Monthly Archives: March 2014

Funding Transparency: A Tea Party Idea Worth Supporting

David Hale, who just lost a primary challenge to a Republican incumbent, proposed that politicians sport the logos of their major funders, so that we can see whose interests they represent. He lost. From Hale’s campaign site: Rockford, IL — … Continue reading

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Abolishing Privacy: The NSA’s MYSTIC program

The Washington Post has published details about a NSA program that records literally every phone conversation in an entire country. The country in question is not named by the Post. What we do know is that the NSA’s intention is … Continue reading

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“Cruise Missile Liberals”

Media Lens usefully critiques liberal interventionists advocating a US war front in Syria: Despite hundreds of years of conflict, the documentary record, and the West’s disastrous ‘humanitarian’ wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the Pew Research Journalism Project found last … Continue reading

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Peace Process, cont’d

Haaretz reports on ongoing ethnic cleansing: Ateret Cohanim, a religious Zionist organization that buys properties in the Old City and elsewhere in East Jerusalem in order to settle Jews there, says it has bought a “significant portion” of a building … Continue reading

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Raising the Minimum Wage, cont’d

From EPI: One common myth perpetuated by opponents of raising the minimum wage is that increasing it will mostly benefit young workers who will use the money to support discretionary spending.  The reality is much different: Among workers who would … Continue reading

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Surveillance State, cont’d: TURBINE

Today, from the Intercept: Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process. … Continue reading

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Free Markets? Analysis by Chomsky

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RT host on Ukraine–Inspiring Independence (Updated)

Abby Martin has my nod for inspiring journalism for this unequivocal statement of editorial independence. Speaking on her usual RT show in no uncertain terms, she condemned Russia’s use of state power to determine Ukraine’s political future. It is hard … Continue reading

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Drones, cont’d

No courts are necessary. If the government doesn’t like what (it thinks) you say or do, it can, apparently, just kill you. No evidence or judicial process necessary. All the state has to do is first relabel you: not a … Continue reading

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“Peace Process,” cont’d

Life continues in the Territories while Secretary Kerry extends America’s “leadership” in another decade of negotiations. From Ma’an: Two young Palestinian football players shot by Israeli forces last month have learned that they will never be able to play sports … Continue reading

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Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine

The Arabist has the relevant comment, insofar as US policy is concerned: “You just don’t in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext,” Mr Kerry told the CBS program Face the … Continue reading

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