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7 votes

Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat.

The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials could examine the drone. The Secret Service said the 2-foot-long device was a quadcopter — a small, unmanned aircraft that is lifted by four propellers.

11 votes

Rand Paul: I'm kinda surrounded here...

Rand Paul sparred with fellow Republican hopefuls last night. Drawing some heat from the crowd, he separated himself from his more hawkish colleagues.

“I’m a big fan of trying the diplomatic option as long as we can...I do think diplomacy is better than war.”

Ted Cruz countered,

“This is the worst negotiation in the history of mankind,” Cruz said, predicting an Iranian nuclear strike in “Tel Aviv, New York or Los Angeles.”

Clips and more: http://iroots.org/2015/01/26/first-quasi-debate-featuring-pa...

25 votes

Ancient Archery Form - Truly Amazing Video! (Updated with actual video link... doh!)

We have been taught that "modern" ways are the pinnacle of human existence. This guy is recovering ancient archery techniques that make modern archers look like chumps.


http://youtu.be/BEG-ly9tQGk

11 votes

A joint a day... keeps the doctor away?

... "According to an abstract published online ahead of a print publication in the Annals of American Thoracic Society, smoking one marijuana cigarette per day for as long as 20 years wasn't associated with any adverse effects on lung function.

18 votes

"I'm So Ashamed" - Meet The Drone Operator Who Helped Kill 1,626 People And Walked Away

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-23/im-so-ashamed-meet-...

He was told that he helped to kill 1,626 people, but as time went by he felt uneasy with what he was doing. He found it hard to sleep and started dreaming in infra-red.

20 votes

What's with The Economist's strange and ominous 2015 cover? (for those who have eyes to see)

Ever play that game in Highlights Magazine as a kid called "hidden pictures?" I'm not sure how many free thinkers are left on the DP, but those in the know, know that the elites like to announce what they are going to do ahead of time. What can be gleaned from this strange cover of a publication known to be connected to the Rothschild dynasty? Vigilant Citizen and the resulting commentary makes for an interesting analysis.

18 votes

College Student Detained by TSA for Arabic Flashcards Wins Settlement

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
By Nick George, via the ACLU | January 23, 2015

Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler. A settlement reached today in a lawsuit I brought against the police department makes it clear that it is not.

Travelling by plane can be a long and grueling process under the best of circumstances. This makes it a good time for monotonous tasks, like trying to iron out some vocab for a language you're learning at college.

In August 2009, I was planning to fly through the Philadelphia airport to start my senior year at Pomona College in California. I was carrying a set of English-Arabic flashcards that I had put together for one of my classes, as well as a book critical of U.S. foreign policy (written by a former secretary of commerce under President Reagan– not exactly a radical treatise). It should go without saying that this is perfectly innocuous, First Amendment-protected activity.

Turns out, it doesn't.

At the metal detector at airport security, Transportation Security Administration agents asked me to empty my pockets. I took the set of flashcards from my pocket and handed them to the officers. After I cleared the metal detector, they asked me to step aside for additional screening. One of them started rifling through the cards, and another took the book out of my carry-on. The minutes ticked by, and I got more confused about why I was being detained and more concerned that I would miss my flight. One of them called a supervisor.

27 votes

The first (pre) 2016 Cage Match @ 11:30 p.m. EST Sunday on ABCNews.com

WASHINGTON - Three potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates - including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul - will share the stage this weekend in the first, but unofficial, smackdown of the political season.

Now, you will have to stay up late for this. The much-anticipated confrontation is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. EST Sunday. It will be livestreamed on ABCNews.com and moderated by ABC's White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl.

Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will participate in a forum sponsored by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce in Palm Springs, Calif.

19 votes

Fighting for freedom in 52 Square feet.

My wife and I and our two children are living in our 28 ft camper. We want to pay off all our debt, save up enough to buy land and build a house with no debt. It has been an eye opening experience building our entire life, infrastructure and all, from basically nothing.

www.camperlifenow.blogspot.com

9 votes

Barrett Brown has been sentenced to 63 months in prison

Barrett Brown has been sentenced to 63 months in prison
By Russell Brandom
on January 22, 2015 02:32 pm

10 votes

Sarah Palin ‘seriously interested’ in running for president in 2016

By Robert Costa | The Washington Post
January 24, 2015

Sarah Palin speaking a5 a trade show this week in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)
DES MOINES — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.

“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid.

Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.

7 votes

G20 countries approve an across-the-board Cyprus-style bail-in policy

“Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in Resolution”

I must begin with an apology—that I’ve provided readers with such a confusing title to have to digest. It sounds like the sort of title that would be created by some committee. Or worse, by a group of governments that are trying very hard to conceal the purpose of some especially nefarious agreement that they’ve just colluded on.

21 votes

Sotomayor: 'We Can't Keep Bending the Fourth Amendment to the Resources of Law Enforcement'

Sonia Sotomayor stands up for the Fourth Amendment in drug-sniffing dog case.

Damon Root | January 22, 2015
Reason.com

The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the Fourth Amendment case Rodriguez v. United States. At issue is whether an officer "unnecessarily prolonged" an otherwise legal traffic stop when he called for backup in order to safely walk a drug-sniffing dog around the stopped vehicle. According to a previous Supreme Court ruling, the use of drug dogs during routine traffic stops poses no constitutional problems so long as the traffic stop is not "prolonged beyond the time reasonably required to complete that mission."

According to Justice Department lawyer Ginger Anders, who argued yesterday in defense of the police, law enforcement is entitled to wide leeway when it comes to determining the amount of time that's "reasonably required" to conduct traffic stops.