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How the US Government Spies on Americans without “Spying on Americans”

How are we to make sense of the news that the US government has been “helping” the UK government collect e-mails, phone records, app records, voice chats and now the naked web photo chats of millions of Americans? How can that possibly be reconciled with President Barack Obama’s bald assertion that “there is no spying [...]

Nationalist America: Congratulate those who were born to it, Neuter those who want it

The mindset of nationalist America can be summed up in stickers:

If you were born in this country, you should act like it’s an accomplishment. If you want to live in this country, you should be neutered.

I detect a self-esteem problem.

[...]

North Korea And Iran Agree On Nuclear Weapons!

If we here in the USA are freaking out about the idea of North Korea or Iran having just a handful of nuclear weapons, then we cannot reasonably expect the world to be impressed with an agreement to reduce our nuclear arsenal to 1,500, plus a whole lot of spares in the atomic closet. [...]

Times: Documents Prove American Involvement in Repeated Genital Torture

According to an article in tomorrow’s New York Times, documents that the United States and British governments under the Bush, Blair, Obama and Brown administrations have gone to court to prevent from being released support the allegations of Binyam Mohamed, who has been held for seven years in detention without any charges at the Guantanamo [...]

ShirtCity Becomes a Viable if Limited Choice for Sweat-Free Sales

Seven months ago, I reviewed a number of online print-on-demand services — websites that allow you to put your designs on products and sell them for profit. Other reviews of these print-on-demand websites focused on the ease of use or stylishness of the products being printed upon, but I took a different tack, focusing upon [...]

Product Introductions Deepen Ethical Distinction Between Skreened and CafePress

This month, CafePress has introduced four new sweatshirts for its online shopkeepers to place their images on and sell. A CafePress representative confirmed to me today that each of the sweatshirts is made outside the USA, in a long-distance arrangement that only makes economic sense for CafePress if the workers who make those sweatshirts are [...]

A Map of John McCain's Real America, Diminished

As you may be aware, multiple elements within the McCain campaign have decided that only some parts of America — the parts of America that coincidentally support John McCain — are “Real America.” The rest of America is fake America.

A map of “Real America” on the morning of October 22, 2008, based on estimates [...]

John McCain Says Sarah Palin Knows More About Energy than Anyone Else

Yesterday, John McCain claimed of Sarah Palin that “She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America.”

Uh huh.

How to put this delicately…

Is John McCain insane?

If The Constitution Wrote You a Spam Letter

FROM: The United States Constitution National Archives 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001

Dear Beloved,

It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you most likely do not know me but I have a proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search [...]

How Patriotic is this Patriotic Military Cap Design Contest?

CafePress is currently holding an “All-American” “American Patriotism-themed Military Cap” design contest to celebrate Independence Day. Entrants are asked to design “patriotic” images in line with the theme of Independence Day and put them up for sale on CafePress’ military caps, which look like this:

Thing is, I just checked in with a CafePress [...]