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The Factnet Blog: Public Interest News & Dialog

  

WHY ARE WE STILL DEBATING CLIMATE CHANGE?

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:43

CNN 24 FEB 2014 by Carol Costello

There is no debate. Climate change is real. And, yes, we are, in part, to blame.

There is a 97% consensus among scientific experts that humans are causing global warming. Ninety-seven percent!

Yet some very vocal Americans continue to debate what is surely fact.

The question is, why?

Trust certainly plays a part.

Philadelphia parents Herbert, Catherine Schaible sentenced in son's "prayer death"...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 13:08

Judge Benjamin Lerner rejected defense claims that their religious beliefs "clashed" with the 2011 court order to get annual checkups and call a doctor if a child became ill. The order came after a jury convicted them of involuntary manslaughter in Kent's death, and they were sentenced to 10 years of probation.

"April of 2013 wasn't Brandon's time to die," Lerner said, noting the violence committed throughout human history in the name of religion. "You've killed two of your children. ... Not God. Not your church. Not religious devotion. You."

Experts say about a dozen U.S. children die in faith-healing cases each year.

WILL THE UNITED STATES EXPAND NSA SURVEILLANCE?

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 11:44

The Hill 19 FEB 2014 by Justin Sink

The federal government might actually expand the controversial surveillance program that collects Americans’ phone records in a bid to preserve evidence for the multiple lawsuits filed against the National Security Agency, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The decision comes despite President Obama’s instruction in a speech on American surveillance practices last month that government officials find a way to end the data collection program.

NSA PROGRAM EXPOSES DIVISIONS IN BOTH PARTIES

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 11:32

The Washington Post 18 FEB 2014

While some leading Democrats are reluctant to condemn the dragnet surveillance of Americans’ phone records, the Republican Party has begun to embrace a libertarian shift opposing the spy agency’s broad powers. But the lines are not drawn in the traditional way.

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.
 

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