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China and Russia Aren't the Only Major Countries Repressing Journalism

Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists.<p>While much of the recent attention focused on journalism has been about how to make this venerable trade financially viable in the digital age, as 2013 draws to a close, news …

My 8 Favorite Inexpensive Canon Lenses

In the last few years, I have reviewed more lenses than you could possibly imagine. My photography students are always asking which lens is right for …

Cameras

Bill Nye: Future of U.S. economy at stake in Texas Board of Education evolution debate

The Science Guy weighs in on how teaching kids about evolution will impact the U.S. economy well into the future<p>Elias Isquith<p>November 24, 2013 7:40pm (UTC)<p>Members of the Texas Board of Education who don't want evolution taught in the state's schools have to contend with there being a legend on the …

Grab a Coffee & Settle In - 33 Great Photography Links

The world of photography has been buzzing all week with great photographers and artists posting their work for the world to enjoy. Toad Hollow …

Associated Press News

The stealth tax that says to hell with North Sea cod stocks | George Monbiot

Through the government body Seafish, the public is paying lobbyists to torpedo a campaign to protect the natural world<p>It's a stealth tax about which the government has kept very quiet. When you hear the details, you will know why. I doubt whether one in a thousand people is aware that it exists. …

How Wall Street — not pensioners — wrecked Detroit

<b>(AP/Lawrence Jackson)</b><p>While clueless elites continue to blame “reckless public pensions,” a new report tells a very different story<p>David Sirota<p>November 20, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>In its house editorial yesterday, USA Today retold the now-accepted story of Detroit's bankruptcy. Railing on "reckless public …

Fukushima meltdown is warning to the world, says nuclear plant operator

Naomi Hirose, president of the company that runs Fukushima, said Britain’s nuclear industry must be 'prepared for the worst'<p>The man in charge of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has warned that the meltdown of the plant in 2011 contains important lessons for the British government …

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

How an Unfalsifiable Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Us Less Safe

The secrecy of the national security bureaucracy makes it impossible to hold them accountable when their policies aren't working.<p>"Every genuine <i>test</i> of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or to refute it."–Karl Popper<p>Congress is almost certain to rein in the NSA at exactly the moment when its mass …

Tony resort city mulls bankruptcy, blaming wages, pensions

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - A resort town in California warned on Tuesday that it will run out of money by March due to burdensome salary and pension costs and could join other U.S. cities that have recently filed for bankruptcy protection.<p>A bankruptcy filing by Desert Hot Springs, a city of …

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Lou Reed Memorial Set for Thursday in New York

Lou Reed is credited with having once said, “I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine,” so it’s fitting that a memorial for the influential singer and …

Report: Think tanks tied to Kochs

A network of think tanks across the country is quietly pushing the agenda of right-wing groups with funding from Koch brothers-affiliated organizations, a new report alleges.<p>The study, by the liberal Center for Media and Democracy, is aimed at the State Policy Network, which describes itself as …

Why Does Anyone Trust the National-Security State?

A lack of transparency and oversight has led to abuses time and again, in every era.<p>The ongoing debate about the national-security state's conduct drills down, for many participants, to this question: How much do you trust the people in charge? Do you believe they'll reliably uphold the laws and …

Congressional Approval Sinks to Record Low

Current approval at 9%; 2013 average now 14%<p>PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' approval of the way Congress is handling its job has dropped to 9%, the …

Programmer Robert McNally Put Together An Awesome Presentation On What Bitcoin Really Is

Some former gold bugs certainly think so.<p>And its value has skyrocketed in recent months.<p>But many readers at this point are probably wondering ... what exactly is Bitcoin?<p>Robert McNally, an iOS developer at parking payment startup QuickPay, gave the following presentation to last year's Hackers' …

Bitcoin

Inside Google’s new 1-million-square-foot London office—three years before it’s ready

Google’s new London office, scheduled to open in 2016, will have an open-air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a climbing wall and a roof garden from which to watch trains glide out of Kings Cross station towards Cambridge or Hogwarts. Googlers can cycle right into the building and to the …

47M Americans hit by food stamp cuts starting today

The cutbacks amount to the loss of 21 meals per month for a family of four<p>Food stamp benefits will be cut to more than 47 million Americans starting Friday as a temporary boost to the federal program comes to an end without a new budget from a deadlocked Congress to replace it.<p>Under the program, …

Associated Press News

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 …

Police Discover 3-D Printed Gun Factory In Manchester: Updated

<b>Update:</b> Manchester police are now saying the “3-D-printed gun” they found was actually just a piece of a 3-D printer. A slight overreaction, perhaps? While the seized items undergo further forensic testing, in a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood defends the dramatic event …

Mozilla's Lightbeam for Firefox Add-on Shows How Sites Are Tracking Us

Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser, has released an add-on called Lightbeam for Firefox which presents a visualization of your browsing history and analyzes which applications are tracking or monitoring you online and how they are connected.<p>The company had previously released an experimental …

Watch this: Celebrities and whistleblowers join to incite NSA protest

As Edward Snowden gives his approval, the EFF enlists a star-studded cast to promote rally<p>Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has enlisted the help of high-profile whistleblowers and celebrities for a new video. "Stop Watching Us: The Video" is a call to arms; it sees …