In early September, it was revealed that Yahoo had been threatened with a fine of $250,000 per day for failing to hand over information to the federal government. Details of the threat became public after 1,500 pages worth of documents were unsealed in the case, stemming from a 2007 order from the FISA Court. Wired reports, “Yahoo applied to appeal the [FISA] decision and requested a stay in the data collection pending the appeal. But the FISA Court refused the stay, and beginning in March 2008, Yahoo was forced to comply with the request for data in the meantime ‘under threat of civil contempt.’
Five months later, in August 2008, the FISA Court of Review found that the data request, undertaken for national security reasons, qualified for an exception to the warrant requirement under the Fourth Amendment and upheld the original court’s order to comply.” Continue reading
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By Richard Winger On September 18, a trial court in Springfield, Illinois, rejected the Republican attempt to remove the Libertarian Party slate of statewide candidates from the ballot. The Republican challengers had claimed that some of the petitioners must have signed off as circulators of certain petition sheets, even though someone else for those sheets was the true(More)…
By Richard Winger On September 18, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Kansas Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate may withdraw from the ballot.
By Matt Agorist The realization of a standing army in the supposed “Land of the Free” has since become mainstream, after last month’s show of militarized force in Ferguson, MO, a town with a population of 21,000.
Nothing says it’s time for a national conversation more than politicians becoming worried about the rise of the Police State USA. Sadly, it was the politicians that created this leviathan in the first place.
Criminalizing personal choice through the state’s immoral war on drugs has been one of the main catalysts in the creation of this nonsensical standing army that now occupies the USSA.
The war on drugs has
By Matt Agorist Technology giant Google has developed a new version of its Android operating system, featuring data encryption that is said to automatically foil investigation by law enforcement.
Google announced on Thursday that its next-generation installment of Android – the world’s most popular mobile operating system, with roughly 1 billion users – will encrypt all user data on smartphones, preventing law enforcement from accessing personal data.
Niki Christoff, Google’s spokeswoman, said the company has offered encryption on Android devices for over three years, but few users knew how to use the feature.
“As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default
By Richard Winger On September 17, a trial state court in Springfield, Illinois, held a hearing in the case filed by Republican Party challengers to the statewide Libertarian Party slate. See this story. Thanks to Robert Kraus for the link.
By Jay Syrmopoulos As if the police don’t have enough tools at their disposal to steal the hard earned money of the public, a new device is being developed to tell if a person in a vehicle is texting.
A Virginia company, ComSonics, is working on development of a device that detects radio frequencies that come from a cell phone inside of a car, according to the Virginia-Pilot.
Text messages emit unique frequencies that differ from the radio waves emitted by other activities on a phone. This new device would allow officers to determine if someone were texting from inside the vehicle.
Texting while driving is
By John Vibes 38-year-old Gregory Pyle, of Crest Hill, Illinois, was sentenced to 50 years in prison this week after confessing to sexually abusing a child and distributing images of the attack online. Pyle was a 10-year veteran of his police department who actually worked in a child predator task force for a long period of time.
Pyle admitted in court that in December of 2008, he took a young child out of state where he sexually abused the child and either recorded or took pictures of the abuse.
According to prosecutors, the child was under 12-years-old at the time and the evidence shows
The days were becoming unbearably hot with temperatures over 40 degrees celsius happening daily. I now fully understood the necessity of the siesta, being a lazy guy, I had always been fond of the afternoon nap but with this kind of heat it was the only way to not fall over dead. One day Jap comes and tells me that he is going to Amsterdam for business. Part of me wondered how he had any money to go as he had told me that he was broke and had no money for nutrients. Another part of me thought that maybe he would make some money in the Dam and be able to fund some nutrients when he returned. Either way I was going to be doing all the work for the next week. After he left I realized what a tense atmosphere he created when he was around because it was gone now. Life was very easy for that week as Anna and I took care of the farm and I kept watch over the crops like a proud papa. When Jap returned a week later he brought his and Anna’s daughter Luna with him. She was a 21-year-old Amsterdammer who was down for a few months to write a screen-play. She had never written one but thought it would be an easy way to make money. I knew nothing about it so I wished her the best and barely talked to her after that. It seems the odd qualities of her parents had rubbed off on her as well, she was a strange bird indeed, but nice enough I guess. Jap was fairly mellow for the first few days back but soon reverted to his grumpy ways and was using anger to communicate with his family. I stayed in the caravan most of the time trying to stay out of his line of fire, I was starting to get cabin fever with his behavior and the heat, hopefully I could make it through. Jap came and once again told me he was going to Amsterdam and this time he would be gone for 2 weeks. I was a bit peeved that he was leaving all the work to me again but the place was so much more peaceful with him gone that I didn’t mention it and saw him off with a smile. The time just flew by with him gone as I continued to enjoy the progress of our crops, by the time he returned I had about 75 beautiful girls as tall as me. Unfortunately, he had to return. Continue reading
By Richard Winger This Associated Press article by AP reporter Travis Loller gives an unusually comprehensive account of Tennessee’s history of hostility toward minor parties. It also reveals that there is still no decision on whether the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Governor this year will be on with the ballot label “independent” or “Libertarian.”
When we started Coinbase, we took a look at the Bitcoin Core open source project, and tried to decide how we could use it to build a web application. Bitcoin Core is a great reference implementation, but was never designed to query blockchain data in a flexible way (such as through a SQL database) or to scale to millions of users across dozens of servers. And so we built our own Bitcoin node to power Coinbase (which we’ve now scaled to 1.6M wallets).
Today we’re happy to announce Toshi, the next generation of our Bitcoin node, has been open sourced.
By Richard Winger Buzzsmart says there is some reason to believe that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is mulling over running for president in 2016 as an independent. Huntsman, for a few weeks in late 2011, had made up his mind to seek the Americans Elect nomination for president in 2012, but then he changed his mind. See(More)…