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Virgin Mobile and Verizon retain content of text messages

The cell phone service providers Virgin Mobile and Verizon retain the content of text messages, according to a Justice Department memo obtained by the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina. Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, and Virgin Mobile all retain information relating to text messages, such as who…

Michigan bill would jail teachers who send political emails

The Republican-led Michigan House of Representatives is considering legislation that would prohibit public employees, such as teachers, from sending a political message using a publicly-owned email service. Violating the law would result in a $10,000 fine for an organization, and a $1,000 fine and one-year imprisonment for an individual. The…

UC Berkeley students protest ‘racist’ Republican bake sale

Several hundred University of California students dressed in black and lay down on the concrete in a silent protest of an “inherently racist” bake sale hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans. The student group intentionally sold baked goods at different prices based on race and gender to oppose a bill…

LRAD Corp. disputes ACLU lawsuit over G-20 protest

LRAD Corp., manufacturer of a sonic device deployed against protestors during the 2009 G-20 Summit, has disputed the claims made in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit. Last week, a bystander who suffered permanent hearing loss after Pittsburgh police deployed a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against protestors during the…

Diebold voting machines hacked with $10 in parts

Anyone with about $10, physical access to a Diebold voting machine and rudimentary knowledge of electronics can remotely hack into the device, according to experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. A hacker could potentially change a person’s votes without them ever knowing about it.…

Cornel West at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest: The elite will tremble

Public intellectual and Princeton professor Cornel West appeared at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest on Tuesday, the eleventh straight day of the demonstration. He gave a speech during the General Assembly in Liberty Park applauding the “sweet spirit in this place” and denouncing “the greed of Wall Street oligarchs and…

Jon Stewart presses Ron Paul on his libertarian views

Although Jon Stewart and Texas Congressman Ron Paul found common ground in their opposition to the war on drugs on Monday night, Stewart questioned whether all of Paul’s libertarian ideals were realistic. Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, said during his appearance on The Daily Show that the free market system…

Dylan Ratigan starts campaign to get money out of politics

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan — who angrily stated that “Congress is bought” in August — has launched a petition calling for a constitutional amendment to prohibit campaign contributions to political candidates. On Tuesday, he discussed the campaign with his fellow MSNBC host, Martin Bashir. “There is a single statistic that…

Navy secretary: For every 50 convoys of gasoline, we lose a Marine

Ray Mabus, Secretary of the U.S. Navy, said at the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 that the military needed to end its dependence on fossil fuels. “And it’s costly, but it’s costly in more ways than just money,” he said. “We import gasoline more than anything else – gasoline and…

Scientists create cyborg rat with artificial cerebellum

Researchers at the Tel Aviv University in Israel successfully wired a functional computer chip to a rat’s brain. Matti Mintz and his colleagues have built an artificial cerebellum that can restore some motor functions in rats with brain damage. The cerebellum is an area of the brain responsible for learning…

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