Is the Cop Who Murdered Eric Garner About to Be No-Billed?

By: Monday December 1, 2014 6:30 pm

I would have voted an emphatic ‘yes’ until seven minutes ago when a late-breaking story appeared citing very specific and damning Grand Jury testimony from witnesses leaked by unnamed ‘multiple sources’. More on that after some history.

FDL Movie Night: Silenced

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:00 pm

During President Barack Obama’s presidency, a record number of government employees have been prosecuted for leaking or blowing the whistle. Several of them have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law that was intended to be used against spies and not for punishing people who disclose information without authorization. Simultaneously, the amount of information being kept secret by the government has increased exponentially while the United States expands the reach of its global security state.

Silenced immerses viewers in this world.

UN Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 2:45 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for torture, particularly because the statute of limitations expired and victims have received zero compensation.

Why I’m Thankful for the Recent Marijuana Legalization Victories

By: Monday December 1, 2014 1:30 pm

This Thanksgiving what I’m thankful for is the recent marijuana legalization victories in D.C., Oregon, and Alaska.

Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

By: Monday December 1, 2014 12:00 pm

It wasn’t just a business, it was a way of life– what residents of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania referred to simply as “The Steel”– a mill once America’s second largest steel producer with 31,500 souls working in a single facility.

FDL Going on Hiatus

By: Monday December 1, 2014 9:53 am

It seems that once again I’m having health challenges, and I am staying here with my sister having hip replacement surgery.

I had the brilliant idea that I could work full time during all of this, but I’ve come to understand that the recovery process is going to be more lengthy and involved than I thought it was going to be. And that getting better is going to be something I need to devote all my energy to.

In the mean time, FDL doesn’t have the resources to hire someone to run the shop, so we are going to be stripping back to basics for the near future.

St.Louis police need to STFU and stop killing people

By: Monday December 1, 2014 8:16 am

The racist police in St.Louis are whining about five St.Louis Rams receivers who protested the Michael Brown shooting by raising their hands during the pregame introductions. I use the word ‘racist’ deliberately because Jeff Roorda, the spokesperson for the St.Louis Police Officers’s Association called the protesters in Ferguson ‘thugs’ when he threatened reprisals against the team, if it does not discipline the players or they do not apologize.

Walmart Workers And Activists Planning Black Friday Protests

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 2:38 pm

In what is becoming a tradition, Walmart workers and labor activists are planning protests for Black Friday. This will be the third time in a row that Black Friday protests have drawn attention to Walmart’s poor treatment of its workers. Black Friday is generally considered to be one of the most important shopping days of the year and one where special deals draw shoppers in large numbers to retail outlets such as Walmart.

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant To Be Broken

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 1:33 pm

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people.

Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley Says CIA Should Arm Ukraine And Lie About It

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 12:28 pm

In a discussion if US-Russia relations hosted by the Aspen Institute of Ideas former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley proclaimed that the US government, via the CIA, should send arms to the Ukraine government then lie about it. Hadley made the statement after claiming to value honesty and calling Russia dishonest.

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