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IRS Seizes Store Owner’s Money – No Charges Filed

Totally insane – must read. I’ve always paid my taxes and have never been arrested or charged with any crime in my life. I am a successful small-business man. But in January of this year, I woke up to find that my business’ entire bank account — more than $35,000 — had been wrongly seized.…

ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Wednesday. In one case, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and…

Popular Science Decides Internet Comments Are “Bad for Science.”

Popular Science announced today that it is shutting off comments for good. “Comments can be bad for science,” explained Suzanne LaBarre, the magazine’s online content director. She pointed to “trolls and spambots” who “overwhelm” the magazine’s efforts to “spread the word of science far and wide.” Thanks to these trolls, she went on, “the cynical…

The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989

In 1989, the median American household made $51,681 in current dollars (the 2012 number, again, was $51,017). That means that 24 years ago, a middle class American family was making more than the a middle class family was making one year ago. This isn’t a lost decade for economic gains for Americans. It is a…

CA School District Monitoring ALL Social Media

The Glendale School District in California is facing some backlash from the recent news that it has retained the services of Geo Listening to track its students’ social media activity. The rationale behind the program is (of course) the students’ safety. “After collecting information from students’ posts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram,…

German Intel Says Assad Did Not Order Gas Attack

BERLIN, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – German intelligence sources suggest that last month’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus was not ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Bild am Sonntag has reported. Forces loyal to President Assad had been asking him for four months to use chemical weapons against the rebels, but they still received…