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rt.com

June 29, 2013

The NSA has a "brand new" technology that enables one billion cell phone calls to be redirected into its data hoards, according to the Guardian's Glen Greenwald, who told a Chicago conference that a new leak of Snowden's documents was 'coming soon.'

Calling it part of a "globalized system to destroy all privacy," and the enduring creation of a climate of fear, Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to store every single call while having "the capability to listen to them at any time," while speaking via Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, on Friday. Greenwald was the first journalist to leak Snowden's documents, having travelled to Hong Kong to review them prior to exposure. "What we're really talking about here is a globalized system that prevents any form of electronic communication from taking place without its being stored and monitored by the National Security Agency," he said.

rt.com

June 28, 2013

A teenager from Texas could spend the next eight years in prison if a court decides that the sarcastic comment he made during an online argument is enough to convict him of issuing a terroristic threat.

Justin Carter was only 18 years old when he and a friend got into an online spat over Facebook back in February with another person. They were arguing about the computer game "League of Legends," his dad told a local ABC affiliate, but one snarky remark made by the teen was apparently enough to raise suspicion in one woman who was watching the conversation unfold all the way up in Canada. "Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,'" father Jack Carter told KKVUE News, "to which he replied 'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.'"

fracturedparadigm.com

June 26, 2013

Help spread the word: The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members.

Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law. LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, "Teens trained to be messengers to family members." Covered California spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said staff have not questioned this goal.

foxnewsinsider.com

June 24, 2013

A college student is suing her former Georgia school district for $2 million after she claims officials "stole" the photo above from her Facebook page without her permission.

She says the district humiliated her by using the bikini shot to remind students that they should be careful about what they post online. According to the station, Chelsea Chaney is seeking $2 million from the Fayette County School District after its director of technology showed a photo of her posing with a cardboard cutout of rapper Snoop Dog under the title, "Once it's there, it's there to stay."

redflagnews.com

June 22, 2013

A whistle-blower from Higher Education Services Corporation in Albany New York came forward and advised Attorney Orly Taitz that she personally reviewed Barack Obama's financial aid information, which stated that financial aid was given to Obama as foreign student and as a citizen of Indonesia. Additionally, Obama failed to submit the Appellee's brief in Taitz v Obama, Feinstein, Emken. This is an appeal, which was reinstated by the Chief Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal Kathleen O'Leary. Appellant Taitz filed her Appellant's brief.

therefusers.com

June 19, 2013

This article from The Australian Doctor medical site provides an insight into the medical profession's attitude toward signing patient vaccine exemption forms: Most doctors won't even consider doing it.

Keep in mind there is a big push in US states to require a doctor's signature on a so-called vaccine education form in order for children to attend schools (public and private). My state of Washington was the first to pass such a law, I testified against it in Olympia and my testimony was cut off by the Senate Committee Chairwoman when I accused them of being a marketing department for vaccine manufacturers. Subsequently, California passed a similar law and Oregon is about to. While this article concerns Australia, it certainly demonstrates the cavalier attitude of the medical profession with regard to complying with so-called patient education laws passed by state legislatures. Keep in mind most doctors have never read the medical textbook definition of a vaccine adverse reaction, nor have they read the serious adverse events section on the package insert of vaccines they inject into kids and adults all day long. You certainly won't get that real-world risk information from most doctors in their vaccine propaganda (err 'education') lectures. They are simply drug company agents.

dailycaller.com

June 13, 2013

This week brought more bad news for Joshua Welch, the Baltimore-area second-grader who was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a breakfast pastry into something resembling a gun.

School officials have denied an appeal to have the suspension expunged from the boy's permanent record, reports The Baltimore Sun. Robin Ficker, the attorney representing Welch and his family, said he will now take the matter to the Anne Arundel County school board. Under local regulations, he has 30 days to do so.

lifehacker.com

June 9, 2013

To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that have recently been put online for free- teaching yourself to code has never been easier.

I started learning to code earlier this year and can say from experience that learning enough to build your own prototype is not as hard as it seems. In fact, if you want to have a functioning prototype within two months without taking a day off work, it's completely doable. Below, I've outlined a simple path from knowing nothing about software development to having a working prototype in eight weekends that roughly mirrors the steps I took.

americanthinker.com

June 8, 2013

Absolutely no one I know is satisfied with the education their children are getting in public schools. But most of the people I talk to with young kids have two parents that work full time outside the house and are unable to homeschool their children.

As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.

theblaze.com

June 4, 2013

The father of an 11-year-old in Owings, Maryland, is claiming that his son was suspended for 10 days from Northern Middle School for simply talking about guns on a school bus.

The mere discussion, according to Bruce Henkelman, led the bus driver to send his sixth grader back to the school to be questioned by the principal. The child's conversation apparently centered around the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting - a touch-point of controversy in the nation's ever-contentious gun control debate. Henkelman charges that his son did not speak of guns in a negative or bullying manner, as WMAL reports, and that the boy merely said that he wished he had a firearm so that he could protect himself against bad guys.

      

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