The Iowa Human Rights Commission has altered the language of its public accommodations brochure in an attempt to assuage concerns about requirements for houses of worship, but one group says that it doesn’t go far enough to protect religious freedom.
As previously reported, the Commission’s previous publication “Public Accommodations Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law” noted that sometimes churches are required to follow restroom use and speech laws. Continue reading
Secularism and Christianity—like National Socialism and Christianity in Germany in 1930—are irreconcilable. There will be no reconciliation of immutable, competing religions and worldviews; someone’s worldview and values are going to reign supreme.
Adolf Hitler recognized the battle: “One day we want to be in a position where only complete idiots stand in the pulpit and preach to old women”. Continue reading
A gunman decked in a mask and draped with an ammunition belt stormed into a cinema complex in Vierhhelm, Germany, Thursday and opened fire, leaving up to 50 from CS gas that was tossed at the scene, preliminary reports said.
It’s not clear who unleashed the tear gas – the attacker or police, the Telegraph reported. But the gunman is dead, various media reported. It’s also not clear what type of weapons the gunman used, and whether it was even a genuine firearm or rather a stun gun. Continue reading…
There’s a scene in the dystopian scifi novel “Ready Player One” in which the protagonist glimpses the dossier of personal information a major tech company has gathered on him. It includes his height and weight, his browser history, his address — even several years of his school transcripts.
We’re still several years away from that vision, thankfully, but a new British startup called Score Assured has taken a big step in that direction: The company wants to, in the words of co-founder Steve Thornhill, “take a deep dive into private social media profiles” and sell what it finds there to everyone from prospective dates to employers and landlords. Continue reading…
Maybe it’s something in the water at the National Security Agency, but for some reason, officials there just can’t seem to get enough of spying on us by continually expanding their surveillance dragnet.
As reported by The New American, the agency is now looking into possibly stealing data from Internet-connected biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to the NSA’s deputy director, Richard Ledgett. Continue reading…
Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a relentless self-promoter who christened himself “The World’s Toughest Sheriff,” has invited Phoenix-area parents to send their grade school and teenage kids to jail for the summer.
“Summer Stars” is a two-day program supposedly intended to teach impressionable youngsters about the rigors of life behind bars, thereby deterring them from bad behavior. The program will be held in two sessions – June 23-24, and July 21-22 – and will be open for students from ages 8 to 18.
Arpaio’s department says that the experience is “designed to show young people the realities of jail life and prevent them from getting involved in illegal activity,” reports KTVK News in Phoenix. Participants will wear prisoner attire, work as inmate laborers, eat jail food, sleep in tents or bunks, and be required to follow jail regulations. Arpaio inexplicably assures parents that the temporary inmates “will have some fun, too” – which to any informed resident of Maricopa County would seem like a threat, rather than an assurance, especially to parents of children who are, or who might be mistaken to be, of Latino ancestry. After all, there is a very good chance that the senescent sheriff may soon find himself facing felony charges before a federal court for abusing people of that description. Continue reading…
The one state that has gone complete anti-democratic is Oklahoma. It is wise not to travel in that state at all. Oklahoma should be on a no-fly zone. Now, Oklahoma police can outright seize everything you have from debit cards to bank accounts on a traffic stop without any criminal charges being filed. If some policeman thinks you’re doing something illegal, your life is over. Without money, you cannot hire a lawyer and they can just rob everything you have on a whim.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has introduced a device called Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAM) that allows police officers to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards. State police began using 16 of these machines last month, and now the police have become literal highway robbers. This makes the traffic cops in Russia, who you can bribe to go away if they pull you over for a speeding ticket, as a far more civilized arrangement. Here, they can rob you of everything. Continue reading…
LONDON — It’s May and the sun is finally out after a long British winter. For many that means one thing: festival season.
It’s a good occasion to disconnect from technology, go off the grid and enjoy a few days of carefree excitement. Or not.
Along with booze, music and mud — a lot of mud — British festivals may have another feature: mass surveillance.
Last year, Leicestershire police scanned the faces of 90,000 festival-goers at Download Festival, checking them against a list of wanted criminals across the country. It was the first time anywhere in the UK that facial recognition technology — NeoFace — was used at a public outdoor event. Source