April 22, 2018

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March 26, 2018

‘Europe arrest abuse is key reason for Brexit’ Assange rages at Catalan leader’s arrest

JULIAN Assange today compared the EU to Hitler’s Nazis in a series of rambling tweets attacking the arrest of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. He bizarrely also claimed the use of the cross-border European Arrest Warrant – the method used to detain Assange – was one of the key reasons Britain
March 25, 2018

China introduces “Xi Jinping Thought” in the classroom

Source URL The Communist Party is reworking its ideological education efforts to make them more palatable to the current generation, while introducing classes on “Xi Jinping Thought.” The Wall Street Journal takes a look: Show less “Xi Jinping Thought is a 14-point theory that emphasizes the party’s “people-centric” approach to governance,
March 21, 2018

EU reveals a digital tax plan that could penalize Google, Amazon and Facebook

Silvia Amaro | CNBC | Source URL | Blog Archive EU tax change could increase amount paid by digital firms from CNBC. Tech giants including Google, Amazon and Facebook could soon face higher taxes in Europe. The European Commission — the executive arm of the European Union (EU) — unveiled
March 13, 2018

Swedish Justice Minister Pressures Social Media Giants to Ban ‘Extremist Material’ Ahead of Election

Chris Tomlinson | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has promised to put more pressure on social media giants Facebook and YouTube owner Google to remove illegal “hate speech” material. The Minister’s remarks come after many in the Swedish media railed against YouTube over right-wing channels that
March 6, 2018

EU Commission Says Social Media Companies Must Take Down ‘Terrorist Content’ Within One Hour

Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL | Blog Archive Once social media companies and websites began acquiescing to EU Commission demands for content takedown, the end result was obvious. Whatever was already in place would continually be ratcheted up. And every time companies failed to do the impossible, the EU Commission
March 1, 2018

Swiss government: Pope Francis to visit Geneva this summer

The Associated Press via CRUX | Source URL | AP Blog Archive | CRUX Blog Archive GENEVA, Switzerland – A Swiss government spokesman says Pope Francis will visit Geneva in June. Federal Council spokesman Andre Simonazzi says details of the June 21 visit are being worked out, adding only that President Alain

Religious

March 13, 2018

MLK’s daughter, Bernice, has private audience with pope

Associated Press ROME – The surviving daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The Vatican made a video of the Monday meeting public. Bernice King presented the pontiff with the sixth volume of her late father’s published
March 1, 2018

Swiss government: Pope Francis to visit Geneva this summer

The Associated Press via CRUX | Source URL | AP Blog Archive | CRUX Blog Archive GENEVA, Switzerland – A Swiss government spokesman says Pope Francis will visit Geneva in June. Federal Council spokesman Andre Simonazzi says details of the June 21 visit are being worked out, adding only that President Alain
February 18, 2018

Hungarian leader calls Christianity ‘Europe’s last hope’

AP | Source URL | Blog Archive BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister says that “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.” Viktor Orban said Sunday
February 13, 2018

Dozens attend ‘Put Prayer Back in Schools’ forum in Florence

WPDE (ABC15 Myrtle Beach, SC) FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Dozens of people showed up at Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Florence to listen and give their opinion on whether prayer should be put in South Carolina schools. Tammie Bryant wants prayer back in her daughter’s school. “We can pray for
January 31, 2018

Poland limits Sunday shopping to benefit family life

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it will benefit employees’ family life. The legislation, worked out by the conservative government and the Solidarity trade union, is expected to draw protests from large Western supermarket chains that are the
January 28, 2018

POLL: Paramus Mayor Won’t Change The Blue Laws

Paramus Daily Voice PARAMUS, N.J. — Despite being home to New Jersey’s largest shopping center, Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera won’t be changing the blue laws, he said. Responding to a recent opinion article by NorthJersey.com correspondent Jackie Goldschneider, the mayor said that protecting the blue laws — which prohibit shoppers from purchasing certain

Church & State

February 18, 2018

Hungarian leader calls Christianity ‘Europe’s last hope’

AP | Source URL | Blog Archive BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister says that “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.” Viktor Orban said Sunday
February 13, 2018

Dozens attend ‘Put Prayer Back in Schools’ forum in Florence

WPDE (ABC15 Myrtle Beach, SC) FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Dozens of people showed up at Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Florence to listen and give their opinion on whether prayer should be put in South Carolina schools. Tammie Bryant wants prayer back in her daughter’s school. “We can pray for
January 31, 2018

Poland limits Sunday shopping to benefit family life

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it will benefit employees’ family life. The legislation, worked out by the conservative government and the Solidarity trade union, is expected to draw protests from large Western supermarket chains that are the
January 28, 2018

POLL: Paramus Mayor Won’t Change The Blue Laws

Paramus Daily Voice PARAMUS, N.J. — Despite being home to New Jersey’s largest shopping center, Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera won’t be changing the blue laws, he said. Responding to a recent opinion article by NorthJersey.com correspondent Jackie Goldschneider, the mayor said that protecting the blue laws — which prohibit shoppers from purchasing certain
January 25, 2018

Virginia Senate passes bill to allow guns in churches

Alan Suderman Religion News Service RICHMOND, VA. — The Virginia Senate has passed legislation aimed at allowing guns in church in response to a deadly church shooting in Texas. The Republican-controlled chamber voted along party lines Tuesday to approve the measure, which would repeal a state law prohibiting weapons in a
January 24, 2018

Pope condemns “evil” of fake news and its use for political gain

VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the “evil” of fake news, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foment division to serve political and economic interests. “Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads

U.S. News

March 29, 2018

President signs overseas data access bill into law

Mariella Moon | Engadget | Source URL The House of Representatives has approved a piece of legislation (PDF) that makes it easier for law enforcement to get access to info even if it’s stored in other countries. Officially known as Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, the set of
March 29, 2018

Police Use A Disturbingly Macabre Method To Unlock iPhones Without Consent

Dawn Luger | The Daily Sheeple | Source URL | Blog Archive According to a new report, police don’t need consent nor even a living human to unlock an iPhone. FBI agents and local cops in the US are using the fingerprints of dead people to access their iPhones and smartphones.
March 23, 2018

Police facial recognition smartphones will be used to create secret watchlists

Mass Private I A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement. The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone. “It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition
March 20, 2018

Mentally ill prisoner died in California jail as deputies watched, video reveals

The Associated Press via The Guardian | Source URL An administrative officer called the footage ‘extremely painful to watch’. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Deputies sometimes laughed as the man, who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours, writhed on the floor of his cell A jailhouse video
March 13, 2018

Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick for CIA director, tied to use of brutal interrogation measures

Greg Miller & Shane Harris | The Washington Post | Source URL | Blog Archive President Trump on Tuesday nominated CIA veteran Gina Haspel to be the spy agency’s next director, tapping a woman who spent multiple tours overseas and is respected by the workforce but is deeply tied to
March 13, 2018

Michigan lawmakers fed up with inaction on campus free speech

Adam Sabes | Campus Reform | Source URL Michigan lawmakers have proposed an amendment to the state’s Constitution that would enable the State Legislature to pass legislation protecting free speech on college campuses. Currently, Michigan’s constitution grants oversight of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University

Financial

March 21, 2018

EU reveals a digital tax plan that could penalize Google, Amazon and Facebook

Silvia Amaro | CNBC | Source URL | Blog Archive EU tax change could increase amount paid by digital firms from CNBC. Tech giants including Google, Amazon and Facebook could soon face higher taxes in Europe. The European Commission — the executive arm of the European Union (EU) — unveiled
February 6, 2018

Equifax compromised half of the country’s information. Trump’s CFPB isn’t looking into it.

Emily Stewart VOX Credit reporting agency Equifax in September revealed that a data breach had left the information of 145 million customers exposed. The company waited weeks before disclosing the incident to the public, during which time three executives sold nearly $2 million worth of the company’s shares. Not even six months later, the Consumer Financial
January 29, 2018

Alaskans turn to government for food and health care amid recession, prompting questions about costs

JUNEAU — Tens of thousands of people have turned to the government for health care and food amid Alaska’s recession, prompting questions from state lawmakers about the sustainability of those safety-net programs. Gov. Bill Walker’s administration projects 240,000 people to be enrolled in the Medicaid health-care program next year, up
January 29, 2018

Stockton Gets Ready to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

Sam Harnett KQED Wage stagnation. Rising housing prices. Loss of middle-class jobs. The looming threat of automation. These are some of the problems facing Stockton and its residents, but the city’s mayor, Michael Tubbs, says his city is far from unique. “I think Stockton is absolutely ground zero for a
January 28, 2018

POLL: Paramus Mayor Won’t Change The Blue Laws

Paramus Daily Voice PARAMUS, N.J. — Despite being home to New Jersey’s largest shopping center, Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera won’t be changing the blue laws, he said. Responding to a recent opinion article by NorthJersey.com correspondent Jackie Goldschneider, the mayor said that protecting the blue laws — which prohibit shoppers from purchasing certain
January 26, 2018

Mastercard sets biometric ID deadline for banks

Mastercard has committed to guaranteeing that every one of its customers will have access to biometric authentication services by April 2019 Mastercard has set a deadline of April 2019 for widespread use of biometric identification for users of its service. The payments company said all of its customers would be able to use biometrics,

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