Fired contributing editor Dick Metcalf:“ too many gun owners believe any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement,”all constitutional rights are regulated, I do not believe they have a right to use them irresponsibly.” Backlash was immense. Readers threaten to cancel subscriptions.
Treasury report: Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities.Many refunds were sent overseas, including 655 sent to a single address in Lithuania. Last year, the IRS stopped $12 billion in fraudulent refunds from going to identity thieves
Portland first east coast city to legalize marijuana, removes penalties for small-quantity, adult marijuana possession, does not decriminalize production or sale of pot. Three Michigan cities remove criminal punishment for marijuana possession, 14 localities decriminalized marijuana.
Cypriot underwater gas and oil discoveries value estimated at US$800 billion energy will likely be exported to Turkey or Europe. Turkish troops continue to occupy 36 percent of Cyprus.
US Central Intelligence Agency is paying AT&T, a US telecommunications corporationmillions of dollars a year for company’s huge database of phone records for spying purposes. CIA supplies phone numbers of its targets outside the U. S., AT&T provides agency data on the targets’ phone calls.
Police in Greece have stormed headquarters of the country’s now-defunct public broadcaster ERT, evicting the employees who had occupied the building since June. Former employees of the state broadcaster had occupied the building since Greek government shut down the ERT.
Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks journalist, who accompanied Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Russia and stayed with him until he was given asylum, says the whistleblowing site lawyers advise her against going home to Britain. Her new home in Berlin.
Marijuana in Colorado will be labeled with a 15 percent excise tax and a 10 percent sales tax. Denver adding additional 3.5 percent sales tax on pot sold in city limits. Taxes: $70 million annually. Governor originally opposed legalizing marijuana, but has come out in support of the tax proposal.
Inventor of the world wide web criticised N S A and its British counterpart GCHQ for weakening online security breaking encryptions that guard data privacy for millions. Sir Tim Berners-Lee : "full and frank public debate" over internet surveillance, warns cracking encryption will be exploited by cybercriminals.
Man pulled over by police in New Mexico for failure to make complete stop at a stop sign hauled to hospital,forced to undergo anal probes and forced defecation in police search for drugs. x-ray, anal probes, enema, forced defecation, doctors found no drugs.
Following an accident at the Alcântara satellite launch pad in 2003, in the state of Maranhão, Brazilian intelligence services investigated the possibility that the incident may have occurred as the result of sabotage by French secret service agents. Accident killed 21 people, including engineers, technicians.
The NO to Initiative 522 in Washington Committee set the record for most money raised in any initiative campaign in Washington’s history. spending more than $21.4 million dollars to deprive people of their right to know about what is in their food is horrendous.
Monsanto’s massive campaign to defeat your very right to know what’s in your food has been backed by over $22 million in corporate funding from sources like DuPont and Bayer, but the reality is that these corrupt corporate monopolies are fighting just to survive within the world’s food supply.
Leaked documents have revealed evidence of a plot to destabilize Venezuela and undermine the rule of leftist President Nicolas Maduro.Appear to substantiate claims of attempts to cripple the country through internal sabotage. Allege American company, right-wing Colombian groups responible.
Voters in five counties endorsed secession from the Centennial State. Six more counties rejected proposals to create a 51st state of “North Colorado.” Voters in the 11 counties put the question on the ballot, upset the state legislature enacted environmental protections, gun control measures.
Artificial intelligence through the next generations of drones in the US and Israeli unmanned fleets. New energy systems, lasers; new hardware, robots,unmanned systems; new manufacturing techniques, 3-D printing; new software dealing with cyberwarfare, cybersecurity. “Robotics might be the future of war.
American cities, turning to private forces to protect public order. UN: private security industry experiencing global economic boom. U.S. world’s biggest spender, totaling $138 billion. Pentagon spent $44 billion on mercenaries. 140 private companies now patrol routes off the Somali coast.
One killed, eight wounded after a series of improvised devices exploded outside an office building of a provincial headquarters of the Communist Party of Chinain in Taiyuan. Seven explosions occurred at around 07:40 local time.
According to the security sources, nine people were gunned down by unidentified armed men on Monday, while 11 others were shot dead in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Security forces arrested 3,000 terror suspects, discovered a heavy cache of weapons, guns, hand grenades, explosives.
Syrian government will not participate in Geneva 2 peace conference if the aim is for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power. "We will not go to Geneva to hand over power as desired by (Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud) al-Faisal and certain opponents abroad," state news agency SANA.
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo says it has achieved "total victory" over March 23 Movement (M23) rebels in east of country after 20-month conflict. Those who escaped can use hit-and-run operations, we have to end everything politically so that we are sure without any threat.
United States is planning to conduct more joint military exercises in western Pacific amid China’s concerns over the presence of American forces in the region .China: American militarism in region could endanger peace. United States encircling China with a chain of small air bases, military ports.
At least 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries have used or purchased drones Brazil has highest number in the region, made domestically and internationally, Argentina, Chile developed their own drone technology. El Salvador purchased drones from Israel. Chile has acquired Iranian drones.
A Bangladeshi court Tuesday sentenced 150 soldiers to death. jailed hundreds more for their role in 2009 mutiny. 823 soldiers were charged over the mutiny in which 74 people including officers were hacked to death, tortured or burnt alive before their bodies were dumped in sewers and shallow graves.
Oil revenues 70 percent of Yemen’s state budget. Oil and gas products account for over 90 percent of Yemen's exports. Militants and tribesmen repeatedly attacked oil, gas pipelines in Yemen past two years to win concessions from central government, causing fuel shortages, slashing export earnings.
Armed robots with varying levels of autonomy going to appear on the battlefield, will become an integral part of the networked battlefield. Military ground robots can carry missiles, mortars, other delivery systems, not hard or expensive to make. Deadly robots likely to be widely available.
A number of North Korean sailors were killed when a warship sank during "combat duties" last month, a state newspaper has reported Ship identified as "submarine chaser no. 233" South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper said Monday two North Korean warships sank last month during exercise.
Police in Bangladesh clashed with protesters calling for resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a neutral caretaker government set up, killing two demonstrators, injuring three dozen. Two dozen killed since protests began last month. Turbulent history of military coups, turmoil, natural catastrophes.
Bomb went off in a market in Tikrit, In another incident, gunmen in Mosul, killed three provincial government employees, injured another. Separate attack by armed men in the city, four police officers died. Three policemen die in assault on a checkpoint. Series of attacks in Baquba and Kirkuk.
Turkish police clashed with Kurdish demonstrators, used water cannons, smoke grenades in southeastern town of Cizre. Protesting against Ankara’s plans to erect a wall near border with Syria. Kurdish protesters say wall divides them from family members on Syrian side of the border.
Former US ambassador to United Nations John Bolton:“I don’t think Israel has much time,” “Frankly, they should have done this years ago.” Criticized President Obama for negotiations with Iran. Former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta: threats of military force against Iran necessary to back up US policy.
American doctors and psychologistsworking under the direction of the Department of Defense and CIA in military defense facilities, violated medical ethics by participating in the torture of detainees. included “designing, participating in,enabling torture,cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment”
Rallies expected around globe Guy Fawkes Day, November 5, protesters aligned with Anonymous prepare for mass demonstrations Tuesday in hundreds of cities from Sydney to Seattle. “To remind this world what it has forgotten, That fairness, justice and freedom are more than just words,”
Brazilian government confirmed its intelligence service targeted U.S., Russian, Iranian, Iraqi diplomats during spy activities decade ago. Revelation forced Brazil to defend its espionage while remaining critic of NSA programs that targeted President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled state visit to Washington.
Every day new country or entity revealed to have been spied on by government. New York Times: FARC rebels now on that list. NSA hacking its way around the world, placed eavesdropping gear on Defense Department plane to survey locations of FARC combatants, deliver to Colombian government.
Snowden documents published by Guardian: French, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, German intelligence services cooperating in European surveillance system comparable to NSA’s global spying network, carry out direct taps into fibre-optic cables, covert relationships withtelecommunications companies.
illegal worldwide regime spraying the skies daily with toxic chemicals, ongoing environmental catastrophe, health disaster. toxins, contaminants, pollutants and poisons put in the air we breathe a end up everywhere in, food, organic gardens, water, forests, farmland.
French police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in France on Saturday,some protesters hurled stonesiron bars at them in rally against controversial green tax and layoffs. ecotax, imposes new levies on vehicles transporting commercial goods weighing over 3.5 tonnes.
300 tons of highly radioactive water (80,000 gallons) spreading into the Pacific Ocean every day from the triple reactor melt-through at Fukushima. Radioactive contamination of Pacific world’s largest ocean, covers a third of Earth. Threat to the fishery caused by Fukushima‘s ongoing radioactive gusher.
Romanian medical staff staged mass protest, demand better financing for country’s healthcare system. Saturday, thousands of medical workers gathered in Bucharest to express their anger against low salaries, harsh working conditions in health sector. 3,000 doctors leave country annually for better jobs.
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