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Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners

Posted December 18th, 2010 by ZEUSLGN
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Iranian-American businessman Farid Seif didn't realize he had forgotten to remove his loaded snub nose "baby" Glock pistol from his computer bag and was shocked to discover the gun traveled unnoticed by TSA personnel.

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Los Angeles Red Light Cameras Drain Taxpayers, Not Drivers

The Los Angeles City Controller said there was insufficient evidence that the cameras reduced accidents, and questioned whether if they were even at the most dangerous intersections. However, the real lunacy of this program is that judges have ruled that the citations are unenforceable, because a human being did not actually hand the citation to the offender. 45% of the citations remain unpaid, for a total of $2.6 million. So the City of course is going to renew the contract with the company that runs the red light cameras!

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Why Charities Should Have an Expiration Date

Posted December 8th, 2010 by prolifick21
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When an organization accomplishes its goal, Nancy Lublin thinks it should consider shutting down -- not finding another mission.

Vampires are real. I don't mean the bloodsucking immortals dominating your bookstore's romance-novel section. I mean the ones that masquerade as not-for-profits.

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U.S. Treasury Prints $110 Billion of Unusable Money

Posted December 7th, 2010 by pmfalcon
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A significant production problem with new high-tech $100 bills has caused government printers to shut down production of the new notes, which have sophisticated high-tech security features, including a 3-D security strip and a color-shifting image of a bell designed to foil counterfeiters. But the production process is so complex, it has instead foiled the government printers tasked with producing billions of the new notes. An official said that 1.1 billion of the new bills have been printed, but they are unusable because of a creasing problem in which paper folds over during production.

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Internet Censorship Bill Gets Unanimous Support

Posted November 18th, 2010 by johnson
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The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) sets up a system through which the US government can blacklist a pirate website from the Domain Name System, ban credit card companies from processing US payments to the site, and forbid online ad networks from working with the site. This morning, COICA unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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86-year-old Ohio man dies after his 911 call is put on hold

Posted October 30th, 2010 by pmfalcon
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A Cleveland man called 911 for an ambulance, but died after he was put on hold.
The city says 86-year-old George Langford called saying he was having an asthma attack.
Because EMS dispatchers were tied up, officials say the call is automatically put on hold.
Langford hung up and by the time an ambulance got there 15 minutes later, he had died.

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Sorry, We No Longer Live In A Republic

Posted October 21st, 2010 by slayerboy
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"There are two administrative law judges at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission: myself and the Honorable Bruce Levine. On Judge Levine's first week on the job, nearly twenty years ago, he came into my office and stated that he had promised Wendy Gramm, then Chairwoman of the Commission, that we would never rule in a complaintant's favor. A review of his rulings will confirm that he has fulfilled his vow.

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FCC Kills Company's Bid to Offer Free Wireless Broadband

Posted September 6th, 2010 by celestrion
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M2Z, a California company, had high hopes of offering coast-to-coast wireless Internet access at no cost to the end-user by using a bit of wireless spectrum that has remained unassigned since the Clinton administration. The FCC, however, had a different take on M2Z's advertiser-supported plan. That take was simply "No". The FCC, an unaccountable and unelected organization that claims the responsibility for "regulating interstate and international communications" denied without comment the company's bid to use the dormant spectrum.

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Inmate Diary Reveals History of Prison Sanctioned Abuse

Posted August 29th, 2010 by Roisin Dubh
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If his diary and witness accounts are to be believed, Nicholas Pinto endured months of physical, sexual and mental abuse in prison. Guards roughed him up, made him stand naked in a cold cell for hours at a time, and taunted him relentlessly. A fellow inmate raped him night after night, beat him when he resisted, and stole his possessions.

And no one, he claimed, did a thing about it.

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Indispensable Government Services - Medicine Men

Posted August 20th, 2010 by thedrickster
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The ignorance inherent is only exceeded by the absurdity.

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