Positive Money

by Nick Glossop on August 6, 2013

Financialization 101: How banks eat the economy, and transfer wealth to the 1 percent.

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Snowden On The Move, Via Moscow

by Nick Glossop on June 23, 2013

Snowden applies for asylum in Ecuador
Ecuador’s foreign minister confirms on Twitter that NSA whistle-blower has applied for asylum.

Game Set Match: ‘US loses as Snowden slips from their hands’

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Grayson vs. NSA Apologists

by Nick Glossop on June 14, 2013

Perhaps you are familiar with the term polish a turd? In the video below, Rep. Alan Grayson peels one down to its stinky nub as he destroys the legal rationales that have been floated in defense of the NSA Internet, email and cellphone scoop and snoop (and time travel) programs.

Yes, this is the Grayson of don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly fame, and the same one who roasted Ben Bernanke on a spit on this same floor of the House.

I continue to suspect he may be a blood-relative of Shrek.

Via Digby


Edward Snowden ~ NSA/PRISM Whistleblower

by Nick Glossop on June 9, 2013

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
The Guardian

The NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it analyses them and it measures them, and it stores them for periods of time, simply because that’s the easiest most efficient and most valuable way to achieve these ends. While they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government, or someone suspected of terrorism, they are collecting your communications to do so. Any analyst, at any time, can target anyone.
– Edward Snowden


Introducing Disorderly Conduct

by Nick Glossop on June 8, 2013

Perhaps you caught Alexis Goldstein on one of her several appearances on UP with Chris Hayes, where she named names and kicked ass on all matters related to Wall Street chicanery. Whether it’s the politics and legalese of financial nonreform, or the intricacies of derivatives trading, she seems to really know her shit. And now she and fellow OCCUPant and journalist Jesse Myerson are collaborating on a podcast; Disorderly Conduct (NSFW) promises lively discussion of “political reforms and transactional politics, and utopian ideals”. Formal launch is planned for August, but they have released a preview episode which you can play below. There is also an earlier one that you can hear on the Beyond the Pale podcast for May 12. We may well hear from Goldstein alone prior to the maiden voyage of DC as she recently crowd-sourced funding for a podcasting mic, a cause I was only too happy to contribute to as hers is a voice that ought to be heard, loud and clear, on the Inter-commons.

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Fire In The Briarpatch

by Nick Glossop on June 3, 2013


The Briarpatch, a pugnacious periodical from the pearl of the prairies, Regina, Saskatchewan, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first print edition back in 1973. Fiercely independent and wholly reader-supported, this venue for the vexed and the visionary is in fund-drive mode and calling for new Sustainers to help it continue its mission to provide original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective for years to come.

Another reason for the Briarpatch to celebrate is its recent recruitment of Andrew Loewen as co-editor/publisher. A prolific blogger here at the Paltry, Loewen brings to the Briar his prodigious wit, drive and fire-in-the-belly. Radical sapiens should give the Briarpatch a read, and lend it their support.

This issue of Briarpatch marks our 40th anniversary of publishing. Former staff members and volunteers reflect on 40 years of scraping by and thriving as a grassroots magazine of radical politics, from a four-page newsletter titled Notes from the Briar Patch in 1973 to a magazine with national reach. Joe Catron reports from the Gaza Strip on fishers and farmers on the front lines of occupation, Aaron Lakoff writes on resistance to repackaged neoliberalism in Quebec’s North, and Leanne Betasamosake makes the case for a diplomacy of love.

The Briarpatch anniversary donation drive continues through June 23.

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Occupy The Dept Of Justice

by Nick Glossop on May 20, 2013

BKuz-N_CcAIQcwy.jpg_large Victims of illegal foreclosures and other outraged citizens have taken their protest to the doors of the US Department of Justice today, armed with furniture as well as banners, anger and wit.



Barricades coming down, couches coming in, banks stole our homes, so we’re moving in.

For color commentary, with photos, follow Alexis Goldstein on Twitter (it might not make the TV news), or check out her story-fication of events.


For a primer on the mortgage scam from Matt Taibbi, click here.

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Why the Vatican? Because Mussolini

by Nick Glossop on April 14, 2013

CGP Grey provides a pithy tour of the worlds only elected, non-hereditary, absolute monarchy.

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