The Mystery of the Boston Bombs & Unpacking the Presidential Scrum‏: Apr. 13, 2015

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Tsarnaev Guilty, but Who Made the Bombs?
by Joanne Potter

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now faces the sentencing phase of his trial, even with questions about the case left unanswered. The most crucial of these: Who constructed the Marathon bombs and where?

2016 Presidential Race: WhoWhatWhy Curates the Best of the Media Stream
by The WhoWhatWhy Team
Following the candidates and the controversies with a WhoWhatWhy view. Want beauty contests and horse races? You won’t find them here. The stories that help you make a real judgment? Here’s where you start.

WHO

Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil
The Saudi-driven oil glut has been framed as a “war on shale”—in other words, as an effort to crush America’s shale boom—and as a way to punish oil-dependent Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Although those are outcomes of the glut, the underlying motive may be that the Saudis are waging a war against flagging demand due to years of high prices, growing fears about climate change and the specter of renewable energy. Bird’s gotta fly, fish gotta swim and Saudi’s gotta drill.

US has Military Bases in at least 38 Countries and Sent Weapons to 94 Countries in Last 5 Years
Like the British Empire before it… the sun never sets on the US Military. Along with a nominal presence in 171 nations and jurisdictions, it maintains significant “military sites” in 38 foreign nations and territories. It’s also the world’s leading arms dealer, with a 31 percent share of the global weapons market. Peace out.

Congress Set To Blow Billions On Unneeded Weapons Systems
The blowhards on Capitol Hill have worked long and hard to blow billions of dollars on their Military-Industrial benefactors. Now they’ve found a way around spending caps with a new set of “kneepads” that allows them to blow an additional 38 billion bucks on the military. That’s money the Defense Department did not request, but key Congressional shills for the defense industry wants to spend anyway. Better get your taxes done… stat!

WHAT

Everything We Know About the Stingray, the Cops’ Favorite Cell Phone Tracking Tool
If the recent spate of videos showing brutal beatings, “mistaken” shootings and a summary execution have you skeptical about that whole “to protect and serve” thing, take a look at this VICE story summarizing what we now know about the widely-used “Stingray” domestic spying system. Yup, like the NSA, cops are gobbling up metadata without warrants. Monkey see, monkey do?

WHY

Rum: The Spirit That Fueled a Revolution
Freedom from tyranny! No taxation without representation! Equality for all men… well, sort of. Anyway, these are the ideals that gave birth to the United States of America. And what’s more emblematic of the Revolution than Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn that the “British are coming”? Maybe it’s the fact that he stopped along the way to knock back couple pints of rum!

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