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How Colorado Disrupted the Drug War

By David Sirota On January 7, 2014 Since my home state of Colorado legalized marijuana last week, the primary question I’ve been asked by friends, family and colleagues in emails, text messages and phone calls is some version of: “Are you high yet…

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Where the Pareto Principle Falls Short

By Adam L. Penenberg On January 6, 2014 For more than a century, the “Pareto Principle,” also called the “80/20 rule,” has described, with steadfast accuracy, a dizzying array of physical and man-made phenomena. The concept was the inspiration…

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Is the NSA Spying on Congress?

By David Sirota On January 3, 2014 “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” This is the huge question U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is asking the National Security Administration…

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Can America Afford To Be Pathologically Paranoid?

By Adam L. Penenberg On December 31, 2013 Historically, our nation has boasted three branches of government: the legislative, judicial, and executive. As you likely recall from school, the legislative branch makes the laws, the judiciary interprets…

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Adults Increase Usage of Social Networks in 2013

By David Holmes On December 30, 2013 Some of us were burned out by social media this year. Others were bummed out. But that didn’t stop American adults from using it more in 2013 than ever before. In a new report published today, Pew found that 73…

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How a Flashlight App Illuminated Smartphone Privacy Problems

By Nathaniel Mott On December 5, 2013It’s hard to know who is monitoring your location, online activities, or the people with whom you interact. It’s even harder to know how they got that information. Did they intercept messages between data centers…

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Ed Reform with a Twist

MOOCs go micro: Everpath is the latest offering a platform for people to host their own classes (via Pando Daily) MUNCIE, Indiana –  Whether or not you buy into them or have already given up on them, it’s the age of MOOCs — massive open online courses. Startups like Coursera and Udacity have raised millions […]

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Privatization of NSA Secrets: Glenn Greenwald Responds

The Privatization of Snowden’s Secrets: Glenn Greenwald responds (via Pando Daily) By Paul Carr – This morning, Glenn Greenwald published a lengthy response to Mark Ames’ investigation, published here on Pando, into Greenwald’s “privatization” of Edward Snowden’s NSA secrets. First things first: I’m pleased…