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Archived News Wednesday January 1st, 2014
Drug Court Judge Allegedly Drunk During Proceedings; Goes To Rehab Instead Of Jail posted 01/01/2014, 3:40 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
BROWARD COUNTY, FL — A Florida judge presiding over misdemeanor drug cases reportedly showed up to work intoxicated and had to be removed from court. In a palpable irony, even a person who has dedicated her career toward meddling in other people’s lives and using the force of government against them is herself incapable of keeping herself sober at work. The judge faces no legal consequences and instead of being carted off to jail like so many of the recreational drug users she has dealt with, she will voluntarily put herself in rehab.

Judge Gisele Pollack, who founded Boward County’s misdemeanor drug court in 2005, was seen verbally assaulting her judicial assistant and yelling for her car keys to be returned before another judge intervened, according to an unidentified source.

The tirade followed Pollack’s abrupt dismissal of the day’s session after only serving an hour and a half on the bench, during which time she began slurring her words while addressing defendants.

One can only speculate how many cases Pollack, an admitted alcoholic, may have presided over while under the influence. She says she will address what she calls “health issues” during an intensive two week outpatient program before returning to the bench.

Not everyone in the legal community feels that’s quite an adequate remedy.

“Could you imagine doing a night in jail because a judge couldn’t understand or appreciate your argument?” said attorney Steven Schaet. “If she’s adversely affected someone’s life, she shouldn’t be on the bench.”

There are thus far no indications Pollack will face official disciplinary action. She has, however, checked herself into rehab.

Pollack’s court provides misdemeanor drug offenders opportunities to have their charges dismissed and their records wiped clean if they complete six months of rehabilitative treatment. Offenders who relapse face tougher consequences.
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Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014? posted 01/01/2014, 3:40 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1

In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities. Similarly, as I illustrate in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we in the emerging American police state fi
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Pittsburgh Woman Loses Arm After Alleged Police Brutality And Jail Neglect posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (The Raw Story)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A Pennsylvania woman lost an arm due to injuries she claims were inflicted on her by sheriff’s deputies and ignored by jail staff. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Amy J. Needham, 35, filed suit in Allegheny County Court on Monday after events in April of this year left her arm amputated above the elbow.

Needham was arrested on a warrant in April because she failed to appear at a preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He
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Washington Post Columnist Says 'Complainers' Will Be At Fault For Next Terrorist Attack posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When last we wrote about Washington Post columnist and knee-jerk defender of the surveillance state, Walter Pincus, he was writing bizarre, factually incorrect claims about Glenn Greenwald (claiming Greenwald was associated with Wikileaks when he was not). When this massive error (on which Pincus based his entire c... (more)

Report: Cop Pepper-Sprays 13-Year-Old Boy posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

A Pennsylvania State Trooper is now on unpaid leave after being charged with pepper spraying his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son.

Police say that Trooper Ernest Boatright, 48, fired pepper spray at the boy without warning after he found him asleep in his bed rather than at school, posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Apple, the company giant behind the iconic iPhone, declared on Monday that is has never assisted the NSA in its efforts to create "back doors" to its signature mobile phone or any of its other products.

The declaration by the computer giant comes in response to revelations made public by the German newspaper Der Spiegel in recent days, based on internal documents provided by Edward Snowden, which revealed secret units within the NSA that have created and reportedly installed sophi
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2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down, the 21st century was a science fiction concept associated with Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, "20... (more)

Another Attack on Libertarianism posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary], a liberal (i.e., progressive) website, has published another of its periodic attacks on libertarianism, this time an article entitled "What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way?" by R.J. Eskow.

Two things struck me about Eskow's arti
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Legal Marijuana No Simple Matter for Colorado Retailers posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (
[Category: Economy]
Starting January 1, any person in Colorado over the age of 21 can walk into a retail marijuana facility and purchase marijuana with just a show of ID. While the process should be simple for those who choose to imbibe legally, things have not been so simple for the dispensary owners who have made the choice to sell retail marijuana. Luke Ramirez is one of these owners. His store, Walking Raven, sits on one of Denver’s busiest streets.

For Ramirez, planning for retail marijuana sale
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Outrage at JFK as Customs men smash a musician's instruments posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Arts Journal)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to base over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked to see his instruments. [...] At JFK, the officials removed and smashed each and every one of his instruments. No reason was given.

33 cops killed by gunfire in 2013, the lowest number since 1887 posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Los Angeles Times)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
According to a preliminary report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund released Monday, 111 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2013, the lowest number since 1959.

[...]But the number of justified homicides by police officers has increased over time, according to the latest available statistics from the FBI, which do not include 2013.

Officers killed 414 people in the line of duty in 2009; 397 in 2010; 404 in 2011; and 410 in 2012.
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Court Says Border Searches Of Your Computer Are Okay Because You Shouldn't Keep Important Info On Your Computer posted 01/01/2014, 3:38 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
This one is hardly a surprise, given how many (though not all) courts have ruled concerning searches of computing devices at the border. The government's general theory ... (more)

Scary Site Blocking Announcement Threatens 750,000+ Sites posted 01/01/2014, 3:38 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Scary noises coming out of the Russian telecoms regulator responsible for the blocking of file-sharing and other ‘banned’ content suggest that it will target a number of foreign ISPs with total censorship if they fail to take down unfavorable content. In addition to European file-sharing friendly hosts and DDoS protection companies, US-based CloudFlare – a company servicing at least 750,000 sites – is also on the blacklist.

The Complete List of Everything Banned by Mayor Michael Bloomberg posted 01/01/2014, 3:38 AM (Gizmodo)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Michael Bloomberg leaves office tomorrow after 12 years as New York City's mayor. No mayor in recent memory has added so much to a city. Or taken so much away. To remember him properly, here's a list of everything Bloomberg banned during his time in office.

Over Half a Million Gardasil Vaccines Recalled Due To Glass Particle Contamination posted 01/01/2014, 3:37 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Brave New World]
In a report that unsurprisingly received little publicity, pharmaceutical giant Merck recalled some 743,000 vaccines earlier this month due to some being contaminated with glass particles.

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