Computer scientist Dr. Hany Farid claims to have developed an algorithm that can permanently remove extremist content from the Web — before it has a chance to go viral. identifying extremist images and videos on the Internet by searching for that contents’ unique digital markers, appears to be nothing standing in the way of programmers using the technology to target things like political speech.
The demonstration in the French capital attracted at least 55,000 participants, according to the organizers. More than 2,500 officers were deployed. Similar demonstrations have taken place across the country.
A new study tracking criminal activity perpetrated by police found, on average, three law enforcement officers are arrested each day — around 1,100 cops every year.. “The most common crimes were simple assault, drunken driving and aggravated assault, and significant numbers of sex crimes were also found. About 72 percent of officers charged are convicted, more than 40 percent of the crimes are committed on duty, and nearly 95 percent of the officers charged are men,”
Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it. The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments."Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.
Massachusetts’ top court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a homeless man who had been found guilty of criminal trespassing for sleeping in a mixed-use building during the winter of 2014, ruling he had a legal right to argue that there was no safer alternative.weather conditions on the dates of the offenses in February and March presented a ‘clear and imminent danger’ to a homeless person;,the town regularly had temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 C).
2014, the FBI announced plans to launch a massive database keep tabs on Americans through a biometric facial recognition program known as Next Generation Identification. The system contains about 411 million photos, only 30 million of those are “civil and criminal mugshots.” The overwhelming majority of images in the FBI database are of innocent people who have committed no crimes. These images were arbitrarily scooped up in a massive data collection, have nothing to do with national security or criminal behavior.
Trump: "Here is my promise to the American voter," said. "If I am elected President, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C." "The other candidate in this race has spent her entire life making money for special interests – and taking money from special interests."She ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund – doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, in exchange for cash."Together, she and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, CEOs, and foreign governments in the years since 2001."The choice in this election is a choice between taking our government back from the special interests, or surrendering our last scrap of independence to their total and complete control.
Transnational corporations are wreaking havoc on financial, economic, social and ecological systems in a creeping colonisation of public life where just 147 organisations now controls 40 per cent of global trade..
Civil asset forfeiture carried out by the IRS on the premise of “structuring” violations; depositing or withdrawing just under $10,000 from your bank account multiple times is viewed as suspicious and possibly criminal activity. Between 2007 and 2013, the IRS seized $43 million in over 600 cases where only “structuring” violations were committed.
On Sunday, federal police violently attacked road blockades set up by teachers engaged in a weeks-long strike against the government’s imposition of a regressive federal education reform law. Police in the southwestern state of Oaxaca opened fire on 500 teachers and their supporters, precipitating a bloodbath in the impoverished town of Nochixtlán. Eight people were killed and dozens wounded in the massacre.
Since June 1, a dozen members of the group Food Not Bombs. an international political organization that protests war, poverty and the destruction of the environment, have been arrested for violating a new Orlando city ordinance that prohibits sharing food with large groups in downtown parks more than twice a year. The mayor of Orlando branded them “food terrorists.”
What I see in Orlando is the same pattern as in the other events:, questionable shootings, crisis actors, an official story set at the moment of the event’s announcement, no conflicting testimony, investigation by media, just endless repetition of a set story. Governments lie in to serve their agendas:: the Gulf of Tonkin North Vietnamese attack on a US Navy ship, Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, Russian invasion of Ukraine They resulted in wars that killed thousands of US soldiers and killed, maimed, and displaced millions of Vietnamese and Muslims, now overrunning Europe as refugees.. American people are too gullible to be capable of preserving liberty.
Israeli marriage law makes it a two-year prison offence for any Jew marrying outside of the rabbinical authorities in that country, it has emerged after a failed attempt to overturn the rabbinate’s authority in the Israeli parliament.
On Wednesday, following the broad mobilization of workers in Tuesday’s protest against the Socialist Party (PS) government’s regressive labor law, President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls threatened to impose an outright ban on further protests against the law.
U.S. Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017 with provisions that will force women to sign up for potential military draft and continues the practice of indefinite detention. One issue the entire Congress seemed to agree on was voting against closing military bases around the world.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed the creation of a new version of the controversial House Un-American Activities Committee to root out American citizens who plan to commit terrorist attacks in the U.S. Originally founded in 1938, the committee investigated suspected threats of Nazi subversion and anti-government propaganda. During the Cold War, its activities sprawled, leading to the blacklist of Hollywood stars and left-wing activists, writers, and academics accused of having Communist ties.In 1959, former President Harry Truman called the committee “the most un-American thing in the country today.”
Classified documents uncovered by teleSUR have revealed the CIA was running a now-defunct recruitment base out of Ecuador to hire local police and military to serve US interests in the country. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) was particularly prominent, spending millions of dollars on various projects and employing local politicians and community leaders, according to the teleSUR investigation.
The new law would go after those who deny genocide or crimes against humanity, using the definition by the International Court of Justice, the German news agency DPA reported. Those convicted could face prison terms of two to six years.The measure punishes ideas “based entirely or partly” on negationist ideology only when “there is a real danger of their dissemination,” according to DPA.
The FBI knew about the shooter and investigated him prior to the attack.
The shooter had a connection to a known ISIS recruiter.
The shooter’s father was a former “Afghan presidential candidate” who supported the Taliban.
The FBI’s history in creating terrorism.
Retired Southern Californian couple, Ron and Sarah Hall, found out the hard way that the state frowns upon homeowners installing powerful solar panels. SoCal Edison did not allow the Halls to activate their solar system because “it exceeded state standards for energy production. The panels they installed, would have generated too much power: 28% over the amount a homeowner is allowed to produce.The state is concerned homeowners who produce too much power with their solar systems could sell the excess power and therefore potentially be energy retailers.
Windows 10 could be a major threat to your privacy, Microsoft is trying to force you to use it whether you want it or not. If you use Windows 7 or 8, Microsoft could automatically update you to Windows 10 and begin tracking your every move.“Microsoft openly stated that pervasive data collection will be present in any Windows version starting from Windows 10, this data collection cannot be disabled using official means.The default settings for Windows 10 allow Microsoft to track every website you visit, every purchase you make, every word you type into the search engine, allows Microsoft to track your physical location.
The new government, led by Rousseff’s former vice president Michel Temer, has formed most reactionary cabinet since the fall of US-backed military dictatorship in 1985. Investigation of bribes-for-contracts scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras, the cabinet has lost two key ministers. The government,pledges to impose full burden of Brazil’s economic crisis on working class, with budget cuts and scaling back of social rights and poverty relief programs. Temer, is deeply worried about provoking a social explosion. Workers and youth are showing the first signs of resistance, teachers, university professors and staff strikes against salary and budget cuts,school and campus occupations..
Tech buffs might want to start saving up now for the ultra-secure, ultra-expensive Solarin by Sirin Labs. The phone is intended to protect information using the same technology militaries use to protect their own data, you can currently purchase the phone on their website for $13,800.00 plus tax.
The law, billed by its backers as the toughest U.S. legislation against illegal immigration, took effect Nov. 1. It bars illegal immigrants from obtaining jobs or state assistance and makes it a felony to harbor or transport illegal immigrants. The crackdown has caused Hispanics to leave for neighboring states, with as many as 25,000 leaving northeastern Oklahoma alone, according to the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "I feel like I'm in some kind of Nazi country where if they see your color, you'll be stopped," said Maria Sanchez, a 22-year-old student who is looking to leave Oklahoma rather than risk waiting the seven years it will take to get her papers. "I can't work, I can't study, I can't go out, there's no point of me staying here."
New device allows the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to steal money directly from your bank account.The Electronic Recovery and Access to Data Machine, known by the acronym ERAD, can scan your bank account and prepaid cards, giving OHP instant access to the balance — and the funds — if a trooper believes the money is tied to a crime. Controversy over civil asset forfeiture (CAF) surrounds the fact law enforcement is under no obligation to prove the property it seizes tied to criminal activity. Once police have your property, most departments are free to essentially divvy it up amongst themselves..
Public housing residents in South Pittsburg told to remove flower and vegetables gardens from their yards. Residents and the town’s mayor oppose the policy .Housing authority’s board voted in April to give residents until June 1 to remove their gardens .Executive Director Lisa Bradford: it has always been the housing authority’s policy to prohibit residents from planting flowers and vegetable gardens in the yard, but the previous administration did not enforce it.“This new landscaping policy is needed to ensure the safety of the maintenance employees, residents and guests of the housing authority,”.
At least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found. Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the worst public health disasters in US history. The Guardian’s investigation demonstrates that similar testing regimes were in place in cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee.
Government agencies who have no association with national security acquiring military equipment, SWAT teams: Department of Agriculture, Railroad Retirement Board, Tennessee Valley Authority, Office of Personnel Management, Consumer Product Safety Commission, EPA ,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Education Department. The USDA has used its new military power to threaten people who grow lemon trees; confiscate raisins for no real reason; ruin the livelihoods of small farmers, seized bees privately owned that were proven resistant to Monsanto’s GMO Roundup and killed all remaining Queens.
Clashes have erupted in Brazil with police deploying tear gas and rubber bullets, batons on protesters voicing their opposition to the country's new interim government. It follows the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff in a move that many are calling a coup. Demonstrators hit the streets of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paolo, for a rally calling for the removal of acting president Michel Temer.
The European Commission announced a partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft in order to crack down on what it classes as “illegal hate speech” while “criminaliz[ing]” perpetrators and “promoting independent counter-narratives” that the European Union favours.
Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has unveiled plans to censor the Internet’s worldwide social media platforms with the building of an “international coalition” to counter criticism of Israel. The legislation would have common features, such as defining what constitutes incitement and what the responsibilities of social networks regarding it are..“Companies that do not comply will find themselves hauled into court, paying a penalty,”.
During a recent interview with Vice CEO Shane Smith, Edward Snowden revealed how to make a cell phone “go black,” so that the NSA can’t eavesdrop on your real world conversations.
A court in Argentina found the country's last dictator along with 14 other former military commanders guilty of complicity in a US-backed deadly crackdown on leftist dissidents across South America in the 1970s and 80s.The court sentenced former dictator Reynaldo Bignone to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and abusing his powers in the forced disappearance of more than 100 people..Fourteen of the remaining 16 defendants received prison sentences of eight to 25 years for criminal association, kidnapping and torture. Two were found not guilty. Bignone, who ruled Argentina in 1982-1983, is already serving life sentences for crimes against humanity..
Chicago Police Departmen implemented program that targets innocent citizens based on indicators they might be a person who has potential to carry out a crime.. Computer algorithm will track and catalog every citizen in the city, use private data about each person to determine whether or not they could be a potential criminal. Once a civilian has been labeled a threat, they are notified they have been marked as a potential criminal and areunder police surveillance.This program in place for over three years; government agents have visited homes of more than 1,300 innocent people who had high numbers on the list, to inform them that they are now regarded as potential criminals.
In the past three years, less than half of 1% of people arrested in Chicago saw an attorney while in police custody — a possible violation of their constitutional legal rights — according to statistics provided by the Chicago Police Department after CNN filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Prince William County police recently arrested Graham Park Middle School student Ryan Turk for stealing a free carton of milk from the school cafeteria. Ryan Turk qualifies for the federally subsidized free lunch program, police officer allegedly accused Turk of stealing the milk.School officials contend the teen became disorderly, so the officer placed him in handcuffs search him for drugs.The drug search, which came up empty. School officials suspended Turk, and police ultimately charged him with larceny for stealing the free milk, alleging he attempted to “conceal” the carton.
Americans cannot rescue themselves via the voting booth. Americans exist as a conquered people. The United States government has unaccountable power,.lies and propaganda. Washington has destroyed seven countries in whole or part to enrich the American elite and comply with the neoconservative drive for US world hegemony..Americans live in a propaganda-fabricated world in which a brutal police state is cloaked in nice words like “freedom and democracy Only two countries, Russia and China—stand between Washington’s goal of hegemony over the entire world. This year Washington has overthrown the presidents of Argentina and Brazil; is currently in the process of overthrowing government in Venezuela, with Ecuador and Bolivia waiting in the wings.
An NBC News report that promotes microchipping children asserts that it will happen “sooner rather than later” and that Americans will eventually accept the process as something just as normal as the barcode. NBC reporter Melanie Michael appears to agree, remarking that the size of the chip is “very very small” and “the expert tells us this will happen sooner rather than later. we could see those microchips in everyone,” she adds.The sheer creepiness of children being treated like barcoded products seems to be lost on Michael.
An Israeli start-up claims its technology can take one look at a person’s face and realize character traits undetectable to the human eye; signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists. The company said its technology can be used to identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles, geniuses and white collar-criminals. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal. Faception has built 15 different classifiers, which evaluate with 80 percent accuracy certain traits. The idea of having artificial intelligence (AI) profiling you to find out who you are, by looking at your face could lead to very inaccurate predictions and government overreach. This type of technology would most likely find a home inside airports and public transportation hubs. Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa admits dangers lie in the computer system’s imperfections. This leads one to wonder if a beard or a scar could lead to someone being labeled a terrorist..
New York City police commissioner William Bratton recently claimed marijuana is responsible for the ‘vast majority’ of violence in the city, Bratton remarked about cannabis at a press conference in March last year, “In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything we had to deal with [in the] 80s and 90s with heroin and cocaine.”
The Transportation Security Administration moved to address the issue of long lines at the nation's airports, replacing its head of security and creating a centralized incident command team at TSA headquarters. Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations since 2013, will be replaced by Darby LaJoye; currently a deputy assistant TSA administrator.Hoggan, who has been the focus of congressional inquiries was reassigned to new duties.
Increasing number of workers in the United States engaged in strikes, lockouts, contract rejections and other struggles. Social inequality at historic highs. Workers in the telecom, manufacturing, airline, supermarket industries, public sector entering significant battles. Developments in the US are part of an international tendency; oil refinery strike in France; a three-day general strike by Greek workers against austerity; a week-long strike by Nigerian workers against rising fuel and electricity prices; a strike by Mexican teachers to defend public education; a one-day strike by train conductors in the United Kingdom; and the first strike by Kuwaiti oil workers in two decades..
Brazilian protesters have taken to the streets of Sao Paulo, calling for the resignation of interim President Michel Temer.The protesters on Friday held banners and chanted slogans in support of suspended president Dilma Rousseff.Temer stepped up from the post of vice-president to replace Rousseff, who was suspended as president on May 12 after the Senate voted 55 to 22 in favor of opening an impeachment trial against her.
Anti-gun Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she was “fortunate” she had armed security to save her from Bernie Sanders supporters..Boxer was at the Nev. State Democratic Party’s 2016 State Convention when Bernie voters disrupted the event on Saturday.“It was a scary situation,” Boxer told CNN on Wednesday. “I was there, It was frightening.” I was on the stage and people were six feet away from me and if I didn’t have a lot of security, I don’t know what would have happened.”In other words, she’s bragging about her private security as she eradicates the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans. it was only a day after the San Bernardino Massacre that Boxer claimed gun control “works.”
Should patients have the same right to access their genetic information from a laboratory as they would a copy of their MRI, X-rays, or physical exam records? We believe the answer is clearly yes, which is why today we filed the first complaint seeking to guarantee patients’ rights to their own genetic data.
The Nevada state Democratic convention in Las Vegas last Saturday ended in chaos after state chairwoman Roberta Lange gaveled through a rigged credentials report that excluded just enough Sanders supporters to ensure a narrow Clinton majority and two additional Clinton delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. When Sanders supporters began to stand up and voice their objections, Lange declared the convention adjourned and summoned sheriff’s deputies to enforce her decision. Over the next few days, Lange claims to have received more than a thousand email and voicemail messages from all across the country, denouncing her actions in scathing terms
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro :A new Plan Condor, similar to the one that took place in the 1970s and 1980s, is being implemented against progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean region. “The campaign against Venezuela is generating violence and chaos that is allowing an intervention by (the) United States government; objective of the leaders of the right is to generate disturbance and violence “in order to create the credibility and strength for an intervention plan.” Operation Condor, also known as Plan Condor, was a coordinated U.S.-backed attempt to wipe out left-wing opposition to dictatorships across South America in the 1970s and 1980s. Some 50,000 people are estimated to have been killed or forcibly disappeared.
Sony and Google have plans for cameras you wear on (or in) your eyes, implication of a “connected” camera recording what you see means others would have access to your vision. Sony filed a patent for a contact lens camera that beat out similar patents from Samsung and Google. The awarded patent describes a lens that fits over your own, controlled by deliberate combinations of blinks that tell the camera when to record. Google opting instead for an optical implant; patent application filed in 2014; publicized last week shows a camera being mounted inside the eye, likely using a medical procedure, wants its camera implant to be able to broadcast. Imagine a third party hacking your device and getting all that information.
Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted. Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming.Law enforcement officials in Minnesota, Washington, and other states that have debated relaxing the laws surrounding marijuana said that they stand to lose money from reform. Police receive federal grants from the Justice Department to help fund drug enforcement efforts, including funding to focus on marijuana. Asset forfeiture is another way law enforcement agencies have come to rely on marijuana as a funding source. Police departments, through a process known as asset forfeiture, seize cash and property associated with drug busts, including raids relating to marijuana.. From 2002 to 2012, California agencies reaped $181.4 million from marijuana-related asset seizures.
China has developed a robot soldier capable of controlling rioting humans..The AnBot, which is 1.5 metres tall and weighs more than 150kg, can reach speeds of up to 18km when patrolling. It can be controlled remotely to intervene in dangerous situations, deploying an "electrically charged riot control tool", similar to a police baton or a Taser.Civilians in distress can press an SOS button on the android's body to send an alert to police."Armed attack” robots carrying rifles and grenade launchers were unveiled at the 2015 World Robot Conference in Beijing.
“LARs [lethal autonomous robots] have the potential to operate at a tempo faster than humans can possibly achieve and to lethally strike even when communications links have been severed. Autonomous targeting technology will likely proliferate to nations and groups around the world. The feared legal concerns do not appear to be an impediment to the development or deployment of LARs.
When a reporter for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command interviewed Frank Zappa for the commands news syndicate, a superior demanded Zappa – who had been rather hard on the army – answer one more question: who does he think will defend the country without the army? Zappa’s reply: “From what? The biggest threat to America today is it’s own federal government…. Will the Army protect anybody from the FBI? The IRS? The CIA? The Republican Party? The Democratic Party?….The biggest dangers we face today don’t need to sneak past our billion dollar defense system….they issue the contracts for them.”
Brazil's new interim president, Michel Temer, was an embassy informant for US intelligence, WikiLeaks has revealed. Temer has replaced Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended from office earlier this week, after the Senate approved impeachment against her.. Rousseff was suspended from her post for at least 180 days after senators voted 55 to 22 to punish her for manipulating budget data, ahead of her re-election in 2014. The economy has unraveled, putting Brazil in the worst recession for decades..
A Palestinian child, Ahmad Manasra, 14, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder, despite a lack of evidence, a video showing him being severely beaten and insulted by a crowd shouting racial slurs, and video showing Israeli interrogators brutalizing and intimidating the crying child with no family member or lawyer present
A judge will hear a case this month to determine if Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, a Florida couple can grow vegetables in their own yard. May 26 a Florida state judge will hear arguments and begin determining if the Village of Miami Shores violated the couple’s rights in 2013 by changing zoning ordinances to ban front-yard vegetable gardens. Shortly after the ban, code enforcement officers gave the couple a choice of pulling their vegetables or paying a $50-a-day fine.The garden was ordered removed for aesthetic reasons.
According to HRW, border guards used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey in March and April. Five people were reportedly killed, including a child, and 14 others were injured. “Firing at traumatized men, women, and children fleeing fighting and indiscriminate warfare is truly appalling,” Human Rights Watch researcher Gerry Simpson.
The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route,” “It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology has a tendency to follow us home,”
Caught on surveillance video gunning down a mentally ill veteran last year, San Diego Police Officer Neal Browder is under investigation again for accidentally shooting a baby’s crib weeks after returning to duty. Browder does not face criminal charges for recklessly firing his service weapon into a crib,..Instead of brandishing a weapon, Nehad had been twirling a pen in his hand when Browder abruptly shot the mentally ill veteran..His family filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Browder of violating his civil rights while alleging flaws in the department’s investigation of the officer-involved shooting.
A new report using state and federal data identifies Massachusetts and North Dakota as the two states with “the worst civil forfeiture laws in the country.” The findings come from the Virginia-based, libertarian legal nonprofit Institute for Justice’s new “Policing for Profit” report. Nearly all civil asset forfeiture proceeds in Massachusetts go to law enforcement. Massachusetts local and state officials seized the equivalent of $138,824,424 through the civil forfeiture process between the years 2000 and 2014. Officials reaped an additional $63 million in profit from civil forfeiture through partnerships with federal agencies In 2014.
A man has been arrested over an online video that reportedly shows a dog making a Nazi salute.The 28-year-old, from Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, faces hate crime charges over the video, Police Scotland said.The clip allegedly shows a pug sitting in front of a screen showing footage of Adolf Hitler and appearing to make Nazi salutes. Officers said the video had been shared online and “caused offence and hurt to many people in our community”.
In other news, the TSA continues to suck; longer TSA screening times at major airports. Spring Break (March 14-20) 6,800 airline passengers missed their flights due to TSA screening delays on American Airlines. A thousand passengers missed their flights at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in March thanks to TSA. 650 passengers missed their flights in one day at Charlotte Douglas International Airport — Good Friday on American Airlines for same reason. Airport Policy News: many airports considering pulling the plug on TSA. Atlanta airport Manager gave TSA deadline of 60 days to fix screening time issues or he’s going to replace TSA with contract screeners. Other airports threatening to do the same.
Hundreds of families throughout the world have been drawn to Colorado to seek medical marijuana treatment for their children's ailments. These parents and their children, dubbed “international medical marijuana refugees,” travel thousands of miles in an attempt to procure what they say are life-saving elements, the Guardian reported Monday.
It could be a case of racial profiling — or doing math in the wrong place at the wrong time. University of Pennsylvania. Economics professor Guido Menzio — an Italian with olive skin and dark curly hair questioned by security after a fellow passenger reported that he was suspicious, scribbling intently on a notepad in what appeared to be cryptic code. Menzio met with airline agents and security, who said he was suspected of “terrorism.”The professor showed them that his scribbles were a differential equation.
As calls for the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews become commonplace, so do the Nazi comparisons, both at home and abroad. Major General Yair Golan said, “If there's something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it's the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.”
Colorado City will pay back those that were illegally jailed in a debtors prison, with interest, thanks to a settlement agreement reached with the local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The city’s debtor-prison policy, which was found in violation of both the Constitution and Colorado state law, has been discontinued. The “pay or serve” policy meant that people who could not pay their fines for non-criminal offenses, such as panhandling, were imprisoned for one day for every $50 that they owed. Approximately ¾ of the people who were jailed under the pay or serve program had been fined for non-jailable offenses, indicating that they were jailed for simply being poor.
Microsoft has made a change to an update for Windows 7 that can prevent certain systems from booting. the software giant has fixed the problem; what Microsoft has done is switch the update from "optional", to "recommended". So, on some systems, it will now install, and break Windows 7 automatically. You can solve the problem and get your computer working again by upgrading to Windows 10.
Alvin Gardner allegedly seen on surveillance camera stuffing a Snickers bar in his pocket and leaving a store without paying for it. The store security guard, Bennie Montgomery, followed him out of the store and fired “warning shots;.”struck Gardner in the back of his right thigh. Canton Police Chief Otha Brown: You can’t just discharge a firearm at a fleeing suspect. You can’t do that,” said. “The security guard should have known that when the suspect ran out the store, the threat was over. There was no need to discharge a firearm.”You can’t shoot someone for a candy bar,” Montgomery has been charged with aggravated assault. .Authorities never recovered the 95-cent candy bar,
Your personal information and driving record is being sold by the state of Pennsylvania and officials say they don't know what's being done with the data. NBC10 Investigators found the state earned $157 million since 2010 selling driver records; more than 32,000 private companies and government agencies to which PennDOT sold driver information traced to every state in the country. The companies include credit agencies, insurance companies and car dealerships. The information PennDOT sold includes names, addresses, and driving histories.
The Geneva Unit District 304 replaced a different biometric scanner system for school lunch lines this year with devices from a local company, PushCoin Inc., that read students' thumb prints to track their accounts. The thumb scanners are not a new technology, but an increasing number of schools seem to be embracing it and other biometric technology to streamline lunch lines by eliminating lost lunch cards and reminding parents about past due accounts ahead of time. Numerous school districts across the country have implemented biometric technology in recent years - from thumb, finger and iris scanners for school lunch accounts to schools using facial recognition to track students on campus and online.
Federal prosecutors have agreed to end their years-long effort to close and seize Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the nation's largest dispensary with more than 100,000 patients. The dispensary also operates a facility in San Jose, brings in about $25 million a year from medical marijuana sales. In July 2012, U.S. Attorney filed a civil forfeiture action against Harborside, claiming it violated federal drug laws. In October 2012, city of Oakland sued the federal government to block the Justice Department from seizing the dispensary's properties; argued shutting down Harborside would harm its patients and force them into the black market to get their medicine.
$3,000,000 shall be used by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, for consumer outreach to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed, including through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of such biotechnology, food products, and feed.
, Obama urged Flint residents to begin drinking the water again, while he sought to cover up the criminal responsibility of government officials for the disaster. His visit to Flint is part of a broader effort at damage control Those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water, despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.
TSA sends truckloads of prohibited and left-behind items to state-run agencies set up to sell surplus government equipment,”You can now purchase confiscated items on a government run website GovDeals.com, as well as internet auction house giant, eBay.The agency’s vault is full of confiscated dangerous loot, yet many of the items seem harmless, including Garmin GPS units, Magic: the Gathering card sets, souvenirs, tools, jewelry and top of the line sunglasses.The focus seems to be on conditioning individuals to follow orders and give up items for revenue generating, rather than focusing onl safety.
Senate Bill 928 says car hacking will be punishable by life in prison. A PERSON SHALL NOT INTENTIONALLY ACCESS OR CAUSE ACCESS TO BE MADE TO AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE TO WILLFULLY DESTROY, DAMAGE, IMPAIR, ALTER, OR GAIN UNAUTHORIZED CONTROL OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE. The bill says all electronic systems created by manufacturers must be sealed black boxes that purchasers, security researchers, hobbyists, and third-party suppliers should never access. Repairs to on-board computers by "non-certified" mechanics could net them charges, especially if something malfunctions down the road.
Innocent citizens whose property is seized by police in Michigan have to pay cash for the chance to get it back, no guarantee that those who pay the cash will get their belongings returned. Once a property has been seized, the owners then have to pay anywhere from $250 to $5,000 just to begin the procedure to win back what’s rightfully theirs,
Cerenity was a healthy baby with normal physical and cognitive development. But after receiving the eight vaccine doses, she became fussy and lethargic, according to her mother July Garza. The medical team pointed the finger at the Garzas before calling Child Protective Services and accusing them of shaking their baby. The accusers eventually backed down from the accusations and apologized before vindicating the family of any misconduct.
A Boulder, Colorado judge has removed a child from her mother’s care because the mother believes chemtrails are being sprayed into the atmosphere, court documents reveal. Boulder Judge D.D. Mallard told Becca Vandb that ‘99% of people would know those are just contrails,’ and said that she is ‘so immersed in a fringe subculture’ that ‘she is a danger to her daughter.’
A Turkish constitutional committee meeting descended into chaos when a verbal argument between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and oppositional Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) spiraled out of control into a brawl. The feud is believed to have been sparked by a comment from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ who blamed the pro-Kurdish HDP for instigating a similar scuffle on Thursday. The remark immediately drew the ire of the HDP’s MP Garo Paylan who labeled it “slander”.
A number of parents received a letter this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which said in the document that parents of unvaccinated children in school would be required to register and exempt their child through a state website.
A coup to depose a democratically-elected president and install corrupt politicians who happen to be favored by the U.S. political establishment — is currently underway in Brazil. As the public’s attention zeroes on the readying of troops for deployment to Syria, despite vows by the Obama administration 16 times there would be ‘no boots on the ground the U.S. government has been able to quietly lend its approval to the move to oust Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
For the first time, a federal judge is allowing torture victims to sue the psychologists who devised the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods that included sleep deprivation, starvation and forcing captives into coffin-like boxes.
Sheriff’s deputies in Muskogee County, Oklahoma robbed a church and an orphanage of $53,000.
Eh Wah, 40, a refugee from Burma, who became a US citizen more than a decade ago, was traveling with the cash to deliver it to the intended recipients when he was targetted by modern day, state-sanctioned pirates — for a broken tail light. A K9 was called to the scene, and, naturally, alerted to the vehicle. As the Free Thought Project has reported in the past, drug dogs will alert to your vehicle nearly every single time they are brought out regardless of actually having drugs or not..Eh Wah was then released without charges and sent on his way — police kept his cash.
State police in Michigan have been conducting online surveillance to track social media discussions related to the Flint water crisis, even attempting to press charges against one man over a Facebook post, new emails released by the state show.
All visitors and tourists to Kuwait will now have to submit to a DNA test and be DNA tagged before they’re allowed to enter the Persian Gulf state. The Kuwait government says the forced DNA testing won’t affect people’s personal freedom and privacy, will be done to keep track of people and help if they commit crimes.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the ongoing impeachment process against her has “all the characteristics of a coup.” She vowed to fight the charges and says that the process will have “serious consequences for the Brazilian political process.”Speaking to reporters in New York on Friday, Rousseff asserted she was innocent of any wrongdoing and stressed that there was no “legal foundation” to try and ouster her from power
Harry Jacob Anslinger was a US government official who served as the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), a predecessor agency of the DEA that was formed in 1930. His critics argue he shifted not due to objective evidence but due to the obsolescence of the Department of Prohibition he headed when alcohol prohibition ceased – seeking a new Prohibition. Of 30 leading scientists whose views he sought, 29 said cannabis did no harm. Scientific study of cannabis has identified more than 80 unique, biologically active cannabinoids. A recent meta-analysis of these compounds shows well over a dozen therapeutic properties attributable to cannabinoids, including neuroprotective, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetic properties. The earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC.
Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Macedonia’s capital against a government decision to grant mass pardon to officials accused of fraud and corruption. Anti-government protests have also been held in the Greek capital of Athens against scheduled government job cuts and reforms. Hundreds of teachers gathered outside the Ministry of Education in Athens on Thursday, chanting slogans against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Minister of Education Nikos Filis.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture have approved a pesticide-bacteria spraying program to be used over Seattle, in an attempt to kill Asian and European gypsy moths. The program, opposed by many residents, will spray a bacteria with pesticide properties called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the same bacteria gene commonly used in GM crops to kill insects. Washington State Department of Agriculture says the damage caused by the moths would have serious economic and environmental implications.”
Researchers named fluoride as one of the key causes of a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity” in a peer-reviewed paper, government is likely still adding sodium fluoride to your drinking water. Fluoride named one of the industrial chemicals causing brain damage to hundreds of thousands around the world.’ In documents recently declassified, we also learn that one of the key ingredients for making the Atomic Bomb was fluoride. Most of the ‘proof’ that fluoride was safe for human consumption, even ‘good for people,’ was created by the scientists who helped create the A-bomb.
Canada announced today it plans to legalize weed by this time next year. Canada's Liberal government will introduce a law in spring 2017 to legalize recreational marijuana, fulfilling an election pledge and following several U.S. states. Health Minister Jane Philpott, speaking at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said Canadian law will ensure marijuana is kept away from children and keep criminals from profiting. Announcement came April 20 or 420 as it's called, a day celebrated by cannabis advocates worldwide. Thousands gathered outside Canada's Parliament on Wednesday to smoke marijuana either in protest or celebration.
Internal Revenue Service continues to leave uncollected tax money on the table, the agency beefed up its surveillance capabilities in a move that alarms both conservative and liberal privacy advocates. Since 2006, the IRS has overseen an annual tax gap—the shortfall between taxes owed and collected—of about $385 billion. In 2009 IRS purchased a “cell-site simulator,” more commonly known as Stingray technology,trying to buy another; a Stingray device mimics a cellphone tower, tricking all mobile phones in an area into revealing their location and numbers. Authorities can deploy the powerful technology to tag and track an individual’s location in real time. advanced versions of the devices can be used to copy information stored on a cellphone and download malware remotely.
Rhode Island Board of Elections announced two-thirds of the state’s polling places would remain closed for the upcoming primary as a costs savings measure.According to WPRI, the Board of Elections plans to cut costs by opening only 144 of the state’s 419 polling places for the April 26 primary.
Ruben Durante, professor at Sciences Po in Paris, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, professor at the Paris School of Economics: The news management is so sophisticated that the Israeli government is especially good about avoiding damaging “follow-up” or “day two” stories about its attacks; stories most likely to include awkward human interest details about the casualties and their families. Israeli attacks are more likely to occur prior to days with very high news pressure driven by clearly predictable events” such as, say, the Super Bowl. There were significant upticks in Israeli military action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip before big holidays or sporting events, but not before things Israeli military could not anticipate.
A former New York Times reporter has been found murdered in the Dominican Republic following her exposure of MKUltra. Sarah Kershaw was found asphyxiated due to strangulation on Monday at her apartment in Sosua. Project MKUltra, often referred to as the CIA’s mind control program, was the code name given to an illegal program of experiments on human subjects, designed and undertaken by the the CIA. Ms Kershaw published an article with the New York Times.
Researchers able to embroider circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision—the perfect size to integrate electronic components such as sensors and computer memory devices into clothing that gather, store, or transmit digital information. Could lead to shirts that act as antennas for your smart phone or tablet, workout clothes that monitor your fitness level, sports equipment that monitors athletes’ performance, a bandage that tells your doctor how well the tissue beneath it is healing—or even a flexible fabric cap that senses activity in the brain.
A lab technician for the State Police allegedly faked results in a drug case, has drawn into question 7,827 criminal cases on which he worked, according to state officials. Kamalkant Shah worked as a laboratory technician for the State Police laboratory in Little Falls and was found to have "dry labbed" suspected marijuana, according to a Feb. 29 memo to Public Defender Joseph Krakora from Deputy Public Defender Judy Fallon. Shah's essentially accused of making up data. "Basically, he was observed writing 'test results' for suspected marijuana that was never tested," Fallon said in the memo.possibly falsely imprisoned citizens will remain imprisoned. Mr. Shah was employed with the lab from 2005 to 2015. Shah has not been charged with any crime, and is believed to have retired.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Berlin “will give its authorization” over a request by Turkey on the prosecution of a German TV comedian for a satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Berlin intends to scrap by 2018 the rarely enforced Section 103 of the criminal code, which criminalizes insulting a head of state, organs or representatives of foreign states. The charges can carry a sentence of up to three years in prison. German comedian Jan Boehmermann read out a sexually crude poem about Erdogan on public German television channel ZDF two weeks ago.
A Michigan couple faces more than three months in jail and hundreds of dollars in penalties for two overdue library books. Catherine and Melvin Duren were arraigned Thursday in Lenawee County Court on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return rental property. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 93 days in jail and fined $500 for a Dr. Seuss title that’s missing and for a novel that they returned late.
Police in California will begin issuing tickets to speeding bicyclists Marin County parks officials launched a new enforcement program to enforce a speed limit on bicycles, cyclists will now be punished for riding over 15 mph..
Sanders lost Wyoming caucus by winning with a 12 percent margin. How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? The state’s four super delegates had already pledged their allegiance to “Clinton in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.” Republican Party of Colorado didn’t bother letting people vote. According to the Denver Post: “ Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process that put election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders leaving 90 percent of more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.” Trump walked away with zero delegates. They were all “awarded” to Ted Cruz. “Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.” – Former President Jimmy Carter
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