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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Travel, Politics, Nightlife, clubbing, Food, dining & restaurants

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Vermont's largest city gets 100% of energy from renewable sources

Burlington - Burlington, Vermont's largest city, has announced it now generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Netropolitan social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join

Having difficulty relating to the hoi polloi crowding social media networks like Facebook and Twitter? Got heaps of money, but not so much time, to burn? Then Netropolitan Club might just be for you.

Snowden: NSA shares Americans' private communications with Israel

The US National Security Agency routinely intercepts Americans' private communications and shares them with Israeli intelligence, according to the latest revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Wisc. Republican drops out of race over racist, homophobic tweets

Janesville - A Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state assembly has withdrawn from his race over racist and homophobic social media posts.

Israeli intelligence officers refuse to spy on Palestinians

A group of active and former members of an elite Israeli intelligence unit have announced their refusal to spy on Palestinians in the occupied territories, citing excessive harm done to innocent civilians and detrimental effects on Israel's security.

Arizona Republican vice chairman calls for sterilizing poor women

Phoenix - The vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party has resigned after advocating the forced sterilization of female welfare recipients on his weekly radio program.

Wikileaks releases FinFisher 'weaponized malware' customer list

The whistleblower website Wikileaks on Monday released portions of the FinFisher surveillance suite, along with a customer list which includes police in Australia and the Netherlands as well as security and intelligence agencies in 15 nations.

U.S. threatened Yahoo with $250K daily fine over NSA data refusal

The United States government threatened Yahoo with a $250,000 daily fine for the Internet giant's refusal to hand over user data to the National Security Agency.

Op-Ed: On 9/11, America creating more potential 9/11s

Each year on the anniversary of the worst (received) terrorist attack in our nation's history, Americans fear a new 9/11. But as is too often the case, America is once again acting in a manner that's likely to foment more, not less, anti-American terror.

Crowdfunding raises $93K for gay Georgia son disowned by family

Kennesaw - Things didn't go so well when 20-year-old Daniel Ashley Pierce came out to his Christian parents at their Georgia home last year.

DNA clears North Carolina inmates after 30 years behind bars

Lumberton - Exculpatory DNA evidence has led a North Carolina judge to overturn the convictions of two mentally disabled half brothers who have been wrongfully imprisoned 30 years for the murder and rape of an 11-year-old girl.

Twitter to delete images of dead people at families' request

San Francisco - Twitter has announced it will remove photos and videos of critically injured or dead people if their relatives request such deletions.

Facebook donated $10K to anti-gay Utah AG candidate Sean Reyes

Salt Lake City - Facebook has come under fire after it was revealed that the social media giant donated $10,000 to the re-election campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage equality.

Judge calls sex abuser mom 'vile bitch' during sentencing

Macon - A disgusted Georgia county judge verbally eviscerated a woman being sentenced to three decades behind bars for sexually abusing her two young daughters, calling her a "vile bitch" and saying she will spend eternity in "hell."

Florida’s Public Service Commission does everything but serve the public Promoted

In Florida, as in most states, utility companies wield enormous power over both consumers and the elected officials who are meant to regulate them. This influence inevitably leads to conflicts of interest.

Amnesty details U.S. murder, torture, war crimes under Obama

A scathing new report from Amnesty International details how the U.S. military has systematically ignored and covered up the torture and killing of innocent civilians committed by its forces in Afghanistan.

Ferguson chief names Darren Wilson as cop who shot Michael Brown

Ferguson - The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri identified a six-year veteran as the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown last Saturday.

EthicsInTech invites NSA official to comedy tour Special

San Francisco - The founder of a tech-based activist group has invited a high-ranking NSA official to participate in a comedy tour highlighting surveillance, privacy and Fourth Amendment issues.

#OpFerguson: Anonymous identifies alleged Mike Brown shooter

Ferguson - The global hacker group Anonymous has identified who it claims is the Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last weekend in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Apple CEO unhappy with company's diversity report

Cupertino - Apple's CEO is unhappy about the results of an internal diversity report showing that the vast majority of the company's employees are male, white or Asian.
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