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The Free Press Is Suing UMich For Routinely Violating Open Meetings Law
July 14, 2014
Michigan law requires public officials to hold formal meetings out in the open and allow citizens to attend.
Despite this requirement, the University of Michigan Board of Regents routinely conducts its affairs behind close doors, away from public scrutiny. It is assumed that the regents and the president actually debate matters at these secret meetings. At the (sham) public meetings, the regents almost always vote unanimously in favor or against whatever proposals are on the table-with little debate-lending credibility to the charge that the real decisions are being made elsewhere. In the last year, the regents voted on 116 public matters, and only 8 of those times were there any dissenting votes.
Sandy Hook's Disappearing Witnesses
July 13, 2014
Close to nineteen months have passed since the event known as the Sandy Hook Massacre transpired.
Amazingly, there has still been no conclusive evidence put forth by any of the families affected or the investigators involved to dispel the many 'conspiracy theories' that have evolved from the event. In fact, new mysteries seem to expose themselves even more as time passes by. From Douglas Cottle, who died Sept 29, 2012, at age 62 to Michael Bellmore, who died May 3, 2014 at age 27, more questions than answers seem to arise. The Connecticut State Police Commander, the Connecticut State Police Commissioner, the Western Connecticut State Police Commander as well as the Connecticut State Medical Examiner have all been eliminated from the story either by retiring or death. What better way to cover up any possibility of ever disclosing the truth ? What better way to perpetuate conspiracy theories?
This Independent Journalist Has Some Serious Staying Power. Rights=Flexed
Independent journalist Matthew Grunert was gathering footage for a film he was making.
He was photographing the NYS Police Academy - a campus of three publicly accessible buildings located next to the SUNY campus. Grunert was approached first by a female trooper who refused to identify herself. Later, Investigator Thompson (5257), Major Timothy Monroe (3423), and Trooper Smith (5286) detained Grunert despite him having committed no crime. He identifies himself to officers, explains why he was there, yet was still detained.
Facebook uproars over Steven Spielberg dino hunting hoax
July 11, 2014
Dinosaurs may have gone extinct, but Internet stupidity hasn't.
The dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" certainly looked real, but many Facebook users are mistaking the movie for real life. Facebook user Jay Branscomb uploaded a picture of Steven Spielberg sitting next to a Triceratops used in "Jurassic Park." Along with the photo, Branscomb posted the caption "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man." And then the post exploded.
UMich Libertarian Students Prevail in Lawsuit Alleging Political Discrimination
College campuses often seem culturally biased against non-liberals. But in some cases, political bias so deeply and obviously pervades official campus policy that no one can even defend it when challenged.
On that front, the Young Americans for Liberty declared victory in their legal battle with the University of Michigan after administrators agreed to pay out $14,000 and revise discriminatory funding policies. Last year, YAL asked the university for $1,000 to bring anti-affirmative action activist Jennifer Gratz to speak on campus. UM collects mandatory fees from all students and uses them to subsidize events hosted by recognized student groups. But the university has a stated policy of declining to fund events deemed "political." Though the Gratz event was merely a lecture on the history of the affirmative action issue-and was open to all students-UM considered it a political event and did not provide funds.
Fight for the Future
July 7, 2014
Over the weekend a detailed report in the Washington Post caught the U.S. government in more lies about the scope of it's dragnet surveillance programs.
The Post showed that the NSA intercepted communications from ordinary people 9 times more often than from "targets" suspected of any wrongdoing. People are outraged. And we should be. Any politician that plans to keep their job should be doing everything they can to put an end to these illegal and unethical surveillance practices. Infuriatingly, *tomorrow* the Senate Intelligence Committee is rushing to advance "CISA," a bill that would give the NSA more access to our data than ever before, and give companies like Facebook and Google legal immunity for violating our privacy.
Four librarians gagged and threatened with prison time under the Patriot Act | Police State USA
July 6, 2014
"The fact that the government can and is eavesdropping on patrons in libraries has a chilling effect."
Using the broad powers granted under the USA PATRIOT Act, the FBI demanded that 4 librarians produce private information about library patrons' reading habits, then used an endless gag order to force them to remain silent about the request for the rest of their lives under penalty of prison time. In July 2005, two FBI agents came to the office of the Library Connection, located in Windsor, Connecticut. The Library Connection is a nonprofit co-op of library databases that arranges record-sharing between 27 different libraries. It facilitates book rental tracking and other services.
All but four nations are subject to NSA surveillance - new Snowden leak
July 1, 2014
Previously undisclosed files leaked to the media by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now show that the United States National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on persons in all but four countries.
The Washington Post published on Monday official documents provided by Mr. Snowden that shows new proof concerning the extent of the NSA's vast surveillance apparatus. One of the documents-a file marked "top secret" from 2010 and approved by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court-shows that the NSA has been authorized to conduct surveillance on 193 foreign government, as well as various factions and organizations around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency. "Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information from individuals 'concerning' all but four countries on Earth, according to top-secret documents," journalists Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman wrote for the Post.
Brave Government Officials Protect Residents From 9-year-old Boy's Free Front Yard Library
June 22, 2014
A 9-year-old boy in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas recently tried to do something good for his community, and the government shut him down.
Some time ago, young Spencer Collins opened up a free library in his front yard, for anyone in his neighborhood to use, and it was actually fairly popular. The "library" was really nothing more than a book case, but is was a great idea. The bookcase allowed people to leave a book and take a book, so neighbors could share books with one another for free. Unfortunately, some nosy neighbors didn't seem to like what Spencer was doing with his own family's property and they actually reported his library to the local government. The government responded by ordering the family to shut down their son's library, or face financial penalties.
Math Problem Solved The "Old" Way Versus "Common Core" Way
June 18, 2014
An Iowa woman jokingly calls it Satan's handiwork. A California mom says she's broken down in tears. What could be so horrible? Grade school common-core math.
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