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Ten Most Popular Restore the Fourth Protest Links

As people gather around the country for Restore the Fourth protests against the U.S. government’s massive communications dragnet, they’re talking to each other and sharing links. One good way to find out what’s going on with Restore the Fourth is to read what others find compelling. Over the last 24 hours, the following are the [...]

iWatch Brings Big Brother Out Into The Open

The iWatch is one step forward into an electronic surveillance network in the USA that is not only nearly ubiquitous, but conspicuous as well. [...]

Surge of OCD Diagnoses in Young Adults Explained? (Chh chh chh chh, chh chh chh chh)

In the British Journal of Psychiatry, Heyman et al (2001) find a trend of rising numbers of cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as people age out of childhood and into their early adult lives. What can explain this age trend? OCD Education Station writes about another trend related to time — a surge in OCD [...]

What They're Saying About H.R. 1406 — the "More Work, Less Pay Act"

It’s not about what you ate for breakfast: at its best, Twitter is a democratic news feed of sorts, serving up 140-character headlines written by whoever wants to write them, linking to longer, more informative articles written by journalists or citizens. Twitter feeds can subvert the story line supplied by the corporate-dominated news media. Last [...]

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 [...]