In podcast #1,000--our last of 2013--we examine Obama's year-end press conference, his masterful spin on tough NSA questions....Click here for free audiobook download, and generate $15 to PBC Podcast from Audible! Kickass Kona coffee offer is back for new annual subscribers!
White House press corps finally gets tough on Obama about NSA spying, but he artfully spins the issues and dodges key questions; in any case, PBC hopes he enjoys his vacation on Lani Kai beach on Oahu...
--latest revelations on NSA spying show commercial targets with no connection to terrorism or security concerns
--45.7 million credit card transaction at Target have been hacked--where are the government spies on this one?
--Oakland's surveillance center is promoted as response to violent crime, but the cops view it as a tool to suppress political speech
--Israeli groups hit back against boycott by American academics with distortions and lies in full-page ad in NY Times
--Nelson Mandela secretly took Mossad training in Ethiopia, 1962
--MoveOn touts 100 local anti-fracking activists around the nation
--New Mexico becomes 17th state to OK marriage equality
--Sen. Max Baucus is named ambassador to China, Ron Wyden will chair Senate Finance Committee
--70 US navy sailors sue Tepco, the Japanese utitlity, over exposure to radiation during Fukushima rescue operations
--Clark County, Nevada, home of Las Vegas, passes law banning enforcement of NDAA detention clause
We close with my friend Dr. Elmo's holiday classic, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.