Reading Time: 5 minutes Chickens are subjected to unspeakable acts of cruelty, all for fun, before they are processed. These acts were secretly videotaped by Mercy for Animals, an organization devoted to exposing and preventing such treatment. In the future, these exposés may no longer be legal because of “ag-gag” laws promoted by the agriculture industry, and by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — the same conservative think tank behind stand-your-ground gun laws, voter ID laws — and mandates to force schools to teach climate change denial.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Instead of living on US military bases at a relatively small cost, the employees of a controversial Pentagon program luxuriated in private villas at a cost of $150 million to taxpayers.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The 20 richest Americans now have as much wealth as the poorest 152 million Americans combined. This level of inequality is not sustainable and all of the ingredients are there for a massive change. But which way will it go?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Four former drone operators came forward to strongly criticize President Barack Obama’s drone war, saying it bred terror, killed innocents, and left the ones pulling the trigger grievously wounded in spirit.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The NRA has millions of dollars, and millions of aggressive supporters who knock on doors, hand out fliers, make phone calls, and register voters — while most of their opponents do nothing but tweet and post clever memes on Facebook. In the meantime, an average of one mass shooting occurs in the US every day.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Today is the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Like many historical events, it is subject to interpretation and debate.
Reading Time: 6 minutes What effect does the awareness of surveillance have on the behavior of people? WhoWhatWhy looked at the available results of research being conducted, and found that we may be reaching the tipping point — when awareness of being watched starts to affect behavior.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The ultimate object of terrorism is to strike fear in the hearts of enemies. By that measure, the current hysteria over whether to allow Syrian refugees into the United States may just be the Islamic State’s biggest victory.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The hacker collective Anonymous pledged to make ISIS the target of its largest operation ever. Just a few hours into its hack attack, Anonymous now says it is already seeing major results.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Haunted by what they have experienced, veterans often have trouble readjusting to life after war. Plagued by PTSD and other ills, too many of them become a danger to themselves and others or end up homeless when they cannot adapt. They deserve more than a holiday and the cost-free “gratitude” of those who sent them off to war.