Author Archives: Joe from MassPrivateI

Law enforcement and retail theft company profit from 50 billion record database

MassPrivateI Earlier this month Courthouse News reported that retailers across the country are being sued for using a “corrective education” program that is tantamount to extortion. Retailers like Walmart, DSW, Bloomingdale’s, Kroger and Abercrombie & Fitch use the Corrective Education Company’s (CEC) restorative justice … Continue reading

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Edmonton has photo radar-like device to measure noisy vehicles

Global News City councillors voted Wednesday to continue running a pilot program measuring vehicle noise this summer. By the summer of 2019 they hope to have a system that is to noise what photo radar is to speed. Edmonton bylaw … Continue reading

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Indian Tribe Won’t Let National Guard Into “Most Notorious Area for Drugs Entering the County”—Border Patrol: “They Told Us They Don’t Want White Man on Their Land”

Judicial Watch An Indian reservation along one of the most perilous sections of the Mexican border won’t allow National Guard troops to enter its land, which is a notorious smuggling corridor determined by the U.S. government to be a “High … Continue reading

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Meet the police cat chosen for the Troy Police Department’s Feline Unit

MLive TROY, MI – The Troy Police Department has chosen its new crime fighting cat, but will have to wait a couple weeks before the kitty can join the department. Last month, you’ll recall, Troy PD put out a Twitter … Continue reading

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Here’s How The US Government Influences What Food You Eat

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden Few Americans are aware of the extent to which the US government influences not just the price of their food – thanks to the massive subsidies the US Department of Agriculture disburses to America’s … Continue reading

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New DUI policy: Refuse breath test, cop will seek instant warrant for blood test

Chicago Tribune Police in McHenry County will be out for blood with drivers who refuse to take breath tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And the practice of officers immediately seeking blood draws from those who … Continue reading

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Police use corporate ‘Public Safety’ apps to spy on everyone

MassPrivateI Law enforcement and more than one hundred colleges and universities have convinced their students to download ‘public safety’ apps that send tips to police in real-time. The apps go by names like ‘LiveSafe’ and ‘SafeTrek’ and their selling point is, helping students feel … Continue reading

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Here’s how much Facebook donated to every lawmaker questioning Mark Zuckerberg this week

The Verge – by Sarah Jeong and Shannon Liao Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, fresh off the heels of a grueling five-hour joint session before the Senate Judiciary … Continue reading

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2 Paterson Cops Stopped Cars, Took Cash and Other Items: Prosecutors

NBC New York Federal prosecutors say two New Jersey police officers stopped vehicles, detained the occupants and searched the autos without justification, sometimes also taking cash and other items. The Paterson officers – Jonathan Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31 … Continue reading

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Town votes to ban balloons, fine violators up to $200

WFSB 3 News Balloons won’t fly anymore in New Shoreham, Rhode Island. The town council there voted unanimously this week to say goodbye to balloons for good. The new law prohibits the sale and use of balloons throughout the town, which comprises … Continue reading

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Stossel: The Great American Tax Ripoff

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Uber acquires electric bike share company that tracks people in real-time

MassPrivateI Yesterday, it was announced that Uber acquired Social Bicycles Inc., or Jump Bikes an electric bike share company from New York. What’s wrong with Uber acquiring an electric bike share company you ask? Jump Bikes is much more than an electric bicycle company. 

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Family of man having seizure claims IMPD used excessive force during arrest

Fox 59 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An arrest inside a gas station in Speedway caught on camera last week.  Now, the family of the man arrested is raising the question, was this an excessive use of force? Police are now taking … Continue reading

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Soy Boy Politics

Eric Peters Autos It’s barely four months into the year and already, armed government workers have shot to death 294 people. This is more than twice as many people as have been shot to death by freelancers – those not wearing government … Continue reading

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If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start With Big Pharma

AlterNet – by Domenica Ghanem At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally … Continue reading

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New Florida law lets beachfront property owners kick people off of public coasts

Boing Boing – by Cory Doctorow A new Florida law redefines the reach of beachfront property owners’ claims to “the land above the mean high-tide level.” This seemingly innocuous change means that private property owners — and their patrolling rent-a-cops — will … Continue reading

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Anything you say (to the census) can and will be used against you

Papers Please Yesterday 17 more states, the District of Columbia, and six cities joined the state of California in court challenges to plans for the 2020 Census to include a question about the citizenship of each personfound to be present in the US on census … Continue reading

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Dad says vengeful trooper arrested him because he complained about his driving In June 2016 a Bordentown father was wrapping up his Father’s Day by playing a game of basketball with his two sons, when the ball rolled into the street and got stuck under a New Jersey State Trooper’s patrol … Continue reading

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New surveillance camera software allows law enforcement to identify groups of people in real-time

MassPrivateI Imagine walking down a public street on your way to dinner with your family, now imagine police knowing exactly who you are and the names and ages of every family member. But wait it gets worse, because the surveillance … Continue reading

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Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It

NPR – by Bill Chappell In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestlé’s plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments — with 80,945 against … Continue reading

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