October 24, 2014
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A Revisionist Take on President Obama

By [email protected] There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man. Related Entries October 24, 2014 President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War October 23, 2014 Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General Continue Reading
October 24, 2014
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In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

By [email protected] Drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a “drug duel” to prove their point. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General October 14, 2014 No Justice for Michael Brown Continue Reading
October 24, 2014
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Some Guy Drove His Car Into Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments Monument, Satanic Statue’s Future Is Uncertain

By Jonathan Smith Photo by the author Last night an Oklahoma man who reportedly heard voices in his head stole a car and rammed it into the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol building. As you can see in this picture from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, he got […]
October 24, 2014
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Washington Is Defaming Putin — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 Washington Is Defaming Putin Paul Craig Roberts Today at the Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russia’s President Putin correctly and justifiably denounced Washington for destabilizing the world in order to serve its own narrow and selfish interest and the interests of Washington’s private interest group masters […]
October 24, 2014
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President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War

By [email protected] The adventure against the Islamic State increasingly resembles the sort of conflict Barack Obama launched his career opposing. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General October 23, 2014 The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit Continue Reading
October 24, 2014
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Witnesses Say High School Freshmen Opened Fire on Classmates

By [email protected] Another day, another deadly shooting in America. This time, it was at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Seattle. Two students are dead, including the alleged shooter, and four more are wounded. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General October 22, 2014 Canadian Parliament Terrorized […]
October 24, 2014
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Here’s What Actually Scares Americans About the Future

By [email protected] (Brian Merchant) Right now, the average American is apparently more afraid of walking home alone at night than anything else, according to a study that is being billed as “the most comprehensive survey of what strikes fear in Americans.” Down the line, however, it finds huge majorities worry […]
October 24, 2014
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How Do Hongkongers Feel About Their Chief Executive Saying the Poor Shouldn’t Control Elections?

By Brendon Hong Footage from a protest. Screengrab from SCMPTV Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed Chief Executive C.Y. Leung, already demonized by pro-democracy protesters in his city, made himself an even easier target a few days ago when he said, “If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d […]
October 24, 2014
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All the NSA Will Say About Its Alarmingly Entrepreneurial Top Spy Is That She’s Resigning

By Murtaza Hussain Teresa O’Shea used to be the National Security Agency’s director of signals intelligence, plus the wife of an executive in the business of selling things to agencies like hers, plus the host of a home-based signals intelligence business, plus the owner, via yet another business, of a […]
October 24, 2014
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Online Jihadists Are Praising the Canadian Parliament Shooter

By [email protected] (Ben Makuch) The sounds of gunshots ringing out from gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s rifle barely stopped echoing in Ottawa, and online jihadists are already celebrating the attack on Canada’s Parliament as a justified response to the latest bombings of Islamic State targets in Iraq. One Canadian ISIS militant who […]
October 24, 2014
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New Documents Reveal Britain’s Secret Plan to Invade a Tiny Caribbean Island

By Phil Miller This Saturday is the anniversary of the 1983 American invasion of Grenada, codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, which squashed a revolution on the tiny island that dared to challenge US control of the Caribbean. Margaret Thatcher, the UK prime minister at the time, felt put out because US […]
October 24, 2014
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Federal Supremacy vs State Sovereignty: The Debate Heats Up for AZ Prop 122!

By Shane Trejo The debate is on over an Arizona measure on the ballot that could increase resistance to unjust federal power in the state. Prop. 122 would amend the Arizona state constitution to assure that the state’s right to deny support and compliance with federal law is recognized. Director […]
October 24, 2014
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Pirate Bay Sends 100,000 New Users to “Free” VPN

By Ernesto With an increasing number of BitTorrent users seeking solutions to hide their identities from the outside world, VPN services have seen a spike in customers in recent years. Pirate Bay users also have a great interest in anonymity. A survey among the site’s users previously revealed that nearly […]
October 24, 2014
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Expect More Violence as the World Gets Hotter

By Laura Dattaro Expect More Violence as the World Gets Hotter Continue Reading
October 24, 2014
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$16 Million to NextGen Climate is Pocket Money for Tom Steyer

By Lalita Clozel In eight months, NextGen Climate Action has grown into one of the mightiest spenders of the midterm election. And with the latest round of pocket money from founder Tom Steyer, it now has $19 million to spend within two weeks of the November 4 election. With his […]
October 24, 2014
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Virtual Reality Turns a Horrific Taser Death Into Immersive Journalism

By [email protected] (Ben Makuch) The independent video game sector is a launchpad for good games, novel concepts, and creativity for the sake of fun. But its also been a platform for growing maturity in the gaming world: taking video games and their technology beyond kill the bad guys or defend […]
October 24, 2014
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Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

By Irene President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch. The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) […]
October 24, 2014
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The Importance of Being Exceptional

By [email protected] By David Bromwich, TomDispatch Why is it immoral for a person to treat himself as an exception? The reason is plain: because morality, by definition, means a standard of right and wrong that applies to all persons without exception. Yet to answer so briefly may be to oversimplify. […]
October 24, 2014
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Is the Blackwater Verdict the Beginning of the End for Private Military Contractors?

By Matt Taylor Blackwater mercenaries are icons of the post-9/11 era. Photo via Flickr user chuck holton Private military contractors have long been a staple of America’s war on terror. Terrified of copping to just how expensive and bloody it can be to do nation-building abroad, the guys in charge […]
October 24, 2014
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Oil Boom Prompts U.S. to Push for Crude Exports

By [email protected] By Valerie Brown, Climate News Network America’s expanding oil production threatens the pristine Pacific Northwest region of the country with a rash of new oil terminals along the coast. Related Entries October 23, 2014 A Sea of Climate Change Denial October 23, 2014 Sea Rise May Still Pose […]
October 24, 2014
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Silicon Valley startup unveils Internet-connected smart guns for cops

By David Kravets A Silicon Valley startup said Friday that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers’ weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry. Yardarm Technologies’ sensor is a small device that goes inside gun handles and provides dispatchers with real-time geo-location tracking […]
October 24, 2014
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This is the only -no risk- way I know about to guarantee a 20% return

By Simon Black October 24, 2014Santiago, Chile I’m going to make you a deal. For the rest of your life, I’m going to be your silent partner. You’re going to pay me 20% of everything you ever make. Forever. In return, I’m not going to do anything. I won’t add […]
October 24, 2014
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Verizon Wireless injects identifiers that link its users to Web requests

By Robert Lemos Verizon Cellular communications provider Verizon Wireless is adding cookie-like tokens to Web requests traveling over its network. These tokens are being used to build a detailed picture of users’ interests and to help clients tailor advertisements, according to researchers and Verizon’s own documentation. The profiling, part of […]
October 24, 2014
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The Atlanic Uses Picture Of Hijabed Students Wathcing Eclipse For Story About ISIS

By MintPress News Desk The Atlantic has since seemingly changed the photo, after the tweet by a journalist (shown below) went viral. Not cool of @TheAtlantic to use Reuters pic of Muslim women watching an eclipse and suggesting they’re ISIS fan girls pic.twitter.com/OBU0PvPdoQ — Andy Carvin (@acarvin) October 23, 2014 […]
October 24, 2014
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The NCAA’s K Street Dash Continues

By Lalita Clozel NCAA president Mark Emmert is juggling a host of lawsuits. (Twitter.com) After spending record amounts on lobbying earlier this year, the troubled National Collegiate Athletic Association is now going the whole nine yards to round up support in Washington. During the second quarter, the association had hired […]
October 24, 2014
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Ebola Comes to New York, Everything Is Fine

By Harry Cheadle What Ebola looks like up close. Photo via Flickr user NIAID Until yesterday evening, no one in New York cared much about where a man named Craig Spencer had gone or what he had done. Now his movements seem to be all anyone can talk about. The […]
October 24, 2014
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New Laws Mean It’s Now Illegal To Give Food To The Homeless In 21 Cities

By MintPress News Desk Photo: National Coalition for the Homeless If you don’t have a place to live, getting enough to eat clearly may be a struggle. And since homelessness in the U.S. isn’t going away and is even rising in some cities, more charitable groups and individuals have been […]
October 24, 2014
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Mortgage Giant Accused Of Faking Documents To Justify Foreclosures

By Alan Pyke for Think Progress New York state’s top financial regulator says one of the biggest mortgage servicing companies in America has continued to backdate paperwork in order to justify illegitimate foreclosures, more than two years after the widespread falsification of key foreclosure documents by financial companies was revealed […]
October 24, 2014
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Can the President Bar Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Countries?, and More from CRS

By Steven Aftergood New and updated products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Can the President Bar Foreign Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Countries from Entering the United States?, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 23, 2014 The Appointment Process for U.S. Circuit and […]
October 24, 2014
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This Week in Racism: A Tour Guide in San Francisco Really Hates Chinatown (and Chinese People!)

By Dave Schilling Thumbnail photo via Flickr users Dave and Margie Hill In this column, I’ve chronicled all manner of racist, pseudo-racist, racially insensitive, and vaguely pornographic videos. With just a modicum of effort, you can watch such modern classics as “DISRESPECTFUL NIGGER GETS THUMPED,” “typical nigger behavior,” and that […]
October 24, 2014
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After 1st Ebola Case In NYC, 3 Others Quarantined

By AP Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. NEW YORK — A doctor […]
October 24, 2014
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Getty Images says it’s trying to ease up on enforcing copyright

By Megan Geuss Getty Images Getty Images, a massive image licensing company, has earned quite a reputation for aggressive copyright enforcement over the past several years. But the company says it wants to turn that around. Until now, Getty’s strategy has been to comb the Web for illegal reproductions of […]
October 24, 2014
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The Fate Of Net Neutrality: A Complicated Dance Between Corporate Interests And Consumer Demand

By Frederick Reese Photo: Eric Blattberg/VentureBeat In a town hall meeting in Los Angeles earlier this month, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to net neutrality and his opposition to the notion of “fast lanes,” or special rates for unrestricted broadband access for specific customers. “I am unequivocally committed to […]
October 24, 2014
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Bahrain’s Inconvenient Revolution: A Battle Between A King And A Family Of Freedom Fighters

By Catherine Shakdam Dubbed “the inconvenient revolution” by those on the ground who have fought it, Bahrain’s democratic uprising remains very much a black dot on the Arab Spring map, a revolutionary movement which the media has gladly avoided due to the overlapping and conflicting political and moral interests it […]
October 24, 2014
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Bahrain’s Inconvenient Revolution: A Battle Between A King And A Family Of Freedom Fighters

By Catherine Shakdam Dubbed “the inconvenient revolution” by those on the ground who have fought it, Bahrain’s democratic uprising remains very much a black dot on the Arab Spring map, a revolutionary movement which the media has gladly avoided due to the overlapping and conflicting political and moral interests it […]
October 24, 2014
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Mentally Ill NC Prisoner Dies of Thirst in Solitary Confinement

From WNCN: IVANHOE, N.C. -The sister of an inmate who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement said Friday anyone involved in his death should go to jail. Brenda Liles’ comments came the same day seven people were dismissed and two resigned amid the investigation into to the […]
October 24, 2014
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Blackwater Employees Convicted of Murder of 14 Iraqis

After seven years, Iraqis finally received the justice they sought from the 2007 massacre in Baghdad’s Nisour Square during the U.S. occupation. Private security guards employed by Blackwater Worldwide opened fire on September 16 in the middle of a busy Baghdad intersection, killing 17 Iraqis. The Americans claimed they were […]
October 24, 2014
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DHS Confiscates Woman’s Panties for Copyright Violation

From Kansas City Star: Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts. The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the rear, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop Monday. But Homeland Security agents visited the […]
October 24, 2014
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Judge Gives Obama Administration until December to Justify Withholding 2,100 Photos of U.S. Use of Torture in Iraq and Afghanistan

A federal judge has given the Obama administration less than two months to explain in detail why 2,100 photographs depicting torture by U.S. agents and others should be kept hidden from public view. A deadline of December 12 was set by Judge Alvin Hellerstein in the aftermath of his ruling […]
October 24, 2014
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This Bomb Disposal Sim Is A Great Party Game

By [email protected] (Zack Kotzer) I wasnt even holding a controller the first time I played one of the best games Ive tried this year. I was given a pen, postcard, and a binder manual, only a dozen or so pages long. I was the expert, and in all my expertise […]
October 24, 2014
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Now Everyone Wants to Sell You a Magical Anonymity Router. Choose Wisely

By Andy Greenberg Maintaining your privacy online, like investing in stocks or looking good naked, has become one of those nagging desires that leaves Americans with a surplus of stress and a deficit of facts. So it’s no surprise that a cottage industry of privacy marketers now wants to sell […]
October 24, 2014
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VICE News: Israel’s Other Religious War: The Ultra Orthodox Versus the IDF

By VICE Staff Since Israel’s inception, the Haredi—ultra-Orthodox adherents of Judaism—have been exempt from the country’s military conscription laws. But the community’s growing population, coupled with their high unemployment rate and dependence on state benefits, has sparked outrage within the country’s secular majority. After years of demanding that the Haredi […]
October 24, 2014
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Porn Piracy Cash Threats to Hit Virgin Media Customers

By Andy It’s been more than seven years since so-called copyright trolls first tried their luck with the British public. UK lawfirm Davenport Lyons, a company that attempted to mislead future targets with a semi-bogus high-profile damages ‘ruling’, went into administration early 2014 but not before its partners were disciplined […]
October 24, 2014
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Video: Glenn Greenwald – We All Have Something to Hide

By Mike Maharrey Journalist Glenn Greenwald recently did a TED Talk addressing the prevalent idea that only “bad people” who “have something to hide” need to worry about constant government spying. Greenwald obliterates that kind of fallacious thinking, first pointing out that while many people say they don’t care about […]
October 24, 2014
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Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

By [email protected] The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far. Related Entries October 23, 2014 The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit October 20, 2014 ‘Paul Krugman’s Sloppy, Wet Kiss’ for Barack Obama […]
October 24, 2014
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Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

By [email protected] It is a testament to our unique digital age that not only has the government found it easy to sweep up as much information as possible, but that people have found swift ways to undermine that power through whistle-blowing actions and through rapid-fire journalism based on those revelations. […]
October 24, 2014
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Man charged with breaking a trooper’s fist with his face

By Larry Hohol Robert Leone was “beaten within an inch of his life” by PA police. BRADFORD COUNTY, PA — A motorist was viciously beaten, tasered, and maced repeatedly after a very-low speed pursuit with police. The beatings and physical abuse continued over the course of the next 11 hours, […]
October 24, 2014
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Who Is A Hacker And Who Is A Whistle Blower?

By Wendy Syfret Image by Ben Thomson Next month Freya Newman, the university student who leaked news of Francis Abbott’s 60 thousand dollar scholarship from the Whitehouse Institute of Design, will be sentenced for accessing and sharing the Prime Minister’s daughter’s private information. The 21-year-old part-time librarian is facing up […]
October 23, 2014
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Does Anyone Else Think the Stock Market Is Living on Reds, Vitamin C and Cocaine?

By Charles Hugh Smith This state of delusion would be amusing if it wasn’t so tragic. The stock market’s wild swings of sentiment have got me thinking it’s living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine. This is a famous line from the Grateful Dead songAre you like me? Ever since […]
October 23, 2014
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Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information

By [email protected] There are potential positives and negatives in this equation. Related Entries October 20, 2014 Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying October 16, 2014 Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together? Continue Reading