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Arrest records show Alton Sterling was not the “gentle giant” as portrayed by the media

// July 11th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The arrest records of Alton Sterling (aka Alton Bertell Sterlings) have been released and they don’t do much to help his case nor support his aunt’s claim that he was a “gentle giant”. Sterling was the 37-year-old black man who died at the hands of Baton Rouge police during an arrest for “brandishing a weapon”. […]

After Brexit, Media talking heads still miss the point – here are the real Brexit headlines

// June 24th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Once again, media talking heads and government officials have missed the point. Instead, here are the headlines that much more accurately summarize the entire Brexit affair:

CIA documents reveal systematic torture – have we forgotten the cost of freedom?

// June 16th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

New documents were released this week which detail the brutal interrogation techniques sanctioned by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. The published CIA guidelines reveal that the acceptable level of prisoner discomfort is measured by the amount of permanent physical damage it inflicts on the detainee and not whether or not it violates our humanity […]

Really? Paul Ryan snuck the full text of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act into the emergency budget bill last night

// December 16th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

I suspect this will be big news over the course of the next few days and rightfully so. With the threat of government shutdown looming, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduced a 2,000-page “omnibus” budget bill as a last-minute compromise. Most of the bill looks fairly legit until you get to page 1,728 where […]

Anonymous Troll ISIS Day – a collection of the funniest ISIS memes making the rounds

// December 11th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Since Daesh relies heavily on social media to spread its propaganda, Anonymous created a unique #TrollingDay (Troll ISIS Day) social media event encouraging users saturate social media with ISIS-related memes. Here’s a sample of the ISIL memes making the rounds on December 11, 2015.

We have ISIS’s secret internal administrative plans – and man, are they a doozy

// December 8th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The following was purportedly leaked from an ISIS administrator to researcher Aymenn al-Tamimi who passed the document to The Guardian. Despite relatively immature prose that looks like it was written in crayon, the document was published in several sources. Various English translations are floating around the web and I took the clearest of each to […]

Obama’s address to the nation – Is the US government attempting to calm the public or instill more fear?

// December 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The president’s speech last night was long, dry, and full of fluff. I’ve taken the time to transcribe the speech and inject quick summaries after each paragraph so you can skip the mumbo-jumbo and get to the gist of the message.

The crass symbolism in Arab cartoons following the terrorist attacks in Paris

// November 16th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Below is a sampling of Arab cartoons, including English translations, following the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

The controversial works of Charlie Hebdo offend more than just Muslims

// January 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

When masked gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, they were heard to shout “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” in Arabic. That the attackers were Muslim terrorists is without question. So what had Charlie Hebdo published to upset followers of Islam? Turns out they have a long history of satirical (and […]

Nicely done France – France and other European nations take to the street in support of Charlie Hebdo

// January 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

After three masked gunmen killed 12 in the offices of left-wing magazine Charlie Hebdo, the French quickly took to the streets showing the world they are not afraid. Marching under the banner of “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie”, demonstrators in France, England, Spain, Germany, and Italy hit the streets creating a somber but […]

Don’t forget the jailed Hacktivists and Whistleblowers this Holiday season!

// December 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Political prisoners always need support, but can you imagine spending the holidays in prison? Please, help us support our jailed Activists, Hacktivists, and Whistle-blowers by brightening up the holidays through writing letters and getting them the things they need at this time.

North Korean embassy officials request London salon owner remove sign making fun of Kim Jong’s hair

// April 15th, 2014 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

NBC news reports the manager of a London hair salon was visited by unhappy North Korean embassy officials after using a picture of their fearless leader as an advertisement promoting a cure for “bad hair days”. Salon manager Mo Nabbach, who runs the M&M Hair Academy, said the salon is just a few miles from […]

The “new American center” (not as split as we thought) – new NBC survey hints that new political party is desired

// October 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Today, NBC News and Esquire magazine released the results of a survey that they conducted to measure the “national sentiment” of Americans. The results of the survey show that the United States may not be as divided as we think. Typically characterized as a nation with beliefs that fall strictly in line with Republican and […]

Forget Occupy Wall Street, protesters are swarming cities across the country in response to government shutdown

// October 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The United States government shutdown, now in its second week, has sparked swarms of angry protesters to descend upon the U.S. Capitol – and that’s not the only place to see protest action. Nearly 100 government employees rallied in downtown Chicago at Federal Plaza to protest the shutdown. Meanwhile, in Lafayette, dozens gathered outside Rep. […]

NYT reveals Republican plan to undo Affordable Care Act by shutting down the government has been in play since February 2013

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

To many Americans, the shutdown of the United States government came out of the blue. Today, the New York Times has revealed that the Republican plan to tie defunding of the federal government to the Affordable Care Act (e.g. Obamacare) has been planned since February 2013 and has been waged by a well-funded “galaxy of […]

Through their eyes – how the rest of the world views the United States government shutdown

// October 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

So how does the rest of the world see the United States government shutdown? From the outside, do we appear to be a bunch of buffoons too intent on losing face at the expense of productive legislative discussion? Is the shutdown feared as a threat to the world economy or as a precursor to the […]