We celebrate the alliance of the Internet with the awareness that for too many years people elected to publicly-funded positions have promoted policies that do not serve the public interest. We challenge those who believe they can continue to violate the public trust to stop and listen to the buzz of millions of people visiting websites, emailing each other, blogging and chatting online about what is going on behind closed doors. We promise to hold you responsible for your actions.
We call this process "e-accountability".
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 3/23/2014 at 10:19 AM
Back when he was still Sheriff of Wall Street, Eliot Spitzer said his pursuit of American International Group was a matter of enforcing “simple rules of transparency.” Transparency, he liked to say, was a basic ingredient for markets to function properly. But if transparency is important for companies operating in a market, surely it’s even more vital for public officials in a democracy. Which is why we find it so interesting that the former state attorney general and governor filed an 84-page motion last week asking state Supreme Court Justice Christopher Cahill to quash a Freedom of Information Law suit seeking Spitzer’s private e-mails from his time as attorney general.
Just Asking | Posted 3/1/2014 at 12:32 AM
SINCE the subject today is schooling, let’s start with a quiz: 1. A third grader in Florida is often late for class. She tends to forget her homework and is unprepared for tests. The teacher would like to talk to her parents about this, but they fail to attend parent-teacher conferences. The teacher should: a) Fail the student; b) Fail the parents.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/2/2014 at 10:33 PM
He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden's journey from patriot to America's most wanted.
Current Events | Posted 1/18/2014 at 10:56 AM
A federal appeals court unanimously overturned a defamation award against a blogger Friday, ruling that 1st Amendment protections for traditional news media extend to individuals posting on the Web. “The protections of the 1st Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities,” Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals....The case was brought by Obsidian Finance Group and one of its principals, Kevin D. Padrick. Writing on several websites she created, blogger Crystal Cox accused them of fraud, corruption and other misconduct.
Current Events | Posted 1/6/2014 at 10:42 PM
The cast of characters was mostly former teachers and principals, six of whom pleaded guilty on Monday in a Fulton County courtroom for their part in what has been described as the largest cheating scandal in the nation’s history. Their pleas bring to 17 the number of educators who have already pleaded guilty, with a handful more in active negotiations. But the real focus seemed to be on the woman sitting quietly near the rear of the courtroom, Beverly Hall, the former superintendent. Once considered to be among the top urban school leaders in the country, she is now viewed by some as the ringleader of a vast cheating conspiracy devised to make her and her district look good.
Current Events | Posted 1/6/2014 at 10:18 PM
Persistent high unemployment among young people is adding up to $25 billion a year in uncollected taxes and, to a much smaller degree, increased safety net expenditures, a new report says. The key takeaway here is that it’s not just the individuals who are suffering as members of our generation,” said Rory O’Sullivan, the policy and research director of the Young Invincibles, a postrecession youth advocacy group, which did the study. “When you have an entire generation of people that are out of work, it’s going to create tremendous costs for taxpayers both now and in the future.”
Current Events | Posted 1/2/2014 at 10:44 PM
Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s 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 email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they spend their nights. The public learned in great detail how the agency has exceeded its mandate and abused its authority, prompting outrage at kitchen tables and at the desks of Congress, which may finally begin to limit these practices.
Current Events | Posted 12/31/2013 at 10:46 AM
Anthony B. Joachim of Stockton, Calif., entered his guilty plea in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. Joachim was originally indicted by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on Dec. 7, 2011, along with three other investors – Andrew B. Katakis, Donald M. Parker and Wiley C. Chandler – and one auctioneer – W. Theodore Longley. All five individuals were charged with conspiring with other unnamed co-conspirators to rig bids and commit mail fraud when purchasing selected properties at public real estate foreclosure auctions in San Joaquin County, Calif. The indictment was superseded on May 8, 2013, to include an obstruction of justice charge against Katakis. Chandler pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2012, and trial is scheduled to begin against the remaining individuals on Jan. 28, 2014.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 12/30/2013 at 3:41 PM
So now you should answer some questions...Where is the missing $225,000 in funding given by the Annenberg Challenge For The Arts Grant to PS 6 when you were Principal? Why didn't Gloria Buckery, Principal of PS 198, the PS 6 partner, get any money? Why, when I asked you "Where is the money?" in 2000 did you call me up and curse at me? Please clarify, thank you. Betsy Combier
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 12/28/2013 at 2:26 AM
Born to a mother she never met and dad she wished she hadn't, Jackie said she was abused, neglected, and starved. She's been able to move on -- for 11 months out of every year, at least. But that 12th has always posed a problem, which is why this year she decided to take action. Jackie said, "This hurting, you're tired of it, what are you going to do? And I was like, 'Craigslist.'"