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$6mn cryptocurrency ‘Ponzi scheme’ leads to federal fraud case

Regulators accuse a Nevada-based cryptocurrency company of misappropriating over $6 million from customers and funneling the money through their family members’ accounts to purchase luxury items.

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Countdown to disaster: Doomsday Clock now 2 minutes to midnight

A global catastrophe is but two minutes away, according to the Doomsday Clock, which measures, metaphorically, how long the world has left before it succumbs to a man-made disaster. Managed by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists and academics, the clock was moved 30 seconds on Thursday. The clock’s hands had been at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight in 2017.

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Girl, 7, groomed online by ROBOT in shock case police can do nothing about

A UK schoolgirl was being “groomed” online by a robot in one of the first cases of its kind to be flagged to police in Britain. Her angry mother says she was “sickened” by messages sent to her seven-year-old.

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Scientists Just Broke the Technical Barrier to Cloning Primates, Including Humans

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences used the same cloning method used to create Dolly the sheep to clone two long-tailed macaques for the first time.

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City Shutting Down Life-Saving Charity Because They Don’t Have a Permit

In the land of the free helping those in need can be considered a criminal act if one does not file the right paperwork and pay the right official for the ‘privilege’ of being kind and helping others. As the case below illustrates, even when these acts of charity are saving the lives of children, the heartless state will step in to stop it—if you haven’t paid them.

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Ontario Conservative leader abruptly resigns after he is accused of sexual assault and misconduct with very young, drunk women

Hours after CTV published the firsthand accounts of two women who say they experienced sexual advances and at least one assault from Ontario Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown, Brown has resigned, leaving the party leaderless shortly before a key election.

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This Is Ajit Pai's Official Calendar for the Months Leading Up to the Net Neutrality Repeal

Motherboard has obtained Pai’s official calendar for the last six months of 2017 via a Freedom of Information Request. While these official schedules don’t capture everything, it gives a glimpse at how Pai was spending his work days and who he was talking to in the months leading up to the net neutrality repeal. Of course, meeting with representatives from the telecom industry is part of Pai’s job, but his schedule definitely shows a preference for large corporations over consumer advocacy groups.

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SAP, McAfee, Symantec reportedly let Russia review their code

SAP, McAfee and Symantec let Russian authorities search for vulnerabilities in their software, according to Reuters. That's a concern for US federal agencies who also use that software.

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Suspected U.S. drone kills Taliban-linked commander in shower

In PESHAWAR, Pakistan a missile from a suspected U.S. drone killed an Afghan militant commander as he was taking a shower early Wednesday, according to Pakistani police and Taliban sources.

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S. Korea takes legal action against United States over ‘excessive’ tariffs

Following a recent move by Canada, South Korea has launched a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States’ so-called safeguard tariffs on imported goods. “Korea considers these measures to be inconsistent with the United States’ obligations under the relevant provisions of the GATT 1994 and Agreement on Safeguards,” the complaint said, according to Reuters.

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Turkey Accuses White House Of Lying In Trump-Erdogan Readout

In a readout released yesterday by the White House covering a phone conversation between the US and Turkish leaders, President Trump reportedly urged Turkey's President Erdogan to de-escalate the country's military incursions in northern Syria, following a Turkish offensive there to rid the area of Kurdish fighters.

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Tu-160 Blackjack piercing through snowy skies at low altitude caught on camera (VIDEO)

The test flight of Russia’s new Tu-160 strategic bomber was caught on camera near Kazan. The war machine is seen darting through a milk-white snowy sky over the Russian city, flying as low as 300 meters. The short clip of the bomber’s flyby was published online by a news website. The flight was part of the trials of the aircraft, which lasted for about seven minutes and was witnessed by a delegation of senior Russian officials, headed by the president.

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Biggest Washington DC Lobbyist Is Now Google

For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC. With the release of fourth quarter lobbying figures – a legal requirement – it has been revealed that Google (well, Alphabet) spent no less than $18m in 2017 to lobby lawmakers in the US capital: a 17 per cent increase on the previous year.

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Ex-Montana House Majority Leader Gets 18 Years for Drug Trafficking

A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.

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Disrupting The Fourth Amendment: Half Of Law Enforcement E-Warrants Approved In 10 Minutes Or Less

Law enforcement officers will often testify that seeking warrants is a time-consuming process that subjects officers' sworn statements to strict judicial scrutiny. The testimony implies the process is a hallowed tradition that upholds the sanctity of the Fourth Amendment, hence its many steps and plodding pace. The problem is law enforcement officers make these statements most often when defending their decision to bypass the warrant process.

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Upon request, here is the BBC doc "Dead in the Water" that details the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

It's a surprising moment of legitimate journalism.

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In Afghanistan, Putin courts China in search of ‘another Syria’

A Russia-led initiative involving China and Pakistan that seeks a political settlement to Afghanistan’s civil war has the makings of a diplomatic alliance that could supplant the United States as the leading power in Central Asia.

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ISRAEL’S “SAFE ZONE” IS CREEPING FARTHER INTO SYRIA

Israel is expanding its influence and control deeper into opposition-held southern Syria, according to multiple sources in the area. After failed attempts to ensure its interests were safeguarded by the major players in the war next door, Israel is pushing to implement the second phase of its “safe-zone” project — an attempt to expand a buffer ranging out from the occupied Golan Heights deeper into the southern Syrian provinces of Quneitra and Daraa. The safe zone expansion marks a move toward deeper Israeli involvement in Syria’s civil war.

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"Too Big To Believe" - Massive Scandal Is Brewing At The FBI

s the Potemkin Village walls of The Left's 'Trump Collusion' narrative crash and burn along with special counsel Mueller's credibility, The New York Post's Michael Goodwin sees far more wide-ranging problems ahead for America's 'intelligence' agencies as the anti-Trump 'secret society' and lovers-texts-gate debacles threaten the core of the Deep State.

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Censorship By Weaponizing Free Speech: Rethinking How The Marketplace Of Ideas Works

What do we do when that free speech is being weaponized against free speech itself? How do you respond? Do you need to weaponize in response and flood back the "bad speech" or does that just create an arms race? What other ways are there to deal with this?

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