Below is an awesome list of interesting stuff that I just don't have time to sit down and rant about, glad someone else has the energy. Enjoy!
Former AT&T technician Mark Klein's firsthand account tells how he discovered a secret room routing American internet traffic straight to the NSA...along with all the documents he says prove his case.
VIDEO, Going to Pot
Bill O'Reilly has a fair and balanced conversation with Ricardo Cortez, author of the fabulous children's book about marijuana, It's Just a Plant. Check out the book.
See the video: Magic Propaganda Mill, YouTube
In an essay from his book, "Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew", author Samuel Fromartz suggests the choice between local and organic foods is a false one.
Samuel Fromartz, Grist Magazine
Undocumented War Profiteers
Matt Bors, Idiot Box
Meet the Shock Troops of the Christian Youth
They're here! They're Queer!... oh, wait, wrong kids. If you've been waiting until the Christian fascist movement started filling stadiums with young people and hyping them up to do battle in "God's army" to get alarmed, wait no longer. Now is the time to arm yourself against those who think they are righteous... and I'm not talking about the Muslims.
Sunsara Taylor, ZNet
The Midas Touch
In Alaska's Bristol Bay region, the continent's biggest deposit could produce more gold than the Klondike gold rush—and put the world's largest salmon fishery out of business.
Kenneth Miller, Mother Jones
Lure of the Urban Veggie Garden
For Wally Satzewich, the kick of urban gardening is making fat money and sticking it to the Man. Thing is, he's doing it growing leafy greens in people's back yards.
Bryan Zandberg, The Tyee
Minimum number of times that Frederick Douglass was beaten in what is now Donald Rumsfeld's vacation home: 25
What Exactly is "Development"?
India's development debate has actually regressed this past decade. For one thing, a single, homogenised view of development is being shoved down from above. Whether it works or does not work is not the issue. Any departure from it is heresy. If you oppose the draining of people's water by Coca Cola and the poisoning of their wells, that's anti-development.
P. Sainath, Counter Punch
Queering the Code
The Vatican is right about one thing: Dan Brown's story doesn't really make historical or artistic sense. Leonardo da Vinci's work is coded, all right... it's gay. As for me, I couldn't put the book down. I read DVC in one weekend.
Michael Bronski, Boston Phoenix