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Advocating for Children is Everyone's Responsibility

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
The University of Central Florida Forum

When you encounter a child in crisis (and actually this advice works for people of any age in crisis) let them feel and express their emotions.

Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

There are many ways to view a circle: one as a closed system. Once a cog is admitted to the circle, it is designed to remain in place and help sustain the whole. The new cog in Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle, is a young woman named Mae.

Your Sherpa to All Things Disruption - James McQuivey

Ondi Timoner | Posted 03.14.2015 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

If you're looking to follow someone who has their fingerprint on the leading edge of disruption, look no further than James McQuivey. He is VP & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research.

TNA Pro Wrestler Robbie E: Audiences Got to See a Different Side of Me on TV's 'Amazing Race'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 03.07.2015 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Though he and his partner fell short of the $1 million grand prize, Total Nonstop Action superstar Robbie E certainly won over audiences this year. The Jersey-born grappler-turned-reality-TV-star anticipates an influx of new viewers when he returns to action on TNA's IMPACT Wrestling.

Hazard for Whom?

Claire Wapole | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Claire Wapole

My second grader brought a test home from school, some sort of comprehension test, reading and vocabulary. I noticed she got a couple of questions wrong, so I wanted to look them over to see what exactly she was not comprehending, not understanding. What follows is the actual conversation I had with my 8-year-old regarding a question she got "wrong."

What Big Boys Can Do

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right.

Detekt: A New Software Tool in the "Cat and Mouse" Game Against Big Brother

Josefina Salomon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Josefina Salomon

The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.

Zach Rance: The Reality Star Who Stands Out From the Rest

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

We have reached a pop culture-dominating existential crisis; reality stars are getting too big for their britches or for what any "15 minutes of fame" should entail. I did not feel this way about Zach Rance, a contestant on this past season of Big Brother.

Privacy Is Dead and We Might As Well Get Used to It

Don McNay | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how hard I work to protect my privacy, my emails, my spending habits and the fact that I have seen several movies starring Scarlett Johansson, someone out there knows about it.

Friday Talking Points -- Big and Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to focus on the aftermath and ramifications of what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri for the past few weeks. It even reached international proportions, as both Egypt and Russia got in a few digs at American police and protesters.

3 Fears About Having a Second Baby Debunked

Rachel Cedar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

What parents on the cusp of welcoming a new baby don't realize, and what I didn't understand as I waddled in the park that day, is that so many of our fears are unfounded. Here's a few reasons to let go of those fears, and trust in the path ahead.

Orwell's Nightmare: The NSA and Google -- Big Brother Meets Big Business

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces?

Jon Ward

You Cannot Escape The Cyborg Campaign Ads Of The Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the future of inescapable campaign election ads. It's the fall of 2016 and a 20-something couple is sitting down to watch ...

In time for the Super Bowl, Big Brother is Back: Now it's the Big Banks

Andrei Cherny | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Andrei Cherny

Thirty years ago, what Apple announced it was going to do was democratize computing. Back then, the idea of a computer that was personalized to people -- with a mouse and graphics and a warm experience for the user -- was revolutionary.

Cut Off the NSA's Juice

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The NSA depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSA's top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice is essential -- and any interference with that flow is unthinkable. But interference isn't unthinkable. And in fact, it may be doable.

A Chinese Version Of 'Elf On The Shelf'?

Joan Gage | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

This year the Chinese New Year of 4712 -- the year of the wooden horse -- begins on January 31, so you'd better start making sticky rice balls right now, because the day to make sweet offerings and send the kitchen god on his way is -- Friday Jan. 24!

Why 'Big Brother' Doesn't Cast 'Smarter' People

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

This past summer, CBS' "Big Brother" contestants caused quite the controversy with racist and homophobic remarks by Aaryn Gries and Amanda Zuckerman, ...

'Big Brother' Creator Launches Awesome New Project In Holland

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

John de Mol knows a thing or two about launching hit reality series. He conquered singing competitions with "The Voice," dominated the game show forma...

Former Boxing Champ Sparks Outrage With Shocking Comment About Being Gay

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said he does not think being gay is normal and compared it to a handicap that can be fixed. Holyfiel...

Fourteen 2014 New Year's Resolutions for Progressives -- and One for Every Year

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The coming year will determine whether progressives allow the obstructionist tactics of extremists and their billionaire allies to stop change that benefits the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

The Problem Is NSA Overreach, Not the Technology We Use

Zachary Graves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Technology
Zachary Graves

Blaming big tech companies for enabling our runaway surveillance state is like blaming Toyota or Ford for drunk drivers. It's a dangerous distraction, and it's the wrong strategy if we want to reform the system.

Slowly, A Consensus Emerges To Oppose The Security State

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

From a new Reason/Rupe poll (pdf): Do you think local police departments using drones, military weapons and armored vehicles are necessary for...

Real Journalism vs. Global Big Brother

Norman Solomon | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

For journalists, and for the rest of us, silence is not neutrality; it ends up as acceptance of autocratic rule, a present festooned with pretty-sounding names like "anti-terrorism" and "national security."

Orwell's 'Big Brother' Prediction on a Fast Track to Reality

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

We're all well aware of the millions of randomly situated video cameras all across the country capturing what we do 24/7. But what you may not realize is the extent to which other types of taxpayer-funded surveillance capabilities have been put in place.

Big Brother's Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Ever since the first big revelations about the National Security Agency five months ago, Dianne Feinstein has been in overdrive to defend the surveillance state.