A federal cleanup crew accidentally released mine waste into the water in Colorado. An estimated 1 million gallons of waste water spilled out of an abandoned mine area in the southern part of the state last week, turning the Animas River orange and prompting the EPA to tell locals to avoid it.

Off The Grid It’s horrifying that more precautions weren’t taken to avoid some type of spill like this. I think that river is going to be ruined for decades. You can’t even tell that the river is a river anymore. It looks like pea soup running through the river. It will take years to try

One more step in the fight to end corruption.

Brigida Santos Al Jazeera reports that California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law prohibiting grand juries from ruling in cases involving police use of lethal force. This is huge because grand juries—bodies that determine whether or not there is enough evidence to prosecute a defendant for a felony or crime—operate in secret. Grand

“I would prefer to be a Republican, but the party has one big problem that’ll crush it in every Presidential election.” – Mark Cuban

Jen Hobbs Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sounds off on why he could be a Republican, but just can’t bring himself to do it.  Here’s his reasoning, in his own words, reported by The Dallas Morning News: Today’s game is trashing the Republican Party. I would prefer to be a Republican. I want

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to make election a day a holiday, suggesting that it could make it easier to vote. He’s also introduced legislation that would automatically register 18-year-olds to vote, and said last week that he intends to offer legislation that would allow public financing of campaigns.

Off The Grid These are all good ideas for the most part. Although, I have my doubts about making Election Day a holiday because by federal law your boss has to give you time to go vote. So you have the ability to vote if you take the initiative. Making Election Day a holiday seems

Now they’re just picking on her.

Brigida Santos Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking documents exposing torture, has reportedly been threatened with solitary confinement for an indefinite amount of time after being charged with four violations of custody rules.  The Guardian reports, Private Manning has been accused of showing disrespect, exhibiting disorderly conduct when sweeping food onto the floor during

A Harvard Graduate was asked not to attend Facebook’s summer internship program after he created an application that shed light on Facebook Messenger’s privacy issues.

Off The Grid Boston.com reports that Harvard Student Aran Khanna was two hours away from leaving to go start his summer internship at Facebook when they called him and rescinded their initiation. Khanna had created an application that was available as a Chrome extension. This application, called Marauder’s Map, used data from Facebook Messenger to

The director of the FBI doesn’t want you to use technology to encrypt your personal data. He said that for your safety the feds should have unrestricted access to everything you store in a cloud or a hard drive, write in e-mail, or send in a text. Security, he says, trumps privacy. Tech specialists warn, however, that giving the FBI such access would necessarily open doors to data that could be exploited.

Off The Grid Absolutely it’s going to get exploited! If they need a warrant to go into your house, then they should have a warrant to get into your computers and personal information. It’s government takeover. It falls right in line with people who sit there and say,“I don’t care what they do to me,

In last week’s debate, Sen. Paul finally did what many of his supporters wanted him to do all along — sound more like his dad.

Travis Irvine One of the brightest sparks from last week’s first televised GOP debate came when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie clashed over the 4th Amendment.  As some have pointed out, Paul and Christie’s spar over the government’s mass surveillance programs and their relevance to the war on terror —

Today’s ruling spares the lives of 11 people on death row. Among the 11 are two killers, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, who were sentenced to death for the slaying of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Michaela and Hayley.

Off The Grid The Connecticut Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 2012, but the ruling was not retroactive until today. CNN reports Connecticut’s Supreme Court voted 4-3 to overturn the death penalty. As of today, the remaining 11 people on death row in Conneticut have had their lives spared. Connecticut has executed only two

Finally, cops are saving lives.

Brigida Santos The Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department, which announced in May that it would no longer be arresting heroin addicts, has taken further steps toward addressing the heroin epidemic in America.  In early June, the department launched its so called ‘angel’ program, which focuses on treating heroin and opioid addicts rather than incarcerating them.  Related Story Mass Surveillance Won’t Stop

In an op-ed published in the Official Cuban Communist Party newspaper, the former Cuban leader doesn’t mince words when speaking about his country’s diplomatic relations with the United States.

Off The Grid Secretary of State John Kerry is in Havana today to raise the American flag at the U.S. Embassy for the very first time in 54 years, in an effort to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries.   Yet former Cuban leader Fidel Castro does not acknowledge this historic event in a new