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Lifehacker's Complete Guide to Data Privacy
It's a scary world out there. Companies want to know everything you do so they can serve you up enticing advertising. Cybercriminals want to run up your credit card bill, assume your identity, and steal all your passwords. Here's a look at the major steps you can take to make your data more private and secure.
privacy  data  tech  security 
2 hours ago
Donald Trump Belches Up A "Michigan Man Of The Year" Award
Most of the idiocies at the core of Trump’s being were created in the same way that pearls are—an irritant lodges itself in the spongy matter of his mind years ago, actively or passively, and then is worried into something bright and very hard. In this case, though, we can watch this accretive work happening in real time—some dumb speech, long forgotten, grows into a great honor bestowed by strangers who admired him, and then into a controversial stand for which he was criticized but for which he boldly refused to apologize. And now it is something he can bring up, whenever he is feeling under-appreciated or anxious or when nothing else will come.
2019-08 
yesterday
Hack in the box: Hacking into companies with “warshipping” | Ars Technica
Using less than $100 worth of gear—including a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a small battery, and a cellular modem—the X-Force Red team assembled a mobile attack platform that fit neatly within a cardboard spacer dropped into a shipping box or embedded in objects such as a stuffed animal or plaque. At the Black Hat security conference here last week, Ars got a close look at the hardware that has weaponized cardboard.
2019-08  tech  security  hackers 
yesterday
Portland’s Andy Ngo Is the Most Dangerous Grifter in America
Far-right forces will converge on Portland tomorrow, incited by the right-wing provocateur Andy Ngo. Though he poses as a journalist, the purpose of his platform is to sow harassment and violence against his targets on the Left — and the mainstream media have fallen for it.
2019-08  fascism  media  rightwingnutjobs 
yesterday
Leaked Proud Boys Chats Show Members Plotting Violence At Rallies | HuffPost
The Proud Boys want the public to believe that they’re a “drinking club” who only resort to violence to defend themselves from anti-fascist protesters during political rallies.

But in private, these extremists have discussed injuring and even killing their adversaries, plotting tactics and optics for months in order to assert a claim of self-defense should they face charges.
2019-08  fascism 
yesterday
Bibi banned Omar and Tlaib. He has something to hide. – The Forward
He’s not a fool. He may have barred Omar and Tlaib partly because Donald Trump asked him to. He may have felt the stunt would appeal to right-wing voters in Israel’s upcoming elections. But he likely also understood that if Omar and Tlaib brought the American media with them to the West Bank, they might begin to puncture the cocoon that he and his American Jewish allies have worked so hard to build.

That cocoon shields both American Jews and American politicians from Palestinian reality. AIPAC maintains it with trips—like the one it hosted for members of Congress earlier this month—that afford them barely any opportunity to hear ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank (let alone the Gaza Strip) talk about life without basic rights.
2019-08  human-rights  israel  politics  congress  lobbying  corruption 
yesterday
Scientists Make Bread out of 4,500-Year Old Egyptian Yeast
Would you eat bread that was made from 4,500-year-old yeast? Seamus Blackley, known for his part in creating the Xbox, also bakes for fun and is an Egyptologist, and he just made bread from ancient Egyptian yeast.

Blackley was granted permission from the Peabody Essex Museum and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to have access to 4,500-year-old Egyptian pottery and vessels that were used to make bread. He then decided to combine his two strengths of baking and knowledge of Egypt to make bread as old as the pottery.
bread  food  archaeology  history  baking  geekery  egypt 
yesterday
Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials - VICE
For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and therefore can’t be hacked.

But a group of election security experts have found what they believe to be nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states connected to the internet over the last year, including some in critical swing states. These include systems in nine Wisconsin counties, in four Michigan counties, and in seven Florida counties—all states that are perennial battlegrounds in presidential elections.

Some of the systems have been online for a year and possibly longer.
2019-08  election  security  tech 
yesterday
The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice - Vox
The most climate-vulnerable foods include those that are most fickle, needing very specific conditions to grow well, like coffee, wine grapes, olives, cacao, berries, citrus and stone fruits — as well as those that are most water-intensive, like almonds, avocados, and the alfalfa and pasture that feed cattle.

This is when some consumers start to stand up and listen: Yes, your chardonnay and strawberries are on the line.
climate  food  climate_change  agriculture 
yesterday
Exposed: State Department Official Posted in Nazi Charlottesville Chats - UNICORN RIOT
Today, an investigation by reporter Michael Hayden for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)’s Hatewatch revealed that US State Department official Matthew Q. Gebert has been active in the neo-nazi movement over the last several years. Leaked Discord chat logs obtained by Unicorn Riot also prove that Gebert’s username was posting in racist groups throughout 2017 and indicate he may have attended the deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville.
2019-08 
yesterday
Ilhan Omar's Anti-Semitism Is Becoming A Load-Bearing Myth
Just like hippies spitting on Vietnam veterans or welfare queens sipping champagne, Omar’s anti-Semitism has become a structural support beam for American politics.
2019-07  politics  racism  congress 
18 days ago
Why Nancy Pelosi Won't Impeach | The New Republic
It also strains credulity that after a long stretch of public hearings outlining Trump’s bottomless malfeasance in minute detail that, with the possible exception of his shrinking base, Republican voters would be more motivated to show up and vote for him, and that Democrats would be demoralized. Historical precedent indeed supports the opposite view: A slim minority—just 19 percent—of polled opinion supported Richard Nixon’s impeachment at the outset of the Watergate scandal, and by the end of the House Judiciary Committee’s televised impeachment hearings, a strong majority supported it. And that shift in opinion translated into a massive wave of Democratic gains in the 1974 midterm balloting.
2019-07  politics  congress  analysis 
18 days ago
Election warnings blare, but action stalls in Congress
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday blocked a House-passed bill that would authorize $775 million to beef up state election systems. GOP leaders made the case that the Trump administration has already made great strides in protecting the vote and they say no more funding is needed.
2019-07  #MoscowMitch  election  law  congress  gop  corruption 
18 days ago
Immigration Officials Snatch 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Heading To School, Hold Her For 2 Days | HuffPost
A 9-year-old American citizen on her way to school was apprehended by U.S. immigration officials and detained for some 32 hours before she was released back to her family. Federal officials said later that the girl, who was carrying a U.S. passport card with her, gave “inconsistent information.”
2019-08  immigration  police_state  law  wtf 
18 days ago
Better to have a few rats than to be one - Baltimore Sun
Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.
2019-08  politics  congress  racism  opinion 
18 days ago
Ted Cruz's "Antifa Are Terrorists" Resolution Seeks to Stifle the Left
The far right traffics heavily in projection, and this “antifa panic” is no exception. The far right is desperately trying to depict the radical left as doing what the far right itself is actually guilty of: engaging in sustained, murderous violence with deliberate indifference from the highest levels of the government.
2019-08  politics  gop  hypocrisy  congress 
18 days ago
Ted Cruz Demands Emergency Tax Cut for the Rich | Vanity Fair
Twenty senators have urged the Treasury to give the wealthy another tax cut via executive order.
2019-08  politics  gop  taxes  money  hypocrisy  power  congress  corruption 
18 days ago
Voter Purge Rates Remain High, Analysis Finds | Brennan Center for Justice
New data reveal that counties with a history of voter discrimination have continued purging people from the rolls at elevated rates.
2019-08  voting-rights  voter-suppression  politics  law  SCOTUS 
18 days ago
White Terrorists Help Other People Deny Their Prejudice - The Atlantic
In singling out the president as the embodiment of racism, Democrats (and Never Trump Republicans) can minimize how they share the same racist fears that radicalize white nationalists. Americans across the political spectrum clutch their purses and wallets as black pedestrians approach on the streets. Liberals from New York to San Francisco find ways to segregate their homes and schoolchildren from too many Muslims, from too many black and Latino people. There is little ideological difference between those liberals who see black and Latino neighborhoods as intrinsically dangerous and those conservatives who see black and Latino nations as intrinsically dangerous.
2019-08  race  racism  politics  society  terrorism 
18 days ago
We Can No Longer Ignore Trump’s Role in Inspiring Mass Shootings
That there could be a link between the attacker and the president should come as no surprise. But it might. Over the past four years, both mainstream media organizations and leading Democrats have failed to draw a clear line between Trump’s racist rhetoric and the steadily multiplying acts of domestic terror across the United States.
2019-08  terrorism  gun-control  politics  media 
18 days ago
Stochastic Terrorism
Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf.
2019-08  terrorism  gun-control  politics  media 
18 days ago
The Gospel According to Mike Pence
Put simply, if the American public can’t imagine that “real” Christians are capable of evil, then we’re clearly living with a de facto Christian public sphere rather than a secular one. This is exactly what Billy Graham wanted. It is his legacy and that of the early Cold War moment, and this Christian public sphere provides anti-democratic, anti-pluralist Christians like Pence with the cover they need to commit and enable atrocities and to impose theocratic norms under the guise of pursuing “religious freedom.”

How does it do so? Think for a moment about what it really means when you call a Christian who is being evil a “fake Christian.” What you are saying is that “real” Christians are morally superior, which is precisely what Christians who oppose pluralism—and who for their part cast the “fake Christian” accusation at liberal believers and proponents of liberation theology—believe about themselves. Accepting authoritarian Christians’ own framing paves the way for fundamentalist Christians to receive undue deference from major news sources, whose normalization of this extremism helped forge their path to power. This unquestioned deference toward Christians and to their leaders, this assumption that they must be basically good, is also what has allowed abusers to go unchecked for so long in both Catholic and Protestant contexts. If, on the other hand, we had internalized the truth that Christians are just as capable of evil as members of any other group, we would not be affording Christians the unquestioned trust that lets theocrats and abusers thrive.
2019-07  religion  hypocrisy  white-supremacy 
28 days ago
Nancy Pelosi Calls Out Democrat Colleagues, Mitch McConnell on Border Bill
Nancy Pelosi Is Listening to the Wrong People

This administration*'s contempt for constitutional limits to its power grows by the hour. The clock is ticking faster.
2019-07 
6 weeks ago
I’m a farmer, and no-deal Brexit would put me out of business | Will Case | Opinion | The Guardian
Crashing out of the EU would not end uncertainty and would be a dark day for agriculture and food in Britain
#Brexit  food  agriculture  farm  england  uk  europe  economics 
6 weeks ago
WATCH: Secretary of State Pompeo unveils creation of human rights commission | PBS NewsHour
Amnesty International USA said there was no reason for such a review given the decades-old protections in place.

“This administration has actively worked to deny and take away long-standing human rights protections since Trump’s inauguration,” Joanne Lin, the group’s national director of advocacy and government affairs, said in a statement.

“If this administration truly wanted to support people’s rights, it would use the global framework that’s already in place. Instead, it wants to undermine rights for individuals, as well as the responsibilities of governments.
2019-07  human-rights  lgbt  womens_rights  religion  corruption 
6 weeks ago
ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits – Mother Jones
Now, just after Congress rejected another request for more detention money, ICE is continuing to spend money it hasn’t been given. Mother Jones has learned that ICE has started using three new for-profit immigration detention centers in the Deep South in recent weeks. One of them has seen the death of three inmates following poor medical treatment and a violent riot in 2012 that left a guard dead.
2019-07  immigration  congress  government  regulation  corruption 
6 weeks ago
The 'Surveillance Scores' Companies Use to Rip You Off Might Be Totally Illegal
Ultimately, the point is it’s impossible for consumers to avoid the harm inflicted by algorithms when one decides to charge them a different price or results in them receiving lousy customer service. All the evidence this is happening is stamped “Confidential and Proprietary,” and is shielded from the eyes of consumers by the very agency tasked with protecting them.

The FTC did not respond to a request for comment.
2019-07  surveillance  privacy  security  tech 
6 weeks ago
Breakdown of Trump's 4th of July Failures
A lot of people decided to ignore Trump’s planned “festivities” yesterday in protest of him commandeering the holiday for his own campaign and ego purposes. I was planning on ignoring everything, too, but so many ridiculous and concerning things happened, that I’ve decided to recount them quickly for you so that you are in the know, but also don’t feel like you’ve gotten too dirty. You’re welcome.
2019-07  humor 
6 weeks ago
Haunted by the Reagan era - The Washington Post
For people under a certain age, this slinking in the corner is deeply strange behavior. Young people in the 1990s watched Bill Clinton work with Republicans — to overhaul welfare, try to cut Social Security, deregulate Wall Street — only to see them turn around and impeach him. In the 2000s, they watched Democrats halfheartedly support a war they opposed. Then Obama tried to compromise with Republicans on the size of a post-crash stimulus and the nature of the Affordable Care Act.

None of it calmed Republicans, as younger lawmakers see it, so why not try something else? “The older members really cling to the idea that things are going to go ‘back to normal’ ” after Trump, Ocasio-Cortez told me. “For us, it’s never been normal, and before that the bipartisanship was s—ty anyway and gave us the War on Drugs, DOMA” — the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred federal recognition or benefits for same-sex couples — “and stripping the leg[islative] branch of everything.”
2019-07  politics  history  congress  government 
6 weeks ago
Border Patrol Agents Attempted to Delete Racist Posts
The scrubbing began quickly. At 10:55 a.m., ProPublica published a story reporting the existence of a secret, invitation-only Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured vulgar, violent, and misogynistic content directed at migrants and lawmakers.

A little over two hours later, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called for active-duty agents responsible for the posts to lose their jobs. Minutes after that, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol, said in a tweet that the inspector general’s office at the Department of Homeland Security was “immediately informed” of the “disturbing social media activity,” and an internal investigation has been launched.

Back in the “I’m 10-15” Facebook group, evidence that might inform such an investigation was quickly disappearing. The name of the group — radio lingo Border Patrol agents use when they take a migrant into custody — was changed to “America First X 2,” and the group was archived.
2019-07  immigration  bigotry  racism  government  gotcha 
6 weeks ago
Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes — ProPublica
The three-year-old group, which has roughly 9,500 members, shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.”
2019-07  immigration  bigotry  racism  government 
6 weeks ago
Trump scientist insists that ‘carbon dioxide is good for you’ – Raw Story
Our planet could reach levels of carbon dioxide high enough in the next decade to lock in dangerous planetary warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius, but a Trump physicist is trying to discredit the science behind climate disruption.

William Happer, the Trump administration’s champion for carbon dioxide, reached out to a prominent conservative think tank, the Heartland Institute, for help. Happer claims that carbon dioxide is good for humans.
2019-07  climate_change  anti-science  politics  batshitcrazy  rightwingnutjobs 
7 weeks ago
‘I don’t see jeans in my future’: the people who wear complete historical dress – every day | Fashion | The Guardian
From the man who wears 17th-century clothes to the woman whose outfits are straight out of the 1950s, six people explain their deep devotion to period dress
history  costume  clothing  fashion  england  uk 
7 weeks ago
The Bitter History of Law and Order in America
It has stifled suffrage, blamed immigrants for chaos, and suppressed civil rights. It’s also how Donald Trump views the entire world.
history  politics  law  police_state  oppression 
7 weeks ago
[no title]
Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect...
politics  philosophy  quotes  history  books 
7 weeks ago
The Detention Camps at the Border Are a Crime - The Atlantic
when those in power are caught abusing that power in ways that are morally indefensible and politically unpopular, they will always seek to turn an argument about oppression into a dispute about manners. The conversation then shifts from the responsibility of the state for the human lives it is destroying to whether those who object to that destruction have exhibited proper etiquette.
2019-07  immigration  human-rights  history 
7 weeks ago
Server image mystery in Georgia election security case
The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn.

Nearly two years ago, state lawyers in a closely watched election integrity lawsuit told the judge they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or digital snapshot, the agency made of a crucial server before state election officials quietly wiped it clean. Election watchdogs want to examine the data to see if there might have been tampering, given that the server was left exposed by a gaping security hole for more than half a year.

A new email obtained by The Associated Press says state officials never did issue the subpoena, even though the judge had ordered that evidence be preserved, including from the FBI.
campaign2018  election  security  voting-rights  law  2019-07 
7 weeks ago
How James Murdoch’s Philanthropy Downplays Fox News Ties
“When people get rich harming others, should nonprofits take the blood money?”
2019-06  fox 
7 weeks ago
Supreme Court gerrymandering case reveals a profound threat to democracy - Vox
Trump could do serious damage to the system, maybe even induce a constitutional crisis, but he is, on his own, neither competent enough nor institutionally powerful enough to outright destroy American democracy.

But the Republican Party’s democracy-indifferent attitude preceded the Trump presidency, and will likely survive beyond it. With Trump in power, the backing of a partisan court majority, and an electoral system that intrinsically advantages the GOP, it’s possible to imagine the party subtly rewriting the rules over time to make American democracy less and less competitive. This may even seem like a natural response, in the Republican mind, to the rise of a younger, more diverse, more progressive electorate.

A kind of quietly undemocratic America is not all that hard to imagine. In Paths Out of Dixie, Michigan political scientist Robert Mickey argues that a large swath of the United States — the entire South — was an authoritarian nation within a national democracy from the end of Reconstruction right up until the 1970s.
2019-06  democracy  politics  voting-rights  voter-suppression  gop 
7 weeks ago
Sohrab Ahmari and the Rise of America's Orbánists - The Atlantic
The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum

A faction of the religious right has concluded that if liberal democracy does not guarantee victory, then it must be abandoned.
2019-06  democracy  religion  white-nationalism  white-supremacy  politics 
7 weeks ago
Trump’s unhinged Fox Business interview with Maria Bartiromo, explained - Vox
Hours after news of Mueller’s testimony broke, Trump called Maria Bartiromo and melted down on live TV.
2019-06 
7 weeks ago
Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids 'Safe and Sanitary' Without Soap
The Trump administration argued before a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that requires detainees be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities.

All three judges appeared incredulous during the hearing in San Francisco, in which the Trump administration challenged previous legal findings that it is violating a landmark class action settlement by mistreating undocumented immigrant children at U.S. detention facilities.
2019-06  immigration 
7 weeks ago
Oregon State Police Are Searching for Republican Lawmakers Afraid of Voting on Climate Policy
Republicans are hiding out and claiming they won’t be found, according to OPB. But Brian Boquist, one of the wayward Republicans, said that if the cops came for him, they should be sure to “[s]end bachelors and come heavily armed.” So yes, we’ve reached the threatening police stage of this whole debacle.
2019-06  rightwingnutjobs  climate_change  politics  oregon  gop 
7 weeks ago
IN A VICTORY FOR THE CONSTITUTION, JUDGE REJECTS DELAY & ORDERS DISCOVERY IN BLUMENTHAL V.
“The Constitution is clear: the President must obtain Congress’s consent before receiving foreign benefits,” said Chairman Nadler. “Yet again, the courts have ruled in our favor as we seek to uphold the Constitution and prove that no one is above the law. This is a great victory in our fight for transparency and accountability for the American people.”
2019-06  law  constitution  corruption 
7 weeks ago
Publishers: Let's Get Real About Regulating Facebook - Folio:
Fifteen years ago, the entrepreneurial undergrad was emailing a friend about the harvest of his proto social network, “The Face Book.” As revealed a few years back by Silicon Alley Insider, the exchange was illuminating:

Zuckerberg: Yeah, so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard, just ask. I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

Friend: What? How’d you manage that one?

ZUCKERBERG: People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They “trust me.” Dumb fucks.

Nothing has changed since. Except the environment he has laid waste to.
facebook  evil 
8 weeks ago
Central Michigan Life - Parishioners, community members react to loss of former pastor Wayne Nicholson
"I just so admired his love," she said. "He was so genuine. He taught me more about love than anyone else ever has."
ravelry  obit 
9 weeks ago
Our Orlando Sentinel endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump | Editorial - Orlando Sentinel
Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.

So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.

Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.

It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.
2019-06  politics  campaign2020 
9 weeks ago
Lisa Murkowski joins Mitch McConnell's opposition to election security proposals, setting up clash with House - CNNPolitics
"I'm not sure why we need to have one," Murkowski said when asked if she believed the Senate should advance an election security bill. "I know there are some who believe we have to do more election reform. I think some of it is calculated to add, I think, additional fuel to the Mueller report and the aftermath of that."
2019-06  election  security  congress  politics  voting-rights 
9 weeks ago
Trump says supporters might ‘demand’ that he serve more than two terms as president - The Washington Post
President Trump on Sunday floated the possibility of staying in office longer than two terms, suggesting in a morning tweet that his supporters might “demand that I stay longer.”

The president, who will kick off his reelection campaign on Tuesday with an event in Orlando, has previously joked about serving more than two terms, including at an event in April, when he told a crowd that he might remain in the Oval Office “at least for 10 or 14 years.”

The 22nd Amendment of the Constitution limits the presidency to two terms.
2019-06 
9 weeks ago
Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection - The Washington Post
Taken together, the actions set off new alarm bells among legal analysts and Trump’s political rivals who warned that the president and his aides have emerged from the scorched-earth battle over the special counsel’s ­22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election with a conviction that they need not feel constrained by the safeguards built into the nation’s political system as they look to 2020.

“We’re at a bad place. They’re emboldened and not trying to hide it anymore,” said Glenn Kirschner, a legal analyst who spent three decades as a federal prosecutor.
2019-06 
9 weeks ago
Sarah Sanders hopes she'll be remembered as being "transparent and honest" / Boing Boing
Soon-to-be-former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a reporter on Tuesday how she hopes to be remembered, “I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message ... to do the best job that I could to answer questions. To be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before.”

"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope." -- Shakespeare
2019-06 
9 weeks ago
Stonekettle Station: Quick and Easy
Trump is a simple fool.

Those who support him are worse fools.

Because the fools drag the foolish and the reasoned down alike.

And because they are the one who will someday soon suffer the worst of Trump’s quick and simple nonsense.
2019-06  factcheck  trump 
10 weeks ago
These six corporations are financing the war on women in six states
In 2019, state legislatures across the country are enacting radical new restrictions on abortion. Alabama banned virtually all abortions. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio banned all abortions after six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. Missouri banned abortion after nine weeks.

While these policies are extreme, the politicians responsible have the financial backing of some of America's largest companies. In their corporate literature, these companies present themselves as champions of women and gender equality. But they have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians seeking to roll back reproductive rights.
politics  money  power  hypocrisy  womens_rights 
10 weeks ago
How to defend your privacy online - The Boston Globe
Even as Amazon and the tech giants Facebook and Google scoop up every available fleck of our personal data, they insist they really care about privacy.

And they mean it, up to a point. These companies know that simmering public outrage about the abuse of our personal data is bad for business. So they’ve loaded their products and services with privacy features, trusting that most of us won’t use them.

They’re probably right. But if you’re one of the few who value privacy enough to do something about it, here’s a far-from-complete list of smart moves you can make to protect your data:
tech  privacy  security  data 
10 weeks ago
Dalio panel overseeing CT schools investment exempt from ethics, disclosure rules - CTInsider.com
Legislators learned Monday what conditions come with the $100 million contribution hedge fund giant Ray Dalio’s philanthropic foundation is making to Connecticut’s underprivileged school children.

Foundation representatives overseeing how that money — and a matching $100 million in taxpayer money — are spent would be exempt from key ethics and disclosure rules.
2019-06  government  connecticut  law  ethics  money  power  education  wtf  transparency 
10 weeks ago
EXCLUSIVE: Draft Charter of Pompeo's "Commission on Unalienable Rights" Hides Anti-Human Rights Agenda - Just Security
Initial reporting on the Commission, by Nahal Toosi at Politico, highlighted concerns of human rights activists that the “natural law” language was code for religiously-infused opposition both to reproductive rights and to protections for members of the LGBTQ community. In subsequent days, Roger Pilon at the Cato Institute weighed in, acknowledging concerns that the Commission could be used as a vehicle to advance a particular religious agenda, but ultimately concluding that “this commission, properly staffed and conducted, affords an opportunity to redirect our public debate to America’s first principles.”
2019-06  corruption  rightwingnutjobs  government  religion  human-rights  lgbt 
10 weeks ago
That ‘Straight Pride’ parade in Boston is just a pack of neo-fascist brawlers trying to rebrand
The whole truth—beyond the stark reality that, as BuzzFeed notes, Boston actually has denied the permit for this event, so it’s unlikely to even occur—is that these guys are much more than that: The chief organizer is a far-right street brawler who has traveled the country participating in and organizing Proud Boys-style events that are billed as “rallies” but in reality are fronts for provocations intended to create street violence directed at left-wing activists.
lgbt  alt-right  fascism 
10 weeks ago
Koch brothers float possibility of backing congressional Democrats in 2020 primaries
The latest memo nonetheless reflects a surprising shift in the Koch network’s priorities. However, AFP’s stated support for politicians of any party appears to be limited to incumbent candidates facing primary challengers.

“AFP or AFP Action will be ready to engage contested U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state-level primary races, including Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, to support sitting legislators who lead by uniting with others to pass principled policy and get good things done,” the memo says.

AFP has usually concentrated its spending on general elections, but spending during the primaries could allow the group to extend its influence into districts where one party dominates.
politics  money  power  koch  campaign2020  election 
10 weeks ago
White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’ - The Washington Post
Officials sought to excise the State Department’s comments on climate science because they did not mesh with the administration’s stance
2019-06  government  corruption  science  climate_change  environment 
10 weeks ago
US 'now a full-fledged banana republic' after Mitch McConnell wife $78m grants revelation | The Independent
Transport secretary reportedly designated special liaison to help husband's state prepare funding applications
2019-06  government  congress  corruption 
10 weeks ago
Chao created special path for McConnell’s favored projects - POLITICO
A top Transportation official helped coordinate grant applications by McConnell’s political allies.
2019-06  government  congress  corruption 
10 weeks ago
Thrums
If There Are Looms in Heaven....
Then this dear man is already seated and throwing a shuttle....
obit  ravelry 
10 weeks ago
Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate. - The Washington Post
By resolving now to pursue such a path, always keeping open the possibility that its inquiry would unexpectedly lead to the president’s exoneration, the House would be doing the right thing as a constitutional matter. It would be acting consistent with its overriding obligation to establish that no president is above the law, all the while keeping an eye on the balance of political considerations without setting the dangerous precedent that there are no limits to what a corrupt president can get away with as long as he has a compliant Senate to back him. And pursuing this course would preserve for all time the tale of this uniquely troubled presidency.
2019-06  politics  congress  constitution  law 
10 weeks ago
Trump Supporter Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Kill Members of Congress | HuffPost
Scott Brian Haven of Utah is accused of making over 2,000 phone calls to the U.S. Capitol over a three-year period about Democrats threatening Trump’s presidency.
2019-06  politics  rightwingnutjobs  batshitcrazy 
10 weeks ago
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