from Stefan Molyneux:
from Stefan Molyneux:
by Claire Bernish, Activist Post:
To carry out a relatively unimpressive drug sting, an unnamed federal agency swept up well over 3 million phone conversations in two months with a lone wiretap order — one of 3,186 such orders issued by federal and state judges in 2016 — evincing an overreach of State authority so egregious, it would behoove the law-abiding and law-breaking, alike, to take note.
“The federal wiretap with the most intercepts occurred during a narcotics investigation in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and resulted in the interception of 3,292,385 cell phone conversations or messages,” states the Wiretap Report 2016.
by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the direction of the Trump administration, will revoke a rule that gives the agency broad authority over regulating the pollution of tributaries and wetlands that flow into the country’s largest rivers. 
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told Congress on June 27, 2017, that the agency would “provide clarity” by “withdrawing” the rule, and follow standards set in 2008. Pruitt had previously said he would recuse himself from working on litigation to the rule.
by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
I have recently become aware of an utterly enormous fraud vector problem with both of these related (used to be that PayPal was owned by Ebay) sites.
On every reputable site around the Internet, no matter what it is, when you sign up for an account you have to verify that you own the email address that you give them before they will let you do anything.
That’s true everywhere. It’s true for banks. It’s true for forums like mine, Garmin’s or anyone else’s. It’s true in every instance I’m aware of; you sign up, you get a link in your email, you click the link which is only known to you and then, and only then, can you do anything.
Except with eBAY and PayPal.
Blockchain Isn’t Just for Cryptos Any Longer as Delaware Close to Passing a Bill Allowing for Platform to Trade Stock
by Kenneth Schortgen, The Daily Economist:
While many investors revel in the speculation that is Bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies, the fact of the matter is the financial system as a whole is salivating over the potential of blockchain technology. And on July 2 this platform just took a major step forward as the legislature for the state Delaware just passed an amendment allowing stocks and other equities to be traded in the future on the blockchain.
by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:
Four billion people on the earth have no internet access. That will change if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s solar powered drone plan works.
A previous trial of his drone ended with a crash landing, but a May 2017 Test of the Aquila Drone was a huge success.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s long-term plan for the drone, called Aquila, is to have it and others provide internet access to 4bn people around the world who are currently in the dark.