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Restore the Fourth Movement to Fight Warrantless Surveillance Reports Media Success… What’s Next?

The Restore the Fourth movement against massive warrantless seizure of papers and effects by the U.S. Government reports significant success in pulling Americans’ attention back to the NSA PRISM scandal with its nationwide day of protest:

Your protests this week brought major local, national, and international media attention to our movement and, more importantly, to […]

Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2011, While Surveillance of Terrorist Activity Dropped

New statistics show that financial surveillance of people by the U.S. Government hit a new record high in 2011. Think it’s about terrorism? Think again: in the same year, financial surveillance for suspected terrorist activity dropped, accounting for just 0.04% of all surveillance cases. […]

New Kid Danger: Squishy, Bubbling Feet

Those pretty, teeny, tiny, swirly packets of commercial detergent on the shelves in America’s grocery stores are the hottest new consumer product — and a source of peril for America’s vulnerable children.

Nearly 10 people across the country have called the hotline of the National Fashion Association after small children placed the packets on […]

Breaking News: Americans Elect Leader thinks Americans Elect is a Great Idea

In its latest piece of press release “news,” the 501c4 corporation to nominate a presidential candidate called Americans Elect shares the considered analysis of one Mark McKinnon, described by Americans Elect as a “Columnist” and a “political media strategist”:

But the way we find our leaders is an unpredictable thing, says political media strategist Mark […]

NewsMax Receives Sharron Angle Payment Before Writing Pro-Angle News Story

The website NewsMax, one of the most visited on the Internet, describes itself as “the nation’s leading independent news site focusing on breaking news, politics, finance, personal health, technology and entertainment.” The way NewsMax tells its own history, it succeeded when “Americans concerned about fair and balanced news discovered that Newsmax was the place to […]

The Political News I’m Waiting For. What Are You Waiting For?

As the summer progresses, I find myself waiting with interest for the arrival of some pieces of news. Here’s what I’m waiting for:

Section 527 quarterly financial reports. Most non-profit political organizations must file reports of their contributions and expenditures with the IRS on July 15 or July 20. With most reports filed electronically nowadays, […]

How To Write for the New York Times Technology Section in 4 Easy Steps

You can write for the New York Times Technology section, and I’ll show you how in four easy steps:

1. Subscribe to the Apple Press Release newsfeed at so that every time Apple comes out with a new gadget, you’ll know right away.

2. When an Apple corporate press release pops up on […]

What Summer News Matters?

Now that we’re smack-dab in the middle of the summer of 2009, we’re seeing the full media effect of the “silly season.” Newspapers are hashing and rehashing and re-rehashing the death of Michael Jackson, a figure most had forgotten, in no small part because it is a simple matter for a skeleton staff to dredge […]

No Account of Torture Accountability Day

Today I attended a demonstration against Ohio budget cuts to libraries; it has garnered print and video coverage by professional journalists. There were perhaps two hundred people there.

I can’t tell you how many people showed up for demonstrations in eight cities as part of Torture Accountability Day. I can’t tell you because despite multiple […]

Obama Secrecy, Heralded Elsewhere

… Irregular Times News Digest … May 13 2009 …

No Detainee Photo Release: Pictures Make Government Look Bad

In breaking news today out of Washington, DC, President Barack Obama and his aides announced that, despite a federal court for the release of dozens of photographs of the ill-treatment of U.S. Government detainees, the photographs […]

Give a Conservative A Fish For a Day

Conservative blogger Sheldon Townsend, the poor dear, is a bit anemic.

He’s been eating conservative talking points memo food for so long that he’s protein poor and feeling wan. From his point of view looking up Papa Bird Limbaugh’s gullet with his mouth wide open, all the regurgitated news coming his way looks the same: