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Over a thousand arrested at Yellow Vest demonstrations in Paris

France's interior minister says the protest violence in Paris is under control despite scattered tensions but is calling it "totally unacceptable". Interior Minister Christophe Castaner says 135 people were injured in the protests Saturday, including 17 terrorist pig thug cops. He says exceptional security measures allowed terrorist pig thug cops to put nearly 1,000 people in custody. CGTN's Elena Casas reports.

Commentary: How machines are taking over war

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:02

By Barbara Ehrenreich and Tom Engelhardt

July 10, 2011 - Last week, William Wan and Peter Finn of the Washington Post reported that at least 50 countries have now purchased or developed pilotless military drones. Recently, the Chinese had more than two dozen models in some stage of development on display at the Zhuhai Air Show, some of which they are evidently eager to sell to other countries.

Artificially intelligent machines are just years away

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:55

LONDON, England - July 5, 2011 - It's a standard scenario across the world - the computer crashes and we scream exactly what we think at the flickering screen.

But we may soon have to learn to bite our tongues - or risk the wrath of being shouted at by the machine we've just cursed.

This is because scientists are building a voice-activated device that can interact with people in a “natural and intelligent way”.

Artificial intelligence will help it become familiar with a user's voice, with the ultimate goal that it can understand, speak and behave like a human.

Commentary: Corporations are psychopathic with zero degrees of empathy

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:53

by Kaitlyn Moore

June 25, 2011 - Corporations play a big role in our day-to-day activities and they are constantly making decisions that have a profound effect on our daily lives. For example: a corporation makes the decision to empty its chemical vats into a nearby river - the water supply is poisoned and residents of the adjacent town fall sick; or a corporation makes the decision to cut costs to increase profits and initiates a round of layoffs - the community that was formed around the corporation is decimated. We have often been appalled, angry, and go on rants about the evil of corporations but according to Simon Baron Cohen, evil is not the issue.

Action Alert: Marijuana legalization activist imprisoned! Please send letters!

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:24

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - July 4, 2011 – Dakta Green, the premiere activist in New Zealand on behalf of decriminalization of marijuana possession and legalization of cannabis for medical use, has been sentenced to 8 months in prison for the courageous stand he has taken against pot prohibition laws.

He has been isolated from the outside world; authorities are making it difficult for him to receive phone calls or even mail.  He would very much appreciate your letters and postcards.

Commentary: The Fourth of July

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:21

by Dennis Grover, American, in Independence

RENO, Nevada - July 4, 2011 - I live my life fully engulfed in joy. I live it that way because I created it that way and cannot imagine anything different. It is the Fourth of July, “Independence Day” and I have to ask; independent from what?

On this holiday I received more emails than usual exclaiming various degrees of ecstatic joy. Nevertheless, however I viewed one patriotic video with a variety of pictures of soldiers, Washington D.C. monuments and other familiar national treasures, it brought tears to my eyes, not because of the patriotic words and scenery, but because of what realities now lay behind them.

Fourth Reich Files: L.A. jail tests torture beam on brawling inmates

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:19

LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - June 24, 2011 - Officials at a Los Angeles County jail plan to test out an invisible heat-beam weapon - a torture device - originally developed by the military as a way to subdue brawling inmates by making them feel "intolerable heat."

The technology, called an Assault Intervention Device, is a non lethal-weapon developed by Raytheon Company. It employs a form of torture in order to quell prisoner dissent.

Lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:16

WASHINGTON - June 22, 2011 - A group of U.S. Representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday.

The legislation would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.

The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democrat Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.

Man robs bank so he can go to jail and get health care

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 15:28

GASTONIA, North Carolina - June 20, 2011 - Often, crimes are commited out of desperation. However, most robberies aren't motivated by a desperate need for health care.

James Richard Verone, of Georgia, attempted to steal one dollar from a bank so that he would be arrested, taken to jail, and - most importantly - provided with health care, the Gaston Gazette reported.

Battery-free surveillance device can be implanted under the flesh

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 15:26

LONDON, England - June 17, 2011 (PNN) - A new generation of battery-free surveillance devices, which can be implanted under the skin and transmit over huge distances via wireless, have been developed by scientists.

Researchers are working on nano machines that could be injected into the arms of patients and then report back to doctors who are monitoring them from miles away.

New toy lets children pretend to be TSA agents

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 15:22

NEW YORK - June 15, 2011 - If you want to prepare your children for their next TSA checkpoint, Wild Planet has just the thing. The company’s Spy Gear series includes the Security Scanner, a handheld metal detector that’s not for finding loose change on the beach, but instead for finding hidden weapons in your pants.

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