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Changes to MyFDL

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 11:33 am

When we first opened MyFDL several years ago there was no existing software that allowed us to do what we wanted to do — open up a blog where the entire FDL community could post. So at that time we had to do a lot of adaptation to the WordPress system we run on in order to make it work.

This meant that each time we needed to upgrade WordPress, we had to re-write our own software too, which to be perfectly honest was problematic from the start and has caused a lot of our technical problems over the years.

The Aggregating of Polling Aggregators

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 2:35 pm

The news site Vox has taken the new polling-focused approach to political coverage to a very meta place. They don’t aggregate the polls — instead they are now aggregating the other poll aggregators.

Poverty Unchanged By Wall Street Recovery

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 1:27 pm

Though the federal government and Federal Reserve moved heaven and earth to ensure the 1% were made whole after the financial crisis, those unable to buy influence in Washington remain frayed. According to the Census Bureau over 14% of Americans remain below the poverty line while financial markets have made a considerable recovery from 2008 lows. There has been a recovery, for some.

Call Congress: Oppose the Syria War Amendment

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 12:22 pm

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on an amendment to give President Obama power to arm Syrian rebels as part of his military plan to fight ISIS.

Poll: Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment in Danger

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 11:17 am

Efforts to make Florida the first southern state to adopt medical marijuana are in danger of possibly coming up short this November. A new SurveyUSA/WFLA pollfound only 56 percent of voters at this moment plan to support Amendment 2, Florida’s Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative while 31 percent plan to vote against it. The remaining 13 percent are still undecided.

Email Suggests Manufacturer of Stingray Surveillance Equipment May Have Lied to FCC

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 10:11 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the manufacturer of StingRay surveillance products of providing inaccurate information and possibly even lying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is the agency that is supposed to regulate communications over cable, radio, satellite, television and wire.

Reactionaries In Kiev Throw Member Of Parliament In Dumpster, Luhansk And Donetsk Granted Special Status

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:07 am

A reactionary mob in Kiev threw a member of Ukraine’s parliament in a dumpster for supporting a bill that would give special status to regions in East Ukraine. The mob waving flags from neofascist groups such as Svoboda and Right Sector burnt tiees and ultimately assaulted a member of parliament, dumping him in a trash can and hitting him with a tire.

Obama has No ISIS Strategy

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:02 am

Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time.

Chelsea Manning’s Column on Responding to ISIS Counterbalances Hysteria Among Pundits and Politicians

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:50 am

Chelsea Manning wrote a column for The Guardian on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the group. The level-headedness of the column sharply contrasted with the statements of several pundits and politicians, who have been whipping up hysteria among Americans.

Pentagon Chief Planning For Ground Troops In Iraq

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 6:51 am

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied, in this case multiple times. After President Obama has claimed ad nauseam that he would not send group troops to Iraq – while sending ground troops to Iraq – it appears the Pentagon has already been planning for large scale ground forces in Iraq and thinks it may be necessary to defeat ISIS.

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