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Parent Alert! NSF Awards Grant for Data Mining Children

Diane Ravitch The National Science Foundation has awarded grants of $4.8 million to several prominent research universities to advance the use of Big Data in...

Expert Explores Link Between Federal Data Mining and Common Core

In an exclusive studio interview with The New American magazine's Dr. Duke Pesta, Heartland Institute Education Research Fellow Joy Pullmann outlined the crucial link...

Counterterrorist Data Mining Needs Privacy Protection

A National Research Council report represents an attempt to address privacy concerns that have dogged past counterterrorist data mining programs like Total Information Awareness. By...

Data Mining Your Life

By Carlton Meyer | Few Americans pay attention to the Bush administration’s effort to better monitor terrorist communications. In short, federal authorities want to...

VIDEO: Giuliani Making Millions From Data Mining

Olbermann discusses with Arianna Huffington the millions Rudy Giuliani has made by more unsavory business tactics. His connections with terrorist countries, indicted aides and...

Data mining; FBI cast wide net for info

AP FBI demands to telecommunications companies went beyond requesting phone records of customers under suspicion to include analyses of their broader patterns of communication with...

Pentagon Funds New Data-Mining Tools to Track and Kill Activists

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed The US Department of Defense (DoD) is funding a multimillion dollar university research program to develop new data mining and analysis tools for...

Hospitals Are Mining Patients’ Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Shannon Pettypiece and Jordan Robertson  Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at...

The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

Big Bro is watching you. Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to...

New federal consumer ‘protection’ bureau data-mining Americans’ private financial records

Richard PollockWashington ExaminerSeptember 10, 2013 Serious allegations are being raised in the legal community that the...

“Big Brother Obama” Systematic Spying on Americans: Unconstitutional US Data-Mining

On June 5, London’s Guardianreported part of it. “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily,” it headlined.On June 6, a follow-up...

NSA Mining Data of Nine Internet Companies, Post Reports

The NSA and FBI are "tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and...

U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

Barton Gellman and Laura PoitrasWashington PostJune 7, 2013 The National Security Agency and the FBI are...

BBC again accused of undermining Britain with anti-Brexit coverage

Published time: 19 Sep, 2017 15:49 The BBC once again stands accused of bias against...

‘In a trance’: New database to record ‘zombie’ effects of illegal designer drugs

A national database listing the effects of so-called ‘zombie’ drugs has been created for doctors...

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Big Data, and the Public-Private Planned Economy

If cutting-edge educational technologies can scientifically maximize student learning, then why do so many Silicon Valley bigwigs at Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo! send...

Police Are Using Facebook and Apple to Data-Mine Accounts of Trump Protest Arrestees

(Photo: Gilles Lambert; Edited: LW / TO) The Trump administration has made it clear that dissent will not be tolerated -- and that's why we're...

Terrorism Undermining Merkel

The bloody truck attack on Berlin’s Christmas market is a reminder how the West’s destabilization of the Mideast and North...

FBI gains access to tweet-mining app despite Twitter snooping ban

The FBI has gained access to Twitter-linked analytics tool Dataminr, citing the use of Twitter by terrorist organizations. But that appears to violate Twitter's...

“Aiding” Canada’s Mining Companies

Significant sums in Canadian “aid” are spent promoting international mining initiatives. In a press release last week Ontario-based Carube Copper said it acquired “over 500...

Media Undermine Democracy by Speculating Wildly About Undermining Democracy

The relentless drumbeat of Trump–as–Russian agent takes hasn’t ceased since the news broke of a likely Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee in...

Brexit fallout: Labour insiders leak documents, accuse Corbyn of undermining Remain campaign

Multiple sources within the Labour party claim Jeremy Corbyn and his team worked against the...

41 Secret Service agents punished for breaching congressman’s private data

Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s rejected 2003 application to join the Secret Service leaked last year, and now...

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service Peter Van Buren, May 11, 2016 Twitter claims it does not want...

‘Terrorism investigation’ Court lets NSA collect telephone records data

In its first ruling regarding phone records since the passage of the USA Freedom Act, the...

Leaked NSA doc reveals ‘sheer luck’ needed to find useful info in sea of...

The NSA didn’t know it was already sitting on a “goldmine” of data on one of its targets until one of its analysts discovered...

Mining job cuts: The destructive anarchy of the capitalist market

Nick Beams Friday’s announcement by two major global mining companies that they plan to slash tens of thousands of jobs points to the gathering crisis...

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

A new class action lawsuit claims Facebook violated its users' privacy rights in acquiring what it describes as the largest privately held database of facial...

Google is ‘distorting’ and undermining EC privacy ruling — EU Justice Commissioner

Google and other prolific search engines are “distorting” and undermining the European High Court’s recent ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling, the European Commission’s (EC)...

Canada’s telecoms aid state surveillance by handing over personal data

Ed Patrick As part of a vast expansion of the Canadian surveillance state, federal government police agencies are requesting personal subscriber information from the country’s...

NYPD Running License Plates, Examining Cellphone Transmissions, Collecting DNA in Brooklyn Bridge White Flags...

Investigators are running license plate numbers, scouring social media, examining cellphone transmissions and collecting DNA as part of their investigation into who climbed the...

Global warming? Government’s own data says US in decade-long cooling period

New government data suggests that the average temperature in the United States has cooled by approximately 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit during the last decade. The statistics...

White House ‘Big Data’ Report Excludes Critical Look at Surveillance State

Internal assessment admits some privacy reforms are needed, but proposes no aggressive overhauls Sarah Lazare The White House's internal report on 'Big Data' and privacy issues, released Thursday...

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Consideration

Another FOIA lawsuit brought against the government by the EFF has resulted in the release of previously withheld documents. The papers cut loose this time...

Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

Barry Grey  RINF Alternative News In an extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne...

Forget Metadata … The NSA Is Spying On EVERYTHING

Don’t Get Too Distracted By The Details … The Government Is Spying On ALL Of Your Digital Communications Reprinted with permission The NSA’s spying on everyone’s...

Beyond the NSA: What About Big Data Abuse by Corporations, Politicians?

John Nichols  RINF Alternative News  Taking steps to end, or at the very least to constrain, the federal government’s practice of storing information on the personal communications of...

Think metadata isn’t intrusive?

Metadata surveillance is extremely powerful, and we are all subject to it, constantly.You've probably heard politicians or pundits say that Å“metadata doesn't matter.” They...

NSA Solution to Private Communication Data: Corporations Hold It, We’ll Exploit It

As the debate over the NSA's massive mining of the personal communication records of Americans continues and as pressure builds for legislative curbs to...

Pentagon Data on Student Testing Program Rife with Errors and Contradictions

Pat Elder RINF Alternative News In late December, 2013 the Department of Defense released a database on the military's controversial Student Testing Program in 11,700...

Federal Judge Rules NSA Phone Data Collection is Legal and Justified by the 9/11...

Patrick Martin A federal judge in New York City ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) program that collects the telephone metadata for every call...

NSA’s telephone meta-data program

The Review Group concluded that NSA had not proved necessary to the prevention of any planned terrorist attack since the program's inception in 2006.In...

Obama Review Panel: Strip NSA of Power to Collect Phone Data Records

The National Security Agency should be banned from attempting to undermine the security of the internet and stripped of its power to collect telephone...

Globalization and the Police State: CIA Pays AT&T to Spy on Phone Data

The report Thursday of a CIA-AT&T operation exposes a whole new layer of state-corporate spying on the people of the United States and the...

CIA pays AT&T to spy on phone data

By Bill Van Auken8 November 2013 The report Thursday of a CIA-AT&T operation exposes a whole new layer of state-corporate spying on the people...

NSA secretly accessed Yahoo, Google data centers to collect information

Despite having front-door access to communications transmitted across the biggest Internet companies on Earth, the National Security Agency has been secretly tapping into the...

Another Obamacare glitch: Data center shuts down

ReutersOctober 28, 2013 A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage...

Alongside Common Core, Feds Will Vacuum Up Data on Kids (Video)

Alongside the highly controversial nationalization of education via the Obama administration-backed “Common Core,” the federal government is bribing and bullying state governments into collecting...

Healthcare.gov exposed as data-gathering honey pot

To shamelessly harvest private consumer data and turn it over to the NSA Mike AdamsNatural NewsOctober...

Healthcare.gov exposed as data-gathering honey pot

To shamelessly harvest private consumer data and turn it over to the NSA Mike Adams Natural News October 25, 2013 The pieces of the puzzle...

CIA-Funded Software Company Manages Private Data For Healthcare.gov

In-Q-Tel made “strategic investment” into software company involved in Obamacare enrollment Kit Daniels A software company funded by the Central Intelligence Agency is...

TSA accessing government and private databases to pre-screen everyone

Jetsetters, take note: According to a front page article in Tuesday's edition of the New York Times, the United State Transportation Security Administration (TSA)...

Google’s wide net of data-fishing could land it whopping fines

Google may be facing its toughest fight yet, as a series of court cases involving the company's casual wiretapping of the world's e-mails and...

NSA Metadata Collection Puts Journalists’ Sources at Risk

(Image: CNET)U.S. government surveillance of Americans' metadata threatens confidentiality and protection of journalists' sources, warns Phil Zimmermann, the creator of the email encryption software...

NSA Collecting Private Data to Socially-Profile Americans

New reporting by independent journalists Laura Poitras, working with the New York Times' James Risen, shows that the National Intelligence Agency is using its...

NSA’s Spying On Metadata Violates Our Freedom of Association

Why You Should You Care If the Government Spies On Your Metadata The government has sought to “reassure” us that it is only tracking “metadata”...

Gov Estimates Pandemic Would Kill At Least 2 Million: “Completely Realistic and Based on...

In early 1918 the Spanish flu was nowhere on the radar. A couple years later, by the end of 1920 over 500 million people...

Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy

Five years ago this weekend, the Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers collapsed triggering the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, the divide...

NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

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NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

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Haiti: Grassroots Groups Afraid “Attractive” Mining Law Could Open Country Up to Systematic Pillage

As the government works on preparing “an attractive law that will entice investors,” Haitian popular organizations are mobilizing and forming networks to resist mining in their country.

‘Big Data’ Dynamo: How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government to Spy on Americans

As the secret state continues trawling the electronic communications of hundreds of millions of Americans, lusting after what securocrats euphemistically call “actionable intelligence,”...

The Brave New World of Big Data

The Snowden leaks and ensuing debates about our government, big data, and privacy have led to more Orwell allusions than I’ve heard in all...

'Reading Your Diary': Ten Years of Internet Metadata Scoured by NSA

For two years, the Obama Administration conducted "bulk collections" of internet metadata on Americans and foreigners alike, information akin to 'reading ones diary,' according...

No Canadian NSA connection, but very own data snooping program

Canada does not use the US NSA’s top secret surveillance PRISM program, officials revealed. Instead, it has a spying platform of its own that...

“Digital Blackwater”: Meet the Contractors Who Analyze Your Personal Data

Private companies are getting rich examining...

US irked by ‘theft’ of key weapons data

A confidential US military report has again accused China of stealing the designs for some of the nationâ„¢s most sensitive and sophisticated weapons systems...

Five Great Online Tools for Mining Public Records

This post first appeared on the Project On Government Oversight blog.

Thanks to our open records laws, you can find a treasure trove of information on the Web — everything from details about publically traded companies to where stimulus funds are going. You can even submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests online.

Take some time this week to educate yourself about the information and data available from government websites. Below are five great online tools that you can use to help hold government accountable.

FOIA Online

FOIA Online allows anyone to submit a Freedom of Information Act request online, track their request, and search past FOIA requests. Currently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Commerce, Federal Labor Regulations Authority, Merit System Protections Board, and the National Archives and Records Administration use FOIA Online.

One of the great things about FOIA Online is that you do not have to be registered to submit or search FOIA requests. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to begin research into what is going on in different agencies and departments of the U.S. government.

Recovery.gov

Recovery.gov was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the “Stimulus,” and is managed by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. It shows the distribution of all Recovery funds and how each agency is spending the money. Agencies involved must submit weekly financial reports that describe how the funds allotted to them are being distributed, and those who received contracts, grants, and loan awards of Recovery funds must submit similar reports four times per year.

Recovery.gov not only allows the public to view, research, and review the information, but it offers the ability to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse that relates to the Stimulus.

The Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Complaint Database displays information from consumer credit card complaints that are reported to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The data allows people to gain insight on other users’ experiences with different credit card companies. The website has also been designed so web developers can pull data and other information to create other online tools.

SEC’s Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires that all publically traded domestic companies file necessary forms on EDGAR. Its purpose is to increase efficiency and fairness of the securities market by speeding up the analysis of the required forms.

EDGAR also allows the public to view statements of income, cash flow, shareholder equity, and operations. This leads to safer, more reliable investments, as well as giving the public the ability to research earnings of specific companies.

Ethics.gov

Ethics.gov put records and data from throughout the federal government into one place. It contains Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) records, Lobbying Disclosure Reports, Federal Election Commission (FEC) candidates and contributions, Office of Government Ethics (OGE) travel reports, and White House visitors.

It allows people to review information on candidates and campaign financing. You can see who has been visiting the White House and review payments to lobbyists and see what issues they’ve worked on.

Anonymised data doesn’t guarantee your privacy

Data anonymisation does not have to provide a 100 per cent guarantee to individuals' privacy in order for it to be lawful for organisations...

Police investigated in private data scandal

KENT Police is under investigation over claims it is storing personal information on everyone arrested, even if no charges are brought. The force is said...

FTC: Companies need to obtain consent before collecting biometric data

Grant Gross | Web companies using facial recognition technology should avoid identifying anonymous images of consumers to someone who could not otherwise identify them, unless...

Whistleblower: US illegally collecting citizen data

Paul Harris | guardian.co.uk | Bill Binney believes he helped create a monster. Sitting in the innocuous surroundings of an Olive Garden in the Baltimore suburbs, the former senior...

Security expert reveals personal data risks

This is Gloucestershire | THE recent story by the BBC concerning the security measures taken on Tesco's website and the subsequent investigation by the UK's...

Security services eye personal data

Privacy campaigners are already protesting the idea to use personal data to for 'pre-emptive surveillance'. By William Maclean | CCTV cameras will play a big part...

New Search Tool for Mining Government Documents

New Search Engine Highlights EFF's Transparency Efforts During Sunshine Week San Francisco - In celebration of Sunshine Week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched...

Data From Checkpoints To Be Kept for 15 Years

By Ellen Nakashima | The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country...

MI5 Wants Oyster Card Travel Data

Counter-terrorism experts call it a 'force multiplier': an attack combining slaughter and electronic chaos. Now Britain's security services want total access to commuters' travel...

Faceless: Chasing the Data Shadow

Remote-controlled UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) scan the city for anti-social behaviour. Talking cameras scold people for littering the streets (in children’s voices). Biometric data...

DNA database swabs over 100,000

More than 100,000 people in Kent have been added to the DNA database in the last five years it has been revealed. According to...

FBI’s data gathering went far beyond target suspect

Records were analyzed of people in wide network, documents show By ERIC LICHTBLAU The FBI cast a much wider net in its terrorism investigations than it...

Is the “Common Core” Educational Standards Initiative Part of a Domestic Spy Program? The...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – In 2009, US President Barack Obama and the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had announced the “Race to the Top” initiative to reform the American education system. But there is a lot more to know about the new education standards known as the ‘Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI).’ It is not about educating students for a better life or for a successful career, it sounds more like a domestic spy program. In a 2010, Arne Duncan gave a speech on Obama’s education agenda at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and said:

The North Star guiding the alignment of our cradle-to-career education agenda is President Obama’s goal that, by the end of the decade, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. That goal can only be achieved by creating a strong cradle-to-career continuum that starts with early childhood learning and extends all the way to college and careers 

It is bizarre just to think that the government may want to continue to monitor your progress after high school right through your first job or career.  What happens if you don’t get along with the manager? Will they send you to a re-education camp? Of course I am being sarcastic, but with Washington’s growing police state, who knows? The Department of Education (DOE) released in October 2012 an “Issue Brief” titled ‘Enhancing, Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics.’ The Educational data mining procedures were described as a program to track student’s progress through their behavioural patterns so that school officials can predict which career path they will most likely choose or if there is enough evidence to suggest that they were most likely to drop out of school. The Issue Brief clearly states how data mining technology would operate:

A student learning database (or other big data repository) stores time-stamped student input and behaviors captured as students work within the system” and “A predictive model combines demographic data (from an external student information system) and learning/behavior data from the student learning database to track a student’s progress and make predictions about his or her future behaviors or performance, such as future course outcomes and dropouts

The US Department of Education’s Common Core standards does raise an important question. Why does the federal government want student’s personal information in order to achieve educational success? The DOE’s “Issue Brief” also stated how predictions must be proven. If they cannot prove that their assessment is correct, then they may collect even more data on the student’s behalf if necessary:

Policymakers bear an ethical responsibility to investigate the validity of any predictive model that is used to make consequential decisions about students. Policymakers must be able to explain the evidence for predictions and the actions taken by the computer system on the basis of learning analytics. Analysts conducting data mining may discover patterns or associations that were previously unknown and that involve sensitive information (e.g., teacher performance or student’s family situation), and validating them with external observations and further data collection will be needed

The 2009 Stimulus bill included the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) which offered governors bailout money for state educational purposes such as the ‘Race to the Top’ program. Competitive grants were offered as an incentive for states to accept Common Core standards for their schools.  To be eligible, states had to adopt standards and assessment procedures provided by the DOE to prepare students for success in college and in their chosen careers after they graduate from high school. It requires states to build student databases such as the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to track over “400 data points” including behavior, disciplinary history, family problems, interests and other personal information. Data will then be given to the “Smarter Balanced consortium” which is a state-led consortium working in collaboration with educators, researchers, policymakers, community groups and government bureaucrats to develop assessments that measures student progress toward college and their chosen careers. It is part of the national testing standards that sends completed assessments to the Department of Education so that they can share data with public and private interests.  One particular area concerning the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund’s recommendation is to establish a student data system starting from pre-K. Then States would be eligible to receive funds if they followed the basic requirements:

As part of its application for initial funding, the state must assure that it will take actions to: (a) increase teacher effectiveness and address inequities in the distribution of highly qualified teachers; (b) establish and use pre-K-through-college and career data systems to track progress and foster continuous improvement; (c) make progress toward rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high-quality assessments; and (d) support targeted, intensive support and effective interventions to turn around schools identified for corrective action and restructuring

The standards focus on concepts and procedures of certain areas of concentration for example, English or math. However, each standard is labeled with an alphanumeric code for identification purposes, which is then used to identify which standards are successfully met by the lessons taught to the student. By using a coding system it allows them to track which standards were applied to the student whether in the classroom or through online learning (where third party apps can also keep a record). It can also track how much time was spent on each standard.

Who is behind “Common Core”? 

Common Core Standards was supported and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pearson Publishing Company, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, several Governors and school officials from various states. It is also funded by Rupert Murdock’s News Corp called ‘Amplify Education.’ In 2012, Bob Corcoran of General Electric donated more than $33 million to the Common Core project. In 2013, Reuters reported who funded the $100 million project in an article titled ‘K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents’:

The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it.

States and school districts can choose whether they want to input their student records into the system; the service is free for now, though inBloom officials say they will likely start to charge fees in 2015. So far, seven states – Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Massachusetts – have committed to enter data from select school districts. Louisiana and New York will be entering nearly all student records statewide

The article also stated how the database would operate on a local and federal level:

But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school – even homework completion.

Local education officials retain legal control over their students’ information. But federal law allows them to share files in their portion of the database with private companies selling educational products and services

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their ‘inBloom’ database were one of the data mining programs associated with Common Core. But it has recently failed because New York state legislature forced its state education bureaucrats to shut down the Gates-funded project amid growing opposition of parents and privacy advocates. It was designed to collect student data and store the information in a cloud service and make it available to commercial vendors and apps so that teachers can eventually track student’s progress. Bill Gates and his project has failed and that is only one battle both parents and privacy advocates has won and that is a good start. But it is only one battle, with many more to come. Although the Bill Gates project inBloom has failed, the DOE will still manage to track students.

Collecting Data from “Pre-K through workforce”

Common Core standards require an invasion of privacy in order to educate students, but it comes at a cost. It should concern both students and their families. Will Estrada, director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) told World Net Daily what common core’s data collection is capable of achieving once it is fully implemented. He said “It’s their likes and dislikes, grade-point average all the way through school, their home situation, health questions,” he said. “It’s an incredibly invasive collection of information that they are trying to collect in what they call P-20, or pre-K through workforce.”

Private interests in Washington decided back in 2007 to move full force in an attempt to nationalize educational standards and curriculums, which started the early development of the Common Core project. After the stimulus bill was signed in 2009, the DOE’s “Race to the Top” program was born.  The DOE made ‘Race to the Top’ grants competitive so that states would jump aboard rapidly and agree to implement Common Core standards that would be aligned with mandatory national tests. Most US states adopted Common Core for federal money without any approval or votes from legislators’ and without public knowledge.  Parents and communities were not even aware that their states and their elected representatives had adopted Common Core in the first place.  Besides data collection, the education Common Core provides is based on rigorous test taking procedures and memorization. Parents in Brooklyn, New York pulled their children in protest against the standardized tests saying that it brought unnecessary stress onto their children.

Washington’s goal is for Common Core to be implemented in every state by 2015. So far 44 states adopted Common Core standards although it has been an uphill battle for Washington’s education plan, especially when it comes to privacy concerns regarding students’ personal data. With a majority of states adopting Common Core Standards, it seems that there is an uphill battle for the growing anti-common core movement as well. Will parents, privacy advocates and even teachers who oppose Common Core continue the battle well into the future? I believe they will, especially when it involves their children’s education. What is the real agenda behind Common Core? Does collecting personal data so that bureaucrats can analyze your progress over a period of time improve your chances of getting a better education and a career?  After all, they can barely create any new jobs for recent college graduates, yet Secretary Duncan says the US will have the “highest proportion of college graduates” in the world. With NSA revelations spying on the entire planet, it would not surprise me that the Department of Education is setting the stage for a domestic spy program on a personal level.

Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?

Mac Slavo
February 4th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 31,925 people

Civilian Security Force
(Image courtesy of DaleToons)

Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years. Moreover, as the White House and their cohorts in Congress contemplate the disarming of American citizens, the very assault weapons purported to be so dangerous in the hands of law abiding gun owners are being purchased in mass quantities by local and federal law enforcement agencies.

So what is the purpose and motivation behind the government’s continued efforts to stockpile so much firepower?

One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

But that brings us up to 2013 and the highly unusual stockpiling of firearms and ammo by Homeland Security – firearms and ammo that Obama would like to deny to ordinary citizens who are not members of his domestic army.

Well, I hate to say it, but I may have predicted this, too.

In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”

I wasn’t joking. I was deadly serious – so serious, in fact, that I did something I pledged I would never do: Vote for Mitt Romney. It was a matter of self-defense and self-preservation. I said then that a second term of Obama might mean we would never see another free and fair election in America. (I’m not even sure we saw one in 2012.) I suggested due process would go the way of the horse and buggy. I said I expected Obama would move to shut down or destroy all independent media. I even speculated that his biggest critics would eventually be rounded up in the name of national security.

Think about it.

Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need billions of rounds of ammunition?

This is the agency that is responsible for policing the border. But it doesn’t.

This is the agency that is responsible for catching terrorists. But it doesn’t.

So why does Homeland Security need so many weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?

Excerpted from Josefph Farah of WND

The official explanation?

Target practice.

As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” (link)

While the majority of Americans will take this explanation at face value, there are some key facts that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing for a significant future action against the American people.

  • The US military has been actively war-gaming worst-case scenarios that include economic collapse and civil unrest, going so far as to simulate wide-scale food riots. 
  • Just last month the military deployed gunships over Miami and executed a training exercise with local police departments. A few days later, similar exercises were held in Houston, TX. Last year these “exercises” also included ground forces, armored personnel carriers and tanks on the streets of St. Louis.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition, there is an overt and focused movement to disarm Americans of their right to bear semi-automatic personal defense rifles and any other firearms deemed dangerous to the public. Those calling for this disarmament qualify their positions by claiming these weapons are not necessary for sporting, hunting, or personal defense. As if this provision of the US Constitution doesn’t even exist, there is a total blackout on the fundamental intent of the Second Amendment, which allows for citizens to bear arms to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
  • Heavily armored vehicles have been spotted all over the country, and many local law enforcement agencies have taken possession of these vehicles, normally reserved for military engagements, and have put them to use in neighborhoods and communities around America.
  • Congress has authorized the deployment of some 30,000 surveillance drones in the skies of America, to be available for use by intelligence agencies by 2015.
  • The National Security Agency is building a massive spy center capable of recording, aggregating and analyzing every digital interaction on the planet – phones, internet, purchasing patterns, travel, and even what we say in the privacy of our own homes. A 30 year veteran of the NSA says the data mining program is so vast it will “create an Orwellian state.”
  • The US government, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, has created legislation that directly targets American citizens. The Patriot Act makes it possible for anyone who is identified as attempting to subvert government legitimacy as a terrorist, and also allows for the warrantless wiretapping of everyone for any reason. Under the Patriot Act and expanded government definitions, just about anyone now qualifies as a domestic terrorist.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act takes the Patriot Act even further, allowing the government to detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist indefinitely and without trial – this includes American citizens living in the United States.
  • And, as Joseph Farah points out, the President specifically claimed he would create a civilian national security police force as large as the US military. If he meant it, then we’re talking about 2 million or so civilians that will be armed, deputized and backed by the government. To do what? We’re not quite sure, but apparently we need these civilians for something important, or else the President wouldn’t have brought it up.

These are but a few examples of what our government has been up to. There are hundreds of others.

Now put all those together and the complete puzzle begins to emerge.

This surveillance infrastructure and control grid are being designed not for foreign terrorists or rogue nations that may do harm to America. They have been designed for you.

You, my fellow American, are the enemy.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 31,925 people
Date: February 4th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?

Mac Slavo
February 4th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

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Civilian Security Force
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Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years. Moreover, as the White House and their cohorts in Congress contemplate the disarming of American citizens, the very assault weapons purported to be so dangerous in the hands of law abiding gun owners are being purchased in mass quantities by local and federal law enforcement agencies.

So what is the purpose and motivation behind the government’s continued efforts to stockpile so much firepower?

One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

But that brings us up to 2013 and the highly unusual stockpiling of firearms and ammo by Homeland Security – firearms and ammo that Obama would like to deny to ordinary citizens who are not members of his domestic army.

Well, I hate to say it, but I may have predicted this, too.

In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”

I wasn’t joking. I was deadly serious – so serious, in fact, that I did something I pledged I would never do: Vote for Mitt Romney. It was a matter of self-defense and self-preservation. I said then that a second term of Obama might mean we would never see another free and fair election in America. (I’m not even sure we saw one in 2012.) I suggested due process would go the way of the horse and buggy. I said I expected Obama would move to shut down or destroy all independent media. I even speculated that his biggest critics would eventually be rounded up in the name of national security.

Think about it.

Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need billions of rounds of ammunition?

This is the agency that is responsible for policing the border. But it doesn’t.

This is the agency that is responsible for catching terrorists. But it doesn’t.

So why does Homeland Security need so many weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?

Excerpted from Josefph Farah of WND

The official explanation?

Target practice.

As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” (link)

While the majority of Americans will take this explanation at face value, there are some key facts that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing for a significant future action against the American people.

  • The US military has been actively war-gaming worst-case scenarios that include economic collapse and civil unrest, going so far as to simulate wide-scale food riots. 
  • Just last month the military deployed gunships over Miami and executed a training exercise with local police departments. A few days later, similar exercises were held in Houston, TX. Last year these “exercises” also included ground forces, armored personnel carriers and tanks on the streets of St. Louis.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition, there is an overt and focused movement to disarm Americans of their right to bear semi-automatic personal defense rifles and any other firearms deemed dangerous to the public. Those calling for this disarmament qualify their positions by claiming these weapons are not necessary for sporting, hunting, or personal defense. As if this provision of the US Constitution doesn’t even exist, there is a total blackout on the fundamental intent of the Second Amendment, which allows for citizens to bear arms to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
  • Heavily armored vehicles have been spotted all over the country, and many local law enforcement agencies have taken possession of these vehicles, normally reserved for military engagements, and have put them to use in neighborhoods and communities around America.
  • Congress has authorized the deployment of some 30,000 surveillance drones in the skies of America, to be available for use by intelligence agencies by 2015.
  • The National Security Agency is building a massive spy center capable of recording, aggregating and analyzing every digital interaction on the planet – phones, internet, purchasing patterns, travel, and even what we say in the privacy of our own homes. A 30 year veteran of the NSA says the data mining program is so vast it will “create an Orwellian state.”
  • The US government, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, has created legislation that directly targets American citizens. The Patriot Act makes it possible for anyone who is identified as attempting to subvert government legitimacy as a terrorist, and also allows for the warrantless wiretapping of everyone for any reason. Under the Patriot Act and expanded government definitions, just about anyone now qualifies as a domestic terrorist.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act takes the Patriot Act even further, allowing the government to detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist indefinitely and without trial – this includes American citizens living in the United States.
  • And, as Joseph Farah points out, the President specifically claimed he would create a civilian national security police force as large as the US military. If he meant it, then we’re talking about 2 million or so civilians that will be armed, deputized and backed by the government. To do what? We’re not quite sure, but apparently we need these civilians for something important, or else the President wouldn’t have brought it up.

These are but a few examples of what our government has been up to. There are hundreds of others.

Now put all those together and the complete puzzle begins to emerge.

This surveillance infrastructure and control grid are being designed not for foreign terrorists or rogue nations that may do harm to America. They have been designed for you.

You, my fellow American, are the enemy.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 18,138 people
Date: February 4th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Meet the Contractors Turning America’s Police Into a Paramilitary Force

The national security state has an annual budget of around $1 trillion. Of that huge pile of money, large amounts go to private companies the federal government awards contracts to. Some, like Lockheed Martin or Boeing, are household names, but many of the contractors fly just under the public's radar. What follows are three companies you should know about (because some of them can learn a lot about you with their spy technologies).

L3 Communications

L3 is everywhere. Those night-vision goggles the JSOC team in Zero Dark Thirty uses? That's L3. The new machines that are replacing the naked scanners at the airport? That's L3. Torture at Abu Ghraib? A former subsidiary of L3 was recently ordered to pay $5.28 million to 71 Iraqis who had been held in the awful prison.

Oh, and drones? L3 is on it. Reprieve, a UK-based human rights organization, earlier this month wrote on its Web site:

“L-3 Communications is one of the main subcontractors involved with production of the US’s lethal Predator since the inception of the programme. Predators are used by the CIA to kill ‘suspected militants’ and terrorise entire populations in Pakistan and Yemen. Drone strikes have escalated under the Obama administration and 2013 has already seen six strikes in the two countries.”

Unsurprisingly, L3 Communications is well connected beyond the national security community. Its chief financial officer recently spoke at Goldman Sachs, at what the financial titan hilariously refers to as a “fireside chat.”

L3 also supplies local law enforcement with its night-vision products and makes a license-plate recognition (LPR) device, a machine with disturbing implications. LPR can be mounted on cop cruisers or statically positioned at busy intersections and can run potentially thousands of license plates through law enforcement databases in a matter of hours. In some parts of the country LPR readers can track your location for miles. As the Wall Street Journal noted, surveillance of even “mundane” activities of people not accused of any crime is now “the default rather than the exception.”

L3 Communications embodies the totality of the national security and surveillance state. There is only minimal distinction between its military products and police products. Its night-vision line is sold to both military and law enforcement. Its participation in the drone program is now, as far as we know, limited to countries in the Middle East and North Africa. But in the words of the New York Times editorial board, “[i]t is not a question of whether drones will appear in the skies above the United States but how soon.” The NYT estimates the domestic drone market at $5 billion, likely a conservative estimate, and contractors will vie for that money in the public and private sphere. L3's venture into airports, the border of where domestic policy meets foreign policy in the name of national security, is therefore significant both symbolically and materially.

In many ways, that is the most important story of the post-9/11 United States: the complete evaporation of the separation of foreign and domestic polices. Whether we're talking about paramilitarized police, warrantless wiretapping, inhumane prison conditions, or drone surveillance, there exist few differences between a United States perpetually at war and a United States determined to police and imprison its people in unacceptable ways and at unacceptable rates.

Harris Corporation: Stingray “IMSI catcher”

Harris Corp. is a huge provider of national security and communications technology to federal and local law enforcement agencies. Though many people have never heard of it, Harris is a major player in the beltway National Security community. President and CEO William M. Brown was recently appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and in 2009 the Secret Service offered Harris a contract to train its agents in the use of Harris' Stingray line. The Secret Service awarded the company additional contracts in 2012.

If you've heard of Harris at all, it's likely been because its controversial Stingray product has been getting attention as an information-gathering tool with major privacy implications. The Stingray allows law enforcement to cast a kilometers' wide digital net over an area to determine the location of a single cell phone signal – and in the process collect cell data on potentially hundreds of people who aren't suspected of any crimes. EFF claims the device is a modern version of British soldiers canvassing the pre-Revolutionary colonies, searching people's homes without probable cause – exactly what the Fourth Amendment was created to prevent. EFF describes the process this way:

“A Stingray works by masquerading as a cell phone tower—to which your mobile phone sends signals to every 7 to 15 seconds whether you are on a call or not— and tricks your phone into connecting to it. As a result, the government can figure out who, when and to where you are calling, the precise location of every device within the range, and with some devices, even capture the content of your conversations.”

According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC),the FBI has been using similar technology since 1995. But a recent federal case, United States v. Rigmaiden, has raised Fourth Amendment questions regarding whether law enforcement officials need to obtain a warrant before employing a Stingray. The judge in that case determined that the government hadn't provided enough information about how the devices work, and ordered that the information collected in Rigmaiden couldn't be used in court.

What's especially troubling about Stingrays is that the government either won't say, or doesn't understand, how the technology works. The WSJ reported that the US Attorney making the requests “seemed to have trouble explaining the technology.”

And it's not just the federal government that uses Stingrays. As Slate notes,referencing FOIA documents recently obtained by EPIC, “the feds have procedures in place for loaning electronic surveillance devices (like the Stingray) to state police. This suggests the technology may have been used in cases across the United States, in line with a stellar investigation by LA Weekly last year, which reported that state cops in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona had obtained Stingrays.”

Harris has been tightlipped about the Rigmaiden case, but expect to be hearing a lot about Stingrays in the future.

BI2 Technologies

BI2 makes a fine pitch. Its iris-scanning technology can be made to sound very appealing. Iris scans are relatively non-invasive, there's no touching involved so the likelihood of spreading disease is reduced, and as B12 states on its Web site, "there are no lasers, strong lights or any kind of harmful beams.” It also claims that iris scanning is "strictly opt-in," and that a “user" (who in most cases would be better described as an “arrestee”) “must consciously elect to participate” in the scanning. (When I was arrested by the NYPD while covering a protest, the scan was voluntary -- though the NYPD didn't tell me that, a protester did. But if I refused to submit to it I could have been punished with an extra night in jail.)

Reuters reported that BI2's iPhone-based iris scanner -- called MORIS -- is capable of taking an accurate scan from four feet away, “potentially without the person being aware of it.” MORIS has drawn harsh condemnation from the ACLU. The primary concern from privacy advocates is that law enforcement will deploy this technology in an overly broad way. ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley told Reuters that he didn't want the police “using them routinely on the general public, collecting biometric information on innocent people.”

MORIS isn't just for irises; it also scans faces. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that the sheriff's office in Pinellas County, Florida, “uses digital cameras to take pictures of people, download the pictures to laptops, then use facial-recognition technologies to search for matching faces.” New database technology like Trapwire, a data mining system that analyzes “suspicious behavior” in purported attempts to predict terrorist behavior, makes face scanning potentially more worrisome. Trapwire uses at least “CCTV, license-plate readers, and open-source databases” as input sources, and although it doesn't employ facial-recognition software, the incentives to combine these types of technology is clear.

Beginning in 2014, BI2 will manage a national iris-scan database for the FBI, called Next-Generation Identification (NGI).Lockheed Martin is also involved in building the database.Much of BI2's iris data comes from inmates in 47 states, and despite BI2's claims that iris scanning can't be gamed, that is not the case. Experts showed last summer that the iris can be “reverse-engineered” to fool the scanners, which are generally thought to be more accurate than fingerprinting.

The usual suspects lamented in 2011 that iris scanning isn't used at airports or borders, but security creep is difficult to combat, especially once “national security” is invoked. Just days ago it was reported that the FBI is teaming with the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up iris scanning at US borders. AlterNet has previously reported that the Department of Defense scans the irises of people arriving at and departing from Afghanistan.

The story of BI2 is important because the initial technology is superficially appealing. The company's first projects were called the Child Project, designed to help locate missing children; and Senior Safety Net, developed to identify missing seniors suffering from Alzheimer's. According to B12's Web site, sheriffs' departments in 47 states use the BI2 iris-scanning device and database, which makes it easy to mobilize support to facilitate the safe return of children and seniors.

While the desire to find missing children and seniors is perfectly legitimate, the collection of biometric data is a pandora's box. Once it's opened, it's proven difficult if not impossible to limit.

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We’re Being Watched: How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists

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Healers as Fighters: Union Convention Celebrates Power of Organized Nurses In Trump Era

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Decolonization in Action: Māori Town Revives Lost Language

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For Many in Puerto Rico, "Energy Dominance" Is Just a New Name for US...

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The CIA and Me: How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother

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Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts

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5 injured, 10 missing after US destroyer USS John S McCain collides with oil...

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Conspiracies Pushed by Atlantic’s Editor Excluded From Atlantic’s Denunciation of Conspiracy Theories

The Atlantic‘s depiction of wacky things Americans believe in. Not shown: Iraqi WMDs. Which “conspiracy theories” the media decide to care about and which they...

Public Records Sought on Trump Administration's Plan to Weaken Sage Grouse Protections

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Britain chose Brexit because voters are poorly educated, say academics

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Why on Earth Is Trump Attacking Nation's Nursing Home Population?

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New York eyes adopting 'textalyzer' in crash investigations

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'Classic Propaganda': Sinclair Broadcasting Pushes Aside Fox News to Become 'Trump TV'

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How Obama Fell into the Syrian Trap

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How CIA and Allies Trapped Obama in the Syrian Arms Debacle

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Indian Independence: Forged in Washington?

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Follow the Money: Drugmakers Deploy Political Cash as Prices and Anger Mount

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99% of deceased NFL players had brain damage, study says

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BBC Brexit bias claims – Trade Secretary Liam Fox accused of intimidation

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Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence

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The Biotech Trade Empire Strikes Back—at USDA!

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New Lawsuit Aims to Stop Trump's 'Sham Commission' Dead in its Tracks

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Is Trump Making Up Syria-Sarin Claims?

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A Grain of Truth: RCEP and the Corporate Hijack of Indian Agriculture

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Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet

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Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

By Binu Mathew and Colin Todhunter Background Washington’s long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system...

US Senate adopts amendment on more sanctions against Russia

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#GE2017: 6 key seats that could see Tories edge out Labour

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The Washington Post’s War on the Disabled Continues

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Nationwide 'March for Truth' Events Take Aim at Trump's Destructive Fact-Free Rule

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Promoting the Commons in the Time of Monsters

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‘It Had Everything to Do With Trying to Decrease Black Voter Turnout’

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‘What Bail Does Is Coerce Guilty Pleas’

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UK police hit out at US published leak of Manchester bomb pics

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Face off: ACLU demands Vermont DMV suspend facial recognition program

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AG Sessions redefines ‘sanctuary cities’ to comply with courts

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Iran’s Victory for Moderation

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Trump Wants to Cut Energy Dept's Renewables Budget. Big Time.

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Global Mobilisation Expands Divestment Worldwide

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Complexities of a ‘Post-Truth’ Era

The mainstream U.S. media claims a monopoly on determining truth, despite a very spotty record of getting it right and...

Ex-Sun editor’s ‘Corbyn knifed to death by asylum seeker’ comments ‘incite hate, violence’

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NSA collected over 151mn phone records in 2016 despite surveillance law changes

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Trump’s first 100 days: The monumental golf edition

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Coal Miners’ Futures in Renewable Energy

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What the pollsters are saying as first shots fired in General Election 2017

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More Proof that Trump’s Attack on Syria Was a War Crime

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Half of car crashes involve people distracted by mobile phones – study

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Rebecca Solnit on Climate Change, Resistance, Misogyny and "The Mother of All Questions"

Rebecca Solnit's voice has seldom been more timely or necessary. In her new collection of essays, The Mother of All Questions, Solnit addresses issues...

Top British universities found producing ‘fake research’

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Top 10 Best and Worst Places

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How US Flooded the World with Psyops

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FBI probing "far-right news sites" RT, Sputnik, InfoWars

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A Breach in the Anti-Putin Groupthink

The mainstream U.S. media has virtually banned any commentary that doesn’t treat Russian President Putin as the devil, but a...

Trump administration to overturn fracking controls on public land

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NDP Leadership Debate Fails to Mention Canadian Foreign Policy

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Trump Lies; Ethics Dies

In the White House, anti-science, alt-facts and frequent lying are commonplace, and it is taking a toll on our youngest generation. President Trump’s reaction to...

The Ebbs and Flows of History

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US Attorney in New York Fired After Refusing Trump's Abrupt Request to Resign

Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was fired Saturday after refusing to comply with the Trump...

A Flawed UN Investigation on Syria

Exclusive: U.N. investigators increasingly make their conclusions fall in line with Western propaganda, especially on the war in Syria, as...

Dreams of ‘Winning’ Nuclear War on Russia

Exclusive: Official Washington’s anti-Russian hysteria has distorted U.S. politics while also escalating risks of a nuclear war as U.S. war...

At Oil-Friendly States' Behest, Pruitt Cancels EPA Methane Emissions Inquiry

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday fulfilled environmentalists' fears with a gift to the oil and gas industry, in the form...

Donald Trump’s Deepest Fraud

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Trump Can Prove He’s Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World

Four weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that “nothing he has done since the inauguration allays fears that he is in effect...

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration had an idea: Make an educational website for children about energy sources and the science...

Welcome to Trumpcare! Proposed Changes Raise Costs, Weaken Coverage

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced new proposed rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare—and while they "don't amount to sweeping changes,"...

Pro-GMO Scientists Blinded by Technology and Wedded to Ideology

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With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency

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America’s Putin Derangement Syndrome

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The History of Anti-Authoritarian Struggle is a History Worth Repeating

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Media on Canada’s Deployment to Africa

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Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At...

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All Russian Hacking ‘Evidence’ Is Fake

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What Has Neoliberal Capitalism Ever Done for India?

Colin Todhunter When India ushered in neoliberal economic reforms during the early 1990s, the promise was job creation, inclusive growth and prosperity for all. But,...

WaPo blasted online for article accusing Russia of ‘sophisticated’ US election propaganda

The Washington Post was blasted on social media for its latest hit-piece claiming a “sophisticated ...

A Media Blacklist, Courtesy of WaPo: Now I’m Afraid for Our Democracy

In most third world societies, when people don’t like the results of an election, they take to the streets. In America, we take to...

WaPo Names LewRockwell.com to Honor Roll

The desperate flailing of a mainstream-media struggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than...

Surveillance company cuts half its staff after losing Twitter & Facebook access

CIA-backed Chicago tech company Geofeedia’s hand was forced after Facebook, Instagram and Twitter cut ties with them for their part in helping law enforcement...

Extreme Center Goes After Anti-Trump Protesters

After Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week, protests against his pending presidency—and against the racism, misogyny and xenophobia he embodies—popped up from New York...

Sanders, Warren Not ‘Genuine Progressives’–Says Washington Post

If you want to be progressive, don’t be like this guy, says the Washington Post (11/14/16). The Washington Post editorial page (11/14/16) decided to lecture...

Will Trump forgo presidential salary? Numerous reports suggest president-elect won’t take pay

Donald Trump has said he will not accept the presidential salary of $400,000 once his term...

Some Less Obvious Post-Election Lessons

by Radmilo Bozinovic / November 11th, 2016 A couple of days after the US presidential upset, we’re in the precarious intermezzo where the dust is...

Comey Gives All Clear On New Clinton Emails

Editor's Note: Many speculated that Comey, a man with ties to Hillary and friends, reopened the investigation with the intention of clearing...

The FBI Can’t Actually Investigate a Candidate Such as Hillary Clinton.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The power above the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the U.S. Attorney General, and, above that person,...

Peter Thiel’s Palantir only willing to work with Clinton campaign, #PodestaEmails

CIA-backed software company, Palantir, offered to work with Hillary Clinton’s campaign - despite it’s co-founder Peter...

Punishment is Violent and Counterproductive

Robert J. Burrowes Punishment is a popular pastime for humans. Parents punish children. Teachers punish students. Employers punish workers. Courts punish lawbreakers. People punish each...

US Impunity Erodes World Justice

The International Criminal Court charges only Africans with human rights crimes while granting impunity to U.S. officials and their allies,...

How the 2004 Presidential Election Was Stolen by George W. Bush

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - In 2006, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. headlined at Rolling Stone “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” and he presented an argument that...

The Left Must Hate Poor Black People

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is...

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

Robert J. Burrowes (RINF) - As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take...

U.S. Ponders Whether to Go to War with Russia to Salvage Al Qaeda in...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Sources that will be provided here, document the historical narrative now occurring toward all-out war between the U.S. and...

Trump says ‘he never was perfect’ after backlash over groping & married sex comments...

Donald Trump has defiantly apologized since the leak of a tape from 2005 caused public furor,...

Not a single NYPD officer wears a body camera

One of the reforms stemming from a federal court case on racial discrimination in the New...

Has missing RAF serviceman been abducted?

Police have expanded the search for a missing RAF serviceman who was last seen over...

Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails for US Intelligence

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided...

No majority for US death penalty – for first time in 45 yrs

Less than half ‒ 49 percent ‒ of Americans support the death penalty for those convicted...

Where Local Governments Are Paying the Bills With Police Fines

The dependence of thousands of American cities and towns on judicial fines and forfeiture to fund public services is unhealthy for democracy....

Clinton’s Faulty New Scheme to ‘Fight’ ISIS

Exclusive: Even as Hillary Clinton pushes a new scheme for defeating ISIS, the reality is that contradictory U.S. policies in...

Jewish Labour MPs condemn claims anti-Semitism ‘weaponized’ to undermine Corbyn

A number of Jewish Labour MPs have denounced claims by members of the grassroots pro-Corbyn...

Israeli settlements increased under Obama's watch – report

Israel’s settlement expansions have increased under president Barack Obama despite Washington’s repeated assertions that Israel’s settlements...

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

Colin Todhunter News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent...

Darwin Unhinged

This is atrociously long, criminally even, by internet standards but I post it anyway because I get occasional requests.  Few will read it, which...

Siberia: Russian Arctic River Mysteriously Turns Blood-Red

Editor's Comment: The locals blame the mining plant, which they've named Nadezhda, saying she's having her time of the month. You have to love Russian humor. A...

Paul Ryan: FBI acting like ‘arm of Clinton campaign’

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is lambasting the FBI for burying its Hillary Clinton report...

The Hard Message from Brazil’s ‘Soft Coup’

With little protest from Washington, Brazil’s elected President Dilma Rousseff was ousted in a politically motivated impeachment, a “soft coup”...

NZ- East Coast rocked by more than 700 tremors after 7.1 earthquake

More than 700 aftershocks have rocked the East Coast of the North Island since Friday's big quake and seismologists are warning tremors...

FBI releases 58 pages of Clinton email probe

The FBI has released documents relating to its investigation of the private email server used by...

The ‘Anti-Clinton Media’ Are Big Donors to Clinton Foundation–and to Clinton

“At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department...

The Globalization of Trump

Trump World Tower (Photo: Eric / Flickr) Here at Emergency Travel Services, we believe that it’s never too early to plan your vacation. Or your emigration. Based...

How Trump Can Personally Take Over the GOP

Trump has mobilized the millions of dispossessed voters we call the populists. This is his golden opportunity. They have no spokesman. They haven’t had one...

Fracking leaks a major factor in US methane 'hot spot' – NASA

Using airborne thermal infrared spectrometers, a NASA-led team has found 25 leaks due to fracking natural...

London ‘thought police’ special unit to track down online trolls

A generously funded “online hate crime hub” has been set up to tackle online vitriol by identifying suspects and encouraging citizens to report them...

Debunking the media’s smear campaign against Green presidential candidate Jill Stein

The surging fundraising and poll numbers for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein since the end...

More Neocon Excuses to Bomb Syria

Official Washington’s influential neocons continue to dream up new excuses for expanding U.S. military intervention in Syria, including why to...

American Psychiatric Association urges members to stop calling Trump mentally ill

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has urged its members to stop associating Republican presidential nominee Donald...

‘Suspicious package’ found on plane at Chicago O'Hare Airport

Published time: 8 Aug, 2016 01:30Edited time: 8 Aug, 2016 01:34 Authorities are responding to a report...

How US Spies Secured the Hiroshima Uranium

A dark secret behind the Hiroshima bomb is where the uranium came from, a spy-vs.-spy race to secure naturally enriched...

Failed Turkish Coup’s Big-Power Impact

Turkey’s failed “coup” has shaken up the region’s geopolitics, splintering the powerful Turkish military, forcing President Erdogan to focus on internal “enemies,”...

Why Public Needs Go Begging

For decades, Americans have been sold on rugged individualism and told to disdain collectivism and community, a philosophy that has...

Scot free? PM May heads to Scotland as Sturgeon threatens post-Brexit independence

Newly-appointed British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to meet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon...

San Francisco sergeant who shot homeless man transferred to reform bureau

The San Francisco police sergeant involved in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding homeless man was...

How This Became the Era of the Gunman

(Photo: Torrey Wiley / Flickr) Every era has its representative figure. The Neolithic era had the Farmer. The avatar of the Middle Ages was the...

There Are Just Six Plots

From Harry Potter and Romeo and Juliet to the stories of Oedipus and Icarus, almost every tale told conforms to one of just six...

Envelope of 'white powder' triggers security alert at UK Parliament

Parts of the Westminster parliamentary estate in London were on lockdown on Thursday afternoon following...

The military-industrial complex of Pakistan

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report that Pakistan’s...

Robotic rectum to further prostate cancer research

Scientists have created a robotic rectum and paired it with 3D imaging software to give medical students a life-like model which provides the experience...

The Busted Theory of ‘Broken Windows’ Still Has Media Defenders

For the better part of two years, New York City tabloids have been hyping up a return to the “bad old days” in the...

US AG Lynch steps back from Clinton email case – justice dept

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has stepped away from deciding whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton...

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection

Robert J. Burrowes Deeply affected by the death of my two uncles in World War II, on 1 July 1966, the 24th anniversary of the...

‘Leave’ donor Arron Banks attacks journalists on Twitter over Brexit racism links

Diamond-mining tycoon and major ‘Leave’ campaign donor Arron Banks has gone on a social media...

Edward Snowden’s legal team to seek presidential pardon from Obama

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s life in exile may not have to be a permanent solution. His lawyers are planning to raise the pressure on...

Democrats Wrap Up Occupation of House, Continue Embrace of Bush National Security Policies

House Democrats wave to supporters after ending their House sit-in at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on June 23, 2016. (Al...

Pig farmer or 007? Twitter gives Cameron career advice as legacy crumbles

Hot on the heels of David Cameron’s resignation as Britain’s prime minister social media users...

‘Struggle continues’: Sanders vows to stop Trump, defies dropout bets

Widely expected to bow out of the presidential race on Thursday, Bernie Sanders instead stood fast...

How Obama, Clinton, & the DNC forced fracking on the world

This week’s decision by a federal judge to strike down the Obama administration's efforts to regulate,...

Life-forming molecule discovered in deep space may hold key to life on Earth

Scientists are one step closer to proving we’re all made of stars with the discovery of a complex life-forming molecule in deep space. A...

Tesla rebuffs charges of Model S safety issues as regulator reviews complaint

A US regulator is examining reports of defective suspensions in Tesla Motors' Model S. The company...

Inside The Super Majority that Decide Election 2016 & War with Russia

How well the candidate from either party satisfies 7 questions from a particular group of people will determine who the President of the United...

While Canadian Companies Exploit African Resources …

... Canadian "charities" (NGOs) call on Canadians to "walk for hope" in Africa What is wrong here? While Canadian companies exploit African resources for their...

US adds only 38k jobs in May, weakest growth since 2010

US companies hired at the slowest pace in nearly six years, adding only 38,000 new jobs...

House Republican reads ‘death to gays’ Bible verse before vote on LGBT rights

A GOP congressman has called on the Bible for help with a verse condemning homosexuality –...

Our Poverty Myth

If you’re poor, many Americans think, it’s your own fault. It’s a sign of your own moral failing. I don’t personally believe that, but the...

Does Venezuela’s Crisis Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work?

“This can’t go on much longer,” I thought to myself as I waited in line in the tropical heat. Perhaps 30 people were still...

Blaming ‘Too Much Democracy’ for Trump

The latest lament of the neocon establishment is that America is suffering from too much democracy – leading to Donald Trump...

More Game-Playing on MH-17?

Exclusive: The West keeps piling the blame for the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Russian President Putin although...

Leave EU or face greater terror threat, Brexiteers warn

Unless Britain votes to leave the EU it will face a greater risk of terror...

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe

This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA)...

Peter Dutton says 'illiterate' refugees would be 'taking Australian jobs'

Immigration minister criticises pledges by Labor and the Greens to increase Australia’s refugee intake, claiming it would lead to unemployment. The immigration...

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe: An Open letter to the EFSA Chief Attorney...

This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA)...

The truth isn’t that out there: Aliens existed in the past

When discussing intelligent life forms not found on Earth, questions and theories tend to focus on...

Ex-MI5 chief becomes latest doom-monger to warn of Brexit risk

Project Fear has returned with a vengeance in the Brexit debate, with Britain’s former MI5...

A Need to Rethink Mideast Wars

Congress continues to shirk its duty to consider a new authorization of force for U.S. military conflicts in the Mideast that...

US carries out bioterror experiment using ‘non-toxic’ gas on NYC subway

The US government is examining how a poisonous chemical attack might impact the New York subway...

‘Death sentence’: Climate crisis driving global conflict, poverty & racism – Naomi Klein

Climate change is driving inequality, conflict, racism and intolerance while corroding core democratic principles many...

Hundreds of thousands with disabilities in Britain destitute – report

Hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities in Britain are forced to live in destitution,...

Over 5 million American children have a parent in jail – report

A new report examining the devastating toll of incarcerated parents on children, families and their community...

Journalism, Pro-GMO Triumphalism And Neoliberal Dogma In India

Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar is a senior Indian journalist. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington. The Cato Institute has a...

Hillary Clinton's wealthy donors revealed in Panama Papers

Names in the Panama Papers link Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fresh off a big win...

How Israel Killed the ‘Two-State Solution’

Except for Bernie Sanders, the remaining presidential candidates (Clinton, Trump, Cruz and Kasich) have pledged fealty to Israel’s right-wing government as...

CIA is investing in firms that specialize in sifting through social media posts

The Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm is investing in companies that develop artificial intelligence to...

Jail gays, introduce Shariah: New poll claims ‘chasm’ between UK Muslims & everyone else

A new ICM poll examining the attitudes of British Muslims found that a sizeable minority approves of polygamy and the application of Shariah law,...

Decrypt or else: Draft encryption bill says tech companies must comply with court orders

A leaked draft of a Senate bill addressing the fight between Apple and the FBI over...

UK selling arms to string of dodgy regimes, mostly Saudi Arabia – report

Of nearly a billion pounds in arms sales to ‘unfree’ regimes in 2015, the UK...

The Chilcot Inquiry-inquiry: Farcical probe launched into Iraq War report delay

Pushing the boundaries of farce, an inquiry into the Chilcot Inquiry will be launched to...

The Globalisation of Bad Food and Poor Health: Sustainable Development or Sustainable Profits?

The proportion of deaths due to cancer around the world increased from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2013. Globally, cancer is already...

‘Scandal of privatized aid’: Free-market consultants cream off £450mn in UK govt funds

Free-market consultants in Britain are taking hundreds of millions of pounds ring-fenced to alleviate poverty...

“Best for Choctaw child’: California family appeals removal of 6-year-old foster child

A California family appealed to the state’s highest court after a decision to return their 6-year...

Maryland cops routinely use Tasers in ‘non-threatening’ situations

Police officers in Maryland regularly used Tasers in “non-threatening situations” and disregarded safety guidelines, according to...

There is a war between Big Pharma and the American people … and the...

Big Pharma has just scored a big victory with the appointment of Robert Califf as new head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)....

President Trump would be a 'global risk' on par with jihadist terrorism, analysis finds

Donald Trump in the White House has been described as being on a par with the...

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Nears Record Low

(Photo: Iceland Icebergs via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) In February, record high temperatures in the Arctic brought with them other records --...

Flint water crisis loses 2 spokesmen in first round of March Madness tourney

When the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Michigan State Spartans got knocked out of the NCAA...

Feeding the Bank Balance or Feeding the World: GMOs, Development and the Politics of...

Modern state-corporate capitalism is stripping the environment bare through unsustainable levels of consumption. It is legitimised by a deceitful ideology that attempts to justify and...

Deporting migrants who earn less than £35k is ‘crude’ & ‘ludicrous’ – MPs

Plans to deport skilled migrant workers from Britain who earn less than £35,000 per year...

Responding to Clinton Barb, Sanders Blasts US Imperialism in Latin America

Hillary Clinton's interventionist record in Latin America is being called into question after Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate saw her and rival Bernie Sanders...

Austerity is an ideological smokescreen for class warfare – UK economists

(RT) - Chancellor George Osborne’s post-2015 spending cuts are an ethically bankrupt assault on the...

Watchdog audit finds billions in wasted dollars on Obamacare fiasco

There is now yet another reason to be disgusted by the ongoing fiasco known as Obamacare: A new report from the Government Accountability Office...

Scotland would have fallen into economic ‘abyss’ had it voted for independence – report

(RT) - Scotland would be billions of pounds worse off had the Scottish people voted...

Donald Trump Is Right – Here Are 100 Reasons Why We Need To Audit...

Michael Snyder (RINF) - When one of our major politicians gets something exactly right, we should applaud them for it.  In this case, Donald Trump’s...

Twisted Science, Altered Truth: Inside the Church of Pro-GMO Activism

Last year on Twitter, Monsanto Vice President Robert Fraley provided a link to an article that implied those who are suspicious of genetically modified...

Strangling the Israel Boycott

Brushing aside the free-speech rights of Americans, Sen. Mark Kirk and other members of the U.S. Congress are pushing Zionist-demanded legislation to stifle a...

Recalling the Slaughter of Innocents

From the Archive: The quarter-century anniversary of an early U.S. war crime in Iraq passed largely unnoticed this week, the bombing of a civilian air-raid...

Report points to growing epidemic of drug abuse in Pennsylvania

Douglas Lyons A recent report adds more evidence of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. Overdoses of pain medication have increased 225 percent from 2000 to...

Organic Agriculture, Capitalism and the Parallel World of the Pro-GMO Evangelist

Consider that India had for generations sustained one of the highest densities of population on earth, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, exotic dwarf strains...

“Lies, Lies and More Lies” – GMOs, Poisoned Agriculture and Toxic Rants

Have you ever read all of those pro-GMO scientists-cum-lobbyists professing their love of science? They are always talking about how science must prevail over...

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

Robert J. Burrowes A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of...

If Ramadi Is What ‘Victory’ Against ISIS Looks Like, We’re in Trouble

(U.S. Army / Flickr) One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways...

Digging Up a Mountain of Debt

For the first time in more than 30 years, the federal government has decided to hold off on authorizing new leases for coal mining on federal...

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

Robert J. Burrowes It has been argued that nonviolent struggles to liberate occupied countries — such as West Papua, Tibet, Palestine, Kanaky and Western Sahara...

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage

Unraveling the Gordian knot of media issues in the Oregon standoff between federal authorities and a Patriot/Militia alliance of building occupiers is a daunting...

From Copenhagen to India, Restoring the Link Between Farmer and Consumer and Challenging the...

  “Food systems have been reduced to a model of industrialised agriculture controlled by a few transnational food corporations together with a small group of...

‘Horse penis’ Facebook joke may land Briton in Kyrgyz prison for 5 years

A British citizen may face up to five years in a Kyrgyz prison after his inappropriate comparison of a national delicacy to horse genitalia...

A Look-Back at 2015 Stories

At Consortiumnews, we mix today’s journalism with historical analyses on a wide range of topics, showing how current events fit into a larger context, an approach often...

WaPo Tallies Police Killings—but Holds Back Some of the Numbers That Count

The lead image of the Washington Post‘s report on 965 people killed by police in 2015 isn’t of any of the victims, but of...

The Grimmer Story Behind ‘Trumbo’

Exclusive: After World War II, the Red Scare built the careers of redbaiters like Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon while undermining the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s...

Batting for GM in India: Smears, Misinformation and Depoliticising the Political

Sir Richard John Roberts is a biochemist and molecular biologist and currently works at New England Biolabs in the US. He is also a...

Extinction is Forever

Robert J. Burrowes What do the Pyrenean ibex, St. Helena olive, Baiji dolphin, Liverpool pigeon, Eastern cougar, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, Chinese...

International Community Attempts to Negotiate with Nature in Paris

Nat Parry With more than 40,000 negotiators from 196 governments descending on Paris this week to negotiate a comprehensive accord to tackle climate change, it...

The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why?

Robert J. Burrowes As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015,...

The New Yorker Doesn’t Factcheck What ‘Everyone Knows’ Is True

Detail from a New Yorker photo illustration accompanying Dexter Filkins’ article “Death of a Prosecutor” (7/20/15). (illustration: Alex Williamson) Dexter Filkins has been one of...

Poisoned Food, Poisoned Agriculture: Getting off the Chemical Treadmill

A peer-reviewed study published last year in the British Journal of Nutrition, a leading international journal of nutritional science, showed that organic crops and...

They Profit, We Die: Toxic Agriculture and the Poisoning of Soils, Human Health and...

Our food system is in big trouble. It’s in big trouble because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with...

Leaked: ‘New Snowden’ releases Obama’s drone program papers

A cache of classified documents has revealed the inner workings of US drone operations in Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, including the mechanism of targeting...

MH-17: The Dog Still Not Barking

Exclusive: The dog not barking in the Dutch report on the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is the silence regarding U.S. intelligence information...

Disaster Capitalism: Outsourcing Violence and Exploitation

Robert J. Burrowes In his just-released book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe, Antony Loewenstein offers us a superb description of the diminishing...

How the World Views US ‘Clown Show’

Some Americans may be amused by the “clown show” that is modern U.S. politics, particularly the Republican presidential race. But the crude insults and gross...

America’s News Is Heavily Censored

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On 7 September 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush blatantly lied to concoct a “new report” by the IAEA...

Mantra for 9/11: 14 Years Later, Improbable World

Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that? Fourteen...

35% of backlogged VA healthcare applicants died waiting for benefit approval

The Department of Veterans Affairs still has a massive backlog of nearly 900,000 healthcare applications ‒ including more than 300,000 from veterans who died...

31,000 public schoolchildren in Kentucky are homeless

By Naomi Spencer Kentucky leads the US in the rate of child homelessness, according to 2013-14 data from the federal Department of Education. Over 31,000 children,...

The Psychology of Projection in Conflict

  Understanding human conflict requires us to understand human psychology. And it is only when we understand the psychology that drives conflict that we can...