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Anomaly Explorer: Look for it from OpenSecrets

Notes from the 2013 Transparency Camp convention sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation indicate that some time during the next two weeks, OpenSecrets will be introducing an “Anomaly Detector.” That’s a neutral term, but the title of the presentation in which this tool was introduced shows its potential power: “Uncovering Corruption“. The tool will look for [...]

Sharing Stuff and Nonsense: MediaBugs and NeighborGoods

Irregular Times writer J. Clifford has expressed bemused disdain at the use of online social media for purposes of product marketing and corporate promotion, and he’s got a point. But there are people out there trying to harness online collaboration to accomplish different aims.

Take MediaBugs, for instance. Sign up for a free account and [...]

Share That Bike

There’s a new, low-investment way for people who have thought about transitioning some of their transportation from car to bicycle to try it out: Bike sharing. [...]

Political and International Donations: Sunlight Foundation and Secular Haiti Relief

Whenever we sell one of our sweatshop-free liberal t-shirts, we set aside one dollar to help struggling people overseas and another dollar to fight the good fight for a better political system at home. This month, we direct our international donations to the Foundation Beyond Belief, a secular charitable organization that is working with the [...]

GlobalNoise, Occupy and other Movements join new Via22 movement of Monthly Demonstrations

Last year, massive protests in Arab countries and Europe sparked a wave of Occupy protests and encampments in the United States. That wave is not completely dissipated, but has continuing repercussions in national and international politics. Because the Occupy movement pointedly refused to articulate clear policy demands, most of its impact has been cultural, making [...]

Watching Equality of Marriage Rights In The 2012 Election

It would be nice if the initiative in Minnesota were voted down, and the other initiatives were approved, but such a result would not be ideal. The legal rights of American citizens shouldn’t be approved or discarded by voters. They’re constitutionally established, not a matter for popular referenda. [...]

No One Murdered Because of This Blasphemous Religious Image

I’m not one to simply post links, but look at this image, think about who’s not going to be rioting and killing innocent people because of it…

… and then ask yourself, who’s making Islam look bad? Some filmmaker, or the crowds of zealots killing people in the name of someone who’s been dead for [...]

Is Scott Walker to Thank for the Unemployment Rate in Wisconsin?

On June 7 of this year, Tom Girsch of Lean Left questioned those who’ve credited Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for a decline in the unemployment rate in the state since he took office on January 2011:

… it seems a lot of people are giving Gov. Walker credit for the job growth in Wisconsin… it’s [...]

Top 5 Anti-Romney Web Sites

A list of the top five web sites against Mitt Romney in 2012 [...]

3 Big Protests Loom for the end of Summer 2012: DNC, RNC, NYC

Some people schedule their summers around expensive megaconcerts. Some people schedule their summers around beach parties. Some people schedule their summers around protest. If you’re in the last category, here’s your heads-up for the end of Summer 2012:

Big protest #1: March on the Republican National Convention, Tampa FL, August 27-30

Big protest #2: March [...]

Fact Check: Is the Government Taking More and More of our Money?

“… the government keeps taking more and more of my money…” – Sarah Peppel

“Exasperated w/govt taking more and more of my money…” – Paul Robb

“My government keeps lying to me, over and over keeps taking more and more of my money…” – A Better Version of Me

“The reason I don’t want to [...]