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Illinois law allows schools to demand students' Facebook passwords

Conceived to combat cyberbullying, a new law in Illinois may result in schools demanding social media passwords, even if the posting was not done at school or on school computers.

More: http://www.cnet.com/news/new-illinois-law-allows-schools-to-...

11 votes

Germany Repatriates More Gold

Frankfurt (AFP) - The German central bank or Bundesbank said Monday that it stepped up the repatriation of its gold reserves from overseas storage last year.

"The Bundesbank successfully continued and further stepped up its transfers of gold," the central bank said in a statement.

"In 2014, 120 tonnes of gold were transferred to Frankfurt from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York."

Germany's gold reserves are the second-biggest in the world after those of the United States and totalled 3,384.2 tonnes this month, according to the latest data compiled by the World Gold Council.

15 votes

US-Made Weapons, High-Power Explosives Found in Donetsk Airport

A senior commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's military reported Monday that American-made weapons, M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by the Kiev-led troops.

http://sputniknews.com/military/20150119/1017099284.html

1 vote

Dread Pirate Roberts trial: judge does not want informed jurors!

The following is the end of the article; my emphasis:

If the crimes Ulbricht is charged with really were committed by a different Dread Pirate Roberts, who might that be? One interesting thing that came out in trial yesterday was that for months, law enforcement had their sights on Mark Karpeles, CEO of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox.

In an interesting twist, cross-examination by the defense revealed that Der-Yeghiayan had sworn an affidavit revealed that one of the reasons why Karpeles was a suspect was because “the Dread Pirate Roberts interviewed by Andy Greenberg for Forbes in August 2013 ‘sounded’ exactly like Karpeles.”

At this point, you probably understand why, when trial adjourned for the weekend yesterday, the judge told the jury: “Don’t go home and watch the Princess Bride this weekend” – the whole story is almost inconceivable. And there’s more to come.

I commented at this article as well, with:

9 votes

Sandy Hook Commission Aims To Ban All Guns ‘That Can Fire More Than 10 Rounds Without Reloading’

The panel of “experts,” created by Governor Dan Malloy, convened last week to discuss preparations for their final report which will address numerous school security issues, including law enforcement and emergency response, safe school design and operation and mental health and wellness.

Among the recommendations considered will be a ban, not only on so-called assault weapons, but on handguns as well, as discussed at a meeting last March.

12 votes

Rand Paul to Meet with Koch Brothers: Seminar Is Early Proving Ground for G.O.P. Hopefuls

By Ashley Parker | January 20, 2015
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky went to Kansas last year to campaign for Gov. Sam Brownback, he quietly requested a private meeting with the oil billionaire Charles G. Koch in his Wichita headquarters.

The senator’s pitch: Of all the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, he best reflects the views of Mr. Koch and his younger brother, David H. Koch.

Similarly, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas popped through Wichita in October for an audience he had requested, and he told the elder Mr. Koch that the Republican Party needed a grass-roots conservative like him to take back the White House.

And Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has worked to cultivate a relationship with the younger Mr. Koch, stopping by his Manhattan office, calling him to talk politics and socializing with him, their wives included.

8 votes

Democrat Rep. Unveils Laws Targeting Gunsmiths and Body Armor

Now that Republicans control both the House of Representative and the Senate, Democrats are left in a position of legislative weakness. One might get the impression that this situation would deter Democrats from pursuing a liberal agenda, because liberal legislation would seemingly be dead on arrival. However, many Democrats view this as an opportunity, rather than a challenge. By submitting legislation that is far to the left of the mainstream, they can appease their base and place the blame on Republicans for not passing the bill.

10 votes

No Charges For Man Who Shot Police Chief During Warrantless Raid

“No-knock” and warrantless raids are responsible for more pain and suffering to innocents than I care to count. Typically these raids, undertaken in the early hours of the morning, can vary so widely as to their cause that it’s shocking. One would presume that only for the most detestable of criminals, with ample pasts filled with violence, would law enforcement turn to this dangerous tactic.

However, that isn’t the case.

18 votes

The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"

Having noted that voter angst has been riled, propagandized, and fear-mongered to the point at which the most pressing priority for Congress is to 'fix' terrorism, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that we discover - deep down in the archives - that giving the public someone to 'hate' as opposed to something may have been an entire fiction.

Continue:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-20/us-militarys-stunni...

7 votes

Using Gun Rights Haters Own Research Against Them

Using Gun Rights Haters Own Research Against Them

3 votes

Fat cats are our friends

A homeless cat named Masha has become a neighborhood hero after she kept warm a baby boy who was dropped off in an apartment building hallway amid frigid Russia temperatures.

The baby, estimated to be 2-3 months old, was left in Masha’s cardboard box, and the feline was only too happy to snuggle for several hours until daybreak when he began meowing loudly to alert neighbors in the city of Obninsk.

Read the rest of the story here.

2 votes

The site was down. SOMEDAY smog might turn to stars

I simply need this place. No lipstick on this pig.

0 votes

Middle class decline looms over final years of Obama presidency

By Howard Schneider
January 18, 2015

DALTON, Georgia (Reuters) - Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue.

The revival of middle-class jobs has been one of Obama's mantras since he took office in 2009 fighting the worst economic crisis in generations. It was a major theme of his last State of the Union address and is expected to feature in the one scheduled for Tuesday.

Administration officials said on Saturday the president would propose higher capital gains taxes, new fees on large financial firms, and other measures to raise $320 billion for programs and tax breaks aimed at the middle class.

6 votes

Rand Paul Doubles Down on Anti-ISIS Strikes

by Olivia Nuzzi & Tim Mak
The Daily Beast

The likely presidential candidate is doubling down on on his support for anti-ISIS air strikes, despite new evidence that they aren’t working.

LAS VEGAS — When the facts change, don’t expect Sen. Rand Paul to necessarily change his mind.

Despite the recent revelation that ISIS’s territorial control in Syria has ballooned since the start of U.S. air strikes, the purported skeptic of intervention is doubling down on the American bombing campaign there.

And he’s doing it with a flourish of campaign rhetoric, criticizing "a war Hillary [Clinton] was very interested and promoted in Syria" while simultaneously defending American air strikes in that war.

60 votes

Entire family of Gray State movie director DEAD

It is with great sadness I report to you that the entire family of Gray State movie architect & director has been "Michael Hastingsed" or "Aaron Swartzed" or "Breitbarted".

Gray State movie director and his entire family dead

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