News You Probably Missed This Week 3/17/13
News of the Week
I enjoy following a variety of news outlets to get an idea of the real news that our news media doesn't report on. I've decided to write a weekly hub providing links for what I think are the stories that people really need to hear.
There is a lot that we are missing out on.
From Around the Web
Our first news story is actually from CNN, however you probably will not see it on the news station. It is about how the internet is a mass surveillance system, and how there is not a thing that anyone can really do about it. Many people already know this and don't care. Many people, like myself, care but don't see that there is much we can do about it. It permeates every aspect of our society. The only way to avoid it is to "live off the grid", but our modern society makes that more difficult day by day.
An Oregon company is developing technology to prevent drones from spying on its customers. Homeowners will be able to purchase anti-drone technology. This is in response to the numerous reports that local police departments are utilizing military-style drone technology for everyday police tasks. This new trend has concerned many citizens, and it is nice to see that a company is fighting back. The company says it won't knock drones down, but will stop them from 'completing their mission.'
Martial Law was declared in NYC to prevent protests against the NYPD who killed a 16 year old. Freedom of speech has been suspended, as protesters are deemed "dangerous" to the police officers. I actually found a more in-depth news piece on this earlier in the day, however it seems that my original source has been removed from the internet, and this link is the best that I could find. No police department in the country should ever have the authority to strip citizens of constitutional rights. If this is true (and unfortunately I can't find much evidence in support of it, I would love for a New York Resident to comment) it is incredibly scary.
Part of the plan to bailout the small island nation of Cypress is to seize the bank accounts of citizens. They are "taxing" everyone's bank accounts, taking 9.9% from the wealthiest and 6.75% from everyone else. Every single person who has a bank account in Cypress is going to be subjected to this "tax". I use quotations around the word tax because this isn't really a tax, it is theft. People who have been responsible saving for their entire lives are having their money taken from them. It is also causing a run on the banks in Cypress, and let us face reality, if the EU allows this theft in Cypress, who is to say it will stop there? They state that this is an "emergency", to prevent the collapse of the Euro; however will there be a lesser emergency next month causing EU officials to seize bank accounts in Spain, Portugal, or anywhere else? And will our US congress see this system "working" and implement similar methods here? This is a start. Anything is possible.
From around the Web
And speaking of theft, President Obama's newest executive order allows seizure of American's bank accounts if they are suspected of engaging in business with Iran. This EO allows for the complete seizure of bank accounts without the opportunity to appeal. No real proof is needed. If the State Department says that you are conducting business with Iran they have the right to steal from you. I find is extremely disconcerting that this EO was signed the same week that the EU decided to seize funds from its citizens bank accounts. Is this a baby step for the US to do the same thing? It is too early to tell, and it is true that Clinton signed a similar EO during his presidency without any serious repercussions, however it is still worrisome.
Fair and Balanced?
Please remember that no news outlet is fair and balanced. Everything has a spin. So please read them, be informed, but take everything with a grain of salt. Find the truth between the lines.