The Australian Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill of 2015 goes into effect today. It requires all Australian telcos and ISPs to store metadata from every phone call, text, email, and download made on their networks.  Photo Credit: Corey Leopold / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Editors’ Picks for Oct 13

Move Over Columbus — Indigenous Peoples Day Spreads Across US, More Fracking-Related Earthquakes in Oklahoma, House Shifts From Benghazi to E-Mailgate, and More Picks.

Move over Columbus — Indigenous Peoples Day spreads across US, more fracking-related earthquakes in Oklahoma, House shifts from Benghazi to E-Mailgate, and more Picks.

We’re pleased to introduce PICKS — stories selected by our editors because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They will appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. And we invite you to recommend articles, videos, podcasts, etc. Please send them to

Increasingly Skeptical of Columbus, Growing Movement Honoring Indigenous Peoples (Russ)

Eight big municipalities now have alternative holiday, and more coming on board.

RIght After Rule to Curb Oil Production-Related Quakes, Another Quake (Russ)

Oklahoma is beset by earthquakes, likely caused by fracking-related deep saltwater injection. New rules to limit the practice may not be strict enough.

House “Hillary Clinton Investigations Committee” Shift From Benghazi to E-Mail (Russ)

Not finding what they were hoping for with the Benghazi probe, Republicans shifted to what they hoped would be more fertile terrain with Clinton’s use of a private email account. Maybe Hillary wasn’t exaggerating back in the 90s when she talked about a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

WikiLeaks: US Government Plotted To Kill Bolivian President Evo Morales (Trevin)

“The Bolivian government presses ahead with plans to investigate the alleged assassination plot, despite a formal denial from the US Embassy in Bolivia.”

Chris Christie Says He Would Authorize Shooting War with Russia (Klaus)

At times it feels as though the presidential race is a contest for who can say the craziest thing. If that were the case, then Chris Christie raised the bar this week by advocating shooting down Russian planes over Syria if they violated the no-fly zone he wants to set up.

“I’m not prepared to allow Russia to try to bring Communist domination back to the world,” Christie told Fox News.

Saudi Arabia Warns Twitter and Facebook ‘Rumor-Mongers’ They Risk DEATH PENALTY (Trevin)

“Only the worst ‘Rumor-Mongers’ will be executed.” We wonder if that includes those who might post facts about the regime’s ties to 9/11.

If you aren’t reading this from Saudi Arabia, read all about the Saudi 9/11 ties on WhoWhatWhy here (and please share on Facebook and Twitter).

Peter Dale Scott & David Talbot In Conversation (Trevin)

If you enjoyed our recent book excerpts and podcast interviews featuring each of these groundbreaking investigative journalists, you will definitely appreciate this 90+ minute video. It was shot in February of this year at the Green Arcade Bookstore on Market Street in San Francisco upon the fresh publication of Dr. Scott’s latest book, The American Deep State.



John Oliver Takes on Fracking Industry (Russ)



Motorist Tries to Save Sweden from Hipsters But Fails (Klaus)

When seeing a group of dark-clad, bearded men posing with a black flag, one motorist in Sweden was sure that he had stumbled upon an ISIS meeting and called the police. Instead of terrorists, the cops found members of a club of hipsters called “The Bearded Villains,” which used the Swedish countryside for a photo shoot. When they realized what happened, the cops laughed and went on their way.


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