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Chinese Officials With Government Access To Every Kind Of Personal Data Are Selling It Online. Back in 2015, Techdirt wrote about a government project in China that involves "citizen scores," a rating system that will serve as a measure of a person's political compliance.

Chinese Officials With Government Access To Every Kind Of Personal Data Are Selling It Online

Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows. Erik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration.

Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows

A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the defense and state departments. The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations. On election night, Prince’s latest wife, Stacy DeLuke, posted pictures from inside Trump’s campaign headquarters as Donald Trump and Mike Pence watched the returns come in, including a close shot of Pence and Trump with their families. “We know some people who worked closely with [Trump] on his campaign,” DeLuke wrote. We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership.

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership

Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. This Infographic Shows How Only 10 Companies Control All the World's Brands. This Twitter bot is tracking dictators' flights in and out of Geneva - The Verge. Millions of California Public Records Have Been Shredded With No One Really Watching. By TRACY WOOD | Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | California cities and counties have destroyed millions of public records over the past decade with almost no oversight.

Millions of California Public Records Have Been Shredded With No One Really Watching

And most of the shredding happens because of policies designed to protect local governments from lawsuits. Never before has it been so easy to store the history and inner workings of local governments. Computer technology is doing away with the need for paper files and storage rooms. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Terrible Plutocratic Plan. Thanks to Michael Feikema and Doug Hendren for inviting me.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Terrible Plutocratic Plan

Like most of you I do not spend my life studying trade agreements, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is disturbing enough to make me devote a little time to it, and I hope you will do the same and get your neighbors to do the same and get them to get their friends to do the same — as soon as possible. I spend most of my time reading and writing about war and peace. The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people. In 2014, the former director of both the CIA and NSA proclaimed that "we kill people based on metadata.

The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people

" Now, a new examination of previously published Snowden documents suggests that many of those people may have been innocent. Last year, The Intercept published documents detailing the NSA's SKYNET programme. According to the documents, SKYNET engages in mass surveillance of Pakistan's mobile phone network, and then uses a machine learning algorithm on the cellular network metadata of 55 million people to try and rate each person's likelihood of being a terrorist.

A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares. My great-grandfather, John D.

A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares

Rockefeller Sr., created the Standard Oil Company and I inherited shares in the companies it spun off, including Exxon Mobil. But this year I donated those shares to the nonprofit Rockefeller Family Fund's Environmental program, which sold them and is using the $400,000 proceeds to fight global warming. The Critical Media Project. Policy Responsiveness to Public Opinion - Political Science. Some authors offer general discussions of the process of democratic responsiveness in the United States.

Policy Responsiveness to Public Opinion - Political Science

Burstein 2003 offers one general review of the literature on democratic representation. Study: Congress literally doesn't care what you think. Have you ever felt like the government doesn’t really care what you think?

Study: Congress literally doesn't care what you think

Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people? Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. Gilens and page 2014 testing theories of american politics. Faith: Marianne Williamson Is Full of It. Plus: Nixon's chief 'plumber' confesses at a Williamson seminar.

Faith: Marianne Williamson Is Full of It

In a matter of hours, Marianne Williamson will take the stage in cascading taupe and have 1,000 disciples eating out of her delicate hands. The Impact of Public Opinion on Public Policy: A Review and an Agenda. Study: Congress literally doesn't care what you think. UW study shows direct brain interface between humans. November 5, 2014 Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language? University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.

Who Owns the Media? Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free. In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public. Take Action to end the big broadcast swindle. 2011 Revenue: $6.2 billion Company Overview: These private equity firms own Clear Channel, the largest radio station owner in the country.

Radio: 866 radio stations and Premiere Radio Networks (a national radio network that produces, distributes or represents approximately 90 syndicated radio programs, serves nearly 5,800 radio station affiliates and has over 213 million weekly listeners. Other: Katz Media (radio advertising broker); American Outdoor Advertising. The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts.

Traffic moves through downtown Lagos, Nigeria. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world poised to change drastically over the next several decades. Most rich countries will shrink and age (with a couple of important exceptions), poorer countries will expand rapidly and, maybe most significant of all, Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history. Watch Facebook Take Over The World In These Extremely Trippy Illustrations. What if Facebook took over the world -- even more than it already has? What if the almighty social networking site existed in the age of M.C. Escher or Salvador Dali, and served as their inspirations? What if that damn website was watching you watching it watch you?

For an eerily beautiful answer to all of the questions above, we highly recommend checking the dark illustrations of Pawel Kuczynski. The artist, born in Szczecin, Poland, creates surreal satires that, gorgeous as they may be, strike a little too close to home for our liking. IZA World of Labor - Wage compression and the gender pay gap. There are large international differences in the gender pay gap. In some developed countries in 2010–2012, women were close to earnings parity with men, while in others large gaps remained. Since women and men have different average levels of education and experience and commonly work in different industries and occupations, multiple factors can influence the gender pay gap. Among them are skill supply and demand, unions, and minimum wages, which influence the economywide wage returns to education, experience, and occupational wage differentials.

Systems of wage compression narrow the gender pay gap but may also lower demand for female workers. 10 Companies That Control What We Buy. Companies That Control the World’s Food - Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) The agriculture and food production industry employed more than one billion people as of last year, or a third of the global workforce. While the industry is substantial, a relatively small number of companies wield an enormous amount of influence. In its 2013 report, “Behind the Brands,” Oxfam International focused on 10 of the world’s biggest and most influential food and beverage companies.