Edward Snowden Comes Forward as NSA Whistleblower

Edward Snowden, a digital security systems specialist, revealed himself as the NSA whistleblower. “I’m willing to sacrifice my comfortable life because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly …

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What if U.S. reporters wrote about the U.S. the same way they cover foreign countries?

An interesting experiment by The Global Post: writing about the United States using the language U.S. journalists use when covering foreign countries. Amusing at first, it takes on a chilling realism. Inside the United States.

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In case you weren’t sure..

..probably not a good idea to book that Iraq coach tour just yet. Via travel.state.gov where you can read the whole thing. Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Iraq January 19, 2012 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq …

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Guantanamo remembered: A personal perspective / Opinion / Al Jazeera

From Moazzam Begg, a British Pakistani who spent two years in Guantanamo Bay without charge: “You are now the property of the United States and you have no rights” – these were the first words to greet me and other prisoners held in the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. …

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10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free – WaPo

Lots of things are easy to gloss over when you’re not really paying attention. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack …

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Proposal to Curb Car-Deer Collisions in Crown Point, Indiana

Well, Duh, move the deer crossing, cuz we all know that deer are among the most avid road sign readers in the world. From a letter to the editor apparently published in a local newspaper:

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Another Great Reason to be a Canadian

George Bush won’t likely be visiting soon. From an Amnesty International – Canada press release issued today: Canada urged to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush Overview Amnesty International today urged Canadian authorities to arrest and either prosecute or extradite former US President George W. Bush for his role in …

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Screencaps of Standard & Poor’s wiki entry revisions for 6 August

There was quite a flurry of activity on the Standard & Poor’s wikipedia entry yesterday, 96 revisions in all. As a point of reference, just 17 revisions were recorded from the beginning of July through 5 August. Because I didn’t feel like washing the dishes this morning, screencaps follow:

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Sanders on S&P downgrade: ‘Where were they four years ago?’

From U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ FB page on the S&P downgrade: I find it interesting to see S&P so vigilant today in downgrading the US credit rating. Where were they 4 years ago when they, and other credit rating agencies, helped cause this horrendous recession by providing AAA ratings to …

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America’s city of broken dreams: 50 jobless and destitute people set up forest community on New York’s doorstep | Mail Online

Looks like a tidier version of a Roma Gypsy camp along a highway. The Thirdworldization continues, and few are noticing. Mad Max isn’t too far away. America’s city of broken dreams: 50 jobless and destitute people set up forest community on New York’s doorstep | Mail Online.

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