May 27, 2015
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The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop

By Allie Conti [body_image width=’999′ height=’824′ path=’images/content-images/2015/05/27/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/05/27/’ filename=’a-chicago-cop-is-appealing-being-fired-over-appearing-in-a-photo-in-which-he-appears-to-hunt-a-black-man-in-antlers-111-body-image-1432749300.jpg’ id=’60607′] Former Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnegan, left, and Timothy McDermott, right, along with a still-unidentified suspect. Photo via Chicago Sun Times/court file A photo wrangled from an old court file makes crystal clear why former Officer Timothy McDermott was fired […]
May 27, 2015
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Obama Leans on Cities, States to Advance his Policy Preferences

By Joe Wolverton, II President Obama is surreptitiously using federalism to kill federalism. He will not sit idly by waiting for Congress to act, rather he will actively exert immense influence on state and local governments to carry out his commitment to top-down control of every aspect of human existence. […]
May 27, 2015
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DOD Charges Millions at Casinos, Strip Clubs on Govt. Credit Cards

By Irene In the latest of many flagrant examples of how tax dollars are wasted, government-issued credit cards were used by Department of Defense (DOD) employees to make more than $4 million in personal charges, including at casinos and strip clubs. During a one-year period the agency charged 20 million […]
May 27, 2015
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Hack Brief: There’s a New iPhone Text Message Attack

By Emily Dreyfuss It turns out pranksters can crash an iPhone merely by texting it the exact right string of English and Arabic characters. The post Hack Brief: There’s a New iPhone Text Message Attack appeared first on WIRED. Continue Reading
May 27, 2015
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Prosecutors: Silk Road founder Ulbricht deserves a long prison sentence

By Joe Mullin Prosecutors filed papers yesterday arguing for a lengthy sentence (PDF) for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, one that would be “substantially above the mandatory minimum,” which is 20 years. They cite sentencing guidelines that point to life imprisonment as the recommended sentence. “Ulbricht profited greatly from his […]
May 27, 2015
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The State Department Will Start Releasing Hillary Clinton’s Emails June 30

By Jason Leopold The State Department Will Start Releasing Hillary Clinton’s Emails June 30 Continue Reading
May 27, 2015
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RIAA Drags CloudFlare into Piracy Lawsuit, Scolds LeaseWeb

By Ernesto Earlier this month the long running lawsuit between the RIAA and Grooveshark came to an end. Facing hundreds of millions in damages, the music streaming service settled the dispute for $50 million while offering an apology for the mistakes that had been made in the past. The RIAA […]
May 27, 2015
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These 19 passports will be a lot more valuable on July 1st

By Simon Black May 27, 2015 Santiago, Chile It seems strange that a complete accident of birth has such a massive impact on someone’s life. We don’t get to control where we’re born. It’s a fluke really. Yet as soon as we come into this world a particular nationality is […]
May 27, 2015
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Wake Up In ‘Merica: MintPress Founder Mnar Muhawesh On Media Manipulation

By Mnar Muhawesh Tonight on “A Muslim & A Catholic Wake Up in ‘Merica” Isa and Common Cal will be discussing/debating Israel, Obama, Presidential hopefuls, isn’t that an oxymoron? Amongst other topics. Joining them tonight as special Guests will be Mnar Muhawesh talking about her experiences of being attacked by […]
May 27, 2015
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Israeli Air Force Carries Out Airstrikes On Besieged Gaza Strip

By IMEMC News Smoke, dust and derbies rise after an Israeli strike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Wednesday at dawn, a series of air strikes targeting different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip. Media sources […]
May 27, 2015
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Texas SWAT Attacks 81-Year-Old Man, Breaks His Hip, Denies Him Medical Assistance

By M. David for Counter Current News An 82-year-old man was shocked to find a Texas SWAT team storming his home. Before Herman Crisp could even ask any questions the uniformed officers, clad in military gear, knocked him down, broke his hip and denied him medical assistance. Herman Crisp explained […]
May 27, 2015
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Drone copter cash-bombs city park in Michigan

By Sean Gallagher On Tuesday, an eight-engine remotely piloted helicopter circled over a park in Grand Rapids, Michigan—and then started dropping cash. A cloud of dollar bills was released from compartments in the drone and floated down on a lunchtime crowd in Rosa Parks Circle, causing a scramble for the […]
May 27, 2015
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Saudi Arabia Breaks Record For Number Of Beheadings In Only 5 Months

By SM Gibson for AnitMedia A beheading in Saudi Arabia. (ANTIMEDIA) Last year, Saudi Arabia broke its own record for executions in the modern era by beheading 87 people. As horrific as that statistic is, the American ally is currently on track to more than double that number in 2015. […]
May 27, 2015
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White House sides with Oracle, tells Supreme Court APIs are copyrightable

By David Kravets The Justice Department is weighing in on the hot-button intellectual property dispute between Google and Oracle, telling the Supreme Court that APIs are protected by copyright. The Obama administration’s position means it is siding with Oracle and a federal appeals court that said application programming interfaces are […]
May 27, 2015
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New Faces at The Intercept: Farai Chideya and Roger Hodge

By Betsy Reed The Intercept is thrilled to welcome two new members to its editorial team: Farai Chideya and Roger Hodge. Chideya, joining us as a Columnist and Consulting Editor, will explore in her columns the ways technology shapes our lives — as each individual is shadowed by what Chideya […]
May 27, 2015
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State Department Officials Pass Through Revolving Door, Lobby for Passage of TPP

By Lee Fang While Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is refusing to reveal her position on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, other former State Department officials are actively supporting the agreement. They’re just not bothering to reveal their conflicts of interest. More than 30 former State Department officials, envoys, […]
May 27, 2015

The Worst of All Possible Worlds: Why Global Society Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

By [email protected] By John Feffer, TomDispatch We might all be eating off IKEA tableware, listening to Spotify, and reading the latest Girl With the Dragon Tattoo knock-off, but we are not living in a giant Sweden. Forget about the “new industrial state.” Our world is converging in a far more […]
May 27, 2015
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Chicago Police Put Antlers On Black Man and Posed For Pictures

By Juan Thompson The photo shows two white Chicago Police officers posing with an unidentified black man. The officers—Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan—are holding rifles as the black man lays on the floor with a dazed look on his face and with antlers on his head as if he were […]
May 27, 2015
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New Explosions Possible At Fukushima As UN Issues Final Disaster Report

By MintPress News Desk This aerial view shows the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, March 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) MINNEAPOLIS — Four years after disaster struck at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a United Nations watchdog organization has highlighted remaining dangers […]
May 27, 2015
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India’s Coastal Villages Map Out Disasters Strategy

By [email protected] By Sharada Balasubramanian, Climate News Network The Indian Ocean can be an angry and sometimes lethal neighbour, but those who live beside it are now learning how to prepare for its next onslaught. Related Entries May 25, 2015 Rising Temperatures Mean Fewer but Fiercer Hurricanes May 23, 2015 […]
May 27, 2015
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Everything We Know About the Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal

By Drew Millard [body_image width=’640′ height=’427′ path=’images/content-images/2015/05/26/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/05/26/’ filename=’everything-we-know-about-the-josh-duggar-molestation-scandal-526-body-image-1432676504.jpg’ id=’60230′] The Duggar family. Photo via Flickr user Lwp Kommunikacio On Friday, TLC announced that it was pulling reruns of the network’s original reality show 19 Kids and Counting following the revelation that Josh Duggar—the eldest son of Jim Bob and […]
May 27, 2015
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4 Words that could Raise Health Care Costs for 7.5 Million Americans

It took 900 pages to create Obamacare as law, but it may take only four words of that bill to cost millions of Americans their healthcare subsidies. The words “established by the state” are found in a section of the Affordable Care Act that authorizes the use of federal subsidies […]
May 27, 2015
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High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block eBook Sites

By Andy Rather than tackling unauthorized sites with direct legal action, major entertainment industry companies are increasingly attempting to disrupt ‘pirate’ operations with broader strokes. One of the favored tools is site blocking, a technique that has gathered considerable momentum in Europe and the UK in particular. More than 120 […]
May 27, 2015
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Here’s What Eating Nothing But McDonalds for 10 Days Does to Your Gut Bacteria

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola A professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, Tim Spector, wanted to find out what happens to your gut if you eat only fast food, specifically McDonald’s, for 10 solid days. His son, Tom, became the willing guinea pig and reported his symptoms, […]
May 27, 2015
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Silk Road Prosecutors Ask Judge to ‘Send a Message’ In Ulbricht Sentencing

By Andy Greenberg Prosecutors are determined to make an example of Ross Ulbricht—to deter other Dark Web market administrators from following in his footsteps. The post Silk Road Prosecutors Ask Judge to ‘Send a Message’ In Ulbricht Sentencing appeared first on WIRED. Continue Reading
May 26, 2015
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Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 Israel Is A Discredit To AmericaYou Are Judged By The Company You Keep Paul Craig Roberts The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other […]
May 26, 2015
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Mary Landrieu focuses her energy on a new K Street career

By Alex Lazar (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Recently ousted Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will be following in the path of numerous former colleagues from the 113th Congress to more lucrative careers at powerhouse lobbying firms, it was announced Tuesday. Landrieu, who is joining Van Ness Feldman LLP (along with her executive […]
May 26, 2015
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Hackers Hit the IRS and Make Off With 100K Taxpayers’ Files

By Andy Greenberg On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers’ files. The post Hackers Hit the IRS and Make Off With 100K Taxpayers’ Files appeared first on WIRED. Continue Reading
May 26, 2015
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Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

By [email protected] There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality. Related Entries May 25, 2015 Greens Call for Legalization of Gay Marriage in Germany May 23, 2015 Ireland […]
May 26, 2015
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America’s Most Right-Wing Elections Official Is Gearing Up to Start Prosecuting Voters

By Spencer Woodman [body_image width=’800′ height=’600′ path=’images/content-images/2015/05/26/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/05/26/’ filename=’kansas-right-wing-elections-official-kris-kobach-is-about-to-start-prosecuting-voters-526-body-image-1432673779.jpg’ id=’60223′] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (middle) poses at a Tax Day Tea Party rally in Kansas City. Photo via Facebook. For nearly half a decade, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has used the specter of elections fraud to […]
May 26, 2015
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“Patent troll” with a big verdict against Cisco notches a Supreme Court win

By Joe Mullin The Supreme Court issued a ruling (PDF) today in Commil USA v. Cisco Systems, one of two patent cases it heard this term. On one key issue, the opinion favors Commil, a “patent troll” that won a $64 million jury verdict against Cisco. But other findings mean […]
May 26, 2015
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The Pirate Bay Suffers Downtime

By Ernesto The Pirate Bay has become unreachable since a few hours. It’s currently not clear what’s causing the problems. There might be a hardware issue, hosting problem or a software glitch, issues that have occurred many times in the site’s history. What we do know is that the site’s […]
May 26, 2015
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Rove’s ‘new’ group isn’t new, and that could be the point

By RMaguire Karl Rove and his colleagues at the dark money behemoth Crossroads GPS have a “new” 501(c)(4), and according to reports, they’re going to use it in much the same way they have used GPS itself — as a conduit for anonymous, political money in the 2016 elections. But […]
May 26, 2015
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Texas Senate Passes Bill to Establish Bullion Depository, Help Facilitate Transactions in Gold and Silver

By Shane Trejo AUSTIN, Tex. (May 26, 2015) – A bill taking a step towards gold and silver as commonly-used legal tender in Texas passed in the state Senate today by an overwhelming 29-2 vote. Introduced by State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R- Southlake) and four co-sponsors on Feb. 12, House […]
May 26, 2015
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Free Financial Markets Are A Hoax — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 Free Financial Markets Are A Hoax Paul Craig Roberts There are no free financial markets in America, or for that matter anywhere in the Western word, and few, if any, free markets of any other kind. The financial markets are rigged by the big banks, the Federal Reserve, […]
May 26, 2015
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The Bugaboo That Is Advocacy Journalism

By Juan Thompson Tonight at 7 p.m. EST Brooklyn Independent Media is airing a new episode of Straight Up, a quirky show that brings together journalists to discuss current events while drinking beer or cocktails at Emerson Bar in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. I had the privilege of being on with […]
May 26, 2015
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Sen. Mary Landrieu, After Pushing for Keystone XL, Joins TransCanada Lobbying Firm

By Lee Fang The law firm Van Ness Feldman announced today that former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who lost her reelection bid last year, will be joining the company to help run its lobbying division and focus on energy issues. Landrieu joins the firm after pushing aggressively for energy-related policy […]
May 26, 2015
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By Andy People being unable to access a particular torrent site is perhaps the most common complaint in the file-sharing world today, and that should come as little surprise considering the elements at play. While citizens of the U.S. largely enjoy unfettered access to any site, file-sharers in Europe have […]
May 26, 2015
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Hacking the Nervous System to Heal the Body

Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon based in New York, is a man haunted by personal events – a man with a mission. “My mother died from a brain tumor when I was five years old. It was very sudden and unexpected,” he says. “And I learned from that experience that the […]
May 26, 2015
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After derailment, Amtrak finally to install video cameras in locomotives

By Cyrus Farivar On Tuesday, Amtrak announced that it would be putting video cameras inside of locomotive cabs as a way to monitor the actions of train engineers. The decision comes just weeks after a train derailment outside Philadelphia, which resulted in the deaths of eight people and over 200 […]
May 26, 2015
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A Radio Host Beat a Baby Rabbit to Death with a Bicycle Pump On Air Yesterday

By Danika Maia [body_image width=’819′ height=’695′ path=’images/content-images/2015/05/26/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/05/26/’ filename=’danish-radio-killing-rabbit-876-body-image-1432649246.jpg’ id=’59967′] This isn’t Allan. Photo via Wikicommons. This article originally appeared on VICE Denmark. Yesterday, to the utter disbelief of more or less everyone, two Danish radio hosts beat a rabbit named Allan to death with a bicycle pump live on […]
May 26, 2015
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Forged Drug Test Results May Free Tens of Thousands From Prison

By Jackson Marciana for Counter Current News A recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling is expected to free tens of thousands from prison. Those who are expected to be impacted by Monday’s decision are those whose drug samples were “mishandled” in a way that produced thousands of “forged” results, leading to […]
May 26, 2015
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The coming Capital Controls are designed to protect the banks from YOU.

By Simon Black May 26, 2015 Santiago, Chile Of all the peculiarities about human nature, one of the most interesting in my opinion is that we’re so resistant to change. Humans simply don’t deal with it well. We tend to root. We find comfort in familiarity. And, even when the […]
May 26, 2015
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EU dropped plans for safer pesticides after pressure from US

By Glyn Moody EU plans to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals found in pesticides have been dropped because of threats from the US that this would adversely affect negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a report in The Guardian. Draft EU regulations would have banned 31 pesticides […]
May 26, 2015
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Is It Possible for Passengers to Hack Commercial Aircraft?

By Kim Zetter Experts insist that what the FBI claims hacker Chris Roberts did on a flight is not possible. We examine why, and what is still unknown. The post Is It Possible for Passengers to Hack Commercial Aircraft? appeared first on WIRED. Continue Reading
May 26, 2015
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Palestinian Detainees In Israeli Prisons Continue To Be Abused By Interrogators

By IMEMC News An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian protester during a weekly demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. The head of the Palestinian Authority prisoners’ affairs committee, Issa Qarage, met with former detainee Noor Muhammad Hilmi […]
May 26, 2015
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Tens Of Thousands Flock To Mass Funeral For Victims Of Saudi Terror Attack

By AP Bahraini Shiite Muslim protesters confront riot police blocking the path of their protest march during a demonstration denouncing a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, in Daih, Bahrain, Saturday, May 23, 2015. The unauthorized protest was dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and birdshot. […]
May 26, 2015
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Ecstasy May Soon Be A Treatment For Social Anxiety Among Autistic Adults

By MintPress News Desk Researchers are planning the first pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults. In a recent review in press in the journal, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, a team of researchers led by Alicia Danforth, laid out their proposed […]
May 26, 2015
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Mitch McConnell Will Do Just About Anything Not to Vindicate Edward Snowden

By Dan Froomkin Senate Republican leaders managed to scrape up enough votes just past midnight Saturday morning to put off decisive action on the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records until next Sunday, May 31. But the hardliners — and make no mistake, they are taking an even harder […]
May 26, 2015
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Mapping A Geopolitical Future: America’s Adventures In Divvying Up Iraq

By Catherine Shakdam Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani, left, walks to West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where he is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden. WASHINGTON — When Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani reaffirmed in an interview with PBS in March […]