Michelle Obama’s confrontation with a lesbian activist signals the beginning of a push to turn up the heat on the president by the LGBT community; Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calling protesters “looters” exemplifies why his country is seeing so much unrest; meanwhile as Occupy Wall Street participants exerted their First Amendment rights, their cellphones were being logged. These discoveries and more below.
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Sunday Shows meet Glenn Greenwald!
Welcome to your recap of this week’s “Sunday shows,” where the hot topic is how the government has access to everyone’s phone and Facebook and video sex chats all the time, EVERYONE FREAK OUT, NOW.
Privacy Disappears in the Prism
Last week, The Guardian (the British newspaper) and the Washington Post simultaneously reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting staggering amounts of user data and files from seven of the world’s most powerful technology companies.
Pop Neuroscience is Bunk!
The media—and some scientists—use brain imaging to explain law, politics, even theology. It’s often hooey.
In Guatemala, A Long Road To Justice
A few weeks ago, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned the historic guilty verdict of the nation’s former military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who had been convicted of committing genocide and crimes against humanity during his short reign from 1982 to 1983.
LGBT Leading the Mobile Era
A new study by DIGITAS, a digitally led, integrated brand agency, finds LGBT mobile device users are embracing the “mobile first” way.
Plastic from Grass
Nearly all the plastics sold today come from petroleum and aren’t biodegradable.
Surprise, Surprise! All Occupiers Phones Were Logged
In light of news that everyday the entire of telecom giant Verizon’s call system records are handed over to the NSA, news that attendees of Occupy Wall Street protest attendees’ cell phones were logged should hardly come as a shock.