The Senate Is Giving More Power to the NSA — in secret

By: Friday July 18, 2014 5:23 pm

Apparently our elected representatives have learned little from the Snowden revelations except to try to go underground to avoid public scrutiny of what they’re up to. They’re still trying to hand over our private information to the government — but now they’re keeping it vewy, vewy quiet.

 

Aereo Quacks Like a Duck

By: Friday July 11, 2014 6:30 pm

We’ve been following the fortunes of tiny Aereo vs. the big broadcasters here at Over Easy. You may remember that Aereo doesn’t require rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna — customers rent (for about $8 – $12 per month) a dime-sized antenna in a vast array of TV antennas at an Aereo-owned location that pick up over-the-air broadcast signals and offer a very high speed Internet connection to a DVR-type device in the “cloud.”

Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday June 30, 2014 6:30 pm

The Ice Wall that was supposed to solve all their problems with water still won’t freeze. This may be for the best, as we don’t know exactly how much cooling of the corium the groundwater was accomplishing. Potentially more than the water being pumped into the reactors.

Some hope to locate the corium via muon scanning. This should work, IF Tepco lets it happen.

Hanging Out With the Snowden-Bot

By: Friday June 13, 2014 5:20 pm

Back in March, Edward Snowden used a virtual Google “hangout” from Russia to address a big audience at SXSW. The live stream of his talk featured Snowden’s head floating in front of an image of the U.S. Constitution.

Then his appearance onstage at TED 2014 gave him more of a physical form. Although he wasn’t really there, he was controlling a BEAM telepresence robot from his undisclosed location in Russia.

Over Easy: US Undermines Europe While Driving Russia East

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 6:45 am

Four major pipelines pass through Ukraine transferring gas from Russia’s Great North to the European market. At the crossroads of the pipelines, Ukraine has benefitted from cheap, plentiful Russian gas that has helped fuel the prosperous industrial provinces of ethnic Russian east Ukraine.

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: Monday June 9, 2014 6:45 am

Fukushima update:

Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m3 in the basements at Fuku. The basement water is leaking into the ocean at a rate of at least 200 tons per day. Strontium accumulates in the body anyplace where calcium might go, like bones or breast mike. It’ll start accumulating up the food chain.

Hiding Political Advertisers

By: Friday June 6, 2014 6:22 pm

In 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (AKA McCain-Feingold) was passed with the support of both parties, and President George W. Bush signed it into law. This law requires individuals and organizations that purchase political commercial TV ads to provide identifying information for the TV stations’ public files. But frequently this identifying information is not provided, making it more difficult for voters to make informed voting decisions. TV stations are ignoring disclosure requirements, and allowing advertisers to play hide and seek with the information.

Over Easy: Foreign Affairs

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 5:30 pm

News from outside the usual.

Hands Off My Metadata!

By: Friday March 7, 2014 3:59 pm

Are you still hearing, “But they’re just collecting metadata!” when the subject of the NSA’s rampant collection of information about us comes up? There is no such thing as “just metadata.” With enough different data points, your life becomes an open book that a variety of government agencies can examine at will. “Just metadata” is a big lie that supports the surveillance state, and makes a mockery of our expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.

Holiday Grab Bag

By: Friday December 27, 2013 4:57 pm

From Jay Rosen’s excellent PressThink blog, a first look at NewCo, the collaboration between Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar. Rosen is an advisor to what is to be called First Look Media, so is in an excellent position to share insights…

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