Ross Ulbricht Denied Supreme Court Petition as Alleged Silk Road Co-Conspirator Faces Extradition to U.S.

Ross Ulbricht Denied Supreme Court Petition as Alleged Silk Road Co-Conspirator Faces Extradition to U.S. By Derrick Broze Nearly five years after his arrest for his role in the creation of the Silk Road online marketplace, Ross Ulbricht was denied a hearing with the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday June 28, the highest court in the United States refused to hear arguments from Ross Ulbricht’s attorneys regarding his 2015 conviction and double-life sentence for his role in managing the Silk Road website. The online marketplace allowed users to buy products…

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New Report Finds No Trace of Nerve Agent at Site of Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

New Report Finds No Trace of Nerve Agent at Site of Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria By Derrick Broze A preliminary report published by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a supposed chemical attack in Douma, Syria.  A newly published report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. However, mixed messages are being spread as…

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Facial Recognition Tech Company Refuses to Sell to Governments

Facial Recognition Tech Company Refuses to Sell to Governments By Derrick Broze The CEO of a company that makes facial recognition software has publicly stated that his company will not sell to law enforcement or governments. In recent months controversies have erupted over various tech companies contracting with the various law enforcement and military agencies. At Google, employees publicly expressed their distaste for the company’s contract to provide the U.S. Department of Defense with Artificial Intelligence technology. The frustration was so high that some Google employees actually quit. Amazon was also…

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New Law Could Exempt Thousands of Genetically Engineered Foods From Labeling

New Law Could Exempt Thousands of Genetically Engineered Foods From Labeling By Derrick Broze An analysis of newly proposed rule changes reveals that thousands of genetically engineered foods may be exempt from upcoming labeling requirements. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture works to establish a uniform national standard for labeling foods that may be genetically engineered, critics continue to call out the dangers of putting the federal government in charge of the situation. The federal government was first granted this authority in July 2016 when former President Obama signed into…

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Israeli Company Is Selling Autonomous Surveillance Systems to Governments Around the World

Israeli Company Is Selling Autonomous Surveillance Systems to Governments Around the World By Derrick Broze An Israeli company has announced plans to launch new “autonomous” surveillance products which are specifically designed to monitor large metropolitan areas. On Thursday, Israeli surveillance technology company Jenovice announced a slew of new surveillance products aimed at monitoring Wi-Fi enabled devices in order to gain intelligence on targets. The announcement was part of a presentation – “Tactical Wi-Fi Interception – Identify, Acquire, Intercept” – given at the Intelligence Support Systems for Electronic Surveillance, Social Media/DarkNet…

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What Does Epigenetics Mean for Humanity’s Awakening?

What Does Epigenetics Mean for Humanity’s Awakening? By Derrick Broze New scientific research is causing scientists to rethink what they believe about the static nature of genes. What do these discoveries mean for a species increasingly facing environmental and political calamity? Ongoing discoveries regarding how environmental factors can affect life on the genetic level are causing many scientists and researchers to rethink the notion that the genetic makeup of an individual is static and unchanging. Most recently, a team of researchers with Tufts University has found evidence which suggests stress…

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Amazon’s Rekognition Surveillance Tool Will Grant Police Even More Surveillance Power

Amazon’s Rekognition Surveillance Tool Will Grant Police Even More Surveillance Power By Derrick Broze Amazon is facing pressure from civil liberties groups for the corporation’s role in building the infrastructure which powers government surveillance. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and nearly 40 other organizations have joined together to demand that Amazon cease providing law enforcement access to surveillance technology. The organizations signed onto a letter to Amazon which condemns the company for developing new facial recognition tools…

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Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration For Abandoning Investigation into Dangerous Pesticides

Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration For Abandoning Investigation into Dangerous Pesticides By Derrick Broze The Trump Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are facing three new lawsuits regarding recently amended practices regarding the use of certain pesticides which have been linked to cancer. A coalition of conservation and public health groups have filed suit against the Trump Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the federal government of foregoing an assessment of a pesticide known to have harmful health effects, as well as suspending training for pesticide handlers.…

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