Yet even more fallout from former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s financial disclosures. Alexander’s investments have already become a matter of controversy when it seemed as though he was trading on inside information related to opaque commodity markets heavily influenced by Russia and China.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday September 29, 2014 9:03 am|
One of the exceptional things about Post-Constitutional America is how instead of using the traditional tools of an autocracy– secret police, torture, mass round ups– the majority of Americans have given up their rights willfully, voluntarily, almost gleefully. The key tool used by government to have accomplished this is fear-mongering.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:12 am|
Apple unveils their new iPhone today. Here’s your 2014 America in a nutshell:
Be poor, Black, Muslim or expressing a political opinion and the cops will run you off the sidewalk (if not taser or kill you.)
Wait overnight on the sidewalk as a good consumer to buy the new iPhone and the cops’ll watch over you like guardian angels.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 1, 2014 7:29 am|
Spy different. During the 30th Chaos Communication Congress Jacob Applebaum revealed the existence of an NSA software program known as DROPOUTJEEP which turns a user’s iPhone into a surveillance device for the government. The revelation suggests Apple may have created a backdoor for the NSA.
|By: Kit OConnell Sunday October 13, 2013 6:45 am|
If you buy bath or body products, whether shampoo, lotion, or makeup, you know the stores are full of “natural” products which are anything but natural by sany sane person’s definition. Taking a chemical produced solely in a laboratory, based on petrochemicals, or even known to have toxic elements and then mixing it with botanical essences and herbal fragrances is not what most people consider natural.
Her mother’s second bout with breast cancer inspired Lily Tse to research the dangerous chemicals in many everyday body products.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday January 22, 2013 4:15 pm|
If you want to know where your member of Congress or House staffer is today, there’s a good chance they’re at the State of the Net conference at the DC Hilton, rubbing elbows with the tech lobbyists who love them.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 25, 2012 4:00 pm|
Apple spanked Samsung so hard their whole family could feel it on Friday when a 9 member jury found that Samsung had violated numerous Apple patents that pertain to both the iPhone and iPad.
The jury deliberated for only 23 hours, and indication that they found Apple’s chronological, side-by-side presentation of Apple and Samsung product development extremely convincing.
The decision is being hailed as a “blow to consumers,” but if you look at Apple’s April 15, 2011 complaint (PDF), you’ll see what the jury saw.
|By: Leo W. Gerard Wednesday February 8, 2012 7:08 pm|
Last week several groups, including the United Steelworkers, petitioned the federal government to whack the latest trade mole – illegally traded auto parts from China.
With President Obama announcing creation of a new trade enforcement unit in his State of the Union Address, the feds probably will investigate. But even if they whack down the auto parts mole, experience has shown a new mole will pop up.
|By: Michelle Chen Thursday January 19, 2012 7:25 pm|
Apple’s trademark is the intuitive elegance of its designs. Yet when it comes corporate and labor practices, Apple’s track record looks like a morass of obfuscation and murky public-relations smokscreens. So activists seeking a more user-friendly Apple on the human rights front should welcome the company’s new “Supplier Responsibility” report.