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Hyperinflation Comes To Iran

An EA source reports that a relative in Tehran ordered a washing machine for 400,000 Toman (about $240) this week. When he went to the shop the next day, he was told that — amidst the currency crisis and rising import costs — the price was now 800,000 Toman (about $480). Another EA source says…

Homeland Security monitors journalists

Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Jail for using chalk on sidewalk

Has your child ever written in chalk on the sidewalk? If so, little Joey or Janie is a criminal. So says the city of Orlando, which recently arrested — and jailed — one of the Occupy Orlando protesters for writing in chalk in front of City Hall.

Oakland Cops Arrest Photographer For Complying With Their Orders

A photographer who snapped a photo of a group of Oakland police officers was ordered to move behind some imaginary line. The photographer started walking backwards asking “what line” with the cops moving towards him in an aggressive manner. They kept telling him to move back, which he was doing. One cop orders him across…

Federal Agents Helped Major Drug Trafficker Move Millions in Cash

​Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency helped a Mexican narcotics kingpin transfer million of dollars in illegal cash profits, the New York Times reports today. The DEA program recalls a similar, much smaller scale operation first reported in the Voice last month in our article about government informant Angel Perez. The Voice article disclosed that…