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Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web | Technology | The Guardian
"You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers.
...
"Some networks, like Twitter, treat hyperlinks a little better. Others are far more paranoid. Instagram – owned by Facebook – doesn’t allow its audiences to leave whatsoever. You can put up a web address alongside your photos, but it won’t go anywhere. Lots of people start their daily online routine in these cul-de-sacs of social media, and their journeys end there. Many don’t even realise they are using the internet’s infrastructure when they like an Instagram photograph or leave a comment on a friend’s Facebook video. It’s just an app.

"But hyperlinks aren’t just the skeleton of the web: they are its eyes, a path to its soul. And a blind webpage, one without hyperlinks, can’t look or gaze at another webpage – and this has serious consequences for the dynamics of power on the web."
guardian  blog  blogging  culture  2008  2000s  2010s  smartphone  2015  iran  link  internet  social_media  prisoner  power  radical  noise  surveillance  government  hossein_derakhshan 
april 2018 by cluebucket
Church Committee - Wikipedia
United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities
frank_church  wiki  wikipedia  church  committee  senator  corruption  government  cia  nsa  fbi  irs  investigation  1975  1976  1970s  william_colby  america  assassination 
november 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @tinyrevolution
RT : At 2:40 pm on 9/11, exactly 16 years ago, Donald Rumsfeld was pushing to invade Iraq:

Hit SH [Saddam Hussein] @ same time—
Not only UBL
2001  2000s  history  donald_rumsfeld  iraq  war  america  jon_schwartz  scan  handwriting  notebook  strategy  crime  saddam_hussein  osama_bin_laden  twitter.com  image  government  politics  from twitter
september 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @igorvolsky
"The $120,000,000 spent for Trump's traveling adult kids

Could've provided care to

20,725 people on Medicaid(a program Trump wants to cut)"
igor_volsky  twitter.com  tweet  money  debt  donald_trump  medicaid  government  expense  2017  2010s  aspen  nepotism  statistic  waste  healthcare  from twitter_favs
may 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @BraddJaffy
"Left: Prime Minister's office readout of Trudeau's phone call with Trump

Right: White House readout of the very same call

Um…"

...

"It was a very amicable call."
conversation  government  america  canada  president  prime_minister  politician  justin_trudeau  donald_trump  screengrab  letter  news  2017  2010s  white_house  phone  image  comparison  from twitter_favs
april 2017 by cluebucket
The government says his DACA status expired, but this immigrant says he was deported despite protections | PBS NewsHour
"Montes’ lawyers say he had previously been approved twice for deportation protection under the DACA program, created in 2012 under then-President Barack Obama to allow immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to temporarily live and work in the country. The Department of Homeland Security told NewsHour on Tuesday its records indicated Montes’ authorization expired in 2015. On Wednesday, the department told NewsHour a more detailed search indicated Montes’ DACA authorization did expire in 2018, but that Montes had lost his DACA status “when he left the United States without advance parole,” before he encountered U.S. Border Patrol on Feb. 19. The Department of Homeland Security told NewsHour on Wednesday that “there are no records or evidence to support” the claim that he was detained Feb. 18 in Calexico, as his lawyers claim."
newshour  news  pbs.org  immigration  deportation  donald_trump  america  joshua_barajas  daca  government  2017  2010s  mexico  from twitter
april 2017 by cluebucket
The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
social entrepreneurship abroad / reductive "solutions"

"Some delopment workers even have an acronym that they use to describe these initiatives: SWEDOW (stuff we don't want)."

"don't go because you've fallen in love with solvability. Go because you've fallen in love with complexity."
thedevelopmentset.com  courtney_martin  health  activism  essay  problem  social_change  privilege  poverty  kickstarter  failure  world  risk  development  manufacturing  aidwatch  altruism  government  zambia  industry  delusion  uganda  nonprofit  david_bornstein  2000s  energy  product  question  tinder  c.z._nnaemeka  glamour  neglect  america  molly_melching  senegal  technology  culture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
“Behind the eyes, we feel ourselves shrink” | MetaFilter #6937719
nickrussell long comment
ends with: "Without strong governance, we have no chance of protecting our individual rights and way of life. Indeed, our lives may be enabled and shaped by technology, but they're ultimately created by governance."
comment  metafilter  nickrussell  technology  surveillance  airport  hotel  amazon  alexa  retina  eye  government  privacy  nicholas_russell  america  u.k.  freedom  information  fear  threat  history  nazi  las_vegas  military  2017  2010s  metafilter.com 
march 2017 by cluebucket
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The big mistake in this pattern of [the authoritarian high-modernist recipe for] failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as 'irrationality.' We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility."
...
"the all-seeing statist eye in the sky"
...
"The reason the formula is generally dangerous... is that it does not operate by a thoughtful consideration of local/global tradeoffs, but through the imposition of a singular view as 'best for all' in a pseudo-scientific sense."
venkatesh_rao  ribbonfarm.com  2010  2010s  james_c_scott  blog  organization  failure  reality  society  philosophy  order  utopia  power  nature  control  government  nomad  gypsy  mainstream  map  structure  germany  metaphor  simple  eye  psychology  anxiety  steven_johnson  brain  pattern  name  philippines  vision  reform  city  urban_planning  book  review  caste  architecture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone | American Civil Liberties Union
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects Americans from random and arbitrary stops and searches.
According to the government, however, these basic constitutional principles do not apply fully at our borders.
constitution  rights  aclu.org  aclu  america  border  law  list  breakdown  government  cbp  state  problem  homeland_security  2017  2010s 
february 2017 by cluebucket
Revenge of the Lunch Lady - The Huffington Post
"In 2014, now-House Speaker Paul Ryan said that public assistance, including school lunch, offered a “full stomach and an empty soul” because it made kids reliant on government handouts. With the party now in control of Congress and the White House—and with Michelle Obama, the program’s greatest defender, gone—school lunch is as vulnerable as it’s ever been."

paul ryan needs to have food taken away from him
west_virginia  school  food  education  government  rhonda_mccoy  jamie_oliver  poverty  agriculture  USDA  america  pizza  jane_black  20th_century  congress  hunger  welfare  ronald_reagan  republican  history  health  2017  2010  1980  1968  1946  regulation  budget  michelle_obama  paul_ryan  todd_rokita  conservative  free  CEP  change  money  organic  work  potato  soda  nutrition  success 
february 2017 by cluebucket
The Art Story: Works Progress Administration (WPA)
"In all, nearly 200,000 artworks were created under the Federal Art Project, yet many of those works have since become lost or were destroyed after the WPA auctioned off thousands of paintings in 1943, when all federally-funded art programs were dissolved."
art  government  theartstory.org  wpa  1930s  1940s  america  holger_cahill  politics  artist  history 
february 2017 by cluebucket
5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters
5. Wait For One Of Them To Break The Law, Then Talk Only About That
4. Convince The Powerful Majority That They're The Oppressed Ones
3. Focus On Their Most Frivolous Complaints (And Most Unlikable Members)
2. Pit Two Disadvantaged Groups Against One Another (And Insist That Only One Can "Win")
1. Insist That Any Change Will Ruin The World
cracked.com  list  reference  protest  strategy  argument  belief  lie  government  conservative  fascism  power  occupywallstreet  david_wong  2015  2010s  criminal  crime  destruction  martin_luther_king_jr  excuse  bullshit  boycott  logic  injustice  change 
february 2017 by cluebucket
Fax Senators
includes reference list for "Today's Most-Faxed Representatives"
faxzero.com  fax  free  communication  senator  representative  congress  government  citizen  form  america  state  tool  internet  opinion 
february 2017 by cluebucket
What “Things Going Wrong” Can Look Like – Medium
"I'm reading this as '1933 playbook continues on schedule, pace slightly higher than last time: something between maybe 1.2x and 2x, but without the possibility of a major land war to show up on the horizon.'" (apart from climate-related disaster movements?)
medium.com  yonatan_zunger  prediction  2017  2010s  donald_trump  steve_bannon  government  society  censorship  discrimination  crime  hate  future  1930s  islam  latinx  immigration  blm  black  america  jewish  organization 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @Felonius_munk
- powerful and continuing nationalism
- disdain for human rights
- identification of enemies as a unifying cause
- supremacy of the military
- rampant sexism
- controlled mass media
- obsession with national security
- religion and government intertwined
- corporate power protected
- labor power suppressed
- disdain for intellectuals & the arts
- obsession with crime & punishment
- rampant cronyism & corruption
- fraudulent elections
holocaust  museum  list  fascism  government  ra'sclat_al_ghul  twitter.com  image  photo  rights  warning  military  sexism  media  security  religion  power  corporation  labor  corruption  election  2010s  1930s  from twitter_favs
january 2017 by cluebucket
Court rulings couldn’t protect everyone detained because of Trump’s immigration order.
"It seems that even within the same administration, alternative facts abound.
...
"The smug cruelty of the DHS statement that 'yesterday, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented' transcends belief as applied to actual people left in horrific limbo."
dahlia_lithwick  slate  immigration  legal  lawyer  donald_trump  disaster  fact  refugee  ban  NoBanNoWall  2017  2010s  injustice  airport  ethiopia  america  CBP  dulles_airport  virginia  I-407  rights  DHS  government  islam  executive_order  from twitter
january 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @TheBlahDalia
RT : "Please tell people you know who are coming into the US to refuse signing this form which strips you of residency:
Form I-407: "Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status"

to trick or goad travelers into signing this upon arrival is so goddamn sinister.
via cyborgmemoirs
NoBanNoWall  twitter.com  resist  information  government  form  immigration  legal  rights  trick  america  airport  DHS  CBP  2017  2010s  I-407  from twitter
january 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @Karnythia
everything in this thread for real

"Hiring freezes don't save money. They are lucrative for government contractors though & those employees don't get the same protections."
karnythia  mikki_kendall  twitter.com  government  corruption  2017  2010s  work  breakdown  takedown  veteran  illinois  chicago  detroit  america  contractor  money  job  from twitter
january 2017 by cluebucket
EFF's 100-Day Plan | Electronic Frontier Foundation
1. We will continue to defend digital rights in court.
2. We will test and leverage the Freedom of Information Act.
3. We will hold Silicon Valley accountable.
4. We will reach out to targeted communities to enhance their security and legal capabilities.
5. We will work on creating new security education materials.
6. We will work with the California legislature to resist federal government overreach.
7. We will build the ground game in Washington, D.C.
8. We will lead a campaign to end mass surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.
9. We will defend a free and open Internet.
10. We will cultivate a grassroots movement to defend digital rights in all 50 states.

'come back with a warrant' bumper sticker etc etc
eff.org  plan  list  2017  2010s  donald_trump  privacy  freedom  internet  rights  government  america  state  fcc  net_neutrality  surveillance  campaign  legal  congress  dc  california  encryption  guide  silicon_valley  foia  transparency 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @fbi @parabasis
RT : Maybe you should've gone with "sorry about that time we tried to blackmail MLK Jr into killing himself."
twitter.com  fbi  tweet  takedown  martin_luther_king_jr  memory  blackmail  government  america  terror  rights  citizen  2017  2010s  holiday  parabasis  from twitter
january 2017 by cluebucket
Foreign policy of the United States - Wikipedia
1949 Syrian coup d'état
1949–1953 Albania
1951–56 Tibet
1953 Iranian coup d'état
1954 Guatemalan coup d'état
1956–57 Syria crisis
1960 Congo coup d'état
1961 Cuba, Bay of Pigs Invasion
1961 Dominican Republic
1963 South Vietnamese coup
1964 Bolivian coup d'état
1964 Brazilian coup d'état
1966 Ghana coup d'état
1971 Bolivian coup d'état
1973 Chilean coup d'état
1980 Turkish coup d'état
1979–89 Afghanistan, Operation Cyclone
1981–87 Nicaragua, Contras
2001 Afghanistan
2011 Libyan civil war
2011–present Syria
america  wikipedia  wiki  policy  international  world  covert  action  war  secret  government  attack  list  regime  change  military  coup  syria  albania  tibet  iran  guatemala  congo  cuba  dominican_republic  vietnam  bolivia  brazil  ghana  chile  turkey  afghanistan  nicaragua  libya  operation  1940s  1950s  1960s  1970s  1980s  2000s  2010s  CIA 
december 2016 by cluebucket
Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them - NYTimes.com
Getting someone labeled a suspected pedophile has the added benefit of fitting “perfectly with the Kremlin’s line that human rights activists are all just degenerates,” said Vytis Jurkonis, a Lithuanian human rights activist who works with Russian exiles.

Russia has denied any involvement in all of these incidents. “Of course they do,” scoffed Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s foreign minister. “They never have anything to do with anything that is going on in the world,” he said, describing Russian hackers, whether working directly for the state or as freelance vandals, “as part of their weapons system.”
nytimes  2016  2010s  russia  vladimir_putin  kgb  hacking  crime  framing  fake  cyberwarfare  government  kompromat  andrew_higgins  vladimir_bukovsky  england  u.k.  ukraine  lithuania  yoann_barbereau  konstantin_rubakhin  alexander_litvinenko  estonia  spy  pedophile  propaganda 
december 2016 by cluebucket
COLUMN-Commentary: The high cost of Turkey's crackdown | Reuters
"Erdoan himself has initiated some 1,900 defamation lawsuits, often solely on the basis of ironic, mocking, or even obnoxious social media posts."
reuters.com  david_kaye  turkey  necmye_alpay  prison  tayyip_erdoan  criticism  rights  translation  writer  government  propaganda  coup  terror  censorship  social_media  repression  united_nations  2016  2010s 
december 2016 by cluebucket
pro-life-belief-chart.png (575×1330)
Is this policy consistent with the belief that women should face consequences for having sex?
image  chart  policy  law  amptoons.com  png  abortion  health  morality  logic  government  belief  fallacy  punishment  women  sex  breakdown  takedown 
november 2016 by cluebucket
Twitter @zhaabowekwe
RT : ND Governor cuts off emergency services to indigenous resistance. No more ambulances for those rubber bullet wounds…
tara_houska  NoDAPL  north_dakota  native_americans  emergency  2016  2010s  jack_dalrymple  government  governor  shame  protest  from twitter
november 2016 by cluebucket
National Popular Vote
Reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for President.
nationalpopularvote.com  government  reform  election  electoral_college  politics  myth  q&a  democracy  vote 
november 2016 by cluebucket
That Putin's Government Spoke to the Trump Campaign Should Be Dominating the News Cycle
RT : "The still needs to deal with the story of Russian influence: via "

WaPo: "'We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes,' Ryabkov was quoted as saying."

Pierce: "Well, kids, the unthinkable already has happened. You might as well cover it as fully as possible."
esquire.com  russia  vladimir_putin  politics  dina_demetrius  charles_p_pierce  donald_trump  influence  secret  sergei_ryabkov  hope_hicks  government  collusion  washingtonpost  media  news  2016  2010s  power  from twitter
november 2016 by cluebucket
WRITING ON THE WALL: DISAPPEARED BOOKSELLERS AND FREE EXPRESSION IN HONG KONG | PEN America
"provides the most comprehensive account to date of the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015, and gives special attention to the worrying cases of booksellers Gui Minhai and Lee Bo, both foreign nationals who were seized by Chinese agents across borders—in Thailand and Hong Kong, respectively—in violation of international law."
pen_america  pen.org  hong_kong  china  disappearance  kidnapping  prisoner  bookstore  freedom  causeway_bay  gui_minhai  lee_bo  2015  2010s  pdf  report  investigation  abduction  thailand  human_rights  government  suppression  law  publishing 
november 2016 by cluebucket
It may very well be game over. | MetaFilter #6806347
"The federal government is going to be weakened over the next four years and that will dramatically reduce the availability of funding for local governments to implement the needed changes to slow this train down. But ... all over the country, cities and mega-regions are proving more agile in the climate change planning and activism arena. Widening a highway is incredibly expensive, cities can only do that with federal assistance. Improving bus transit, installing bikeways, developing land-uses that fosters accessibility, affordability, and livability over mobility, incentivizing alternative modes of transportation, improving building codes: these are things that can and are done locally.

"Not easily, but I promise you that it is likely easier to contact your council member than it is your congressperson or your terrible president."
gordie  metafilter  comment  government  local  future  activism  city  climate_change  environment  energy  2016  2010s  book  jeff_speck  janette_sadik_khan  charles_montgomery  bruce_katz  jennifer_bradley  metafilter.com 
november 2016 by cluebucket
Respecfully agree to disagree - disagreement respect opinion | Ask MetaFilter
"Very few people hold fixed opinions about things that matter deeply to them. Instead the[y] hold nuanced and thoughtful interests."
salishea  ask.metafilter  advice  tip  argument  communication  canada  aboriginal  respect  land  politics  1990s  british_columbia  government  utah_phillips  cowboy  discrimination  opinion  metafilter.com 
november 2016 by cluebucket
WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)
"In arguing that no public interest was served by exposing PRISM, what did the Post editors forget to mention? That the newspaper that (simultaneous with The Guardian) made the choice to expose the PRISM program by spreading its operational details and top-secret manual all over its front page is called … the Washington Post."
theintercept.com  washingtonpost  2016  2010s  pulitzer  prize  newspaper  op-ed  glenn_greenwald  edward_snowden  criminal  NSA  prism  screengrab  publishing  leak  journalism  hypocrisy  secret  government  transparency 
september 2016 by cluebucket
The Religious Cult Secretly Running Japan - The Daily Beast
"The current cult’s goals: gut Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution, end sexual equality, get rid of foreigners, void pesky “human rights” laws, and return Japan to its Imperial Glory."
politics  japan  politician  cult  corruption  power  creepy  religion  thedailybeast.com  2016  2010s  election  shinzo_abe  jake_adelstein  mari_yamamoto  nippon_kaigi  conservative  shinto  tadae_takubo  1990s  1970s  seicho_no_ie  日本会議  生長の家  1947  1940s  nobusuke_kishi  government  constitution  peace  war  right-wing  rights  yamato 
july 2016 by cluebucket
ACLU of Maryland (ACLU-MD) - ONE YEAR AFTER THE UPRISING FOR FREDDIE GRAY AND FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
"There are many truths related to that day. ...[I]n a clear sign of racially biased policing, every single unarmed person who died in 2015 in Maryland was Black. Yet, state law enforcement agencies aggressively opposed having to report deaths in police custody."
aclu  aclu-md.org  maryland  rights  freddie_gray  2015  2016  2010s  police  police_brutality  racism  black  transparency  government  death  killing  crime  organization  justice  prison  larry_hogan  fight  discrimination  power  fraternal_order_police  injustice 
may 2016 by cluebucket
The Third Rail
"'History furnishes ... no record of a successful intermingling between the great divisions of mankind,' warned the Baltimore Sun, the organ of city establishment, in 1865. Two decades later, the Sun suggested the best course might be just to 'let the colored people dissipate away.'"

"That was Baltimore mass rail, two decades after the system was proposed: two lines that did not connect, far short of what one needed for the network effect of a true system. Inevitably, the inadequacies of public rail left many Baltimoreans ever more reliant upon the buses — a bewildering scattering of lines that typically followed the old streetcar routes, comprehensible only to those with no alternative but to rely on them."

and Larry Hogan being awful, and more...
baltimore  city  racism  transportation  alec_macgillis  placesjournal.org  bus  street  train  subway  suburban  maryland  20th_century  19th_century  2015  2016  2010s  riot  corruption  white_flight  population  streetcar  1885  1880s  culture  industry  migration  baltimore_sun  black  factory  neighborhood  prejudice  real_estate  housing  conflict  manners  bigotry  liberal  1911  1930s  1910s  ghetto  1940s  george_mcmechen  photo  image  highway  chiaki_kawajiri  mortgage  law  government  kurt_schmoke  1980s  1960s  history  jim_crow  transit  politics  barbara_mikulski  larry_hogan  martin_o'malley  freddie_gray  politician  republican  poverty  segregation  discrimination  cynicism  infrastructure  development  lawsuit  naacp  aclu  amazon 
march 2016 by cluebucket
The List - The New Yorker
“High school was bliss for me,” DuBuc said recently. “I tried not to dwell on the stuff that wasn’t good.” But, as she was about to start her freshman year at Western Michigan University, she got a call from a close childhood friend, Victoria, who asked, “Did you know you’re on the public sex-offender registry?”

...

The [Texas sex offender treatment] plan also included a monthly polygraph ($150) and a computerized test that measured how long his eyes lingered on deviant imagery ($325). He would also have to submit to a “penile plethysmograph,” or PPG. ... Metts would be billed around $200 per test.

...

The prosecutor pushed for two years in prison... Metts’s attorney urged alternatives that would be less costly for taxpayers. None of Metts’s violations, he noted, had any connection to the original charges of sexual assault of a child. A typical mistake was failing to charge his ankle bracelet’s battery. The judge took some time to think it over. The next morning, she sentenced Metts to ten years in prison.
sarah_stillman  newyorker  problem  2016  2010s  crime  abuse  database  assault  violence  children  childhood  punishment  2000s  high_school  sex  michigan  texas  virginia  north_carolina  montana  minnesota  illinois  sexting  policy  legal  1930s  1990s  jacob_wetterling  adam_walsh  treatment  elizabeth_letourneau  consent  teenage  government  morality  shame  injustice  money  criminal  therapy  vigilantism  threat  outcast  society  south_carolina  new_york  georgia  depression  suicide  parenting  prison  rehab  oregon  reform  nicole_pittman 
march 2016 by cluebucket
universalequalityisinevitable: Peter Joseph on... - ZainaZahirah
"The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms. You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented."
zainazahira  tumblr  gif  speech  peter_joseph  poverty  death  violence  government  legal  video  screengrab  2016  2013  2010s 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Economists Bashing Sanders's Tax Plan Admit They're Clueless
"According to CTJ’s analysis, everyone but the richest 5 percent of Americans would end up with a higher after-tax income under a single-payer health care system."
usuncut.com  analysis  economics  tax  tax_policy_center  flaw  bernie_sanders  lie  study  statistic  government  infrastructure  leonard_burman  politico  politics  warren_gunnels  takedown  breakdown  citizens_for_tax_justice  income  mathematics  future  2016  2010s 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Is Japan Asia's Next Autocracy? - Bloomberg View
not only repealing Article 9... more insidious changes await?
"The government secrets law and other crackdowns on press freedom are a worrying sign -- Japan has already slipped from 10th in Reporters Without Borders’ global press freedom ranking in 2010 to 61st in 2015."
via Laurent
japan  bloombergview.com  2015  2010s  constitution  shinzo_abe  law  change  government  morality  autocracy  democracy  protest  oppression  asia  rights  military  noah_smith  journalism  freedom  warning  crackdown  secret  news 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Review: In ‘Playing to the Edge,’ Michael V. Hayden, Bush-Era Spymaster, Defends His Record - NYTimes.com
Mr. Hayden is also out to settle a few scores. He seems to have more ill will for pesky journalists than for the terrorists in his cross hairs, although his efforts are likely to have the opposite effect intended.
michael_v_hayden  nytimes  cia  nsa  government  torture  review  book  george_w_bush  barack_obama  waterboarding  journalist  2000s  911  ego 
february 2016 by cluebucket
Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department
fuuuuuuuuuck this and fuck "no comment"

coming out of the "favor bank": hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of weapons, fighter jets, biochemical agents

"Under federal law, foreign governments seeking State Department clearance to buy American-made arms are barred from making campaign contributions -- a prohibition aimed at preventing foreign interests from using cash to influence national security policy. But nothing prevents them from contributing to a philanthropic foundation controlled by policymakers."

dunno if I really want to create a pinboard tag for "american_defense_contractors" ... but maybe I should ... hummm
hillary_clinton  state_department  clinton_foundation  ibtimes.com  politics  secret  donation  weapon  government  2015  2010s  david_sirota  andrew_perez  boeing  jet  saudi_arabia  israel  2011  investigation  military  money  business  algeria  kuwait  united_arab_emirates  oman  qatar  exchange  law  thailand  norway  australia  rights  honeywell  hawker_beechcraft  goldman_sachs  corporation  trade  lockheed_martin  politician  shady 
february 2016 by cluebucket
Ammon Bundy and the myth of the American West
"Bundy’s confused rhetoric is partly a refraction of spotty Christian theology, fringe militia movements and American mythology. Yet he is standing on solid ground in the imagined West in which his ideology resides."
dawn_g._marsh  reuters  op-ed  ammon_bundy  america  cowboy  mythology  2016  2010s  oregon  militia  fantasy  history  cliven_bundy  malheur  government  property  land  manifest_destiny  expansion  native  19th_century  20th_century  21st_century 
january 2016 by cluebucket
The Giant Pool of Money | This American Life
two gatherings: one at the Ritz Carlton -- an awards dinner for finance professionals who created the mortgage-based financial instruments that nearly brought down the global economic system -- and one at a community college in Brooklyn -- a non-profit conference for people facing foreclosure.
this_american_life  money  radio  audio  2008  2000s  recession  crisis  npr  alex_blumberg  adam_davidson  news  nyc  brooklyn  housing  economics  mortgage  business  government  foreclosure  finance  planet_money  credit 
december 2015 by cluebucket
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