Why One Bill of Rights Is No Longer Sufficient
Mar24

Why One Bill of Rights Is No Longer Sufficient

You might not know this, but back in 1962, President John F. Kennedy revealed to Congress and to the nation a four-point plan to safeguard the basic rights of the American consumer; this would become known as the Consumer Bill of Rights. His vision was eventually taken up by the United Nations and expanded into no fewer than eight basic consumer rights, and would later result in something called World Consumer Rights Day. As a matter...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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What Does It Mean To Donate Your Body To Science?
Mar22

What Does It Mean To Donate Your Body To Science?

You’ve heard the phrase, probably while you were half-watching some science show on PBS, but truth is you don’t really know what it means to “donate your body to science.” You suspect your cadaver would be used in an anatomy class at some med school somewhere, but the fact is your most intimate “donation” could...

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Twitter turns nine today
Mar21

Twitter turns nine today

In celebration of Twitter’s ninth birthday today, Jack Dorsey thanked journalists for being the second group to adopt the platform. And he opined about the importance of journalism to a functioning democracy. 4/After the tech early-adopters, journalists were next to take to Twitter. They used it as a source, to break news, and to link their work. — Jack (@jack) March 21, 2015 3/Journalists play a critical role in our...

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Huge Saltwater Ocean Found on Jupiter Moon Ganymede
Mar14

Huge Saltwater Ocean Found on Jupiter Moon Ganymede

NASA has confirmed that Ganymede, one of the moons orbiting Jupiter, has a saltwater ocean lying below its icy exterior, making it a viable location for life to flourish. The scientists studying the planet and its outlier moons through the Hubble Telescope shared the news in a statement Thursday, saying that the ocean may bear...

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Being a creationist conservative in Canada ‘gives your opponents a tremendous amount of ammunition’
Mar13

Being a creationist conservative in Canada ‘gives your opponents a tremendous amount of ammunition’

Alberta premier Jim Prentice’s hand-picked education minister Gordon Dirks told forum attendees last weekend that he was an “Old Earth guy” – a reference to a doctrine of Creationism that generally rejects biological evolution. Mr. Dirks has declined to clarify his views. He’s also declined to comment on whether or not he accepts the scientifically...

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ISIS Launches ‘Kilafahbook’: The Facebook for Terrorists (Bild, Germany)
Mar09

ISIS Launches ‘Kilafahbook’: The Facebook for Terrorists (Bild, Germany)

Apparently tired of Western restrictions on their blood curdling Tweets and Facebook posts, Germany’s Bild reports that the throat-cutting geeks of ISIS launched their own social network three days ago. Looking suspiciously like Facebook, the ISIS jihadis have dubbed it ‘Kilafahbook’. They have shared their cruel deeds on the Web in order to attract the world’s attention to themselves. Now the jihadists seek to push...

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Cartoon: Idiotic Climate Change Denial
Mar09

Cartoon: Idiotic Climate Change Denial

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The Danger When Politicians Throw Snowballs at Science (Guest Voice)
Mar07

The Danger When Politicians Throw Snowballs at Science (Guest Voice)

The Danger When Politicians Throw Snowballs at Science by Chris Jennewein When lawmakers doubt vaccination and throw snowballs on the Senate floor, it’s a sign of a worrisome trend in America to put blind faith before the hard facts of science. In Georgia, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, ironically a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, told a town hall meeting that he did not vaccinate his home-schooled children,...

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Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)
Mar07

Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)

Chairman of the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry Patrick Sensburg has led Berlin’s almost two-year long probe into the scandal exposed by Edward Snowden surrounding NSA mass surveillance. Last year Sensburg reportedly ordered music to be played at committee meetings ‘just in case’ and at least two moles were discovered passing information from the Committee to U.S. spies. Now, according to Germany’s...

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(Update) Ben Carson: Congress Shows Stupidity is a Choice
Mar06

(Update) Ben Carson: Congress Shows Stupidity is a Choice

Update (No satire): On Wednesday, Dr. Ben Carson apologized for and walked back his assertion that prisons prove that being gay is a choice. Excerpts from his apology: “In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. . “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and...

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Putin and M.A.D.
Mar03

Putin and M.A.D.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States each had thousands of nuclear-armed missiles and different ways of delivering them to their targets. In addition to manned bombers carrying nuclear bombs or missiles there were intercontinental ballistic missiles in hardened silos in rural areas in the United States and the Soviet Union that could reach each other’s territory. And there were submarines carrying nuclear cruise...

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Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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About #theDress
Feb28

About #theDress

Of course, you’ve heard of #theDress by now. I initially thought the Tumblr post was trolling. In other words, I thought the controversy was fake. But by late on Thursday night I was convinced it was real, and I shared it on Facebook. Of course, I shared it in an attempt to explain how it could be possible. Perhaps this all-in-fun story will help us understand that, literally, everyone does not see the world the same way. I know...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)
Feb26

CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)

4.5/5 Some directors, such as Peter Weir, have disguised their sensibility behind a repertoire of work varied enough to be encapsulated by any film contained within it. Others develop an approach to filmmaking so distinctive that a single work bubbles to the surface as their ne plus ultra, a film with which their name becomes synonymous. For Martin Scorsese, that film is Taxi Driver. For Francis Ford Coppola, that film is The...

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This Is How “Modern Family” Filmed An Episode Entirely With iPhones, iPads, And MacBooks
Feb25

This Is How “Modern Family” Filmed An Episode Entirely With iPhones, iPads, And MacBooks

In a BuzzFeed News exclusive clip, see how executive producer and co-creator, Steve Levitan, put together the Feb. 25 episode using only everyday modern technology. ABC This week’s episode of Modern Family does something network television hasn’t ever done before: The installment, called “Connection Lost,” was filmed using Apple iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. And though...

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Mars One: Here’s a story that truly out of this world
Feb25

Mars One: Here’s a story that truly out of this world

Here’s a story that’s truly out of this world by East County Magazine “Mars One” , a Dutch nonprofit, has announced plans to build the first permanent settlement Mars. More than 200,000 people applied to join the first expedition of settlers on a143 million mile, one-way trip to the fourth planet from the sun. Carmen Paul, a 32-year-old Air Force and National Guard member from Chula Vista is among 100 finalists...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Stereo (1969) / Crimes of the Future (1970) (Movie Reviews)
Feb21

CRONENBERG WEEK: Stereo (1969) / Crimes of the Future (1970) (Movie Reviews)

  3.5/5 The word “Cronenbergian” is a word that has trickled its way up through the decades and into cinematic lexicon, a descriptor for works that connect the academic to the intimate and the clinical to the visceral. At 71, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg remains one of the most challenging and transgressive iconoclasts in the history of motion pictures. He begins where most directors end, giving flesh, blood and literal...

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This., a new link-sharing network
Feb16

This., a new link-sharing network

Someone get me an invite to @THISdotcm already — Jessica Reed (@GuardianJessica) November 14, 2014 About nine months ago, Capital New York noted that Atlantic Media was entering the social network business. It had a link-sharing site in development. Heading the effort: Andrew Golis, who had been appointed general manager of The Wire in January. The project’s name, This., may be a nod to Twitter but it harks back to early days of...

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Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook
Feb16

Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook

In the “it’s too wild to be true but it is” department. In Xenia, Greene County, OH, panhandling is a 4th degree misdemeanor. Greene County Herald editor Virgil Vaduva deliberately violated ordinance 13-31 on Saturday, panhandling on the sidewalk in front of the Xenia City Hall. He raised $41.98 for charity. According to this screen capture from CounterCurrentNews, in a discussion of panhandling laws on the Green...

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