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The Perpetuation of Poverty

A traffic stop in Durham, North CarolinaPhoto by Ildar SagdejevAnyone who has occasion to sit in the County District Courts of North Carolina, the state where I reside, can’t help but see and hear the endless parade of defendants appearing before the judge on routine traffic infractions resulting in the imposition of court costs and sometimes fines. The court costs are generally $189.00. If someone is unable to pay, a late fee of $70.00 is tacked on and the privilege to operate a vehicle is revoked. If caught operating a […]

Video: Police State In Anaheim, CA 7/29

Editor’s note: If you’ve been following the news you know that many citizens of Anaheim are unhappy after the police shot and killed an unarmed 25 year old, Manuel Diaz. He was shot in the back of the head while laying face down on the ground after having taken a shot in the leg, also by the police. The next day, Joel Acevedo was shot and killed by the police, after he allegedly fired at them. So far this year, the police have been involved in seven shootings, five of […]

Today’s Video: Daniel Ellsburg Handcuffed By Police Protesting Torture

Editor’s note: Most of us of a certain age will remember Daniel Ellsburg, who in 1971 leaked the “Pentagon Papers,” a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to “The New York” Times and other newspapers. Well, today Mr. Ellsburg is 80 years old and still very much an activist, thank you. In this video, Ellsburg is being handcuffed for protesting, outside the White House, the torture of Bradley Manning who is awaiting trial for allegedly giving government secrets to Wikileaks. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM5PlmnPxWA

Today’s Video: The Dirty F-ing Hippies Were Right!

Editor’s Note: This video makes a well told powerful statement of truth. Although this video has been avaliable on YouTube since 2009, we feel it needs to go viral. If you’re an old hippie from the sixties, don’t be afraid to shout, “We tried to tell you so!” If you grew up in this post hippie world, don’t be afraid to question why all of this is still going on, even though we tried to warn the world over forty years ago. We urge you to post this on your […]

Feds Want to Crack Your Blackberry

If you’re wondering why Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the Blackberry, was loathe to cooperate with the authorities in Dubai and India when they demanded access to encrypted Blackberry calls, it’s because they knew no matter how little they cracked that door, it would eventually open wide. Need proof? Take a look at Monday’s New York Times in which we learn that the Feds want new regulations to force companies like RIM to design back doors into their offerings to allow easy wiretap access by law enforcement. It’ll be […]

Tea Party Television on CBS

The ends justify the means. At least that’s the message I’m getting from two new cop shows on CBS, both of which indicate it’s ok for law enforcement to step on every constitutional right, so long as charges stick and society is protected. It’s as if the Strike Team on The Shield is suddenly a shining example of good, effective police work. Friday night, the Tiffany Network premiered Blue Bloods, the new Tom Selleck vehicle. A character driven police drama revolving around a family of New York City cops, the […]