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Friday July 31st, 2015
Feds Hand Out Funds To Be Used For 'Traffic Safety;' Local Agencies Buy License Plate Readers Instead posted 07/31/2015, 5:41 PM (Techdirt)
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The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) is supposed to be focused on one thing: safety. For crying out loud, it's right in the middle of its cumbersome name. But the federal funding it hands out to state and local governments is being used for surveillance devices with no discernible "safety" purpose: automatic license plate readers.
The NHTSA is funding license plate readers for highway safety purposes only, but it’s far from clear how law enforcement agencies are interpreting this and whether they are using the funding to buy license plate readers for non-safety uses. The NHTSA should not be funding police technology for surveillance purposes and it should not let law enforcement apply for funding to decrease traffic fatalities and then turn around and use those funds to track people not suspected of any crime.
This is how things are supposed to run versus how things actually run. This funding dodge is pretty much indiscernible from law enforcement agencies obtaining DHS/DoD grants for Stingrays and Bearcats to combat "terrorism," and then using the equipment to do banal, routine policework, like tracking down drug dealers.

So, in the name of "safety," local agencies are asking for federal funding, and then using the subsidization to deploy new surveillance tech. Standard operating procedure. And the companies manufacturing this equipment clearly recognize these exploitable funding opportunities and target prospective purchasers accordingly.
Private license plate reader manufacturers have further facilitated NHTSA granting funds for lice... (more)

Thursday July 30th, 2015

University of New Hampshire: Using the Word "American" is Offensive posted 07/30/2015, 4:12 PM (Infowars)
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Using the words “American,” “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens,” is offensive and should be discouraged, according to a “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website.

The guide, first uncovered by Campus Reform, “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.”

The word “American” is “problematic” accordin
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Wednesday July 29th, 2015

Sweden's Largest Streaming Site Will Close After Raid posted 07/29/2015, 4:07 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Sweden's most visited pirate streaming site will close this week, forever. The administrator of the site, whose identity is now public, has revealed that police carried out a raid against him earlier this month and detained him for almost four days. This Friday, five years of pirate activity will come to an end.... (more)

Tuesday July 28th, 2015

3-Year-Old London Child Deemed 'Extremist' and Placed in Government Reeducation Program posted 07/28/2015, 4:36 PM (Liberty Blitzkrieg)
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The United Kingdom has gone batshit crazy. There’s simply no other way to put it. I warned about Britain’s “war on toddler terrorists” earlier this year in the post: The War on Toddler Te... (more)

Saturday July 25th, 2015

Farmer May Face Federal Prison After Accidentally Killing Bald Eagles With Contaminated Meat posted 07/25/2015, 11:21 PM (The Buffalo News)
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A Niagara County produce farmer faces up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine for inadvertently killing three juvenile bald eagles on his farm, federal authorities reported Friday.

Kirk Canfield, 54, of Wilson, admitted to violating the federal Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act when he mixed an insecticide – Golden Malrin fly bait – in a pile of meat last August in an attempt to kill coyotes on his farm, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

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Friday July 24th, 2015

The US War on Your Passport posted 07/24/2015, 4:56 PM (Daniel McAdams)
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Just the other day we wrote about a US House "suspension" bill that would give the Secretary of State the authority to cancel your passport if he decided that you had "aided" an organization that he rules is terrorist. There is no definition of what "aided" means, no chance to dispute the Secretary's decision, no trial or presentation of evidence, and in fact any evidence th... (more)

Chilling Effects: UK Police Admit To Investigating Journalists For Covering Snowden Leaks posted 07/24/2015, 4:56 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Remember back when UK law enforcement detained David Miranda while he passing through Heathrow airport for nine hours, under an anti-terrorism law, claiming that journalism could be ... (more)

California Appeal Court Backs Stop Sign Cameras posted 07/24/2015, 4:50 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Although the California legislature has not explicitly sanctioned the use of stop sign cameras, the state Court of Appeal gave the automated ticketing systems a green light on Friday. A three-judge panel turned aside a legal challenge to the Mountains Recreation and Conservancy Authority (MRCA), which set up the cameras without following any of the state laws governing the use of red light cameras. ... (more)

Thursday July 23rd, 2015

MTV Ramps Up Race-Baiting With New Video Targeting White posted 07/23/2015, 3:45 PM (Infowars)
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MTV is continuing its crusade to mainstream tumblr/social justice warrior insanity with a new video that targets white people for “racial microaggressions” directed against people of color – awful things such as… saying you like black culture.

These so-called “racial microaggressions,” which are also being circulated at major Universities throughout the country, include the
... (more)
'MTV is at death’s door': Audience down 25 percent in first half of year...

Seattle's Nanny State is "Deputizing Trashmen as Secret Police" to Snoop Through Wastebins posted 07/23/2015, 3:45 PM (SHTFplan)
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Once society has set its course for total control, there is no bounds it will not cross in order to achieve it.

Obviously, governments have been willing to violate rights and unleash technology to spy upon the entire population.

But did you know they were also willing to dig through your trash and messy waste to uncover offenses, impose penalties and control social behavior?

This is exactly what's going on in Seattle, where the city is now using trash
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New Documents Show IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Audits posted 07/23/2015, 2:35 AM (Judicial Watch)
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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based ... (more)

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway--With Me in It posted 07/22/2015, 2:30 PM (WIRED)
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I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.

Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on
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Monday July 20th, 2015

VIDEO: Liberals Sign Petition to Support "White Privilege Tax" posted 07/20/2015, 3:50 PM (Infowars)
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As Barack Obama unveiled a new program to collect data on Americans by race in order to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites, Americans signed a petition to impose a “white privilege tax” on all Caucasians.

Mark Dice’s latest ‘man on the street’ stunt is perhaps his most outrageous yet, proving that leftists will advocate unbridled insanity so long as they are t
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The Spy in Your Pocket posted 07/20/2015, 3:50 PM (The Freeman)
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Does the government need a search warrant to know where you’ve been? Not if your cell phone provider knows. If you don’t like how that sounds, there may be ways to change it.

Take the case of Quartavious Davis, a Florida man convicted of robbing at gunpoint a pizzeria, a gas station, a drugstore, an auto parts store, a beauty salon, a fast food restaurant, and a jewelry store. The prosecution offered multiple lines of evidence, but there was one in particular that Davis’s lawyer
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Saturday July 18th, 2015

UK Wants 10 Year Prison Sentence For Online Pirates posted 07/18/2015, 5:51 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The UK Government has announced a new proposal to increase the maximum jail term for online piracy from two to ten years. According to the authorities longer prison sentences are needed to deter large-scale and commercial copyright infringement on the Internet.... (more)

Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Man Faces 6 Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on Twitter posted 07/15/2015, 3:01 PM (Infowars)
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A Canadian man faces 6 months in jail for disagreeing with feminists on Twitter, a case that one journalist warns “could have enormous fallout for free speech.”

54-year-old Greg Elliott could be charged with criminal harassment simply for expressing his opposition to a campaign by activists Steph Guthrie and Heather Reilly to publicly shame a young man in Northern Ontario.
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Canadians Outraged & 'Scared' After Man Wears Confederate Flag Shorts to Music Festival posted 07/15/2015, 3:01 PM (InformationLiberation)
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Seeing a man in confederate flag shorts attending the Bluesfest music festival in Ottawa earlier this week caused leftists in Canada to literally fear for their safety as they said it was the equivalent of seeing "someone wearing a swastika."

Despite the man having no affiliation whatsoever with the event nor it's organizers, perpetually outraged "victims" are demanding the Bluesfest outfit apologize for allowing the man entry despite his nazi-esque attire.

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University Says Photograph of Confederate Flag is Threatening posted 07/15/2015, 3:01 PM (Infowars)
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A photograph of a man holding a Confederate flag outside the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity at the University of Missouri poses a threat, according to a university chancellor.

"Especially considering recent events in South Carolina concerning the Confederate flag, this photo may be considered offensive and possibly even threatening to some of our community members," said Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in a statement. "MU officials do not condone any activities that could threaten the saf
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Family Threatened at Gunpoint for Waving Confederate Flag posted 07/15/2015, 3:01 PM (Infowars)
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A family was threatened at gunpoint for waving the Confederate flag on their own private property in another illustration of how controversy surrounding the flag is only driving more animosity.

The incident occurred on Monday night in Moseley, Virginia while the family was expressing their First Amendment right by waving the flag in their own driveway next to a busy highway. A man driving an SUV pulled into the driveway, took out his gun, chambered a round, pointed it at the fami
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Tuesday July 14th, 2015

Why Were Plans for a 2.5-Mile Anonymizing Wi-Fi Extender 'Proxyham' Killed? posted 07/14/2015, 1:42 PM (Motherboard)
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Two weeks ago, security researcher Benjamin Caudill unveiled a new cheap anonymizing device called Proxyham.

The device allowed its operator to connect to a Wi-Fi network up to 2.5 miles away, detaching the user from the IP address and giving him or her an extra layer of anonymization online. Caudill was expected to release the code for Proxyham, as we
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FBI Assists Overseas Pirate Movie Site Raids posted 07/14/2015, 1:42 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Romanian authorities and the FBI have reportedly coordinated to shut down three sites involved in the unauthorized distribution of movies and TV shows. Several men were detained and various domains were seized amid allegations of criminal copyright infringement, tax evasion and money laundering.... (more)

Thursday July 9th, 2015

New MTV Show Publicly Shames White People For "What They've Done in America" posted 07/09/2015, 11:11 AM (Infowars)
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MTV will air a show later this month entitled White People which shows young white Americans crying on camera over their “white privilege” and publicly shaming them for “what they've done in America”.

No, this is not a joke. The documentary is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and amnesty activist who has worked for the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
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New Zealand's Harmful Digital Communications Act: Harmful to Everyone Except Online Harassers posted 07/09/2015, 10:31 AM (
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Last week, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications (HDC) Act. The act was conceived over three years ago as an initiative to address online bullying among young New Zealanders. Since then, prompted by subsequent highly visible online scandals in the country, its scope widened dramatically. ... (more)

Wednesday July 8th, 2015

FBI & Homeland Security Now 0 For 41 In Predicting Imminent Terrorist Attacks On The US posted 07/08/2015, 10:23 AM (Techdirt)
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I don't have cable. I almost never watch TV. I never see cable news unless someone points me to a clip online. Yet apparently, with the extended holiday weekend this past weekend, cable news went absolutely bonkers with vague, unsubstantiated claims from government officials about how everyone should be on heightened alert for an attack from ISIS:
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FBI and Comey Find New Bogeyman for Anti-Encryption Arguments: ISIS posted 07/08/2015, 10:22 AM (The Intercept)
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After months of citing hypothetical crimes as a reason to give law enforcement a magical key to unlock encrypted digital messages, FBI Director James Comey has latched onto a new bogeyman: ISIS.... (more)

Tuesday July 7th, 2015

San Francisco City Attorney Bans P2P Parking Apps, Threatens Users with Fines, Asks Apple to Remove from Global App Store posted 07/07/2015, 10:48 AM (Activist Post)
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The MonkeyParking app will have to delay their hopes of solving the parking problem in the greater San Francisco area because of a cease-and-desist order issued by the city.

MonkeyParking is one of several apps banned by the city that help drivers locate and reserve parking spots faster. The apps allow current occupants of a parking space to get paid to notify nearby drivers of their soon-to-be vacancy.

The city, clearly envious that they couldn't figure out a way t
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Americans Clueless About George Orwell, 1984, and Term "Orwellian" posted 07/07/2015, 10:48 AM (Mark Dice)
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Americans are Clueless about George Orwell, 1984, the term "Orwellian," & Edward Snowden when asked by media analyst Mark Dice in San Diego, California.

Police Raid Programmer Who Reported Flaw In Argentinian E-Voting System posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (Ars Technica UK)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Local police have raided the home of an Argentinian programmer who reported a flaw in an e-voting system that was used this weekend for local elections in Buenos Aires. The police took away all of his devices that could store data. According to a report in the newspaper La Nación, Joaquín Sorianello had told the company MSA, which makes the e-voting system, about the problem after he discovered information on the protected Twitter account @FraudeVotar. This revealed that the SSL certifica... (more)

Oregon Is First State to Charge Drivers for Each Mile They Drive posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (CNS News)
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When he's not riding his bicycle, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, said he's driving a fuel-efficient hybrid, and that's a problem, because it means he's not paying his "fair share" for highway maintenance.

Blumenauer says that's why he signed up for OReGO, the nation's first program to charge drivers based on the number of miles they drive.
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'Yes Means Yes' Supporters Want Students Signing Sex Contracts posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (Reason)
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The University of Minnesota is adopting an affirmative consent policy that has most students convinced—wrongly—that their sex lives are about to become more straightforward.... (more)

Thursday July 2nd, 2015

NZ Parliament Passes 'Harmful Digital Communications Bill' Outlawing Online Nasties posted 07/02/2015, 7:09 AM (The Register)
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New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation.

The country last night passed a controversial bill, the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, in the hope of stemming “cyber-bullying”.

The bill creates a regime under which digital communications causing “serious emotional distress” are subject to an escalating regime that starts as “negotiation, mediation or persuasion” but reaches up to creating the offences of not c
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Wednesday July 1st, 2015

Teacher Fired for Stepping on U.S. Flag posted 07/01/2015, 8:38 AM (The Daily Beast)
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An Illinois teacher fired was fired for stepping on the American flag while teaching a lesson on free speech. Jordan Parmenter had been using the flag as a pointer during a lesson on the subject, and then stepped on it when a student complained to further illustrate his point. He was put on leave regarding the incident on May 15, and the Martinsville school board now voted 6-0 to fire him.

Read it at AP
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Tuesday June 30th, 2015

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech posted 06/30/2015, 7:18 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
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"If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it... Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them ... (more)

Newsday Editor: Carve Hate Speech Out Of First Amendment, Hold Websites Responsible If Users Post Hate Speech posted 06/30/2015, 7:17 AM (Techdirt)
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Remember back when newspapers were considered the leading defenders of the First Amendment and free speech? Apparently that's over. Newsday (the newspaper I grew up reading) has an editorial up by Anne Michaud (the publication's "interactive editor") in which she argues for a dismantling of the First Amendment when it comes to "hate speech." These kinds of arguments have ... (more)

Award-Winning Comedian: Politically Correct Left Has Killed Comedy posted 06/30/2015, 7:17 AM (Infowars)
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Bafta award-winning comedian Stephen Merchant argues that the authoritarian left has killed comedy, with satirists afraid to crack controversial jokes for fear of offending politically correct sensibilities.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Merchant, co-writer and co-director of the wildly popular British sitcom The Office, complained that perpetually of
... (more)

French Magazine Fined €10,000 For Encouraging Piracy posted 06/30/2015, 7:15 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The music industry has won a landmark ruling in France where a local magazine was fined €10,000 for showing readers how and where pirated films and music can be downloaded. The ruling is the first of its kind and serves as a warning to other publications that write about online piracy.... (more)

Friday June 26th, 2015

South Carolina Massacre Results In Apple Going Flag-Stupid In The App Store posted 06/26/2015, 5:14 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's been mere days since Dylann Roof forced his name into our lives by walking into an historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, praying with several black members of the church, and then brutally shooting most of them to death. As you can imagine, whenever a tragedy such as this occurs, the country enters into a rare moment of somber seriousness, finally choosing to discuss difficult topics that we've been otherwise avoiding and coming together united to build a better li... (more)

Piracy Concerns May Soon Kill Domain Name Privacy posted 06/26/2015, 5:09 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Several organizations including domain name registrar Namecheap are asking the public to protest a new ICANN proposal that will ban private domain name registrations. The proposal was heavily lobbied for by various copyright holder groups, who want to make it easier to expose pirate site operators.... (more)

Thursday June 25th, 2015

Authorities Can't Find Anything To Charge Alleged 'Extremist' With But Still Insist On 24-Hour Monitoring, Computer Restrictions posted 06/25/2015, 3:52 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Canada's civil liberties-trampling anti-terrorism law (C-51) only recently passed, but authorities have been nothing if not proactive in combating the threat posed by radicalized citizens. Co-... (more)

ICANN's War On Whois Privacy posted 06/25/2015, 3:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
If you follow internet governance issues at all, you know that ICANN is a total freaking mess. It's a dysfunctional organization that has always been dysfunctional, but remains in charge because of the lack of any reasonable alternatives. ICANN frequently seems to be driven by powerful interests that are just focused on squeezing as much money as possible out of the domain system, and appears to have little appetite for being what it should be: an independent body protecting the core of t... (more)

NSA Spied On French Presidents: WikiLeaks posted 06/25/2015, 3:50 AM (Reuters)
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The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.... (more)

Tech Company Finds Stolen Government Log-Ins All Over Web posted 06/25/2015, 3:50 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A CIA-backed technology company has found logins and passwords for 47 government agencies strewn across the Web - available for hackers, spies and thieves.... (more)
These are the same people who clamor for more power in the name of "cyber security."

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Australia Passes Its Own SOPA, Ignores All Concerns About It posted 06/24/2015, 12:28 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As was widely expected after getting the greenlight to move forward with the bill, the Australian palirament has now approved its version of SOPA, allowing courts to issue censorship orders to block entire foreign websites outright, with no real recourse... (more)

California Professors Instructed Not to Say 'America is the Land of Opportunity' posted 06/24/2015, 12:27 AM (The College Fix)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
That’s one of several phrases deemed a ‘microaggression’ at faculty leader training sessions initiated by University of California President Janet Napolitano.

“America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say.

These so-called microaggressions
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Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks posted 06/24/2015, 12:27 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligenc
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LA School District Wants to Destroy the World’s Greatest Teacher Over Harmless Joke posted 06/24/2015, 12:27 AM (Reason)
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Why was Rafe Esquith--a celebrated Los Angeles teacher with numerous achievements--suspended from class and forced to cancel his annual Shakespeare production? I previously reported that his alleged infraction was reading a colorful passage from Mark Twain, but according to new details in this Washington Post story, it's actually a harmless, wholly inoffensive joke that got him in trouble.

... (more)

Monday June 22nd, 2015

Confirmed: DOJ Obtained Gag Order To Keep Reason From Informing Affected Commenters Or Discussing Subpoena posted 06/22/2015, 5:03 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A DOJ subpoena leaked to Ken "Popehat" White showed the government was more than willing to stomp all over free speech to "protect" unthreatened federal ... (more)

Friday June 19th, 2015

Evidence Suggests DOJ Got A Gag Order Silencing Reason Over Its Bogus Subpoena posted 06/19/2015, 4:47 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A week and a half ago, we wrote about a story from Ken "Popehat" White revealing a highly questionable subpoena from the DOJ sent to the Libertarian website, concerning some silly comments made by users there. The comments were talking about killing the judge who was presiding over the Ross Ulbricht/Silk Road trial, but were th... (more)

Thursday June 18th, 2015

Australian Lawmakers Rush Through Copyright Censorship Bill That Won't Work, And Will Do Harm posted 06/18/2015, 4:29 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Scarcely a week after the release of a legislative committee report on Australia's copyright censorship bill, the bill is gathering speed on its roll through Parliament. Although reports that the law has already passed are premature-... (more)

Tuesday June 16th, 2015

News Corp. Sends DMCA Notice Over Glenn Greenwald Trashing The Sunday Times' Ridiculous Snowden Story posted 06/16/2015, 2:21 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We already wrote this morning about the ridiculous claims by The Sunday Times that Snowden's documents had been either given to the Russians and Chinese or that they had cracked the encryption to get them -- and that, because of this, the UK had to move intelligence "agents" out of Moscow for their safety. We pointed to numerous problems with the ar... (more)

Monday June 15th, 2015

Virginia Teenager Charged With Providing 'Material Support' For ISIS Through Tweets, Blog Posts About Privacy And Bitcoin posted 06/15/2015, 1:16 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Wherein the Justice Department declares instructions on how to use Bitcoin to be "material support for terrorism."
Ali Shukri Amin, 17, admitted Thursday that he was behind the the now-suspended Twitter account @Amreekiwitness, which at one point had over 4,000 followers. Through it, according to a Department of Justice statement on Amin, he provided instructions on how to use the ... (more)

Friday June 12th, 2015

Australian States Consider Internet Ban For "Potential Jihadists" posted 06/12/2015, 11:59 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Police in two Australian states are considering a radical move to combat terrorism online: identifying "potential jihadists" and subjecting them to stringent measures that include restricting their movements, establishing curfews, and banning them from using the Internet entirely.

The measures, proposed by Victoria Police, are a troubling and deeply flawed attempt at addressing the problem of radicalization. Under the proposal, counterterrorism officers would be able to apply
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Thursday June 11th, 2015

Man Receives Sex Act While Blacked Out, Gets Accused Of Sexual Assault posted 06/11/2015, 11:38 AM (Washington Examiner)
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An Amherst College student blacked out, accompanied a fellow student back to her dorm room after drinking in February 2012. While he was blacked out, she performed oral sex on him.

Nearly two years later, she would accuse him of sexual assault. And under Amherst's guilty-until-proven-innocent (and even then, as we'll see, still guilty) hearing standards, the accused student was expelled.

The accused student — using the pseudonym John Doe — is suing the university fo
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Aussie 'Pirate' Site-Blocking Bill Given the Green Light posted 06/11/2015, 11:38 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Australian parliamentary committee investigating the government's 'pirate' site-blocking Bill has given the legislation the green light. In a report published this morning the committee recommends that following several amendments the Bill should be passed. As a result, sites such as The Pirate Bay will soon by off-limits to Aussie subscribers.... (more)

Tuesday June 9th, 2015

Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters on a Silk Road Post at posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (Popehat)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The United States Department of Justice is using federal grand jury subpoenas to identify anonymous commenters engaged in typical internet bluster and hyperbole in connection with the Silk Road prosecution. DOJ is targeting, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery.... (more)

Scott A. Horstemeyer Abandons Defamation Case Against EFF posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Earlier this week, we announced that an Atlanta-based patent attorney, Scott A. Horstemeyer, had sued EFF for defamation. Horstemeyer alleged that he was defamed by the April Stupid Patent of the Month blog post. We explained that there were no false facts in the post to retract or correct, and the opinions we expressed are founded on the undisputed facts and... (more)

Monday June 8th, 2015

You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History posted 06/08/2015, 7:51 AM (The Nation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Khairullozhon Matanov is a 24-year-old former cab driver from Quincy, Massachusetts. The night of the Boston Marathon bombings, he ate dinner with Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev at a kebob restaurant in Somerville. Four days later Matanov saw photographs of his friends listed as suspects in the bombings on the CNN and FBI websites. Later that day he went to the local police. He told them that he knew the Tsarnaev brothers and that they’d had dinner together that week, but he lied about whose ide... (more)

It Begins! Montana Man Being Prosecuted for 'Hate Speech' and Holocaust Denial posted 06/08/2015, 7:50 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Via Volokh Conspiracy, a disturbing criminal case out of Montana, where Flathead County resident David Lenio, 28, is being prosecuted for making disparaging remarks about Jews on Twitter and denying that the Holocaust happened. ... (more)

Friday June 5th, 2015

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying posted 06/05/2015, 8:17 AM (ProPublica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents.

In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abr
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Americans Think 'USA Freedom Act' Gives Them Freedom posted 06/05/2015, 8:14 AM (RT)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

For In The NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident hits Times Square to ask people whether or not they know about The Patriot Act turning into the USA Freedom Act and what the ramifications might be. Most haven't heard of the acts, but none of them trust the government anyway.

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