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LA: Lawmaker wants Cajun Navy to train, pay fee before saving others

August 25, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Good Samaritans who rescued hundreds, maybe thousands of people during the 'Great Flood of 2016' say they're not happy after a state lawmaker announced that he wants government to regulate future actions by citizen heroes. A loosely organized group called the 'Cajun Navy,' took it upon themselves to save strangers, hundreds upon hundreds of them, by boat even when their own property was flooding. ... Republican state Sen. Jonathan Perry of the Vermillion-Lafayette area, announced he is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these volunteers to get past law enforcement into devastated areas. He said some were turned away." (08/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/08/23/cajun-navy-training-pay-fee/89232670/  

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Johnson says he is the true Republican

August 25, 2016
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US News and World Report    

"Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he represents the Republican party rank-and-file better than GOP nominee Donald Trump and argues that the country will realize it if he participates in the first presidential debate next month. Johnson told CNBC that Trump has tapped into the anger that many Americans feel toward the status quo, but Johnson said, 'That is not, in my opinion, representative of the majority of the Republican Party. And where's that representation? Well, I think it's me. I think it's me right now. It's the Libertarian Party. It's a big six-lane highway down the middle that Bill Weld [Johnson's vice presidential running mate] and myself are occupying.'" (08/23/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-08-23/libertarian-johnson-says-he-is-the-true-republican  

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A homeless woman’s $100,000 smile after Social Security paid what it owed her

August 24, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Wanda Witter smiled this morning -- a big, $100,000 smile. After battling Social Security for years, the 80-year-old woman who was homeless until a week ago got one of the biggest I-told-you-so's that a person can hope for. 'Ready?' asked the SunTrust bank teller, before spinning his monitor around to show Witter the new amount in her account on Tuesday morning. She'd been checking with him almost daily (she won't use an ATM machine), to see if she'd finally received the money owed to her." (08/23/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-homeless-womans-100000-smile-after-social-security-paid-what-it-owed-her/2016/08/23/2e8b0024-695d-11e6-8225-fbb8a6fc65bc_story.html  

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MIT researchers solve the Spectrum Crunch to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster

August 24, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"While using your cell phone at a massive public event, like a concert, conference, or sporting event, you have probably experienced slow communication, poor performance or slow browsing speeds, as crowds arrive. That's because of 'Spectrum Crunch,' which means, Interference of WiFi signals with each other. WiFi signals of all cell-phones in a large event interfere with each other because they are all fighting over the same limited spectrum but there is not enough bandwidth to handle all the traffic from the cellphones that are trying to use the same frequency slice at the same time, leaving them frustrated with painfully slow Internet access." (08/24/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/08/fastest-wifi-network.html  

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ND: 4,000 Native Americans in Bundy Ranch-style protest as DHS cuts water supply — media blackout

August 24, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful 'prayer camps' in recent days, prompting state officials on Monday to remove the demonstrators’ drinking water supply. North Dakota homeland security director Greg Wilz ordered the removal of state-owned trailers and water tanks from the protest encampment, despite the sweltering heat, because of alleged disorderly conduct, according to the Bismarck Tribune, including reports of laser pointers aimed at surveillance aircraft." (08/23/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dhs-cuts-water-native-american-protest/  

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Nicaragua: Opposition calls for boycott of “fraudulent” elections

August 24, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Nicaraguan opposition called on citizens this week to ignore the legitimacy of the elections on November 6, and to abstain from voting because it would be 'a travesty' to allow the re-election of President Daniel Ortega to what could be considered a 'dynastic dictatorship.' 'We are proclaiming the absolute invalidity of these fraudulent elections and demand genuine elections,' the National Coalition for Democracy said in a statement read by leader Violeta Granera during a news conference." (08/23/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/08/23/nicaraguan-opposition-calls-for-boycott-of-fraudulent-elections/  

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Seoul: North Korea fires submarine-launched missile

August 24, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast into the sea, the South Korean military said, at a time of heightened tensions between the two Koreas. North Korea launched the missile from a submarine off the eastern coastal town of Sinpo on Wednesday morning, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The launch comes just two days after the U.S. and South Korea began their annual joint military exercises that the North considers a rehearsal for an invasion. South Korean defense officials said it wasn't immediately known whether the launch was successful or not." (08/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/north-korea-plants-mines-korean-border-village-41585444  

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Abu Zubaydah, waterboarded by CIA, pleads for freedom

August 24, 2016
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Bradenton Herald    

"Abu Zubaydah, a war-on-terror detainee who was the first to undergo abusive interrogation in secret CIA custody after 9/11, appeared before a Pentagon panel on Tuesday to plead for his release -- the first time he’s been seen by any member of the public since being captured in 2002 during a shootout in Pakistan. The video link that beamed his image from Guantánamo to the Pentagon hearing, which was witnessed in part by more than a dozen journalists and monitors from nonprofit groups, revealed no signs of the waterboarding or other abuse Abu Zubaydah suffered during the four years he was in CIA custody." (08/23/16)

http://www.bradenton.com/news/nation-world/national/article97437492.html  

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Venezuela: “Maduro regime uses sports to front drug trafficking,” says Olympic cyclist

August 23, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"At the end of the olympics in Rio, Venezuelan cyclist Daniela Larreal came out about her country’s use of sports to traffic drugs. Larreal, who remains in exile after speaking about the illegal practices of the Sports Ministry, went on the radio show The Force of the Union and claimed the Venezuelan government hid behind its athletes to traffic drugs." (08/23/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/08/23/maduro-regime-uses-sports-to-front-drug-trafficking-olympic-cyclist/  

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I am a Libertarian fundamentalist

August 23, 2016
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Steemit
by Shane Killian  

"Okay, you got me, I admit it. All this time you've called us Libertarians 'fundamentalists,' associating us with people who want to kill gays and Jews and people who draw pictures of some guy who lived 14 centuries ago. Well, you know what? I am a Libertarian fundamentalist. I absolutely believe, at a fundamental level, that it is wrong to initiate force. And I can and have defended that position logically from first principles. I'll never understand why you statists think that not using force to get what you want is a bad thing. See, that's the thing: you're fundamentalists, too!" (08/22/16)

https://steemit.com/anarchy/@shanedk/i-am-a-libertarian-fundamentalist  

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Turkey withdraws ambassador to Austria amid diplomatic spat

August 23, 2016
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador to Austria, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday, amid a growing diplomatic spat. Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ambassador Hasan Gogus was called back to Ankara for 'consultations and to review ties,' citing Austrian authorities' decision to allow alleged supporters of Turkey's Kurdish rebels to hold a demonstration in Vienna over the weekend as well as rising anti-Turkish rhetoric in Austria."

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1283000/Turkey-withdraws-ambassador-to-Austria-amid-diplomatic-spat.html?isap=1&nav=5022  

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Colombia: Officials to deport 33 Venezuelans after border reopening

August 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Colombia said Monday that it is deporting 33 Venezuelans in the country illegally amid warnings that the recent reopening of the two nations' border could be fueling a wave of illegal immigration. Migration officials said the 33 women were detained in the northern city of Barrancabermeja and would be taken to the border for expulsion. Venezuelans desperate to buy food and medicine hard to find at home have been flooding across the border since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month reopened crossings that he closed a year earlier as part of a crackdown on smuggling." (08/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-deport-33-venezuelans-border-reopening-41578581  

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Leaked exploits are legit and belong to NSA: Cisco, Fortinet and Snowden docs confirm

August 22, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Last week, a group calling itself 'The Shadow Brokers' published what it said was a set of NSA 'cyber weapons,' including some working exploits for the Internet's most crucial network infrastructure, apparently stolen from the agency's Equation Group in 2013. Well, talking about the authenticity of those exploits, The Intercept published Friday a new set of documents from the Edward Snowden archive, which confirms that the files leaked by the Shadow Brokers contain authentic NSA software and hacking tools used to secretly infect computers worldwide." (08/22/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/08/nsa-hack-exploit.html  

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TX: “White Lives Matter” group protests outside Houston NAACP office

August 22, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"It's a stark image that caught some in Houston's Third Ward off guard: Confederate battle flags waving outside of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Office. Roughly 20 people showed up on Sunday, some with the red flag and assault rifles, others holding up a 'White Lives Matter' banner, in a protest against the NAACP, according to local media reports. 'We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here and that's one of the most racist groups in America,' Scott Lacy, a White Lives Matter member, told KPRC-TV." (08/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/08/21/white-lives-matter-protest-staged-outside-houston-naacp-office/89088326/  

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Venezuela: Regime bans lines outside of bakeries that spread “anxiety”

August 22, 2016
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PanAm Post    

"The Venezuelan government has announced it will be fining bakeries that make people stand in lines to buy bread. The National Superintendency of Fair Prices noted this measure is intended to 'dismantle the strategy of generating anxiety' in Venezuelans, as the lines are more of a political decision than they are a reflection of a lack of raw materials. A spokesperson said they are evaluating various cost structures to make a price adjustment, though it did not specify which products will see their prices changed." (08/19/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/08/19/venezuela-bans-lines-outside-of-bakeries-that-spread-anxiety/  

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Most limits on US-Mexico flights are about to be lifted

August 22, 2016
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NBC DFW    

"Most restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Mexico will lift on Sunday, a change expected to bring more options and possibly lower prices for travelers. American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. United is watching the demand for flights and will respond accordingly, a spokesman said." (08/20/16)

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Most-Limits-on-US-Mexico-Flights-Are-About-to-Be-Lifted-390801332.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DFWBrand  

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FEC turns fake candidates like “Deez Nuts” into make-work, excuse for whining

August 21, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The Federal Election Commission (FEC) says it will no longer tolerate 'unlawfully false or fictitious' political candidates like 'Deez Nuts.' 'The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters to filers listing fictional characters, obscene language, sexual references, celebrities (where this is no indication that the named celebrity submitted the filing), animals, or similarly implausible entities as the name or contact information of the candidate or committee,' the agency said in a statement Thursday." (08/19/16)rk

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/other-races/291960-fec-to-fight-fake-candidates-like-deez-nuts  

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KY: Judge dismisses marriage license lawsuits against Davis

August 21, 2016
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Lexington Herald Leader    

"A federal judge on Thursday dismissed three lawsuits pending against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses in 2015, following the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue is now settled, U.S. District Judge David Bunning wrote in his order. At Davis'[s] request, Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly changed state law this year to remove county clerks' names from marriage licenses. And in Rowan County, one of Davis'[s] deputy clerks has been issuing licenses to all couples, same-sex and opposite-sex, since Davis was briefly jailed for contempt of court last summer after violating Bunning's order to resume issuing licenses." (08/19/16)

http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article96670002.html  

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AZ: US judge seeks criminal contempt charges against Arpaio

August 21, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial sheriff had violated court orders stemming from a 2007 racial profiling case. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow also urged criminal contempt charges against Arpaio's second-in-command, Gerard Sheridan, along with Maricopa County Sheriff's Captain Steve Bailey and an Arpaio attorney, Michele Iafrate." (08/19/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arizona-sheriff-contempt-idUSKCN10V018  

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Uruguay: Government to finally allow marijuana sales in pharmacies

August 21, 2016
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PanAm Post    

"Uruguay will finally be creating a registry for consumers who want to buy marijuana in pharmacies. The government reported the amount of marijuana that is produced for sale in pharmacies is enough for distribution; however, according to experts and surveys of domestic consumers, it won’t actually cover the country’s demand. Pharmacies who can sell it are concentrated in metropolitan areas." (08/18/16)

https://panampost.com/ysol-delgado/2016/08/18/uruguay-to-finally-allow-marijuana-sales-in-pharmacies/  

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ND: The final Indian war has begun and the police are on the wrong side of history

August 21, 2016
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Counter Current News    

"Kate Bubacz of Buzzfeed reports that Last week, the federal government gave final approval to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will run for 1,172 miles to transport crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Patoka, Illinois.Hundreds of outraged protesters, primarily Lakota and Dakota from Native American reservations, assembled at the edge of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota to voice their anger and concern." (08/19/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/08/north-dakota-pipeline-last-indian-war/  

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Police State USA: Cop loses it, tackles & chokes school kid to the ground for jaywalking

August 21, 2016
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The Daily Liberator    

"On his first day as a senior at Hoover High School, Keyshawn found himself in a struggle with a Fresno Police officer who put his hands around the student’s neck, slammed him to the ground, and then employed a controversial chokehold -- similar to that which killed Eric Garner -- while his friend Johnny recorded the incident. His 'crime' was jaywalking. Although video uploaded to Facebook shows no evidence of weapons, much less violence or significant resistance against the cop who choked Keyshawn or other officers arriving on scene, both were arrested." (08/19/16)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/police-state-usa-cop-loses-tackles-chokes-school-kid-ground-jaywalking/  

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Warning: Bitcoin users could be targeted by state-sponsored hackers

August 21, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Another day, another bad news for Bitcoin users. A leading Bitcoin information site is warning users that an upcoming version of the Blockchain consolidation software and Bitcoin wallets could most likely be targeted by 'state-sponsored attackers.' Recently, one of the world's most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex, suffered a major hack that resulted in a loss of around $72 Million worth of Bitcoins." (08/18/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/08/bitcoin-software-hack.html  

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Naked Donald Trump statues erected in New York, Los Angeles, other sites around US

August 21, 2016
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ABC [Australia]    

"A naked statue of Donald Trump, complete with bulging belly and elaborate yellow hair, caused laughter and merriment in New York on Thursday (local time) until it was demolished by park wardens. Hands clasped across ample belly, the sculpture was unveiled in Union Square, gazing out across a busy street with an engraved plaque reading 'The Emperor Has No Balls', witnesses said. Four other naked Trump statues appeared in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Ohio, according to social media posts." (08/19/16)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-19/naked-trump-statues-erected-in-sites-around-us/7765602?WT.tsrc=Facebook  

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US DoJ says it will end use of private prisons

August 18, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The Justice Department plans to phase out its use of private prisons after they were determined to be less safe and less effective that government facilities, The Washington Post reports. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in a memo Thursday instructed officials to not renew contracts with private prison operators or instead to 'substantially reduce' the scope of such contracts. The goal is to ultimately end the department's use of privately operated prisons." (08/18/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/291842-justice-department-says-it-will-end-use-of-private-prisons  

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