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desertratt

Seattle's new 'head tax' blasted by city's mega-corporations | Fox News - 0 views

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    "Turn about" fair play? Or are the "progressives" being hypocritical in their own business practices?

    https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/05/15/seattles-amazon-tax from the libertarian viewpoint
Bryan Pregon

Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants ... - 0 views

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    "On Thursday, the New York Times published a blockbuster piece revealing how US law enforcement have access to a system that can geo-locate nearly any phone in the country without an officer necessarily having a court order"
Bryan Pregon

The Senate has forced a vote to restore net neutrality - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and 32 other Democrats have submitted a new discharge petition under the Congressional Review Act, setting the stage for a full congressional vote to restore net neutrality. Because of the unique CRA process, the petition has the power to force a Senate vote on the resolution, which leaders say is expected next week."
Bryan Pregon

It's not just Facebook. Thousands of companies are spying on you (opinion) - CNN - 3 views

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    "But for every article about Facebook's creepy stalker behavior, thousands of other companies are breathing a collective sigh of relief that it's Facebook and not them in the spotlight. Because while Facebook is one of the biggest players in this space, there are thousands of other companies that spy on and manipulate us for profit."
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    Fun fact: on Facebook, there's a place in the settings where you can actually see what it believes your interests to be, including what it thinks your stance is on American politics.
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    I spoke to a friend who said that she woke up to an email saying her facebook information had been accessed and seen by a large number of other sources, outside of facebook. She said the cause of this was one of her facebook friends downloaded an app and all the friends of this person had gotten the same email about their information. It is just wrong how so many different companies are taking their users for advantage.
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    I found this new information within the article to be very disturbing, and yet, there are some aspects that I'm not surprised about. I have already comprehended the fact that Google can track all of your searches and that causes ads to be related to your own interests but for media to constantly monitor my actions just from my phone? That's disturbing once you think and look into it.
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    I was watching a video actually on Facebook and this couple heard about facebook stalking people so they decided to talk about cat food for 3 days with facebook open and offline then they opened it one day to cat food adds on their facebook which is really creepy to me.
Connor McHood

North and South Korea Set Bold Goals: A Final Peace and No Nuclear Arms - The New York ... - 2 views

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    this a good/bad and can go both ways but hopefully nuclear threats come to a end
Bryan Pregon

What's changed a month after the Parkland shooting - CNN - 22 views

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    "A month ago, a former student roamed the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, opening fire on terrified students and teachers at the Florida school."
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    Students will continue to fight to have stronger gun control laws.
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    nothing is going to be changed until there are more fatalities
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    not much has changed, at least at a federal level
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    It seems like there is an agreement that there needs to be a change in how firearms and school shootings are dealt with but there is disagreement as to how legislation will do that. There has been no federal reform but while there has been legislation passed in Florida, many teachers and school districts are rejecting it due to its suggestion of arming teachers. There seems to be a divide on whether guns are the problem or the people are the problem.
Bryan Pregon

2018 NRA annual meeting: Guns will be banned during Mike Pence speech. Parkland student... - 6 views

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    "The National Rifle Association has championed the idea of "a good guy with a gun," but no firearms will be allowed when Vice President Pence speaks at its annual meeting - sparking criticism from Parkland, Fla., students, who say schools should be afforded the same protection."
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    This event does seem very hypocritical. This is pretty much saying government officials need to be safe, but schools do not.
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    "As a result, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance," I find this event to be extremely hypocritical. It is basically a slap in the faces of all the Parkland victims. Why are they, and other citizens, not being treated with the safety precautions that politicians are. I find this very offensive for Pence to do this.
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    Agreeing with rtanner112, it is hypocritical and very ironic. It seems like the "higher up" only care about themselves, and not the common people.
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    I understand why they wouldn't want guns, just because it is a political event and it is for the protection of the vice president. However, it does seem hypocritical that they're pro-gun when they're in the right hands, yet won't let their members carry them at the meeting.
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    I don't understand why schools be afforded the same protections the VP was allowed. Where is the difference between the two? He doesn't want to put his life at danger, so why are school students forced to?
levihardiman

Trump's war on trans Americans is about to face a counterattack. - 1 views

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    "n the coming weeks, the administration will launch its next attack on trans rights by announcing the revocation of a landmark regulation that protects transgender people from discrimination in health care. The Department of Health and Human Services will argue that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors and hospitals from turning away transgender patients, or insurance companies from refusing to cover gender-related treatment. This time around, however, civil rights advocates are prepared to fight back. In fact, they've already laid the groundwork for a two-pronged legal attack to maintain the ban on anti-trans health care discrimination."
Bryan Pregon

Memphis took down two Confederate statues. State lawmakers are punishing the city for i... - 0 views

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    "lawmakers in the Tennessee House passed an amendment to a state appropriations bill that strips $250,000 in funding that the city was to receive for its upcoming bicentennial celebration.
    Rep. Steve McDaniel, admitted this was in retaliation for Memphis removing the Confederate statues."
Bryan Pregon

SCOTUS nixes part of law requiring deportation of immigrants convicted of some crimes -... - 0 views

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    "The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some "crimes of violence," holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague."
desertratt

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/04/12/proposal-calls-california-be-split-three-states-b... - 1 views

Would secession from the Union actually work this time?

started by desertratt on 13 Apr 18 no follow-up yet
Bryan Pregon

World's richest 1% grabbed 82% of all wealth created in 2017, Oxfam study finds - 1 views

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    "Oxfam says the trend shows that the global economy is skewed in favor of the rich, rewarding wealth instead of work."
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    It seems that CEOs and company owners are taking wealth for themselves, rather than investing it back into their businesses. I think that, if this trend continues, it could lead to devastating effects on the economy.
Bryan Pregon

Responsibility Deflected, the CLOUD Act Passes | Electronic Frontier Foundation - 0 views

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    "This bill is the CLOUD Act. It was never reviewed or marked up by any committee in either the House or the Senate. It never received a hearing. It was robbed of a stand-alone floor vote because Congressional leadership decided, behind closed doors, to attach this un-vetted, unrelated data bill to the $1.3 trillion government spending bill."
Bryan Pregon

Linda Brown dies; she was at center of Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case -... - 0 views

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    "Brown was 9 years old in 1951 when her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll her at Sumner Elementary School, then an all-white school near her Topeka home. When the school blocked her enrollment her father sued the Topeka Board of Education. Four similar cases were combined with Brown's complaint and presented to the Supreme Court as Oliver L. Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et al."
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    I remember growing up in the 50's in Phoenix and all you could see were signs of segregation, especially in the service areas. Restaurants, service stations and the like had various signs reading "no service to coloreds" or "whites only" and this was the accepted norm. No one thought other-wise. Glad these days are over or are they really?
hhartman550

A Return to Pre-Civil War Times???? - 18 views

I do think that American's are strangely attached to the idea of 50 states when this number hasn't even been associated with the US for 60 years, and I do understand the want for secession with suc...

secession state rights fed laws trump Politics protest

valtodd

Texas bomber dead: Man blows himself up in dramatic standoff with FBI and police - 16 views

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    He ended up waiting until at least one person got close and blew himself up, the officer that was close got thrown back. They have stated that they are not sure if other people were helping him so they will keep looking. I personally think that he didn't want to go to jail for what he had done so he did a suicide bombing.
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    Are they sure they have all the bombs? They mentioned in the article that there could be more bombs out there planted before he died, and what are they doing to find those. Also, did they have any other suspects? I wonder if there were others helping him or people who knew about it. I feel like the reason for the last bombing and the fact that it was a suicide bombing played into the fact that he knew he was going to get caught and didn't want to be put in jail.
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    I agree with Darby, how do we know that is all the bombs? I think he probably had people helping him with this.
    They can't even say why he did it they had an idea it might have been a racial thing but they don't know I also agree about him doing a suicide bombing because he didn't want to go to jail
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    I don't know why this bomber placed bombs in boxes seams strange to me
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    In the article they say that the bomber pre-setup bombs that explode when people get near them. But the article also said that they thought the bomber was targeting races such as hispanic and african american. I don't understand how the bomber could be targeting a specific race when the bombs were set up ahead of time. The article also mentions that there still might be bombs that he planted before he died, so how can he be targeting a specific race?
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    They did mention that there could be more bombs but i doubt there is. I think if there are other bombs out there then maybe it was more then a one man job.
Bryan Pregon

Mississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks - CNN - 8 views

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    "With a swipe of a pen Monday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that prevents women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. His state, effective immediately, now holds the distinction of having the earliest abortion ban in the nation."
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    If you are not a woman, you should not have a say in what women can and cannot do with their body. This is an unconstitutional law and it greatly endangers women's health care all across Mississippi. Every day, women are raped and become impregnated, but many may not know they are pregnant until after 15 weeks. How does the Mississippi government expect that woman to carry out the pregnancy under the circumstances that had caused her to be pregnant in the first place? It is clear the Mississippi government has not fully taken every circumstance into consideration when creating this law.
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    I think that the only constitutional ban we could put onto abortions is when the fetus can feel pain. At that point, you shouldn't be allowed to get one. Possible exemptions being if the women was raped, forced to have a child, or if having the child could hurt or kill the mother.
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    I can see why people would want to ban abortions after a certain time frame, even though I disagree with where they put the cap. However, I really don't like how there's no exceptions for rape, and I especially hate how there's now exceptions for incest. Inbred children tend to be incredibly unhealthy, and if the mother doesn't want to carry them to term, they shouldn't be forced to.
Mackenzie Frush

Great Mills High School shooting: Student gunman dead, two students injured - The Washi... - 1 views

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    The trauma caused through school shootings is spreading across the whole country and it is honestly devastating. I wish that the resource officer wouldn't have had to shoot but I know he did what was best for the school and the other students in the school.
Bryan Pregon

As Trump lashes out at Mueller, Congress at standstill on shielding special counsel - C... - 2 views

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    "While some Republicans issued sharp warnings Sunday to President Donald Trump against firing special counsel Robert Mueller, recent efforts in Congress to protect the special counsel have stalled."
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