A disturbing story was posted to MSNBC today suggesting that two British tourists heading to Hollywood were intercepted at the customs and deported after a night in custody, based on a couple of misunderstood tweets they had made several days before their trip. This would seem to indicate that the US Govt. is monitoring all internet activity for keywords, and tying these keywords to individuals on whom they compile actionable dossiers.
Is it just me or are we witnessing the slow but steady erosion of what it means to be American, or indeed, freedom itself in this country that prides itself on its democractic underpinnings.
Just a short diary but perhaps a useful point of reference to use, bookmark and come back to again and again. Target has come into view in the past week as a schizophrenic organization which preaches and practices LGBT acceptance and extended workers benefits for LGBT partners on one hand, while on the other making significant political contributions to right-wing supporting groups such as MN Forward, and, by its CEO, Michele Bachmann.
During the discussions this week on DKOS over how to effectively use our power as consumer to influence the political activities of companies we frequent, one question came up - is there a resource somewhere, anywhere that could quickly and easily show us where we should shop if we have a preference for blue vs red corporations.
With all the lamenting over the retirement of the Space Shuttle later this year after a long almost 30 year history, you would think American technological innovation in the space arena was dying along with it, and along with Aries, if you believed Aries was a significant progress from Apollo, and the right direction for US space goals.
However, the reality is quite different than that presented by the mainstream media. I will briefly cover several positive and forward looking developments which indicate American innovation in space exploration and travel is still very much alive.
For the fifth year in a row, France has been voted the best place to live in the world according to an annual survey in International Living magazine.
A widowed mother of nine receiving welfare benefits was sterilized against her will in a Boston area hospital in Dec 2006. When the story broke in the local press, she was surprised at the amount of public outpouring over the news.... but its not what you would think or expect.
A major demonstration was scheduled for today by the reformist groups in Iran to take place in Tehran in the Baharestan area...unfortunately it seems that the security forces were out in force well before the peaceful protest started.
**Update 3 - witness video from CNN**
**Update 5 - wealth of videos from today are out here:**
**Warning graphic content**
Yesterday the Augustine Panel held its first open meeting with representatives from NASA and the greater space industry community to discuss the future of NASA's manned spaceflight initiative and the Shuttle replacement.
CNN is up with an interview with Scott Roeder, who is claiming victory and pleasure in the successful closure of the clinic, without directly admitting involvement.
Al Jazeera has published some analysis on Obama's well received speech in Cairo this morning, here is a quick run through of their comments and Arab reaction.
A prolific American collector of Japanese manga comics has reportedly been convicted under the 2003 Protect act of pedophilia for ordering comics which were intercepted by customs.
According to wired's threat level blog, the collector, Christopher Handley, was prosecuted for mailing obscene matter, and possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children. Three other counts (not listed) were dropped in the plea deal.
However disgusting the comics he ordered from Japan may seem, I have some real concerns with this.
With the announcement today that President Obama has selected Charles Bolden to be the next NASA Administrator, this got me thinking what could Bolden do in HIS first 100 days to make his mark and change things around at NASA ?
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