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In Defense of Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson has made a media splash by refusing to take part in the ice bucket challenge in support of the ALS Association because of its history of funding animal experiments that she describes as being cruel and fruitless. Her stance has sparked widespread discussion. Show More Summary

Japan Procuring 6 F-35s, E-2C "AWACS" Replacement

The Ministry of Defense plans to seek funding for the purchase of six F-35 stealth fighter jets in next fiscal year's budget to strengthen defense of remote southwestern islands against China, which has grown increasingly assertive at sea and in the air.The ministry intends to ask that 124.9 billion yen ($1.2 billion) be set aside. Show More Summary

Who's Behind the GoFundMe Crowd-Funding Pages for Darren Wilson?

In the days since Darren Wilson was named as the officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed Mike Brown, someone established a GoFundMe for raising funds for Wilson's likely defense fund. Other folks have already shown their true intentions in the hate filled comments supporting Wilson. People donated $25, $50,...

Ndamukong Suh seems to be in midseason form

It looks like Ndamukong Suh will be making a preseason donation to The Human Fund. The Lions defensive tackle was already flagged for a late hit on Chad Henne, which was fairly egregious. SB Nation has a good look at it, as Suh takes a good two steps after Henne has thrown the ball before…

Strategas: In Defense Of Active Management, Look To More Turbulent Times

There’s no shortage of stories about how active managers often fail to beat—or even meet—their benchmarks and the growing popularity of index funds demonstrate that investors are paying attention to the numbers. However, Strategas Research Partners’Jason DeSena Trennert would like you to know that active management has its benefits. In a note out today, he [...]

Methane Detectors Challenge Finalists Chosen

Five proposals have been chosen as finalists by the Environmental Defense Fund in the Methane Detectors Challenge, an initiative to identify next-generation technologies that will help better monitor and ultimately help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. Show More Summary

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Washington (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat.

ISIS 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

5 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The secretary of defense says the extremists are well funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.

Hedge Funds Turn Defensive As Stock Prices, Geopolitical Tensions Rise: WSJ

Hedge funds may be scouring Europe for opportunities, but they aren’t immune to mistakes. Perhaps that sense of mortality, which has been repeatedly hammered home in recent years, may explain managers’ defensive stance in an environment of climbing stock prices and geopolitical unrest. As The Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Fletcher reports, “Nervous funds have reduced [...]

Lastline Secures $10 Million Funding Round

Sponsored Post: Lastline, an advanced malware defense platform provider, has raised $10 million from new investors Dell Ventures and Presidio Ventures, as well as existing investors Redpoint Ventures and With the new round...

The Latest Humble Book Bundle Includes Bujold, Gaiman And Harrison

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It's not every day that you get to buy ten books for just $10 and support the incredibly worthy cause of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at the same time. But that's what the latest Humble Book Bundle will let you do. Including Neil Gaiman's American Gods, and tons more. Read more...

Write-Offs: 08.20.14

$$$ Countrywide’s Mozilo Said to Face U.S. Suit Over Loans [Bloomberg] $$$ Nervous Hedge Funds Turn Defensive on Concerns Over Asset Prices [WSJ] $$$ BofA MBS Accord With U.S. Said Coming as Soon as Today [Bloomberg] $$$ Could McDonald’s...Show More Summary

Defense Contractors' Funds Fuel Vote To Keep Dept. Of Defense's Police Militarization Program Funded

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Color me unamazed. Politicians who are in favor of the government's 1033 program -- which distributes excess military gear and weapons to police departments engaged in our country's two favorite "wars" (v. Terror, v. Drugs) -- received a lot more money from defense contractors than those who oppose it. Show More Summary

Pointless Ohio State study predicts the obvious with models – fish will die as streams dry out

Even more troubling, why does a waste of time study like this get funded by the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program? I don’t want defense money going to modeling studies on fish and streams that tell … Continue reading ?

Do something positive.

Full Disclosure: I’m loving on a Brains on Fire client (Environmental Defense Fund) on the blog today. It’s my nature to surround myself with positive people. I avoid negative people like the plague and actually can spot them coming a mile away. Show More Summary

Christy Mack's alleged abuser had a GiveForward fund for his legal defense

The page has since been deleted and replaced with a campaign to crowdsource his "mental help."

Why is Environmental Defense Fund spending $1 million to elect Republicans?

The group's campaign arm, EDF Action, is working to elect mildly pro-climate GOP candidates, even though Democrats are greener.

Scary Map Thing: Mapping the LA 'Hoods Most at Risk From Global Warming

The UCLA Luskin Center and Environmental Defense Fund have just released a new report looking at Los Angeles's opportunities for using more solar power (which are still 98 percent untapped, they say) and it includes these fascinating maps of...

Grade-school gamers test the foundation of DARPA's next training software

Inside the University of Washington's Center for Game Science (CGS), there's a department that is making video games for children, and it's funded mostly by DARPA. If you'll recall, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is the part of the US...

Ferguson's Rep. Lacy Clay Voted Against Amendment to Limit Military Surplus Transfers to Local Cops, Just Two Months Ago

last weekNews : Reason

In June, the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act.  Among the amendments was one by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) which would’ve prohibited funds from being used to ransfer certain kinds of military surplus to local police departments. Show More Summary

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