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Fighting Fake News: Back Door Trick to Enact Censorship?

Fighting fake news is the new pretext given by the ruling cabal in many nations to enact censorship via the back door. Amid the rallying cries of “We must fight fake news!” both France (under would-be dictator Macron) and now Brazil are attempting to pass legislation to ban political content on the web that the government deems to be fake news. There is a theme to this, as it follows on from many acts of censorship in 2016 and 2017. Whether it’s Twitter shadowbanning, Facebook rolling our fake news checkers or deleting entire accounts, YouTube embarking upon soft censorship through forced sign-ins or hard censorship by deleting entire channels, Google’s search engine hiding websites (by de-ranking them) or – worst of all – Google demonetizing content and sites not to its liking, censorship is clearly getting worse and threatening to overtake a free and open internet.

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Jack in the Box CEO: Swapping cashiers for robots 'makes sense' due to minimum wage increase

The CEO of fast-food restaurant Jack in the Box said “it just makes sense” to replace cashiers with robots due to the minimum wage increase in California. "As we see the rising costs of labor, it just makes sense" to swap cashiers with kiosks where customers can order their food themselves, CEO Leonard Comma said Tuesday at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Fla., Business Insider reported.

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As No One Watched, Trump Pardoned 5 Megabanks For Corruption Charges—Who He Owes Millions

Trump followed in the footsteps of Obama and pardoned five megabanks—one of which he reportedly owes up to $300 million in outstanding loans. While Americans celebrated the holidays, President Trump followed in the footsteps of his predecessors by acting in the interest of Wall Street and using the distraction to do something that was not in the best interest of the American people. Trump has been using Deutsche Bank since the 1990s, and Financial Times has reported that he now owes the bank at least $130 million in outstanding loans secured in properties in Miami, Chicago, and Washington.

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Gunfire as millions in gems stolen in raid at Paris Ritz hotel.

Armed robbers have raided the Ritz Hotel in Paris and stolen jewellery thought to be worth millions of pounds. The axe-wielding thieves made off with the jewels after smashing glass display cases at the world-famous hotel in the French capital, police said.

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Seattle’s ‘soda tax’ nearly doubles prices at Costco

A $16 Costco case of Gatorade now costs about $10 more due to Seattle's new sugar tax

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Study: Legal marijuana could generate more than $132 billion in federal tax revenue and 1 million jobs

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United States in the next decade, according to a new study.

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Walmart Abruptly Closing 260 Sam's Club Stores, Firing Thousands On Same Day It Raised Minimum Wages

Wal-Mart was quick to make a media splash with the news that it was raising the starting hourly wages to $11/hour, expanding employee benefits and offering worker bonuses of up to $1000 in response to the Trump tax cuts; it was far more covert, however, with the news that on the very same day it was also closing hundreds of Sam's Club stores nationwide and laying off thousands of workers according to numerous media reports.

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US House of Representatives Fails to Protect Americans from Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance

The House of Representatives cast a deeply disappointing vote today to extend NSA spying powers for the next six years by a 256-164 margin. In a related vote, the House also failed to adopt meaningful reforms on how the government sweeps up large swaths of data that predictably include Americans’ communications.

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Trump signs anti-fentanyl bill as Pennsylvania declares opioid ‘disaster emergency’

President Donald Trump has approved more funding for border patrol detection of smuggled fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opiate. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has declared a disaster emergency, suspending regulations that are slowing down access to addiction care in the state. We know that this crisis has taken far too many lives.

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Jackson Palmer: My Joke Cryptocurrency Hit $2 Billion and Something Is Very Wrong

When Jackson Palmer jokingly tweeted about “investing in Dogecoin” in late 2013, he never imagined that the cryptocurrency he had just brought into the world would still be around in the year 2018, let alone hit a $2 billion market cap like it just did over the weekend.

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Graham Hancock Explains Why His Viral TED Talk “The War On Consciousness” Was Banned

Graham, in his banned talk, makes the argument that modern society does not allow us to truly explore our consciousness by making various psychedelic drugs illegal. How this is offensive in the mainstream is understandable, given the fact that psychedelic substances have been banned from research for years. Now, the ban has lifted, and their ability to treat multiple medical disorders, among other things, is starting to come to light.

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Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange, says foreign ministry

The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry says it has granted citizenship to Julian Assange. The reaction of the ministry comes one day after Quito reportedly issued an ID card to the WikiLeaks editor. The passport could provide Assange's first step to obtaining diplomatic immunity, as Ecuador wants to resolve his indefinite embassy stay. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for five years.

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Publicly funded private school creates 'poor kids' playground' for kids whose parents wouldn't contribute to new playground equipment

Wednesdbury Oak Academy in the West Midlands is an "academy school," similar to a US charter school -- a publicly funded, privately operated school, which, theory goes, is able to "experiment" with new educational techniques, by deviating from the standard curriculum, rejecting students on the basis of selection criteria, and hiring teachers without formal qualifications.

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Police are using 50,000 apps to influence public sentiment

A start-up company called ELUCD makes money by measuring public sentiment towards law enforcement. According to an article in TechCrunch, Michael Simon a former Obama campaign manager, purchases ads on apps like Candy Crush which the NYPD uses to gauge public sentiment in real-time.

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Trump Threatens Amazon With "Internet Tax"

To be sure, America's "retail apocalypse" is expected to accelerate this year. With that in mind, Trump might be pushing to preserve American companies and jobs. However, Amazon isn't the only reason for the flood of retail company bankruptcies: Massive excess capacity, perpetually over-levered capital structures and a constant lack of capital investment have undoubtedly helped accelerate the decline.

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U.S. immigration operation targets 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

U.S. immigration agents fanned out to nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide on Wednesday, arresting 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally and giving owners a tight deadline to prove other employees are authorized to work.

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As Media Obsesses on Oprah 2020, FISA Pushed to Let FBI Spy On You Without A Warrant

While Americans were distracted by the possibility of Oprah’s 2020 presidential campaign following her speech at the Golden Globes, the United States government has ramped up its campaign to let the FBI legally spy on Americans without a warrant.

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At the Behest of T-Mobile, the FCC Is Undoing Rules That Make it Easier for Small ISPs to Compete With Big Telecom

Even as President Donald Trump spends his time promising rural Americans that closing the digital divide is a top priority, his agencies are taking steps that will only make that goal harder to achieve. The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering a rule change that would alter how it doles out licenses for wireless spectrum. The FCC will be auctioning off licenses for the CBRS, and many local wireless ISPs—internet service providers that use wireless signal, rather than cables, to connect customers to the internet—have been hoping to buy licenses to make it easier to reach their most remote customers.

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