Donald Trump does politics like US TV, which is why he's so popular

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Matt Taibbi is on fire as ever in Rolling Stone, analyzing the weird relationship between Donald Trump and the media: he does politics in just the way that cable news reports on it: disjointedly, without empathy or nuance or complexity. Unlike polished American politicos, Donald Trump is a TV watcher, and he knows how to speak to his people. Read the rest

US immigration law: so f'ed up that Trump's no-Muslim plan would be constitutional

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For more than a century, the US judiciary has been handing down rulings that affirm that non-US citizens, including those seeking entry into the USA, have no rights under the US Constitution -- rulings that also grant the President the power to exclude people based on race, marital status and other biased grounds. Read the rest

Multi-generational cruelty: America's prisons shutting down kids' visitations

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The history of American prison visitations are a mix of racism ("black men, denied sex, will riot in jail") and compassion -- especially the late 1960s' ground-breaking, multi-day family visitation programs that allowed prisoners to play and live with their children for a whole weekend a few times every year. Read the rest

Unelectable Lindsey Graham throws caution to the wind

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Now that Lindsey Graham is totally unelectable, he's decided to drop out of the "say the craziest thing I can think of" race and started a new one: the race to say things that are obviously true to everyone who's not trying to win the Tea Party, low-information-voter, religious fundamentalist vote. Read the rest

The TPP's ban on source-code disclosure requirements: bad news for information security

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The secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership is 2,000 pages' worth of regulatory favors for various industries, but one that stands out as particularly egregious is the ban on rules requiring source-code disclosure. Read the rest

In the first 334 days of 2015, America has seen 351 mass shootings (and counting)

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The data from Mass Shooting Tracker tell the tale: America averages more than one mass shooting every single day.

In the first 334 days of 2015, America has seen 351 mass shootings, and counting.

2015 is on track to be the deadliest year in American history, having already beat 2014, and likely to zoom past 2013's 363 mass shootings.

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Not even the scapegoats will go to jail for BP's murder of the Gulf Coast

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After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in which BP killed 12 people, millions of marine and land animals, and one ecosystem, two scapegoats were located to fit up for criminal manslaughter charges: the supervisors aboard the platform at the time of its explosion. Read the rest

Pandering to the lizard brain: American media versus objective reality

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Matt Taibbi, in typical blazing form in the Rolling Stone, asks how it can be that millions of Americans believe Donald Trump's fairy-tale about Muslims cheering after 9/11 when it just didn't happen. Read the rest

Hey, kids! Let's play White Terrorism Bingo

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When an American tries to kill another American in the name of Islam, it's terrorism. When white Christians -- the most common religious killers in America by a long chalk -- open fire on a black church or a Planned Parenthood office, they're "gunmen." The White Terrorism Bingo Card (origin unknown, please weigh in in the comments if you know where it came from) should be on the wall of every newsroom in America. Read the rest

A Canadian teenager used America's militarized cops to terrorize women gamers for years

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If you're a woman on the Internet, harassment comes with the territory. There have been jerky dudes since time immemorial, after all. But with the advent of America's militarized cops, sociopathic misogynists have a new, deadly force-multiplier in their war on women. Read the rest

The dystopian First Contact/alien abduction sf story hidden in the Thanksgiving tale

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When you look at the Thanksgiving story from Squanto's point of view, it's a pretty depressing science fiction story about minding your business outside your home one day when you're suddenly abducted by aliens with advanced technology, and when you finally make your way back home, years, you discover that nearly everyone on the continent has been wiped out by an alien supervirus. Read the rest

WTO rules against US dolphin-safe tuna labels because they're unfair to Mexican fisheries

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The barb in trade agreements' tail is the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, which lets companies sue governments to repeal rules that interfere with their profitability. It's let tobacco giants fight anti-smoking campaigns, and now it's letting fisheries attack rules aimed at preventing the wholesale slaughter of dolphins. Read the rest

Shamrock shake: Pfizer's Irish "unpatriotic loophole" ducks US taxes

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Pfizer's used a tax-dodge called a "reverse-inversion" to sell itself to a much smaller, Irish pharma company, moving its corporate nationality to Ireland at the stroke of a pen. Read the rest

US cops seized more through asset forfeiture in 2014 than US criminals stole through burglary

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US police seized $4.5 billion through civil asset forfeiture (through which police can take money and valuables away from citizens without charging anyone with any crimes) in 2014; in the same period, the FBI estimates that burglars accounted for $3.9B in property losses.

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Southwest Airlines surrenders to racists, refuses boarding to Arab-American passengers

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After bigots alerted Southwest Airlines ground crew that there were two people speaking Arabic in the boarding area, the airline's employees opted to harass a Palestinian-American pizza-parlor owner and his friend who were returning to Philadelphia from Chicago. Read the rest

US governors vow to protect citizens from mass-shooters if they are Syrian

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Pete Reynolds in McSweeney's, proving that humor is a better source of news than the news is: "I refuse to support special interest groups whose sole mission is to profit from putting weapons into the hands of people, if those people are Syrians." Read the rest

The US government turned down Anne Frank's visa application

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Otto Frank sought help from his college friend Nathan Strauss Jr, the son of the owner of Macy's, to get a US visa, but the US State Department turned him and his family down. Read the rest

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