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A Veteran ICE Agent Speaks Out: ‘We Seem to Be Targeting the Most Vulnerable People’

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An ICE officer making an arrest in 2014. (Wikimedia Commons) An interview with a veteran U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent reveals the changing nature of immigration enforcement in America under President Trump. “You...Show More Summary

Trump’s National Anti-Labor Relations Board

(Wikimedia Commons) I n his first seven months in office, President Trump has made quick work undoing a host of Obama-era labor regulations. Now that he finally got around to making two nominations to the National Labor Relations Board,...Show More Summary

Working People Need to Know If We Can Trust Donald Trump’s NLRB Nominees to Protect Our Freedoms

Working People Need to Know If We Can Trust Donald Trump’s NLRB Nominees to Protect Our Freedoms Wikimedia Commons President Donald Trump chose two nominees for the National Labor Relations Board whose commitment to the freedom of working people to come together and negotiate is seriously in doubt. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Homer’s Girl in a Hammock

Girl in a Hammock, Winslow Homer Link is to a page from which you can access a large image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the collection of the Colby Museum of Art, which also has a zoomable version. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the original. The Wikimedia version may be a bit […]

State Department Publishes Formerly Expunged Documents on 1953 Iran Coup

3 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

A man erases “Yankee Go Home” graffiti from a wall in Tehran, the capital of Iran, in 1953. (Wikimedia Commons) On June 15, the U.S. State Department quietly published new information on the 1953 Iran coup and the Central Intelligence Agency’s tactics in toppling Iran’s government. Show More Summary

New Cyberattack Wallops Europe; Spreads More Slowly in U.S.

4 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

The radiation-monitoring system at Ukraine’s Chernobyl power plant (pictured), closed since the April 1986 disaster that became synonymous with its name, was hit by Tuesday’s cyberattack. (Pawe? ‘pbm’ Szubert / Wikimedia Commons)(CC-BY-SA) PARIS...Show More Summary

One Thing Trump and Obama Agree On

4 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama stand together during President Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. last January. (Wikimedia Commons) Even President Trump agrees with his predecessor, Barack Obama, thatShow More Summary

IKEA and Apple Just Invented a Pokemon Go for Furniture Shopping

A past IKEA AR catalog. (Image credit: OyundariZorigtbaatar via Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 3.0) If a visit to the IKEA showrooms is the opposite of your idea of fun, how about a Pokemon Go-style experience for furniture buyingShow More Summary

Rituals I Miss

By John Snyder [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons I haven't smoked a cigarette in over 20 years. Every once in awhile, I suddenly experience a craving to do so. This always surprises me because there is very little I miss about smoking.I don't miss the taste or how it made my clothes smell. Show More Summary

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Worked With Israeli Spyware Firm

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Michael Flynn in 2012. (Wikimedia Commons) During the U.S. campaign for the presidency, Michael Flynn, eventually the national security adviser to President Trump, was a consultant to an Israeli spyware firm that is now entangled in a hacking scandal in Mexico. Show More Summary

San Francisco State students sue university over alleged atmosphere of anti-Semitism

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Lawsuit names university president and other officials as defendants, seeks monetary damages and court order to end behavior By JTA The Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University. (Wikimedia Commons) A group of former and current Jewish San Francisco State University students and...

Durango Colorado

By Raburrell - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41797674 This year’s family vacation was spent in Durango, CO. We drove from Phoenix to Durango in over 7 hours. Since it was summer, we lost an hour. Show More Summary

Multiple German Courts Rule Photos Of Public Domain Works Are Not In The Public Domain

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Back in November 2015, we wrote about a bad situation in Germany, where a museum in Mannheim was suing the Wikimedia Foundation over photos of public domain works of art, which were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Sadly, since then, things have not gone well for the public domain. Show More Summary

Why Were There No Guns at the Republican Baseball Practice?

By MarkTraceur (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The recent shooting of Republican members of Congress and their staffers at a public park in Alexandria, VA, raises many troubling questions. Was the shooter motivated by...Show More Summary

House GOP Votes to Deregulate Wall Street and Gut Consumer Protections

(Wikimedia Commons) C onservatives want you to believe that regulations on powerful banks are destroying the economy. It’s not the banks themselves— you know, the ones that destroyed the economy in the 2000s by fueling a housing bubble,...Show More Summary

Those magnificent places down the Danube

2 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Cover photo: Black-headed Bunting by Mark S. Jobling / Wikimedia Commons This year, the first heat of the season came...

Huge Coalition Protests EU Mandatory Piracy Filter Proposals

The EFF, Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Mozilla and sixty other groups are protesting proposals by the EU to force service providers to police copyrighted content. Article 13 would require sites to introduce piracy filters and contentShow More Summary

Alliance of Activists Converging in Georgia to Launch Voting Rights Project

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

Tom Arthur / Wikimedia Though certain methods of interfering with Americans’ ability to participate in the electoral process are commonly referred to as “voter suppression,” investigative reporter Greg Palast finds that term inaccurate,...Show More Summary

‘Where's Papa Going with that Axe?’ Reading Charlotte’s Web in the Age of Trump

Wikimedia Commons Cover of the first edition of Charlotte's Web.  C harlotte’s Web and I came into the world in the same year: 1952. That was the year that a hotel in Las Vegas drained its “whites-only” pool after Sammy Davis Jr. swam in it. Show More Summary

Wikimedia Scores ‘Important Victory’ in Fight Against NSA Surveillance

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams On Tuesday, a federal appeals court found that Wikimedia had standing to argue that the NSA was violating its First and Fourth Amendment rights by spying on their users’ communications.

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