November 23, 2014
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Class-action suit says Rightscorp makes illegal, harassing phone calls

By Joe Mullin Federal law places limits on how robo-calling can be used. Federal Trade Commission Morgan Pietz, one of the lawyers who wrapped “copyright troll” Prenda Law in a whirl of judicial sanctions, has set his sights on a new target: Rightscorp. In a class action lawsuit (PDF) filed […]
November 23, 2014
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Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Feinberg

By [email protected] The pioneering transgender activist and author’s obituary reads like a biography of the instinct for justice. Related Entries November 17, 2014 Truthdiggers of the Week: Cuban Medical Workers Fighting Ebola October 26, 2014 Truthdigger of the Week: Ben Bradlee Continue Reading
November 23, 2014
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Google Refuses MPAA Request to Blacklist ‘Pirate Site’ Homepages

By Ernesto Every week copyright holders send millions of DMCA takedown notices to Google, hoping to make pirated movies and music harder to find. The music industry groups RIAA and BPI are among the most active senders. Together they have targeted more than 170 million URLs in recent years. The […]
November 23, 2014
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Opening the Gates to World War III — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 Opening the Gates to World War III Paul Craig Roberts According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk. A Russian foreign ministry official condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons to Kiev as a violation […]
November 23, 2014
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An Alleged Group of Juggalos Is Terrorizing North Portland Businesses

By ​Alex Mierjeski [body_image width=’2433′ height=’1491′ path=’images/content-images/2014/11/22/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2014/11/22/’ filename=’an-alleged-group-of-juggalos-is-terrorizing-north-portland-businesses-1122-body-image-1416683225.jpg’ id=’6039′] Ominous fliers are popping up in Portland. Photo by the author Business owners along a trendy North Portland thoroughfare arrived at work recently to find some unsavory fliers taped to their shop doors and windows instructing them to vacate or […]
November 23, 2014
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Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

By [email protected] By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations. Related Entries November 22, 2014 Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden on Planet November 21, […]
November 23, 2014
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Highly advanced backdoor trojan cased high-profile targets for years

By Dan Goodin The five stages of Regin. Symantec Researchers have unearthed highly advanced malware they believe was developed by a wealthy nation-state to spy on a wide range of international targets in diverse industries, including hospitality, energy, airline, and research. Backdoor Regin, as researchers at security firm Symantec are […]
November 23, 2014
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All-Out War In Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

By pcr3 Washington’s Reckless Demonization Of Russia — Paul Craig Roberts If Professor Petras’ account of the developing war scenario in Ukraine is correct, it would seem that the Russian government has underestimated Washington’s mendacity and overestimated European independence and sense of survival. There is little doubt that hubris has […]
November 23, 2014
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VICE News: Bangladeshi Gang Rape

By VICE Staff ​A recent UN report revealed that one in eight men in rural Bangladesh admit to having committed rape. Although it is a crime punishable by death, there are no accurate government figures for rape in Bangladesh, largely due to social stigma and a failure by local authorities […]
November 23, 2014
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Obama Finally Puts an End to Unpopular Secure Communities Program

Those immigrants arrested for minor crimes can breathe a bit easier now that a program under which federal officials could order holds put on those suspected of being in the country illegally is ending. As part of broader immigration reforms, the Obama administration announced Thursday that the Secure Communities program, […]
November 23, 2014
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Luxury Watchmakers Target Pirate Smartwatch Faces

By Andy While digital watches have been becoming more complex in recent years, the advent of a new generation of smartwatches is changing the market significantly. Manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, Pebble, Motorola and LG all have an interest in the game, with Apple set to show its hand in […]
November 23, 2014
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What Are Eggplants Good For?

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola Eggplant is a popular part of Indian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cuisines, but in the US the average American eats less than one pound per year.1 They are, perhaps, the least popular member of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, pepper, and potatoes, as […]
November 22, 2014
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The Russia-France Warship Deal Is Turning into a Total Mess

By Sharon Muthoni and Ryan Faith Continue Reading
November 22, 2014
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Fail: MPAA Makes Legal Content Unfindable In Google

By Ernesto The entertainment industries have gone head to head with Google in recent months, demanding tougher anti-piracy measures from the search engine. According to the MPAA and others, Google makes it too easy for its users to find pirated content. Instead, they would prefer Google to downrank sites such […]
November 22, 2014
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The Bizarre Alliance of Rand Paul and Al Sharpton

By Grace Wyler Politics is weird. It has a strange way of turning seemingly stodgy, well-heeled people into screaming lunatics, and even transforming said lunatics into intimate bedfellows, sidling up to the very ideological opponents thought to be their sworn enemies. Like the time that Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi […]
November 22, 2014
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Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden on Planet

By [email protected] By Tim Radford, Climate News Network American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance. Related Entries November 21, 2014 A Big Election With Little Local Journalism November 21, 2014 Slayings Turn Spotlight […]
November 22, 2014
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How Obama Punked the GOP on Immigration

By [email protected] President Obama’s freeze on deportations for certain classes of undocumented immigrants throws a pigeon among the cats in several important ways. Related Entries November 21, 2014 Who Benefits From the White House Immigration Plan? November 21, 2014 ‘Left, Right & Center': The Immigration Debate Continue Reading
November 22, 2014
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VICE News: State of Emergency: Ferguson, Missouri – Part 8

By VICE Staff ​In Dispatch 8, VICE News returns to Ferguson, Missouri, where the community is on edge as it awaits a grand jury decision over whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. VICE News meets a group of young men who […]
November 22, 2014
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US Troops Will Deploy To Iraq Without Congressional Approval: Pentagon

By Al Akhbar This Department of Defense photo shows US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin E. Dempsey as he addresses questions from US military members during a town hall meeting in Baghdad, Iraq, November 15, 2014. Updated at 2:19 pm (GMT +2): Some of the […]
November 22, 2014
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15 arrested in new European crackdown of peeping tom malware users

By Cyrus Farivar A RAT user spying on a girl from Malaysia. In the background is a complete list of “slaves” this RAT user controls. Fifteen people have been arrested across seven European countries “who are suspected of using remote access trojans (RATs) to commit cybercrimes,” Europol said in a […]
November 22, 2014
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When George W. Bush Gave a Primetime Immigration Speech, Networks Covered it Live; Obama…Forget It

Some supporters of President Barack Obama are disappointed that the three major television news networks chose not to air his speech on immigration reform, pointing to previous addresses by George W. Bush that the networks chose to carry. “In 2006, [President George W.] Bush gave a 17-minute speech that was […]
November 22, 2014
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NYPD Whistleblower Sues For Questioning “Excessive Force” Report

By Carey Wedler for AntiMedia @brotherguss/Twitter (TheAntiMedia) NEW YORK, NY- A former New York City council analyst is suing his former employer, claiming he was fired for speaking out about alleged NYPD lies. ­Artyom Matusov claims NYPD commissioner, Bill Bratton, presented a report to the council claiming the use of […]
November 22, 2014
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Swedes Prepare Record File-Sharing Prosecution

By Andy Following a lengthy investigation by anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån, in 2010 police raided a “warez scene” topsite known as Devil. Dozens of servers were seized containing an estimated 250 terabytes of pirate content. One man was arrested and earlier this year was eventually charged with unlawfully making content available […]
November 22, 2014
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Do You Know What’s in Your Nail Polish?

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola Painting your nails may seem like an innocent part of your beauty routine, but inside those colorful bottles are some not-so-pretty secrets. Toxic chemicals are common in nail polish, and there’s often no way for you to know exactly what’s lurking inside. Some might […]
November 21, 2014
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On Cosby, Hard to Keep the Faith

By [email protected] A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. Related Entries November 20, 2014 Cosby Rape Allegations November 18, 2014 Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job Continue Reading
November 21, 2014
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Apple will pay $450M—or, maybe just $70M—to settle e-book claims

By Joe Mullin More details are now public about the deal Apple reached in June to settle claims that it engaged in price-fixing in the e-book market. That settlement was approved by a federal judge on Friday. It’s an unusual one, in which Apple essentially bets the outcome in its […]
November 21, 2014
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They’re Not Saying “We Can’t Do This” Anymore

By Michael Boldin “Remarkable” That’s what a mainstream media report in Wired called the Nov. 19th Utah hearing on our bill to turn off water to the NSA. “What’s noteworthy is no one on the panel said: ‘Hey, wait a minute, we can’t do this.’” If just last year I […]
November 21, 2014
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Obama Has Saved 5 Million Illegal Immigrants from Deportation – Now What?

By Grace Wyler On Thursday night, speaking to about 10 million people ​who thought they were tuning in to watch the Latin Grammys, President Barack Obama dared Republicans in Congress to take up a comprehensive immigration bill, and told them, in so many words, that until they do, he’s going […]
November 21, 2014
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The NYPD Admits a Rookie Cop Killed a ‘Total Innocent’ Last Night

By John Surico Seven months into his administration, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio began encountering something that has become a sort of litmus test for Gotham chieftains: the widely-publicized death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police officers. The tragic chokehold death​ of Staten Islander […]
November 21, 2014
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Europe’s parliament “poised to call for a break-up of Google”

By Jon Brodkin Network neutrality protest at Google headquarters. Steve Rhodes “The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google” in a vote next week, the Financial Times reported today. The resolution would be nonbinding, because any final action would have to be taken by the European […]
November 21, 2014
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This Week in Racism: ‘Serial’ and the White Liberal Media’s Race Problem

By Dave Schilling [body_image width=’1200′ height=’483′ path=’images/content-images/2014/11/20/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2014/11/20/’ filename=’serial-and-the-white-liberal-medias-race-problem-twir-121-body-image-1416520489.jpg’ id=’5627′] Last week, Jay Caspian Kang wrote a ​scathing indictment of the true crime podcast Serial for the Awl. In it, he claimed that Sarah Koenig’s investigation of the murder of Hae-Min Lee amounted to a very popular version of cultural […]
November 21, 2014
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“We are going to be sued.” FCC chairman speaks on net neutrality

By Jon Brodkin FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Computer History Museum It won’t be a surprise if the Federal Communications Commission gets sued when it issues net neutrality rules. In fact, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expects it. Since November 10, when President Obama called on the FCC to reclassify Internet service […]
November 21, 2014
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FCC to prevent phone companies from screwing over copper customers

By Jon Brodkin Divine Harvester Amid complaints that phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon are letting copper networks deteriorate, the Federal Communications Commission today said it will examine the allegations and develop rules that maintain customers’ access to emergency services even after old copper networks are discontinued. Today’s vote […]
November 21, 2014
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Local judge unseals hundreds of highly secret cell tracking court records

By Cyrus Farivar Scott A judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, has unsealed a set of 529 court documents in hundreds of criminal cases detailing the use of a stingray, or cell-site simulator, by local police. This move, which took place earlier this week, marks a rare example of a court […]
November 21, 2014
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The Outpost That Doesn’t Exist in the Country You Can’t Locate

By [email protected] By Nick Turse, TomDispatch Recent contracting documents indicate that the U.S. military is building something in Chad. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp. The revelation suggests yet another potential source of blowback from America’s efforts in Africa which have backfired, gone bust, […]
November 21, 2014
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​Why Are Minorities Overrepresented in Private Prisons?

By Alex Mierjeski It’s no secret that privately run, for-profit prisons can be shady places. The multibillion-do​llar industry has steadily become a particularly maligned sector of the prison-industrial complex in the United States, notorious for a unique blend of corruption, reticence, and violence. Headlines over the past few years can […]
November 21, 2014
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Using a password manager on Android? It may be wide open to sniffing attacks

By Dan Goodin Aurich Lawson In early 2013, researchers exposed some unsettling risks stemming from Android-based password managers. In a paper titled “Hey, You, Get Off of My Clipboard,” they documented how passwords managed by 21 of the most popular such apps could be accessed by any other app on […]
November 21, 2014
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Here’s the most bizarre currency you’ve probably never heard about.

By Simon Black November 21, 2014Santiago, Chile John Lynn was bound and gagged, as the angry mob tied him to a tree and poured a barrel of scalding hot tar over his freshly shaven head and coated him in feathers. It was June 1794 and the crowd was absolutely frantic. […]
November 21, 2014
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The Weird, Wild Novels of Democratic Presidential Candidate Jim Webb

By Kevin Lincoln ​There’s a certain type of person that tends to run for president. Career politicians; white guys with great hair, who like sports and ranching. Maybe a veteran, maybe not, maybe not under suspicious circumstances. Wealthy? Probably. Married, with a mess of strapping children? You bet. This type […]
November 21, 2014
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Six journalists sue over surveillance by UK “extremist” police unit

By Sean Gallagher Six members of the United Kingdom’s National Union of Journalists—including comedian and journalist Mark Thomas—have filed suit against London’s Metropolitan Police after discovering that their daily activities were being monitored and recorded in a police database. The database is gathered by the National Domestic Extremists and Disorder […]
November 21, 2014
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U.S. Copyright Alert System Security Could Be Improved, Review Finds

By Ernesto February last year the MPAA, RIAA and five major Internet providers in the United States launched their “six strikes” anti-piracy plan. The Copyright Alert System’s main goal is to inform subscribers that their Internet connections are being used to share copyrighted material without permission. These alerts start out […]
November 21, 2014
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Obama Also Issues “Ebola Amnesty”

By Irene Lost in the hoopla of President Obama’s enormous administrative amnesty affecting mostly Mexican and Central American illegal immigrants is that he also implemented a special protective order allowing people from Ebola nations to stay in the United States. It’s amnesty on steroids! The special Ebola reprieve was issued […]
November 21, 2014
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Seattle PD cuts a deal with mass-video requestor, institutes “hack-a-thon”

By Joe Mullin A computer programmer whose massive public records request threatened Seattle’s plan to put body cameras on its police officers has made peace with the police department. Today’s Seattle Times reports that Seattle Police Department COO Mike Wagers has invited the man into police headquarters to meet with […]
November 21, 2014
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Murders Turn Spotlight on Peru’s Forest Policies

By [email protected] By Paul Brown, Climate News Network The killing of tribal leaders trying to defend their Amazon rainforest lands from illegal logging has put Peru’s president under pressure ahead of next month’s UN climate conference. Related Entries November 20, 2014 Fossil-Fueled Republicanism November 20, 2014 Obama Pledge Gets Dollars […]
November 21, 2014
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After a three-year copyright battle, Aereo gives up the ghost

By Joe Mullin Aereo on an iPad. Casey Johnston TV-over-the-Internet startup Aereo has filed for bankruptcy, bringing to a close its long-running copyright battle with US television networks. The filing comes at a time when there actually had been a bright spot on the policy horizon for Aereo. The FCC […]
November 21, 2014
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Some State Secrets Cases Are a Secret, Govt Says

By Steven Aftergood The government has occasionally invoked the state secrets privilege in a legal proceeding without ever publicly revealing that it had done so, government attorneys disclosed in a pending state secrets case this week. Last September, observers were surprised when the government intervened in a private defamation lawsuit […]
November 21, 2014
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Why On Earth Are Police Going to A Class Called “Killology” And Training To Be “Warriors”?

By John Vibes Reports: Albuquerque, New Mexico – Just over a week after the City of Albuquerque signed an agreement with the Department of Justice, promising to scale back aggressive police tactics and address police brutality, the Albuquerque Police Department has found themselves in the midst of another scandal. This […]
November 21, 2014
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Senator: White House Simply Doesn’t “Want Public To Know” Scope Of CIA Torture

By Jon Queally for Common Dreams Yonas Fikre, center, a Portland, Oregon Muslim American talks to media with his U.S. attorney Thomas Nelson, left, and Swedish lawyer Hans Bredberg, right, in Stockholm, Sweden, April 18, 2012. After a 2010 trip to visit family in Khartoum, Sudan, Fikre claims to have […]
November 21, 2014
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Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

By Steven Aftergood New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy, November 19, 2014 Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations, November 19, 2014 Natural Gas for […]
November 21, 2014
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There Was a Fight at a 24-Year-Old Romanian Guy’s Funeral After All His Lovers Found Out He Had HIV

By Joel Golby [body_image width=’680′ height=’510′ path=’images/content-images/2014/11/21/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2014/11/21/’ filename=’funeral-fight-romania-hiv-905-body-image-1416571353.jpg’ id=’5725′] Above: Daniel Decu This post originally appeared in VICE UK​ We’ve all had the thought, ‘Damn, I hope a lot of my previous sexual partners have a massive fight at my funeral,’ right? What is the point of dying if […]