FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

United States Blocks German Author, Critical of NSA Surveillance, From Entering the Country

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 5:25 pm

German-Bulgarian author Ilija Trojanow, who has been highly critical of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance apparatus, was blocked from taking an American Airlines flight from Salvador, Brazil, to a conference with German academics in Denver.

Thoughts on Madonna’s Art for Freedom

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 8:15 am

Madonna has teamed up with photographer Steven Klein to release artforfreedom.com — a project that witnessed its wide release Wednesday night in a 17 minute video available for free download through Bit Torrent.

The project has been in the works for quite some time- initially hinted at by Madonna in a Reddit AMA before it was it further teased in three separate online videos.

This film is really beautiful – and honestly I was moved at points – but there’s a lot to unpackage. While there may be a temptation to dismiss it outright as a disingenuous marketing ploy – I think doing so ends the conversation prematurely.

Yeah, wild blue yonder and all that usual bs

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:30 am

The disturbing thing is that incidents like the above are considered parts of the “freedom” the military is always proclaimed unthinkingly of protecting as a political ritual.

Late Night FDL: MYOB

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 8:00 pm

This week has been shaping up to be one of the best examples yet of the real divide between red and blue, which isn’t as much ideological as it is one of basic human understanding. The American conservative movement is utterly unable to grasp the difference between: A) Things that are their business, and B) Things that are other people’s business. And they’re apparently entirely unafraid to be conspicuously insufferable about it.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Marcus Rediker, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

By: Sunday January 20, 2013 1:59 pm

Marcus Rediker’s new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, revisits one of the most stirring episodes in American history: the revolt aboard the Cuban schooner Amistad in July 1839, during which a small group of enslaved Africans seized control of the vessel and tried to sail home. Tricked by one of their former captors, whom they had relied upon to steer the ship, they drifted northwards instead of eastwards – all the way to Long Island, where they were apprehended by the U.S. Navy at the end of August. The Africans were taken to a jail in Connecticut and spent the next year-and-a-half challenging the U.S. legal system to secure their freedom – and at last to win their passage home.

FDL Movie Night: Black Tulip

By: Monday January 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Based on a true story, The Black Tulip takes us to Kabul in 2001 after the Taliban has been routed, as the hope of freedom returns. Written, directed, and produced by our guest Sonia Nassery Cole, who stars as Farishta Mansouri, The Black Tulip follows Faishta and her family as they open a restaurant in Kabul in the building where her father had his bookstore, Poet’s Corner. As children, Farishta and her sister witnessed Taliban troops kidnapping her father and burning his shop. Now despite the worries of her mother, and concerns of her husband, Farishta hopes to honor his memory with poetry readings and hospitality. Poet’s Corner restaurant grows in popularity, becoming a place where both the military and those opposed to them can enjoy traditional food, music, and an open microphone.

Of Freedom and Bridges

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 9:30 am

Republicans believe the elimination of the commons will make Americans free in ways they aren’t today. We will soar once we are freed from the chains of public education, crossable bridges and drivable roads, from the curse of clean air and clean, drinkable water, from the prison-house of effective disease control and safe pharmaceuticals.

GOP Senator: Employers Have Right to Deny Coverage to Cancer Patients – ‘Our Nation Was Based On Freedom’

By: Monday July 2, 2012 8:00 am

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson was asked about employer insurance covering those with cancer. He says now, because that just denies other people’s rights.

Late Late Night FDL: Make Mine Freedom

By: Saturday February 18, 2012 10:00 pm

I found this cartoon (1948) predicting the future from over 60 years ago. Amazing insights at to what we are facing now in this political cycle. Enjoy! What’s on your mind tonight?

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