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...that at least 24.1% of the United States*, including most of most of Washington DC, is behind walls of unofficial, unaccountable censorship rather like the so-called Great Firewall of China? (*Verizon 8.8%, Comcast 15.3%) Update: In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that this is ok. past editions
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2013-06-10 We had a little outage starting sometime before 12:30 am EDT due, apparently, to HostGator moving our account to another server
without telling us (it turns out that they did send an email; oops). This required only minor site reconfiguration and was easily fixed once I was able to get hold of tech support to find out what was going on, and then just happen to notice that the login domain was different. :-P
- 2016-04-16 [L..T] The fight to unionize the South brews at an N.C. slaughterhouse "Rodriguez worked at the Mountaire plant until 2011, when, she says, she was hit in the stomach by a large bucket used to haul meat and had a miscarriage in the plant. A doctor told her that she needed to take time off to rest. When she brought the doctor's note to Mountaire's Human Resources department, she says she was ordered to turn in her ID and fired."
- 2014-04-24 [L..T] Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy’s remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’ "Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans for willingly submiting to dependency on federal assistance."
- 2014-04-23 [L..T] The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest "While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades."
- 2014-04-23 [L..T] Georgia Governor: Gun Bill Protects 'Law Abiding Citizens' "Just before signing a controversial gun bill into law, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal talks about the positive aspects of expanding locations citizens can carry firearms in the state without penalty."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] FEC Will Consider Allowing Bitcoin Donations to Political Campaigns "It could also add fuel to to a raging debate between bitcoin devotees—who view their decentralized, unregulated currency as a legitimate new form of transaction—and those who see it as a shady way to circumvent monetary standards."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] The End Of Affirmative Action? "The Supreme Court did what I expected they would do today; killed affirmative action in college admissions. I’m going to say something controversial now; I’m not actually for affirmative action, especially in college admissions. Let me explain. Affirmative action is a bad solution to a really bad problem. It’s a terrible solution because it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem, it merely attempts to course correct after the problem occurs."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] Oklahoma militia joins Bundy ranch defenders against feds "Members of the Oklahoma Militia have come out in support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who recently found himself in a standoff with hundreds of armed federal agents over land rights related to his cattle ranch."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] Tech-fueled inequality offers two paths for humanity — ‘digital Athens’ or bleak dystopia "“It turns out there’s no economic law that says everybody is going to share equally when technology brings some of these wonders to the planet,” Brynjolfsson said. “It’s quite possible for some people, even possible for a majority of people, to be made worse off in absolute terms.”"
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] 13 Things You Won’t Believe The Man Who Could Be North Carolina’s Next Senator Said "Greg Brannon is a doctor and former tea party activist running for Senate in North Carolina. Brannon, who is most likely headed for a Republican Senate primary run with North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis, led incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan 42-40 in an April Public Policy Polling poll."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] Property records cast doubt on Cliven Bundy’s ancestral claims to disputed federal land "... Clark County property records show Bundy’s parents bought the 160-acre ranch where he still lives in 1948, two years after he was born in Bundyville, Ariz. — the same year the Bureau of Land Management was created through executive order by President Harry Truman."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] Researchers and lawmakers warn: Florida is ‘Ground Zero’ for sea level rise "The waters around south Florida are rising fast. The Florida coast has already seen 12 inches (30 centimeters) of sea rise since 1870."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] No, Meb Keflezighi Was Not the First American to Win the Boston Marathon Since 1983 "...in 1985 American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach won the Boston Marathon. Does her win not really count because she is a woman?"
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] BLM: 2 cows died, 4 others euthanized during Bundy roundup "The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that two cows died and four others were euthanized during the roundup at a Bunkerville ranch two weeks ago."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] You could soon use bitcoin to support political campaigns "The Federal Election Commission will consider a request this Wednesday that could open the floodgates for donors to make political contributions in Bitcoin in the upcoming mid-term elections."
- 2014-04-22 [L..T] NASA chief touts deep space exploration: We can only survive if we are a multi-planet species "NASA administrator Charles Bolden said Tuesday that humanity faced certain extinction unless it developed the technology to colonize other planets."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] McDonald's Gave Me the “Girl's Toy” With My Happy Meal. So I Went to the CEO. "In the most egregious instance, a McDonald's employee asked a girl, “Would you like the girl's toy?” The girl responded, “No, could I have the boy's toy?” When the girl opened the container a moment later, she learned that notwithstanding her explicit request, a McDonald’s employee had given her the girl’s toy. This girl went back to the counter with the unopened toy and requested, “May I have a boy's toy, please?” The same McDonald’s employee replied, “There are only girl's toys.” We then sent an adult male into the store who immediately was given a boy’s toy."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] Panel Orders Release of Memo in 2011 Targeted Killing of Awlaki "A federal appeals panel in Manhattan ordered the release on Monday of key portions of a classified Justice Department memorandum that provided the legal justification for the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who had joined Al Qaeda and died in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied on a Whole City "In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] One Courageous Democrat Stands Up and Calls For an Investigation into ALEC "On Wednesday Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) sent a letter to Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall calling for an investigation into ALEC’s unregistered lobbying as well as its connection to Nevada thief Cliven Bundy’s claim the federal government cannot own, or manage, public land."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] Apocalypse Cow - Welfare Rancher "In a surprising move, Sean Hannity comes to the defense of Cliven Bundy, an anarchic Nevada rancher determined to trespass on federal land to feed his cattle. (4:30)"
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] The government is a protection racket for the 1 percent "The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.”"
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] Take A Look At This Picture, According To The State Of New Jersey, This Is OK. "Someone had the bright idea after winning the state championship to get the black dummy, string it up and gather around it. How could this be the first thing you think of doing after achieving a season long goal? They felt it was OK."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] KKK imperial wizard: Neighborhood watch underway in Fairview Township "A local chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan launched a neighborhood watch in the area of Ridge Road in Fairview Township in response to a recent rash of break-ins, said Frank Ancona, the organization’s imperial wizard and president."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] Kansas Governor Ensures His State Won’t Expand Medicaid Anytime Soon "On Friday, Brownback signed House Bill 2552, which removes his authority to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and requires the legislature to approve the policy. Since lawmakers have already concluded their session for the year, that means the state won’t be able to move on Medicaid expansion in 2014. And even if a Democratic governor is elected in the fall, the Republicans in the legislature could continue to block expansion."
- 2014-04-21 [L..T] BitBeat: Bitcoin and Political Donations "At a hearing Wednesday, the FEC will consider an advisory request from Make Your Laws, a non-partisan political action committee, or PAC, that focuses on democratic reforms and is seeking clarity on what it can and can’t do with bitcoin donations."
- 2014-04-20 [L..T] EPA Gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ on 4th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster "The EPA ruled that the corporation could start bidding on lucrative new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico after having been suspended from doing any new business with the government ever since the accident. [..] That suspension was lifted on March 13 less than a week before the yearly government auction for drilling rights."
- 2014-04-20 [L..T] Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia "...photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February."
- 2014-04-20 [L..T] Oklahoma electric utilities want higher rate for solar, wind energy producers "Senate Bill 1456 allows regulated utilities to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to charge a higher base rate to customers who generate solar and wind energy and send their excess power back into the grid. The bill passed the Legislature and is on Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk."
- 2014-04-20 [L..T] Report: Bundy Family Unearths BLM Mass Cattle Grave "New photos released by the Bundy family Sunday provided more evidence to the claim that the Bureau of Land Management was illegally killing and burying confiscated cattle."
- 2014-04-19 [L..T] Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights "The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states." … further results
- 2011-05-10 :more:talk: From Chomsky to bin Laden § “In 1946 a self-confident West had no trouble demanding that Martin Heidegger be banned. Ideas, it was understood, had consequences. Today nobody would dream of banning Mr. Chomsky from anything. Yet ideas have consequences even today.” more...
- 2011-05-09 :more:talk: Exclusive: AnonOps splinter group speaks out § “A self-styled Anonymous "splinter group" that has seized control of two sites used by the 'hacktivist' collective to organise Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and other operations have revealed their intentions in an exclusive interview with thinq_.” more...
- 2011-05-07 :more:talk: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden's Death § “We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.” more...
- 2011-05-03 :more:talk: Yes, you should join Anonymous § “despite [Anonymous's] somewhat ironic transparency, there remain a few points of misunderstanding that we encounter when it comes time to recruit [...] I've composed the following FAQ by which to address those myths along with common questions and concerns that we often encounter.” more...
- 2011-04-28 :more:talk: Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia § “White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area” for filming protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser.” more...
- 2011-04-27 :more:talk: Obama Releases 'Long Form' Birth Certificate § “In a news conference Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump claimed credit for forcing Mr. Obama's hand, saying, "I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important." But he said the document released Wednesday would have to be examined for authenticity.” more...
- 2011-04-26 :more:talk: Real-Life Superheroes Offer Sex Workers Protection From the Long Island Serial Killer § “Real life superhero vigilantes in New York – the New York Initiative – have decided to step in and have sworn to do everything they can to protect sex workers from the Long Island Serial Killer. They are offering brute-force, no questions asked protection – because they believe police are inadequate...” more...
- 2011-04-22 :more:talk: New York Initiative (Our 'Real' Superheroes) Want to Help Pretty Ladies NOT Get Killed by Long Island Killer § “Remember when we told you about the Real Life Superheroes, the New York Initiative? Then there was a documentary about them? Well, now they have some advice (and protection, natch) for ladies out there who may be worried they will get killed...” more...
- 2011-04-16 :more:talk: To all Ladies: Free Protection and Safety System, (Long Island Killer) – m4w – 29 (NYC) § This is the New York Initiative's Craig's List ad offering assistance to New York City sex workers in defending themselves from the Long Island Serial Killer. more...
- 2011-04-12 :more:talk: Romney to Trump: Obama Doesn’t Need a Birth Certificate § “According to Romney family lawyers it doesn’t matter if Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, Kenya, or even Paris: Because his mother was an American (and not even Donald Trump questions that), he is eligible to be President.“ more...