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Intelligence Spies on Spies on Intelligence

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Allen Schmertzler

The quest to profile for either monetary or political gain is here forever. Many consumer products, from handheld smart devices to cars and smart homes have enhanced capabilities to turn our inner world over to the metadata highway.

Why Everyone Should See The Lego Movie

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 03.13.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Sprayregen

By the time The Lego Movie ended, I not only wanted to see it again to examine any subtle nuances I missed, but I was also grappling with several central questions of human existence -- mainly, how I, one human being in this world of millions, can contribute something important.

The Feinstein Syndrome: 'The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee'

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Soon we might see headlines asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?" It may already be a fact that Feinstein's speech yesterday blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.

Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a "breach of international law." Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.

Black Friday Meditation

Mark W. Guay | Posted 01.30.2014 | Business
Mark W. Guay

As a suggestion from my therapist, I rise early to sit with legs crossed and eyes closed to breathe in "Let" and breathe out "Go" and my mind races like the #BlackFriday shoppers -- dashing, jabbing, prancing on top of the faces of neighbors like reindeer to get a cheaper television.

The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So -- to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother's vast responsibilities -- the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption.

Facebook Fatigue or Facebook Fracture?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook is floundering under the weight of its own scorched earth policy towards privacy. This policy has created a growing base of disenchanted users that could cause the company to come crashing down a lot sooner than people realize.

Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn't Enough -- We Need the Power to Stop It

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence that all three branches of the U.S. government are turning Uncle Sam into Big Brother. Now what?

A Precious Gift From Edward Snowden

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

In Washington, where the state of war and the surveillance state are one and the same, top officials have begun to call for Edward Snowden's head. His moral action of whistleblowing -- a clarion call for democracy -- now awaits our responses.

Tselkov In New York: Brutal Beauty at the Back of the Candy-Store

Simon Hewitt | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

After wowing London with his Last Supper at Saatchi during the Winter, Oleg Tselkov hit New York this Spring.

REBRANDING ORWELL

Posted 02.06.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart opened Tuesday's "Daily Show" with a pointed rant against what he believes is one of the more cynical parts about Fox News and the Republi...

Democracy Means Getting Off the Couch

Karen Shepard | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Karen Shepard

In our best moments, we Americans aspire to be the City upon a Hill. Recently, however, it feels like we're the City of Apoplectic People Yelling at Each Other and Stockpiling Weapons Upon a Hill.

Orwellian Attempt by Rove-backed Group to Have FEC Declare Coordinated Ads Uncoordinated

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

On October 28, 2011, American Crossroads, a federally registered political committee backed by Republican political operative Karl Rove, submitted an ...

Less Is More: The Orwellian Derangement Of Libertarian Economics

Rob Warmowski | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Rob Warmowski

Of all of the huff-puffing attempts by political groups to catch up to and co-opt Occupy Wall Street, none are so awkward and laughable as that of the...

"Entitlement Reform" Is a Euphemism For Letting Old People Get Sick and Die

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

George Orwell would be proud. The latest Washington catchphrase deserves a place of honor in the 1984 lexicon, right between "War Is Peace" and "Love...

Guns of Christmas Future

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

When you take America's vast wealth gap, combine it with the Orwellian "Newspeak" so pervasive in our media, and multiply that by the NRA's mission to increase access to guns, you have a toxic stew, ready to erupt.

Thoughts on Bone Marrow Selling

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Rugnetta

Is selling bone marrow sensible or exploitative? A recent panel at the Cato Institute debated the issue.

Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When Obama takes a progressive step, it has been made possible by progressive activism. When Obama takes an anti-progressive step, it has been facilitated by progressives muting their criticism.