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  • Amazon, ‘Transparent’ Make History at Golden Globes

    01/12/2015 4:02:18 AM PST · by mykroar · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | 1/11/15 | Jenelle Riley
    Amazon proved itself a major player in the television field when its original program “Transparent” won the Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy and star Jeffrey Tambor won best actor. Not only was it Amazon’s first-ever Golden Globe award, “Transparent” also became the first online series to ever win a best series award, comedy or drama, at the annual awards show. “My new best friend,” Tambor said of the digital media company during his acceptance speech. The series stars Tambor as a father of three who reveals he identifies as a woman. There was a lot of...
  • Obama:Government Should Regulate Internet to Keep It Free

    11/10/2014 2:01:46 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 43 replies
    Reason ^ | 10 Nov 2014 | Nick Gillespie
    So President Obama has announced that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. He's asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify internet service providers (ISPs) from "information services" under Title I as telecommunications providers under Title II regulatory guidelines. (See here for background on the distinction.) This is all being done in the name of "Net Neutrality," keeping the Internet free and open, prohibiting "fast lanes" for certain services and sites, making sure no legal content is blocked, and all other horribles that...have failed to materialize in the absence of increased federal regulation. Reason contributor and Clemson...
  • FBI Director Warns Google and Apple "If You Don't Decrypt Phones, We'll Do It For You"

    10/19/2014 12:42:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies ^ | October 19 | Mike Shedlock
    The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution is crystal clear in meaning. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. FBI Director, James Comey, an Obama appointment, does not give a damn what the Constitution says. In a recent speech, Comey warns If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To Everyone...
  • Earnest defends notion of 'most transparent administration' in US history

    07/14/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/13/2014
    The White House on Sunday stood by President Obama's position that he continues to be the most transparent president in U.S. history, despite widespread complaints from journalists and other Americans about a lack of information or apparent misinformation. “I have a responsibility in this job to try to help the president live up to his commitment to be the most transparent president in history,” new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Earnest said he “absolutely, absolutely” sticks by Obama’s line about having the most transparent administration, after continued criticism about apparent attempts to not make...
  • Kerry Says Obama Administration “Most Transparent and Accountable in History”

    05/23/2014 6:52:09 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 37 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Semmens
    In a lightly publicized press conference, Secretary of State John Kerry told members of the Mexican media that “I believe President Obama will go down in history as the president who has held himself and his administration accountable to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.” While GOP critics of the Administration have repeatedly battled to try to obtain documents relating to the numerous scandals—Fast and Furious, NSA spying, IRS mistreatment of conservative groups, the Benghazi massacre, and “death-by-delay” at Veterans Administration hospitals—Kerry insisted that “the fact that people are aware of these events proves the Administration has not suppressed...
  • Did the President Take a Pay Cut Like He Promised? White House Won’t Say

    05/19/2014 2:40:35 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    ke-he-promised-white-house-wont-sa ^ | May 19, 2004 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    The White House is refusing to confirm whether President Barack Obama followed up on his pledge to take a five percent pay cut due to sequestration last year. Obama promised last April to take a 5 percent pay cut in “solidarity” with federal employees who were furloughed as a result of the automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester. The cut was meant to equate to the level of spending cuts imposed on nondefense federal agencies.
  • Judge: Feds can hide rationale for killing U.S. citizen

    04/14/2014 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2014 | by Bob Egelko
    A Bay Area federal judge says the Obama administration can keep secret a memo spelling out the legal rationale for a 2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed a U.S. citizen and alleged terrorist mastermind. The ruling dismissed a suit by the First Amendment Coalition, an open-government advocacy group in San Rafael. The organization sued after a September 2011 drone strike in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Muslim cleric whom authorities suspected of organizing an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009. Another U.S. citizen was also killed in the drone attack, and Awlaki's U.S.-born, 16-year-old...
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • EMAIL: IRS planned secret new rules to justify targeting tea party groups two years ago

    02/05/2014 1:55:22 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2014 | By David Martosko
    Republicans clashed with the Internal Revenue Service's new commissioner Wednesday in a Capitol Hill hearing that featured the unveiling a document indicating that the agency planned as early as 2012 to change its rules in a way that justified singling out tea party groups for special scrutiny. The document, an email from Treasury Department tax policy attorney Ruth Madrigal to a group of IRS officials including the disgraced Lois Lerner. 'Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s,' Madrigal wrote, quoting an election law blog and referring to the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups that were the subject of...
  • Colorado firestorm: Administration bars scribes from public meeting

    01/24/2014 10:56:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Obama administration’s testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it’s now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week. Journalists with Colorado's Craig Daily Press and at least two other media outlets were barred from a Tuesday question-and-answer session with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, despite the fact that members of the public were allowed to attend. “What happened would be in complete alignment with the administration’s policies. We were promised the most transparent administration ever and instead we’ve gotten the...
  • Jill Abramson: 'This is the most secretive White House I have ever dealt with'

    01/24/2014 5:58:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | January 23, 2014 | DYLAN BYERS
    New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says that President Obama's White House is the "most secretive White House" that she's covered during her long tenure as a political journalist. "I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush's first term," Abramson told Al Jazeera America in an interview that will air on Sunday. "I...
  • To pass health plan, Obama and Dems kept mum about its downsides

    11/15/2013 7:32:15 AM PST · by FiddlePig · 12 replies
    Washinton Examiner ^ | 11-14-2013 | Byron York
    The journalist Jonathan Cohn, an ardent supporter of Obamacare, recently wrote in The New Republic that problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act should be "an opportunity to have a serious conversation about the law's tradeoffs — the one that should have happened a while ago." Cohn is right that there was no serious conversation about those tradeoffs back when Congress was considering the law's passage in 2009 and 2010. But why was that? It was because President Obama and his Democratic allies could not speak seriously — and honestly — about those tradeoffs and still pass their...
  • AP editors: Obama relies on staged propaganda photos [Is Pravda Turning On Its Master?]

    11/01/2013 1:05:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers.These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon.The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president in the Oval Office on two occasions. Both were during his first term. All other pictures of Obama in his office were taken by White House photographers and distributed to the press.Previous administrations were less strict about photos, undermining Obama’s frequent claim that he strives...
  • Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

    09/08/2013 6:59:34 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Ellen Nakashima
    The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then...
  • Appeals court says White House visitor logs can be kept from public

    08/30/2013 4:25:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/30/13 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    President Obama and his successors in the Oval Office are not obligated to make public the names of individuals visiting the White House, according to a decision of the federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia made public Friday. The case was brought by Judicial Watch, the government watchdog nonprofit that has been fighting a long legal battle seeking to force release of the White House visitor logs as public records under the Freedom of Information Act. But in a decision that is drawing intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, the circuit court said the president has a...
  • Most Transparent Ever???

    08/09/2013 1:23:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/28/13 | Daryll Issa
    Daryll Issa's people put this together. Vid at link
  • EPA Honors Fake Employee

    06/03/2013 8:33:14 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | June 3, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Richard Windsor may be the most famous Environmental Protection Agency employee. Oddly, he does not exist. “Windsor” is the e-mail alias that Lisa Jackson, former head of the EPA and now an environmental adviser to Apple, used to correspond with environmental activists and senior Obama-administration officials, among others. Windsor, we have learned, was also an employee of significant achievement. Documents released by the agency in response to a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that, for three years, the EPA certified Windsor as a “scholar of ethical behavior.” The agency also documented the nonexistent Windsor’s completion of training courses in...
  • Top IRS Official to Plead Fifth

    05/21/2013 1:56:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 5/21/13 | John Nolte
    Tuesday afternoon a bombshell was dropped into the already explosive IRS scandal when it was reported that Lois Lerner, a top IRS official in the non-profit division that paralyzed Tea Party groups with ongoing harassment, would invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions during Congressional testimony schedule before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. The LA Times reports that Lerner will refuse to answer any questions about what she knows about the targeting of conservative groups. She will also refuse to explain why she is refusing to answer questions. Lerner has retained defense attorney William W. Taylor 3rd,...
  • Three Signs There’s a Cover-Up

    05/20/2013 4:51:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    national review ^ | 5-20-13 | john fund
    The late columnist William Safire once said that a good clue that someone in Washington was engaged in “an artful dodge,” i.e., a cover-up, was that they used the phrase “mistakes were made.” Safire defined it as a “passive-evasive way of acknowledging error while distancing the speaker from responsibility for it.” The phrase became infamous when both Richard Nixon and Ron Ziegler, his press secretary, deployed it to explain away Watergate without explaining who did what and when or whether any ill motive was involved. AdvertisementAstonishingly, the Internal Revenue Service resurrected the Nixonian expression within hours of its clumsy revelation...
  • W.H. holds off-the-record Benghazi briefing

    05/10/2013 11:45:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 603 replies
    The White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO.
  • AP Exclusive: Calif. exchange granted secrecy

    05/10/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    UT Sand Diego ^ | 5/9/13 | y MICHAEL R. BLOOD,AP
    LOS ANGELES — A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it broad authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, potentially shielding the public from seeing how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. The degree of secrecy afforded Covered California appears unique among states attempting to establish their own health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's signature health law. An Associated Press review of the 16 other states that have opted for state-run marketplaces shows the California agency was given powers that are the most restrictive...
  • Libya and Lies

    10/23/2012 5:46:51 AM PDT · by Snuph · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.23.12 | Thomas Sowell
    It was a little much when President Barack Obama said that he was "offended" by the suggestion that his administration would try to deceive the public about what happened in Benghazi. What has this man not deceived the public about? Remember his pledge to cut the deficit in half in his first term in office? This was followed by the first trillion dollar deficit ever, under any President of the United States -- followed by trillion dollar deficits in every year of the Obama administration. Remember his pledge to have a "transparent" government that would post its legislative proposals on...
  • Gibbs: Obama Has Been Transparent, He Once Took "A Question"

    08/19/2012 4:34:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/19/12 | GOPICYMI
    Robert Gibbs says on "Fox News Sunday" that Obama has been transparent, since he took a question one time (August 19, 2012).
  • NRCC hits Obama over Messina’s Caribou Coffee trysts

    08/18/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8-1-12 | Conn Carroll
    Add the National Republican Congressional Committee to the list of conservative groups capitalizing on former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina’s secret meetings with lobbyists at a Caribou Coffee near the White House. President Obama has repeatedly promised that his would be “the most transparent administration in history,” but the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report yesterday showing that high-ranking Obama staffers, including Messina, used private email addresses to bypass these rules and meet with industry lobbyists. “I will roll Pelosi to get the 4 billion,” Messina wrote Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America lobbyist Jeffrey...
  • Special IG: Geithner dropped 'f-bombs' when I said he wasn’t transparent enough

    07/19/2012 8:04:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/19/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner gets very angry at the suggestion that he conduct the bank bailouts in a transparent manner, according to Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general for the Treasury Department. “Neil, I have been the most f–king transparent secretary of the Treasury in this country’s entire f–king history!” Geithner shouted at Barofsky in 2009, the former inspector general writes in his new book Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street. Geithner’s anger stemmed from Barofsky saying, “Mr. Secretary,
  • 7 Lies In Under 2 Minutes (video)

    07/13/2012 7:08:27 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 1 replies
    In this 1:46 video, we point out 7 promises that then candidate Obama has already broken. We hope that all the people of the ObamaNation are happy with their president.
  • Gingrich says he will not drop out of the race tonight [Nevada LIVE THREAD]

    02/04/2012 3:55:17 PM PST · by VinL · 450 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 2-4-12 | Hallow
    Newt Gingrich will stay in the Republican presidential nomination contest despite an expected loss to Mitt Romney in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, the former speaker told The Washington Times late Saturday afternoon. “We had excellent fundraising meetings and calls yesterday,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Super Tuesday and beyond look good.” The Georgia native thus dispelled rumors circulating in the press that his campaign had scheduled a press conference for late Saturday, after the results were in from the Nevada caucuses. “We will probably be a solid second here with [Rick] Santorum in last place,” Mr. Gingrich said, while acknowledging indirectly that attracting...
  • Emails directly link White House to secret transparency meeting

    10/18/2011 12:37:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/11 | Jordan Bloom
    Act (FOIA) request by government watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that the White House had direct involvement in shutting a transparency hearing to the press. “Please don’t have them reach out to any reporters before I clear [with White House] press,” wrote White House Deputy Associate Counsel Blake Roberts to the Office of Information Policy (OIP), about what should have been a fairly noncontroversial training session. The workshop was conducted by the OIP for Department of Justice employees on FOIA compliance procedures. Another email, from DOJ Press Release Deputy Director Gina Talamona to the OIP and the attorney general’s office,...
  • Shameless: Obama Finding New Ways to Shatter Transparency Pledge

    10/17/2011 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 17, 2011 | Guy Benson
    We unmasked one shameless fraud earlier, so why not keep it rolling by highlighting another?  Let's revisit the "change" millions of Americans were hoodwinked by in 2008 and early 2009: Obama: Transparency Will Be Touchstone "The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable.  The way to make government accountable is to make it transparent, so the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they're being well made, and whether their interests are being well served...For a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city.  The old rules said that if...
  • Judge: White House visitor logs subject to FOIA

    08/17/2011 2:36:39 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 08/17/2011 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ruling against the Secret Service, saying records of visitors to the White House are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Secret Service had argued that the visitors' logs were presidential records exempt from public disclosure. But U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Wednesday disagreed. Howell sided with government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had sued for records from the first eight months of the Obama administration. Howell said the Secret Service must disclose the records, except individual entries that fall under exemptions like for national security. In September 2009, President Barack...
  • Napolitano: Solution to immigrant crisis is reform, not deportations

    06/28/2011 6:35:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    The Obama administration on Tuesday made its most forceful push yet this Congress to reform the country’s immigration laws. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Defense Under Secretary Clifford Stanley laid out a laundry list of national security-related financial and educational reasons why Congress needs to push forward with the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not have the resources necessary to remove the estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally. The DREAM Act, she said, would grant conditional citizenship to...
  • FLASHBACK-Obama records requests prove fruitless [ALL 7 Years of his Ill State Senate emails GONE]

    06/13/2011 9:36:15 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 21 replies ^ | Nov 11 2007 | By MIKE ALLEN
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) dodged questions Sunday about releasing papers from his eight years as an Illinois state senator, and his campaign has not answered records requests from the state’s two largest newspapers. [snip] In the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia on Oct. 30, Obama said to Clinton: "We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history, and not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, as you're making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem." [snip] On Nov. 3, the Obama campaign sent...
  • Transparent Obama (Our nation's 1st man-child Pres_ent)

    04/15/2011 9:14:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    DRudge ^ | 4/15/11
    What is it about Obama that so rubs so many patriots the wrong way on a daily basis.. and now that he is in full-blown campaign mode 19 months out from an election? Drudge has a couple links to articles that will only further compound and confirm the misgivings of a majority of freedom-loving capitalists across this nation. If anyone has any doubts as to the depth of his character, the two following links should only further confirm how small a man or large a child we have in the Oval Orifice.
  • Obama Shoos Away Reporters

    03/07/2011 3:31:49 PM PST · by MintyHippo1980 · 89 replies ^ | 03/07/11 | Matt Negrin
    What’s the point of inviting reporters into the Oval Office if they can’t ask questions? President Obama gave a statement to the press pool on Monday after talking with Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard. He spoke briefly about Libya, condemning the violence there again, and made no news. Afterward, a handful of the journalists invited into the room shouted questions at Obama, as is customary in such situations. But Obama wouldn’t bite. “Thank you very much, everybody,” Obama said as the reporters clamored for an answer. “Thank you guys.” They kept shouting. “Thank you very much. Thank you very much,...
  • First Lady Says Americans Should Vacation on the Gulf Coast to Help Local Economy

    07/12/2010 3:49:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 73 replies · 3+ views ^ | 07/12/2010 | Karen Travers and Matt Gutman
    On her first trip to the Gulf Coast since the BP oil spill, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Americans to consider vacationing on the region’s beaches that have not been directly impacted by oil. “It is vacation time. Folks are looking for things to do with their kids, and this would be a great opportunity to do a few things -- help this community, send a different message about the extent of the spill, and also think long term about how the rest of the country can help this economy and the folks down here,” Mrs. Obama said at the...
  • Most Transparent Administration Ever Makes Effective Reporting from Gulf a Felony

    07/12/2010 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1+ views
    newsbusters ^ | 7/12/10 | Lachlan Markay
    Effectively reporting on the Gulf oil spill is now a Class D felony, punishable by a fine of up to $40,000. That's right, the most transparent administration in history has made it a felony, effective July 1, to get within 65 feet of what the Coast Guard determines are essential recovery efforts. According to Anderson Cooper, officials tried to up that number to 300 feet. Cooper, who claimed federal officials prevented CNN on two occasions from taking photographs in the gulf, seemed frustrated when he reported on the new laws the day they went into effect.
  • Transparent Digital Keyboard

    05/06/2010 4:06:23 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 2 replies · 2,097+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 5 2010 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It's indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It's based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology. It judges clicking depending on the image of the size and where your finger touches the keyboard.
  • Politico Snarks: 'Most Transparent White House Ever' Prevents Reporters From Covering Protest

    04/20/2010 9:46:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 892+ views
    newsbusters ^ | 4/20/20 | Ken Shepherd
    While mainstream media reporters are generally pretty supportive of the Obama administration, they bristle, and rightly so, at incidents where the administration is less than transparent or actively seeks to impede journalists from working. Last week it was liberal Post columnist Dana Milbank snarking about how the nuclear summit was closed off to press scrutiny. Today it's Politico's Ben Smith, who shared with readers in a snarkily-headlined post "Most transparent White House ever," how (emphasis mine): Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service...
  • White House Touts New Transparency Rules, As Watchdogs Decry Administration’s Poor FOIA Responses

    04/08/2010 6:07:27 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 7 replies · 289+ views
    CNS News ^ | 4/8/2010 | Fred Lucas
    ( – The White House on Wednesday touted new rules as another “historic milestone” in government transparency, even as transparency advocates criticized the Obama administration for its poor response in providing public records to taxpayers. Federal departments and agencies – at the direction of the White House – released their “Open Government Plans” Wednesday, including data sets, many of which seem to promote President Obama’s policies. These include: community health data from the Department of Health and Human Services with information on Medicare and Medicaid; more than 60 clean energy resources available from the Department of Energy; a forum for...
  • Wouldn’t You Like to Know

    03/07/2010 2:28:23 PM PST · by safetysign · 4 replies · 59+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/15/2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    The ‘most transparent administration in history’ stonewalls. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall, Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to produce a list of Department of Justice employees who had been involved in representing detainees. Holder said he’d consider the request. Three months later he denied it. In a letter to Grassley on February 18, Holder acknowledged that nine Justice Department officials had worked on behalf of detainees before joining the Obama administration. The names of two of those officials—Jennifer Daskal and Neal Katyal—had been reported publicly. But Holder refused to...
  • Clearly Something Impressive (Transparent Digital Keyboard)

    03/02/2010 10:42:21 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 35 replies · 5,858+ views
    Computer User ^ | 27 February 2010 10:44 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It’s indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It’s based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology.
  • Fate of Obama’s aunt to be fought behind closed doors

    02/02/2010 8:43:02 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 675+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 2, 2010 | Laurel J. Sweet
    The illegal alien aunt of President Obama could learn this week whether she can put down roots in Boston - or start packing her bags for a one-way trip back to Kenya. And, save for U.S. Immigration Court Judge Leonard I. Shapiro, she’ll know before anyone else. Zeituni Polly Onyango has persuaded Shapiro to bar the public from her removal proceeding Thursday morning at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, though it’s unclear why.
  • Debate Behind Closed Doors (Transparent CommieCare™ still lurks in the shadows)

    01/10/2010 11:43:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 707+ views
    The Intelligencer ^ | 1/10/10 | JOSELYN KING
    Debate Behind Closed DoorsHealth Reform in Shadows By JOSELYN KING Political Writer POSTED: January 10, 2010 WHEELING - As some are calling on Congress to abide by President Obama's campaign pledge to hold health care reform negotiations in the public eye, U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., says he has no objection to the $900 billion bill being hammered out by the Democratic congressional leadership instead of in an open conference committee. The White House indicated last week that efforts to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the health care reform bill would bypass the traditional conference committee procedures. Instead,...
  • Solving the mysteries of metallic glass

    12/22/2008 11:26:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 1,870+ views ^ | 12/22/2008 | Provided by MIT
    - Researchers at MIT and the National University of Singapore have made significant progress in understanding a class of materials that has resisted analysis for decades. Their findings could lead to the rapid discovery of a variety of useful new kinds of glass made of metallic alloys with potentially significant mechanical, chemical and magnetic applications. The first examples of metallic alloys that could be made into glass were discovered back in the late 1950s and led to a flurry of research activity, but, despite intense study, so far nobody had solved the riddle of why some specific alloys could form...
  • Press Secretary: Pentagon ‘Extraordinarily Transparent’ in Reporting War Costs

    03/10/2008 5:11:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 130+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 10, 2008 – In a broad-ranging news conference today, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell fielded questions on the costs of the war on terror, troops’ water safety in Iraq, the fielding schedule for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, and a recent contract for aerial refueling tankers. The Pentagon has spent $527 billion dollars fighting the war on terror since Sept. 11, 2001, officials released today. Through December 2007, the Defense Department had paid $406.2 billion for the war in Iraq, $92.6 for operations in Afghanistan, and $27.8 billion defending the homeland, Morrell said. “I think the Pentagon has been extraordinarily...
  • One-on-one with Iran's opposition

    11/07/2007 5:09:25 PM PST · by humint · 1 replies · 100+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 7, 2007 | John Hughes
    Provo, Utah - The head of the Iranian opposition group in exile that supplied early intelligence on Iran's clandestine nuclear program says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has engineered a clever disinformation campaign to convince foreign experts that Iran is eight to 10 years away from developing a nuclear bomb. But in fact, she says, the regime is less than two years away from producing such a weapon, as part of its plan to "create an Iranian empire" in the Middle East. In a wide-ranging weekend telephone conversation from her base of exile in Paris, Maryam Rajavi told me that Mr. Ahmadinejad...
  • Cheap, Transparent, and Flexible Displays

    10/24/2006 8:02:43 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 19 replies · 905+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | October 23, 2006 | Kevin Bullis
    By developing a low-cost method for making high-performance transparent transistors, researchers at Northwestern University have taken an important step toward creating sharp, bright displays that could be laminated to windshields, computer monitors, and televisions but would blend into the background when not in use. For years, researchers have attempted to make flexible electronics based on electrically conducting plastics that can be manufactured inexpensively. There has been some success in making ones are nearly transparent. But these organic materials have produced transistors with disappointing performance, falling well short of the capabilities of transistors made with inorganic materials such as silicon. The...
  • Supreme Court Denies Standing & Allows Costs Against Voting Rights Activist

    05/04/2006 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 36 replies · 1,741+ views ^ | 4 April A.D.2006 | Lynn Landes
    Washington DC -- April 4, 2006: In an alarming wake-up call to voting rights activists accross the country, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand last week a decision by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The lower court ruled (Landes v Tartaglione, et al) that Philadelphia journalist and voting rights activist, Lynn Landes, had no standing to challenge the constitutionality of election laws which Landes claimed deny direct access to a tangible ballot and meaningful transparency to the election process.Specifically, Landes challenged the use of voting machines and absentee voting in elections for public office. The defendants in the...
  • German researchers claim first transparent OLED pixels

    03/30/2006 11:12:09 AM PST · by Panerai · 22 replies · 1,478+ views
    Macworld ^ | 03/30/2006 | John Blau
    If you’ve seen the movie “Minority Report” and marveled at the transparent computer screens used by Tom Cruise, you’ll appreciate what German researchers have concocted in their labs: entirely transparent OLED (organic light emitting diode) pixels. The researchers, located at the Technical University of Braunschweig, are claiming the development to be a world’s first. Their approach is to use transparent TFTs (thin-film transistors) made of a 100-nanometer-thick layer of zinc-tin-oxide, which transmits more than 90 percent of visible light. Such transistors are more often made of silicon, which is used for LCDs (liquid crystal displays) but is highly absorptive in...

    09/21/2004 8:32:53 AM PDT · by Idisarthur · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Can someone please organize and take up a huge collection to coax a Border Patrol Agent to come out and speak the truth about the situation on the U.S. Mexico Border? On the likely chance that this person is fired; I presume this person would need about $150,000 to support his/her family for a few years. That's a start. Terrorist has made mention to WMDs by way of suicide bombers in the U.S. Also mentioned is the vunerable border. Just read an article that called Ramzi Yosef (WTC Part 1) a genius. These terrorist are smart and relentless. I...