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Showing posts with label search. Show all posts

October 26, 2018

What a bunch of idiots!

fromSovereignMan: FICO decided that they would reinvent the way they calculate the scores– giving a big boost to people with bad credit. People who have a history of not paying their bills will immediately be deemed creditworthy.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

The shocking differences between Google and DuckDuckGo

fromLibertarianNews: Don't be a chump. Don't be tracked and manipulated. Make DuckDuckGo your default web search engine.
Indoctrination and Censorship

Thousands line up for zero-down-payment, subprime mortgages

fromCNBC: Deja Vu. Borrowers can have low credit scores, but have to go through an education session about the program and submit all necessary documents, from income statements to phone bills.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Brothers face $450,000 in fines for cutting trees on their own property without asking gov’t first

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: For removing invasive trees on their own property, two brothers are being fined a half million dollars because they didn't ask the state for permission first.
The Government is Not Us     Regulation Nation

The NEW social media: alternatives to Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, and other Big Tech platforms

fromActivistPost: You probably won’t find your parents, your best friend from kindergarten, and your Aunt Suzie on these platforms – not yet, anyway. But what you WILL be able to do is speak without fear of censorship.
Indoctrination and Censorship

The public sector pension crisis

fromReason: Will your state pay what its politicians promised? Almost certainly not.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

John W. Whitehead: Freedom Or The Slaughterhouse?

The American Police State from A to Z.    For those whose minds have been short-circuited into believing the candy-coated propaganda peddled by the politicians, here is an A-to-Z, back-to-the-basics primer of what life in the United States of America is really all about.  A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. As I point out in my book   ... MORE

5 Eye-Opening Facts, Figures on No-Knock Warrants

by Sean Piccolli. Stats illustrate America's move to a police state. At a time of anxiety over policing in the United States and heated debate about "militarized" law enforcement, the practice of conducting "no-knock raids" – in which heavily armed SWAT teams burst unannounced into homes – has come under widespread scrutiny. Here are facts, figures, and     ... MORE

TSA'S Secret Behavior Checklist To Spot Terrorists

by Jana Winter and Cora Currier.        Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points. These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA   ... MORE

Google Works To Rank Sites Based On ‘Truthfulness’

by Maxim Lott.  In a step that critics worry will inject political bias into search results, a Google research team released a report this month on ranking search results based on how factual websites are. They propose eventually using that to change Google rankings, which are currently based on website popularity. The Google researchers give, as an     ... MORE

New Spy Technology Allows Police To See Thru Your Walls

by Rob Hustle.       Tossing privacy in the name of catching criminals. The 4th Amendment protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure. But law enforcement agencies across  the country are deploying new technologies in ways that routinely violate Constitutional protections. These devices include radars that can see inside your house,    ... MORE

A Search Engine That Brings The Dark Web To Light

by Mark Stockley.      The Dark Web is reflecting a little more light these days. On Monday I wrote about Memex, DARPA's Deep Web search engine. Memex is a sophisticated tool set that has been in the hands of a few select law enforcement agencies for a year now, but it isn't available to regular users like you and me. There is another search engine  ... MORE

An Innocent Frequent Flyer Detained 23 Hours By TSA

by Ronnie Polaneczky.      Apparently, working as a supervisor for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Philadelphia International Airport comes with a perk:   You get to throw people in jail for no good reason and still keep your job. If that's not the case, why is Charles Kieser still employed by the TSA?  Vanderklok, 57, is a Philly architect   ... MORE

Brad Health: New Police Radars Can 'See' Inside Homes

Cops get new warrantless search tool.      At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance. Those agencies, including    ... MORE

Rethinking ‘No-Knock’ Tactics In Wake Of Cop’s Death

by Jared Keever.   The downside of breaking in through a window. The recent announcement that a Texas district attorney will seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer raiding his home has sparked debate among many as to whether so-called no-knock search warrants, conducted by local SWAT teams, are safe or   ... MORE

Google, DuckDuckGo And Regulation Of Privacy

by Tim Worstall.     This piece about DuckDuckGo rather interested me, for it speaks to the argument that is being had over the regulation of privacy in both the US and the European Union. And while this isn’t entirely and wholly true it is in essence: the US has, in my opinion, taken the right view of that regulation. Leave it, largely, to the         ... MORE

TSA's Mission Creep Making America A Police State

From patdowns to checkpoints and roadblocks.     Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists    ... MORE

TSA Conducts Searches On Valet-Parked Cars At Airport

More warrantless searches from the feds.     The Transportation Security Administration is directing valet attendants to search parked cars for explosives at a New York airport, according to a report by local television station News10NBC.  Traveler Laurie Iacuzza recently flew out of Greater Rochester International Airport and upon returning    ... MORE

Wary Of Tracking, Users Flock To DuckDuckGo

by Nidhi Subbaraman.     First news of the government's Web tracking program PRISM broke late last Thursday, and by Friday, traffic at the indie search engine DuckDuckGo was on the upswing. The tagline on its homepage: "Search anonymously." "You could notice the difference almost immediately," Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo's founder    ... MORE