15 votes

Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.

7 votes

Guantanamo Diary Podcast

Still imprisoned without any official charges, in 2005 Slahi began writing a diary of his time in Guantanamo. After 2,500 US government redactions his diary was finally published although he remains imprisoned.

Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go.
Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody, "his endless world tour" of imprisonment and interrogation, and his daily life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir---terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, Guantanamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance and a riveting and profoundly revealing read.

In an attempt to help get his story out there has been a podcast series of actors, authors, and artists reading excerpts from the diary.

WARNING: SOME OF THESE ARE VERY GRAPHIC

12 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

Superbowl 49: I'm a 12 until the Seahawks win on Sunday

I'm not going to make waves, I'm not going to rock the boat. Right now we need unity before the victory. And hold the flack about how the NFL is for sheep. Yeah, I've heard it, I get it. But right now, I just moved back to Seattle, and with all condolences and apologies to Chris Yerteamblewtheleadski, being in Seattle right now is fun. I mean interesting. Exciting, different.

21 votes

Let's talk about Vaccines. Who feels strongly about this?

Hey guys,

I would probably agree with at least 90% of you 90% of the time on political topics. That is my guess anyway. Something that I have been confused on though is vaccines. It is pretty easy to be suspicious of a fluid that the government wants me to inject into my small children but my wife doesn't understand it.

My wife sees vaccines this way.

"The creation of vaccines has...

A. Killed millions
B. Made children autistic
C. Mind controlled the population
D. Been a globalist plot to summon in aliens to kill us all

4 votes

Daddy issues: Are Ron Paul’s hard-core stands a problem for son’s presidential bid?

While Rand seeks donors, his father talks secession

By David A. Fahrenthold | The Washington Post
January 25, 2015

HOUSTON — Rand Paul wants to lead the United States. On Saturday in Texas, his father was speaking at a conference about how to leave it.

“A lot of times people think secession, they paint it as an absolute negative,” said former representative Ron Paul (R-Tex.). After all, Paul said, the American Revolution was a kind of secession. “You mean we should have been obedient to the king forever? So it’s all in the way you look at it.”

This weekend was a crucial one for Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky and un­declared candidate for the presidency. He was in California, trying to line up donors at an opulent retreat organized by the billionaire Koch brothers.

At the same time, his father — retired after 12 terms in Congress and three presidential runs — was in the ballroom of an airport hotel here, the final speaker at “a one-day seminar in breaking away from the central state.” He followed a series of speakers who said that the U.S. economy and political establishment were tottering and that the best response might be for states, counties or even individuals to break away.

“The America we thought we knew, ladies and gentlemen, is a mirage. It’s a memory. It’s a foreign country,” Jeff Deist, Ron Paul’s former press secretary and chief of staff, told the group. “And that’s precisely why we should take secession seriously.”

17 votes

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.

"This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.

4 votes

Elizabeth Warren to be Top Democrat on Senate Panel on Economic Policy

By Eric Garcia | MarketWatch
January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren will have a new leadership role that will give her oversight of federal regulators she often likes to chide — notably the Federal Reserve.

Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, will be the ranking member for the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Policy, which has oversight of the Federal Reserve and the Office of Financial Research, which was created under the Dodd-Frank and offers analysis of the financial system.

Warren has frequently criticized regulators for what she sees as their leniency toward banks. She led an ultimately unsuccessful fight earlier this year against a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank law.

24 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.

8 votes

The Entire Universe, It Was Built on Love

What is liberty without love?
Give a soul-hug to your enemy
Awaken he becomes your friend

The entire Universe
It was built on Love

There are not enough words
Within all human tongues
To paint its truths

The entire Universe
It was build on Love

Wars never build our cities
Evil warfare never builds

The entire Universe
It was built on Love

13 votes

Man may be jailed for not paying child support for son who isn't his (video)

A Michigan man could go to jail for failing to pay child support. But the child he's accused of not paying for isn't even his.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/man-may-jailed-not-paying-203459...

6 votes

Is ISIS an imminent threat? Part 2

Is ISIS an imminent threat? Part 2

http://youtu.be/kxHVil83R9s

28 votes

Imagine an Occupied America

by Rep. Ron Paul | March 10, 2009

Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of "keeping us safe" or "promoting democracy" or "protecting their strategic interests."

Imagine that they operated outside of U.S. law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up checkpoints on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers' attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, 10 more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.

21 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.

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