XKeyscore: An NSA Tool That Collects Most Everything Done Online

By |July 31st, 2013|

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' - Glenn Greenwald [Guardian] XKeyscore, a program identified by Edward Snowden, is an NSA tool that collects most everything a user does online. Glenn Greenwald has yet another piece of the whistleblower story at The Guardian. A top secret National Security [...]

No Vacation from Anthony Weiner’s Soap Opera

By |July 31st, 2013|

There's no vacation from Anthony Weiner's soap opera. POLITICO proclaims that Abedin will "take break from job with Hillary Clinton" in August, clearly hinting that this is An Event. Through anonymous sources, trying hard to do what Politico does best, make something out of nothing, it all comes down to a sleepy August, [...]

A Brit’s View: The Government’s Problematic Billboard

By |July 31st, 2013|

A couple of weeks back I wrote about Abu Qatada's deportation from the UK to Jordan, and slightly tongue-in-cheek likened the government's desperation over the case to Britons being arrested for similar offences. Albeit offences of a verbal rather than physical nature. Unfortunately I have to bring up the subject again, but this time in [...]

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Queer Talk: Betty Crocker Serving Equality Wedding Cakes in Minnesota

By |July 31st, 2013|

Marriages of same-sex couples begin at midnight tonight in Minnesota and Rhode Island, and in the Minnesota, Betty Crocker is serving equality wedding cakes. General Mills, which owns Betty Crocker is based in Minnesota, and has been a supporter of LGBT rights in general, including marriage. That makes some people very happy, but NOM and [...]

Can the White House Buy Peace?

By |July 31st, 2013|

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is trying to make peace out of pulp, looks out at the Palestinian Authority compound in Ramallah, West Bank, before a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on July 19, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] THE John Kerry carrot is a billion dollars in [...]

Obama at Amazon Cover for Executive Action Coming

By |July 31st, 2013|

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Amazon Chattanooga Fulfillment Center in Chattnooga, Tenn., July 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) Eventually, executive actions and orders will be unveiled as part of the economic agenda Obama began hinting at in his speeches last week, addressing things like [...]

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Weiner Campaign Cat Fight Goes Public

By |July 31st, 2013|

Weiner campaign cat fight goes public. Their hope was to make a connection with Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, and thus forge a potential connection to her longtime boss, Hillary Clinton, to get an inside track for a campaign position if she ran for president in 2016. - Olivia Nuzzi [New York Daily News] [...]

George Clooney’s Spy Satellite Over Sudan

By |July 31st, 2013|

George Clooney Nespresso commercial pays for his spy satellite over the Sudan. THIS IS one of those celebrity stories I've followed with great interest, because George Clooney's passion for Sudan is matched by his determination to make sure he can keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir. George Clooney has been involved with Nespresso [...]

Woman #8: “Saliva-Filled Kiss” from Mayor Bob Filner

By |July 31st, 2013|

Woman #8 accuses San Diego Mayor Bob Filner THE LIST keeps getting longer, with the eighth woman to come forward to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filer of sexual harassment, reported yet again to KPBS. In dueling headlines, the city of San Diego is suing Filner for the costs of his flagrant misconduct, [...]

Kerry Announces Formal Israeli – Palestinian Peace Talks

By |July 30th, 2013|

Secretary of State John Kerry hosts an Iftar for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., prior to announcing formal peace talks will begin. At a Tuesday press conference, Secretary of State John Kerry said Israelis and Palestinians have agreed [...]