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Twitter Reveals All It Can Tell You About Government Surveillance of Users

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On Monday morning, Twitter released its most recent transparency report. Every 6 months, the company voluntarily discloses its data on government and law enforcement requests for information about Twitter users. However, the government has barred Twitter from sharing much of anything about its secret surveillance requests. These include national security letters, or secret requests for information, and subpoenas obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Twitter sued the US government in October to allow it to release more information (the case is still pending), and today, the government allowed Twitter to publish a heavily redacted version of a letter the company drafted to inform its users about surveillance requests. The letter states that the government surveillance authorized by national security letters and FISA orders has been “quite limited.” According to a Twitter spokesman, parts of the letter were redacted but it was otherwise unchanged by the government (including the handwritten parts). Read part of the letter below:

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Your Half-Eaten Sandwich’s Dirty Secret

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A full third of the world’s food is wasted. According to a new report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, discarded food accounts for a staggering amount of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, if food waste was a country, its 3.3 gigatonnes of emissions would make it the third highest-emitting country in the world, after China and the United States:

All charts reproduced with permission from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

(LULUCF refers to “land use, land-use change, and forestry”—so this chart doesn’t take into account all of the carbon emitted when a rainforest is converted to a farm, for example.)

What exactly makes all that waste and its emissions? It’s not just consumers throwing dinner scraps away. Some food spoils before farmers can harvest it, other food goes bad on its way from the farm to the market, and still more food ends up rotting on supermarket shelves. Looking at emissions of uneaten food from farm to table, the researchers found that food wasted at the consumer phase had the highest carbon footprint. That’s because by the time food gets to that stage, it’s already accumulated emissions from production, harvest, and distribution. In other words, when chuck food that you buy at the supermarket, you’re throwing away every part of the process that has gotten it there, as well:

Some kinds of food waste create more emissions than others. Wasted fruit, for example, has a relatively small ratio of food waste to carbon emitted. Meat’s ratio is much larger. That’s because meat production is exceptionally carbon intensive.

Food waste and emissions also vary by region. This graph shows that industrialized Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea) is far and away the largest contributor to both food waste and carbon emissions in the world:

But if you look at food waste’s carbon footprint per person, North America and Oceania (United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) is the winner—meaning the uneaten food produced by each citizen of North America and Oceania is responsible for more carbon emissions than that of each person in industrialized Asia. The report authors don’t go into the reasons for this, but I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that North Americans waste more food overall—especially in the carbon-instensive consumer phase—than people most other regions.

Of course, carbon emissions are not the only way in which wasted food harms the environment. The report finds that wasted food consumes an amount of water almost three times as large as Switzerland’s Lake Geneva—that’s 60 percent more than Lake Tahoe. The authors also note that uneaten food could cover nearly 30 percent of the world’s arable land.

And that’s to say nothing of the human impact of all this food waste. By 2020, the global population is expected to hit 8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Some argue that we should use biotechnology to design higher yielding crops, while others believe that we simply must redistribute the food we already grow—enough to feed 12 billion people, my colleague Tom Philpott reports—more evenly. But surely figuring out how to eat the food that we produce instead of throwing it away would help, too.

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Morgan Spurlock’s One Direction Documentary Is a Threat To Democracy And Safety

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One Direction: This Is Us
TriStar Pictures
92 minutes

It’s upon us.

One Direction, the English/Irish boy band sensation that is worth roughly a billion dollars, has a new documentary in theaters. The 3D film examines the five members‘ lives on and off the arena stage, portraying them as normal, down-to-earth people who love their families and are bemused by bowls of Japanese food. It’s produced by Simon Cowell and directed by Morgan Spurlock, the same guy who did Super Size Me, made a documentary on The Simpsons and failed to track down Osama bin Laden in this critically tarred mess of a movie.

One Direction has sold 30 million records and the boys have been invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama (they couldn’t make it, though). But the really important thing about One Direction is that they are venerated by a violent, ravenous international cult of adolescents.

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Chicago or Chiraq? “I Don’t Wanna Say There’s No Hope, But I Don’t Know, Man”

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Things have gotten so bad recently on the streets of South and West Chicago, Chi-town has earned a new moniker: “Chiraq.” But the city’s troubles with gun violence are old news—see our earlier chat with the filmmakers behind The Interrupters—and we’ve become desensitized. This gripping new documentary short, titled Chi Raq, by London-based filmmaker and photographer Will Robson-Scott is sufficient to shake you from the comfort of your armchair liberalism and give you a fresh dose of reality as it applies to Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. I caught up with Robson-Scott to find out how he navigated these dangerous streets, and get his take on what’s wrong with America.

Mother Jones: A refreshing thing about your documentary style is that you don’t seem to have an agenda: You just take a complex issue and focus on those affected by it. Are you trying to help us understand what’s happening in Chicago at a more visceral level?

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Income Inequality and the Fracking Boom

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The New York Times had a big feature on Monday looking at how where you live can affect your upward mobility in the US. Researchers from Harvard University and UC Berkeley found stark geographical differences in the likelihood that children will earn more than their parents did, which my colleague Erika Eichelberger covered yesterday.

The researchers looked at millions of tax records and compared the 2011 earnings of people born in 1980 and 1981 to that of their parents. They found that a variety of factors influence social mobility—things like how segregated a town is, the quality of the public school system, and the affordability of local colleges. But one thing that stuck out to me was the high social mobility in places like North Dakota and eastern Montana, which don’t really seem to have many advantages on those fronts. (More than two-thirds of North Dakota public schools failed to meet federal standards this year, for example.) But they do happen to be places with heavy oil development right now, which the NYT article doesn’t really talk about at all.

You can see here that the blue regions of high income mobility fall almost right on top of the Bakken Formation, which has seen a boom in employment and earnings in the past six years:

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The area around Williston, ND, has the highest chance that a child raised on the bottom fifth of the income scale had made it to the top fifth—33.1 percent—of anywhere in the country. This gibes with the previous news stories about local economies now flooded with cash thanks to the oil boom, which started around 2008 with the advent of new fracking technology.

American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry also noticed this trend. His piece ends with the declaration that the Bakken Formation “is bringing wealth, prosperity, jobs and upward income mobility to America’s ‘economic miracle state.'”

I would classify it more cautiously. The study looks at a particular year—2011—when the boom near its peak. But a boom is just that—it doesn’t last forever. Nor can every other part of the US rely on tapping into massive oil reserves beneath it as the way to solve income inequality.

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World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part I – Richard A. Knaak

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Don’t Use Jason Collins As an Excuse to Blame Homophobia on Black People

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Jason Collins began his coming out essay in Sports Illustrated with the words, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

There’s a reason Collins chose to mention he was black and gay—as though those two things were in as much tension as being the first openly gay male athlete active in one of America’s favorite sports—but it deserves a more thoughtful examination than the one offered by Charles P. Pierce in Grantland. Pierce, feigning a familiarity with the history of the civil rights movement and the black church belied by the weakness of the evidence he’s able to provide, writes:

His explanation for his decision to come out is rich with the historical “dual identity” forced on black Americans under Jim Crow, and the similar dynamic within which he lived as a gay man. Homophobia in the black community—indeed, even among the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s—was some of the most virulent and stubborn of all, and there are still some who resent the equation of the gay rights movement with their struggle. In his announcement in Sports Illustrated, then, Collins gave every indication that he’s fully aware of the historic and cultural dimensions of his decision, and of the sacrifices made elsewhere so that he would be free to make it now.

Look, man: It’s called “double consciousness,” not “dual identity,” and it’s an intellectual concept applicable to black existence in America prior to Jim Crow and after its demise. “Dual identity” is what Batman has. And Pierce’s mangling of W.E.B. DuBois is the least of the problems with this paragraph.

There was certainly homophobia in the civil rights movement—but in the 1950s and ’60s, American society was homophobic, and Pierce offers no evidence that the civil rights movement was more homophobic than any other American institution during that period. Given that one of the architects of the civil rights movement’s nonviolent strategy was Bayard Rustin, it was arguably less homophobic than much of society at the time. With a few notable exceptions, surviving leaders of the movement—from Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to Rev. James Lawson to Jesse Jackson to Julian Bond—are all in favor of gay and lesbian rights.

There’s also little evidence for the proposition that black homophobia is “the most virulent and stubborn of all.” Black folks, who were disenfranchised for centuries, didn’t put any of those old anti-sodomy laws on the books. The legal architecture of discrimination based on sexual orientation is one of the few things in America that dates back to colonial times that wasn’t built by black people.

Rather than black homophobia, “stubborn” better describes black resistance to conservative appeals based on homophobia, or the determination of black voters in 2012 who defied a nationwide voter suppression campaign to elect a black president who has himself endorsed the right of same-sex couples to marry. “Virulent and stubborn” doesn’t really explain the sharp reversal in public opinion on gay rights happening not just in the black community but also everywhere else, a reversal so dramatic that the state with the fourth-largest black population in the country became one of the first to adopt marriage equality by a popular vote. In some polls, black voters lag behind other groups in approving of same-sex marriage, but the trend is clear, and black Americans’ loyalty to a party that supports marriage equality makes it clear that however broad the remaining opposition is, it isn’t very deep.

Worst of all, the only evidence Pierce offers for the idea that “the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s” were the “most virulent and stubborn” homophobes of all (a description that doesn’t even fit Marion Barry) is a link to an article about Rev. William Owens, a Tennessee pastor bankrolled by the National Organization for Marriage as part of their (failed) racial-wedge strategy in 2012 who claims he was a leader of the Nashville sit-in movement.

Well he used to, anyway. Last year, I reached out to three actual surviving leaders of the Nashville sit-in movement, Lewis, Lawson, and Vivian. Not one of them had ever heard of Owens, and Lawson and Vivian were astonished that anyone who might have been part of that movement at that time would be fighting gay rights now. In the last NOM press release I saw, Owens had demoted himself from “leader” to “participant.” If you’re going to slander some of the greatest people America has ever been lucky enough to call her own, you need more examples than one guy history can’t even characterize as a backbencher.

Other than that, sure, he’s a perfect example of how homophobia in the civil rights movement was the most “stubborn and virulent” of all. Cool history, bro.

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Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in March

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The American economy added 88,000 new jobs last month, but about 90,000 of those jobs were needed just to keep up with population growth, so net job growth was actually slightly negative at -2,000 jobs. That’s terrible. It’s yet another spring swoon, but even earlier than usual. Ever since the end of the Great Recession we’ve been stuck in an odd pattern where employment growth looks promising in winter and then falls off a cliff in spring, but usually the dropoff doesn’t happen until April or May. We’re early this year.

Workers continued to drop out of the workforce in large numbers, so the labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 63.3 percent. As a result, despite the terrible jobs numbers the headline unemployment number actually went down to 7.6 percent. The private/public breakdown of the employment numbers followed the same trend as it has for the past few years, with the private sector gaining 95,000 jobs and the public sector losing 7,000 jobs. The size of government continues to decline.

Some of this bad news may have been due to the fiscal cliff deal in January, and the end of the payroll tax holiday, but it’s probably too early for any of it to be due to the sequester. However, we can expect that to start biting in April and May. Nice work, Congress.

All in all: yuck.

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National Magazine Award: Year of the Woman (Finally)

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Every year, when the National Magazine Award nominees are announced, there are some gnashed teeth and bitter feelings over what was—and wasn’t—nominated. (We got four !! nominations this year, so we’re very happy, if slightly confused.*) But over the last few years, there’s been outrage over one topic in particular: how few women writers are nominated, much less ultimately awarded the “Ellie,” for their work. Was this purely a result of the lack of female bylines in prominent magazines (as pointed out over the years by groups like WomenTK and VIDA)? Was it made worse by magazines not putting women’s work up for nominations? Was it judging bias?

Monika and I wrote about this last year, and in our opinion, it’s mostly the first. But in any case, whether by chance or by collective soul searching, this year has seen dramatic improvement within the reporting and writing categories (public interest, reporting, feature writing, essays and criticism, columns and commentary, and fiction). Last year, women were only nominated for seven of the available 25 slots, and were completely shut out of four categories. This year, they’ve garnered 17 of the available 34 spots, and women are nominees in every category. (Note: There are many other awards given at the National Magazine Awards, including ones to which bylines are attached, like personal service writing. But these are the categories most under debate when it comes to byline parity.)

So how do things break down?

Public Interest

Public Interest: This category basically honors investigative and/or “impact” journalism. Last year it was the lone nonfiction bright spot for women, who comprised four of the five nominees. (Sarah Stillman, also up for an award this year, ultimately won.) This year, the ladies swept the category.*

The Atlantic for “The Writing Revolution,” by Peg Tyre; October

Consumer Reports for “Arsenic in Your Juice,” January, and “Arsenic in Your Food,” November, by Andrea Rock

The New Yorker for “The Throwaways,” by Sarah Stillman; September 3

Rolling Stone for “School of Hate,” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely; February 16

Texas Monthly for “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives,” by Mimi Swartz; August


Reporting: Last year, there were no female nominees in this category (since expanded from five to seven, to account for the fact that there is no longer a profile category). This year two of the seven are women: Texas Monthly‘s Pam Colloff and the Texas Observer‘s Melissa del Bosque.

Chicago for “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers,” by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson; January

GQ for “18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque and 1 Man Dead in Ohio,” by Chris Heath; March

Harper’s Magazine for “All Politics Is Local: Election Night in Peru’s Largest Prison,” by Daniel Alarcón; February
The New York Times Magazine for “Did You Think About the Six People You Executed?” by Robert F. Worth; May 13

The New Yorker for “The Implosion,” February 27, and “The War Within,” August 27, by Jon Lee Anderson

Texas Monthly for “Hannah and Andrew,” by Pamela Colloff; January
The Texas Observer for “Valley of Death,” by Melissa del Bosque; March

Feature Writing

Feature Writing: This is the “high points for style” category (also expanded this year). Last year, zero women. This year, three: MoJo‘s Mac McClelland as well as Texas Monthly’s Pam Coloff (again!) and Karen Russell in GQ.

Byliner for “The Living and the Dead,” by Brian Mockenhaupt; October

GQ for “The Blind Faith of the One-Eyed Matador,” by Karen Russell; October

GQ for “Burning Man,” by Jay Kirk; February

Mother Jones for “Shelf Lives,” by Mac McClelland; March/April

The New Yorker for “Atonement,” by Dexter Filkins; October 29 & November 5

Texas Monthly for “The Innocent Man: Part I,” November, and “The Innocent Man: Part II,” December, by Pamela Colloff

Wired for “Inside the Mansion—and the Mind—of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet,” by Charles Graeber; November

Essays and Criticism

Essays and Criticism: Last year, zero women. This year, one: Mona Eltahawy in Foreign Policy.

The Atlantic for “Fear of a Black President,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; September

Foreign Policy for “Why Do They Hate Us?” by Mona Eltahawy; May/June

New York for “A Life Worth Ending,” by Michael Wolff; May 28

The New Yorker for “Over the Wall,” by Roger Angell; November 19

Orion for “State of the Species,” by Charles C. Mann; November/December

Columns and Commentary

Columns and Commentary: Last year, zip. This year, three of five nominees are women: Daphne Merkin in Elle, The Nation‘s Katha Pollitt, and Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick.

Elle for three columns by Daphne Merkin: “Portrait of a Lady,” March; “Social Animal,” May; and “We’re All Helmut Newton Now,” October

The Nation for three columns by Katha Pollitt: “Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei Shuai,” March 26; “Ann Romney, Working Woman?” May 7; and “Blasphemy Is Good for You,” October 15

New York for three columns by Frank Rich: “Who in God’s Name Is Mitt Romney?” February 6; “Mayberry R.I.P.,” July 30; and “Nora’s Secret,” August 27-September 3

The New York Times Magazine for three columns by Adam Davidson: “It Ain’t Just Pickles,” February 19; “The $200,000-Nanny Club,” March 25; and “Caymans, Here We Come,” July 29

Slate for three columns by Dahlia Lithwick: “It’s Not About the Law, Stupid,” March 22; “The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom,” March 27; and “Where Is the Liberal Outrage?” July 6


Fiction: Last year there were three women nominated (Karen Russell for Zoetrope eventually won). This year, three women have been again nominated: Jennifer Haigh in Byliner, Alice Munro in Harper’s, Sarah Frisch in The Paris Review.

Byliner for “The Boy Vanishes,” by Jennifer Haigh; July

Harper’s Magazine for “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” by Stephen King; September

Harper’s Magazine for “Train,” by Alice Munro; April

McSweeney’s Quarterly for “River Camp,” by Thomas McGuane; September

The Paris Review for “Housebreaking,” by Sarah Frisch; December

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 2. May the best women—and men!—win.

*We confess to a little befuddlement as to why David Corn’s 47 Percent reporting didn’t get a public interest nomination, but the video itself got a nomination. But then the awards are evolving to figure out how to honor work that’s not a traditional magazine piece.

Note: Thanks to Dana Liebelson for helping whip up these charts. She’ll be on this list one day.

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Check Out These Great Green Technology Tips!

One of the main reasons so much energy is used, while at home or work, is simple ignorance! Staying informed about the simplest and best ways to conserve energy will make a big difference in the long run. Read this article for some tips on how to use green energy!

Air dry your laundry. If the weather allows you to, after you wash your laundry, instead of running it through the dryer, dry it on a clothesline outside. Let the sun and wind dry your clothes for you. Using an electric dryer will only use up energy, and if the weather is nice, you can save energy easily. In addition, your clothes will last longer.

In order to save energy in your home, you may want to think about insulating your loft, attic, and/or roof. Since heat rises, it is important that they are insulated so you do not always need to use the air conditioner on your home. This is usually so simple that you can do it yourself.

Look for Energy Star appliances. Many brands produce these, and they carry an Energy Star label. You could even get a tax break for buying these, so keep your eyes open for the Energy Star label the next time you go appliance shopping. This usually applies to refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers.

Change how you use your electronics to make them more energy efficient and kind to the environment. Batteries on electronics are designed to be used. To keep your battery healthy you have to exercise it by using your electronic not plugged in. It is better for the device and keeping it plugged in after it is fully charged only wastes electricity.

Clean the filters in your air conditioner and dryer. Clean filters mean that your appliances use less energy, and less traditional energy means greener energy. Schedule a time to clean the filters so you don’t forget. You might, for example, clean the filter for the dryer and air conditioner once every week.

Use candles periodically instead of electricity. This may seem a little drastic, but candles offer wonderful mood lighting during meals, and when you watch television, do you really need bright lights on as well? Be sure to use soy candles, however, because many paraffin-wax candles have toxins such as toluene and benzene that burn off into the air in your home. Soy candles cost a bit more, but they burn with no black soot, and they also burn right down to the end with no negative environmental impacts.

In certain areas, you might be able to sell your power to the main grid. Call your power supplier to find out more about their policies. If your home is too small to justify investing in a wind turbine, you could get your money back quicker by selling part of your power.

If you know you are going to be leaving your home, set your heating system to go off about a half an hour before you leave, and to turn on again a half an hour before you return home. This way, you are saving energy, but your home will still feel comfortable when you return.

After reading this article, what do you think? Do you see how green energy can benefit you in a number of ways? Why not try these green energy tips for a while, and see how well they work? Go through each tip and implement it in your home, and you will soon realize that green energy is good for you and your life.

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