A link to original content on another site. 3 paragraph summary max, please.
2 votes

Seattle City Council Woman Takes Only $40,000 of 117K Salary

...Sawant walks the walk. She kept her campaign promise to take home only $40,000 out of her $117,000 salary, saying in a release that a hefty paycheck “removes Council members from the realities of life for working people. Every Council member faces a choice of who they represent and which world they inhabit,” she said. “My place is with working people and their struggles.”

BillMoyers.com recently spoke with Sawant about the movement that she’s building in Seattle. Below is a transcript that’s been lightly edited for clarity.

2 votes

The Absurdity of the Raw Milk Wars

Posted on April 13, 2014 | politicallysuspect.com

When my father visits, he enjoys slurping down raw oysters by the dozen. I assume he knows this habit is not without a minor chance of food poisoning. While I prefer my food cooked, I do wash it down with a few beers. That is also not without its health risks.

In fact, on any given day, I can go to the liquor store and purchase enough alcohol to stun or kill a herd of buffalo (actually, here in parts of South Carolina, some puritanical ordinances prohibit the purchase of alcohol on Sunday.) It is also worth noting that alcohol plays a role in over 10,000 deaths per year due to drunk driving.

Yet no one rushes to Washington to ban alcohol on the basis of the statistics alone. We tacitly accept these fatalities as the negative externalities of a free society. Yet this nation’s laws draw an extremely bizarre moral line. You can, for example, drink to your death, but not smoke pot (on which no one has ever overdosed), yet risk life and limb sky diving or driving a race car but not…sell raw milk?

4 votes

GOP senators: Eric Holder must resign if he won't indict IRS lightning rod Lois Lerner – and owes House Republicans an apology!

U.S. senators told MailOnline during a weekend presidential candidate cattle-call that Attorney General Eric Holder's credibility is on its last legs, that he owes one Republican lawmaker an apology, and that it's time for his exit if he won't indict a corrupt Obama administration official
Holder has frayed the GOP's collective nerves in the past two years, presiding over what they see as a wall of silence that impedes congressional oversight and gives a middle finger to legislators' lawful subpoenas for tens of thousands of documents.

5 votes

TPH Live! Mack, Bushmann & Finelli

bundy event & issues on The Power Hour with joyce riley at:

shows are archived and available for replay:
scroll down page to hourly links for monday:
first hour, bushmann & finelli in studio
second hour, mack joins them.

21 votes

Anti-NSA Artwork Going Viral

Now that's some "destruction" of private property I can support. This is more accurately Anti-GCHQ art since it appeared on a house in Cheltenham, England (home of GCHQ), but certainly appreciated here all the same.


1 vote

Anti-NSA Artwork Going Viral

The art work appears on side of a house.

Now that's some "destruction" of private property I can support. This is more accurately Anit-GCHQ art since it appeared on a house in Cheltenham, England (home of GCHQ), but certainly appreciated here all the same.


4 votes

Next: Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash

By Jennifer Dobner | Reuters
April 11, 2014

ENTERPRISE, Utah - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West.

Close to 2,000 wild horses are roaming southern Utah's Iron County, well over the 300 the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dubbed as appropriate for the rural area's nine designated herd management zones, County Commissioner David Miller said.

County officials complain the burgeoning herd is destroying vegetation crucial to ranchers who pay to graze their cattle on the land, and who have already been asked to reduce their herds to cope with an anticipated drought.

2 votes

What is Character?

I'm not sure if any of you have ever heard of the website Art of Manliness, but even though it sounds funny, it is quite good.

I thought you all would like to read an article from that site called What Is Character? Its 3 True Qualities and How to Develop It

Here's the link: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/06/25/what-is-character-i...


15 votes

DOJ: Albuquerque Police 'Executing' Citizens

Following release of report, rights groups calling for removal of mayor and police chief

bt Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams

Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico are marching on the police department Saturday to demand retribution against the city's mayor and police chief for their role in the police force's documented "execution" of citizens.

The march comes after the Department of Justice slammed the Albuquerque Police Department for their frequent use of excessive and lethal force in a damning report released on Thursday.

Though, according to advocates, abuse by local law enforcement has been systemic for years, calls for increased scrutiny of the APD were amplified following the police shooting death of James Boyd, a homeless man suffering from mental illness, on March 16.

23 votes

Alex Jones on Nearly Every Commercial Break Today on the History Channel

I know, I know. Shouldn't even be watching this questionable channel. But I am a sucker for Modern Marvels and a few other shows not actually pertaining to history on that channel.

I've been doing my Taxes (Ugh) while having History Channel on in the background for the last 5 hours or so. I have seen Alex Jones nearly every commercial break talking about the NSA. I guess he is featured on an episode of "America's Book of Secrets" about Big Brother.

14 votes

Rand Paul reacts to “SNL” skit by playing the role of DJ on Twitter

"Saturday Night Live" depicted him as a DJ at Coachella and the Kentucky senator decided to embrace the joke

SUNDAY, APR 13, 2014 05:30 PM EDT

4 votes

Ross Anderson : "Security Engineering" — The Book

Via Cryptome, April 9, 2014 :

"It's beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is."

Bruce Schneier

9 votes

Edwin Vieira, Jr - Article V Convention: A Titanic Irrelevance

By Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
April 7, 2014 | NewsWithViews.com

The more I inflict upon myself the details of the on-going, extensive, and increasingly acrimonious debate about the supposed merits or demerits of what is called an “Article V Convention of the States”, the more my mind returns to the scene I have imagined taking place on Titanic. Having struck the iceberg, the great liner is down fifteen degrees by the head, and sinking fast, while in the Grand Salon her designer Mr. Andrews, Captain Smith, and a gaggle of marine engineers are discussing a new ship, to be built according to a new design which supposedly will obviate the flaw in Titanic that contributed to her demise. While in theory this discussion might have been very illuminating to the participants, it obviously would otherwise have been an irrelevance which could have saved neither Titanic nor a single soul who went down with her.

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