News With a little help from my friends ...
Friends and fans if few in number then all the more cherished have been asking why I seem to have been writing less this year.
News Rome will be conquered next says leader of 'Islamic State'
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the 'Islamic State' stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe.
News Why I Left 60 Minutes:
The networks say they care about uncovering the truth. Really?
CHARLES LEWIS, Politico
Fewer commercial news organizations support investigative journalism now than at any time in recent history, and reporters today are arguably more alone, more exposed and more vulnerable to professional and even physical harm than they ever were.
News AP Will Use Robots to Write Some Business Stories
AP will announce Monday that it plans to use automation technology from a company called Automated Insights to produce stories about earnings reports.
News Newspapers That Aren't Dying
A look at New York City's other media industry: immigrant presses, where print advertising still brings in substantial revenue, and readers keep subscribing.
News The CIA Spook Turned Comic Book Scribe: Robin Grabs a Gun in 'Grayson'
Batman's original protιgι, Robin, strikes out on his own in the shadowy world of international espionage as 'Grayson,' co-written by an ex-CIA counterterrorism officer.
News Evolution of College Newspapers: What Does it Mean For Future of Journalism Programs?
This fall, Audrey Fletcher will take the reins of Kent State's award-winning student newspaper as editor. For as long as she's known, the Daily Kent Stater's gone to press five days a week. But this coming school year, the Stater will drop "daily" fr
News J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' In Unearthed Audio Recording
The recording took place on March 28th, 1958 in Rotterdam at a "Hobbit Dinner" put on by Tolkien's Dutch publisher and a bookseller. Tolkien's own publisher, Allen and Unwin, paid for his trip to the Netherlands to attend this special party. Acco
News Washington Post Seeks US-Patrolled Safe Zone in Syria
The Washington Posts neocon editors have made another strident appeal for President Barack Obama to abandon his passivity and do something to help the rebels in Syria, complaining that they continue to receive far too little help from the United
News World's smallest comic carved into a strand of human hair
http://www.gizmag.com, By Nick Lavars
Advances in technology have given rise to an abundance of ways to share our stories. There's messaging services for the short and sharp, blogging platforms for the long-winded and, as it happens, single strands of human hair for microscopic comic str
News Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be Paper
http://www.wired.com, By Brandon Keim
Paper books were supposed to be dead by now. For years, information theorists, marketers, and early adopters have told us their demise was imminent. Ikea even redesigned a bookshelf to hold something other than books. Yet in a world of screen ubiquit
News 20 Years of Mind-Bending Art From Omni, the Best Sci-Fi Mag of Our Time
http://www.wired.com, By Jennifer M. Wood
Before there was WIRED, there was Omni, the forward-looking monthly magazine where a sci-fi piece by William S. Burroughs could share page space with an investigation into alien abductions and not raise an eyebrow. (It also had the best ads, like, ev
News Journalists who got Snowden docs arrive in US for first time in months
On Friday, the two American journalists primarily responsible for publishing the Edward Snowden documents arrived safely in the United States. Many feared Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras had indictments under seal and might be detained
News Cities Funding Newspapers? What Could Possibly Go Wrong!
In Fitchburg, the city is paying $30,000 to revive and mail out free copies of a print edition that had been online-only since 2009. In Winston-Salem, the city council approved a $100,000 low-interest loan to an weekly that covers the black community
News Student Writes Story On School's "Rape Culture." Principal Censors, Takes Over Paper.
Kumar wrote an investigative piece that documents what was described as a rape culture at the school. The school officials immediately moved to censor and block the publication.
News Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?
The Obama Administrations Federal Communication Commission is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.
News Death of Saudi female student stirs uproar
Paramedics responding to an emergency at an all woman school in Saudi Arabia were prevented from entering because of rules banning the presence of men on campus.
News New York Times Profit Falls 12%; Print, Digital Revenues Still Falling
The New York Times announced Thursday that operating profits had fallen 12% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year before.
News New York Times Suffers Redaction Failure...
http://www.techdirt.com, by Tim Cushing
It appears as if the New York Times, in its latest publication of leaked NSA documents, failed to properly redact the PDF it uploaded, exposing the name of the NSA agent who composed the presentation as well as the name of a targeted network.
News News Broadcast From 1981 Foretells The Collapse Of Print Journalism
"Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day's newspaper," a news anchor said in a 1981 KRON San Francisco broadcast.
News Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange: What They Really Believe
The New Republic
What documents about Snowden, Greenwald and Assange show is at odds with the publicity they have received, and goes beyond personal eccentricities or dubious activities to reveal an agenda that even the leakers most ardent admirers should question.
News Anti Zionist Neturei Karta leader beaten by Muslim men in Holland
Your Jewish News
A leader of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Neturei Karta group, which is a fierce anti-Zionist organization, was beaten by a group of Muslim men in Holland.
News Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
http://www.nytimes.com, THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agencys reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their em
News British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks
British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.
News Baltimore Police Arrest Photojournalist for Taking Pictures from Public Sidewalk
Photography Is Not a Crime
Ignoring the U.S. Department of Justices guidelines written explicitly for them, Baltimore police officers arrested a newspaper photojournalist for attempting to document a raid on a party, claiming he single-handely caused other party goers to thro