Archives for January 10, 2015

Local lizard may be named an endangered species

The Cal­i­for­nia Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion is set to con­sid­er whether the flat-tailed horned lizard, whose habi­tat includes the Algo­dones and Impe­r­i­al sand dunes west of Yuma, should be list­ed as endan­gered. The Cen­ter for Bio­log­i­cal Diversity’s peti­tion to the state seek­ing endan­gered sta­tus was accept­ed by the department’s staff and sent on to the […]

PEN America: “The Harm Caused by Surveillance…is Unmistakable”

PEN Amer­i­ca pub­lished a report this week sum­ma­riz­ing the find­ings from a recent sur­vey of 772 writ­ers around the world on ques­tions of sur­veil­lance and self-cen­­sor­­ship. The report, enti­tled “Glob­al Chill­ing: The Impact of Mass Sur­veil­lance on Inter­na­tion­al Writ­ers,” builds upon a late 2013 sur­vey of more than 500 US-based writ­ers con­duct­ed by the orga­ni­za­tion. […]

Farris’s Ferris Wheel…

Mike Farris’s Dis­turb­ing His­to­ry and Ques­tion­able Asso­ci­a­tions Many think that Michael Far­ris is the good guy in the white hat who hero­ical­ly rides in on his white horse to save the day for home­school­ers. Many are not aware that Far­ris has a con­tro­ver­sial his­to­ry that goes back three decades. Far­ris, head of Home­school Legal Defense […]