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Leading Putin Critic Warns of Xenophobic Conspiracy Theories Drowning U.S. Discourse and Helping Trump

That is as flagrantly insane as the most warped versions of birther and truther fever dreams that have tragically engulfed significant portions of …

Why People Are Saying This WikiLeaks CIA Release Will Help Trump

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released thousands of documents it alleged described the software tools used by the CIA to hack into smartphones, smart TVs and …

Donald Trump
Surveillance

Amazon gives up fight for Alexa’s First Amendment rights after defendant hands over data

Amazon has abandoned its legal battle to protect its Alexa assistant with First Amendment rights — for now at least. The company filed a motion against a police search warrant in an Arkansas murder case earlier this month, but has now dropped the case after the defendant agreed to hand over the …

Search

Mass Spying Isn’t Just Intrusive—It’s Ineffective

US intelligence agencies face a difficult task. They are supposed to provide meaningful analysis that enables officials to manage serious national …

Surveillance

San Francisco Tells FBI's Terrorism Intel Network to Take a Hike — and Experts Say They Put America at Risk

Even before he was elected, President Trump announced his intention to remove as much federal funding as possible for “sanctuary cities” that …

San Francisco

Child porn case dropped to prevent FBI disclosure

<b>US prosecutors have dropped a case against a man accused of using a child porn site because the government refused to divulge how it revealed his identity.</b><p>The Playpen site was located on the Tor network which is used to anonymise web-browsing activity.<p>The FBI found a way around this to reveal the …

Privacy
Cybersecurity
Privacy

New York Times January Wiretapping Headline Goes Viral

You have probably seen the image below of the <i>New York Times</i> January 20 headline. It has gone viral on web and renders absurd the current denials by …

Donald Trump
Surveillance
Surveillance

MIT built a wearable app to detect emotion in conversation

Are you saying what you mean, or just saying it mean?<p>How a person tells a story could be interpreted in a multitude of ways — telling your friend about your awesome new car can come across as excitement or a brag, depending on the listener. To help detect the sentiment behind speech, a team at the …

Artificial Intelligence

Biotech will let us give our brains a makeover—but we risk becoming less human in the process

Within the lifetimes of most children today, bioenhancement is likely to become a basic feature of human society. Personalized pharmaceuticals will enable us to modify our bodies and minds in powerful and precise ways, with far fewer side effects than today’s drugs. New brain-machine interfaces …

Personality

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

Internet-connected smart TVs and streaming devices from Vizio, LG, Samsung, Sony, Roku, Google and others can all spy on your viewing habits. Here's how to stop them.<p>When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to …

Smart TV

Creepy new browser-tracking technique means there's nowhere left for you to hide

These days, everyone on the internet already knows if you're a dog. Thanks to a newly developed tracking technique, they may soon know even …

Middle-class

The Alluring Falsehood of Socialism | Max Forrester Eastman

<i>This is excerpted from Eastman's</i> Reflections on Socialism<i>, which was published in 1955.</i><p>Almost everyone who cares earnestly about freedom is aroused …

Political Science

The True Lessons of 1984

The novel is a warning against socialism that Democrats should heed.<p>One of the most intriguing developments in our current unpredictable political …

Trump Administration
Europe

Whatever Happened to Democratic Capitalism?

I don’t normally watch the GLAAD Media Awards. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. GLAAD, by the way, originally stood for “Gay & Lesbian …

Andrew McCabe

Socialism’s Return

For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the …

Middle-class

YouTube’s Best Vlogger Is This 10-Year-Old Communist Named Dylan

It’s 2017 and the communist revolution is being spearheaded online by a 10-year-old vegetarian with a preference for red shirts and a lot to say. If …

Yes, the people of Venezuela are literally starving to death

Last week John Sexton looked at a story which described the dire conditions of Venezuelans reaching the point where they were eating dogs, cats, …

How conservatives want to break Bernie Sanders’s spell over young Americans

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — Mercedes Schlapp was delivering a warning about the dangers of young Americans’ support for socialism when she turned to face the thousands of conservatives in the crowd.<p>“Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles — this is <i>your</i> responsibility,” Schlapp, a columnist at the …

Middle-class

From The Archives: What Is Socialism?

A foreign official appears to have asked Sri Kamaraj what he understood to be socialism for which he along with other Congressmen stood. Kamaraj is …

Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse

If Republicans gain full control, they have the power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image<p>As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn't hard to imagine a modern-day Mussolini — or worse. …

Middle-class

Here’s What Conservative College Students Think About Socialism

SocietyCommentary<p>Remembering Columbine, 19 Years Later<p>LawNews<p>Andrew McCabe, FBI’s Former No. 2, Faces Criminal Probe for Lying, …

College & University

Richard D. Wolff: What Are Capitalism and Socialism? What Differentiates Them?

Media<p>This interview with Richard D. Wolff, University of Massachusetts professor of Economics Emeritus, Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at …

Middle-class

The Robot Tax Is Just Capitalism Vs Socialism All Over Again - The Cure Is The Same Too, Competition

We have a piece in The Guardian telling us all about the economics of the robot tax–it’s about economics in The Guardian so of course it is actually wrong but our task is to work out why it is wrong. The problem here is that the writer doesn’t understand that it’s the interplay of capitalism and …

Economics