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Senator Sanders Notices Big Holes In Obama’s NSA Plan

President Barack Obama made news this week that he would propose a plan to decrease a small fraction of spying against the American people by the National Security Agency. The Obama plan would switch authority for seizing information about Americans’ private communications by telephone, but wouldn’t address the problem of warrantless wiretapping that gathers audio [...]

Obama Proposes Keeping Most NSA Spying Against Americans

Obama Plan Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection, reads the headline from the New York Post. That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

The sad truth is that the new Obama plan would not end NSA bulk data collection.

The Obama plan would end only a small part of the NSA electronic surveillance deployed against Americans – [...]

U.S. Congress Not Really Bothered By Ukraine Crisis

In the Ukraine, pro-Russian fighters have taken over a Ukranian naval base on the Crimean peninsula. Russian soldiers have entered the peninsula, as the Russian government formally claimed the territory as its own.

In the United States, members of the U.S. Congress have given angry speeches in the past about Russia’s intentions to take the [...]

Barack Obama Less Transparent As President Than George W. Bush

Back in 2008, Barack Obama promised he would be the most transparent President ever.

In 2013, the Obama Administration went opaque:

- Set a new record for delays of requests from journalists for documents – Set a new record for refusals to share information with the American public – Set a new record for the [...]

Bernie Sanders Prepared To Run For President

It’s time to start getting prepared for a 2016 Bernie Sanders for President campaign, and we’ve started a shop of Sanders 2016 political gear to help spread the word. [...]

The True Spirit Of The Desert Bighorn

Today in Phoenix, Arizona, I ran across a statue by Pat Mathiesen, claiming to represent the “Spirit of the Desert Bighorn”. A plaque on the statue explained how bighorn sheep that used to live in the desert where the city has grown required a very particular habitat…

… like a habitat without valet parking…

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Why Are The 1 Percent Powering The Other 98%?

Perusing the FEC records of recent independent expenditures for political campaigns in congressional elections, I came across a curious note about a pair of expenditures in opposition to David Jolly, a Republican seeking to replace the deceased Congressman Bill Young down in Florida. The group that made the expenditures, for radio advertisements, was called Friends [...]

What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

[...]

NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need [...]

Better The Chopping Block Than The Firing Squad For American Soldiers

Yesterday, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson angrily denounced a proposal to reduce the number of soldiers in the military, saying that the decision “threatens national security.” Representative Wilson seems to have forgotten that not one soldier among the huge number employed by the U.S. military on September 11, 2011 were able to do a thing [...]

My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me [...]