What would you do if you were groped in public?
Oct17

What would you do if you were groped in public?

In the shadow of #gamergate*, here’s a refreshing story of empowerment and focused anger. And another way your smartphone is your friend. Nude photos, rape threats, mass shooting scares: Welcome to the disturbing chaos of #Gamergate http://t.co/4Hd5ZgLz5r pic.twitter.com/5SfMKCD0M6 — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 16, 2014 Imagine you’re walking down a city street, minding your own business. You notice a guy following...

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Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola
Oct15

Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

A second health care worker who cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas has tested positive for the virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.   From MSNBC: The CDC described the latest case involving a health care worker as a “serious...

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U.S. mum on aging Iraq chemical weapons, making our soldiers victims
Oct15

U.S. mum on aging Iraq chemical weapons, making our soldiers victims

The U.S. military systematically withheld information about caches of chemical weapons in Iraq from 2003-2011. U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police were harmed as a result. Moreover, military doctors dismissed claims of exposure and mistreated those exposed to mustard gas. From the New York Times: In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States,...

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Voter fraud FUD from NRO
Oct13

Voter fraud FUD from NRO

The tweet made me do a double-take, followed by a click: Braced for Voter Fraud in Colorado (John Fund / National Review) http://t.co/mJevbn48IE http://t.co/nYHOMckfDM — memeorandum (@memeorandum) October 13, 2014 Living in a state that has had 100% vote by mail for four general elections, I coughed a bit as I read the long-winded objections (FUD = fear, uncertainty and doubt) to Colorado’s new VBM system. Let’s see...

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A weekend of resistance in Ferguson
Oct13

A weekend of resistance in Ferguson

It’s been two months since Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, 28, in Ferguson, MO. We’ve covered this story here at TMV as it has unfolded. Check out the weekend’s action and news in this Storify. [View the story "A weekend of resistance: #FergusonOctober" on...

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Microsoft CEO tells women that their salary rests on karma, then retracts
Oct10

Microsoft CEO tells women that their salary rests on karma, then retracts

At the Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave this bit of career advise to the assembled audience of 8,000 women: “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise” … because “all HR systems are long-term efficient, short-term inefficient.” Satya Nadella, 8 October 2014 Grace Hopper conference As you might...

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There is no new eyewitness report about Jesus
Oct08

There is no new eyewitness report about Jesus

Satire, clueless sharing, and digital literacy Once-upon-a-time, satire was (pretty) clearly marked: think Mad Magazine, for example. Then along came The Onion. Today there are innumerable satirical news sites, some that make it very clear that they are farcical – such as having a statement on each page saying “satire!” —  and some that do not. This is a post about one that does not hit readers on the head that...

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Happy 90th birthday, President Carter
Oct01

Happy 90th birthday, President Carter

On this day in 1924, James Earl Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, making today the 90th birthday of our nation’s 39th president (1977-81) and Georgia’s 76th governor (1971-75). Foreign policy accomplishments included returning the Panama Canal to Panama, the Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel, and the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union. In addition, under his leadership the US normalized diplomatic...

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Russia insists that citizen data be retained on in-country servers
Sep27

Russia insists that citizen data be retained on in-country servers

Bits are not atoms, no matter how hard governments insist that they be treated as such. The latest “thou shalt treat them the same” edict came from the Russian bear. According to Roskomnadzor, the Russian government’s mass media and telecom overseer, Google, Facebook and Twitter must register as “organizers of information distribution” and “keep information about their Russian users on servers...

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U.S. government settles with Navajo Nation
Sep26

U.S. government settles with Navajo Nation

The federal government has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation more than $500 million to settle claims that the government mismanaged Navajo land — 14 million acres, more than half of its total holdings — for six decades. That’s less than $10 million per year, including accrued interest. There are more than 300,000 members of the nation, and about two-thirds live on tribal land. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native...

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FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile
Sep18

FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile

The FCC received 1,776,471 emails and 1,297,691 electronic comments on its network neutrality proposal from late April to September 15. On Wednesday, the agency released daily and weekly data totaling 3,074,162 comments. The comment period officially opened on May 15, but the email account was established April 24. This explains the different start dates on the two charts. The first bump in daily online comments chart followed John...

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The NSA makes Watergate break-in look like kindergarten
Sep15

The NSA makes Watergate break-in look like kindergarten

The NSA and the British agency GCHQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom, according to der Spiegal. Their goal? Map the Internet. The initiative is called Treasure Map: [E]very single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. The article continues: Because Netcologne is a regional provider, it would seem highly likely that the NSA or...

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Hurricane and earthquake hammer Baja Peninsula
Sep15

Hurricane and earthquake hammer Baja Peninsula

Hurricane Odile hit near Cabo San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula Sunday night. It was followed by a 5.3 earthquake further north, near San Felipe, Baja California, according to the WeatherChannel. Never seen the arch like this #cabo #cabosanlucas #baja #odile #hurricane #cat4 by landsendcharters pic.twitter.com/jM7v0avqQ5 — Los Cabos Mexico (@CabosNews) September 14, 2014 BREAKING: Hurricane #Odile has officially made landfall, the...

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Net Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}
Sep14

Net Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}

You may have noticed a spinning-wheel-of-death atop your browser last week while visiting Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Tumbler or any number of sites around the Internet. The web site owners were raising awareness of something known as network neutrality (which should really be called network discrimination). Comments on an FCC proposal to regulate how website and email traffic moves around the Internet within the United States...

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What justice? US attorneys go after conservative author
Sep12

What justice? US attorneys go after conservative author

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 10- to 16-month prison sentence for conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who has pled guilty to violating campaign finance law. D’Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the...

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History lesson: ‘so help me God’ did not come from the U.S. founders
Sep11

History lesson: ‘so help me God’ did not come from the U.S. founders

Neither did “one nation under God.” Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, has weighed in on the case of the U.S. Air Force sergeant who has been told he can’t re-enlist because he refuses to pledge “so help me God” as he swears to uphold the Constitution. According to Fischer: Military service should be reserved for genuine Americans – and genuine Americans, like the Founders, believe...

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Google accounts source of the latest “credential dump”
Sep11

Google accounts source of the latest “credential dump”

Ten years ago, Google launched gmail. Two years ago, gmail became the world’s largest email service. Today there are more than 425 million monthly users … and we learned that as many as 5 million accounts were leaked on a Russian website (along with passwords that may or may not be associated with the account). That’s about 1% of Google’s publicly announced accounts. And according to Google, less than 2% of...

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Full D.C. Court to revisit decision defunding ObamaCare (ACA) subsidies
Sep04

Full D.C. Court to revisit decision defunding ObamaCare (ACA) subsidies

The full D.C. appellate court will revisit a July ruling made by three of its judges (2-1) that defunded portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka ObamaCare). On July 22, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that federal exchanges could not issue tax subsidies to offset the cost health insurance. The decision overturned the lower court ruling. The same day, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled that...

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Rebuttal: The Dilemma Facing Social Conservatives
Sep02

Rebuttal: The Dilemma Facing Social Conservatives

At the risk of further promoting an absurd op-ed, I’m compelled to fashion my rebuttal into a TMV post, a rebuttal that I posted as a comment to a subsequent post but which is currently being held for moderation. And for the nth time, I’m struck by how many words it takes to provide evidence to counter sweeping generalizations. A follow up to my recent reflections on women and politics, this time focused on the shrill...

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Media erroneously put Siri on trial, which reveals deep personal tech footprints
Sep02

Media erroneously put Siri on trial, which reveals deep personal tech footprints

Although there were some outrageous (and false) claims made about technology in the Gainesville, Florida murder trial of Pedro Bravo this summer, there are also some byproducts of how we use our personal technology that should give us pause. The infamous erroneous claim Detective: Murder suspect asked Siri how to hide body http://t.co/PdR9F2CZEq pic.twitter.com/AhrlhCTtFW — WPXI (@WPXI) August 12, 2014 The claim in this tweet...

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