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Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the battle for American science

The real reason conservatives are freaking out about Neil deGrasse Tyson: He’s laying bare their worst hypocrisies<p>The religious right has been freaking out about Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos" for what feels like an eternity. And, while the theological complaints seem laughable for their rancor and …

How to defeat Big Brother

In 2013, we learned the terrifying scope of modern surveillance. Now it’s time to fight back<p>"Visibility is a trap."<p>It can be safely argued that those four words, written by the French philosopher Michel Foucault in his discussion of the "panopticon," were never more true than they were this year. …

The Secret History Of The War On Public Drinking

New Year's Eve was still three weeks away, but by dusk, crowds had thronged Times Square. Everyone's eyes were trained on the screen on 42nd Street. The buzz of mass anticipation hung in the air. Suddenly, the lights on the screen flickered with the message everyone had been waiting for: "Utah is …

Must-see morning clip: NSA breaks silence on “60 Minutes,” says it’s not spying on Americans

“There’s no reason that we would listen to the phone calls of Americans,” said Gen. Keith Alexander<p>Months after whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified documents to the Guardian which exposed the agency's massive government surveillance program, the NSA has come …

New Obama Advisor John Podesta An Advocate For UFO Disclosure

For all of you who hope the U.S. government will lift the veil on its alleged stockpile of evidence that Earth is being visited by extraterrestrials -- take heart.<p>This week, former Clinton chief of staff and UFO advocate John Podesta was named as President Obama's newest advisor.<p>Podesta, 64, has …

New Twist In Decades Old Alien Autopsy Controversy (Graphic Video)

A story is circulating around the Internet that suggests Russia has known about alien civilizations for many decades.<p>Part of this fantastic tale involves a UFO that allegedly crashed in 1969, was recovered by Russian military (see image below) and a dead alien that was reportedly autopsied, …

Privacy advocates blast AT&T's alleged sale of info to CIA

Consumer advocates have asked federal regulators to declare phone companies to be in violation of federal privacy rules when they sell subscriber information to third parties, including the CIA.<p>Led by Public Knowledge, several privacy groups asked the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday …

Privacy

Class war: America’s longest running conflict

Vietnam and Iraq wars have come and gone, but battle lines are still drawn in neighborhoods like the South Bronx<p>I’m a voracious reader of American fiction and I’ve noticed something odd in recent years. This country has been eternally “at war” and you just wouldn’t know that -- a small amount of …

NSA Asked Linus Torvalds To Install Backdoors Into GNU/Linux

The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux. This was revealed in this week’s …

You will be shocked at how ignorant Americans are

What Americans don’t know and don’t understand is an obstacle to progress<p>If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and-poor.<p>Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping …

JFK assassination: CIA and New York Times are still lying to us

Fifty years later, a complicit media still covers up for the security state. We need to reclaim our history<p>We’ll never know, we’ll never know, we’ll never know. That’s the mocking-bird media refrain this season as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s greatest mystery – the assassination …

At least 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets found, study says

Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone -- not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data have …

How to decide if Linux is right for you

Had it up to here with Windows? Can't take another "blue screen of death"? Another 10-minute wait for your laptop to boot? Another spyware or virus hassle? Heck, maybe you just think Microsoft got it so far wrong with Windows 8.1, it's time for a change.<p>In fact, maybe it's time for Linux.<p>The …

Linux

NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained

Guardian US interactive team and Ewen MacAskill

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5 Things To Know About The NSA's Surveillance Activities

It's hard to keep track of all the leaks by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Much of the material has been published in Britain's <i>Guardian</i>, as well as other publications, including <i>The Washington Post</i>, and have shed light on some of the agency's surveillance …

Stern: Instrumental for Ventura '16

When asked whether he would run for president someday, former Minnesota governor and former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura said: sure, why not.<p>“I like the idea of waging war on the Democrats and the Republicans,” Ventura told POLITICO. “I enjoy it because they’re so vulnerable. They’re so …

W.H. pursues online privacy bill

Even as it defends the National Security Agency’s controversial Internet surveillance programs, the Obama administration has been working on legislation to boost online privacy safeguards for consumers.<p>The fact that the administration is trying to advance such a measure — amid reports that the …

NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users

The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.<p>Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower …

Papers shed light on shutdown of 'Snowden' e-mail provider

When the encrypted e-mail service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden suddenly closed its doors in August, its founder mysteriously said he'd "been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work …

Surveillance

Mailpile Is A Pro-Privacy, Open Source Webmail Project That’s Raised ~$100,000 On Indiegogo

Mailpile is a relatively rare thing: a software project that looks certain to achieve its crowdfunding goal. The Mailpile Indiegogo campaign is less than $5,000 away from its $100,000 target, still with 22 days left to run, so it’s clearly struck a chord with its close to 2,000 backers. Still, it’s …

Vermont Assisted Suicide Bill Passes State Senate

Vermonters in favor of doctor-assisted suicides are one step closer to seeing legislation enacted.<p>The Vermont State Senate voted 17-13 on Wednesday to pass the Patient Choice and Control at End Of Life Act. S. 77's stated purpose is to "allow, subject to appropriate safeguards, a mentally competent …

UFOs 'Roam Our Skies' Says Former US Air Force Intelligence Officer

WASHINGTON—A former U.S. Air Force major with 5,000 flying hours described in detail his encounter with an UFO, telling former members of Congress at …

Paranormal

Witnesses 1,200 Miles Apart Describe Same Giant Triangle UFO

Two UFO witnesses about 1,200 miles apart seemed to describe the same triangle-shaped object in reports two hours and two time zones apart on April 27, 2013, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.<p>At about 9:59 p.m. ET, a Tennessee witness driving west …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft to reveal new planetary discoveries?

NASA's Kepler spacecraft has been in hot pursuit of extraterrestrial life for four years now. And, on Thursday, it's letting people know just what it's found lurking in the Milky Way.<p>NASA is holding a Kepler briefing at 11 a.m. PT on Thursday. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and on …

Universe