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While Brazil Was Eradicating Zika Mosquitoes, America Made Them Into Weapons

In the 1950s, while in South America military-like brigades were hunting down Aedes aegypti, in the United States, the Army was falling in love with the same mosquito. At Fort Detrick, the military’s biological weapons base in Maryland, in great secret, Army scientists were considering how fleas, grasshoppers, and mosquitoes might be deployed against the Communist threat. These insects were harder to protect against than gas— masks wouldn’t help. The threat they posed would last, as long as a population of insects remained alive. Plus, it would be very difficult to pin an insect-borne attack on the U.S.

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YouTube Says Making "Negative Comments" About Someone Reason to Shut Channel Down

Making "negative comments" about someone and hurting their feelings may get your channel shut down on YouTube.

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State Department Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List

State Department spokesman John Kirby on Wednesday repeatedly denied that the government of Honduras kills its own citizens, saying more than a dozen times that he has not heard “credible evidence” of “deaths ordered by the military.” His comments came in the wake of a high-profile assassination of Honduran native rights activist Berta Cáceres in March, and a report in the Guardian that a high-level deserter from the Honduran army said he is “100 percent certain that Berta Cáceres was killed by the [Honduran] army.” The deserter explained that Cáceres’s name and picture appeared on a kill list including “dozens of social and environmental activists,” which had been distributed to two elite, U.S.-trained units.

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Austin, After Driving Out Uber and Lyft, Launches Sting Operations Against Those Who Dare to Serve the Public with Rides

After residents of Austin, Texas, voted last month to not overturn an earlier set of city regulations that would hamper their ability to find the drivers they needed, ehailing ride service companies Uber and Lyft, as they vowed they would, stopped operating in the city. Since people can be decent and resourceful, lots of entrepreneurs leapt into the breach to give needy Austinites a lift, even at the risk of fine or arrest.

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A Senate committee wants to crack down on spy agencies' cozy relationship with Hollywood

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, included an amendment in the annual intelligence-spending bill passed late last month that calls for the Director of National Intelligence to submit an annual report to congressional oversight committees detailing how the CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies interact with the entertainment industry.

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Skygazers Have Already Found the US Government's New Spy Satellite

Last week, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37, carrying its latest spy satellite into geosynchronous orbit via Delta IV-Heavy rocket. But it only took amateur space enthusiasts a few days to locate the mysterious new craft in the skies near Malaysia, over the Strait of Malacca. While the contents and capabilities of the NROL-37 mission's payload are classified (the satellite is innocuously labeled US-268), its need to hitch a ride on the world's biggest rocket strongly suggests it is the seventh member of the Mentor/Orion family, an extra-large class of signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites which help provide eavesdropping capability to US intelligence agencies.

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Not Lovin’ It: McDonald’s To Close Over 500 Restaurants Worldwide To Stay Afloat

Even as the world’s biggest fast food chain moves its headquarters to a $250 million 608,000-square-foot complex in Chicago’s West Side in the spring of 2018, McDonald’s intends to close about 500 weaker-performing, company-operated locations worldwide in 2016 to bolster profits.

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31 Chinese Firms Form Financial Blockchain Consortium

Chinese financial services firm Ping An Bank and a subsidiary of QQ instant message app maker Tencent are among more than 30 technology and financial firms in China that have formed a new consortium dedicated to blockchain tech. The Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium was officially launched on 31st May during an event in Shenzhen, a development that marks the latest business alliance to collectively explore applications of the technology. Ping An itself is a member of the R3-led consortium of global financial institutions, and in the past year and a half, working organizations have formed around securities settlement and capital markets use cases.

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Brexit: A Victory for Britain’s Working Class

There is an essential condition in the European Union’s charter of union according to which the under-developed countries of Europe that joined the EU allowed free movement of goods (free trade) only on the reciprocal condition that the developed countries would allow the free movement of labor. What’s obvious in this condition is the fact that free trade only benefits the countries that have a strong manufacturing base; and free movement of workers only favors the under-developed countries where labor is cheap.

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The National Endowment for Democracy: Not National and Not for Democracy

In ages past, organized religion would often take systems of legitimate philosophy and spirituality, and transform them into a means of organizing the masses for the benefit of an elite few, often those heading empires, kingdoms, or nation-states. More recently, patriotism and now the notion of "democracy" have been used successfully by similar cadres of special interests to conceal their self-serving agendas behind notions likely to recruit support from large segments of a population that would otherwise be disinterested.

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Brexistential Bloodbath - Dow Crashes 600 Points As Vol Explodes

Well they did it... and no one expected it...

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Scotland Seeks Independence Again After U.K. 'Brexit' Vote

Scotland's government began moves Friday to hold a new referendum on independence from the U.K. after the "Brexit" vote, saying it faced being taken out of the European Union against its will. First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon said officials would plan for a "highly likely" vote on separation from the rest of the U.K.

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LAPD Arrest 81-Year-Old Over For Speaking ‘Off-Topic’ At Public Forum

Los Angeles, CA — The caption on a video posted by Pete White of the Los Angeles Community Action Network read: “Arresting Free Speech…what are they hiding?"

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FBI Just Created and Foiled their Own Terrorist Plot to Demonize Those Who Question Government

The FBI once again appears to have averted a terrorist plot of its own manufacture by arresting 57-year-old William Keebler, a man from Stockton, Utah described in press accounts as a militia organizer exhibiting an “extreme hatred” for the federal government.

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Tying Rights To Useless 'Terrorist Watchlists' Is A Terrible Idea

No matter how you may feel about the Second Amendment or firearms themselves, there's no way you can feel comfortable with access to Constitutional rights being predicated on something as worthless as the government's ever-expanding "you might be a terrorist" lists.

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FBI and Cleveland Cops Visiting Activists Before the RNC in a Glaring Case of Intimidation

Cleveland Cops and FBI agents are knocking on the doors of known activists throughout the city in a glaring case of police intimidation ahead of RNC.

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Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota

You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.

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Orlando shooter researched anti-psychotic drugs before attack, worried he'd "slipped into psychosis"

On the morning before the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, shooter Omar Mateen drastically altered his appearance, shaving his head and face, and seemed agitated and surly, said an acquaintance who saw him that day.

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They Are Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks In Venezuela

We are watching what happens when the economy of a developed nation totally implodes.

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BREXIT – The New Modern-Nationalism is Global Governance

It comes as little surprise that Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The economic and geopolitical shifts taking place throughout the international order are aligned with a resurgence of modern-nationalism. The expansion of powers related to both China and Russia as members of the BRICS group is ensuring a socioeconomic and geopolitical realignment of the Eurasian continent.

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