Edward Snowden Threatens the Establishment, Not Our Security. Just days after the Guardian published news of the NSA’s massive surveillance programs, Edward Snowden, the source of this classified information, has come forward.
Already, politicians and pundits alike are calling for his head, outraged that Snowden has compromised national security. But we must ask ourselves: WHOSE security has been jeopardized? And it’s probably not yours or mine. Snowden was employed as a contractor for the NSA for four years, during which time he saw the government’s spying practices against its own citizens up close. “I think the public is owed an explanation,” Snowden said in a video. In what way, as Snowden’s critics allege, has the national security been compromised? No, the shocking news in this case is how the NSA tracks Americans. President Barack Obama and members of Congress insist that the program is justified and isn’t really much of a secret. Vocal citizens are something Snowden hopes for.
Fisainfographic3_nofoot.jpg (700×2200) Environment Petition: Make the Trucking Industry Clean Up Its Act. Inadequate regulation in a critical U.S. transportation industry has brought dirty air and dead-end jobs for too long.
The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee convened a Congressional hearing last year that uncovered these negative economic and environmental consequences in port trucking. The hearing exposed an unfair system that is forcing struggling blue-collar workers to buy and maintain... Inadequate regulation in a critical U.S. transportation industry has brought dirty air and dead-end jobs for too long. The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee convened a Congressional hearing last year that uncovered these negative economic and environmental consequences in port trucking.
Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans. Maybe you spent the last weekend shopping for gifts, writing out holiday cards or studying for final exams.
For most of America, the end of the year is a busy time. In Congress, this is a season usually spent trying to jam through bad bills while they hope no one is looking. The Senate voted last Thursday to pass S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would authorize the president to send the military literally anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.
Prison based on suspicion alone. The power is so sweeping that the president would be able to direct the military to use its powers within the United States itself, and even lock up American citizens without charge or trial. Even The Ancient Roman Empire Wasn't As Unequal As America Today. Some 1,500 years after the fall of the Roman Empire, the supposedly advanced and progressive United States of America is plagued by even worse income inequality.
Tim De Chant at Per Square Mile reached this conclusion based on a study by historians Walter Schiedel and Steven Friesen. Rome's top 1% controlled 16 percent of the wealth, compared to modern America where the top 1% controls 40 percent of the wealth. Looking at the Gini coefficient, where 0 means perfect equality and 1 means perfect inequality, Rome measured between 0.42 and 0.44. Bonuses Worthy of Protest for Gannett and Tribune Executives. “The bonus system has gone beyond a means of rewarding talent and is now Wall Street’s primary business,” the newspaper editorial stated, adding: “Institutions take huge gambles because the short-term returns are a rationale for their rich payouts.
But even when the consequences of their risky behavior come back to haunt them, they still pay huge bonuses.” Well thought and well put, but for one thing: If you were looking for bonus excess despite miserable operations, the best recent example I can think of is , which owns USA Today. NY Deputy Mayor: press don't have the right to report in vicinity of NYPD ops. Anonymous Hackers Now Fighting Child Pornography. Anonymous, the group of high-powered hackers famous for targeting Bank of America and Sony, has turned its vigilante brand of online activism to child pornography sites.
The "hacktivists" are targeting web host Freedom Hosting and accusing it of knowingly hosting child pornography. This marks a shift for Anonymous, which is better known for hitting corporate and big-business sites with DDoS attacks, briefly taking over operations or scraping information. Anonymous released a statement condemning Freedom Hosting for its alleged practices and warning all other child pornography sites to take down their materials, reports BGR. The 1% Are Changing The Law To Shut Down Occupy Wall St.
New Bill Being Considered In Congress Could Shut Down Social Media Sites Crucial To ‘Occupy’ Protests. In what would be a stunning disregard for First Amendment rights, rumors are swirling that the Republican controlled Congress is now considering a new bill that could blackout sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other sites that utilize content generated by users.
Phones such as iPhone, Android, AmazonCloud, Pandora, Grooveshark and even your email accounts would be adversely affected. Some provisions in the bill would make it a “felony to stream unlicensed content — including cover band performances, karaoke videos, video game play-throughs, and more.” Major profit driven corporations are the driving force behind such a bill.