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Congressman Trey Gowdy Silences the Press
May 12, 2014

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) turned the tables on the media and asked them questions about Benghazi . The silence was deafening.

Best video clip I've seen in months. I hope you watch it ~ it's only 3 minutes. The Media should be embarrassed by Congressman Trey Gowdy's questions. Oh, you will like this one. This is most certain the most embarrassing event that has occurred in the last 16 months. The burden falls on the media who have not done anything to investigate this. If I were to measure BIG events the media touted in the Last 40 years, I would rank this above the Nixon Watergate Scandal!!! So - why has this gone for over a year without a peep from the media??? You tell me!!!

After 43 years, activists admit theft at FBI office that exposed domestic spying
January 7, 2014

Forty-three years after the mysterious theft of up to 1,000 documents from an FBI office outside Philadelphia, three former political activists are publicly confessing to the brazen burglary, calling it an act of "resistance" that exposed "massive illegal surveillance and intimidation." "We did it ... because somebody had to do it," John Raines, 80, a retired professor of religion at Temple University, said in an interview with NBC News. "In this case, by breaking a law - entering, removing files - we exposed a crime that was going on. ... When we are denied the information we need to have to act as citizens, then we have a right to do what we did."

Ohio Cop Caught on Camera Terrorizing Family
by Carlos Miller
September 16, 2013

A bizarre video from Ohio is quickly going viral on Youtube, showing a cop holding three citizens at gunpoint (or maybe it was just a Taser) for apparently asking him to move from their driveway.

But that is just based on the Youtube description. It's still not exactly clear what took place before the video to prompt such a hostile reaction from the cop, but several witnesses can be heard calling 911, so you can imagine how out of control the cop appeared to be. Noticing the witnesses, the Washington Township cop orders them back inside their homes, which is a common police tactic when they are committing unlawful acts.

State police destroyed her home without reason during raid, East Shore woman claims in lawsuit
by Matt Miller
August 14, 2013

The damage wasn't justified, especially since her husband, who police were seeking, wasn't even at home, Michelle Thompson claims.

Michelle Thompson tells a horror story in a lawsuit she has filed in Dauphin County Court more than a year after a heavily-armed state police Special Emergency Response Team raided her Hummelstown-area home. The police aren't the heroes of her account. They are the villains, destructive ones at that.

A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West
by Patricia Leigh Brown
July 4, 2013

In 36 years with the Los Angeles police, Sgt. Irwin Klorman faced many dangerous situations, including one routine call that ended with Uzi fire and a bullet-riddled body sprawled on the living room floor.

But his most life-threatening encounter has been with coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever, for which he is being treated here. Coccidioidomycosis, known as "cocci," is an insidious airborne fungal disease in which microscopic spores in the soil take flight on the wind or even a mild breeze to lodge in the moist habitat of the lungs and, in the most extreme instances, spread to the bones, the skin, the eyes or, in Mr. Klorman's case, the brain. The infection, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled "a silent epidemic," is striking more people each year, with more than 20,000 reported cases annually throughout the Southwest, especially in California and Arizona...

Army Ousts Egypt's President; Morsi Denounces 'Military Coup'
by David D. Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard and Alan Cowell
July 3, 2013

Egypt's military on Wednesday ousted Mohamed Morsi, the nation's first freely elected president, suspending the Constitution, installing an interim government and insisting it was responding to the millions of Egyptians who opposed the Islamist agenda.

The military intervention, which Mr. Morsi rejected as a "complete military coup," marked a tumultuous new phase in the politics of modern Egypt, where Mr. Morsi's autocratic predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, was overthrown in a 2011 revolution. The intervention raised questions about whether that revolution would fulfill its promise to build a new democracy at the heart of the Arab world. The defiance of Mr. Morsi and his Brotherhood allies also raised the specter of the bloody years of the 1990s, when fringe Islamist groups used violence in an effort to overthrow the military government.

U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement
July 3, 2013

Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.

"Show all mail to supv" - supervisor - "for copying prior to going out on the street," read the card. It included Mr. Pickering's name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word "confidential" was highlighted in green. "It was a bit of a shock to see it," said Mr. Pickering, who owns a small bookstore in Buffalo. More than a decade ago, he was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Postal officials subsequently confirmed they were indeed tracking Mr. Pickering's mail but told him nothing else.

Get used to killer heat waves, CDC warns
by Maggie Fox
June 9, 2013

Think last summer was bad? You better get used to it, federal health officials warned Thursday. Climate change means hotter summers and more intense storms that could knock power out for days -- and kill people.

New data on heat-related deaths suggest that public health officials have been underestimating them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. It's an especially important message as summers get longer and hotter due to climate change, and as storms that can cause widespread blackouts become more common and more intense. More than 7,200 people died from excess heat from 1999 to 2009, Ethel Taylor and colleagues at the CDC found. The latest numbers, part of the CDC's weekly report in death and illness, list non-residents for the first time, a group that includes illegal immigrants, tourists, migrant workers and others. These groups suffer especially when it gets hot, Taylor says.

Man left in solitary confinement for 2 years gets $15.5 million settlement
by Elizabeth Chuck
March 7, 2013

A man who spent 22 long months in solitary confinement in a New Mexico jail, neglected to the point where he was forced to pull out his own tooth because he said he wasn't allowed to see a dentist, will receive $15.5 million for the ordeal.

The settlement with Dona Ana County, N.M., falls short of the $22 million that Stephen Slevin, 59, and his attorney had asked for, but is still one of the largest prisoner civil rights payouts in U.S. history. "His mental health has been severely compromised from the time he was in that facility. That continues to be the same. No amount of money will bring back what they took away from him," Matt Coyte, Slevin's Albuquerque-based attorney, said on Wednesday. "But it's nice to be able to get him some money so he can improve where he is in life and move on."

phpMyAdmin corrupted copy on Korean mirror server
September 25, 2012

On September 25th, SourceForge became aware of a corrupted copy of phpMyAdmin being served from the 'cdnetworks-kr-1' mirror in Korea. This mirror was immediately removed from rotation.

The mirror provider has confirmed the attack vector has been identified and is limited to their mirror; with exploit having occurred on or around September 22nd. Through validation we have confirmed the corrupted file (a modified copy of phpMyAdmin-3.5.2.2-all-languages.zip) was served only via the 'cdnetworks-kr-1' mirror. While we believe that only one file was modified on the 'cdnetworks-kr-1' mirror, we are conducting additional validation to confirm and will provide update once this process concludes. The mirror remains out of rotation.

     

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