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28 January 2014 ·

Talking To Strangers: Using Voting Ballots To Organize Election Coverage

jcstearns:

An idea for a news org… The weekend before an election publish a copy of the local ballot on your website, exactly as it will look in the voting booth. And for every race link the candidates’ names to all the articles and reporting you have done (even better, link to your competitors’ coverage…

Yes, yes, yes!

4 November 2013 ·

poptech:

Today NASA released eight incredible never-seen-before incredible photos of the universe, taken by the agency’s x-ray space telescope. Read/see more on Motherboard. 

poptech:

Today NASA released eight incredible never-seen-before incredible photos of the universe, taken by the agency’s x-ray space telescope. Read/see more on Motherboard

(via theatlantic)

29 October 2013 ·

latimes:

Nation’s precious Sriracha supply at risk

Hot sauce fans be warned. The Sriracha factory in Irwindale could be shut down after several complaints from nearby residents that the smell of the factory is so strong that it is causing throat pain, burning eyes and headaches.

Keep track of the latest over at L.A. Now, and follow reporter Frank Shyong, who’s hot on the trail of the alleged Sriracha dangers.

Photos: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

29 October 2013 ·

kateoplis:

Sandy, One Year Later

24 October 2013 ·

"Today, the day that Russian Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, several websites of the Russian Muslim community were defaced with a photo of a severed pig’s head with the Koran in its mouth."

~

Russian Muslim Websites Defaced by Hackers During Eid

(via globalvoices)

Sickening. Sickening. Sickening.

(via globalvoices)

15 October 2013 ·

"In the past months, though, the Western fawning over Malala has become less about her efforts to improve conditions for girls in Pakistan, or certainly about the struggles of millions of girls in Pakistan, and more about our own desire to make ourselves feel warm and fuzzy with a celebrity and an easy message. It’s a way of letting ourselves off the hook, convincing ourselves that it’s simple matter of good guys vs. bad guys, that we’re on the right side and that everything is okay."

~ Max Fisher, The Nobel Committee did Malala a favor in passing her over for the peace prize, The Washington Post

14 October 2013 ·

statedept:

Today Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov signed the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers (NRRCs) Agreement in Bali, Indonesia. You can read their remarks here.

statedept:

Today Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov signed the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers (NRRCs) Agreement in Bali, Indonesia. You can read their remarks here.

(Source: Flickr / statephotos)

7 October 2013 ·

futurejournalismproject:

Happy Fourth of July
Now do something very American: Join Restore the Fourth for an Independence Day protest.
Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

This Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will be taking to the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of the Fourth Amendment.  According to the official website, Restore the Fourth aims to end all forms of unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications by the United States government. The campaign calls particular attention to PRISM, a recently-revealed project of the National Security Agency that allows the government broad access to the Internet traffic and other electronic communications of many users – including many Americans. The Restore the Fourth movement has an active reddit community that is working cooperatively to organize protests across the country.
There are many ways to protest unconstitutional surveillance – including signing onto the Stop Watching Us site and calling your elected officials – but physical protests can be particularly effective at demonstrating public outrage. We’re glad to see the Restore the Fourth movement organizing protests across the country against unlawful NSA spying, and we hope these protests push elected officials to respond to the American people’s growing discontent with dragnet domestic surveillance.

And now back to our regularly scheduled fireworks.

futurejournalismproject:

Happy Fourth of July

Now do something very American: Join Restore the Fourth for an Independence Day protest.

Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

This Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will be taking to the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of the Fourth Amendment.  According to the official website, Restore the Fourth aims to end all forms of unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications by the United States government. The campaign calls particular attention to PRISM, a recently-revealed project of the National Security Agency that allows the government broad access to the Internet traffic and other electronic communications of many users – including many Americans. The Restore the Fourth movement has an active reddit community that is working cooperatively to organize protests across the country.

There are many ways to protest unconstitutional surveillance – including signing onto the Stop Watching Us site and calling your elected officials – but physical protests can be particularly effective at demonstrating public outrage. We’re glad to see the Restore the Fourth movement organizing protests across the country against unlawful NSA spying, and we hope these protests push elected officials to respond to the American people’s growing discontent with dragnet domestic surveillance.

And now back to our regularly scheduled fireworks.

4 July 2013 ·

Tracking: The NSA's Secret Surveillance Programs | Fast Company | Business Innovation

journalofajournalist:

I’m tracking the latest news in the #PRISM NSA surveillance scandal for @fastcompany. Really excited to be a part of this.

9 June 2013 ·

shortformblog:

President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

shortformblog:

President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

23 May 2013 ·

"

The very interesting question that has arisen as the U.S. has pioneered this technology is: What happens when the Russians, say, send an armed drone into Georgia to the south claiming that there’s a Chechen terrorist that’s hiding in Georgia? And they have no other way to kill him and so they’re going to kill him with a drone missile?

“It’s going to be a very interesting moment internationally and for the United States, because the Obama administration — if that’s who’s in power — is going to have to say, ‘We accept this because they’re doing exactly what we do,’ or they’ll have to somehow make a distinction between what the Chinese or Russians are doing and what we’ve done in the past.

"

~ New York Times national security correspondent Scott Shane tells Terry Gross what would it mean if countries not allied with the United States had their own drone programs. (via nprfreshair)

13 February 2013 ·

State of the Union: Tip Sheets from the Pew Research Center

shortformblog:

pewresearch:

Are you watching the President’s address tonight? We’ve pulled together key Pew Research findings across 10 topics that Obama is likely to discuss. Get the data so you can follow along. Here are the highlights:

The Economy

  • The economy and jobs remain the public’s top two priorities for the White House and Congress.
  • 57% of Americans (and 74% of Republicans) say that President Obama won the battle over the “fiscal cliff.”
  • Americans took a dim view of the fiscal cliff deal, saying it would hurt: the economy (46%), people like themselves (52%), efforts to curb the deficit (44%).
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on the economy

Debt and Deficit

  • 72% of Americans now say reducing the deficit is a top priority, up from 53% in Jan. 2009, including 84% of Republicans, 67% of Democrats and 71% of independents.
  • Majorities of Americans oppose most deficit reduction measures, including reducing funding for education (77% disapprove), reducing transportation funding (67%) and reducing funding to help low-income people (58%).
  • There are wide partisan gaps on many debt reduction proposals, including reducing military defense spending (+35 points Democrats) and reducing funding to help low-income people (+29 points Republicans).
  • 74% say a combination of program cuts and tax increases is the best way to reduce the deficit.
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on the debt and deficit

The Middle Class

  • The median income for a middle-income, three-person household fell to $69,487 in 2010 from $72,956 in 2000 (in 2011 dollars.) Median net worth among the middle-income tier fell 28% to $93,150 in 2010 from $129,582 in 2000.
  • 85% of those in the middle class say it is more difficult today than a decade ago to maintain their standard of living.
  • The middle class blamed their difficulties on: Congress (62%), banks and financial institutions (54%) and large corporations (47%).
  • Middle-class adults say they are: Democrats (34%), Republicans (25%) and independents (35%); conservative (39%), moderate (35%) and liberal (22%).
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on the middle class

Gun Control

  • 51% of Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 45% say it is more important to protect gun rights.
  • 47% say mass shootings reflect broader societal problems, 44% call them isolated acts of troubled individuals.
  • There is broad public support for background checks for private and gun show sales (85%) and laws preventing the mentally ill from purchasing guns (80%).
  • There are large partisan divides on creating a federal database to track gun sales (35-point gap, Democrats favor), implementing a ban on assault-style weapons (25-point gap, Democrats favor) or having more teachers and school officials with guns in schools (33-point gap, Republicans favor).
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on gun control

U.S. Foreign Policy

  • 83% of Americans say that “we should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home,” up 10 points since 2002.
  • 40% say the U.S. relies on military strength too much to achieve its foreign policy goals, 44% say about the right amount and 10% say too little.
  • 63% say the U.S. should be less involved in Middle East leadership changes.
  • Americans largely approve of the use of drones to target extremists, unlike most other nations surveyed.
  • 71% say defending the nation from terrorism is a top priority.
  • 60% support withdrawing troops from Afghanistan “as soon as possible.”
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on foreign policy

U.S.-China Relations

  • Americans now favor getting tougher with China (49%) over strengthening relations (42%) when it comes to economic policy.
  • A median of 42% of countries now say China is the world’s leading economic power; 36% named the United States.
  • Americans are more concerned about China’s economic strength (59%) than about its military strength (28%).
  • 68% of Americans distrust China and 66% see it as a competitor.
  • Chinese views of the U.S. have also turned negative (48% unfavorable, 43% favorable).
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on U.S.-China relations

U.S.-Middle East Relations

  • 57% of Americans do not believe the changes in the Middle East will lead to lasting improvements for people living in the affected countries.
  • 63% of Americans say they want the U.S. less involved in Middle East leadership changes.
  • 63% of Americans say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria.
  • 50% of the public sympathizes more with Israel, 10% sympathize more with the Palestinians, 13% say neither side and 4% say both.
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on U.S.-Middle East relations

Immigration

  • 39% of Americans say “dealing with illegal immigration” should be a top priority, ranking the issue 17th out of 21 issues.
  • 42% of Americans prioritize both enhanced border security and a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.
  • The total immigrant population has grown to 40.4 million in 2011, while unauthorized immigration declined to 11.1 million.
  • 36% of eligible Mexican immigrants have become natural U.S. citizens, half the rate of of legal immigrants from all other countries combined.
  • Net migration to the U.S. from Mexico fell to zero in 2011 and may have reversed.
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on immigration

Climate Change

  • 28% of Americans say global warming is a top priority, ranking the issue last on this year’s list of 21 policy priorities.
  • 67% of Americans believe there is solid evidence of global warming, including 91% of liberal Democrats and 43% of conservative Republicans.
  • 42% of Americans attribute global warming mostly to human activity, while 19% say it is mostly due to natural patterns.
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on climate change

Gay Marriage

  • 48% of Americans favor gay marriage and 43% oppose it.
  • Younger generations express higher levels of support (Millennials, 63%; Generation X, 52%), compared with older ones (Baby Boomers, 41%; Silent Generation, 33%).
  • The religiously unaffiliated express the highest levels of support (73%), while white evangelical Protestants express the lowest (19%).
  • Support varies widely by region and is strongest in New England (62%) and weakest in the South Central (35%).
  • Read more about Pew Research findings on gay marriage

Browse all of our State of the Union tip sheets: 

Economy | Middle Class | Gun Control | U.S.-China Relations | U.S.-Middle East Relations | Immigration | Climate Change | Gay Marriage | Debt and Deficit | U.S. Foreign Policy

Relevant info.

12 February 2013 ·

"Karl Rove, founder of one of the biggest Republican groups, American Crossroads, recently said the group would spend $32 million to keep the party’s House majority. The group intends to spend money on research, direct mail and calls, and polling, along with ads."

~

from an editorial in today’s NY Times. American Crossroads is a Super PAC. 

That statement alone leaves me agape at the fact that people really believe this is a democracy. One worth replicating in other parts of the world no less.

8 October 2012 ·

I’m currently in Dehradun and posted this over at the FJP this morning.
futurejournalismproject:


Daughters Are Precious
My morning reading in the Hindustan Times today. A new column by actor-activist Amir Khan. He writes:


Every conceivable reason that I have come across during our research of people explaining why they want a boy and not a girl as a daughter does not seem to make any sense to me. For instance, “if we have a girl then at the time of her marraige we have to pay dowry”, or “a girl cannot perform the last rites after the death of her parents, or near and dear ones”, or “the girl can’t take the vansh, or family forward”…All these are man-made reasons. We have created dowry and are now killing the girl child as if she is responsible for it. We have decided for ourselves that girls can’t perform last rites and then we say the girl is to blame.”


FJP: Agreed, approved, and happy to see this in a newspaper.

I’m currently in Dehradun and posted this over at the FJP this morning.

futurejournalismproject:

Daughters Are Precious

My morning reading in the Hindustan Times today. A new column by actor-activist Amir Khan. He writes:

Every conceivable reason that I have come across during our research of people explaining why they want a boy and not a girl as a daughter does not seem to make any sense to me. For instance, “if we have a girl then at the time of her marraige we have to pay dowry”, or “a girl cannot perform the last rites after the death of her parents, or near and dear ones”, or “the girl can’t take the vansh, or family forward”…All these are man-made reasons. We have created dowry and are now killing the girl child as if she is responsible for it. We have decided for ourselves that girls can’t perform last rites and then we say the girl is to blame.”

FJP: Agreed, approved, and happy to see this in a newspaper.

8 May 2012 ·

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