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The Ferguson Report, Part 2: African-Americans: No Longer Cash Cow for the City?

In our excerpts from The Ferguson Report, Part 1: Breathing While Black, and Other Offenses, we presented a number of shocking incidents that showed what African-Americans were subjected to every day by the Ferguson Police Department. These outrages were driven by racism at its rawest. But there was another dimension to this predatory behavior: Money. The more tickets the police wrote, the more money they earned for the city. And the more brownie points they earned for themselves. In Part 2 of this two-part series, we present excerpts that show — in appalling detail — how those in authority encouraged illegal predation, and even threatened punishment for police officers who preferred to play it straight. We also present a short happy report on some of the dramatic reforms that are taking place.

Wednesday’s Picks: Sept 02, 2015

VOLUNTEER!  Do you have skills you’d like to offer? We have all kinds of needs. For more info, visit our Volunteer Page. NOW LIVE ON WhoWhatWhy Is Trump Gambling His Empire With Risky Prez Bid? By Jon Hecht Donald Trump’s success in early primary polls comes from the same focus on personal branding that has built his Read More

Our new concept: Picks: Sept, 01 2015

VOLUNTEER!  Do you have skills you’d like to offer? We have all kinds of needs. For more info, visit our Volunteer Page. NOW LIVE ON WhoWhatWhyWhistleblowers File $100 Million Suit against NSA, FBI By Klaus Marre In a $100 million lawsuit that has garnered virtually no public attention, five National Security Agency whistleblowers are accusing the federal Read More

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Whistleblowers File $100 Million Suit against NSA, FBI

In a $100 million lawsuit that has garnered virtually no public attention, five National Security Agency whistleblowers are accusing the federal government of illegally retaliating against them for alerting the NSA and Congress to a waste of taxpayer funds that benefitted a well-connected contractor.

Democracy’s Hackers, Trump’s Evangelicals & The Biggest Bomb Of All: Aug 31, 2015

VOLUNTEER!  Do you have skills you’d like to offer? We have all kinds of needs. For more info, visit our Volunteer Page. PUBLICITY NOTES: Our Editor in Chief, Russ Baker, will be on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann television show tonight, talking about our series on Hurricane Katrina. The program runs on the RT Network. We’ll post links Read More

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Foreigners Could Hack US Elections, Experts Say

When people think of election theft, many assume that means individuals taking measures up to and including the moment that votes are cast. However, experts agree that thanks to the increasing reliance on electronic voting and vote-counting, the very infrastructure itself is also vulnerable — to attacks from the outside. This could include foreign powers pursuing their own agenda.

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