Little Brother, Cory Doctorow's novel about teenagers rebelling against the surveillance state, has been pulled from a school reading programme in Florida this summer following what the author said were concerns from the school's principal over its questioning of authority and its "lauding" of hacker culture.
According to the National Coalition Against Censorship, Little Brother was chosen for a school-wide summer reading programme at Booker T Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida "after an extensive process by the professional staff". It has subsequently been withdrawn "because of concerns that some parents might object to scenes involving sex and violence and the idea of questioning authority", said the American free speech organisation
Head towards oil fields:
Militants from a breakaway al-Qaeda group took control of more Iraqi towns today, including the birthplace of Saddam Hussein, as the prime minister signaled he’ll deploy militias to halt their advance.
After seizing Mosul, Iraq’s second city, yesterday, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant advanced into Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown, Noureddin Qablan, vice chairman of Nineveh provincial council, said by phone. In Mosul, ISIL took dozens of people hostage at the Turkish consulate.
Mark Cuban, after falsely being prosecuted for insider trading, has launched a privacy-oriented service.
Mark Cuban says he wants to protect our privacy and his own with a new app he launched called Cyber Dust, which cost less than $1 million dollars to build and which could prove a potent rival to Snapchat.
First launched in March via his company Mention Mobile, the Cyber Dust app promises users that they can share disappearing text messages and photos.
19 Reasons Why You Can Laugh When Anyone Tells You That The Economy Is In Good Shape
By Michael Snyder, on June 10th, 2014
"We're absolutely stunned."
By Billy House | National Journal
June 10, 2014
Befuddlement hit and lingered within the House GOP leadership ranks as Majority Leader Eric Cantor's election fate was unwinding on Tuesday. Cantor lost in a major upset to primary challenger Dave Brat.
Speaker John Boehner, in a statement from his office late Tuesday night, said, "Eric Cantor and I have gone through a lot together."
White House: Obama Prepared To Act ‘Unilaterally’ Again Using ‘Executive Authority’ On Guns
June 10, 2014 by Sam Rolley
President Barack Obama is looking for new ways to act “administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority” to enact new gun control legislation, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a press conference Tuesday.
"Titans of the Washington GOP establishment are bracing for more potential defeats after grassroots-fueled conservative economics professor Dave Brat crushed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by double digits on Tuesday. The top two GOP establishment icons grassroots conservatives are targeting next are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Thad Cochran of Mississippi."
This is not the only website I "tune into", and those "other" websites are tuning into the DP also.
One of them evolved as a result of an attempt to censor one of my favorite radio personalities....on a coast to coast broadcast!
Championing the alert on Fukashima, and carrying it even further...at times being the ONLY ONE to do so.
A veteran of Film and radio, TV....and I just know he reads the DP.
So...here's a sample...check out his website...expand your information database. I think you'll thoroughly enjoy it...good viewing for sure.
Crony Corporatism: FDA Out To Destroy America's Artisan Cheese Industry, Benefiting Corporations Like KraftSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 21:50
by Greg McNeal | Forbes
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an executive decree banning the centuries old practice of aging cheese on wooden boards. One bureaucrat within the FDA, without surveying all of the scientific literature, and without public commentary, has rattled hundreds of small businesses across the United States. Consumers who eat any kind of aged cheese should prepare for a potentially catastrophic disruption in the market for artisan, non-processed cheese.
The FDA’s decision will not only harm American cheese makers, but may also bring a halt to the importation of artisan cheeses from abroad as Canadian and European Union regulators have not imposed such draconian measures and still allow for the use of wood boards to age cheese. Rob Ralyea of Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, commenting on the FDA’s action noted “the great majority of cheeses imported to this country are in fact aged on wooden boards and some are required to be aged on wood by their standard of identity (Comte, Beaufort and Reblochon, to name a few). Therefore, it will be interesting to see how these specific cheeses will be dealt with when it comes to importation into the United States.”
WSJ: Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) voted against the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, but on Wednesday he plans to “discuss the need for immigration reform.”
Mr. Paul will join former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New American Economy’s monthly series on immigration reform hosted by Grover Norquist.
Mr. Paul, who is openly considering mounting a 2016 presidential campaign, opposed the Senate bill and the prospect of “amnesty.” Mr. Bloomberg is, of course, one of the leading proponents of immigration reform, which the Partnership for a New American Economy aims to promote.
by Daisy Luther | June 9, 2014
The Organic Prepper
It’s times like this when I am so glad that we, as a family, have embraced frugality. My kids have been brought up with a somewhat different mindset from their friends. They aren’t big consumers and they aren’t into frivolous spending. They are every bit as happy with a cool item acquired from a yard sale as they are an expensive new item of clothing from the store. I’m also fortunate to have the whole-hearted support of loving friends who are like-minded – another key point when you are embarking on a frugal journey. When you are surrounded by spendthrifts it can be terribly difficult to adhere to your course – you always feel like you’re missing out, and however innocently, they tend to try and pressure you into making poor financial decisions.
I know that it isn’t just my family who is experiencing some tough financial downturns. The economy in North America is just awful. According to an article by Michael Snyder, half of the country supports a family on less than $27,000 per year. And to make matters worse, the cost of living has dramatically increased – and it isn’t finished increasing yet. An article written by Mac Slavo of SHTFplan predicts that the cost of living could more than QUADRUPLE over the next little while. So if you think it’s bad now…hang on, you’re in for a bumpy ride.
But, before I lose you, this article is not about doom and gloom. It is about hope for a brighter future.
Hello everyone. I was lucky enough to meet the author of this book on a native plant society walk recently. He is a close friend of my botany/edible and medicinal plant mentors. I was greatly impressed and think you will be too.