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By Patrick Kennedy’s Logic Beer Today is “Virtually a Different Drug” Compared to 40 Years Ago

Among the many distortions put forward by the prohibitionists none bothers me more than this attempt to scare older voters with the claim that the marijuana of their youth has magically changed into something completely different the past few decades. Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, an anti-legalization spokesman, was again allowed to make this claim in [...]

No Labels Document Shows Politics As Usual Strategy

“No Labels”, a group of political consultants claiming to be dedicated to rising above Washington DC partisanship and cynicism, has apparently become partisan and cynical. In a memo viewed by Yahoo News, No Labels is discovered to be the phony mouthpiece for moneyed interests many assumed it was. Rather than “solving problems” as is the [...]

Poverty is Profitable: 1 out of 3 U.S. Consumers in Debt Collection Status

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group’s Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans– 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau– have a debt in collection. Nevada has the worst record, with 47 percent of consumers with a credit file showing a debt in collections. In [...]

Democrats Are Practically Begging for Obama to be Impeached

In the bizarre upside down world which is Washington D.C. you have Democrats effectively trying to get their own President. It is not that Democrats actually wantto see Obama forced from office, they just think impeachment proceedings would be really good for them politically. So now Democrats use every possibly excuse to bring up the [...]

Privatization Of World Water Supply Kicks Into Gear

How much would you pay to stay alive? As climate change makes the planet less hospitable for human life in numerous well established locations, a major push is taking place by transnational corporations to secure claims on the most valuable commodity on earth – water. While privatizing and commidifying water supplies has been a neoliberal [...]

Congress Members and Staffers Blocked from Accessing Website for ‘Hackers on Planet Earth’ (#HopeX) Conference

Congress members and their staffers are blocked from accessing the website for the annual Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, according to a screen shot Firedoglake obtained. A staffer in Congress tried to access the website on July 28, more than a week after the tenth annual conference was held, and got a screen indicating [...]

Mass Surveillance, Leak Investigations & the Chilling Effect Against Journalism

A number of American journalists, who work for small and large media organizations, contend that the spike in leak investigations is tied to government mass surveillance. They report experiences with sources, who are no longer willing to speak to them. They have found it increasingly difficult to build new relationships with sources. A chilling effect [...]

Questions Surround Edited NBC Report On Al-Shifa Hospital Bombing

Our own cameras and pictures of the attack on the complex @GileadIni @JoshBlockDC @nbc @AviMayer @IDFSpokesperson — Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) July 28, 2014 Something strange happened yesterday. NBC News reported that Israel bombed Al Shifa hospital located in the Gaza Strip only to later pull back the report based on statements from the Israeli military. [...]

The Roundup

- A Ukrainian official stated MH17 crashed as a result of "massive explosive decompression," caused by rocket fire - Juan Cole: "Israel’s Gaza Campaign Endangers US Security: Why Obama & Kerry are Furious"; Meanwhile, U.S. officialsShow More Summary

Agent of Change

I did not realize the reinstitution of slavery was considered a positive social development.

Late, Late Night FDL: Rough God Goes Riding

Van Morrison - Rough God Goes Riding The Belfast Cowboy let his hair down again...

Late Night: The Unexpected

And now for something completely different…

Monday Science and Fukushima Update

Fukushima Update: Another scientist moves off the reservation: We must do radiation testing of people outside Fukushima prefecture. Government official: “I don’t want to discuss the issue.” They then proceed to “analyze” the data based on their intentionally flawed methodology, which has the effect of wildly underestimating the actual impact. Show More Summary

FDL Movie Night: “Matthew O’Hanlon: A Creative Journey” and Jose Ho-Guanipa

Tonight's guest Jose Ho-Guanipa is an upcoming filmmaker and video director whose most recent 8-minute film, Matthew O'Hanlon: A Creative Journey, follows artist/writer Matthew O'Hanlon through his creative process and through the Los Angeles streets. O'Hanlon's art is dark, surreal and Ho-Guanipa captures the artist's dystopian vision through his documentary.

The Poor Door: Building Has Separate Entrances for Rich and Poor

Not that America has become a divided, classist society or anything. Oh wait…

Congressman Grayson Requests Answers on NSA’s Weakening of Encryption Standards

Democratic congressman Alan Grayson, who serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the US House of Representatives, has written a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It requests answers related to how the NSA has weakened encryption standards.

BuzzFeed Editor Fired After 41 Instances Of Plagiarism Found

The results of BuzzFeed’s internal review are back and they aren’t pretty. In a post entitled “An Apology to Our Readers”, BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith disclosed that after reviewing 500 posts from one of BuzzFeed’s leading reporters, Benny Johnson, Smith and others discovered “41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other [...]

Would Middle Aged White People Think Marijuana Reform Was “Rushed” If Their Kids Were Being Arrested?

This Sunday’s Meet the Press panel on marijuana reform was annoying for the sheer number of bad puns and unacceptable level of laughter. But even worse was the bizarre claim made that somehow marijuana reform is being “rushed.” Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour, said “I think it’s important to [...]

FISA Court Judges Signing Off On NSA Surveillance Programs Invest In Verizon Stock

The secretive court that rules on the legality of NSA domestic surveillance programs has members holding stakes in the telecommunications companies affected by the court’s decisions. This conflict of interest poses a serious risk to the actual and perceived impartiality of the shadowy court. According to Vice, FISA Court Judges James Zagel, Susan Wright, and [...]

NBC Changes Story on Israeli Bombing of Hospital

UPDATE: IDF says air strike that hit near Gaza hospital not Israeli; NBC News journalist witnessing the bombing said it was Israeli drone. — NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) July 28, 2014 This morning Israeli forces bombed Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. As reports began to circulate via twitter, several tweets referenced the above tweet from NBC News. [...]

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