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The History of Mass Surveillance: Resistance

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

There is another aspect to the origin story of contemporary mass surveillance in the US: Resistance. While most "phone phreaks" and telephone enthusiasts were unaware of AT&T's Top Secret Project Greenstar, there was enough general contempt for the phone company's monopoly to trigger a viable resistance movement that had been percolating within the 1960s counterculture.

Awards, Applause for Woody's Girls

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Nancy Cohen-koan

When Diane Keaton recently sang the praises of Woody Allen and referred to all the actresses whom he wrote great roles for as Woody's Girls, I secretl...

Ken Jordan on Reality Sandwich 2.0 and Conscious Community

Zoe Helene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Image (above): Net of Being, by visionary artist Alex Grey Ken Jordan, the cofounder, publisher and editorial director of Reality Sandwich and ...

Listen to This Book: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

Tom Semioli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tom Semioli

Thomas infuses his passion for the music, poetry, and recorded rhetoric with a weighty reverence for the events and attitudes that shaped a generation. His mission started out quite innocently.

The Designated Pessimist

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Nancy Cohen-koan

In a sense, however, the waiting in line is the true theatrical event.

'Steal This Art' Painting Stolen... Again

Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts

Many artists dream of having their artworks truly speak to their viewers. Yet it seems artist Adam Simon wishes his works were not so convincing. His ...

If You Have Regrets, Call Tom Hanks

Scott Shamberg | Posted 04.15.2012 | Comedy
Scott Shamberg

When you leave for college, you think, "How many shots of vodka would I need to make that fat chick look smaller?" When you write your first mortgage check, you think, "How many shots of vodka would I need to make that fat check look smaller?"

Movie Review: Footloose Remake - Why?

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Geez, Footloose sucked when it was a Kevin Bacon movie in 1984. Who thought remaking it, almost scene for scene and song for song, would improve it?

Wall Street Protest, Circa 1967

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Abbie Hoffman's merry band of pranksters took a tour of the NYSE on August 24, 1967. The tour ended at a gallery overlooking the trading floor. Hoffman and his friends rushed to the railing, and began throwing money onto the heads of the traders below.

Satirist Paul Krassner Turning 80, Going Strong

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.04.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

There's irony in the fact that Paul Krassner sees "increasing insanity" in our current politics and culture. The 1960s activist whom the FBI once tagg...

What Kind Of Journalist Is This?

The Wrap | Tim Kenneally & Daniel Frankel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

James O'Keefe, the man who slew ACORN and on Wednesday toppled the CEO of NPR, is some new kind of journalist - Johnny Knoxville meets Glenn Beck in M...

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune -- New Documentary Opens in Los Angeles

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

Kennedy's assassination, the ongoing turmoil of resistance to integration and the escalation of the Vietnam War gave the singers a new identity. At the center of the storm was Phil Ochs.

White House Gate Crashing, From Andrew Jackson To Grace Slick

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While Washington is all a-twitter over two society climbers crashing the gates at an Obama soirée, in the grand sweep of history, it was a fairly minor event. No one was in danger, and no real harm was done, nobody got dosed with LSD.

Forty Years After Chicago, We Have Not Found the Things We Lost

Judy Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Collins

The Chicago Seven were very serious peace activists and were baited into a festival of confusion instead of a festival of life in Chicago in 1968, launched to take the focus off the war.

That's The Way It Wasn't

Sam Leff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Leff

Some forty years after Walter Cronkite told it like it was and called the Chicago of 1968 "a police state," Tom Brokaw, A.O. Scott, and Andie Tucher told their own versions -- like it wasn't.

On the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock

Paul Krassner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Krassner

Four decades ago, along with 499,999 others on a countercultural pilgrimage, I headed to Woodstock. This was not merely a three-day outdoor concert. This was a Martian convention.

Woodstock at 40: What it Means Today

Dave Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Marsh

The real legacy of Woodstock Nation is felt in the battles to create an American health care system, to end our wars and to save the lives devastated by the finance industry swindles.

The Who vs Abbie Hoffman: Celebrating Woodstock's 40th Anniversary

Pete Fornatale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pete Fornatale

What happened next provided one of the true Roshomon moments of Woodstock. Actually, that's not strictly speaking true. There were only two versions of what happened next: Hoffman's and everybody else's.

A Radical Thought: You Can Make A Difference

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

In the immortal title of his bestseller, Steal This Book, Abbie Hoffman summed up the radicals of the 1960s. That era was about challenging the establ...

What Would Abbie Hoffman Have Thought Of The Flag Lapel Pin Debate?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Flag lapel pins are all the rage these days, but the battle over wearing the flag is older than you may have thought.