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  • Christian Persecution in China on the Rise: Report

    03/28/2017 12:56:30 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    A report from a Christian charity has found that Christians are being persecuted at rates not seen since the Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 until 1976. The Cultural Revolution, launched by dictator Mao Zedong, attempted to eliminate the “Four Olds,” which were defined as “Old Customs,” “Old Culture,” “Old Habits,” and “Old Ideas.” The campaign, carried out by organized groups of students Mao called the Red Guards, targeted the adherents of religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and others. Countless temples, historical sites, books, and priceless historical artifacts were destroyed. Religious expression, which permeated the culture in China during...
  • Obama Aide Evelyn Farkas Squeals Live On MSNBC

    03/28/2017 8:29:06 AM PDT · by TruthWarriors · 26 replies
    Obama aide talks about gathering intelligence on trump aides starting after 5 minutes. She says "That's why you have leaking...People are WORRIED."
  • China's Worst Environmental Disaster Involved Killing Millions of Birds

    03/27/2017 8:00:38 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 10, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    One of the first actions taken during Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward program was to kill off “four pests”: rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows. The campaign was known as the “Great Sparrow Campaign” or the “Kill a Sparrow Campaign,” but it was officially called the “Four Pests Campaign.” Historians believe this bizarre countrywide tactic contributed to the millions of deaths caused by the Great Leap Forward. Mao believed that he could force villagers into giant communes, and communist officials used coercion and violence to get them to work.
  • A Life Turned Upside Down by Communism

    03/24/2017 7:28:06 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 14 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    Ildiko Trien’s charmed and pampered life in Romania was flipped on its head when she was 5 1/2 years old. Her father, who spoke many languages, was a businessman; her mother, a lawyer. Her Hungarian-born family was rich and they owned land. Trien’s father also reared Lipizzaner horses. One night in 1946, four or five men with leather coats and caps barged into their house and grabbed the whole family. The family was planning to escape to Palestine the very next day. “They put my brother’s shoes on me,” Trien remembered. He was four years older. “They were so big.”...
  • The Biggest Anti-Intellectual Movement in History

    03/22/2017 11:19:03 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 15 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 21, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    Throughout history, intellectuals have been frequent targets of tyrannical regimes to suppress political dissent. But Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong himself boasted about taking it a step further. After the Chinese Communist Party took power in 1949, Mao had instilled a climate a fear and terror. In the late 1940s to early 1950s, he mobilized Chinese peasants to kill off the landlord class, resulting in estimates of hundreds of thousands to several million deaths. In some areas, public trials became the norm and Mao’s politicized peasants became judge, jury, and executioner of the landlord class in China. Amid the repressive...
  • Obama didn't know it when "FBI probe of Trump-Russia ties began last summer"? (vanity)

    03/21/2017 3:12:17 AM PDT · by granada · 34 replies
    vanity ^ | 2017/3/21 | Granada
    And no surveillance (including wiretapping) on Trump?
  • This creepy facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their picture

    03/14/2017 12:01:29 PM PDT · by JOAT · 31 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 3/14/2017 | Cara McGoogan
    A facial recognition app that can identify strangers from a photograph has been created by a British entrepreneur.Facezam can identify people by matching a photo of them with their Facebook profile. All users have to do is take a picture of someone on the street and run it through the app, which will tell them who it thinks the person in the photo is.
  • Report: Feds Launch Criminal Probe of WikiLeaks' CIA Document Dump

    03/08/2017 12:45:14 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 8, 2017 | by Theodore Bunker
    WikiLeaks' release of documents that provide details of alleged CIA hacking operations will be investigated by federal authorities, CNN reports. Citing several U.S. officials, CNN claims the FBI and the CIA will coordinate their reviews of how WikiLeaks acquired the documents, which officials said are in CNN's words "largely genuine," and if more will follow. The officials have yet to determine how much of the release is accurate or if any have been altered before being released.
  • EPA to announce reversal on fuel economy standards next week

    03/05/2017 7:18:16 AM PST · by rktman · 73 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/4/2017 | John Sexton
    The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a change in automobile emissions standards next week, undoing a last minute effort by the Obama administration to lock in the rules through 2025. The NY Times reports: The tailpipe pollution regulations were among Mr. Obama’s major initiatives to reduce global warming and were put forth jointly by the E.P.A. and the Transportation Department. They would have forced automakers to build passenger cars that achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, compared with about 36 miles per gallon today
  • Welcome Aboard... But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina

    02/27/2017 7:52:23 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 97 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | February 26, 2017 | Jeffrey Tucker
    For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make your way from the airport entrance to the airplane. Passengers adapt to the new changes as they come. But my latest flight to Mexico, originating in Atlanta, presented all passengers with something I had never seen before. We had already been through boarding pass checks, passport checks, scanners, and pat downs. At the gate, each passenger had already had their tickets scanned and we were all walking on the jet bridge to board. It’s at this...
  • Court Rules Doctors Can Ask Patients About Gun Ownership

    02/18/2017 10:51:05 AM PST · by kevcol · 128 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 17, 2017 | Sarah Hurtubise
    A federal appeals court has ruled that a Florida law restricting doctors from asking patients whether they own guns restricts the right to free speech. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law violated doctors’ First Amendment right to free speech, and concluded that the state failed to prove that physicians were infringing on patients’ Second Amendment rights. A previous decision by a three-judge panel by the 11th Circuit upheld the law, but those suing the state asked for the full circuit court to re-consider the case. ... The Republican-controlled Florida state legislature passed a law in...
  • German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

    02/17/2017 3:13:37 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 2-17-2017 | BBC
    An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications. Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it. But the UK Toy Retailers Association said Cayla "offers no special risk". In a statement sent to the BBC, the TRA also said "there is no reason for alarm". The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said...
  • Zuckerberg: my Facebook manifesto to re-boot globalisation

    02/16/2017 5:33:18 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/16/17 | Kamal Ahmed
    Mark Zuckerberg has revealed deep-seated concerns that the tide is turning against globalisation.In an interview with the BBC, the Facebook founder said that fake news, polarised views and "filter bubbles" were damaging "common understanding".He said people had been left behind by global growth, sparking demands to "withdraw" from the "connected world".In a call to action, he said people must not "sit around and be upset", but act to build "social infrastructures"."When I started Facebook, the mission of connecting the world was not controversial," he told me."It was as if it was a default assumption that people had; every year the...
  • The watch that tells boring people when it’s time to shut up (Oh this has great possibilities)

    02/07/2017 9:17:15 PM PST · by cba123 · 14 replies
    The Times ^ | February 7, 2017 | Mark Bridge
    It could be a robotic guardian angel for anyone on a first date who fears they may be boring. Scientists have created a gadget that is worn like a wristwatch and uses artificial intelligence to assess a conversation’s tone. It can differentiate between happy, sad and neutral, but some versions could also tell whether your delivery is boring or awkward. It could be installed in smartphones or watches that would vibrate if the conversation went downhill during a date or interview, researchers said. Please click on link for full article)
  • Ben Swann: Heading Back To CBS46 Monday

    01/27/2017 9:41:41 PM PST · by Elvina · 50 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 27, 2017 | Ben Swann
    Heading back to CBS46 Monday but going to be changes. Biggest one, this page will go dark Tzuday, Feb 1. Those who know me, trust me.
  • It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

    01/12/2017 7:17:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | 1/13/16 | Richard Chirgwin
    It just got a lot harder to evade browser fingerprinting: a bunch of boffins have worked out how to fingerprint the machine behind the browser, using only information provided by browser features.Like so many ideas, it's obvious once someone's thought of it: activities that aren't processed in the browser are treated the same whether the page is rendered in (say) Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge. The group – Yinzhi Cao and Song Li of from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Erik Wijmans Washington University in St. Louis – have worked out how to access various operating system and hardware-level features...
  • FBI Is Apparently Paying Geek Squad Members To DigIn Computers For Evidence Of Criminal Activity

    01/10/2017 7:00:28 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    Tech dirt ^ | 9 Jan 2017 | Tim Cushing
    Unsurprisingly, the FBI also has a number of paid informants. Some of these informants apparently work at Best Buy -- Geek Squad by day, government informants by… well, also by day... The case is already on very shaky ground, with the presiding judge questioning agents' "odd memory losses," noting several discrepancies between the FBI's reports and its testimony, and its "perplexing" opposition to turning over documents the defense has requested... Underneath it all is the perplexing and disturbing aversion to adhering to the Fourth Amendment we've seen time and time again from law enforcement agencies, both at local and federal...
  • FBI Is Apparently Paying Geek Squad Members To Dig Around For Evidence Of Criminal Activity

    01/09/2017 6:59:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | January 9, 2017 | Tim Cushing
    Law enforcement has a number of informants working for it and the companies that already pay their paychecks, like UPS, for example. It also has a number of government employees working for the TSA, keeping their eyes peeled for "suspicious" amounts of cash it can swoop in and seize. Unsurprisingly, the FBI also has a number of paid informants. Some of these informants apparently work at Best Buy -- Geek Squad by day, government informants by… well, also by day. According to court records, Geek Squad technician John "Trey" Westphal, an FBI informant, reported he accidentally located on Rettenmaier's computer...
  • rush to throw out Obamacare could backfire

    01/09/2017 4:18:25 PM PST · by spintreebob · 52 replies
    georgia health news ^ | Jan 4, 2017 | Jack Bernard
    We are the most religious democracy in the world, and our Judeo-Christian ethic demands that we take care of the downtrodden. But we are also the only advanced democracy without universal health coverage. Are we confused . . . or just hypocrites? My bet is that we are very confused. The public’s reaction to Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) is a prime example of our confusion. Most Americans are preoccupied with making a living and raising a family, and rightly so. They have no time to fully examine health care policy issues. Surveys show that...
  • Manhattan culinary staple China Fun shutters, blaming government over-regulation(!)

    01/08/2017 7:11:07 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 1/8/2017 | Larry McShane
    For 25 years, China Fun was renowned for its peerless soup dumplings and piquant General Tso’s chicken. What left a bad taste in the mouths of its owners and loyal patrons was the restaurant’s sudden Jan. 3 closing, blamed by management on suffocating government demands. “The climate for small businesses like ours in New York have become such that it’s difficult to justify taking risks and running — nevermind starting — a legitimate mom-and-pop business,” read a letter posted by the owners in the restaurant’s front door. “The state and municipal governments, with their punishing rules and regulations, seems to...
  • World-Renowned Texas Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000 (because of Obamacare)

    01/05/2017 10:57:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lana Shadwick
    The world-renown MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a workforce reduction by 1,000, the CEO of the center said on Thursday. The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. [Snip] The local publication reported that the financial problems began in the spring when the hospital implemented a new electronic medical-record system. Doctors and staff members at the center spent a great deal of time getting up to speed in using the program and that took time away from their patients.
  • Chrysler Unveils Selfie-Taking Concept Car

    01/04/2017 3:24:59 PM PST · by JOAT · 23 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | 1/3/2017 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    <p>LAS VEGAS (CNN) — What do Millennials want from a car? Selfies, naturally.</p> <p>Chrysler unveiled its Portal concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, and it has a long list of features based on 20 years of research into exactly what Millennials want from a car, according to Fiat Chrysler.</p>
  • Fridges and washing machines could be vital witnesses in murder plots

    01/02/2017 8:13:43 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 3, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    High-tech washing machines and fridges will soon be used by detectives gathering evidence from crime scenes, experts have forecast. The advent of ‘the internet of things’ in which more devices are connected together in a world of ‘smart working’ could in future provide important clues for the police. Detectives are currently being trained to look for gadgets and white goods which could provide a ‘digital footprint’ of victims or criminals. Mark Stokes, the head of the digital, cyber and communications forensics unit at the Metropolitan Police told The Times: “Wireless cameras within a device, such as fridge, may record the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Facebook 'fact checker' who will arbitrate on 'fake news' is accused of defrauding..

    12/21/2016 6:47:58 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Co. (UK) ^ | 21 December 2016 | Alana Goodman
    One of the websites Facebook is to use to arbitrate on 'fake news' is involved in a bitter legal dispute between its co-founders, with its CEO accused of using company money for prostitutes. Snopes.com will be part of a panel used by Facebook to decide whether stories which users complain about as potentially 'fake' should be considered 'disputed'. But the website's own troubles and the intriguing choice of who carries out its 'fact checks' are revealed by DailyMail.com, as one of its main contributors is disclosed to be a former sex-blogger who called herself 'Vice Vixen'. Snopes.com will benefit from...
  • Say goodbye to toll gates in NYC

    12/21/2016 2:53:18 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 73 replies
    Toll gates at the Big Apple’s bridges and tunnels will disappear next year as a cashless system is rolled out, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday. The new system will be set up beginning in January at the Queens-Midtown and Hugh Carey tunnels, and then throughout the year at the Rockaway, RFK, Verrazano-Narrows, Throgs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone bridges. The system will collect money from drivers using E-ZPass. Those without E-ZPass will get their license plates recorded and receive a bill within 30 days. They will have 30 days to pay. All license plates will be scanned and scofflaws will be ticketed immediately....
  • U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

    12/16/2016 8:22:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | 12-16-16 | Dustin Volz
    The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The estimate, requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, is expected to be made public as early as next month, the letter said. Its disclosure would come as Congress is expected to begin debate in the coming months over whether to reauthorize or reform the so-called surveillance authority, known as Section 702, a provision that...
  • Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

    12/11/2016 4:45:41 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 45 replies
    Freebeacon.com ^ | December 11, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    Measure intended to protect people with disabilities who have wandered away A bill meant to help those with developmental disabilities would allow government agencies to locate people with tracking devices, which has some concerned the measure gives the federal government too much authority and power. In 2008, Kevin Curtis Wills, a 9-year-old boy with autism, jumped into a river near a park and drowned. In 2014, a 14-year-old boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo, left his school and drowned in a river. Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), who chairs the Congressional Autism Caucus and the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, introduced a...
  • Is it “1984” Yet? Yes; it’s 2016

    11/08/2016 10:37:19 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/08/16 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    "One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship" “…The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. “The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods,...
  • Your grocery bill may help King County track unlicensed pets

    11/03/2016 11:41:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    Seattle Times (soft paywall) ^ | Nov 2, 2016 | Evan Bush
    When Barbara Twadell received a letter from Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) last week reminding her that a license is required to keep pets, she was puzzled. Twadell doesn’t own a pet. Her dog died five or maybe six years ago, long “enough that I couldn’t place the number.” She had notified the county at the time. She found the letter peculiar. “On the outside, it’s stamped ‘Time sensitive. Open immediately,’ and it’s got a pink return address, which usually means something is overdue in payment,” she said. The writing was terse, “threatening” even, Twadell said. “The following...
  • [VANITY] Pranking the Neighbors with Free Hillary Wi-Fi

    09/10/2016 11:37:52 AM PDT · by Mister Right Wing Conspiracy · 14 replies
    Decided to have some fun. I created a Wi-Fi SSID as shown below: I configured my Wi-Fi router to use a "captive web portal" whenever anyone first connects to the SSID. The login page looks like this: Once the Wi-Fi user enters their name and email, they are then redirected to a Success page:
  • Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence - sources

    10/04/2016 10:22:05 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/4/2016 | Joseph Menn
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events. Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency's demand by searching...
  • White House: Transferring Internet control is limited government

    09/23/2016 7:35:10 PM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 120 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/22/16 | Nicole Duran
    The White House mocked GOP nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz for trying to prevent the Commerce Department from transferring technical oversight of the Internet to an international body. "It doesn't withstand scrutiny," President Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday. "It also strikes me as a curious position for a self-described small government conservative to shut down the government to ensure that the federal government can continue to control the Internet," Earnest said of Cruz. "It doesn't make any sense." Cruz is trying to stop the multi-year transition that will leave the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...
  • Some police departments shelve body cameras, cite data costs

    09/10/2016 10:20:29 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    WTSP.COM | 10 SEPTEMBER 2016 | AP
    http://www.wtsp.com/news/some-police-departments-shelve-body-cameras-cite-data-costs/316448042
  • Records Show Obama Hired Behavioral Experts to Expand Use of Govt. Programs - Judicial Watch

    09/09/2016 8:24:36 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 09/08/2016 | Judicial Watch
    Records Show Obama Hired Behavioral Experts to Expand Use of Govt. Programs - Judicial Watch http://www.judicialwatch.org/the-blog/records-show-obama-hired-behavioral-experts-expand-use-govt-programs/ Records Show Obama Hired Behavioral Experts to Expand Use of Govt. Programs SEPTEMBER 08, 2016 The Obama administration quietly hired 20 social and behavioral research experts to help expand the use of government programs at dozens of agencies by, among other things, simplifying federal forms, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. The controversial group of experts is collectively known as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) and it functions under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In 2015...
  • University of Nebraska students restricted by new 'respect' policy [Isaiah 29]

    09/02/2016 11:59:50 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 9/2/2016 | WILLIAM NARDI
    Calling the University of Nebraska Lincoln a place that "values acceptance," the institution kicked off the fall semester with its newly installed chancellor essentially telling new students they should not say or do things that might be offensive or cause people to feel disrespected, calling the stance "nonnegotiable." "We insist on a culture of respect, and we recognize that words and actions really matter," Chancellor Ronnie Green said during a speech at the new student convocation on Aug. 19. While suggesting the university values free speech and freedom of expression, Green – who took the helm of UNL this summer...
  • Federal Register | Control of Communicable Diseases (CDC Quarantine rule changes)

    09/02/2016 8:15:31 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 21 replies
    Federal Register ^ | 08/15/2016 | CDC
    Federal Register | Control of Communicable Diseases (CDC Quarantine rule changes) https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases#h-10 The Federal Register The Daily Journal of the United States Government Proposed Rule Control of Communicable Diseases A Proposed Rule by the Health and Human Services Department on 08/15/2016 This document has a comment period that ends in 42 days (10/14/2016) Submit a formal comment Publication Date:     Monday, August 15, 2016 Agency:     Department of Health and Human Services Dates:     Written or electronic comments on the NPRM must be received by October 14, 2016. Action:     Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Shorter URL:     https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-18103 Related...
  • Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages (privacy infosec threat)

    09/02/2016 9:26:00 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 28 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/01/2016 | Jeff John Roberts
    Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages http://fortune.com/2016/09/01/rental-cars-data-theft/ Tech Internet of Things Watch Out That Your Rental Car Doesn't Steal Your Phone Data By: Jeff John Roberts September 1, 2016, 10:51 AM  Watch out how you connect to cars. Here’s something to think about the next time you plug your phone into a rental car: The vehicle may be slurping up and recording all sorts of data, including your location, personal contacts, and even your text messages and web browsing. That warning comes via a Federal Trade Commission blog post this week, which highlights a downside...
  • Virginia Woman Blasts Drone 'to Smithereens' with Shotgun

    09/01/2016 9:57:26 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 142 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 8/30/16 | Eric Limer
    "It came over my airspace, 25 or 30 feet above my trees, and hovered for a second. I blasted it to smithereens."​ A woman in Virginia shot down a drone flying near her property in June of this year. It's at least the third time this has happened in the U.S., with previous incidents in Kentucky and Tennessee. Originally reported in the local Fauquier Times and subsequently covered by Ars Technica, the shooter was Jennifer Youngman, a neighbor to actor and director Robert Duvall. She had been cleaning her shotguns on the porch when two men stopped on a nearby...
  • New Baltimore Aerial Surveillance Program Raises Trust Issues.

    08/28/2016 10:22:50 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 55 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/28/2016 | Jon Schuppe
    Small planes outfitted with video cameras have been flying over Baltimore since January, capturing activity on the streets below and relaying the footage to police to help them catch criminals. The public knew nothing about it until this week — when Bloomberg Businessweek ran a cover story about the trial program. Airplane used to conduct wide area surveillance. Persistent Surveillance Systems The revelations triggered outrage from elected officials, defense lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union, who said the program raised privacy concerns and could aggravate public distrust in a city that exploded in riots last year after the death...
  • Every British TV Show To Be Monitored for ‘Diversity’

    08/25/2016 10:36:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 25, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Some of Britain’s best-loved and most watched programmes, including EastEnders and Coronation Street, are to be monitored for their ethnic, gender and sexual orientation diversity as part of a new scheme to be rolled out eventually across the whole of British television.
  • PROPHETIC SIGNS AUG 21, 2016 - 'BIG BROTHER' IS WATCHING YOU!!! (video)

    08/21/2016 1:39:27 PM PDT · by Lera · 9 replies
    Calvary Melbourne Australia ^ | AUG 21, 2016 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    6.1 magnitude earthquake off the north coast of Japan .... UN admitted a role in the deadly Haiti cholera outbreak .... it is a scientific fact that there is no gay gene .... Muslim armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are destroying entire villages and hacking Christians to pieces with machetes .... everything we do on the internet is stored, duplicated and shared and 'Big Brother' is watching you .... surrounding countries of Israel are gearing up for war .... global government is approaching fast and also the one world religion is pushed by Pope Francis.
  • America to hand off Internet in under two months

    08/17/2016 9:34:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 105 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | RUDY TAKALA
    The Department of Commerce is set to hand off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities in less than two months, officials have confirmed. The department will finalize the transition effective Oct. 1, Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling wrote on Tuesday, barring what he called "any significant impediment." The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as...
  • U.K. court nixes government home-invasion plan

    07/28/2016 8:52:51 PM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    WND ^ | July 28, 2016 | Bob Unruh
    The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom has struck down Scotland's plan to assign a government employee to every child to ensure – even if the family objects – each one meets the government's goal of being "safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included." The argument against Scotland’s Children and Young People Act, the "Named Persons” plan, was that the government does not have the right to give to its employees private information.
  • As much as 90 percent of ground water in Mass. may be corrosive [fear mongering]

    07/25/2016 5:26:46 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 58 replies
    The Boston Globe&#8206; ^ | The Boston Globe&#8206;
    ...the dangers are mainly for 534,000 Massachusetts residents who draw their water from private wells, the report found. Unlike public water systems, wells are not subject to state and federal testing and treatment requirements... Environmental advocates said they worry whether the department is up to the job of regulating the water supply....“The DEP really needs to beef up its ground water monitoring.”
  • When Your Sutures Talk Back To Convey Critical Medical Info

    07/20/2016 2:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Researchers at Tufts University have developed a “toolkit” of biocompatible threads that can sense everything from temperature to pH to physical strain... "Most sensors that people build are typically on hard substrates like glass or silicone. We were very interested in making sensors that we can intimately interface with tissues and biological things,” said Dr. Sameer Sonkusale, the lead researcher and an associate professor of electrical engineering at Tufts University. The researchers started with cotton thread, like the ones that make up your shirt, and worked from there to develop an entire toolkit of sensors. The team has moved on...
  • UPDATE: Purdue Now Says It Won’t Expel Student Who Criticized Black Lives Matter

    07/13/2016 10:03:24 PM PDT · by Enchante · 29 replies
    Heat Street ^ | July 13, 2016 | Staff
    By Heat Street Staff | 7:11 pm, July 13, 2016 Purdue University this afternoon has issued a statement in the case of a student allegedly threatened with expulsion — and definitely the recipient of death threats — for criticizing Black Lives Matter on Facebook. Joshua Nash, a biology major who is gay and refers to himself as a “dangerous faggot” in his Twitter bio (a reference to conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos) was summoned to a mandatory “Administrative Meeting” after a student reported a posting of his made on Facebook. According to Nash, the Facebook posting was to the effect that...
  • Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant

    06/25/2016 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Endgadget ^ | June 24, 2016 | By Jessica Conditt
    'Computers accessing the internet can -- and eventually will -- be hacked,' says Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow government agencies to remotely search and seize information from any computer in the US without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF argues.The ruling relates to a worldwide FBI sting dubbed Operation Pacifier that targeted child pornography...
  • Trump Implicitly Suggests That His DOJ Would Take Down Amazon For Antitrust

    06/14/2016 10:42:09 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 29 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 06/14/2016 | Mike Masnick
    There was a fair bit of coverage on Monday of the news that the Donald Trump campaign had removed the press credentials from the Washington Post because the campaign was upset with the Washington Post's coverage of the campaign. While it got a lot of attention, it was quickly pointed out that Trump has revoked or barred at least six other news outlets from receiving press passes, including Politico, the Huffington Post, the National Review, Buzzfeed and the Daily Beast. This issue is being discussed in lots of media circles. But what interested me much more was buried deeper in...
  • Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants

    06/11/2016 12:53:20 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 19 replies
    Fastcompany ^ | 06/11/2016 | Steven Melendez
    Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants | Fast Company | Business + Innovation http://www.fastcompany.com/3059769/ive-got-you-under-my-skin-the-new-frontier-of-digital-implants Steven Melendez 06.11.16 6:00 AM Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants "Biohackers" are putting microchips and magnets in their bodies for everything from unlocking the front door to detecting moon earthquakes. Snip Steven Melendez 06.11.16 6:00 AM Tim Shank can guarantee he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why? His house keys are located inside his body. Shank, the president of the Minneapolis futurist group TwinCities+, has a chip installed in his hand that can communicate electronically with his front...
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol Uses New Device To Seize Money Used During The Commission Of - News9.com

    06/08/2016 12:14:51 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 105 replies
    News9 Oklahoma ^ | 06/08/2016 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Uses New Device To Seize Money Used During The Commission Of - News9.com http://m.news9.com/story.aspx?story=32168555&catId=112032 Posted: Jun 07, 2016 5:57PM CDT Aaron Brilbeck, News 9 You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture. That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime. Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards. It's called an ERAD, or...