A day after being re-“elected”, Venezuela’s Maduro spoke on State TV rejecting U.S. sanctions – which “offend national dignity” – and expelling the top US diplomat from Caracas due to “conspiratorial behavior” against the government.
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As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position it’s best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice president’s enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need to know about Haspel.
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The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.”
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The days of the soul-sucking manual punch clock are over. Digital systems now use things like facial recognition to monitor when a worker arrives and has finished for the day. Combined with certain legal ambiguities, the software that’s replaced the 19th century technology is helping some employers chisel away at workers’ hourly pay.
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On Fox News Sunday, the National Rifle Association’s incoming president Oliver North partially blamed the increase in school shootings on the ADHD medication Ritalin… Over at CNN, psychology professor George DuPaul of Lehigh University counters North’s bullshit: “No, there is no evidence of that. In fact, if anything, there’s stronger evidence that Ritalin and other medications that are used to treat ADHD would reduce violence and aggressive behavior.”
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Almost a year ago, we wrote about how post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been , but they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. In the period since, various former Facebook founders and Silicon Valley sicophants have had their ‘come to Jesus’ moments, recognizing and accepting that what they have created is indeed changing behaviors… and not for the better.
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The Russian State Duma has passed a bill aimed at defending “economic interests and security” in response to the latest sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies… “The main objective of this federal law is to defend the economic interests and security of the Russian Federation, its territorial integrity and the rights and freedoms of its citizens, from unfriendly actions of the USA and other foreign states that impose political or economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, its citizens and companies or any other activities aimed at destabilizing Russia’s politics or economy,” reads the freshly approved bill.
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