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FBI Cybersecurity Chief Amy Hess Found the First Problem She Could not Solve and Ran to Apple who Promptly Knuckled Under

Amy Hess is a very good strategic thinker in terms of both doing her job and building a private empire within the Godzilla sized bureaucracy that is the national security state. When she asks Apple for help with an IPhone problem, that makes it a problem worth noting. The fact that this problem was similar to a problem that confounded her old boss, now former FBI Director James Comey, is telling. The fact that the two were at loggerheads over the issue is also telling.

 

The Micro Surveillance and Micromanagement of the New College Student

I should have seen this pile of dystopian fecal matter stack up long before it reached eyeball height. In 2010 I had a friend who had been run off campus of the cult that called itself Cedarville Bible College for professing her (very white, very liberal) feminism. She was permitted to graduate but not permitted on campus except for class and chapel. She still had her meal card although she was not permitted to eat there because it had a magnetic stripe that would be swiped to record her attendance at church which was mandatory every day of the week.

 

Signs that the Fix is In: Murdering Vice Cop Andrew Mitchell to Settle on Civil Rights Charges

The involvement of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in the affairs of the Columbus Police Department stretches back more than 20 years. Every instance to their intervention follows the same pattern. Local outrage leads to court cases which then lead to attorneys involved which then leads to the Justice Department stepping in. What follows next is a change in presidential administrations which leads to a change priorities, or in the case of the Trump administration outright removal of the pretense of priorities, which is then followed by half measures or consequences.

 

US Government Censorship of Instagram Masquerades as Sanctions

It began when Iranian soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh posted a photo of the late Iranian Quds force Commander General Soleimani after his death. Jahanbakhsh said Instagram had removed that post. Within hours the International Federation of Journalists reported that at least fifteen Iranian journalists have had their profiles suspended. After that Multiple Iranian newspapers and other media outlets reported being banned from the platform.

 

Mike Pompeo's war was planned long before the first shot killed Soleimani

The world can stop wondering if last night's apparently less than effective missile attacks by Iran on three US airbases in Iraq are the one and done of a tit for tat round of posturing of two authoritarian regimes in crisis rallying their respective domestic political bases. This is not even the end of the beginning of a war.

 

Leaked emails reveal Comfest leaders plan to welcome Proud Boys with help from the Columbus Police

It was something that should have never happened. This past Comfest in June 2019, members of the fascist group Proud Boys volunteered at Comfest and were welcomed. Despite the 2019 mission statement including the phrase “combating resurgent fascism” Proud Boys were allowed to pick up trash while wearing t-shirts and hats advertising their group and their beliefs, and after the objections of community groups who were alerted, were allowed to get free beer and police protection.

 

How Donald Trump's So-Called Gun Control Plan is Really a Domestic Spying Agenda

Do you ever talk to yourself when alone? Mutter “good God” when you read a stunning twist of plot in a book or shout “holy shit!” when you open a bill? Do you swear aloud after an argument on the phone? Have you ever threatened a telemarketer after hanging up? Do you struggle with your private thoughts and discuss them with your loved ones at night as is considered healthy? Do you have friends that you discuss your private thoughts and ideas in your home? Does your subconscious cause you to talk in your sleep? Everyone does one or more of these things.

 

Climate Change Wont be Debated by Democrats because Joe Biden is in the Oil Companies' Pockets

Censoring the entire government on the topic of climate change is one of the hallmarks of the Trump administration. It is also something that creepy Uncle Joe Biden can reach across the aisle and make a bipartisan hair sniff and handshake over. Yesterday, August 25th, Trump snubbed the rest of the G-7 by not attending the attending the climate change session of the conference. Just four days before, the Democratic National Committee voted to snub the American public by not allowing climate change to enter into the Democratic debates.

 

614 Magazine Turns Editorial Control Over to Proud Boys

The saying goes, edgelords gotta edge. That would apply here except there is nothing edgy about 614 Magazine. The publications actual non-advertising content (which is thin) has never been very interesting. It's like the New Yorker for frat boys with a second grade reading level. The rest of their content is bar ads and stories about bars sprinkled with a mumbled review of whatever Dave Mathews Band knockoff is on it's latest “world” tour... of the arena district. When I worked at the Columbus Free Press it was referred to as “Eat here you drunk yuppie fuck monthly.” around the office.

 

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