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by Lindsey Reiser

July 19, 2014

A company that brags about sending out more than 1 million speeding tickets a month has just been slapped with a lawsuit. Redflex, based right here in Phoenix, is accused of bribing public officials in exchange for city contracts.

They're no strangers to opening up their checkbooks right here in the Valley. Over the last few years, this company has spent $10,000 in the political arena here. Over the past 11 years, Redflex Traffic Systems has thrown $225,000 at 60 different committees, candidates, and initiatives nationwide, according to followthemoney.org. In Arizona, $6,250 went to Arizona Republican House Victory in 2010 and 2012. $2,500 went to Building Arizona's Future, a Democratic committee, in 2012. And $1,250 went to the Republican Senate Victory Committee in 2010.

youtube.com

by Rt America

July 18, 2014

Sacramento sheriff's deputies have been playing NSA. They tool around town with suitcase-sized StingRay surveillance devices in their squad cars, scooping up cellphone data from whomever happens to be within a one-mile radius.

The deputies have reportedly been doing their shady business without warrants, and dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide may be doing likewise. But hey, what's the big deal? After all, the feds say it's OK. Not only that, but federal agents have even been telling local officers to keep their StingRay shenanigans hush hush. If a judge asks, the feds advise locals to say they obtained evidence, not from a StingRay, but from a "confidential source."

reason.com

July 18, 2014

In an extensive new interview with The Guardian, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden emphasized the need for "lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests," and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to ditch unencrypted communication.

He also confirmed what many people have joked about since the NSA's surveillance was first revealed: Yes, agents are totally looking at and passing around your "sexually compromising" photos. According to Snowden, looking at O.P.P. is a "routine" part of NSA life, and one that's considered "a fringe benefit of a surveillance position."

reason.com

by J.D. Tuccille

July 18, 2014

Why should law enforcement agencies do their own footwork when they can simply threaten others into doing it for them? Specifically, why should the United States government trouble itself with enforcing its silly rules against you.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office from the Northern District of California, FedEx is delivering drugs. That's probably not a shocker, considering the number of sealed packages the company moves. But just how nefarious is this drug business?

reason.com

by Robby Soave

July 18, 2014

Washington, D.C. is home to many government buildings that are as ugly on the outside as they are the inside.

BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson biked around town earlier this week snapping photos of a few of the most hideous examples, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, the U.S. Post Office Building, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Today, in a follow-up article, Johnson explained that taking the photos was no easy task-cops actually attempted to thwart him at every turn. Even though representatives for the various departments confirmed to Johnson by phone that it was perfectly fine to take pictures of the buildings, law enforcement agents contradicted that directive over and over again.

tpnn.com

by Todd Cefaratti

July 18, 2014

On Thursday, the people of America earned a victory. Whether they know it or not, Americans of all political persuasions won a victory in the quest to remain a free nation.

A federal judge, on Thursday, declared that a lawsuit against the IRS, brought by several Tea Party groups, was allowed to proceed. Judge Susan Dlott declined the government's requests to dismiss the claims that the IRS had improperly targeted Tea Party and various conservative groups in a campaign of harassment that lasted for years. This will allow the lawsuit filed against the IRS to go forward and will allow for the Tea Party groups to uncover government documents that could not only lead to a bigger legal battle, but shine some light on the scandal that has shown the Obama administration to be an administration of political thugs.

businessinsider.com

July 17, 2014

"If it should disappear, this is what it looks like." - Cor Pan

A young Dutchman apparently posted a picture of the downed Malaysian airliner on Facebook minutes before he boarded it, writing: "If it should disappear, this is what it looks like." Cor Pan, who appeared to be going on a beach holiday to Malaysia, posted the photo as a joking reference to another Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March. A few hours later his flight too would disappear from radar screens, taking him and the other 297 people on board the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight to their deaths in eastern Ukraine.

hackread.com

July 17, 2014

New Android Malware in Android devices steals credit card information by taking over admin panel. The security of Android devices is in danger.

Security experts at Dr. Web have warned Android users to be careful from a new Trojan that is stealing credit card details while making a transaction on Google Play store. It is currently targeting Russian users but a little bit of modification can let the criminals target people around the world. The Trojan comes in the shape of a fake Adobe Flash Player, once installed and run, it asks for administrator privileges on the Android device after every 0.1 seconds. It does it by continuously irritating user to grant it the admin privileges through a non-stop popup message. It will keep on asking until the user finally lets the Trojan take over the admin panel.

reason.com

July 17, 2014

Artist Megumi Igarashi just wanted to make a boat shaped like her vulva. Now she faces several years in prison after being arrested by the Japanese government on obscenity charges.

Igarashi, who goes by the psuedonym Rokudenashiko in her work, is no stranger to "manko" (that would be Japanese for pussy) art, having previously created everything from a manko lamp to a remote-controlled manko car using a mold of her own genitalia. She calls it "deco-man", the art of the vagina, and her previous work has been collected into a book. The 42-year-old artist's latest art project was a crowdfunded kayak in the shape of her vulva, aptly named the "Pussy Boat". She ultimately raised $10,000 to make the kayak via 3D printing. As a thank-you to supporters, Igarashi sent them the 3D printer data for her genitalia, as you do when people help make your vulva vessel dreams come true.

dailyfinance.com

by Mitch Lipka

July 17, 2014

People who bought electronic devices from 1998 to 2002 can get some cash back from firms that fixed prices for memory. And all it takes is your memories.

Walking past a penny on the sidewalk is one thing. But dashing past $10 or more is quite another. Millions of Americans who bought electronic devices more than a decade ago could be due some cash because a bunch of companies were accused of colluding in the memory module market. The $310 million Dynamic Random Access Memory settlement sets a low bar for consumers who believe they're eligible to collect their share of the settlement, a minimum of $10.

      
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