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Putin: Sanctions Hurting Russia's Economy, But Not Critically

Obama Faces Growing Rebellion Against The Secure Communities Deportation Program - Going forward, Philadelphia officials would no longer acquiesce to the federal government's requests that they hold certain undocumented immigrants for extra time solely for deportation purposes. (Deporter-in-Chief finally gets push-back on his immigrants are terrorists program)

New Docs: IRS Targeted Liberal Groups The Most. Darrell Issa To Apologize Any Day Now, We Are Sure - Even so, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa keeps insisting that only conservative groups were given extra attention, because he is kind of a lying shitweasel that way.

Oklahoma's Governor Has Quietly Passed a Bill With Devastating Consequences for Young People - PolicyMic - With this perfunctory stroke of her pen, Fallin claimed that raising the minimum wage would "drive businesses to other communities and states and would raise prices for consumers." The conservative governor, elected in 2010, went on to assert that most minimum wage-earners are "young, single people working part-time or entry-level jobs." (so screw the moochers; the South rose again in extreme insanity)

Never Saw This Coming » Balloon Juice - Apparently teabagger militiamen may have some issues with people of color: ” Bundy was quoted as saying to a group of supporters last Saturday. “And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.” (said the big moocher)

Meet The Real Amazon Drones - "It's like they want us to be employees, but they don't want to pay for it," said Ballard, 45. (Bezos-slaves)

Getting around the Puget Sound is about to get even more difficult - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This is not surprising, but quite devastating. The higher than expected sales tax receipts will probably prevent cuts from going all the way up to 17%, but the 14-15% cuts will still be devastating. While changes to the final cuts are inevitable, something approximating the coming carnage can be viewed here. Some thoughts: (Seattle defunds public transit because moochers and screw the environment)
Proposition 1 Failing - Faced with the choice between slightly higher taxes and draconian cuts to service, the voters have chosen the cuts. The impact will be most severe on the transit-dependent, but commuters of all modes, businesses in dense areas, clean air and water, and public health are all losers.
The Times Doesn’t Know How to Increase Efficiency - The gist of the Times‘s no on Prop 1 editorial ($) is that King County should not replace the expiring tab fee, but instead avoid cuts through the magic of vaguely-specified cost controls. (Seattle Times is very evil and deserves to die)

Advertorial: an unnecessary evil | Tim Bousquet's next project (journo's story)
The Jan Wong column generator! | Tim Bousquet's next project

Georgia Says Screw It, Allows Guns In Airports, School Zones, Other Awesome Places To Have Guns ... Some critics have said it was hypocritical to allow guns in so many places but not the state Capitol (Nathan Deal is the real nut-ball deal but he's protecting himself, if nobody else)
Reuters’ Cool Upside-Down Chart Makes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Look Awesome - The rotten news is that plenty of charts lie more subtly, and deliberately, than this one, which ended up terrible not out of an intent to deceive, but to be pretty, if we take Christine Chan’s word for it, which, actually we don’t, because Christine Chan says things like this: (graphic designers should take some math courses, it's not just a "preference")
Visualising Data » Blog Archive » The fine line between confusion and deception
How to Lie with Data Visualization | Heap Data Blog

How 70-Year-Old Lynn Brown Rosenberg Rediscovered Her Sexuality (video +blinking)
Iggy Azalea Stopped Crowd Surfing Because 'People Try To Finger' Her - Apparently, her fans think it's fair game to sexually assault the rapper and try to slip their fingers into her body during the concerts.
When you call a rape anything but rape, you are just making excuses for rapists | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | - As reported by Al Jazeera America, colleges across the country are replacing the word "rape" in their sexual assault policies with "non-consensual sex" because schools don't want label students "rapists".
Nonconsensual sex: How colleges rebranded rape | Al Jazeera America - Why are hundreds of campuses now using the term ‘??nonconsensual sex?’ instead of ‘rape’ or ‘assault’?

Increasing Storm Tides in New York Harbor, 1844-2013 - Talke - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library - The 10-year storm-tide has increased by 0.28?m. Combined with a 0.44?m increase in local sea-level since 1856, the 10-year flood-level has increased by approximately 0.72?±?0.25?m, and magnified the annual probability of overtopping the typical Manhattan seawall from less than 1% to about 20-25%. (Manhattan will flood at least once in the next 10 yrs; what fund has hedged this?)
Climate change & climate protection I Munich Re - Climate Change is a subject that concerns us all
North Carolina Senate Candidates - North Carolina's GOP Nominees Want To Make Rising Sea Levels Illegal - Esquire - All oppose the Affordable Care Act. All oppose medical marijuana. All want to eliminate federal agencies. All believe Russia is the biggest foreign policy threat. And all believe climate change is not a fact. (pledge to arrest the climate)
Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop | Environment | - • Climate change 'already affecting food supply' – UN (deniers claim science is a big lie)

Ukraine Ends Easter Truce, Relaunches 'Anti-Terrorism Operation'
Pro-Russian Militants Confirm Capture of Vice Journalist Simon Ostrovsky
Ukraine Crisis Russian Troops - The Ukraine Tangle - Esquire - Increasingly, it looks like Vladimir Putin is conducting his foreign policy in the immediate vicinity for the purpose of giving the Russian people a taste of the old Tsarist/Soviet moonshine, quenching their insecurity about Russia's place in the world, which goes back for centuries ("morning in Moscow")
Russian social network founder says he has been fired - Mr Durov had been asked by the Russian authorities to hand over the details of Ukrainians who had used the site to create groups related to anti-government protests. He was also asked to close down a group that supported Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Iran rape victim bound for gallows unless she changes story - Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, an Iranian intelligence agent, was killed by Reyhaneh Jabbari after she was lured to flat to undertake interior design work but sexually abused.
North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime | World news | The Guardian - After decades of absolute control, Pyongyang's iron grip on the lives of ordinary citizens is finally slipping.

Clapper bans US intelligence employees from 'unauthorised' media contact | World news | - Directive, signed by director of national intelligence, orders that contact with media must be authorised by officials (criminalizes talking to journalists)
Snowden revelations 'good for society' - By two to one, British people say it was good, not bad, for society that newspapers reported the materials given to them by Edward Snowden (Americans much less sure)

The FCC is planning new net neutrality rules. And they could enshrine pay-for-play. (all that protesting didn't do a damn thing)
FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality | The Verge
It's time for the FCC to stand up for Americans instead of ruining the internet | The Verge - Cowardice and capitulation could mess up a vital utility

Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit against Gawker thrown out of court | Ars Technica - Linking to a leaked script isn't enough to sue news outlet over copyright. (dude should read up on the internets)

Human Strike Has Already Begun And Other Writings (Claire Fontaine) | The Anarchist Library - What starts to crumble at that time under the offensive of the two essential weapon-books by Deleuze and Guattari Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus is the fetishisation of consciousness as the organ that will lead the revolution.

#myNYPD Twitter callout backfires for New York police department | World news | - NYPD's Twitter feed deluged with images of brutal arrests and shooting victims after attempt to highlight best of officers' work (#FAIL)
Los Angeles Law Enforcement Looking To Crowdsource Surveillance | Techdirt - from the snitches-get-stitches-cloud-storage dept

Man named in Newsweek's bitcoin 'scoop' thanks supporters | Technology | - Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto appears in YouTube video to rubbish magazine claims he was founder of digital currency

No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims | World news | - Case highlights plight of people wrongfully added to database who face lengthy, secretive process to clear their names (they can do anything they want to fuck you over)

NY Times Changes Its Tune On TPP; Highlights Cronyism, Lack Of Transparency As Problems | Techdirt - The endorsement resulted in the Times being rightly mocked for endorsing a secretive agreement that the NY Times editorial writers had not seen (indeed, could not see). Apparently, some folks on the editorial staff took at least some of this criticism to heart, and have now released a new editorial that is much more critical of the TPP -- in particular, the process around it. (Obama's sooper-secrit corp giveaway)

Supreme Court Affirmative Action Michigan - The Wonderful World Where Justices Dwell - Esquire - The decision was written by Anthony Kennedy, who lives in that wonderful world where the law is a pure crystal stream running through green meadows, unsullied by the grit and silt that piles up in the actual lives of actual human beings. It must be a wonderful world in which Anthony Kennedy lives. (majoritarianism at work)
US supreme court upholds Michigan law that bans affirmative action | Law | - Justices say Michigan voters have the right to change their state constitution to stop colleges using race as a factor in admissions (look for Southern States to legalize slavery)
Justice Stevens Suggests Solution for ‘Giant Step in the Wrong Direction’ - - “Essentially,” he wrote, “five justices were unhappy with the limited nature of the case before us, so they changed the case to give themselves an opportunity to change the law.”
washington: Supreme Court upholds search of California driver based on anonymous tip | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC (there goes probable cause; police can "anonymous tip" themselves)
Supreme Court says child porn victims can claim payment from anyone who has their images | The Verge (but diluted by number of pervs)
Inside the Supreme Court for Aereo's last stand | The Verge - Is Aereo more like a parking garage or a valet, and other questions from today's Supreme Court case (geezers and dumbfucks)
Sotomayor and Equality - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Yesterday’s affirmative action case is a close question, but Sotomayor’s dissent is perhaps her strongest work yet.

Navy investigates ex-Blue Angels commander after complaint he allowed sexual harassment - The Washington Post - The Navy has reassigned a former commander of the Blue Angels, its acrobatic fighter squadron, and is investigating allegations that the elite team of pilots was a hotbed of hazing, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, documents show ... an internal military document that a Navy official inadvertently e-mailed to a Washington Post editor (uh-huh)

2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism | Hillman Foundation - Digby aka Heather Parton Hullaboo
Digby Hillman Award - Huzzah Times Three - Esquire - one of the saloons along the docks of Blogistan that I regularly visited was Hullabaloo, the outpost of the redoubtable Heather (Digby) Parton, because she could write like a dream and was impatient with the cant of people like, well, me.
Hullabaloo - Here's a surprise for an old country blogger: I've been awarded this year's Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Who would have thought that could ever happen when I started this ugly little blog 11 years ago? I couldn't have seen it coming, that's for sure.
Blow up the Times Op-Ed page, and start again! Why Friedman, Brooks and Dowd must go - - The New York Times Op-Ed page is the best real estate in media. Why is the Times OK with it being so embarrassing? (fire everyone but Krugman and hire Digby)

Obama Clemency Drug Offenders - The Drug War Reaches Appomattox - Esquire - Of course, President Romney would have done the same thing, if we'd only heightened the contradictions in the last election.

Final-hours push for Maine Medicaid expansion appears headed for another LePage veto | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram - A new proposal would use federal money allocated to expand the program to help low-income Mainers buy private insurance coverage. (getting tired of this asshole yet, Mainers?)
US Workers Were Once Massacred Fighting for the Protections Being Rolled Back Today | The Long View | - Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. For more information about this landmark event in US labor history, visit PBS’ “American Experience.”

Army general disciplined over mishandling of sexual-assault case in Japan - The Washington Post - After conducting an investigation, the Army inspector general rebuked Harrison in August for protecting the colonel and failing to take appropriate action. But the Army kept the results under wraps until this week, when it released a heavily redacted copy of the investigative report in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Post. (they always coverup)

Christie's ties to U.S. attorney's office delayed Hoboken mayor's claims of political retribution, letter says - News - - “We decided that Christie has friends throughout the U.S. attorney’s office,” she wrote in the newly disclosed journal pages. “Not much chance in getting help from them and it could create a nightmare for us.” (Christie organized crime boss)
Chris Christie: Father Of The Year - Esquire - Christie will be honored on June 4th in New York City. Past honorees include Cronus the Titan and Woody Allen.
Chris Christie Office Ombudsman - Chris Christie's Appetite For Destruction - Esquire - Chris Chrstie has decided to hire an ombudsman as part of delousing the governor's office. It was not a tough search. (+wtf, Cuomo)

A Criminologist Takes On the Lead-Crime Hypothesis | Mother Jones - Dominic Casciani of the BBC has a good piece up today about the hypothesis linking lead exposure in small children to violent crime rates later in life. Here's my favorite part:

College Professor GOP Rant - The Morning Butthurt - Esquire (Fox knows where to put the lip-gloss)

Sean Hannity - Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire - Sean Hannity is in a bad place. Something has gone terribly wrong with Fox News's resident meathead. I suggest an intervention, stat.
Hannity Continues Move Toward The Fringe As Guest Accuses Liberals Of Contributing To A "Modern Day Holocaust" | Blog | Media Matters for America

Prosecutors: Cuckolded husband’s tape proves Dinesh D’Souza knew he broke campaign laws | The Raw Story - A former aide to the Reagan White House and author of The Roots of Obama’s Rage, D’Souza is charged with using straw donors to illegally contribute $20,000 to the U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a former school friend of D’Souza’s who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in 2012.
How Conservatives Helped Dinesh D'Souza "Get His Story Out There" | Blog | Media Matters for America (the lie funnel)

2 former LA deputies accused of planting guns to justify medical marijuana dispensary arrests (updated) | 89.3 KPCC - Two former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies face criminal conspiracy, perjury and other charges for allegedly planting guns inside a South L.A. medical marijuana dispensary and arresting two people.

Listen as wrestler Steve Austin rips anti-gay Christians: ‘These motherf*ckers talked to God?’ | The Raw Story - “What also chaps my ass, some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say ‘we as a church do not believe in that.’ Which one of these motherf*ckers talked to God, and God said that same-sex marriage was a no-can-do?” the wrestler asked.
Dallas Archer busted in Tennessee with loaded gun in vagina - - Dallas Archer had a loaded North American Arms 22 LR revolver hidden in her private parts. Souther told the Smoking Gun he would be happy to have “the little fellow” back after giving it “a bath in bleach.”
geryorama comments on My mom with Alzheimer's is missing the the Upper West Side of Manhattan

Ditch the 10,000 hour rule! Why Malcolm Gladwell’s famous advice falls short - - Contrary to what the bestselling author would tell you, obsessive practice isn't the key to success. Here's why (Gladwell popularized bullshit)

You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait | The Verge - Sleazy tabloid links have taken over the web — but their days may be numbered
Famous reddit users: /u/karmanaut : MuseumOfReddit
Windows Phone 8.1 Already Installed on Over One Million Handsets
Ubuntu 14.04 review: Missing the boat on big changes | Ars Technica
Nokia Icon Review | Windows Phone content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Happy Earth Day. We Just Reached Another Scary Climate Change Milestone - In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month.
One in Four in U.S. Are Solidly Skeptical of Global Warming - Nearly 40% are "Concerned Believers" in global warming, others are mixed (the same old 27% of completely insane Republicans, hi Vic!)
Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change - Vox - We're on track for 4°C of global warming — and 2°C is increasingly unlikely (Republicans have totally screwed the world) "I look forward to the forcible relocation of all Climate Deniers to remote little islands, just inches above the current sea level."
The New Abolitionism | The Nation - Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth. In 1860, slaves represented about 16 percent of the total household assets—that is, all the wealth—in the entire country, which in today’s terms is a stunning $10 trillion.
The Spread of 'Debate is Over' Syndrome | Joel Kotkin - Political uniformity is certainly in vogue. A remarkable 96 percent of presidential campaign donations from the nation’s Ivy League faculty and staff in 2012 went to Obama, a margin more reminiscent of Soviet Russia than a properly functioning pluralistic academy. (the solution is obvously to abolish education or at least limit its dangerous spread)

Biden pledges support for Ukraine as east edges closer to union with Russia | World news | - Vice-president lines up $50m reform package as armed militia occupying government buildings continue to defy Geneva deal
Inside the Brutality of Egypt's New Regime: 2,500 Killed, 16,000 Political Prisoners, Torture Allegations Are Widespread | Alternet - Since the coup that toppled Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's human rights record has gotten much much worse.
BNP Banker, His Wife And Nephew Murdered In Belgium | Zero Hedge

9/11 Trial Grinds To A Halt As Evidence Surfaces That FBI Subverted Attorney-Client Privilege | Techdirt - from the hey,-it's-just-a-'privilege,'-amiright? dept
Obama Will Finally Have to Explain Why the US Can Kill Americans with Drones | Motherboard ("It's my favorite thing" he was heard to say)

MIT police officer's statement suggests FBI was watching Tsarnaevs the night Sean Collier was killed | Privacy SOS (you will never hear the full story)
After Boston, the FBI needs tighter rules to govern investigations | Privacy SOS

Clapper Clamps Down on Intelligence Employees Who Talk to the Press, Develops System for ‘Authorized Leaks’ | The Dissenter
Putin's 'Clapper' Moment: What He Said Vs. What Russian Intelligence Actually Does | Techdirt - from the did-anyone-expect-Putin-to-actually-confirm-this? dept

Bureau of Prisons Throws CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Children Out of Visitors Room | The Dissenter

UK Govt “Caved” In Pushing SCOTUS To Prioritize Corporations Over Human Rights - “In the cases against Shell and Rio Tinto, business interests won over the human rights interests of the plaintiffs in the cases who had legitimate claims of torture and murder…”
Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts' Views On Race As 'Out Of Touch With Reality'

Will Obama finally end the war....on drugs? - President Obama has ended the war in Iraq -- heck, even W. probably wouldn't have screwed that up, although a "President McCain" probably would have -- and the coming months will reveal if he keeps his promise to also end the war in Afghanistan. But in his final 33 months in office, does Obama have the courage to end the longest of America's pointless wars, the "war on drugs"? (he's still "evolving" from being a Republican tough-guy)
Philly preppies accused in ‘Main Line take over’ drug operation aimed at cornering supply to fancy schools
Alaska postpones vote to legalise marijuana until November election | World news | - State could become third to legalise recreational cannabis when a ballot initiative goes before voters later than previously planned

Who Will Win The Senate? — The Upshot Senate Forecasts — - According to our statistical election-forecasting machine, it’s a tossup. The Democrats have about a 51% chance of retaining a majority. (how they are rolling without dudebro Nate)
The Upshot, Vox and FiveThirtyEight: data journalism's golden age, or TMI? | James Ball | Comment is free | - A New York Times site completes the trio started by Nate Silver and Ezra Klein. Maybe it's all a little too much information
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest - - After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
Canada passes US in middle-class wealth
Who Will Win The Senate? — The Upshot Senate Forecasts —
Incumbent Southern Democrats Are Less Vulnerable Than You Might Think -
The death of the Sunday shows - Dylan Byers -

GOP Lawmakers Fought To Keep These People Uninsured. Now They Have To Rely On Hope. (Republicans' message: fuck off and die)
US supreme court upholds Michigan law that bans affirmative action | Law | - Justices say Michigan voters have the right to change their state constitution to stop colleges using race as a factor in admissions (next: Slavery)

Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds - - Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default.

Tu Quoque — Crooked Timber - To sum up, even when true, the tu quoque argument is an implicit admission of error. When it isn’t true, as in the case of the claims that the left and right are equally guilty of tribalism and anti-scientific thinking, it amounts to an intellectual coverup.
Confirmed: “Men’s Rights Activism” Is For Misogynists Without God | The Raw Story - MRAs refuse outright to admit that they simply oppose equality and come up with half-witted, belabored rationales for why positions and beliefs that functionally serve as opposition to equality are somehow not anti-equality.
But How Do You Know the MRAs Are Atheists? » Almost Diamonds (white, male, teen-aged, atheist, conservative, whiner dude-bros)
How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality by Tina Dupuy - Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy? (Republican air-head with a small vocabulary complains about big words like "inequality")

I-Team: Bundy's 'ancestral rights' come under scrutiny - 8 News NOW - Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy's parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt. ("Sovereign Citizen" is big fat liar and super-moooch)
An abbreviated look at rancher Cliven Bundy's family history - 8 News NOW

Mayor Who 'Kind Of Agreed' With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter Resigns - Daniel Clevenger resigned as mayor of Marionville, Mo. at a town meeting after residents called for his impeachment over comments he made in support of Frazier Glenn Miller, the man accused of killing three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan. t he did regret sending an anti-Semitic letter to the editor to a local newspaper 10 years ago
Mayor Faces Impeachment After He Spoke Fondly Of Alleged Jewish Center Shooter - In the letter, Clevenger described himself as "a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings." He also decried the "Jew-run medical industry" and the "Jew-run government backed banking industry."

Secrecy Around Lethal Injection Drugs Has Halted Two Executions in Oklahoma | Motherboard
Chicago police face overwhelming gun crime as 45 people shot over weekend | World news | - Police officials point to need for stricter gun laws after city suffers bloody Easter weekend in which nine people were killed
Green Bay Cop Viciously Beats Bar Patron in Front of Shocked Crowd (Updated) | Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC - But the only person who was out of control was Derek Wicklund, who happens to sit on the board of directors of the Green Bay Police Benevolent and Protective Association, which proclaims to “promote charity and good will within the community.”

Garth Ancier, David Neuman And Gary Goddard Accused Of Sexual Abuse In New Lawsuits - A man who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment industry figures on Monday claiming they also molested him.

Pat Robertson Says Doomsday Asteroid Could Hit Next Week - "I don't see anything else that fulfills the prophetic words of Jesus Christ other than an asteroid strike. There isn't anything that will cause the seas to roil, that will cause the skies to darken, the moon and the sun not to give their light, the nations terrified on Earth saying 'what's happening?'"
What's the reason I don't remember every moment in my life? Is it because my brain is not recording every moment or my brain cannot retrieve what it has recorded? : askscience
ELI5: How do we know what the universe looks like today when all the light we see is from millions or billions of years ago?
When a baby cries at night, exhausted parents scramble to figure out why. He’s hungry. Wet. Cold. Lonely. But now, a Harvard scientist offers a more sinister explanation: The baby who demands to be breastfed in the middle of the night is preventing his mom from getting pregnant again. : science (sinister little anti-fuckers)
Parents that are aware of their children masturbating, what weird routines do they do to try and hide the fact that they are doing it? : AskReddit (a 10K+ thread)
great works about raising kids with mental illness - / syllabi

Elizabeth Gilbert’s New Chapter Begins - - I’m ready to write a new book and I can’t do it in the ‘Skybrary’ because I feel like that room belongs to Alma,” the protagonist of “The Signature of All Things.”
The Aristocrats! Everything Is Illuminated Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Literary power couple Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss have put their Park Slope limestone on the market for $14,500,000, as The New York Daily News was the first to report. Built in 1901 by the Woolworth family, the 7,670-square-foot house sits on a double lot that goes all the way through to the next block. It also has a conservatory with Tiffany stained glass.
David Foster Wallace's family object to biopic The End of the Tour | Books | - The family of David Foster Wallace have laid out their objections to a new film about the late author, which is based on a road trip he took with a Rolling Stone reporter in 1996, saying that "David would never have agreed that those saved transcripts could later be repurposed as the basis of a movie".

The Surprising, Easy Trick To Making Perfect Bacon
Circles Of Life | The 143 best songs in the world
? Meskel Square, Addis Abeba - YouTube

E-cigarettes and the vape debate - "As cigarette consumption both around the world and in the United States continues to drop, we should acknowledge that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes is a massive win for public health," he writes.

/ Aereo squares off with television broadcasters at US supreme court | Media | - ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS and others accuse Aereo of theft in case which could have detrimental impact on cloud computing industry
Airchat on Vimeo - Free Communications for Everyone.
Hacking Cortana: meet *all* of Cortana’s personas! |
Hacking Cortana: meet *all* of Cortana’s personas! : windowsphone
Reddit's /r/technology demoted over scandal of secret censorship that blocked Internet freedom stories - Boing Boing
-moose- comments on Archive
How Is It That A Random Comment On Reddit Leads To Your Friend Getting Tracked By The FBI? | Techdirt : technology
Tesla is banned from /r/technology, and so am I for finding out : teslamotors
[META] I'm honestly scared of what some users here might think, and I would like your input : undelete

There Goes the Sun - - - Like just about everyone who has looked at the numbers on renewable energy, solar power in particular, I was wowed by the progress. Something really good is in reach ... right-wing paranoia is worse than you can possibly imagine, even if you take into account the fact that it’s worse than you can possibly imagine
The Right Wing Trains Its Hysterical Eye on Renewable Energy | Mother Jones

South Korean President: 'Unforgivable, Murderous Acts' Committed In Sunken Ferry Disaster
Russia accuses Ukraine of violating Geneva peace deal | World news | - Sergei Lavrov says Kiev 'not lifting a finger' to control extremists as armed groups refuse to stand down in eastern Ukraine
Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia - - Now, photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February.
Russian Politician Bullies Female Journalists (video) - According to RT, Zhirinovsky ordered his aides to "rape" the reporter, then told her that pregnant women shouldn't be working. He also reportedly used several homophobic slurs. (they have Republicans in Russia also)
4 French Journalists Home After Long Syrian Ordeal - Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.
Church of England has up to £10m invested in arms firm - Home News - UK - The Independent (onward Christian soldiers)
Supreme court to review law over Jerusalem's status on US passports | Law | - The court said Monday it will review a lower court ruling that struck down a 2002 law that authorized identifying Jerusalem as part of Israel on US passports
Twitter bans two whistleblower accounts exposing government corruption after complaints from the Turkish government : worldnews

US ordered to release memo in Anwar al-Awlaki drone killing | World news | - Federal court rules in favour of ACLU and New York Times to force release of papers describing legal justification for strike ... , because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have commented on the subject, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. (see, if they hadn't said anything it would still be a sooper-secrit)

Snowden’s Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up - The Daily Beast - Even the NSA leaker’s closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was a mistake. (anonymous sources say ... says the Daily Beast which is immediately swarmed by NSA trolls)

The Internet and the Constitution: A Selective Retrospective - 9WJLTA135.pdf (Judges don't understand Fourth Amendment)
Intelligence Directive Bars Unauthorized Contacts with News Media - Secrecy News - The Director of National Intelligence has forbidden most intelligence community employees from discussing “intelligence-related information” with a reporter unless they have specific authorization to do so, according to an Intelligence Community Directive that was issued last month.
This Week in Review: Making sense of the Pulitzers, and a new daily paper in Los Angeles » Nieman Journalism Lab
To the Snowden story system a crowning Pulitzer might have gone » Pressthink - There’s no prize for the network of journalists and newsrooms that brought the surveillance story forward.
The Pulitzer Prizes Just Demolished The Idea That Edward Snowden Is A Traitor (HuffPo commenters mostly NSA trolls)

weev Wins Battle in The Hacker Wars | Vivien Lesnik Weisman - Said Aurenheimer, "I have instructed the best legal team money can't buy not to raise the double jeopardy defense. I am willing to go to prison again to win this case on the merits and overturn the CFAA."

I analyzed more than a million bitcoin tweets. Here’s what that looks like — Tech News and Analysis

Julian Assange: 'We're heading towards a dystopian surveillance society' | MSNBC - Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange joins Alex Wagner to discuss society “heading towards surveillance totalitarianism,” his exile, censorship and why Edward Snowden “has become a symbol.”
Julian Assange: 'We're heading towards a dystopian surveillance society' (Assange news has been censored lately) : technology

Poll reveals majority of Americans distrust Big Bang theory - - "The public’s level of factual knowledge about science has not changed much over the past two decades."

Officer Stands by His Account of Scuffle at Occupy Wall Street Protest - - Testifying in Manhattan Criminal Court against Cecily McMillan, Officer Grantley Bovell conceded that he had been wrong in 2010 when he fixed two parking tickets for himself and a speeding ticket for a female friend. (proven liar)
Documentary Shows The Harsh Reality Of Solitary Confinement (America loves torture and always has)
Oklahoma to proceed with lethal injection amid confusion within courts | World news | - Execution of Clayton Lockett to go ahead after judges in disagreement over which court has the power to grant a stay

DOJ To Overhaul Clemency Process For Drug Offenders - a move that Attorney General Eric Holder anticipates will result in "thousands" of applications for reduced sentences.

As ‘Meet the Press’ struggles in the ratings, plenty of questions for host David Gregory - The Washington Post - Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. (Dancin' Dave in trouble)
‘Drop Dead, Man!’: When Bill O’Reilly Attacks -- Daily Intelligencer (speaking of insane)
How To Make Yourself Sound Nuts 101 - Sharyl Attkisson is the former CBS News reporter who left the network over what she claimed was liberal bias

Terry Richardson Spokeswoman Denies New Allegation - Model Emma Appleton tweeted a message suggesting that Richardson would not book her for a Vogue shoot unless she slept with him. Vogue spokeswoman: “We have no plans to work with him in the future.”

Your cellphone is killing you: What people don’t want you to know about electromagnetic fields - - The industry doesn't want to admit it, but the science is becoming clearer: Sustained EMF exposure is dangerous
International Journal of Obesity - Infant antibiotic exposures and early-life body mass - Exposure to antibiotics during the first 6 months of life is associated with consistent increases in body mass from 10 to 38 months. Exposures later in infancy (6–14 months, 15–23 months) are not consistently associated with increased body mass.
The Fat Drug -

State-By-State 'Fertility Friendliness' Rankings Show Wide Range - Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey were the only states to receive an "A" grade,
Girls who get caught in a bad romance risk more than just their broken hearts | Jill Filipovic | Comment is free | - A study shows that bad relationships cause girls real damage. The lesson? Teach young women to value themselves
Girls' mental health suffers when romance unfolds differently than they imagined :: The University of New Mexico - parents, educators, and policymakers should think about how to help girls construct identities that are less closely tied to romantic involvement.
Peaches Geldof funeral to be attended by stars from music world | Culture | - Former Boomtown Rats singer Geldof paid tribute to his daughter alongside his partner Jeanne Marine, and Geldof's sisters Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger,

The Sun Revolves Around You? Narcissism on a Cosmic Scale | Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. - A conservative Catholic crank, Robert Sungenis, is now resurrecting the long-discredited geocentric model in a bizarre movie called The Principle ... "Of all the wrongiest wrongs that ever wronged wrongness, Geocentrism is way up on the list. The idea that the Earth is the center of the Universe makes creationism look positively scientific in comparison. It might be edged out by people who think the Earth is flat, but just barely."
RealClearScience - A Possible Cure for Ebola Virus Infection? - the discovery of a small molecule that rescues rodents and monkeys from various hemorrhagic fevers. Even more, the drug exhibited activity against a wide range of viruses.

Aereo Case Will Shape TV’s Future -

Reddit downgrades technology community after censorship
Reddit downgrades technology community after censorship : technology
[recap] The failed moderation and gaming of /r/technology. : SubredditDrama
Drama-magnet and former mod Agentlame banned from /r/technology, SRD recap submission removed and flaired as "paywall" : SubredditDrama
TychoCelchuuu comments on What are the best objections to Ayn Rand's philosophy?
Reddit is the new Twitter - subredditsashashtags
Theory Of Reddit: Be the change you want to see.
What is the scariest shit you have seen in person? : AskReddit
Petty Revenge
Internet Meme Database | Know Your Meme

? J.S. Bach. St. Matthew Passion. "O sacred head, sore wounded". Choir of King's College. - YouTube
? Botafumeiro - Santiago de Compostela 7/2012 - YouTube (Jesus is a smoking pot, or something)
The pagan roots of Easter | Heather McDougall | Comment is free | - From Ishtar to Eostre, the roots of the resurrection story go deep. We should embrace the pagan symbolism of Easter
Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You | The Belle Jar - Yesterday, the official Facebook page of (noted misogynist and eugenics enthusiast) Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science shared the following image to their 637,000 fans:
The Babylonian Connection to Easter
Easter or Ishtar?
Is Easter based on the goddess Ishtar? - Easter is a pagan holiday honoring the Queen of Heaven goddess Ishtar; not a Christian Holy Day.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine - - We are living, he says, through the “age of ecocide,” and like a long-dazed widower, we are finally becoming sensible to the magnitude of our loss, which it is our duty to face.

Saudi Arabia Announces Jump In New Cases Of Deadly MERS Virus

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin - - Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.
Ukraine Forces Accuse Russia Of Staging Shooting
Turkey may leave World Wide Web says Communication Minister - Turkey may establish a national 'ttt' protocol instead of the regularly used 'www'. (that will work)
Twitter blocks accounts of users critical of Turkish prime minister | The Raw Story

Bob Corker: Assad Was 'Wise' To Kill 1,200 With Chemical Weapons And 'Embarrass' The U.S. (will they reach the insanity singularity?)

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord. ("Republicans will do our work for us" he cackled)

Glenn Greenwald - Events - Harvard Book Store - First Parish Church - in conversation with NOAM CHOMSKY - May 15 - 1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Glenn Greenwald Reacts To Pulitzer Prize

The Government is Silencing Twitter and Yahoo, and It Won't Tell Us Why | American Civil Liberties Union - the government has sent a grand jury subpoena to Yahoo or Twitter and requested a gag order from a magistrate judge, attempting to bar these tech companies from informing the customers in question. To make matters worse, the government won't disclose its reasoning for requesting the gag, effectively shutting the public out of the courthouse without any explanation.

LAPD Kept Surveillance System Secret From Public | PopularResistance.Org - There’s no honesty or accountability in these statements. There’s only an admission that Los Angeles law enforcement feels the public is there to serve them and not the other way around. (spy-state standard procedure)

» Ludlow Massacre: April 20, 1914 Zinn Education Project (NYTimes supported massacre of women and children, ever the same)
The Ludlow Centenary - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Next week will mark the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. While it seems like a long time ago, in the New Gilded Age, it remains disturbingly relevant because the conditions that created such horrors in 1914 are returning to the United States of 2014. The historian Thai Jones gives an overview of the event and closes with this:

No More Mister Nice Blog - Ross Douthat, unsurprisingly, doesn't share the perspective on capitalism expressed in Thomas Piketty's book Capitalism in the Twenty-first Century

How 420 became code for marijuana
If You Support Legal Marijuana, Memorize These 13 Stats - $17.4 billion: The estimated total amount that marijuana prohibition costs state and federal governments every year, according to a 2010 study by Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron. (dwarfs everything else)

For the third time in two years, feminists at a major Canadian university interrupt a male issues lecture on campus. The feminists yelled and talked over the lecturer, blew air horns in the lecture room, and later pulled a fire alarm to sabotage the lecture. : videos

Microsoft vs. Apple: Watch Cortana destroy Siri on the Arsenio Hall Show - GeekWire - Cortana: Are you deaf, bitch? He said grilled cheese.

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