Uh Oh, NSA: People Are Protesting Online and IRL Today

Two weeks ago, we called your attention to the forthcoming “Day We Fight Back,” an Internet movement designed to fight back against the NSA’s data collection program. Guess what? The day is finally here. Watch out, government.

Today, as planned, dozens of participating websites like Upworthy and Piwik are posting banners on their home pages, encouraging viewers to call up and email their local legislators and complain about the NSA. Read More


LGBT Activist Commandeers Reportedly Homophobic Church’s Facebook Page

An infographic depicting all the ways marriage is defined by the Bible. (Photo:

A Tennessee church is making headlines because it allegedly ousted Detective Kat Cooper’s family after learning that Ms. Cooper was gay. In response, an online activist has taken over a Facebook account created in the church’s name, posting biblical verses and images that promote tolerance to the page’s followers.

The Ridgedale Church of Christ, of Chattanooga, Tenn., reportedly expelled the family because they stood by their daughter as she fought for benefits to be extended to same-sex partners within the city where she works, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Betabeat has contacted the church and is awaiting a call back. Read More

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Nobody Cares About Jumo


If there’s one thing I hate more than pretending not to have any change when inept accordion-playing buskers pass a hat around the subway car, it’s Jumo, the ugly nonprofit Facebook for charities. It doesn’t work and will probably never accomplish anything. Read More