Author Archives: Joe from MassPrivateI

Apple will log about how many ‘phone calls or emails you send and receive’ to give your device a ‘trust score’

Business Insider Apple will start assigning so-called “trust scores” for Apple devices in a bid to combat fraud. First spotted by VentureBeat, a new provision has quietly appeared updated in the iTunes Store privacy page:  

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PETA demands university ban football game balloons

Campus Reform – by Zachary Petrizzo Vegan advocacy nonprofit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is demanding that the University of Nebraska at Lincoln part ways with its longstanding tradition of releasing party balloons at university football games. … Continue reading

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2018: The Rise of Spying Transit Police

MassPrivateI Today’s Public Transit Police Departments offer a frightening glimpse into the future of commuter surveillance. Last year the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was accused of creating an app that spied on commuters travel plans, texts and emails. At the … Continue reading

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State Legislator Says 11-Year-Old Tased By Cop Deserved It And Her Parents Probably Suck

Tech Dirt – by Tim Cushing Cincinnati police officer Kevin Brown’s decision to fire a Taser at an 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting from a grocery store in August immediately drew criticism from city officials and advocates. But Ohio state Representative … Continue reading

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Operation C.A.R.E. checkpoints used to question thousands of motorists

MassPrivateI For those of you that think law enforcement really cares about you I give you…Operation C.A.R.E. What is Operation C.A.R.E.? Operation C.A.R.E. or “Combined Accident Reduction Effort” began in 1977 as a Michigan and Indiana State Police safety initiative.  

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California Police Chief Claims Legal Weed Delivery Could Lead to ‘Assaults and Homicides’

Reason – by Joe Setyon A proposal under consideration in California would allow marijuana businesses to deliver weed straight to people’s doorsteps, even in places where it’s illegal to sell pot. Sounds convenient, right? Not according to Morgan Hill Police … Continue reading

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Private Creditors Can Put You in Jail

The American Conservative – by Michael Shindler The United States is a nation rife with indebtedness: student loans, credit card balances, unpaid medical bills, and hefty mortgages are all familiar features of American life. During certain points in history, people … Continue reading

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Taco Bell employee refuses to help client who doesn’t speak Spanish

Miami Herald – by Mario J Penton A video of an argument with a Taco Bell employee in Hialeah has unleashed a wave of indignation on social media. The incident happened on Wednesday night, when Alexandria Montgomery was trying to … Continue reading

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Troopers in trucks target distracted driving

WAND 17 WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. (WAND)- Illinois State Police patrolled a stretch of I-55 in a semi Wednesday as part of a new effort called Trooper in a Truck. Troopers in the truck watched for drivers using mobile phones, then alerted … Continue reading

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States Allow For-Profit Pipeline Companies to Seize Private Property

Truthout – by Mike Ludwig According to Misha Mitchell, an attorney for a conservation group in Louisiana’s ecologically sensitive Atchafalaya Basin, Energy Transfer Partners and other private oil interests broke the law when they began building a section of the … Continue reading

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Police Officers At A Tactical Disadvantage Bravely Tase 87-Year-Old Woman Into Submission

Tech Dirt – by Tim Cushing No police department should ever have to explain why they tased an 87-year-old woman. It’s not that the public doesn’t deserve an explanation. It’s that there is seldom any reason to deploy force against … Continue reading

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Allentown police reviewing forceful arrest caught on video

The Morning Call – by Carol Thompson Allentown police are reviewing an arrest early Saturday morning in south Allentown that captured attention on social media because of the officers’ use of force. The video — taken on a resident’s surveillance … Continue reading

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Former Burke County Narcotics Lieutenant Indicted On Embezzlement Charges

WCCB – by Justin Pryor MORGANTON, NC — A former Lieutenant with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force has been indicted for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars in drug funds. Former Lt. Jody Price was served a Bill of Indictment Wednesday for Embezzlement by … Continue reading

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Kansas man GOES OFF on Police who Raid Home at Gunpoint without Warrant

News Maven – by Ben Keller Kansas police claim it was an emergency case of mistaken identity. But the victim says the officers violated his rights. An innocent Kansas man recorded video of police armed with AR-15s, which were pointed … Continue reading

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The CDC’s “National Violent Death Reporting System” posts inaccurate police killings figures

MassPrivateI Earlier this month it was revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) now includes all fifty states. “The NVDRS claims to be a surveillance system that pulls together data on violent deaths in all 50 … Continue reading

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Levi Strauss to Spend Over $1 Million in Support of Increasing Gun Control

The New American – by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. A recent political statement made by the CEO of Levi Strauss is likely to see the denim company torn apart just like the pair of jeans on the company’s iconic label. … Continue reading

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Leland, North Carolina already CRIMINALIZING all personal firearms ahead of the coming hurricane… city leaders believe hurricanes nullify the Constitution

Natural News – by JD Heyes Despite the fact that major storms can leave communities devastated and vulnerable to criminal acts in the aftermath like looting, one North Carolina city is acting to prevent its citizens from defending themselves if … Continue reading

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Some Texas police facing charges are now sent to treatment, not jail. Is that fair?

Star Telegram – by Bud Kennedy DALLAS  Weary after a 15-hour police shift, Officer Amber Guyger made mistakes that were both sloppy and deadly. The death of Dallas resident Botham Jean, 26, in what she mistook for a home invasion will … Continue reading

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Vizio Smart TV’s Caught Spying; Will Display Pop-Up Notification For Class Action Lawsuit

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden Vizio Smart TV owners who haven’t heard that the internet-connected televisions had been spying on them may find out about it directly from their Smart TV itself, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The secret “feature” was … Continue reading

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Boston’s Vision-Zero Exposed: Lowering the speed limit increases speeding ticket revenue by 47%

MassPrivateI All across the country, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is hard at work convincing cities to lower their speed limits from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. The national effort to lower speed limits in cities is known as “Vision-Zero.” To … Continue reading

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