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To preserve (themselves) and protect (themselves)

What apparently passes for good police work in Ohio (and undoubtedly elsewhere): Police aggressively questioned the tearful girlfriend of a young black man they had just shot dead as he held a BB gun in an Ohio supermarket – accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail, and suggesting that she was high on drugs. [...]

Late Night FDL: Wish You Were Here

David Gilmour & Bombay Bicycle Club - Wish You Were Here In a Poignant Send-Off For Earls Court Music Venue, Bombay Bicycle Club was joined by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour...

Police who act like members of an occupying army deserve no respect

Yesterday, yet another cop made a fool out of himself by complaining about a professional football player who dared to protest two indefensible police killings of unarmed black males. This time it was Jeff Folmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman Union. Show More Summary

Making All the People Unhappy All the Time

Congress’s overall approval rating continues to remain extremely bad, but in their terribleness they have managed to achieve something that would be impressive if it wasn’t so depressing. Gallup found that disapproval with Congress is basically equal among all political groups. Show More Summary

Reporter James Risen Says US Government Has Made ‘No Offers’ Related to Testimony in Leak Case

Despite comments from anonymous officials, the United States government has issued no formal offer to New York Times reporter James Risen to protect him from having to reveal any information about his confidential sources if he were to be subpoenaed and forced to testify in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, according to [...]

The Roundup

Hey there folks! Enjoy your day today. International Politics Overall - If we take a step back and analyze the problems in the U.S. and in Mexico, there are similarities in terms of the state oppressing its citizens. These similarities are something citizens in both countries are aware of and are thankfully rebelling against. - Professor Michael [...]

Over Easy: Bringing You Science on a Monday

(Picture courtesy of Amanda Graham at Regrettably, BoxTurtle has had to be away on family matters, so to host readers hoping for a dose of science on their Monday morning, I’ve put together this brief post and hope this will tide you over.   We will all be glad for BT to return and [...]

At least Operation Paperclip

Had arguably redeeming qualities…it wasn’t an out-and-out sequel. The CIA officer tasked with interrogating the most important prisoners in America’s secret detention programme allegedly abused captives during the agency’s covert operations in Latin America in the 1980s, it has emerged. Show More Summary

Late Night FDL: Everybody Hurts

R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts In some recent, good news/bad news from Michael Stipe...

Podcast: The Torture Report, Its Ramifications & the Torture That Continues Under Obama

The Senate intelligence committee finally released the summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program this past week. It detailed a criminal conspiracy involving the torture the CIA used against detainees in the global “war on terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators had gone to cover up [...]

Omnibus Funding Bill is a Mixed Bag for Marijuana Reform

Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions effecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad.

Greenpeace Took Things Too Far With the Nazca Lines Stunt

Prior to dawn on December 8, on the occasion of the climate conference in Lima, Greenpeace activists from several countries placed the words, "Time for Change! The Future is Renewable. Greenpeace" at the historic landmark of Nazca in Peru. The message, since it was visible from the sky, was intended to gain the attention of conference attendees.

Camera Work: Photography An Art Form?

The print is to the photographer what marble is to the sculptor. It is a medium where the highest form of expression is to be achieved, using the negative as the original source

Sunday Food: Chips, Potato and Tortilla

In the past week, I used the term 'chips' casually, and stumbled on a mistaken notion that is probably pretty common. When I talk about having chips, that sounds like I am having the most commonly known form which is the everyday potato chip. Show More Summary

Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night Tonight is the 23rd annual Unsilent Night, with Cities participating across the US, Canada, and, even in Europe...!

We’re Not Very Good at Bombing Countries into Peace and Prosperity

After over a decade of military involvement in Afghanistan and billion spend on trying to build it up, the nation is arguably the worst place on Earth to live and things still are deteriorating.

Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

Today when we think of living structures, we tend to think of houses that people live in. To farmers, some of the other buildings, namely the barn, were more important because they housed the animals.

A Parable Comes to Life in Washington DC, Elizabeth Warren Edition

There are a lot of members of Congress who say they love a certain old storyteller, but after watching them at work these last few days, they sure don't act like they love him -- or hist stories.

Former CIA Director’s Barbaric Defense of Using Rectal Rehydration Against Detainees

A released summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, contained the shocking revelation that at least five detainees had been subjected to “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding. Show More Summary

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Mayan Tradition In Today’s World

Today the Mayan cultural centers are visited not by those observing ritual as they were originally intended, but students of the Mayan civilization and many general travelers and tourists. Their traditions, however, continue in many ways. In the Museum of the Americas, above, artworks depict the traditionsdescendants still teach and represent in their culture.

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