October 23, 2014
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American Citizen On The Verge Of Death In Egyptian Jail

By Sean Nevins Photo from Change.org page of the Free Soltan Campaign. WASHINGTON — “Last year I put my hands up like #Mike Brown did and the Egyptian police shot me twice with bullets my US gov’t paid for!” wrote Mohamed Soltan, 26, in a letter from a prison cell […]
October 23, 2014
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Creating a Safe Haven for Pakistan’s Youth

By [email protected] Huddled around a table, surrounded by a group of teenagers who volunteer every evening, Rahi and Baig explain the birth, vision and achievement of the Lyari Youth Cafe in Karachi. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel October 23, 2014 […]
October 23, 2014
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For the Bottom 90% of Americans, Financial Security is Slipping Away

No matter how you look at it, the economic picture for most of America is not good. From too much debt to not enough savings to shrinking incomes, the vast majority of Americans are confronted with erosion of their financial security. A new economic study (pdf) from the National Bureau […]
October 23, 2014
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2.4 Million U.S. Financial Records a Day Stolen by Hackers in Last 6 Months

If there were more than 2 million bank robberies in a single day it would be big news, but that’s essentially what’s happening at the hands of computer hackers. In just the last six months, cyber intruders have stolen an average of 2.4 million financial records a day. The number […]
October 23, 2014
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2.4 Million U.S. Financial Records a Day Stolen by Hackers in Last 6 Months

If there were more than 2 million bank robberies in a single day it would be big news, but that’s essentially what’s happening at the hands of computer hackers. In just the last six months, cyber intruders have stolen an average of 2.4 million financial records a day. The number […]
October 23, 2014
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Sea Rise May Still Pose Man-Sized Threat

By [email protected] By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Although new research discounts the likelihood of a two-metre sea rise this century, the predicted impacts of global warming are still bad news for the many millions of people living at or near sea level. Related Entries October 21, 2014 Amazon Deforestation […]
October 23, 2014
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Pro-Privacy Senator Wyden on Fighting the NSA From Inside the System

By Kim Zetter Wyden spoke with WIRED about the difficulties of keeping mum on classified matters, about his public showdown with intelligence chief James Clapper over the NSA’s data collection on Americans, and about the government’s use of zero-day exploits. The post Pro-Privacy Senator Wyden on Fighting the NSA From […]
October 23, 2014
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Anti-Piracy Police PIPCU Secure Govt. Funding Until 2017

By Andy In a relatively short space of time City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit has stamped its mark on the online piracy space in a way few other organizations have managed. Since its official launch in September 2013 the unit has tackled online copyright infringement from a […]
October 23, 2014
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State and Local Cops Running Protection Racket for Federal ‘Partners’

By Mike Maharrey State and local cops run a protection racket for their “federal partners.” In fact, I can’t think of a single bill OffNow has supported that wasn’t opposed by some law enforcement organization. Whether the legislation deals with placing limits on drone use, requiring warrants for data collection […]
October 23, 2014
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For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm Than Good

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola In the 1940s, opioid-based narcotics like opium and heroin were popular drugs of abuse, which lead to strict controls being put into place to curb their use. Regulations existed to control who could prescribe opioids and at what doses; breaches to the regulations could […]
October 23, 2014
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South Dakota’s Larry Pressler Is the Most Interesting Candidate of 2014

By Timothy J. Burger Cowboy poet and former South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler looks for his post-partisan comeback. Photo via Facebook “I’ve been standing about four feet away from somebody who was shot in the head. I’ve seen the white gray of a human brain,” Larry Pressler tells me. The […]
October 22, 2014
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What’s Avant-Garde Now? Social Innovation

By Charles Hugh Smith What qualifies as true avant-garde? Degrowth qualifies–and very little else. In the 20th century, avant-garde was a term primarily reserved for the arts: fine arts, music, performance and literature. Avant garde–literally fore-guard or vanguard– challenges the conventions of Status Quo measures of beauty and departs from […]
October 22, 2014
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Man sentenced for lasering plane with 118 passengers aboard

By Megan Geuss Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock On July 6, 2012, a 22-year-old man named Jarryd Hector was partying at a home in Auckland, NZ when he decided to shine a green laser light at a Boeing 737 from Christchurch that was preparing to land at the Auckland Airport. The […]
October 22, 2014
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Florida Is Sick of Florida, Wants to Secede From Florida

By Allie Conti Image via Flickr user Noé Alfaro Florida is like a parfait. The bottom layer is made up of Miami, gays, and rich people; the middle is basically Disney World, stucco palaces, and suburban sprawl; and the top is more or less South Georgia run-off. In the mind […]
October 22, 2014
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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

By [email protected] “Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. Related Entries October 22, 2014 WMDs October 15, 2014 We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now Continue Reading
October 22, 2014
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Jury trial concludes: Apple slaps down patent troll’s $94M demand

By Joe Mullin A slide that Apple used in its closing statements during the GPNE v. Apple trial. It includes a few of the statements from the many companies trying to rebuff GPNE’s attempts to get royalty payments based on old pager patents. Apple A San Jose jury has handed […]
October 22, 2014
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Pew survey says online harassment rampant, impacts genders differently

By David Kravets Brian Kelley A Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday found that as many as four in 10 adults have been subjected to online harassment and that men and women suffer from different forms of harassment. “In broad trends, the data show that men are more likely to […]
October 22, 2014
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Photographer Who Sued Imgur Now Has a Pirate Bay Problem

By Ernesto When it comes to online piracy most attention usually goes out to music, TV-shows and movies. However, photos are arguably the most-infringed works online. Virtually every person on the Internet has shared a photo without obtaining permission from its maker, whether through social networks, blogs or other services. […]
October 22, 2014
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Bluetooth-tracking beacon programs uncovered in LA, Chicago

By Casey Johnston The Logan Square stop on the Chicago Transit Authority blue line. Kumar McMillan A report from BuzzFeed News Wednesday suggests that the tracking beacons that cropped up in New York phone booths last year have spread to new cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago. The beacons have […]
October 22, 2014
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A Story About Ben Bradlee That’s Not Fucking Charming

By Peter Maass “So what have you been doing?” The question was barked out by Ben Bradlee, and the young reporter who had to come up with a quick answer was me. I had been freelancing for The Washington Post from South Korea for three years, I had scored a […]
October 22, 2014
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Weediquette: Colorado’s Edible Marijuana Civil War

By T. Kid Photo via Denver Police Department’s Facebook page For potheads the world over, Colorado is a beacon of freedom. The first US state to tax and regulate marijuana serves as a symbolic Mecca and a working model for other pot-curious jurisdictions to follow when they finally decide to […]
October 22, 2014
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New data shows it will take 398,879,561 years to pay off the debt

By Simon Black October 22, 2014Santiago, Chile The US government’s debt is getting close to reaching another round number—$18 trillion. It currently stands at more than $17.9 trillion. But what does that really mean? It’s such an abstract number that it’s hard to imagine it. Can you genuinely understand it […]
October 22, 2014
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The Apocalypse Is Bigger Than Football

By [email protected] (Brian Merchant) For 27 years, ESPN’s primetime NFL games, whether they be on Sunday or Monday night, were the most-watched programs on cable. Now that honor belongs to the zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead brought in 17.3 million viewers for its season five debut, ‘No Sanctuary,’ making it […]
October 22, 2014
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Canada’s Parliament Just Got Attacked by a Gunman

By Ben Makuch Image of Parliament Hill via Twitter This morning I contacted one of my favorite freelance writers, Justin Ling, to see about a story on drone regulations I was expecting. Ling’s office is literally inside parliament. I casually texted him something like, “Dude, when will your story be […]
October 22, 2014
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Blackwater Founder Remains Free and Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges

By Jeremy Scahill A federal jury in Washington DC returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives charged with killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and wounding scores of others in Baghdad in 2007. The jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were […]
October 22, 2014
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Against the Odds, New Jersey Rejects Cooperation with Federal Sports Betting Laws

By Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr. After years of duking it out in the courts, an unnecessary veto and promises of an override, Governor Christie has signed into law in New Jersey a bill ending state prohibition of sports betting. S2460/A3711 passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature easily and […]
October 22, 2014
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Death threats against judge in Silk Road trial emerge from Darknet

By Joe Mullin Nefarious things happen in the darknet. Flickr user: Martin Gommel The federal judge overseeing the Silk Road case against Ross Ulbricht has been subject to a death threat, and apparently she had her private information exposed on a secret “Hidden Wiki” website accessible only via Tor-equipped browsers. […]
October 22, 2014
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Meet the Gay Libertarian Gun Nuts

By Cecilia D’Anastasio The Pink Pistols. Photo via Flickr user InSapphoWeTrust Tom Palmer, a gay libertarian, was walking to dinner with a co-worker in 1982 when he was told by a group of passing homophobes that he would be killed and nobody would ever find his body. Walking slowly away, […]
October 22, 2014
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FCC suspends review of Comcast/TWC and AT&T/DirecTV mergers

By Jon Brodkin The Federal Communications Commission today paused the “180-day informal time clock” in its review of the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. The extension comes in response to a request by Dish Network; Comptel; Monumental Sports and Entertainment; RCN; Grande Communications, Inc.; Choice Cable TV of […]
October 22, 2014
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Whistleblowers: IRS Officials Behind ‘Fraudulent’ Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways

By Nafeez Ahmed A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a Congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency’s alleged role in allowing American corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes at the same time the agency is cracking down on individuals and […]
October 22, 2014
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Obama Can Use Same Parole in Illegal Alien “Humanitarian Crisis” to Bring Ebola Patients to U.S.

By Irene The Obama administration has shunned multiple requests to respond to a disturbing report exposing its secret plan to admit Ebola-infected foreigners into the United States for treatment and now Congress has joined Judicial Watch to demand answers. Will the administration blow off Congress the way it has Judicial […]
October 22, 2014
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How Cargo Ships Full of Diamond Hard Drives Could Connect a Quantum Sneakernet

By [email protected] (Michael Byrne) Quantum information is currently too fragile to travel the very long distances involved in the global internet. A team of researchers is proposing an unexpected alternative: moving quantum information around the globe via container ships. The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid in 1858, spanning the […]
October 22, 2014
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As Harvest Season Begins, Israeli Settlers Burn 100 Palestinian Olive Trees

By Al Akhbar Palestinians try to put out fire set by Israeli settlers in an olive grove near the West Bank village of Burin, near Nablus, Monday, June .3, 2013.al reports: A group of Zionist settlers set fire to around 100 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers near Nablus in […]
October 22, 2014
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War On Marijuana Unconstitutional, Doctors Testify In Federal Court Monday

By David Downs for Smell the Truth The U.S. government claims marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical benefits. But that claim will be up for debate Monday in California when a federal judge is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors that conclude the opposite. Doctors Carl Hart, […]
October 22, 2014
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Ebola Lobbying Goes Viral

By Lalita Clozel The Ebola scare has reached K Street. (Flickr/European Commission DG ECHO) If you’re seeking reassurance on the Ebola threat, don’t look at the latest lobbying filings. In the third quarter spanning July through September, 17 organizations specifically referred to the hemorrhagic fever — which has already caused […]
October 22, 2014
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U.S. Government Shuts Down Music Sharing Sites

By Ernesto During the spring of 2010 U.S. authorities started a campaign to take copyright-infringing websites offline. Since then Operation in Our Sites has resulted in thousands of domain name seizures and several arrests. While most of the sites are linked to counterfeit goods, dozens of “pirate” sites have also […]
October 22, 2014
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What Happens When Cash Is No Longer Trash?

By Charles Hugh Smith Those who actually create value as opposed to chasing yield with nearly-free money will actually have some traction once the swamp of excess liquidity drains. When those closest to the money spigots of the Federal Reserve can borrow billions for next to nothing, cash–laboriously saved from […]
October 22, 2014
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A Divorced Father of Two from Ohio Is Fighting the Islamic State in Syria

By Karlos Zurutuza A Divorced Father of Two from Ohio Is Fighting the Islamic State in Syria Continue Reading
October 22, 2014
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VIDEO: Journalist Dies In Mysterious Crash, Shortly After Being Accused Of Spying By Turkey

By MintPress News Desk Shim was killed on Sunday as she was on a working mission in Turkey to cover the ongoing war in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani. She was going back to her hotel from a report scene in the city of Suruç in Turkey’s Urfa Province […]
October 22, 2014
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Offensive Cyber Operations in US Military Doctrine

By Steven Aftergood A newly disclosed Department of Defense doctrinal publication acknowledges the reality of offensive cyberspace operations, and provides a military perspective on their utility and their hazards. Attacks in cyberspace can be used “to degrade, disrupt, or destroy access to, operation of, or availability of a target by […]
October 22, 2014
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Handful of Virginia police agencies sharing seized phone data

By Cyrus Farivar Chris Isherwood A newly publicized document shows that five local police departments in southeastern Virginia have been secretly and automatically sharing criminal suspects’ telephone metadata and compiling it into a large database for nearly two years. According to a 2012 memorandum of understanding (MOU) published for the […]
October 22, 2014
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VIDEO: Police Officer Shoots Dog, Video Contradicts His Explanation

By MintPress News Desk Watch the raw video below: The video caused the uproar you’d expect in North Texas. “The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog,” officials said in a statement responding to the outcry. “As is often the case, the short video […]
October 22, 2014
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New Authorization for Use of Military Force?, and More from CRS

By Steven Aftergood New publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public disclosure include the following. A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Comparison of Current Proposals in Brief, October 21, 2014 U.S. Citizens Kidnapped by the Islamic State, CRS […]
October 22, 2014
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Judge says EA executives committed “puffery,” not securities fraud

By David Kravets A federal judge has dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action lawsuit connected to Electronic Arts’ bungled rollout of the popular Battlefield 4 video game. EA and several top executives were sued in December and were accused of duping investors with their public statements and concealing issues […]
October 22, 2014
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Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers

By Glenn Greenwald TORONTO – In Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mail reported, “converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau.” One of the soldiers died, as did Courture-Rouleau when he […]
October 22, 2014
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Ebola Hits Home In Britain Even With No Victims

By Corinne Purtill Dr Felicity Hartnell, who is a clinical research fellow at Oxford University, holds a vial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola in Oxford, England Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. LONDON, UK — Javid Abdelmoneim returned from Sierra Leone so recently that he still advises people not to shake […]
October 22, 2014
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Secret Service pressured local cops to fake a warrant and commit illegal search

By Site Staff (Photo: REUTERS / Jason Reed) NASHVILLE, TN — The Nashville police chief has blown the whistle about how U.S. Secret Service agents pressured his officers to fake a warrant and help them commit a warrantless search of a man’s home. Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently came […]
October 22, 2014
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Ex-Nazis Still Receiving Social Security Benefits

At least three former Nazis who once lived in the United States are still receiving Social Security checks, an Associated Press investigation found. More than 60 suspected ex-Nazis were deported by U.S. immigration officials over the decades. Since 1979, at least 38 of them received Social Security payments amounting to […]
October 22, 2014
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Interior Dept. Inspector General Closed 457 Investigations Last Year, but Released only 3 to the Public

The inspector general (IG) for the Department of the Interior is big on investigations, but not on telling the public what was found. The IG’s office concluded 457 investigations in 2013, according to Greenwire. However, only three reports were made available to the public. “The rest largely stayed hidden from […]
October 22, 2014
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The Best Investigations of Money in Politics Since the Last Elections

By [email protected] By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica With this year’s elections just two weeks away, ProPublica has rounded up some of the best investigative reporting on campaign finance. Related Entries October 20, 2014 Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show October 20, 2014 The Blue-Collar Imperative Continue Reading