Have you lost that loving feeling? If so, the United States federal government might just be able to help. Before you swipe right on Tinder or update that eHarmony account, consider instead taking a quick trip out of the country. Because on your way back home into the Land of the Free, US Customs and Border Protection will have agents standing by ready with heaps of government stimulus.Share | Comment
According to documents disclosed to the ACLU, the Boston Police Department has never obtained a warrant to use controversial and highly invasive stingray cell phone tracking technology. The department claims that each time BPD officers used a stingray, it was in an emergency situation and therefore officers could bypass judicial oversight. But the sparse records disclosed do not provide enough detail to confirm these claims. The Boston Police Department’s response to our records request continues a troubling pattern of secrecy surrounding its use of this powerful surveillance tool. The department provided no training documents or internal policies or procedures specific to stingray use. The documents disclosed do not reveal whether criminal defendants were notified that police used a stingray to locate them. Without more information, it’s impossible for the public, criminal defendants, courts, or legislators to be sure that police are using this powerful technology without violating constitutional rights.Share | Comment
Over one-third of Americans would not only accept a microchip implant in their brain, but would be “enthusiastic” about the receiving the device to ‘enhance their thinking power.’ Once the subject of dystopian science fiction novels, three emerging technologies served as a focal point for a new survey to glean the public’s willingness to accept what many would call exceedingly invasive biomedical ‘enhancements.’Share | Comment
Bernie Sanders lied to the American public and world-wide victims of US empire by providing a false choice between Left and Right arms of one criminal political body of .01% oligarchs. The only rational, responsible, and legal response for Americans is to demand arrests of such oligarchs rather than vote them into power for ongoing Wars of Aggression and related crimes of empire. This article will explain, document, and prove these claims with Emperor’s New Clothes ease to point to obvious and objective facts anyone can see who cares to look.Share | Comment
On Wednesday, a federal judge granted John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, full-time release from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment since the shooting. Judge Paul L. Friedman delivered the ruling Wednesday, granting him full time convalescent leave to begin no sooner than Aug. 5. According to the WSJ, the 103-page order from U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Mr. Hinckley’s doctors have found he has "no signs of psychotic symptoms, delusional thinking, or any violent tendencies,’’ and therefore “presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future if released." The ruling means that 34 years after an attack that severely wounded the president and three others, Mr. Hinckley will be a free man—albeit with restrictions on his travel, communications, work and use of the internet.Share | Comment
One day after Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov gave the first Russian response to allegations that Moscow was behind the DNC server hack when he said "I don't want to use four letter words" to a media question if Putin was responsible, on Wednesday the Kremlin reiterated Russia's position when it dismissed allegations Russia had hacked Democratic Party emails as "made up horror stories" dreamt up by U.S. politicians, saying it never interfered in other countries' election campaigns.Share | Comment
Everything is getting hotter in Ukraine. Alexander Turchynov is speaking of martial law. Pavel Sheremet was murdered in Kiev. The situation in Donbass has escalated. Meanwhile, Minister of Internal Affairs head Avakov has left on vacation. So has Kiev Mayor Klitchko. And not only them.Share | Comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is in the process of making a neural-coding device capable of controlling artificial limbs when seeded in the brain. The device has had success in animal studies and the first human trials are set for 2017. The Pentagon has subsidized the institution $62 million to help foster this mind-control technology. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is pushing for the micochipping of children sooner rather than later. During a recent televised report by NBC News, the news station purported the micro-chipping of children by the state was as normal as bar codes for consumers: “When barcodes first came out in the late 1960s, people were appalled. They were wary of them and did not understand the concept. Today, it is so commonplace, we don’t even notice it. A microchip would work much in the same way.”Share | Comment
A year ago, we wrote about an interesting new organisation called Bellingcat. Although it's not clear what kind of project it should be called, it's easy to understand what it does: it takes publicly-available information from many sources, and tries to piece together the jigsaw puzzle of contemporary events. Its most recent analysis is an extremely topical piece of workShare | Comment
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