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Top 10 MyFDL Diaries of 2013

Our staff writers were not the only ones making waves this year. MyFDL contributors gave voice to stories on a wide range of topics, from assaults on internet freedom to unfair labor practices to several local news items with national repercussions. The depth and diversity of work on this year’s MyFDL Top 10 list is representative of some of the many reasons why we love our community.

Below you will find the 10 most-read MyFDL posts of 2013 based on unique pageviews.* Don’t forget to check out my previous post on the top 10 posts by Firedoglake writers, and share your honorable mentions in the comments.

A huge thanks to everyone who has read, written and commented at MyFDL this year, making it the great forum for news, commentary and debate that it’s become. This place just wouldn’t be the same without you.

*Note: Unique Pageviews’ count the number of unique visitors to access any given post. For example, if I load this post 3 times, that counts as 3 pageviews but is only 1 unique pageview.

Family Research Council

Family Research Council

#10: None Dare Call It Treason: Are Prominent Right-Wingers Plotting Overthrow or Secession? by Phoenix Woman

Veteran MyFDL’er Phoenix Woman kicks off our list with an excellent post on the speakers at this year’s Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit (VVS), which is kind of like a Netroots Nation of the religious right.

As Phoenix Woman notes, General William “Jerry” Boykin, the Executive Vice President of the FRC, was scheduled to speak at this year’s event alongside Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. PW dissects each of their connections to various secessionists, Birchers and dominionists advocating for a coup and the imposition of martial law. It’s a fascinating read with a lot of great links for those who want a closer look at one of the darker corners of the right-wing.

#9: The Incredible Shrinking Internet by danps

Net neutrality is a complicated and multi-faceted issue that is being ruthlessly attacked by corporations in courtrooms and legislatures across the country.

This post has got to be one of the most clear and concise interpretations I’ve read on the subject. Danps effortlessly walks us through the telecom industry’s plans to make websites and users pay premiums to access specific content on the internet, decimating the open access we all currently enjoy. Danps even digs up this little promise made by the telecoms back in ’96 that, nearly 18 years later, still hasn’t  come to fruition: “All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia contracted with their local telecommunication utilities for the build-out of fiber and hybrid fiber-coax networks intended to bring bidirectional digital video service to millions of homes by the year 2000.”

#8: Obama Justice Department Serves Oregon Officials with Warrant Seeking the Identities of the State’s Medical Cannabis Patients by acmerecords

In April, acmerecords shared a frightening story from the Seattle Post Intelligencer on a confidential court order compelling the Oregon Medical Marijuana Project to provide the US Department of Justice with the names, addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers of “patients, growers and care givers in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program database files.”

Due to the incongruence of state and federal marijuana laws, OMMP’s best efforts to enshrine these records with the same privacy rights as other health records were thwarted by the supersession of federal demand. Acmerecords takes this opportunity to highlight just how pervasive unnecessary federal intervention into state marijuana laws has become under the Obama administration, noting that “patients […] have been able to receive prescriptions for medical cannabis from doctors in Oregon since 1998. During that period of nearly 15 years; during the final 2 years of the Bill Clinton presidency and over the 8 year course of the George W. Bush presidency, there are no previous warrants known to have been served upon the Oregon Medical Marijuana Project for patient’s private medical records by the federal government.” [more after the jump]

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Top 10 MyFDL Diaries of 2013

Our staff writers were not the only ones making waves this year. MyFDL contributors gave voice to stories on a wide range of topics, from assaults on internet freedom to unfair labor practices to several local news items with national repercussions. The depth and diversity of work on this year’s MyFDL Top 10 list is representative of some of the many reasons why we love our community.

Below you will find the 10 most-read MyFDL posts of 2013 based on unique pageviews.* Don’t forget to check out my previous post on the top 10 posts by Firedoglake writers, and share your honorable mentions in the comments.

A huge thanks to everyone who has read, written and commented at MyFDL this year, making it the great forum for news, commentary and debate that it’s become. This place just wouldn’t be the same without you.

*Note: Unique Pageviews’ count the number of unique visitors to access any given post. For example, if I load this post 3 times, that counts as 3 pageviews but is only 1 unique pageview.

Family Research Council

Family Research Council

#10: None Dare Call It Treason: Are Prominent Right-Wingers Plotting Overthrow or Secession? by Phoenix Woman

Veteran MyFDL’er Phoenix Woman kicks off our list with an excellent post on the speakers at this year’s Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit (VVS), which is kind of like a Netroots Nation of the religious right.

As Phoenix Woman notes, General William “Jerry” Boykin, the Executive Vice President of the FRC, was scheduled to speak at this year’s event alongside Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. PW dissects each of their connections to various secessionists, Birchers and dominionists advocating for a coup and the imposition of martial law. It’s a fascinating read with a lot of great links for those who want a closer look at one of the darker corners of the right-wing.

#9: The Incredible Shrinking Internet by danps

Net neutrality is a complicated and multi-faceted issue that is being ruthlessly attacked by corporations in courtrooms and legislatures across the country.

This post has got to be one of the most clear and concise interpretations I’ve read on the subject. Danps effortlessly walks us through the telecom industry’s plans to make websites and users pay premiums to access specific content on the internet, decimating the open access we all currently enjoy. Danps even digs up this little promise made by the telecoms back in ’96 that, nearly 18 years later, still hasn’t  come to fruition: “All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia contracted with their local telecommunication utilities for the build-out of fiber and hybrid fiber-coax networks intended to bring bidirectional digital video service to millions of homes by the year 2000.”

#8: Obama Justice Department Serves Oregon Officials with Warrant Seeking the Identities of the State’s Medical Cannabis Patients by acmerecords

In April, acmerecords shared a frightening story from the Seattle Post Intelligencer on a confidential court order compelling the Oregon Medical Marijuana Project to provide the US Department of Justice with the names, addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers of “patients, growers and care givers in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program database files.”

Due to the incongruence of state and federal marijuana laws, OMMP’s best efforts to enshrine these records with the same privacy rights as other health records were thwarted by the supersession of federal demand. Acmerecords takes this opportunity to highlight just how pervasive unnecessary federal intervention into state marijuana laws has become under the Obama administration, noting that “patients […] have been able to receive prescriptions for medical cannabis from doctors in Oregon since 1998. During that period of nearly 15 years; during the final 2 years of the Bill Clinton presidency and over the 8 year course of the George W. Bush presidency, there are no previous warrants known to have been served upon the Oregon Medical Marijuana Project for patient’s private medical records by the federal government.”

#7: Obama DEA Employs ‘Smashing’ New Tactic to Intimidate Cannabis Pharmacies by acmerecords

There is no mistaking the fact that the Obama administration has a taste for periodic and dramatic raids of legitimate, state-sanctioned marijuana businesses. Even though the administration has a history of uttering liberal platitudes about unfair sentencing and enforcement priorities, its track record on marijuana policy points to the same old drug war fealty that has captivated this country for decades.

The administration continued its battle with these operations into this year when the DEA worked with Michigan state law enforcement to conduct so-called “smash and grab” raids of marijuana dispensaries. In a series of actions that sound more like stick-ups than law enforcement, agents appeared at dispensaries, quickly flashed (but did not leave) warrants, grabbed plants and cash and left just as quick as they came. Three dispensaries reported being raided without being left a copy of the warrant justifying the action.

#6: Worker Hangs Self at G.E. Erie after Massive Layoffs by firebagger

Here was a story scarcely covered by more than a couple local news outlets: a worker was found dead at their workstation at GE Transportation in Lawrence Park, PA, and the Deputy Coroner in Eerie ruled the death as a suicide.

What made this story even more notable was rumors from message boards frequented by GE workers claiming the suicide was in reaction to news that the company would be outsourcing over 900 jobs to a non-union plant in Texas. If those rumors are indeed true, how did this story not make more headlines outside Pennsylvania? Firebagger has an idea: “Guess all those media holdings really pay off for G.E. at times like this.”

#5: Surveillance of Banksters Please by masaccio

The more we learn about the government’s surveillance addiction, the more disgusted we become. But Masaccio posits these technologies could be useful for society if we could just turn their gaze elsewhere.

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