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Attacking Net Neutrality Once Again

Alfredo Lopez
This Can't Be Happening!
While the "net neutrality" debate may seem like a jargon-filled conversation between technologists and free speech advocates, it's really about you and your ability to read what others are writing and write so that others may read it.

The Banality of Systemic Evil

Peter Ludlow
The New York Times Opinionator
Has the younger generation lost its moral compass? No. In my view, just the opposite. Clearly, there is a moral principle at work in the actions of the leakers, whistle-blowers and hacktivists and those who support them. I would also argue that that moral principle has been clearly articulated, and it may just save us from a dystopian future.

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood
Tomgram: As Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood indicate today, however, gigantic as the NSA’s intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

Germany Votes, Wins and Losses

Victor Grossman
Yes, Angela Merkel wins. Her 42 percent vote, impressive as it was with many parties contesting, left her with the biggest bloc of 311 seats in the 630-seat Bundestag, but five seats short of a needed majority. So instead of the previous more-or-less like-minded partner, further to the right on most issues, she must try to forge an alliance with her main election opponents, the Social Democrats.

Record Protests Sweep Bangladesh

Sarah Lazare
Common Dreams
Over 50,000 demand 'dignity' in garment industry where majority-female workforce faces dangerous conditions and some of lowest wages in world

The Institute of Medicine Report on Cancer Care: Is The System "In Crisis"?

Respectful Insolence
The evidence base for a lot of the health IT recommendations being able to do what they are claimed to be able to do is currently thin to nonexistent, but there has been a major initiative over the last 14 years to improve the adherence to evidence-based guidelines in treating cancer patients. Although this has largely been fairly successful, there are areas where current oncology practices fall short, particularly in the elderly.

Troy Davis Supporters Push to End Death Penalty

Amy Goodman
Democracy Now
Troy Davis was convicted and executed for the killing of the off duty police officer, Mark MacPhail. The prosecution's case rested entirely on witness testimony but seven of the nine non-police witnesses have said they were coerced by police and since recanted their testimony. Nine witnesses also implicated another man in the murder, one of the remaining witnesses who has not recanted, Sylvester "Red" Coles as the shooter.

CA Bill Ends Federal Testing of Voting System

Brad Friedman
Brad Blog
The bill that was finally approved with virtually no debate in either the Assembly or the Senate or among the public is now a 39-page radical overhaul of the election code, rewriting, repealing or otherwise amending well over 70 sections, including doing away with the requirement that all e-voting systems be federally tested and certified before being considered for use in the state and allowing for new, uncertified e-voting systems to be used in "pilot programs.&qu

Detroit Emergency Manager Created Black Out To 'Teach A Lesson'

Diane Sweet
Crooks and Liars
If you ever had any doubt that Michigan has been taken over by a group of dangerous, radical extremists, what happened in Detroit on September 11th, 2013 should be enough to wake you up. On September 12th, 2013, Bill Nowling casually stated that the city’s power outages were intentional to “send a message” to the people of Detroit. Many believe the deliberate power outage was carried out because Orr’s office has been pushing for the privatization of the city power grid.