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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…

20,000 portable surface-to-air weapons missing in Libya

An estimated 20,000 portable surface-to-air missiles have gone missing in Libya. The heat-seeking missiles were smuggled out of unguarded Army weapons warehouses. “I myself could have removed several hundred if I wanted to, and people can literally drive up with pickup trucks or even 18 wheelers and take away whatever…

Lawrence O’Donnell rips ‘unprovoked police brutality’ at ‘Occupy Wall Street’

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday condemned the “unprovoked police brutality” that occurred at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest over the weekend. Video recordings showed female protesters being rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation, and other protesters being dragged…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protester: Cops part of the 99 percent

Occupy Wall Street protester Kelly Heresy appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Monday to discuss the clashes between New York police officers and the demonstrators. “We are not against the cops,” he said. “The cops are part of the 99 percent. The cops, we would like to believe, are…

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