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FDL Movie Night: A Survey of Open Space

It takes a while to settle into watching A Survey of Open Space, the documentary by Austin visual artist Peat Duggins. Anyone looking for the filmmaker to impose dramatic narrative devices on this film about a cross-country bike trek...Show More Summary

Internal Poll Shows Medical Marijuana With 69 Percent Support in Florida

The United for Care campaign says Florida's still on track to become the first Southern State to get a real medical marijuana program. On Monday they released a new internal poll of likely voters which found Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, with 69 percent support. Show More Summary

HRC’s “Export of Hate” Report Is Stunning, Truthful Expose of International Homophobia

I have never engaged in the negative banter about the Human Rights Campaign whether it was deserved or not because I’ve always felt such things are self-defeating. But that’s not to say that when the organization creates a direct hit...Show More Summary

Republican Base Doesn’t Care as Much About Who Controls Congress This Election

In the last midterms the Republicans had a real goal to rally behind, which was putting the breaks on President Obama, but this time they don’t. While Republicans winning a narrow majority in the Senate would further restrict Obama’s abilities, the net impact would be fairly minor. Show More Summary

Former U.S. Attorney Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Oregon

The campaign to legalization marijuana in Oregon continues to steadily pick up endorsements. On Monday a former United States Attorney Kris Olson came out in support of Initiative 91, which would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults. Olson served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon from 1994 to 2001.

Justice Department Bans Reporters, Non-Residents from Ferguson Town Hall Meetings

A unit of the United States Justice Department has decided to protect the mayor of Ferguson and city council members from the potential effects of transparency by banning reporters and non-residents from a series of town hall meetin...

Another Terrible Health Care Problem Which Could Be Easily Solved – But Won’t Be

Here is a man who aggressively tried to shop around but the hospital, which has way more power and knowledge, was able to bring in a surprise out-of-network doctor while they guy was unconscious. Smart shopping around for health care would be hard enough given its complexity even if every provider was an angel. It is impossible when the system is actively trying to screw people.

E.O. 12333: End-Running the Fourth Amendment

The most egregious example of word-twisting and sleazy legal manipulations to morph illegal government spying under the Fourth Amendment into topsy-turvy quasi-legal spying is the use of Executive Order 12333, E.O. 12333, what the spooks...Show More Summary

Flood Wall Street Actions Come After Massive Climate March

While Sunday saw a massive march against climate change with an estimated 300,000 people attending, today activists are participating in Flood Wall Street under the slogan "Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis." The direct action campaign will target the New York Stock Exchange with a flood of activists engaging in a sit in to shut down the area.

Goldman Sachs Admits Paying Bribes To Gaddafi Regime

In court documents Too Big To Fail bank Goldman Sachs has admitted to paying bribes to the government of Muammar Gaddafi in order to gain access to Libya's sovereign wealth fund. The information came to light from a lawsuit filed in London against Goldman Sachs by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA).

The Roundup

- President Barack Obama wants to push for a ban on travel for any foreign fighter engaging in war - If nations do not coordinate with one another to contain the Ebola virus, then the "window of opportunity" will close forever - Thomas...Show More Summary


You would think after all these years of being demonstrably dishonest and even the “and” and the “the” the CIA remains the worst liars in Washington, which is a title like being the worst racist at a Klan rally. Get a load of this one: Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets [...]

Late, Late Night FDL: Who’s Gonna Stand Up and Save The Earth?

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Who's Gonna Stand Up and Save the Earth? What a phenomenal turn-out in NYC and around the World...! From MoJo's Climate Desk Inside the Biggest Climate March in History

Late Night: Sam Wang, the KRS-One of Election Prediction

Professor Wang is the KRS-One of election prediction. In a just world, he would have already been allowed to end the careers of the various hacks out there. But since the hacks are getting good money for telling stories their patrons like to hear, the hacks will still be hacking long after the 2014 election is in the can.

Are Privacy Concerns Generational?

On Monday I came across a post at Techdirt about the reaction to Apple putting a U2 album in iCloud users’ storage space. The post described how after a backlash, Apple created a bit of code that would allow iPhone users to delete the...Show More Summary

O: Five things you need to know about ISIL — and many questions unanswered too…

Is this the only approach? We’ve heard this before, and to date it has not worked (See failed states). What are the alternatives? What was considered, and by inference what was not considered?

Borrow From the Rich for Wars That Benefit the Rich

Are you wetting the bed about ISIS? Just let Mama Government bomb them for you. And have some nice consumables while you watch on your TV.

Podcast: As Congress Buys Into More War, CODEPINK Becomes the Conscience of America

The past week was filled with officials coming before members of Congress to sell President Barack Obama’s strategy for escalating war in Iraq and Syria. It worked. Congress approved the arming and training of rebel forces in Syria to fight ISIS. Show More Summary

Late Late Night FDL: Ben and Me

Ben and Me. This Oscar nominated Walt Disney Productions cartoon was released on November 10, 1953.

Late Night: Thrawn Janet

Dakine featured Robert Louis Stevenson today and in comments Jon73 told us he thought Stevenson’s “Thrawn Janet” was one of the best horror stories ever written. Unfamiliar with it (and with Hallowe’en drifting closer), I went in search of “Thrawn Janet.” I was thinking Janet gets thrawn off a cliff or something, but “thrawn” is (chiefly) Scottish for twisted or crooked.

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