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Month: December 2016

DEA pays millions to people for snooping through your mail and luggage

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Buzzfeed. The DEA paid over $200 million to around 10,000 people from 2011 to 2015 in exchange for searching through your mail or luggage to find anything incriminating.

Jury deadlocked in trial of SC cop who shot unarmed black man in the back

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Deadlocked, despite clear video evidence of officer Slager shooting a fleeing Walter Scott to death, and then planting a Taser near the body.  A lone juror is the hold-out, and his letter to the judge makes one wonder if someone’s pulling his strings. Also see the story from Ars Technica  

U.S. ranks 23rd in new Human Freedom Index

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Cato.  I guess we can’t be number 1 in corporate tax rates, police shootings, incarceration rates, and drone strikes and still expect to be the freest country in the world.

Establishment propaganda outlet get roasted by independent news sites

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CounterPunch.  It is laughable that anyone would take WaPo’s alarmist article over Russian-controlled “fake news” seriously.  I mean, come on people, the writing at Antiwar.com, Counter Punch, or the other list of sites supposedly on Putin’s payroll is so far above anything the Washington Post puts out, that it would be insane to believe that […]

Twitter is the only tech giant that would refuse to build Trump’s Muslim registry

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The Intercept.  Trump is going to disappoint everyone.  He’ll turn out to be a run-of-the-mill warmongering neocon, just like Bush, just like Obama.  Hillary would’ve turned out the same way.

Prescription painkiller use is higher than tobacco use among U.S. adults

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92 million U.S. adults used prescription painkillers in 2015, compared to 75.4 million who used tobacco.  So around 40% of Americans use opioids, which generates $10 billion for the pharma companies pumping out these expensive pills. High Times

The coming of the police drone

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Beware Police Drones, Huffington Post These drones are being equipped with real-time facial recognition tech, designed to track civilians as they go about their day-to-day lives.

Obama creates new targeted-assassination task force…for Trump?

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RealClearDefense writer Trevor Thrall has a new article up entitled, “Obama’s Legacy: Murder.gov”.  It’s an apt title, considering Obama’s 8 years at the helm of a war-making apparatus unheard-of in human history.  He put it to use, unleashing a torrent of drone strikes that ended up killing over 1,100 people, mostly innocent, in a vain […]

Wednesday links

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US judges can now sign hacking warrants outside their jurisdiction: “Legal experts have described the move as the broadest expansion of extraterritorial surveillance power since the FBI’s inception, an agency that has already embarked on international hacking operations. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, has defended the changes, arguing they are crucial for policing crime in […]