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Navy Developing Robot Sharks

In today’s weird, wild news the U.S. navy has manufactured and began testing remote-controlled robot sharks. If this doesn’t scare the shit out of you, check your pulse. We’re talking about frickin’ ROBOT SHARKS!

Vice has the scoop:

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China Prepares To Bailout Russia

Earlier this evening China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange's (SAFE) Wang Yungui noted "the impact of the Russian Ruble depreciation was unclear yet, and, as Bloomberg reported, "SAFE is closely watching Ruble's depreciation and encouraging companies to hedge Ruble risks." His comments also echoed the ongoing FX reform agenda aimed at increasing Yuan flexibility which The South China Morning Post then hinted in a story entitled "Russia may seek China help to deal with crisis," which which noted that Russia could fall back on its 150 billion yuan ($24 billion) currency swap agreement

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TxDOT "Two Steps, One sticker" - Another government database

Texas is getting rid of the two stickers on the wind shield next year as a result of House Bill 2305 passed during the 83rd legislative session.

Beginning March 1, 2015, The Vehicle Registration sticker will now act as both stickers.

"The owner will get a printout when they submit for the inspection, then that information is relayed into the state database. The owner can go online prior to their registration expiring and renew. Officials can check the insurance and inspection databases for the information and issue the registration renewal."

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Local Cops Scanning Social Media to Assign You a ‘Threat Rating’

Online activity, purchases, and “online comments that could be construed as offensive,” could earn you a "red rating".

Police State, USA — Imagine the following scenario: You are on your way home from work, driving down the road, when you notice police lights in your rear view mirror. You are being pulled over.

As you sit their, on the shoulder, adrenaline rushing, simultaneously angry and nervous, the police officer, in his patrol car behind you, is sizing you up based on an algorithm that determines your “threat rating.”

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The Color Of Loss, Separation, and Longing

“To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,” the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote after Apollo 8’s legendary “Earthrise” photograph made its debut in 1968, “is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold…” Its unprecedented perspective of distance seemed, paradoxically enough, to bring us earthlings closer together, to desire connection to one another more strongly than ever before. Nearly three decades earlier, Simone Weil touched on another aspect of this paradoxical relationship between spatial remoteness and emotional closeness when she wrote in a letter to a friend: “Let us love this distance, which is thoroughly woven with friendship, since those who do not love each other are not separated.” So much of “the aggregate of our joy and suffering” that takes place on our Pale Blue Dot seems to stem from this eternal tug-of-war between distance and desire.

The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.

In A Field Guide to Getting Lost that sublime meditation on how we find ourselves in the unknown — Rebecca Solnit examines the color blue and its relationship to desire in an exquisite essay that begins with the scientific and blossoms into the poetic.

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Wall Street is back in charge, CNN front page

Amid the ads and celebrity gossip, a rare informative and important article on CNN's front page.

Wall Street is back in charge.

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Millions Participate In Cuban Version Of Survivor

HAVANA, CUBA–Inspired by the hit CBS show Survivor, Cuba's 11 million citizens are participating in their own version of the popular island-survival game. "I hope very much to make it to next week," said contestant Livan Ordonez, eating a rat as part of a "Starvation-Immunity Challenge" during last Wednesday's episode. "If I do not survive, who will provide for the Ordonez Tribe?"

Under the somewhat altered rules for Cuban Survivor, contestants who fail to remain on the island are declared...

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Texas Truck ends up in the hands of "Terrorists" in Syria

I know how it got there !

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A Texas plumber says he has no idea how his company's work truck ended up in the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria.

The truck, a black Ford F-250 with the logo for Texas City's Mark-1 Plumbing emblazoned on the door, appeared in a tweet posted Monday by the Ansar al-Deen Front, a jihadist group operating near Aleppo. In the photo, a man fires an anti-aircraft gun mounted to the bed of the truck, presumably where plumbing equipment used to sit.

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Did Oregon measure 92 truly pass?

Oregon's Measure 92 has been the topic of much controversy, namely its results and how those results and the recount has been halted as of recent. The request/filing for a recount was due to the margin between the yes/no votes and the 4600 unaccounted for votes due to signature issues. Please check out the link below to the Organic Consumers Association's story on the judicially-corporatized treachery being played out in front of us. Peace to all.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/judge-declines-halt-or...

Peace and Love always.

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We did it! Armed Patriots Nullify Gun Restrictions in WA!

Liberty is alive and playing "Kick the Can" in Washington ...

http://callmegav.com/2014/12/gun-laws-nullified-by-armed-pat...

.."12/13/14 was the shot was heard round the world. Without a single shot fired!

The world is talking, the tyrants are still reeling and most politicians don’t even know what to say as they sit in slack jawed silence pretending nothing happened"...

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Rand Already Making Ad Buys Against Jeb Bush's Common Core

It's not targeted, straight up search for Jeb Bush and you get this.

http://time.com/3636748/rand-paul-is-already-running-an-ad-a...

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Banksters: the rescue plan

Tweet of the day:

Banksters: the rescue plan

https://twitter.com/OpHunAnon/status/544989256977248256

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Spending bill includes $1,000 monthly subsidy for Congress to pay for their cars

The Examiner:

After much debate, both the House and Senate were able to come to an agreement late Saturday night on a spending bill that will fund the government through September 2015. While there was vocal opposition on both sides, there was enough support to send the bill to President Obama's desk. What is inside the bill has been debated, and as more information leaks out, the criticism is expected to continue.

Over the last week, Tea Party Republicans and liberal Democrats have voiced their grievances over what has been labeled the "cromnibus" spending bill. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas led the charge from the right, concerned that Obama's immigration plans were going to move through into the next year. On the left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren pointed to multiple Wall Street giveaways, and over $300 million that will be cut from the Pell Grant program, as she voiced her displeasure on the Senate floor on December 12. One issue that is flying under the radar was pointed out on Friday by Democratic Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado.

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