Archive for August 16th, 2013

Photographer Re-imagines “Strangers as Friends”

Photographer Re-imagines “Strangers as Friends”

As part of the “On the Road” series, CBS interviewed a New York photographer who asks strangers on the street to pose as though they’re couples, friends or family. Forty-five-year-old Richard Renaldi takes two complete strangers and asks them imagine, if just for a moment, that they are very close. Renaldi explains, “They’re not exactly […]

Texas SWAT Raids Organic Farm Over Rumors

Texas SWAT Raids Organic Farm Over Rumors

Micah Naziri Everything is bigger in Texas… Even when it comes to violating your civil rights apparently. Radley Balko, author of the book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, writes that a small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was recently the target of a massive police action. This raid last week included aerial […]

Secret Service Was Spying on Reddit Co-Founder Before His Death

Secret Service Was Spying on Reddit Co-Founder Before His Death

The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secret Service documents show that the agency played a key role in the investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz and watched his case closely until he committed suicide. Swartz died in New York City in January as he faced trial on charges he hacked into a Massachusetts Institute […]

Posted in: Surveillance, The State
‘You Don’t Say?’ US Government Now Admits Area 51 Exists

‘You Don’t Say?’ US Government Now Admits Area 51 Exists

By Eli Khalil Philip Bump recently reported for the Atlantic on the latest startling revelation from Freedom of Information Act files. These newly declassified files were obtained by George Washington University for their National Security Archive. What is so incredible is that they are the first documented acknowledgement of the United States government that the Area […]

‘Too Sexy’ For Iranian Politics?

‘Too Sexy’ For Iranian Politics?

By Isa Abu Jamal Al-Arabiya recently reported on Iran’s disqualification of politician Nina Siakhali Moradi. The reason for her disqualification? She is “too sexy,” and has “model-like looks.” Al-Arabiya reports: Despite promises made by Iran’s new President, Hassan Rowhani, that women’s civil rights will improve under his government, a city councilor has been barred from office […]

Posted in: Sexism