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Your right to record the police
Hot Air
by Jazz Shaw
September 5, 2011

In an era where virtually every phone is a combination audio recorder, still shot and video camera, one disturbing trend of late has been the increasing habit of police to arrest citizens who record their activities in the public square.

Glenn Reynolds, in the Examiner, goes on to detail the additional case of Simon Glik in Massachusetts, who recently won an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals For The First Circuit. Mr. Glik was arrested for videotaping police in the act of detaining a suspect on a public street and subsequently charged with "wiretapping." I should say up front that I'm pretty much always a big supporter of the police, having had more than a few of them in our family. But when they conduct their business out in public, they are held to a high standard. If they are dong their jobs properly, they should have nothing to fear from the scrutiny of the rest of the citizens.

Your Source For More Sophisticated Intel
F-Secure Weblog
by Sean
August 17, 2012

The amount of malware in the world can be counted in many different ways. Here at F-Secure Labs, we prefer a more conservative approach to enumerate threats.

Your tax dollars at work: State Department now running TV ads in Pakistan denouncing Mohammed movie
Hot Air
by Allahpundit
September 20, 2012

Let me recycle a few lines from the post on Martin Dempsey phoning Terry Jones because this is where I think we're headed, at least as long as American troops are stationed in large numbers in the Middle East:

"Loyola's right that military leaders phoning citizens to ask them to pipe down for the sake of the troops sets a bad precedent. If more copycats do emerge, will Dempsey phone all of them? Will the Pentagon set up a special phone bank for officers to phone critics of Islam and let them know that they're hurting national security by giving fundie nuts a pretext to make trouble? If we're going down this road, let's just establish a PR bureau inside the Defense Department to issue official statements of patriotic disapproval anytime a U.S. citizen says something that's unhelpful to the wider strategy in the Middle East."

Your TV might be watching you
money.cnn.com
by Erica Fink and Laurie Segall
August 1, 2013

A flaw in Samsung Smart TVs was discovered that could allow hackers to control the camera and watch users in their living rooms.

Today's high-end televisions are almost all equipped with "smart" PC-like features, including Internet connectivity, apps, microphones and cameras. But a recently discovered security hole in some Samsung Smart TVs shows that many of those bells and whistles aren't ready for prime time. The flaws in Samsung Smart TVs, which have now been patched, enabled hackers to remotely turn on the TVs' built-in cameras without leaving any trace of it on the screen. While you're watching TV, a hacker anywhere around the world could have been watching you. Hackers also could have easily rerouted an unsuspecting user to a malicious website to steal bank account information.

Your Vote Won't Matter. Don't Waste It.
forbes.com
by Art Carden
January 19, 2012

How to Win at Voting. Here's a sad truth: if you're going to vote in the 2012 election because you're afraid the Right Candidate won't win (or the Wrong Candidate will) if you don't, then you're wasting your time.

The probability that you die in an auto accident driving to the polling place is higher than the probability that you cast the decisive ballot. I'll be blunt: if you vote for Obama because you're afraid of a Republican win, or if you vote for the Republican because you're afraid of an Obama win, then you're wasting your time. You're also wasting your vote. You've probably heard the claim that politics is too partisan, too nasty, and too disingenuous. This is perhaps to be expected; to paraphrase the philosopher Jason Brennan (whose excellent The Ethics of Voting I just reviewed for Public Choice and will discuss here in greater detail later), elections encouraged civilized conversation and thoughtful, reasoned reflection the way fraternity parties encourage temperance and sobriety. This is especially true of Presidential elections.

Your WordPress Disaster Recovery Plan
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by James Dunn
October 3, 2012

Successful recovery from a WordPress disaster depends on planning ahead. Having a plan that includes these pieces of information can make recovery easier.

I didn't sleep very well last night. No, it wasn't because of a barking dog, a crying child, or my WordPress website had been hacked. We had a very rough storm roll through - complete with lightning, thunder, a tornado warning, and more rain that we've had in a single night in quite a while. While laying awake watching the storm, what I usually do so my family can sleep uninterrupted, I got to thinking about where all of our important papers were and how easily we could locate them in the event of a natural disaster.

Youth suspended over sketch of gun
World Net Daily (AZ)
August 22, 2007

Officials say drawing by teen 'absolutely considered a threat'

A 13-year-old boy has been suspended for three days by an Arizona public school because he sketched a picture that resembled a gun, something school officials said they "absolutely" believed could pose a threat.

YouTube Blocks 'Anti-Mohammed' Video, Not Taliban Terror Videos
mrc.org
by Lauren Thompson
October 9, 2012

Site limits 'Innocence of Muslims' in Islamic countries but allows video of lethal attack on American base.

"Those who came here insulting Islam and the Koran, I will take revenge on them," said a Taliban suicide bomber with a chilling smile. Moments later he drove a truck loaded with 10,000 kg of explosives into U.S. Forward-Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers. It was all captured on a Taliban propaganda video narrated by an Al Jazeera reporter. It's currently available for anyone to see on YouTube. More shocking, the Taliban have their own YouTube channel, though it is mostly dormant.

YouTube dad says authorities pay visit; Daughter gets job offer
wsoctv.com
February 14, 2012

A local father who captured worldwide attention after posting a YouTube rant about his daughter is now responding to all the attention.

Tommy Jordan, from Stanly County, got mad after his daughter complained about doing chores on her Facebook page. In the video, titled "Facebook Parenting for the troubled teen" shows Jordan pull out a gun and shoots his daughter's laptop.

YouTube deletes entire Health Ranger video channel; deletes over 1700 videos in latest politically motivated censorship purge
naturalnews.com
by Mike Adams
March 4, 2018

In the latest gross violation of free speech committed by radical left-wing tech giants, YouTube has now deleted the entire Health Ranger video channel, wiping out over 1,700 videos covering everything from nutrition, natural medicine, history...

Over the last two weeks, YouTube has been on a censorship rampage that's apparently run by the SPLC , a radical left-wing hate group that despises Christianity, the Second Amendment and patriots in particular. Hundreds of prominent conservative video channels have been targeted for termination by YouTube, leading many independent media leaders like myself to call for government regulation of YouTube to protect free speech and end the tyranny.

     

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