A mere three days after the New York Times revealed the existence of Tha Bush Mobb's warrantless wiretapping program, our government released an assessment of the "damage" the Times report supposedly did to our intelligence efforts. Their conclusion? That now terrorists would try to "evade detection" -- an effort to which they apparently devoted no effort before!
Erica Hellerstein at Think Progress reveals how the abstinence-only crowd is trying to sell their snake oil these days. None of it will surprise you -- they call it "not just abstinence," they call it "research-based," they link to official-sounding right-wing medical organizations. And our government funds this silliness! Can you say "corporate welfare handouts," boys and girls?
Buried in an NPR ombudsman's response to FAIR's analysis of a quite unbalanced "free" trade report is this nugget: the reporter's assignment, apparently, was "to explain how the business lobby had turned an apparent defeat into a win for its side," like that can't be explained in three words (psst: they bought it), and that the story was sort-of "a counterpoint to an earlier report...on organized labor’s success in temporarily derailing the administration’s trade agenda" -- a report which just so happened to ensure that pro-"free" trade forces got quoted! Our "liberal" media!
The city of Chicago expands existing taxes to include online streaming services like Netflix and Spotify and database services like LexisNexis. Lost in the debate over whether this is fair or unfair to the internet (which has always had the advantage of building up without very much taxation) is the real problem, which is that we don't tax the wealthy enough and wouldn't have to resort to regressive taxes like these if we did.
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announces his run for the Democratic nomination for President, and Max Rosenthal summarizes some of his positions. Naturally he elides over Mr. Webb's economic populism, makes too much of Mr. Webb only being a Democrat since 2006, and spends too much time on controversies from his books (though Mr. Webb's statements about the Confederate flag on Facebook will probably doom his campaign. As commenter number one says, "this should be low-hanging fruit for you to be on the right side of.")
Finally, an upstate New York farmer decides to buy her town's struggling Post Office in order to save it and preserve what had long been community space. I note this article mainly for this quotation, which works in or out of context: "The key to happiness, and a major component for sustainability, is to recognize abundance when it presents itself, rather than fixating on scarcity. A scarcity mentality makes people greedy. It makes them frightened. An abundance mentality makes people feel secure, and that leads to generosity. We need more of that." Indeed, we do.