Early Saturday morning, a trauma hospital run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan “was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15 minute intervals.” MSF reports, “The main central hospital building, housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward, was repeatedly hit very precisely during each aerial raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched.” Continue reading
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By Dr. Brian Sovryn I received an email just the other day from a follower of this blog and a listener to my science and tech podcast–Sovryn Tech–that made a pretty interesting point that I think I’ve largely glossed over with the Dark Android Project: Smartphones without SIM cards.
Regular readers of this blog (and those that have set up their own Dark Android devices) know that I recommend using tablets instead of smartphones due to phones (and some tablets, true) having SIM cards in them, and we now know for certain that SIM cards are a huge security issue. But if you have a
By The Free Thought Project (RT) — Trade ministers from the US and Asia-Pacific region have reached a deal on the Pacific trade pact that is intended to cut trade barriers and establish common standards for 12 countries. This is the largest trade pact in 20 years and has been a long-term goal of the Obama administration.
The bloc is headed by the US and includes Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
The 12 countries that signed the #TPP agreement:
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) October 5, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement covers 40 percent of the world’s economy. Negotiations have
By Richard Winger On October 5, the U.S. Supreme Court revealed that on September 28, it had refused to hear Balsam v Guadagno, 15-39. This is the case in which some New Jersey voters argued that New Jersey’s closed primaries are unconstitutional.
By Matt Agorist Carlsbad, CA — A shocking video captured the brutal beating of a mother in front of her two children after she merely asked an officer a question.
Cindy Hahn and her children were on their way home when they stopped to use the restroom. During their stop, Hahn asked a Carlsbad police officer a question.
According to Hahn, the officer responded by telling her to mind her own business. Shocked that the officer would address her in such a manner, Hahn called the department to complain. Minutes later, the cop who she reported for being rude pulls her over.
For an alleged seat
By Richard Winger This Politico article quotes several experts on polls, who agree that presidential primary debate sponsors are depending on polls far too much when they decide which candidates to invite.
By Richard Winger On October 1, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Puerto Rico v Valle, 15-108. Technically the case is about criminal law, but the courts, to resolve this case, must also resolve whether Puerto Rico has any sovereignty or whether Congress has all sovereignty over Puerto Rico.
A resident of Puerto Rico was indicted by the federal government for the illegal sale of firearms. He plead guilty and served a short term. Then he was indicted by Puerto Rico authorities for the gun violation. The Puerto Rico Supreme Court ruled that he could not be prosecuted by
By Matt Agorist Orange County, FL — In just the past seven years, Deputy Richard Nye, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, has been the subject of a whopping 21 excessive force complaints. Three of these “isolated incidents” happened in the last two months alone and were all caught on video.
Given Nye’s ludicrously violent and corrupt past, this man should have never been carrying a badge. However, this seems to be the nature of the thin blue line.
In mid-September, Nye was captured on video kicking a man in the face as he lay face-down on the ground in handcuffs. Prior to that Nye
By The Free Thought Project New York, NY (RT) — A 25-year-old woman is suing the NYPD, after two of its officers charged with investigating her rape case got her drunk in a hotel room and sexually assaulted her.
The complaint made on Tuesday relates to an incident in January 2013, when the Seattle nursing student was assaulted by a “social acquaintance” at an apartment. She reported the assault by phone in June, and was told the Special Victims Unit would handle the case.
According to the New York Daily News, Lieutenant Adam Lamboy and Detective Lucazs Skorzewski arrived to take the woman’s statement on July 5.
By Richard Winger Recently, the Constitutional Court, Indonesia’s highest court, struck down a ballot access restriction on independent candidates in regional elections. See this story.
By Richard Winger Time Magazine has this list of all the Republican primaries and caucuses, and the number of delegates each state and territory sends to the national convention.
By John Vibes Orono, MN – For more than a year, we have been following the story of a Minnesota man, Jay Nygard, who is routinely risking jail time because he refuses to remove a wind turbine from his property. Nygard has been in and out of court over the years, and despite a short-lived victory in October, he was recently back in front of a judge facing a contempt of court charge for refusing a court order to remove the turbines from his property.
He did eventually remove the turbines, leaving only the cement bases because removing them would cause structural damage to
By Matt Agorist Bronx, NY — A mother is regretting her decision to call the police to help her find her son last year after their visit landed the 24-year-old nonverbal autistic man in the hospital.
Ana Baltazar, mother of Miguel Torruella, called 9-1-1 last year after her son went missing. Within an hour, the police had found Torruella. However, lacking the training and subsequent competence to deal with a nonverbal autistic person, the NYPD used the only resource they have to handle the situation – violence.
When police found Torruella, he was scared and lost, walking down the street. Torruella’s inability to communicate with