With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate
The internet is still rejoicing after last week’s win over ACTA. The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted down the treaty which effectively kills it for the time being. It will be back later, but the Internet can celebrate another win for now. While our friends in Europe our celebrating, the U.S. must still be on the offensive in regards to the ever elusive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.Read more »
Oil price rises on stimulus hopes
BANGKOK (AP) — Oil rose to near $89 a barrel Tuesday in Asia amid hopes China and the U.S. will take new steps to bolster their economies.
Benchmark crude was up 18 cents at $88.61 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.33 to end at $88.43 in New York on Monday. Brent crude was up 11 cents at $103.48 on the ICE futures exchange in London.Read more »
Governmental Secrecy: Shield for Tyranny, Incompetence, and Corruption
An essential pillar of democracy is openness. There is no way that people can meaningfully participate in government, even if only by voting for representatives, if they do not have access to accurate information related to government operations. This was well understood by the founders of the US and embedded in the Bill of Rights. Conversely, a salient characteristic of undemocratic systems of all types, such as Czarist Russia, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany is a high degree of governmental secrecy.Read more »
List of countries by military expendituresRead more »
'American Drug War: The Last White Hope'
A Film by Kevin Booth
Uploaded by TheStraight911Truth
Thirty-five years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over 1 million nonviolent drug offenders living behind bars.
The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history. The question has become, how much more can the country endure. Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs," Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure.Read more »
The Funniest Comic Bits That Skewer the Drug War by Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart et al
While the drug war is not a laughing matter, comedians are often able to capture the absurdity and insanity better than policy papers and traditional journalism.Read more »
TSA Agents at Louisville Airport Steal Deaf Man's Candy, Call Him "Fucking Deafie"
A group of students leaving the annual conference of the National Association of the Deaf in Louisville had a rather awful experience courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration in that city's airport. One of the travelers wrote about it on his blog:Read more »
Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the "Homeland"
A joint project between Truthout.org and ACLU
Ten years after the devastating attacks on New York and Washington, the fundamental promises of American democracy are hanging by a thin thread. Promoted by a culture of war and fear, the US government has steadily chipped away at those legal protections that enabled 'we the people' to rule ourselves. "Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the Homeland" charts the course of this shift, exposing the rapid advent of a technologically advanced surveillance state in the shadows of the Twin Towers.Read more »
Seven Myths about the Police
The police exercise legitimate authority. The average police officer is not a legal expert; he probably knows his department protocol, but very little about the actual laws. This means his enforcement involves a great deal of bluffing, improvisation, and dishonesty. Police lie on a regular basis: “I just got a report of someone of your description committing a crime around here. Want to show me some ID?”Read more »
Christopher Michael Perry, Michael Rowe, Prince George's County officers indicted
Two Prince George’s County Police officers were indicted Thursday on kidnapping, false imprisonment assault and other charges in connection with a May incident involving teens.Read more »
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