April 21, 2015
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Why Dzhokhar Tzarnaev Should Not Get the Death Penalty

By E.J. Graff [body_image width=’640′ height=’407′ path=’images/content-images/2015/04/20/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/04/20/’ filename=’why-dzhokhar-tzarnaev-should-not-get-the-death-penalty-body-image-1429569828.jpg’ id=’47943′] National Guardsmen walk through the affected area a day after the Boston Marathon Bombing. Photo via Flickr user The National Guard All of Boston stopped to watch the Boston Marathon bomber trial verdicts roll in. Maybe “all” is an exaggeration, […]
April 20, 2015
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The Australian Government Thinks it Can Pay Polluters to Fight Climate Change

By Julian Morgans [body_image width=’640′ height=’427′ path=’images/content-images/2015/04/20/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/04/20/’ filename=’the-australian-government-is-choosing-which-carbon-emitters-will-get-paid-to-pollute-less-body-image-1429513574.jpg’ id=’47496′] Victoria’s Yallourn power station. It produced more carbon emissions than any other power station in the country. Image via Fickr user ccdoh1 Direct Action, as you may recall, is the Federal Government’s answer to the carbon tax. Instead of putting […]
April 20, 2015
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RIAA, back on anti-piracy warpath, sues song-linking site MP3skull

By Joe Mullin There’s a new public enemy #1 for US record labels when it comes to online piracy: a website called “MP3skull.” The MP3skull site, which was sued for copyright infringement by the major US record labels on Friday, is a no-frills listing of hit songs available for download […]
April 20, 2015
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Woman sues Google claiming she lost “thousands” through Google Play Store hack

By Megan Geuss Susan Harvey, a woman from Madera, CA, recently filed a lawsuit against Google (PDF) alleging that she lost thousands of dollars over 16 months due to her Google Play store account being hacked. In her complaint, filed in a US District Court in Eastern California, Harvey also […]
April 20, 2015
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U.S. Military Spending Still Up 45% Over Pre-9/11 Levels; More Than Next 7 Countries Combined

By Dan Froomkin (This is an item from our new blog: Unofficial Sources.) Despite a decline in military spending since 2010, U.S. defense expenditures are still 45 percent higher than they were before the 9/11 terror attacks put the country on a seemingly permanent war footing. And despite massive regional […]
April 20, 2015
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Why Are Canadians Joining the Islamic State?

By Suroosh Alvi Why Are Canadians Joining the Islamic State? Continue Reading
April 20, 2015
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Like Father, Like Son: Rand Paul’s ‘Money Bomb’

By Clark Mindock Just over 24 hours after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his candidacy earlier this month to become the next president of the United States, his campaign was already celebrating — at least on social media. In a tweet, the campaign showed the digital flip scoreboard that dominates […]
April 20, 2015
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1,500 iOS apps have HTTPS-crippling bug. Is one of them on your device?

By Dan Goodin About 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps contain an HTTPS-crippling vulnerability that makes it easy for attackers to intercept encrypted passwords, bank-account numbers, and other highly sensitive information, according to research released Monday. An estimated two million people have installed the vulnerable apps, which include the Citrix OpenVoice […]
April 20, 2015
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FTC busts auto-shipping company for its discounts-for-reviews deal

By Joe Mullin Consumers increasingly use online reviews to shape their decisions, and both government regulators and private companies are getting concerned about reviews that are, in one way or another, paid for. Today, the Federal Trade Commission has concluded its case against AmeriFreight, a Georgia-based broker for shipping cars […]
April 20, 2015
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Prohibition Madness Finally Being Seen As Madness

By Jeffrey Cavanaugh It’s such a commonplace occurrence that it has almost lost its ability to shock: A random encounter in a U.S. metropolitan area leads to an armed confrontation with the police that ends with a young black man dead. Is the above referring to Michael Brown and his […]
April 20, 2015
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The Stoners Fighting for Legal Weed in the UK

By Nick Chowdrey, Photos: Jake Lewis [body_image width=’1200′ height=’800′ path=’images/content-images/2015/04/20/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/04/20/’ filename=’uk-legalisation-general-election-2015-420-body-image-1429526304.jpg’ id=’47582′] All photos from this year’s 4/20 rally in Hyde Park. This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Today is April 20, a.k.a. 4/20, a.k.a the one day of every year that stoners can celebrate their love of […]
April 20, 2015
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Oregon Bill to Take on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data Passes Senate Committee

By Mike Maharrey SALEM, Ore. (April 20, 2015) – A bipartisan Oregon bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases unanimously passed a Senate committee last week. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also […]
April 20, 2015
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London’s LGBT Community Protested the Closure of an Iconic Drag Pub

By Michael Segalov [body_image width=’1250′ height=’833′ path=’images/content-images/2015/04/20/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/04/20/’ filename=’photos-from-this-weekends-protest-to-save-the-black-cap-in-camden-body-image-1429528779.jpeg’ id=’47622′] This article originally appeared on VICE UK. London’s LGBT scene has had a pretty tough year. Iconic venues such as Madame Jojo’s and the Joiners Arms have closed up shop, hate crimes against trans people are at an all time […]
April 20, 2015
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Coachella 2065: Day One, Reviewed

By Carles.Buzz There will come a day, eventually, when our social media feeds will no longer be crammed with Coachella selfies—all things, even the most influential music festival in North America, must inevitably decline. Here, satirist, critic, and creator of seminal Internet ouroboros ​Hipster Runoff Carles imagines a review of […]
April 20, 2015
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Interview: Tennessee 2nd Amendment Preservation Act is 1st Step to Ending Federal Gun Control

By Michael Boldin “The federal government, quite frankly, doesn’t have the resources to go it alone” Tenth Amendment Center​’s Scott Landreth interviewed in Tennessee on passage of SB1110 there, an important first step to ending federal gun control in that state. Host, David Tulis Hot News Talk Radio 1240 1190 […]
April 20, 2015
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Years After GSA Las Vegas Conf. Scandal, Agencies Still Hold Lavish Events

By Irene A few years after the General Services Administration’s (GSA) scandalous Las Vegas conference fleeced American taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, another federal agency is being exposed for covering up its lavish events totaling millions. The Department of Labor (DOL) spent nearly $2 million on questionable […]
April 20, 2015
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Major Record Labels Sue MP3Skull Over Mass Piracy

By Ernesto Unauthorized MP3 download sites have been a thorn in the side of the music industry for many years, and a group of well-known labels are now targeting one of the biggest players in the market. The coalition of record labels including Capitol Records, Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records […]
April 20, 2015
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VICE News Wins Two Peabody Awards

By Jason Mojica VICE News Wins Two Peabody Awards Continue Reading
April 20, 2015
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Why Do So Many Republicans Think They Can Be President?

By Livia Gershon During a speech in a Nashua, New Hampshire hotel Friday afternoon, one of the ballroom doors opened and someone whispered to a volunteer standing inside, asking who was on stage speaking. The volunteer—presumably the sort of political junkie willing to spend an April day stuck in a […]
April 20, 2015
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Behind the Scaremongering Headlines, Flakka Is Causing Real Damage in Fort Lauderdale

By Francisco Alvarado 0 0 1 1073 6122 VICE Magazine 51 14 7181 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <w:LsdException Locked="false" Continue Reading
April 20, 2015
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Election ’15: We Watched London’s Weed Fanatics Getting Arrested in Hyde Park for 4/20

This article originally appeared on VICE UK. All across the world, governments are rethinking their attitudes toward the criminalization of cannabis. Yet in Britain, fussy politicians terrified by that video of Jon Snow losing his mind on super-skunk are refusing to free the weed, uncurb the herb, or liberate the […]
April 20, 2015
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Worrying Rise Of US Weapon Sales Greeted By A Middle East Engulfed In War

By Jon Queally for Common Dreams A Lebanese army soldier inspects a rifle at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The United States delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic […]
April 20, 2015
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North Carolina Bill Would Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

By Mike Maharrey RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2015) – A bipartisan bill introduced in the North Carolina House last week 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 […]
April 20, 2015
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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Pleads “Guilty” on Failing to Cover TPP Trade Pact

By Lee Fang MSNBC TV personality Joe Scarborough pled “guilty” to not giving the major Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal enough coverage when I spoke to him about the issue over the weekend. I caught up with the Morning Joe cohost at the First in the Nation conference in Nashua, New […]
April 20, 2015
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Comcast could abandon TWC merger if government imposes tough conditions

By Jon Brodkin Comcast and Time Warner Cable officials are scheduled to meet with Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust officials on Wednesday “to discuss potential remedies in hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger on track,” The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. DOJ antitrust lawyers are reportedly close to recommending […]
April 20, 2015
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By MintPress News Desk A man who was severely injured during an arrest by the Baltimore police just died today. News of his death comes after police brutally beat him, sending him to the hospital with a broken spine, according to the local Baltimore Sun. Freddie Gray, 27, underwent a […]
April 20, 2015
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FBI Admits Elite FBI Forensic Unit Lied In Court For Decades

By Bobby Rodrigo for The Fifth Column Washington, D.C. (TFC) – The Justice Department and FBI have released a statement formally acknowledging that for over two decades, every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit offered false testimony in almost every trial in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants. […]
April 20, 2015
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When Jamie Dimon highlights risks in the market, it’s time to get out.

By Tim Price April 20, 2015 London, England [Editor’s note: This letter was penned by Tim Price, Director of Investment at PFP Wealth Management in the UK and editor of Price Value International.] In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, the Queen would sometimes believe as many as six impossible things […]
April 20, 2015
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‘Stop TTIP': Global Day of Action Draws Tens of Thousands

By Common Dreams Thousands march against the planned free trade agreement TTIP between the European Union and the USA in Stuttgart, Germany on April 18, 2015. Negotiations on TTIP are due to resume in New York on Monday April 20, 2015. (EFE/EPA/Michael Latz) Demonstrators marched around the globe Saturday to […]
April 20, 2015
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China’s Battle Against Drugs is Turning Into All-Out War

By Samuel Oakford China’s Battle Against Drugs is Turning Into All-Out War Continue Reading
April 20, 2015
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NSA And FBI Fight To Retain Spy Powers As Surveillance Law Nears Expiration

By Spencer Ackerman for The Guardian Homeland Security logo reflected in the eyeglasses of a cybersecurity analyst at the agency’s secretive cyber defense facility in Idaho. (AP/Mark J. Terrill) With about 45 days remaining before a major post-9/11 surveillance authorization expires, representatives of the National Security Agency and the FBI […]
April 20, 2015
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The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

By [email protected] By Laura Gottesdiener, TomDispatch The city that was the arsenal of the twentieth century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era: 100,000 of its residents are on what many call an eviction “conveyor belt.” Related Entries April 16, 2015 Transition From Fossil Fuel to Green […]
April 20, 2015
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The Cities Science Fiction Built

By Adam Rothstein The opening credits disperse, revealing a city. What city? A future city. This is an SF film, and we may not yet know the rules of this speculative world—whether there are space colonies, or authoritarian governments, time travel, or amazing future weapons—but we are already getting a […]
April 20, 2015
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VIDEO: Majority Of Police Force, Officials Resign After Missouri Town Elects First Black Mayor

By Allison Twaits for KFVS PARMA, MO (KFVS) — Voters in Parma, Missouri voted in their first African-American female mayor. Tyrus Byrd will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday evening, April 14, at the Parma Community Building. According to Mayor Randall Ramsey, five out of six police officers resigned […]
April 20, 2015
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Chelsea Manning Chronicles Her Incarceration, 140 Characters At A Time

By MintPress News Desk An artist’s decpiction of WikiLeaks Whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Whistleblower Chelsea Manning may be facing a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified military documents to WikiLeaks, but she won’t let that silence her voice. The documents and video she leaked, including the infamous “Collateral Murder” footage, revealed […]
April 20, 2015
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Unreal. The Fed believes its own insolvency “would not create serious problems.”

By Simon Black April 20, 2015 En route to Mexico In October 1925, English mathematician Karl Pearson began publishing a multipart series of groundbreaking articles in the Annals of Human Eugenics. The series was entitled, “The Problem of Alien Immigration into Great Britain, Illustrated by an Examination of Russian and […]
April 20, 2015
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Hillary’s Hawkish War Stance Leaves Voters Wondering If Change Will Ever Come

By Sean Nevins Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that’s starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president. WASHINGTON — No matter how much Hillary Rodham Clinton may seem to […]
April 20, 2015
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HBO Cracks Down on Paying VPN “Pirates”

By Ernesto In an effort to gain more subscribers HBO launched its standalone “HBO Now” service earlier this year. The subscription allows Americans to access HBO’s content, including Game of Thrones, without the need to have a television subscription. With the offer HBO hopes to drive people away from pirate […]
April 20, 2015
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Prosecutors drop robbery case to preserve stingray secrecy in St. Louis

By Cyrus Farivar Prosecutors in St. Louis, Missouri have seemingly allowed four robbery suspects to go free instead of explaining law enforcement’s use of a stingray in court proceedings. The St. Louis case provides yet another real-world example where prosecutors have preferred to drop charges instead of fully disclosing how […]
April 20, 2015
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When F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Goes Operational this Summer, it won’t Work any better than 40-Year-Old Thunderbolts

The money-suck known as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will go into service this summer with the Marine Corps with less ground attack capability than the 40-year-old plane it’s meant to replace, Pentagon officials say. The F-35 has cost nearly $400 billion since the beginning of the program in 2001 […]
April 20, 2015
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Firearms Freedom Act Gets Hearing in Texas House Committee

By Shane Trejo Last week, a Texas state House committee held a hearing on a bill to protect both the 10th and 2nd amendments to the Constitution. House Bill 421 (HB421), the Firearms Freedom Act, was introduced on Feb. 16 by Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth). It received a hearing […]
April 20, 2015
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VPN and Site Blocking Attacked By Consumer Group

By Andy After Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the Australian Cabinet to approve the development of a new legal mechanism allowing rightsholders to obtain site-blocking injunctions, legislation was introduced to parliament last month. What followed is a still-current six-week consultation period for additional submissions, with various […]
April 20, 2015
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As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

By [email protected] A bombing that killed 3 people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the U.S. consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way? […]
April 20, 2015
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 04/20/15

By Ernesto This week we have four newcomers in our chart. Furious 7 is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list […]
April 20, 2015
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Four Important Fat-Soluble Vitamins

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola Dietary fats are an important nutritional component not only because your body needs them for building healthy cells and producing hormones—fat is also required for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. This includes vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which perform a variety […]
April 20, 2015
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Will War Games With the U.S. Test Australia’s Ties With China?

By Paul Gregoire Today, Australian Defence Force personnel are taking part in the Balikatan war games, an annual joint training exercise undertaken by the military forces of the United States and the Philippines. The 10 day exercise, which is set to double in size this year, is being held within […]
April 19, 2015
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Choosing Life

By [email protected] As long as we exploit animals and kill them for food, we will exploit and kill each other. The willful numbness of our life as carnivores feeds our lack of empathy for the poor, our lust for war and ecocide. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences April […]
April 19, 2015
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New Zealand’s Sex Workers Are Fighting for Public Toilets in Christchurch

By Jack Callil [body_image width=’1280′ height=’853′ path=’images/content-images/2015/04/20/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/04/20/’ filename=’new-zealands-sex-workers-are-fighting-for-public-toilets-body-image-1429496723.jpg’ id=’47489′] Image via The 2011 earthquake in Christchurch effected everyone in the city’s limits, but one group who are still peculiarly disadvantaged are sex workers. The issue is their access to public toilets. Much of the city’s basic infrastructure was destroyed […]
April 19, 2015
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To the Governor’s Desk: Washington State Legislature Passes Bill to End Unrestricted Use of Stingrays

By Mike Maharrey SALEM, Wash. (April 19, 2015) – Last Thursday, the Washington state House gave final approval to a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant. If signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the […]
April 19, 2015
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Beating Internet Censors With BitTorrent’s Maelstrom Browser

By Ernesto San Francisco-based BitTorrent Inc. already has a few popular applications in its catalog, including uTorrent and Sync. However, with its new “people-powered” browser it hopes to spark another revolution. Project Maelstrom, as it’s called, is still in the early stages of development but the company has decided to […]