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Crimea Euphoria Fades for Some Russians

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Crimea Euphoria Fades for Some Russians
Patriotism spurred by President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea still runs deep in Russia, but the cold reality of paying for the Black Sea region is setting in and threatens to test an economy brought low by Western sanctions. Asked to give up a day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger. “The bosses … asked us to fill out a form for the donation. People started complaining — why should they donate to Crimea? In our department, not one of us made the donation and our boss understood because she was of the same opinion.”

Trucks Spew Smoke as Conservative Protest
Some conservative gearheads are modifying their trucks to spew black smoke to protest liberal environmentalists and President Barack Obama. Dave Weigel reports, “For as little as $500, anyone with a diesel truck and a dream can install a smoke stack and the equipment that lets a driver ‘trick the engine’ into needing more fuel. The result is a burst of black smoke that doubles as a political or cultural statement — a protest against the EPA, a ritual shaming of hybrid ‘rice burners,’ and a stellar source of truck memes. The ‘Prius repellent’ decal is easy to find on truck fan sites, as are memes of single or double stack trucks humiliating the drivers of smaller cars.”


Northern California wildfire challenges crews

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Northern California wildfire challenges crews
WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — A rural fire in Northern California raged throughout the night, challenging firefighters Sunday with rising temperatures and the threat of shifting winds, officials said.


Rep. Steve Womack: Keystone XL would spur “energy renaissance”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rep. Steve Womack: Keystone XL would spur “energy renaissance”
Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., pushes President Obama’s administration to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline and do more to increase domestic energy production.


DHS Secretary Johnson Corrects David Gregory’s Misinformation On Newly Arrived Immigrant Children

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

DHS Secretary Johnson Corrects David Gregory’s Misinformation On Newly Arrived Immigrant Children

From the July 6 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press:

Previously:

Conservative Media Stoke Fears About Humanitarian Crisis Causing Children To Enter U.S.

Fox News Attacks Obama For DREAM Act He Didn’t Enact


The Method & Madness of Those Pesky Fundraising Emails

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Method & Madness of Those Pesky Fundraising Emails
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
The subject lines on the emails read like they could have been sent by exes, stalkers — or cultists awaiting the Apocalypse. “Throw in the towel,” says one. “Kiss all hope good bye,” reads another. A third simply says, “Doomed.” At the other end of the emotional spectrum, another evokes the enthusiasm and encouragement a fifth-grade teacher might offer an earnest student: “Awesome.” These are not blasts from the past or rants from predictors of Armageddon, however. They are political fundraising pitches. To the list of “death and…

The Empire of Contention
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — I am reading historian Gordon Wood’s splendid “Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815.” It is an ideal companion for this July 4th weekend because it reminds us of the great continuities in our politics and national condition. Dynamic social and economic change, concern for the middle class, poisonous politics, bad policies, flawed leaders — they were all there two centuries ago, just as now. There’s a lesson here, though perhaps not the one you suspect. Dynamic change? In 1800, the 5.3 million Americans (nearly a fifth were slaves) had increased by more…

Happy Fourth Despite It All
Mona Charen, RealClearPolitics
On July 4, I plan to celebrate this nation’s birth with something approaching devotion. I will so despite the fact that each day’s news brings fresh reasons to worry about the future. I could list the things that worry me, but you know what they are. They probably worry you, too, but the Fourth of July is a time to elevate and celebrate rather than fret. So here’s a story: Last week, I was in Europe and had dinner with a European gentleman. He is very successful and pretty happy with his lot. As sometimes happens when people of different cultures speak, I didn’t understand something he was…

Minimum Wage Debate Steeped in History, Dueling Stats
Michael Cipriano, RealClearPolitics
Democrats intent on raising the federal minimum wage are resuming an old battle, one unfolding in the states as well as Washington, D.C. In the 1930s, the issue was fought in Congress, the states, on the presidential campaign trail, and before the Supreme Court, which amid the Great Depression ultimately ruled the minimum wage to be constitutional. The initial battleground, however, was state capitals, which then — as now — set their own labor standards. But even those state laws got caught up in the machinations of national politics. In 1936, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a New York…


VIDEO: Vaz ‘surprised’ by abuse file loss

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: Vaz ‘surprised’ by abuse file loss
The re-examination of a report into child abuse allegations at Westminster must be entirely independent, the chair of the Home Affairs select committee has said.

Ex-UKIP leader to stand as Tory MP
A former UKIP leader is selected as the Conservative candidate for Thanet South in the 2015 General Election.


Court ruling a ‘watershed moment’ for foes of fracking?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Court ruling a ‘watershed moment’ for foes of fracking?
Opponents of the drilling practice are feeling emboldened by a ruling in New York’s highest court.


Hillary Clinton Begins To Move Away From Obama Ahead Of 2016

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Hillary Clinton Begins To Move Away From Obama Ahead Of 2016
Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery.


World Cup 2014: Peladão Event Mixes Soccer and Pageant

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

World Cup 2014: Peladão Event Mixes Soccer and Pageant
In the Amazon rain forest, there is a tournament that is equal parts soccer and beauty pageant, played by hundreds of amateur teams which enter their own beauty queens.

Malaysia Is Sending More Ships to Search for Jetliner
The Malaysian government said Sunday that it would step up efforts to search the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines’ missing Flight 370.



Sinosphere Blog: Q. and A.: Lyle Goldstein on China and the Vietnamese Military
With friction rising in the South China Sea, Professor Goldstein, of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the Naval War College in Rhode Island, discusses the current state of Vietnam’s military and Chinese perceptions of it.



Brazil Lobbies for Punishment of the Colombian Player Who Injured Neymar
The Brazilian federation presented evidence to the FIFA disciplinary committee and demanded action against Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zúñiga.

50 Die in Uganda as Militia Attacks With Guns and Spears
The attacks were most likely carried out by “radical elements” who have long had a tense relationship with neighboring tribes and the government, the police said.




Nearly All The Emails Collected By The NSA Came From Regular Citizens, Not Terrorists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Nearly All The Emails Collected By The NSA Came From Regular Citizens, Not Terrorists

In the latest Edward Snowden leaks, documents reveal that only 10 percent of the emails the U.S. National Security Agency collects are from actual targets.

The post Nearly All The Emails Collected By The NSA Came From Regular Citizens, Not Terrorists appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NSA protest

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The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is nine times more likely to read an email from the average American than those belonging to official terrorist suspects, according to an investigative report released late Saturday by The Washington Post. Only 10 percent of the emails and instant messages it collects come from official foreign targets thanks to loose guidelines that allow analysts to capture communications from anyone involved in a person’s contact list, chat room or email chain.

The report analyzed 160,000 intercepted emails and instant message conversations from more than 11,000 accounts leaked by former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Washington Post found that nine in 10 involved ordinary citizens that weren’t the supposed to be part of the agency’s surveillance investigations. They simply got caught in the web because they were contacts on a target’s list or because they happened to enter the same chat room as a suspect. Analysts could also collect online chats and emails that weren’t written in English as reason enough to believe the person wasn’t American and a potential suspect.

The emails and instant messages chronicled the daily life of more 10,000 people and contained intimate details including sexual affairs, mental health issues, money woes and philosophical debates. Also, nearly half of the NSA’s surveillance documents obtained by The Washington Post contained email addresses, names and other identifying information the NSA linked to American citizens or residents.

Other than revealing deeply personal information from private citizens, the surveillance files revealed some valuable intelligence, including “fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks,” The Washington Post reported.

But overall, the NSA’s bulk data collection has not yielded much valuable information. Earlier this year, a presidential panel found the NSA’s mass phone surveillance program that collected telephone data from calls and text messages was not nearly successful enough to justify the collection of innocent people’s information. An independent study from the New America Foundation also concluded that mass surveillance “has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.”

As revealed in Snowden’s leaks last year, the agency routinely used backdoor Web access from tech and Internet companies, such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook to collect and monitor emails and other Web communications through the PRISM program. The NSA also exploited the Heartbleed bug — a hole in thousands of websites’ encryption fabric that exposed identifying personal and financial information — before it was publicly discovered earlier this year. And despite ending the NSA’s current mass surveillance program, the Obama Administration and Congress have struggled to strike a balance between collecting information for national security and protecting individual liberties.

A pending version of a retouched USA Freedom Act would give the NSA leeway to collect bulk amounts of telephone and Internet data with loose restrictions. If passed, the agency theoretically would still be able to collect all emails from a single provider such as Gmail or Apple.

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