ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada’s Keystone XL for Fracking

By: Monday April 7, 2014 7:15 pm

When most environmentalists and folks who follow pipeline markets think of TransCanada, they think of the proposed northern half of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Flying beneath the public radar, though, is another TransCanada-proposed pipeline with a similar function as Keystone XL. But rather than for carrying tar sands bitumen to the Gulf Coast, this pipeline would bring to market shale gas obtained via fracking.

Defense Argues Warrantless Surveillance Requires New Trial in Portland Car Bomb Plot

By: Monday April 7, 2014 6:30 pm

The defense for a a young Somali-American man, who was convicted of trying to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, after being targeted and arrested in an FBI sting operation, has requested that a court vacate his conviction, suppress evidence, dismiss the indictment in his case or grant a new trial.

The government, according to a defense motion, “directly violated Congress’ instruction” to notify the court and the defense that it would be using data from communications “collected, retained and accessed through warrantless electronic surveillance.”

FDL Movie Night: “Stripped”

By: Monday April 7, 2014 4:59 pm

Stripped is a loving and in-depth look at comic strips and the changes they are going through now as more and more newspapers shut down and technology advances. Like so many people, I loved reading the comic strips and cartoons in the papers–it was a huge leap for me as a kid when I went from B.C. and Peanuts to incorporating the Girls in 3-G and Mary Worth in my daily reading. And Doonesbury!! Total eye opener–I learned so much about politics and the world from Doonesbury, about (un)natural history from the Far Side, and about work and romance via Cathy. Not to mention Charles Schultz ruining the ending of Citizen Kane for me in a four panel strip I recall to this day…

Maryland Set to Decriminalize Marijuana After Gov. Pledges to Sign Bill

By: Monday April 7, 2014 4:10 pm

After some heated last minute maneuvers in the House of Delegates over the weekend the state of Maryland is set to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. On Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley pledged to sign the marijuana decriminalization bill recently approved by the Senate.

Washington DC Residents Need Your Help to Regulate Marijuana

By: Monday April 7, 2014 3:19 pm

Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and reduce penalties from arrest to a small fine. This is an important step forward for a city that arrests one person for marijuana possession every two hours on average: the highest per capita marijuana arrest rate in the country.

Call your member of Congress today and tell them to let Washington DC make its own decisions when it comes to regulating marijuana.

Amazon Dash Shopping Wand – Amazingly Convenient or A Little Creepy?

By: Monday April 7, 2014 2:26 pm

As part of Amazon’s new AmazonFresh grocery service, the online giant is introducing Amazon Dash, a wifi-enabled barcode scanner you can simply wave at items you want to replenish. You can also just say the name into a microphone on the device.

Al Sharpton Was Previously FBI Informant

By: Monday April 7, 2014 12:01 pm

According to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, Reverend Al Sharpton was previously an FBI informant. A long time activist Sharpton apparently used his reputation and connections to find information on the criminal underworld for law enforcement. The information Sharpton provided served as the basis for various court orders to install surveillance equipment and executing search warrants of mafia owned and controlled locations.

Game of Thrones Premiere Sets New Piracy Record

By: Monday April 7, 2014 11:16 am

HBO apparently didn’t learn their lesson over the True Detective finale, and the HBO GO service crashed due to Game of Thrones subscriber demand.

Top Ten At Ten 4/7/2014

By: Monday April 7, 2014 10:09 am

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

Snowden’s Disclosures Force US to Meet with Chinese Military Leaders to Discuss ‘Norms’ for Cyber Warfare

By: Monday April 7, 2014 9:02 am

US government officials realized that hypocrisy had been exposed. Both countries could now be said to engage in hacking. As one senior administration official said to the Times, “We clearly don’t occupy the moral high ground that we once thought we did.”

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