What Google Teaches Us About The Dangers of Passive Personality Principle

Unbeknownst to many, there is a legal principal known as the “Passive Personality Principle” that some countries have begun to apply as a result of worldwide problems of terrorism and transnational criminal organizations. A few weeks ago, the European Court of Justice, the European Union’s highest court, indirectly applied this doctrine in ruling that Google… Read More What Google Teaches Us About The Dangers of Passive Personality Principle

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Review of 2013

As we come to the end of 2013, I believe it is important to review the biggest issues facing the community. As we enter 2014, the community of El Paso will immediately be faced with an election that will determine whether the political corruption will continue or will the electorate further regain control of their… Read More Review of 2013

Another Example of El Paso News Media Incompetence

As usual, the local English media does not completely inform the community about the ongoing issues at city hall. Even issues that are controversial and important to the community go unreported because the local reporters are too lazy to sit through the city representatives’ meeting to properly inform the taxpayers. Last Tuesday, September 10, 2013,… Read More Another Example of El Paso News Media Incompetence

How Useful Idiots Manipulate Public Perception: Case Study David Karlsruher and MaxPowers

As a blogger, I’m well aware of the opportunity blogging has given to those intent on manipulating political outcomes and how they abuse the blogging community in order to fulfill their agendas. Blogging has evolved into a platform from where political operatives create political undercurrent from where they create and manipulate public perception. For the… Read More How Useful Idiots Manipulate Public Perception: Case Study David Karlsruher and MaxPowers

Open Meetings; Bob Moore and Journalistic Ethics, and, oh yea Susie Byrd Did the Right Thing

Correction, August 18, 2013 at 9:00am: Yesterday it was brought to my attention that I had inadvertently removed some journalists from the discussion thread during my transcription. It was also pointed out to me that the executive session was called by Dee Margo based on “personnel matters”, which is a permissible use of the executive… Read More Open Meetings; Bob Moore and Journalistic Ethics, and, oh yea Susie Byrd Did the Right Thing

Update on Email Gate

Yesterday, city council discussed the ongoing withholding of emails in executive session. As you may remember, the city, under the John Cook administration decided to sue the Texas Attorney General’s office because the State Attorney had directed the city to release the emails under the open records law as requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala. For… Read More Update on Email Gate

Hash tags and URL Shortening, Oh My What Does all this have to do with Activism?

As you may have noticed, in the last few weeks I have made some changes to my blog. I have introduced new features that I will describe later in this blog post. But first I want to discuss two Internet technologies that are powerful tools for activism, information sharing and organizing. They are hash tags… Read More Hash tags and URL Shortening, Oh My What Does all this have to do with Activism?

The Dee Margo Affair

On May 8, 2013, KVIA reporter, Matt Dougherty shed more light on El Paso Police Officer Alberto Machorro’s road-rage incident with Dee Margo back in September of 2012. Some have speculated that this incident led to Margo’s reelection loss to Joe Moody. Was this incident a conspiracy? As with all conspiracies the evidence is circumstantial,… Read More The Dee Margo Affair

Immigration Reform Week: Immigrants stand up and be noticed

This morning a bipartisan senate committee, led in part by Senators Chuck Schumer (D), John McCain (R), Dick Durbin (D), Lindsey Graham (R), Robert Menendez (D), Marco Rubio (R), Michael Bennet (D) and Jeff Flake (R) released a statement that they have preliminary support for a senate led immigration reform framework. This initiative comes one… Read More Immigration Reform Week: Immigrants stand up and be noticed

Tomorrow is a Day of Action for all those that oppose censorship; SOPA is censorship

On January 24, 2012, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate and a similar bill is pending before the House of Representatives. Both, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and PROTECT-IP (PIPA) in the Senate are misguided attempts to deal with online intellectual property theft. Unfortunately their approach is draconian… Read More Tomorrow is a Day of Action for all those that oppose censorship; SOPA is censorship

Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change

Please note: This is an observation of today’s event and no endorsement, for or against, the intent of the protestors is intended, nor should one be assumed. I do not have enough information to form an opinion on their grievance or proposed solution. I was enjoying my Cuban sandwich under a cloudy wonderful Orlando afternoon… Read More Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change

Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK

Freedom of speech, more specifically the ability that denies the government the right to keep certain things secret, is sacrosanct to a free democracy. The Internet has given the people new tools by which to limit the government’s ability to keep secrets meant for public consumption. And this power has many governments looking for ways… Read More Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK

El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work

The El Paso News Organization is dedicated to becoming the alternative news vehicle for El Paso and the surrounding area. As we strive to reach that goal we are looking for writers interested in writing news items, investigative reports or analysis and commentary on the issues facing our community. For anyone interested in getting published… Read More El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work

Social Media challenges traditional news organizations

How you get your news is exponentially changing on a daily basis. This change threatens traditional news outlets while making access to the news that interests you better. As Napster changed the music industry, FaceBook and Twitter are forcing the news media to change or be left behind. President Obama’s announcement that the United States… Read More Social Media challenges traditional news organizations