Analysis: DHS plans on scanning DNA at checkpoints

Just when you think the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has enough wonderful toys to keep them busy, they go out and add another. Get ready to have your DNA screened by the DHS.

Analysis: Al-Jazeera in talks with Comcast over distribution

Al-Jazeera has been negotiating with Comcast over bringing the network’s English language channel to millions of U.S. viewers. Clearly, the nation’s largest cable provider is making moves involving Middle East broadcasting, but why?

Analysis: Are the CDC, Feds in denial over health issues?

It’s funny to hear what government types will say. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the health care system is to blame for causing heart disease, not a poor diet and lack of exercise.

Analysis: Two of Five FCC Commissioners don’t think the FCC can regulate Internet

There is a new development in the war to save the Internet. As expected the two Republicans among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that they don’t think that the FCC can regulate the Internet.

Analysis: Internet “Kill Switch” Bill won’t die

Remember Senator “Shady” Joe Lieberman’s (I-Conn) Internet “Kill Switch” Bill? It appears that Lieberman and friends are preparing to trot out the unpopular bill for another attempt to initiate a government power grab. 

Analysis: Consumer Watchdog’s complaints against Google

Consumer Watchdog has taken their public war of words with Google to a whole new level. The group’s recent 32-page report generates complaints that suggest Google is benefitting from US corporatism.

Police use of drones in U.S. likely to start privacy debate

Law enforcement in the United States has been quietly using aerial drones in a domestic capacity. The Texas Department of Public Safety has deployed them more than any other local or state agency.

MSNBC fires Olbermann: Has Comcast/NBC merger claimed its first victim?

It has begun; the merging of two of the fawning corporate media’s mega titans has resulted in a thunderous crackle that has already claimed one mortal: Keith Olbermann.

Analysis: Forum for the Future proposes a "Planned-opolis"

The United Kingdom-based think tank Forum for the Future has proposed some interesting views of city life in the future. Their recent animated video depicting a "Planned-opolis" flew under the world’s technology and science radars at the end of last year.

Wales: App stores a clear and present danger

I’ve always had my doubts about the reliability of Wikipedia. I don’t have any doubts about their chief Jimmy Wales anymore.

The iPhone app that reads minds: What’s next?

It’s a device that looks like Professor Xavier’s Cerebro helmet, the weird twist? The iPhone application that it was designed for can read minds much like the fictionalized supercomputer from comic book legend.

The Internet ID: Do we have any say in it?

It’s been called the "Trusted Internet ID" scheme by some observers. It won’t matter what we choose to call the government’s proposed Internet licensing system because in the end we probably won’t have a say in it.  

The next net: Developing our own decentralized Internet

New ideas, though frequently unpopular, have the potential to change society and create new theoretical frameworks. A decentralized, community based Internet is a new idea worth putting into action.    

What the hell is up with Orwellian Wal-Mart?

You may have thought I was ranting and raving all paranoid-like when I wrote about Big Sis coming to video screens at Wal-Mart stores last month. I wasn’t exaggerating.

Analysis: New obesity research shows U.S. eating habits need to change

A new scientific study on obesity in young American children has brought more depressing news. It appears we now are starting our children on the path to obesity before they can even eat solid foods.

Opinion: DHS shows their contempt for Americans via the web

The most controversial organizations last year were the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its subordinate, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Based on the hate the DHS has been spewing over the web recently, we can expect both groups to continue the controversy in 2011.

Rebel YouTube pilot angers TSA, reveals identity

The anonymous airline pilot who was punished by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting videos on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security is back in the news.

TSA has no system to test its body-scanners

Lots of experts doubt whether the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) backscatter porno scanner machines are safe. According to Boing Boing, the skeptics may be right because the TSA has no way to test its scanners.

Wikileaks reveals U.S. Gov’t GMO secret dealings

Remember when countries all over the world were free to choose whether or not they adopted genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Well, if the U.S. State Department (who is controlled by big agriculture) has its way, the whole world will be pimping GMOs before long.

Device lets insurance giant track miles, speed, braking behaviors

They say it sounds like Big Brother, but a high-tech piece of equipment that tracks your driving could bring you big savings on car insurance. That is enough for some people to accept it with open arms.