Joshua Eaton

Independent Journalist

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Chinese Activists in US Blame Beijing for Relentless Cyberattacks

“I don’t have any secrets,” Rose Tang says, defiantly. Ms. Tang survived the Tiananmen Square massacre as a 20-year-old college student, and she continues to be outspoken against the Chinese government. But she still found it unnerving when Google contacted her recently to say someone else had tried to access her Gmail account.

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Law Enforcement Emails Highlight Entrenched Camps in Tor Debate

At a public hearing last week, city officials in Lebanon, N.H., voted to restart a server in their public library that is part of the Tor anonymous Web browser. The decisions came in response to a flood of support from privacy advocates and civil libertarians after officials temporarily shut that server down.

E-mails obtained by the New Hampshire American Civil Liberties Union and shared with Passcode highlight the entrenched camps in the debate: law enforcement, who often deal with the worst-case scenarios of anonymity technology – such as child pornography – and privacy advocates, who encounter some of its best uses – political freedom and avoiding surveillance.

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Clinton, Tacking Left on Economic Issues, Tries to Fend Off Sanders Threat

The event room at the Puritan Backroom restaurant was overflowing with people, and all eyes were fixed on Hillary Clinton, who stood on a low stage at the front of the room, framed by a deep blue New Hampshire flag.

As she neared the end of her speech, she talked about her family history.

“My grandfather worked in the Scranton Lace Mills in Scranton, Pennsylvania,” she told the crowd, many of them from organized labor groups. “He always believed his hard work would pay off for his children, and it did. My father got to go to college.”

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Athens should turn from Confederate past

Earlier this month, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal quietly reclassified Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday as unnamed state holidays on the official state calendar.

It was, at best, a half-step. Deal only made the move after a mass shooting by white supremacist Dylann Roof at a black church in Charleston, S.C., which has made public celebrations of the Confederacy untenable. And by keeping the holidays but renaming them, Deal assured no one would be happy.

For their part, Confederate apologists have responded with the same argument they always make — that memorializing the Confederacy is about taking pride in Southern heritage, not celebrating a system of chattel slavery and white supremacy.

The men who founded the Confederacy held no such illusions.

Read the rest of this article at the Athens Banner-Herald …

Trump’s Women Supporters Pledge Allegiance: ‘We Need a Businessman’

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for his controversial remarks about women that many have dubbed sexist and demeaning.

But for college senior Kaffa Cote, all that comes second to jobs. That’s why she drove three hours from her internship at a lab in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to see Trump speak at a rally on a recent Friday night.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, as long as you have a job,” Cote, 21, said after the rally, a stack of blue-and-red Trump yard signs in her hand. “I think that’s what the key issue is in this election. And I think he is the guy, of all of them, who can solve it — especially over Hillary [Clinton]. Especially over Hillary. I think she’s focused more on social issues, from what I see.”

Many women who support Trump echo that sentiment. At a recent Trump rally in New Hampshire, women there described him as a candidate who would create jobs and take a tough stance on foreign policy. While much of Trump’s media coverage has focused recently on his derogatory comments about women, those female voters said issues like jobs and health care have won him their support. Although he has gained notoriety for castigating a number of individuals and groups, his supporters don’t seem to mind.

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