Federal Court Ruling Supports NSA’s Phone Data Collection

Federal Court Ruling Supports NSA’s Phone Data Collection

Federal Court Ruling Supports NSA’s Phone Data Collection

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The court reversed a ruling that found the NSA program unconstitutional (time) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the bulk collection of phone data on millions of Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that said the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches. But the impact of the ruling is uncertain, now that Congress has passed legislation designed to replace the program over the next few months. The court sent the case back for a judge to determine what further details about the program the government must provide. The uproar over the surveillance program began in 2013 when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details to news organizations.    ...
Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes to one a week.

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes to one a week.

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes to one a week.

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  After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County employees may soon be driving dirtier cars. On Thursday, Supervisor Don Knabe called for a once-monthly limit that could affect all county departments. Officials also limited the Board of Supervisors to once-weekly car washings, effective immediately. Depending on how many vehicles are affected, this could amount to some serious water savings. The largest local government in the nation, Los Angeles County has roughly 12,500 vehicles. Some departments had no limits on the frequency of their washes before Wednesday evening, despite the state’s prolonged drought. Service records obtained by this news organization revealed that most of the county supervisors washed their take-home SUVs and sedans two or three times a week and actually increased their frequency after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent cut of urban water use in April. They used tap water too, instead of recirculated water. The story, which was posted online Tuesday evening, went viral. Major news wires picked it up, as did the Drudge Report and other news websites. Readers from across the country wrote the supervisors criticizing their water use during the state’s crippling four-year drought. • AUDIO: Reporter Mike Reicher talks about the supervisors’ car-wash controversy on KABC-AM with Doug McIntyre “I can’t believe that my family is working so hard to cut back on water usage, while Mark Ridley-Thomas, Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe act like we have unlimited water,” Hawthorne resident Deb Robertson wrote to the supervisors. “We turn off the water in the shower while lathering up, keep a bucket there to capture the cold water while it is warming up and use it to water the plants.” On Wednesday, the county changed its policy. An official from the department overseeing vehicle maintenance wrote the supervisors, outlining their once-weekly limit. That restriction applies to vehicles washed at the downtown headquarters, where the supervisors are based. The county also runs washes at two other facilities. • VIDEO: County supervisors get a lot of car washes despite drought Other local governments, including Long Beach and Santa Monica, have pledged to skip car washes for 60 days. On Thursday, Knabe released a motion that calls for department heads to develop a policy...
Jerry Seinfeld Hilariously Trolls Cops After they Shut Down his Son’s Lemonade Stand

Jerry Seinfeld Hilariously Trolls Cops After they Shut Down his Son’s Lemonade Stand

Jerry Seinfeld Hilariously Trolls Cops After they Shut Down his Son’s Lemonade Stand

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(punkrocklibertarians)East Hampton, NY — To raise funds for a local baby clothes charity, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld and family set up a lemonade stand. However, their charitable endeavor would be short lived thanks to East Hampton police officers protecting the public from the dangers of an unlicensed lemonade stand. By Matt Agorist via The Free Thought Project Seinfeld’s son, Julian, and two friends set up the stand last week so raise money for Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy is a charity started by Seinfeld’s wife Jessica to provide kids’ clothing and baby equipment to needy families. According to police, a neighbor complained that cars were “illegally” parking as thirsty drivers lined up for the fresh-squeezed brew. Hero officers then swooped in to shut down the stand, citing local village law violations. Luckily, the stand was able to operate long enough to raise a some money. After being shut down, Jerry and family posed for an epic pic, trolling both the police and the neighbor who would call the cops to shut down a charitable lemonade stand. Jessica then uploaded the photo to her Instagram, with the following statement. The act of police officers shutting down lemonade stands and other “unlicensed” childhood entrepreneurial endeavors is all too common. Despite being public shamed and ridiculed for such police state tactics, departments continue to fail at using discretion and common sense. In June, we reported on the most recent case of police action for this citrus fruit. Police in Texas heroically saved the town from likes of two young girls who attempted to open a black market lemonade stand. The girls, one 7-year-old and one 8-year-old, dared to raise money to buy a Father’s day present for their dad by setting up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood. But their efforts were smited by local fuzz with nothing better to do than harass two little girls. This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project. Read more at...
As News Focuses On Murdered Va. Reporters, Hillary Takes Responsibility For Private Email

As News Focuses On Murdered Va. Reporters, Hillary Takes Responsibility For Private Email

As News Focuses On Murdered Va. Reporters, Hillary Takes Responsibility For Private Email

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  (dailycaller)Hillary Clinton finally took responsibility for her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state late Wednesday afternoon, conspicuously on the same day the murder of two journalists dominated the news cycle. “I know the people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why,” Clinton said at a campaign event, reported by The New York Times. “I get it. So here’s what I want the American people to know: My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department.” “It clearly wasn’t the best choice,” she continued. “I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work.” “I take responsibility for that decision,” she added. ” … I’m confident that this process will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified.” The admission of responsibility is a marked change from her previous tone on the email scandal. She has tried a number of mostly failed tactics, including laughing it off, playing the victim card and blaming the whole thing on a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” An FBI probe into the matter has found emails with classified information from the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Read more:...
Is There A Connection Between The China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

Is There A Connection Between The China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

Is There A Connection Between The China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

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BY RASH (mindsetsathreat)· AUGUST 27, 2015 China’s stock market has been crashing dramatically in the past few months. The mainstream media has been parroting the same narrative consistently. That being that China’s stock market is crashing because of a scare in the markets. While this is certainly part of the equation it leaves out some crucial information that is vital to understanding the situation in China. To put it bluntly, stock markets are rigged. This should not come as a shock to people. In May, some of the worlds largest banks pleaded guilty to price and interest rate manipulation. Bloomberg stated; Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros, according to settlements announced by the Justice Department in Washington Wednesday” The mega-banks were caught manipulating the market, the so called ‘justice’ system fined them 5.8 billion. Sounds like a lot? For these banks, a slap on the wrist would be too harsh. Try a tickle. This is just one example of many.Banks have proven to be untouchable since the 2008 housing bubble crash. The question here is whether the Chinese stock market crash was due to something similar. Something more sinister than a ‘scare in the markets’? The Chinese government seems to share my suspicions. According to the BBC; China’s securities regulator will investigate suspected manipulation of the stock market, state news agency Xinhua reports. The regulator said late on Thursday that it would be looking into whether parties were mis-selling financial products. Some reports have accused overseas investors of driving prices down by short-selling stocks on Chinese bourses, meaning they were betting on stocks falling.” So what has this all got to do with the Tinjian blasts that killed over 120 people, you may be wondering. If China was financially screwed by overseas investors as the Chinese government suspects than the timing of the blast worked out very well for some. Economist Prof. Michael Chossudovsky outlines the timing of the explosion China’s market crash in an article on Globalresearch.ca; The Shanghai SSE Composite Index progressed over the last year from approximately 2209 on August 27,...
Hillary Clinton Exploits Live TV Shooting For Gun Control

Hillary Clinton Exploits Live TV Shooting For Gun Control

Hillary Clinton Exploits Live TV Shooting For Gun Control

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Roanoke’s WDBJ-TV lost reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward who was 27 years of age, at around 11 a.m. today while broadcasting a report on the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake. The gunman was a former disgruntled employee of WDBJ-TV who went under the name of Bryce Williams, his real name being Vester Lee Flanagan. After posting to Twitter and leading police forces in a brief chase, he shot himself and crashed his vehicle. He was brought to a nearby hospital in critical condition; Flanagan died at around 1:30 pm after. The shooter had also at one time sued at one time for racism: #WDBJ shooting suspect Vester Flanagan went by Bryce Williams. Previously sued for racism. pic.twitter.com/6YuUUCCuaS — FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) August 26, 2015 Flanagan uploaded actual video and pictures of the shooting occurring on Facebook and YouTube; but most of those videos have since been taken down. [Warning: Extremely Graphic Video – View At Own Discretion] Within an hour of this shooting becoming viral within information outlets, Hillary Clinton posted this to her Facebook account: Heartbroken and angry?? The woman who once laughed about defending a guilty pedophile in court was heartbroken?? This, “heartbroken” woman, has been responsible for the following: Accepting 500K in jewelry from the head chopping terrorist funding Saudi state. States she had nothing to hide in her email servers; which she then wiped clean. She laughed about the total devastation of Libya and the killing of Muammar Gadaffi . Here’s a quote by her: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”. She has also played a demonstrable part in the destruction of Ukraine – and possible World War with Russia… Fights “inequality” through her 200K speeches. Goldman Sachs, Times-Warner, Fox News and several international banking dynasties are her biggest campaign donors. She also laughed in Luke Rudkowski‘s face when he questioned her about supporting Al Qaeda in Libya and Syria – so if you sense a bias, those are reasons why. Usually, politicians will wait at least a few days to exploit these tragedies for an agenda (usually gun control), but not Hillary – she pounced on it within an hour. This only demonstrates her callousness and her uncanny...
Hawaii Sees 10 Fold Increase in Birth Defects After Becoming GM Corn Testing Grounds

Hawaii Sees 10 Fold Increase in Birth Defects After Becoming GM Corn Testing Grounds

Hawaii Sees 10 Fold Increase in Birth Defects After Becoming GM Corn Testing Grounds

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  (FTP)Waimea, HI – Doctors are sounding the alarm after noticing a disturbing trend happening in Waimea, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Over the past five years, the number of severe heart malformations has risen to more than ten times the national rate, according to an analysis by local physicians. Pediatrician Carla Nelson, after seeing four of these defects in three years, is extremely concerned with the severe health anomalies manifesting in the local population. Nelson, as well as a number of other local doctors, find themselves at the center of a growing controversy about whether the substantial increase in severe illness and birth defects in Waimea stem from the main cash crop on four of the six islands, genetically modified corn, which has been altered to resist pesticide. Hawaii has historically been used as a testing ground for almost all GMO corn grown in the United States. Over 90% of GMO corn grown in the mainland U.S. was first developed in Hawaii, with the island of Kauai having the largest area used. According to a report in The Guardian: In Kauai, chemical companies Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont spray 17 times more pesticide per acre (mostly herbicides, along with insecticides and fungicides) than on ordinary cornfields in the US mainland, according to the most detailed study of the sector, by the Center for Food Safety. That’s because they are precisely testing the strain’s resistance to herbicides that kill other plants. About a fourth of the total are called Restricted Use Pesticides because of their harmfulness. Just in Kauai, 18 tons – mostly atrazine, paraquat (both banned in Europe) and chlorpyrifos – were applied in 2012. The World Health Organization this year announced that glyphosate, sold as Roundup, the most common of the non-restricted herbicides, is “probably carcinogenic in humans”. Waimea is a small town that lies directly downhill from the 12,000 acres of GMO test fields leased mainly from the state. Spraying takes place often, sometimes every couple of days. Residents have complained that when the wind blows downhill from the fields, the chemicals have caused headaches, vomiting, and stinging eyes. “Your eyes and lungs hurt, you feel dizzy and nauseous. It’s awful,” local middle school special...
HOW PLUMBING (NOT VACCINES) ERADICATED DISEASE

HOW PLUMBING (NOT VACCINES) ERADICATED DISEASE

HOW PLUMBING (NOT VACCINES) ERADICATED DISEASE

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  (Organiclifestyle) Vaccines get all the glory, but most plumbers will tell you that it was water infrastructure – sewage systems and clean water – that eradicated disease, and they’re right. Disease Before Plumbing After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europeans despised all things Roman, including bathing. There was a widespread belief that getting wet caused illness. This contempt and fear of bathing persisted through the Dark Ages. Some Europeans defied local customs by bathing, but this was usually done over great protest. When Queen Elizabeth bathed, her servants panicked, fearing she would become ill and die. This resistance to bathing was brought across the Atlantic to America, influencing habits all the way into the 1800s. In 1835, Philadelphia almost passed an ordinance forbidding wintertime bathing. Ten years later, Boston did outlaw bathing, except by medical directive. (Though this law was not widely enforced, it does illustrate the American resistance to bathing as late as the mid 1800s.) How Plumbing Eradicated Disease Before plumbing was widely used, indoor facilities consisted of a washstand and a washbowl, a pitcher, and a chamber pot or commode. Human waste was thrown into the street or anywhere convenient. This total lack of sanitation in urban areas filled with rats and other vermin provided the perfect environment to spread disease. The Black Plague alone killed 75 million – 200 million people – including 1/3 of Europe’s population. Though this disease is not entirely eradicated, human infection has become a rare occurrence. The last plague epidemic in America was in the early 1900’s. Polio and Plumbing Polio thrives in fecal matter and is easily transmitted through human waste. Plumbing and water sanitation in India is way behind the rest of the industrialized world. In areas where sanitation and hygiene are good, polio is rare. In areas where sanitation and hygiene are poor, the disease can spread rapidly. Immunization efforts have received a lot of publicity and have garnered most of the credit for India being declared “polio free” by the World Health Organization. As recently as 2009, India reported 762 cases of polio, and at that time, these numbers made India the polio capital of the world. In 2014, there are currently no “official”...
Why the Global Financial Meltdown Happened and How to Deal With It

Why the Global Financial Meltdown Happened and How to Deal With It

Why the Global Financial Meltdown Happened and How to Deal With It

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On Monday August 24th, the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1000 points within five minutes of opening the New York Stock Exchange. The loss of 1000 points hasn’t been seen since the 2008 stock market crash. It happened amid China’s action of devaluing its own currency, the Yuan. The Dow would recover to -588 points by the end of the day. [Sources not mentioned in the article are found below at the bottom] “Black Monday” as it was called, has been linked by several outlets as being a direct result of China devaluing its own currency, and was the greatest slump seen in over four years. China did this last week and claimed it was an action of self-preservation, in which doing so allowed greater competition for their exports. This action would cause a massive-selloff that would cause the economies of Australia, Qatar, the United States, China and Saudi Arabia to experience some implosion – mirroring the 2008 Housing Bubble burst. Luke Rudkowski also traveled to Japan to reveal the reality that the Japanese people have been enslaved by their shaky economic house of cards. U.S. territory Puerto Rico also suffered economic destabilization around the time of Greece’s austerity vote. China’s government acted quickly to prop up the sliding of markets by using pension funds – China’s market is still slumping as of writing. The privately owned Federal Reserve’s policies, of “Quantitative Easing” and keeping interest rates officially low are coming to an abrupt end. It was reported several weeks ago that “central banks” are “losing control”. We have proven that any country that attempts to remove the global hegemony of the United States – it will be overthrown, economically devastated or completely destabilized. This happened last year when Saudi Arabia and the US gutted the Russian Ruble, but now the action is having unintended affects. The 2008 crash has been directly linked to banker’s policies and incidentally these were chosen on purpose; the fact that the same bankers were paid billions after via the “bail-outs” shows the reality we’re in. Let’s call it as it is: The ponzi scheme is up. Broadcaster Max Keiser did an interview with Luke and stated that the fake economy will crash...

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