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Tuesday September 1st, 2015
American Teen Gets 11 Year Sentence For Pro-ISIS Tweets That Taught People How To Use Bitcoin posted 09/01/2015, 11:55 AM (Techdirt)
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Earlier this summer, the DOJ proudly announced that a Virginia teenager, Ali Shukri Amin, had taken a plea deal for "providing material support to ISIL" (the terrorist organization that everyone outside of the US government calls ISIS). This is back in the news now that Amin has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Let's get this out of the way: ISIS is clearly a horrific and dangerous organization. But does what Amin did really deserve 11 years in prison? The details of the case against him also seem to raise some serious First Amendment questions about what counts as "material support."

First: the one area where Amin's actions do seem fairly questionable are when he helped another Virginia teen travel to Syria, apparently to join ISIS. That part definitely seems like it stepped over the legal line. But, the rest of the charges against him seem... like a teenager using Twitter and other social media to discuss stuff he's interested in. Amin ran a Twitter account called @AmreekiWitness, which had about 4,000 followers. He tweeted pro-ISIS propaganda, but that still seems to be a form of protected speech, last I checked. And, his big "crime" appears to be linking to an article about why ISIS supporters should use Bitcoin.
The following are examples of the defendant's use of Twitter in furtherance of his conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL:
On or about July 7, 2014, using the @AmreekiWitness account, the defendant tweeted a link to an article he authored entitled "Bitcoin wa' Sadaqat al-Jihad" (Bitcoin and the Charity of Jihad). The link transferred the user to the defendant's blog, where the article was posted. The article discussed how to use bitcoins and h... (more)

Here's How Law Enforcement Agencies Impersonate Your Friends posted 09/01/2015, 11:55 AM (
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We recently received a handbook from the DEA, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, seeking information about the use of impersonation as an investigative technique. While the 1999 handbook, titled Online Investigative Principles for Federal Law Enforcement Agents, was almost identical to a version of the handbook that is available online, there is one notable difference: the version that the DEA sent us includes a copy of the DEA's Consent to Assume Online Identity: Adult Consen... (more)

Monday August 31st, 2015

Austrian Economics Is Now Equivalent To Terrorism Thanks To Latest Islamic State "Gold Standard" Propaganda Clip posted 08/31/2015, 11:13 AM (ZeroHedge)
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What better way to mute demands for a return to sound money and the gold standard, than by making them equivalent to jihadist terrorism? Why, there are none, which is why some were thoroughly amused to see that yesterday the Islamic State's so called media center, the al Hayat, released a video whose production qualities are nothing short of Hollywood (or San Fernando valley at worst), in which the latest and greatest "jihadist terrorist group" that was a byproduct of US intervention in the Midd... (more)

Windows 10 Automatically Sends Parents Detailed Dossier of Their Children's Internet History and Computer Use posted 08/31/2015, 11:10 AM (The Independent)
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Windows 10 sends a weekly “activity update” on childrens’ internet browsing and computer history to parents, by default and without telling anyone. The feature could be dangerous as well as embarrassing, users have pointed out, allowing parents to watch everything their children do on the computer.

The operating system sends a weekly note that includes a list of websites children have visited, how many hours per day they have spent on the computer, and for how long they have used
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Saturday August 29th, 2015

FDA Says Tobacco Manufacturers Can No Longer Call Additive-Free & Natural Cigarettes Additive-Free & Natural posted 08/29/2015, 11:54 AM (InformationLiberation)
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In their ongoing quest to justify their existence, bureaucrats at the FDA have decreed three makers of cigarettes which are additive-free and natural can no longer call them additive-free and natural, because it may give consumers the impression the cigarettes "present a lower risk" of tobacco related illness.

From the FDA:
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to three tobacco manufacturers — ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe... (more)

Appeals Court Strikes Down Ruling Finding NSA Phone Records Collection Unconstitutional posted 08/29/2015, 11:54 AM (Techdirt)
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Back in December of 2013, judge Richard Leon of the DC district court, ruled that the NSA's bulk metadata collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act was unconstitutional and issued an injunction against it (though, recognizing the inevitable appeal, Judge Leon stayed the injunction). This was in the case brought by Larry Klayman and FreedomWor... (more)

Friday August 28th, 2015

City of San Jose Looking To Attach Automatic License Plate Readers To Garbage Trucks posted 08/28/2015, 12:15 PM (Techdirt)
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Because automatic license plate readers just aren't efficient enough -- what with their ability to capture hundreds, if not thousands, of plate scans per hour -- San Jose's city government is looking to deputize other businesses and their vehicles in its quest to achieve 100% coverage of the city.
M... (more)

Thursday August 27th, 2015

Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games And 'Unauthorized' Hardware posted 08/27/2015, 11:54 AM (Techdirt)
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While Windows 8 annoyed many users for its attempt to duct-tape two disparate computing styles (traditional Windows and a touch interface) together while demanding you stand impressed by the genius of such a move, Windows 10 initially appeared to be seeing some positive responses (at least among those who use Windows). That was, at least until people started to realize how nosy the operating system is, how frequently it feels the need to phone home to Redmond, and some of the more obnoxious lang... (more)

Monday August 24th, 2015

Nebraska Teachers Sign Pledge Promising To Propagandize Students posted 08/24/2015, 10:02 AM (The Anti-Media)
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Hastings School District in Nebraska recently caught the attention of the ACLU by forcing teachers to sign a pledge promising to propagandize children with nationalistic propaganda.

The pledge demanded that teachers mold students to have "love and devotion" for the U.S. government, giving a glimpse into the true motive of government education.

The issue was quickly noticed by the ACLU, which deemed the policy unconstitutional and demanded the school district stop fo
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Friday August 21st, 2015

Singer Morrissey: TSA Worker 'Put His Finger Down My Rear Cleavage' posted 08/21/2015, 10:20 AM (TheHill)
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British singer Morrissey said in an interview published on Wednesday that a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer "put his finger down my rear cleavage" during a recent trip from the San Francisco International Airport.

Morrissey has accused the San Francisco TSA worker, who he has not named, of sexual assault after an incident he des
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Thursday August 20th, 2015

Wisconsin High School To Randomly Drug Test Students posted 08/20/2015, 10:13 AM (Infowars)
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A Wisconsin high school district has been caught up in controversy over a new policy to randomly drug test students, much like a prison would inmates.

The Crivitz school district will usher in the new policy in the fall, claiming that it is to “protect” students.

"We have a growing drug problem in Marinette County and in talking with the police force and talking with school administrators and other conference athletic directors, I just felt that as a school we coul
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Rightscorp's DMCA Subpoena Effort Crashes and Burns posted 08/20/2015, 10:09 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Rightscorp's efforts to unmask file-sharers using the DMCA has crashed and burned. After a federal judge ruled in favor of ISP Birch Communications and quashed the anti-piracy firm's subpoena, Rightscorp appealed the decision. Now the company has backed down, handing the ISP and privacy a big win.... (more)

Wednesday August 19th, 2015

Police Arrest Men For Spreading Popcorn Time Information posted 08/19/2015, 11:06 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Police in Denmark have arrested the alleged operators of two Popcorn Time guide websites. The domains of both operations have also been seized by the authorities. The case is controversial in that both sites were Popcorn Time information resources and neither linked to copyright-infringing material.... (more)

Tuesday August 18th, 2015

Chicago, Los Angeles Police Departments Have Been Using 'Stingrays On Steroids' For Over A Decade posted 08/18/2015, 8:45 AM (Techdirt)
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More evidence has surfaced showing local law enforcement agencies are using high-powered surveillance equipment -- equipment originally designed for the military and highly-recommended by the NSA. Ali Winston and the Center for Investigative Reporting have obtained documents showing both Chicago and Los Angeles have used "dirt boxes" (D... (more)

Monday August 17th, 2015

Study Shows More Americans Than Ever Support Banning Books posted 08/17/2015, 7:50 AM (The Free Thought Project)
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Although the tyrants in government are the ones who enforce the insane laws that are thrust upon the general population, the masses who loudly support the oppression are the ones who are responsible for its continuation. As a recent study revealed, the average American is more tyrannical than ever.
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Saturday August 15th, 2015

AT&T Helped N.S.A. Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic posted 08/15/2015, 12:56 PM (New York Times)
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The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as
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Tuesday August 11th, 2015

EU Printing Comics Full Of Pro-EU Propaganda For Children posted 08/11/2015, 7:01 AM (RT)
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EU has launched cartoons for children promoting its policy in funding, health care and free movement. The cartoons are to improve the EU image in kids eyes.

Top Chinese TV Presenter to Face 'Severe Punishment' for Mao Insult posted 08/11/2015, 7:01 AM (The Guardian)
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“Don’t mention that old son of a bitch – he tormented us!”

Those “disparaging” remarks represented “a serious violation of political disciplines”, China’s media watchdog announced on Sunday. It called for CCTV, which had already suspended its star presenter, to impose a “severe punishment”.
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Monday August 10th, 2015

Comcast Sends Spongebob 'Pirate' 44 Letters For One Download posted 08/10/2015, 7:34 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A Comcast subscriber was bombarded with 44 copyright infringement notices after his brother downloaded a Spongebob torrent. The notices, which were mailed to the subscriber's house in individual envelopes, warn of a possible account termination but are thus far without consequence.

Like many large Internet providers in the United States, Comcast forwards DMCA notices to subscribers who have allegedly downloaded pirated material.

These copyright infringement warning
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Sunday August 9th, 2015

Judge Orders Man to Either Marry or Go to Jail, Forces Him to Write Bible Verses as Probation Requirement posted 08/09/2015, 6:51 AM (The Free Thought Project)
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Smith County, Tx — A Texas man, Josten Bundy, 21, was given an absolutely ludicrous ultimatum by a judge after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for punching his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend.

The charges stem from an incident in which Bundy had gotten into a physical altercation after the ex allegedly made disparaging remarks about the woman, Elizabeth Jaynes.

The Smith County Judge, Randall Rogers, gave Bundy the choice to either accept 15 days in jail or two ye
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Resident Calls 911 Over Man Walking ‘Very Deliberately’ With Confederate Flag posted 08/09/2015, 6:51 AM (Infowars)
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Opponents of the Confederate flag will do anything to trample on the rights of supporters of the battle banner.

A “concerned” resident called police on a man walking “very deliberately” down an Arlington, Virginia sidewalk with a hybrid Confederate flag over his shoulder.

The flag had the Gadsden “Don’t Tread On Me” snake in the middle.
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Thursday August 6th, 2015

TPP Leaks Shows US Stands Firm That Companies Should Be Free To Abuse Patents & Copyrights posted 08/06/2015, 6:34 AM (Techdirt)
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Last week, as you might have heard, negotiators on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement gathered in Maui to try to finalize the agreement. Many believed that negotiators would more or less finish things up in that meeting. Earlier reports had suggested that everyone was "weeks away" from finishing, and many had said that the only thing holding back a final agreement was fast track authority (officially "trade promotion authority") from the US government to make sure that the USTR could ... (more)

Tuesday August 4th, 2015

Copyright Troll Asks Court to Ban the Term 'Copyright Troll' posted 08/04/2015, 7:16 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Adult movie studio Malibu Media has asked the Indiana federal court to ban negative terms during an upcoming trial against an alleged BitTorrent pirate. According to the copyright troll, descriptions such as "copyright troll," "pornographer" and "porn purveyor" could influence the jury.... (more)

Monday August 3rd, 2015

David Cameron Wants To Shut Down Porn Sites Because Kids Are Clever Enough To Defeat Age Restrictions posted 08/03/2015, 8:08 AM (Techdirt)
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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been using "porn" moral panics as a wedge issue to ramp up censorship and control over the internet in the UK. He's been pushing aspects of it for years, including demands for the impossible: filters that block "bad content" but allow "good content." Yes, it does seem bizarre that someone in as powerful a position as Dav... (more)

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 reader... (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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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.

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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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
"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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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
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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)

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