Cross-posted at Firedoglake.
Microsoft. Google. Facebook. These firms, among others, have featured prominently in the news over the past few weeks and months. Recently, reports indicated that they have come together to demand changes to US surveillance policy, because it’s bad for business. A while earlier, reports had arisen indicating that some major US companies [...]
I think Barack Obama took a swing and a miss in his eulogy of Nelson Mandela this morning. In a rare moment, I believe he misread his audience.
Washington Post, By Barton Gellman & Ashkan Soltani, December 4
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — [...]
Huffington Post, By Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Grim and Ryan Gallagher, November 26
Washington – The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, [...]
AP, November 26
Tokyo – A proposed state secrecy law in Japan that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak information — and journalists who seek it — is spurring a public outcry, with opponents blasting it as a heavy-handed effort to hide what the government is doing and restrict press freedom.
The public’s top [...]
So Liz Cheney, Senate candidate from Wyoming, and sister Mary, an out-of-the-closet lesbian, have begun a war of words over same-sex marriage.
The simmering feud between the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney over same sex marriage has reignited on social media.
Mary Cheney and her wife Heather Poe took to [...]
Back in the ’60s, one hippie slogan was “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” Well, what if they gave a riot and everybody came?
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
Today’s column by Chris Hedges is the latest in a set of recent dissenting opinions. Here’s a small linkfest:
Chris Hedges: Our Invisible Revolution
Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” Related video: Newsnight Interview with Jeremy Paxman.
Ian Welsh: A New Ideology Ian Welsh: How to Create a Viable [...]
RT, October 24
Saudi Arabian authorities are threatening to forcefully suppress an Oct. 26 “protest drive” by women against a de facto ban on them driving cars in the country, citing bans on “illegal gatherings and marches.”
The “October 26 Driving” campaign led by Saudi women is calling for citizens to put the campaign’s logo [...]
“The British papers are the best in the world, and the worst in the world, sometimes in the same edition.” – Alistair Campbell, CNN October 7.
So on Oct 9, the Daily Mail lived up to Alistairs’ op-ed: Calls grow to prosecute Guardian over spy leaks: Now Clegg and May join condemnation of paper.
As you might have heard, this week, Apple introduced the new iPhone lines. These included the iPhone 5S.
The 5S includes a marvelous piece of gadgetry that can secure your phone with the use of a fingerprint. This is a step wayyyyy up from the current four digit password, which most people don’t even [...]
I’m on the fence about boycotting the Sochi Olympics next year over the LGBT punishments handed out by Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.
I can certainly see the point of making a boycott, withdrawing our athletes over treating anyone as subhuman – altho it’s interesting that many of the people rallying for a boycott [...]
ProPublica, September 5
The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.
The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, [...]
CBS News, August 28
New York – The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends [...]