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Jay Smooth: ‘Anonymous comments are a harm-reduction program for trolls.’

While anonymous (or, really, pseudonymous) comments are on the outs everywhere from Politico to TPM because of bullying and straight-up trolling, Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth takes New York legislators to task for an effort to make them outright illegal. Though it is important to find ways to limit cyberbullying, in…

Rep. Nancy Pelosi recognizes Harvey Milk day

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) on Tuesday called on Americans to “ensure that our laws reflect our national promise of equality and justice for all” in the spirit of Harvey Milk. “On Harvey Milk Day, the state of California officially honors the life and legacy of a leader dedicated to…

Syrian-Americans call for no-fly zone amid NATO summit

While anti-war protesters rallied against NATO’s involvement in conflicts around the globe on Sunday, a group of Syrian-Americans gathered in Chicago to call on NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over their native country. Activist claim more than 12,000 people have been killed by the Syrian government since protesters took…

NAACP president chokes up over support for marriage equality

NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous on Monday became emotional as he spoke to reporters about his organization’s decision to support marriage rights for LGBT couples. “Our calling as an organization is to defend the U.S. Constitution,” Jealous told reporters during a press conference at the NAACP headquarters on Monday.…

Nearly 50 U.S. veterans return service medals at NATO protest

Nearly 50 U.S. military veterans returned their service medals on Sunday during a protest against NATO in Chicago, with each of them throwing their medals over a security fence in a symbolic protest meant to evoke images of the Vietnam war era. The soldiers’ demonstration came at the tail end…

Occupy livestreamers detained at gunpoint by twelve Chicago police cars

Occupy Wall Street livestreamers Tim Pool, Luke Rudkowski, and Jeoff Shively, along with two other friends, were driving back to their apartment around midnight on Satuirday, after a long day covering the anti-NATO protests in Chicago when they were suddenly surrounded by twelve police cars and told to come out…

Chicago police attack credentialed press photographer

The uncredentialed livestreamers and reporters who cover Occupy Wall Street protests may feel that taking their chances with the police is part of their self-appointed role. On Saturday, however, a credentialed photographer for The UpTake, who was wearing a highly visible press badge, ran afoul of the Chicago cops. Tracy…

Tom Morello: ‘My music is about holding those people accountable’

Musician Tom Morello, co-founder of Rage Against the Machine, appeared on the NPR program Moyers & Company Friday, in an interview taped before he headed to Chicago for this weekend’s anti-NATO protests. “I didn’t choose to be a guitar player,” Morello began. “That’s something that was a calling. That was…

Chris Hedges: Ruling overturning indefinite detention provision of NDAA is ‘huge’

Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act which had provided for the possibility of indefinite detention of anyone, including American citizens, charged with providing “substantial support” for terrorist organizations. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, who was one of the plaintiffs in the…

Former Navy chaplain insists gay demons can infect animals

Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who founded lobbying group The Pray In Jesus Name Project, appeared on a progressive talk show this week to criticize President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage … But somehow ended up promoting his theory that gay people unknowingly secrete invisible, evil creatures which find and…

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