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The Factnet Blog: Public Interest News & Dialog

  

ARIZONA LAWMAKERS PASS CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-GAY BILL

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 21:33

CNN 21 FEB 2014 by Ray Sanchez and Miquel Marquez

Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican and onetime small business owner who vetoed similar legislation last year but has expressed the right of business owners to deny service.

Big Brother: the government “literally can watch your ideas form as you type”...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:22

In the wake of last night's Guardian report about the NSA's collection of Verizon phone user metadata, the New York Times editorial board argued that the Obama administration "has now lost all credibility" in defending its abuses of executive power. That was before the report about PRISM, which unlike the Verizon metadata, includes surveillance of user content.

“'They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,' the officer said." They can also read your emails even if your computer is turned off!

 

Orwell's 1984 has Arrived...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:18

Using existing technology, one or more chilling acts of collusion between big business and big government could allow Big Brother to watch your every step, know exactly what you watch, exactly what you say, exactly what's in your home and exactly what you think. Even if you didn’t broadcast all of your personal information to the public through use of social media, your neighbor could be recruited to be Big Brother's accomplice, your license plate a hidden tracking tool, your telephone a secret microphone into your life. If you carefully parse corporate-government doublespeak, you will discover that not only is the technology in place, but so are the actual programs.
 

TED NUGENT CALLS PRESDENT OBAMA “NOT JUST A CHIMPANZEE, BUT A SUBHUMAN MONGREL”

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:30

Fox News 21 FEB 2014 by Howard Kurtz

Ted Nugent, Wendy Davis and CNN: The politics of inflammatory speech

There’s no shortage of manufactured outrage in the political world, but sometimes the outrage is utterly warranted.

What Ted Nugent said about President Obama is so far beyond the pale that it needs to be called out. The more interesting question is whether a candidate who allies himself with Nugent should be held responsible for the incendiary language.

U.S. BILLIONAIRE TO POUR $100 MILLION INTO CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:16

Reuters 20 FEB 2014 by Valerie Volcovici

A California hedge fund investor has pledged $100 million in contributions to pro-environmentalist congressional campaigns, bolstering the battle against climate change.

Billionaire Tom Steyer on Wednesday night hosted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and six other Democratic lawmakers for a fundraiser at his San Francisco home and is planning an ad campaign for candidates who support tough action on climate change.

JOHN KERRY: Climate Change As Big A Threat As Terrorism, Poverty, WMDs

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 21:07

CNN 17 FEB 2014 by Steve Almasy

Saying that climate change ranks among the world's most serious problems -- such as disease outbreaks, poverty, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on all nations to respond to "the greatest challenge of our generation."

Kerry, speaking before college students in Jakarta, Indonesia, also criticized climate-change deniers, saying "a few loud interest groups" shouldn't be given the chance to misdirect the conversation.

KANSAS’ ANTI-GAY BILL: Another Attempt to Force Warped Christianity on Others

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 22:06

The Guardian 17 FEB 2014 by Jill Filipovic

Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill that would have broadly legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. Luckily, after national outrage, the bill was halted. But the fight isn't over: the bill's reliance on religious freedom to justify discrimination is a sign of right-wing efforts to come.

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