia-1 TV channel reports. (they wouldn't be biased, or anything)
G-8 Is Now G-1: Nations Boycott Summit in Russia
The Wikileaks cables that anticipated the Russian invasion of Crimea. - A 2006 cable under the name of Kiev Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila Gwaltney, who as it happens is now the highest ranking diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Moscow following the departure of Amb. Michael McFaul, warns of a possible Russian threat to Crimea – Ukraine’s “soft underbelly”:
Vladimir Putin can destabilize Ukraine: The Russian president doesn’t need to invade to cause chaos. - Vladimir Putin doesn’t need to invade Ukraine. He can destabilize it from the Kremlin.
Crimeans protest Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster: Rallies in Crimea’s capital call for autonomy. - Viktor Yanukovych may be a crook, but in Crimea he’s still the president.
The Resolve Fairy and the Precedent Fairy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Essentially, partisans of the Resolve Fairy are demanding that Obama create in Putin’s mind the belief that a Russian invasion will be met with US military force, despite the fact that there is nearly zero chance that any administration, in a similar position, would use force.
Inside the lavish residency of fugitive president Victor Yanukovych - Images - News - The Independent
Obama to Israel -- Time Is Running Out - Bloomberg View
Islamabad court suicide attack strikes terrorism blow in Pakistani capital | World news | theguardian.com - At least 11 people including judge killed in attack two days after Pakistani Taliban announces ceasefire
Attacks kill dozens in area of Nigeria targeted by Boko Haram | World news | theguardian.com - Two bombs explode in crowded district of Maiduguri, while gunmen open fire in nearby village
Interview: Karzai says 12-year Afghanistan war has left him angry at U.S. government - The Washington Post - To Karzai, the war was not waged with his country’s interests in mind. “Afghans died in a war that’s not ours,’ he said
Injuries as protesters storm Libya parliament - Africa - Al Jazeera English - Armed protesters storm the parliament building while legislators were in session, shooting and wounding two MPs.
Bin Laden's son-in-law to stand trial for conspiracy to kill Americans | World news | theguardian.com - Highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to stand trial in US • Judge rejects Suleiman Abu Ghaith’s claim of mistaken identity
Yemen drone strikes, ambushes kill 10 | Reuters - At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in air strikes in Yemen on Monday, following the deaths of several soldiers in the south of the country, local officials and state news agency Saba reported.
Poor taking items back to food banks as they can’t afford to cook, Oxfam claims - Home News - UK - The Independent - More than one third of councils are subsidising meals at food banks while some families are so short of cash they are returning food which they cannot afford to heat, it emerged on Sunday night.
No 10 aide arrested over child porn: Police quiz man who advised Cameron on web filters | Mail Online - The 62-year-old was involved in drawing up policy on child porn
Cameron aide arrested over allegations relating to child abuse images | UK news | The Guardian - Patrick Rock resigned as deputy head of Downing Street's policy last month on day before arrest
Rebekah Brooks: NI's 'rogue reporter' defence shaky after 2009 revelations | UK news | theguardian.com - Former News International chief tells phone-hacking trial that company's corporate line came from NoW editor Colin Myler
Boris Johnson slams Julian Assange for costing Met Police £5.3million | The Sun |News|Politics
Can Greenwald's digital magazine Intercept help to reinvent journalism? | Media | The Guardian - Founder plans non-hierarchical newsroom and wants to build First Look Media on collaboration
Labour to overhaul spy agency controls in response to Snowden files | UK news | The Guardian - Yvette Cooper says debate over privacy, civil liberties and the role of the intelligence agencies has barely started in Britain
CIA Scrubbed Surveillance Files on Thousands of Americans (Including Chomsky) Under 60's-70's CHAOS Program | LeakSource - I can now confirm that the reason why the CIA could not locate its file on Noam Chomsky, despite the fact that the CIA had in fact maintained records on him, is that the CIA destroyed them and, unfortunately in my view, the destruction was authorized by the Archivist of the United States. (we don't need no steenking history)
EFF Fights National Security Letter Demands on Behalf of Telecom, Internet Company | Electronic Frontier Foundation - The briefs—one filed on behalf of a telecom company and another for an Internet company—remain under seal because the government continues to insist that even identifying the companies involved might endanger national security. (because terrorists would win if America were a democracy with rule of law)
Homeland Security Relies On Secrecy To Violate People's Rights And Humiliate Them At The Border | Techdirt - no oversight, no one can find out about its policies or activities, and that allows it to act with impunity, to attack and humiliate people, to violate their rights, to leave people with lasting mental scars, often requiring therapy, and to never have to answer for any of it.
Trustycon: how to redesign NSA surveillance to catch more criminals and spy on a lot fewer people - Boing Boing
Snowden made cyber-geek nightmares true. Can 'private' be normal again? | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com - The NSA leaks created everyday interest in products built to protect. At a security pow-wow turned sour, that’s a good thing
Briton Lauri Love faces new US hacking charges - If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
Suspicionless Searches at the US Border: A Growing Problem for Press Freedom | Freedom of the Press Foundation - “The U.S. border may be the next battleground for press freedom.” (Obama's war on journalism)
Hacking in the newsroom? What journalists should know about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act » Nieman Journalism Lab - At the NICAR conference this weekend, data journalists and legal professionals discussed the ethical and criminal implications of hacking in the newsroom. (searching a PDF is now "hacking" and can you thrown in jail; Obama rabbit-hole(TM)
Lawfare › The Debate About the NSA Is Over - Well, not really. But you know that a trend is going against the NSA when the American Bar Association offers a course entitled, “The Ethical Implications of NSA Surveillance.” According to the the ABA:
Sprint Accused of Overcharging Feds Millions for Wiretapping | Threat Level | Wired.com
Why The TSA Hassled A Traveler 'With Bitcoin In His Bag' - Forbes - Practical takeaway: Feel free to wear your Bitcoin t-shirt through airport security, but be prepared for extra questions if your bag is (weirdly) filled with Bitcoin novelty coins.
EPIC - EPIC Files FOIA Lawsuit for Information About Massive Telco Database "Hemisphere"
Obama Administration Won't Release Real Name of American It's Considering Killing Without Trial | Mother Jones
The Inflation Obsession - NYTimes.com - Recently the Federal Reserve released transcripts of its monetary policy meetings during the fateful year of 2008. And, boy, are they discouraging reading. (the best and the brightest were stupid and catastrophically wrong)
Echidne Of The Snakes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy - The way politics is financed in the US, combined with the increasing inequalities in income and wealth, means that democracy is at risk.
The Bobblespeak Translations - Gregory: Marco Rubio says we are not friends with Russia anymore Kerry: who cares what that child thinks?
'I'm Going To Prison For Working At A Pot Shop That Was Legal In My State'
"Let's Make This Work": The First Weed Commercial Is About to Hit American TV | Motherboard
Fantasy New York Times Columnist Page - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Maureen Dowd’s column about Francois Hollande not cheating on his partner in the right way had to be an all-time low point for her, although the competition is stiff. Then there’s Tom Friedman writing columns that are nothing more than job advertisements for Google. Meanwhile, Kristof is flying first class around the world saving people while consistently refusing to support people trying to improve their own lives.
Ross Douthat looks at gay marriage and wonders what’s love got to do with it | The Raw Story
On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic - The irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.
Florida woman's sentence could be tripled in stand-your-ground retrial | World news | theguardian.com - “Incarcerating Marissa Alexander will send a strong message to all survivors that violence against them will be ignored and they instead will be subject to prosecution if they defend their lives,” (stand your ground only applies to guys)
Marissa Alexander Retrial - Be Careful What You Wish For - Esquire - Yes, this is the same Angela Corey whose office couldn't convict George Zimmerman and that couldn't convict Michael Dunn of killing the person he actually killed, and she's going to go right to the mattresses on Alexander.
NICAR Debate: Static vs. Dynamic Web Applications (with images, tweets) · tylrfishr · Storify
Popcorn Time - app to stream torrent movies - Boing Boing
Comcast takes lobbying to new heights | Dallas Morning News - Companies often want their lobbyists to hobnob with lawmakers and regulators. Comcast takes that to new levels, increasing lobbying expenditures 23 times over 2001 levels, to $18.8 million last year — behind only Northrop Grumman Corp. in spending by a single company.
I-25 pileup: 104 vehicles involved, 1 killed, 30 hospitalized after snowy disaster - The Denver Post - "People were just driving too fast for conditions," said Darrell Barber, whose Chevy Tahoe was hit repeatedly during the chain of crashes. "It was totally preventable."
European flood risk could double by 2050 | Science Codex - Losses from extreme floods in Europe could more than double by 2050, because of climate change and socioeconomic development. Understanding the risk posed by large-scale floods is of growing importance and will be key for managing climate adaptation. (half of Europe underwater?)
Gold Fix Study Shows Signs of Decade of Bank Manipulation - Bloomberg - The London gold fix, the benchmark used by miners, jewelers and central banks to value the metal, may have been manipulated for a decade by the banks setting it, researchers say. (and no one will go to jail)
White House: No more drone killings information will be released | The Daily Caller - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the Obama administration will not be releasing any more information about the controversial use of drones to kill American citizens. (you don't need to know who we extra-judicially murder)
China Slams U.S. Human Rights Record - A Chinese government report published on Friday accused the United States of “serious infringes on human rights.”
Ukraine in Maps - NYTimes.com
The Ukraine Crisis in Three Maps
Ukraine_topo_en.jpg (the fourth map)
The Ukrainian Grand Delusion (with tweets) · billmon1 · Storify - U.S. and E.U. to pro-West Ukrainians: "You fucked up, guys. You trusted us." (once again, Obama looks incredibly naive or out of the loop)
Ukraine Mobilizes Reserve Troops, Threatening War - NYTimes.com
Denis Berezovsky, Ukraine's Navy Chief, Defects To Crimea's Pro-Russian Authorities - Ukraine launched a treason case on Sunday against the head of the navy, who surrendered his headquarters on Sunday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on only his second day on the job.
Making Russia Pay? It’s Not So Simple - NYTimes.com - Former Bush deputy NSA: “There’s nothing we can do to save Ukraine at this point." (another foreign policy blunder by Oblunder)
Crimea—Not “Ours” or “Yours” | LeftEast - The Ukrainian peninsula has had the misfortune of finding itself on the intersection of Russia’s imperialist ambitions and the brute nationalist politics of the “new” Ukraine. Open Left declares – the Crimean self-determination movement precedes both the imperialist games and the nationalist frenzy.
Center for a Stateless Society » Ukraine: The Legacy Of Colonialism - Because Russia’s colonies did not generally take the form of overseas possessions populated by peoples with different skin colors and dramatically different cultures, the fundamentally colonial nature of the Russian project is often missed.
The Invasion Of Crimea Is Russia's Worst Foreign Policy Blunder In A Generation - Forbes
Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine: President Obama had no options for saving Crimea. - Obama had no good options to stop the invasion. In fact, the only mistake the president made was ever suggesting there would be “consequences.”
Reporters and Foreign Affairs Analysis: Ukraine Edition | Hylaean Flow (the "resolve fairy")
Ukrainian miscalculations | Kings of War - So, the Crimean peninsula is gone. Write that one off. Move on.
Eschaton: Acts Of Agression - Russia's "incredible act of aggression" amounts to "a stunning willful choice" by Putin to invade another country on a "trumped-up pretext," Kerry said. Senator Kerry voted aye for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Joke of the day - John Kerry: ... - "You just don't in the 21st Century behave...by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext"
Twitter / kgosztola: Kerry on "Face the Nation" ... - admonishes Russia to "behave like a G8 country." Isn't violating sovereignty of countries what G8 countries do?
Twitter / StephenWalt: Amazing thing re #Ukraine: ... - US & EU colluded to help oust corrupt but pro-Russ leader, yet expected Moscow to do nothing about it.
Ukraine Update » Balloon Juice - I guess watching the Russians do what they want in Ukraine is how the rest of the world felt when we invaded Iraq. Not much we can do. In our defense, at least we had fancy terms like coalition of the willing and had the backing of Tonga, Moldava and other powerhouses ... This is the point in an international crisis when we all wait silently to see what Obama does so we can criticize whatever it is. — Dana Milbank
Putin Goes to War in Crimea : The New Yorker - —a demonstration war that could splinter a sovereign country and turn very bloody, very quickly.
Ukraine Mobilizes For War, Calls Up Reserves
Russia's Gas Can Blow Up Ukraine Tomorrow - Ukraine highly depends on Russian energy. Rising gas prices decided by Moscow could lead, at any moment, to the country’s collapse.
Unidentified Gunmen Surround Ukraine Base, Block Soldiers From Leaving
Map: All the Countries John McCain Has Wanted to Attack | Mother Jones - Syria, Iraq, Russia, North Korea, and nine other nations the Arizona senator has been eager to bomb, invade, or destabilize.
Preoccupied With Ukraine by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” Cochran said about McCain by phone. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”
Ukraine: The Haze of Propaganda by Timothy Snyder | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books - Viktor Yanukovych. He wanted to be not only the president but the oligarch-in-chief. His son, a dentist, was suddenly one of the wealthiest men in Europe. Tens of billions of dollars simply disappeared from the state budget. Yanukovych built for himself a series of extravagant homes, perhaps the ugliest in architectural history.
China Knife Attack: Separatists Blamed For Assault That Kills 33 - he Kunming violence would be a new kind of attack for ethnic Uighurs — premeditated and outside Xinjiang — but still rudimentary in weaponry.
Pakistan to halt targeted air strikes against Taliban
Saudi women activists demand end to ‘absolute’ male control - Daily News Egypt - Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic law, forbidding women to work or travel without the authorisation of their male guardians.
Thousands march in Hong Kong to condemn attack on ex-newspaper editor | Reuters - Dressed in black and wearing blue ribbons, symbolizing press freedom, protesters carried a large banner with the words "They can't kill us all". Other banners and placards read "Freedom from fear" and "Protect press freedom".
U.S. Marijuana Legalization and the Future of Mexico | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - n the final analysis, Mexico doesn’t have a drug problem, much less a marijuana problem: It has a state capacity problem. That is, its institutions are too weak to protect the life, liberty and property of its citizens.
Protesters Demand Freedom for Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy London - Julian Assange has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy for 619 days since being granted asylum due to the threat he faces from the United States.
Forget the NSA, the LAPD Spies on Millions of Innocent Folks | LA Weekly (your fascist cop spy state)
The Daily Dot - Tor takes anonymity mobile with new smartphone OS - The team behind Tor, the world’s leading online anonymity service, is developing an anonymous smartphone operating system.
West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects (Freedom! to not breathe)
Fixing the op-ed page - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - In comments on Erik’s Douthat post below, there is some discussion of the staggering and utter vacuity and general uselessness of the non-Krugman* op-ed writers there
A Brief History Of The Republican Alternative To Obamacare: Your Sunday Morning Conversation - The "Republican alternative to Obamacare" exists in an eternity where there is no time, nothing can grow, nothing can become, nothing changes, and everyone is reborn, but into the same effort to replace Obamacare that they’ve always been born into.
Eschaton: Horrible Governors - Cuomo and Christie, corrupt BFFs. - “They set the governors up to look like heroes. It was all a farce.”
Jerry Brown and Potheads by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Brown said he was worried about what would happen to the nation if too many people used the drug too often. (he dated Linda Ronstadt)
You Share 98.7 Percent of Your DNA With This Sex-Obsessed Ape | Mother Jones - In modern humans and these other hominins, chromosome 2 shows clear genetic evidence of a fusion event that must have happened after our lineage split from chimpanzees and bonobos, but before our divergence with Neanderthals and Denisovans. The proof is right there in the DNA.
America Doesn't Read Much, Says Map (America watches Fox News and doesn't have to read; on the other hand, SK has 10 gigabits directly to the brain)
The Housing Market With Nowhere to Go (but Up) - NYTimes.com - in San Francisco County, where the average teacher earns $59,700 a year, not a single home now on the market is within the reach of the average public-school teacher. For police officers, who make an average of $80,000 a year, there is one affordable home. (who needs cops and teachers when you have helicopters and armed guards?)
tsa on Instagram
The Daily Dot - Man loses $80K settlement over daughter's Facebook brag - “Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do,”
The rise of OpenStreetMap: A quest to conquer Google’s mapping empire - The Next Web
World War III: A picture | GeorgieBC's Blog (Heather Marsh, 2012)
Crimean coup is payback by Putin for Ukraine's revolution | World news | theguardian.com - After what Moscow regards as the western-backed takeover of Kiev, the Kremlin's choreography has been impressive
Most Russians believe the Crimea is theirs – Putin has acted on his belief | Masha Gessen | Comment is free | The Observer - The invasion of Ukraine is likely to lead to an increased crackdown on political dissent in Russia
Senators suggest recalling Russia’s ambassador from US over Obama speech — RT News - Obama’s “aggressive” comments on the situation in Ukraine
Ukraine: pro-Russian leaders election illegal - Yahoo News
Tensions Rise Between Ukraine And Russia Over Crimea
Venezuela Opposition Protests Are Not Ukraine, Thanks To Maduro's Grip On Power - The man they are up against, President Nicolas Maduro, has a near-complete grip on the military, broadcast media and institutions from congress to the judiciary after 15 years of socialist rule.
1,094 Arrested in Major Baby Trafficking Bust - At the end of this month, four major baby trafficking rings were busted by authorities in Beijing and Jiangsu, rescuing 382 babies and arresting 1,094 people involved.
Louise Mensch thinks the real face of British Islam is a man of Sikh heritage - UK - News - The Independent
The Budget Deal Is a Big Win for the Pentagon | Mother Jones - One out of every five tax dollars is spent on defense.
Noam Chomsky Quotes (My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons)
The Silliest Snowden Theory Yet | Mother Jones - "The Snowden Operation": A short book that's long on wacky spy stories about the real source of the NSA leaks ... Economist editor Edward Lucas and the most ridiculous thing I've ever read, his short new ebook, The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Ecomomist)
Yahoo webcam images 'harvested by GCHQ spies' - Politics - News - London Evening Standard - As much as 11 per cent of the pictures stored by the listening post contained "undesirable nudity", the Guardian reported.
On the Meaning of Journalistic Independence - The Intercept - This morning, I see that some people are quite abuzz about a new Pando article ”revealing” that the foundation of Pierre Omidyar, the publisher of First Look Media which publishes The Intercept, gave several hundred thousand dollars to a Ukraininan “pro-democracy” organization opposed to the ruling regime
The price of eggs — BuzzMachine - Now in Pierre Omidyar’s case, I pointed out yesterday as Greenwald did today that it took only .3 milliseconds in a Google search to find that the Omidyar Network had funded civil society groups in Ukraine; they sent out a press release about it in 2011
Of Neo-Fascists and Smiley-Face Neoliberals | emptywheel (Pando looking stupid)
Boston Marathon bombing: Tsarnaev's defence team want charges thrown out | World news | theguardian.com - Repetitive counts are prejudicial, say lawyers, while prosecutors claim prisoner has made remarks that harm his case
Arrested Anonymous Hacker will serve 12 years in prison for hacking the Federal Reserve | HackRead - Latest Cyber Crime - Information Security - Hacking News - A British individual has been accused of cracking into the servers of the Federal Reserves of U.S, and for stealing and online posting of confidential information. (which is 12 times longer than any banker got for wrecking the world economy)
Andy Stepanian: Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into some of the... - Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into some of the most important and underreported stories of our time – secret kill lists, unauthorized war zones, drone strikes and targeted assassinations that stop short of no one, including our own.
Utah Attorney General Makes Gay Adoption Harder
The Citizens United of the Culture Wars - "Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign against Civil Rights," (liberty to discriminate - up is always down)
TN Republican Admits Bill Attacking Free Speech Is Designed to Take “Preemptive Measures” Against Union Growth « Smart Union - n another example of the “war on workers,” Tennessee Representative Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin) introduces a bill denying the First Amendment right to free speech pertaining to a citizen’s right to picket
U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt - Slashdot - an alarming spike in delinquent loans that looks a bit like mortgage delinquencies did at the beginning of the sub-prime crisis
Student Loans Are A Drag On The Economy | TIME.com - American students are well over $1 trillion in debt, and it's starting to hurt everyone, economists say
Student Loans Are Ruining Your Life. Now They’re Ruining the Economy, Too (TIME) : news
Doctors warn new FDA-approved painkiller is deadly dangerous — RT USA - Zohydro
Lawsuit Alleges 'Sadistic Culture Of Brutality And Violence' At Cook County Jail: Chicagoist
Prussian Blue twins Lynx and Lamb: 'Marijuana changed us from Nazis to peace-loving hippies' | Mail Online - Twin sisters who sparked outrage with pop band named after gas used on Jews claim they've grown up
5 Things Kentucky Could Spend $73 Million On Instead Of A Fake Noah's Ark
Structural concerns shut down $60 million Allen Eagle Stadium | Dallas Morning News - Allen’s Eagle Stadium -- a $60 million jewel rivaling college facilities -- may sit idle when the state champion football team kicks off its season next school year because of structural concerns. (priorities)
Why Don't We Have Viagra for Women Yet? - The FDA's kinda sexist.
Dirty R&B — The Magazine on Medium — Medium
America’s Angriest Store — Culture Club — Medium - How Whole Foods Attracts Complete Shitheads.
TIL that Jobs lied to Steve Wozniak. When they made Breakout for Atari, Wozniak and Jobs were going to split the pay 50-50. Atari gave Jobs $5000 to do the job. He told Wozniak he got $700 so Wozniak took home $350 : todayilearned
This Chart Proves Just How Miserably America Is Failing On Climate Change
More trouble hits TEPCO’s water cleanup system - The Japan News - The troubled radioactive water cleanup system at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was hit by a new problem Wednesday, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
Japan blocked presentations on nuclear effects at 1955 U.N. confab | GlobalPost - , facing U.S. pressure,
Pope Gets Real With Bishops - Your Occasional Pope - Esquire - Papa Francesco has had enough of your royalist bullshit.
Crimea’s Bloody Past Is a Key to Its Present - NYTimes.com (charge of the light brigade)
Obama warns Russia: There will be costs for intervention in Ukraine - CNN.com
A divided Ukraine - CNN.com (the map)
Ukraine Acting President Says Russia Has Invaded Ukraine, As 2000 Russian Troops, Military Jets Arrive | Zero Hedge
Russian 'invasion' of Crimea fuels fear of Ukraine conflict | World news | The Guardian - White House issues warning to Kremlin, as Ukrainian official claims 2000 Russian troops have arrived in peninsula
Obama Warns Russia Not to Intervene in Crimea - NYTimes.com
In Ukraine's Crimea, Armed Men Seize Two Airports; Russia Denies Involvement
4 Reasons Why Crimea Is The Most Tense Place In Ukraine
Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show | PandoDaily
The race for Arctic oil: Russia vs. U.S. - The Week - The coldest war?
Hundreds of babies rescued as Chinese police smash four child-trafficking rings | World news | theguardian.com - Parents warned against kidnappers using internet or lying in wait at hospitals and schools as 382 infants rescued in crackdown
El Chapo: drug lord's arrest sparks apprehension from Mexico to Chicago | World news | theguardian.com - Sinaloa cartel leader’s capture leaves Mexicans fearing more bloodshed, while few in US believe the flow of drugs will slow
Rebekah Brooks: 'I understood illegality of payments to police' | UK news | theguardian.com - Former editor asked in phone-hacking trial to explain emails from reporters at Sun about sources connected to police and military
World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law | World news | theguardian.com - Loan worth £54m withheld after Ugandan president signed law that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality
Outgoing NSA chief Keith Alexander signals openness to surveillance reform | World news | theguardian.com - Alexander says NSA could accept a change where agency would only be allowed to collect phone data related to terrorism
NSA head floats idea: What if we only gathered terrorist communications? | Ars Technica - Gen. Keith Alexander raises possibility of reining in NSA's metadata program.
How a British Citizen Was Stripped of His Citizenship, Then Sent to a Manhattan Prison | The Nation - Britain’s citizenship deprivation processes may help obscure the Obama Administration’s willingness to kill and kidnap Britons.
Pentagon wants contractor to pick propaganda audiences | Action Reporter Media | fdlreporter.com
Senators to investigate NSA role in GCHQ 'Optic Nerve' webcam spying | World news | theguardian.com - Three senators condemn UK spy agency’s ‘breathtaking lack of respect’ over interception of Yahoo users’ webcam images (global porno ring)
So you think you have nothing to hide... | American Civil Liberties Union (because you're stupid)
Undercover FBI Agent Tried to Get Activists to Send Money to PFLP, a US-Designated Terrorist Organization | The Dissenter
The Government's Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained | Mother Jones
How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps
TSA Reportedly Demands To Inspect Man’s Luggage For Bitcoin [Updated] | TechCrunch - The problem is, of course, Bitcoin is a completely digital currency; it’s like if Delta banned you from traveling with your Facebook profile. Baker was admittedly snarky in response, asking “What did the Bitcoin look like?”, thinking it would be impossible to describe a nonexistent physical object.
Chris Christie Raab - Nine Reasons Why Chris Christie Is Done - Esquire (FFB is crisp)
Civil War Was About Slavery - It’s About Slavery, Stupid - Esquire - The American Civil War is one of the few demonstrable cases in which the losers gained control of the narrative of history. Much as the Nazis developed the myth that the German Empire did not lose the First World War on the battlefield (they did) but instead that their armed forces were, "stabbed in the back" by liberals and Jews on the homefront (they were not), the Confederates in the post-Civil War era managed a concerted effort to conceal the causes of their rebellion.
The Infinite Circle of Black Responsibility - Bill O'Reilly is convinced that if only Kanye West would sing some Bing Crosby tunes, we could achieve a racial utopia.
Same sex marriage, public opinion and religion - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The framing of ‘secular vs religious’ is so pervasive that pro-SSM religious people fail to recognize they’re in the majority in their own church.
The Veto That Doomed America by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - It’s gotta be a difficult time for the culture warriors who were deeply invested in the “religious liberty” campaign that hit a land-mine in Arizona this week. The worst part had to be the speed with which Republican pols abandoned the campaign when it lost altitude.
Wall Street threatens GOP on bank tax - Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer and Lauren French - politico.com - Rep. Dave Camp’s tax proposal — which jacked up taxes on banks and threatens the bottom line of some major private equity players in New York — has infuriated donors in high finance.
Tea Party: We're Still Here
Here's How Much Your State Is Losing If It Didn't Expand Medicaid
NU Student Sues Professor Who Allegedly Harassed Her | NBC Chicago - Accuser alleges Peter Ludlow harassed her after an art event in Chicago in February 2012 (what's with philosophy professors?)
Ralph Nader Is Still Politically Stupid | Library Grape
Keeping Up With (and By) Academia by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
NPR whitewashes resumé of Holocaust-revisionist hate group leader - How did NPR’s Michel Martin describe Lively to her audience? Simply as “Evangelical leader Scott Lively.” (not so polite Republicans)
BREAKING: Idaho Governor Signs Ag-Gag Law Making It Illegal to Expose Animal Cruelty
AOL.com Article - Cracks force closure of $60M Texas HS stadium - Eagle Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Allen will be closed until at least June for an examination of "extensive cracking" in the concrete of the stadium's concourse,
Georgia man won’t be charged for shooting 72-year-old wandering Alzheimer’s patient dead | The Raw Story - Walker County District Attorney Herbert Franklin told Think Progress that he interviewed the shooter, 35-year-old Joe Hendrix, who believed he was acting in self-defense at the time.
Evidence of Concealed Jailhouse Deal Raises Questions About a Texas Execution - NYTimes.com - newly discovered evidence suggests that the prosecutor in the case may have concealed a deal with a jailhouse informant whose testimony was a key part of the execution decision. (time to execute Texas)
'I Spent 15 Years In Solitary Confinement For A Crime I Didn't Commit'
Why Every Woman Over 50 Should Practice Bisexuality | Arlene Schindler - maybe ending the night with some light cuddling. That's a snapshot of a day in the life of an affectional bonding relationship.
TSA not sure if DC drivers licenses are valid ID - Boing Boing - DC resident Ashley Brandt was surprised to meet a TSA agent at Phoenix airport who didn't think that DC drivers' licenses were valid ID, because DC isn't a state.
Seth Rogen Gives a Mini-Primer on Making Change in Washington - Esquire - Of course, two (2) (!) senators showed up to this hearing at all. (Alzheimers)
Lawrence Lessig Wins Damages For Bogus YouTube Takedown | TorrentFreak - Lessig has agreed to receive damages from an Australian music label. Without considering fair use Liberation wrongly had some of Lessig's work removed from YouTube and threatened to sue - it didn't go well.
Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security | Technology | The Guardian
Nokia Lumia Icon review: The best Windows phone yet — Tech News and Analysis
Ukraine: Pro-Russia Gunmen Seize Government Buildings In Crimea
Tony Blair urged to come clean over secret letters to IRA fugitives | Politics | theguardian.com - SDLP assembly member Alex Attwood says former PM needs to 'account for his actions' and outline what other deals were done
Amnesty International accuses Israeli armed forces of possible war crimes | World news | theguardian.com - Human rights group says soldiers have killed dozens of Palestinians with virtual impunity in West Bank
Amnesty International Report Shows Israeli Army and Police Use Excessive Force in West Bank | Amnesty International USA - Casualties Over Past Three Years Include Children
‘Trigger-happy’ Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank | Amnesty International
Rebekah Brooks 'authorised half a dozen payments to public officials' | UK news | The Guardian - Brooks tells court she sanctioned payments if she thought there was overwhelming public interest in publishing information
Demanding a Monopoly on the Middle East Narrative by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
The Battle Over Middle East Policy, and its Genesis by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Could America, if it chose to, detach itself from the Zionist project? And can the American state do politics and policy coherently?
Broken Promised Land by Heather Hurlburt | The Washington Monthly - Truman’s quick recognition of Israel was tragic, dysfunctional, and quintessentially American.
The Assault On John Judis | The National Interest Blog - New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier alternately mocks and dismisses his colleague, a vocation he specializes in. Though the letter was sent privately by email, it was clearly intended to go public.
Army Dismisses 588 Soldiers From Sensitive Positions After Sexual Assault Review - The Army has dismissed 588 soldiers from positions including recruiters and sexual assault counselors after they were found to have previously committed acts such as sexual assault, child molestation and drunken driving, USA Today reports.
? How the Government Manipulates Your Thoughts Online | Big Brother Watch - YouTube - Abby Martin talks about journalist Glenn Greenwald's report regarding the intelligence community's use of subversive and manipulative online tactics to destroy the reputations of businesses and individuals. (deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, distract, delude, destroy)
Due to activist lawsuits, US gov’t wants to keep our metadata longer | Ars Technica - "A more limited retention of the [business records] metadata is not possible." (you always lose)
James Clapper's Office Hilariously Cites 'Privacy' Concerns In Blanket Denial To FOIA Request For NSA Reform Submissions | Techdirt - from the that-time-when-the-agency-suddenly-pretended-to-care dept
The Moazzam Begg Arrest: Part of the Effort to Criminalize Muslim Political Dissent - The Intercept
Statement on GCHQ's war against Anonymous - Project PM - Project PM urges a renewed effort by an informed citizenry to oppose and expose rogue elements of the intelligence community, consistent with the serious threat to human rights, democracy and transparency posed by this creeping militarization of the internet.
UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users | World news | theguardian.com - Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk • 1.8m users targeted by GCHQ in six-month period alone • Yahoo: 'A whole new level of violation of our users' privacy' • Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images
UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users : worldnews
German webmail providers try to trick users into removing Adblock Plus - Free webmail providers Web.de and GMX – subsidiaries of Germany’s United Internet – have been caught trying to deceive users into uninstalling ad-blocking browser extensions like Adblock Plus.
Boeing launches Ultra-Secure 'Black' Smartphone that has Self-Destruct Feature - The Hacker News
Documents for raids on anti-war activists unsealed | Committee to Stop FBI Repression - Reveal McCarthyite attack on free speech, right to organize (Obama hates your so-called "dissent")
FBI Report targets anti-fracking activists as terrorists for non-violent protests, movie attendance | The Columbus Freepress
Fracking Waste is Being Dumped Into the Ocean Off California's Coast | Petroleum | ReWire | KCET
Eschaton: Not So Leaky Bucket - Piketty says that wealth distributions skewed to the top decile reduces economic growth, and now the IMF reports the same is true of skewed income distributions.
Fortune 500 companies receive $63 billion in subsidies | PandoDaily
Bitcoin: By The Privileged, For The Privileged | ThinkProgress
House Democrat Unleashes On Obama Judicial Nominees, White House Pushes Back Hard - Michael Boggs and Mark Cohen, and said the president will thank them for it later. Boggs, a former state legislator, has come under intense fire from civil rights leaders, abortion rights groups and those representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over past votes to keep the confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag, to tighten restrictions on access to abortion and to ban same-sex marriage. Cohen, meanwhile, has taken heat for successfully defending Georgia's voter ID law in court. (Obama loves his right-wing Republicans)
How Scalia Helped Screw Texas' Case Against Gay Marriage - Garcia isn't the first federal judge to use Scalia's words to undermine a state's defense of a gay marriage ban. In Utah, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky, federal judges fully embraced Scalia's predictions last year in his dissent in United States v. Windsor, the case that struck down key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Scalia wrote in that dissent that he believed the majority's logic would inevitably lead to other judges striking down same-sex marriage bans.
Republicans Have Slight Edge In 2014 Elections, Poll Finds (Obama working to make the margin larger)
Senate Blocks Bill Expanding Veterans Benefits - Senate Republicans Kill a Bill to Expand Veterans' Benefits - Esquire (Republicans hate our troops)
GWB Scandal: Release of previously redacted messages reveals new information - NorthJersey.com - The private messages that linked Governor Christie’s office to lane closures at the George Washington Bridge also contain jokes about causing “traffic problems” at the home of a New Jersey rabbi associated with the Port Authority, newly released documents show. (you're so funny, Bridget)
When 'Religious Liberty' Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia | ThinkProgress - The premise of the bill is that discrimination becomes acceptable so long as it is packaged inside a religious wrapper.
Judge strikes down Texas same-sex marriage ban - latimes.com
Conservative Pundits Lose It Over Veto Of Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill - The biggest complaint was that Brewer was tossing aside the freedoms of Christians:
6 Truly Unhinged Right-Wing Reactions to Jan Brewer's Veto of AZ's Anti-Gay Bill | Alternet - "Tyranny is on the march," and "Now, we'll all have to bake penis cakes."
Fox's Tucker Carlson: It's "Fascism" For Businesses To Have To Treat Gay Customers Equally | Blog | Media Matters for America
Gay couples rushing to take advantage of order recognizing same-sex marriages in Kentucky | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com
NYC Church Warns That 'Homo Demons' Unleashed By Obama Will Steal Men
Inside the 'Religious Liberty' Debacle
What if Americans Demanded the Ouster of This Government? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names - the US government, while talking in a high-minded manner about the importance of the right to protest and criticizing governments that use police in a repressive manner, is actually doing the same thing here at home.
Police Probe Threatening ’1 Percent’ Graffiti Left On Atherton Homes « CBS San Francisco - Vandals have targeted one of the Bay Area’s wealthiest communities and their handiwork has gotten the attention of the FBI.
Man Gets Arrested After Video Recording NYPD Cops Piling on Top of Man over Bus Fare | Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC - But that is doubtful considering de Blasio inherited what Bloomberg described as his personal army, boasting it is the “seventh largest army in the world.”
Officers Who Shot a Homeless Man 11 Times Over a Stolen Cup of Coffee Won’t be Charged : I Acknowledge - Saginaw, Michigan police officers who shot a man 11 times, and fired a total of 47 bullets, have been given the all clear by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Texas officers suspended for homeless sign contest | Mail Online - Midland Police Officers Derek Hester, 25, and Daniel Zoelzer, 26, were suspended for three days without pay two months after being found out
It's Really Easy to Buy a Gun on Facebook | Motherboard
SC officer shoots man reaching for cane - The Washington Post - A police officer in South Carolina shot a 70-year-old motorist who was reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck, investigators said. The man was expected to survive.
Childhood Obesity Rate Declines, but Don't Give Michelle Obama Credit | New Republic - So stop applauding Michelle Obama for reducing it!
New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings - NYTimes.com - Those labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly, and federal health officials argued that the changes were needed to bring labels into step with the reality of the modern American diet.
Dark Skin Evolved In Response To Skin Cancer Threat, Albinism Study Suggests - African America skin has a sun protection factor of 13.4, compared with 3.4 in white skin, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Nasa finds 715 new planets | Science | theguardian.com - Kepler space telescope's discoveries include four planets that could hold liquid surface water, believed to be key for life
HPV vaccine effective for Danish women | ScienceNordic - The HPV vaccine against cervical cancer was introduced in Denmark in 2006. New research shows that it is already working as it should and has significantly reduced the risk of cervical precursor lesions. (Christians hate the "slut vaccine")
Northwestern Faculty Protest University For Failing To Punish Professor Accused Of Sexual Assault - philosophy professor Peter Ludlow.
Carl Icahn branded 'misleading' by Pierre Omidyar in bitter eBay row | Technology | theguardian.com - Icahn proposed eBay sell PayPal, the electronic payment unit, as a bitter row over the future of the auction site escalated
Robert Reich: WhatsApp Is Everything Wrong with the U.S. Economy | Alternet - The instant messaging service connects millions, but its record-breaking sale won't generate new jobs.
Technology's Mindfulness Racket | New Republic - In yet another sign that the new age lingo of the 1960s is still very much with us, “mindfulness” has become the new “sustainability”
Study claims USS Reagan crew exposed to extremely high levels of radiation near Fukushima — RT USA (Navy couldn't afford radiation detectors)
Documents Say Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan | MyFDL - A stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago.
Fukushima Radioactive Water - It's Time To Stop Listening To "Experts" On Fukushima - Esquire
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe | The Skeptics Guide to the Universe | Page 444 - News Items: Self-Cleaning Clothing, Fukushima, Tiktaalik Update, Universal Flu Vaccine, Snowden Alien Conspiracy, Blood Type Diet
The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World's Top Drug Lord | Motherboard
US considering $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine; no decision yet, says Secretary of State John Kerry - @Reuters - breakingnews.com - Secretary of State John Kerry: Possible military intervention by Russia in Ukraine would be a costly decision
Russian Ships Arrive On Ukraine's Crimean Coast As Fears Mount Over Russian Invasion In the Region
Jon Stewart Reminds Fox That Reagan Created An International Mess - "The point is, Reagan acted, no matter what the f*** was going to happen!" Stewart joked. "Not like old President Sits On His Hands, Content To Do Nothing But Fire Hell Missiles And Arm Syrian Rebels And Bomb Libya, you know, passive stuff."
Chaos as company accidentally invites 61,000 people to job interview - Police called to quell anger after Swedish employment office sends out email to every jobseeker in Stockholm
Breaking News: U.S. Students Traveling in Israel Get Surprise of their Lives from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry « Project Interchange - University student leaders traveling in Israel through AJC’s Project Interchange got the surprise of their lives today when US. Secretary of State John Kerry dropped by a briefing being conducted by State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki for the university student delegations.
Credit Suisse helped wealthy Americans cheat the IRS, Senate report says - The Washington Post - Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse helped wealthy Americans hide billions of dollars from U.S. tax collectors for several years and federal prosecutors have done little to hold violators accountable, according to a U.S. Senate subcommittee report due out Wednesday. (bankers have a standing pardon from Obama)
Taxing the rich is good for the economy, IMF says - Business - CBC News - Research paper debunks theory that taxing rich people slows overall growth
Obama Asks Court To Make NSA Database Even Bigger | Zero Hedge - When a hypertotalitarian banana republic takes another turn for the gigasurreal, even Elon Musk is speechless ... The gruesome irony of course is that after his so heartfelt, if completely scripted and rehearsed, appearance before the US public one month ago, when Obama promised he would do everything in his power to reform the NSA ...
Reddit Censors Big Story About Government Manipulation and Disruption of the Internet | Zero Hedge - The moderators at the giant r/news reddit (with over 2 million readers) repeatedly killed the Greenwald/Snowden story on government manipulation and disruption of the Internet … widely acknowledged to be one of the most important stories ever leaked by Snowden. (or maybe there were just multiple posts)
Law Enforcement & Hacking: When Cops Control Your Webcam | LeakSource
Op-Ed: NSA has a special fusion center in Mexican U.S. embassy
Lauri Love refuses to turn over Encryption Keys in UK demand under RIPA - Freeanons - ection 49 essentially allows the UK government to compel, under threat of up to five years imprisonment (this doubles to ten years if national security is seen to be at stake), any citizen to disclose their personal encryption keys. The law allows for this legal compulsion on grounds ranging from “the interests of national security” to “the purpose of preventing or detecting crime “ and “interests of the economic well-being of the United Kingdom“.
Exclusive: Inside the Army Spy Ring & Attempted Entrapment of Peace Activists, Iraq Vets, Anarchists | Democracy Now!
Why Skype isn't safe for journalists : Columbia Journalism Review - Here are some alternatives for secure voice calls to use instead
NSA reform advocates oppose White House proposal to hand data to FBI | World news | theguardian.com - Jim Sensenbrenner among those concerned by proposals on the table and says stance to end bulk surveillance is ‘unwavering’
Confirmed: DOJ Uses Section 702 to Get Title I FISA Warrants | emptywheel
DOJ: Our Delayed Notice Doesn’t Mean You Can Withdraw Your Plea | emptywheel
?Post-WikiLeaks, Manning, Snowden world brighter for freedom fighters — RT Op-Edge
Barrett Brown's New Book 'Keep Rootin' for Putin' Skewers Mainstream Media Pundits | VICE Canada
Department of Homeland Security Monitoring of Occupy Sandy | Muckrock - Department of Homeland Security Monitoring of Occupy Sandy
Data breach at Indiana University: Are colleges being targeted? - CSMonitor.com - While information on 146,000 students and graduates may have been exposed, Indiana U. says, the data breach was not a targeted attack. But cyber-criminals may just be catching on to colleges as targets.
Congressional Investigation Finds FDA’s Unprecedented Whistleblower Surveillance Program Was Unlawful | The Dissenter - A congressional investigation into a surveillance program by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was “unprecedented in scope and intensity” and directed at whistleblowers working within the agency, concluded that the spying operation was unlawful. (employees are terrorists)
The Daily Dot - Senator asks U.S. to ban Bitcoin and all other cryptocurrencies - Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has called for the U.S. to ban Bitcoin, and by extension all anonymous cryptocurrencies.
Keystone XL handled well by State Department, inspector general says - Darren Goode - politico.com
Missouri Republican senator introduces bill allowing the refusal of service for religious reasons (insanity virus spreads to MO)
Texas' ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional - San Antonio Express-News (Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush to wed)
Ohio Early Voting - It's Still Hard To Vote In Ohio - Esquire - Telling Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted not to finagle around with the franchise is like telling a dog not to lick his balls. The dog will do it because he can, and Husted continues to do it, come hell, high water, or judicial dope-slapping, because he can.
Ohio Early Voting Will No Longer Take Place On Sundays, Weekday Evenings - The cuts to early voting hours could negatively impact African-Americans and voters who take part in "Souls to the Polls" drives after church on the Sundays leading up to Election Day, MSNBC reports:
EXCLUSIVE: Records Show Top Chris Christie Advisor Lobbied To Bring More Inmates To Troubled Halfway Houses | FDL News Desk
Ronan Farrow's New Show Gets Off To A Rocky Start In The Ratings - "Ronan Farrow Daily," which airs at 1 PM, brought in just 216,000 viewers Monday -- which Deadline said was the day's smallest viewership for the network.
CNN Has Another Rough Month In The Ratings - CNN, which just announced Piers Morgans' departure, came in third place with 399,000 total viewers during primetime — a 39 percent drop from February 2013
Meteorite smashes into moon in largest lunar impact ever recorded | Science | The Guardian - Rock travelling at 61,000 km/h punched a crater 40 metres wide and produced a flash that could be seen from Earth
The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica
The internet is fucked | The Verge
REVEALED: MPAA’s latest anti-piracy move accidentally, completely screws Hollywood studios | PandoDaily - Pando has learned that visual effects industry workers plan a mass demonstration against the major studios’ ongoing efforts to offshore post production work. That offshoring has led to the slow collapse of the American FX industry at the very moment digital effects have become a central ingredient in entertainment products.
360 million recently compromised passwords for sale online | Ars Technica - Login credentials from multiple services available in underground crime forums.
Twitter restores $50,000 @N username to its owner | Ars Technica - A simple social engineering attack lost Naoki Hiroshima a very valuable handle.
YouTube Ordered to Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices | TorrentFreak
Are PCs Dying? Of Course Not, Here’s Why (suck it up, iHeads)
Are PCs Dying? Of Course Not, Here’s Why : technology
Pope revolutionizes Vatican by opening finances to scrutiny | Reuters
Alba Gonzalez Camacho is Spain's first Twitter terrorist calling for Mariano Rajoy's death | Mail Online - Alba Gonzalez Camacho, 21, incited violence against two senior politicians
In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter - NYTimes.com - The same month, a federal judge in the United States sentenced a man to 16 months in prison for threatening on Twitter to kill President Obama.
Uganda: Tabloid gay list publication 'chilling' | Amnesty International UK
Uganda Newspaper Names '200 Top' Homosexuals After President Signs Anti-Gay Law
Who Tried to Silence Drone Victim Kareem Khan? - The Intercept (the CIA)
Overusing solitary confinement is shameful. Hiding it just makes it worse. | American Civil Liberties Union (Obama loves torture)
Headlines for February 25, 2014 | Democracy Now! - "The broader point," Greenwald writes, "is that ... these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats."
GCHQ's dirty-tricking psyops groups: infiltrating, disrupting and discrediting political and protest groups - Boing Boing
The Daily Dot - U.S. spies target German ministers now that Merkel is off-limits - there are currently 320 business and political leaders in the country being monitored by the U.S. agency.
Was Apple security ‘flaw’ actually a NSA backdoor? | The Raw Story
Why I Oppose H.R. 1123, The "Cell Phone Unlocking" Bill | Sina.is (they always subvert)
Choosing a Secure Password - Boing Boing
Element 14 Holding Orders Based On US Government Watch List | EEVblog - The Electronics Engineering Video Blog - My delivery address in Element 14's system has “David Jones” on it, and apparently the US government are watching someone called David Jones, so you know, a parts distributor in Australia has to flag that and put my order on hold. Makes sense huh?
House oversight panel seeks documents on Target breach | Reuters
Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin future in doubt - Feb. 25, 2014 - What was once the world's largest trading platform for bitcoins is now a blank page.
Mt. Gox’s Demise Marks The End of Bitcoin’s First Wave Of Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch
Republicans Drag Senate To A Halt To Force A Vote On Iran Sanctions - Senate Republicans are dragging the upper chamber to a halt in an effort to force a vote on a bill that a wide cross section of observers warn will bring the U.S. closer to war with Iran. (Israel/AIPAC taking American blood and treasure in another insane war)
Budget Sequestration - The Feast Of Fat Things - Esquire - The same people doing the math here are the people doing the math for our old friend, the Keystone XL pipeline. Maybe they, too, are counting the strippers.
Arizona bill’s other outrage: Why anti-gay bigotry is just the beginning - Salon.com - Legalizing discrimination is horrible enough. But a sneaky pro-corporate provision in the bill will also shock you
Arizona "Citizens United"-type law protects corps' "religious beliefs" - A draconian new law, on its way to the governor of Arizona for her signature, would make businesses “people” for the purposes of claiming “religious discrimination” in the state.
Supreme Court Makes Big Decision On When Cops Can Enter Your Home - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in dissent that "Fernandez's objection to the search did not become null upon his arrest and removal from the scene." (the logic of the Rethug Supremes)
Chris Christie's Mom Story - Chris Christie's Favorite Story - Esquire - And how it shows that any son who leaves his mother's deathbed to head back to his job might be something of a lunatic
Georgia Lawmakers Want to Allow Businesses to Kick Gay People Out of Diners | Mother Jones (gay water-fountains planned)
Lobbyist drafts bill to ban gays from NFL | TheHill - Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.
Family Research Council Lobbyist Also On DC Madam’s List - Jack Burkman, the GOP strategist and conservative talking head who used to be seen on the cable news shows a lot more often before his MySpace sleazery was exposed, is also on the DC Madam’s phone list!
Jack Burkman-Michael Sam: GOP lobbyist's cynical ploy to ban gays from the NFL. - The Hill was the first to give Jack Burkman the attention he was looking for, but his homophobic PR stunt also gained varying degrees of traction in the national media and among local outlets (the latter of which were largely less skeptical of Burkman's motives).
Katrina Pierson Shoplifting - Katrina Pierson: Texas' Tax Dollars At Work - Esquire - Government dependency made her do it. This is a novel alibi, I must admit.
NYPD Stop-and-Frisk of Black Man Caught on Video | TheBlot
Today in Florida Man
The Daily Dot - Is sexting a 13-year-old girl 'free speech'? This Texas court thinks so - Because Williams did not technically solicit the girl for sex or invite her to visit him at his home, the texts weren’t enough evidence to penalize him for another charge.
FDA weighs risks of three-person embryo fertilization | Al Jazeera America - that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. (slippery-slope to super-baby)
PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data - EveryONE - In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article.
Verizon and AT&T Have Netflix Deals in the Works, Too
Fed knew about Libor rigging in 2008 - Senior Fed official first flagged Libor issue at a policy meeting in April 2008, newly released documents reveal (and sat on it for 3 yrs, because bankers freedoms!)
Rates Rising for Modified Loans - NYTimes.com - “HAMP was designed for a two-year crisis,” Mr. Dorpalen said, “and we had a five-year crisis.” (Obama's designed to fail program is now screwing you)
Russia denounces Ukraine 'terrorists' and west over Yanukovich ousting | World news | theguardian.com - Moscow claims new government violating ethnic Russian rights and accuses west of one-sided geopolitical calculations
Medvedev: Ukraine's new government not legitimate - live updates | World news | theguardian.com - Yanukovych wanted for ‘mass murder’ Ousted president said to have fled from Crimean peninsula
Ukraine's fugitive president wanted for mass murder | Reuters - Ukraine's new authorities issued an arrest warrant on Monday for mass murder against ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, who is on the run after being toppled by bloody street protests in which police snipers killed demonstrators
Anonymous Ukraine releases Klitschko e-mails showing treason - News - World - The Voice of Russia: News, Breaking news, Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video - Anonymous Ukraine is battling the forces in Ukraine that are funded and directed from the West and attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government of the sovereign country of Ukraine. (the view from Russia)
Revolution Is Ukraine's Most Popular Facebook Page | Motherboard
Experts fear Crimea could become next flashpoint | StratRisks - Tensions also mounted in Crimea, in the southeast of Ukraine, where pro-Russian politicians are organizing rallies and forming protest units, demanding autonomy from Kyiv.
“El Chapo” Arrested—Why Now? - WhoWhatWhy | WhoWhatWhy - Did Chapo finally become a liability for the authorities? Was it time for this chess piece to be removed from the board?
Whistleblower: NSA secretly continues Merkel surveillance by bugging other German officials - Boing Boing - An anonymous NSA leaker revealed to the German magazine Bild am Sonntag that the agency has been spying on senior German government figures. (he stopped spying on Merkel, but continued spying on everyone she talks to; Obama's usual logic rabbit-hole : NSA now running the country)
Undeniable proof of Obama's spying on Merkel - Imgur
Inside the Mind of James Clapper - The Intercept - the government has argued in most cases that the story and accompanying documents should not be published. And in almost every single case – 99% if not more – those arguments have been rejected in their entirety (there is basically nothing you are allowed to know)
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations - The Intercept - . Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations”. (Obama's fascist police state)
Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden - The Daily Beast - President Obama's Director of National Intelligence spent his life protecting secrets. Then came the biggest leak of all.
Pentagon Plans Shift From Occupation Armies To Assassinations And Cyberwarfare | FDL News Desk (Obama in the WH basement with a joystick)
Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror Washington's Blog - Governments Admit They Carry Out False Flag Terror
Surveillance Evangelist Arrested in California | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Azano, and three Americans who acted as his agents, are now facing felony charges in an alleged conspiracy to illegally pump roughly $500,000 into local election campaigns in the border city of San Diego. (hey wait, he's a corporation!)
Inside the Booming Commercial Surveillance Industry | Motherboard
New documents prove U.S. Army actively targeted leftist protesters, group says | The Raw Story - he United States Army used a multi-agency spy network to gather intelligence on nonviolent, antiwar protesters and to disseminate their findings to both the FBI and local police departments.
Eric Holder Officially Signs New Rules To Protect Journalists... But Fine Print Shows They're Meaningless | Techdirt - from the that's-a-mighty-big-loophole-you've-got-there dept (Obama's usual bullshit)
Criminalization of Journalism: Birgitta Jonsdottir on Barrett Brown (Obama hates democracy)
Visiting CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou in Federal Prison | The Dissenter
Fewer Americans Think Obama Respected on World Stage
At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They’re Watching You - NYTimes.com - the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior, courtesy of 171 recently installed LED fixtures. But they probably will not realize that the light fixtures are the backbone of a system that is watching them.
Anonymous Dropped Another FEMA Leak | Motherboard
How Youtube's automated copyright system lets big music screw indie creators - Boing Boing
California's Water Crisis Is Becoming A Beer Crisis | ThinkProgress - “It would be like brewing with Alka-Seltzer,” Jeremy Marshall, Lagunitas’ head brewer, told NPR.
Mississippi River closed for 65 miles after oil spill - latimes.com - A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said.
Steve Martin of Virginia on abortion: State senator calls pregnant women "hosts." - Virginia Republicans just don't know how to avoid being wildly offensive.
Ten Of The Most Ludicrous Fox News Guests | Blog | Media Matters for America - During the interview Fox host Megyn Kelly pointed out that "detractors" say Willey is a "dishonest person," and that "there's no direct evidence tying the Clintons" to some of Willey's more outrageous allegations. But the fact that Willey is dishonest and lacks evidence for her smears merely highlights the folly of giving her a platform in the first place. (our Megyn at work)
Backlog of untested rape kits drawing attention of US legislators | World news | theguardian.com - Tennessee is among 17 states proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back 30 years (rape not a crime in TN, other patriarchal southern states)
Cop Harasses Photographer, Steals His Cellphone Battery And Attempts To Get YouTube To Pull The Incriminating Video | Techdirt - A New York City cop beat up and arrested a man for video recording him inside a subway station from 30 feet away Saturday night, walking up to him and getting in his face all while claiming the man was invading his personal space… (a cop's "personal space" is infinite)
Police chief forced to apologize over comments saying that at least jogger didn't have to deal with police who sexually assaulted her | NJ Newsday - Stephen was one of 28 people who were stopped for jaywalking Thursday. A total of seven pedestrians were issued citations.
4.4 bn year old zircon reveals life on Earth appeared earlier than believed — RT News - There are now grounds to suggest that Earth cooled down much sooner, and that life appeared way before many scientists had thought.
The 'C-Spot' May Be The Key To Women's Orgasm Troubles, Says Study - The clitoris is a woman's most sensitive body zone. And as it turns out, its size matters — a new study has found that in women who have orgasm problems, the clitoris is smaller, and located farther from the vagina.
Why Is Apple Taking So Long to Patch Mac OS X? - The company's habit of releasing as little information as possible could harm it in this situation.
The Apple Security Hole Keeps Getting Worse - a major vulnerability that would let a hacker intercept email and other secure communication sent from iPhones and iPads on Friday. Hours later, outside experts found the same flaw in the Safari browser on Mac computers. (suck it up, "macs have no viruses" iheads)
Apple's 'Gotofail' Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More - Forbes
Supreme Court Climate Case Looks At EPA's Power - Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. (Republicans killing the planet)
Photo by youranonnewsorg - The Lenin Monument from #Kiev, #Ukraine being transported to the junk yard.
Western nations scramble to contain fallout of Ukraine crisis | World news | The Guardian - EU leaders worry about country fracturing into pro and anti-Russian factions in aftermath of Viktor Yanukovych's ousting
Yulia Tymoshenko is back centre stage in Ukraine – but not all want her there | World news | The Guardian - "Her people always bring a bust of her head into negotiations, so that she can watch on," said one European who spent time in negotiations with the various political forces around the protest late last year. "Frankly, it's a bit creepy, like you're dealing with a cult."
Yulia Tymoshenko: She's No Angel - The Daily Beast - She amassed an enormous fortune in the natural gas business. People started calling her “The Gas Princess.” And there she was helped by the sweetheart deals Lazarenko allegedly sent her way.
Ukraine crisis: MPs vote in Oleksandr Turchynov as interim president | World news | theguardian.com - Parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Turchynov voted in • MPs impeach Yanukovych, who goes to ground • Elections set for 25 May • Tymoshenko freed from prison
Ukraine: Rice warns Russia military action would be a grave mistake – live updates | World news | theguardian.com - Susan Rice says return to violence is in no one’s interest. Oleksander Tuchynov to hold position until May elections Viktor Yanukovych’s whereabouts unknown
Russia feels double-crossed over Ukraine – but what will Putin do? | Simon Tisdall | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Ukraine's future security, political cohesion and territorial integrity depend on how Putin reacts to the collapse of the EU deal
> Twitter / EuromaidanPR: Security Service in Kharkiv ... is burning documents
Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in night raid on Pakistan border | World news | theguardian.com - Five other soldiers taken prisoner in show of strength against Afghan army just weeks ahead of critical election
France Protesting Against Airport Notre-Dame-Des-Landes
U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel: report | Reuters - The National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday. (so who's in charge?)
What the hell is Barack Obama's presidency for? | Gary Younge | Comment is free | The Guardian - His ascent to power had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare and too piecemeal to constitute a narrative (it was always about himself, duh)
The Myth of German Austerity - NYTimes.com - Germany did less austerity than almost anyone else in the euro area. (do what I say, not what I do)
The Urge To Tighten - NYTimes.com - People are going through the Fed’s 2008 transcripts, and finding that most officials had no idea what was going down. (Incidentally, guys, whatever you want to call 2008, the one thing it definitely wasn’t was a FISCAL crisis. A case of BowlesSimpson on the brain?) I’m a bit surprised, but that’s not the most surprising thing. (the best and the brightest thought a Dem Pres would ruin the economy so they ruined it first)
Washington Center for Equitable Growth | I Am Sorry. What Was Tim Geithner Looking at in January 2008?: Saturday Focus: February 22, 2014 - Tim Geithner January 2008 FOMC Minutes: “The World Is Still Looking Pretty Good”: “In January 2008–right as the U.S. economy entered a recession–the former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman (and later Treasury Secretary) was still very optimistic…. (tool)
Hullabaloo - Our genius overlords (Geithner kept failing upwards)
Jeff Flake, Arizona Senator, Calls On Governor Jan Brewer To Veto Anti-Gay Bill - Jeff Flake, Republican senator from Arizona, joined a chorus of critics against a state bill that would let businesses deny service to gay customers based on religious beliefs.
University Of Notre Dame Once Again Rejected In Battle Over Birth Control (their freedom to impose their religious views on employees)
Chris Christie's Foil, A Northeastern Liberal, Makes His Way On The National Stage - Shumlin didn’t answer whether the Affordable Care Act should be referred to as Obamacare or not. "You can call it whatever you want. I call it health care for people who desperately need it," he said.
Controversies - Massachusetts Joins New Jersey in Demanding Police Warrants for Cell Phone Tracking - AllGov - News
Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Get Off the Bus · LRB 20 February 2014
The solution to inequality in San Francisco — and America? It’s the taxes, stupid! by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The median rent for an apartment in the city is shockingly high — approximately $3,256. As Solnit depressingly points out, “Minimum wage would have to be more than $50 an hour for someone to be able to buy a house in San Francisco, or to ensure that a $3200 a month rent accounted for no more than a third of their pre-tax income.”
Recline! - Why "leaning in" is killing us.
Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? | Dissent Magazine
Opinion piece of the day: Rosa Brooks on why workers need to “Lean Out” by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - one of the most troubling features of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” philosophy. The issue, basically, is that Sandberg’s prescription of relentless workaholism, and her chirpy acceptance of the dystopic hell of a work culture that requires employees not only to put in long hours at the office but to be on call 24/7 during “non-work” hours, don’t do much to advance the cause of feminism, in the end.
2029: the year when robots will have the power to outsmart their makers | Technology | The Observer - Ray Kurzweil, Google expert in artificial intelligence, predicts that by 2029 robots will make jokes and flirt
Colorado Guv Warns States To Be Cautious In Following His Lead On Weed - "It's a segue drug that I think ends up creating a lot more problems than it solves," Branstad said. ("seque" is the new "gateway")
Debunking the myth of Kitty Genovese | New York Post (NYT loves a good story even when it isn't true)
Dr. Drew’s daughter details battle with anorexia & bulimia | Page Six - Paulina, 21, describes how she admitted to her mom during a car ride, “I’ve been throwing up since the seventh grade.” She continued, “After a silence that lasted far too long, she responded, ‘Well, get your teeth checked.’
Comcast’s deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete
Comcast And Netflix Make A Deal To End Traffic Jam - Comcast Corp customers are about to get improved streaming service from Netflix after the two companies announced on Sunday an agreement to give Netflix a direct connection to the broadband provider. (RIP net neutrality)
Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine by Timothy Snyder | The New York Review of Books
Ukraine’s Leader Flees the Capital; Elections Are Called - NYTimes.com
Ukraine's Government Disappears Overnight - Uri Friedman - The Atlantic
Ukrainian Protesters Take Control Of Presidential Offices In Kiev
Ukraine's former PM rallies protesters after Yanukovych flees Kiev | World news | The Observer - Yulia Tymoshenko addresses crowd in Kiev after release from prison, as MPs vote to impeach Viktor Yanukovych
Ukraine: Tymoshenko freed as president denounces coup - live updates | World news | theguardian.com
Twitter / MaximEristavi: The crowd on Independence Sq ... - tonight, @YuliaTymoshenko is expected soon
LIVE: Ukrainian MPs vote to oust President Yanukovych - Mr Yanukovych appears on TV, brands events in Kiev as a "coup" and refuse to step down
activistworldnewsnow - live streaming video powered by Livestream
Ukrainian rabbi tells Kiev's Jews to flee city - Jewish World NewsIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source - Fearing violence against Ukraine's Jews, the Jewish community asks Israel for assistance with the security of the community.
A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design - Matt Ford - The Atlantic - Ukraine's Independence Square, and the revolutionary dimensions of public spaces.
Venezuelans on streets again as protest leader awaits trial | World news | theguardian.com - Opposing marches on Saturday come after president Nicolás Maduro played down protest movement on Friday
FOCUS | How Washington Is Playing Venezuela Like a Fiddle - nited States foreign policy can be summed up as hard power vs. soft power. An example of hard power is the US backing the unsuccessful 2002 military coup d’état against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, when businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga briefly took power. An example of the US’s soft power is the current situation in Venezuela.
US investigates illegal military equipment shipments from Israel to Iran - US Homeland Security says Israeli arms dealers have been sending spare military jet parts to Iran in breach of sanctions (yes, you read that right)
Sinaloa cartel chief captured by US and Mexican authorities | World news | theguardian.com - Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, arguably most powerful drug trafficker in the world, reportedly arrested in Mexico hotel
Editors Choice | Reuters.com - A man holds a sign which reads, "Not extendable" amid smoke and fire after angry protesters set tyres on fire in a street during a demonstration against the General National Congress (GNC) in Benghazi February 21, 2014.
Break-in Reported at Project on Government Oversight - It’s probably nothing, but the office of a major Washington, DC national security whistleblowers organization was broken into last week. (yeah, nothing)
Daniel Soar reviews ‘The Snowden Files’ by Luke Harding · LRB 20 February 2014 - The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man
Legal Community Disturbed About Recent Allegations of Spying on Privileged Communications | Electronic Frontier Foundation - The NSA appears to have been involved in the surveillance of privileged attorney-client communications, and the legal community is not happy about it. (Obama the anti-Constitutional scholar)
Leaked documents show how US authorities hounded WikiLeaks - Reporters Without Borders
ChatSecure — ChatSecure - Free and open source encrypted chat for iPhone and Android.
Why AT&T's Surveillance Report Omits 80 Million NSA Targets | Threat Level | Wired.com
What Happens When You Marry The NSA's Surveillance Database With Amazon's Personalized Marketing? | Techdirt - from the spying-in-the-service-of-seduction dept
House of Cards’ Jimmi Simpson on Cashew -- Vulture
Plowshares Sentencing Shows U.S. Government Afraid Of Peace Activists | PopularResistance.Org - Sr. Megan Rice: “To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest honor this court could bestow on me.”
Twitter Blocks Kickass.to Links, Says They're Unsafe | TorrentFreak - Twitter is refusing to link users to Kickass.to, the second largest torrent index on the Internet. People
Case dismissed against NYPD over surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey (+video) - CSMonitor.com - A federal judge says NYPD surveillance of New Jersey mosques, businesses, and student groups was not motivated by religious bias. Former city officials call the dismissal a vindication. (they just happened to be all Muslims)
How the GOP Sabotaged Marco Rubio -- Daily Intelligencer - We can now, in hindsight, identify last February as the apex of the Rubio bubble. Over the next few months, conservatives shook off Rubio’s charm offensive and whipped themselves into a familiar frenzy against his immigration-reform plan.
Fed transcripts from 2008 reveal inner workings as US teetered on the brink | Business | theguardian.com - Janet Yellen’s jokes pepper Federal Reserve members’ struggle to describe severity of financial crisis as it developed (except for Bernanke and Yellen, they were pretty stupid)
America’s Invisible—and Very Diverse—Working Class | CEPR Blog - As it shows, at 44 percent, the share of Americans identifying as working class in 2012 was the same as the share identifying as middle class. Only about 8 percent of Americans identified as lower class, slightly higher than the roughly 5 percent on average who identified as lower class before the Great Recession. (no one wants to be "lower class")
Student Debt Crisis is Slowing Household-Formation for Millenials | New Republic (Boomers left their children to inherit the wind)
Study: Republican presidents are associated with higher infant mortality rates
Why creationists can’t be scientists - Salon.com - In contrast, William Saletan sees creationism as “harmless” because scientists who espouse it can “compartmentalize” their beliefs. (he's obviouisly not a scientist)
Saletan is at it again » Pharyngula - I don’t say this lightly, but Saletan is one of the more dishonest pundits out there — I’ve read multiple columns by this guy where he lies with numbers and fudges the evidence to fit his preconceptions, and this is no exception
Doxxing Internet babes: “She wanted it” - Salon.com - The latest female victim of online outings: An Olympic volunteer who dared to be attractive in public
Diplotwoops - All deleted tweets from diplomats
Cops hit my car, then arrested me: suit | New York Post - “I was smiling, like, ‘How’d you run into me?’?” he recalled. “Then the cop said, ‘Dude, you ran into me.’?” (parked while black)
Austin police drag jogger to car screaming after jaywalking without ID | The Raw Story (show your papers when jogging)
> Letting Go of Asperger’s - Hanna Rosin - The Atlantic - Months after our son was diagnosed, the label officially disappeared. And that turned out to be a good thing.
Two thirds of women are not taking folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida
Will John Henry Save the Boston Globe? - Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander. “I feel my mortality,” he says. So here’s his plan: He’s going to use the time he has left on earth to try to save journalism itself.
Six Organizations That Secretly Run The Internet at WhoIsHostingThis.com
? Kiev drone footage: Aerial view of burning Maidan amid Ukranian riots - YouTube
Ukraine peace deal signed by president, opposition leaders
Sudan court convicts gang-raped teenager of 'indecent acts' | World news | theguardian.com - Pregnant 18-year-old's sentence condemned by activists who say it will discourage other rape victims from speaking out
24 hours to stop Uganda’s anti-gay bill - All Out
Eight anti-Putin protesters convicted in Russian 'show trial' | Reuters
US ranks low in first-ever global index of LGBT inclusion in armed forces | World news | theguardian.com - US placed 40 out of 103 countries’ armed forces based on inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender service members
Canadian Forces Members Accused Of Posting Libellous Comments On Facebook - The complaints centre around Katherine Bickford, a transgender woman and former member of the Canadian military based near Comox, B.C.
Adelina Sotnikova’s Upset Victory Is Hard to Figure - NYTimes.com - The governing body, with its judging ranks tarnished by questionable officials and its scoring system favoring math whizzes over artists, is killing its own sport. But the athletes suffer the most.
Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage
Jews DO control the media | Manny Friedman | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel - Let’s be honest with ourselves, here, fellow Jews. We do control the media. We’ve got so many dudes up in the executive offices in all the big movie production companies it’s almost obscene. Just about every movie or TV show, whether it be “Tropic Thunder” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is rife with actors, directors, and writers who are Jewish. Did you know that all eight major film studios are run by Jews? (appears not to be satire)
At the Pentagon, once a secret, always a secret — even if everyone knows - And now, more news from the front in the never-ending battle to pry historical, formerly secret documents from the Pentagon. The latest skirmish involves a 50-plus -year-old, formerly “top secret” document going back to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. (makes you wonder what they are really hiding)
ABA asks NSA how it handles attorney-client privileged information in intelligence work « ABA News Archives (share it with the prosecution, duh)
US psychologists renew push for ban on assisting military interrogations | World news | theguardian.com - American Psychological Association angered many by choosing not to censure psychologist who took part in Guantánamo detainee’s torture (they lost their soul when they started taking insurance)
UK Government Refuses To Confirm Or Deny If Your Pronunciation Of Its Massive Surveillance Program 'Tempora' Is Correct | Techdirt - from the oh,-come-on,-stop-being-tiresome dept
Documenting Darkness: How a Thug State Operates - We do know that, in 2011, the whole government reportedly classified 92,064,862 documents. If accurate and reasonably typical, that means, in the twenty-first century, the NSS has already generated hundreds of millions of documents that could not be read by an American without a security clearance ... Shadow government has conquered twenty-first-century Washington. We have the makings of a thug state of the first order.
The Persecution of U.S. Political Prisoner & Whistleblower John Kiriakou | Ben Swann Truth In Media - “Diesel therapy” is a method of continually moving a prisoner from prison to prison across the country via bus, van, or plane. This continual movement results in the inmate being unable to receive calls, mail, or visitation. In many cases family members and even the attorney don’t know where the inmate is located at any given moment. (Obama is a thug)
More Executive-Minded than the Executive : Just Security - The English judiciary continues to show its habit of subservience to the government on security matters.
Free Barrett Brown — Debunking supposed "threats" - Brown, upset at the FBI agent’s threats to charge his mother (who was coerced to plead guilty and is now serving 6 months probation), said that he was going to ruin Smith’s life, but he explicitly and immediately added that he didn’t mean it as a physical threat
Writing The Snowden Files: 'The paragraph began to self-delete' | Books | The Guardian - Was it the NSA? GCHQ? A Russian hacker? Who was secretly reading his book on Snowden while he wrote it, wonders Luke Harding
Hullabaloo - Tailgunner Mike - His letter indicates such a high level of arrogance and delusion that I think if there's any danger to our country, it comes from the fact that this loon has access to America's secrets.
NSA explores options for relinquishing vast telephone record database - The Washington Post (they could give it to ... Comcast!)
Judge Tosses Muslim Spying Suit Against NYPD, Says Any Damage Was Caused by Reporters Who Exposed It - The Intercept
NYPD Spying On Muslims Was Legal, Judge Rules - A federal judge has ruled that the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey was a lawful effort to prevent terrorism, not a civil rights violation. (racial profiling judge decides racial profiling ok and all Muslims are terror suspects)
Judge William Martini Endorses Hunting for Terrorists in Muslim Girls Schools | emptywheel
William J. Martini « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – (same dimbulb compromised judge)
Director of National Intelligence Approves ‘Challenge Contest’ to Help Root Out Potential Leakers | The Dissenter (the spy on your coworkers program)
» Chelsea Manning acceptance statement of Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence Private Manning Support Network
Two anti-surveillance bills pass New Hampshire house committee | Nullify NSA!Nullify NSA! - Today, a New Hampshire state house committee passed a bill designed to thwart the effects of warrantless surveillance, the second such bill passed by the committee this week.
The Daily Dot - Here's how easy it is to get your paws on Dogecoin
SPIROL Hacked, 70,889 Clients Information Leaked After Being Warned | Cyber War News - SPIROL is a international business going back to 1948 specializing in the fasting industry.
The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011 | Economic Policy Institute - Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011 (MA very elitist; just read the failing Globe)
When lawmakers and lobbyists are family – Anderson Cooper 360 - CNN.com Blogs
Family Ties of Members of Congress
How Tea Party Absolutism Cost The GOP A Huge Win On Entitlements - Back in the summer of 2011, Republicans had it within their grasp. A dejected President Barack Obama placed the crown jewels of liberalism on the chopping block, offering Republicans hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Limits of Wingnuttery In Kansas? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - A new PPP survey of Kansas shows that pace Tom Frank, there are limits to the appetite of Sunflower State voters for the aggressive wingnuttery of the currently ascendant conservative wing of the GOP.
American journalism, brimming with once-in-a-generation talent (hundreds of generations)
How should we think and talk about large, complex, internally riven institutions? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : 1) The Catholic Church considers the use of contraception to be a flagrant violation of God’s designs and plans for human sexual flourishing; it is sinful and impermissible for practicing Catholics.
The Daily Dot - Compromising emails ensnare another GOP politician
Climate Change Denier Roy Spencer Says People Who Use Word 'Denier' Are 'Global Warming Nazis' | DeSmogBlog - Prince Charles is a “global warming Nazi” and, apparently, so is U.S. President Barack Obama.
Girl Scout Does Brisk Business Selling Cookies Outside San Francisco Pot Club | NBC Bay Area - Danielle was able to sell 117 boxes within two hours outside the cannabis clinic -- 37 more than what she sold within the same time frame at a local Safeway the next day, according to Mashable.
These Charts Show Just How Bad America's Heroin Problem Has Become
Because Racism, Lethal Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money : “In SYG states, 13.6% of homicides were ruled justifiable; in non-SYG states, only 7.2% were deemed such.”
New Jersey's 'Bishop Of Bling' Is Taking A Ton Of Heat - It turns out that a lot of people don't like the idea of a man of God living in a home with an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub.
Local Government Shocks UK Couple By Requesting Removal of ‘Harmful’ Solar Panels | EcoWatch - The Skinners were encouraged by their local council to install solar panels on the roof and side of their United Kingdom home, only to later be told by the same officials that their $33,300 energy system presented a threat to the community. (terrorist solar panels)
Texas Senate Holds Hearing To Congratulate Itself On Women's Health 'Achievements' (guarding their ladyparts)
States fight to push anti-gay bills. But will they pass? | MSNBC
Arizona legislature sends ‘anti-gay’ bill to Republican governor Jan Brewer | World news | theguardian.com - Bill would allow businesses, churches and individuals to cite religion as reason for denying service to gay people
The ACLU Warns That Alabama's Latest Push To Restrict Abortion Is An 'Assault On Women' | ThinkProgress
GOP Lawmaker: UT-Knoxville Students Can Have 'Sex Week' In 'A Field Full Of Sheep' - "They can go out there in a field full of sheep if they want to and have all the Sex Week they want."
How Conservatives Can Develop A Better Class Of Political Celebrities Than Donald Trump And Ted Nugent | ThinkProgress
Why I Do Not Warn Movie Viewers About Content That Could Be Upsetting | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - I take a break from film recommendations this week to address an ethical issue about film reviewin
Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley’s Intro To Computer Science Course | TechCrunch
Dogs' brain scans reveal vocal responses - Devoted dog owners often claim that their pets understand them. A new study suggests they could be right.
What 'House of Cards' Got Right About Hackers | Motherboard
American wireless customers pay more for less speed | The Verge - All LTE isn't equal, but US carriers are a raw deal
Update your iThings: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS 6, 7 • The Register - Encrypted connections vulnerable to tampering
Risk Is Low And Business Is Booming In The Malware Market : All Tech Considered : NPR
Android WebView Exploit, 70% Devices Vulnerable
White House Takes Steps Against Patent Trolls - Slashdot - The White House also announced that it would launch a new crowdsourcing initiative focused on identifying prior art (evidence of existing inventions) that the USPTO can use to reject bad patent claims and will expand a USPTO patent examiner technical training program by allowing outside technologists to help with the training." (that will really help)
New radioactive water leak at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant - CNN.com - The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water was discovered late Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement.
Fukushima deaths now higher than in Tsunami - Prime Gazette - Health complications from Japan's 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one region than the disaster itself, according to authorities.
Ukraine's bloodiest day: dozens dead as protesters regain territory from police | World news | The Guardian - Corpses on Kiev's Independence Square as police deploy snipers and use live ammunition
Everything You Need To Know About The Growing Crisis In Ukraine | ThinkProgress
Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine by Timothy Snyder | The New York Review of Books - The dictatorship laws of January 16 were obviously based on Russian models, and were proposed by Ukrainian legislators with close ties to Moscow. They seem to have been Russia’s condition for financial support of the Yanukovych regime.
Kiev: '70 protesters die as police held hostage' - Prime Gazette
Kiev, Ukraine Protests Are Vladimir Putin's Worst Nightmare | New Republic - He is said to have said as much to George W. Bush in 2008. "Don't you see, George, that Ukraine is not even its own state?" he is reported to have smirked. ("smirked")
Ukraine Protests: Top Medic For Protesters Says At Least 70 Activists Have Been Killed In Clashes
Ukraine Protests: Truce Fails To End Battles Between Police, Demonstrators (photos)
What’s Really Happening in Venezuela? » CounterPunch (CIA financed coup attempt)
Wikileaks Exposed US’ Efforts To Destabilize Venezuela | PopularResistance.Org
The Global Intelligence Files - Re: Insight - Venezuela: CANVAS analysis
New report by UN rights investigator accuses Israel of “inhuman acts” - UN Watch - - A controversial United Nations human rights investigator is accusing Israel of “inhuman acts" and calling on the world body to support a “legitimacy war” against the Jewish state. (the UN is "anti-semitic"
Talks called off – The Express Tribune - The government decided to pull the plug on the moribund peace talks with the Taliban as the prime minister and the military leadership decided that “proceeding with the peace talks amid the bombings and slaughter of soldiers would be injustice to terror victims.”
How US Aid Fosters Human Rights Violations in the Philippines | The Nation
Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal - "When you go on a charm offensive, it's probably not helpful to tell the targets of your seduction a bunch of lies, that if they knew better, they'd agree with you, and any time they call you on your lies, they're being hostile," said one attendant. (kind of defines Obama's style)
Identities of 71 Gitmo prisoners eligible for hearings released by US | Al Jazeera America - List of those who qualify for parole-board-style appearance includes high-profile former CIA captive Abu Zubaydah
Egypt puts three Al Jazeera journalists on trial | Reuters (learning from Obama)
Urgent: Please Help Save Net Neutrality in the EU - Open Enterprise
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts | World news | The Guardian - Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official • NSA encourages departments to share their 'Rolodexes' • Surveillance produced 'little intelligence', memo acknowledges
New Details of Attack on Yemeni Wedding Prompt More Demands Obama Explain Drone Policy - The Intercept - A new report on the U.S. drone missile strike that killed 12 members of a Yemeni wedding convoy has renewed calls for the Obama administration to make public its own investigations into the incident — and explain how such strikes are consistent with international laws of war.
Report: U.S. drone strike may have killed up to a dozen civilians in Yemen | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS - A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen in December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.
Report: Deadly drone strike in Yemen failed to comply with Obama’s rules to protect civilians - The Washington Post - A U.S. drone strike in December that killed at least a dozen people in Yemen failed to comply with rules imposed by President Obama last year to protect civilians, according to an investigation by a human rights organization released Thursday.
Jon Stewart Compares Obama's Drone Program With Bush's Torture Policy (Romancing the Drone)
UK shared ops room where drone targets were identified – Yemen president | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Yemen’s president has said that the UK is a participant in a secret ‘joint operations control room’ in Yemen’s capital, from which individuals who are ‘going to be targeted’ are identified. (when will Obama be brought to justice?)
The Busting Of Tony Blair « The Dish - As the years go by, the smell intensifies. If you want a glimpse into the utterly corrupt British Establishment under Tony Blair, look no further than the evidence produced yesterday at Rebekah Brooks’s trial in charges of phone-hacking.
Hacking of US Navy Computers by Iranian Hackers will Test new NSA Commander Rogers | HackRead - Latest Cyber Crime - Information Security - Hacking News - US NAVY faces 110,000 cyber attacks every hour. Now a report has gone viral that Iran’s penetration into the US Navy’s computer network was far more extensive than previously imagined, according to Wall Street Journal
ProPublica Wins MacArthur Foundation Award - ProPublica - , a one-time grant of $1 million, will add to its reserve, laying the groundwork for an expansion of its investigative newsroom.
The Daily Dot - Why Barrett Brown should not be in jail - Almost everything about Barrett Brown's case is extreme and concerning. (Obama's corp/spy/police state)
Reading Between the Lines of Redacted NSA Documents | Threat Level | Wired.com (no information for you)
Greenwald: Clapper statement ‘vindicates’ Snowden - In light of Clapper’s confession to the Daily Beast, they might just ask, “Is this really critical to national security, or is it something that you should have disclosed to the American public years ago?
Letter To The Editor: Rep Mike Rogers: Leaking security information imperils lives - Washington Times - Hawking access to stolen classified information for personal gain is not journalism. (here's your Congressional "oversight")
Journalist, Terrorist. What's the Difference? | Motherboard
UK: Miranda ruling fails to protect public interest journalism · Article 19 (criminalizing journalism)
Snowden warns 'overclassification' is danger to democracy - Yahoo News - Former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Wednesday spoke out about the use of state secrecy privileges as he presented an Oxford University award to fellow intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning.
Chelsea Manning Wonders Whether She Could Have Gotten Anwar al-Awlaki’s Treatment | emptywheel - Chelsea Manning Wonders Whether She Could Have Gotten Anwar al-Awlaki’s Treatment (Obama probably considered it)
Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden Criticize the “Decline” of US Democracy | Motherboard
David Miranda detention lawful - High Court judgment demonstrates problem with overbroad Schedule 7 power | Liberty - protecting civil liberties, promoting human rights - “If such a barefaced abuse of power is lawful then the law must change. Miranda’s treatment showed Schedule 7 for what it is: a chillingly over-broad power, routinely misused. People are held and interrogated for hours, their property confiscated while they’re swabbed for saliva – all without any suspicion that they’ve done anything wrong.”
In remission: Miranda v Home Secretary | OISC
Mike Rogers On Leaking Security Information - The Snowden Effect, Continued - Esquire - Somehow, I have very little faith in congressional oversight as it is practiced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Quantico).
Kickstarter breached, CEO warns encrypted passwords can be cracked - SC Magazine - After popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced on Saturday that it experienced a breach, all users are being urged to change their passwords, even though the company uses encryption.
More than a million Android devices infected with bootkit trojan - SC Magazine - More than a million Android mobile devices worldwide are now infected with a crafty bootkit trojan known as Android.Oldboot.1.origin – a number that has more than tripled since Russian anti-virus company Dr. Web posted about the malware on Jan. 24.
Engineer bypasses Snapchat's CAPTCHAs with fewer than 100 lines of code - SC Magazine - after individuals took advantage of a vulnerability in the popular messaging app's application programming interface (API) and stole a database of 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers.
Anonymous has a new video, and Anonymous is not thrilled | The Raw Story
Matt Taibbi to Lead First Look’s Next Digital Magazine | Business Wire - Former Rolling Stone journalist and best-selling author will build a team to report on financial and political corruption
Thank You, Rolling Stone | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone - Today is my last day at Rolling Stone. As of this week, I’m leaving to work for First Look Media, the new organization that’s already home to reporters like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.
Matt Taibbi Slams David Gregory: 'I Don't Know How He Can Call Himself A Journalist'
Obama To Drop Social Security Cut From Budget - President Obama will not include cuts to Social Security and other earned-benefit programs in his upcoming budget, the White House confirmed on Thursday. (it took him this long)
GOP’s Social Security disaster: Conservatives just lost their chance to cut benefits - Salon.com - The president dropping Chained CPI from his budget is a reprieve for the left -- and a message to the right - . One of the White House’s most poorly kept secrets is that many of Obama’s economic advisers support Chained CPI on the merits, or believe it to be the least-bad benefit cut Obama could offer Republicans.
Four Reasons The GOP Has A Huge Advantage In The 2014 Elections (it's going to get much, much worse)
Turns Out Anti-Union Volkswagen Workers May Have Screwed Themselves And The South (they were watching Fox)
All Cities Are Not Created Unequal | Brookings Institution
New Study Shows Glaring Differences Between GMO and Non-GMO Foods | EcoWatch - New studies conducted by scientists independent of the biotech industry are showing glaring differences between genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their non-GMO counterparts. (an apple is "mostly equal" to an orange)
Keystone pipeline approval in limbo after Nebraska ruling | Reuters - - A Nebraska court on Wednesday voided the governor's decision to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the Midwestern state, creating another snag for the controversial project to link Canada's oil sands with refineries in Texas.
The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist? | The Verge - Chicago police say its computers can tell who will be a violent criminal, but critics say it's nothing more than racial profiling
Comic explains problems with Oakland's Domain Awareness Center surveillance plan - Boing Boing
NY woman slain after police plea untranslated | National News - KCCI Home - "No one translated it and they just put it away or placed it into the system ... three complaints were filed by Deisy, and none of the times she filed a complaint did police actually arrest Mr. Mejia, her ex-husband."
Media Outlets Ask Judge for Video in Justin Bieber's Miami Beach Arrest | NBC 6 South Florida - A South Florida judge heard arguments Thursday on a motion by media outlets seeking the release of police videos made shortly after Justin Bieber's recent arrest in Miami Beach
Recording Traffic Stop Lands Davie Woman In Jail « CBS Miami
Tea Party's Mike Lee leads unlikely Republican push against poverty | World news | theguardian.com - Utah senator has been on a quiet mission to rebrand his image and that of the radical Republican wing he represents ("poverty" = "the poor")
Scott Walker Ordered Doctor Fired Because She Was Once A Thong Model (Republicans are obsessed with thongs)
Rahm Emanuel Mayor Interview - Rahm Emanuel Profile - Esquire - "Trending toward insolvency." "The country's worst school system." "The murder capital of America." This is Rahm Emanuel's third year as mayor of Chicago, and everything is under control.
A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace - NYTimes.com - The archbishop's 4,500-square-foot vacation home, in Pittstown, is getting a 3,000-square-foot addition.
New Report Exposes America's Highest Paid Government Workers | PR Watch
? How to Not Get Raped - YouTube
The Dark Power of Fraternities - The Atlantic
This Is What Happens When Massive Black Hole Gobbles Up Sun-Like Star (video)
Cat Bites Are Linked To Depression | Popular Science - The reason why is not fully clear. Maybe cats just dislike depressed people.
After combing through the health records of 1.3 million people over 10 years, researchers found an unusual link between cat bites and depression : science
Study maps Twitter’s information ecosystem | Al Jazeera America - New research outlines the six types of communities on the social network and what that means for communication
E-Z-2-Use attack code exploits critical bug in majority of Android phones | Ars Technica - Just-released code creates drive-by attack that exploits 14-month old bug.
The Daily Dot - The real reason Verizon has been slowing down Netflix - "ISPs are under no obligation to accept Netflix's peering and caching offers. Teaming up with netflix might improve performance, but not doing so isn't the same as refusing to carry traffic."
Why Kiev Is Burning, Explained | Mother Jones
Ukraine Liveblog: Day 2 of The Battle For Maidan | The Interpreter
Ukraine leader denounces ‘coup’ bid as EU weighs sanctions | Al Jazeera America - At least 25 are killed as protesters torch cars and police fire into a crowd in central Kiev
Obama condemns Ukraine violence, warns of consequences - CNN.com (while his CIA is at work)
Ukraine Puts ‘Extremists’ on Notice After Deadly Clashes - NYTimes.com - The security authorities in Ukraine offered the first indication on Wednesday that the deadly political violence afflicting Kiev had spread far beyond the capital
Israeli PM brands boycotters ‘anti-Semites,’ bent on ‘destruction of Jewish state’ — RT News (boycotting apartheid state = terrorism)
North Korea's Horrors, as Shown by One Defector's Drawings - Matt Ford - The Atlantic - The graphic sketches depict atrocities committed by Kim Jong Un's regime.
North Korea Is Officially the Worst Place on Earth. Now What? | Motherboard
Video: Pussy Riot attacked with whips by police at Sochi - Russian punk group Pussy Riot is attacked by government security forces as they try to perform under a sign for the Sochi Olympics (Putin is always innovative)
Immigration Department data lapse reveals asylum seekers' personal details | World news | theguardian.com - online database provides personal details of almost 10,000 people in serious and embarrassing security breach (OZ)
Bosnian Protestors Press Home Demands - Institute for War and Peace Reporting - P214 - Calls for an end to poor government, corruption and illegal privatisation as popular unrest continues.
Turkish President Approves Internet Censorship Bill ("Yes We Ban" - cute)
Australian naval incursions blamed on errors | SBS News - Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government has reassured Indonesia that Australian navy boats won't breach Indonesian territorial waters in future.
Former US soldier guilty of rape found hanged - Americas - Al Jazeera English - Former soldier was 19 when he raped and killed teenage Iraqi girl and shot dead her three family members.
Pregnant teenager alleging gang-rape charged with adultery in Sudan | World news | The Guardian - Ethopian teenager says she was raped by seven men last August, and now faces possible sentence of death by stoning
Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks on phone-hacking scandal, court hears | UK news | theguardian.com - Blair also told her he was "available" to her and Rupert and James Murdoch as an "unofficial adviser" on a "between us" basis.
Gallup Afghanistan Poll - This Historical Amnesia In Gallup's Afghanistan Poll - Esquire
UK Court: David Miranda Detention Legal Under Terrorism Law - The Intercept - A British lower court has ruled that London police acted lawfully in employing an anti-terror statute to detain and interrogate David Miranda for nearly nine hours at Heathrow Airport last summer, even while recognizing that the detention was “an indirect interference with press freedom.” (journalism = terrorism)
On the UK's Equating of Journalism With Terrorism - The Intercept
Surveillance and Pressure Against WikiLeaks and Its Readers | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Yet another document shows the depth of the legal effort against WikiLeaks, indicating that the Obama administration "urged foreign allies to file criminal charges against Assange over the group’s publication of the Afghanistan war logs."
NSA Targets Pirate Bay And Wikileaks Despite 'Inadvertent' Collection Of US Data According To Latest Leak | Techdirt - from the speech-keeps-getting-chillier dept
Julian Assange on Being Placed on NSA "Manhunting" List & Secret Targeting of WikiLeaks Supporters
Wark_A-Hacker-Manifesto.pdf - There is a double spooking the world, the double of abstraction.
VIDEO: Eminem, Ice Cube and Korn Team Up with Anonymous to Call For Global Revolution | Alternet - 'Everything's corrupt, everything's fucked up.'
FBI “Terror Plot” Claims Continue to Unravel
Megaupload founder Dotcom loses in search warrant case | PCWorld - A court in New Zealand has ruled that warrants used to search the homes of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his colleague Bram van der Kolk were valid, but objected to the removal to the U.S. by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of copies of the electronic items seized. (of course they did)
DHS cancels national license plate tracking plan - The Washington Post - The order came in the wake of a story by The Washington Post reporting that ICE last week solicited proposals from companies to compile a database of license plate information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers. (that didn't take long)
JPMorgan banker jumps from Hong Kong high-rise | 2014-02-18 | HousingWire - Third JPMorgan employee, fifth banker in three weeks to die
Third party hype 2005-13 - Brendan Nyhan
The Endless Third-Party Fantasy by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Since third-party fantasies reemerge every time there is evidence Americans hold their elected officials in minimum high regard, Brendan Nyhan provides a public service with a compendium of “here comes a third party!” predictions dating back to 2005. Moreoever, only a few of them were written by Thomas Friedman.
Watch This CNN Anchor Stop The Spin On The Minimum Wage | Blog | Media Matters for America - CNN's Carol Costello shot down conservative talking points disparaging the minimum wage, correctly noting that raising it would increase incomes and decrease poverty.
Rents Used to Pay Blackstone Leased-Home Bonds Decline 7.6% - Bloomberg - Rents collected on the collateral for the first U.S. rental-home securities declined by 7.6 percent from October to January, according to Morningstar Inc. (no one could have predicted)
Loan Complaints by Homeowners Rise Once More - NYTimes.com (deja redux Obama pardoned them all)
Cool New Kansas Bill Would Let Everybody Spank Your Child - Corporal punishment is defined under the bill as using one’s palm to strike the clothed buttocks of child up to ten times and using reasonable physical force to restrain the child. The bill acknowledges that this may lead to bruising. (while they cut education funds by 17%)
Holt, Science Advocate From New Jersey, Won’t Seek Re-election to Congress - NYTimes.com - Representative Rush D. Holt Jr. of New Jersey, a research physicist who became Congress’s chief advocate for scientific research over eight terms, announced on Tuesday that he is not seeking re-election this year. (Inhofe to be the new scientist)
Trading Water for Fuel is Fracking Crazy | EcoWatch - It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we’re trading precious water for fossil fuels. (let them drink gasoline)
Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale - Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie
"Frackgate": Ohio Regulators Planned to Subvert Eco-Groups, Promote Fracking in State Parks
Energy Secretary Moniz Announces $6.5 Billion Loan For First Nuclear Plants in Nearly 30 Years | EcoWatch
Judge expanded secret probe a day before Walker's 2010 election - The day before Scott Walker was elected governor in 2010, a judge expanded the secret investigation to four more of his top aides, thousands of pages of documents released Wednesday show.
Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from investigations as ex-aide’s e-mails are released - The Washington Post
Montana Prosecutor Says Feds Trying To 'Bully' Him Into Sexual Assault Reforms
Half of U.S. prison sex crimes involve staff toward inmates: fed study | Reuters - Nearly 9,000 incidents of sexual victimization against inmates in U.S. prisons and jails were reported in 2011, with roughly half of them involving corrections staff, according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Johns Hopkins Gun-Control Study: Background Checks Really Work | New Republic - The study, from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, found the murder rate in Missouri jumped 16 percent—an additional 55 to 63 murders a year—after the repeal in 2007 of a state law that required anyone purchasing a handgun to obtain a permit showing they had passed a background check.
Arizona toddler with 160 IQ admitted to Mensa | Reuters - a 3-year-old Arizona girl has been accepted into an exclusive global society known for its brain power.
Science Nice Time: Rumors of Adorable Moon Rover Jade Rabbit's Death Exaggerated - Happy Nice Time People
3-Year-Olds Can Learn to Code — One Robot Turtle at a Time - Robot Turtles by ThinkFun is the most-funded board game in Kickstarter history, far surpassing its $25,000 goal with $630,000 in pledges. The company is now accepting preorders, priced at $24.99, and will ship in June.
How Netflix is turning viewers into puppets - Salon.com - "House of Cards" gives viewers exactly what Big Data says we want. This won't end well
The Daily Dot - Greek politician who sued Wikipedia editor clearly never heard of the Streisand Effect - What is clear though is that Katsanevas's own dogged prosecution of Liourdis seems to be backfiring. Rather than quashing the controversy, he's only brought more attention to it.
57 Ways To Sign Off On An Email - Forbes
Ubuntu phones arriving in 2014 from Meizu and BQ Mobile - The bad news is that neither of these manufacturers have a large presence in US, so the chances of picking up a high-end Ubuntu phone on Verizon in 2014 is pretty slim.
Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline risks for downstream communities and fisheries.pdf
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Shocking Charts Predict 2014 Crash | Michael E Kelley - Multiple charts exist which predict another recession this year!
Elderly nun sentenced to 35 months for Tennessee nuclear break-in | Reuters
9 policemen among 20 killed in Ukraine riots as Kiev city center burns — RT News
Riot police move in against Kiev protest camp - thousands of riot police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the sprawling protest camp in the center of Kiev on Tuesday, following a day of street battles that left 18 people dead and hundreds injured.
Kiev, Ukraine. #euromaidan
At least nine protesters killed as Kiev clashes continue | World news | The Guardian - Hopes for a settlement of Ukraine's three-month crisis are evaporating amid scenes of rioting, burning buildings, police bombings and rubber bullets in Kiev that left up to nine protesters reported dead and more than 100 seriously injured.
Stephen Cohen: The Questionable Motives Behind Western Involvement in Ukraine | The Nation
US support for regime change in Venezuela is a mistake | Mark Weisbrot | Comment is free | theguardian.com - The US push to topple the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro once again pits Washington against South America (CIA's long bloody history and Obama's part in it)
More than 500 Indian workers have died in Qatar since 2012, figures show | World news | The Guardian - As Qatar construction boom gathers pace ahead of 2022 World Cup, Indian government confirms scale of death toll - analysis of the lists of dead Nepalese workers showed that more than two-thirds died of sudden heart failure or workplace accidents.
How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences
Panty Protests In Russia And Kazakhstan Sparked By Lace Lingerie Ban - On Sunday, 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan were arrested and thrown into police vans while wearing lace underwear on their heads and shouting "Freedom to panties!"
Living in fear in Hebron - Features - Al Jazeera English - Thousands of Palestinian homes have been emptied in recent years, some through evictions and others over restrictions.
Terror case collapses as ‘activist’ witness admits being informant - Mapuche men acquitted of arson to seek official redress, after being detained for two years as minors under anti-terrorism law.
Spain, Land of 10 P.M. Dinners, Asks if It’s Time to Reset Clock - NYTimes.com - . But now that it is trying to recover from a devastating economic crisis — in the absence of easy solutions — a pro-efficiency movement contends that the country can become more productive, more in sync with the rest of Europe, if it adopts a more regular schedule.
US intelligence chief: NSA should have been more open about data collection | World news | theguardian.com - James Clapper tells interviewer the spy agency could have avoided controversy by being up front with American citizens (Pres So Transparent You Can See Right Through Him)
Spy Chief: We Should’ve Told You We Track Your Calls - The Daily Beast - The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans' call records to be a state secret. Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place.
Edward Snowden 'humbled' by his election as Glasgow University rector | World news | The Guardian - In statement to the Guardian, NSA whistleblower describes vote as bold and historic decision in support of academic freedom
NSA Surveillance Debate Exposes Divisions In Democratic, Republican Parties - Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the House and Senate leadership are on the other side, defending the Obama administration's surveillance programs as necessary to prevent terrorism.
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters - The InterceptThe Intercept - GCHQ used its surveillance system to secretly monitor visitors to a WikiLeaks site. By exploiting its ability to tap into the fiber-optic cables that make up the backbone of the Internet, the agency confided to allies in 2012, it was able to collect the IP addresses of visitors in real time, as well as the search terms that visitors used to reach the site from search engines like Google.
‘Manhunting Timeline’ Further Suggests US Pressured Countries to Prosecute WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief | The Dissenter - t the United States pressured officials of countries around the world to prosecute WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, in 2010. (oh, like Sweden?)
Julian Assange on Being Placed on NSA "Manhunting" List & Secret Targeting of WikiLeaks Supporters | Democracy Now!
U.S. and U.K. Targeted WikiLeaks With Surveillance and Political Pressure, Documents Show | American Civil Liberties Union - . “Publishers who disclose abuses of government power should not be subjected to invasive surveillance for having done so, and individuals should not be swept up into surveillance dragnets simply because they’ve visited websites that report on those abuses. Further, the United States should not be urging allied countries to pursue prosecutions that would be unconstitutional if undertaken here at home.” (remember, this is all Obama)
The Testing Ground for the New Surveillance — Medium - Oakland, California
EFF Submits Letter Opposing Oakland's Domain Awareness Center | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Anti-NSA spying bills pass first vote in two states | Nullify NSA!Nullify NSA! - Today, an Oklahoma state House committee voted 9-3 to pass a bill designed to thwart warrantless surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA), while a New Hampshire house committee voted 12-1 to approve a bill blocking some practical effects of federal spying.
The DHS Sends Out The Call For A National License Plate Database | Techdirt
Moot is right — we’re a lot better off with online anonymity than we would be without it — Tech News and Analysis
A Hacking Game Where You Hijack the US Government
Protesters crash Google talk on corporate mindfulness at Wisdom 2.0 conference | Tricycle - Mindfulness is enabling corporations to “optimize impact”?
The Mindful Workspace: — Medium
Wikipedia mounts courtroom defense for editor sued by politician | Ars Technica - Wikimedia lawyer: Greek pol's €200,000 lawsuit is "an assault on our users."
AT&T's first transparency report reveals 300,000 total law enforcement requests | The Verge (America will have to invade America)
The government asked AT&T for location data nearly 38,000 times last year
I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society -- Daily Intelligencer - Here, after all, was a group that included many of the executives whose firms had collectively wrecked the global economy in 2008 and 2009. And they were laughing off the entire disaster in private, as if it were a long-forgotten lark (thanks to Obama)
Matt Miller’s Long War On Social Security - Lawyers, Guns & Money : At any rate, Miller has been making the “liberal [sic]” case for Social Security cuts for time out of mind. (Incidentally, I would like to reiterate that rarely has a public official been more overrated than Daniel Patrick Moynihan.)
Chevron Offers One Free Pizza (Special Combo Only) to Residents Affected by Natural Gas Drilling Explosion | EcoWatch - A week ago today an explosion at a Chevron Appalachia natural gas drilling site shook the town of Dunkard, PA. The ensuing fire burned for days and one missing worker has been presumed dead, according to CBS Pittsburgh. (one per customer)
West Virginia Fracking - West Virginia Is Open For Business - Esquire - I don't care any more what's the matter with Kansas because Kansas doesn't seem to care what the rest of us think, but what in the fk is the matter with West Virginia?
Hillary Clinton Past - Here We Go Again - Esquire - I hate to say I-Told-You-So. Honest, I do. But I told you bastids so, and now it's coming true. The simple possibility of a candidacy of Hillary Clinton for president of the United States has brought us all back to those thrilling days of the 1990s, the ones that culminated in the pursuit of the president's penis all around the Beltway, the career-maker for so many truly appalling alleged journalists, a group which definitely include Byron York, who has chimed in today with an early masterwork of the form.
Unemployment The Number 1 Problem For Americans, Gallup Poll Says - More people named joblessness as the nation's top problem than "government and politicians," which had been the most popular answer among survey respondents since the government shutdown last year.
More smoke bellows from the remains of Planet Christie - According to a report from MSNBC, documents obtained by the legislative committee investigating New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lane closure scandal show that a childhood friend of the governor who serves as a Port Authority police officer was in close contact throughout the lane closures with former Port Authority aide David Wildstein, who directed the operation.
Nixon still runs the GOP: How the white South dominates the party - Salon.com - Many believe that Reagan or Goldwater founded modern conservatism. But it's Nixon whose legacy truly lives on
Democrats Not Running In Alabama - The Absent Democratic Party In Alabama - Esquire - Remember when Howard Dean made such a pest of himself with his ludicrous 50 State Strategy, which ran contrary to the political hippie-punching genius that is Rahm Emanuel? This is what you get if you listen to Rahm. For the first time in Alabama history, the Democrats are not running anyone for U.S. Senate For the 140 state legislative races, no Democrats are running in 57 races. (Obama's favorite rightwing asshole helped destroy the Dems)
Pat McCrory North Carolina Grocery Store - Pat McCrory Runs Into Trouble At A Grocery Store - Esquire - Maybe it's the governor's effigy that let Duke Energy have a pass for poisoning that river. How does one distinguish an effigy of Pat McCrory from the real thing anyway? More straw in the head?
Ted Cruz just doomed the GOP — but not in the way you think - Salon.com - He won a small battle with his debt limit gambit, but also made the GOP's extortion tactics much harder. Here's why
The matter with Kansas now: The Tea Party, the 1 percent and delusional Democrats - Salon.com - Democrats believe demographics alone will defeat the Tea Party. It's a smug fantasy: Economic populism's the answer
'Joe the Plumber' takes a union job at Chrysler (how have the mightly fallen)
80-year-old man fatally shot by police acting on bad tip of meth lab — RT USA - An 80-year-old California man was shot and killed by police who raided his home based on an incorrect, anonymous tip that the senior citizen was housing a methamphetamine lab on his residence, despite having no criminal record prior to the incident.
The Omnivore » Hatchet Job of the Year - AA Gill wins the third annual Hatchet Job of the Year Award for his Sunday Times review of Autobiography by Morrissey.
Hot Pockets Recalled: Nestle Pulls Philly Cheese Steak From Shelves | TIME.com - We don't know what an unsound animal is, but we're pretty sure we don't want to eat one (your food chain at work)
This App Trains You to See Farther - Popular Mechanics
Autoimmunity: A new clue to sleepiness : Nature Reviews Immunology : Nature Publishing Group - a subset of CD4 T cells that are specific for orexin, a wake-promoting hormone, are found only in people with narcolepsy.
Valve, VAC, and trust : gaming
@ErikLoomis' History of the Presidents (with tweets) · papicek · Storify
How To Celebrate President's Day (with tweets) · alymaybe · Storify
North Korean human rights abuses systematic and unparalleled, says UN | World news | theguardian.com - Inquiry chairman writes to Kim Jong-un warning he could face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity
UN Documents North Korean Torture Chambers, Prison Camps In Damning Report
18 dead in Nepal Airlines crash | Al Jazeera America - Helicopter spots wreckage of plane, which crashed into a mountain, killing all on board
Hamid Karzai orders changes to draft law amid fears for Afghan women | World news | theguardian.com - West and human rights groups warned that ban on relatives testifying would shield domestic abusers
Newspaper owner gunned down in Brazil - Committee to Protect Journalists - News reports said the paper had frequently alleged corruption in the local government and a friend of Palma's told the daily O Globo that the publisher had received threats but had not taken them seriously.
Lech Walesa: Putin Has 'Evil Twin' Seeking to Dominate World - "And there is his evil twin, who still hopes that one day he will show the whole world who is on top. He hopes his day of triumph will come, but until then, he has to sit tight.
Bling bishop used charity millions for HQ: report - The Local - It led him to be dubbed the “Bishop of Bling”.
AFP: Gunmen kidnap six-strong polio team in NW Pakistan - Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team -- a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and three guards -- in northwest Pakistan on Monday, an official said. (Obama's scam had repercussions)
Anders Breivik: Norwegian mass murderer is threatening to go on a hunger strike until he get's a newer Playstation. - (Note: I'm guessing given he's specifically asking for a Playstation 3 that he's unaware that a newer model, the Playstation 4, came out this past fall. Either that, or the request is an odd show of moderation for a prisoner asking for new toys.)
You Wouldn't Believe What I Saw in the Dachau Gift Shop - Bloomberg - But I’m not sure I’ll ever warm up to the idea of concentration camp gift shops, particularly those that sell Woody Allen biographies.
Three ex-Barclays bankers charged in Libor-fixing case - live | Business | theguardian.com - Serious Fraud Office accuses three ex-Barclays employees of fraud
Rupert Murdoch's empire receives $882m tax rebate from Australia | Media | theguardian.com - Payment revealed by News Corp in US likely to reignite debate over how much tax is paid by international corporations
The raw prawn: Marty Natalegawa takes swipe at Tony Abbott over prawn spying claim - The latest spying revelations and Tony Abbott's response have once again irritated Indonesia, with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa taking a barely veiled swipe at the Australian Prime Minister on Monday. “Those are well understood … but … I find it a bit mind boggling, a little bit difficult, how I can connect or reconcile discussions about shrimps and how they impact on Australian security,” Dr Natalegawa said.
Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian receive George Polk Awards | World news | theguardian.com - Ewen MacAskill, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras honoured • Polk curator: repercussions of NSA ‘will be with us for years’
Glenn Greenwald Among Four To Win Polk Award For Snowden Stories - Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post will receive the award for national security reporting for stories based on secret documents leaked by Snowden, a former intelligence analyst.
Intercept Editors Win Polk Award for Coverage of Snowden Documents - The Intercept
New Left Project | Articles | Adversarial Journalism in a Corporate World - Glenn Greenwald and Michael Albert discuss the difficulties of doing good journalism within the confines of mainstream media, secrecy and corporations and Greenwald's new media project - The Intercept.
The NSA May Not “Target” Lawyers, But It Does “Spy” on Them | emptywheel - Congratulations to Ben Wittes who, with this post, demonstrates how the NSA can “spy” on Americans without “targeting” them.
AP News : What can unite liberals and tea partyers? The NSA - By exposing the NSA's vast surveillance web, Snowden created a link between tea partyers and liberals - two tribes camped on opposite sides of the nation's political chasm.
EXCLUSIVE - Dogecoin founder: “I turned down half a million dollars. Because f*** that” » Techly - despite huge offers of investment from Australian venture capitalists.
Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly - NYTimes.com - Brian Krebs, writer of the cybercrime blog Krebs on Security
The Daily Dot - DDoS attacks are the new black - A record-breaking distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack at nearly 400Gbps hit European networks and an unnamed Cloudflare customer.
The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail: The White People Meeting | FrontBurner | D Magazine
Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History - Slashdot - Reportedly, the company's Valve Anti Cheat system (VAC) looks at all the domains you have visited, and if it finds that you've frequented hack sites, you'll be banned.
Hullabaloo - Foreign .001 percenters are people too (and their money has free speech!) - federal prosecutors say a Mexican businessman funnelled more than $500,000 into U.S. political races through Super PACs and various shell companies
After Chattanooga | Jacobin - Examining the roots of the United Auto Workers’ defeat at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.
The UAW’s Waterloo « Commentary Magazine - The United Auto Workers Union suffered a devastating defeat on Friday, when its attempt to organize the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga failed on a vote of 712-626 (53-47 percent)
The Bobblespeak Translations: This Week with George Stephanopoulos – February 16, 2014
The Bobblespeak Translations: Meet The Press – February 16, 2013 (with more Mitt!)
Addicted on Staten Island - NYTimes.com - Across the country, one of the most significant social shifts of the 21st century has been the migration of drug use from centers of urban poverty to places that are suburban, white and middle- or marginally middle-class. (oxycontin the new gateway drug: nothing to do with your fucking recession, NYT)
Same-sex marriages increasingly being recognised by courts across US | World news | The Guardian - Rapid change leads gay rights advocates to predict wave of legal victories they hope will continue to supreme court
There's No Place Like Homophobic Kansas - The state's anti-gay discrimination bill is doomed, but this is just the first we've seen of stand-alone "religious liberty" bills.
What’s Not the Matter With Kansas - Lawyers, Guns & Money
“Racists, Or Just Trolls?” - Lawyers, Guns & Money : You may remember Amy Chua from such arguments as “you should make the life of your children miserable so they can attain certain markers of status that will make you look good.”
Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s The Triple Package, reviewed. - Why Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s argument about success and ethnic groups doesn’t hold water.
The Return of the Tiger Mother | The Nation - A new book raises the question: Are Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld racists—or just equal opportunity trolls?
?The Tiger Mom's Guide to Ignoring the Tiger Mom
Michael Dunn’s sick license to kill: The hot-blooded murder of Jordan Davis and Florida’s perverted justice - Salon.com - Dunn created the confrontation, then made it deadly. Under Florida's insane laws, the prosecution was still limited - That law works like this: If Dunn had a reasonable fear that he was about to suffer “great bodily harm,” then he had a legal right to shoot Davis to death, rather than, for example, choosing to protect himself by driving away, even if Dunn knew that driving away would have protected him from harm.
Missouri gun murders 'rose after law repeal' - The study links the abandonment of the background check to an additional 60 or so murders occurring per year in Missouri between 2008 and 2012.
Investigative Reporters and Editors | NYPD denies FOIA request for department FOIA guide - The New York Police Department’s Freedom of Information Law Unit is refusing to release its FOIA guide. Yes, you read that right. calling the guide “privileged as an attorney-client communication.”
Metro-area police use technology to scan license plates - The Denver Post - During 2013, the cameras scanned more than 12 million license plates. Approximately 322,000 of those resulted in an alert for reasons like a stolen car or a connection to a wanted suspect. (all your cars are terrorists)
Cops raid DC Man for Empty Shotgun Shell | Ben Swann Truth In Media - Gun owners: Take notice. A Washington D.C. man faces possible jail time and a hefty fine for keeping a souvenir shotgun shell from a hunting trip.
Police arrest a woman for failing to return 9-year-overdue J-Lo VHS | Ars Technica - “I didn't rent a movie with the intent of keeping it, at the time i had to up and move out of state due to my husbands job and honestly forgot all about it just as I'm sure some of you haters have done. I'm no criminal, but pickens county sheriffs office sure made me feel like i was.”
Arkansas man guns down 15-year-old girl for egging son’s car as a prank | The Raw Story
Barbara Bowman Speaks About Bill Cosby Sexual Abuse Allegations - Last week, Newsweek interviewed Tamara Green, one of 13 women who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them in a civil lawsuit
New York, California move to ban beauty products containing microbeads | Grist - Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy right now — you have to read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain “polyethylene” or “polypropylene.” Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal, and pumice.
Is it time to join the Preppers? How to survive the climate-change apocalypse | The Raw Story - Should I take my family (and could I eat them)?
Mother's milk made to order for boys, girls › News in Science (ABC Science) - One common theme: baby boys often get milk that is richer in fat or protein — and thus energy — while baby girls often get more milk.
Building Chernobyl's New Safe Confinement | In-depth | The Engineer
The Old Testament’s made-up camels are a problem for Zionism | The Raw Story - Whoever put the camels into the story of Abraham and Isaac might as well have improved the story of Little Red Riding Hood by having her ride up to Granny’s in an SUV.
Ancient baby DNA reveals origins of Native Americans | Al Jazeera America - Genome sequencing on DNA of baby buried 12,000 years ago shows he is an ancestor of modern indigenous peoples
The Daily Dot - Twitter users post 10,000 racist slurs every day, study finds - Just how racist is Twitter? About .00007 percent racist, according to a new study.
Tepco took months to release record strontium readings at Fukushima | Reuters - The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant knew about record high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country's nuclear watchdog, a regulatory official told Reuters. (time for the UN to invade TEPCO)
Possible radiation leak at New Mexico military nuclear waste site | Reuters - Unusually high levels of radioactive particles were found at an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico on Saturday in what a spokesman said looked like the first real alarm since the plant opened in 1999.
U.S. seeks new bases for drones targeting Al Qaeda in Pakistan - latimes.com - If the U.S. must withdraw all forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, alternative sites will be needed for drone strikes on Pakistan targets. (Obama loves his drones, Army needed to support them)
Al-Qaeda figures or associates linked to Iran - The Washington Post
'Syria's death toll now exceeds 140,000' - Hindustan Times - More than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria's uprising-turned-civil war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
Ukraine protesters, police pull back in contest over president | Reuters
Ukraine announces amnesty for protesters in opposition win - Yahoo News
Tens of thousands of Turks stage anti-government protests in Istanbul - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Sunday's demonstration is the largest protest to take place in the country since corruption charges were filed against the sons of three cabinet ministers in a high-profile graft case that began in December.
Protests in Bosnia: On fire | The Economist - The latest troubles in Bosnia may wake up the country’s inept leaders - Eighteen years after the end of the war the people are poor, the politicians are rich and corruption is rife.
Roots of Bosnian Protests Lie in Peace Accords of 1995 - NYTimes.com - But the terms of the accords were in time supposed to be replaced by a more streamlined system. They were never supposed to remain in force this long. (kleptocrats)
Bosnian People Voice Their Dreams In First General Assembly | PopularResistance.Org
Five Journalists Charged For Story On Chemical Weapons Factory - Myanmar police have charged five journalists with "disclosing state secrets" after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported Sunday.
South African Miners Trapped In Abandoned Gold Shaft - South African rescuers were trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg on Sunday, an emergency services spokesman said.
Thai police fail to reach deal with protesters | Reuters
Radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr 'to retire from politics' - Born into a religious Shia family, the cleric galvanised anti-US sentiment in sermons and public interviews after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein eleven years ago.
Ugandan President To Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill - Members of the party of President Yoweri Museveni have “welcomed the development as a measure to protect Ugandans from social deviants,” tweeted his spokesperson when announcing his decision. (Christians at work)
Obama warns Uganda over anti-gay law | Reuters - enacting an anti-gay law would complicate U.S. relations with Uganda and would be a "step backward for all Ugandans."
Brazil's World Cup courts disaster as delays, protests and deaths mount | World news | The Observer - An attack on the president's office was just the latest alarming episode in the runup to June's tournament
Germany is 'planning to step up counter-espionage': report | News | DW.DE | 16.02.2014 - Germany is planning to possibly resume counter-espionage measures against several Western allies, according to a report in the news magazine Spiegel. The report said British and US embassies could be targeted. (good work, Barry)
1.1 million petition Brazil to give Snowden asylum | TheHill - A petition with more than a million signatures was submitted to the Brazilian government on Thursday urging President Dilma Rousseff to grant asylum to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Letter to Sibel Edmonds - markklein2009 - Your latest diatribe aimed at the heroic Edward Snowden, “The Entire NSA Cache Exposed Once and For All” (Jan. 31, 2014), is a ridiculously absurd attempt to denigrate Snowden's exposure of the NSA threat, suggesting that his contribution amounts to nothing new ... Your tone has the quality of sour grapes.
Latest Snowden Smear in Rotation Courtesy of Totally Discredited NSA: Co-Worker's Credentials - Jesselyn Radack
‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’—Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer | The Dissenter - Jesselyn Radack told Firedoglake she was directed to a specific Heathrow Border Force agent. He “didn’t seem interested” in her passport. She was then subjected to “very hostile questioning.” (Obama and Cameron's goons +they have been violating attorney-client prividge since at least 2002)
print:Who?s Tracking Your Calls? And how far will the Department of Justice go to burn a leaker? | Human Rights |Axisoflogic.com - a document that raised a separate and creepy issue: Had Justice traced calls from Isikoff to Radack?
The US’s Long and Sordid HIstory of Persecuting Journalists » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names - These criticisms are reasonable and just, but RWB is mistaken in asserting that the US “for a long time was the embodiment of an established democracy where civil liberties reign supreme.” In fact, the US government has a long and sordid record of persecuting journalists, dating back nearly to its founding. (Obama escalated this war)
The Number Of U.S. Soldiers Forced Out Of The Army For Crimes Or Misconduct Has Soared - The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character.
Forbes Hack is larger than expected, Syrian Electronic Army leaks 1 Million Forbes user login details. | Techworm - The leaked data contains Users login details including username, email and passwords, while the passwords are in encrypted format used by the wordpress websites. though the encryption is not too difficult to crack for someone having basic information over the "hashes" types and decryption procedure.
MIT Is Still Working on Its Response to Aaron Swartz Case – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is still trying to figure out how to answer criticism of its response to the controversial federal prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the hacker and activist who was arrested on the MIT campus in 2011. (completely vague; they could try telling the truth, for once)
Extraordinary N Atlantic Storms Driving Gulf Stream Water into Arctic, Sea Ice Melting in February - the stormiest winter in the long English weather records which go back to 1766.
Kerry calls climate change a weapon of mass destruction, derides skeptics - The Washington Post - he derided climate-change skeptics at home and blamed big companies for hijacking the debate.
WATCH: Bill Nye And GOP Rep. Spar In Climate Change Debate (VIDEO) - "Now, you know, when you look at the social cost of carbon, and there is a lot of ambiguity around that, what you also need to be doing is looking at the benefits of carbon and what that has on increased agriculture production," she said. "A lot of good study out there about that. A lot of good scientists and biologists who have done that study." (Dancin' Dave +Marcia Blackburn received a B.S. in Home Economics from Mississippi State University)
Questions about the climate change debate between Bill Nye and Marsha Blackburn? Ask our panelists here! : askscience
Senator Cruz Exposed His Colleagues by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Chris Cillizza doesn’t think that Ted Cruz plans on being in the Senate for very long, and he predicts that he will never rise to any leadership level in the upper chamber.
Something is the Matter With Kansas by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Kansas State Representative Keith Esau has introduced a bill that would eliminate no-fault divorce in the Sunflower State. He has some interesting ideas on matrimony
Whiskey Fire: Oh, Is That How It Works? - "Greg Mankiw" is an exact anagram for "Grima Wormtongue." Look it up. (NYT loves their rich people)
Inequality By Design: It's Not Just Talent and Hard Work | Beat the Press - Greg Mankiw is out there defending the 1 percent again. He put forward the argument that the big bucks are simply their just desserts; the rewards for exceptional skill and hard work.
Dear Nicholas Kristof: We are right here! - Nicholas Kristof has a well-meaning but highly dramatic and one-sided op-ed in the New York Times, desperately shouting out: “Professors, We Need You!” The piece rehashes familiar claims that seem to resonate well on the Times opinion page: academics write in obtuse prose on arcane tiny issues that are of little interest to the public. Even worse, they sometimes use math
Duke Energy: 2nd Leaking Pipe At North Carolina Coal Ash Dump Is No Danger (as long as you never drink water)
Plan Shows Regulatory Agency and Fracking Industry in Cahoots to Promote Drilling in State Parks | EcoWatch
2014 State Primary Dates and Runoff Dates (MA != MS)
Thomas Michaels, Longtime Christie Friend, Involved In Traffic Scandal: MSNBC - According to Kornacki, Thomas Michaels is a Port Authority police officer who grew up in the same town as the New Jersey Governor. He even coached Christie's son in hockey. (tight little circle you have there)
New Orleans Deserved a Better Scandal than Ray Nagin's - The city's residents are bummed to have been duped by such a dullard.
El Cid of Louisiana by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - If the El Cid routine doesn’t work out for Bobby, I’m sure he has some other angles to play until he ultimately achieves his destiny as HHS Secretary in the next Republican administration.
36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump - Over the course of 25 years, he’s repeatedly toyed with the idea of running for president and now, maybe, governor of New York. With all but his closest apostles finally tired of the charade, even the Donald himself has to ask, what’s the point? On the plane and by the pool with the man who will not be king. (a lifelong scam)
What’s Going to Happen to Doctors? Look at What’s Happening to Lawyers by Daniel Luzer | College Guide | The Washington Monthly - The story of the legal profession is one of the more interesting subplots to the Great Recession. (next: doctors and their expensive educations)
On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic - The irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.
Twitter / YourAnonCentral: "Stand Your Ground" laws in the U.S (bitter irony)
Florida district attorney isn’t a fan of a free press, an informed public, or reading - It still blows my mind that politicians would even admit to, much lest boast about, their lack of interest in reading. But there’s apparently a constituency for it. But that isn’t the most offensive thing in the passage. If Corey was quoted accurately about her desire to bar the media from covering high-profile cases, that alone should disqualify her from public office.
Angela Corey’s Checkered Past | National Review Online - Her peers describe an M.O. of retaliation and overcharging. (scary lady)
Unarmed Man Shot And Killed By Houston Cop For Wearing A Hoodie While Black | Dispatches from the Underclass (by a cop, so you don't hear about it)
NYPD Detective Has Been Sued 28 Times Since 2006, Cost The City Nearly $1 Million: Gothamist (Bloomfuck's legacy: costing taxpayers more than $1 billion)
Montana Prosecutor Allegedly Told Mother of 5-Year-Old Sexual-Assault Victim That "Boys Will Be Boys" | Mother Jones - And other shocking details from the Justice Department's report on the Missoula County Attorney's Office. (and cops will be assholes)w
Innocent man beaten and tasered by California police for signaling he is deaf — RT USA
Pa. woman admits Craigslist killing in interview - “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.” ... from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.
The Real Paramilitary SWAT Trucks of Orange County - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - In fact, the scariest event in Irvine's history may be the day our leaders decided putting a SWAT truck there was the best way to allocate $238,000 in public safety funds.
George Zimmerman says he’s homeless and suffering from PTSD: report - NY Daily News - The man who killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012 told the Spanish language station Univision that Martin threatened him and he felt his life was in danger. He said he now fears for his life but thinks he did the right thing.
Wells report, Richie Incognito: The NFL’s investigation of the Miami Dolphins locker room is the best report on bullying I’ve ever read. - The NFL’s amazing investigation of the Miami Dolphins locker room.
The Woody Allen case - latimes.com - Wallace Shawn is a playwright, actor and essayist. He first worked with Woody Allen on the film "Manhattan."
Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties - Quartz - There’s evidence from the humanities, though, that genius doesn’t decline with age at all. Over 40% of both Robert Frost’s and William Carlos Williams’ best poems were written after the poets turned 50. Paul Cézanne’s highest-priced paintings were made the year he died.
Buddhist Cave Temples Are Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous
Diamonds Are Bullshit
An unruly market may undo the work of a giant cartel and of an inspired, decades-long ad campaign
12 Reasons Google+ Isn't As Bad As You Think
All wrong: Wired: Six tech trends to expect in 2011 : technology
1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says : The Two-Way : NPR - A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the (the same %)
Mob attacks alleged gays in Nigerian capital - A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday. (by the police also)
Nine policemen injured in anti-government protests in Montenegro | Reuters - Montenegro is the second former Yugoslav republic to see street clashes in the past 10 days over a lack of jobs.
Syrian girl stoned to death for using Facebook account - daily.bhaskar.com (Islamofucks at work)
Venezuelans Blocked on Twitter as Opposition Protests Mount - Bloomberg
Brazil is spying on social media accounts of protesters, hoping to protect World Cup | HackRead - Latest Cyber Crime - Information Security - Hacking News - According to the officials, the security forces of Brazil are constantly using secret agents and thoroughly supervising the social media in order to make certain that the aggressive protesters against government do not wreck the world cup of soccer this year. (sportocracy)
Paul Calandra court documents point to family dispute over money, assets - Before he was elected in 2008, the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra, was embroiled in an ugly family dispute in which he was accused of taking money from his dying mother and suggesting he should kill his sister.
Russian enviro who criticized Olympics sentenced to three years of forced labor | Grist (Putin more and more like Obama)
George Brandis signals government crackdown on online piracy - The Abbott government is considering a major crackdown on online piracy, including forcing internet service providers to block websites that allow users to illegally stream or download movies, music and television shows. (why are all the Brit governments run by conservative assholes?)
Navy's UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter | USNI News - Manazir contemplated the possibility that that the UCLASS, which is primarily being designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike roles, could be used as a flying missile magazine which could supplement the firepower of the F/A-18E/F and F-35C Joint Strike Fighter in air-to-air combat as a robotic wingman of sorts.
Twitter / YourAnonNews: http://t.co/s06SVJv7JZ<: United as One, Divided by Zero /a>
Merkel, Hollande to discuss possible European communication network that avoids U.S. - Yahoo News (Obama has ruined the internets)
NSA Surveillance Lawsuit Tracker
NSA uses Google cookies to find targets for hacking, spying - Ashkan Soltani, Andrea Peterson, Barton Gellman
Ron Paul launches petition to grant Edward Snowden clemency | The Verge (notice no Democrat would do this)
Debate: Was Snowden Justified? Former NSA Counsel Stewart Baker vs. Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg | Democracy Now! (transcript)
Snowden Was Justified – IQ2 Debates
Hullabaloo - With all that revealing of sources and methods, it's a wonder we've survived (more lies)
Twitter / ggreenwald: Which brave journalistic outlet ... - will be the first to report that anonymous NSA sources told them that Snowden leaked 7 bajillion documents?
Lunch with the FT: Glenn Greenwald - FT.com - The journalist who collaborated with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about his abrasive approach and his new online venture ... . A high-school debating champion in south Florida ... Greenwald adds: “What is interesting here is that Pierre is going to end up funding people he cannot control, by design.” ... “But I am going to return, on principle, some time within the next year. I am not going to be exiled for doing journalism.” (+Guardian sucks to some degree)
13-year-old defies ‘big brother’ and refuses to be fingerprinted (Includes interview) - When meal time arrived, Melody entered the cafeteria wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, which has become the most recognized symbol of the Anonymous collective. She stated that she was not going to comply and did not have parental consent. A cafeteria employee then reportedly tried to place her finger on the scanner anyway.
Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm - NYTimes.com - A top-secret document, obtained by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, shows that an American law firm was monitored while representing a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States. The disclosure offers a rare glimpse of a specific instance in which Americans were ensnared by the eavesdroppers, and is of particular interest because lawyers in the United States with clients overseas have expressed growing concern that their confidential communications could be compromised by such surveillance. Risen and Poitras ("terror" is the excuse for economic espionage; Obama hates your so-called "Constitution" and screw your attorney-client privilege)
Obama DOJ's New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed - The Intercept - The bogus national security claims invoked were even more outrageous because they were used to continue the persecution of someone the government knew to be innocent.
Was It Really ‘Human Error’ That Had a Malaysian Doctoral Student Put on the No Fly List? | The Dissenter - Again, the question remains: Did the FBI agent really commit a “human error”? Or was this a theory of what happened concocted when the government realized the judge was not going to let them continue to keep information secret from Dr. Ibrahim? (hands of Satan always lie)
Everything We Know About How the NSA Tracks People's Physical Location - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic - With Monday's new revelation, we can see the NSA's two-pronged system for finding out where people are.
Crypto-Gram: February 15, 2014
Kickstarter hacked, user data stolen | Security & Privacy - CNET News - The crowd-funding site says hackers broke into its systems and made off with data. Apparently credit card numbers escaped the attack.
Silk Road 2.0 'Hack' Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen - Forbes - the same “transaction malleability” bug in the Bitcoin protocol that led to several of the cryptocurrency’s exchanges halting withdrawals in the previous week.
Inequality, Dignity and Freedom - NYTimes.com - It’s all very well to talk in the abstract about the dignity of work, but to suggest that workers can have equal dignity despite huge inequality in pay is just silly. In 2012, the top 40 hedge fund managers and traders were paid a combined $16.7 billion, equivalent to the wages of 400,000 ordinary workers. (wage slaves with "dignity)
Obama On California Drought: Climate Change Threatens The Nation (one side of his mouth)
The Remarkable Parallels Between Obamacare And George W. Bush's Medicare Part D
Dana Milbank: Ted Cruz’s ego trip carries a high cost - The Washington Post - Very few Americans know how close the country came to catastrophe this week. (Republican terrorist with bombs strapped to their heads)
The Sad And Hilarious Story Of America's Most Incompetent Deficit Hacks - Earlier this week, Politico's Byron Tau reported on the sad state of The Can Kicks Back, a deficit-hack outfit spun off of Fix The Debt, whose unique strategy in the "OMG TEH DEFICITZ" Wars was to attempt the enlistment of millenials in the effort to impoverish their grandparents ... These people were drunk on Thought Leader-speak. (and internet old internet memes! - fogey fail)
Kansas Republican leaders get cold feet over 'anti-gay' bill | World news | theguardian.com - Bill approved by Kansas house would give religious individuals and groups the right to deny services to same-sex couples - mainly southern states that are putting up dogged resistance to the spread of same-sex marriage rights across the US (taking their hatred to new levels)
Episcopal Bishops Rebuke Kansas Anti-Gay House Bill 2453 With Religious Righteousness - Some people regularly suggest that the Church should stay out of politics (the Church of Kansas is politics, Bishop guys)
What The Hell Just Happened In Kansas? « The Dish - As Rush Limbaugh recently noted, “They’re under assault. You say, ‘Heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population.’ They’re under assault by the 2 to 5 percent that are homosexual.”
Patton, Perkins Announce Trolling Merger -- Daily Intelligencer
Texas suspends first doctor under new abortion law | Al Jazeera America - The new law has led to the closure of nearly one-third of Texas' abortion clinics (keep voting Repubican, girls)
Will Chris Christie Face The Washington Press Corps? - The political calendar has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on a crash course with the Washington press corps a week from Monday, but it's unclear whether he will show up.
Maher: Chris Christie's 2016 Chances Are '350 Pounds Of Toast'
A Titanic Defeat - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The United Auto Workers lost its attempt to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga after Tennessee politicians interfered to defeat the vote when VW acquiesced to unionization.
Corbett calls for investigation into Chesapeake Energy | StateImpact Pennsylvania - Governor Corbett is calling for an investigation into allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller– Chesapeake Energy. (when your Republican governor attacks your fracking operation you are doing something wrong)
Tracks at site of Pennsylvania oil train derailment cleared -operator | Reuters - Norfolk Southern on Friday cleared the tracks of tank cars carrying Canadian crude oil that derailed in Pennsylvania and said the spill that resulted from the accident was slightly larger than it first estimated. (but only "slightly")
Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy | American Civil Liberties Union - . Once a Florida resident is convicted of a felony, the only way to regain his or her voting rights is through the clemency process.
Locking People Up For Being Poor | PopularResistance.Org
WNET to Return $3.5 Million Grant for Pension Series - NYTimes.com - WNET, the New York City public television broadcaster, said on Friday that it would return a $3.5 million grant it received to sponsor an ambitious project on public pensions in the face of charges that it solicited inappropriate underwriting for the series. (corrupt tote-baggers sponsered by anti-pension rich fuckers)
Matt Miller - Andrew Cuomo and the liberal case for Social Security cuts (another WaPo hack lying to you)
This Map Will Change How You View Public Transportation In America (Republicans hate public transportation)
Study Confirms Marijuana Can Help In Arthritis : news (anti-inflammatory)
Reasons Chipotle Is Killing McDonald's - Business Insider
The Crushingly Expensive Mistake Killing Your Retirement - Matthew O'Brien - The Atlantic - 401(k) fees are costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. (another scam by the rich and their congressional bots)
San Francisco police beat up and detain Good Samaritans who call 911 and perform first aid on accident victim - Boing Boing - For Partensky, the take-away message is clear: if you see someone who needs medical assistance, don't call 911, because the police might come and beat you up. Instead, help that person get to the hospital in a taxi.(SF pig cops)
Richie Incognito Is What You Thought He Was - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic - Despite Richie Incognito claiming exoneration was on the way, the Wells Report, which the NFL commissioned, pretty much shows him to be who Jonathan Martin claimed and a good deal worse: (Richie Anti-Incognito)
The NFL has a problem - SBNation.com - "Breaking" a teammate is not a team-building exercise, and as long as NFL coaches keep excusing how players act in the locker room, incidents like the one in Miami aren't going to go away.
? Dale Hansen Defends Michael Sam in Jaw Dropping Speech On Gay NFL Players - YouTube
Awful Details From the Wells Report -- Daily Intelligencer (worse than you thought)
Citius, Altius, Frigidiores « - but even in this field, skeleton stands out for its fusion of radical danger and senseless awesomeness. The real question might be: What would compel a person to dress up like the Earth’s realest Power Ranger and swan-dive down a frozen track at such screaming speeds that s/he experiences the same g-force as a Formula One driver? (great writing)
Psychologists examined Internet trolls and found that they are narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic. : science (and really sociopathic)
Internet troll personality study: Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, sadism.
Thomas C. Retzlaff (one example)
Oklahoma man arrested for operating revenge porn site in... | www.ktvu.com - Casey E. Meyering, 28, of Tulsa, has been arrested in Tulsa by agents with the California Attorney General’s eCrime Unit, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and the Tulsa Police Department.
iPhone, IE10 Suffer 'Monster' Hacks - A zero-day flaw in IE 10 is being used by attackers via a compromised VFW site; Apple won't talk security with developer who found 'monster' iPhone flaw.
Target's cybersecurity team raised concerns months before hack | The Verge - at least one internal analyst had called for a thorough review of the defenses around Target's payment terminals, which were later infiltrated during the sophisticated attack. That request was initially "brushed off"
You're not going to read this | The Verge - : "We've found effectively no correlation between social shares and people actually reading" (cargo-cult FB passing stuff around without anybody reading it because reading is hard)
When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees - Robinson Meyer - The Atlantic - “During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.” (and then they start talking to each other)
Approximately 100 Cars Involved In Crashes On Pennsylvania Turnpike « CBS Philly
Olympic Commercial From Norway Is The Greatest Ever - YouTube
Indonesia volcano eruption prompts mass evacuation | World news | theguardian.com - Ash cloud from Java island's Mount Kelud forces 100,000 people to flee their homes and international airports to close
Syria's disintegration alarms Israel | World news | theguardian.com - Bashar al-Assad looks like the least bad option as fears mount of growing strength of jihadi groups
Coalition row after MPs recall plan is shelved - Plans for a "power of recall" for MPs who have committed "serious wrongdoing" have been abandoned following a dispute between the Tories and Lib Dems. Lib Dem Party President Tim Farron said the "modest" plan was blocked by the prime minister David Cameron.
Venezuela braces for more violence – but it could work in Maduro's favour | World news | theguardian.com - Violent protests could make Chavistas rally round president after growing discontent about country's economic woes
Uruguayan president says US and Europe need new strategy on drugs | World news | theguardian.com - José Mujica says countries that are biggest markets for drugs should consider moves such as regulated sale of marijuana
Upbeat Kerry says China willing to press North Korea on nuclear program | World news | theguardian.com - On visit to Beijing, secretary of state says China and US share common goal to ‘achieve a de-nuclearized North Korea’
Iraqi newspaper bombed after Ayatollah caricature - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship - Al-Sabah Al-Jadeed has fought for its independence for 10 years. It needs solidarity now more than ever
Ugandan President To Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill - Members of the party of President Yoweri Museveni have “welcomed the development as a measure to protect Ugandans from social deviants,” tweeted his spokesperson when announcing his decision.
Piers Morgan was questioned by Scotland Yard's hacking squad | Media | theguardian.com - Former Daily Mirror editor confirms he was interviewed by officers from Operation Weeting in December
Pakistani anti-drone activist 'interrogated and tortured' - DAWN.COM
Poland's Surveillance Programs Could Be Worse than the NSA | Motherboard
Forbes website (forbes.com) and twitter Accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army | Techworm
Hackers used previously unknown Internet Explorer flaw in new attacks | Reuters - A previously unknown flaw in a recent version of Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer web browser is being used to attack Internet users, including some visitors to a major site for U.S. military veterans, researchers said Thursday.
6 Anti-NSA Technological innovations that May Just Change the World | SCG News
The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet | Politics News | Rolling Stone - Banks are no longer just financing heavy industry. They are actually buying it up and inventing bigger, bolder and scarier scams than ever (a major part of Obama's "legacy")
Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished as Old Tools Don’t Work - Bloomberg - “In this day and age, there are no tools available to a leader to punish a member like Senator Cruz, especially because Senator Cruz doesn’t care what either the leader or the rest of his caucus thinks,”
Obamacare: Economic Boon? | TIME.com - Duncan Black makes an argument that liberals haven’t emphasized nearly enough about the Affordable Care Act: that it could well be a shot in the arm for the economy.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia Gay Marriage Ban
Kansas's Radical Attack on Gays and Lesbians - Not only does the state's proposed law allow private businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples; it permits state employees to deny them basic services. (re-segregation)
Kansas House OKs bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples - CNN.com
Anti-Gay Jim Crow Comes to Kansas - The Daily Beast - A new Kansas proposal would legalize discrimination against gay couples in the state, echoing one of the ugliest parts of American history. Ambulances can refuse to come to the home of a gay couple, park managers can deny them entry, state hospitals can turn them away, and public welfare agencies can decline to work with them.
Kansas House Bill 2453 Gay Marriage - Kansas Continues To Lose Its Mind - Esquire - liberals have not demonstrated the proper respect for Bible-based bigotry, the value of certain passages in Leviticus in the modern world, or the necessity of taking into account the fact that people have been anchoring their cruelty and ignorance in the Scriptures since Constantine discovered what good imperialists Christians can make. (bigots need their freedom! from discrimination)
Virginia’s gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional: A perfect record for equality post-Windsor. - A perfect record for equality post-Windsor.
Antonin Scalia Gets Big Shoutout In Judge's Decision Against Virginia Gay Marriage Ban - "We might have let the People decide," he said. "But that the majority will not do." (and look what happened)
Clarence Thomas: Americans Are More 'Sensitive' About Race Now Than In The 1960s
James O'Keefe Sued By 'Wrongfully Terminated' Former Employee - James O'Keefe, the conservative activist behind Project Veritas, is being sued by a former employee for wrongful termination and defamation.
Tom Perkins' big idea: The rich should get more votes - Feb. 14, 2014 - "The Tom Perkins system is: You don't get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes," Perkins said. "But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How's that?"
Tom Perkins: People With More Money Should Get More Votes
Tom Perkins Has a Fascinating, Radical, Un-American Voting Plan - David A. Graham - The Atlantic - The venture capitalist—who compared progressivism to Kristallnacht—wants to disenfranchise non-taxpayers and give wealthier voters more votes. (a face of evil)
We Did the Math on Tom Perkins' Vote-Buying Scheme - Esquire - Voters making between $50,000 and $90,000 a year started to break for Romney. He took 52% of those voters compared to 48% for Obama. Voters who made more than $100,000 a year went 54% for Romney and 44% for Obama.
Chris Christie David Wildstein - Chris Christie's Smoking Gun - Esquire - The bullets have flown ever since David Wildstein was required to supply documents and testify under oath before a New Jersey Senate committee
Chris Christie Corruption - The Passion Of Big Chicken, Continued - Esquire
Securities Fraud Investigation Nabs Ohio Republican Along With A 'Secretive' Church | Crooks and Liars - A Republican Ohio state representative was indicted today on 53 counts, along with a Cincinnati based church, described as 'secretive' Ark by the River (scary face)
1 out of 4 city workers makes more than $100,000 - Boston.com - One out of four full-time Boston municipal employees made more than $100,000 last year, a figure more than double the city’s median income. (cops and firefighters busting the budget)
Good Samaritan Backfire — Medium (SF cop pigs at work: Officers Kaur, Espinoza, Gerrrans, etc)
This is rape culture – and look at the damage it does | Life and style | theguardian.com - We live in a world where sexual assault can be dismissed with jokes or excuses, even used in a chatup line or plastered across a T-shirt. The UK rape statistics are shocking, and so are these harrowing reports to the Everyday Sexism Project
Study Finds Underestimated Methane Emissions Negate Industry Claims of Fracked Gas’ Benefits | EcoWatch
Just a natural gas well exploding into flames — nothing to see here! | Grist
North Carolina Coal Ash Pond Still Leaking as Feds Launch Criminal Probe
West Virginia water after the spill: 'We do not drink it. My pets do not drink it' | World news | theguardian.com - Very little is yet known about the substance that entered the area’s water – and residents feel angry and misled (try voting for someone else)
Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows | Science | The Guardian - Genes examined in study are not sufficient or necessary to make men gay but do play some role in sexuality, say US researchers - . Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.
Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis | BMJ
Chimpanzee 'Mega-Culture' Discovered In Remote Congo Forest Might Be Africa's Largest - Across Africa, chimpanzee numbers have been plunging over the last few decades, as habitat loss, the bushmeat trade and diseases such as the Ebola virus and respiratory diseases transmitted by humans decimate chimp communities.
News from The Associated Press - In a statement, Mohammed Ibrahim said the rare find in a preserved wooden sarcophagus dates back to 1600 BC, when the Pharaonic 17th Dynasty reigned.
Ivory trade's shocking toll: 65% of world's forest elephants killed in 12 years (warning: graphic image)
29% of U.S. Adults Under 35 Still Live With Parents -- Marriage Key To Moving Out | CNS News - A new survey shows that 29% of U.S. adults under age 35 are living at home with their parents, while 51% of those between 18 and 23 are living at home.
California prison doctor linked to more inmate sterilizations - Capitol and California - The Sacramento Bee - A prison doctor investigated by the California medical board after ordering tubal ligations without state approval is responsible for hundreds of other inmate sterilizations, The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
Sen. Bernie Herpin says "maybe a good thing" Aurora theater gunman had 100-round magazine | The Spot — The Denver Post
When Age Belies Buying Power - NYTimes.com - Now get ready for a new group of well-to-do buyers who are quickly gaining momentum: under-40 multimillionaires. (another NYT article about the super-rich and their real estate issues)
ELI5:How is the Holocaust seen as the worst genocide in human history, even though Stalin killed almost 5 million more of his own people? : explainlikeimfive
Penguin blames 'intolerant' Indian laws for pulping of book | World news | theguardian.com - Publisher says it was forced to withdraw Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus because of law threatening jail for insults to religion - it hurt "the religious feelings of millions of Hindus"
Dolphins Report By Ted Wells Says Richie Incognito Harassed Jonthan Martin, Two Others (homophobic gay culture)
Brain Pain Group (946 Members) - We read challenging novels that depart from the standard forms of narrative fiction.
I'm not sure how to phrase this without sounding arrogant and patronizing, but the main audience of Goodreads seems to be fairly young. Is there a similar website with a large, yet older userbase? : books
LibraryThing | Catalog your books online
Changing Skyline: SEPTA needs to solve bus 'pass-up' roulette - What makes things worse is that SEPTA's board is dominated by suburban representatives, who hold all but two seats, even though about 80 percent of riders are city residents.
STFU, Parents - "I always park in spots reserved for expectant moms but I’ve never been pregnant… I just stick out my stomach & waddle into the store."
This Is What The Comcast-Time Warner Deal Does To Cable TV (It's Appalling)
Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web' | Media | The Guardian - Angry consumer groups say proposed $45.2bn mega-deal will drive up costs for millions – and call on FCC to block takeover
The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence - Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee - The Atlantic - Reasons to cheer the rise of the machines
At least 17 dead as winter storm blankets northeastern US in snow | World news | theguardian.com - Most fatalities caused by traffic accidents • Recorded snowfall ranges from 9in to 18in
The NSA and Climate Change Spying: What We Know So Far | DeSmogBlog - Taken together, these leaks suggest the United States and its allies are engaging in Cold War-era tactics and realpolitik even as the effects of climate change become increasingly dire. (Obama attempting to sabotage climate-change talks to protect his corporate owners)
NSA Uses Online Data Mining to Predict Global Political Unrest – Validated Independent News - the Open Source Indicators (OSI) Program
New Global Study Reveals Number Of Female Sexual Assault Victims - Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem, published on Wednesday.
Can AIPAC Stop the Obama-Kerry Plan for Israel-Palestine? | The Nation (probably; American Jews for War)
Hyperlinking is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules | TorrentFreak (Obama still considers it a crime)
Phew! Europe’s Highest Court Decides Not to Break the Internet - Digits - WSJ
Judge Who Sentenced Protesters Shot Dead in Ukraine | World | RIA Novosti - One of Lobodenko’s most recent rulings, according to the Ukrainian newspaper Telegraf, sentenced two pro-European activists on January 28 to two months of house arrest.
China's censors censor press censorship report • The Register - The Press Freedom Index 2014 puts China down two more places from the previous year, now above only Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Syria and Somalia. (175 out of 180)
Greece jobless rate hits new record of 28% - Harsh austerity measures have led the Greek economy to shrink by a quarter in four years. (thanks to Merkel)
Postal service 'spied on worker with cancer' - The Local - The 44-year-old woman had been employed by Deutsche Post for 23 years. Last summer she was having cancer treatment and came back to work while she was still undergoing chemotherapy. (they still love their Stasi tactics)
Indian Parliament erupts in chaos after MP uses pepper spray | CTV News
Mexico City Mulls Legalizing Sale of Marijuana - ABC News
Destruction of the Idols - Intifada Palestine | Intifada Palestine - Islamic fundamentalists in Syria have started to destroy archaeological treasures such as Byzantine mosaics and Greek and Roman statues because their portrayal of human beings is contrary to their religious beliefs. (Islamofucks)
David Cameron holds crisis cabinet meeting as floods continue | Environment | theguardian.com - PM vows never to let current flooding situation happen again, saying UK 'has to do better' in face of abnormal weather events (threatens to arrest the climate after cutting funds for CC research by 40%)
Anti-drone activist kidnapped in Pakistan before he was due to testify in Europe — RT News - A prominent Pakistani journalist and anti-drone activist has gone missing after nearly two dozen men stormed his home and abducted him, his lawyer announced on Monday – just days before he was due to testify before European parliamentarians.
Behold the Selective Outrage Over National-Security Leaks - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - Whistleblowers are hounded for exposing classified information, but national-security insiders are allowed to do so with impunity.
Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency - The Intercept - By Glenn Greenwald
Exclusive: Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker - NBC News.com - A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal log-in credentials to access classified information, according to an agency memo obtained by NBC News.
Leaked NSA Memo: Fueling the Perception Snowden Did Not Work Alone & Is No Whistleblower | The Dissenter
NSA To Congress: Edward Snowden Copied Co-Worker's Password
Cecily McMillan's Occupy trial is a huge test of US civil liberties. Will they survive?| Chase Madar | Comment is free | theguardian.com - For years, comparing American freedom to Russian tyranny seemed like an exaggeration. But maybe we're not so different after all (Obama's corpofascism)
Elizabeth Warren's Postal Banking Idea Has Big Public Support, New Poll Finds - Many Americans say they would support the U.S. Postal Service expanding into basic banking and financial services and would sometimes use those services if they were available, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. (a stroke of Obama's pen would do this; so he won't)
Exclusive Data Paints Troubling Picture Of Skyrocketing CEO Pay - Since 1950, however, the ratio of CEO to employee pay has widened by 1000 percent, according to Bloomberg data. Across party lines, the American people believe that corporate execs make too much. A new HuffPost/YouGov survey found that two-thirds of people say the payouts are too high, with even 58 percent of Republicans agreeing. (piss-down economics)
From & Friends | The Nation - The New Democrats and the Return to Power argues that the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the group he founded in 1985 to push the Democratic Party to the right, has won: the party has been reformed, and there is no going back to the dark days when, according to From, Democratic presidential candidates suffered humiliation after humiliation at the ballot box for the party’s thralldom to protectionism, isolationism, “constituency groups” and the dread leviathan Jesse Leo Jackson.
Rightwing GOP senator Mike Lee defends procedural stunt on debt vote | World news | theguardian.com - Republican leaders forced into embarrassing ‘cloture’ motion to pass bill after filibuster threat from Tea Party-aligned Ted Cruz - the staunchly conservative Cruz (have you ever heard of a "staunch" Democrat?)
Why the Curious Right-Wing Silence on Michael Sam? | The Nation - Further, the Michael Sam story doesn’t really give them a way to attack the Obama administration or the Democrats, which is almost their sole function at this point.”
Chris Christie's Rise and Fall | New Republic (NJ is very, very corrupt)
South Dakota Bill Threatens Abortion Providers With Life In Prison (Red-State assholes at work)
Kansas anti-gay segregation bill is an abomination. - On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. (because Freedom!)
Amid criticism, California to modify solitary confinement rules | Reuters - Long criticized for keeping inmates in near-solitary conditions for years on end, California is developing reforms that would make it harder to send convicts to isolation-style units and offer a way out to those already placed there.
‘New York Times Magazine’ Cover on Wendy Davis Draws Criticism | The Nation - As is so often the case with politicians in recent years, the Times goes the extra mile to make them look odd or ugly or off-putting, usually in close-up shots. Then there are the downright dumb efforts, such as the woman-in-the-moon Hillary Clinton graphic earlier this month.
Mayor Invites Volkswagen to Expand to Lansing - "come to a real car town, leave Tennessee behind."
Daily Kos: The Mayor of Lansing, Michigan hilariously trolls Tennessee over UAW crackdown - As some of you may know, and a diary or two may have discussed, the idiot Republican Legislature and Governor of Tennessee have threatened to eliminate the tax breaks that benefit Volkswagen for placing their manufacturing plant in the State.
W.Va.: Ice buildup caused slurry spill into creek - West Virginia officials say ice buildup on a pipeline caused the spill of 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a creek. Tuesday's spill at Patriot Coal's (Freedom! for Patriots!)
Norfolk Southern Railway says crude oil leak from derailed train in Pennsylvania amounted to 3,000-4,000 gallons - @Reuters - breakingnews.com (more patriots)
Another Day, Another Industrial Disaster: Gas Pipeline Explosion in Kentucky | Earth First! Newswire
TSA wants new generation of scanners — RT USA
Newark police to be monitored by federal watchdog, sources say | NJ.com
TED Talks Don't Cover Abortion Because They Say It Doesn't Count As A Human Rights Issue | ThinkProgress - “Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more than we’d take a position on a state tax bill,” Stoetzel said, explaining that it simply doesn’t fit into TED’s focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.” (TED run by rightwing businessMEN)
The Empowerment Elite Claims Feminism | The Nation - It might have been the homogeneity of the audience—mostly white women with coiffed hair—or the gift bag so voluminous that it required a “gift bag guide.” Maybe it was the ticket price: nearly $1,000. (Though TED’s general conference costs more than seven times that much. Maybe this was TEDWomen’s gender-wage-gap bargain?)
Strong Religious Beliefs May Drive Self-Perception of Being Addicted to Online Pornography : News : Parent Herald - People who consider themselves very religious and view Internet porn even once may perceive they are addicted (why they are so afraid of gay sex)
Darren Aronofsky wins 'battle' with Paramount over final edit of Noah | Film | theguardian.com - The Black Swan director was 'upset' over the studio's attempt to appease religious audiences by recutting his biblical epic
Revolving Door: Top Obama Admin Antitrust Officials Tied To Comcast | Republic Report
Comcast, Time Warner Cable Deal Is A Disaster For Customers
Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable For $159 Per Share - Business Insider
Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web' | Media | theguardian.com - Angry consumer groups say proposed $45.2bn mega-deal will drive up costs for millions – and call on FCC to block takeover
The Facebook Comment That Ruined a Life - Page 1 - News - Dallas - Dallas Observer - A young man's violent threat on Facebook lands him in jail, and limbo.
Facebook Adds New Gender Options - You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.
Little boy who had no one to invite to birthday party now has 13k new Facebook friends | Mail Online
Japanese hacker that taunted police with cat collar clue 'caught' (Wired UK) - Remember that hacker who had taunted the Japanese police with a series of clues, including one attached to the collar of a stray cat?
Ice Storm Causes Havoc Across Carolinas, Georgia And Other Parts Of The South - Ice combined with wind gusts up to 30 mph (come to New England for real wind)
Global Warming Hearing Scheduled Right Before Expected D.C. Blizzard - By Sean Davis (see: it's snowing!)
Fukushima And The Navy: Sailors Sue Japan Nuclear Plant Owner, Saying Disaster Made Them Sick
Sex slavery an 'indescribable' wrong: Murayama | The Japan Times - Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Wednesday that Japan committed “indescribable wrongdoings” by forcing women from South Korea and elsewhere to serve as wartime sex slaves.
Bosnia on fire: a rebellion on Europe’s periphery | ROAR Magazine
Algerian Army Plane Crash Kills 77
In Yemen, questions and anger over U.S. drone targets after civilian deaths - The Washington Post - Drones are “a tool for killing outside of the law,” said Ali Ashal, a member of parliament who represents a district where U.S. cruise missiles killed 41 people in 2009 but missed their alleged target (is Obama really this stupid?)
U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings | Josh Stearns - the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46. (between Romania and Haiti; Obama hates journalism)
Reporters Without Borders - The 2014 World Press Freedom Index
New York Times Editor: Government Requests To Hold Info Are 'Almost Blanket Policy' - “We take every request from the government seriously, but I worry that their requests to withhold information have become almost blanket policy,” Carolyn Ryan, the Times' Washington bureau chief, told HuffPost in an email. (Obama couldn't be more super-secret)
New York Times Accidentally Leaks NSA Employee's Name
Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament | World news | theguardian.com - MEPs fail to reach consensus on amendment to inquiry calling on governments to assure NSA whistleblower of his safety
German Government Tries To Neuter FOI Requests By Refusing To Allow Responses To Be Published | Techdirt (your Freedom of Information isn't really "free")
Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency - The Intercept
Report: EU loses faith in U.S. ability to manage Internet | PCWorld - The European Union will push for diminished U.S. influence on Internet governance because of “loss of confidence” in the current U.S.-centric model, according to a news report.
European press chief to UK: Ease up on Guardian over Snowden leaks - Europe's main media freedom watchdog told Britain on Wednesday it believed political pressure applied to the Guardian newspaper over its handling of leaked intelligence data could have a "chilling effect" on independent journalism.
Opinion: Stop the NSA while we still can - CNN.com
Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?
His Loss Is Their Gain: Bill Keller Suddenly Exits ‘The New York Times’ | The Nation - He couldn’t get Obama to bomb Syria—or make a cancer victim stop tweeting. So maybe Bill Keller felt it was time to move on.
First Look hires its general counsel away from The New Yorker | Capital New York
Appelbaum: 'No belief that president has control' | 11.02.2014 (which raises the queston of who IS in control)
NSA spying undermines separation of powers: Column - The program makes it easy for the president to spy on and blackmail his enemies. (now reverse that thought)
Drones, metadata, and 'Dirty Wars' | MSNBC - Chris Hayes talks with “Dirty Wars” author and filmmaker Jeremy Scahill about the bombshell revelations on the NSA’s metadata campaign.
Does a ‘savvy media observer’ require anonymity for smack talk? Apparently so! | Poynter. - In Lloyd Grove’s column about The Intercept, a “savvy media observer and journalist” lets Glenn Greenwald’s new publication have it:
Washington: Americans find swift stonewall on whether NSA vacuumed their data | Mass Surveillance | McClatchy DC
Reforms won’t hamper NSA’s efforts, official says - The Washington Post (nice reforms you got there)
3,000,000 sqft office building for sale - 3 million sqft of floorspace, parking spaces for 18,000 cars. Cafeteria, drugstore, barbershop, post office, ticket counter for major airlines and bank included.
The CIA Helped Build the Content Farm That Churns Out American Literature | Motherboard - he Iowa program, arguably the most influential force in modern American literature, was profoundly shaped by a CIA-backed effort to promote a brand of literature that trumpeted American individualism and materialism over airy socialistic ideals. Read: More Hemingway, less Dos Passos.
In Letter, Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says Nothing is ‘Corrected’ at Loretto Prison | The Dissenter
LAPD scopes out Israeli drones, ‘big data’ solutions | Los Angeles | Jewish Journal
Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days | Motherboard
Obama Sparks All-Out Revolt Over Socially Conservative Judicial Nominee - President Barack Obama has now infuriated abortion rights advocates, civil rights leaders and Democratic lawmakers in his push to confirm a Georgia judicial nominee they argue is too socially conservative. (anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-not-rich, perfect Obama nominee)
Unemployed Americans Increasingly Frustrated With Congressional Inaction
Is one of “the crazy ones” behind a threatening email sent to House Republicans? - Salon.com - Capitol Hill mystery! Someone in the GOP doesn't want his colleagues to raise the debt limit
Senate Passes Increase Of The Nation's Debt Limit
Obamacare Enrollment Reached 3.3 Million In January
Why Boehner capitulated | TheHill - Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) abrupt decision to capitulate and hand President Obama a straightforward debt-ceiling increase resulted from simmering divisions that have virtually paralyzed his majority.
North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take At Least 2 More Years - Tesoro has excavated soil at depths of more than 30 feet. (drill, baby)
BP sued by Minnesota for fraud over $25 million in tank cleanups | Star Tribune - Minnesota’s $25 million case alleges that the oil giant lied about having insurance coverage to clean up leaking underground tanks.
Ohio National Guard Drill Right Wing Violence - What History Is Like Inside The Bubble - Esquire - The flying monkeys are aloft again because of documents that have revealed that the Ohio National Guard held what are perceived to be politically incorrect maneuvers, at least by various gun-fondlers, tricorn-fetishists, and freelance Buckeye paranoids of every stripe.
War On Voting - The Real Reason For The War On Voting - Esquire - Consider how Jonah Goldberg put it in a 2005 Los Angeles Times column: "Voting should be harder, not easier-for everybody. ... If you are having an intelligent conversation with somebody, is it enriched if a mob of uninformed louts, never mind ex-cons and rapists, barges in?
Maine Gov. Paul LePage Looks Set To Reject Overdose Prevention For No Good Reason - "His main objection is his belief -- and I have to emphasize 'his belief' because there is no evidence that supports this at all -- his belief that increasing the availability of Narcan or naloxone will lead the drug user or drug abuser to have this feeling of invincibility," Gideon said.
The Illuminati, "Obama's 'Secret Mistress,'" And Cancer "Cures": CNN's Gingrich Has A Bizarre Email List | Blog | Media Matters for America
The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division | PandoDaily - “Pension Peril” is secretly funded by former Enron trader John Arnold, a billionaire political powerbroker who is actively trying to shape the very pension policy that the series claims to be dispassionately covering. This refusal came despite PBS being a public institution that watchdog groups insist is subject to Freedom of Information Act regulations. (tote-baggers at work)
Police Officers Who Shot at Two Innocent Women 103 Times Won't Be Fired - The Wire
Daily Kos: Black Man in Jasper, Texas Found With Cut Throat And Missing Ear - Ruled ‘Accidental Overdose`.
Racist Restaurant that Won’t Serve ‘Ni*gers’ or ‘Fa*gots’ Gets Yelp Reviews for ‘Best Gay Bar’ (Images) | Americans Against the Tea Party
Live coverage: Ray Nagin convicted, guilty on 20 charges | NOLA.com
Christian School Faulted for Halting Abuse Study - NYTimes.com - For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist Christian community would damage Jesus Christ. Administrators called victims liars and sinners.
Fusion energy milestone reported by California scientists - The Washington Post - In the latest incremental advance, reported Wednesday online in the journal Nature, scientists in California used 192 lasers to compress a pellet of fuel and generate a reaction in which more energy came out of the fuel core than went into it.
Study questions value of mammography to reduce breast cancer deaths - Health - Boston.com
UFC successfully sued at least one man for $12,000 last year for watching two pay-per-view streams.
This Very Complex Malware Has Been Spreading Since 2007, and It's Not Clear Where It Came From | Motherboard - While the virus, also known as The Mask, appears to have originated in a Spanish-speaking country—careto, a Spanish slang term for an ugly face, was found in the code—it's so complex that it's not clear the average hacker could have built it.
Survey: Online trolls are 'everyday sadists' - CNN.com
Trolls just want to have fun (hurting other people; congruent with Republicans)
How an Anti-NSA Campaign Took Over the Internet | Motherboard
Nigerian restaurant busted for cannibal cuisine - Boing Boing - police discovered two human heads on the premises along with weapons and ammunition.
Gorbachev Threatens 'Daily Show' Reporter For Asking Him To Rebuild Berlin Wall - "Who asked for this meeting?" Gorbachev demanded. "If you bring cameras in here again, I will put you against the wall."
Transgender woman held in Toronto-area men's prison | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun - Avery Edison, who has legally been a woman since 2009, was detained Monday at Pearson International Airport when she tried to enter the country to see her girlfriend, Romy Sugden, of Toronto.
SodaStream controversy continues to bubble - Features - Al Jazeera English - Despite supporting the call to boycott Israeli goods, West Bank workers can't afford to boycott work opportunities.
Marius the giraffe killed at Copenhagen zoo despite worldwide protests | World news | The Guardian - Young giraffe unsuitable for breeding was shot, dissected in public and then fed to lions despite offers of a new home
Bateman Solutions For Military Rape - So Now What Do We Do About Military Rape? - Esquire - Part one of the solutions to the military's rape and assault crisis
? Report: Obama Administration Considers Assassinating Another American Overseas - YouTube
?Journalism drones on the rise, already flustering police — RT USA
Missouri Anti-Spying Bill Passes Committee | Nullify NSA!Nullify NSA! - On Monday, a Missouri state Senate committee approved a proposed state constitutional amendment that would protect private data and end a practical effect of NSA spying.
Snowden Says He Is Willing To Answer Questions From European Parliament, Which Also Wants Him To Go There In Person | Techdirt - from the would-that-be-wise? dept
Omidyar's New Site Hopes to Beat the Surveillance State Bloody - That site, The Intercept, is the new home of Glenn Greenwald and what might be called his merry band of left-wing muckrakers, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras. And that's why Greenwald -- as the journalistic face of the Snowden revelations -- has become such a hated figure in much of Washington. (Obama hates GG)
The Geography of Secret Places: Watching the Watchers with Trevor Paglen | Motherboard
Greenwald’s new media venture and the limits of billionaire journalism | ROAR Magazine - The Intercept can deal a major blow to the ideological apparatus of the security state — but how far can it go in attacking the privileges of the 1%?
Froomkin: The Terrible Toll of Secrecy - The Intercept - Despite their staggering implications, Obama has proceeded to establish the rules for them unilaterally, almost entirely in secret, based on dubious legal arguments, largely unchecked by judicial or congressional oversight, and with a seemingly unshakeable yet remarkably unfounded faith in their value. (at least 440 civilians dead from drone strikes; Obama keeps murdering despite knowing he's killing babies)
You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi - ProPublica (Obama's model)
Facebook: "We Need Government Surveillance Reforms" | Motherboard
Lights Out for NSA? Maryland Lawmakers Push to Cut Water, Electricity to Spy Agency Headquarters - US News
#StopTheNSA lights up Twitter - Tal Kopan - politico.com
ODNI 'Releases' Month-Old Public Document, Pats Self On Back For Its 'Transparency' | Techdirt
On the Day Ron Wyden Asked Whether NSA Complied with US v. Jones, It Collected 4 Billion Cell Location Records | emptywheel
How Obama Officials Cried 'Terrorism' to Cover Up a Paperwork Error | Threat Level | Wired.com (more image control failure)
Judge Renews Protection Order for Military Colonel That Limits Drone Protesters’ Rights | The Dissenter
The Daily Dot - In the age of mass surveillance, we are all black - In 1971, activists burglarized an FBI field office in Media, Pa., taking several dossiers that exposed the existence of COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgram). They passed the material to news agencies, but many organizations initially refused to publish them. The information documented long-time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ordering his agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of the civil rights movement and its leaders.
SOPA Vs NSA Protests, In Pictures | TechCrunch
Boston equips city buses with 360-degree live surveillance cameras — RT USA - This week the city began installation of the high-tech and internet-ready cameras on 10 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority busses across the greater Boston area, but by summertime they expect to have a fleet of 225 vehicles totally equipped to monitor the activities of MBTA passengers.
Why Does This Anti-Censorship Interview From 1959 Seem Terrifyingly Relevant Today? - Rod Serling (best known for creating "The Twilight Zone") sits down to discuss censorship in the media. It's over 50 years later, and now it's the Internet's turn to deal with neutrality and censorship. By the way, how crystal-smooth is Rod Serling's voice?
Here's What Bothers Keith Ellison About Obama's National Security Programs - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Monday that the "assassination" of American citizens under President Barack Obama's drone warfare program is unacceptable, and called the scope of surveillance activities carried out by the National Security Agency "disturbing." (your authoritarian Pres is still "wrestling" about killing Americans)
John Boehner To Bring Up Clean Debt-Ceiling Vote
How The GOP Plans To Crush The Tea Party Revolt
White House Forcefully Defends Latest Health Care Law Change - One of the president's top advisers on Tuesday accused Republicans of being transparently political in their criticisms of delays made to the Affordable Care Act.
“Explosive” New Revelations About HRC: No There There by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But also because it brought back the disgraceful bilge volcano of the Clinton years-the non-stop garbage peddled and sleazed by Drudge and Rush and the then frisky young Fox Network, the fact that the Clintons were accused of drug-trafficking, murder, financial scandals and all sorts of vile craziness-none of which proved to be true. And no apologies have ever been forthcoming from the greasy perps.
Eric Holder Backs Restoration Of Voting Rights For Former Felons (after governing as a Republican for six years, Obama is trying to appeal to his base)
Republican Donors Worry About Chris Christie's 2016 Prospects - Christie's robust persona and blunt style can pack a room. Some donors, however, have expressed reservations about his future ("robust" personality)
Washington Death Penalty Suspended By Governor Jay Inslee - ov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."
GOP Debt Ceiling Bill - Is Anyone Even Listening To John Boehner Anymore? - Esquire - Is anyone listening to Boehner any more? His caucus is completely beyond his control; he needs 10 percent of it to agree to allow the country to pay its damn bills, and he can't be sure he has that ... there are only two kinds of Republicans in the Congress at the moment -- the ones who have no intention of governing, and the ones who have forgotten how. (he can barely get 18 votes not to let the country go bankrupt: we are ruled by terrorists, how ironic)
Republicans Defend Websites That Tricked Donors Into Believing They Were Pro-Democrat | TechCrunch (they alway lie, cheat and steal)
West Virginia Water Hearing - Another Step In The Clean Getaway - Esquire - In other words, over a month after the spill occurred, the answer given by most responsible officials to the question, "Can we drink the water yet?" is "Fked if we know." Overregulation is such a burden. (drinker beware - Freedom! for death corps)
Breaking: Third Coal-Related Spill in the Last Month Contaminates West Virginia Waterway | EcoWatch (maybe you guys should try voting for someone else)
? Bakken explosion near Tioga - YouTube
Wall Street Journal Writer James Taranto's Rape Column Draws Outrage - In a column on Monday entitled "Drunkenness and Double Standards," Taranto suggested the female college students are as guilty as their aggressors if they are sexually assaulted while intoxicated.
WSJ Editor: Intoxicated Sexual Assault Victims Are Just As Guilty As Their Attackers | Blog | Media Matters for America - Taranto's victim-blaming approach furthers his attempts to disingenuously redefine the problem of sexual assault as a problem of alcohol
The WSJ Needs to Stop Publishing James Taranto's Rape Apologia (they obviously didn't)
Yes, building more apartments can stabilize rents - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Good news from the Oakland of the North. Because the city (unlike the home of the NFC runner-ups) has not egregiously abused zoning laws to protect the financial interests of incumbent landlords, at great costs to both renters and the environment, rental costs’ previous upward trajectory appears to be stabilizing. sunk costs can be a particularly difficult concept to grasp when you’re the one who did the sinking in the first place.
Steve Stockman's Conflicting Statements On His Record Draw Questions - He told The Dallas Morning News in 1995 that he had reported to jail for a two-day sentence stemming from a traffic violation and officers found three 10 milligram tablets of Valium in his underwear during a strip search.
Statistics on Religion in America Report -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life - Key Findings and Statistics
Video: Darth Vader Watches Man Smash Cop Car At Hollywood Walk Of Fame: LAist - A man violently smashed the windows of an LAPD car in the heart of Hollywood's Walk of Fame today. Oh, and Darth Vader was right there watching him.
PayPal chief reams employees: Use our app or quit | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet - David Marcus sent a memo to employees working at PayPal’s San Jose, Calif., headquarters yesterday, scolding them for not installing the company’s app and forgetting their PayPal passwords.
A Screaming Comes Across the Sky: Google vs. the Counterforce - NYTimes.com
Silicon Valley Is Now Public Enemy No. 1, And We Only Have Ourselves To Blame | TechCrunch
Netflix, YouTube Streaming Gets Worse on Major ISPs, Who In Turn Blame the Deep, Dark Mysteries of the Internet | Techdirt - from the what-the-hell-is-going-on dept
Google Video Quality Report
What The DMCA System Is NOT For: Shutting Down Twitter Accounts You Don't Like And Sending Anonymous Tips | Techdirt - "Their tweets are also in violation of the International Thespian Society"
The Intercept - The Intercept (swamped on rollout)
The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program - The Intercept
New Photos Of NSA Headquarters Revealed By Trevor Paglen | The Creators Project
Welcome to The Intercept - The Intercept - By Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill
How to Securely Contact The Intercept - The InterceptThe Intercept
Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill: The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program. "At least 273 civilians in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia have been killed" : worldnews (when will Obama's trial be held?)
Glenn Greenwald's new website launches with fresh NSA revelations | Media | theguardian.com - The Intercept one of several sites to be launched by new media company First Look, started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
Glenn Greenwald's New Website, The Intercept, Is Now Live
Georgia governor declares state of emergency as winter storm looms | World news | theguardian.com - With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, officials in north Georgia prepared Monday for another round of winter weather, with the governor declaring a state of emergency for 14 counties. (up to an inch of snow)
Florida Ordinance Makes it Illegal for Homeless to Use Blankets to Protect Themselves from Weather
Syrian regime and opposition begin new round of talks in Geneva | World news | theguardian.com - UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is due to hold separate talks with each side on Monday morning
Iran agrees to explain nuclear detonators to IAEA | World news | theguardian.com - Development marks a step forward in international efforts to settle decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear programme
Spain orders arrest of former Chinese president, others over Tibet | Reuters - allegations of genocide in Tibet.
Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda led ethnically motivated murder, ICC told | World news | theguardian.com - Prosecutors say he was key in planning attacks on civilians in north-east DRC, but defence denies ethnic character of conflict
Email Shows Chinese Regulator Asked Jamie Dimon For A Job 'Favor': Report - China's top insurance regulator directly asked JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon to hire a family friend as a "favor", The New York Times reported, citing a confidential email.
Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Iraqi Pupils - NYTimes.com - BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.
Frustrated by Karzai, U.S. Shifts Afghanistan Exit Plans - WSJ.com - The U.S. military has revised plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan to allow the White House to wait until President Hamid Karzai leaves office before completing a security pact and settling on a post-2014 U.S. troop presence, officials said.
Hotline lets callers inform on Jewish-Arab couples | The Times of Israel - Lehava group steps up campaign to stop intermarriage and ‘save the daughters of Israel’ from their non-Jewish suitors (sounds like ...)
The B.D.S. Threat - NYTimes.com (Roger doesn't like BDS)
Drone Attack Controversy: Obama Administration Wrestling With Whether To Target U.S. Terror Suspect - And President Barack Obama's new policy says American suspected terrorists overseas can only be killed by the military, not the CIA, creating a policy conundrum for the White House. (unnamed; could be Snowden?)
US Suspect Possibly Targeted for Drone Attack - ABC News - An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year.
Tyrone Hayes Surveillance - The Snowden Effect, Continued - Esquire - In reaction to the revelations by Edward Snowden of the activities of the all-too-human, but curiously error-prone, heroes of our intelligence community, many people have argued that we have no legitimate expectation of privacy any more anyway. (Because...intertoobz!) (just like Google!) -Not only does the Obama Administration, in the person of former regulations chief Cass Sunsteinm come off really badly, but, more important, this is the surveillance state in action, in the daily lives of people far removed from it.
Researchers uncover cyber spying campaign dubbed 'The Mask' | Reuters - A computer security software firm has uncovered what it calls the first cyber espionage campaign believed to be started by a Spanish-speaking country, targeting government agencies, energy companies and activists in 31 countries.
NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show - The Washington Post
DARPA's Building a New Search Engine to Crawl the Deep Web | Motherboard
A Surprisingly Easy Tool for Encrypting Email, Courtesy of an Ex-NSA Employee | Motherboard
Email shows effort to shield bin Laden photos - McRaven's order to purge the bin Laden material came 10 days after The Associated Press asked for the photos and other documents under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Typically, when a freedom of information request is filed to a government agency under the Federal Records Act, the agency is obliged to preserve the material sought — even if the agency later denies the request. (always above the law)
Cecily McMillan Trial Begins. Faces 7yrs in Prison After NYPD Beating - that left her beaten and unconscious.
Occupy activist faces up to seven years in jail for 'assault' on police officer | World news | theguardian.com - Defence to claim blow from elbow was unintentional • Cecily McMillan, 25, has spent two years awaiting trial = “We’re going to present evidence that indicates: No1 that she had no idea it was a police officer behind her and No2 that she reacted when someone grabbed her right breast.” (7 yrs for being sexually assaulted by one of Bloomfuck's cops)
Trolling Could Get You 25 Years in Jail in Arizona - A sweeping update to the state's telecommunications harrasment bill could make naughty, angry words a Class 1 misdemeanor. Or worse. any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person." (Republicans hate the First Amendment)
$10m look into games and gun violence a bust - Boing Boing - After the Sandy Hook shootings, at presidential behest, $10 million was allocated to to explore links between gun violence and video games. A year later, Mike Rose reports that nothing seems to be happening. (Obama hates video games, wasted $10million trying to prove a connection)
Florida prosecutors file legal charges against heavy Bitcoin traders | Ars Technica
The World’s Oldest Bitcoin Exchange Might Be Dead | Motherboard - The price of Bitcoin plunged over $200 over the last few days as Mt. Gox, the world’s first Bitcoin exchange (and at one point the largest by volume) responded to user protests by indefinitely suspending Bitcoin withdrawals on Friday, citing technical issues
GOP grows confident of Senate takeover - James Hohmann - politico.com (as Obama destroys the Democratic Party)
The Hillary Papers | Washington Free Beacon - Their conclusion: “What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary.”
Marc Caputo: Hillary Clinton's Univision ties met with near-silence in media; 'pay-to-play' claim from GOP - Marc Caputo - MiamiHerald.com
US relaxes strict rules on potential immigrants with limited terrorist links | World news | theguardian.com - First action by Obama on immigration since State of Union • Automatic bar lifted for giving ‘limited material support’
Does National Public Radio Have the Ability to Control Its Obsession With the National Debt | Beat the Press (Republican tote-baggers)
Chris Christie Investigators Issuing New Subpoenas In Bridgegate Probe - At least a dozen new subpoenas were authorized Monday by a New Jersey legislative committee investigating a plot by aides to Gov. Chris Christie to create traffic gridlock on the George Washington Bridge, apparently for political retribution.
Christie bridge scandal: Recipients of 18 new subpoenas revealed | NJ.com
Prominent New Jersey Newspaper Says It Regrets Endorsing Chris Christie - New Jersey's most highly-circulated newspaper, The Newark Star-Ledger, said on Sunday that it regrets endorsing Chris Christie in his last campaign for governor.
Chris Christie Morning After - Chris Christie's Morning After - Esquire - After losing an endorsement from New Jersey's biggest newspaper, Chris Christie has been sashaying from town to town like some corrupted beauty queen
In Inquiry, It’s Christie Against Prosecutor - NYTimes.com - For most of the nearly 1,600 days that Paul J. Fishman has been the United States attorney for New Jersey, he has carved out a strikingly different path from the juggernaut who preceded him: Gov. Chris Christie. (the screw turns)
Lawyers for Christie administration seeking documents, interview with Hoboken mayor - NorthJersey.com
Amid Christie Scandal, Buono Says Some Democrats Have ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ - NYTimes.com (the race Obama ordered Dem money to stay out of)
Interviewer Apologizes For Misquoting Scott Walker On Reagan Comment - Right Wing News apologized Monday for misquoting Walker during its January interview. (which makes no grammatical sense)
Eschaton: One Of America's Worst People Leaves NYT - Last seen going after a cancer patient for clogging up the twitters with all her bummer cancer stories, Bill Keller is apparently leaving the NYT. A legacy of horrible. Cut entitlements? Check. The internet makes us stupid? Check. Delaying important stories? Check. Support horrible wars because it sent a thrill up your leg? Check. Learn absolutely nothing from that? Check. Firing someone for once being associated with a liberal cause? Check. (it's a start, anyway)
Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit - NYTimes.com - will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system.
North Carolina Protest - The Massive Protest You Missed This Weekend - Esquire - Somewhere around 100,000 people got together in Raleigh this weekend in order to petition the newly insane state of North Carolina to stop being insane any more.
Trey Gowdy Democrats Work Scheme - Leave The Poets Alone - Esquire - Trey Gowdy is a congresscritter from down in the home office of American sedition, and he's had quite enough of you lazy moochers and your trochaic tetrameters.
Scrap the KXL project - So it is with great sadness that I inform you that I have decided to terminate my Democratic Party registration, and ask others to join me, if you decide to approve construction of the northern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Tanks in West Virginia leak not in compliance months before, official says | World news | theguardian.com - Federal safety official says chemical tanks ‘not necessarily’ in compliance months before spill that contaminated water supply
largest mental health center in America is a huge compound here in Chicago, with thousands of people suffering from manias, psychoses and other disorders, all surrounded by high fences and barbed wire. Just one thing: It’s a jail. The only way to get treatment is to be arrested.
NFL Executives Say The League Isn't Ready For Michael Sam - speaking with 12 different NFL GMs, coaches, and scouts, and to a man, they say that being gay will either hurt Sam's draft stock, or cause him to not be drafted at all. Also to a man, they refuse to put their names behind their comments. A sampling:
The Millions : Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor
Pilots often head to wrong airports, reports show | The Detroit News
NRA Board Member: Bullied Children Commit Suicide Because Young Boys Have Been "Neutered" | Blog | Media Matters for America
Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 051303 (2014): Evidence for Massive Neutrinos from Cosmic Microwave Background and Lensing Observations
Investors want Microsoft’s new CEO to kill Xbox, Bing and Surface : news (their best products; why Wall St is stupid)
Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind' : All Tech Considered : NPR - "You may think it's the YouTube application. You may think there is something wrong with your computer. It's probably the network provider making life unpleasant for YouTube because YouTube has refused to pay in order to cross its wires to reach you. And we'll be seeing much more of that kind of activity in the future."
Hello Reddit – I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder. Ask me anything. : IAmA
The Daily Dot - Two strikes against the 'six strikes' advisory board - Over the past year, 625,000 Comcast customers have received anti-piracy letters warning them about their online behavior, according to information obtained by TorrentFreak. (Leahy bought and paid for)
Inside the Israeli-made security system at Sochi | GlobalPost - An Israeli company called NICE Systems (yes, really) (but funded with your tax dollars and now in Russian "hands")
Class War In Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Government Is On Fire - revolution-news.com - Capitalism’s “creative destruction,” which robbed Bosnians of their resources, while allowing Western-backed feudal barons enrich themselves in the name of “the market,” finally got what it deserved. (the Western "oligarch model")
Photo by youranonnewsorg - Brilliant #Graffiti from #Turkey on the Internet #Censorship Law.
French Jews Migrate To Israel Citing Rising Anti-Semitism - “If my children are to live their full Jewish identity, their future is in Israel and not in France,” (your "full Jewish indentity" doesn't work in a secular state)
Military Sex Abuse Investigation: Documents Reveal Chaotic Punishment Record - The handling of allegations verged on the chaotic, with seemingly strong cases often reduced to lesser charges. In two rape cases, commanders overruled recommendations to court-martial and dropped the charges instead.
Alleged Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Pleads Not Guilty On All Charges - Forbes - Those charges, which were formally levied against Ulbricht on Tuesday, claim that he conspired to traffic in narcotics, hack computers, and launder money, as well as that he engaged in a “continuing criminal enterprise,” a charge sometimes called the “kingpin statute,” often aimed at mafia and cartel bosses.
Is Freeing a Duck Terrorism? » North American Animal Liberation Press Office - A lawsuit filed today seeks to strike down the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. (w.t.f. - the marketing of "terror")
Whack Job: Conflating Character Assassination With Investigative Reporting in the #NATO3 case | Chicago Indymedia (don't trust Steve Horn)
The Cult Of The Savvy Slays The Congressional Budget Office: Your Sunday Morning Conversation - And yet, lots of reporters and headline writers got it wrong. It's crazy. (reporters really aren't that smart and a lot are Republicans)
The GOP Thinks Obamacare Is Making You Lazy - Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Sunday suggested that Obamacare is making people lazy, shifting away from a now-discredited GOP talking point on a recent nonpartisan jobs report update on the health care law. (these people are truely evil)
AOL chief reverses changes to 401(k) policy after a week of bad publicity - The Washington Post - AOL is the first known major company to have adopted the controversial 401(k) policy change and then reversed it. Other companies, including IBM and Deutsche Bank, have cut pay and stuck to their policies. (now if they would reverse his obscene salary)
Tim Armstrong blames “distressed babies” for AOL benefit cuts. He’s talking about my daughter. - That “distressed baby” who Tim Armstrong blamed for benefit cuts? She’s my daughter.
Could the ACA help the millions of Americans drowning in debt? A new study of Massachusetts health care reform offers some clues. (get sick and die, moochers)
Crybabies of the 1 percent: Spoiled rich kids, Tom Perkins and the real affluenza - Salon.com - Forget affluenza. The rich's real "disease" is failing to get that their privileges come at a price: our contempt
Opinion piece of the day: Paul Campos on the whining one percenters by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The lyrics, as you’re probably aware, are by Stephen Sondheim (my brother wears a dress, that's why I'm sick)
How Dogecoin Occupied Wall Street | Motherboard
This Is Why So Many Reasonable People Think Anti-Marijuana Crusaders Look Ridiculous - "When it comes to marijuana, the only ones stumbling around, grumbling incoherently, and slowly dying off are those fighting to keep it illegal," (+zombie invasion)
Why do we #optout?: Just fighting the good fight. – @ THE CHALK FACE - Common Core Testing using Smarter Balanced requires the 100 % proficiency level. There is no escape. We will all fail. And we’re supposed to. This ”proves” the failing schools narrative and allows reformers to close our community schools. (the game is always rigged in favor of corps)
Water safety threatened by North Carolina coal ash spill, group says - latimes.com - Arsenic levels in the samples were 35 times higher than the maximum containment level set by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water, the group said. ("perfectly safe to drink" says coal company)
Illinois Mine Safety Head Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline | EcoWatch - Over several years, including time while Mayville was responsible for regulating Illinois coal mines, he collected thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies owned by billionaire coal mine operator Chris Cline. In November 2013 a fatal accident occurred at a coal mine owned by Chris Cline and regulated by Tony Mayville.
Texas Man won't be Prosecuted for Killing Cop in No-Knock Raid | The Libertarian Republic
Kentucky State Police Begin Operation R.A.I.D. - Operation R.A.I.D (Remove aggressive, Impaired. and Distracted Drivers from Kentucky Roadways) will remain active for one year. This includes eating and drinking. (sipping water or coffee while driving now "aggressive")
Charlevoix County News reporter faces felony charge - Charlevoix Courier: Crime - Video from a fatal airplane crashing in Boyne City is causing a local Charlevoix County News staffer some turbulence of his own. Michigan State Police arrested Damien Leist, 38, of Boyne City, at his home Jan. 29 for “photographing dead body in a grave,” a felony in Michigan with a maximum two years in prison and possible $5,000 fine. (they will always find a reason)
Is An Emotional Affair Worse Than A Sexual One? Men And Women Disagree - 72 percent of men said sexual affairs were worse than emotional affairs. 69 percent of women said emotional affairs were worse than sexual affairs. 76 percent of women would forgive their partner for a strictly sexual affair Only 35 percent of men would forgive their partner for a strictly sexual affair.
Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video
Iris Krasnow’s new book, Sex After ...: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes interviews midlife and older women about sex.
The Dylan Farrow case and the power of internet by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
The New York Times publishes an open letter from Dylan Farrow, accusing her adoptive father Woody Allen of sexual assault by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Compartmentalizing Woody Allen: What America chooses not to see - Salon.com - Dylan Farrow has written an eloquent letter accusing Woody Allen of abuse. Will Hollywood listen?
My response to Roxane Gay about public intellectuals and Dylan Farrow — Woody Allen week continues! by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Why Young Sexual Assault Victims Tell Incoherent Stories - Natalie Shure - The Atlantic - As soon as children make allegations, they're forced to take a crash course on a very daunting topic. This puts them at a huge disadvantage—and their attackers count on it.
I Believe Dylan Farrow: But Whom You Believe Depends on Which Story You Recognize - The Cut
s In The Court Of Public Opinion, Let’s Try Preponderance Of Evidence As The Standard | The Raw Story
Brainwashing Woody | Excremental Virtue
How we failed Dylan Farrow: What we’ve learned since 1992 - Salon.com - The way investigators handled Farrow's allegations against Woody Allen would never happen today
Cool Justice: Maureen Orth cooks Woody Allen like Thanksgiving Turkey - 10/07/13
Soon Yi Iq | 'I've been a model, model father,' says Woody Allen - Baltimore Sun - August 25, 1992
4 Books to Scare the Life Out of You
Morning music: Dum Dum Girls, “Lost Boys and Girls Club” by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Meanwhile, here’s a video from the new Dum Dum Girls album, Too True. (comment: "It's Ronettes without the desire, Shangri-las without the melodrama, Darlene Love without the chops, and Blondie without the sex and irony. And without the fun of any of them.")
How Marriage Impacts Health - Business Insider - Married Men — Not Women — Are Fatter Than Their Singleton Counterparts
PW puts local musician with suspicious number of Twitter followers on cover :: Blogs :: The Naked City :: Philadelphia City Paper
iOS vulnerability allows to disable 'Find My iPhone' without password - The Hacker News - Users are recommended to activate Apple’s device Lock system, which blocks a thief from erasing and re-activating a stolen phone unless they enter your Apple ID and password.
?Fukushima radiation levels underestimated by five times - TEPCO — RT News
Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Rise, More Children Dying In Violence: Report (see Iraq)
? Warlords of Tripoli (Part 1/5) - YouTube
Twitter / davidfrum: Ever get the feeling that for ... - many reporters on Iran deal, it’s more important that Israel lose than that US win? (American press not pro-Israel enough)
Sochi in History - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - But on the occasion of the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi and the surrounding areas, it’s helpful to look back and remember that 600,000 locals died from starvation, exposure, drowning and massacres in a concerted campaign by the Russian Empire to expel the Circassian people, as they were called, from the region.
NBC Cuts Anti-Discrimination Comments From Olympics Opening Ceremony
The Fifth Ring: How Conspiracy Theories are Born | Mother Jones - As we all know, there was a glitch in the Olympic opening ceremonies yesterday. But not everyone saw it:
Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and 'Dirty Tricks' - NBC News.com
Brit Spies used sex and dirty tricks: above the law: docs)
Snowden Keeps Outwitting U.S. Spies - The Daily Beast - A new assessment of the damage caused by Edward Snowden’s breach of classified U.S. intelligence networks on first glance looks catastrophic. But first impressions can be deceiving.
Mike Rogers' Comments Are Latest in Disturbing Pattern of Intelligence Officials Attacking the First Amendment | Freedom of the Press Foundation (Constitution violaters in the mold of Obama)
“The NSA Doesn’t Spy On Americans” : Just Security - Over at Lawfare, Ben Wittes is making excuses for the intelligence officials who’ve been saying the NSA doesn’t spy on Americans. Ben acknowledges the statement is false—“not quite accurate,” is his rather dramatic understatement. (it's not quite accurate to describe down as up)
PBS's Smiley Doubles Down On Praise of 'American Hero' Edward Snowden | NewsBusters - Smiley’s eagerness to repeat his offensive notion that an American traitor should be memorialized on a postage stamp as well as bringing on a guest who supports these extreme views expose how out-of-step the PBS host’s views are with the American public. ("American public" = Republican traitors +DiFi and Obama)
The terrifying surveillance case of Brandon Mayfield | Al Jazeera America - With NSA overreach, nobody is safe from confirmation bias (guilty until proven innocent; FBI always has their man)
The Story Behind 'Milk Road,' The Bitcoin Cookie Stand - Forbes
DOJ Plans To Recognize More Rights For Same-Sex Couples
It's Lonely At the Top - Will Republicans ever realize that deifying business owners is bad politics?
Drumthwacket is Stalag 13 » Balloon Juice - And Chris Christie is Sgt Schultz:
Republican Official Says Gays Should Be Purged From GOP, Blames Homosexuality On Satan - Mary Helen Sears of Houghton County in the state's Upper Peninsula (true spawn of Satan)
Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One? - Slashdot
Los Angeles: FB Page Goes Viral Calling for “Repairs, Not iPads” | Diane Ravitch's blog - Two Los Angeles teachers critical of the decision by Los Angeles school leaders to use construction funds to buy iPads have created a Facebook page that has gone viral ... raise questions about its $1 billion iPad program (making your kids stupid and Apple even richer)
Woody Allen responds - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dylan Farrow responds: Woody Allen is lying in New York Times column.
Dylan Farrow's brother speaks out against mom Mia Farrow, defends Woody Allen: ‘Of course Woody did not molest my sister’ - NY Daily News - Dylan Farrow also shot back at her brother’s claims, saying his words come as a ‘betrayal’ to the family.
Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen: 'Distortions and Outright Lies' - The Hollywood Reporter - the only final ruling in this case, by the New York Supreme Court in 1992. In denying my father all access to me, that court: (Dylan doesn't know what the "The New York Supreme Court" is)
The Woody Allen - Dylan Farrow case: media spin for the Farrow family? | Michael Wolff | Comment is free | theguardian.com - The debate over Allen's alleged abuse of Dylan played out in the media two decades ago. Very curious how it's back again (Ronan's show)
Andy Thibault - The Litchfield County state's attorney thought he'd seen it all - and then he ran into Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.
A Question for Mia Farrow: If You Hate Child Abusers, Why Are You Still Friends With Roman Polanski? | The Daily Banter
Farrow: Polanski was in despair | Media | The Guardian - Actor tells libel trial she did not see director misbehaving in restaurant
Roman Polanski's victim on accusations leveled at Woody Allen: "Everybody should pull back and not make this such a public thing" – Piers Morgan - CNN.com Blogs
Baybrook Remodelers, Still In The Midst Of Suing People For Negative Reviews, Deploys A Disastrous SEO Hitman | Techdirt - from the hand-me-that-optimized-shovel,-will-ya? dept
After 5 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes
Google posts large privacy violation notice on French homepage — Tech News and Analysis
Google Overtakes Exxon As Second-Biggest US Company | Zero Hedge
Free Trade Disagreement - NYTimes.com (Obama and his super-secret non-transparent corporate deals)
Kip Currier Copyright and "Open" Movements Blog: Free Trade Disagreement; New York Times, 2/4/14 - "Issa and other members of Congress have voiced concerns that the leaked versions of TPP suggest that the United States is promoting Internet policies that Congress specifically rejected in January 2012, when the House killed the Stop Online Piracy Act... (when you've lost Daryl the terrorist ...)
4th Financial Services Executive Found Dead; "From Self-Inflicted Nail-Gun Wounds" | Zero Hedge
Exclusive: Pentagon to boost missile defense spending by over $4 billion: sources | Reuters
Security Researcher Punches Holes In NBC's 'Everyone Going To Sochi Will Be Hacked" Story; NBC Doubles Down In Response | Techdirt - from the because-'being-careless-will-get-you-hacked'-isn't-headline-material dept (bet they reply to all their Nigerian spam too)
How The Copyright Industry Made Your Computer Less Safe | Techdirt
Fitch downgrades Ukraine's credit rating as currency controls are imposed | World news | theguardian.com - Ratings agency fears steep and uncontrolled depreciation of the currency as central bank limits private transfers abroad of around $5,700 a month
Russia Denies Leaking 'F*** The EU' Call - An aide to Russia's deputy prime minister, who was among the first to post a video online containing a bugged phone call between two U.S. diplomats, says neither he nor the Russian government played a role in leaking the tape.
Now Even AIPAC Says It's Not The Right Time To Advance Iran Sanctions Bill (the worms crawl away from the light)
70 percent of Israelis distrust US on key security issues in peace deal - poll — RT News - Tensions escalated last week when Kerry spoke of "an increasing de-legitimization" campaign building up against Israel internationally and "boycotts" if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remained unresolved ... Israel’s Minister of Strategic and Intelligence Affairs for International Relations told journalists that what Kerry said was "unfair and intolerable." (the truth is always unfair and intolerable to them)
Anonymous leaks Singapore govt employees' personal data | ZDNet - In response to recent arrests in Singapore linked to Anonymous, the hacktivist group is threatening to release more personal info unless it sees "a sense of justice and fairness" from the government.
Airport riot mars end of China's new year holiday | Reuters - A riot at a major airport in China by passengers angry about delays caused by heavy snow has marred the end of the traditional week-long lunar new year holiday, state media said on Friday, as millions rush to return to work.
Brazilian Police Employ Bloody Repression On Protest Against Bus Fare Increase - revolution-news.com
Globes [online] - Israel to exchange bank account data with US
Stephen Kim Agrees to Plea Deal in North Korea Leak Case | Mother Jones - As you may recall, this is the infamous case where the Obama/Holder DOJ was caught classifying a journalist, James Rosen of Fox News, as an "aider and abettor" of espionage.... (Obama hates journalists)
Guilty plea in Fox News leak case shows why Espionage Act prosecutions are unfair to reporters' sources - Boing Boing
Statement on GCHQ's war against Anonymous - Project PM
RCMP and CSIS face complaints of illegal spying on environmental activists opposing oil pipelines | Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly (gov spies are an arm of the corps)
Obama administration starts to implement changes to NSA phone records program - the court granted a motion to modify the most recent primary order authorizing the 215 phone records program to ensure that the metadata will only be queried after a judicial finding that there is a "reasonable, articulable suspicion" that the selection is associated with an international terrorist organization "absent a true emergency."
NSA is collecting less than 30 percent of U.S. call data, officials say - The Washington Post
Minister reveals phone calls monitored by Dutch intelligence services instead of NSA - Xinhua | English.news.cn
CIA confirms agency obliged to follow federal surveillance law | World news | theguardian.com - Law concerns financial information and government hacking • Motive for question at Senate committee not known (are they their own country, or not?)
Police Could Access Medical Records in the UK's New Health Database | Motherboard
Glenn Greenwald Plans Return To United States To Test Press Rights | FDL News Desk - Glenn Greenwald plans to “force the issue” by returning to the United States despite the possibility that he may be arrested.
How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower | World news | The Guardian - He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden's journey from patriot to America's most wanted
emptywheel and First Look Media: Beginnings and Continuity | emptywheel - As Pierre Omidyar and Eric Bates just announced, I will be joining First Look Media as part of a new magazine that will publish Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others’ work. It’s really exciting to join Glenn and others in their work, and to join the larger First Look effort as it launches.
Twitter: Transparency rules violate First Amendment | Al Jazeera America
Twitter Says DOJ's Settlement On National Security Requests Not Good Enough; It Will Fight For The Right To Disclose | Techdirt - from the good-for-twitter dept
This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate - Forbes
Popular Resistance Newsletter – People-Powered Media Beats Corporate Media | PopularResistance.Org
Journalism After Snowden: A Conversation About Digital Privacy, State Surveillance, and First Amendment Rights of Journalists | LeakSource
Former CIA director: In order to spy on domestic dissidents, just call them Terrorists | Privacy SOS
Verdict in Chicago NATO 3 trial: guilty of mob action and arson, but not terrorism - Boing Boing
NATO 3 cleared of all terror charges | Privacy SOS - The verdict is a major hit to the dangerous implication, insinuated at all levels of law enforcement for decades in the United States, that dissent and terrorism are interchangeable
Chicago jury deliberates in alleged NATO summit attack plot | Reuters - The men are accused of planning attacks during the Chicago meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials using firebombs, targeting police stations and President Barack Obama's re-election headquarters, along with other locations.
Get ready: the day we fight back against mass surveillance is coming | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Lawmakers must understand that we will no longer tolerate a surveillance state. An online protest on 11 February is a first step
Keystone Pipeline - The Keystone Pipeline Is (Basically) On - Esquire
Obama Bundler Nominated As Ambassador To Argentina Says He's Never Been There
Barack Obama's Conservative Utopia - Esquire
Hullabaloo - Senator Warren asks the right questions - "Does anyone on this panel seriously think that the government's current enforcement for financial crimes is actually working in the sense of deterring future lawbreaking?" (Obama is a banker)
US adds just 113,000 January jobs as unemployment rate dips to 6.6% | Business | theguardian.com - Freezing winter weather in America blamed for another set of lackluster figures that fell short of forecasts of 180,000
US turns to 'extraordinary measures' on debt but GOP will not use default threat | World news | theguardian.com - Deal must be done on debt ceiling by end of February • Speaker Boehner: ‘We’re not going to default on our debt’
AOL’s Tim Armstrong Blames ‘Distressed Babies’ -- Daily Intelligencer
AOL chief cuts 401(k) benefits, blames Obamacare and two “distressed babies”
Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind' / ideastream - Northeast Ohio Public Radio, Television and Multiple Media - The U.S. needs to start treating the Internet like electricity or railroads, law professor and author Susan Crawford says. "We can't create a level playing field for all Americans or indeed compete on the world stage without having some form of government involvement," she says. (and not by corp-owned Obama who did nothing for six years about Bush's giveaway)
If You Thought You Couldn't Go To Jail For Debt Anymore, You're Wrong - Business Insider (they brought back the debtor's prison, of course)
Woody Allen Speaks Out - NYTimes.com
Dylan Farrow Responds To Woody Allen's Op-Ed, Calling His Response Full Of 'Outright Lies'
Woody Allen responds: I’ve been falsely accused, Mia Farrow coached Dylan - Salon.com - In an op-ed in the New York Times released tonight, he denies molesting Dylan, and blames acrimonious Mia split
What Cate Blanchett should say if she wins the Oscar - Salon.com - She'll have to decide whether to thank Woody Allen -- and that decision matters video
10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation | Vanity Fair
Here's The 1993 Woody Allen Custody Ruling In Its Damning, Detailed Entirety | Danny Shea
The Secret Report From 1993 That EXONERATED Woody Allen: Doctors Told Cops That Dylan Farrow’s Sex Abuse Story Was ‘Fantasy-Like,’ Influenced By Mom Mia — Read It Here | Radar Online
Public Health Advocates Find Flame Retardant Fight Follows Familiar Formula - The companies' claim turned out to be a "big lie," Gillham, a corporate affairs consultant who has also worked for the tobacco industry, told The Huffington Post.
Did The First Person Ever Really Just Die Of Marijuana Poisoning? Here's Why That's Unlikely. - "From half a joint? That's ridiculous," Dr. Yasmin Hurd, professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told the paper.
Judge denies bail for Florida ex-cop charged in movie theater shooting - CSMonitor.com - A Flordia judge has denied bail for retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, who faces charges for fatally shooting Chad Oulson during an altercation in a Florida movie theater.
Oakland officer arrested by S.F. police in IHOP gun case - SFGate - Officer Kevin Kelly was cited by San Francisco police and released for allegedly showing a gun to a server in an attempt to impress her
Sheriff Fires Cop Who Threatened to Arrest Me for Taking Photos of Cops | Slog - King County deputy Patrick "K.C." Saulet has been fired for threatening to arrest me last summer, when I was photographing several officers on a downtown street corner, and then lying to investigators about the incident, says King County sheriff John Urquhart.
Amazon.com: 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime: Books
Sweeping Images - Imgur - Stephen Wilkes
Are Cats Spies Sent by Aliens? A Deep Examination of One of the Internet's Best Conspiracy Theories | Motherboard - cats are alien camcorders tracking our every move.
The Google-Microsoft ecosystem war: a full history | The Verge
Sao Paulo Biggest Water-Supply System May Run Dry Within 45 Days - Bloomberg
US official apologises to EU counterparts for undiplomatic language | World news | theguardian.com - Victoria Nuland reportedly said ‘Fuck the EU’ speaking of Ukraine crisis, though department didn’t confirm it was her voice on tape - Blaming the Russians for leaking a conversation that was presumably obtained by covert means poses problems for the US, as documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the US has in the past listened into the communications of its allies, as well as enemies.
Obama official: 'F--k the EU' | TheHill - President Obama's top diplomat to Europe has been caught on tape saying “F--k the EU.”
U.N. nuclear watchdog expects cooperation at last in Iran inquiry | Reuters
One Night at a Palestinian Land Reclamation Party | VICE United Kingdom - the ongoing "peace" process led by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Although the specifics of his plan are unknown, the general outline is clear; it would allow Israel to maintain a significant military presence – complete with US-funded drones and surveillance equipment – in the Jordan Valley for the next ten years, supposedly to quash any "destabilising" security situation
Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal | World news | theguardian.com - Committee attacks church's handling of sex abuse allegations, but archbishop says findings are outdated and ideological
Turks bid farewell to the Internet in the face of brutal censorship/surveillance law - Boing Boing
We wish Nadia and Masha well – but they're no longer part of Pussy Riot | Pussy Riot | Comment is free | theguardian.com - We hope that justice will be restored on 21 February, the anniversary of our teasing performance in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, with the song "Mother of God, put Putin away!"
CPJ Risk List: Where Press Freedom Suffered - Committee to Protect Journalists - Surveillance, restrictive Internet legislation, and cyberattacks compel CPJ to add cyberspace to the list of places trending in the wrong direction.
For the NSA, espionage was a means to strengthen the US position in climate negotiations | Information - According to observers, the spying may have contributed to the Americans getting their way in the negotiations
How UK spies committed illegal DoS attacks against Anonymous - Boing Boing - "Regular citizens would face 10 years in prison and enormous fines for committing a DoS / DDoS attack. The same applies if they encouraged or assisted in one. But if you work in the government, it seems like you're an exception to the rule."
Did an undercover cop help organise a major riot? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - The wrongly convicted activist John Jordan claims the Met helped plan serious civil disorder. An independent public inquiry is now vital
These Are the Companies the FAA Has Harassed for Using Drones | Motherboard
Snowden Keeps Outwitting U.S. Spies - The Daily Beast - A new assessment of the damage caused by Edward Snowden’s breach of classified U.S. intelligence networks on first glance looks catastrophic. But first impressions can be deceiving. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, said if one were to stack the documents stolen by Snowden it would be three miles high. (+Rep Rogers is a dumbfuck)
FBI Checks Wrong Box, Places Student on No-Fly List | Threat Level | Wired.com - The government contested a former Stanford University student’s assertion that she was wrongly placed on a no-fly list for seven years in court despite knowing an FBI official put her on the list by mistake because he checked the “wrong boxes” on a form, a federal judge wrote today. (they are never wrong about anything)
First Look Media to launch with Snowden-themed online magazine | Media | theguardian.com - New journalism outlet funded by Pierre Omidyar will start publishing next week, as company announced new hires
EFF Challenges New Jersey Subpoena Issued to MIT Student Bitcoin Developers | Electronic Frontier Foundation (New Jersey had no standing but the judge didn't agree)
US Gov’t Track Record on Cybersecurity: Fails Basic Preventative Measures; Common Password on Systems is “Password” | LeakSource
EFF's HTTPS Everywhere + Firefox = most secure mobile browser - Boing Boing - Iphone and Ipad users will unfortunately have to switch to Android to get this level of security because Apple has locked Mozilla Firefox out of their platforms.
New surveillance technology can track everyone in an area for several hours at a time - The Washington Post
Facebook Domain was almost hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
How to Find out Anything from Anyone | TIME.com - A former intelligence officer shares interrogation tips for getting people to spill on first dates and their salaries
How Seecrypt Protects Your Phone from Call Surveillance | Motherboard
When Facebook's Terms Of Service Decide What Kind Of 'Speech' Is Okay, Activists Get Silenced | Techdirt - from the that's-a-problem,-isn't-it? dept
JustOneMinute: Power Station Sniper - What motivated the sophisticated sniper attack on a San Jose power station last April? The Times wonders:
Judge orders Cal Fire to pay $30 million for ‘reprehensible conduct’ in Moonlight fire case - Fires - The Sacramento Bee
Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company — Krebs on Security - According to the company’s homepage, Fazio Mechanical also has done refrigeration and HVAC projects for specific Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and BJ’s Wholesale Club locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
Obamacare's Founding CEO Wants To Bring Single Payer To Massachusetts - On his first day as governor of Massachusetts, Donald Berwick promises to set up a commission tasked with finding a way to bring single payer to the Bay State. It'll have report back to him within a year -- ideally sooner. (alternative to Martha Fucking Coakley)
Jobless Benefits Fall One Vote Short After GOP Filibuster
CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy? – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs - More Americans continue to blame former President Bush and the Republicans. But the number who say the GOP is more responsible - now at 44% - has dipped below the 50% mark for the first time since Bush left the White House. Fourteen percent blame both parties equally
The Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference—Read It Here | Mother Jones - A list of one-on-one meetings between VIP donors and the Kochs and their operatives offers a revealing look into their mighty political machine.
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The Four Principles of Prosperity | Ian Welsh
Pete Seeger's Last Letter | The Fretboard Journal
Living on Earth: Remembering An Afternoon WIth Pete Seeger
James Carville joins Fox News - politico.com - James Carville, the "ragin' cajun" Democratic strategist, has signed on with Fox News, the network announced Thursday.
AOL Chairman Slashes 401K Benefits, Blames Two Women Who Gave Birth To Sick Babies | ThinkProgress - “We had two AOL-ers that had distressed babies that were born that we paid a million dollars each to make sure those babies were OK in general,” Armstrong said. (apparently, AOL directly pays their employees' health bills)
Progressive linguist George Lakoff: ‘Liberals do everything wrong.’ | The Raw Story (seems to have confused "progressives" with the Koch Bros)
Far right learning to love Christie: Corruption, payback and bluster = GOP hero - Salon.com - A new poll shows Chris Christie actually gaining support with one group of voters: People who love jerks! (and people who are jerks: Republicans)
Today in Racists - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In describing his border plan, Abbott said, “We must do more to protect our border going beyond sporadic surges…I’ll add more boots on the ground, more assets in the air and on the water, and deploy more technology and tools for added surveillance.” He instead proposed a “continuous surge” of state troopers to the region. ("war" on brown people)
? The Shocking Truth About Black People - (from @LeeCamp) - YouTube
A Look At The Crazy In Oklahoma - Yeah, Both Sides Are At Fault - Esquire - This is all the kind of poison that floats through the conservative media bloodstream day after day, radio show after radio show, mass e-mail by mass e-mail, until it finally develops by sheer repetition a lucrative universe of demented suckers, and a class of politician that can't look dementia in the eye with common human sympathy. These are the fking mole people.
West Virginia water crisis: Tests show presence of chemical at 5 schools » Today's Front Page » The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia
More Bad News On West Virginia Water - The Flood Of Bad News Continued In West Virginia - Esquire - Those two schools remained closed today. Around 6 a.m., Robins Elementary cook Nicole Carte said she turned the dishwasher on and ran hot water in the sinks, like she has been told to do each morning, and the black licorice smell was instantly detectable. Carte's eyes began burning, and fellow cook Brandy Holstein said she felt nauseated.
Cops Arrests Firefighter Rendering Life Support At Major Accident Scene - Because He Wouldn't Move His Firetruck | Alternative - The tyrannical police have completely lost their efffing mind. It has gotten so bad now, that even when a firefighter that was trying to save lives at the scene of a rollover was handcuffed for not obeying the testosterone filled out of control thug of a police officer.
Officers in Dorner mistaken-ID shooting will be returned to field - latimes.com - Eight Los Angeles police officers who violated department policy when they mistakenly opened fire on two women during the hunt for Christopher Dorner will be retrained and returned to the field, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a department-wide message Wednesday.
At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases | ThinkProgress (excuse to kill mostly black kids)
‘Shy’ male sues Women’s Studies teacher for failing him after he refused to attend class | The Raw Story - “I felt anxiety,” Kim told The Toronto Star. “I didn’t expect it would be all women and it was a small classroom and about 40 women were sort of sitting in a semicircle and the thought of spending two hours every week sitting there for the next four months was overwhelming.”
sexgenderbody • @asplenia: "Porn gives young people an...
Los Angeles Times Passed On Dylan Farrow Op-Ed: The Wrap
E-Cigarettes: FDA Regulation Looms for $1.5 Billion Industry - Businessweek
One Ad to Rule Them All
Campbellian anthology: more than 860,000 words of free fiction from new sf/f authors - Boing Boing
UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action | World news | theguardian.com - Devastating UN report demands Vatican 'immediately remove' all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers - The Vatican has failed to acknowledge the huge scale of clerical sex abuse and has implemented policies that have led to "the continuation of the abuse and the impunity of the perpetrators"
US limits Pakistan drone strikes amid political battle over military moves | World news | theguardian.com - No drone strikes since 25 December, but lull puts onus on Sharif government to act, as on-off Taliban talks illustrate
Multiple explosions rock Iraqi capital - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - A wave of bombings in Baghdad, some near the heavily-protected 'Green Zone', leave at least 40 people dead.
Volgograd Bombings Suspect Killed By Security Forces, Russia Says - Russian investigators say security forces killed a militant who may have helped train the two suicide bombers who struck the southern city of Volgograd.
NBC News' Richard Engel: My Computers, Cellphone Were Hacked 'Almost Immediately' In Sochi - NBC News' Richard Engel said that upon arriving in Russia to cover the upcoming event, he was hacked "almost immediately" -- and privacy is not something visitors should expect to have. (if you click on that shit)
Phone-hacking jury sees letter exposing Brooks and Coulson affair | UK news | theguardian.com - Jury reads letter found by police on old computer belonging to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks
The first congressman to battle the NSA is dead. No-one noticed, no-one cares. | PandoDaily - “Pike will pay for this, you wait and see—we’ll destroy him for this.” —Mitchell Rogovin, CIA special counsel, 1976
War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show - NBC News.com
British spies launched cyberattack on Anonymous, according to leaked documents | The Verge - Operation 'Rolling Thunder' led to arrests and convictions, but some say the government's tactics went too far
The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us | Wired Opinion | Wired.com - There are clearly defined laws and processes that a democratic government is supposed to follow. Yet here, the British government is apparently throwing out due process and essentially proceeding straight to the punishment — using a method that is considered illegal and punishable by years in prison. (who are the criminals?)
Jake Davis: Following Latest GCHQ Revelations, Who are the Real Criminals? (citizens rebranded as terrorists)
#NATO3 trial commentary 2/4/14 (with image, tweets) · allshiny · Storify
Why Thomas Jefferson Favored Profit Sharing - Newsweek - James Madison, the Constitution's main author, described inequality as an evil, saying government should prevent "an immoderate, and especially unmerited, accumulation of riches." He favored "the silent operation of laws which, without violating the rights of property, reduce extreme wealth towards a state of mediocrity, and raise extreme indigents towards a state of comfort."
Christie and Romney, the GOP odd couple - The Washington Post (they never fade away)
Christie's 'High School' Attack On Wildstein Has One Big Flaw
Port Authority eliminates 'director' job created for Wildstein | NJ.com - No one really seemed to know what that business was supposed to be doing. But whatever he was doing, he made it clear he did so at the behest of the governor.
Is Chris Christie Being Treated Unfairly? - Every little thing anybody associated with him is being scrutinized. But that's the price of playing in the big leagues.
Chris Christie Republicans - Why No One Is Sticking Up For Chris Christie - Esquire - Why you're not hearing Rudy, Mitt, or anyone else defend Chris Christie
Chris Christie Presidential Run - The Passion Of Big Chicken: A Parable - Esquire - The local Jersey papers are kicking all sorts of ass on the unfolding saga of "How Chris Christie Is Not Going To Be President" -- a story on which there is all kinds of ass waiting to be kicked -- but this latest from the Bergen Record is just, well, pathetic doesn't even begin to cover it.
Chris Christie controversies are like high school antics - By Maureen Dowd
Watch: Jon Stewart compares Christie, Wildstein relationship to 'The Breakfast Club' | NJ.com
A Lot Of Media Outlets Botched The CBO's Obamacare Report
CBO director: Obamacare will reduce unemployment
The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page | The New York Observer - “I think the editorials are viewed by most reporters as largely irrelevant, and there’s not a lot of respect for the editorial page. The editorials are dull, and that’s a cardinal sin. They aren’t getting any less dull. As for the columnists, Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years, from favoring the invasion of Iraq to the notion that green energy is the most important topic in the world even as the financial markets were imploding. Then there’s Maureen Dowd, who has been writing the same column since George H. W. Bush was president.” (Abe's kid at work keepin the Times stupid +uniformly nutball rightwing commenters)
d r i f t g l a s s: New York Times Reporters Go Full Driftglass -- UPDATE - So it turns out that in a world where, for want of gainful employment, real journalists wait tables and real writers busk for nickles, the Texas deck of America's newspaper of record has been stocked with monstrously overpaid and over-privileged hacks (Not you Krugman) that anyone who can string five words together regards as a joke...by a trustifarian fop in the thrall of a bullying asshole.
U.S. Highways 'A Disaster' In Need Of Gas Tax Increase, Ray LaHood Says (Republicans hate infrastructure)
T&I Chair Bill Shuster Complicates Matters With Push for VMT Fee | Streetsblog USA - At a Bloomberg Government event yesterday, Shuster came out in favor of a plan to tax drivers not per gallon but per mile. (with an NSA GPS/tracker in every car!)
Fracking is depleting water supplies in America's driest areas, report shows | Environment | theguardian.com - From Texas to California, drilling for oil and gas is using billions of gallons of water in the country's most drought-prone areas - Fracking those wells used 97bn gallons of water, raising new concerns about unforeseen costs of America's energy rush.
Cop Who Allegedly Said ‘We Don’t Have Time For This’ Before Shooting Schizophrenic Teen Dead Has Been Indicted | ThinkProgress - A police officer who allegedly yelled “we don’t have time for this” before shooting and killing a schizophrenic teen has been indicted on manslaughter charges.
? Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham - HD - YouTube
Bill Nye debates Ken Ham [Live 15 mins from post] : EverythingScience
Discussion Thread: Nye/Ham Creationism Debate, February 4th, 2014, 7PM EST (February 5th, 00:00 UTC) (self.Christianity) : Christianity
Shorter Ken Ham Supporters: Magnets, How Do They Work? | The Raw Story
BioLogos: Science and faith in harmony
Scott Brown Rents Out Email List To Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy Theorist - "Dear Patriot," wrote Brown. "I thought you might be interested in the offer below from our sponsor Newsmax Health," (Scottie boy looking for a job on The View)
DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place | The Verge
Cheating and Large Testicles | Psychology Today - So, while larger testicles do not result in greater infidelity in female primates, larger testicles do correlate with high levels of promiscuity in female primates.
7NEWS - 'Merica Day ban at Fort Collins High School draws protestors; Adminstrators agree to America Day - Local Story - UrbanDictionary.com defined 'Merica as a "hick" phrase meaning "If you don't like they way things are here in Merica then you can git out."
Federal judge rules drivers allowed to flash headlights to warn of speed traps | Fox News - A federal judge in Missouri ruled this week held that drivers have a First Amendment right to flash their headlights to warn other motorists of nearby police and speed traps.
Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy - Wellesley - Your Campus - Boston.com - "[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community," ("many" Wellesley girls have been sexually assaulted)
Realistic statue of a man in his underwear next to a busy road in Massachusetts : WTF
Facebook's 'Spotted' pages: everyday sexism in universities for all to see | Life and style | theguardian.com - Two-thirds of female students report experiencing harassment while at university. And the way their male counterparts are using social media isn't doing much to make things better
Simon & Schuster’s New Site Will Be Another Expensive Failure | Betabeat - Second, 250 words might be an awkward length for a daily essay. It’s too long to be casually consumed on the morning commute (TELL ME EVERYTHING IN 140 CHARACTERS OR FEWER), but it’s too short to have any real value as a longer, more in-depth read. (quick reads for busy rich people)
Israel brings Dead Sea scrolls to life with upgrade of digital archive | World news | theguardian.com
Dylan Farrow's Brother Moses Defends Woody Allen - Scandals & Feuds, Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Woody Allen : People.com
Moses Farrow defends Woody Allen over child abuse accusations | Film | theguardian.com - He continued: "I don't know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible."
The kangaroo court of Twitter is no place to judge Woody Allen | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Dylan Farrow's accusations of abuse against her father could encourage forgotten victims to speak out
An Imbalance of Power: The Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow Controversy «
In The Court Of Public Opinion, Let’s Try Preponderance Of Evidence As The Standard | The Raw Story
The folly of Mamma Mia: Wouldn't Mia Farrow be better off helping her own dysfunctional family? | Mail Online
?Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby's Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?
Exclusive Inside Story on Bieber's 'Pot' Plane - NBC News.com - According to multiple law enforcement sources, the leased, luxurious Gulfstream IV on which the 19-year-old Canadian pop star, his father and an entourage of 10 friends traveled was so full of marijuana smoke that the pilots were forced to wear oxygen masks.
Hurley’s Ex-Lover Caught On Bombshell Audio Recording Revealing Ex-Prez’s White House Sex Romps Behind Wife Hillary’s Back | Radar Online - Clinton said, “Listen Elizabeth, this is the President!” Sizemore recalls. “‘I don’t have any time for this ****. I‘m keeping the world from nuclear war all the time. I’m sending a plane to pick you up.”
Twitter posts revenues of $242m but share price plummets as growth stalls | Technology | theguardian.com
Tinder Is The Night: Dating App Gets You More Ass Than the L Train | Betabeat
Verizon using recent Net Neutrality victory to wage war against Netflix - Dave's Blog - In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this. (VRZ already ratfcking Nfix)
Don't panic, but that public Wi-Fi comes from ... inside your house - Daily Democrat Online (without paying any rent)
Climate Change | New Scientist
Iran snow cuts power to nearly 500,000 homes
New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women | World news | The Guardian - Small change to criminal code has huge consequences in country where 'honour' killings and forced marriage are rife
Karzai Arranged Secret Contacts With the Taliban - NYTimes.com - The secret contacts appear to help explain a string of actions by Mr. Karzai that seem intended to antagonize his American backers, Western and Afghan officials said. (all that blood and money for nothing)
Guantanamo detainee cites POW stipulation in bid for freedom - latimes.com - Fawzi Odah of Kuwait, whose father worked with U.S. troops in the 1991 Gulf War, contends in a lawsuit he should be freed when America withdraws from Afghanistan.
Video of Journalists’ Arrest in Egypt Seen as Threat to Media - NYTimes.com
$1M lawsuit after troubled teen's arm broken by police in removal from school bus - Times Union - Rotterdam chief says his officers took appropriate action
Australian PM's YouTube message flagged for 'deceptive content' - Tony Abbott's video about 'delivering on our promises' temporarily taken down. (flagged by users as a lie)
Infographic: More than 1,400 children killed by Israeli soldiers, settlers since 2000 | The Electronic Intifada
German minister calls for sanctions threat against Ukraine | World news | theguardian.com - Social Democrat's comments contradict chancellor Angela Merkel, who last week ruled out imminent sanctions
BREAKING: Scotland legalizes same-sex marriage – LGBTQ Nation - Scotland becomes the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by an overwhelming majority.
Ukraine protesters replace statue of Lenin with a golden TOILET to highlight 'corruption' in government | Mail Online (well done)
Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission (Spain and Greece most corrupt)
Dad Can’t Buy Daughter Shoes as Argentine Currency Falls - Bloomberg
World Shares Fall To 4-Month Low Amid U.S. Slowdown, Emerging-Market Woes
New Fed Study On Jobs Crisis Is Extremely Misleading (everyone has given up looking for a job; Obama's lowest priority)
Budget Deficit Falling To $514 Billion: CBO (i.e., rate of increase has slowed)
Wall Street Journal Ruth Wisse One Percent - I Am Confused - Esquire - The editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal were taken to the zoo in the 1980s by a conservative shaman named Robert Bartley. They never truly have come home again. (thinking there's a problem with 6 people owning half of America is anti-Semitic)
Prosecuting The People Who Caused the Economic Crisis Would Be Just Like Auschwitz - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The Wall Street Journal doubles down on the claim that criticizing the 1% could lead to the next Holocaust.
27 Shocking Numbers That Reveal the True State of the Union | Politics News | Rolling Stone (Obama's America)
New Net Neutrality Bill Introduced, Has No Chance Of Passing | Techdirt - from the this-is-not-the-solution-you're-looking-for dept - it's still the same old situation trying to kludge together a temporary solution for the real problem, which is the lack of a competitive market. (Obama hates the internets anyway)
Potent Pro-Israel Group Finds Its Momentum Blunted - NYTimes.com (AIPAC is America's daddy)
James Clapper Confirms NSA Engages in Domestic Surveillance | emptywheel
Dept of Justice official admits NSA ‘probably’ spying on members of Congress — RT USA
NSA hörte Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder ab - Politik - Süddeutsche.de
Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks - World Socialist Web Site (Obama ordered Cameroon to bomb the Guardian)
Pirate Party members nominate Snowden, Manning for Nobel Peace Prize — RT News - For Snowden, it is the fourth such nomination - his third this year. (momentum is building)
Intelligence chairman accuses Glenn Greenwald of illegally selling stolen material - Josh Gerstein - politico.com
Is Glenn Greenwald a Criminal? | The Nation
Senior US congressman Mike Rogers: Glenn Greenwald is 'a thief' | World news | theguardian.com - Rogers accused journalist of illegally selling NSA documents Congressman is chairman of the House intelligence committee Greenwald denounces Rogers for 'fabrications and lies' (just look at their faces)
Oh Look, Rep. Mike Rogers Wife Stands To Benefit Greatly From CISPA Passing... | Techdirt (they are always corrupt)
This Parody of NSA's PRISM Was So Good Police Almost Shut It Down | Motherboard
Alleged Silk Road creator indicted on 'kingpin' charges in New York | PCWorld
The Daily Dot - Anti-NSA activists shine giant, horrifying eye on Verizon NYC building
Anonymous hacks the FBI - We know who your agents are | TechEye - The Slovenian branch of Anonymous claims it has hacked the FBI and uploading email addresses and personal information relating to the director to online storage site Pastebin.
FBI Seized All TorMail Data And Is Using It To Catch Hackers | PopularResistance.Org
NZ spy agency in illegal Kim Dotcom wiretap 'deletes key evidence' ahead of hearing — RT News - "The GCSB spy agency seems to have deleted evidence relevant to my case against the GCSB for illegally spying on NZ residents,'' Dotcom tweeted.
Tech giants increase transparency about NSA requests. So what? - Salon.com - Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo release data about FISA requests. Let's not celebrate their efforts yet
Thomas Bach, IOC President, Slam Politicians Over Sochi Olympics - OC President Thomas Bach accused world leaders Tuesday of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform "on the backs of the athletes," and of snubbing the games without even being invited.
US army investigates hundreds of soldiers for recruitment fraud | World news | theguardian.com - Officials tell Senate that illegal kickbacks cost the US at least $29m as part of national guard program to boost enlistment
Hundreds of Actions Are Planned to Protest Keystone XL | The Nation (Obama's death-funnel)
Senate Democrats break from Obama - Burgess Everett - politico.com - From trade to Iran sanctions, the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare, the National Security Agency and energy policy, Senate Democrats seem unusually comfortable criticizing the president, with only minimal concerns about repercussions from the White House.
Smithsonian Tar Sands Mining Report - More Bad News About Pipelines - Esquire - The flimsy argument advanced by the State Department has been shredded even further by a new report that you can read about in Smithsonian. The whole project is a slow-rolling ecological catastrophe from start to finish.
Antonin Scalia: 'You Are Kidding Yourself If You Think' Internment Ruling Couldn't Happen Again - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation's highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn't be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict. (with Democrats)
Feds launch criminal probe into West Virginia chemical spill - CSMonitor.com - A federal grand jury has launched a criminal investigation into last month's chemical spill in West Virginia amid concerns from residents that the water still may not be safe to drink.
West Virginia calls for stricter regulation after chemical spill | World news | theguardian.com - tate officials testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday Delegates have proposed laws to improve chemical regulation (but Freedom!)
White House pushes back against CBO over jobs claim in healthcare report | World news | theguardian.com - Estimates suggest Affordable Care Act would result in 2 million fewer people working but Obama insists new law will help most Americans
The Explosive CBO Report On Obamacare Wasn't As Explosive As It Seemed - The health care law wouldn't cause those jobs to be eliminated by employers. In fact, the nonpartisan CBO's report specifically stated, "there is no compelling evidence that part time employment has increased as a result of the ACA."
Obamacare as job-killer: How the CBO thinks it'll work. - The point, however, is that we're talking about people quitting not about people getting fired.
Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy - “I just don’t see any strategic value in stories positioning her as inevitable or the preemptive nominee, and I don’t think people who are out there talking about this help her, and I think she should make that clear,” (Queen Hillary)
I love it when you call me Big Poppa » Balloon Juice (Bush v. Clinton!)
Mitt Romney Speech - The Return Of "I'm Mitt Romney, Bitches" - Esquire - "I'm Mitt Romney, bitches, and I'm still all you got left.
House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook - Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies to two options: trading a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, or trading a one-year extension for repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors. (terrorists hold America hostage)
Mike Lofgren | Gates Agonistes - One does not have to believe, as Parry does, that Gates was involved in the October Surprise, an alleged deal between the Reagan campaign and Iranian operatives to withhold return of the US hostages in Teheran until President Reagan was inaugurated. (+deep in Iran-Contra, wrong on Russia and even the CIA hated him)
Eight U.S. states have policies similar to Russia’s ban on gay ‘propaganda’ ("no homo promo" homophobe states)
Breaking: Obama’s Deputy Drug Czar admits that cannabis is less of a public health threat than prescription drugs and alcohol | MyFDL
Florida Supreme Court OKs medical marijuana for ballot | www.wftv.com
Kaiser Permanente Share | Simple, At-Home Test Will Detect Most Colorectal Cancers - collect a single stool sample at home and then send it to a lab for analysis will detect about 79 percent of colorectal cancers
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Lying - CBS News - Americans are far more likely to forgive Bill Clinton than Bernie Madoff. The theme of this month's poll is about truth and lies
Graphene circuit's wireless promise
Can couples really get stuck together during sex? - "The muscles of the woman's pelvic floor contract rhythmically at orgasm. While those muscles contract the penis becomes stuck and further engorged."
A football field compared to the International Space Station - Another comparison: The United States spends about $10 billion per year in the NFL and about $3 billion in the ISS.
On Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter | The New York Observer - J.D., Roman and Woody: Why ‘Great Men’ Get a Pass From Their Peers - Because Oscars matter more
Woody Allen and Young Girls: A History -- Daily Intelligencer
Mariel Hemingway Admits Woody Allen Kiss
Stephen King on Dylan Farrow’s open letter: “There’s an element of palpable bitchery there” - Salon.com - The horror author's abhorrent comments stirred outrage Monday night
Barbara Walters Heatedly Defends Woody Allen Against Dylan Farrow Allegations - "I have rarely seen a father as sensitive and as loving and as caring as Woody is," she said.
Woody Allen’s biggest defender: Robert Weide’s attack on Mia Farrow and her daughter is sleazy and passive-aggressive. - Why are so many journalists lauding Robert Weide’s sleazy, passive-aggressive attack on Mia Farrow and her daughter? - The first thing you need to know is that this is what Robert Weide’s Twitter profile looks like.
Rewatching Woody Allen - Dylan Farrow Woody Allen Movies - Esquire
Woody Allen in Exile - Esquire - 1994
Christie’s Sopranos-style mess: Why more and more stink will engulf the bridge scandal - Salon.com - Why the governor's strategy for defending himself from Bridgegate will create more sludge and grime for himself
Must-see morning clip: Is Chris Christie a “petty, vindictive bully”? - Salon.com - Jon Stewart lampoons the New Jersey governor over the ongoing "Bridgegate" fiasco
Record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013 | World news | theguardian.com - Eighty-seven people cleared of conviction, including in many cases which investigation revealed no crime ever committed (which is no longer necessary to be jailed; our failed "justice" system)
RAID FILMED: Ankeny Police ‘Traumatize’ Family | WHOTV.com - Members of a Des Moines family say they were terrorized in their own home by Ankeny police.
Have 24-hour TV news channels had their day? | Media | theguardian.com
Laying tefillin while female: Modern Orthodox Judaism will not survive if it keeps alienating women. - he Fight Over Women Wearing Tiny Leather Boxes Is Why Modern Orthodox Judaism May Not Survive (submit to patriarchy)
The Most Walkable Cities and How Some Are Making Strides - More people walk to work in Cambridge, Mass., than any other large city in the country. (#1!)
Facebook’s fatal weakness: Why the social network is losing to Amazon, Apple & Google - Salon.com - Ten years in, Facebook has its eye on world domination, but one tricky hurdle stands in the way: People hate it
What does Google want with DeepMind? Here are three clues - DeepMind, a company that specialises in artificial intelligence technologies. (Skynet)
Japanese radio commentator quits after being told to shut up about Fukushima nuclear plant | Vancouver's News
50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima | EcoWatch - Japan’s harsh dictatorial censorship has been matched by a global corporate media blackout aimed—successfully—at keeping Fukushima out of the public eye. (long history of la-di-la-radioactivity)
Worldwide cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years | Society | theguardian.com - New cancer cases expected to grow from 14m a year in 2012 to 25m, with biggest burden in low- and middle-income countries
Al-Qaida struggles to unite extremist factions | World news | theguardian.com - Ayman al-Zawahiri co-founded al-Qaida to combat division among Sunni militants, and he is still fighting the same fight
Al Qaeda Says It Has Broken Ties With Syrian Affiliate - NYTimes.com - Al Qaeda’s top leadership moved publicly on Monday to sever the organization’s relationship with its Syrian affiliate, which has been widely blamed in recent months for stoking rebel infighting in Syria’s civil war.
Corruption scandal tests Turkey's cowed media | Reuters
The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in the world excluding China, 2012 — www.sipri.org
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters slams Scarlett Johansson over Israel | The Electronic Intifada
? The Pathetic Reason Howard Dean Opposes a Deal With Iran - YouTube (MEK/AIPAC/Isael)
GAP Client Edward Snowden Speaks to German Press - Government Accountability Project
'Chaos Computer Club' filed criminal complaint against German government Over Mass Spying
NSA/FBI Got Access To Content Of Around 40,000 Yahoo/Google User Accounts In First Six Months Of 2013 | Techdirt (hundreds of thousands of America terrorists running around)
Judges Poised to Hand U.S. Spies the Keys to the Internet | Threat Level | Wired.com - Which is why the appellate court challenge pitting encrypted email provider Lavabit against the Justice Department is so important: It’s the only publicly documented case where a district judge has ordered an internet company to hand over its SSL key to the U.S. government — in this case, the FBI.
DEA teaches agents to recreate evidence chains to hide methods | Muckrock - Trainers justify parallel construction on national security and PR grounds: "Americans don't like it"
At the same time, the companies are still legally barred from notifying the owners of all those accounts that they've been surveilled. And don't let the limited number of accounts involved in FISA requests fool you: the NSA still has been shown to collect billions of social interactions a day on the public web, and its metadata collection affected millions of people.
Blog > Attention Internet publishers: Linking limits libel liability - In that case, Sheldon Adelson sued a Jewish political organization over a press release alleging that he had “’personally approved’ of prostitution.” Adelson claimed the claim was libelous and was not protected by any privilege, because the press release didn’t attribute the charge to any official proceeding. (yeah, that fucker)
Morning Plum: GOP may kill immigration reform because #OBUMMER
My personal Fox News nightmare: Inside a month of self-induced torture - Salon.com - I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU. Here's what happened when I watched 3 hours of Fox every day for a month (no poors, except for the "handouts" and "moochers" no foreign news, and Obummer, but Megyn is hot)
News from The Associated Press - Lew says he will start using emergency measures after Feb. 7 to avoid a first-ever default on the national debt. He says he expects to exhaust those measures quickly. (America under attach by Teathugs: time to bomb them?)
Treasury secretary Jack Lew demands action on debt ceiling 'very soon' | World news | theguardian.com - Deal to avoid default runs out at end of February • Conservatives seek confrontation over issue
Janet Yellen sworn in as first woman to chair the Federal Reserve | Business | theguardian.com - Yellen makes no remarks at Washington ceremony
Chief economist’s apparent suicide is the latest in a series of bizarre deaths in the financial world this week | Financial Post - Russell Investments’ Chief Economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide in the United States, the latest in a series of untimely deaths among finance workers and business leaders around the world this past week. (what did they know?)
Why Are Bitcoiners Going to Jail for Money Laundering While Big Banks Walk? | Motherboard
xs Could Wal-Mart Be the Next Giant Failure in Retail? (peak Walmart?)
Study: US abortion rate lowest in four decades | Al Jazeera America - More contraception use, rather than increased restrictions on access to the procedure, behind decline
Eschaton: Yah They Screwed It All Up - So people were stranded at the Superbowl because too many people wanted to take the train home and they were way above capacity. From what I can glean from various sources (I think true, some inconsistencies in reports) (Christie's NJ Transit System at work guaranteeing profits!)
Chris Christie Allies - The Company Chris Christie Kept - Esquire - The Christie ally who prepped an official before his testimony on the George Washington bridge scandal is now fair game for investigation - : For Christie to survive his second term as Governor, many people -- all with careers, families, and dreams of their own -- would have to fall on their own swords. Such people may, in theory, exist. None of 'em worked for Chris Christie. (fat liar bully fuck is toast)
Report of Christie As Non-Goon Sounds Goonish -- Daily Intelligencer
Feds seek files from Christie's office; ex-aide Kelly won't turn over documents in response to subpoena - NorthJersey.com
GOV. CHRISTIE’S NJ STATE POLICE BODYGUARD BUSTED FOR THEFT Report by Mark Lagerkvist
Bill O'Reilly Is to Journalism What the WWE Is to Fighting - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - His Super Bowl Sunday interview with President Obama was faux-tough and filled with questions that were virtually guaranteed to fail.
The Leafly App Is Like Grindr for Weed | Motherboard - Leafly's a strain-indexing startup often described as the "Yelp of cannabis"—with "strong notes of Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and a double standard over drugs | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | theguardian.com - We turn a blind eye to an unworkable law and assume it does not apply to people like us – then take draconian vengeance on others
Woody Allen: Dylan Farrow letter 'untrue and disgraceful' | Film | theguardian.com - The director Woody Allen has rebutted claims of abuse alleged by adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, and urged people to remember 'no credible evidence of molestation' was found when the case was originally investigated
Woody Allen’s Good Name – The New Inquiry - If you are saying things like “We can’t really know what happened” and extra-specially pleading on behalf of the extra-special Woody AllenHi, The Daily Beast!, then you are saying that his innocence is more presumptive than hers. You are saying that he is on trial, not her: he deserves judicial safeguards in the court of public opinion, but she does not.
Mia Farrow: Where is Her Outrage Over Her Own Brother, A Convicted Sex Offender Now In Prison? | Showbiz411 (whoa, even more complicated)
Soon-Yi Previn - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen (comments)
Doctor Cites Inconsistencies In Dylan Farrow's Statements - New York Times
Mia Farrow's Vanity Fair Interview References 1997 Connecticut Magazine Article - Connecticut Today - September 2013
Dylan Farrow Describes Woody Allen’s Alleged Sexual Abuse in Open Letter | Vanity Fair
Exclusive: Mia Farrow and Eight of Her Children Speak Out on Their Lives, Frank Sinatra, and the Scandals They’ve Endured | Vanity Fair - October 2 2013
Allen Loses to Farrow in Bitter Custody Battle - June 8, 1993
Mia's Story | Vanity Fair - November 1992
Twitter / alivingiano: A 1976 profile of Woody Allen ...
A Torrent Site Wants to Be the New Academic Library | Motherboard - They warn in bold letters—twice—that “All files must be licensed to legally reshared,” and users are instructed to enter the license when they upload materials (though how, or if, this will be policed isn’t immediately clear).
Staples made a test that determines how many words per minute you read and how you rank up to the world average. : books
Twitter / YourAnonNews: "Football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult." - George Orwell
Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst - NYTimes.com - The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. (evacuate)
UN Says More Than 733 Iraqis Killed In January
New Saudi Counterterrorism Law Alarms Activists - NYTimes.com - Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.
Israeli security minister slams Kerry over boycott threat, warns IDF may invade Gaza — RT News
IOC Urging Sochi To Sort Out Hotel Problems - Some media have arrived and found they had no place to stay, and thousands more journalists are expected to arrive Monday. (Putin hates journalists almost as much as Obama)
South Korean Protesters In Miryang Sit Surrounded by Police With Necks Chained Together For 32 Hours
Amanda Knox case judge lambasted by Raffaele Sollecito's lawyers for remarks | World news | The Guardian
Why Amanda Knox is innocent. - The Italian Justice System Is Insane
Dear Scarlett Johansson – A Letter To A Woman I Once Admired | The Jihad
transmediale - YouTube
http://wikileaks.org/IMG/html/Affidavit_of_Julian_Assange.html#efmNojN05 - “it was the police who made up the charges”.113 (Sweden's false rape case falling apart)
Juristen fordern Schlussstrich unter Assange-Fall - Radio Schweden | Sveriges Radio (Swedes realize their governmanet if fucked up)
SMS from Swedish woman at centre of Assange case say police "made up the charges" against Assange. : worldnews
David Miranda's detention: a chilling attack on journalism | World news | The Guardian - When the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald was detained at Heathrow airport last August under the Terrorism Act, MI5 were pulling the strings and knew full well that he wasn't a terrorist (but they were)
NY Times' Jill Abramson: Obama Crackdown Has Created 'Freeze' On Reporting - New York Times editor Jill Abramson once again condemned the Obama administration's crackdown on leaks, saying that the government's treatment of Edward Snowden has scared potential sources and created a "real freeze" on reporting. (Obama hates journalism even more than Putin does)
Canadian Wifi spying: Harper's secretary spins, lies, and slanders in Parliament - Boing Boing - The most shameful part of this was when Calandra used ad hominem to distract his audience from his government's criminal acts, slandering journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a "porn-spy," incorrectly stating that Greenwald had sold the leaked documents to the CBC, and then making a big deal out of the fact that Greenwald's bank account is in Brazil. The last part would be a bit mysterious, except for the fact that Greenwald lives in Brazil. (a known haven for terrorists)
UK media alarmed by govt bill allowing seizure of journalists’ notes, files — RT News - UK media organizations have warned that if a government bill authorizing police to seize journalists' notebooks, photos and digital files is passed Monday, it could seriously endanger press freedom in the country. (UK outlaws journalism; sounds like Egypt/Turkey)
NSA and GCHQ spoofed LinkedIn to hack Belgian cryptography professor — Tech News and Analysis - Belgium’s federal prosecutor is looking into the likely hacking of noted cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater by the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ, as first reported on Saturday morning by De Standaard. There are many hypotheses (about 12 or 15) but it is certainly an industrial espionage plus a surveillance of people working about civilian cryptography.”
The NSA Gathering Metadata No Different Than Feds Making Copies of Your Mail | Nullify NSA!Nullify NSA! - Time to #NullifyNSASupporters of NSA spying come up with all kinds of mental gymnastics to justify its gross violations of the Fourth Amendment.
Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password in the world | Computerworld Blogs
Brazil Must Offer Edward Snowden Asylum, Glenn Greenwald Says - Journalist Glenn Greenwald believes the Brazilian government should offer asylum to Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA analyst currently taking refuge in Russia.
After Snowden: How vulnerable is the internet? - The internet was designed to be free and open. Eight months after Edward Snowden's first leaks of classified information, is that still the case?
jeremy hammond – tribute to a badass anarchist hacktivist | we are not afraid of ruins - Jeremy Hammond, 28yrs old, sits in a Federal Prison right now. Since March the 5th of 2012, over ten months ago, he has been held without bail or trial. Jeremy is accused of accessing the intelligence firm Stratfor and its database then releasing 5 million internal emails. He is facing numerous charges having the potential of sentencing him up to 37yrs to life in prison. (Obama's priorities and no speedy trial for you)
Green is the new red: The problem of treating activists as terrorists | TED Blog
Reality Denial: Steven Pinker’s Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence | Public Intellectuals Project
Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust? | Sen. Elizabeth Warren - it is worth reading David Dayen's article about it at the New Republic -- "The Post Office Should Just Become a Bank: How Obama can save USPS and ding check-cashing joints."
Hillary Clinton calls on Senate not to impose more sanctions on Iran | World news | theguardian.com - Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential heir apparent, has urged her former Senate colleagues not to pass new sanctions on Iran, even as she called the Islamic Republic a “threat to global security”.
Watch Chris Hayes Explain Why Obama Is Like An Addict When It Comes To Oil - Obama has been like an addict who knows he has a problem—in this case, with oil—but isn't taking the steps to do anything about it. Hayes urged Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline.
Republicans face 2016 turmoil - The Washington Post - serious conversations about whether it could happen,” said Lanhee Chen, Romney’s former policy adviser, who noted the recent release of a documentary showing Romney in a new light. “The overwhelming consensus is ‘probably not,’ but it’s not completely far-fetched.” (Romnoid 3.0!)
Christina Genovese Renna, Chris Christie Staffer, Resigns Amid Probe - A member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration who has been subpoenaed in an alleged political payback investigation has resigned.
Chris Christie Mounts Defense, Rips Into Former Ally David Wildstein
Worse Than I Realized - It's genuinely shocking that a sitting governor and presidential aspirant finds himself or his key defenders writing a sentence like this: "He was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior."
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour wrong on N.J.'s AshBritt contract: Editorial | NJ.com - Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is a partner in a lobbying firm that works for AshBritt, the giant Florida debris-removal company. He’s also a big backer of Gov. Chris Christie. (how the wheels turn)
The Daily Dot - Rob Ford closes out January with a jaywalking ticket - Ford eventually lost sight of the crosswalk, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ticketed the pride of Toronto for jaywalking.
Gay-marriage debate takes new twist in Oregon: religious exemption | Reuters - whether the state should be the first to allow florists, cake makers and others to refuse to participate in these weddings on religious grounds. (your cake-maker with a public business is "participating" in your wedding)
Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, and the 25-Year-Old Wunderkind Dems Fell For - NationalJournal.com (Dems have grifters too)
Cops cheer NYPD Officer Richard Haste, charged in death of teen Ramarley Graham - NY Daily News - 'That’s how they work,' Graham's mother cries
video: Warren officer restrains, cuts hair of a woman - Fox 2 News Headlines - "There is a policy about removing wigs, but, that doesn't cover scalping a person," says Griem.
Cop Charged with Purposely Spreading HIV for Nearly 7 years, Brags About Sex with Victims | Filming Cops - Women in multiple cities and counties have been issued a warning to come forward immediately for testing, after a police officer, Ervans Saintclair, has been charged with intentionally spreading HIV to multiple victims as far back as 2007.
An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow - NYTimes.com
Dylan Farrow’s Story - NYTimes.com
Twitter / kgosztola: Here's @Eric_Alterman refusing ... to imagine what it's like for girls to be led into attics by Woody Allen:
Twitter / Eric_Alterman: Not so fast: http://t.co/fOrYixRi5m
The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast - The Daily Beast - Twenty-one years after the first allegations that Woody Allen abused his adopted daughter, that incident is back in the news thanks to the director’s ex-partner, Mia Farrow, and estranged son, Ronan Farrow. But what does a closer examination reveal?
Cate Blanchett responds to letter by Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow | Film | theguardian.com - ‘What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?,' Farrow had asked in open letter alleging Allen sexually abused her (if you call that a "response")
tossitinsecret comments on So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter. Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?
The New York Times publishes an open letter from Dylan Farrow, accusing her adoptive father Woody Allen of sexual assault by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Ronan Farrow: young blue eyes | From the Observer | The Observer (Brando, really)
Twitter / tejucole: http://t.co/dGz2Fg8UN8
The Romance of Birthright Israel | The Nation - By providing all-expenses paid trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, US funders and Israeli politicians are creating the next generations of American Zionists.
Jewfros in Palestine — Crooked Timber
Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl - Triple Canopy
Teen's Epic Monologue Will Change How You View Hospital Patients (video)
California marijuana legalization supporters to start collecting signatures for ballot measure | 89.3 KPCC
Legal Weed Causing Sky-High Travel Demand To Denver - people from around the U.S. are searching for flights to Denver much more than they used to and the spike began just as the state's new retail marijuana laws went into effect on Jan. 1.
If It's Hip, It's Here: The 62 Naughtiest, Raunchiest and Sexiest Christmas Ornaments Available - Pornaments.
Catching neutrinos with Fermilab's massive next-generation detector | The Verge - The detector is as wide as a basketball court and about twice as long, making it quite a large contraption and the largest free-standing plastic structure in the world.
‘On’ switches for cells | Harvard Gazette - Researchers find early developmental signal hidden amid ‘noncoding’ RNA
BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - WHAT THE FLUCK! - amara Mellon is best known for creating the Jimmy Choo brand - and empire.
Hackers steal Western Michigan University professor's paycheck | MLive.com - "If the hackers are this smart that they can go in there, wait and delete the email, you would have to be watching your computer almost continuously," he said.
Two factor Authentication - secure your Microsoft account [Tip] | wpCyte
How Putin's cronies seized control of Russia's Facebook | The Verge - Amid mounting pressure from the Kremlin, Pavel Durov steps away from the internet giant he created
Violence Grips Thai Capital On Eve Of Election
Hundreds protest against Israeli settlements - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - Palestinians and Israeli activists occupy abandoned houses in Jericho to protest against settlements in West Bank.
Why Israel Fears the Boycott - NYTimes.com - These days, Israel seems as terrified by the “exponential” growth of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or B.D.S.) movement as it is by Iran’s rising clout in the region.
Canadian Privacy Law Blog - Google+ - CSEC has no legal authority to collect metadata (including WiFi) of Canadians without a warrant
Terrorizing Dissent: Harper's approach to defining terrorism is shamelessly bald | rabble.ca - the Harper Conservative playbook. For instance, organizations (most famously KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives) failing to toe the government's "with-Israel-through-fire-and-water" line have been defunded and denigrated as anti-Semitic. (AIPAC runs Canada too)
The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail: Secrets of the Illuminati, or, Yay, Cookies! | FrontBurner | D Magazine - At the end of 1990, the U.S. federal prison system held about 65,000 inmates. At the end of 2010, it held 210,000. (Obama loves putting people in prison)
Lawyers for Lavabit founder: judges may dismiss civil liberties concerns | Technology | theguardian.com - Ladar Levison challenges contempt of court order • Secure email service was used by NSA leaker Snowden
Are CIA Cyber-Spooks Hacking Americans' Computers? | American Civil Liberties Union - At Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, titled "Global Security Threats," Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) hinted that CIA agents might be engaging in abusive cyber operations against Americans. And CIA Director John Brennan did little to dispel the notion. (but DiFucker saved his butt)
Meet the Press with David Gregory - Sundays on NBC News - Julian Assange on Snowden, Spying
Postal Service Banking: How the USPS Can Save Itself and Help the Poor | New Republic - The Post Office Should Just Become a Bank How Obama can save USPS and ding check-cashing joints
Fort Lee Mayor: There Are 'Credibility Issues' With Latest Christie Allegations - "Look, from my perspective, from Fort Lee's perspective, there's obviously credibility issues with Mr. Wildstein and he certainly is bucking for immunity."
Christie Critics Seize On Ex-Loyalist David Wildstein's Claims
$4.8M in Sandy Relief Money Went to Fund Luxury Apartment Tower in New Brunswick | New Brunswick Today - Gov. Christie's Administration Struggles to Explain Connection Between Hurricane and Boraie Development's Skyscraper at 135 Somerset St. (corrupt mob boss "Fat Fuck" Christie under fire)
David Brooks Wants Bowles-Simpson for Everything -- Daily Intelligencer - Brooks alone has cited Bowles and Simpson in nearly two dozen columns. (Brooks is a Whig, or something)
Washington Redskins Hire All-Star Villains -- Daily Intelligencer - The Washington Redskins, fighting off campaigns to force them to change their team name, have hired not only comically sleazy Washington lawyer Lanny Davis but also consulted an entire roster of Beltway super-villains
? Proud To Be - YouTube
Obama Lies to Jake Tapper About His Ability to Reschedule Marijuana | Just Say Now (stupid or lying?)
Man with rifle, machete arrested for threatening ex-President Bush | Reuters - A New York man sitting in a car that had a loaded rifle, machete and a container of gasoline was charged on Friday with threatening to kill George W. Bush after professing a romantic interest in the former president's oldest daughter, prosecutors said.
KAALtv.com - Austin Man Avoids Prison for Child Sex Abuse - Court documents show the abuse started when the girl was seven years old. It lasted for five years.
KAALtv.com - Questions Raised Over Child Molester's Sentence
The Daily Dot - How federal agents became the movie industry's copyright enforcers - "Industries are getting taxpayers to do their work for them. What other industries get federal agencies to act as their own private police force? It's nauseating," said Aram Sinnreich, a journalism professor at Rutgers University and author of The Piracy Crusade, a book on the music and film industry's anti-piracy efforts.
Expansion urged for the Web's upcoming 25th year | PCWorld
GoDaddy Updates Its User Protection Policies In Wake Of Infamous Twitter Account Extortion | TechCrunch