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? J.S. Bach. St. Matthew Passion. "O sacred head, sore wounded". Choir of King's College. - YouTube

Salvation Gets Cheap - - So is the climate threat solved? Well, it should be. The science is solid; the technology is there; the economics look far more favorable than anyone expected. All that stands in the way of saving the planet is a combination of ignorance, prejudice and vested interests. What could go wrong? Oh, wait. (yeah, Republicans intent on killing millions)

Boko Haram claim responsibility for Abuja explosion | World news | - Islamic extremists post video admitting they carried out rush-hour bombing that killed 75 in Nigeria's capital
115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap - Yahoo News
Israeli army installs new remote-controlled weapon atop separation wall | +972 Magazine
Japan risks angering China with military expansion | World news | - Planned construction of radar station near Taiwan is latest twist in row over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands
Russia defends bolstering army on Ukraine border | World news | - Kremlin says move a response to instability in Kiev as poll shows big majority in south-east Ukraine against Moscow rule
Paper Shows U.S.-Flagged Plane in Iran Has Ties to Ghana - - leased by a Ghanaian mining company owned by a brother of Ghana’s president.

Ten al-Qaida suspects and three civilians killed in Yemen airstrike | World news | - State news agency says 13 dead in unspecified air attack (Obomber strikes again)

Twitter / bmaz: Who could have ever guessed ... - that moment Snowden did what surveillance apologists demanded+Q'd Russia, they would hate that too
Snowden Calls BS On Putin's Answer: Says He Was Playing The Role Of Ron Wyden | Techdirt
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama | Edward Snowden | Comment is free | - I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him
In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden - Yahoo News
The mentality of J Edgar Hoover’s FBI undergirds today’s surveillance state | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - People forget that the FBI is the NSA's primary partner in domestic spying, which allows them to work in secret
Sacramento News & Review - Is former Sacramento media employee Matthew Keys a victim of overzealous, misguided cybercrime prosecution? - News - Local Stories - April 17, 2014 - Lately, prosecutors have been taking advantage of the wide latitude afforded them by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to press cases involving “network security.” And they press hard.

Crypto-Gram: April 15, 2014

Senate candidate: Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a criminal - - The long-term Maine ACLU director tells Salon she can beat Susan Collins, and calls out Congress for NSA complicity
The Next Shoe Just Dropped: Court Denies Attorney-Client Privilege | Zero Hedge - In other words, if a person works with legal counsel within the confines of the tax code to legitimately minimize the amount of taxes owed, that communication is no longer protected by attorney-client privilege.
? Hacker 'Weev': I Went to Prison Because Ronald Reagan Was Senile - YouTube

GOP’s heartless 2014 strategy is killing its 2016 prospects - - Republicans may win back the Senate. But their plan to do it will doom any hopes of taking back the White House
The endangered GOP House majority? - - 2014 will be a tough lift for Dems, but they may be closer than you think to winning back complete control of D.C.

Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare - During the announcement, Obama said it was time for Republicans "to move on to something else," and chastised states that chose not to expand Medicaid "for no other reason than political spite" against him. (and the fact they are insane)

How The Clinton White House Played Politics With The Minimum Wage - But then there was this: "[S]ince the minimum wage would automatically rise each year, it would take away a good political issue for those who believe the minimum wage is an important tool to help low-income families." (keep them starving so they will have an issue with starving)
Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month - for a distinguished professorship at CUNY’s Graduate Center and its Luxembourg Income Study Center, a research arm devoted to studying income patterns and their effect on inequality.
Zillow Rental Affordability 2013 Q4 | Zillow Real Estate Research
Did someone say patrimonial capitalism? The White House hosts a meeting of teenage billionaire “philanthropists” by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (this is now a thing)

A rancher's armed battle against the US government is standard libertarian fare | Kieran Suckling | Comment is free | - Cliven Bundy's standoff with the BLM is over a paltry monthly grazing fee. But it's also over more - the idea of the public interest (and paying taxes, which apparently Libertarians don't have to do)

Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs | World news | - Bill holds women accountable for harm to foetuses or newborns

What Are Misogynist Geeks So Afraid Of? | The Raw Story (misogynodudebrobasementdwellers)

These 13 People Were Killed By The War On Drugs. Their Lives Were The Cost Of Prohibition.

Oklahoma students know less about evolution after Biology I than they did before taking it | The Raw Story - one-fourth of Oklahoma public school life-science teachers place moderate or strong emphasis on creationism

Supreme Court Could Make It Harder For Victims Of Hazardous Pollutants To Get Justice (stand your ground for rich polluters)

In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider One - (golf dying out before the UN seizes their courses)

This Map Shows Just How Quickly America Has Embraced Marijuana
? The Cosmopolitans - (How to Keep Your) Husband Happy - YouTube

China just revealed a major state secret: nearly 20% of its farmland is polluted – Quartz
The Great Lakes Are Still Almost Half Frozen, And It Could Affect The Environment For Years

South Korea ferry captain arrested | World news | - Captain and crew accused of abandoning passengers on sinking 7,000-ton ferry Sewol
Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why - - Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. (Mormons visiting the Ayatollah?)
Relax Ukraine is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register | New Republic
HMRC to sell taxpayers' financial data | Politics | The Guardian - ?Firms could buy 'anonymised' financial details •?Plan 'borderline insane' according to senior Tory MP

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba: Guantánamo judge to CIA: Disclose ‘black site’ details to USS Cole defense lawyers - Guantánamo - (black-site torture)

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation' | World news | The Guardian - James Mitchell 'highly skeptical' of Senate report on CIA torture • 'It was not illegal based on the law at the time' • Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
James Mitchell Torture - Another Monster Heard From - Esquire - Looking forward and not back sends another piece of America's moral high ground sliding into the sea. (what we're not supposed to look backwards at)

Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance | World news | - The NSA whistleblower says critics who accuse him of being a Kremlin patsy misinterpret his motives - “The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange between Senator Ron Wyden and DNI James Clapper… and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion” from Putin, Snowden writes. (which went over critics' heads because he's a "Kremlin patsy")

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny | Kevin M. Gallagher - The drama of Brown's case and cancelled trial is all but over, but the media and the public has dropped the ball on what he was trying to expose. That's the secretive world of private intelligence contractors -- an estimated $56 billion-a-year industry consuming 70 percent of America's intelligence budget.
Keep Rootin' for Putin: Establishment Pundits and the Twilight of American Competence (Barrett Brown

The Police Raided My Friend's House Over a Parody Twitter Account | VICE United States - he officers tore the 28-year-old’s home apart, seizing electronics and taking several of his roommates in for questioning; one woman who lived there spent three hours in an interrogation room. All for a parody Twitter account. (law enforcement is insane in America)

Supreme Court Will Likely Rule On NSA Programs, Antonin Scalia And Ruth Bader Ginsburg Suggest

Keystone XL pipeline decision delayed as administration eyes elections | Environment | - Decision ostensibly due to Nebraska supreme court case • Project likely to be significant issue in November midterms

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy - Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. (Reagan killed America)

WASHINGTON: Trouble for Democrats: More Senate seats are at risk | Congress | McClatchy DC (looking forward to impeachment)

Obamacare Enrollment Hits 8 Million, Age Mix Looks Like Massachusetts | New Republic
How Will We Know If Obamacare Is a Success? | Mother Jones
Good News for Obamacare Is Bad News for Conservative Pundits - - Conservatives were sure at every turn that Obamacare would fail, but as the numbers roll in, those convictions are looking increasingly ideological.

Sandy Recovery Still Lagging - (remember who was mayor?)

The Master Of Bad Timing - Esquire - Rep. Steve Lynch is a decent enough skin -- wrong on choice, rather Blue Doggish on other issues, but strong on the working class bread-and-butter stuff. Alas for Lynch, he seems to have the timing of a goat on ice skates. (also, stupid)

Almost 100 Hate Crime Killings Linked To One Website: Report - is linked to close to 100 killings in the last five years, the Southern Poverty Law Center found.

How Gay Marriage Is Killing Absurd Adultery Laws - Esquire - The latest evidence comes from New Hampshire, where the state government voted to repeal a very old adultery law after a Democratic congressman pointed out that technically, under the law, gay people couldn’t commit adultery because a long chain of legal decisions defined adultery “as between a man and woman.”
Lawyer Of Bryan Singer's Accuser: More 'Hollywood Insiders' Will Be Named In Sex Abuse Suits - The lawyer representing Michael F. Egan III, who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was underage, told HuffPost Live on Friday that more recognizable Hollywood figures involved in sexually assaulting young men will be named next week. (Hollywood organized gay pedo ring)

The Civil War Death Toll, Reconsidered - - - The evidence from the period makes clear that historians need to re-evaluate the way we have come to understand the carnage of the Civil War. (people were dying all the time anyway)

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained) | TechCrunch

CES 2014: Toyota shows off fuel cell car that can also power a home - (game-changer)

Updated Review: Tamiflu Is a Bust After finally getting their hands on full clinical study reports, independent reviewers say the antiviral drug is ineffective. : science
ELI5: Why are Jews treated more like a race than other religions? : explainlikeimfive

Barbara Ehrenreich: 'Was that you, God?' | Books | The Guardian - Barbara Ehrenreich is proud to call herself an atheist. But in her latest book Living With A Wild God she recalls how more than 50 years ago she came face to face with something vast, terrifying and unknowable. Could she still call herself a non-believer? - This was not the passive beatific merger with "the all", as promised by the eastern mystics. It was a furious encounter with a living substance that was coming at me through all things at once - (actual book excerpt, more detailed)
David Bentley Hart’s 'Experience of God' Isn't a Must-Read for Atheist | New Republic - In Douthat’s recent piece, “How to study the numinous,” he therefore tells us where Ehrenreich went wrong.

The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps

Putin Admits Russian Soldiers Were In Crimea, Slams West For Role In Ukraine Crisis
Ukrainian Security Forces Kill 3 Pro-Russian Protesters - ("protesters" = armed Russian thugs)
Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine - Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,"

Hullabaloo - John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general and author of the 2002 memos advising the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques, said the Pulitzer committee’s decision did not vindicate Snowden. (war criminals reminding you of their tortured logic)

Guantánamo trial judge orders CIA to account for treatment of detainee | World news | - Judge James Pohl orders agency to produce detailed account of its detention of USS Cole bombing suspect at secret prison

Air Force Drone Pilots Are Bummed | Motherboard

America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953 | Alternet - U.S. efforts to overthrow foreign governments leave the world less peaceful, less just and less hopeful. To place the coup in Ukraine in historical context, this is at least the 80th time the United States has organized a coup or a failed coup in a foreign country since 1953.

Edward Snowden Asked Putin About Surveillance - President Vladimir Putin told Edward Snowden on that Russia does not carry out indiscriminate surveillance on its citizens, responding to a question the former U.S. spy agency contractor in a televised question and answer session with the nation.
Edward Snowden Putin - The Snowden Effect, Continued - Esquire - But this "Our special services are strictly controlled by law" yadda-yadda is such hilariously arrant bullshit that Snowden ought to be embarrassed for helping to catapult it into the dialogue. (comments for a better view)
Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept millions of citizens’ data? — RT News (which is not a bad question, even if Putin, like Obama, lies)

It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet | Enterprise | WIRED - The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere.
Confirmed: Nasty Heartbleed bug exposes OpenVPN private keys, too | Ars Technica - Private encryption keys have been successfully extracted multiple times from a virtual private network server running the widely used OpenVPN application with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, adding yet more urgency to the call for operators to fully protect their systems against the catastrophic Heartbleed bug.

Your Favorite Websites Could Have Warned You About Heartbleed, But Didn't

As Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan's Trial Continues, Judge Orders Both Sides To Quit Talking to Press | Village Voice - Judge Ronald Zweibel has been visibly irritated for much of the trial, displeased by McMillan's supporters wearing pink paper hands and hearts in the courtroom, and seemingly by the heavy media attention paid to the case.

Susana Martinez’s administration sounds familiar - - Vindictiveness, politicization of state business and undue influence of operatives aren't unique to New Mexico - Susana Martinez seems like a bad governor, and she would be a bad president, for most of the same reasons that George W. Bush was a bad president, but she is just another exemplar of America’s long and proud tradition of elevating assholes to high positions because they seem like they get things done.
GOP’s New Class of Jokers: Meet the Rising Stars of the Dumbest Rebrand Ever | Alternet
Republican Outrage At IRS Is All About Protecting Karl Rove, Dark Money, Dems Say
Who are the Koch Brothers and What do They Want? | Sen. Bernie Sanders

Objectively bad: Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jonathan Chait and return of the “view from nowhere” - - New work by Silver and two other influential reporters should have you worried about the future of journalism (young center-right dude-bros +Ezra is not part of the liberal "project" because liberals hate facts)
Jonathan Chait, race, and Obama’s presidency: What about the experience of black Americans?

Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s | The Raw Story (racist air)
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody » Balloon Juice - Isquith goes on to tie Chait’s article in with Jay Rosen’s idea of establishment journalism’s View from Nowhere, “a bid for trust that advertises the viewlessness of the news producer”.

Jimmy Carter urges Keystone XL rejection - Business - CBC News - Former president says oil pipeline shouldn't be approved

Elizabeth Warren book 'A Fighting Chance' recounts her Washington battles over financial regulation - The Boston Globe - Obama told her that he dared not appoint her to head the consumer agency she created, because she made Senate Republicans and Wall Street bankers “very nervous.” A few weeks later, meeting outside for a chat that became as uncomfortable as the hot weather, Obama asked Warren to do the setup work for the consumer protection agency that she would not lead. When she resisted, Obama got testy. “You’re jamming me, Elizabeth,” Obama said. “He urged me not to overplay my hand,’’ she writes. “Got it.’’ (Barry's an asshole)
Elizabeth Warren Book - Our Next Feature Here At The Blog-O-Plex - Esquire - "He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider, or I could be an outsider," Warren writes. Outsiders could say what they want, he told her, but people on the inside don't listen to them. Insiders get more access to push their ideas to powerful people. "But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don't criticize other insiders," Summers told Warren, she writes. "I had been warned."

Joe Scarborough And Paul Krugman Are Fighting Over Census Bureau Changes - "It’s really quite vile to have talk-show hosts who quite literally know nothing about the field, other than that they’re against covering the uninsured, casually accusing Census of 'cooking the books' to support Obamacare," he wrote.
Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity - Esquire - - What's More Pathetic? Is it, a) that Squintus Rex, host of a microrated cable television morning zoo crew, thinks that the fact that he was better on television once than Paul Krugman was means he is also smarter and better informed on economic policy than either Krugman or the Nobel committee? Or,

Steve Pearce Press Secretary - Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire - Tweeting as ‘Politix Fireball', Brooks wrote that "the Jews had gone up in smoke," Muslims were "blood-lust conquerors," and compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler.
Theoretically Progressive Media Company Typically Anti-Union - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff. (waiting confirmation)

A Children’s Treasury Of Larry Klayman & Friends Inviting Barack Obama To Go Sharia Himself (Benghazi!)
Same Song, Next Verse » Balloon Juice - The important point is that this kind of nuttery is not new. It’s essentially anarchism undergirded by flowery, circular, legalistic horseshit. The militant anarchism attracts people with more guns than sense. The legalistic horseshit attracts people who feel they’ve been screwed over by banks and government, and are attracted to a leader who they believe has found them a way to screw those institutions back. It’s an ugly mix, but it’s been around a long time.
This Map Shows There Are 10 KKK Organizations In My State. How Many Are In Yours?

Supreme Court Could Make It Harder For Victims Of Hazardous Pollutants To Get Justice

The Best Documentaries of All Time : The New Yorker
Documentaries - Lawyers, Guns & Money : What are the best documentaries of all time?

America's Top Young Scientists Warn Of Systemic Brain Drain: Colleagues 'Sort Of Disappear' (defunded by science-hating Republidiots)

Speakers | WSJ.D LIVE (oh look: billionaire dude-bros +is tilting your head to the viewers right a thing?)

8 Most Absurd Things We're Teaching America's Kids About Sex | Alternet - “men sexually are like microwaves and women sexually are like crock pots.”
The 10 Most Obese States in America (And the Right-Wing Policies That Promote Poor Health) | Alternet - “There’s a strong relationship between being food-insecure and being obese.”

13 Common Words You Are Probably Mixing Up (career and careen, dudes)
E-Cigarettes May Not Be As Safe As You Think

Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts real raid of West Bluff house - News - Journal Star - Peoria, IL (sue the fuckers)
The Lawsuit Over Calling Someone 'Fucking Crazy' on Twitter Is Fucking Crazy | Motherboard (Mara Feld is "fucking crazy" +Streisand effect, you idiot)

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

Methane hydrate: dirty fuel or energy saviour? - "If all the methane gets out, we're looking at a Mad Max movie," says Mr Varro.

Chinese growth is weakest for two years | World news | - China's GDP grew 7.4% in the first quarter amid growing evidence that the powerhouse economy is easing off
At least 280 missing as ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea | World news | - At least four reported dead and 55 injured as ships and helicopters race to save passengers, including children bound for holiday island
Who are the men rolling into eastern Ukraine in armoured vehicles? | World news | - Fighters wearing mismatched camouflage and carrying a variety of guns include at least some locals
Ukraine Conflict: Government Forces Tighten Grip On Eastern Town, Prompting Warnings Of War From Putin
NATO Strengthens Military Presence Along Eastern Border In Response To Russian Threat
Armored Vehicles Enter Ukrainian City Flying Russian Flag
Nigerian Gunmen Kidnap Schoolgirls From Secondary School - "Over 100 female students in our government secondary school at Chibok have been abducted," said Audu Musa, who teaches in another public school in the area, around 140 km (90 miles) south of the Borno state capital Maiduguri.
Dozens Arrested Protesting FIFA's World Cup, Police Brutality Continues Despite Rising Death Toll -
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave - Europe - World - The Independent - A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts. (something else that would never happen in America)
Andy Coulson tells phone-hacking trial he heard David Blunkett voicemails | UK news | - Andy Coulson has revealed he heard voicemails of the former home secretary David Blunkett declaring his love for a married woman.

U.S. drone strike kills New Zealander, Australian in Yemen | Al Jazeera America - New Zealand PM describes strike that killed Australasian men allegedly associated with Al-Qaeda as ‘legitimate’ (Obama strikes again)
Every Drone Mission the FBI Admits to Flying | Motherboard

Winners Announced for 2014 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards | Business Wire - Glenn Greenwald (Journalism), political journalist, lawyer, author, blogger and columnist, who published the first in a series of reports detailing NSA surveillance programs based on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

German media boss says he's scared of Google - The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.
Met chief Hogan-Howe defends Lawrence shredding probe - Mr Ellison's report, published last month, found evidence of "mass shredding" of files relating to Operation Othona - a top-secret anti-corruption initiative within the Met.

Lavabit found in contempt for trolling the FBI with 4-point font - Ladar Levison, the privacy-protecting email entrepreneur, has lost his appeal after punking the FBI in court.
Snowden’s Email Provider Loses Appeal Over Encryption Keys | Threat Level | WIRED

In the One-sided Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, It's Hard to Get The Whole Story | Electronic Frontier Foundation (another Obama rabbit-hole: court hears one side)
Secrecy and manipulation: On the FBI's propaganda war and the shaping of public opinion | Privacy SOS

The Most Bizarre Response To The Pulitzers Yet, From The Guy Who Authorized CIA Torture | Techdirt - The award wasn't for reporting on Snowden. It was on the NSA. And it's that reporting that vindicates Snowden. It's simply crazy that folks like Yoo are so focused on hating Snowden that they still don't seem to realize that. (the only crime is to reveal that they are criminals)

Crown loses bid to keep Dotcom assets | Radio New Zealand News - Internet businessman Kim Dotcom has won access to his confiscated assets. (Obama's fifth eye gets poked)

Interview: Ryan Ackroyd AKA Kayla of LulzSec - Freeanons - . I have been handed a Serious Crime Prevention Order by the court which prevents me from using encryption which allows hidden volumes, Virtual machines or from deleting my web history.
Your Anon News • Weev Tells Federal Government To “Bring It” After... - "I’ve sacrificed three years of my life to overturn this unjust law, and I didn’t do this to get a venue decision. The government should come litigate again. I’ll risk prison again to do this once more. It’s a terrible law…

Bitcoin Creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Unmasked–Again? - MoneyBeat - WSJ - “Our study adds to the weight of evidence pointing towards Nick Szabo,” said Dr. Jack Grieve, a lecturer in forensic linguistics at the university and the study’s leader

Court Declares That, Yes, Bloggers Are Media | Techdirt - is hard to dispute that the advent of the internet as a medium and the emergence of the blog as a means of free dissemination of news and public comment have been transformative.

REVEALED: Gov. Christie’s investment chief has major financial ties to firm that got $300M in NJ pension cash | PandoDaily

Jill Lepore: Reading Elizabeth Warren : The New Yorker
TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter - Larry Summers explains Washington to Elizabeth Warren in one sentence:

Purdue and Cornell Researchers Find Up to 1,000 Times More Methane Emissions Than Estimated in Drilling Phase | EcoWatch (Obama's "study" was a big lie, just like everything else)

Supreme Court to consider challenge to law barring campaign falsehoods - - The Supreme Court will hear a free-speech challenge to an Ohio state law that prohibits publishing false statements about political candidates. (Republicans can lie because freedom!)

How the President Got to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage - - “Mr. President,” he said, “how can we help you evolve more quickly?” (he'd still be "evolving" if Biden hadn't kicked him in the butt; what a tragic waste)
Jo Becker’s Troubling Travesty Of Gay History « The Dish

Matt Taibbi: 'Hands Down' Bush Was Tougher On Corporate America Than Obama (video) (Obama was bought before we ever heard of him)
Matt Taibbi: Bush far tougher than Obama on corporate America - The Week
Matt Taibbi: America Has A 'Profound Hatred Of The Weak And The Poor'
Twitter / ZaidJilani: Taibbi isn't wrong. Financial ... - Financial prosecutions by year -- at a 20 year low under Obama (bought and paid for)
The Koch brothers posted something awesome on Facebook - Vox

Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate - Republicans will nominate someone younger than her (sic), and it won't make a difference to young people.

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - : “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” (Bloomberg has a mansion in heaven with a helicopter and servants)

SCOTUSblog Denied Senate Press Credentials, May Sue - Despite winning major journalism awards and becoming a go-to source for comprehensive coverage of Supreme Court decisions, SCOTUSblog has struggled to obtain press credentials.

Did GM Reject Safer Ignition Switch Design in 2001 Because of Cost? - NBC (what do you think?)

US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban - A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
North Dakota Overturns Abortion Law - There May Be Limits On Limits After All - Esquire - Last year, lawmakers in oil-rich North Dakota allocated $400,000 that was requested by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to defend against any lawsuits arising from the state's new abortion laws.

Jameis Winston Rape Case - The Strange Case Of Jameis Winston - Esquire - Walt Bogdanovich of The New York Times has cranked up the bathysphere and descended to the depths of the case of Jameis Winston, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, who was accused of rape last year and never prosecuted. It is an amazing tale of incredibly awful police work, celebrity justice, and deliberate institutional ignorance and cruelty. Absolutely nobody gets out of this story alive.

Don’t make me a target » Balloon Juice - It was Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs, who had said Monday that the gathered self-described militia had considered using women as human shields if a gunfight with federal officials erupted. (patriots)

School admins suspend L.A. science teacher for doing his job - The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended a science teacher after two of his students made science projects that school officials thought looked like weapons. (schools now run by paranoid, overreaching, stupid cops)
Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed - Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn ... the object would become the 63rd moon in Saturn's orbit if confirmed.

Growing Pot Got These Siblings As Much Prison Time As Driving Drunk And Killing Someone - In Missouri, if you kill someone while driving drunk, you could go to prison for -- at most -- 15 years. That's what Natalie and David DePriest are serving -- for growing marijuana.
Congress Is Coming for E-Cigarettes | Motherboard (as usual, they want you to die)

Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives - - Johnson, along with his recovered penis, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated, Mann said.
Four decade mystery of missing South Dakota women solved - The human remains found in an old car discovered in a drought-parched South Dakota creek last year were two girls who disappeared without a trace in 1971, officials have said.

Hey redditors! Lionsgate is promoting The Quiet Ones in theaters 4/25. Can you tell us a story of your eeriest unexplainable experience? The first two prize winners will receive a Shitty Watercolour drawing depicting your story and more. :

Hands Down, This Is The Cutest, Most Fun Commercial Of All Time. Watch This! | PetFlow Blog
I Can’t Believe How Funny This Is. I Am In Tears, Make Sure Your Sound Is Turned On! | PetFlow Blog

I'm a veteran who overcame treatment-resistant PTSD after participating in a clinical study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. My name is Tony Macie— Ask me anything! : IAmA

Resentment at techies might not be fair, but it's the future - Boing Boing - Jack Halprin is a Google employee who bought a multi-unit dwelling in San Franscico and evicted the occupants. He's getting a roasting, as you can imagine. Here's Benjamin Wachs, writing as "Faux Jack Halprin" defending his decision.
Individuals targeted as San Francisco tech money protests intensify | Reuters - Jack Halprin, a landlord in the city's gentrifying Mission district, became the focus of the latest blockade of a tech company commuter bus, with protesters demanding Google ask Halprin to rescind eviction notices he has sent his tenants.

China's air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists | World news | - Computer modelling showed intensification of US-bound Pacific storms, driven by fine aerosols from coal power plants and traffic

Ukraine crisis: Kiev launches 'anti-terror operation' in east – live updates | World news | - Ukrainian military takes Kramatorsk airport, president says Jets, helicopters, special forces troops sighted
Radical Pro-Russia Presidential Candidate Oleh Tsarev Beaten Up By Crowd In Ukraine - A Ukrainian presidential candidate, known for his radical pro-Russia views, was beaten early on Tuesday by a crowd that took exception to comments he made in a television interview.
Venice votes on cutting ties with Italy - Yahoo News - Italians in Venice and its surrounding region are voting this week on whether to break away from the rest of the country and form their own state.
The World's Best Anti-Capitalist Video Games | Motherboard

Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations | Media | The Guardian - Pair awarded highest accolade in US journalism, winning Pulitzer prize for public service for stories on NSA surveillance
The Guardian, Washington Post Win Pulitzer Prize For NSA Coverage ("side-stepped the issue by honoring the "staff"")

Guantánamo judge adjourns hearings again over FBI spying claims | World news | - Judge overseeing prosecution of 9/11 terror suspects suspends hearings until Wednesday to allow defense team more time to look into Monday's allegations of FBI spying (Feebs totally out of control)
Guantanamo Hearings Stalled - Trials And Errors At Guantanamo - Esquire - Down in Guantanamo Bay, the kangaroo suits must be getting itchy, because corners are being cut, apparently with dull butter knives. And now, in the middle of a trial, the FBI reportedly comes blundering in like a drunk on a bender and they try to turn one of the defense attorneys over a fking leak.

FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How 'Insider Threat' Program Avoids Whistleblowers | Techdirt - from the because-the-whole-program-is-about-whistleblowers dept
The Outrageous Trial of Cecily McMillan | The Nation - When police moved in to clear the demonstrators, a cop roughly grabbed her breast—photos show an ugly bruise—and she ended up being injured so badly that she had a seizure and ended up in the hospital. In a just world, she would be getting restitution from the City. Instead, in a grotesque act of prosecutorial overreach, she’s currently on trial for assault and facing up to seven years in prison. (Bloomthugs)
? Secret Service Heckled so bad he had to be saved - YouTube

I Drove Weev Home from Prison | Motherboard - "Did you know they have special laws to protect kid-fuckers in federal prison?” Andrew Auernheimer asked me with a grin on his face. “I can't hit them, it's a five year felony if I do. We're not held to the same standard because the feds protect kid-fuckers, and don’t want them to have a bad time in prison.”

Cybercrooks reportedly file fraudulent tax returns and pocket refunds - Hackers have gotten into the human resource departments of “more than half-dozen U.S. companies,” according to journalist and security expert Brian Krebs, and used the data obtained to file fake tax returns and collect the refunds.

Opinion: In U.S., right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists -
2011 MLK Day Bombing - The Bomb On The Bench, Revisited - Esquire - What Harpham tried to do shook that city to its core. The bomb was designed and positioned to inflict the maximum damage to the maximum number of people. Compared to Harpham's bomb, what the Tsarnaev brothers touched off in Boston a year ago was a firecracker
Women On Front Of Bundy Standoff - The Latest From The Front - Esquire

What Would Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Do? -- Daily Intelligencer (Obama kind of deserves this but the rest of us don't)
Chris Cillizza, call your office: Buffoonish Obamacare critic gets it all wrong, again - - New numbers undercut the right's Obamacare critique, again. But Chris Cillizza keeps painting the wrong impression
Obamacare, The Unknown Ideal, Continued - -

Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession (will call their new country "Kochtopia")

Court orders Ohio to recognize married same-sex couples - A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ruled against the state law barring recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, although the order is temporarily stayed until state officials take further action. (what happens when you "let the States decide")
Pastor Kevin Swanson Slams Honey Maid's 'Wholesome' Ad, Compares Being Gay To Murder, Cannibalism
Nevada GOP Drops Opposition To Gay Marriage, Abortion From Official Platform - Previously, Nevada’s Republican Party platform outlined a “pro-life” position and defined marriage as “between a man and a woman,” in accordance with the state constitution.

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt - Slashdot - "It was a shock," says Grice, 58. "What incenses me is the way they went about this. They gave me no notice, they can't prove that I received any overpayment, and they use intimidation tactics, threatening to report this to the credit bureaus."' (TaxGhazi! but will Issa the Terrorist investigate?)
Social Security stops trying to collect on old debts by seizing tax refunds - The Washington Post - The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government was seizing state and federal tax refunds that were on their way to about 400,000 Americans who had relatives who owed money to the Social Security agency. In many cases, the people whose refunds were intercepted had never heard of any debt, and the debts dated as far back as the middle of the past century.
TurboTax Fights To Keep Tax Filing Harder Than Necessary (and they get tax-breaks for doing it!)

Albuquerque’s long history of police abuse, cover-up and scandal - Albuquerque cops “too often use deadly force in an unconstitutional manner in their use of firearms.” (slap on the wrist for killing a bunch of people, natch)
Curious Cop Downloaded Hundreds of Private Prescription Records Because He Could | American Civil Liberties Union - If the Fourth Amendment means anything, it means that police cannot have free rein to flagrantly violate our medical privacy rights without judicial oversight or probable cause. (Obama crossed out the Fourth a long time ago)
Nahshon Shelton Pulls Out Submachine Gun, Threatens To Kill Over Soda Tax, Police Say - Once arrested, Shelton allegedly claimed that because this "is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt,” DNAInfo Chicago reported.

America’s Abortion-Free Zone Grows - The Daily Beast
The secret anti-abortion law that's sweeping America | Erika L Sanchez | Comment is free | - Pro-lifers can't reverse Roe v Wade. So they're shutting down clinics with red tape and a smile. Don't believe the lie

“Men We Reaped”: A memoir of community, time and loss - - “Hopefully, I’ll understand why my brother died while I live.”

Head of Uber NY Attacked a Woman On Twitter For Making "Trouble" - Josh Mohrer (technolibertardbrodudedick)

Teens threatening airlines on Twitter is now a thing

Science AMA Series: I'm Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, I study the cognitive science of conspiratorial thinking and the rejection of climate science, AMA! : science - I have also recently published 3 papers that show that denial of climate science is often associated with an element of conspiratorial thinking or discourse. Further confirmation for my research can be found in the work of Senator Inhofe, who recently published a book entitled “The Greatest Hoax: How the global warming conspiracy threatens your future.”

Deadly Virus's Spread Raises Alarms in Mideast - - "I'm not pretty sure that they are actually seeing how big this thing is," a Saudi doctor said on Sunday at King Fahd General Hospital, the large public hospital in Jeddah that has been hardest hit by a spike in the city this month. - MERS

Police: At Least 71 Dead In Nigeria Bus Station Blast - There was no immediate claim for the rush-hour blast, though the Boko Haram terrorist network has been threatening to attack the capital.
Israel places journalist in incommunicado detention | The Electronic Intifada - The Electronic Intifada has obtained the closed court transcript and gag order – which Israeli media are strictly forbidden from publishing – extending the detention and interrogation of 23-year-old Kayyal under the auspices of the Shin Bet (also known as Shabak), Israel’s secret police. (oh, a sooper-secrit journalism detention)
Pentagon: Russian fighter jet repeatedly flew over US destroyer in Black Sea — RT News - Pentagon defined the jet as a Russian Su-24 aircraft, or Fencer, which made 12 passes at low altitude near the USS Donald Cook that, at the time, was conducting a patrol in international waters in the western Black Sea, Reuters reported.
US sees 'obvious Russian hand' in Ukraine standoff as militias fortify cities | World news | - kraine requests UN peacekeeping troops • Russian jet makes 'provocative' move over US warship
Russia Wants To Annex The Moon - Moscow will plan on establishing a permanent base on the moon, which could mean that as its sole human occupants they'd essentially be in control up there.

The Media Is Still Dancing Around The Word 'Torture' - One study, for instance, found that major outlets abruptly stopped defining waterboarding as torture when the Bush administration began using it. (Obama's drone "killing" just "enhanced interrogation)

Anonymous critics to Dropbox: Drop Condoleezza Rice, or we'll drop you - - Dropbox's pick of Condoleezza Rice for its board set off an Internet firestorm over whether her past is at odds with the principles of openness and resistance to government surveillance.
Drop Condoleezza Rice or we will #dropdropbox

Guantánamo hearings halted amid accusations of FBI spying on legal team | World news | - Allegations surfaced Monday that the FBI turned a member of a 9/11 defendant’s defence team into a secret informant
Guantanamo Detainee Defense Attorneys Accuse FBI of Turning 9/11 Defense Team Member into Confidential Informant | The Dissenter
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba: Accusation of FBI spying stalls 9/11 hearing - Guantánamo -

Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence upheld by US army general | World news | - Decision to uphold findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send case to the army court of criminal appeals

CIA's Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel | World news | - Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF's 17th Reconnaissance Squadron

Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations | Media | - Pair awarded highest accolade in US journalism, winning Pulitzer prize for public service for stories on NSA surveillance

Bruce Schneier on Surveillance at Source Boston keynote | Threatpost | The first stop for security news - Flash forward to today’s digital age and ask the same question: How are those responsible for building our infrastructure callously disregarding privacy and security in favor of rapid online innovation?
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence - The Washington Post
Another Google Glass Wearer Attacked in San Francisco (car-tipping and glass-punching new fads)
Google Buys Drone Firm That Facebook Pursued, Too

Dutch Police Make Arrest Over Twitter Terror Threat - Business Insider - A teenager who tweeted terrorist threats to American Airlines has been arrested at her home in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year

Jewish Community Center Shooting Suspect Was Ku Klux Klan Leader - The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
Kansas City Shooting - It's A Day For All This - Esquire - Frazier Glenn Cross, the elderly maniac who exercised his Second Amendment rights at a Jewish community center in Kansas City yesterday, has a long history of being a dangerous political lunatic with a taste for firearms and murder.
Bateman Death Threats - Out Come The Crazies, The Consipiracies, And The Death Threats - Esquire - With article titles like, "Jewed Media: Female TV Journalists and their Slut Shoes" and "Women: Dumber Than Men?" not to mention: "(Rare) Black Achievement: Who Cares," this is a site that draws hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of hits. In America. In the 21st Century

Republicans against no-fault divorce: GOP politicians push for waiting periods and mandate marriage classes. (will require men to have ultrasounds of their dicks)

Fox's Brit Hume: Obama Uses Race As "A Sword" To "Attack Others" | Video | Media Matters for America - Fox News Continues To Lack Diversity In Discussions Of Race (+George Will in a flaming cauldron of stupid)

Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess - - Inequality is the point of the McMansion, and the McMansion is also, to a certain degree, the point of inequality; it’s the pot of pyrite at the end of the rainbow of shit that we have chosen as a nation to follow.
Old Economy Steve Is A New Meme That Will Enrage All Millennials Everywhere

In Bundy Ranch's War Against the U.S., Rightbloggers Pick Guess Which Side | Village Voice - tomt200.jpgThis weekend a scofflaw gathered some gunmen and drove off some federal agents who were trying to confiscate his property.
Sean Hannity Cliven Bundy - Range War In Nevada - Esquire - Not to put too fine a point on it but, one day, Sean Hannity, or someone very much like him, is going to help get somebody killed.
Big Government and the End of Slavery : The New Yorker - In case you missed it, DeMint, once a Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina and now the head of the once-rational Heritage Foundation, said that “no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves,” since, in truth, it was achieved by Christians acting on their own, vibrating in mysterious harmony with the Constitution.

Investigation Into David Samson Assistant - The Manhattan District Attorney Is Coming For David Samson - Esquire - As the noose knots around David Samson's neck, it will crush Christie's windpipe, too.

Scott Brown New Hampshire Campaign - Scott Brown Returns To Dickhead Mountain - Esquire - Hiring Papa Sununu and his poison glands is proof enough that you're decided to scale Dickhead Mountain one more time. But then there's this, also, too.

Oklahoma Protesters Threaten to "Secdee" From Union if Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos is not Cancelled - Topekas News - The first protests against Cosmos in the community took place some two weeks ago, after a local paper claimed an airing of Cosmos in a school caused several children to experience ‘demonic possession’. (by the SCIENCE DEMON! and the SPELLING DEMON!)
First Planet With A Potential Exomoon Buddy Spotted When The Stars Aligned - Forbes

Student government: U-M regularly missed deadlines on investigating sexual assault claims | Detroit Free Press | - “(U-M) routinely failed to meet its 60-day deadline to conduct investigations, apparently due to a lack of staffing,”
Teen convicted of disorderly conduct for using iPad to record bullies tormenting him | The Raw Story - Upon learning of the recording, South Fayette High School principal Scott Milburn and assistant principal Aaron Skrbin contacted Lieutenant Robert Kurta, asking that he come to the school because he believed there had been “a wiretapping incident.”

Flint's mystery booms explained: Police confirm secret bomb range | - Now, the Flint police are confirming they have a bomb range in the area at an undisclosed location.
Missouri will fire 'sound cannons' at drivers to deter work zone speeding - Real World News - Neowin Forums - Apparently the threat of a costly ticket isn't enough to slow down drivers passing through work zones on Missouri's highways, so the state is taking extreme measures to solve the dilemma. Missouri's Department of Transportation is preparing to deploy the LRAD sound cannon

5 popular home products that can be surprisingly toxic -

ELI5: What exactly is happening to your legs in Restless Leg Syndrome? : explainlikeimfive
Restless legs syndrome - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health
Opioids Prove Effective for Restless Legs Syndrome

Hepatitis C: New drug treatment 'is a breakthrough' - A new treatment for hepatitis C "cured" 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, scientists said.
Hepatitis C Drug Sovaldi Costs $84,000 | TheBlot - A California pharmaceutical company is defending its decision to sell a breakthrough hepatitis C regimen in the United States for $84,000 while selling the same drug for considerably less overseas.

Mad Men

U.N. Climate Panel Warns Speedier Action Is Needed -
U.N. Climate Panel Highlights Lack Of Action On Rising Temperatures (Republicans have screwed the world)
IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable | Environment | - Landmark UN analysis concludes global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth

Ukraine: soldier reported dead in gun battle as tensions rise in eastern cities | World news | - Kiev claims at least one killed and others wounded in Slaviansk as forces exchange gunfire with unknown armed men
Reports of poison gas attack in Syria so far 'unsubstantiated', Powers says | World news | - US UN ambassador says 'we are trying to run this down' • Details of attack north of Damascus remain unclear
Gaddafi sons' war crimes trial begins in Libya amid security fears | World news | The Guardian - Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and brother Saadi face accusations of masterminding campaign of murder and torture during civil war
Deadly Chile blaze destroys 500 homes | World news | The Guardian - Seven confirmed dead in port of Valparaíso as thousands evacuated and city declared catastrophe zone
French school to test DNA of male pupils and teachers to find rapist | World news | - More than 500 male staff and pupils face genetic testing at Catholic school in La Rochelle after 16-year-old girl raped - A private Catholic school in France
Iraq poised to legalize marriage for girls as young as 9 - By 1997, only 15 percent of Iraqi women were married as children, according to the Central Organization for Statistics. This figure was the same in 2004. (and then America "liberated" them back into the stone age)

Window Opens On Secret Camp Within Guantanamo - Connell is allowed to say virtually nothing about what he saw in the secret camp where the most notorious terror suspects in U.S. custody are held except that it is unlike any detention facility he's encountered. (Obama's favorite thing is secret torture sites)

The NSA's Heartbleed problem is the problem with the NSA | Julian Sanchez | Comment is free | - What the agency's denial isn't telling you: it didn't even need know about the bug to vacuum your privacy and store it indefinitely
Hacker successfully uses Heartbleed to retrieve private security keys | The Verge
Obama creates exception for NSA to exploit internet security flaws | The Verge (so predictable)

FBI arrests hackers who stole helicopter simulators from Army computers and hacked major video game companies. | TechWorm - FBI arrested three men who were found accused of stealing top-secret US Army helicopter simulator software from the U.S Army Computers and hacking several Major Gaming Companies including Microsoft's Xbox Valve Corporation, Activision Blizzard, Zombie Studios and Epic Games.

Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear | The Verge - "President Obama likes to parade around as some sort of King Solomon figure in between the excesses of the NSA and those who are raising concerns about it," he says. "The reality is that he presided over this out of control system for five years … I think he is one of the obstacles to reform, not a vehicle for it."
2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US - "This award is really for Edward Snowden," Poitras said.

'A New Level of Secrecy and Control': Jill Abramson on the Obama White House - The Takeaway - "The Obama years are a benchmark for a new level of secrecy and control," says Abramson.

The internet's biggest troll just beat his conviction | The Verge

Welcome to Bitcoin Island

Into the 'Truther Jungle - In these days of partisan division and epistemic siloing we all live in bubbles of a sort. But some, quite simply, do so so much more than others.
Lost in Their Truther Jungle by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - What seems to be going on is something more than just epistemic closure. An entire political party (excepting their few actual health care experts) is convinced that they’re winning a political argument based on facts that are completely absent.

Rand Paul: 'We Can't Invite The Whole World' To Immigrate To U.S. (like Obama is doing)
No More Mister Nice Blog: Soon they'll be demanding reparations - Prominent young right winger says conservatives are the new blacks, Colbert skit amounts to 'political blackface'

Rancher vs BLM: a 20-year standoff ends with tense roundup — High Country News
BLM halts seizure of Nevada rancher's cattle, citing safety concerns -
Federal rangers face off against armed protesters in Nevada 'range war' | World news | - Dispute over cattle land causes Cliven Bundy, a rancher, to mobilise hundreds in ongoing standoff with government agency - The heavily armed crowd rallied under a banner that read "Liberty Freedom For God We Stand". Camouflaged militiamen stood at attention, communicating with earpieces. Most had signs, many of which chided "government thugs".(militards secede from America)
Sagebrush Rebellion Returns - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This guy won’t pay his grazing fees. He owes $1 million but refused to recognize the Bureau of Land Management as a legitimate government agency.

Recovery for Whom? - (kids are screwed by neo-con racist anti-gay rich boomers)
The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence | The Nation - Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.
Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist - washington -- "Not all" Republicans are racist, said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, but "to a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate." ("elements" = 99.2%)
The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | ThinkProgress - But plenty of past research has backed up the idea that our government is far more responsive to the needs of the wealthy than those of the poor. Research from the University of Connecticut found that the Senate is only responsive to the policy preferences of the rich, not those of the poor and middle class.

Tom Frank interviews Barbara Ehrenreich: “You’re the anti-Ayn Rand” - - Belief, Richard Dawkins, Jesus and the minimum wage, "The Fountainhead" and more, in our exclusive conversation - " the world flamed into life. Everything was coming at me. I was flowing out into it."
Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Living With a Wild God’ -
A Rationalist’s Mystical Moment - - This was not the passive beatific merger with “the All,” as promised by the Eastern mystics. It was a furious encounter with a living substance that was coming at me through all things at once, too vast and violent to hold on to, too heartbreakingly beautiful to let go of.
Barbara Ehrenreich Takes a Walk on the Wild Side -

Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Observer - Economist Thomas Piketty's message is bleak: the gap between rich and poor threatens to destroy us

O'Reilly Attacks Colbert As A 'Deceiver' For Mocking Him On Income Inequality | Crooks and Liars (said the big mouth of Satan)

Bundy Ranch Insurgents Physically Fight Federal Agents In Dispute Over Cows (VIDEO) - This is video of part of a confrontation between federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management and insurgents who reject the federal government’s claim of sovereignty over federal lands in Nevada.
Roger And Elizabeth Ailes Completely Incapable Of Not Being Litigious Bullies - Happy Nice Time People - This week, Roger and his lovely bride, Elizabeth, would like to sue people for “liking” something on Facebook.
Edwin Edwards’ last stand - Bill Nichols -
Holy Bible clears first hurdle to becoming Louisiana's official state book | (derp)

Roger And Elizabeth Ailes Completely Incapable Of Not Being Litigious Bullies - Happy Nice Time People - This week, Roger and his lovely bride, Elizabeth, would like to sue people for “liking” something on Facebook.

Morning Sideboob: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Go to War - Happy Nice Time People - Friends of the couple point to a major double standard, with Gwyneth having pushed for open marriage so she could pursue other men, but demanding absolute fidelity from Chris. Chris is telling friends that Gwyneth was so self-involved that she believed she was more evolved than Chris and that she could better emotionally handle juggling out of marriage relationships with other men.

Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | The Verge - A study in mice shows that trauma might be inherited through altered gene expression in sperm
Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate - - sluggish cognitive tempo, the condition is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing. (drugz for daydreaming!)

Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius
293060_10151153888817744_2147360282_n.jpg (Apple announces the iTit) )
? Salut Salon "Wettstreit zu viert" - YouTube
? Beethoven would be PROUD ( Ass Version ) - YouTube

A ban on internet slang? That's derp | Books | The Guardian - Writers at Gawker have been warned by the website's new editor that 'amazeballs', 'lulz' and 'WTF' are off the menu. Massive fail, says Steven Poole (derp)

Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation? | Research and International Relations - McGill University - Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99% certainty (84% of Republicans disagree)

Flight MH370 co-pilot tried to make mid-flight phonecall, report claims | World news | - There have been unconfirmed reports in the Malaysian media of calls made by the captain before or during the flight but so far no details have been released.
Risk Of 'Gas War' Grows As Ukraine Halts Payments To Russia
Pro-Russian gunmen seize key buildings in eastern Ukraine | World news | - Armed men storm police station and state security service building in Slavyansk and distribute weapons
Justice Department says Ukraine-based hackers used malware to steal millions | Technology | - Two Ukrainians living in UK extradited to Nebraska • Group charged with using Zeus malware to access accounts
Iran not planning to name replacement for UN diplomat denied visa | World news | - Hamid Aboutalebi barred by US for links to embassy takeover • Tehran says US stance violates international law (by same criteria ...)
Another Example of Mass Cowardice by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I mean, does it seem reasonable that the United States would have what amounts to veto power over every other country on Earth’s diplomatic appointments to the United Nations?
Iraq goes to the polls with war as an inescapable backdrop | World news | - Fear of extremism is the dominant theme as Nouri al-Maliki seeks third term and violence rages close to the capital
Rumbling in Kashmir as prospect of Hindu nationalist win looms in India | World news | - It is feared that India and Pakistan have lost their best chance of lessening the long-running tension between the two
Syria Poison Gas Attack: Rebels, Government Blame Each Other
Associated Press - BEIRUT (AP) — The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian dedicate award to Snowden | World news | - Greenwald, Poitras and MacAskill accept George Polk award • Barton Gellman of the Washington Post also honoured (Obama, Alexander, Crapper and Hayden are fuming; Hydra is planning next move)

CIA Torture Report Leak - Now We Know What's Being Done In Our Name - Esquire - We finally have been favored with the most inevitable leak in the history of the republic. Somebody's sent the Senate committee's report on the CIA's torture program, and its description of what was done in our name, out into the world ... Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein also declined to comment except to say: "If someone distributed any part of this classified report, they broke the law and should be prosecuted." (Difi in a nutshell)
Former Enhanced Interrogator is Haunted by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Eric Fair was an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2000 and then, in 2004, he worked as a contract interrogator in Iraq. He remains haunted by what he did there ... As a country, we need to know what happened. We need to confess. We need to be specific. We need to open the book. (Obama: the book is closed)

Silicon Valley could force NSA reform, tomorrow. What's taking so long? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - Tech CEOs are complaining, but bills are languishing. Time for internet companies to pull an OKCupid and call out the NSA, on every homepage

The Snowden Effect, Continued: Part Deux - Esquire - I'm sure there is a way that this doesn't matter because Glenn Greenwald is a big dork whom you will get at lunch period, but it appears that the NSA was willing to, you know, break the entire Internet in service of the messianic vision that infests the various cubicles.
NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years - Bloomberg - “It flies in the face of the agency’s comments that defense comes first,” said Jason Healey, director of the cyber statecraft initiative at the Atlantic Council and a former Air Force cyber officer. “They are going to be completely shredded by the computer security community for this.” (they left your bank account vulnerable for years so they could spy on you)
The real reason you should be freaking out about Heartbleed - - A catastrophic security vulnerability gave the keys to just about everything to the surveillance state. Accident?
The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades | Motherboard
Cisco finds 13 products (so far) vulnerable to Heartbleed—including phones | Ars Technica

Is Weev free?
Andrew Auernheimer's conviction over computer fraud thrown out | Technology | - Lawyers for computer hacker nicknamed 'Weev' were racing to get him out of prison after circuit judge vacated his conviction (Obama loves his police-state)
Hacker “Weev” gets three years for accessing AT&T data - - Rather, his conviction hinged on what data gets to be authorized or unauthorized and who gets to decide this. Like Swartz, Auernheimer was charged under the dangerously broad Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
UPDATE 2-U.S. court voids man's conviction for hacking celebrities' iPads | Reuters

Barrett Brown: American Journalist, Whistleblower & Prisoner | Long Island News (Obama dispises journalism, just like Muslims and China)

FBI Transparency - The Federal Bureau Of Incompetence - Esquire - Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe, who is the best cityside columnist in American newspapers, pretty much has had it with the FBI ... Why did the FBI slow-play the local cops on what the Russians told them about the elder Tsarnaev? They're not talking, not even to Congress, which really ought not to be optional at this point (+NYT covering their asses)
FBI Thinks Whistleblowers Should ‘Register’ So They’re Not Targeted by Insider Threat Program | The Dissenter (just turn yourself in now)

Sentencing for NATO 3 set for April 25 - Chicago Sun-Times
Bitcoin-branded ecstasy tablets send man to hospital
Israeli Hackers Expose 'Anonymous' Members - Business Insider

GM chief reportedly received 2011 email about steering problems | Business | - Documents quoted by House energy and commerce committee chair called into question the company's version of events (oh, she lied?)
Not Implicated In the Lois Lerner IRS Furor: The White House - That comes after extensive investigations by the committees that included questioning of dozens of IRS workers for depositions. The Oversight Committee collected more than 400,000 pages of documents and the Ways and Means Committee obtained 660,000. (insane Refucks wasting your taxdollars)

New York Prosecutors Open Another Front of Scrutiny for Port Authority - - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Subpoenaed a Broad Range of Records (fat bully fuck is crisp)
Mitch McConnell tells 402,000 Kentuckians they shouldn't have health care - As of today, 402,000 people in Kentucky have health insurance because of Obamacare. The state extended the deadline for enrollments until midnight tonight, and 30,000 people signed up in the last week alone. 402,000 of his own constituents he would sacrifice in order to win his primary and try to hold onto his seat. And he says it's Obamacare that has to go.

Who Started the Culture Wars, Anyway? | Mother Jones (who starts all the wars?)

North Carolina inmate charged with organising kidnapping from cell | World news | - Prosecutor's father rescued in Atlanta • Kelvin Melton accused of using smuggled mobile phone
DEA Raided This Woman's House After She Shopped At A Garden Store - "I bought a bottle of organic fertilizer, a 16-ounce bottle," said Kirking, a 46-year-old face-paint artist. "Three weeks later I was raided by DEA." (Obama's out-of-control drug war on Vigaro; they're lucky the DEA didn't squash their house with a tank) )
Jordan Miles who was Beaten By Police May Have to Pay Their lawyer fees - Hip-Hop and Politics - Miles who is top-notch violinist had recently performed for the first lady Michele Obama..
Parents of Texas 'affluenza' teen to pay part of state treatment | Reuters - The state facility he has been sent to costs $715 a day. His parents had offered to pay for private treatment at a private out-of-state facility. (rich kid sends bill to you)

Today's Specious "Free Speech" Martyr - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - If one were to substitute “Jewish” or “Roman Catholic” for “Muslim,” the question of giving Hirsi Ali an honorary degree would be moot because there’s no chance it would happen in the first place.

Build (and Destroy) Your Own Solar System with This Awesome Exoplanet Game | Motherboard
Hubble Madness Puts Images Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in Competition - - Fans Vote for Favorite Pictures; Rooting for Horsehead Nebula
Evolution Slapping You in the Face with Its Whiplike Tail - Lawyers, Guns & Money

The Principles Behind the Mozilla Controversy by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But Friedersdorf isn’t really concerned about the victims in this argument, unless you mean the victims who are stigmatized not for being gay or of different races, but for wanting to deny gay people the right to get married. (the technodudebrolibertarians are so predictable)

Sexual Narcissists May Be More Likely To Cheat, Study Finds (meanwhile, in other news ...)
How I picked myself up after divorce | Life and style | The Guardian - the manosphere acronym SMV (sexual market value)

Florida closer to waiving gun laws during riots, other emergencies — RT USA - “To allow people to go into a riot while concealing a gun without a permit is the definition of insanity,” he told the Miami Herald. “The bill is crazy, it’s absurd.”
Special-Ed Student Records Bully, Gets Charged With Disorderly Conduct - In Pennsylvania, a high school sophomore with developmental disabilities was convicted of a crime after recording classmates threatening to "pull down his pants"

School Gives Adult Students An Existential Kick : NPR - Love, of course, work, family, play, and politics.

? True Facts About The Owl - YouTube (wait for the struwwelpeter)

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Steven Poole | Comment is free | - Lengthy pieces of writing are increasingly found on the very internet that pessimists blame for turning us into skim readers

WASHINGTON: CIA’s use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC - A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, a finding that challenges the key defense on which the agency and the Bush administration relied in arguing that the methods didn’t constitute torture. (too big to jail, of course)
CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks | World news | - Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be 'brutal' and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible
CIA's 'Harsh Interrogations' Exceeded Legal Authority, Report Finds

At-risk cities hold solutions to climate change: UN report | Environment | - Smart choices by cities such as Miami in planning and investment could hold key to cutting emissions, IPCC draft says

Israel to confiscate vast area of Bethlehem village land | Maan News Agency - Israeli authorities on Thursday morning announced a decision to confiscate about 1,000 dunams (250 acres) of private Palestinian land in the town of al-Khader south of Bethlehem. (all your land are belong to us; oh wait, we already did that)

Here’s the absolute simplest way to protect yourself from Heartbleed | Death and Taxes
Test your server for Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160)
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer • The Register - Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink (another one of Obama's special rabbit-holes)
Information on Microsoft Azure and Heartbleed - Windows Azure - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Twitter / YourAnonNews: Arrival in NYC of Snowden ... - journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. No arrests made [yet]

Full Show: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight | Moyers & Company | - s the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.” (and they own Obama)

Weev Is Free, Because You Can't Prosecute a Hacker Just Anywhere | Motherboard
Third Circuit Vacates Auernheimer (weev) Conviction » Tor Ekeland, PC: Tor Ekeland, PC - The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion today vacating Andrew Auernheimer’s conviction on the grounds that venue was improper in the District of New Jersey.
? welcome to the get along gang (free dl hacker shit) by ytcracker

Court Says FTC Can Go After Companies Who Get Hacked For Their Weak Security Practices | Techdirt
EFF Asks Court To Allow Human Rights Case Against Cisco to Proceed | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Case Argues Cisco Built Surveillance Tools Specifically Designed to Help Chinese Authorities Target Falun Gong
Investor group offers to buy Mt. Gox for one bitcoin: WSJ | Reuters
Sen. Coburn Offers To Put An Outdated Agency Out Of Its Misery With His 'Let Me Google That For You' Bill | Techdirt
Booking Video: Aaron Swartz Jokes, Jousts With Cops After MIT Bust | Threat Level | WIRED

The FBI Gamified the Hunt For One of Its Most Wanted | Motherboard
File This One Under Big Government Run Amok | Mother Jones - WTF? They just go after the eldest child first and work their way down? All because their mother was (allegedly) overpaid, which means a bunch of teenage kids benefited three decades ago? That's got to be the most cockamamie thing I've ever heard of. (but will Issa the terrorist investigate them?)

Poll: Republican Guvs Trail Dem Challengers In 5 Races (jerk Republican govs trailing sanity)

Rush: "CBS Has Just Declared War On The Heartland Of America" By Replacing Letterman With Colbert | Video | Media Matters for America
Stephen Colbert Strikes Back After Bill O'Reilly Calls Him A 'Fanatic'

Federal report: Albuquerque police have pattern of using 'unreasonable force' (+video) - - The blistering report by the US Justice Department said that the majority of fatal Albuquerque police shootings it reviewed between 2010 and 2013 were 'unjustified.' But it did not order federal monitoring of the police.
California's Mentally Ill Inmates Are Treated Unconstitutionally, Judge Rules (Sadistic States of America)

Weed Eases Anxiety, Says the Federal Government | Motherboard

Lab-grown vaginas and nostrils work, doctors report - The vaginal surgeries were performed on teenage girls born with absent or underdeveloped vaginas because of a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. The surgery might also work for women who need vaginal reconstruction because of cancer, trauma or other conditions, researchers say. (next up: ovaries)

For Sale: The Bay Area | Uptown Almanac - Thanks to Silicon Valley, the printing press is now an anachronism best suited for producing twee, artisanal invitations for your wedding to a Facebook millionaire (Flip-It)

Evidence of Acceleration of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption on All Fronts - The report warned that climate impacts are already "severe, pervasive, and irreversible." (time for climate crimes court but Americans are all la-di-la science)
93 Harvard Faculty Members Call on the University to Divest from Fossil Fuels | Motherboard
Editors Resign From Frontiers Journal Over Retracted Paper That Upset Climate Science Deniers | DeSmogBlog - Three university professors are resigning as editors at a scientific publisher in protest at its decision to retract research linking climate change scepticism to conspiratorial thinking ... Brembs described Frontiers' retraction decision as “an outrageous act of a scientific journal caving in to pressure from delusionals” who, he said, were “demanding the science about their publicly displayed delusions be hidden from the world.”

MH370 search: fifth signal picked up by Australian aircraft | World news | - The latest 'ping' has been detected near where the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield found signals earlier in the week

Satellite images reveal Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border | World news | - Nato images show fighter planes, helicopters and troops which officials say could be ready to move in 12 hours

American citizen Sharif Mobley is missing in Yemen – lawyers | World news | - State Department declines to comment • Lawyer says case a 'textbook disappearance' (Obama rendited him to a black site torture prison)

Americas overtake Africa as region with most murders | World news | - UN report finds nearly 40% of world's murders were committed in Americas in 2012 (we're #1!)
Sorry, there is no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - The Week - The harsh and ugly truth is that some conflicts really are intractable
Eschaton: The South - The ECB would have behaved differently if the crisis had been concentrated in the wealthier bits, because they of course wouldn't have been to blame.

Austerity terrorism: From Kiev to NYC — RT Op-Edge - The US State Department defines terrorism as the "use of violence or threat of violence to instill fear and coerce governments or societies." Globally we are seeing a campaign of violence and repression designed to instill fear into those who challenge the economic setup in this time of crisis.
Greece is still a sucking chest wound in Europe - The Week - But with unemployment still over 27 percent, I'd say let's hold off on talk of a recovery.

Pirate Party Vindicated By Highest EU Court, Killing Mass Surveillance Law. Oldmedia Reacts By Writing Cat Story. - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
Swedish Man Sentenced to Half-Million Euro In Damages For Sharing ONE Movie - Falkvinge on Infopolicy - A Swedish man has been sentenced to the highest damages ever in Sweden, and possibly in the entire world, for sharing culture: 4.3 million SEK (€475,000) for sharing ONE movie. The movie Beck – Buried Alive, a typical Swedish taxpayer-subsidized B-movie, was uploaded to the culture-sharing hub Swebits. This represents a heavy escalation in the war over sharing knowledge and culture. (militarization of entertainment industry)
Movie Studios Demand Millions From Megaupload in New Lawsuit

Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file | World news | - Frustration with US government rises over failure to clear up questions about surveillance of German chancellor's phone - The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington. (NSA is running Obama, obviously)

Revealed: Senate report contains new details on CIA black sites | Al Jazeera America - Sources tell Al Jazeera the Intelligence Committee report accuses spy agency of lying about detention and interrogation
Why Human Rights Groups Attracted the NSA's Attention | Motherboard (civil rights are terrorists)

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras Returning To U.S. For First Time Since Snowden Revelations
Edward Snowden: Whistleblower 'did complain to NSA' before leaking classified US Government documents - News - People - The Independent (NSA always lies)

Seymour Hersh unleashed - In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama and his dissatisfaction with the direction of U.S. foreign policy.
High-ranking members of US military part of ‘Knights of Malta,’ ‘Opus Dei,’ reporter claims | The Raw Story - Speaking at a campus operated by Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Hersh said he was working on a new book that details “how eight or nine neoconservative, radicals if you will, overthrew the American government.” - “Just when we needed an angry black man, we didn’t get one,” he reportedly said. (instead, we got a spy-controlled anti-Constitutional scholar) “Don’t they get it? We’re gonna change moseques into cathedrals. And when we get all the oil, nobody’s gonna give a damn. (onward Christian invaders)

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.

Twitter / explanoit: "But NSA, why would you want ... - to record and store everyone's SSL traffic? It's gibberish." A few months later: "Oh."
The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now
The Bleeding Hearts Club: Heartbleed Recovery for System Administrators | Electronic Frontier Foundation
“Heartbleed heartache” – should you REALLY change all your passwords right away? | Naked Security - And it's fair to say that there are a lot more people ready to heartbleed your new password right now than there were a week, a month or a year ago when you set the old password up.
How do you fix two-thirds of the web in secret? | The Verge - But why did some companies have advanced warning while others got left in the cold? How did Facebook find out while Yahoo was left out of the loop?
Meet the man who created the 'catastrophic' Heartbleed bug - That night, he made an error that has been compared to the misspelling of Mississippi, a careless but almost inevitable mistake that went undetected for over two years. (or did it?)
How The Internet's Worst Nightmare Could Have Been Avoided - “One question is whether companies that rely so much on the software are pulling their weight in terms of contributing to the overall project,” Felten said.

Adding Condoleezza Rice To Dropbox's Board Seems Incredibly Tone Deaf Following NSA Concerns | Techdirt (let's put a spy on our board dept)
Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox’s Board As It Names New CFO, COO | TechCrunch

Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway - (no change change you can believe in)

Journalists celebrate purchase of staid local newspaper by plucky rival. (Overlook plucky rival’s ties to Carlyle Group) | PandoDaily
Social Media Analysis Aids in Washington Mudslide Response - New tool searched Twitter for the word "missing" and relevant tweets were provided to emergency response officials.

Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to protest movement | World news | - Series of potential jurors voice opposition to Occupy Wall Street • Cecily McMillan, 25, faces seven years in prison for assault (Americans love their overlords)

How corrupt Chicago politics fueled the high-frequency trading mess | PandoDaily - Noting that President Obama’s argument against such a tax is that financial firms would inevitably circumvent it, the Times’ editorial board says that translates into: “No politician has the courage to enforce a tax on Wall Street,” at least “until campaign finance reform is a reality.”

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during Las Vegas speech | World news | - Woman taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe moments after Clinton took the stage (given the Bush treatment)

GOP Lawmaker Compares Abortion To Buying A Car - A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri defended his controversial bill forcing women to have ultrasounds before abortions by comparing abortion to purchasing a new vehicle. (he gives his new cars ultrasounds)

Facts Derail Lying Sharpton's Informant Tale | The Smoking Gun - The reverend was “flipped” by FBI agents three months after he was filmed in March 1983 (during a bureau sting) talking cocaine with an undercover agent.

Alabama Journalist Tells Us What It Was Like To Spend Five Months In Jail For Reporting A Story | ThinkProgress - “You get down to survival mode.” That was blogger Roger Shuler’s state of mind after being arrested and hauled off to jail for writing about a politically connected Alabama lawyer ... I get the feeling we’re in a culture right now, it’s sort of like arrest first, and ask questions later.” (no free speech for people who criticize those in power)

The Coast Guard Says It's Miserably Losing the War on Drugs | Motherboard
Potosi Prison Guards Known as “The Cowboys” Implicated in Torture Ring - Potosi Correctional Center, which could more accurately be described as the Potosi private torture dungeon, has for the past months or longer been home to a group of rogue prison guards, known as the “cowboys,” who specialize in torture and the denial of medication to inmates. (Missouri: cops love torture)
Carlos López busted with meth pipe in his butt - - Carlos López had a glass pipe stashed where the sun don't shine during a bust in Fort Lauderdale.
No Prosecution For 84-Year-Old UWS Man Ticketed For Jaywalking « CBS New York - Wong’s attorney claims that police used excessive force and left him with a head wound. He needed four staples to close up a head wound after police stopped him to give him a jaywalking ticket in his Upper West Side neighborhood. The family plans to file a $5 million lawsuit against the NYPD. (Bloomthugs)
Hartford Courant - Lawyers Fight Placement Of Juvenile In Male Correction Facility - "This is really an embarrassment for DCF and the state on several levels'' said Romano. "Had DCF followed through in its child-protection mandate, this child would now be at the Middletown juvenile facility.'' (transgender abuse)
Connecticut Commissioner Joette Katz stored her BMW sports car in a state parking spot - - Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families Joette Katz's sense of entitlement reminds us that the taste for privilege appears in unexpected places. (see above)
Nevada Rancher Says He’s Surrounded by Militarized US Government Forces Who’ve Come to Remove Cattle | The Dissenter - , now says he is surrounded by an army of federal agents who are there to show they have “unlimited” police power.
Armed federal agents surround Nevada ranch in latest standoff - Washington Times - “They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” he said. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Protect and serve, bitches. ... (every small town cop dept needs a big tank)

Study: 'Jesus' wife' fragment not a fake – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs
'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' likely isn't a modern forgery, scientists claim | The Verge - Analysis suggests that the controversial fragment is indeed ancient, but not everyone is convinced
Cambridge Journals Online - Harvard Theological Review - Fulltext - The Alleged Gospel of Jesus's Wife: Assessment and Evaluation of Authenticity - Leo Depuydt

Dino-Killing Asteroid Impact Dwarfed by Earlier Space Rock Crash |

These 9 Words Don't Mean What You Think They Mean (that begs the question)
Flirtation or sexual harassment? Here's how to tell the difference | Life and style |

A New Cancer Study Found E-Cigarettes Affect Cells the Same As Tobacco Smoke | Motherboard
The Smoke Detector for Meth Labs | Motherboard (Methminder calls the cops)

An interview with Dillon the Hacker, teenage 'leader' of 4chan and Anonymous
Here Are The Origins Of The Internet's Most Meme-orable Memes
Twitter / rob_swire: Best Guardian headline ever ...
KB35816-BSRT-2014-003 Vulnerability in qconnDoor service affects BlackBerry 10 smartphones
Memory lane: Before everyone loved Windows XP, they hated it | Ars Technica


Critical Security Bug 'Heartbleed' Hits Up To 66 Percent Of The Internet

Israel cuts communication with Palestinians in response to unilateral moves - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - Netanyahu orders cabinet ministers not to cooperate with Palestinian counterparts, after Abbas' request to join international conventions.
Netanyahu Orders Israeli Ministers To Stop Meeting Palestinian Counterparts
Greeks hold nationwide anti-austerity strike ahead of Merkel visit | Al Jazeera America
Pakistan Bombing: Explosion Kills 20 At Vegetable Market On Outskirts Of Islamabad
Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients - Slashdot
MPs who repaid expenses got money back in secret deal - Dozens of MPs who repaid money amid public outrage at their expenses claims were quietly refunded under a secret deal with the Commons authorities, it has emerged.

Good News: The US Will Soon Have Fewer Ways to Launch Nukes | Motherboard

German Interior Minister Warns US Spying Has No Boundaries - SPIEGEL ONLINE - In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 60, warns that American spying has become "boundless" and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany.
Heartbleed: How did it get there? Why did it take so long to find? - - The discovery of massive security vulnerability prompts speculation in crypto communities about NSA involvment (we had to break the internets in order to save it)

Most Americans Think Government May Be Justified In Torturing To Fight Terror - 68 percent think there are some circumstances when the government is justified in using torture, including 16 percent who think it's always justified, 33 percent who think it's sometimes justified, and 19 percent who think it's rarely justified. Only 22 percent of Americans think torture is never justified.

Judge criticizes U.S. State Department over Blackwater shooting case - A federal judge on Tuesday harshly criticized the U.S. State Department over its handling of a 2007 shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide security guards and asked the agency's watchdog to investigate problems that helped delay a related criminal case.

Top 5 Reasons for Hijabophobia - The Most Recognizable Identifier of a Muslim Woman

FiveThirtyEight’s Venezuela Problem | Jacobin - When it comes to Venezuela, shoddy data work and simplistic reasoning are too often embraced.

US marine in custody after fatal shooting at North Carolina base | World news | - Unnamed marine fired single shot at colleague inside guard shack at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Nothing Really Compares To The Koch Brothers' Political Empire
The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century - Vox - Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century is the most important economics book of the year, if not the decade
Bank of America Reaches $772M Credit-Card Settlement | Fox Business

Gun Humpers Pretty Thrilled About Pennsylvania High School Boy Stabbing All Those Kids
Multiple stabbings at north Toronto office leave 1 critical - Toronto - CBC News - 1 employee in custody, 4 people taken to hospital, 1 in critical condition

No, Really, Blame John Roberts on Medicaid - As the Affordable Care Act slowly unfurls its many complex parts, many states are sitting on the sidelines—especially with the optional Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court left a loophole in this summer's decision that is directly to blame for the millions who will start the year without health insurance.

Darrell Issa Tries Tactic In IRS Probe Last Used In McCarthyism

Millions More People Are Getting Health Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Survey Finds

GOP not fazed by paycheck vote - Burgess Everett - - Republicans working to improve their image among women aren’t worried about suffering a political backlash if they follow through with plans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Rachel Maddow Goes After Her Favorite Nemesis, The 'Terribly Embarrassing' Scott Brown (that word, doesn't mean what you think it does)
Female GOP Senate Candidate Said Women Want Job Flexibility More Than Equal Pay - Talk about bad timing for Terri Lynn Land.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Giving Keynote At New Hampshire Republican Dinner (no pretense)
Revealed: Rahm Emanuel’s top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge Chicago contract | PandoDaily

Chris Christie Report Interview Notes - In Interview Notes We Trust - Esquire - . Seventy witnesses, none under oath -- no stenographer, no recording device of any kind, and, of course, no transcripts. Forget about any Nixonian 17-minute gap in the tapes. There are no tapes, only the notes written up by the investigators themselves ... Smoke and mirrors and balls are all that Christie and his thugs have left. (and the balls aren't looking very good)

Jim DeMint on How Slavery Ended - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Since Jim DeMint has the ear of God, we know his view of history is also correct.
Jim DeMint Wrestles With History And Fails - Esquire - Jim DeMint, who runs the Heritage Foundation, an intellectual chop-shop serving that part of our political system with its toes in the oatmeal, has some American History that he would like to share.

What In Hell Is Wrong In Wisconsin? - Esquire - At the same time they elected Walker, the voters also tossed out Senator Russ Feingold and gifted themselves with Senator Ron Johnson, whose tenure has been marked by a) getting a new aperture torn in him by Hillary Clinton, and b) by his "Shreds Of Freedom!" shit-fit outside the Supreme Court. Now, it seems he has stepped on a very heavy rake indeed.

Mississippi Sex-Ed Law Permits Teachers To Instruct Students That Homosexuality Is Illegal - The law also requires male and female students to be instructed in separate classrooms and prohibits condom demonstrations in schools.

Los Angeles Times Was Wrong to Retract Article on Rape at Occidental

Technology’s Man Problem - - “Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits,” Mr. Boulton began, as photographs of women’s chests on a cellphone flashed on the screen behind him. (sexisttechnodudebros at work)
Women Made Up Less Than 30 Percent Of Guests In 2013 (you're the problem Cokie)

San Diego family not liable for cost of rescue off Mexican coast | World news | - Charlotte and Eric Kaufman and their two daughters needed saving 900 miles from Cabo San Lucas after their boat broke down

Brendan Eich Contributed to a Disgraceful Campaign - Lawyers, Guns & Money : As Stern observes, “The campaign’s strategy was to debase gay families as deviant and unhealthy while insinuating that gay people are engaged in a full-scale campaign to convert children to their cause.”

Wingnuttiness in a Wingnutshell - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Listen to what Dana Perino has to say about the new film, ”Noah.” She basically says “This film does not mirror my ill-informed, misty, water-colored childhood memories therefore it’s wrong.” Can there be a better distillation of wingnuttism around? I mean, is wingnuttism anything more than ill-informed nostalgia for a world that never existed?

Frozen Merch Is Sold Out Everywhere and Parents Are Losing Their Shit

(3) Cortana (cortanaquotes) on Twitter

Seymour M. Hersh · The Red Line and the Rat Line · LRB 6 April 2014 - Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdogan and the Syrian rebels (Obama's fake reason for war)
Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing | Democracy Now! - "Turkey and Saudi-based chemical facilitators were attempting to obtain sarin precursors in bulk, tens of kilograms, likely for the anticipated large scale production effort in Syria."

The Catholic church must apologise for its role in Rwanda's genocide | Chris McGreal | Comment is free | - The Vatican's reluctance to confront those accused of murder in its midst is rooted in its refusal to face up to the church's complicity in the events of 1994

Moscow may be planning intervention in eastern Ukraine, US warns | World news | - John Kerry fears potential Crimea-style action after pro-Russian forces cement control of government building in Donetsk
Ukraine Parliament Devolves Into Brawl Amid Russia Crisis - Deputies in the Ukrainian parliament brawled in the chamber on Tuesday after a communist leader accused nationalists of playing into the hands of Russia by adopting extreme tactics early in the Ukrainian crisis.
Ukraine Arrests Pro-Russia Demonstrators In 'Anti-Terrorism Operation'
Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolás Maduro | World news | The Guardian - In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuela's president claims the Obama administration is fomenting unrest with the aim of provoking a Ukraine-style 'slow-motion' coup

Quebec election ousts separatists | World news | - Minority-governing Parti Quebecois went back to voters seeking a majority but ended up being trounced by Liberals - The Parti Quebecois went into the campaign with a polling lead but this turned to dust after star candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau, a media magnate, pumped his fist in the air in saying how he wanted "to make Quebec a country".

Guantánamo Bay: last British detainee suffering from PTSD, lawyers say | World news | - Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, cleared for release by US seven years ago and never charged with a crime, ask for his release (worst of the worst)

Open Rights Group - European Court of Justice finds Data Retention Directive invalid - The Court found that the Directive severely interferes with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.

Snowden Says NSA Is Lying When It Claims He Didn't Raise Concerns Through The Proper Channels | Techdirt (from the they-always-lie dept)
Timeline of Edward Snowden's revelations | Al Jazeera America
NSA logs reveal flood of post-Snowden FOIA requests | Al Jazeera America - The National Security Agency (NSA) has been flooded with thousands of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from journalists, civil rights groups and private citizens who have asked the agency to turn over the top-secret records that former contractor Edward Snowden leaked to the media, Al Jazeera can reveal.

Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers | World news | - Whistleblower tells Council of Europe NSA deliberately snooped on groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International
Fury at attack on Dianne Feinstein by ex-CIA director Michael Hayden | World news | - Senate intelligence committee members condemn description of chairperson as 'emotional' over torture report (says ladybrainz don't understand need for torture, Wyden a sissie)
Wyden Calls Former CIA Director’s Attack on Senator Feinstein “Outrageous” | Press Releases | U.S. Senator Ron Wyden - General Hayden unfortunately has a long history of misleading the American public – he did it on domestic surveillance when he was the head of the NSA, and he did it on torture when he was the CIA Director. The best way to correct this culture of misinformation is to give the American people a chance to review the facts for themselves, and I’ll be working with my colleagues and the administration to ensure that happens quickly.”

Congressmen Say James Clapper Should Be Arrested for Lying About NSA Spying | Motherboard (and waterboarded)
Eric Holder pressed on James Clapper testimony - Josh Gerstein -

'Cuban Twitter' Is Getting Burned on Capitol Hill | Motherboard
WikiLeaks' trollish 'future of the Internet' leak explained

Dangerous Combinations | The Divine Trickster: Visiting weev
Stingray Cellphone Tracking Warrant In Daniel David Rigmaiden Case Was Proper, Judge Rules - The government didn't mention, however, that it would need to pretend its stingray was a Verizon Wireless tower to find Rigmaiden, or that it would collect the location of hundreds of innocent third parties' phones in the process. Nevertheless, U.S. District Judge David Campbell denied Rigmaiden's motion to suppress the crucial evidence collected as a result of that search.

Miriam Carey was shot five times from behind, autopsy shows - - The lawsuit says Carey was unfamiliar with the area and mistakenly drove past the first guard post. When she tried to make a U-turn and drive away, a uniformed Secret Service officer threw a bicycle rack at her car, the lawsuit claims.

John Paul Stevens' Death Penalty Reversal Is Too Little, Too Late - As Atlantic Contributing Editor Andrew Cohen explains, Stevens' suggestion comes with "an apology of sorts for all that he got wrong," but he could also do something further:

Third Way’s Surprising Retirement Proposal | Economic Policy Institute - After getting into hot water for criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren for wanting to expand Social Security, self-styled centrist Democrats Jonathan Cowan and Jim Kessler of Third Way are testing the retirement waters again by proposing, in a New York Times op-ed, to expand savings in IRAs. (Third Way looks for new ways to steal your money and give it to rich bankers)
REPORT: Weekday Evening Cable News Silences Women On The Economy | Research | Media Matters for America - Only 28 Percent Of Guests In Segments About The Economy Are Women. From April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, women accounted for only 28 percent of guest appearances in segments primarily focused on the economy during evening programming on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. (because ladybrainz)

Asymmetric Stupidity - - Ezra Klein’s new venture Vox is up, and so far, so OK — some fairly interesting pieces, and nothing like Nate Silver’s lamentable decision to make a professional concern troll his chief writer on climate. I am troubled by Ezra’s big inauguratory think piece, but that’s because I think the piece raises a genuine intellectual puzzle. (why did Ezra say both sides do it when one side does it much, much more than the other?)
Bed wetting liberals: Democrats freak over setbacks, GOP doesn't. | New Republic

This Is Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...: Five Nominations for the Best Weblog Post Ever! (see comments for more options)

The Pelosi porn, the panel & Ted Cruz's tattoo: this is the GOP women problem | Ana Marie Cox | Comment is free | - Republicans sifting through their ideological wreckage for a demographic advantage have aligned themseves with a new favorite artist – and it's not Miley Cyrus

The Roberts Court Just Endorsed Many Of Nixon's Most Corrupt Campaign Finance Schemes | ThinkProgress

Virginia’s Medicaid expansion fight: More proof that the Commonwealth is broken. - And low-income Virginians who fall into the Medicaid gap will suffer for it.
Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between "Red" and "Blue" America | Blog, Connecting the Dots |
Scott Brown Party Affiliation - Such Are The Dreams Of The Everyday Has-Been, Continued - Esquire - Whoever filled out Brown's formal statement of organization for his campaign exploratory committee left blank the small gray box asking for the candidate's party affiliation

Does Ezra Klein Really Not Understand the Point of Politics? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : So Ezra Klein’s big lead-off article at Vox was, well, strange. Not that I disagree with all of it, although there is way too much both sides do it in here. But see here:

Brooklyn Man Walks Out of Court, Cleared of Murder After 24 Years in Prison - ProPublica - Jonathan Fleming and his family were overjoyed today after the Brooklyn District Attorney dismissed murder charges against him based on evidence withheld at his 1990 trial.
News-Star exclusive: McAllister says he's 'ashamed,' asking for forgiveness | The News Star | - Video shows US representative kissing woman who isn't his wife (hypocrisy, thy name is Republican)
First on CNN: Husband on kissing congressman: ‘He has wrecked my life’ – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs - “I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I’m going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare,” Heath Peacock told CNN Tuesday. McAllister also made headlines earlier this year when he invited “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson to be his guest at the President’s State of the Union address.
L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department : The New Yorker - I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

Actos Verdict: Jury Orders Takeda, Eli Lilly To Pay $9 Billion In Damages - A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and Eli Lilly and Co to pay $3 billion in a case claiming that cancer risks to the diabetes drug Actos were concealed, the plaintiffs' lawyer said.

Trending: No Charges In Death of College Student Shot by Police During Hostage Situation - Trending Now on Patch - Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow, NY Patch (cop just had to kill them both because cops)
Tucson cop who slammed woman not so tough after threats | The Daily Caller - The Tucson police officer who was caught on video brutally pummeling a female student as she walked innocuously near the campus of the University of Arizona has been identified as Joel Mann, according to local ABC affiliate KGUN.

OkCupid's CEO Donated to an Anti-Gay Campaign Once, Too | Mother Jones - OkCupid's co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions.

How to raise happy kids, according to science - The Week
The Countries With The Highest Religious Diversity Are Mostly In The Asian-Pacific (wft? China?)
Petra's Ancient Monastery Was Built To Track Sun, Scientists Say (VIDEO) - Add the Monastery at Petra to the monuments that humans probably built for astronomical purposes. New research suggests that ancient architects tracked the motion of the sun and constructed the religious center with the winter solstice in mind.

Here's What You Need to Know About the 'Heartbleed' Bug That's Attacking Millions of Websites
Tor: If You Want Privacy or Anonymity, Stay Off the Internet This Week | Motherboard - Security holes are par for the course on the web today, but a new, massive bug dubbed "Heartbleed” is particularly nasty, and widespread: Experts say that two-thirds of websites and nearly everyone that’s used the internet in the last two years could be affected to some extent.
Twitter redesign looks a lot like Facebook | The Verge
Active Twitter Use Could Lead to Divorce and Infidelity, Study Says

Timeline | Ghosts Of Rwanda | FRONTLINE | PBS
Hiding in plain sight in France: the priests accused in Rwandan genocide | World news | - Catholic leaders accused of acting as apologists for the slaughter by helping priests accused of murder in Rwanda evade justice

Pro-Moscow protesters seize arms, declare republic; Kiev fears invasion | Reuters
Israeli newspaper: The land of Palestine is not ours - Hebrew language newspaper Yated Ne'eman, which is affiliated with the United Torah Judaism movement, published an unprecedented article on Thursday morning that generated scathing criticism from other Jewish parties, under the title: "This land is not registered in the Land Registry for the people of Israel".
Anti-fracking protests in 60 Romanian cities call for Fracking ban - National Environment |
Australian civil servants ordered to fink on colleagues who criticize gov't online - Boing Boing (Oz looking pretty bad lately)
'Doctor Zhivago,' 'The Moon Is Down,' and the CIA's Subversion of Literature | Motherboard
DCMS Twitter account hacked amid Maria Miller expenses row | Politics | - Culture secretary described as being 'like a modern day Robin Hood' in series of tweets sent from hacked feed

A giant art installation targets predator drone operators | #NotABugSplat

Snowden to Receive Truth-Telling Prize - - The Ridenhour prize for truth-telling will be given to Edward J. Snowden and Laura Poitras, the filmmaker and journalist who helped Mr. Snowden disclose his trove of documents on government surveillance.
24% Support Amnesty for Edward Snowden - Rasmussen Reports™ - , 62% believe it is good for the nation that the American people know about the NSA’s surveillance programs. Sixteen percent (16%) say this increased awareness is bad for the country, while slightly more (22%) are not sure.

Does NSA-style mass surveillance violate our human rights? - Mass government surveillance may soon be officially considered a human rights violation—in Europe, at least.
Twitter / trevortimm: Michael Hayden this week: @SenFeinstein is "emotional," @RonWyden "should've acted like a man," Senate Intel staffers are "sissies."
Fury at attack on Dianne Feinstein by ex-CIA director Michael Hayden | World news | - Senate intelligence committee members condemn description of chairperson as 'emotional' over torture report

U.S. Tries Candor to Assure China on Cyberattacks - - “We clearly don’t occupy the moral high ground that we once thought we did,” said one senior administration official. (oh, how did that happen, Obambi?)
[cryptome] Re: Geoff Stone, Obama's Review Group - Part 2 - cryptome - FreeLists - Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:19:08 -0400

Long Read Watch: Torture & the Good Congressman (Angus) King » Balloon Juice
CIA Torture And Herd Immunity - Torture, The CIA, And How We Lost Our Herd Immunity - Esquire - Over the weekend, the inexcusable Fred Hiatt loaned the space over which he presides at The Washington Post to Jose Rodriguez, a truly monstrous figure in the events in question, so that Rodriguez could spread the infection even further through the subject population. (the death penalty would revax the herd)
What Are The Gobshites Saying The Days? - Esquire - "If he doesn't think that was torture, I would invite him anywhere in the United States to sit in a waterboard and go through what those people went through, one of them 100-plus-odd times...That's ridiculous to make that claim. This was torture by anybody's definition. John McCain said it's torture and I think he's in a better position to know that than Vice President Cheney."
Why the CIA Won't Give Up Its Drone War | Motherboard - Why the CIA Won't Give Up Its Drone War
Documents show Gogo boasted of helping law enforcement agencies spy on in-flight wifi | PandoDaily

‘US annexed the whole world through global spying' – Assange — RT News
CERF: Classified NSA Work Mucked Up Security For Early TCP/IP | Application Security News, Research, Trends – Veracode Blog - Internet pioneer Vint Cerf says that he had access to cutting edge cryptographic technology in the mid 1970s that could have made TCP/IP more secure – too bad the NSA wouldn’t let him! (but he blew his whistle ... oh wait)
aclu_comments_on_rule_41.pdf - ACLU Comment on the Proposed Amendment to Rule 41 Concerning Remote Searches of Electronic Storage Media

This Occupy Activist Could Go to Prison for Standing Up to the Cop Who Grabbed Her Breast - PolicyMic - Officer Grantley Bovell (is a real pig)

Mining Roundup: Solar-Powered Mining, DVR Malware and the 'Bitcoin Baron' - Then the price plummets, leaving everyone mining at high difficulty without the ability to cash in their coins at a significant profit.

How politics makes us stupid - Vox (Vox is open +both side do it)
Twitter / mlcalderone: NYT apparently changed @ezraklein ... - quote criticizing WaPo. Then: Now: (news you can trust)

White House defends soaring number of deportations for minor crimes | World news | - Immigration rights activists say administration has stepped up deportations to appease Republican opponents of reform (which always works)
More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show - - But a New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all (Obama is still deporter-in-chief)

Uninsured Rate Falls To Lowest Since 2008: Gallup

Millions of Americans forced to work part time - CBS News
Oligarchs and Money - (monetary policy designed by/for oligarchs)

Jonathan Chait’s epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong - - New York magazine's cover story suggests liberals are paranoid, MSNBC is like stop-and-frisk -- and other oddities (Joan Walsh)
Why Race Has Been the Real Story of Obama's Presidency All Along -- New York Magazine - Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony. Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife. Neither was right. But what happened instead has been even more invidious.

Christie Prosecutor Gets Its Star Witness to Start Talking - Esquire - Chris Christie’s White House fever dream died at his January press conference, where he spent two hours wallowing in self-pity over how his aides had deceived him. Now that David Wildstein’s talking, his days as governor are numbered -- in weeks and months, not years.
Ryan Lizza: Crossing Chris Christie : The New Yorker - What the bridge scandal says about the Governor’s political style, and his future. (as a crossing-guard)

Does It Matter That Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.
Esquire Fitness - Esquire - A simple, if intimidating, workout plan created by Mark Merchant, co-owner of As One Fitness. Implement immediately. The GIFs should help.
E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe? | Ruth Macklin (blah-blah, no studies)

A Hard Problem to Solve - With the wholesale price of marijuana falling — driven in part by decriminalization in sections of the United States — Mexican drug farmers are turning away from cannabis and filling their fields with opium poppies.

After Eich resigns, conservatives slam Mozilla—and call for boycott | Ars Technica - "If that attitude spreads, it will damage our society." (Sullivan gets his clickbait, Conservabros go nuts)
A Couple of Unserious Observations About a High-Tech Lynching » Balloon Juice - I find I enjoy the Internet a lot more as long as I stay away from Sully and his proteges, like Young Conor (pictured above in a group portrait of Dish interns). Unfortunately, the awful thing that was done to Brendan Eich keeps bringing those two clowns back into the limelight (here are a couple of excerpts).
Rightbloggers Defend Mozilla CEO Eich -- Not For Free Speech, But Against Gays | Village Voice
Everything is Like the Gulag, Except Sending People To Remote Locations To Be Tortured - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Since the resignation of Brendan Eich has already been compared to McCarthyism, fascism, and Jacobinism, I suppose calling it the new Gulag was inevitable
Again, On What Free Speech Means And What It Doesn't - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - We seem to have to go through this every year or two, and based on some of the commentary surrounding Brendan Eich apparently we have to again
Gay People Are Shrill » Balloon Juice - At any rate, so thrilled our opinions leaders are on the lookout for gay intolerance. There are seriously days when I wonder why I subscribe to the Times. (Frank Bruni is nano-shallow)
alicublog: Today In Conservative Victimhood.
Eschaton: The Definition Of White Supremacy - As Sullivan wrote once upon a time: The notion that there might be resilient ethnic differences in intelligence is not, we believe, an inherently racist belief (that should have been the end of Sullivan, but wasn't)

Portrait of a failed president: Inside the art of George W. Bush - - George W. Bush unveiled a new collection of paintings last week. Here's what they unwittingly reveal
The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever - Esquire - 91. They Live (1988)

5 Year Old Hacks Xbox Live; Thankfully DOJ Apparently Uninterested In Prosecuting Cute Kid Under CFAA | Techdirt
Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions - Slashdot

World Running Out Of Time To Stop Global Warming, UN Report Says (Republicans stick head in desert)
This Week in Dystopia: The Planet's Scorched and the 0.1% Are Living Large | Motherboard

5 Staggering Statistics For Why We Can Never Let A Tragedy Like Rwanda's Happen Ever Again - 1. Between 800,000 and 1 million Rwandans are believed to have been killed in just 100 days.
Netanyahu vows retaliation after Palestinian treaty move | Reuters - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised retaliatory measures on Sunday after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made unilateral moves towards statehood. (after giving Palestinians no other alternative)

Tony Blair 'knew all about CIA secret kidnap programme’ - Former British PM was 'fully briefed' on CIA's interrogation programme after Sept 11 attacks (time for the international war crimes tribunal)
Delays in Effort to Refocus C.I.A. From Drone War - - "Some might want to getthe C.I.A. out of the killing business, but that's not happening anytime soon" (they got into it pretty fast)

Snowden, Greenwald urge caution of wider govt monitoring at Amnesty event | Reuters - The pair cautioned that government monitoring of "metadata" is more intrusive than directly listening to phone calls or reading emails and stressed the importance of a free press willing to scrutinize government activity.
Hayden equates Pollard to Snowden - (stupid, lying, or evil?)
Merkel ally says U.S. assurances on NSA spying 'insufficient' | Reuters

Hayden suggests Feinstein too ‘emotional’ about CIA interrogation techniques - On "Fox News Sunday," Hayden cited comments Feinstein made last month in which she said declassifying the report would "ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted." Hayden suggested Feinstein feels too strongly about the issue on an "emotional" level. (girls and their emotions shouldn't get in the way of illegal torture)
Angus King Thinks Dick Cheney Should Try Waterboarding 'If He Doesn't Think That Was Torture'

Anonymous Publishes 0-Day Exploit For D0xing Police Departments
DOJ Continues To Obstruct Efforts For Megaupload Users To Get Their Files Back | Techdirt - from the because-hollywood-once-told-us-someone-was-dr.-evil dept (and the because-they-can dept)

Military Drone Crashes Near School | NBC 10 Philadelphia (the new normal)

Rendell: Chris Christie 'not a factor' in 2016 presidential race | (fat bully fuck is history)

Plowed Under (more environmental disaster)

Richard Dawkins is so wrong it hurts: What the science-vs.-religion debate ignores - - Acolytes of Dawkins & Hitchens pretend that ignorant evangelicals represent all of religion. Here's what they miss
The worst atheist-bashing article of the year « Why Evolution Is True - For some reason, Salon is on a crusade to bash the hell out of atheists, living and dead.
Why Atheists Like Dawkins and Hitchens Are Dead Wrong | Alternet (xpost for comments)
? Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Islamic Golden Age: Naming Rights - YouTube

d r i f t g l a s s: The Wingnut Circle Is Now Complete -- Update - Mr. Sullivan's periodic Holier Than Thou outbursts of hysterical histrionics about the horrors of the Lefty Liberal Left are getting to be a bit of a bore, but I guess he needs something to fizz up his Pot-'n-Popes-'n-Stuff blog's otherwise mostly trivial parade of aggregated-other-people's-stuff and pop-culture filler.
Further thoughts on Eich’s resignation - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brendan Eich supported Prop 8, which was worse than you remember. - Early on, Prop 8’s supporters decided to focus their campaign primarily on children, stoking parents’ fears about gay people brainwashing their kids with pro-gay messages or, implicitly, turning their children gay ... We’re talking about concrete actions that harmed thousands of gay families and informed innumerable gay Americans that they were sinful, corrupted predators.

Google Wants E-Mail Scanning Information Blocked - Bloomberg - the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is seeking to black out portions of a transcript from a public court hearing that includes information on how it mines data from personal e-mails. (looking like the NSA - "too sensitive" to be revealed)

Despite Troubling IPCC Report, Most Americans Still Aren't Worried About Global Warming (Republicans la-di-la)
Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change To Discuss Future Of Fossil Fuels
Climate Change Threats To 'The Least Of These' Compel Evangelical Christians To Act
Why Won’t Pro-Climate Republicans Speak Up? | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - Americans are more climate-skeptical (if that’s the right term) because the U.S. has a two-party system with one party dedicated to climate skepticism. (yes, that would be the party of Satan)

Chinese ship detects 'ping' but time is running out for Malaysia flight MH370 | World news | The Observer - Pulse signal matches that of aircraft's black box recorder but batteries are about to expire

Israel negotiator: US should change its role in Middle East peace talks | World news | - Tzipi Livni called on US to allow for more direct talks between Israel and Palestine as current talks veered towards collapse
Afghanistan Presidential Election: High Turnout Amid Threats Of Violence
Japan Ready To Intercept North Korean Missiles
Japan cancels whaling hunt in Antarctic first time for 25 years - News - World - The Voice of Russia: News, Breaking news, Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video
Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby Suggests African Christians Will Be Killed If Church Accepts Gay Marriage - As support for same-sex marriage grows in the West, Welby warned during an LBC Radio phone-in that if the Church of England were to accept gay marriages, it could lead to "catastrophic" consequences for Christians elsewhere, particularly in Africa. (whut?)

Britons guilty of U.S. terror charges denied access to secret files | Reuters - Two British men who pleaded guilty to raising money for al Qaeda and the Taliban were denied their bid on Friday to gain access to secret documents about a witness whose testimony could have a major impact on how long they spend in prison.
How the U.S. Deported One of Its Own Citizens - COLORLINES
Pentagon Inspector General Moving to Shut Down Key Whistleblower Advocate in Washington | The Dissenter
Mike Rogers Says Obama Has Gone ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Against al-Qaeda |

Leak the CIA report: it's the only way to know the whole truth about torture | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - Unless, of course, you think spies redacting 6,300 pages of their own sins is transparency. Look how much leaks told us this week (Obama will be remembered for covering up torture)
CIA 'misled public about interrogation techniques' - Yahoo News

The NSA Archive | American Civil Liberties Union - The Guardian released the first in a series of documents provided by Edward Snowden detailing the NSA's unlawful spying activities. All of the documents released since that day -- both by the media and the government -- are housed in this database. Together, they have triggered a remarkable and long-overdue public debate about the legality and propriety of the government's surveillance practices.

‘Cuban Twitter’ and Other Times USAID Pretended To Be an Intelligence Agency
Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID (May 2013, guess he was right)

Toledo Blade Sues Government Officials After Journalists Detained

The Health Care Reform War Without End - - The battle over Obamacare is running into overtime, with risks for both parties—and the country ... Alf Landon ran on repealing Social Security (so did Obama)

Greediest family on earth: Proof Koch brothers have just one political principle - - The Koch brothers like to pretend they're high-minded free marketers. Here's proof it's a scam ("gaystapo")

Why Should “Flash Boys” Shock Us? | Blog | The Baffler

Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA… and Running for Senate - The Daily Beast - Meet Shenna Bellows, Maine’s former ACLU chief who’s looking to unseat Susan Collins with a mix of left and right issues that might appeal to millennials.
Newt Gingrich, speaker of the House: Politicians who cling to their old titles are pretentious, incorrect, and un-American. - Politicians like Newt Gingrich who cling to their old titles are pretentious, incorrect, and un-American.

Bridge Scandal Probe Heats Up: Grand Jury Convened - ABC News
Longtime Christie Aide Testifies In New Jersey Bridge Probe

Nine CEOs With the Worst Reputations - 24/7 Wall St.
Would Saul Alinsky Break His Own Rules? | Dissent Magazine - structure- and momentum-based organizing models have much fertile terrain to explore. T

Why Mozilla's Chief Had to Resign -
Mormon Leader Outlines Opposition To Gay Marriage - The church sent a letter to local leaders that includes that message, Andersen said Saturday. "As the world slips away from the Lord's law of chastity, we do not," he said.
Mozilla CEO's Resignation Sparks Debate In Silicon Valley - Tech workers in Silicon Valley debated on Friday whether Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich got the comeuppance he deserved or was himself a victim of intolerance when he resigned under pressure this week amid outrage over his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Public-Private Poutrage » Balloon Juice - Modern conservatism in the US is predicated on a bizarre, ongoing inversion of reality. Item: an addled B-movie actor explodes the national debt and is lionized as a champion of small government. A cowardly, none-too-bright male cheerleader from a patrician clan is packaged and sold as a brush-clearin,’ neo-Churchillian, genius cowpoke.
How Rare Are Anti-Gay-Marriage Donations in Silicon Valley? | FiveThirtyEight (hardware guys are homophobic)
Bill Maher: "There Is A Gay Mafia -- If You Cross Them, You Do Get Whacked" | Video | RealClearPolitics
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community
Bill Maher: "There Is A Gay Mafia -- If You Cross Them, You Do Get Whacked" | Video | RealClearPolitics

UN Human Rights Committee Finds US in Violation on 25 Counts - #1: Accountability for Bush-Era Crimes, Torture

The "Cuban Twitter" Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket - The Intercept

New York Times reporters collude in Israeli duplicity - To put that more bluntly, the Israelis reneged on an agreement to release a group of prisoners, pressed ahead with new plans to expand the Judaification of East Jerusalem, and in response the Palestinians said, enough is enough, we’re going to see if we can make some progress at the UN instead of remaining mired in fruitless negotiations with the Israelis.
Kerry hints Middle East peace talks are close to collapse as US reassesses role | World news | - US secretary of state issues pessimistic remarks in Morocco • Obama administration will reconsider participation in process (cut off their money)
Two Associated Press journalists shot in Afghanistan | World news | - Photographer Anja Niedringhaus is killed and another wounded after attack in Khost province on eve of presidential election ("God is great")
Afghan hope prevails on eve of presidential election | World news | The Guardian - Ordinary Afghans vow to defy fraud, violence and intimidation to turn out in large numbers to choose Hamid Karzai's successor
Under militia rule, Libya is beginning to disintegrate. Are the interventionists to blame?
Vietnam is sentencing corrupt bankers to death, by firing squad | GlobalPost (could this become a thing?)

The Rumsfeld Uncertainty Principle | Motherboard
Filmmaker Errol Morris: Donald Rumsfeld proved Americans are gullible morons | The Raw Story (remember, Kerry and Clinton were morons)
George W. Bush’s eerie, amazing, creepy paintings of Putin, cats and beyond — an analysis

WASHINGTON: McClatchy: Senate panel finds CIA illegally interrogated terror suspects after Sept. 11 - Nation - - CIA officers subjected some terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks to interrogation methods that were not approved by either the Justice Department or their own headquarters, and illegally detained 26 of its 119 captives in CIA custody
Solitude’s Despair - Newsweek (America and Obama love torture)
State Department Official Freaks Out That Declassifying CIA Torture Report Might Make The World Angry | Techdirt (should-have-thought-of-that-before dept +your daily Rubio)

Two Britons who pleaded guilty to US terror charges seek access to secret files | World news | - Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan argue they have a right to more information on 'shoe bomb' witness with 'incentive to lie'
Digital Dao: Can You Spot The Fake SWIFT Transaction Document? - We've been working our way through almost 1GB of documents that were part of the Russian Industrial Investment Fund leak last month by Russian Cyber Command
Obama's NSA overhaul may require phone carriers to store more data | Reuters

Court: Improper for Judiciary to Decide Whether Killing US Citizens with Drones Violates Due Process Rights | The Dissenter - Whether it is permissible to kill a US citizen, who allegedly poses a threat or not, is a military decision and not one for the courts was part of the ultimate conclusion. (there goes one branch of the government)
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Drone Strikes - ABC News - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials over the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, one of them an al-Qaida cleric.
DOJ Apologizes For Misleading FISC Concerning Evidence; Hints Strongly That It Used Opportunity To Destroy Evidence | Techdirt - from the evidence,-who-needs-it? dept
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Is About Obama's Terror-Suspect Kill List, Say the Film's Directors | Mother Jones

Germany opens hearings on U.S. spying - The Washington Post - The hearings also have the potential to provoke further anti­pathy. Indeed, a number of lawmakers here are demanding safe passage to Berlin for Snowden — who is living in self-imposed exile in Moscow — to testify before the eight-member committee. Any such move would likely outrage the United States, which is seeking to take Snowden into custody. (so?)

Cell phone tracking in Waltham and Boston: who knew what, when? | Privacy SOS (even more convoluted and is Coakley involved?)

NYPD Arrests a Dozen Veterans for Trespassing at a Memorial Dedicated to Veterans » RYOT News
NYPD officer embroiled in assault trial sued by another Occupy campaigner | World news | - Officer Grantley Bovell alleges Cecily McMillan assaulted him on same day Austin Guest alleges Bovell injured him (7 yrs in prison for having your breast grabbed by a psycho-cop)

Fort Hood: Guns Galore reportedly sold guns to both shooters | World news | - Lt Gen Mark Milley, the senior officer at Fort Hood, said Lopez bought the gun on March 1, about a month before Wednesday's attack. Hasan also bought his FN 5.7 tactical pistol not long before his rampage in November 2009.
Let's make the Fort Hood shooting end the myth of military PTSD and violence | Alex Horton | Comment is free | - Post-traumatic stress is many things to many people, but it is not a motivation for murder. And now it's time for the stigma to stop

So my advice to reform supporters is, go ahead and celebrate. Oh, and feel free to ridicule right-wingers who confidently predicted doom. (and we never learn from experience)

Want to cut the rich’s influence? Take away their money! - - To really bypass the Supreme Court and fix campaign finance forever, it's time to get creative

Haslam Administration Linked $300M Offer To VW-UAW Process - | Nashville News, Weather & Sports - Were hundreds of millions of your tax dollars offered to Volkswagen -- and then pulled back -- to try to keep the United Auto Workers out of Chattanooga?

Hey, liberal hawks: Stop hating the anti-war left - The Week - Kleiman's post, finally, is preposterously unreasonable (shit gets deeper)

Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church Nearly $3 Billion According To Report By Bishops Conference
The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion - since 2010, at least 54 abortion providers across 27 states had either closed or stopped performing the procedure. Sixteen more shut their doors after Texas lawmakers passed some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country last summer. A federal appeals court upheld two of the new restrictions in a ruling last week. (Christians winning war on women)
I’m feeling really filthy now » Pharyngula - Apparently, most of the state of Mississippi is damned to hell, so why is anyone paying attention to those sinners? (Peppermint Pattie abstinence ed because they can't deal with reality)

Dear Harvard: You're Not Winning (This Article Is About Rape, Not Basketball) | Winnie M Li
Dear Harvard: You Win | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson - This is a first-person, present-tense account of the aftermath of a sexual assault that took place in 2013. For reasons of both style and substance, we have left it in present tense.
6 suspended amid Missouri school rape allegations - Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended six employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.

Sit-in over ex-student’s suicide called ‘disruption’ - Post-Tribune - A woman in the video is seen yelling at Tobias that the student was her son and that all they were asking for was a moment of silence over the intercom for him. Tobias is heard telling the woman, “Ma’am, you’re not in charge here, I am.” (Robin Tobias, famous on the internets for all eternity for being a moral moron +"moment of silence" is "glorifying" teen suicide)
Doreen Landstra, Elderly Woman Who Killed 3 In Car, Gets Suspended License - “She should have had her license removed immediately and she should have stopped driving years ago," he said. "That’s the reason for the tragedy.” (Florida stand your ground in your car law)

Big Data has big problems - Boing Boing - . Harford's point is that Big Data's premise is that sampling bias can be overcome by simply sampling everything, but the actual data-sets that make up Big Data are anything but comprehensive, and are even more prone to the statistical errors that haunt regular analytic science.
Star Birth Sparked at the Galaxy's Edge - Scientific American - For the first time astronomers have detected stars in an enormous stream of gas shed by the Magellanic Clouds, the two brightest galaxies that orbit our own.

Brendan Eich's coming-out party ended the Mozilla way: free, open – and shut | James Ball | Comment is free | - The Prop 8-loving former CEO was not the victim of 'hounding' from the gay rights community. If anything, his downfall is a victory for freedom of expression (technoliberatariandudebrogayhater +Graun comments depressing)
Dear Andrew Sullivan: 'Left-Liberal Intolerance' Did Not Bring Down Mozilla's CEO | Michelangelo Signorile (HuffPo commentors much smarter than Guardian's)
The Day After: Thoughtful, angry, and hopeful posts about Mozilla |
Gays Kill Mozilla CEO (comment: "Frankly, the best thing to come out of this was the reminder that Andrew Sullivan is fucking terrible." +Dave Winer is still around? + We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.” – Karl Popper)
Outfoxed: how protests forced Mozilla's CEO to resign in 11 days | The Verge

Google Wireless Service Analysis: US carrier have something to fear | BGR - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile should all be on high alert, then, because Google is once again rumored to be toying with the idea of launching its own wireless service. (yeah, disrupt the fuckers)
I Can't Stop Reading This Elderly Couple's Tech Review Column | Motherboard
Normcore: Fashion Movement or Massive In-Joke? - - Normcore: Fashion Movement or Massive In-Joke?


North Korea: Kim Jong-un Orders Mass Purge of Uncle's Allies - A former North Korea intelligence officer, who has defected to the West, has revealed the extent of the turmoil pervading the communist regime with former leader Kim Jong-il targeted by a series of coups and failed assassination attempts.
Musharraf Assassination Attempt: Bomb Explodes Near Former Pakistan Leader's Convoy
Number of Syria refugees in Lebanon passes 1 million mark - Yahoo News
U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team - World | The Star Online
U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Government - the plan was to develop a bare-bones "Cuban Twitter," using cellphone text messaging to evade Cuba's strict control of information and its stranglehold restrictions over the Internet. In a play on Twitter, it was called ZunZuneo — slang for a Cuban hummingbird's tweet.
The Outlaws May Return to the Southern Ocean Despite the ICJ Verdict - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Masayuki Komatsu, who refers to the Minke whales as the "cockroaches of the sea," is now stating that Japan will find a way to get around the verdict of the International Court of Justice.
Ukrainian officials hint at Russian involvement in deaths of protesters | World news | - 12 police officers are arrested in Ukraine as Russia claims 25 Ukrainians have been detained for planning terror attacks
Ukraine's ousted president Yanukovych says loss of Crimea is 'major tragedy' | World news | - Former leader says he hopes to negotiate with Vladimir Putin for return of region annexed by Russia (not the brightest bulb)
Miley Cyrus caught up in Russia sanctions row | Culture | - Helsinki venue in which Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are due to perform is owned by three Russians who have been blacklisted by the US government

Ex-State Department adviser Stephen J. Kim sentenced to 13 months in leak case - The Washington Post - after a pointed courtroom debate about the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of unauthorized disclosures of top-secret information ... Kim pleaded guilty in February to sharing classified information from an intelligence report on North Korea with reporter James Rosen (Obama hates journalism)

Four dead, 16 hurt at Ft. Hood; shooter was troubled Iraq war vet -
Shooter among 4 dead in Fort Hood spree, 16 people injured — RT USA
Twitter / MikePrysner: If 22 veterans suicides a day ... (1 a day in active-duty military) isn't enough to embarrass US politicians/officers, maybe 2nd Fort Hood will

Errol Morris, on Donald Rumsfeld and His New Documentary, The Unknown Known - Esquire - It’s a remarkable interview. I’ve made many movies about self-deception over the years—about individuals who have somehow never reckoned with what they’ve done or who they are. But this might be the example of the most severe case I’ve ever encountered. (his soul is bullshit)
Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists - Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the extermination camps), this book bares the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler's final solution.
The Mysterious Core | Desperado Philosophy

Senate committee votes to declassify parts of CIA torture report | World news | - Landmark vote authorises release of portions of report that accuses CIA of conducting abusive interrogations after 9/11 ("parts")
CIA torture report to remain largely secret despite declassification vote | World news | - Senate committee will vote to declassify 6,300-page report • White House would review process with spy agency's input (Obama/CIA redactions of secret torture techniques you're not allowed to know about +aiding the enemy +$13 Million for the 9/11 Commission...$40 Million to Investigate CIA Torture... $4 TRILLION and counting on "wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan.)

Banning warrantless data, Utah Governor signs privacy bill into law | OffNow: Stop the NSAOffNow: Stop the NSA - makes any electronic data obtained by law enforcement without a warrant inadmissible in a criminal proceeding. This includes data gathered by the NSA and shared through the super secret Special Operations Division (SOD) or fusion centers. The new law also stops Utah law enforcement from obtaining phone location data without a warrant.
Homeland Security Study Praises Occupy Sandy, With Murky Intentions
DOJ Flips Out That Evidence Gathered Via FISA Orders Might Be Made Available To Defendants | Techdirt - from the of-course-they-do dept (our parallel, aConstitutional state)
Dragnetting the entire population | Privacy SOS - Al Jazeera America did a two-part special on license plate readers, location tracking, and government employee abuse of databases. It's well worth watching. (your police state really matured under Obama's leadership)

Barrett Brown Signs Plea Deal in Case Involving Stratfor Hack | Threat Level | WIRED - Brown didn’t steal the data but simply copied a hyperlink from one public chatroom and reposted it to another. (committed the crime of "internet")

MF Global Customers to Be Paid Back in Full -

Obama’s Immigration Policy Error - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Obama however has tremendous discretion over how to enforce immigration laws and his aggressive implementation of those laws leading to record deportation has severely depressed Latino belief in the American political system at a time when Democrats not only should be wrapping up Latino voters for the next generation but need them in the midterm elections.

David Brock On MSNBC's Up: "Conservative Forces" Have Been "Successful In Manipulating The Mainstream Media" To Smear The Clintons | Video | Media Matters for America
The Sexism Of This WSJ Editor Keeps Getting Worse | Blog | Media Matters for America - James Taranto Clueless About Access To Reproductive Health (just look at him)
Charles Koch Is Sick Of 'Collectivists' Calling Him 'Un-American' (boo-hoo)
The Media's Enormous Gender Problem, In One Chart (mansplaining to ladybrainz)

Chris Christie Bridge Scandal Investigation Clears Big Hoboken Hurdle - Officials in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow a city attorney to cooperate with investigators probing claims of political intimidation by aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie, a likely White House contender.

#HD182: Court strikes Josephs from the May 2014 ballot - Keystone Politics - This particular petition challenge case has gained notoriety with readers due to the alleged forgery of political blogger Duncan Black’s signature by Josephs campaign representatives.

Republican voter suppression rationales: Why “voter integrity” is nonsense. - The GOP’s claims of defending “voter integrity,” “fairness,” and “uniformity” are complete nonsense.

Rogue court stenographer causes chaos for New York legal system | World news | (two words: tape recorder)

Supreme Court to decide Texas execution drug case - The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to halt Thursday's execution of a Texas serial killer whose attorneys are challenging the state's refusal to release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug.
Albuquerque mayor asks DOJ to help with police - Days after violent protests led officers to launch tear gas at hundreds of unruly demonstrators, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on Wednesday requested the Justice Department to step in and help the city overhaul its troubled police force. (cops took over city)

? Deleuze's Postscript on the Societies of Control - YouTube

Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life | Science | The Guardian - Evidence from Cassini spacecraft suggests a large body of liquid water beneath the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus
Diet drinks linked with heart disease, death
Ketamine, LSD, Magic Mushrooms and Ecstasy: The Illegal Drugs Which Can be Good for You

Banks are warned about ATM hacks - - Hackers can change controls on automated teller machines to allow thieves to make huge withdrawals, regulators say.
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns in wake of backlash to Prop 8 support | Technology | - Chief executive steps down after less than two weeks • Eich had donated to California anti-gay marriage law (libertarian technodudebro folds +what were they thinking? +gave money to Pat Buchanan)

Tweet of the Year by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - To attract coverage, perhaps the IPCC should scatter its climate report on the Indian Ocean — Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) April 2, 2014
Tsunami warning and evacuation of thousands after earthquake in Chile | World news | - Deaths reported and people on coast spending night in the hills after magnitude 8.2 undersea quake triggers emergency
You Can Barely See Through the Smog in the UK and France Right Now (avoid breathing)

End of Mideast Peace Talks? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
John Kerry's Peace Negotiations Are Almost Dead. A Preemptive Obituary | New Republic - As Kerry was also pressing Netanyahu to suspend housing starts in exchange for Pollard’s release, his government issued today 700 tenders for housing starts in the occupied territories. (Israel is your boss +they will still probably get Pollard back)

Venezuela: A Call for Peace - - By NICOLÁS MADUROAPRIL 1, 2014
25 Tales Of Corruption From Documents Found At The Abandoned Palace Of Ukraine's Ousted President - Documents show Viktor Yanukovych spent millions of dollars on furniture, hundreds of thousands of dollars on fresh flowers, and had a bodyguard who kept tabs on the opposition.
China’s plan for global network of surveillance satellites spurred by fruitless search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 |
Researchers Cracked How to Make 'Invisibility Cloaks' the Size of a Fighter Jet | Motherboard
China Is Bankrolling No Fewer Than 40 Different Invisibility Cloaks | Motherboard
NASA Halts Work With Russia's Space Agency — Except on the ISS
Sisi mocked in Egypt internet campaign - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - Presidential hopeful subject of sarcastic 'vote for the pimp' movement on social media, leading to calls for a ban.
Australian government may ban environmental boycotts | Environment | - Parliamentary secretary says there is 'an appetite' for removing environmental groups' exemption from secondary boycotts ban

Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong | World news | - From colonial cartographers to digital depictions the continent is being sold short
Map of Africa’s major infrastructure | ONE
Human impact on Poland's environment seen from the air – in pictures | Environment | - Side Effects is a new book from Kacper Kowalski, an award-winning aerial photographer and pilot, documenting the effects of human activity on the landscape in his native Poland

Twitter / ewenmacaskill: Guardian wins Newspaper of ... the Year at British press awards tonight. Editor Alan Rusbridger pays tribute to source Edward Snowden.
Twitter / rj_gallagher: Why does WaPo still insist ... on calling these tactics "brutal interrogation", not "torture"? …
Twitter / ggreenwald: I'm very skeptical of claims ... by Congress that they were misled on CIA torture program: many of them knew & approved, now looking for excuses

LISTEN: In Private Speech, Dick Cheney Talks Bombing Iran and GOP Donors Applaud | Mother Jones - The former vice president also calls criticism of the NSA "hogwash" and rips the "increasing strain of isolationism" in the GOP.

CIA torture report to remain largely secret despite declassification vote | World news | - Senate committee will vote to declassify 6,300-page report • White House would review process with spy agency's input
U.S. confirms warrantless searches of Americans - The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration's top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress disclosed Tuesday. (Obama wouldn't know the truth if he fell in it)
David Ignatius: A tortured debate between Congress and the CIA - The Washington Post - These details — recounting filthy conditions and vicious interrogation techniques — will shock the conscience in the same way that the Abu Ghraib and waterboarding revelations did.
CIA’s Own Records of CIA’s Lies to Congress | emptywheel - Monday, WaPo made big news for reporting what Ron Wyden made clear 14 months ago: a key conclusion of the Senate Torture report is that CIA lied to Congress (and DOJ and the White House).
James Clapper Continues to Cover Up FBI’s Back Door Searches on US Targets | emptywheel - That may be because Ron Wyden always focuses on the NSA, and as a result James Clapper mentioned the NSA in his letter to Wyden.

Ex-Intel Analyst Gets Prison for Documents Leak - ABC News - A federal judge has sentenced a former State Department intelligence analyst on North Korea to 13 months in prison for passing classified information to a journalist.
Many say NSA news changed their behavior | TheHill - Nearly half the nation's adults changed their behavior online because of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) snooping programs, according to a new poll.
Help Support the Little-Known Privacy Tool That Has Been Critical to Journalists Reporting on the NSA | Freedom of the Press Foundation - Tails, a ground-breaking operating system that forces privacy best-practices by default.

Free Barrett Brown? New indictment hints at a plea deal | The Daily Dot
Inside the ‘PayPal 14’ Trial - The Daily Beast - A long and secretive legal battle against a group of activists accused of attacking the e-commerce site in the name of WikiLeaks has finally neared its end.
The 7 Strangest Records People Requested From The NSA
Yahoo Bolsters Encryption Between Data Centers, Promises New, Encrypted Messenger In “Months” | TechCrunch

Ohio Newspaper May Sue Army Over Civil Rights Violations - The Blade, a newspaper based in Toledo, Ohio, may file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army after two journalists were detained Friday for photographing the exterior of a tank plant that’s visible from the street.

McCutcheon Decision Campaign Finance - The American Government Is Open For Corruption - Esquire - The remarkable story of how we have come to privatize political corruption in this country reached another milestone today as the Supreme Court, John Roberts presiding, handed down its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, effectively demolishing the aggregate, two-year limit on contributions by individuals, and taking a big chunk out of Buckley v. Valeo, the misbegotten 1976 decision that got the ball rolling in the first place. (Democracy, RIP)
Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap - - — The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued its abolition of limits on election spending, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to candidates in a two-year election cycle.
Supreme court strikes down cap on overall campaign contributions | World news | - Justices rule in favor of Alabama tycoon Shaun McCutcheon, but critics claim ruling allows wealthy individuals to buy influence
w Supreme Court’s abomination: How McCutcheon decision will destroy American politics - - Thanks to Scalia and co., the rich will now be able to buy politicians as effortlessly as they buy anything else
McCutcheon v. FEC: Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Campaign Contributions
McCutcheon v. FEC campaign finance decision: Justice Roberts doesn’t believe in money’s power to corrupt, so there’s that. - The chief either doesn’t believe, or doesn’t care, that money corrupts politics.
The subtle awfulness of the McCutcheon v. FEC campaign finance decision: The John Roberts two-step. - The Supreme Court takes a big step closer to gutting the last bits of campaign finance reform. (thank you Monica Lewinsky, Ralph Nadar and SD O'Connor)
The Supreme Court’s Ideology: More Money, Less Voting | The Nation
Opinion analysis: Freeing more political money : SCOTUSblog
Circa 2016: The next domino to fall will be the ban on state political parties spending funds raised under state laws to support or oppose a federal candidate.

A working class disarmed | LBO News from Doug Henwood (Labor is emasculated)
UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker's Firing | ThinkProgress
Structural Inequality and Infant Mortality - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Resist changing? For Republicans, rising inequality is the stated goal, with an underlying racial tone that gets poor whites to buy in against their own economic interests.
Inequality Kills | Boston Review - For nearly two hundred years America was one of the healthiest and longest-lived countries, but today, over thirty countries have better health by many measures. What happened? (Republicans)

Unskew the ACA! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : It’s obviously not surprising that Republicans are making up various reasons to ignore the relatively positive news on health insurance enrollments.

GM Didn't Fix Deadly Ignition Switch Because It Would Have Cost $1 Per Car - Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette cited a 2005 GM document that she said showed a cost of 57 cents per fix. (the price of a human life to bigcorps)

Texas Governor Refuses To Comply With Rules To Curb Prison Rapes | ThinkProgress (Repubicans love rape)
Falkenberg: We expect more from our heroes than being sued by them - Houston Chronicle - In less than 10 minutes, the delusional man is shot several times. He is pronounced dead an hour later at a Katy hospital.
Albuquerque - Law Enforcement Shot Another Unarmed Man and Confiscated Videos *Graphic Warning*
Police: 'Voices' told mother to sit on sons in tub - Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 40, told detectives she "thought she could be a better mother" to a third son, the oldest, "if the other two boys weren't around, and they would be better off in heaven," a police complaint said.

Getting Your Kids Off the iPad Is Worth the Fight | Parenting - Yahoo Shine - But even tiny controls can make an impact, considering that children spend an average of 40-plus hours a week in front of a screen — not even counting time spent on their school computers

Lawmaker Predicts Marijuana Will Be Legal Within 5 Years
'Love drug' makes group members lie more - Members of a group are more likely to lie after they inhale the "love hormone" oxytocin, a study has found. The results suggest that individuals in closely bonded groups are more likely to lie when it benefits the group than when it only benefits the individual.

SodaStream Losing Streak Deepens as Sales Slow: Israel Overnight - Businessweek
Penn investigates wild women's lacrosse party at Fado - The Daily Pennsylvanian also reported that student groups affiliated with Penn’s Wharton School are already banned from making reservations at Fado due to past unruly conduct, including allegations of cocaine use in the bathrooms and urinating on the bar.

Anonymous-Deadmau5 April Fools' Joke Branded 'Lame and Irresponsible' - An elaborate April Fools' Joke perpetrated by hacktivist collective Anonymous and music producer Deadmau5, has been branded lame and irresponsible by one security expert.
Mouse and keyboard-friendly Windows 8.1 Update arrives April 8 | Ars Technica
“Internet of Things” is the new Windows XP—malware’s favorite target | Ars Technica - Bitcoin miners and DDoS apps are targeting a new crop of low-hanging fruit.
Spyware increasingly a part of domestic violence - Boing Boing
Microsoft scam man is sentenced in 'landmark' case - A man who ran a Microsoft computer scam tricking people into paying for free anti-virus software has received a suspended four-month jail sentence.

Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer? : NPR

Syria death toll over 150,000, says human rights body | World news | - Third of casualties in three-year-old civil war are civilians, claims Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as peace talks stall
Farmer to serve prison time for naming donkey after Sisi | Egypt Independent - The police, when notified of this act from anti-Morsy villagers, arrested Abul Maged along with his donkey and after six months in custody, the court issued its verdict on Sunday.
The military intervention that the world forgot | Al Jazeera America - the intervention by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Bahrain in mid-March 2011. Three years later, foreign troops are still there, serving at the pleasure of King Hamad.

nsa-spy-cos-2.PDF - nsa-nymrod-spy-cos.pdf - Filling in some of the missing from Greenwald's [Der Spiegel’s] "release" of the Target Knowledge Base list of 122 world leaders spied on by NSA in 2009:

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper | World news | The Guardian - NSA used 'back door' to search Americans' communications Director of national intelligence confirms use of new legal rule (the "we can do anything we want" rule)
President Obama Defends NSA Surveillance on Leno: ‘We Don’t Have a Domestic Spying Program’ | Video | - Aug. 6, 2013 (this statement is no longer operative)

What We Know About Who the CIA Tortured, How, and What Good It Did - The Wire
John McCain: Classified Senate Report on Torture 'Chilling' - Defense - - "There's a couple stories [in the report] that are so chilling that I can't repeat them right now."
CIA’s Self-Authorization for Ice-Drowning Human Beings | emptywheel
The CIA and the Moral Sunk Costs of the Torture Program - Once they sold their souls, they had to justify the sale, even if it meant misleading everyone about what torture was achieving.
Senate CIA Torture Report - The Damning New Torture Report Shows The CIA Doing What It's Always Done - Esquire
CIA misled public on interrogation program, newspaper reports | Reuters
Anonymous US Officials Talk to WaPo about the CIA Torture Report | MyFDL - The officials spoke about a previously unknown torture techniques never having been approved by the Justice Department (OMG), used in Afghanistan: dunking a terror suspect in a vat of ice water. Also:
Senate CIA torture report could throw Gitmo hearings into chaos | Al Jazeera America

Groups tell Congress to go big on NSA overhaul | TheHill - Dozens of privacy, technology and political organizations are calling on Congress to radically overhaul surveillance programs at the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government offices.
Court Orders Government Not to Destroy Evidence in EFF Cases Against the NSA | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The FBI's Failed Two-Year Campaign Against a Group of Nonviolent Activists in the Midwest | VICE United Kingdom
FBI Ordered to Conduct New Search for Records on Internet Activist Aaron Swartz by Jason Leopold — Beacon
Twitter / JasonLeopold: For some reason, in 2012 I ... - I filed a #FOIA w/ODNI for all docs containing surname "Leopold." Just got 330 pgs all abt me. Some w/h under b1.
Barrett Brown: Author and Hacktivist Goes to Trial | All Things Crime Blog
Anonymous Unmasked | High Times - Ask Dmitriy Guzner. In the early-morning hours of July 2, 2008, six men in bulletproof vests with light-mounted M-16s pounded on the door of his parents' two-bedroom second-floor apartment in Brooklyn (because scientology, yeah)

Newspaper Threatens Legal Action Over Mistreatment Of Reporters - The Toledo Blade is threatening to take legal action after its reporter and photographer had their equipment confiscated by military police on Friday.
Resolution Adopted To Protect Journalists Covering Protests

Obamacare On Track To Hit 7 Million Sign-Ups On Deadline Day: Sources
Obamacare Deadline Safety Valve Comes In Handy As Website Buckles
The Obamacare Train Did Not Wreck -- Daily Intelligencer - Republicans express their beliefs about government as abstract ideology (big government is bad) while Democrats express their beliefs in the form of benefits for groups. The differences are enormous: (wish-fulfillment didn't work)
Obamacare Deadline: It's OK to Like the Affordable Care Act Again | New Republic

Permahawkery - - Martin Feldstein warns us that the Fed isn’t taking the risk of rapidly rising inflation seriously enough. Certainly nobody can accuse him of that failing: he’s been warning about looming inflation for four years, eleven months,and two weeks, and hasn’t let the fact that inflation has kept falling below target alter his concerns in the slightest. (ideologues never adapt to reality)

How You, I, and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic - the top 0.01 percent—that's the one percent of the 1 percent—was leaving the rest of the top percentile behind.

Debt Collector Malpractice: Someone Else's Debt Could Ruin Your Credit | New Republic - Debt collectors are pursuing one in seven Americans—and often screwing up

Hobby Lobby's Hypocrisy: The Company's Retirement Plan Invests in Contraception Manufacturers | Mother Jones

Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Expected To Sign It Into Law - After simultaneous debate in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature Tuesday, state lawmakers approved a religious freedom bill that some have argued could lead to discrimination against LGBT people and others. (religious freedom to discriminate against people you don't like)

Accidental voice mail catches RCMP mocking assault complainant - Nova Scotia - CBC News - 'So did she deserve to get hit?' one officer asks, laughing

Methane-spewing microbe blamed in Earth's worst mass extinction | Reuters - The implicated microbe, Methanosarcina, is a member of a kingdom of single-celled organisms distinct from bacteria called archaea that lack a nucleus and other usual cell structures.

Mozilla boss toughs out backlash over opposition to gay marriage | Technology | - Brendan Eich declines to discuss donation to campaign against gay marriage in California and insists he will not resign
Censorship flood: takedown notices to Google increased by 711,887% in four years - Boing Boing
Deadmau5 Twitter and Facebook Accounts Hacked by Anonymous

Guinea faces Ebola epidemic on unprecedented scale, doctors warn | World news | - Médecins sans Frontières says lethal virus has broken out in areas hundreds of miles apart, while death toll passes 80

CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says - The Washington Post (it's all about torture and Obama not dealing with it)
Twitter / emptywheel: A GREAT DEAL of our country's ... - counterterrorism policy builds off torture, among other things. Including NSA spying
Twitter / ThomasonTweet: @emptywheel In parallel, the ... - up-tick in police brutality seemingly correlates to the techniques of civilian engagement deployed in Iraq.
Twitter / ggreenwald: Keith Alexander's deputy ... - announces through world's most subservient reporter very classified info about NSA in Iraq
Sources and Secrets » The Snowden Revelations » CUNY TV » City University Television
Dianne Feinstein set to move on CIA report - Burgess Everett -

The Arctic: Where the U.S. and Russia Could Square Off Next - Uri Friedman - The Atlantic - A closer look at Moscow's claims in the northern seas
James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion | Environment | - he had been too certain about the rate of global warming in his past book, that "it’s just as silly to be a [climate] denier as it is to be a believer” and that fracking and nuclear power should power the UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms (human race has at least a couple of hundred years left)
UN Panel: 8 Reasons to Worry About Global Warming - ABC News
How Scientists Are Moving Climate Change Conversation Forward | EcoWatch
UN Climate Change Report - The Latest Climate Change Report For People To Ignore - Esquire - Yes, climate change is getting worse. Yes, it is causing not only environmental damage, but also political turmoil.
Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change - - Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

U.S. is considering release of Israeli spy as Kerry detours to Mideast in bid to save talks - The Washington Post - The Obama administration is considering the early release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of an effort to keep U.S.-backed peace talks from collapsing, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.
Philippines stands by rejection of Beijing's claims to South China Sea | World news | - China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims across the busy South China Sea.
International Court Rules Japan’s ‘Research’ Whaling Illegal in Landmark Case | EcoWatch - ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked. ("research' how to cheat treaties)
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side | World news | - Sith lord runs for president as candidate of Ukrainian Internet party, vowing to 'make an empire out of a republic'
Israeli ex-PM Olmert convicted of corruption - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - Tel Aviv district court finds former prime minister Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption linked to property development.
China ramps up army of "opinion monitors" - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship - The Chinese government has revealed it is expanding their censorship of the internet with a new training programme for the estimated two million “opinion monitors” Beijing organised last year.
Who's Behind Newsweek? | Mother Jones - a group she called "the Community," a Christian sect led by a charismatic Korean pastor named David Jang. (who pays slave wages)
CyberGuerrilla soApboX » China Embassy in Moscow hacked. Russian deployed equipment to spy on Intertelecom Ukraine.
Armenian bill would ban online anonymity | The Daily Dot - Armenia is growing wary of the Internet's whole "saying things online without using your real name thing." So it's considering banning the practice outright.
Prison books row: justice secretary could face legal action, says lawyer | Books | The Guardian - Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC intervenes against Chris Grayling as Nick Clegg backs book-sending ban (the ban isn't on "sending" it's on "receiving")

NSA employee implicated in Snowden probe resigned, memo says - The Washington Post - A National Security Agency employee has resigned from his job after admitting to FBI investigators that he allowed Edward Snowden, then an NSA contractor, to use his personal computer credentials to gain access to classified information, according to an agency memo.
Exclusive: NSA infiltrated RSA security more deeply than thought - study | Reuters - Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency's ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers.
Don’t Listen to Google and Facebook: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership Is Still Going Strong - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic - And real corporate security is still impossible.
New Docs: For MN cellphone location data, police & attorneys submit administrative subpoenas; law enforcement spins vs warrant bill | - administrative subpoenas, which don't involve judges at all. In Minnesota, law enforcement agencies demand cell phone location data, including cell tower records and GPS data, from cell phone providers via administrative subpoenas, and virtually no one has any idea how large the scope of this shadowy scene really gets.
Want to Keep Data Private? Encrypt It Before It Even Reaches a Server | Motherboard
DNSCrypt home page

The Trillions of Dollars U.S. Companies Are Hoarding Overseas - Matthew O'Brien - The Atlantic - And a tax repatriation holiday is no way to get them to bring it all back home.
Why did GM take so long to respond to deadly defect? Corporate culture may hold answer. - The Washington Post (whut?)

Poll: Obamacare Support Breaks Even For First Time - For the first time, the Washington Post-ABC News poll has found more Americans support Obamacare than oppose it.
Obamacare Signup Surge: Republicans Say Obama "Cooking the Books" | New Republic - That Good News on Obamacare? Republicans Insist It's Not Real (Republicans hate statistics)
Charges for handing out info on Obamacare likely to be dropped: cops - Chicago Sun-Times - Chicago Police detained and later charged two men last week after receiving a report that they were going door-to-door, possibly scamming elderly residents of the Garfield Ridge neighborhood.

Chris Christie Bridget Kelly - Why Chris Christie Had To Smear Bridget Kelly - Esquire - To make his story work -- to preserve the illusion of complete innocence for the governor, and to let her know that if she does cooperate and Christie faces impeachment or worse, they will do their utmost to destroy her -- the Christie Report had to smear Kelly as a loose, lying gash. ("gash???")
Urban Dictionary: gash
The Courtship Of Sheldon Adelson Continues - Esquire - Once again, let us thank Justice Anthony Kennedy for helping to inaugurate this glorious new era in how we allow skeevy old casino gazillionnaires to buy our elections, and in which we have the spectacle of prospective presidents going out to Vegas like high-rollers gorging themselves at the all-u-can-eat buffets. It is the essential dignity of American democracy that makes us a light unto the world.

Senate report claims Caterpillar avoided $2.4bn in US taxes | Business | The Guardian - Carl Levin's subcommittee on investigations says the equipment-maker routed money through a Swiss subsidiary (while screwing their employees)

AP News : Albuquerque police face hundreds of protesters
@MKLNews/Event: ABQ Protests on Twitter
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names - November 23, 2011

Public Intellectual Deathmatch: Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jonathan Chait
Other People's Pathologies - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic

Until We Can Level Down, Level Up - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Du Pont heir faces child sex lawsuit
One Percenter Convicted Of Raping Infant Child Dodges Jail Because He 'Will Not Fare Well' - In her decision, Judge Jan Jurden suggested Robert H. Richards IV would benefit more from treatment. Richards, who was charged with fourth-degree rape in 2009, is an unemployed heir living off his trust fund. The light sentence has only became public as the result of a subsequent lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, which charges that he penetrated his daughter with his fingers while masturbating, and subsequently assaulted his son as well.
Superior Court of Delaware Official Web Site - The Honorable Jan R. Jurden, a Delaware native, was appointed to the Superior Court of Delaware in May 2001. (Justice for rich people)

Cuomo's budget deal puts charter chains over New York City's special needs kids - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has struck a budget deal with Republican legislators that includes unprecedented new giveaways to charter schools, particularly in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio had threatened to modestly rein them in. Diane Ravitch sums it up:

Waiting on a fix | Al Jazeera America - 'Life without parole is a walking death' (racsism in "justice" system)
Pot should be legal, NJ prosecutors say | - Gov. Chris Christie has said he opposes legalization.
The Parable of the Mashed Potato Police - Jason Edward Harrington - POLITICO Magazine - Another one: It’s 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot.

'Enough is enough': the fight against everyday sexism | Life and style | The Guardian - When Laura Bates set up her blog Everyday Sexism, she was told to relax: the battle for equality was pretty much won, wasn't it? Here, she looks at the extraordinary pressures on girls today
Number of babies born to women over 50 doubles in four years in UK | Life and style | - Experts warn of health risks and pressure on NHS as number of mothers in 40s and 50s continues to rise

Study: Humans Can Make More than 20 Distinct Facial Expressions - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic - You will raise your eyebrows and curl up the corners of your mouth when you realize what this new study has discovered about emotion processing.
What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway? - Elizabeth Segran - The Atlantic - The choice to leave academia does not have to mean life as a barista.
The Jobs With the Highest Obesity Rates - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic
Texas girl improves rapidly after obesity surgery - - The Cibolo, Texas, girl drew international attention earlier this year after NBC News first reported that insurers were refusing to pay for doctor-recommended weight-loss surgery to treat hypothalamic obesity, a rare condition that developed after Alexis had brain surgery two years ago.
The Drugging of the American Boy - Esquire - By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them

NYC Vaccination Rates - Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire - And Jenny McCarthy remains employed.

Noah vs. Son of God: The Twin Pitfalls of Biblical Films - Emma Green - The Atlantic - Can a story from scripture ever be satisfying as a mass-market Hollywood blockbuster?

Thinking About Mozilla | - I was quite startled last week to discover that the board of the Mozilla Corporation—a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, my employer—had appointed as CEO a man whose financial support of Prop 8 had already been a major topic of conversation a few years back.
Arrested Revenge Porn King Allegedly Paid Hacker to Steal Nude Photos | Threat Level | WIRED - The site operator, 27-year-old Hunter Moore, was paying a hacker to steal nude photos of innocent people right from their email accounts.

Climate change is a threat to food, security and humankind as a whole | Environment | - Warming is leading to more volatile weather patterns that are already reducing crop yields, the IPCC has warned
UN Report: Global Warming Worsens Security Woes - Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees. (Repubicans will defund reality)
The paper they don’t want you to read! – Pharyngula - The climate change denialists are a bit thin-skinned; they’ve also been exposed as a bit on the wacko side. The journal Frontiers in Psychology is about to retract a paper that found that denialists tend to have a cluster of weird beliefs (NASA faked the moon landings, the CIA was in charge of the assassination of political figures in the US, etc.) because the denialists screamed very loudly ... a lot of denialists are libertarians. Are you surprised?
Recursive Fury: Conspiracist Ideation in the Blogosphere in Response to Research on... - Europe PMC Article - Europe PubMed Central - This article has been retracted
Arctic Sea Ice Extent In Perspective (updated) – Greg Laden's Blog

More Items Pulled From Sea But None Related To Plane So Far - Despite what Australia called an "intensifying search effort," an international hunt Sunday by aircraft and ships in the southern Indian Ocean found no debris linked to the Malaysian jet that vanished more than three weeks ago.

Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades | Local News | The Seattle Times - While a Snohomish County official said the area hit by the mudslide “was considered very safe,” the hillside’s history of slides dates back more than 60 years. One expert says he was shocked when homebuilding was permitted after a big 2006 slide.
A Mudslide, Foretold - - DON’T tell me, please, that nobody saw one of the deadliest landslides in American history coming. (unregulated logging)
Some victims of Washington state landslide may never be found | World news | - In recent days attention has shifted to codes and regulations which permitted homes to be built near slopes known for landslides, and the lack of a national system to monitor and map slide activity.

US isolated in latest UN vote on Palestine | The Electronic Intifada - The UN Human Rights Rights Council in Geneva passed four resolutions on the question of Palestine, and as these tweets from the Palestine Liberation Organization indicate, the United States was the sole “no” vote in every single case. (AIPAC is your daddy)
Chris Christie Apologizes For 'Occupied Territories' Remark, Says He 'Misspoke' - at an event hosted by billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson (so much wrong with this picture)
photos: Protesters demand an end to ‘rape culture’ in Tel Aviv | +972 Magazine - he protest took place as a number of cases of sexual violence made national headlines last week, including a sexual harassment complaint against Minister — and presidential hopeful — Silvan Shalom (your patriarchal religions suck)
Obama gives Iraq war a more generous spin - President Obama, whose presidential campaign in 2008 took off in large part because of his criticism of the Iraq war, on Wednesday used that war as a contrast to what Russia is doing in Ukraine. (get back to us after Russia kills 200,000 civilians)
Crimea Switches To Moscow Time, Finalizing Incorporation Into Russia
Crimean Tatars, opposed to Russian occupation of Crimea, plan to declare autonomous territory within Crimea - - The decision to declare autonomy was prompted by the Crimean government's order that Crimean Tatars relinquish their land to the government, now part of Russia.

NSA revelations 'changing how businesses store sensitive data' | Technology | The Guardian - Survey suggests many firms choosing more secure forms of storage over 'cloud computing' in light of Snowden's disclosures
No NSA reform can fix the American Islamophobic surveillance complex | Arun Kundnani | Comment is free | - Muslim Americans likely make up the bulk of US domestic spy targets. This is what it's like for innocent citizens to live in fear

Kill ‘Em All and Let God Sort Them Out by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Nixon intervened, and Lt. Calley’s sentence was reduced. He was paroled after only three years under house arrest. To be clear, it was association with the prosecution of Calley, not with the massacre itself, that was a “political threat” to Nixon.
Hullabaloo - The good old days (My Lai and Nixonland +South favors killin civilians in war)
Hullabaloo - Monday, May 21, 2007 - Loudmouths (history)

Aaron Swartz and MIT: The inside story - Metro - The Boston Globe - More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist (never accept responsbility)

Commemorating Suicides, Vets Plant 1,892 Flags on National Mall - ABC News - 1,892 flags on the National Mall today, one for each of the veterans that the group says took his or her own life in 2014. (support our troops with a bumper sticker)

Prosecuting mortgage fraud not a priority - A better headline might have been “Justice Department Acknowledges that Rich Bankers Who Committed Fraud Won’t Go to Jail.” (Obama had their backs)

Pew Research death penalty poll: Why whites support capital punishment more than blacks. - Nearly twice as many whites as blacks favor the death penalty. There is a simple, and disturbing, reason why. (racism)

NAFTA at 20 - What have workers learned from 20 years of NAFTA? (never trust anyone with the last name "Clinton" or, for that matter, "Obama")

He’s a man, with a plan, got a counterfeit dollar in his hand » Balloon Juice

The Only Appropriate State Fossil of South Carolina is a Piece of the True Cross - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell blocked the proposed amendment because it introduced a new subject. He has since amended the amendment to describe the Columbian Mammoth as “created on the Sixth Day with the beasts of the field.”

Why I can't donate to WHYY :: Blogs :: The Naked City :: Philadelphia City Paper - CEO Bill Marrazzo's $538,412 compensation package ... "I work very hard for my salary," he said. "So do a lot of people here," Moss-Coane responded. (tote-baggers bagging your money)

Teen banned from track meet over pink Mohawk to support cancer-stricken mom | Fox News - But Barker says it was,in fact, his principal, in addition to his track coach, who said it was shave his head or not compete in the track meet. (they always lie)

Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days
America’s Most Content (and Miserable) Cities - 24/7 Wall St.

How to Think About the Risk of Autism - - A STUDY published last week found that the brains of autistic children show abnormalities that are likely to have arisen before birth, which is consistent with a large body of previous evidence. Yet most media coverage focuses on vaccines, which do not cause autism and are given after birth. How can we help people separate real risks from false rumors? (prenatal stress and early c-sections)

Conspiracy theories: The dark heart of alternative medicine – Respectful Insolence
After all this time, Dr. Bob Sears finally tips his hand on vaccines, part IV – Respectful Insolence
JAMA Network | JAMA Internal Medicine | Medical Conspiracy Theories and Health Behaviors in the United States
Mayim Bialik is a problematic ambassador for science – Aetiology - She is also anti-vaccine, and a spokesperson for the “holistic mom’s network,” which eschews much that modern medicine has to offer and features several prominent anti-vaccine advocates on its advisory board.
London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death - The Washington Post - Archaeologists were surprised to discover that the skeletons lay in layers and appeared to come from three different periods: the original Black Death epidemic in 1348-1350, and later outbreaks in 1361 and the early 15th century.
Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers | Science | The Observer - . It was therefore a pneumonic plague rather than a bubonic plague. Infection was spread human to human, rather than by rat fleas that bit a sick person and then bit another victim

Facebook Has Become The New Yahoo - Business Insider - Most of Facebook's users still have small, crappy screens.
Ways to get the Tor Browser Bundle | The Tor Blog

Arrest Climate-Change Deniers - Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It's going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people's deaths. It's time to punish the climate-change liars. (maybe this could happen sooner than we thought)
Hullabaloo - House Republicans want to see no climate change, hear no climate change, speak no climate change: House Republicans want government scientists to focus on predicting storms, not climate change. (Republicans defund the climate and their own brains)

Earthquake strikes near Los Angeles: 'We felt a really good jolt' | World news | - Magnitude 5.1 quake 20 miles from Los Angeles • Little damage reported from Friday-evening event

Israel to consider war crimes case - Features - Al Jazeera English - Israel's Supreme Court will hear evidence that officials committed war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza.
Syria leak prompts espionage probe in Turkey - Europe - Al Jazeera English - Turkey has started an espionage investigation after a recorded discussion between top officials on potential military action in Syria was leaked on YouTube, heralding a possible government crackdown on its political opponents after elections on Sunday.
Police spies still get free rein to have sexual liaisons, say women suing Met | UK news | The Guardian - They say they have suffered enormous emotional trauma after discovering that the men they had been in relationships with for years were undercover officers who had been sent to spy on political groups.
Palestinian child describes details of torture and mistreatment during his arrest
Brazil grows wary of Venezuela under Maduro, reduces support | Reuters

NSA listed Merkel among leaders subject to surveillance – report | World news | - Special databank said to hold 300 reports on chancellor • Der Spiegel and Intercept cite document supplied by Snowden
GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
Der Spiegel: NSA Put Merkel on List of 122 Targeted Leaders - The Intercept

Hullabaloo - Huckleberry Graham and the torture fantasy - But Graham isn't really an outlier in this. Republicans in general believe in torture (which is kind of obvious)
An Actually Weak President by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - . But why do people have such an easy time condemning Cheney, or even Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and Rice, and such a hard time condemning George W. Bush? It seems one of the lasting features of the Bush administration is that people simply don’t think that Bush was calling the shots and, as a result, they are inclined to give him a pass on the decisions he made.
I Want My Torture! by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Support for “enhanced interrogation” is a cultural signifier for a “patriotism” based on dehumanizing “enemies” wholesale, and for the kind of “toughness” that has led to some of America’s most shameful moments (My Lai, anyone?). So don’t expect Graham or Cheney ever to change their torturing ways. (Butchmeup acting manly)

Beware the surveillance reform Trojan horse: what's not in the new NSA laws? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - Here's what the privacy geeks are worried about after a whirlwind week – that the spies might get more out of these bills than Snowden or the people he tried to protect
Matthew Keys: [ALERT] NSA agents didn't understand phone meta... - Broadcasts - The National Security Agency repeatedly misinformed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about the gathering and search methods its agents used with regard to telephone metadata that was collected, new court documents published on Friday revealed.
IC ON THE RECORD • Newly Released and Reprocessed Documents...
Ethiopia: the first "off-the-shelf" surveillance state - Boing Boing

Journalists, media under attack from hackers: Google researchers | Reuters (and bloggers)

ABQ officials: We’re addressing Anonymous cyberthreat head-on - Albuquerque Business First - The international hacker group Anonymous has announced that, in the wake of several police shootings, it will be attacking the city’s website, city officials said Wednesday.
FBI confirms investigation into foothills shooting | Albuquerque News & Weather | Abq, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, NM | - The March 16 fatal shooting by two Albuquerque Police officers of a mentally ill homeless camper in the city’s foothills is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation.

Maryland set to replace troubled health exchange with Connecticut’s system - The Washington Post

Growth Versus Distribution: Hunger Games - - A new study finds that in poor and lower-middle-income countries, one of the most crucial aspects of well-being, child malnutrition, isn’t helped at all by faster growth:
Class War with a Smiley Face | Blog | The Baffler - In Silicon Valley there really is a class war going on, a wage-fixing cartel that’s pitting the one percent against everyone else. (techobrolibertariandudeonepercenters)
Boeing Got $7,250 In Tax Breaks For Every $1 It Spent Lobbying (nice ROI)
Anti-Obamacare Guest Has Meltdown On Live TV - Hayes found himself in a full-blown feud with his guest, Americans for Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano. (wow, what a psycho)

Bridget Anne Kelly's Lawyer Responds To 'Venomous' Christie Report - He also hinted that, given the right circumstances, Kelly would cooperate with the investigation. "Ms. Kelly is not a liar," he said in the statement. "If Ms. Kelly were provided with the appropriate procedural safeguards," he went on, she would be "fully cooperative" with the probe.
w The Christie Way? - Generally speaking when you throw someone under the bus and you want them to play along, you add as much padding to the process as possible. That doesn't appear to be the Chris Chrisitie way. The main fallperson turns out to be former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly.

Let Us Have Our Own Laws by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The extent to which the “religious liberty” movement on the Right reflects a broad-based determination to carve out a separate society where cultural conservatives simply don’t have to obey the law (because liberty!)

The Split of the Ages - - Older voters and younger voters used to be largely on the same page when they went to the polls. No more ... U.S. Seniors Have Realigned With the Republican Party (white boomers are awful people)

A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues - Support for same-sex marriage jumped 21 percentage points from 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, to 2013. Currently, a majority (53%) of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, compared to 41% who oppose. I
ZEEK: Articles: Psst: New Study Shows American Jews Overwhelmingly Support LGBT Rights. Far Too Quietly - Americans’ perception of Jews’ feelings towards LGBT people. Only a quarter of Americans believe Jews are friendly toward LGBT people, a third believe we are unfriendly and 41% do not know or refused to answer the question. We are perceived to be only 1 point friendlier than evangelical Christian churches — and 6 points less friendly than African-American churches. (Americans don't know any Jews)

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project - According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice. (peaked during Clinton's tough-on-crime years)
Number of Executions in Each State Since 1977 | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project

Alabamans Struggle Most to Afford Healthcare and Medicine - Iowans and Minnesotans are least likely to struggle with healthcare costs
Bama Totally OK With That Big Racism in its Greek System by Daniel Luzer | College Guide | The Washington Monthly - The University of Alabama, in an astounding display of cultural insensitivity, has decided it has no business reforming the Greek system despite the fact that it still seems to maintain essentially segregated fraternities and sororities.

For most wireless-only households, look south and west | Pew Research Center - Where you’re most likely to find a landline: New Jersey, where 78.9% of households have one (regardless of how much they use it).

The Most And Least Liked TV News Anchors Revealed - CBS' Scott Pelley is the most-liked news anchor, while Chris Matthews falls in last place as the least-liked newscaster.
Former NYPD Chief Ray Kelly Joins ABC News (he will stop and frisk the news)
Piers Morgan Delivers One Final Blow To Gun Violence In Last Show - But he went on to say that an estimated 100,000 Americans per year are hit by gunfire, and argued, "I am so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive." (NRA terrorists)

Eschaton: The Worst Person In The World - Dottie Sandusky: "I trust my husband," she said. "That's what the world is about today. People don't trust anybody. And all these young kids, all they think about is sex."

Hullabaloo - Readers with sharp memories may recall that I wrote a takedown of this right-wing screed disguised as a Cadillac ad: Well, Ford has delivered up a delicious response:
In California, Gwyneth's 'conscious uncoupling' sounds as normal as any other new age fad | Film | The Observer - The advisers who coined the term "conscious uncoupling" for Paltrow and Martin fit right into that Californian tradition. Habib Sadeghi and Sherri Sami run an outfit in west Los Angeles called Be Hive of Healing. He is an osteopath and she is a paediatric dentist

Three Mozilla Board Members Resign over Choice of New CEO - Digits - WSJ - Three Mozilla board members resigned over the choice of Brendan Eich, a Mozilla co-founder, as the new CEO ... because he donated $1,000 to the campaign in support of Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state. (antigaylibertarianbrodude)
What’s Happening Inside Mozilla |
The Story So Far… » Blog Archive » Let’s Talk…Just Not About What We Need To Talk About - That money went to ads that played the Gays Are Coming For Your Children card! Living with the lies you paid a thousand bucks for come home to roost is another lonely place. You could renounce them, but it seems you won’t, and that makes them your lies too. (technoliberdudebro not sound too smart)

The Best Dash Cam | The Wirecutter
Dash Cam Talk

Climate Change Already Felt 'On All Continents And Across The Oceans,' IPCC Finds (2025: Climate Court and climate criminals)

America Is The Only Country Where A Child Can Be Sentenced To Life Behind Bars

Dick Cheney On Torture: 'If I Would Have To Do It All Over Again, I Would' (possibly the largest moral stain on America)
The Eagle - Dick Cheney denies war criminal allegations at KPU event
Lindsey Graham Terror Trials - Lindsey Graham Pines For The Bush Days Of Torture - Esquire - Huckleberry J. Butchmeup is pining for thumbscrews here, and waxing nostalgic over black sites and packing crates at Bagram.

Deposed Ukrainian President Yanukovich Wants Referendum In Each Of Country's Regions (Putin's pulling his strings)
Russian Border Buildup Stokes Worries - - Pentagon Alarmed as Troops Mass Near Ukraine Border

UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer | TorrentFreak - uk-flagTo most consumers it is common sense that they can make a backup copy of media they own, but in the UK this is currently illegal. (UK enters 20th Century)

US Takes a Break From Condemning Tyranny to Celebrate Obama's Visit to Saudi Arabia - The Intercept
Dahr Jamail | Iraqi Government Killing Civilians in Fallujah - Fallujah doctors, residents and NGO workers accuse the Iraqi government of war crimes and crimes against humanity in its ongoing attack against the city - conducted ostensibly against al-Qaeda affiliate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The Palestinian refugees of Lebanon | Mondoweiss - It’s a tragic tale of refugees meet refugee camp. (Israel's effects are far and wide and tragic)

CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill to Pass Before He Retires | Motherboard
NSA ally Mike Rogers to leave House intelligence committee for talk radio | World news | - Exit part of sweeping change in US surveillance leadership • Move comes just days after Rogers introduced NSA reform bill (see above for "reform")
Mike Rogers Retirement - Mike Rogers' Strange Next Career Move - Esquire

Senator McCain Says Snowden Is Working For Putin Based On 'Timing' Of News Reports Snowden Has Nothing To Do With | Techdirt - from the our-elected-officials dept (actually, demented McCain dept)
White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades | Washington Free Beacon - Obama opposes foreign government control of Internet, Michael Daniel says
Twitter / johnmcquaid: Judge tells govt. to remove ... - woman from no-fly list, citing her "Kafkaesque ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ treatment" (very)

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Case Alleging Bush Protestors Were Treated Less Favorably than Supporters by Secret Service | American Civil Liberties Union - The lawsuit claims that the protestors were targeted because of their political views, in violation of their free speech rights. (Scalia disappointed at the narrowness of the argument)

America’s Taxation Tradition - (Teddy Roosevelt, good Republican)

Judge Rules Goldman Must Face Lawsuit Over Mortgage Securities - NBC - A proposed class action by a Detroit pension fund accusing Goldman Sachs of misleading investors about mortgage-backed securities can go forward, a federal judge has ruled.

MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses | Michigan Radio - “Why just this program?” asked state Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit. “And I would guess to believe that this is a hot topic item and it ruffles a lot of feathers.” (there are a lot of academic subjects Rethugs would like to criminalize)

Logging and the Washington Landslide - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - We may never actually know whether logging contributed to it or what precisely caused the collapse. But there is a very high probability that logging is at the root.
Is There a Connection Between the Mudslide and Our State's Historical Mishmash of Logging Regulations? | Slog
Oso Mudslide: Links to the Geology Behind the Tragedy | Rosetta Stones, Scientific American Blog Network

5CA Upholds Texas’s War on Roe v. Wade - Lawyers, Guns & Money : All three members of the 5CA panel were appointed by Reagan or George W. Bush.

Christie Report Finds A Culprit: A Scorned, 'Emotional' Woman (acushla)
Lawyer For 2nd Ex-Christie Aide Calls Pro-Christie Report 'Venomous' And 'Sexist'
David Samson Resignation - Chris Christie Meets The Press - Esquire - And David Samson has decided to leave the agency he helped turn into a whorehouse.
Chris Christie Internal Investigation - Now That Christie's Report Is Out, The Truth Is Yet To Come - Esquire - The internal investigation of Chris Christie paints him as an honest shepherd of the public good, led to media slaughter by two roguish hirelings.

Libertarian: Everybody Loves Libertarianism -- Daily Intelligencer

FiveThirtyEight Apologizes On Behalf Of Controversial Climate Science Writer - Two prominent climate scientists say Roger Pielke Jr., a controversial writer at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site, sent emails threatening possible legal action in response to their criticism of his findings for the data-driven news site ... Pielke, a political scientist at the University of Colorado, has been called a climate change skeptic, a label he doesn't apply to himself. (not lookin' good, Nate-bro)

Conservatives Have Figured Out A Disturbingly Effective Strategy: Tell Lots And Lots of Lies | The Raw Story - However, there’s a fuck ton of research that shows that, when people read a factual debunking of their beliefs, they actually double down and believe even harder. Being corrected, it seems, makes people petulant and more insistent on their lies.
Gish Gallop - RationalWiki - The Gish Gallop is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time.
‘Noah’: Twitter conservatives outraged that film deviates from Bible’s original English | The Raw Story

Virginia Cop Block Founder Nathan Cox Sued by VSP Trooper Melanie McKenney | - My suspicion is that she may be upset that her Dashboard Camera video, along with my cell phone videos, did in-fact make it to You Tube and have accumulated more than a Half a Million views. (Trooper Melanie McKenney of the Virginia State Police famous on the internets for all eternity for being, like, stupid)

Apple, Google lose bid to avoid trial on tech worker lawsuit | Reuters
Multiple Pinterest Accounts Hacked, Flooded With Butt Pics | TechCrunch

Eschaton: Why Did We Invade Iraq - Errol Morris was on Colbert last night, discussing Don Rumsfeld. - Shorter version: nobody has any fucking idea. (Morris: "there was nobody home")
The Certainty of Donald Rumsfeld (Part 1) - (Rumsfeld in a cloud of bullshit)

Seismic Readings Show Oso, Washington Had 2 Major Landslides
Here’s a shorebird’s-eye view of the Galveston oil spill | Grist - When an oil barge collided with a container ship on Saturday in Galveston, Texas, as many as 168,000 gallons of fuel were spilled into the estuary, threatening wildlife and shutting down the busy port for days.

Congress approves major Ukraine aid package | World news | - Partisan bickering had held up $1bn in loan guarantees, but Senate and House pass bills to help shore up Ukraine economy
Police use of Tasers rises sharply in 2013 | UK news | The Guardian - Figures show rise in use of Tasers in last five years as they have been adopted by forces across England and Wales

US human rights record chastised in UN report | World news | - UN human rights committee raises concerns over torture, drone strikes, the death penalty and NSA data collection
\ UPDATE 2-U.N. watchdog urges Obama to curb drone use, surveillance | Reuters
Obama formally proposes end to NSA's bulk collection of telephone data | World news | - President says: 'I am confident this approach can keep us safe while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns raised' (by my police state) At the White House, the reversal in positions by Obama on bulk data collection has not translated into leniency for Snowden. “There's no change in our position that he needs to return and face the felony charges against him,” Hayden said.
Obama's NSA Reforms Cut Mass Phone Surveillance, But Nothing Else | Motherboard
US lawmakers to vote on secret CIA interrogation report - Yahoo News - A US Senate committee will vote next week on whether to declassify its report on a CIA interrogation program, potentially shedding light on some of the most objectionable tactics of America's war on terror.

DOJ Describes Its Use Of Malware As 'Augmenting Content' As It Pushes For Great Ability To Hack Computers | Techdirt - "the website would augment that content with some additional computer instructions." (sort of like extra porno)
Hackers Target Monster Jobs Website with Gameover Zeus malware | HackRead - Latest Cyber Crime - Information Security - Hacking News

Statement on Chelsea.pdf
Manning Lawyer Wants Leak Conviction Reversed - ABC News - Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning is asking an Army general to reverse her conviction and 35-year prison sentence for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.

Two Lawmen, Two Stories of a Boston Marathon Witness Killing » CounterPunch (bullshit gets thicker)
Crime Scene Didn't Match Description in Ibragim Todashev's Confession

Darrell Issa Hearing Reveals IRS-Targeted Groups Prefer To Be Political - Many of those groups actually want to preserve the option to run as "dark money" political operations.

The Release Of Roger Shuler Is Good News, But The Fight Continues | Liberaland - The details of his release are not clear yet, but the important thing for now is that the proprietor of “The Legal Schnauzer” blog is free and America no longer has a journalist behind bars for the crime of “journalism.”

Nate Silver And Paul Krugman Are In A Bitter, Bitter Feud
Nate Silver, Paul Krugman: When Two Wonks Go to War (Go to War, Go to War)
Noahpinion: "Data" the buzzword vs. data the actual thing - I'm a big Nate Silver fan, but let me join the chorus of people looking at his new "data-driven" blog site and saying "WTF?". As far as I can tell, it's barely data-driven at all!
Data as Slogan, Data as Substance - - Noah Smith has the definitive piece on what’s wrong, so far, with the new FiveThirtyEight. For all the big talk about data-driven analysis,what it actually delivers is sloppy and casual opining with a bit of data used, as the old saying goes, the way a drunkard uses a lamppost — for support, not illumination. (cold)
The Krugman-Silver Sparring Match
The Nate Silver-Paul Krugman Feud Just Won't End
Why Paul Krugman Turned Against Nate Silver -- Daily Intelligencer - The real cause of Krugman’s disdain is the sheer ambition of Silver’s new venture. Silver’s great added value was to bring basic statistical literacy to the fields of political forecasting and sports commentary, which are dominated by old-line hacks who rely on horse sense and either disdain data in any form or use data very badly. | Tracking Enrollments for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)
Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 6 Million

House GOP Says It's Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension - Republicans in the House of Representatives say it's just too late to pass legislation restoring unemployment benefits to the 2 million workers who've missed out since December.

Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds - (zero-tolerance for childhood)

Texas's hardline abortion restrictions upheld by federal court | World news | - Appeals court rules Texas law governing where and how women may obtain an abortion 'does not impose an undue burden' (of course not)
U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Tough Texas Abortion Restrictions

Corporate America's Long, Dark History Of Evangelizing At Work

Rick Snyder's Position On Same-Sex Marriages 'Head-Spinning,' Key Lawyer Says - "[The governor] said that the marriages were legal but that the state would not recognize them on the basis of the state

Official Says He Told Christie of Bridge Lane Closings, According to Report - - The report said that Mr. Christie did not recall any such conversation, and it found no evidence that he was involved in the scheme ("I forgot")
Chris Christie Says Aides in Bridge Scandal ‘Inexplicably Stupid’ - ABC News - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said today that former aides were "inexplicably stupid" when they allegedly shut down lanes of busy George Washington Bridge and flooded a New Jersey town with traffic.
Report: Messy office dynamics in Bridgegate - Katie Glueck -

Modern Luxury | San Francisco Magazine | The Indictment Against Leland Yee Puts "The Wire's" Clay Davis to Shame - If you thought the charges against Leland Yee would be bad, you had no idea

Do We Live in the Matrix? | - Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know...
Scientists Use Computer to Mathematically Prove Gödel God Theorem - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. But the God angle is somewhat of a red herring -- the real step forward is the example it sets of how computers can make scientific progress simpler.
between science and pseudo-science - / omnivore
Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus

TurboTax Maker Funnels Millions To Lobby Against Easier Tax Returns | TechCrunch - Intuit has spent $11.5 million lobbying the federal government — more than Apple or Amazon.

Tulsa police: No gun, drugs found after fatal shooting | - Police say an officer opened fire after a suspect made threateing movements during a drug raid

New Satellite Images Show More Than 100 Objects That May Be From Plane - in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing for 18 days with 239 people on board, Malaysia's acting transport minister said on Wednesday.

Washington Mudslide Death Toll Continues To Rise - With the grim developments came word that a scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community.

Turkish Court Overturns Government’s Ban on Twitter - - A court in Turkey ruled on Wednesday that the government could not ban Twitter, and it ordered the country’s telecommunications authority to restore access to the service, which the authorities sought to block five days ago.
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in southern West Bank | Defence for Children International Palestine - Yousef al-Shawamrah, 14, was shot in the back and hip with live ammunition near his village of Deir al-Asal al-Fawqa, which sits alongside Israel’s separation barrier, on Wednesday March 19.

ELI5: Why are super-wealthy Russians described as "oligarchs" while super-wealthy Americans are described as "business magnates"? : explainlikeimfive - tl; dr: At a minimum, Russia's head of state is worth 10 times more than every member of our federal government combined. That, my friends, is an oligarch. (perspective)
The New Billionaire Political Bosses | Robert Reich - America is not yet an oligarchy, but that's where the Koch's and a few other billionaires are taking us.

Obama Says N.S.A. Curbs Would Address Worries -
Obama’s NSA reform leaves out email, text and social media | Death and Taxes

The Rise of the Drones (Infographic) | Informed Comment

Why We Need To Worry About Every Other Country's NSA Too | Motherboard -
Hacker Weev's attorney: The FBI is intercepting my client's mail | The Daily Dot
Drone that can hack your Smartphone and steal your data. | TechWorm - London-based Security Researchers team at Sensepost Research Labs have developed a drone called"Snoopy" which can steal data and contents from your smartphone without your knowledge.

Inside America's illegal "Little Guantánamos" - Boing Boing - Prisoners in America's notorious communication management units (called "CMUs" or "Little Guantánamos") are making great strides in their legal action against the US government over the prisons' illegal status, the illegally discriminatory detention of people in CMUs based on their political or religious beliefs, and their inhumane treatment of prisoners.
Inside the Kafkaesque World of the US’s 'Little Guantánamos' | VICE United States

Is there a link between Todashev shooting and Tsarnaev trial? - News Local Massachusetts -
Report reveals little new info on Boston bombing - News Local Massachusetts -
Russia Warned FBI About Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Report Finds - Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday. (FBI flunked spelling)
More questions arise after report on FBI shooting of Todashev - News Local Massachusetts - - David Boeri of WBUR points to the “stunning” revelation that, in the course of his investigation, Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton did not interview the FBI agent involved in the shooting.

Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, and Then Hide Sniper Plot Against Protest Leaders?

The battle for Bitcoin is over, and libertarians lost | The Daily Dot - Bitcoin is not a currency, and anyone who thinks of it as such is missing out on its true potential.
OKCoin CEO on Expansion and China's Competitive Edge
The Fierce Battle for the Soul of Bitcoin | Wired Enterprise |

The Supreme Court's Women Justices Take On Hobby Lobby : The New Yorker - There were two lessons from Tuesday’s argument in the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court. First, it’s very important that there are now three women Justices. Second, it’s even more important that it takes five votes to win.
How To Read RFRA - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Given that the religious freedom claim being advanced by Hobby Lobby seems to be a combination of scientific ignorance and political opportunism, it’s tempting to conclude that their claim should be dismissed as not being based on a sincere religious belief at all.
Confusion plagues the right: Why it doesn’t understand liberal views of the Hobby Lobby case - - Opposing a religious exemption to the contraception mandate is about more than just principle
Hobby Lobby: The Derp Never Stops - Seven words to the Left Feminist Fascists ... Pay for your own damn coat hanger.
Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the contraception mandate case. - It sure looks that way after the Hobby Lobby argument.
Echidne Of The Snakes: Fun And Games in the Supreme Court. The Hobby Lobby Case And Women's Human Rights. - Paul Clement, the attorney for the companies, rejected that by calling it a “parade of horribles” that would not materialize.
Rachel Maddow: Here's Why Anti-Contraception Republicans Will Lose - "The idea that contraception has become a problem unexpectedly has become Republican party orthodoxy now, but it has also become a general election problem for Republicans," Maddow said.

Divided Federal Appeals Judges Debate Obamacare

The Day of the I-Word Approacheth by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The Prospect’s Steve Erickson reminds us all of a salient political fact that we will soon be facing: particularly if Republicans do well this November and capture the Senate, the I-word—impeachment—will be very difficult to avoid.’

GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government - The states with elected officials most likely to espouse anti-taker sentiments -- i.e., Republican-dominated states -- are the most dependent on federal spending, while returning the least to Washington in the way of tax dollars.
Bernie Sanders Blames Republicans For 'A Very Ugly Moment In American History' - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) railed against Republicans who “stay up nights figuring out how” to grant billionaires tax breaks while cutting social programs such as Social Security and food stamps during an interview on MSNBC Tuesday.
Rick Snyder: Michigan Won't Recognize Same-Sex Marriages - Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

Unemployed, and heading toward foreclosure | MSNBC - Brooks is now among the millions of unemployed homeowners who risk default, foreclosure, and huge debt loads—even if they manage to find a job again. (Obama's program designed to screw people)

Christie's Bridgegate investigation is baloney: Editorial | - It cost New Jersey taxpayers at least a million bucks, but here’s what we finally know for a fact: Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers think he’s innocent. He knew nothing — nothing! — about those controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September.

The Pro-Coal Waste Party - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Republicans may hate national parks, but they love dumping coal waste into streams: The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow coal mining companies to return to an old practice of dumping mining waste into streams. (freedom! to pollute your drinking water)

The Nation's Most Segregated Schools Aren't Where You'd Think They'd Be - The nation's most segregated schools aren't in the deep south -- they're in New York, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of California, Los Angeles' Civil Rights Project.

MSNBC is in serious trouble -
Is Nate Silver Biting the Hoof That Feeds? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In the days before the 2012 election, one-fifth of visitors to the New York Times’ website ended up at FiveThirtyEight.

NLRB Rules in Favor of Northwestern Football Players - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This is a very big day for college athletes seeking the right to unionize:

Theater of Justice | VICE United States - A plain-clothes cop had grabbed her breast from behind, hard enough to leave a bruise shaped like his handprint. Instinctively, she elbowed him. Most women would do the same if a man grabbed them from behind. The cops beat Cecily till they broke her ribs. As she had a seizure on the pavement, the crowd screamed for the police to call 911. The police just watched.

Kentucky bill would prohibit filming of farm operations without owner's consent | Politics and Government | - The Humane Society of the United States contends that the legislation, if enacted, would keep consumers in the dark about the sources of their food. A spokesman said that whistle-blowing employees who have made such videos have played a vital role in exposing animal abuse, unsafe working conditions and environmental problems on industrial farms.

(NSFW) What is the strangest thing that has happened to you during sex? : AskReddit

Dwarf planet stretches Solar System's edge : Nature News & Comment - Icy body found far beyond Pluto raises questions about cosmic history.

This Map Tracks Cyberattacks Around the World in Real Time | Motherboard
Are You Cynical Enough to Hate Upworthy? -- Daily Intelligencer

Malaysia Flight 370 Sent Final 'Partial Ping' That Could Aid Investigation - - The Cause of the Partial Ping Could Have Several Possible Explanations, but Human Interaction Has Been Ruled Out
Chinese families clash with police, slam Malaysia over lost plane | Reuters - Dozens of angry relatives of passengers on a lost Malaysian jetliner clashed with police in Beijing on Tuesday, accusing the Southeast Asian country of "delays and deception" a day after it confirmed the plane crashed in remote seas off Australia.
Opinion: How mechanical problem could have downed Flight 370 - - Les Abend
chris goodfellow - Google+ - 3/25/14 Les Abend senior 777 on CNN …

Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People Every Year, World Health Organization Report Finds
Tracking Australia's bloomin' jellyfish problem - ABC North Coast NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Deadly jellyfish are likely to become more toxic according to scientists at the CSIRO. A new research program aims to map problems caused by Australia's jellyfish.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis: the world's 10 riskiest cities | Cities |

Seeking Living in Mudslide Path, Rescuers Fear They’ll Find Only Dead - - 176 reports of people unaccounted for — up from 108
Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades | Local News | The Seattle Times - : While a Snohomish County official said the area hit by the mudslide “was considered very safe,” the hillside’s history of slides dates back more than 60 years. One expert says he was shocked when homebuilding was permitted after a big 2006 slide.
Washington mudslide Q&A: What caused it? - - For example, the hillside that ripped away on Saturday had suffered previous mudslides in 2006 and the 1960s, experts said, although Saturday's was thought to be larger.

Shipping Channel Opens Partially After Huge Oil Spill in Galveston Bay -
BP to Blame for Exxon Valdez: Environmental Disaster 25 Years Later | Interview with Greg Palast - YouTube

This Man Is Suing The NSA, FBI And DIA For Answers In Decades-Old Mandela Mystery - A Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is suing three government agencies to get answers about America's role in Nelson Mandela's infamous 1962 arrest. (America's super-secret history of CIA criminality)
Government claims “national defense” excuse to keep Mandela files secret - - MIT researcher Ryan Shapiro filed suit against NSA, CIA, FBI for failure to comply with Mandela files FOIA (America is being attacked by the truth)
NSA, CIA, FBI & DIA Sued Over Withholding of Records on Capture & Surveillance of Mandela | The Dissenter (FOIA is a terrorist)
The Crimea Blame Game Turns To Edward Snowden - Claims classified information released by NSA leaker Edward Snowden may have allowed Russia to evade U.S. efforts to anticipate Moscow’s invasion of Crimea hold little water, according to U.S. and foreign intelligence officials. (and not their own stupidty)

Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better - "A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement," Rumsfeld said. "It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship." (speaking of "trained apes")

Putin's cyborg army
Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice - (look in the mirror, NYT)
Vatican Chief Justice: Obama’s Policies ‘Have Become Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’ « CBS St. Louis - Cardinal Raymond Burke said that Obama “promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.”
Another Bloomberg Editor Explains Why He Has Resigned, Over Its China Coverage - James Fallows - The Atlantic - "For the international press, there are many reasons for crimped ambitions."
» Ben Richardson quits Bloomberg News over handling of investigative piece Jimromenesko.Com

Edward Snowden Statement on Administration’s NSA Reform Plan | American Civil Liberties Union - "I believed that if the NSA's unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans was known, it would not survive the scrutiny of the courts, the Congress, and the people.
Snowden welcomes Obama's plans for NSA reform as 'turning point' | World news | - President has confirmed the US plans to end bulk collection • NSA whistleblower praises action by Congress as deal nears
Obama is cancelling the NSA dragnet. So why did all three branches sign off? | Jameel Jaffer | Comment is free | - Well, at least the phone part of the dragnet. Here's hoping it's the end of laws of the spies, by the spies and for the spies
The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - Congress' serial fabricator has the audacity to call his new law the 'End Bulk Collection Act'. Obama's proposal isn't much better
International Proscriptions on Mass Surveillance (or What’s Missing in the Greenwald vs. Wittes Debate) | Just Security
Lawfare › A Reply to Ryan Goodman

NSA would gain access to cellphone records under Obama plan - - The National Security Agency would lose its authority to collect and hold years' worth of telephone calling records but gain access to cellphone information it currently lacks under an Obama administration proposal aimed at quieting controversy over the spy agency’s data archive
Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection - - in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials ... It was part of the secret surveillance program that President George W. Bush unilaterally put in place after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, outside of any legal framework or court oversight.
Obama's New NSA Proposal and Democratic Partisan Hackery - The Intercept - ABC News described Obama’s decision as “a complete 180.” More amazingly still, Obama adopted the exact arguments that Bill Kristol and Liz Cheney were making over the prior two weeks to attack him specifically and transparency generally: to justify his desire to suppress this evidence, Obama said that “the most direct consequence of releasing the [photos], I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in danger.
Glenn Greenwald: Obama's NSA Proposals Are A Vindication Of Our Reporting
It's Time to Grant Immunity to Edward Snowden - Esquire - Obama's overhaul of the NSA spying rules proves it
Obama to set out proposal to end NSA's mass collection of phone data | World news | - Administration plan would require NSA to seek a court order to search phone records held by telecoms companies
Twitter / trevortimm: Before: "reasonable articulable ... - suspicion" of terrorism only. New bill: "associated" or "in contact with" suspected agent of foreign power
The Other Problem with the Obama Proposal: Who Does the Pizza Joint Review? | emptywheel
Restricting the NSA - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The fact that the House Intelligence Committee is proposing a weaker bill doesn’t make me confident, but we’ll see.
Judge Scalia Suggests The Supreme Court May Be Asked To Determine Constitutionality Of Metadata Program | Techdirt - from the might-allow-terrorism-to-trump-the-Constitution dept (terrorism has won)

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Leaks: Pentagon Says Employee Was Prohibited From Providing Report to Congress | The Dissenter - Multiple national security leaks by US officials occurred during the production of the Oscar-nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution. But, when the Pentagon Inspector General’s office investigated what had happened, the office found then-Pentagon chief Leon Panetta had mishandled classified information.

Report released in killing of Ibragim Todashev by FBI agent - Metro - The Boston Globe - Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s, sustained seven gunshot wounds in the incident, according to an autopsy.
Report on FBI shooting of Todashev to be released - News Local Massachusetts - ("pole" or "knife" or something)
The Todashev Case - Esquire - The Orlando Police surrendered jurisdiction entirely to the feds, and the FBI agent in question was not interviewed by the prosecutor but, instead, submitted a written statement in which he related his account of what happened in the apartment, including what he says was Todashev's decision to fight rather than to flee. (+Boston cops blew it)

LAPD says every car in Los Angeles is part of an ongoing criminal investigation - Boing Boing - because some day, someone driving that car may commit a crime ... "This argument is completely counter to our criminal justice system, in which we assume law enforcement will not conduct an investigation unless there are some indicia of criminal activity."
OPD Promoted Cops Involved in Scott Olsen Case | East Bay Express - The department promoted two officers who were involved in a case in which the city agreed to pay an Iraq War vet $4.5 million for the injuries he received.

Hobby Lobby Ruling Could End Anti-Discrimination Laws as We Know Them | New Republic - The stakes in Tuesday's Hobby Lobby arguments couldn't be higher
Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case -- That's Bad News For Birth Control | ThinkProgress (we are ruled by truely stupid people)
Hobby Lobby Case - The Hobby Lobby Case And Our Diminishing First Amendment - Esquire - Point The Second: It appears that, as in so many other things, everything will depend on Justice Anthony (Weathervane) Kennedy. This, according to Think Progress's Ian Millhiser, is a very bad thing.
Terrible Arguments Against the Contraception Non-Mandate: Ladies Against Women Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - , let’s look at the Independent [sic] Women’s Forum’s inadvertently instructive arguments against the contraception non-mandate. (new meaning for "Independent")
Supreme Court Struggles In Hobby Lobby Case With Question Of Companies' Religious Rights

Why is Wall Street so divorced from reality? A psychological explanation. - The Week - The Masters of the Universe are in a state of denial
Charge of the Right Brigade - - It has to be in some sense political; the canon appeals to certain kinds of prejudices, in particular the prejudices of angry old white men with money to invest. But it remains amazing how little those prejudices have been dented by their failure to meet the most decisive real-world test you could imagine.

Republicans losing it over new Obamacare data: Why their position is collapsing - - Obamacare enrollment could hit 7 million before the midterms; meanwhile, GOP still has no answer for beneficiaries
Morning Plum: The incredible shrinking Obamacare sob story
Glenn Kessler Fact Checking - Fact Checking The Fact Checkers - Esquire - Why the gingerly mention of what C-Plus Augustus "blamed" for misleading the country into a foreign-policy catastrophe? Why the Jesuitical parsing of what Reagan "firmly believed"? I can hazard a guess. Kessler wanted to stay as far away from those monumental human consequences as possible. Bold truth-telling is an odd business. (WaPo will WaPo)
The Bizarre Case Of Matt Drudge And His Obamacare 'Liberty Tax' - In summary, Drudge apparently volunteered to fork over money to the IRS far earlier than he needed to. And he did it before the rules for doing so were final. TPM reported on Friday that was one of the possibilities from the facts Drudge laid out last week.

HorsesAss.Org » New Study: Minimum Wage Hikes Have “No Measurable Negative Impact on Employment”

Chris Christie Internal Investigation - The Wheels Of Blind Justice Grind Slowly In The Christie Investigation - Esquire - Chris Christie's internal "investigation" has apparently cleared him. Bullshit. (Big chicken says he's "innocent")

The New Marxism | National Review Online - A prominent liberal economist contends capitalism will inevitably increase inequality.
Why everyone is talking about Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century - The Week - The French economist's magnum opus explains the history of income inequality — and represents a real threat to the reign of the 1 percent

The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps - Jake Flanagin - The Atlantic - How did a regimen so overtly religious in nature, with a 31 percent success rate at best, a five to 10 percent success rate at worst, and a five percent overall retention rate become the most trusted method of addiction-treatment in the country, and arguably the world?

Georgia Gun Laws - Cancel My Dinner Reservations In Georgia - Esquire - I would have thought that Georgia would be more enlightened about the dangerous consequences of allowing guns in bars and restaurants (and schools, churches and airports) The Devil's in the house of the rising sun.

Colorado approves retroactive reversal of marijuana convictions — RT USA - But with upwards of 9,000 marijuana possession cases being prosecuted each year before then - Studies find LSD and other psychedelic drugs could treat PTSD and substance abuse

Girl Shaves Head for Pal, Breaks School Dress Code - ABC News - Kamryn Renfro of Grand Junction shaved her head to help Delaney Clements get through chemotherapy. Kamryn at first wasn't allowed to return to classes at Caprock Academy, the charter school she attends. (fascist little fuckers aren't they)
Middle School Girls Protest Sexist Dress Code: 'Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?' | ThinkProgress - Earlier this month, Haven Middle School administrators notified parents that female students are no longer allowed to wear shorts, leggings, or yoga pants because those articles of clothing might be “too distracting” for their male peers.
Christian School Tells Eight-Year-Old Girl She Looks Too Much Like A Boy - "You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment," the letter read. (probably getting taxpayer money)
Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too - - ABC13 - "How do you label a child, eight years old, or discriminate against an eight year old child? It just don't happen" said Carroll Thompson. (traditional sex roles start early)

NYC Freedom Tower B.A.S.E. Jump - YouTube
Skydivers arrested for World Trade Center jump - It wasn't immediately clear how investigators zeroed in on Rossig, Brady, skydiving instructor Marko Markovich and Kyle Hartwell, accused of being their cohort on the ground. Police searched their homes last month and got video of the jump, which hadn't been posted online or otherwise publicized

Solfeggio Mirror - 825Hz Silver Violet Fire - YouTube

Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so… | Technology | The Observer - Ray Kurzweil popularised the Teminator-like moment he called the 'singularity', when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. But now the man who hopes to be immortal is involved in the very same quest – on behalf of the tech behemoth

Deal with the devil: why Netflix broke its own rules on net neutrality | The Verge - By agreeing to pay Comcast, Reed Hastings set a painful precedent (game over, you're fucked by big internet)

Jimmy Carter: Violence Against Women Is The Most Pervasive Human Rights Violation In The World | ThinkProgress

Man isolated in Saskatoon with "hemorrhagic fever" after African visit | News Talk 650 CKOM - Health region can't rule out Ebola virus

MH370 families attack Malaysian government over loss of plane | World news |
Missing flight MH370 lost in southern Indian Ocean, says Malaysian PM | World news | - Najib Razak says analysis of satellite data shows that last position of missing plane was far from any possible landing sites
Malaysia prime minister: Flight 'ended in the southern Indian Ocean' -
Flight MH370: how Inmarsat homed in on missing Malaysia Airlines' plane | World news | The Guardian - UK satellite firm and AAIB cited for 'groundbreaking maths' to narrow the flight corridor of missing passenger jet and help solve riddle
Various Thoughts on MH370 - Lawyers, Guns & Money

AP News : Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people - The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought. It's not just about melting ice, threatened animals and plants. It's about the human problems of hunger, disease, drought, flooding, refugees and war, becoming worse. (invade the climate)
Climate Change Dangers Here Now, Will Worsen Many Human Ills, UN Panel Warns
108 unaccounted for in Washington mudslide - News Nation -

Exclusive: Dungeness nuclear power station quietly taken offline for five months over fears of Fukushima-style flood disaster - Home News - UK - The Independent - EDF closed the reactor on the Kent coast on 22 May to allow work on a new flood protection wall, after alerting the Office of Nuclear Regulation that without urgent work the site was at risk of being inundated by sea water.

The Eternal Ratfker - Esquire - Forty-six years ago this week, elements of the American armed forces entered the village of My Lai 4 in Vietnam and systematically slaughtered 504 civilians in a deliberate war crime. The only reason the death toll wasn't higher was because some American heroes, including Hugh Thompson and Larry Colborn, placed themselves between another group of civilians and the marauding Americans - A crook is so much the least of the darkness that Richard Nixon really was.
He Was a Crook - Hunter S. Thompson - The Atlantic - June 16, 1994
Exclusive: Yale tells students to keep Kissinger talk secret - - “Dr. Kissinger’s visit to campus will not be publicized, so we appreciate your confidentiality..."
How state secrecy protects government agencies from embarrassment, then and now | Privacy SOS (it's always a "national security" issue)

Egypt sentences 529 Mohammed Morsi supporters to death in single trial - Largest mass death sentence in modern history handed down to Muslim Brotherhood supporters over riot which killed policeman
Dark Net Traffic Spikes in Turkey as its Twitter Ban Deepens | Motherboard
Comment: Why has Grayling banned prisoners being sent books? - Children are not allowed to send a homemade birthday card. Prisoners with a particular expertise or interests cannot receive magazines, no matter how innocuous it might be to want to know about bird watching or steam trains.
Ukraine and Crimea: what is Putin thinking? | World news | The Guardian - Recent events are both a knee-jerk reaction by Putin and a culmination of his years of grievances with the international order
Ukraine withdraws Crimea troops | All media content | DW.DE | 24.03.2014 - The decision was made shortly after Russia took control of the Feodosia naval base, the third Ukrainian military facility to fall into Russian hands within 48 hours.
Ukrainian women's sex boycott goes viral in Russia - EJ Dickson | The Daily Dot - “Don’t give it to a Russian” (accompanied by a slogan of two hands clasped together, suggesting a certain part of the female anatomy)
Afghan president Hamid Karzai backs Russia's annexation of Crimea | World news | - Referendum reflected people's 'free will' to decide their future, says President Karzai in unexpected move
Israeli interrogator threatens sexual assault, home demolition, says Palestinian child | The Electronic Intifada (Orthodox Thug State)

China Slams U.S. Over New Spying Allegations - China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.
Bloomberg editor quits over China story - - Bloomberg News editor Ben Richardson has quit the organization in protest of the editors’ handling of an investigative piece on China.
U.S. Scurries to Shore Up Spying on Russia - - In Crimea, Russia May Have Gotten a Jump on West by Evading U.S. Eavesdropping (not to mention their dim minds)

NSA: House bill would lower standards for collecting individuals' data | World news | - Draft bill would allow collection of electronic communications records based only on 'reasonable articulable suspicion'
Report: Obama to Propose Changes to NSA Data-Collection - News Politics - - The New York Times is reporting that the Obama administration plans to announce a new proposal that would “drastically overhaul” the NSA’s phone records-collecting program.

Terror Report Release May Fuel The Spat Between Congress And The CIA - If senators vote this week to release key sections of a voluminous report on terrorist interrogations, an already strained relationship between lawmakers and the CIA could become even more rancorous, and President Barack Obama might have to step into the fray. ("step into the fray," yeah, sure)
Risen: Obama administration is this generation’s ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’ | Poynter. - The administration’s aggressive prosecutions have created “a de facto Official Secrets Act,” Risen said, and the media has been “too timid” in responding. (nice legacy you got there)

Greens want to call Julian Assange and Edward Snowden to parliamentary surveillance inquiry - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - Edward Snowden and Julian Assange would not be protected by parliamentary privilege if they give evidence to a Senate committee about what they know about government snooping on Australian citizens, according to advice given to the ABC.

Mike Rogers Pushes Discredited Theories of Snowden Under “Russian Influence” to Distract from His NSA Oversight Mismanagement | The Dissenter - , “He is actually supporting in an odd way this very activity of brazen brutality and expansionism of Russia. He needs to understand that. And I think Americans need to understand that. We need to put it in proper context.”
The Domestic Spying of Hoover’s FBI Is an Eerie Prequel to the NSA’s Snooping Today - The Daily Beast - In the ’70s Americans learned the hard way that intelligence agencies hate to tell the public what they’re doing. Recent revelations about the NSA prove that oversight and accountability are as necessary now as they were four decades ago.

Galveston Bay Spill Will Take Economic, Ecological Toll | The Texas Tribune - With no end in sight to containing a spill that may have dumped 150,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday, the hit to Texas’ economy and environment is already huge — and sure to grow.
Anti-fracking activist heads to court after being banned from 40 percent of Pennsylvania county | The Raw Story - An anti-fracking activist is set to ask a Pennsylvania judge on Monday to lift an injunction that bars her from her local hospital, grocery and other properties that sit atop vast lands leased by a Texas-based company for shale gas extraction.

The Bobblespeak Translations (Chertoff??)

Nate Silver Predicts GOP Senate Win, Democrats Promptly Freak Out - Silver gave Republicans a 60 percent chance of wresting the Senate out of Harry Reid's hands—a big blow to the final two years of the Obama presidency. (yeah, Silver's "opinion" is the blow, not Obama's incompetence)
Nate Silver Is 'Happy To Forgive' Paul Krugman For Acting Like A Hedgehog - The stats guru instead named Krugman's conservative colleague at the Times, Ross Douthat, as "someone who shows some originality." (which says a lot about Silver)

A vulnerable Dem who is campaigning on expanding Social Security - Senator Mark Begich of Alaska is embroiled in one of the toughest reelection fights in the country. His solution, in part: To campaign on a proposal that’s far outside the mainstream of what appears to constitute respectable Beltway discourse on entitlements.

PLOS ONE: Nutrition and Health – The Association between Eating Behavior and Various Health Parameters: A Matched Sample Study - Our results revealed that a vegetarian diet is related to a lower BMI and less frequent alcohol consumption. Moreover, our results showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life. Therefore, public health programs are needed in order to reduce the health risk due to nutritional factors.
New study shows people with vegetarian diets are less likely to be healthy, with higher rates of cancer, mental disorders, require greater medical care, and have a poorer quality of life. : science
Electronic cigarettes ‘don’t aid quitting’, study says : Nature News & Comment - But some researchers argue that it is too early to dismiss potential health benefits. (like not fucking smoking)
Electronic cigarettes ‘don’t aid quitting’, study says. : science
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Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Chateau Petrus, Part The Less Than Infinity - Esquire - Dear Mother of Jesus, we are a heavily armed nation of fkwits.
Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data — not children. I quit.

For Jared Remy, leniency was the rule until one lethal night - Metro - The Boston Globe - The trail of alleged victims runs back to his teen years. So does the line of judges who somehow saw fit, time and again, to give him one more chance.

Florida Moves To Restrict Media Access To Stand Your Ground Case Records
More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up? | Alternet - We're safer than ever. So why are we seeing an ever increasing militarization of policing? (you are terrorists)
Death Penalty Evolution Map: How Executions Have Changed in States | New Republic
Watchdog: Feds Are Muzzling Us for Reporting Alleged Immigrant Detainee Sex Abuse | Mother Jones - After a community group raised concerns about alleged sexual abuse at an immigrant detention facility in California, the feds asked the group to sign away its First Amendment rights.
Autopsy determines Texas cop fatally shot student in back — RT USA - A Texas college student killed after reportedly making a sarcastic remark to a police officer likely died from a close range gunshot wound to the back, according to an autopsy report that sheds new light on a tragedy that made headlines late last year. Cameron Redus, a 23-year-old student at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas, was shot five times by Christopher Carter, a campus police officer, after a traffic stop on December 6.
Video: Camper turning from officers when shot | ABQJournal Online - Officers fire bean-bag rounds at him as he’s on the ground, then let loose a police dog, which grabs his leg and shakes it. He doesn’t move. Then officers approach and cuff him, blood on the rock above him. He died the next day at the hospital.
Lawsuit challenges fatal shooting by Miami-Dade police as excessive force - Miami-Dade - - On an early spring evening, two armored Miami-Dade police vehicles carrying 16 helmeted officers thundered into a middle-class Miami Lakes neighborhood for a raid on a suspected pot dealer.
Joe Arpaio Faces More Trouble Over Racial Profiling Case - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his top aide are required to appear before a federal judge who believes the two have mischaracterized and trivialized the judge's key findings in a racial-profiling decision issued last year against the police agency.

St. Louis County mother furious after being arrested for consoling son | St. Louis - She got to her son’s classroom and immediately started to console him. Then the school principal informed her she was violated school policy by not signing in. “I didn’t sign the book, but I had to check on my son. You can bring me the book, She said oh no, I’ve already called the police. You called what,” said Williams (the militarization of public schools)

Silicon's Valley's Brutal Ageism | New Republic - Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete? (dudebrotechdudes have a short shelf-life +botox)

Survey Says 1 In 5 Unhappily Married Women Are In A Sexless Marriage - Specifically, 22 percent of the American women surveyed admitted to having no sex with their husbands at all.
Women of all ages: how has your sex drive changed? | Comment is free | - Gloria Steinem, who turns 80 this week, thinks a dwindling libido can be a 'terrific advantage'. What do you think? - "The brain cells that used to be obsessed are now free for all kinds of great things."

Judge: IP-Address Is Not a Person and Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate | TorrentFreak - District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed a lawsuit filed by Malibu Media, arguing that the IP-address evidence can't identify the person who actually downloaded the pirated file. (next up, traffic cams)
Which Are The Best Anonymous VPN Providers? | TorrentFreak

? Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (Grace Slick, Woodstock, aug 17 1969) - YouTube
? Riders on the Storm - The Doors HD - YouTube
The Doors In Hd - Jim Morrison - The End - Live In Concert - Amazing !!!! - YouTube

French satellite image also shows possible plane debris | Reuters

Guinea deaths: Ebola blamed for deadly fever outbreak - The Ebola virus has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever now believed to have killed nearly 60 people in southern Guinea, government officials say.

NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region | Reuters - NATO's top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a "very sizeable" force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea. (Putin on a roll)
NATO says Russia has big force at Ukraine's border, worries over Transdniestria | Reuters
James Meek · Putin’s Counter-Revolution · LRB 20 March 2014 (it's complicated)
Juliane Fürst · In Simferopol · LRB 20 March 2014

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden -
Pakistan Printer Censors New York Times Front Page Article (Bin Who?)
Twitter / aysharalam: This has been bothering me ... - all morning. What is so offensive?
Pakistan Protected Osama bin-Laden updated- Educate YourselfEducate Yourself

Turkey downs Syria military jet 'in airspace violation'
Israel closes embassies around the world as diplomats strike | Reuters - By escalating the action to a full strike - the first by the diplomatic corps since the country's establishment in 1948 - the diplomats will close all of Israel's 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries and the United Nations.
Hamas warns Israel over calls to attack Gaza - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - Group's leadership says Israel will "pay a very high price" if it heeds Israeli calls to reoccupy the Gaza Strip. (most warlike country in the world)
Report: Germans seize cocaine on its way to Vatican - CBS News - Officers at Leipzig airport found 12 ounces of the drug packed into 14 condoms inside a shipment of cushions coming from South America.
Metropolitan police sued over officer who preyed on domestic violence victim | UK news | - Woman seeks compensation over officer who she says plied her with drink and sexually exploited her following 999 call

Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Madrid - Some protesters started to throw stones and bottles at the large numbers of riot police present and attacked cashpoints and hoardings. The police fired rubber bullets to disperse them, according to video footage seen by Reuters. ("protest turns violent" = "protest attacked by riot police")
22M Dignity Marches Gather a Million Peaceful Protesters in Madrid; Government of Spain Answers with Riot Police Violence - (what we said)

Poder 360° - La NSA en México - De tiempo atrás se conocen los métodos de espionaje estadounidense, y la reacción que éstos suscitan en los gobiernos mexicanos. (Snowdenistas ask why NSA spying on Mexico)
Chiapas cries out: the sound of Zapatista silence | ROAR Magazine - With the Zapatista communities under attack by capital and state, the indigenous support bases are rising once more to defend their autonomous utopia.

Two Gitmo guards face sexual assault trials in SA - Navy - Stripes - It is the first time NCOs at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, where 154 detainees are now held, have faced sexual-assault trials.

Some Facts About How NSA Stories Are Reported - The Intercept

"The Story of Our Lives" at the Sources and Secrets Conference - The NSA, America's all seeing eye, doesn't want to know everything about everybody, Barton Gellman said today, his face hovering on a screen at the front of the New York Times' airy auditorium. "It wants to be able to know anything about anybody."
S&S Background Brief Abridged Report By Josh Meyer - S_and_S_Background_Brief_Abridged_Report_By_Josh_Meyer.pdf - Sources And Secrets –Background Brief - A Forum on the Press, the Government and National Security March 21, 2014, at TheTimesCenter in New York City

Before Snowden, Nixon Admin Pioneered Evidence-Free 'Russian Spy' Smears Against Daniel Ellsberg | Freedom of the Press Foundation
Intel Chairman Sees Snowden Supporting Russia's Crimea Seizure - NBC
Twitter / ggreenwald: If having a Congressman run ... around accusing people of Russian allegiance based on secret evidence isn't "McCarthyism", what is? #MikeRogers

Chuck Schumer, Author Of Media Shield Bill: It's 'Probably Not Enough' To Protect Glenn Greenwald
Twitter / ggreenwald: I've always thought that's ... - what America needs most: Chuck Schumer deciding who is & isn't a journalist
Hullabaloo - Renouncing all of his allures

Inside the admissions process at George Washington University - The Washington Post - GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.” This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations.
? The Emerging Culture Of Resistance | Dr. Margaret Flowers | American Autumn | Bonus material - YouTube

In our opinion: The Obama administration's all-out assault on press freedom | Deseret News - And yet the Obama administration has been waging an all-out assault, largely under-reported, on this freedom. It’s time for the nation’s media to make this an issue. (Obama hates your freedoms)
Is Revealing Secrets Akin to Drunk Driving? Intelligence Official Says So - The Intercept - The intelligence community’s top lawyer on Friday defended the Obama administration’s hostility toward revelations of national security secrets — and likened the act of publishing them to drunk driving. (sobriety test for journos, oh wait, that was Schumer's idea)
Video: Is The Obama Administration The LEAST Transparent In U.S. History | Ben Swann Truth In Media - Obama Administration says they are responding to a record number of FOIA requests, more than 700,000! That is true but what the media isn’t talking about is HOW the administration is responding and how little information is is actually being released to journalists.

China's Huawei condemns reported NSA snooping | Reuters - "If the actions in the report are true, Huawei condemns such activities that invaded and infiltrated into our internal corporate network and monitored our communications," Huawei's global cyber security officer, John Suffolk, told Reuters. (oh, the ironies)

N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat - - American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets. (when all along ...)

A new report finds that the plight of the long-term unemployed is bleak — and likely to remain so by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Of workers who were unemployed for over 27 weeks or more between 2007 and 2012 and interviewed a year later, only 11 percent had returned to full-time, permanent work. 30 percent were still unemployed and looking for work, and 34 percent had dropped out of the labor force entirely. (Obama driving his unemployment numbers down with hopelessness you can believe in)

The Answer is Class - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This Times op-ed on why people born in certain counties dominate Wikipedia entries spends a lot of words to miss the obvious answer
The Geography of Fame -

Texas City dike closed after barge and ship collide - Houston Chronicle - 90,000 feet of containment boom was deployed to protect the coastline from as much as 168,000 gallons of thick shipping fuel that may have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike.
Crews try to contain oil spill in Galveston Bay
Oil Spill In Galveston Bay After Barge Collides With Ship

FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast: GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control | FiveThirtyEight - Our new forecast goes a half-step further: We think the Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and capture the chamber. (Obama campaigning hard for Republinuts)
Nate Silver’s latest forecast shows the GOP regaining Senate control. Forecast for his FiveThirtyEight venture remains cloudy. by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Tarnished Silver - - Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight. I sorry, but I have to agree: so far it looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster ... Basically, it looks as if Silver is working from the premise that the supposed experts in every field are just like the political analysts at Politico, and that there is no real expertise he needs to take on board
The Limits of the Wonkosphere
Men who get paid to write about politics for a living who don’t understand the birth control provision of the ACA, part the infinite by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - , Emily Crockett has a nice piece on the Obamacare birth control benefit. It grew out of a Twitter exchange she had with Timothy B. Lee, the latest libertarian dudebro to join Ezra Klein’s new Vox journalism outfit. (mansplaining from Ezra's dudebrotechnolibertarian outfit)
Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic - How Jonathan Chait and other Obama-era progressives misunderstand the role of white supremacy in America's history and present
The real “culture of pathology” is neoliberal discourse about poverty by Kathleen Geier | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Left-Wing Darling Pacifica Radio Is Sliding Into the Abyss | LA Weekly - . A Pacifica fund drive, meanwhile, sounds like a never-ending infomercial for products created by a street-corner lunatic.

Lawmaker To Introduce Legislation For Legalized Pot « CBS New York - Voters in Colorado and Washington have made recreational cannabis legal in their states, “and has not had the dire results that critics have predicted,” Scutari said.

The Daily Dot - Could a petition force the White House to address nonbinary genders? - A White House petition to legally recognize nonbinary genders has managed 34,000 signatures in less than two days.

? Solfeggio Harmonics - 396 HZ - Liberation from Fear - YouTube (who knew?)

There’s a Gene for That | Jacobin - Biological determinism seems plausible precisely because it gives the illusion that it is grounded in scientific observation ... If the philosophical and scientific bases of genetic determinist claims are so problematic, why is such sloppy thinking rewarded with front-page articles in the New York Times Science section

Who Made That Standing Desk? -
This Cheap, Strong Cardboard Standing Desk Will Let You Ditch Your Deadly Office Sitting | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Computer Desks, Standing Desks, and iPad Carts from Anthro
9 Dirty Things In Your Kitchen You Probably Haven't Been Cleaning

Teen Sexter Sent Girls Nude Photos, San Bernardino Cops Say | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly - In a first-of-its-kind case for the Big Bear community, a 17-year-old boy was facing 10 counts of suspicion of annoying telephonic communication this week, San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department officials told the Weekly.
Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees | PandoDaily - what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.
Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies - Slashdot (and renames themselves "TwitBook")

Flight MH370: China sends ships to verify debris | World news | The Observer - Relatives of missing plane's passengers await possible confirmation of wreckage following sighting by Chinese satellite in southern Indian Ocean
How to Plausibly Deny Disappearing a Commercial Jumbo Jet

Ebola Kills Dozens In Guinea, May Have Spread To Sierra Leone

Crimea Base Besieged By Russian Troops
Shots fired as Russian troops force their way into Ukrainian base in Crimea | Reuters
White House responds cautiously to Russian takeover of Crimea airbase | World news | - Belbek commander reportedly taken away by Russian troops Obama hopes to increase Russia's isolation on Europe trip

Senators urge Obama to stand firm over Iran nuclear talks | World news | - Twenty-three Democrats write to president• Letter less aggressive than earlier Senate message (AIPAC puppets)

Tens of Thousands Protest Austerity Measures in Madrid - NBC (victims of a deluded policy designed to punish the people for the misdeeds of the elite are restless)
The Markets Recovered But Social Peace Hasn’t Been Won | Igualitárista

NSA targeted Chinese telecoms giant Huawei – report | World news | - NSA created 'back doors' into networks Huawei networks Company claims to connect a third of world's population Report comes as Obama set to meet Xi Jinping on Monday (they didn't want US using shit they already knew as compromised)

UK's Intelligence Watchdog 'Group' Only Has One Full-Time Member, Oversight Efforts Compared To British Sitcom | Techdirt - In Britain, the question, "Who watches the watchers?" has been answered. The answer is, apparently, hardly anyone. (very Brit)

Exile: Sarah Harrison On Paying The Price For Helping Edward Snowden | Techdirt

FBI Bust Another Handcrafted 'Terrorist' For The Crime Of Thinking About Supporting A Terrorist Organization | Techdirt - from the snared-in-the-FBI's-(en)trap(ment) dept The FBI's string of thwarted, self-created terrorist plots continues unabated. Why look for terrorists when you can just craft them yourselves? Digital Fourth has the rundown on the latest "coup" by the agency.
Police scrutinized over Stingray devices - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: News - Police across the country might be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do

Florida state attorney denies reports FBI agent in Todashev shooting cleared | World news | - Ibragim Todashev died in probe linked to Boston bombings • Statement: 'Release of purported information is inaccurate'

Hillary Clinton Tacks Right of Obama on Foreign Policy - - Remarks on Iran, Russia Suggest How She Might Differentiate Herself in '16 Run

Lawyers For 2 Ex-Christie Aides Call For Immunity

The Death of American Universities | Jacobin - by Noam Chomsky - As universities move towards a corporate business model, precarity is being imposed by force.

Worse Than Shirtsleeves in the Oval Office » Balloon Juice
Can Heritage Foundation Posterboy Bono Save the GOP? - The Daily Beast - Bono was into the spiritualization of finance waaaay before it was cool, like it now is becoming.

Do Corporations Believe in God? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Case Has the Answer - The Daily Beast - The Supreme Court will decide whether corporate personhood, a dubious idea they’ve already affirmed, means business can deny birth control coverage on the grounds of “religious freedom.” (the real question is can they go to hell? try that limited liability thing with the Almighty)
If Hobby Lobby Wins, It Will Be Even Worse For Birth Control Access Than You Think | ThinkProgress
Why Can’t the FDA Fix Outdated Birth Control Labels? - The Daily Beast - Contraceptives like Plan B don’t prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s body. But their labels still say they do—and they’ve become a tool for conservative activists. (“embryocidal.”)

The Right-Wing Book Market is Dying a Free-Market Death | Blog | The Baffler - Free market’s a bitch.
Tom Clancy, Military Man | Andrew J. Bacevich | The Baffler - Clancy’s own career took off when President Reagan plugged Red October as “my kind of yarn.” As well he might: Clancy shared Reagan’s worldview.

Is Innovation Killing Cambridge? | WGBH News
The People’s Republic of Zuckerstan | John Summers | The Baffler - Ever since Mark Zuckerberg reappeared in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2011 and announced that this old city had growth potential after all, the region’s public officials have been eagerly positioning themselves to ride a wave of digital startup commerce ... If you are Suzy Phelps, you pick up your bag of tricks and skedaddle. In October 2013, soon after her photograph appeared in Scout Cambridge and arrived in everyone’s mailboxes, Hubba Hubba was washed away in a tide of Innovation Economy payola.

Subatomic Free Will « The Dish

Joel Osteen's church theft opens can of worms: Jaws drop as folks do the math - Hartford Pop Culture | - . Based on Osteen’s reported amount of money in this theft, it appears his Lakewood Church takes in $32 million a year. Calculator keys were punched around the nation taking the $600,000 for Olsteen's weekend donation collection and timing this by the 52 weeks in a year. (grifters will)

It’s a Fork, It’s a Spoon, It’s a ... Weapon? - (zero tolerance for idiocy)

We Need Three Planets to Keep the Human Race Alive, NASA Scientist Says | Motherboard - “The entire ecosystem is crashing,” Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist of NASA’s Langley Research Center said Thursday. “Essentially, there’s too many of us. We’ve been far too successful as the human animal. People allege we’re short 40-50 percent of a planet now. As the Asians and their billions come up to our living systems, we’re going to need three more planets.” (Republicans defund space)
World's Oldest Direct Measure Of Atmospheric CO2 May Lose Its Funding | ThinkProgress (Republicans defund facts)
Keeling Curve Funding - The Top CO2 Measurement Is In Trouble - Esquire - The Republicans have discovered that the solution to global climate change is the same solution they have for everything they see as a problem with the government -- cut its funding!

Missing Plane Search Continues; Still No Sign of Plane Or Debris, Australia Says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will "Significantly" Restrict Online Freedoms | Motherboard (Obama hates your freedoms)
Tech companies to Senate Finance Committee chair Wyden: no Fast Track for TPP! - Boing Boing - We urge you not to pass any version of Fast Track or trade promotion authority, or approve any mechanism that would facilitate the passage of trade agreements containing digital copyright enforcement provisions designed in an opaque, closed-door process. (which is Obama's favorite way to do things)

Congress raises pressure on CIA in torture dispute - - Congress and the CIA are battling over who will write the official history of one of the darkest eras in American spying — the waterboarding and brutal interrogations of Al Qaeda prisoners in undeclared prisons overseas. (even worse than you thought, but Obama will keep it all seecrit)
JURIST - Sidebar: Legitimate Penological Interests? Challenges to the Use of the Water Cure in Guantanamo Bay - US military personnel at Guantanamo Bay are grievously abusing hunger-striking detainees, using force-feeding techniques akin to a medieval form of torture called "pumping" and colloquially known as the "water cure." (your "Commander-in-Chief" loves torture)
Guantánamo, Where Unsubstantiated Suspicion of Terrorism Ensures Indefinite Detention, Even After 12 Years | Andy Worthington

Ukraine signs EU trade pact as Russia finalizes Crimea annexation -
McCain: 'It's Tragic' There's No U.S. Military Option In Ukraine | ThinkProgress (you know what is tragic?)

ACLU of Massachusetts and ACLU of Florida call for public transparency on FBI shooting death | ACLU of Massachusetts - Unbroken FBI track record of clearing its agents who use deadly force leads to renewed calls for openness and accountability, especially regarding role of Massachusetts state troopers.
Florida state attorney denies reports FBI agent in Todashev shooting cleared | World news | - Ibragim Todashev died in probe linked to Boston bombings • Statement: 'Release of purported information is inaccurate' (we had no choice but to shoot him 6 times in the torso and once in the back of the head +FBI wiretapped prosecutor's phone, probably)
FBI agent cleared in Florida shooting of suspect questioned about Boston bombing - The Washington Post

Why Is Turkey Blocking Twitter? | Electronic Frontier Foundation - “Twitter and so on, we will root them out. The international community can say this or that – I don’t care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic.”
Turkey Twitter users flout Erdogan ban on micro-blogging site | World news | The Guardian - Twitter use breaks new record in country as Turks defy purge of social media platform by Ankara
Istanbul-New York-Tel Aviv: Tweet Tweet: Erdogan's Failed Attempt at banning Twitter (Turkish Local Election Coverage 2014, 5) - courts throughout Turkey issued orders for the social media Twitter to be blocked. In other words, twitter is now banned in Turkey! While this certainly has sent out shock waves in Turkey, and the world, it is not a great surprise considering the recent passage of the internet law. (Erdogan making his corruption widely known)

Taliban gunmen kill nine civilians in attack at Kabul's Serena hotel | World news | - Four foreigners among victims in attack on luxury hotel as wave of violence sweeps Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections
Israeli settlements require international legal attention, envoy says - (always push, push)
Jerusalem child threatened with sodomy, placed under house arrest | Defence for Children International Palestine - A boy from East Jerusalem who signed a confession after Israeli interrogators threatened him with sodomy spent over two months under house arrest.

RIP Lawrence Walsh - Esquire - It was a clean getaway. And so much of what those thieves stole from the rest of us never had been recovered. We are a lesser country for all of that. (what looking forward gets you +Ford's Chief of Staff was Darth Cheney)

Oakland to Pay $4.5 million to Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen | East Bay Express - The Oakland City Attorney's Office said in a statement this morning that the city will pay $1.8 million of the settlement with Scott Olsen, and that the city's insurance carrier will pay the rest of the $4.5 million.
Judge finds police ‘lied, exaggerated and colluded’ about cellblock assaults captured on video | Toronto Star - Ontario Court judge says officers used excessive force on a man in custody, violating his Charter rights, then “created a narrative” to cover it up. The videos are being kept secret despite being evidence in a public trial.

Has James Clapper been indicted for perjury yet? - It has been ___ days since James Clapper lied to Congress and the American people.

President Obama considers ditching his BlackBerry for a Samsung or LG | World news | The Guardian - The smartphone that he said during the campaign would have to be pried from his grasp may be on its way out (the closest Barry got to a "computer")
Obama's move to relieve snooping fears | TheHill - The White House said Obama and the executives — which included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt — discussed steps Obama had ordered to restrict government intelligence activities.

New Jersey Muslims appeal federal ruling on NYPD surveillance | World news | - Judge William Martini said NYPD activities were lawful • Attorney: ruling sanctions 'targeted, religious discrimination'

Harry Reid asks CIA to limit Congress interaction during spying investigation | World news | - Senate majority leader escalates row in letter to CIA director • Senate sergeant-at-arms to examine computer networks (so they don't spy on his investigation of their spying, CIA stands behind claim of Senate "hacking" their computers)
Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators - The Intercept
Reports of the Death of a National License-Plate Tracking Database Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - The Intercept - The only thing actually new at DHS — the solicitation for services the Post decided was front-page news — was a different form of paperwork to pay for access.

Microsoft tightens privacy policy after admitting to reading journalist's emails | Technology | - After outrage from privacy campaigners, the tech firm will now seek legal advice before examining the contents of customers’ inboxes (see, it's really "their" email, they just license "you" to read it)
Microsoft has always reserved the right to read and disclose your Hotmail messages - Boing Boing
Microsoft admits reading Hotmail inbox of blogger (worse than Googlevil)
How Much Microsoft Charges the FBI for User Data - An invoice from December 2012 totals $145,100 which boils down to $100 per request. The rate had doubled by August 2013 when Microsoft charged the FBI $200 per request for a total of $352,200. The most recent invoice from November 2013 is $281,000. Remember: all of those six-figure sums (provided by taxpayers) are for one month's worth of user data requests. That adds up to millions of dollars a year.
The Daily Dot - U.K. begging Yahoo to stay in London so it can keep snooping - The U.K. is reportedly begging Yahoo to not move its European headquarters to Ireland, where it may not face the same level of surveillance it currently does.

Austerians’ Pound of Flesh by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - That these numbers could have been a lot worse is comforting, but only if you forget what might have been done for the economy if Washington hadn’t spent most of the last three years focused on deficit reduction. (no one to blame but Obama and Larry Summers)
Meet FirstNet: the surveillance industry's blueprint for national data sharing | Privacy SOS - FirstNet is a public/private cooperative surveillance and information exchange enterprise—a vast network to share Americans' personal information—conceived by and written into law with the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. (remember that one? Obama also de-regulated Silicon Valley IPO's, win-win-win)

Tea Party and Wall Street Are Getting Along Just Fine | New Republic (Teastupids owned by Koch Bros)
GOP Field Hasn’t Been This Split in 40 Years | FiveThirtyEight - The pack is now huddled in the low teens, according to polls of GOP voters. (all the clowns are midgets)

Representative Wingnuts by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Anyone who thinks the two parties are “equivalent” in extremist influence either isn’t paying attention or is moving the goalposts by pretending that whatever Obama and Democrats are doing is some sort of revolutionary Marxist outrage, even if it’s been ho-hum policy for Democrats and even for Republicans for years.

House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy | ThinkProgress (Republicans hate parks)

Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End Of A Publishing Gold Rush - A decade ago, mainstream publishers became convinced they could make millions by churning out books for the right — and now the bubble may be bursting. From Allan Bloom to Ann Coulter. (peak insanity?)

The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers. (they bought Canada)
Google Earth Caught This Power Plant Dumping Cancer-Causing Pollution Into a Major River - PolicyMic - On Monday environmental groups released images of a coal-ash plant in Kentucky allegedly dumping illegal waste into the Ohio river — and it's not a pretty picture.

The Last 30 Years, As Told By Newspapers (what's a "newpaper?")

Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines - US News - Study finds that areas with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions also had high number of cases (go fuck yourself, Jenny)

Products: Treadmill, Stand At Desks & Desk Accessories | TreadDesk
Treadmill Desks Burn Calories <em>And</em> Boost Work Performance, Study Suggests

Hawaii police urge lawmakers to keep in place undercover sex exemption | World news | - Officers in Hawaii say they need provision that allows officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations
Man assaulted and locked wife in shed after she kept singing 'ding dong, the witch is dead' when his mother died - Crime - UK - The Independent
Meet Patrick Howley: The Daily Caller's Resident Sexist | Blog | Media Matters for America - Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson has apologized for reporter Patrick Howley's sexist and inappropriate comments about Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray, but Howley has a history of pushing misogynistic rhetoric at Carlson's outlet.
Grunt08 comments on I will be desecrating Fred Phelps' grave. His church has caused me untold amounts of misery. CMV.

Nun Rocks It On Italy's 'The Voice' Singing Competition And No One Can Believe It: Sister Cristina Scuccia Wows
? Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon Form 2-Man Doo-Wop Group Using iPad App - YouTube
? The Doors Sing "Reading Rainbow" Theme (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) - YouTube
The 13 greatest opening lines from novels of the 1960s | Whizzpast

ELI5: String Theory : explainlikeimfive
Khan Academy Gets Rare Partnership To Close Wealth Gap In College Test Prep | TechCrunch

First Climate Article On Nate Silver’s Data Website Uses 'Deeply Misleading' Data, Top Climatologists Say | ThinkProgress

Eschaton: They Sucked On It Tom - I think it [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie. (Tommy Friedman - never forget)

Israel approves 184 new settlement homes | Reuters

Turkey's PM Erdogan Vow's to Eradicate Twitter, Doesn't Care About International Reaction
Saudi Arabia: New Terrorism Regulations Assault Rights | Human Rights Watch - Campaign to Silence Peaceful Activists
Research | Journalist Safety | IWMF - Every year, women journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all in pursuit of the truth. They do it in defense of their societies, bearing witness in countries where media are not free. Many of these women face not only the implicit dangers of hostile environments, but cultural and social prejudices that would keep them silent.
d New Zealand Supreme Court Says DOJ Doesn't Have To Provide Its Evidence In Megaupload Extradition Case | Techdirt (of course not)

Details of Illegal Torture That the CIA Doesn't Want You to Know About - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - Any agreement to refrain from investigating torture as a criminal offense would itself violate the law. The UN Convention Against Torture, signed by Ronald Reagan and later ratified by the U.S. Senate, compels signatories to investigate torture and "submit the case to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution." Perhaps the U.S. will one day adhere to the law. (not if Obama can help it)

Don't Fall For Misleading Story Being Spread By NSA Suggesting Tech Companies Lied About PRISM | Techdirt - Update: With little fanfare, the Guardian has now added a note (at the bottom) saying that it has adjusted the story because of the initial misleading claims:
Google Encrypts All Gmail Messages After NSA Snooping | News & Opinion |
The Daily Dot - Hacked emails show what Microsoft charges the FBI for user data - Microsoft often charges the FBI's most secretive division hundreds of thousands of dollars a month to legally view customer information, according to documents allegedly hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.
Microsoft Looked Through Reporter's Hotmail And MSN Chat Accounts To Identify Windows 8 Leaker | Techdirt - from the scroogled? dept (also the wait, what? dept)

A Question for Mr. Charles Pierce | The Daily Banter
A Response To The Daily Banter - Esquire - I guess I should reply to this with something beyond, "Witless sarcasm is no way to go through life, son."

Prosecutors Admit They Don't Understand What Weev Did, But They're Sure It's Like Blowing Up A Nuclear Plant | Techdirt (technology is complicated)

New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received a Whopping $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently | Alternet - Military contractors, oil companies and banks are the biggest 'welfare queens' around.

The GOP’s Prague Spring Is Officially Over -- Daily Intelligencer

Chris Christie's General Achieves Peak Chutzpah - Esquire - Slimy with chutzpah, yeah, but these are not good men. Neither Samson nor Christie may ever be charged with any crime, much less spend a day in jail, but both have abused their power and should be removed from office. The sooner, the better.

The Sex Scene Is Dead - Esquire - And Nymphomaniac hasn't done anything to revive it

The Overprotected Kid - The Atlantic

Landmark Alzheimer's Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain - . But in those with Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment, the protein -- RE1-Silencing Transcription factor -- is absent from key brain regions.
Joe Rogan Experience #470 - Amber Lyon - YouTube
? Puzzling Puzzle Prank - YouTube

Student involved in razor incident will return to school Friday | WAVY (we need zero tolerance for administrative idiocy)
Fla. woman who shot mom awaits 'stand ground' ruling - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A mother of six who says she was forced to shoot her own mother in self-defense clings to a controversial defense that continues to garner criticism and legislative action. (it's the white male clause in stand your ground that's the problem)

Twitter Is Public. Deal with It. - Duly Noted - Testa didn’t need permission to cover a newsworthy event on her beat any more than a metro reporter needs permission to cover a rally in a public park.
BuzzFeed reporter’s use of tweets stirs controversy | Poynter.
What's Missing from Journalists' Tactic of Snagging Stories from Twitter? Respect. | Bitch Media (public shit is public, deal with it)
The Daily Dot - Hacker who broke into 'League of Legends' database arrested
Federal Agents Arrest More Than a Dozen in Internet Child Pornography Ring | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Federal agents announced the results of one of the largest online child exploitation investigations in history Tuesday, involving victims in 37 states and five foreign countries.

California officials prepare for the worst as historic drought deepens risk of wildfires | Environment | The Guardian - Severe lack of rain and sun-scorched earth means that when it comes to fire risks, California is now in a class of its own
FiveThirtyEight | This Winter Wasn’t the Coldest, But It Was One of the Most Miserable
Texans Attack ‘Muslim Weather’ - The Daily Beast - “It’s called a dust storm..Texas is not a rag head country.”

Missing Plane Most Likely In Southern Indian Ocean: Reuters Source
A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet | Autopia |
MH370 disappearance: Chris Goodfellow's theory about a fire and Langkawi is wrong.
Did the airplane hide in a "radar shadow"? Probably not. Did the flight crew act like heroes? Possibly so.
How Conspiracy Theories Go Viral | Motherboard

Navy Yard Shooting Review - The Broken Military And Its Broken People - Esquire - This is one of the deeper and more profound elements of the legacy of a decade in which an administration recklessly employed the military out of panic and geopolitical fantasy. Aaron Alexis is the product of the country's lingering fever dream.

Russia: Government Tightens Screws After Sochi | Human Rights Watch - Detentions, Harassment of Peaceful Protesters Amid Ukraine Crisis
Kiev announces plans to withdraw Ukrainian troops from Crimea | World news | The Guardian - Ukrainian servicemen come under pressure from Russian troops and local forces to abandon Crimean bases
Russian Forces Storm Ukrainian Naval Headquarters In Crimea

NoW offered hacking reporter 'crude' deal to keep job by not spreading blame | UK news | - Former royal editor told he would only be sacked if he said others were involved in phone hacking, Old Bailey told
Brazil No Longer Plans to Secede from the Internet | Motherboard

US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency's top lawyer insists | World news | - NSA general counsel Rajesh De contradicts months of angry denials from big companies like Yahoo and Google (who lied?)
Why Does the NSA Want to Keep Its Water Usage a Secret? | Wired Enterprise | - The National Security Agency has many secrets, but here’s a new one: the agency is refusing to say how much water it’s pumping into the brand new data center it operates in Bluffdale, Utah. According to the NSA, its water usage is a matter of national security. (because terrorists (journalists) would win)
Get your masks ready: Facebook says it has achieved 97% face recognition success 'in the wild' | Privacy SOS - DeepFace is coming for what's left of your privacy. (they really called it that)

NSA Surveillance Past Calls - The Snowden Effect, Continued - Esquire - Apparently, the all-too-human, yet curiously error-prone, heroes of the surveillance state have invented themselves a kind of atavachron.

Judge: FBI must explain why it is withholding documents about assassination plot against occupy activists | Privacy SOS
Judge: FBI Explain Withholding Records Of Occupy Houston Assassination Plot | PopularResistance.Org - A federal judge has ordered the FBI to explain why it withheld some information requested by a graduate student for his research on a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston protest leaders. (read that again, slowly)
NSA Conducts So Many Back Door Searches on US Persons It Would Be Impracticable to Approve Those Queries | emptywheel (another Obama logical rabbit-hole(TM)

Weev Is Still in Jail Because the Government Doesn't Know What Hacking Is | Motherboard
Errata Security: Weev’s lawyers appear in court

How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation - Truthdig - By Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek - Before joining RT, Wahl interned for the right-wing Sean Hannity on Fox News. (things are not always as they seem dept)

Eschaton: Symptom - Whatever one thinks of Bill and Hill personally, their ability to surround themselves with truly horrible people is impressive. Mark Penn's a convenient - and uniquely awful - scapegoat, but it's ridiculous to see him as The Problem. Look in the mirror all you people talking to Mother Jones.
Hillary Insiders Say They Won't Work for Her If She Hires This Man | Mother Jones - "I would do anything for Hillary. Except work with Mark Penn."

This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From - The initial spike in dark money spending took place in 2008, after the Supreme Court’s 2007 Wisconsin Right to Life ruling. That ruling freed nonprofit 501(c) organizations to make “issue ads” mentioning candidates -- as long as they didn’t directly call for the election or defeat of a candidate.
The stunning dishonesty of Charles Murray - - Paul Ryan’s “inner city” expert explains why insisting blacks and Latinos have lower IQs isn’t racist. He's wrong (Joan Walsh is shrill)
Paul Ryan is victim-blaming men now - The Week - No, men don't lack a "culture of work" — they lack decent jobs
The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults | Brookings Institution - Employment prospects for teens and young adults in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas plummeted between 2000 and 2011
So the young feel defeated and trapped. Guess what? So do their parents | Suzannne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian - When the young have no jobs, no houses and no hope it is not just a problem for them. We are all in this together
The Underemployed Generation - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - For young people with low levels of education, the employment situation is bad indeed and they have little hope of significant improvement going forward. It’s not that they can find no work necessarily, but it is a generation of underemployed people working low-wage jobs:

FiveThirtyEight | When Living Wage Is Minimum Wage - A generation ago, people making the minimum wage were largely teenagers. Today, as President Obama pushes to give 25 million low-wage workers a raise, that’s no longer true.
Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight and the dangers of being ideologically neutral - The Week - By claiming the mantle of pure analysis, Silver is falling into a familiar journalistic trap - Here's where we find Silver's ideological commitment, I think: contrarianism. (Woah, the Silver-Klein twins +Nate is a crypto climate-denier)
Sergeant Friday Was Not A Fox -
Are Corporations Hoarding Cash? It's Complicated. | Mother Jones - Over at the newly launched—or relaunched—, Ben Casselman updates us on the enormous mountains of cash that have been piling up in company treasuries ever since the recession ended:
Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity - Esquire - The occasion this time is Leon Wieseltier's hilarious why-do-they-laugh-at-my-mighty-sword? diatribe regarding Silver's abject disrespect for the pundit class. Byers, who will never learn, concludes that the problem is that Both Sides Do It.

Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class - - Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth -- even democracy (if you ignore the 1% and policies they bought, anyway)

Many in Michigan won’t be able to buy “rape insurance” because individual plans don’t offer it - - Insult to injury for reproductive rights: There are no individual providers currently offering new abortion riders

The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming | Mother Jones - This is your wilderness on drugs. (when you criminalize it and grow it outdoors, anyway)
WASHINGTON: Feds accused of steering funding to anti-pot researchers | Economy | McClatchy DC

This Is A Painting Of George Washington Dunking On Kim Jong-un

Louisiana Public School Finds Out It Can't Force Christianity On Students - a science teacher at the school, Rita Roark, told her class, which C.C. attended, that the Big Bang never happened and that God had created the universe 6,000 years ago. She allegedly refused to teach the theory of evolution to the class, saying it was a theory "stupid people made up because they don’t want to believe in God.” ("science" teacher +Rita Roark, famous on the internets for all eternity for being "stupid")
Racists Declare White Man March a Success, Everyone Else Wonders If It Actually Happened (Kyle Hunt, famous on the internets for all eternity for being a racist asshole)

Malcolm Gladwell debunked: Practice may not be the main key to success - - A new study shows that the "10,000 hour rule" might be a lot less important than previously touted (10,000 hrs is only 1/3 of the story)
Quantum Supergravity Could Explain Weirdness of Black Holes - Wired Science
How An Ordinary Camera Phone Can Photograph Objects Hidden Behind Other Things — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium
Dinosaur dubbed 'chicken from hell' was armed and dangerous | Science | The Guardian - Feathered beast, Anzu wyliei, was built for speed, measured three metres from beak to tail and had long, sharp claws

Behold the Most Perfectly Scathing Missed Connection of All Time - Tuesday evening, a commuter on the T in Boston observed a man approach a woman and — without any prior interaction — tell her to lose weight
The 20 most memorable Love Letters of the past five years - Relationships -

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OneNote is freaking amazing!!! : windowsphone
Top 10 things you didn’t know about OneNote | Office Blogs
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Where have you spotted OneNote? | Office Blogs
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Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn | Environment | - AAAS makes rare policy intervention urging US to act swiftly to reduce carbon emissions and lower risks of climate catastrophe (Repubicans defund the climate)
West’s Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights - - A sprawling petrochemical complex at the junction of the Brazos and the Gulf of Mexico held senior rights to the river’s water — and with the Brazos shriveled, it had run short. (oil wins over food)
Iditarod 2014: Musher Monica Zappa on climate change, Alaskan snow shortage. - Alaska’s famous Iditarod race has precious little snow this year.

Malaysia Plane Search Spans Asia, But Investigation Shows Little Progress - An international land and sea search for a missing Malaysian jetliner is covering an area the size of Australia
Thailand Gives Radar Data 10 Days After MH370 Goes Missing - it didn't share the information with Malaysia earlier because it wasn't specifically asked for it.
Pakistan, India, Taliban say know nothing about missing plane | Reuters - "We wish we had an opportunity to hijack such a plane," he told Reuters by telephone from the lawless North Waziristan region.
CNN's Don Lemon Raises Every Crazy Theory About Missing Malaysian Plane (video)

Ukrainian Navy Man 'Killed' as Russian Troops Storm Simferopol Military Base (""killed"")
Ukrainian troops being attacked at base by Russian forces: Interfax | Reuters - Ukrainian troops at a base in Crimea's main city, Simferopol, said on Tuesday that they were being attacked by Russian forces and one soldier had been injured, Interfax news agency said quoting a Ukrainian military spokesman.
Was Yanukovych's Ouster Constitutional? (no)
Putin confirms Crimea annexation as Ukraine soldier becomes first casualty | World news | The Guardian - Russian president denounces hypocrisy of west but Ukraine's PM accuses Moscow of war crime after soldier is shot dead ... "I do not want to be welcomed in Sevastopol by Nato sailors," said Putin, speaking of the Crimean port where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.
Russia Suspended From G-8 In Wake Of Crimea Crisis, France Says
Crimea’s referendum corrected Soviet-era mistake - Gorbachev — RT News
Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine - Slashdot
Ron Paul Is Supporting Russia’s Illegal Occupation of Crimea - The Daily Beast - The libertarian godfather has become one of the biggest cheerleaders for the "referendum" that will lead to Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.
Twitter / AmbroseEP: Reliance on Russian gas (Baltics are screwed)
Putin condemns western hypocrisy as he confirms annexation of Crimea | World news | - Russian president makes speech laced with bluster and anger at west, saying Russia has been 'cheated again and again'
Crimea Annexation: Putin Signs Treaty Making Region Part Of Russia
FiveThirtyEight | Another Explanation For Crimea Referendum Landslide - the Ukrainian parliament’s “foolish steps” — such as canceling and later reinstating a law granting equal status to minority languages in Ukraine. He still thinks the context of the referendum, including the Russian troops and Russian propaganda present in Crimea, were the dominant factors in the vote. (and not Putin voting a million times)

Twitter / billmon1: @TonyKaron @barbaraslavin1 ... - Obama: "New settlements? What new settlements?You must've spilled some coffee on that map or something."
Obama and Abbas meeting 'difficult', says chief Palestinian negotiator | World news | - Saeb Erekat said delegation showed US president ‘very ugly map’ of recent Israeli settlements at ‘candid’ meeting (push, push)
Israel's defense chief says U.S. projecting weakness | Reuters (and they are experts)
Afghanistan Suicide Bombing Claims 15 Lives; Just The Latest Attack Before Presidential Elections
Twitter / KeaneBhatt: .@GeraldoRivera's oped urges ... - US support for "Venezuelan people" to "throw the bum out" even though Maduro was elected

Eschaton: It Was The Stupidest Of Times - Of course, there's Kenneth Pollack, but also Paul Berman, Michael Ignatieff and, surprise, Elie Wiesel, the great writer on the Holocaust. Berman: "It's something of a scandal in my eyes that hundreds of thousands of people are not marching in support of the oppressed Iraqis." Hundreds of thousands are dead. Bygones, Paul.
Moral Injury: The Grunts - The Huffington Post - Almost 2 million men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are flooding homeward, profoundly affected by war. (screw our troops)

Revealed: Inside the Senate report on CIA interrogations | Al Jazeera America - “Whatever is in the report is big enough and significant enough that the CIA has fought tooth and nail to keep it buried,” Anders said. “If what comes out in this report is as bad as some senators have said, it’s going to require a broader and deeper discussion about what took place, and it will be up to the president and Congress to lead the country through it, figure out what it means and how we need to respond to clean it up.”

Reports of the Death of a National License-Plate Tracking Database Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - The Intercept - So rather than being the tale of an averted threat, the bulk license-plate tracking saga is actually a story about yet another previously unimaginable loss of privacy in the modern information age.
Pentagon watchdog 'not aware' of NSA bulk phone data collection | World news | - Admission that DoD office doesn’t have investigations open into the controversial surveillance comes as new report reveals NSA can harvest every call made in unnamed foreign country ... Thomas, an Air Force and intelligence veteran who became deputy inspector general in March 2013, said he “can’t quantify” the amount of oversight he performs on the NSA. (no oversight anywhere)
NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls - The Washington Post - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the White House will not comment on every NSA report. (of course not)
After Snowden, Australia’s cops worry about people using crypto | Ars Technica - Proposal for reform has state police asking for Web browsing history, too.

Small Drones Are the 'Worst' Threat to Privacy, Says Senate Intel Chair | Motherboard - Dianne Feinstein has a bone to pick with drones, especially since she confronted one on her own lawn ... a tiny toy pink helicopter
Hundreds of Twitter accounts hacked starting Sunday, Australian Minister Julie Bishop is one of them | TechWorm
How Google Can Repel the Attack of the NSA Quantum Computer | Wired Enterprise | - The way to combat NSA eavesdropping, he says, is to encrypt data as it moves across the wire.
California man arrested near U.S.-Canada border on terrorism charge | Reuters - A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an al Qaeda splinter group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a terrorism charge, federal officials said.

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It - Wired Science - After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn. (remember antibiotics?)

The 1% have gained back their recession losses and then some - The top-line finding for the United States is that the share of pre-tax income going to the top 1 percent of earners continues to be the highest among OECD countries, standing at 19.3 percent in 2012.
Facts About A Totally Unsexy Issue That Ought To Raise Some Eyebrows (the rise of the American oligarchs)
Politico Populism - Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity - Esquire - Perhaps Summers can take up his "politics of inclusion" with, say Brooksley Born, who was not included because she knew the system was rigged while Larry Summers, member of the Democratic power elite, was insisting that it wasn't. (inequality, and the people Obama surrounded himself with)
The Case Against Larry Summers - - When Brooksley Born, then the chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, devised a 1998 proposal suggesting that over-the-counter derivatives be regulated, he called her, livid.

UA doctor gets key federal support for marijuana research - Sisley called the approval “a historic shift in policy and medical marijuana drug-development research.”

Worst States For Pregnant Rape Victims (infographic)
Unpaid Intern? You Probably Aren't Protected Against Sexual Harassment | Mother Jones - Why interns find themselves in legal limbo when something goes wrong.

Tax-Hating States Totally Fine With Taxing The Poor - Not mentioned in the report are some of the factors that play into high sales tax rates. In the South, especially, property taxes are very low, and voters have historically rejected attempts to raise them. The region also has a history of handing out huge tax breaks to large manufactures in order to persuade them to move there.
Federal Drug Prosecutions Drop To Reagan-Era Levels

Hullabaloo - The fallout from Grand Bargaining - But Jolly had an easy comeback: He denied wanting to privatize Social Security, and fired back by noting that Sink voiced some support for the Simpson-Bowles debt-reduction plan, which included cuts to Social Security. (Obama fucks the Dems and they love it)
Hullabaloo - As for what governments should do to prevent social unrest in the wake of mass unemployment, the Microsoft cofounder said that they should basically get on their knees and beg businesses to keep employing humans over algorithms. (Gates is a real dudebro tech asshole; tax the fucker)

Bill Baroni George Washington Bridge - It's Only A Matter Of Time Before One Of Christie's Men Squeals - Esquire - The real pressure now is on U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman to lean on Bill Baroni or Charlie McKenna until one of them talks.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign manager kept in loop about George Washington Bridge complaints, emails show - NY Daily News - Bill Baroni, former executive director of the Port Authority, explaining to a New Jersey legislative panel on Nov. 25 that the lane closures were part of a traffic study, a story that has since been discredited.
Christie's Stronger than the Storm Jersey Shore post-Sandy ad cover up | New Republic - Which in turn brings to mind the extreme yet comically ham-handed efforts of Governor Chris Christie’s administration to keep secret the process that led to the controversial selection exactly one year ago of a firm to run a $25 million ad campaign for last summer’s tourist season touting the Shore’s comeback from Superstorm Sandy.
Eschaton: Assholes - n some ways bridgegate isn't the biggest deal in the world. It just demonstrates that we handed an immense amount of power to some particularly nasty 13-year-olds ... Not just bullies, but childish bullies. I blame lead. (fat fuck bully lying Christie and they voted for him)
Chris Christie's campaign manager made aware while bridge lane closing underway, email shows | - “I know it’s not a fun topic ... but you did great,” Stepien wrote in late November, a few weeks after Christie easily won re-election.

Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap - - “Poverty not only diminishes a person’s life chances, it steals years from one’s life.” (the rich tell the poors to just die)
GOP Lawmaker Says Businesses Should Be Allowed To Deny Services To Black People - State Sen. Phil Jensen (R-S.D.) doesn't believe governments should interfere in the private sector’s ability to engage in race-based discrimination, according to an interview published in the Rapid City Journal on Sunday. (Republicans to legalize slavery next, because free market!)
Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol? - The Daily Beast - Chris Christie built his reputation as a crime-fighter. So why did he cut a deal with an accused sex slave ringleader—and send to jail a Democratic mayor, instead?

NYPD claims its Freedom of Information Act policy is a secret "attorney-client communications" - Boing Boing
Florida Legislature Seeks Compromise On Reform Of 'Stand Your Ground' Law - A legislative committee took a major step toward clarifying Florida's hotly debated 'stand your ground' self-defense law on Monday, approving some restrictions on its use and clarifying that the statute does not permit 'vigilantism' by neighborhood watch activists. ("vigilantism" = shoot anyone with non-white skin)

FiveThirtyEight | British Teeth Aren’t That Bad (American Teeth Are Far Worse) - Here’s one statistic: In the past year, about seven in 10 people in Britain visited a dentist, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Only four in 10 Americans did the same. (socialized teeth)

The Satanic Temple Weighs In on the Impending Death of the Leader of the Westboro Baptist Church | VICE United States - we asked Lucien what he thought of the recent news of Fred's demise, and if there are still plans to turn him gay after he dies. We have republished his response in full below.

'Waves' detected on Titan moon’s lakes - Scientists believe they have detected the first liquid waves on the surface of another world.
Is there any significance at all to Earth's position in the universe? Anything at all unusual? Or are we situated in a completely unremarkable neighborhood? : askscience
Despite what you've been told, you aren't 'left-brained' or 'right-brained' | Amy Novotney | Comment is free | - The brain is more complex than corporate team-building exercises suggest, but the myth is unlikely to die anytime soon

What's the weirdest thing that you've seen at someone's house that they thought was completely normal? : AskReddit
People Who Use E-Readers Dive Far Deeper Into Books | Underwire | - adult readers tend to read more and stick with books longer if they’re using an e-reader.

Appmethod: a new platform for creating “truly native” apps for Android, iOS, Windows and OS X - The Next Web
Facebook's working on facial verification that's 'nearing human-level performance' | The Verge

Missing Plane’s Path Seen as Altered via Flight Computer -
Questions Over Absence of Cellphone Calls From Missing Flight’s Passengers -
Keith Ledgerwood — Did Malaysian Airlines 370 disappear using SIA68/SQ68 (another 777)?
As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plane Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help -
Malaysia backtracks on satellite data evidence; unsure when system went offline - The Washington Post
Investigators Consider Suicide As Possible Motive In Malaysia Airlines Plane Disappearance
Last Words From Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Came After One Of Communications Systems Was Disabled
Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane: Police Probe Focuses On Flight Engineer
The Vastness and Darkness of Earth, According to One Missing Airliner | Motherboard

Ukrainian government refuses to remove troops from Crimea, prepares for war
Crimea Votes To Join Russia, European Union Imposes Sanctions - U.S. official says massive evidence ballots pre-marked and anomalies in vote more than 100% of population voting in Crimean capital (in Russia, the ballots vote for you)
Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash" - Slashdot
M of A - Ukraine: U.S. Takes Off-Ramp, Agrees To Russian Demands - It will take some time to implement all of this. What dirty tricks will the neocons in Washington now try to prevent this peaceful outcome?
Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Putsch | Consortiumnews - Behind the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the democratically elected president of Ukraine are the economic interests of giant corporations – from Cargill to Chevron – which see the country as a potential “gold mine” of profits from agricultural and energy exploitation, reports JP Sottile.
Obama's Russia Sanctions Elicit A 'Meh' From Moscow To Washington

Hersh: Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape - (in case you forgot; what Obama doesn't want you to remember)

March against police brutality declared illegal, broken up - Montreal - CBC News - An estimated 150 protesters surrounded in police 'kettle' manoeuvre on side street
Dead Kennedys - Kill the poor - YouTube

US Navy SEALs board rogue Libya oil tanker - Africa - Al Jazeera English - US Navy SEALs have boarded and taken control of an oil tanker that escaped earlier this month from a rebel-held Libyan port with armed men at the helm, the US Department of Defense said.

Man sues ex-wife for having ugly children | WGN-TV - Then, the ex-wife came clean about something. Before they met, she had $100,000 worth of plastic surgery. He sued her on the grounds of false pretenses, and he won.

Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Business | The Guardian - Oxfam report reveals scale of inequality in UK as charity appeals to chancellor over tax
Hullabaloo - Just a regular guy (Bill Gates supports your police/spy state)
Bill Gates interview: Robots will take people’s jobs | BGR
society in a globalizing world - / omnivore

The Australian Law that Would Force Suspects to Hand Over their Passwords | Motherboard
Push for Australians' web browsing histories to be stored (you have to register your browsing history with local PD)

Hacktivists Leak Data from Personal PC of Russian Industrial Investment Fund President - “Today we aren’t going to say much, since we aint got nothing to say pretty much, except that Putin has lost his mind. Russian Industrial Investment Fund is one of the biggest Russian ‘non-profit’ as they declare organization but they attract investments into Russian economy,” the hackers wrote on Cyber Guerilla next to links to the leaked data.

Guardian editor receives European Press award for Edward Snowden story | Media | - Alan Rusbridger given award for NSA revelations that 'set alarm bells ringing throughout the world'
IBM Denies Giving Client Data to NSA - In a blog posting, IBM insists that it hasn’t been involved in PRISM or other surveillance efforts.
Revealed: the MoD's secret cyberwarfare programme | UK news | The Guardian - Multimillion pound project will look at how internet users can be influenced by social media and other psychological techniques - Programmes ranging from studies into the role of online avatars to research drawing on psychological theories and the impact of live video-sharing are being funded by the MoD in partnership with arms companies, academics, marketing experts and thinktanks. (LOL)
Google Admits Mining the Data of Students Through Apps for Education Tools - described by the plaintiffs as crossing the "creepy line", according to court documents. (do no creepy)

Dorian Nakamoto's denial blows up Newsweek's bitcoin 'scoop' -
Your Anon News • Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto: I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin

Obama Administration Cites 'National Security' More Than Ever To Censor, Deny Records (most opaque Pres evar)

Twitter / ageis: Nice @EFF diagram showing how ... - Tor and HTTPS protect you

Congress Just Undid The One Good Thing It's Done On Climate Change (mostly Dems)
That Old-Time Whistle - - But you have to admit that he’s a very articulate guy, an expert at sounding as if he knows what he’s talking about.

Pensiongate? Christie Campaign Donors Won Huge Contracts | The Nation - While trumpeting “pension reform,” the New Jersey governor placed retiree assets in the hands of hedge fund managers bankrolling his political career. (Pierce's "Big Chicken" meme has caught on)

The Origin of Ideology by Chris Mooney | The Washington Monthly - Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution?
Interdisciplinary World: On the Origins of Liberals and Conservatives
the means and ends of the political - / omnivore

When We Lose Antibiotics, Here's Everything Else We'll Lose Too - Wired Science (surgery is history; Agribusiness killed the world)
Cosmologists Finally Capture an Elusive Signal From the Beginning of Time - Wired Science - A team of scientists may have detected a twist in light from the early universe that could help explain how the universe began. Such a finding has been compared in significance to the detection of the Higgs boson at the LHC in 2012 ... , primordial B-modes have been called the “first tremors of the Big Bang.”
Cosmic inflation: 'Spectacular' discovery hailed
Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics | Science | - Gravitational waves could help unite general relativity and quantum mechanics to reveal a 'theory of everything'
Small Data: What are the chances of being hit by lightning? - Apparently, the chances are 300,000 to one, according to David Hand in his new book: The Improbability Principle. But while 300,000 to one looks like a minor risk for an individual, there are lots of people on the planet.

Guinness Pulls Out Of Anti-Gay New York St. Patrick's Day Parade - The move came on the same day that Boston's Irish-American mayor skipped that city's St. Patrick's Day parade after failing to hammer out a deal with organizers to allow a group of gay and lesbian activists to march openly.
Rupert Murdoch Urges Boycott Of Guinness For Its Pro-Equality Stance | Blog | Media Matters for America - News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch charged that gay groups had "bullied" Guinness into pulling out of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade, calling for a boycott of the Irish brewer. (world's biggest asshole)

Florida Has Never Executed A White Person For Killing A Black Person | ThinkProgress
NYPD Officer Claims Boss Sexually Harassed Her & Called Her His "Work P---y": Gothamist - "Sgt. John often pulls his pants down in front of me. He often sleeps in the office with his belt undone, and then will pull his pants down, grab his groin and say, ‘Ann, hold this for me,’ and will do this in front of other officers." ("frathouse culture")
AGAIN? Black man supposedly shoots himself while handcuffed in back of cop car. | blacksankofa
The Daily Dot - A definitive report on the Internet's underground sex trade - “Over the years, the Internet became an easier way to get money without having to take so many chances as far as injury or assholes on the outside,” a jailed pimp told researchers.
Pinkberry co-founder who beat transient was once homeless, friend says - - Young Lee, co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, was sentenced Friday to seven years for beating a panhandling homeless man with a tire iron. Lee said he'd been offended when the man flashed a tattoo of a stick-figure couple having sex to the people in Lee's car, who included his fiancee

Five things you didn't know about Jesus – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs
The unopened 'Pleasure Hospital' of Bobo - Victims of female genital mutilation in Burkina Faso are struggling to get surgery to remove pain and increase pleasure during sex. A hospital for this purpose was built by donors from the Raelian movement in America but never opened. Why? (Catholic Church)
Scarlett Johansson On Woody Allen Sex Abuse Allegations: 'It's All Guesswork'

great works about raising kids with mental illness - / syllabi
Civil Rights Panel Probes "Patient Dumping" by Hospitals

Are You a Netspeak Know-It-All? Take This Quiz and LMK (and LOL)

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | - Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system (Republicans call for more tax breaks for "world destroyers")

Hullabaloo - 11 years ago today - ... we were one day away from the invasion of Iraq. Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press. Here's a little bit of what he said that day: (keep lookin' forward)

Search for Flight 370 Enters Daunting New Phase - - Search Moves to Two Huge New Areas Spanning Bay of Bengal
Passengers and Crew of Missing Plane Scrutinized for Aviation Skills - - anyone on board with a navigation or aircraft background in response to evidence that the plane was deliberately diverted from its route and, after communication was lost, navigated by someone with deep experience at the controls.
Malaysia Airlines Jet Made 'Tactical Aviation Maneuvers': Law Enforcement Officials - ABC News - U.S. authorities believe only a person with extensive flight or engineering experience could have executed the maneuvers. They also are suspicious of what appeared to be attempts to evade radar.
Investigators Look For Motive In Malaysia Plane Disappearance
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Evidence Points To Takeover - One clue is that the plane's transponder — a signal system that identifies the plane to radar — was shut off about an hour into the flight.
This Map Outlines the Last Known Position of the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
Malaysia 370 Update: Landing Strips, Cell Phones, and More - James Fallows - The Atlantic - Has the plane landed at a secret site? Probably not; here's why.
Is missing Malaysian jet the world's first CYBER HIJACK? Chilling new theory claims hackers could use a mobile phone to take over the controls | Mail Online - Anti-terror expert said plane's direction could be changed by radio signals Speed and altitude could also be changed from device using 'codes' (Obama in the WH basement with his joystick and anon mask)

Christopher Clark on Parallels Between 1914 and the Ukraine Crisis - spiegel online
Ukraine Defense Minister: Russia, Ukraine Agree To Short Crimea Truce
Crimea Votes On Joining Russia
Russia's Cyber-Weapons Hit Ukraine: How to Declare War Without Declaring War | Alec Ross
NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension | Reuters
BNO News -- Inbox - "I condemn the fact that this referendum has taken place, in breach of the Ukrainian constitution and in defiance of calls by the international community for restraint.

?‘Serene’ referendum: Italian region votes on restoration of Venetian Republic — RT News (and the Medici empire)
Google Translate: The hackers, who have recently released a series of l eaks for action against the Italian Navy , attacked the site ForzaNuova with a heavy DDoS.

US cites security more to censor, deny records (Obama is a compulsive hider)

Abuses by Border Patrol agents declared “systematic” | Current Events Inquiry - the mistreatment of unauthorized border crossers while in US custody is a “systematic practice.” (Obama's anti-immigration policies)

The Syrian War In Photographs: A Look Back At Four Years Lost To Conflict

Bill Gates: Edward Snowden Is No Hero - "If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of 'OK, I'm really trying to improve things.' You won't find much admiration from me." (conservo-tech-bro-one-percenter-anti-Constitutional-richbro-spy-collaborator)

The Covert Report - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 03/12/14 - Video Clip | Comedy Central - The Senate finally gets around to investigating the CIA's use of torture, only to have damnable data disappear from the committee's computers. (06:18)(torture)

MetaPhone: The Sensitivity of Telephone Metadata « Web Policy - President Obama has emphasized that the NSA is “not looking at content.” “[T]his is just metadata,” Senator Feinstein told reporters. In dismissing the ACLU’s legal challenge, Judge Pauley shrugged off possible sensitive inferences as a “parade of horribles.” (yeah, they all lied, like they always do)
Who is winning the 'crypto-war'?

The demographic underpinnings behind America's blue shift, illustrated with interactive maps

Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats - - Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed about their midterm election fortunes amid President Obama’s sinking approval ratings, a loss in a special House election in Florida last week, and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law.

Pressing Issues: Eleven Years Ago: David Brooks, Iraq War Hawk - Here's an excerpt from a column he wrote at his then-home, The Weekly Standard, March 10, 2003 (and then, of course, the Times hired him forever)

MSNBC Finds It's Hard to Get Good Help: Abby Huntsman on Social Security | Beat the Press - Abby Huntsman's warning to millennials about the risks posed to them by Social Security (the riches and their richness)

Fracking Industry Tries to Buy Democracy in Rural Illinois | EcoWatch - Johnson County, IL has oil and gas interests panicked about a local effort to stop fracking. They’re spending tens of thousands of dollars in the rural county to defeat a referendum that opposes fracking and defends local rights.

100 serial rapists identified after rape kits from Detroit Crime Lab are finally processed - (400K unprocessed rape kits nationally, what does that say?)

The sleazy auto dealers war on the free market, with an assist from Chris Christie - As I've written before, Tesla is engaged with a running battle with auto dealers hell-bent on crushing the startup's business model.

Attention School Districts: Camille Paglia Does Not Care For Your Sex-Ed Condoms And Gaydoctrination - Happy Nice Time People - Sometimes I worry I’m turning into old weird Camille Paglia. “YOU ARE CRIMINALIZING THE MALE ESSENCE!!!!1!” I shriek when girls go, “he whistled at me, I am malegazeraped, waah.” So it is good to know I am not turning into Camille Paglia, since she is now sexplaining why sex ed should be more prude.

Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters. | The Nation - Like many schools of public health, Mailman operates on a “soft money” model, which means that professors are expected to fund much of their salaries through grants. (Many professors there, including Vance and Hopper, work without tenure.) Recently, the amount expected has increased—from somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of their salaries to as much as 80 percent (new model for higher education: you pay them to let you teach +Kristof)

In the Shadows « - As NFL free agency is set to begin, Aaron Hernandez’s case still looms large over the league (CPP)

Chilling Effects DMCA Archive is "Repugnant", Copyright Group Says | TorrentFreak (the truth is always "repugnant" to the rich)
The era of Facebook is an anomaly | The Verge (it's complex, or something)

Malaysia Officials, Saying Missing Jet Was Diverted, Open Criminal Inquiry - - the plane had been deliberately diverted and then flown for as long as seven hours toward an unknown point far from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Radar Suggests Jet Shifted Path More Than Once - - Flight 370 experienced significant changes in altitude after it lost contact with ground control, and altered its course more than once as if still under the command of a pilot, American officials and others familiar with the investigation said Friday.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Probe Sharpens Focus on Sabotage - - About an hour into the flight, the plane's transponders stopped functioning (apparently airplanes have a "do not track" button in the cockpit, of course)
Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane: Actions Likely 'Deliberate,' Prime Minister Najib Razak States
How the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Could Have Been Hijacked | Autopia |
U.S. Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost -

Putin’s Dangerous Game
Ukraine Says Russian Forces Move Outside Crimea
Ukraine Crisis | Al Jazeera America
Ukraine Liveblog Day 26: Has the War Already Started? | The Interpreter - Has the war already started? There are unconfirmed reports of two dead in Kharkiv, an explosion at Kharkiv University, and Russian paratroopers on the ground in mainland Ukraine
Ukraine's threat from within - - Neofascists are as much a menace to Ukraine as Putin's actions in Crimea.
The ‘Realists’ Misjudged Ukraine - The Daily Beast - The paradox at the heart of foreign policy realism, is that the same, all-powerful West which is capable of overthrowing governments with the flip of a switch is incapable of confronting Russian hard power.

You Thought It Was Tough Being Gay in Uganda. "It's Hell in Nigeria." | Mother Jones - Beatings, harassment, unemployment, homelessness, fear—scenes from Nigeria's anti-gay crackdown.
Fourth Year Of Syrian War Unlikely To Bring Relief From Bloodshed
UK Women Suing Undercover Cops Who Dated Them | PopularResistance.Org - Police chiefs have been forced to drop an attempt to block legal action by a group of five women who say they were duped into having long-term relationships with undercover police officers.

Drone attack in Marib leaves one dead | Yemen Times - A drone strike late Monday killed a 16-year-old in the Wadi Abeeda district of Marib governorate, according to a local security source. (Obama in WH basement with a joystick)

White House withholding over 9,000 docs in CIA torture probe | Alternative - For the last five years, the White House has withheld over 9,000 top-secret documents from a Senate investigation of the CIA’s former detention and torture program. The report comes one day after the CIA was accused of interfering in the probe
Did CIA’s Handsomely Paid Contractors Doctor Its Log Books, Again? | emptywheel - In addition, by destroying the torture tapes, CIA destroyed evidence that:
Is Obama A Phony On Torture? « The Dish - I’m dismayed – and somewhat sickened – by the continuing passivity of the president on one of the most important issues the country faces: accountability for the gravest crimes under international law in the first decade of the 21st Century (Sully just work up; Barry is a big fat liar)

U.S., Rebuffing U.N., Maintains Stance That Rights Treaty Does Not Apply Abroad - - The Obama administration declared Thursday that a global Bill of Rights-style treaty imposes no human rights obligations on American military and intelligence forces when they operate abroad, rejecting an interpretation by the United Nations and the top State Department lawyer during President Obama’s first term. (CIA/military pulling their puppet's strings)

Main Core - Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the federal government of the United States. Main Core contains personal and financial data of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security. ("millions")

Observations on Credit and Surveillance — In 1975, the CIA Director Told Congress That Enemies of America Could Destroy the CIA with Freedom of Information Act Requests - In mid-1970s, feminist and peace movement activist Congresswoman Bella Abzug tore through the intel world, fearlessly taking on the CIA and the NSA for surveilling Americans. (DiFi is no Bella)

Compare the NSA's Facebook Malware Denial to its Own Secret Documents - The Intercept
Syrian Electronic Army hacks U.S Central Command & threatens to leak Secret Documents - The Hacker News - From the screenshot, it appears that the group has hacked into the repository of Army Knowledge Online (AKO), which provides web-based enterprise information services to the United States Army, joint, and Department of Defense customers.
British spies lied about getting super-censorship powers over Youtube - Boing Boing - But as Techdirt's Mike Masnick points out, the fact that senior UK government ministers believe that Youtube should remove anything "that may not be illegal, but certainly is unsavoury" is a pretty disturbing insight into the mindset of our censorious masters.
Twitter / Thomas_Drake1: Compromising Internet integrity ... - &security now a primary mission of #NSA &its partners-gov't&corp. Offensive Ops defeating defensive security
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg phones Obama about NSA | Internet & Media - CNET News - The call between the two chiefs won't lead to immediate reform, so Zuckerberg also turns to his Facebook page to amplify the volume of his frustration. (Zuck's got Barry's # in his speeddial)

9 Calif. law enforcement agencies connected to cellphone spying technology

US Makes 'Enemies Of The Internet' List For First Time - The US joins countries such as Bahrain, Syria and Belarus. The United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Russia also made the list for the first time. (Obama hates the internets)

Debunked: Eight Things the U.S. State Keystone XL Report Got Wrong About the Alberta Oilsands | DeSmog Canada

Eschaton: But Killing Them Is Helping Them - If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.
10 of the best Tony Benn quotes - as picked by our readers | Politics |

What Can We Learn from the Progressive Era? by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Hullabaloo - The Justice Department sends another message --- "we're liars!"
U.S. Criticized for Lack of Action on Mortgage Fraud - (Obama's program designed to do diddly-shit)
The Battle for Chattanooga: Southern Masculinity and the Anti-Union Campaign at Volkswagen - Working In These Times
Southern Masculinity and the UAW Defeat in Chattanooga - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - There’s a long history in the South of working-class whites showing political deference to their social and financial superiors and it came to play again in Chattanooga. This deference is based on ideas of masculinity that promote individualism for yourself but loyalty to your superiors in rejecting invading forces.
Columbia, SC: Election 2014: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay" | Homepage | The State

Climate Change Not a Top Worry in U.S. - Climate change and the quality of the environment rank near the bottom of a list of concerns for Americans, who are instead far more worried about more basic economic issues such as the economy, federal spending, and the affordability of healthcare. Concerns about the environment typically rank low among all Americans, but the current level of worry is even lower than in the past.
Republicans: Concerned with Big Gubmnet and Scary Mexicans. Democrats: Concerned with Equity and Maybe Not Destroying the World - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The second thing I noticed is how Republicans are concerned primarily with resentment and fear while Democrats are concerned with equity and a fair shake for people. And at least more concerned with the greatest problem facing the world in the 21st century, if not concerned enough.

Fox News Cuts Ties With Scott Brown - Fox News said that it has ended its contract with Scott Brown now that he has officially taken steps towards a Senate run.
Scott Brown To Run In New Hampshire - Such Are The Dreams Of The Everyday Has-Been, Continued - Esquire - Well, it looks like former Senator McDreamy may have found his cojones in the old carpetbag after all.
Former New Hampshire GOP Chair Saves $1,000 A Month With Obamacare - But Fergus Cullen said the savings aren't enough to turn him into a supporter of the new health care law.
In old memo, a glimpse of conflict ahead for Hillary Clinton? - - All seven travel office veterans appeared before Congress the day after the president praised his wife in the State of the Union address. Angry and tearful, they testified that the accusations by the Clinton White House had ruined them financially by forcing them to incur massive legal bills to clear their names.

New federal rules target for-profit colleges - Students at for-profit colleges represent about 13% of the total higher education population, but a disproportionate number of federal student loans — about 31% of all loans --go to such schools
McDonald's Accused of Stealing Wages From Already Underpaid Workers | Mother Jones
Car Dealers Are Terrified of Tesla's Plan to Eliminate Oil Changes | Wired Business |

Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. - The Daily Beast - Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s back, thanks to the loons who refuse to vaccinate their children.
This May Be Bill Maher's Most Intense Rant Against Religions – All Of Them - Yet - But more important than the implausibility of the tale, Maher says it's immoral. "It's about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God."

The 'But What Were You Wearing?' Rape Myth

Ezra Klein, I'm Calling Bullsh*t on Your Defense of Hiring Brandon Ambrosino, and Here's Why | Noah Michelson - that barfed his now-trademark brand of despicable, delusional railing against the queer-rights movement all over the Internet.

House Republicans Want To Sue The President For Not Arresting People For Marijuana - The Republican-controlled House passed legislation on Thursday to force President Barack Obama to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana in any form. (authorization to use military force on Colorado)

Scientists May Get Best View Yet of a Black Hole in Action - Wired Science
Black Hole 'Information' Paradox May Have Been Resolved - the universe, which is assumed to have started with the Big Bang, actually emerged — because of quantum gravitational effects — from a "big bounce," following an earlier contracting phase. (verifying Indian mythology)

Humans of New York

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss, Unless It’s an Ad for a Clothing Company - - (By comparison, President Obama’s appearance on the popular online comedy show, “Between Two Ferns,” posted Tuesday morning, had about one-third the traffic.)

The Daily Dot - Sexist culture and harassment drives GitHub's first female developer to quit (the dudebro techdude rape culture)

Sharp Changes in Altitude and Course After Jet Lost Contact -
Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane: Radar Data Suggests Jet Flew Deliberately Toward Andaman Islands, Sources Say
Swiss Air Flight 111 Plane Crash History - Long Fall of One-Eleven Heavy - Esquire

Russia Is Preparing to Invade East Ukraine, Estonia Says - Bloomberg - Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to “invade eastern Ukraine” after occupying the country’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, Estonia said.
Police stole watch, bungled evidence at Pistorius home - Yahoo News

Syrian hackers say they’ve compromised US Central Command - A group of computer hackers who are loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad say they’ve accessed hundreds of documents after allegedly penetrating the network of the United States Central Command and other systems.

Obama CIA John Brennan - Obama, The CIA, And The Limits Of Conciliation - Esquire - It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that, in one very important way, the president has lost control of his own government. The current constitutional crisis between the CIA and the Senate committee tasked with investigating its policies regarding torture during the previous administration has only one real solution that is consonant with the rule of law
CIA lawyer Robert Eatinger is no stranger to controversy - - Top CIA lawyer Robert Eatinger, criticized by Sen. Dianne Feinstein this week, has faced such scrutiny in other cases. But ex-colleagues defend him. (named 1600 times in Senate report which may never be released because Obama)
Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’ – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee "pretty appalling" and said the agency’s response to the controversy has been "befuddling" so far.

Britain is treating journalists as terrorists – believe me, I know | Sarah Harrison | Comment is free | The Guardian - My links to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden mean I am treated as a threat and can't return to the UK. We need a free speech roadmap

EU-funded research surveils social sites | EurActiv - Spying on social networks is the latest in a string of EU-funded projects to develop automated counter-terrorism and criminal surveillance systems that have sparked new fears of government snooping.
Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | World news | The Guardian - Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • encryption unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
The Daily Dot - Mark Zuckerberg calls out U.S. government in Facebook rant - "To keep the Internet strong, we need to keep it secure," he wrote. "The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat."
A Close Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool | Wired Opinion | - . But it also includes gadgets like a plug-in to inject into MySQL connections, allowing the NSA to quietly mess with the contents of a third-party’s database. (This also surprisingly suggests that unencrypted MySQL on the internet is common enough to attract NSA attention.)
Tor, FoxAcid, Flying Pig: NSA attempts to sabotage countersurveillance tool. - the NSA has devised a way to identify targeted Tor users, and it has the capacity to covertly redirect targets to a set of special servers called “FoxAcid.”
Missouri house bans cellphone tracking without a warrant, 134-13 | OffNow: Stop the NSAOffNow: Stop the NSA

An Excerpt From Barrett Brown’s Keep Rootin For Putin: Thomas Friedman Chapter | FDL News Desk

The Rebranding Of SOPA: Now Called 'Notice And Staydown' | Techdirt - from the catchy-and-stupid dept
The Daily Dot - Why Vine really banned NSFW content - : A Daily Dot investigation into Vine’s content revealed thousands of explicitly sexually videos posted by minors, who in some cases may be younger than 12.

Courage - A Tribute to Whistleblowers on Vimeo

US power grid could be knocked out by a handful of substation attacks, says report — RT USA - The entire US power grid could be shut down for more than a month if just nine of the over 55,000 electric substations placed throughout the nation were sabotaged by terrorists or other criminals, according to a new report. (and they already ran the test)

Boston Marathon reviews still incomplete - Nation - The Boston Globe - Nearly a year after the Boston Marathon bombing — and just weeks before the next race — multiple security investigations remain bogged down, leaving unanswered questions about missed signals and communication breakdowns ... “We need to do a little more scrubbing, and we will get it to you in the short term.” (a year of "scrubbing")

Fear of Wages - - Four years ago, some of us watched with a mixture of incredulity and horror as elite discussion of economic policy went completely off the rails (and Barry bought right into it)

Another building collapse: 'The whole jawn came down' - (American infrastructure crumbling and exploding)
The etymology of “jawn” | City Life | Interview | The A.V. Club Philadelphia
Photographer Uses Drone to Shoot Harlem Building Collapse, Asked to Leave by NYPD

New Resolution Condemns Darrell Issa As 'Offensive' - Democrats stepped up their condemnation of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Thursday, offering a second resolution to reprimand the Oversight Committee chairman for a pattern of "offensive" behavior against lawmakers from their party.

Rachel Maddow Fact Checks Critics Of Obama's 'Between Two Ferns' Interview - The MSNBC host looked back at presidents who have appeared on shows with comedians, and played clips of Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, George W. Bush and Richard Nixon doing just that.

Obama Orders Review Of Deportation Practices, Looks For More Humane Options - Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama is directing the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said Thursday. (after six years of highest deportation level ever)

Better Than Ezra » Balloon Juice - No matter how much richsplaining Paul Ryan does about how it’s all the young bucks fault, what’s been done to these children is fucking awful. (oh look, poverty not really an urban hell-hole issue, another reason for Southerners to be ashamed)

The 50-Year-Old Agreement Preventing Marijuana From Treating PTSD | Motherboard (no research allowed so they can say no research available, because Obama)

Fracking Boom Would Increase California's Earthquake Danger, Report Finds - Hundreds of Oil Wastewater Wells Near Active Faults and Major Cities Already Raising Quake Risk for Millions of Californians

How The Upshot Will Help Navigate the News (Time Mag will "navigate" the news for you)

U.S. citizens score legal victories after ICE detention :: News :: Philadelphia City Paper - A federal appeals court has twice upheld the rights of American citizens wrongfully detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including one case involving three Philly taxi drivers who allege they were held for hours after they proved their U.S. citizenship.
? raw video: City College student who was pepper sprayed recalls event - YouTube
Philly cop charged after wrongfully arresting war vet — RT USA
Missouri Man Who Accidentally Shot Himself Sues Police For Taking His Guns - “I’m talking about anyone who suffers from mental illness, in my opinion, should not be in possession of firearms,” Dane told the Courier.
Andrew Solomon: The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers : The New Yorker - The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers.

Choose to be gay? No, you don’t. - Last Wednesday, Brandon Ambrosino—continuing his swift ascent as chief homophobia apologist of the gay blogosphere—wrote a vacuous and meandering piece in the New Republic claiming that homosexuality (including his own) is a choice.
Is Being Gay a Choice? No, It's a Civil Rights Issue. | New Republic
Many gay activists insist that they were born this way, hey. But what about those who choose otherwise?
Biological basis for homosexuality. The fraternal birth order explanation could be bad news for gay people. - Scientists may have found a biological basis for homosexuality. That could be bad news for gay rights ... a disproportionate number of gay men are born into disproportionately homophobic households.
Sexuality as social construct: Foucault is misunderstood by conservatives and liberals.

holyfuckbuckets comments on we often ask men but did any of you ladies have misconceptions about real sex as a result of porn??
REAL Lesbians React to Lesbian Porn! - YouTube

A tragic wake-up call for SXSW? - - Austin's South by Southwest festival is back in full swing after an accident, amid debate about its expansion.

Young Model's Shocking Terry Richardson Story Sparks a #NoMoreTerry Boycott - Allegations that Richardson has done horrible things to young models are all too common. For going on a decade now, many models have come out with harrowing stories of their experiences with him while some others came out in his defense.

Are you making the most out of life? Here's how you can. - The Week - Research confirms that you can't just put the good life on hold
Scientists catch brain damage in the act - Scientists have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen conspire to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
Oklahoma news channel "accidentally" cuts Cosmos' mention of evolution - Some of us, apparently, would prefer to keep looking at the ground, with our fingers in our ears, screaming "LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU SCIENCE" apparently.
Watching, Waiting, Anticipating » Balloon Juice - The Incidental Economist passes along the latest research on the prostate cancer treatment debate. The United States has a culture of treatment as soon as prostate cancer is bio-chemically detectable. Most of Europe has a culture of treatment at a milestone.
Answering the Unanswerable: What is the Resolution of the Human Eye?

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search area widened to Indian Ocean | World news | - Authorities admit they have not discounted any possibilities almost seven days after the airliner vanished
Oil rig worker says he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 burst into flames | Herald Sun
Search for Missing Jet Shifts to Indian Ocean Amid Confusion Over Radar -
U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airplane Flew On for Hours - - Engine Data Suggest Malaysia Flight Was Airborne Long After Radar Disappearance (plot deepens)
Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane: Search Confused By False Leads
Malaysia Denies Missing Plane Flew For Hours After Losing Contact
Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately: US Officials Say - ABC News
U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours - - U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner's transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.
Officials: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have flown for hours -

Before And After Photos Capture Extent Of Harlem Explosion's Devastation
New York building collapse death toll rises as search for victims continues | World news | - At least seven people killed and more than 70 injured • Explosion raises questions about New York infrastructure (Bloomberg was only interested in "infrastructure" for billionaires)
Harlem Explosion: Rescue Workers Search For Survivors As Death Toll Rises (Video/Liveblog) - the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.
East Harlem Building Collapse - The United States of Rubble - Esquire - Go to Harlem today, Mr. Speaker. The bill is being paid in blood. (Republicans want you to die)

In Turkey, Renewed Anti-Government Protests - In Focus - The Atlantic (meanwhile)
Russia deploys 10,000 troops near Ukraine border | World news | The Guardian - Ukraine prime minister accuses Russia of carrying out a 'military aggression' as Crimea crisis deepens
US criticised by UN for human rights failings on NSA, guns and drones | World news | - Geneva panel share deep concerns over US record on host of different subjects, including racial inequality and Guantánamo
U.S. Troops Unloaded 'Over A Hundred Bullets' Into Osama Bin Laden's Dead Body, Sources Claim

Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5' • The Register - LGBTI campaigner Tatchell wants poisoned-apple inquiry
Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp • The Register - Anti-NSA hackers defaced ?Rovio's official Angry Birds website ?on Tuesday night as a reprisal against revelations that GCHQ and the NSA were feasting on data leaked from the popular smartphone game.
Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS • The Register - Evil spooks slurped EVERYTHING about your life from app's phone-home data
Google is encrypting search globally. That’s bad for the NSA and China’s censors.
Foreign Officials In the Dark About Their Own Spy Agencies' Cooperation with NSA - The Intercept

The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency's Role in Torture for Years - The Intercept
WASHINGTON: White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC - The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege. ("Obama is not a crook")
White House refuses to hand over top-secret documents to Senate committee | World news | - The White House is refusing to hand over top-secret documents to a Senate investigation into CIA torture and rendition of terrorism suspects, claiming it needs to ensure that “executive branch confidentiality” is respected. ("confidentiality" = "coverup of war crimes")
The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy - World Socialist Web Site - The trajectory of this conflict is an ominous warning: the criminality of the military-intelligence apparatus is metastasizing into an open onslaught on constitutional principles, including such fundamental precepts as the separation of powers.
She was a tool of the Israeli government in claiming falsely in 2002 that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons.

Former Church Committee Chief Counsel Pushes for New Investigation Into Secret Government | The Dissenter - The former chief counsel for the Church Committee, Frederick A.O “Fritz” Schwarz Jr., is pushing for a new committee that would investigate secret government, particularly actions by government since the September 11th attacks. (everything Obama was hired to hide)

NSA Decides It Wants To Hold Metadata Indefinitely, Asks FISA Court To Reverse Decision Telling It To Destroy Records | Techdirt - from the we-have-all-the-data,-now-we-have-all-the-time dept
The Numbers In Your Phone Can Reveal Your Illness, Religion, and Gun Purchases | Motherboard

Something Dead Wrong Here: Investigating the mysterious and central character, “Danny”. Part 2 of 2 - WhoWhatWhy | Marathon Bombing (things are never how they seem dept: remember the guy they carjacked? doesn't add up +Todashev)
Interrogation Turned Deadly: New Questions In FBI Shooting | WBUR (Todashev)
FBI War on Boston Witnesses - WhoWhatWhy | Site Info (growing quickly)

Medicaid expansion vote has real-life impact for low-income Mainers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram - The 22-13 vote in favor of expansion fell short of the two-thirds needed to override a certain veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. (vote different, Mainers)
Georgia Governor Has Genius Plan To Save Money: Don’t Let Poors Go To The Emergency Room

Wingnut Media Agree: Paying People For Work Makes Them Lazy - This crazy new idea — requiring employers to pay people for work — is almost certain to consign America to economic doom.

Catholic Group Leader Calls For Liberal Academics To Be 'Taken Out And Shot' - Austin Ruse, president of the nonprofit research group Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, said on American Family Radio Wednesday that liberal leaders of “modern universities” should “all be taken out and shot.”

Ezra Klein's Queer New Hire - Vox Media's decision to bring Brandon Ambrosino on board is click-bait contrarianism at its worst. (bad Ezra; you're no Glenn Greenwald)
Gay-Bashers Shouldn’t Be Covering LBGT Issues For Your Publication - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - I am, however, puzzled why he would hire a dispositive argument against “contrarianism” like Brandon Ambrosino.
Ezra Klein’s Awesome New Website Vox Hires Awesome New Gay Writer Who Doesn’t Actually Like Gays
Ezra Klein’s Awesome New Website (comment: the internets meet English)
Brandon Ambrosino to Vox: He's unbelievably terrible.
Nate Silver Interview: The New FiveThirtyEight -- Daily Intelligencer
Nate Silver, Foxes & Hedgehogs » Balloon Juice

Two Charts That Will Enrage Everyone (Well, Except Bankers)
Here's 1 More Map That Should Outrage Southerners
Bible Belt leads the nation in consumption of gay porn

Wesleyan Students Watched As Woman Was Raped In Fraternity Common Room: Lawsuit - A female student, who was not named by local media outlets, claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was raped in the common room of the Psi Upsilon fraternity while surrounded by other students at a party in May, according to WVIT.
Rachel Maddow Hammers Michigan's 'Rape Insurance' Law - Rachel Maddow was dismayed on Wednesday by new Michigan legislation that opponents call the "rape insurance" law.
'Daily Show' Exposes $172 Million in Federal Penis Pump Spending (Video) - TheWrap - Critics of Obamacare don't want women's contraceptives covered — but hey, hands off the penis pumps

Colorado Appeals Court: Some Marijuana Convictions Can Be Overturned Under New Law

We've found a file spying backdoor in Samsung phones – Replicant devs • The Register - Snoops can silently poke around your data over the radio network, it's feared

MH370: China releases satellite images of possible crash site – live | World news | - China says images were taken on Sunday Another ‘last’ sighting of the missing plane revealed Military ‘baffled’ by lack of distress signal

The west's do-somethings will do nothing for Ukraine | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian - The response to Crimea shows just how easily misjudgment can emerge from political machismo and belligerent posturing (Volcano John, Cheney, etc)

Libya on the brink | Al Akhbar English
A Deal with the Right Devil - WhoWhatWhy | WhoWhatWhy - How do you replace an El Chapo? Insert an El Mayo. The thing about arresting a drug lord is, it rarely makes any difference.
Thousands of Orthodox Jews swarm NYC streets to protest Israel's draft | Mail Online - Israel wants to extend its compulsory military service to some of its most religious residents Many ultra-Orthodox Israelis see this as a form of religious persecution (taking away their welfare is persecution)

Reset the Net
How to Use Edward Snowden’s Three Tips for Digital Privacy - Personal Tech News - WSJ
European lawmakers threaten US trade veto unless EU tackles snooping | Reuters - * Data protection big issue going into European elections

Obama: White House won't wade into CIA torture report dispute at this point | World news | - White House distances itself from fierce dispute between top senators and CIA over report into use of torture in post-9/11 interrogations (+not the first time they fucked with DiFi, agreed not to do it anymore in 2010)
Obama battles to contain CIA-Senate feud in wake of Feinstein accusations | World news | - CIA chief John Brennan rejects allegations that agency used intimidation to hide role in the torture of terrorism suspects ... For years, Feinstein has had the CIA’s back. Now she’s out for blood. How the CIA managed to turn one of its staunchest defenders into one of its fiercest critics is just mind boggling.” - “If I did something wrong, I will go to the president, and I will explain to him exactly what I did, and what the findings were. And he is the one who can ask me to stay or to go,” Brennan said. (the buck stops there, or not)

The documents that disappeared: how a furious CIA-Senate row erupted | World news | - Dianne Feinstein’s intervention on the Senate floor blew open a feud with the CIA that long been simmering. But what prompted it? Paul Lewis charts a story of double-dealing and intrigue

Did secret CIA whistle-blower leak to the Senate? (+video) - - At issue is how Senate Intelligence Committee staffers obtained portions of a sensitive internal CIA study named the 'Panetta report.' The committee chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, mentioned a whistle-blower possibility Tuesday.
Calls for Brennan's Ouster Emerge Along With Details of CIA Search of Senate Computers - The Intercept

Dianne Feinstein CIA - Dianne Feinstein Takes On The CIA - Esquire - Keeping that report secret is nothing more than allowing the cancer with which the Avignon Presidency infected the government to further metastasize, and to cover the asses of the criminals who committed the crimes. What this controversy needs is another Otis Pike, another Dan Schorr. What it needs, seriously, is its own Edward Snowden.
CIA Director Tries To Release His Side Of The Senate Spying Scandal; Actually Confirms Feinstein's Accusations | Techdirt - from the nice-try dept
CIA Search of Congressional Computer Sparks Constitutional Crisis - The Intercept - By Dan Froomkin
The Rude Pundit

Dianne Feinstein — Bush’s key ally in the Senate — to support telecom amnesty - - Nov 10, 2007 (a little historical context)
Robert Eatinger and CIA’s Counterterrorism Center Lawyers’ Lies about Torture: A Timeline | emptywheel

The CIA likes to write its own rules, but spying on Congress crosses a new line | Ted Gup | Comment is free | - Brennan v Feinstein is a new DC turf battle steeped in typical Langley defiance, where the spies are always right. No longer ... John Brennan’s is a new kind of defiance for threatened architects of the CIA’s dark arts, an unflinching brand of outright denial.
Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress
Lawfare › Did the CIA Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by Accessing Intelligence Committee Computers?

Snowden accuses Senate intelligence chair of hypocrisy over CIA disclosures | World news | - NSA whistleblower accuses Dianne Feinstein of double standards, pointing out her lack of concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens

CIA steals the limelight from the NSA – and finds itself in full-blown crisis | World news | - But releasing a report outlining what Feinstein called the “horrible details of a CIA program that never, never, never should have existed” will immediately raise the question of why Obama and attorney general Eric Holder opted in 2009 to spare responsible CIA officials from legal ramifications of actions Obama barred by executive order – an order that, critics note, can be rescinded by any future president at any time. (looking forward boy)
The Intercept Welcomes Its New Editor and Two New Writers - The Intercept

How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware - The Intercept

Prosecution of Barrett Brown Still Threatens Journalistic Freedom in U.S. | Electronic Frontier Foundation

How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies’ Reach - ("How Bush secretly set up a secret court")
The NSA won’t shut up about Snowden, but what about the spy who stole more? | Mike German | Comment is free | - Why the incoming NSA chief needs to crack down on international espionage, not worthy whistleblowing
Snowden Isn't Exactly a "Traitor," Says the Top Nominee for NSA Director | Motherboard
Court stops NSA from destroying call records relevant to ongoing lawsuit | The Verge

FBI Redacts Letter About Drone Usage That Was Already Published In Full By Sen. Rand Paul | Techdirt
The Daily Dot - Deep Web hub hacked and shut down over child porn links

Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay -

Eschaton: They Kicked The Can - "Everybody" thought everything would just return to normal in recovery summer. Almost 4 years ago.

Adolph Reed's Harpers Essay About Obama is Naive About Tea Party | New Republic - Left-wing naivete about right-wing radicalism
DownWithTyranny!: Stick With Nick - Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sanford Biship (D-GA), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Dan Maffei (D-NY), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Bill Foster (D-IL), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Jim Costa (D-CA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Collin Peterson (D-MN) - ConservaDems voting more Republican than they need to)

Attorney General Refuses To Defend Gay Marriage Ban, Breaks Down Crying. Humanity Cheers.
Alaska's AG Gets Slammed for Low Rape Prosecution Rate. You Won't Believe His Response. | Mother Jones - A sexual-assault and domestic-violence victim advocate calls his remarks "insensitive and derogatory."

Joseph Williams Retail Worker - A Look Into The Future - Esquire - Joe Williams is a friend of mine and a helluva reporter. He lost his job with Tiger Beat On The Potomac because the Presiding Geniuses, including Mike (Payola) Allen, chickened out like children when the howler monkeys descended. You should read his account of his days in the sales economy. He remains a helluva reporter.

Mariska Hargitay set to produce documentary in Detroit on rape kit backlog | News - Home - More than 11,000 untested kits dating back 25 years were found in 2009 in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. T
The right's poverty plan: shame poor kids and the vaginas that birthed them | Sadhbh Walshe | Comment is free | - Conservatives want to make low-income Americans feel bad about babies and diets to cut birth control and food stamps
New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker Jokes About 'Battered Women': 'I Still Eat Mine Plain'
FYI, Hymens Don't Break — Here's Some Real Talk About That 'Pop Your Cherry' Myth

The scientific study has become a flawed manual for living | Anne Perkins | Comment is free | - We're told women with partners may be less likely to die of heart disease, but how are we supposed to act on such findings? According to the Million Women Study, women can smoke until they're 30 with almost no impact on life expectancy
Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth | Science | The Guardian - Battle-scarred diamond provides evidence of 'wet zone' 410km below the surface where water is locked up inside minerals
Pygmy tyrannosaur roamed the Arctic | Science | - Newly discovered cousin of T rex, Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, inhabited an Arctic island continent around 70m years ago

Gonorrhea is about to become impossible to treat | The Verge - Antibiotic resistance means the STD might soon spread more aggressively than ever

Gigapan: 1 World Trade Center
I am Tim Berners-Lee. I invented the WWW 25 years ago and I am concerned and excited about its future. AMA : IAmA
The Web's First Rules of Etiquette Still Define the Internet Today | Motherboard
A partial history of the open web, in snakes and ladders form | Technology |

Senate Democrats’ All-Nighter Flags Climate Change - - “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
Use of Stolen Passports on Missing Jet Highlights Security Flaw -
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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - "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 - - "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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 -
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] - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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 -
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 | - 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 -

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 - - 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 - - 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. - 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 -

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 | - 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 - (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? - - 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 | - 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 - - 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 - - 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 |

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 | - 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 | - 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 - 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 | - 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 ? - 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 - - 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 - - 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 - (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 | - 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 - - 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 | | 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 - - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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 |

Are e-cigarettes a tobacco product? L.A. regulation called 'short-sighted.' (+video) - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 --
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 | - 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 -
Settlement reached in Warren "cut on camera" case -
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 |
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 -

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 | - 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 | -
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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 |
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 - - 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 | - “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 -
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 -
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 - - 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 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) - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - (charge of the light brigade)
Obama warns Russia: There will be costs for intervention in Ukraine -
A divided Ukraine - (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 -
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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 |

Senators to investigate NSA role in GCHQ 'Optic Nerve' webcam spying | World news | - 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 - - 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 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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 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 - - 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 -
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 |
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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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? - - 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 -

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 - - 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 | (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 - - 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 - - “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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - Germany did less austerity than almost anyone else in the euro area. (do what I say, not what I do)
The Urge To Tighten - - 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 -
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 |
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 | - 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 | - Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, arguably most powerful drug trafficker in the world, reportedly arrested in Mexico hotel
Editors Choice | - 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 |
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 Links, Says They're Unsafe | TorrentFreak - Twitter is refusing to link users to, the second largest torrent index on the Internet. People

Case dismissed against NYPD over surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey (+video) - - 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 | - 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 - - 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” - - 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

? 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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 - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | (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 - - 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 | - 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 - - 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 - (while his CIA is at work)
Ukraine Puts ‘Extremists’ on Notice After Deadly Clashes - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - (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 - - 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 - - "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

TopTaxBracket_TaxRate.jpg Photo by OnlyObvious | Photobucket
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 | - 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 - - . 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 | - 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 - - 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 - - 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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - Serious Fraud Office accuses three ex-Barclays employees of fraud
Rupert Murdoch's empire receives $882m tax rebate from Australia | Media | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 - - 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 - - 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 - - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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 - - 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 - (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:<: 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 - - 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 - - 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 - - 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 | - 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 - - 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 - - "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... | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 ( 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? | - 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 -
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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - 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 | - 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 | - 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 - (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 |

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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 -

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? - - 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 |

Christian School Faulted for Halting Abuse Study - - 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 -

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' -
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 -
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 | (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 -
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 | - 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 | - 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 | - 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 | - Development marks a step forward in international efforts to settle decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear programme