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Poitras Accepts Oscar for 'Citizenfour:' "We lose our ability to check the powers in control..."



“Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras thanked whistleblowers and journalists who are “exposing truth” during her acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Feature on Sunday.

“Disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy, but to our democracy itself. When the most important decisions being made that affect all of us are being made in secrecy, we lose our ability to check the powers in control,” Poitras said with Glenn Greenwald at her side. “Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers. I share this with Glenn Greenwald and the other journalists who are exposing truth. Thank you.”

'Citizenfour' Wins Best Documentary at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Gov. Walker Says He Doesn't Know If Obama Loves His Country

Source: Associated Press

Gov. Walker says he doesn't know if Obama loves his country

BY STEVE PEOPLES AND JILL COLVIN
FEB. 21, 2015 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin says he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama loves America.

The possible 2016 White House candidate says he's not qualified to judge Obama's patriotism — he's never asked the president about it.

Earlier in the week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at fundraiser for Walker that Obama doesn't love his country.

Walker — who's in Washington for a weekend meeting of governors — tells The Associated Press: "You should ask the president what he thinks about America."

Walker also said, "I've never asked him so I don't know."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b3d6f4ed5c8e4d85a67ea83f5f967b61/gov-walker-says-he-doesnt-know-if-obama-loves-his-country



What a sleazy slime ball. Why'd you get kicked out of college, Walker?

Phone chipmaker Gemalto probes report of hacking by U.S., UK spies

Source: Reuters

Phone chipmaker Gemalto probes report of hacking by U.S., UK spies

Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:20am EST

PARIS (Reuters) - Gemalto said on Friday it was investigating a report U.S. and British spies had hacked its systems to steal the privacy-protecting encryption keys in the chips it makes for mobile phones.

Citing documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the report said the hack allowed the agencies to monitor a large portion of voice and data mobile communications around the world without permission from governments and telecom companies.

Gemalto's shares sank as much as 10 percent in huge volumes in early trading after the news website Intercept reported the hack by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

"We take this publication very seriously and will devote all resources necessary to fully investigate and understand the scope of such sophisticated techniques," the company said in a statement.

The hack by the National Security Agency (NSA) and UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) allowed the agencies to monitor a large portion of voice and data mobile communications around the world without permission from governments and telecom companies, according to the report.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0LO0K720150220

This Map Of Health Care Costs Around The World Will Make Your Blood Boil

February 16, 2015

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/16/global-health-care-cost-map/

This Map Of Health Care Costs Around The World Will Make Your Blood Boil

A map posted to Reddit by SwarlDelae shows the cost of healthcare around the world.

The map is created by using data from MGEN, France’s largest HMO and LMDE, France’s largest student HMO.

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That means it costs four times as much to be treated in the United States as it does in France. Black is the point where the chart ends and the United States. is just one giant black stain on the globe as far as health care costs are concerned. One of the major arguments against having a universal healthcare system in the United States is that it would raise taxes and make healthcare more expensive. As the map shows the exact opposite of this is true, a universal single-payer healthcare system would actually lower the cost of care in the United States.



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TOM TOMORROW: The Unreliable Narrator (Remember That Time We Exposed The Lies...?)



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Chris Christie Is Now Waging 23 Court Battles to Keep State Documents Secret

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/chris-christie-transparency-records-requests

Chris Christie Is Now Waging 23 Court Battles to Keep State Documents Secret
There's a lot the New Jersey Republican doesn't want you to know.


— Molly Redden on Wed. February 4, 2015 6:30 AM PDT

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Stonewalled by the Christie administration, media outlets have been forced to sue to obtain even routinely disclosed information, such as payroll data. Rather than release documents connected to the George Washington Bridge scandal, pay-to-play allegations, possible ethics violations, and the out-of-state jaunts Christie has made while weighing a run for president, Christie's office and several state agencies have waged costly court battles. As the 2016 presidential primary race draws closer, and Christie considers jumping in, his administration is fighting 23 different open records requests in court.

"The track record is abysmal," says Jennifer Borg, general counsel for the North Jersey Media Group. Her organization, which publishes The Record, has sued the state for public documents a half-dozen times since Christie took office. When a judge determines that the state withheld records illegally—which happens frequently—her group wins legal fees. As of September 2014, Christie's administration had paid $441,000 to North Jersey Media Group and other media outlets for records. And that doesn't count the cost of government lawyers' time.

The fight has become so expensive for the state because when newspapers go to court for these records, they usually win. But winning doesn't automatically produce the sought-after records. "We can and do beat them in court. But as long as they're appealing—I don't want to call it a Pyrrhic victory, but we're not going to get the records," says Walter Luers, an attorney who helped a transparency project run by the state Libertarian Party sue for public access for Christie's travel expenses. "Appeals take two to three years. We're already into the presidential elections. By the time we get these records, Christie could have a new address."

Christie's reluctance to let these records go is understandable. On Tuesday, for example, The New York Times published an investigation of ritzy trips, underwritten by megadonors and foreign leaders, the governor has taken abroad. Some of those accounts were based on public documents that local newspapers obtained through lawsuits.

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