October 31, 2014
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Democrats and Republicans Alike Get the Supremacy Clause Wrong

By Matthew Sickmeier When the issue of federal power over states’ rights come into the forefront, Democrats are quick to cite the supremacy clause as beyond debate. Yet, Republicans often use the same talking points. When GOP policies need that extra “federal muscle,” Republicans imitate their political opponents and claim […]
October 31, 2014
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Joker Goes Offline After Pressure From Copyright Holders

By Ernesto While most people use standalone torrent clients to download files, there are also several services that allow people to stream videos in a web-browser via the popular file-sharing protocol. One of the best implementations of BitTorrent ‘powered’ streaming is Joker.org. Although the actual streaming is not fully peer-to-peer, […]
October 31, 2014
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Judge Says Government Can’t Use State Secrets to Toss No Fly List Challenge

By Cora Currier Under both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the government has on occasion invoked the so-called state secrets privilege in order to toss out lawsuits. Merely allowing certain cases into the courtroom, the argument goes, would necessarily reveal secret information and endanger national security. Yesterday, that […]
October 31, 2014
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Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows U.S. Model at Its Peril

By [email protected] A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media. Related Entries October 19, 2014 Truthdiggers of the Week: Frontline Ebola Responders October 2, 2014 Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016 […]
October 31, 2014
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Britain’s Most Relentless Nudist Keeps Getting Locked Up

By Ralph Jones Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler. Screenshot via this video The Naked Rambler has never hurt anyone, but he’ll be in prison for longer than Oscar Pistorius. In fact, Stephen Gough has already served twice Pistorius’ sentence, not for the crime of culpable homicide, but for neglecting to […]
October 31, 2014
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Armed guards enforce city-wide quarantine of Muncie, Indiana (1893)

By Site Staff One of the confidence-inspiring smallpox hospitals in Muncie, Indiana, where the afflicted were quarantined for weeks. Source: Twelfth Annual Report of the Indiana State Board of Health (Indianapolis, 1893). 112, 166. MUNCIE, IN — In 1893, an outbreak of smallpox caused public health officials to take drastic, […]
October 31, 2014
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Country by country, Europe falls in and out of love with a “Google tax”

By Joe Mullin Spain passed a new Intellectual Property Law yesterday, which includes a provision to levy fees on search engines that show snippets of other webpages. It’s at least the third instance of a European government seeking to impose a fee on search techniques to support their traditional publishing […]
October 31, 2014
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This Week in Racism: Is That Viral Catcalling Video Racist?

By Dave Schilling As I often do when I’m told to immediately watch something by people on the internet, I strenuously avoided the elegantly titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman.” I knew what it was about, grappled with the theme of the piece (men need to […]
October 31, 2014
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Virginia judge: Police can demand a suspect unlock a phone with a fingerprint

By Megan Geuss A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled on Thursday that a person does not need to provide a passcode to unlock their phone for the police. The court also ruled that demanding a suspect to provide a fingerprint to unlock a phone would be constitutional. The ruling calls […]
October 31, 2014
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DOJ’s Fast and Furious Prequel: Failed Grenade-Running Operation

By Irene The Obama Justice Department endangered public safety by allowing a renowned weapons smuggler to continue working for Mexican drug cartels even after the agency had more than enough evidence to indict him, according to a federal audit made public this week. As if this weren’t bad enough, the […]
October 31, 2014
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Studs Terkel on Death and Forgiveness in America

By [email protected] By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch I’ve chosen two interviews from Terkel’s oral history of death which stayed with me these last 13 years. The first focuses on an impulse that may be among the hardest to understand and yet most moving to encounter, forgiveness; and the second centers on […]
October 31, 2014
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Arctic Melting Sends Winter Warning to Europe and Asia

By [email protected] By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Patterns of winds and pressure systems traced by researchers to the decline in Arctic sea ice can transport cold air further south and create harsher winters in Eurasia. Related Entries October 30, 2014 Naomi Klein Talks Capitalism and Climate Change With Russell […]
October 31, 2014
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WARNING: Avoid this corrupt, third-world country at all costs

By Simon Black October 31, 2014Santiago, Chile John Anderson, an American tourist from San Clemente, California, was driving down a poorly-maintained highway when he saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror. After a brief exchange with the local police officer, Anderson was shocked when the cop started searching his vehicle. […]
October 31, 2014
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Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own ‘Dark Web’ Site

By Andy Greenberg Now the world’s least anonymous website (Facebook) has just joined the Web’s most anonymous network (Tor). The post Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own ‘Dark Web’ Site appeared first on WIRED. Continue Reading
October 31, 2014
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2014 Intelligence Budget Figures Released

By Steven Aftergood The National Intelligence Program received a total appropriation of $50.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed yesterday, as required by law. The Military Intelligence Program was funded at $17.4 billion in FY 2014, the Department of Defense said. Current […]
October 31, 2014
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After massive Danish hack, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to 3.5 years

By Cyrus Farivar Oscar Swartz After being convicted of “hacking and gross damage,” Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, better known by his nom de hacker “anakata,” was sentenced (Google Translate) to 3.5 years in prison by a Danish court on Friday. One day earlier, the Pirate Bay co-founder was found guilty of […]
October 31, 2014
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Straw Into Gold: Candidates Trading Leadership PAC Dollars for Campaign Cash

By Viveca Novak and John Sugden This story is cross-posted at TIME.com With just a few days remaining in the first quarter of 2014, Mary Landrieu did something generous: The embattled Democratic senator from Louisiana, herself in the midst of an exceedingly tough re-election race, used her leadership PAC to […]
October 31, 2014
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

By Ernesto Disney and other rightsholders are not happy with today’s search engines after repeatedly asking Google and Co. to promote legal content and remove pirate sites from search results. While Google implemented several changes to satisfy these requests, Disney has also taken matters into its own hands. A new […]
October 31, 2014
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A Look at the High-Priced PR Firm Hired by Jian Ghomeshi

By Alan Jones Embattled ex-radio show host, Jian Ghomeshi. Photo via Facebook. UPDATE: Navigator has released a statement confirming it no longer advises Jian Ghomeshi. “Regrettably, the circumstances of our engagement have changed and we are no longer able to continue,” it said, “No further comment will be issued.” Additionally. […]
October 31, 2014
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Court Denies Motion to Dismiss State Secrets Case

By Steven Aftergood A federal court yesterday denied a government motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit that the Obama Administration said involved state secrets. It appears to be the first time that such a motion for dismissal has ever been rejected in a state secrets case. The lawsuit, Gulet Mohamed […]
October 31, 2014
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Syria’s Alawites Pay Heavy Price As They Bury Sons

By AP In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo, Ramadan Haidar, father of Mahmoud, a 23-year-old Syrian who was killed while fighting in the military, sits in his living room under photos of his son, in the city of Tartous, the capital of a coastal province in Syria. DWEIR SHEIKH […]
October 31, 2014
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How Opium Cartels Are Derailing Afghanistan’s Reconstruction

By [email protected] (Ben Makuch) We already know that Afghanistan’s opium production is at an all-time high and that the Taliban have been using it to fuel its more than a decade-old insurgency. Now, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has labeled the drug trade a major threat against Afghan […]
October 31, 2014
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The ‘Silent Intifada’ In Jerusalem Grows Louder By The Day. Here’s How Things Got So Bad

By Gregg Carlstrom JERUSALEM — The press here has been talking recently of a “silent intifada”: the city has been convulsed by violence for months, but most of it happens at night, bottled up inside the Palestinian districts of occupied East Jerusalem. By Thursday afternoon, though, after two shootings and […]
October 31, 2014
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Biggest Dark Money Spender in 2014 Elections: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The king of shadowy campaign spending this election is the nation’s leading big business lobby, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A new report (pdf) by the watchdog group Public Citizen says the Chamber is leading all “dark money” organizations seeking to influence the midterm election. As of October 25, the […]
October 31, 2014
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Stonewalling in Georgia: As Election Day Nears, Judge Refuses to Force Secretary of State to Process 40,000 Missing Voter Registrations

Democrats and civil rights advocates may have lost their last attempt before Election Day next week to force Georgia’s Secretary of State to process tens of thousands of voter registrations. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has not processed registrations for at least 40,000 new voters who were signed up […]
October 31, 2014
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This Libertarian Pizza Deliveryman Could Decide the North Carolina Senate Race

By Matt Laslo Sean Haugh, the Libertarian pizza deliveryman running for US Senate in North Carolina The first question that comes to mind when people meet North Carolina Senate candidate Sean Haugh is “This guy is for real?” That’s definitely what I thought when I met him. A Libertarian pizza […]
October 31, 2014
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Manhunt Underway For “Possibly Armed” Kinox, BitShare and FreakShare Operators

By Andy Just a few days ago news broke that police in Germany had carried out raids in several areas of the country. They were looking for four suspects believed to be the key individuals behind a range of sites including Kino.to replacement Kinox.to, file-hosting sites FreakShare.com and BitShare.com, plus […]
October 31, 2014
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Zombies Are Us: The Walking Dead in the American Police State

By John Whitehead Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized ideas about self-protection. In the current crop of zombie stories, the prevailing value for the […]
October 31, 2014
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FCC reportedly close to reclassifying ISPs as common carriers

By Jon Brodkin FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking to the cable industry in April 2014. NCTA The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly close to proposing a “hybrid approach” to network neutrality in which Internet service providers would be partially reclassified as common carriers, letting the commission […]
October 30, 2014
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DEA set up fake Facebook account to impersonate woman and spy on her friends

By Site Staff The Facebook page set up by the DEA impersonating Sondra Arquiett AKA Sondra Prince. (Source: Associated Press) WATERTOWN, NY — A woman has filed a federal lawsuit after a DEA agent set up a fake online profile in her name, complete with personal information, personal photographs, and […]
October 30, 2014
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How Long Can the Top 10% Households Prop Up the “Recovery”?

By Charles Hugh Smith The question of “recovery” really boils down to this: how much longer can the top 10% prop up the expansion? A flurry of recent media stories have addressed housing unaffordability, for example Are you like me? Ever since my first summer job decades ago, I’ve been […]
October 30, 2014
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Pirate Bay co-founder convicted in Denmark’s “largest hacking case” ever

By Cyrus Farivar Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (center) could be barred from entering Denmark at his sentencing hearing on Friday. Nicolas Vigier One of the co-founders of the notorious Pirate Bay website was convicted (Google Translate) Thursday in a major hacking case in Denmark, and could face up to six years […]
October 30, 2014
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VICE News: The True Power of Coal During West Virginia Midterms

By VICE Staff This year’s midterm elections are projected to be the most expensive in American history. One of the most notable races, where outside interests are pouring in millions of dollars, is in West Virginia’s third district—and the campaign is centered on one thing: coal. The coal industry has […]
October 30, 2014
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Retailers accuse credit unions of talking smack about card breaches

By Sean Gallagher Retailers say the real culprit in poor cyber-security is those darned uncooperative credit unions. Kenneth Allen Reeling from the bad press associated with an ongoing parade of data breaches caused by criminal infiltration of their payment systems, representatives of six retail industry associations signed a joint open […]
October 30, 2014
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A Travel Ban Is No Barrier to Ebola—and Borders on Racism

By [email protected] U.S. right-wingers are fanning a hysteria that could damage the fight against the disease and discriminate against both Africans and African-Americans. Related Entries October 30, 2014 This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas October 29, 2014 The Most Expensive Midterm Ever Continue Reading
October 30, 2014
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Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges

By Kim Zetter The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking […]
October 30, 2014
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No one knows who’s been flying drones over French nuclear power plants

By Cyrus Farivar Don McCullough The French Interior Minister told French public radio (Google Translate) on Thursday that the government has begun an investigation into who has been flying drones above as many as 10 nuclear power plants nationwide this month. “There’s a judicial investigation under way,” French Interior Minister […]
October 30, 2014
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FTC fines online dating service $616,000 for using “virtual cupids”

By Joe Mullin More and more people are becoming familiar with the joys—and frustrations—of online dating. A recent Pew study found that 10 percent of the US public is using online dating services, and a full 38 percent of those people say they are “single and looking.” There’s enough money […]
October 30, 2014
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FTC fines online dating service $616,000 for using “virtual cupids”

By Joe Mullin More and more people are becoming familiar with the joys—and frustrations—of online dating. A recent Pew study found that 10 percent of the US public is using online dating services, and a full 38 percent of those people say they are “single and looking.” There’s enough money […]
October 30, 2014
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Vote!

By crp_comm Yes, more and more money is pouring into the 2014 midterm elections. And yes, secretive organizations are flooding the airwaves with depressingly misleading advertisements. That’s exactly why it’s more important than ever to remember that, while money can influence elections, ultimately it’s voters who decide who to send […]
October 30, 2014
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The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media

By Glenn Greenwald Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday. His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation—was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre […]
October 30, 2014
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Don’t Count On Courts to Protect Your Privacy – They Protect the Status Quo

By Mike Maharrey With it becoming increasingly clear every day that Congress will not take any substantive action to stop NSA spying, some privacy advocates have begun to pin their hopes on the federal courts. If history serves as any indication, they will find themselves equally disappointed with the judiciary. […]
October 30, 2014
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Report to U.N. Calls Bullshit on Obama’s ‘Look Forward, Not Backwards’ Approach to Torture

By Murtaza Hussain Months after President Obama frankly admitted that the United States had “tortured some folks” as part of the War on Terror, a new report submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture has been released that excoriates his administration for shielding the officials responsible from prosecution. The […]
October 30, 2014
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IRS determined to get EA founder Hawkins to pay millions in back taxes

By David Kravets Intel Free Press The Internal Revenue Service asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reconsider its September ruling that allowed Electronic Arts founder William “Trip” Hawkins to avoid paying $26 million in California and federal taxes. The IRS said that Hawkins is not qualified to enjoy the […]
October 30, 2014
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Pirate Site Operator Slapped With $10 Million in Damages

By Ernesto In August we reported how ABS-CBN was going after several website owners who link to pirated streams of its programming. The Philippines-based company filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Oregon looking for millions of dollars in damages from two local residents, husband and wife. The five […]
October 30, 2014
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022: These investments should do well no matter what happens in the global economy

By Simon Black October 30, 2014 Santiago, Chile Do you remember all the great economic forecasts that ever came out of the Fed? I don’t either. My favorite one was when 9 months before the Great Recession kicked off, the Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, remarked: “The Federal Reserve is currently […]
October 30, 2014
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Hipster Environmentalists Used Rape Alarms to Disrupt an Oil Conference

By Simon Childs Photo courtesy of the Future/Jessica Kohl Remember “the Future”? They’re a group of environmental activists we last met at their abortive attempt to infiltrate a UKIP (a right-wing British political party) meeting. They wanted to burst in, stare at Nigel Farage for ages, and make him feel […]
October 30, 2014
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Trapped in Parliament with a Gunman

By Justin Ling Trapped in Parliament with a Gunman Continue Reading
October 30, 2014
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The Missing Women of Afghanistan

By [email protected] By Ann Jones, TomDispatch On September 29th Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent progressive Afghan women over the moon. Related Entries October 20, 2014 John Oliver on How America Is […]
October 30, 2014
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Verizon Wireless to pay back customers allegedly billed for free calls

By Jon Brodkin Verizon Wireless has agreed to a $64.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that alleged it billed phone customers for calls that were supposed to be free. The proposed settlement (PDF) was filed last week in US District Court in New Jersey and first reported by […]