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Latest Snowden Revelation Spells Trouble for Anonymous and All of Us

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Posted on Feb 6, 2014

The NSA whistle-blower’s new leak that the British government targeted activist collective Anonymous has sizable and scary implications; in 2013, 85 people were exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit, and it wasn’t just because of scientific advances; meanwhile, strangle rules and regulations are being revealed in Sochi as the Winter Olympics start. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us
The latest Snowden-related revelation is that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) proactively targeted the communications infrastructure used by the online activist collective known as Anonymous.

The Town That’s Building Life Around Sleep
Most people are socialized not to sleep when their bodies naturally want to. A small town in Germany wants to change that.

How San Francisco Is Trying to Reinvent the Housing Project
To make sure kids in her neighborhood go to school, Uzuri Pease-Greene walks them herself.

Stupid Irish Homophobes and Their Big Homophobic Fail
No one in the North America had heard of Panti Bliss three days ago.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Says Internment Camps Could Happen Again
In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, as war loomed and hysteria spread, the U.S. government committed one of the greatest crimes of the New Deal era by sending more than 100,000 people of Japanese heritage into internment camps.

Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA
2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations.

The Devil in the Pie Chart
It’s a thoroughly stupid, weirdly inelegant way to exist, isn’t it?

Instances Of Known Prosecutor FAILS Are On The Rise
The big news in “Justice” today is a new report from Professor Samuel R. Gross of the University of Michigan Law School showing that exonerations of convicted criminals are on the rise. Gross used data from the National Registry of Exonerations to determine that 87 prisoners were freed from wrongful convictions last year, the highest number in decades.

25 Images of Markets ‘Regulating Themselves’
When economists talk about how a market “regulates itself,” what they mean is that markets reach an equilibrium between supply and demand.

Frackers Are Setting off Swarms of Earthquakes Across the Planet
The locals call it “incoming,” and some compare the violence of the tremors to living in a war zone.

Depending on Obamacare
Much is being made the past couple of days about the Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on jobs.

Sochi Winter Olympics Snowboarder Reveals ‘Bathroom Rules’
The attention of the world will soon be drawn to how Russia enforces its peculiar rules and regulations over the course of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – and it seems new ones are coming to light every day.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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