Monthly Archives: September 2014

Lack of travel ban leads to first US case of Ebola

A man who took a commercial flight from Liberia that landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 has been found to have the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. He is the first traveler to have brought the virus to the United States on a passenger plane. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/health/airline-passenger-with-ebola-is-under-treatment-in-dallas.html?module=Notification&version=BreakingNews&region=FixedTop&action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=21060182&pgtype=Homepage He was […]

Americans are clueless about the elite’s wealth grab

Americans have no idea how much the Masters of the Universe are paid, a finding very much in line with evidence that Americans vastly underestimate the concentration of wealth at the top. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/opinion/paul-krugman-our-invisible-rich.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss The supposedly well informed often seem comparably out of touch. Until the Occupy movement turned the “1 percent” into a catchphrase, it […]

DARPA initiative pushes for brain reading technology

The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it has recruited new federal agencies and a number of universities, foundations and businesses to help pursue the goals of the Brain Initiative, which the president started in 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/us/more-groups-join-project-on-the-brain.html?ref=us Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and innovation, in the White House Office of Science and Technology […]

Arab states strike their jihadist creation in joint exercise

The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.  http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/09/30/world/middleeast/30reuters-mideast-crisis-saudi-emirates.html?ref=world With Egypt, Syria and Iraq – where the Arab world’s armed might […]

Obscure private contractors control US phone data

An obscure federal contract for a company charged with routing millions of phone calls and text messages in the United States has prompted an unusual lobbying battle in which intelligence officials are arguing that the nation’s surveillance secrets could be at risk. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/us/spy-agencies-urge-caution-on-phone-deal.html?ref=us&_r=0  The contractor that wins the bid would essentially act as the air […]

S Carolina trooper shoots man for not wearing seatbelt

A South Carolina state trooper shoot an unarmed man whom he had seconds earlier pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29373115 Sean Groubert, 31, who is white, is seen on dashboard video shooting Levar Jones, 35, who is black. Mr Jones was struck in the hip and has been released from hospital. Mr Groubert […]

Holder legacy: Race baiting and criminal conspiracy

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has frustrated and confounded even his staunchest allies for his views on civil liberties. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/us/politics/a-champion-of-civil-rights-if-not-of-civil-liberties-just-like-his-hero.html?ref=us Mr. Holder approved of the National Security Agency’s authority to sweep up millions of phone records of Americans accused of no crime. He subpoenaed journalists and led a crackdown on their sources. He defended […]