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Trackers and Sneaky Bots In WordPress, Moving Foward

This weekend, as we were preparing for a nice Mother’s Day weekend, we came upon a nasty shock. A reader informed us that Irregular Times was exposing people to a piece of software called SkimLinks.

SkimLinks is a plugin that transforms simple html links into money-making engines for SkimLinks clients. The links include code [...]

Are Automattic and WordPress Purposefully Sneaking Skimlinks Trackers Into Jetpack For Self-Hosted Users?

Trust that relies on concealing the truth about what’s really going on is not trust at all. That’s why we urge Wordpress to distance their Jetpack software from the likes of SkimLinks, and honestly explain how the two became entangled in the first place. [...]

Even With Reform, Federal Government Subsidizes Executive Wealth

The next time some silk-suited member of Congress takes to the airwaves to complain about mythical food stamp fraud sapping the federal budget, consider this:

Did you know that federal government tax dollars were being used to reimburse private corporations for the exorbitant pay packages they provided their corporate executives? The above data, provided [...]

The Creative Fees of Campaign Finance

This morning, I found the perfect quick summary of the state of campaign finance ethics in the United States. On April 17, The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, (which is in fact funded by unlimited contributions from executives from corporations like Verizon Communications, CastleArk Management, Retamco Oil & Gas, Anderson Logging, and Bietzel Aerospace) wrote [...]

0 of 3 Candidates for Maine Governor Get Contributions from Workers at WalMart or Hannaford

Yesterday, I let you know that although Hannaford Supermarkets is Maine’s biggest employer, independent candidate for Maine Governor Eliot Cutler hadn’t gotten any contributions from any Hannaford workers in the Spring of 2014. Instead, he got 8 contributions from the DC megalobbying firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Tonight, I want to be fair [...]

Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account

Today, Independent candidate for Governor of Maine Eliot Cutler met the legally-required deadline for him to send campaign contribution data for the Spring of 2014 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. I encourage you to take a look at the report for yourself. Here’s what I noticed.

Maine is not a [...]

Values Are Vital PAC Uses Las Vegas Money To Push Its Agenda

Are the Republican voters of Florida’s 19th congressional district content to allow political operatives from Nevada and New Jersey to tell them which values are vital? We’ll find out when the polls close Tuesday night. [...]

292 Days After Citizens Submit Successful Edward Snowden Petition, Barack Obama Still Won’t Respond

On June 22 2013, the the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a the threshold of a hundred thousand signatures officially required for a response at the White House’s We The People petition website. The Obama administration pledged that of all petitions receiving a hundred thousand petitions, “White House staff will review it, ensure [...]

The Children’s Place = The Orphans’ Place. Why?

Why is the International Labor Rights Forum calling for Americans to boycott and picket The Children’s Place on April 24 2014?

Why? Because a year earlier, on April 24 2013, the rickety Rana Plaza apparel factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Those people were paid dirt-poor wages in dangerous conditions to make [...]

Would Mother Nature Move You Through A Purchase Funnel?

Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be [...]

Rather Than Answer a Question about the Matthew 4 Protocol, Mark Stengler Hits the Delete Key

On February 15 2014, I shared an offer sent to me by GOP USA and a company called Health Revelations using the name of “Dr. Mark Stengler” to lend an authoritative voice that a “Bible Code” called the “Matthew 4 Protocol.” I shared with you ten indications that the so-called Matthew 4 Protocol is actually [...]