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thefuzzletor:

Inspirational pokemon photos.

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antigovernmentextremist:

eltigrechico:

Why on earth would anyone want this?
This is such a know-nothing conservative thing to say.
"See that awful thing over there? Why can’t ‘we’ direct it against this thing I don’t like?"
Yes, by all means. Let ‘us’ spend billions putting armored vehicles and an army on ‘the border’ (presumably there’s only one now?) hmmm I wonder which border you mean…
That’s just what should be done. Let ‘us’ bombard, harass, attack, and generally make war upon people for daring to live somewhere the conservatives don’t want them to be.

Conservative xenophobia on display for the world to see. Please tell me about this is “limited government”? How can someone simultaneously claim to believe in small or limited government and then advocate for this sort of government action to be exerted on another group? The simple answer is that there’s nothing limited or small government about modern day conservatives. They just want to wield the apparatus of the state to enact their own worldview. In this instance its using paramilitary weapons and vehicles to keep undesirables away.

antigovernmentextremist:

eltigrechico:

Why on earth would anyone want this?

This is such a know-nothing conservative thing to say.

"See that awful thing over there? Why can’t ‘we’ direct it against this thing I don’t like?"

Yes, by all means. Let ‘us’ spend billions putting armored vehicles and an army on ‘the border’ (presumably there’s only one now?) hmmm I wonder which border you mean…

That’s just what should be done. Let ‘us’ bombard, harass, attack, and generally make war upon people for daring to live somewhere the conservatives don’t want them to be.

Conservative xenophobia on display for the world to see. Please tell me about this is “limited government”? How can someone simultaneously claim to believe in small or limited government and then advocate for this sort of government action to be exerted on another group? The simple answer is that there’s nothing limited or small government about modern day conservatives. They just want to wield the apparatus of the state to enact their own worldview. In this instance its using paramilitary weapons and vehicles to keep undesirables away.

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centerforinvestigativereporting:

California supplies nearly half of all U.S. fruits, vegetables, and nuts. But the state’s drought is currently taking its toll. 
These charts from Mother Jones show just how much water it takes to grow different kinds of food – and how different areas of the state stack up by water consumption rates.
antigovernmentextremist:

antigovernmentextremist:

On May 30th, 2013, Edward Snowden left behind his family, his country, and his lucrative job as a contractor for the National Security Agency to blow the whistle on the most far-reaching and invasive spying programs in human history. A year ago today journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden were combing through the millions of documents Snowden brought with him to Hong Kong to reveal for the first time the inner workings of the most secretive government agency of the most powerful and monolithic government in history. The year that followed shed an unprecedented amount of light on some of the most egregious abuses of power ever committed against the citizens of a supposed free country. Below you will find the list I have compiled of more than one hundred news articles detailing the extent the NSA has gone to effectively eliminate privacy in the 21st century.
On June 5th, 2013, Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian broke the first story from leaked NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, the bulk collection of Verizon phone records.
Shortly after the initial revelation that the NSA was bulk collecting all Verizon customers’ phone data, the Guardian published the Prism story.
A Washington Post article would corroborate that the Prism program allows the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, to tap into the servers of 9 U.S. based internet companies
Sunday June 9th, 2013 the Guardian releases the first interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
These revelations prove that James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, lied under oath before Congress in months prior when asked about dragnet surveillance.
Further revelations would go on to prove that President Obama blatantly lied to the American people when he told Charlie Rose of PBS that the NSA cannot and does not listen to the phone calls of American citizens.
Greenwald details how the FISA court is nothing more than a rubber stamp on the NSA’s ability to monitor every form of communication.
In 2012, the federal government submitted 1,856 requests for user data to the FISA court and 100% of those applications were approved.
On June 21st, the federal government charged Edward Snowden under the World War I era Espionage Act.
In an excellent interview with VICE, Greenwald explains how metadata can tell government snoops more about a person than if they were just listening or reading the content of our communications. (The whole interview is worth your time but the section on metadata begins around 09:45).
Another document leaked by Snowden shows the level at which major tech companies cooperated with the U.S. government in handing over its customers’ private information.
In Late July the Guardian posted the first story detailing the NSA program “XKeyscore” which allows the NSA to monitor “nearly everything a user does on the Internet.”
David Gregory asks Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn’t be prosecuted for reporting on NSA leaks, Greenwald unloads.
NSA loophole allows for the warrantless search of U.S. citizens emails and phone calls.
On Sunday, August 18th, 2013, David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald’s partner, was detained for 14 hours by British authorities at Heathrow airport “under schedule 7 of the Terrorism act of 2000." 
NSA analysts channel broad powers to snoop on love interests.
NSA analysts eavesdropped in on phone sex conversations between deployed troops in Iraq and their loved ones back home.
Email service used by Edward Snowden, Lavabit, shuts down rather than comply with federal prosecutors and hand over encryption keys of over 400,000 customers.
How NSA analysts spied on the UN and the EU.
NSA used its powers to spy on media outlet Al Jazeera’s communications.
US government spends $250,000,000 a year to work with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products.
The NSA can tap directly into user data on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.
In September of 2013 it was revealed that the Obama administration won a ruling in the FISA court in 2011 to remove restrictions on NSA searching of American citizens’ data.
Reports detail how NSA and GCHQ attempted on multiple occasions to crack Tor email encryption services, exploiting vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser giving them access to an individual’s entire computer.
President Obama insists NSA surveillance is essential, NSA oversight however is not.
How the NSA deploys malware, revelations reveal how the NSA infects computers to take control
Patriot Act author says James Clapper should be fired, prosecuted.
Revealed: NSA spied directly on German Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s personal cell phone, President Obama having approved of it himself. 
"The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican gov’t for years. It hacked into the president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policy making and the political system.”
NSA monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts.
President Obama approved Angela Merkel’s phone tapping three years before it was revealed to the public by Snowden leaks.
Spain summons US ambassador over claim that NSA tracks 60 millions Spanish calls per month.
Greenwald to Christiane Amanpour: NSA has nothing to do with terrorism.
NSA stores data to target any citizen at any time.
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers. (Reminder: Yahoo bought Tumblr just over a year ago, just weeks before the NSA revelations came to light).
Experts warn NSA revelations may cause breakup of the Internet as Brazil, Germany and India move to establish separate networks to block U.S. spying.
UK government accuses Guardian editor of risking national security for reporting on NSA, GCHQ surveillance programs.
The edge of the abyss: Exposing the NSA’s all-seeing machine.
C.I.A. collecting global data on money transfers under same law that permits NSA data collection.
U.S. House of Representatives approves NSA funding bill with $75 million to prevent future Snowdens.
NSA infected 50,000 computers with malware designed to steal sensitive information.
NRA teams up with ACLU on NSA lawsuit claiming NSA beginning gun registry.
NSA spied on porn habits in effort to discredit radicalizers.
How spy agencies and corporations worked together to spy on activists and non-profits.
Heading into the holiday season of 2013, NSA sent home talking points for employees to talk to their families.
DROPOUTJEEP: The NSA program that grants total access to the Apple iPhone.
Jeremy Scahill: There is a war on journalism.
NSA morale down following Snowden leaks (boo hoo).
The NSA is handing over your phone data to the DEA and the DEA is covering it up. Still think this is about terrorism?
Lawmakers overseeing NSA receive millions from intelligence contractors.
New Zealand backpacker stripped of all electronics at airport following attendance at a conference on leaked Snowden material.
Senior White House official: We may never know true extent of Snowden NSA leaks.
Obama appointed NSA review panel: End bulk collection of phone records.
Obama administration rejected only substantive NSA reforms proposed by own review group.
Mid-December 2013, federal judge Richard Leon found that NSA bulk data collection likely violates 4th amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Snowden says this vindicates his actions.
How the NSA puts U.S. elections at risk.
The NSA ‘probably’ collects data on Congress’ phone calls. 
The NSA’s secret role in the U.S. assassination program.
Larry Klayman, the lawyer who won ruling against NSA claims U.S. government harassing him.
Klayman: The NSA is a totalitarian attack on our human rights.
Merkel compares NSA to the Stasi, the official state security force of totalitarian East Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, in heated exchange with President Obama.
Greenwald to European Union: NSA’s goal is total elimination of privacy.
White House NSA Panel Member: Snowden leaks are treasonous.
President Obama can’t point to a single terrorist attack thwarted by NSA.
NSA intercepting laptops purchased online to install spyware.
Different federal judge rules NSA mass collection is legal and dismisses lawsuit brought by ACLU.
NSA hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away.
The NSA ‘can literally watch every keystroke you make.’
Apple insists it did not assist NSA in backdoor access to iPhone, denies awareness of DROPOUTJEEP.
NSA seeks to build quantum computer capable of cracking nearly all forms of encryption.
Senator Bernie Sanders presses NSA to reveal if it spies on members of Congress.
NSA responds: Congress afforded ‘same privacy protections as all US persons.’
Senator Rand Paul plans to file class action lawsuit against NSA.
Senator Dianne Feinstein admits her NSA reform bill designed to protect existing surveillance programs.
Pentagon reports Snowden downloaded 1.7 million intelligence files.
500 years of history shows how mass surveillance is always aimed at silencing dissenting opinion.
Analysis of 225 terrorist attacks since 9/11 shows NSA surveillance ‘has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.’
President Obama’s NSA reform goal: no more Edward Snowdens.
NSA devises radio pathway into computers.
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted global sweep.’
Obama speech on NSA reforms affirms belief that mass spying has a future.
Tech firms say Obama proposals fall short of expectations.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange slams Obama speech as full of lies.
Electronic Freedom Foundation scores Obama’s NSA reform speech:3.5 out of 12.
US surveillance imperils freedom of expression around the globe.
Civil Liberties Oversight Group: NSA metadata collection is ‘screamingly’ illegal.
Democratic Establishment Unmasked: Prime Defenders of NSA Bulk Spying
Spy agencies exploit ‘leaky apps’ like Angry Birds to learn gender, income, age and more.
A glossary of terms pertaining to NSA/GCHQ spy scandal.
Tech companies’ ‘NSA Transparency Reports’ are largely PR stunts.
While the NSA strives to learn every detail about us, it works to conceal its own actions from others.
Footage released of Guardian editors destroying hard drives provided by Snowden under watchful eyes of GCHQ technicians.
President Obama stands by James Clapper despite untruthful Senate testimony. 
NYT editor slams Obama administration, saying treatment of Snowden has scared sources resulting in a “real freeze” on reporting.
David Miranda’s detention: a chilling attack on journalism
How the NSA tracks people’s physical location.
Watchdog group: NSA actions pose direct threat to journalists.
Press freedom under attack - the risks journalists face by reporting.
Snowden documents reveal covert surveillance and pressure tactics on Wikileaks and its supporters.
How covert agents infiltrate the Internet to manipulate, deceive and destroy reputations.
Optic Nerve: How UK spy agency collected millions of webcam images from Yahoo users.
Snowden: I raised concerns internally 10 times before going rogue.
Julian Assange: NSA has grown into a rogue agency.
The NSA masqueraded as Facebook to infect millions of computers with malware.
NSA contractors anonymously fantasize about killing Snowden.
Quantum: The NSA’s Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool
Mystic: 100% voice collection of phone calls for 30 day period
Greenwald: President Obama’s proposed NSA reforms 'cosmetic, basically a PR gesture.'
NSA “chilling effect” feared by writers.
DOJ still ducking scrutiny after misleading the Supreme Court on surveillance. “Misleading” is putting it nicely. The DOJ lied to the Supreme Court in order to get them to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU.
Compare NSA’s Facebook malware denial to its own classified documents.
NSA put Merkel on list of 122 targeted world leaders.
Greenwald on 'limitless' NSA ambitions.
USA Freedom Act gutted, privacy advocates withdrawal support.
The Guardian and New York Times win Pulitzer Prize for Greenwald’s NSA reporting.
The NSA is recording every cell phone call in the Bahamas.
Judge Andrew Napolitano’s review of Glenn Greenwald’s book ‘No Place to Hide’
Full interview between Edward Snowden and Brian Williams.
Glenn Greenwald to release names of Americans spied on by NSA.
Unaired comments from Snowden’s interview with Brian Williams details how the U.S. government had the information to detect the 9/11 attacks.
Some takeaways: You can’t trust a single thing the government says. While it is spending tremendous amounts of resources attempting to eradicate privacy, it is working just as hard to shroud its own actions in secrecy. The surveillance state is not being erected around us for our own safety. It is a tool to crush dissent. The NSA’s mantra has been to “collect it all.” The programs are capable of seeing your very thought processes. Every keystroke you make, every link you click, every article you read, where you were and more. They have the capacity to know more about you than your therapist or your significant other. They know not only whom you associate with, but also who your associates associate with. It could be said they can know more about you than you know about you.
And the end result of this is that when people feel that they can be watched at any moment, they begin to police their own actions. It’s Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon transposed to the 21st century. When the government can know everything about a person, when privacy is effectively eliminated, it creates a subservient class. The telescreens of George Orwell’s “1984” exist today in the form of personal computers and smartphones. Big Brother is always present in our lives, capable of knowing the most intimate details of our lives. And the government treats the exposing of this fact to the general public as treason.
Such broad powers cannot be trusted with anyone. The NSA’s surveillance powers elevate the executive branch to a level unimaginable by the Founders. The president can and likely does track the communications of members of the legislature and judiciary. The checks and balances of the Constitution are rendered hollow and irrelevant by the size and scope of the NSA’s powers. It poses a threat to the liberties and freedoms of everyone in the world.
Since education is the whole point of Edward Snowden’s leaks I want you all to reblog this post and to tweet it on Twitter and share it on Facebook. Spread this list far and wide. The more people know the more likely they are to engage on the issues and actually bring about substantive reform.
Photo credit to the great amphigoryglory.

I started reading Glenn Greenwald’s book “No Place to Hide:  Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State” earlier this evening and I’m already about a third of the way through. I thought it would be a good time to repost this given that my follower count continues to grow by the day. Spread this far and wide people. This is something that matters to all of us.

antigovernmentextremist:

antigovernmentextremist:

On May 30th, 2013, Edward Snowden left behind his family, his country, and his lucrative job as a contractor for the National Security Agency to blow the whistle on the most far-reaching and invasive spying programs in human history. A year ago today journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden were combing through the millions of documents Snowden brought with him to Hong Kong to reveal for the first time the inner workings of the most secretive government agency of the most powerful and monolithic government in history. The year that followed shed an unprecedented amount of light on some of the most egregious abuses of power ever committed against the citizens of a supposed free country. Below you will find the list I have compiled of more than one hundred news articles detailing the extent the NSA has gone to effectively eliminate privacy in the 21st century.

Some takeaways: You can’t trust a single thing the government says. While it is spending tremendous amounts of resources attempting to eradicate privacy, it is working just as hard to shroud its own actions in secrecy. The surveillance state is not being erected around us for our own safety. It is a tool to crush dissent. The NSA’s mantra has been to “collect it all.” The programs are capable of seeing your very thought processes. Every keystroke you make, every link you click, every article you read, where you were and more. They have the capacity to know more about you than your therapist or your significant other. They know not only whom you associate with, but also who your associates associate with. It could be said they can know more about you than you know about you.

And the end result of this is that when people feel that they can be watched at any moment, they begin to police their own actions. It’s Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon transposed to the 21st century. When the government can know everything about a person, when privacy is effectively eliminated, it creates a subservient class. The telescreens of George Orwell’s “1984” exist today in the form of personal computers and smartphones. Big Brother is always present in our lives, capable of knowing the most intimate details of our lives. And the government treats the exposing of this fact to the general public as treason.

Such broad powers cannot be trusted with anyone. The NSA’s surveillance powers elevate the executive branch to a level unimaginable by the Founders. The president can and likely does track the communications of members of the legislature and judiciary. The checks and balances of the Constitution are rendered hollow and irrelevant by the size and scope of the NSA’s powers. It poses a threat to the liberties and freedoms of everyone in the world.

Since education is the whole point of Edward Snowden’s leaks I want you all to reblog this post and to tweet it on Twitter and share it on Facebook. Spread this list far and wide. The more people know the more likely they are to engage on the issues and actually bring about substantive reform.

Photo credit to the great amphigoryglory.

I started reading Glenn Greenwald’s book “No Place to Hide:  Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State” earlier this evening and I’m already about a third of the way through. I thought it would be a good time to repost this given that my follower count continues to grow by the day. Spread this far and wide people. This is something that matters to all of us.

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Rand Paul introduces bill to reform civil asset forfeiture

antigovernmentextremist:

Civil asset forfeiture is one of the more nefarious actions of police departments. The idea is that while you as a criminal defendant have rights, your property like your car, house or the cash in your wallet does not. The police can then confiscate your car, house or cash without charge or trial, in clear violation of the fifth amendment’s protections against being deprived of life, liberty or property without due process. This attempt at reform would force the government to actually acquire a guilty conviction before seizing property.

Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property.

The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property. 

The bill would also require states “to abide by state law when forfeiting seized property.” This is important. Currently, a number of state legislatures across the country have passed reform bills to rein in forfeiture abuses. The problem is that the federal government has a program known as “adoption” or “equitable sharing.” Under the program, a local police agency need only call up the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or similar federal agency. That agency then “federalizes” the investigation, making it subject to federal law. The federal agency then initiates forfeiture proceedings under the laxer federal guidelines for forfeiture. The feds take a cut and then return the rest — as much as 80 percent — back to the local agency. This trick thwarts the intent of state legislature that have attempted to make civil forfeiture more fair when it comes to burden of proof, protections for innocent property owners and eliminating the perverse incentive of allowing forfeiture proceeds to go to the same police agency that made the seizure.

laliberty:

No-knock SWAT raid leaves Texas father dead, family traumatized

Gun-wielding, black-suited law enforcers busted into a home with a battering ram, terrifying everyone inside and leaving one man dead. Newly released helmet-cam video of the incident shows in graphic detail how this violent no-knock raid produced yet another casualty in the vicious War on Drugs.

The raid took place on May 16th, 2013. So-called “Zero Tolerance Officers” from the Fort Worth Police Department staged raid on a suspected “drug house” with the intent of rounding up and imprisoning people for getting high without government permission. Police sought and received permission from Tarrant County Magistrate Cheyenne Minick to break into the home with no warning in order to surprise everyone inside.

As the video shows, sometime after 3:35 p.m., men in helmets and black uniforms sprinted through the yard with shotguns and pistols already drawn. A cop with a large steel battering ram instantly went to the front door and smashed it in without hesitation. From a first-person perspective, the video shows cops running into the home, aggressively screaming and aiming guns.

In a video obtained by WFAA, an officer holding a shotgun literally sweeps his barrel past everyone he sees in the living room. First a large man sleeping on the couch, then a tiny female child dressed in blue, a woman in purple, and three men seated at a round table.

“When they came in, they had their weapons drawn like we were members of a drug cartel,” a woman who was in the house told the Star-Telegraph.

Cops aim guns at Jermaine Darden. (Source: WFAA)

After sufficiently terrifying everyone with the surprise assault, officers proceeded to force everyone to lie face down on the floor in handcuffs.

Jermaine “DJ” Darden, 34, who had been startled awake by the intrusion, received particular attention from police. Darden, a large man who weighed over 300 pounds, was having physical difficulties after being forced to the ground with several officers on top of him. He was physically unable to breathe in that position due to his asthma condition, heart disease, and the weight of the police officers.

“They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep,” explained his mother, Donna Randle,to CBS-DFW. “They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach.”

Officers characterized his futile struggle to breathe as being “met with resistance.” At least five officers piled on top of him, exacerbating his breathing problem.

A mass of inhumanity smothers Jermaine Darden.  (Source: WFAA)

Video also shows Mr. Darden being tasered at least twice — not because officers feared for their safety, but as a compliance tool. His body was painted with red laser dots, before a pop was heard as the sharp prongs of the device were thrust into his flesh. Sixteen seconds later, police jolted him again. Each jolt lasted for 5 seconds.

Witnesses said he was not resisting at all, only trying to breathe.

“He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side,’” said Randle. “But they ignored us and Tased him.”

Officers successfully handcuffed Mr. Darden, and eventually propped his limp body up into the sitting position. But he didn’t have long to live.

An officer forcefully props up Jermaine Darden's lifeless body. (Source: WFAA)

A witness, Cliff Crippen, said he saw paramedics bring Mr. Darden into the front yard to attempt to revive him.

“They were pounding on his chest and squeezing on an air bag,” said Crippen, 29. “I saw his arm fall limp and a police officer place it back on his chest, and I thought to myself, ‘He’s dead.’”

Crippen commented on the lack of urgency to reach the hospital: “They sat in the ambulance about 10 minutes before it moved. And then it rolled away, no lights, no sirens.”

Jermaine “DJ” Darden was pronounced dead at the hospital. He left behind a wife and 2 teenage sons. He was found him with nothing illegal in his possession.

Jermaine Darden and family.

It took months for the medical examiner to declare an official cause of death. While some expected the death to be a homicide, it was instead announced that Mr. Darden died of “natural causes.” No culpability was placed on the officers’ use of force or the multiple electrical shocks. Officially, it was just a coincidence that he died during the raid.

No, he didn’t die of natural causes, because if that’s the case, he would have [already] been dead,” his mother said. “They gave him a heart attack. They put him into a heart attack.”

Presented with a dismissive explanation for Darden’s death, a grand jury predictably let off the sole unnamed police officer who was reviewed for criminal liability.

The rivers of blood spilled in such senseless situations provides us with the most compelling and personal reason to end the violent Drug War. None of this would have the chance to happen if the government wasn’t fixated on micromanaging people’s personal decisions, sending enforcers who are prepared to kill or be killed in the name of senseless prohibition laws. (See more Drug War casualties covered by Police State USA).

Note in the video how the media, as is typical, peddles the police’s spin. 

At one point, the “reporter” quotes the police report that claims Darden was “actively resisting officers,” and then, as proof, he shows a two second clip of Darden and says “You can see him struggling with police here.” Of course„ that “struggling” is merely his attempts to survive.

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puckmetheglass:

Dirty Dangles

puckmetheglass:

Forever one of my favorite plays of all time

the dangles