Last week’s collapse of a massive precious metals mine in Indonesia, which killed at least 17 workers, brought unwanted attention to the American company that owns the facility, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold. But the Phoenix, AZ-based company is already well-known to many here in Washington: Its top executives, as well as the company PAC, contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle to help fuel congressional campaigns. Read more here.
“With all the hullabaloo over the IRS’s special scrutiny of Tea Party groups, a far worse case of political meddling and governmental overreach has been going on: The spying on leftwing activists in the Occupy movement.
Thousands of documents obtained by DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy show how Homeland Security and local law enforcement were obsessed with the Occupy movement and other activists.
They treated Occupy activists as potential terrorists.
They infiltrated Occupy meetings.
They tracked Occupy activists online.
They kept an eye on the Rev. Jesse Jackson when he visited an Occupy protest in Phoenix.
They also monitored the protests against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
And they shared information and coordinated planning with some of the very financial institutions that Occupy was protesting.
Based on these documents, I wrote the cover story for the June issue of The Progressive,“Spying on Occupy Activists: How Cops and Homeland Security Help Wall Street.”
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, you have to wonder why Homeland Security and law enforcement were focusing so much attention on Occupy and ALEC activists rather than on those who presented a real risk of terrorism in the United States.
Michael Isikoff of NBC News notes that law enforcement in Boston were tracking Occupy protesters at the same time they were not following up on Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The pursuit of Occupy activists was not a mere bureaucratic foul-up, as occurred in the IRS office in Cincinnati. It was a systematic effort by Homeland Security and law enforcement offices around the country to monitor leftwing activists who were simply exercising their First Amendment rights.”
How to make a Sontaran - Dan Starkey transforms into Strax (by doctorwho)
Wondered what it takes to make a Sontaran warrior look so terrifying? Turns out, it’s foam rubber, a lot of make-up and two hours of patient work. See Strax actor Dan Starkey get made up in this time-lapse video.
Preparing to leave the neighborhood as soon as it gets too damned “family friendly”
Fuck that..fuck “family-friendly”…and fuck @Yahoo if they mess with @Tumblr
Today Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a multi-year partnership with Teaching Strategies, the educational company that publishes The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD.
Learn more at http://sesameworkshop.org/school
He was my first Doctor and he will always be my favourite!
You can change the direction this train is moving just by thinking about it.
That is freaky.