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Copyright, spying, racism, and quinoa September 14, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Dick Armey complains about the million-dollar deal his conservative group, FreedomWorks, had with Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. What’s so headdesk-y about this is that he doesn’t seem to see any ethical issues with secretly paying pundits to talk up a political organization. His complaint? He thinks they spent too much for not enough underhanded advertising.

Scenes from a historical struggle between American imperialism and American racism. In summary, “we totally deserve to take over all of Mexico” versus “but do we really want that many non-white people to become US citizens?”

“A very special “All In” investigation looks at the dangerous elements in White Culture, as seen on display during the Huntington Beach surfing riots this week. Chris Hayes talks to Cord Jefferson of Gawker to find out what can be done about this menace to society.” (A production of MSNBC. The satire is coming from inside the network!)

“The instructions that Internal Revenue Service officials used to look for applicants seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their titles also included groups whose names included the words “Progressive” and “Occupy”.” (So yeah, that whole “scandal” actually had no political bias involved. The one positive/uplifting thing you’ll find in this particular link roundup…)

“So, just to be clear: Canipre has written ‘they all know it’s wrong and they’re still doing it.’ Referring to copyright theft. On top of an image that they are using without the permission of the copyright holder. On their official website.

And, in other copyright news, the NSA’s PRISM logo is also in violation, nabbed from a photographer’s website without the required attribution.

“National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.”

“Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked.


1. Star - October 14, 2013

That the IRS flagged a bunch of groups and not just conservative ones is well known. They’ve done that for a while. Maddow missed the point on WHY this particular instance was controversial. It’s not just that they were flagged. There were two additional actions taken that pushed it into scandal territory:

1. There were bureaucratic delays in processing the paperwork (which according to whistle blowers was deliberate) and additional questionnaires and screening documents.

2. Lois Lerner leaked confidential tax info on the groups to the media.

The Occupy and progressive groups did not experience either of these. And part of the controversy is whether it was just mid-level IRS bureaucrats who did this on their own, or if there was a direction from higher up.

That’s my problem with Maddow these days: she’s taking more and more to leaving out bits of the story that conflict with her personal narrative. It’s the same crap you see on Fox. She used to be a lot better about it.

An, gah, the NSA spying is CREEPY. Mind you, this was something from the Bush era (I remember when Olbermann had an AT&T whistle blower on discussing it). But the fact it’s gotten bigger? Terrible.

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