Micah Lee at The Intercept reminds us that our government is collecting all our internet data, and that this is "many orders of magnitude more invasive" than collecting phone metadata. And though you and I know what "collected" means, the NSA doesn't consider this data "collected" until an analyst queries it. At least their justifications for their illegal, immoral actions are getting worse.
Lost in the controversy over Jeb Bush's statement that "people have to work longer hours" to get the economy rolling again is this reminder from Alan Pyke at Think Progress: that American workers are already substantially more productive than we were even a dozen years ago, but still can't get ahead, because our wage gains over that time have been basically flat. Of course, Jeb Bush wouldn't get that, because he's always been a boss, and never been a worker.
FactCheck.org catches Republican Presidential aspirant Ted Cruz alleging that the Hispanic unemployment rate has "gone up" under President Obama. It's gone from 10.1% at Mr. Obama's inauguration to 6.6% now, so he's simply wrong. Maybe "simply wrong" can be his campaign slogan. Or "I meant it's gone up at various times during the Obama years," a virtually useless statement when describing broad trends.
Denmark found itself able to produce 140% of its energy needs solely through wind power on Thursday; it was an especially windy day, but Denmark's turbines weren't even operating at full capacity, so that's still quite an achievement. It sure is a good thing Our Glorious Elites here in America know that wind power just can't work, because dirty Birkenstock-wearing hippies ha ha ha.
Finally, across the Atlantic, the interim leader of Great Britain's Labour Party tells her caucus they shouldn't vote against the Tories' plan to cut tax credits for working families. "We cannot simply say to the public you were wrong at the election," she says -- but, sadly, she does not add, "we can say to the public that we were wrong for failing to give you a populist alternative to the Tories, an alternative that would fight for your struggle to make ends meet," though that would be true.