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Tens of thousands in Hong Kong are spending the night occupying a major highway, demanding free and fair elections independent of Beijing’s influence. Beijing has responded with militarized police, and is censoring photos of the protests on social media.
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Tens of thousands in Hong Kong are spending the night occupying a major highway, demanding free and fair elections independent of Beijing’s influence. Beijing has responded with militarized police, and is censoring photos of the protests on social media.

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CA Begins Water Rationing

Two days ago, local newspapers reported that per-person water rationing could become a reality in California. Three days later, it’s official.

From Natural News:

Millions of Californians are about to be hit with strict water rationing — daily “allocation” numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you’re allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars per violation.

"In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers to all local water agencies to fine $500 per violation," reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. [1]

Keep in mind that these are only “stage one” emergency regulations. Stages two and three have yet to be invoked and will only become more severe.

The amount of water each household is allowed by water districts will be determined by government employees viewing satellite imagery of private properties, then calculating how much water that property should be allowed to use.

"Using census records, aerial photography and satellite imagery, an agency can determine a property’s efficient water usage," says the SGVT.

Read the rest.

Mentally, you are truly imprisoned. You don’t even know the degree to which you are tormented by fears of medical bankruptcy, job loss, homelessness and violent crime because you’ve never lived in a country where there is no need to worry about such things.

An eighth grader in Northern California receives detention after offering a fellow student some of his lunch.

As a society becomes more complex, new rules (read: force) must be employed because you cannot organize society efficiently enough through only voluntary means. You can have a highly efficient industrial society or you can have freedom, but not both. This level of minute control will continue to accelerate until human freedom is stomped out or industrial civilization destroys itself. At this point, it’s anyones guess which will happen first.

Modern Technology Kills

From a much longer piece by TruthOut:

If you would like to be the laughingstock of your next dinner party, challenge the cultural presumption in favor of technological progress. Other than a few head nods about how we really should unplug from our hand-held devices for a few minutes a day, you will likely be scoffed at as a backward-thinking loser whose resentment probably lies in your pathetic inability to figure out how to organize your iTunes library.

You might even be called a Luddite, because most people, liberals included, think the Luddites were knee-jerk reactionaries scared of any form of technology when, in fact, they were tradesmen and artisans engaged in a class protest against “all Machinery hurtful to Commonality” (i.e. forms of mechanization that damaged people and uprooted communities by forcing skilled workers to become wage slaves in factories). To be labeled a Luddite today is to be intellectually and culturally dismissed even by class-conscious leftists who have a blind spot when it comes to the politics of technology.

Read on.

[Neoliberals] put supposedly infallible markets in place of God, competition in place of the Holy Spirit as the way by which the divine will acts in the world and elevated greed (one of the seven deadly sins) to pre-eminence as the organising principle for society. In a secular age this is a non-theocratic religion that justifies and enables looting exactly as Bastiat predicted.

—Anonymous

Woman Arrested for Possessing Spoon Covered with Dried Spaghettios

Another from Police State USA:

GAINESVILLE, GA — An innocent woman had several months of her life destroyed when she was arrested and charged with a felony because of a spaghetti-encrusted spoon found in her possession.

Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, had no criminal history and insisted that “there’s no way in hell” that there could have been any drugs in her possession during a traffic stop in July. Nonetheless, a Gainesville police officer honed in on a spoon that was “on her or near her” in the vehicle in which she was riding as a passenger.

Suspecting that the spoon had drug residue on it, the officer arrested Ms. Huff and charged her with possession of methamphetamines. Even for trace amounts, the charge of possessing “Schedule II substances” Georgia is punishable by 2-15 years in prison.

After her July 2nd arrest, she spend an unconfirmed number of days in jail before she was released and required to attend a number of obligatory drug appointments. When she was unable to make all the appointments, she was rearrested and made to sit in jail from August 2nd until September 18th.

Ms. Huff insisted that she wasn’t a drug user, but had little means with which to defend herself. She relied on a public defender to represent her in court.

Finally in late September, a crime lab analysis revealed that the “residue” on the spoon was not an illegal drug. It was actually tomato sauce from a can of SpaghettiOs, as the woman had claimed all along.

From Police State USA:

COLUMBIA, SC — Dashcam video captured the moment an unarmed man was shot by a state trooper while being confronted about alleged not wearing a seatbelt.

The motorist, 35-year-old Levar Jones, pulled into a Columbia convenience store parking lot on September 4th, 2014.

South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert was lurking in his cruiser adjacent to the parking lot, and watched as Mr. Jones slowly pull his white pickup truck into the lot. Officer Groubert waited a moment for Mr. Jones to park, then pulled his cruiser up behind the truck.

The reason for approaching Mr. Jones, it was later revealed, was that Officer Groubert allegedly witnessed the driver pulling into the parking lot without a seatbelt on.

Video shows that Mr. Jones had already parked and exited his vehicle when the officer pulled up behind him. Officer Groubert exited his cruiser, and gave instructions for Jones to produce his driver’s license.

Mr. Jones responded to the officers directions by turning around and leaning into his vehicle to find his license. Seeing this, the trooper immediately drew his gun and began to shout at Jones.

“Get out of the car!” the trooper shrieked. He began firing his pistol at Mr. Jones’ back.

Jones, who was unarmed, was struck in the hip with a bullet, and pleaded for the officer to stop.

After 2 shots were fired, Mr. Jones backed up, with his hands clearly in the air. The trooper fired at least 2 more times.

“I just got my license. You said get my license,” Mr. Jones could be heard saying on the video.

“Sir, why was I shot? All I did was reach for my license,” Mr. Jones asked the officer. “I’m coming from work.”

PA State Police Issue Blatantly Illegal Martial Law for Town During Search for Criminal Who Shot Two Cops

Police claim the suspect, Eric Bivens, has “the ability to disappear.” Bivens is apparently a survivalist and has so far evaded police. In response, the town has enacted martial law, setting up road blocks and preventing people from returning to their homes. 

From Fox News:

The search for Frein — now in its 12th full day — has resulted in frequent unannounced and indefinite roadblocks in Canadensis. Some residents have resorted to sleeping in their cars due to entire neighborhoods being cordoned off.

Troopers issued a “shelter-in-place” order last week that kept some residents from leaving their homes for more than a day, while others who weren’t already at home could not return. Residents said the directive left elderly residents unattended and pets unfed, as well as lost wages for workers who couldn’t reach their job sites.

Adam Christmann said he has been barred from his home at least twice since the search began. He said he was frustrated as he waited at a roadblock near his home Monday afternoon.

“We don’t know when we can go home, or you don’t know if you can get out,” Christmann said. “Families are getting separated.”

They also employed an elite tactical vehicle with enough features to make it look like something out of GI Joe.

Authorities hunting a survivalist and suspected cop killer in the rugged woods of eastern Pennsylvania say they believe they are closing in on him and have brought in a 6.5-ton armored tactical vehicle dubbed “The Rook” and outfitted with robotic video cameras to assist in a search now entering its 12th day…

Here is a video selling “The Rook” complete with ridiculous rock music. The story continues…

The massive ongoing search now includes a 13,000-pound machine that allows officers to gain entry to the second story of a house without a ladder or to deploy snipers to rooftops.

“The Armored Deployment Platform (ADP) allows officers to approach structures with reduced exposure,” according to manufacturer Ring Power Tactical Solutions. “A team can be placed anywhere and have a secure position from which to make better tactical decisions.”

The vehicle can also be outfitted with a hydraulic breaching ram, a grapple claw with 4,500 pounds of lifting capacity and a vehicle extraction tool.

“The ram is equipped with four low-light video and one infrared, forward-view cameras recessed into the end — one on each side and one in front — giving the operator a 360-degree view of the breaching area,” a description of the device reads. “The video images are transmitted to the viewing screen inside the cab with the operator. The operator can view single camera feeds full screen, or divide the screen into 6 views to see all ram camera, and all of these can be transmitted to the command center.”



Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups continue to emerge on the regular.
But while the merits of whether or not law enforcement officers should legally be able to collect sensitive cell information by masquerading as telecommunication towers remains ripe for debate — and continues for certain to be an issue of contention among civil liberties advocates — newly released documents raise even further questions about how cops use StingRays and other IMSI-catchers to gather great chunks of data concerning the whereabouts of not just criminal suspects, but seemingly anyone in a given vicinity that happens to have a phone in their hand or pocket.
Relentless pleas for details about use of IMSI-catchers by the Tacoma Police Department in Washington state paid off recently when the investigative news site Muckrock obtained a six-page document after following up for several months on a Freedom of Information Act request placed with the TPD.
According to the document, police in Tacoma were forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before they could begin conducting surveillance on cell users with a Harris-sold StingRay.

Read on.

Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups continue to emerge on the regular.

But while the merits of whether or not law enforcement officers should legally be able to collect sensitive cell information by masquerading as telecommunication towers remains ripe for debate — and continues for certain to be an issue of contention among civil liberties advocates — newly released documents raise even further questions about how cops use StingRays and other IMSI-catchers to gather great chunks of data concerning the whereabouts of not just criminal suspects, but seemingly anyone in a given vicinity that happens to have a phone in their hand or pocket.

Relentless pleas for details about use of IMSI-catchers by the Tacoma Police Department in Washington state paid off recently when the investigative news site Muckrock obtained a six-page document after following up for several months on a Freedom of Information Act request placed with the TPD.

According to the document, police in Tacoma were forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before they could begin conducting surveillance on cell users with a Harris-sold StingRay.

Read on.

(Source: seankerrigan)