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The Fight To Rein In NSA Surveillance

By Kate Tummarello/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
No one - including members of Congress tasked with overseeing these surveillance programs - seems to know how many Americans have their communications swept up by surveillance.

Posted on December 31, 2016

2016 Was Totally Awesome! (For Billionaires)

By Andrea Germanos/Common Dreams
A $237 billion gain for the world's uber-wealthy.

Posted on December 30, 2016

Will Trump Be A Tyrant? Some Classical Pointers

By Matthew Sharpe/The Conversation
According to Aristotle, tyranny inherits the worst features of other types of government: from oligarchy the love of money; from democracy the hostility to the established governing classes; and from monarchy, the contempt of the people.

Posted on December 28, 2016

Peabody Preparing To Shift Mine Cleanup Costs To Public?

By Tracy Rucinski/Reuters
Dodgy plan emerges for Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Wyoming properties.

Posted on December 26, 2016

Yahoo E-Mail Scan Shows U.S. Spy Push To Recast Constitutional Privacy

By Joseph Menn/Reuters
A growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches.

Posted on December 22, 2016

How 60 Ambiguous Words Gave The United States President Unprecedented War Powers

By Aeon
2001 Authorization to Use Military Force now in the hands of Donald Trump.

Posted on December 21, 2016

NOLA's Secret Schools

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
One has to give a side-eye to a state agency that is widely cited for successfully reforming schools while at the same time is being sued for keeping information about that success private.

Posted on December 20, 2016

500 Migrants Drowned At Sea. No One Investigated

By Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail/Reuters
The sinking of the Abu Nawal.

Posted on December 18, 2016

McDonald's Moving International Tax Base To UK

By Abhijith Ganapavaram and Tom Bergin/Reuters
The reorganization comes amid an investigation by the EU into sweetheart tax deals.

Posted on December 17, 2016

Trump's Cabinet Choices Wealthier Than One-Third Of U.S. Households Combined

By Deirdre Fulton/Common Dreams
In addition to uber-wealthy, Trump's cabinet "is shaping up to be the least diverse in recent history, with just three people so far who are not white men."

Posted on December 16, 2016

How Top U.S. Colleges Hooked Up With Controversial Chinese Companies

By Steve Stecklow and Alexandra Harney/Reuters
Including the University of Chicago.

Posted on December 15, 2016

How Obama Laid The Groundwork For Trump's Coming Crackdown On The Press

By Trevor Timm/Freedom of the Press Foundation
Eight years of attacks on journalism greater than anything seen since Nixon.

Posted on December 14, 2016

Oxfam Names World's Worst Tax Havens Fueling 'Global Race To Bottom'

By Deirdre Fulton/Common Dreams
Big businesses are dodging taxes "on an industrial scale," forcing governments to reduce public spending or raise taxes on average citizens in order to make up for lost revenues.

Posted on December 13, 2016

The Five Things No One Will Tell You About Why Colleges Don't Hire More Faculty Of Color

By Marybeth Gasman/The Hechinger Report
Applies to newsrooms, too.

Posted on December 12, 2016

The Hypocrisy Of Corporate Welfare: It's Bigger Than Trump

By Les Leopold/Common Dreams
The "bribe" for Carrier is barely a rounding error in the tens of billions of dollars in public money and tax breaks lavished upon corporations each and every day by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Posted on December 10, 2016

Why Trump Would Almost Certainly Be Violating The Constitution If He Continues To Own His Businesses

By Richard Tofel/ProPublica
if Trump decides not to dispose of his business, it will be up to Congress to decide whether to do anything about his apparent violation of the Constitution.

Posted on December 9, 2016

Trump Advisors Aim To Privatize Oil-Rich Indian Reservations

By Valerie Volcovici/Reuters
The plan dovetails with Trump's larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production. It could deeply divide Native American leaders, who hold a range of opinions on the proper balance between development and conservation.

Posted on December 8, 2016

Youth Aren't Props

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Making youth policy without youth is like making a car without the driver in mind.

Posted on December 7, 2016

How Journalists Need To Go Beyond Fact-Checking Trump

By Eric Umansky/ProPublica
The story is that the president-elect is more factually irresponsible than any political leader in the United States in memory. That's the story. The details of exactly how a particular claim is false are really, at some point, a second-order concern.

Posted on December 6, 2016

Study Of Illinois Schools Shows The Disturbing Connection Between Bullying And Sexual Harassment

By Dorothy Espelage/The Conversation
When youth are called "gay" or "fag," they start to sexually harass members of the opposite sex to demonstrate they are not gay.

Posted on December 5, 2016

Police Shootings Echo Through Criminology Classrooms

By David Ingram/Reuters
A direct appeal to a generation that has watched or even joined protests by groups like Black Lives Matter that criticize police use of force against minorities.

Posted on December 4, 2016

Internet Archive, Scared Into Moving To Canada, Reveals FBI Misinformation

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation
By using national security letters in conjunction with unconstitutional gag orders, the FBI is trying to keep us all in the dark.

Posted on December 3, 2016

Soda Tax Could Save Thousands Of Lives And $1 Billion In Mexico

By Ronnie Cohen/Reuters
A smaller but still significant savings is expected in Cook County.

Posted on December 2, 2016

CREDO Confirms Long-Running Legal Fight Over National Security Letters

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Mobile provider battled gag order that forced It to keep customers in the dark.

Posted on December 1, 2016

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Cricket vs. Brexit.
POLITICS - Corporate Spies Like Us.
SPORTS - Why Was This Game Even Scheduled?

BOOKS - Postdictatorship Argentina.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Public Lands Matter.


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