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Soapbox Saturday: What’s Being Removed From the Web?

The Chilling Effects database collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. A project of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Chilling Effects is an independent 3rd party research project studying cease and desist letters concerning online content.… Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: Student Loan Mayhem!

A group of anti-debt camaigners pulled off a creative hoax on Monday by falsely announcing it had won a coveted prize offered by the nation’s student “aid” industry with this innovative proposal: “end student debt for good by making higher education tuition free for all.”

Debt Collective, which is a new debtors’ union that formed as an offshoot of Strike Debt, created a fake Twitter handle, blog post, and image announcing the group’s receipt of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Big Idea award.

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Wild Friday: Secret Societies Revealed

Genuine secret societies have existed for centuries, conducting their business in darkened back rooms and, more often than not, exerting a mysterious influence upon our culture. Through history there have been many secret societies and conspiracy theories about those societies.

From political organisations to college frats, these groups require their members to conceal their activities, and sometimes their identities, from the public.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Will Truvada Keep You From Catching HIV?

Famous gay porn director Chichi Larue says “I’m learning so much here it’s crazy! I thought I was gonna come here knowing everything, but I’m learning” because times have seriously changed since AIDS first emerged.   Are you ready to hear explicit talk about gay sex and Truvada, the anti-reteroviral drug that may prevent you from contracting HIV if exposed to the virus?  … Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: The Lost John Lennon Interview

“Power to the People”
by TARIQ ALI and ROBIN BLACKBURN

Editors’ Note: It was twenty-five years ago today that John Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota building on Central Park West in New York City. We doubt many CounterPunchers have read the following 1971 interview with Lennon done by CounterPunchers TARIQ ALI and Robin Blackburn.

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Soapbox Saturday: SNL Misses the Bill

Yeah, it was funny, but it was also incorrect!  SNL nailed the Schoolhouse Rock parody with Obama smacking that pesky Bill right down the capital steps.  Unfortunately, the savvy comedy routine got the details all wrong on executive orders and the President’s feelings about such a bill. … Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: Giant Sucking Sound

Do you feel like you are falling behind?  Well 90% of Americans are indeed hearing a giant sucking sound as the money is gobbled up by those at the top.  Geoff shares this chart from Daily KOS which shows that “for a long time, most of the gains from economic growth went to the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Our Blind Spot About Guns

Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:

If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest

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Rutherford Institute for Civil Liberties

Are you worried about civil rights and the evil eyes of Big Brother?   Check out The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization  committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms and the integral human rights of all people. The Institute provides legal services at no charge to those whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.  … Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: Gas Gone Wild!

Mary Allan returns to the Daily Revolution with sad observations on gas prices.
When I began driving, my daughter’s father gave me a black, Ford Falcon which had belonged to a retired teacher in Alton, Illinois.
I felt free as a bird, and if I saved Eagle Stamps which I had received at almost every store where I shopped, and filled a book, I could exchange the coupons
for a full tank of gas which lasted forever.… Read the rest
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Soapbox Saturday: Unemployment worse than you think

Remember, jobless workers are not counted as being part of the labor force unless they are actively looking for work, and the decline in the unemployment rate since its peak has mostly been the result of workers dropping out of — or not entering — the labor force.… Read the rest