Monday, August 3, 2020

HOW MISDEMEANORS TURN INNOCENT PEOPLE INTO CRIMINALS

by Jordan Smith, The Intercept:

GAIL ATWATER AND her two young children were driving home from soccer practice in March 1997 when they realized that a rubber bat that was usually affixed to the window of their pickup truck was missing. It was a favorite toy of Atwater’s 3-year-old, Mac, so the trio turned around, retracing their route to see if they could find it.

Atwater slowed to a speed of roughly 15 miles per hour as she cruised through Lago Vista, the lakeside bedroom community just northwest of Austin, Texas. And although state law required passengers in the front seat of a truck to wear a seatbelt, Atwater told her kids they could unbuckle themselves so they could look outside for the toy. There was no one else on the road, and she was driving very slowly.

The War Against America’s Only Anti-War Candidate

by Gordon Duff, New Eastern Outlook:

Born in American Samoa, Representative (Major) Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a Democrat and, far more than Trump, someone who stands against hypocrisy and fakery of every kind, is now running for President of the United States. Unlike Trump or Clinton or Obama or Romney or so many, Tulsi is military, a decorated combat veteran.

Unlike all of them, she is openly against war as a basis for American “diplomacy.”

Gabbard continues to serve as a Major in the Army National Guard after two combat tours in Iraq, one in 2004 as enlisted and a second as a platoon commander in 2009.

Trump Hits Fake News Washington Post’s ‘Jeff Bozo’

by Richard Moorhead, Big League Politics:

President Trump expressed his condolences Sunday night in a tweet to Jeff ‘Bozo’ Bezos, the oligarch owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, for being profiled in a National Enquirer adultery scandal. Bezos, the world’s richest man, had been carrying out an affair with a TV anchor named Lauren Sanchez, while both were married. The billionaire oligarch has now announced he’s undergoing a divorce.

Google Reportedly Blacklists ‘Ethereum’ as a Google Ad Keyword, Startup Claims

by Adrian Zmudzinski, Coin Telegraph:

Google (Alphabet Inc.) has reportedly blacklisted keywords mentioning Ethereum (ETH) on its advertising platform Google Ads, smart contract auditing startup Decenter tweeted on Jan. 10.

The official Google Ads account replied to the tweet stating that cryptocurrency exchanges targeting the United States and Japan can be advertised on the platform, and that targeting other countries could be the reason for the ad rejection.

TYRANNY: Yellow Vest UK Leader Arrested During Peaceful Protest

by Peter D’Abrosca, Big League Politics:

The leader of the Yellow Vest protest movement in the United Kingdom was arrested Saturday after a peaceful protest against an anti-Brexit Member of Parliament (MP).

“The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the man was arrested on suspicion of offences that allegedly took place on Monday 7 January,” said Sky News.

Man Calls 911 for Help, So Police Show Up and Steal His Car

from The Free Thought Project:

Civil asset forfeiture is prevalent across the nation but very rarely talked about.

The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of our legal system that ensures that “the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.”

However, this principle has been under threat in recent years by police departments across the United States and the widely practiced policy of civil asset forfeiture. When a property is determined, by the police, to be involved in a crime, it is seized and held by the police department.

Often times, the property is held indefinitely only to be auctioned or released at a very high cost. As a recent article in The Detroit News points out:

Man bills the US government for his Corvette. This is how they responded…

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Last week I decided to use my tax savings to pay the rent for US government workers affected by the shut down. Emails keep coming in from furloughed federal employees having a tough time. And money keeps going out.

As I’ve been highlighting over the past week, the government shutdown affects many more people than the 800,000 furloughed government workers. Some contractors and subcontractors might not even know their salary ultimately stems from government funding.

So it’s really millions who aren’t receiving a paycheck.

‘News Guard’ is US Establishment’s Latest Orwellian Censorship & Defamation Tool

by Whitney Webb, 21st Century Wire:

As Newsguard’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States.

Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond.

New App ‘NewsGuard’ Promises To Stop Fake News. Have A Look At Who Owns & Funds It

by Joe Martino, Collective Evolution:

  • The Facts:News browser extension NewsGuard promises to help readers pick out fake news. However, NewsGuard is funded and run by individuals tied to the CFR, Atlantic Council and other prominent elite figures.
  • Reflect On:Are we seeing a push for over-governance when it comes to even basic things like news and information? Is it time we take responsibility for our lives? Are we seeing a desperate elite losing even more control over the narrative within the media?

CNN Cancels On San Diego TV Station After They Report Border Wall Works

from ZeroHedge:

A local San Diego television station said on Thursday that CNN invited them to provide a “local view” of the existing wall at the US-Mexico border, only to cancel after past reports from the station showed that the wall is an effective method of combating illegal immigration.

“Thursday morning, CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if one of our reporters could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown,” begins a report by local San Diego station KUSI.

“KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who has reported dozens of times on the border, including one story from 2016 that was retweeted by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and posted on DrudgeReport.com,” the report continues.

‘I Helped Google Screw Over James Damore’

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Former Google engineer James Damore on Tuesday shared a post from an anonymous Redditor claiming to be a “Google insider” who laid out in detail how the company allegedly scrambled to take him down after learning about his diversity manifesto.

The story seems a bit too good to be true, but Damore said it seemed credible because the post contained “knowledge that only a Googler would know” — including his never-before-revealed involvement in Google’s censored Chinese search engine dubbed “Dragonfly.”