Category Archives: Politics

Fake News

My favorite tweet in response to the recent Donald Trump claim that California simply needs to spend money to “rake the forest floors” to prevent forest fires was:

“Rake News”

I Voted

Did You? Yeah? So did everybody else, apparently. The lines were long this morning, but everyone seemed respectful and in a good mood. I chatted with one poll worker while waiting to cast my ballot, he said it’s been this busy for weeks, with all the early voting. And SO MANY young voters turning up.

If I wasn’t a natural pessimist, I might hold out a sliver of hope for this country. We’ll see if all the lying and voter suppression has the impact the Trump supporters intended, or not. Luckily I get to go to sleep soon, and wake up around the time all the early election results are getting reported. Even better, I’m off work tonight, so I can watch until the wee hours, in case there are any close races.

Rand Paul Is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

I find it hard to believe anyone still trusts that these “top security” people aren’t lying through their teeth every time their lips move. Obama lied. Gen Clapper lied. Nobody is ever held accountable for lying anymore!

Yes, the NSA is recording everything they can get the grubby little mitts onto. I don’t think they keep everything forever, but I’m betting it doesn’t take much to get added to the list of “interesting individuals”. And that list will only grow as more people speak out about the continued abuse of our 5th amendment right to privacy in our homes and our private communications. The Internet is a communication system, and should be treated as such. Hands off without a warrant.

Defenders of the surveillance state have long peddled a blatant falsehood about the NSA’s domestic spying.

Source: Rand Paul Is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

PayPal freezes Canadian media company’s account over story about Syrian family – Manitoba – CBC News

A Canadian newspaper tried to submit a story to a Canadian awards competition, and Paypal calls the transaction “suspicious” and suspends their account. Why? Because the story was about some Syrian refugees? Really? Blame Canada!

A community newspaper’s payment to enter a feel-good story about a family of Syrian refugees in an awards competition prompted PayPal to freeze the account of a national media organization after flagging the suspicious transaction, The Canadian Press has learned.

Source: PayPal freezes Canadian media company’s account over story about Syrian family – Manitoba – CBC News