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Venezuela knocks three zeros off ailing currency amid hyperinflation

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered a re-denomination of the ailing bolivar currency on Thursday, by knocking three zeroes off amid hyperinflation and a crippling economic crisis.

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‘His life matters’: Protests sweep Sacramento after police fatally shoot unarmed black man

Huge protests have gripped Sacramento after a video of police fatally shooting an unarmed black man was released. The distressing footage which quickly went viral showed the moment officers mistook the man’s cell phone for a gun. Demonstrators filled the streets of California’s capital on Thursday evening.  They were heard chanting “It’s not a gun, it’s a phone.”

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Full-Scale Terror Drill: US Military Simulates Nuclear Truck Bomb Attack In Sacramento

On Thursday, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will accompany the California National Guard’s Homeland Response Force (HRF) and the 95th Civil Support Team, along with FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Forces, CAL Fire, FBI, Department of Energy Radiation Assistance Team 7, and several other emergency response agencies for a “terrorism and active shooter response exercise at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento and Sonoma Raceway,” said California Guard Deputy Director of Public Affairs.

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Brother Of Pablo Escobar Releases ‘Dietbitcoin’ As Alternative To ‘CIA’s Bitcoin Scam’

The brother of late Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Roberto Escobar, has released his own alternative to Bitcoin (BTC), a BTC hard fork called dietbitcoin (DDX).

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US Announces Another $1 Billion in New Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

President Trump made clear earlier in the week during his meeting with the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman that US arms sales to the Saudis are a top priority. Already, the State Department has announced another $1 billion in arms sales to the Saudis.

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New Law Will Make it Illegal for People to Walk and Smoke at the Same Time

Currently, within the city of New York, it is against the law to smoke a cigarette on mass transit, in public restrooms and restaurants, businesses, libraries, sports arenas and gyms, zoos, bars, and parks, and a myriad of other places. These smoking bans are upheld by police who enforce them and they can and will use extreme force to make sure you comply.

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Trump Says He's "Considering A Veto" Of $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

In a tweet that's bound to infuriate Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, President Trump is now threatening to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, saying he's dissatisfied with its immigration and border-security provisions. Trump said he's disappointed by the fact that DACA recipients were abandoned by the bill, and he's also dissatisfied with the paltry funding for border security.

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Israel ministers welcome Trump’s appointment of John Bolton

Israeli government ministers have applauded US President Donald Trump’s selection of notorious right-wing hawk John Bolton to replace outgoing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. Bolton, who has previously served as US Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush, is known as a strong supporter of Israel and opponent of Palestinian statehood.

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Commonwealth Games to remove data mining option after Facebook scandal

The Organizers of the 2018 Commonwealth Games have given up the idea of mining personal data from the event visitors. The idea of so doing using free Wi-Fi has been shelved in the wake of the Facebook data breach scandal.

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Craigslist Just Nuked Its Personal Ads Section Because of a Sex-Trafficking Bill

Craigslist announced early Friday morning that it would no longer host personal ads of any kind, in response to a bill that’s meant to curb sex trafficking—but will harm consenting sex workers, instead, according to groups like the ACLU and the Center for Democracy and Technology. The classified ads website says it “can’t take such risk” after the SESTA-FOSTA sex-trafficking bill passed Wednesday.

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Responsibility Deflected, the CLOUD Act Passes

“People deserve the right to a better process.” Those are the words of Jim McGovern, representative for Massachusetts and member of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules, when, after 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday, he and his colleagues were handed a 2,232-page bill to review and approve for a floor vote by the next morning.

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Massive blaze on set of Edward Norton, Bruce Willis movie kills firefighter

A firefighter was killed battling a five-alarm blaze late Thursday night in Harlem, reports CBS New York. The fire broke out around 11 p.m. on a movie set in the basement of an unoccupied residential building, New York Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters in an early morning briefing.

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Supermarket hostage-taker in southwestern France claims allegiance to ISIS – local media

The hostage-taker at the supermarket in southern France has claimed allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) AFP cited the prosecutor’s office as saying. A police operation is underway in the area.

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Should Facebook and Google Pay Users When They Sell Data Collected from Users?

It's not exactly news that Facebook, Google and other "free" services reap billions of dollars in profits by selling data mined/collected from their millions of users. As we know, If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold, also phrased as if the service is free, you are the product.

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H.R. McMaster replaced by John Bolton as national security adviser

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been replaced by former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as national security adviser, President Trump tweeted Thursday. That transition will be effective April 9.

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The Only Reason We’re Examining Facebook’s Sleazy Behavior Is Because Trump Won

Trust me, there’s nobody more thrilled to see Facebook’s unethical and abusive practices finally getting the attention they deserve from mass media and members of the public who simply didn’t want to hear about it previously. I’ve written multiple articles over the years warning people about the platform (links at the end), but these mostly fell on deaf ears.

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The War On Drugs Is Far Deadlier Than Most People Realize

The death toll from the drug war is much less than the actual warfare throughout the world. However, his sentiment is quite appropriate because a significant percentage of the world’s violence could be prevented with a flick of a pen by ending the war on drugs. Imagine if we could essentially eliminate the black market for drug trafficking in Chicago, which has the highest number of gang members and homicides. It’s estimated that up to 80% of the city’s murders are gang-related and one of the main causes of this violence is connected to controlling turf for drug sales.

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Citigroup Enforces Gun Control Restrictions On Customers

Seemingly following Andrew Ross Sorkin's suggestions, and echoing the virtue-signaling from Dick's Sporting Goods et al., megabank Citigroup is setting restrictions on the sale of firearms by its business customers. As a reminder, Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote in the NY Times that banks could control guns, if Washington won't.

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You know who does creepier stuff with your data than Cambridge Analytica? Your ISP

Chances are, your ISP has been repeatedly caught sucking up all your clicks, and also chances are that it's a de facto arm of the US spy network, making bank selling your data to the NSA; AT&T has proposed charging you hundreds of dollars extra a year not to spy on you; Comcast wants to do the same.

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Police facial recognition smartphones will be used to create secret watchlists

A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement. The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone.  “It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition and FACE Plus facial recognition applications.”

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