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

Dear Republicans, in a 2013 ruling, the Dominican Republic stripped citizenship from over 200,000 Dominican workers of Haitian descent. Here are the disastrous results. Read and learn.

Brigida Santos A new petition by the people to the Obama administration, asks the White House to address human rights abuses taking place in the Dominican Republic resulting from a 2013 ruling that stripped citizenship from Dominican children of Haitian migrant workers.  Over  200,000 people were affected by the ruling, which the petition says,  Related Story Jesse Ventura Says He Will Never

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

The Guardian reports Jeb Bush has refused to end the United State’s use of torture if he becomes president. He says he doesn’t want to make ‘a definitive, blanket type of statement’ when it comes to torture.

Off The Grid Jeb Bush, this is an outrage. You have opened yourself up to be a war criminal. You’re just another person that never served in the military so he doesn’t know a thing about it. You’re making it so that other countries will then torture our soldiers too. If torture is allowed, then

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 —

Will justice prevail for Samuel Harrell?

Off The Grid Samuel Harrell, an inmate with behavior that’s been linked to bipolar disorder, was serving time at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York for a drug conviction. He got into a confrontation with officers at the prison after he announced he was going home — even though he still had years left on his

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,

The Gateway Drug Theory suggests that licit drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, serve as a “gateway” toward the use of other, illicit drugs. A recent study among high school students determined that alcohol – not marijuana – was the major gateway drug.

Jen Hobbs In case you missed it, there’s a heroin epidemic in the United States. Find out why in this video: One can also say there’s an alcohol epidemic in the United States among high school students.  A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida determined that alcohol is more of a gateway drug to

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

Today, the government announced a new strategy for fighting the rise in heroin use in the United States.

Off The Grid The White House’s latest game plan for fighting the high rise in heroin use: focus on treating addicts rather than putting them behind bars. Related Story Holy GOP! The Pope Says We Should Embrace Immigrants. While this might not read as exactly groundbreaking — especially since this is what Jesse Ventura has been advocating