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Alaska NOT Conservation Trust: Greenwashing Comes to Alaska


The Anchorage Daily Dispatch reports there is a new charitable organization in Alaska, calling itself the Alaska Conservation Trust. The new kid has about as much to do with conservation as “clean coal.” ACT’s president is Greg Bell. Its single, part-time employee is Curtis Thayer, who was former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell’s Commissioner of Administration.…

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The Biter Bit: the Hacking Team Hacked


There’s a company in Italy whose business plan is selling computer network hacking tools. It calls itself “Hacking Team.” Generally it sells its malware to governments. Including a lot of pretty despicable governments. Countries like Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. But it makes sales to private companies,…

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Rearranging the Deck Chairs


The phrase, “Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” is usually credited to Rogers Morton, President Gerald Ford’s campaign manager, after Ford had lost five of six 1976 primary elections. There’s some evidence that it was used even earlier, in 1972, when the New York Times wrote, “Administrators [at Lincoln Center] are running around straightening out deck chairs…

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USDOJ Disgraces Itself


In a shocking example of the double standard in the American justice system, disgraced former general and CIA Director David Petraeus walked. Specifically, Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and a $100,000 fine. The fine is about the amount of his speaking fee and represents the lightest possible slap on the wrist. And…