March 27, 2015
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Galaxies’ Gamma Rays May Illuminate Dark Matter

By Kate Becker Dark matter is a riddle: Stars can feel it, but we can’t see it. It makes up 80% of the matter in the universe, yet we can only guess at what it actually is. The puzzle began in 1933, when the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky pointed out […]
March 27, 2015
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Florida House Subcommittee Approves Bill to Block Some FDA Restrictions on Terminally-ill

By Shane Trejo A bill passed by an important Florida state House subcommittee this week would effectively nullify some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. Rep. Ray Pilon (R-Sarasota) introduced the Florida Right to Try Act on Jan. 14. House […]
March 27, 2015
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Popular Torrent and Streaming Sites Blocked in Denmark

By Ernesto For nearly a decade Denmark has been a testbed for pirate site blockades. The first blocks were ordered back in 2006 after music industry group IFPI filed a complaint targeting the Russian MP3 sites AllofMP3 and MP3sparks. Not much later Denmark became the first European country to force […]
March 27, 2015
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Why Are Indigenous Youths Doing Time in Adult Prisons?

By Jack Callil This week a Freedom of Information Report obtained by the ABC revealed children as young as 12 are being held in adult prison cells in Western Australia. The report showed that in the past three years, 197 children in Kimberley had spent up to two nights in […]
March 27, 2015
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Illinois Bill To Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program Passes Committee, 11-0

By Mike Maharrey SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 27, 2015) – A bipartisan bill in the Illinois House that would put strict limitations on the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and would place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states […]
March 26, 2015
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A Building Exploded in the East Village This Afternoon

By Allie Conti Adam Mashaal was working from home when he heard what sounded like a car crash. He was meeting with a contractor at his apartment on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village, and the two deemed the disturbance loud enough to head downstairs and […]
March 26, 2015
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Salesforce abandons all future Indiana plans following passage of SB 101

By Sam Machkovech On Thursday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced plans to avoid the state of Indiana for any future company events following the passage of that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination,” Benioff […]
March 26, 2015
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Privacy Critics Go 0-2 With Congress’ Cybersecurity Bills

By Andy Greenberg Over the last month, privacy advocates have slammed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, arguing that it’s surveillance legislation hidden in a security bill’s clothing. But those protests didn’t stop a Senate committee from passing the bill by a vote of 14-1. And now they haven’t stopped the […]
March 26, 2015
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Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

By [email protected] The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore. Related Entries March 19, 2015 To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System March 12, 2015 It’s Time to Abolish […]
March 26, 2015
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PayPal agrees to pay $7.7 million for alleged sanctions violations

By Megan Geuss On Wednesday afternoon, PayPal reached a settlement with the US Treasury Department, agreeing that it would pay $7.7 million for allegedly processing payments to people in countries under sanction as well as to a man the US has listed as involved in the nuclear weapons black market. […]
March 26, 2015
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Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them

Vampires walk among us. But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares – far from it actually. Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. That’s if you can find one. They aren’t necessarily looking to be found. I’ve spent five years conducting ethnographic […]
March 26, 2015
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A Hard Rain of Lobbying on Clean Water Act Rules

By Clark Mindock (US Department of Agriculture via Flickr) Representatives of farmers unions, cattle interests and lumber companies, plus municipal representatives from across the country, filed into the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s hearing room Tuesday as the panel met to hear stakeholder perspectives on proposed Clean Water Act […]
March 26, 2015
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Manufacturing Dissent — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 This is your site. It needs your support. Manufacturing Dissent Paul Craig Roberts Professor Michel Chossudovsky is the author of many important books. His latest is The Globalization of War: America’s Long War Against Humanity. Chossudovsky shows that Washington has globalized war while the US president is presented […]
March 26, 2015
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Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

By Ryan Gallagher New Zealand’s spy agency watchdog is launching an investigation into the scope of the country’s secret surveillance operations following a series of reports from The Intercept and its partners. On Thursday, Cheryl Gwyn, New Zealand’s inspector-general of intelligence and security, announced that she would be opening an […]
March 26, 2015
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VICE and HBO Enter Major Deal to Expand News Programming

By VICE Staff VICE and HBO Enter Major Deal to Expand News Programming Continue Reading
March 26, 2015
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Deployment of Controversial Urban Sensor System Aided by Aggressive Lobbying

By Lee Fang “Is NYC’s new gunshot detection system recording private conversations?” asks Fusion in a recent story about ShotSpotter, a sensor technology currently being set up in the Bronx and Brooklyn. ShotSpotter sensors use microphone and satellite technology to detect, locate and report gunshots to police. Critics worry that […]
March 26, 2015
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Australian government minister: Dodge new data retention law like this

By Glyn Moody The Australian Parliament has passed a series of amendments to the country’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, requiring “telecommunications service providers to retain for two years telecommunications data (not content) prescribed by regulations.” The two-year retention period equals the maximum allowed under the EU’s earlier Data […]
March 26, 2015
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Is it legal for US military to scan the public’s computers for kid porn?

By David Kravets A federal appeals court is having second thoughts about its decision frowning on the US Navy for scanning every computer in the state of Washington accessing Gnutella, a large peer-to-peer network. The September decision (PDF) thwarted a child pornography prosecution that began when a Naval Criminal Investigative […]
March 26, 2015
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“VPN Friendly” Aussie Pirate Site Blocking Draft Unveiled

By Andy During December 2014, Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the Australian Cabinet to approve the development of a new legal mechanism which would allow rightsholders to obtain site-blocking injunctions against ISPs. Today that legislation was introduced to parliament. Kept under wraps until this morning, the […]
March 26, 2015
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It’s Time For Robot Pilots

By [email protected] (Jason Koebler) It’s increasingly looking like the plane that crashed Monday in France, killing 150 people, went down because one of the pilots turned off the autopilot and intentionally crashed it into the ground. Why are we still letting humans fly passenger planes? The short answer is, we’re […]
March 26, 2015
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4 countries that gun lovers need to know about

By Simon Black March 26, 2015Santiago, Chile If there’s one lesson we can learn from the 20th century it’s that we should be suspicious of a government that actively tries to disarm its population. When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia one of the first things they did […]
March 26, 2015
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Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels Is the ‘Dumbest Experiment in History, By Far’

By [email protected] (Jason Koebler) Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, and chairman of SolarCity, and the guy who dreamt up the hyper loop, says we shouldn’t need an environmentally motivated reason to transition to clean energy. We’re probably going to run out of oil sometime; why find out if […]
March 26, 2015
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Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess

By Micah Lee It’s getting easier to secure your digital privacy. iPhones now encrypt a great deal of personal information; hard drives on Mac and Windows 8.1 computers are now automatically locked down; even Facebook, which made a fortune on open sharing, is providing end-to-end encryption in the chat tool […]
March 26, 2015
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The Police Watchdog That Cleared Mark Duggan’s Killer Should Be Scrapped

By Harry Stopes [body_image width=’640′ height=’424′ path=’images/content-images/2015/03/26/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/03/26/’ filename=’duggan-ipcc-unanswered-questions-173-body-image-1427369316.jpg’ id=’39945′] Anti-cop graffiti at a London protest against police violence. Photo by Jake Lewis Related: Mark Duggan’s “Just” Killing and the Battle Over Black Lives This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Like Michael Brown in Ferguson, the name of Mark […]
March 26, 2015
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Federal Judge Considers Declaring Marijuana ‘Schedule I’ Status Unconstitutional

By Jackson Marciana for Counter Current News Jake Dimmock, of the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, works with flowering plants in a grow room. Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP A federal judge in Sacramento, California just heard closing arguments in a case that challenges the constitutionality of the federal […]
March 26, 2015
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South Sudan Frees Hundreds Of Child Soldiers, Including 9-Year Old Girl

By Lisa Vives A Sudanese family takes shelter at the Kalma refugee camp for internally displaced people, south of the Darfur town of Nyala, Sudan. (AP/UNAMID) NEW YORK, Mar 24 2015 - South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact […]
March 26, 2015
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Startup workers sue to be recognized as employees, not mere contractors

By Cyrus Farivar OAKLAND, Calif.—Earlier this month, two federal judges in San Francisco allowed two significant labor lawsuits filed against Uber and Lyft to move ahead. In those cases, drivers for both services have sued in an attempt to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. As an employee, […]
March 26, 2015

Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low

By Glenn Greenwald A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability. The details are […]
March 26, 2015
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Big Vulnerability in Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests at Risk

By Kim Zetter Guests at hundreds of hotels around the world are susceptible to serious hacks because of routers that many hotel chains depend on for their Wi-Fi networks. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the systems, which would allow an attacker to distribute malware to guests, monitor and record […]
March 26, 2015
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Your Money at War Everywhere

By [email protected] By William D. Hartung, TomDispatch President Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the law currently allows. Sen. John McCain wants to see Obama’s $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Related Entries March 25, 2015 Did the […]
March 26, 2015
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Texas Action Alert: No Resources for NSA Spying, Support HB3916

By Kelli Sladick Texas is home to a massive physical NSA facility that relies on the independent Texas power grid to operate. That power is provided by the country’s largest public utility, and Texas can turn it off by passing HB3916. (learn more here) It has been referred to the […]
March 26, 2015
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VIDEO: Black Open Carry Protesters Take To The Streets To Protest Police Brutality

By S. Wooten We have reported on the “Open Carry” protests by the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, taking place in Texas recently in response to increasing incidences of police brutality. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club don’t claim to be Black Panthers like their namesake, but another group – […]
March 26, 2015
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Germanwings Co-Pilot Appears to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, According to French Prosecutor

By Sally Hayden Germanwings Co-Pilot Appears to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, According to French Prosecutor Continue Reading
March 26, 2015
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FBI Ordered To Disclose Surveillance Tactics On Muslim Communities

By The American Civil Liberties Union Craig Monteilh, who says he infiltrated Southern California mosques as an FBI informant and wants to clear his name of suspicions he might have promoted terrorist activities, is reflected in a computer-screen image of an e-mail from Ahmadullah Sais Niazi titled “Jihad Taboo and […]
March 26, 2015
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DoD Cut Security Clearances by 15% in Last Two Years

By Steven Aftergood In a significant retrenchment of the national security bureaucracy, the Department of Defense has reduced the number of employees and contractors who hold security clearances in the past two years by more than 700,000 persons, a cut of 15% in the total security-cleared population in DoD. The […]
March 26, 2015
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FBI and ATF spent $2.1 million on 23 drones that don’t work

By Cyrus Farivar A new report prepared by the United States Department of Justice’s internal watchdog has revealed that two major federal law enforcement agencies have spent millions of dollars on 23 drones that for some reason, are not operational. The report, which was published on Wednesday by the DOJ’s […]
March 26, 2015
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Which Is The Most Responsible Nuclear Nation – Iran, Israel Or The United States?

By Kevin Martin An unidentified man stands next to a tiled fireplace where a house once stood in Hiroshima, Japan, on Sept. 7, 1945. The vast ruin is a result of “Little Boy,” the uranium atomic bomb detonated on Aug. 6 by the U.S. The U.S. and five other world […]
March 26, 2015
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Have You Seen Our Military Gear? NCIS Hunts Bomb Spotting Tech Sold on eBay, Craiglist

By Jana Winter The Pentagon lost track of sensitive equipment from a $750 million program to help U.S. soldiers spot roadside bombs–and some of it wound up for sale on eBay, Craigslist and other websites, according to a Navy intelligence document obtained by The Intercept. The missing equipment includes thermal […]
March 26, 2015
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How America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia

By [email protected] The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions. Related Entries March 25, 2015 The Myth-Addicted Republican Party Is as Ignorant as Can Be When It Comes to Foreign Policy March 25, 2015 Yemen Bombing: It’s […]
March 26, 2015
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Congressional Republicans Approve Huge Increase in Fund for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan despite Pentagon Asking for Less

Republicans on Capitol Hill added $45 billion to a request by the Department of Defense to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the GOP’s budget plan. Pentagon officials had asked for $50.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, a trick that has been routinely […]
March 26, 2015
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U.S. Government Wins Dozens of Millions From Kim Dotcom

By Ernesto Following the 2012 raid on Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, U.S. and New Zealand authorities seized millions of dollars in cash and other property. Claiming the assets were obtained through copyright and money laundering crimes, last July the U.S. government launched a separate civil action in which it asked […]
March 26, 2015
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RT vs MSM Propaganda Amidst the New Cold War

By abby US government officials are calling to overhaul the state funded media apparatus to re-focus on counter-propaganda against Russia, according to a report seen by Reuters. The study was written by two former Western state funded news employees, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) governor and Radio France Europe/ Radio […]
March 26, 2015
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Stress in America Caused by Money

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola The American Psychological Association (APA) has released its latest “Stress in America” report, with some good news to report. Overall, average stress levels in the US are trending downward. On a 10-point scale, with 1 being “little or no stress” and 10 being “a […]
March 26, 2015
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Sorry, Kurds, Canada Has No Guns to Give

By Justin Ling [body_image width=’1024′ height=’682′ path=’images/content-images/2015/03/25/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/03/25/’ filename=’sorry-kurds-canada-has-no-guns-to-give-296-body-image-1427311027.jpg’ id=’39789′] Photo via Flickr user DVIDSHUB This article originally appeared on VICE UK. After months of questions over why Ottawa won’t wrap up some of its extra weaponry and send them to the under-equipped Kurds, Defense Minister Jason Kenney has finally […]
March 25, 2015
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Gold and Silver Legal Tender Bill Passes in Arizona, To the Governor’s Desk

By Michael Boldin PHOENIX (Mar. 25, 2015) – A bill “legalizing the constitution” by authorizing the use of gold and silver as legal tender was given final approval by the state Senate in Arizona today. It now moves to the Governor’s desk for a signature Introduced by Rep. Mark Finchem […]
March 25, 2015
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The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

By [email protected] What price would you pay not to kill another human being? Related Entries March 23, 2015 Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish? March 22, 2015 Journalism as Subversion Continue Reading
March 25, 2015
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Florida Bills Attacking Mass Surveillance by Drones Clear Committees

By Mike Maharrey TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – Bills that would expand current limitations on the use of drones in Florida, and have a practical impact on the federal surveillance state passed House and Senate committees this week. Rep. Larry Metz (R-Groveland) introduced House Bill 649 (H649) last month, […]
March 25, 2015
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Australia’s New Report on Meth Is Low on New Information

By Girard Dorney [body_image width=’640′ height=’427′ path=’images/content-images/2015/03/25/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/03/25/’ filename=’australias-new-report-on-meth-is-low-on-new-information-body-image-1427326408.jpg’ id=’39842′] Image via The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) released a report yesterday titled The Australian Methylamphetamine Market. As stated on the report’s website it “consolidates open source information with operational and strategic intelligence” related to the trade of ice and all […]
March 25, 2015
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Lithuanians Under Police State Attack: and the world under Washington’s attack — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 Lithuanians Under Police State Attackand the world under Washington’s attack Paul Craig Roberts According to news reports and to this appeal by Kristoferis Voishka the pro-American government installed in Lithuania is persecuting Lithuanians who dissent from the anti-Russian propaganda that is driving Washington’s NATO puppets to […]
March 25, 2015
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Recent Media Coverage for TAC

By Michael Boldin It’s good to see some other websites – mainstream and not – covering our work. Here’s a few recent examples: -Washington Post linked to Mike Maharrey’s report on New Jersey being the first step to address federal militarization of police. So did The New American. Personal Liberty […]