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Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Which Messages Go Together? Ties in Liberal Political Gear from Zazzle

Because Irregular Times receives a significant number of readers for the tens of thousands of articles that have accumulated here over the last 18 years, just paying to keep the website going costs a significant amount. Because none of us who write for Irregular Times was born with a trust fund, we’ve got to get [...]

How We're Talking About Drones Today

Yesterday, Peregrin Wood noted the leaking of a previously secret legal document written by the presidential administration of Barack Obama, a document that justifies the killing of American citizens who have been convicted of no crime, without the right to a trial and even without charges being brought to a criminal court. The tool for [...]

Infographic: What They're Saying about the Obama Microchip Consipracy Hoax

Last week, F.G. Fitzer debunked yet another conspiracy theory being spread about Barack Obama. According to rumors spreading in right-wing and libertarian circles, there is a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that will force Americans to have government-trackable rfid microchips implanted under their skin.

Even a few lower-quality newspapers have [...]

David Walker for President: The People, The Connections

Five names have emerged in the leadership of The Committee to Get Walker Running, an entity at draftwalker.com that yesterday morning was nothing but a splash page…

…but which by yesterday afternoon was being used to vigorously (and with non-disclosed funding) promote the candidacy of David Walker for President of the United States via [...]

The Top 10 Contractors of 2011: All Military. Gaining More of Your Tax Dollars. Connected.

Last year, I shared with you the Top 10 federal contractors of 2010. Last week the Federal Procurement Data System released a new wave of information for 2011. Let’s compare the two years:

Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2010: 1. Lockheed Martin Corp.: $35,828,421,340.83 in contracts

2. Boeing: $19,486,294,255.83 in contracts

3. Northrop Grumman Corp.: [...]

The Online Presence of OccupyColleges and Americans Elect Campus Leaders

In the waning months of 2011, two social movements claimed to erupt on college campuses across the nation.

On September 23 2011, the privatized-presidential-nomination 501c4 corporation called Americans Elect declared that it had “Americans Elect Campus Leaders” on 103 college campuses in the United States and began to use the tag AE Campus Movement in [...]

Americans Elect Twitter Network, December 19-26 2011: Who’s Talking to Who?

Click the image below to see detail of this network diagram of twitter posts mentioning Americans Elect from 12-19 to 12-26 2011. Ties between twitter accounts are either retweets of others’ posts or comments sent to others through the “mention” function. Core players are identified in the graph for the largest dozen network segments.

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Congressional Network: Populist Caucus as of March 11, 2009

Below you can review a video representation of the congressional network of one of the newest caucuses in the House of Representatives, the Populist Caucus. This network video shows ties of varying strength between members of the Populist Caucus, using data current as of March 11, 2009.

The blue blocks you see represent the [...]

Political Networks in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, March 2009

Yesterday, we considered the progressive record of the Congressional Progressive Caucus so far this year on a substantive basis, both in reference to an index of opportunities for progressive action in the House of Representatives of the 111th Congress and in comparison to a new Populist Caucus that is working on an economic subset of [...]

Cosponsorship Networks in the U.S. Senate as of March 1, 2009

Cosponsorship, the act of registering one’s name as an official supporter of a bill, is a common activity in the United States Senate. Although the 111th Congress is less than two months old, 1753 cosponsorships for 495 Senate Bills and 11 Senate Joint Resolutions have been officially registered. That’s an average of 3 cosponsorships per [...]