The Downside of the Boom

North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances. The cooperative approach doesn’t seem to generate results.

NYT -In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family […]

Quote for the day

“How can I prepare kids for the world if I’m not preparing the world for the kids?”

-Tory Russell, youth worker and co-founder of resistance group Hands Up United, Ferguson, MO, from his interview today on NPR’s Here and Now.

More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

New York Times, By Eric Lichtblau & Willian M. Arkin, November 15

Washington — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

At the […]

Reporters Arrested!!!

How many exclamation points should be added to the headline above? I sure hope three is enough to reflect the shock of the news that reporters from both The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested last night in Ferguson, Missouri. Worse – they were just doing their job, sitting at a McDonald’s, writing […]

Compassion in Action

Read this story and tell me where the logical fallacies comes in.

Done? OK, let’s get to work:


Today In Slanted News

Why is this man laughing?

The diplomatic crisis in Ukraine is bad enough and the America government struggles to find a path to work this out are harsh and complex, but see if you can guess where this article was posted:


Exclusive: FBI suspects front running of Fannie, Freddie in swaps market

Reuters, By Richard Leong, January 14

Wall Street traders may be manipulating a key derivatives market and front running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hurting the US-owned mortgage giants in the process, according to an FBI intelligence bulletin reviewed by Reuters.

Using what Federal Bureau of Investigation agents described as “unsophisticated tradecraft,” such as hand […]

Nasty NSA, the End of US Tech, and You are the Product.

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 […]

GPS “bullets” are latest weapon for American police

It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie – GPS bullets that can track the location of a suspect’s car.

BBC, October 29

The bullet is designed to make high-speed chases safer – enabling the authorities to track suspects without having to risk theirs or others’ lives.

And in true spy fashion the […]

Obama’s speech on Syria – analysis

Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama spoke as if his political future was on the line Wednesday evening during his address to the nation on the Syria crisis. He went through the horrors of the Syrian civil war, blamed the Syrian government for the August 21 chemical weapons attack, and provided verifiable (but, as yet, […]

Humanity is drowning in Washington’s criminality

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens’ emails and phone calls

The Guardian Exclusive: Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans’ communications

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian […]

Snowden’s email provider shuts down abruptly – resistance squashed

Cory Doctorow

Yesterday, I asked the question, “Is Obama losing it?” This may provide part of the answer. Lavabit, the email service used by Edward Snowden, was shut down abruptly by Ladar Levison, Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC.. In an open letter to former users, Levison starts out by saying:

“I have […]

You will never be alone again….

Samsung Smart TV Exploit Lets Hackers Watch You

Is your Samsung Smart TV acting weird lately? Does it switch channels on its own? If so then someone mayhave hacked into your TV. Researchers have revealed at the Black Hat IT conference held recently in Las Vegas that Samsung’s Smart TVs have a couple of security […]

Manning Up

Attention, Edward Snowden: This is how you do it and maintain the higher ground.

FT. MEADE, Md. — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted Tuesday of violating the Espionage Act and faces up to 136 years in prison, but his acquittal on the even more serious charge of aiding the enemy was hailed as a […]