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U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings

Every year, the group Reporters Without Borders puts out a global ranking of nations that is based on the how well countries protect or infringe upon the freedom of the press. This year, the ranking for the United States was a dismal 49th. That’s pretty bad for a country that lauds itself as “the greatest nation in the world” and the international champion of freedom. This happens to be the absolute lowest ...

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Teen Scores Major Victory Against Atheists in Court Battle to Strike “Under God” From the Pledge

A New Jersey judge has thrown out an atheist-led lawsuit that argued that “under God” is a violation of the state’s constitution, derailing activists’ latest attempt to remove the decades-old wording from the Pledge of Allegiance — and handing a victory to a faithful teenager who had battled to keep the wording in tact. As TheBlaze previously reported, activist groups have traditionally used the First Amend ...

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Robert Crumb’s New Muslim-Baiting Cartoon: ‘The Hairy Ass of Muhammed’

Plenty of cartoonists have created new work in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but few are as famous as Robert Crumb, who has stuck his neck out and created a cartoon for the French leftie newspaper Liberation in which he couldn’t resist depicting the Prophet Muhammed. The New York Observer‘s Celia Farber called Crumb and he told her why he did it. Aline [Mr. Crumb’s wife is the cartoonist Aline Kom ...

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BRILLIANT NEW DEVICE LETS PROTESTERS BLOCK SURVEILLANCE AND STINGRAYS

WASHINGTON, DC — Reports about agents using a Stingray on protesters to unconstitutionally monitor their phones are circulating widely, and now protesters have a way to fight back. Earlier this week an anonymous leaked recording exposed the agents monitoring the protesters’ movements by tracking their phones. A Stingray mimics a cellular tower, letting agents pry into citizens’ cell phones and gather their ...

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Obama Signs Bill Making It ILLEGAL TO PROTEST

Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States. RT broke the news last month that H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, had overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representat ...

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RAPPER FACES LIFE IN PRISON FOR … ALBUM COVER

Like countless artists before him, San Diego-based rapper Brandon Duncan's new album features a picture of a gun and bullets on its front cover. However Duncan, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, could be the first artist to go to jail for his choice of album art. Duncan faces 25-years-to-life on gang conspiracy charges brought against him this week,according to the Los Angeles Times. Prosecutors will report ...

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CONSTITUTION FREE ZONE: ANONYMOUS LEAKS MAP OF FEDERAL PERIMETER AROUND FERGUSON

The hacker group Anonymous has reportedly leaked a map showing how law enforcement plans to surround Ferguson, Mo., in response to the riots expected after a jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. The red boundaries on the map contain the entire city of Ferguson as well as parts of nearby Florissant and Normandy and it’s quite likely the enclosed area will rep ...

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Middle School Student, Assaulted, Arrested, Currently In Jail, for … Wearing a Rosary to Football Game

Amarillo, TX — Jacob Herrera, 14, was going to his middle school’s Wednesday night football game, when he was arrested for wearing a rosary. When Herrera arrived at the game he was approached by Corporal Wilson of the Amarillo Police Department, who asked him to remove his rosary. Allegedly Herrera refused to remove the rosary at which point, according to witness, Marivell Chavez, he was brought to the grou ...

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VIDEO: Students Reprimanded for Handing Out U.S. Constitutions Outside “Free Speech Zone”

Last week, four students at Southern Oregon University were told by administrators that they must stop handing out copies of the United States Constitution on campus, or else the Police would be called, and disciplinary action would taken against them. The administrators confronted the students, who were affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, and reprimanded them, due to the fact that they were handi ...

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The West is ratcheting up policies to restrict the internet

Dictatorial governments rely upon the control of information and ensuring public opinion follows the line of that government's agendas.  And while nations like Russia, China, and Iran have been accused mercilessly by the West for their restricting information from both their own people and the rest of the world, a strange dichotomy is quickly evolving where former free nations like the U.S., Britain, Turkey ...

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REVOLUTIONARY ‘FIRECHAT’ APP Allows Phones To Communicate WITHOUT WIFI OR CELL SERVICE, Driving Hong Kong REVOLT

Twitter helped power the Arab Spring in 2012. Now the pro-democracy demonstrations setting Hong Kong in motion are being driven by a new kind of mobile technology: an underground messaging app called Fire Chat. A popular app for people who went to last month’s Burning Man festival, it’s best known for working off-the-grid. That means users don’t need WiFi or a carrier connection to chat to one another on th ...

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WikiLeaks Leaks The Software Governments Use to SPY ON DISSIDENTS

WikiLeaks' all-or-nothing approach to revealing shady government activity just took a new (if decidedly risky) turn. Julian Assange and crew have posted FinFisher and FinSpy PC, the intrusion software that Australia, Italy, Pakistan and other countries use to break into and spy on people's devices, no matter what platform they're running. The leak site hopes that privacy-minded developers will use the code ...

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