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NYC Port Authority Seeks Big Toll Increase

NYC Port Authority Seeks Big Toll Increase

I don't see how this would raise revenues. Seems like it would scare people away, lowering toll revenues and sales tax revenues. The cost of crossing the bridges and tunnels that span the Hudson River to New York City could rise by 50 percent for many drivers under a steep series of toll increases to be proposed on Friday by the Port Authority of [...]

They’re Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

They’re Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

Sure there are reasons to save this "tracking" data... It's just that most of them are Orwellian nightmares. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. [...]

Comcast is imposing a fee to Level 3 for Netflix content

Comcast is imposing a fee to Level 3 for Netflix content

Comcast Corp. has begun imposing a fee on Internet middleman Level 3 Communications Inc., one of the companies that Netflix Inc. has hired to deliver movies and TV shows to Web customers. Comcast, the largest U.S. cable TV company, has set up an Internet “toll booth,” charging Level 3 whenever customers request content, the Broomfield, [...]

President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who's been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff's consulting [...]

Privatized prisons in Arizona helped draft laws to send people to prison

Privatized prisons in Arizona helped draft laws to send people to prison

The story of industries paying lobbyists to influence legislation that benefits their business is nothing new—but what about when that industry is a privately-owned and operated prison system? NPR reports that Arizona Senate Bill 1070 (.PDF), the immigration bill that requires anyone who can't produce papers proving they are in the [...]

Florida foreclosure mill owner, David J. Stern, who chucked out 70,000 families in 2009 is unspeakably rich

Florida foreclosure mill owner, David J. Stern, who chucked out 70,000 families in 2009 is unspeakably rich

David J. Stern is a Florida lawyer who operates a foreclosure mill, a firm that foreclosed on more than 70,000 homes last year. According to a deposition from Tammie Mae Kapusta, a former employee, Stern's firm cut many corners, foreclosing on homes without serving notice, ignoring mortgage payments that would have prevented foreclosure, and [...]

Fake DHS “photography license” for fake no-photos laws

Fake DHS “photography license” for fake no-photos laws

All around the world, cops and rent-a-cops are vigorously enforcing nonexistent anti-terrorist bans on photography in public places. If you're worried about being busted under an imaginary law, why not download these templates and print yourself an imaginary "Photography license" from the DHS? Who knows if it's legal to carry one of these... [...]

Drug search checkpoints (read: honeypots)

Drug search checkpoints (read: honeypots)

Freeway signs warning of upcoming drug checkpoints are actually a ruse: the local sheriff sets up a checkpoint at the next offramp and searches panicky motorists who pull off to ditch their stashes. An accompanying map on the original post (click through below) gives the locations of similar checkpoints all over the USA, and warns, "if you see one [...]

Big Corn wants to change “High Fructose Corn Syrup” to “Corn Sugar”

Big Corn wants to change “High Fructose Corn Syrup” to “Corn Sugar”

The US Corn Refiners Association has petitioned the FDA for permission to change the name "High Fructose Corn Syrup" to the much more innocuous-sounding "Corn Sugars." This comes as 58% of Americans say they are concerned about HFCS's impact on their health. HFCS is a heavily subsidized industrial byproduct of the corn industry, and is [...]

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

Some guy's friend gets killed by a drunk driver and he decides to do something about it. He starts a service to keep drunks off the road by offering free rides home. It turns out that Quincy, Illinois, is well stocked with semi-responsible drunks, so "business" booms. He adds another car to the service, and eventually a bus. Local taxi companies [...]

Vancouver Police push disabled woman to the ground

Wow! If a civilian walked up to a cop and pushed them down, they would have been beaten, arrested, and put in prison. Hell, we can't even take a photograph of a LEO, curse at one, or let a bubble land on them without being thrown against a wall and arrested. This is disgusting and is yet just another example of why people that want to be LEOs [...]

Congressman Bob Etheridge assaults student on Washington sidewalk

"I have a right to know who you are" Um, no you don't.

HOWTO: Disable Copy-and-Paste Hijacking Web Sites

HOWTO: Disable Copy-and-Paste Hijacking Web Sites

Over the last few months I’ve noticed an annoying trend on various web sites, generally major newspaper and magazine sites, but also certain blogs. What happens is that when you select text from these web pages, the site uses JavaScript to report what you’ve copied to an analytics server and append an attribution URL to the text. So, for [...]

If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you?

If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you?

You know those warning labels on those chemical packets that come in new shoes  that say 'do not eat'?  Have you ever wondered why they have to print  something so stupidly obvious? Enter Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah.  She used Google Maps on her Blackberry to get walking directions from one part of town to another.  Part of those [...]

Australian customs searching laptops for porn

Australian customs searching laptops for porn

There are far more convenient ways to smuggle porn into a country... are they not aware of this thing called the internet? Patten said officials now had an unfettered right to examine travelers' electronic devices, marking the beginning of a new era of official investigation into people's private lives. She questioned whether it was appropriate [...]

Meet The Average American Family

Meet The Average American Family

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Five high school students sent home for wearing American flag shirts in Morgan Hill, CA

Five high school students sent home for wearing American flag shirts in Morgan Hill, CA

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population. Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch [...]

Congress Refuses to Outlaw Insider Trading For Lawmakers

Congress Refuses to Outlaw Insider Trading For Lawmakers

Even a cynic can find Washington's hypocrisy shocking at times. The Wall Street Journal reports today a House bill that would force lawmakers to make greater disclosures on financial transactions and disallow them from trading on nonpublic information is going nowhere fast. That's right. Members of Congress are currently allowed to profit on [...]

Canadian dollar hits parity vs. U.S. dollar

Canadian dollar hits parity vs. U.S. dollar

The Canadian dollar rose to one-for-one footing with the U.S. currency on Tuesday, hitting its strongest level since July 2008, boosted by rising commodity prices and expectations for higher domestic interest rates.At 7:38 a.m. (1138 GMT), the Canadian dollar was at C$1.0008, or 99.92 U.S. cents. Earlier, the currency rose to C$0.9999 to the U.S. [...]

How the American phone companies used to feel about privacy

How the American phone companies used to feel about privacy

Back in 2008, Matt Blaze put the push for immunity for telcos that participated in GW Bush's illegal wiretapping program in context: "As someone who began his professional career in the Bell System (and who stayed around through several of its successors), the push for telco immunity represents an especially bitter disillusionment for me. Say what [...]

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