Stephen Feinberg, Erik Prince
Connecting Dots: Stephen Feinberg (top photo on left) is slated to head President Trump's Intelligence Advisory Board. Feinberg is associated with Blackwater founder Erik Prince (bottom photo). Both have been working to offer the US government private security solutions. Prince has been connected with a proposed ultra-secret spy network. A recent funding bill gives the President the power to secretly shift money to fund intelligence projects. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from US Government / Wikimedia, Dow Jones Events / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0), and C-SPAN.

Twitter Followers and Your Social Media Soul (Dan)

It comes as no surprise that many celebrities and others pay for followers. Yet no one knew that companies facilitating these arrangements were, in fact, stealing real profiles to be part of a purchased followers batch. This has been dubbed the “Follower Factory.”

After Scoring Huge Tax Cuts, Charles Koch Floods Ryan With Cash (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Thirteen days after the US House passed its version of the tax legislation, Charles Koch and his wife, Elizabeth, combined to donate nearly $500,000 to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s joint fundraising committee, according to a new campaign finance report released Thursday.”

The Real Story of ‘Dr. Strangelove’ (Reader Steve)

While Dr. Strangelove is humorous, this nonfiction nuclear scenario that Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 movie was based on is not very funny.

Another Country Embraces Excessive Surveillance Laws (Dan)

Australia’s new surveillance laws were meant to stop government leaks to neighboring China and Russia. Instead, many believe that journalists, human-rights activists, and whistleblowers will be the ones to suffer.