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States Consider Cracking Down On Car Seizures

State legislatures around the country are considering laws to make it more difficult for police from taking cars away from motorists who have not been convicted of breaking any laws. In Hawaii, Michigan, North Dakota and Utah, lawmakers have advanced bills to reform civil asset forfeiture proceedings that are used to take property — primarily cars, but also cash and other property — on the mere accusation that the owner may have been involved in the drug trade. Sale of the cars and other property at auction generates millions for state and local budgets, but activists at the American Civil…

Gitmo Preps for an Upgrade: This monument to the war on terror is still open, and it’s costing taxpayers a fortune.

Whether the U.S. manages to broker a peace with the Taliban or not, one legacy of the war on terror remains—the prison at Guantanamo Bay (also called Gitmo). At its height, this symbol of Bush administration power held 600 people. And as miserable as the infrastructure reportedly is down there, its commander, Navy Rear Admiral John Ring, says he could fit 200 more people if given an increase in the same number of soldiers. He’d rather have an influx of money, however. So there were once 600 prisoners. Now there are only 40. Forty people being watched over by 1,700…

Violent Video Game Tax Proposed In Pennsylvania to Stop School Shootings

Lawmakers from Pennsylvania have put forth a bill that proposes a 10% excise tax on violent video games. House Bill 109 seeks to impose the so-called “sin tax” on games sold at retail that are rated by the ESRB as M for Mature or Adults-Only. The money would go into a fund called the “Digital Protection for School Safety Account” that aims to enhance security measures at schools in the wake of the school shootings in Parkland, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut. State representative Chris Quinn, a republican, initially put forth the bill in 2018, but it never made it out…

Atlanta Spent $23 Million Building a Pedestrian Bridge for the Super Bowl That Pedestrians Can’t Use

You’ve heard of the “bridge to nowhere.” Now meet Atlanta’s bridge for no one. In anticipation of hosting this year’s Super Bowl at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the city of Atlanta spent more than $23 million to build a pedestrian bridge linking the stadium to the nearby Vine City public transit station, allowing fans to cross a busy street without needing a crosswalk. The bridge was originally supposed to cost about $13 million—already pretty pricey for a simple pedestrian crossing over a four-lane road—but city officials approved an extra $10 million in funding last year to ensure the project…

Surviving Without The Government: What If It Never Came Back?

As I sit here writing this, the government is shut down. I know you’ve probably heard about it and if you’re like me, you’re wondering what’s the big deal. After all, what most of us would really like to say is some version of “So what?” “Good riddance” or “We don’t need them” in response. But the reality is that we need the government; perhaps now more than ever. What’s So Tough About Surviving Without The Government? Don’t get me wrong; I’m no big fan of the government, especially not of big government. As far as I’m concerned, most of…

FDA goes paramilitary, now revealed to own 390 pistols, 122 shotguns and 200,000 rounds of ammunition… while pushing toxic vaccines and deadly chemotherapy on children

A recent report led by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has revealed that government groups like the IRS and the FDA are armed to teeth. All told, 20 federal agencies managed to spend at least $1.5 billion on munitions in just seven years. Now, many are wondering what the federal government plans on using all this artillery for — or perhaps more correctly, who they plan on using their weapons against. Despite claims that these organizations exist to serve the people of the United States, the excessive armament of federal agencies is further proof that the administrative arm of the…

The Government Shutdown Exposes Another Reason to Abolish the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration, a federal agency, is facing a no-show problem with employees, as paychecks are put on hold during the partial government shutdown. This is reportedly leading to longer lines and security problems at airports nationwide. According to CNN: Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports… TSA spokespeople, meanwhile, insist everything is completely normal although absenteeism has “increased by 200% to 300%,” according to Marketwatch. Not everyone was as sanguine about the situation as government officials.…

Please, TSA Workers, Don’t Come Back

Understandably, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees are no more enthusiastic about working when their paychecks are delayed than is anybody else on the planet. That’s why they’ve been calling-in sick in increased numbers—some to seek temporary work elsewhere in order to pay their bills—as the more-theater-than-reality “government shutdown” drags on. But, isn’t this an opportunity for us all? Given that the world is a better place when TSA employees and other government minions don’t do their jobs, and some are already seeking alternative employment, what a great opportunity to shut down their agencies, shrink the government, and make everybody’s lives…

TSA officers at Sea-Tac on verge of quitting over lack of pay

The partial government shutdown is causing new concerns for air travel. At Sea-Tac Airport, Transportation Security Administration officers are showing the strains of working without a paycheck and some are threatening to quit. That could end up hurting air travelers if security checkpoints turn into “chokepoints.” Because the government considers them “essential,” TSA officers remain on the job during the federal shutdown. However, the local union president said that may not last. “If they don’t get a check within two weeks, they have to make a decision whether to get a job somewhere else or get a part time job…

John McAfee calls taxes ‘illegal,’ says it’s been 8 years since he filed a return

Millionaire anti-virus software tycoon John McAfee unleashed a barrage of criticism of the IRS in a series of tweets Thursday and bragged that he has not filed a tax return in eight years. “I have not filed a tax return for 8 years,” McAfee wrote before calling taxes illegal and complaining about government services. He noted that he lives off the money made from McAfee Inc.  – the company he founded and resigned from in 1994 – and called himself a “prime target” for the IRS before writing “Here I am.” CONTINUE @ FOX

IRS Won’t Issue Refunds During Shutdown: That Could Be A Problem

While most Americans thought they wouldn’t be affected by the partial government shutdown, anyone with a federal tax refund coming to them will have to wait until the stalemate is over, according to the Wall Street Journal. As one of the agencies which now lacks funding, the IRS and the US tax collector are operating with roughly 1/8 of their usual staff under a shutdown plan it’s operating under outside the tax-filing season.    During a shutdown, the IRS can continue activities that protect government property, and the agency may bring in more workers soon to prepare for the income-tax filing season. Even…

‘What Kind of Maniacs Are Running This Country?’: Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People

While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the U.S. military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places. In a since-deleted, U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation’s strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of “the big ball” during the countdown to midnight, “we are ready to drop something much, much bigger.” Beneath the message was a video (see below), as the…

IRS Had 4,487 Guns; 5,062,006 Rounds of Ammunition

The Internal Revenue Service had in its weapons inventory 4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition as of late 2017, according to a report published this month by the Government Accountability Office. Included in this arsenal, according to the GAO, were 15 “fully automatic firearms” and 56,000 rounds of ammunition for those fully automatic firearms. The same report–“Federal Law Enforcement: Purchases and Inventory Controls of Firearms, Ammuntion, and Tactical Equipment“–says that the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services had 194 fully automatic firearms and 386,952 rounds of ammunition for those fully automatic firearms.…

The IRS Wants to Investigate Tax Dodgers via Social Media

The Internet Revenue Service (IRS) is looking to get its hands on a product that will help its agents investigate tax dodgers who’ve set up shop on social media, according to a request posted to the federal government’s procurement website, FedBizOpps. The post indicates that the IRS, whose under-equipped enforcement agents ferret out financial crime related to the tax system, is looking for a new way to investigate potential tax cheats based on their social media usage, citing as one example the ubiquity of online stores. The IRS currently has no “formal tool,” it says, to comb through social media…

Social Security Admin Stole Thousands from Dead Woman

The family of a recently deceased woman is fighting the Social Security Administration for thousands of dollars illegitimately taken from her bank account — and the government doesn’t seem particularly keen on doing anything about it. “Days after a suburban man’s mother died, he noticed large withdrawals from her bank account,” Chicago’s WBBM-TV reported. “Tim Carlberg feels beaten down by his almost four-month battle with the Social Security Administration. “Less than 10 days after his 89-year-old mother died in August, someone from the Social Security office electronically swooped in and withdrew five payments from her bank account. The problem is,…

HOV lane discounts to be replaced with a customer rewards spying program

Corporations will go to incredible lengths to dream up new ways to convince the public to accept government spying. Take the Arlington Texas Department of Transportation’s (DOT) latest idea for example. The Texas DOT is getting rid of HOV lane discounts and replacing them with customer rewards. Motorists are being forced to download an intrusive new “VeriRide” app that takes government snooping to a whole new level. A recent article in the Dallas News titled “HOV rewards to replace discounts on Dallas Fort-Worth tolled lanes” is basically a rewards program for government spying. How is this a rewards program for government spying?…

FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. CBD oils have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures and foods, but their legal status has been murky and the Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some companies making health claims for CBD. In a statement following Thursday’s bill signing in Washington, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb restated his agency’s stance that CBD is a drug…

Why A Referendum Initiated By The Citizens Will End Our Enslavement

“We live in a democracy, we are so lucky!” The cries from the minds of those who bought the illusion hook, line, and sinker. Allow me to propose a scenario. People choose an ideology they believe represents them. A few people strongly identify with that ideology and stand up to say “I will represent anyone with my ideology that supports me.” An election cycle begins and by the end, there are 2 candidates to choose from. Promises of jobs, good environmental treatment, healthcare and so forth are all made to the people in order to get the vote. People go…

6 Reasons to Hate the TSA When You Travel This Christmas

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) projects that a record 41 million people will fly this holiday season. If you’re one of them, be warned: The agency doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to…well, anything. With that in mind, here are seven times the TSA made us shake our heads—either in mild disbelief or intense disgust—in 2018: TSA confiscated a pink, plastic, dinosaur-shaped hand grenade toy. This is courtesy of the TSA’s awarding-winning Instagram account (it’s won more awards than the agency has caught terrorists), which regularly posts photos of confiscated items. In February, the TSA explained that…

The United States Postal Service faces a major policy shakeup

The United States Postal Service faces a major policy shakeup at a time when package delivery has become more central to Americans’ lives than ever. A growing reliance on e-commerce has driven demand for direct-to-door shipping for everything from textbooks to toothbrushes. And to the casual observer, USPS is playing what looks like a seamless part in the process, with more and more packages delivered the “last mile” to customers’ doors by government workers. But future retirement costs are snowballing and traditional letter mail has dropped drastically since 2006, when Congress made its most recent effort to modernize the mail…

US Military’s Privatized Housing Project Plagued by Construction Flaws, Mold Complaints

Here, near the heart of America’s “Tornado Alley,” an Air Force contractor built 398 new homes less than a decade ago, bankrolled as part of the U.S. government’s vow of safe shelter for the men and women who serve. Today the collection of cookie-cutter duplexes is showing declines more typical of aged and neglected housing. Last spring, just six years after landlord Balfour Beatty Communities finished construction, the company was forced to start replacing every foot of water line in each house to fix systemic plumbing failures. In September, the company and Air Force inspected the tiny rooms where heating,…

Only weeks remain until America’s Public Domain begins to grow again, for the first time in 21 years!

This New Year’s Day, for the first time in 21 years, new works will enter the public domain in America: the Class of 2019 was all creating in 1923, and has been locked in copyright for 96 years. When Disney successfully lobbied Congress to extend copyright by 20 years in 1998, it stopped the clock on the public domain. 20 years ago, everything from 1922 became public. The next year, and the year after, and every year until 2019, nothing else entered the public domain. As Glenn Fleishman writes in Smithsonian, the result is a weirdly skewed public perception of…

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to be gearing up for massive border invasion with new contract to acquire 375 million rounds of tactical rifle ammunition

Anyone who doesn’t yet realize the U.S. government is gearing up to defend America against a major land invasion of foreign nationals needs to look at this press release from December 10, 2018: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Awards Federal Premium a .223 Remington Ammunition Contract. The press release describes a 5-year, $75 million contract to “provide the organization’s agents and officers with .223 Rem duty and training ammunition.” For those who aren’t familiar with firearms, .223 Remington ammo is used in AR-15 rifles. It’s not technically identical to 5.56 NATO, but rifles that can fire 5.56 NATO can…

California wants to tax text-messaging…State regulators say surcharge on text messaging would help fund programs that make phone service accessible to the poor

Texting your sweetheart that you’re on your way home? California may soon charge you for that. This is no LOL matter, critics say. State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the proposal, now scheduled for a vote next month by the California Public Utilities Commission. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. “This is how conversations take place in…

When Not Hiding Cameras In Traffic Barrels And Streetlights, The DEA Is Shoving Them Into… Vacuums?

If it exists, the DEA probably wants to stash a camera in it. A Denair, California-based company called the Special Services Group, LLC won a $42,595 DEA purchase order at the end of November for a “custom Shop Vac concealment with Canon M50B.” Canon describes the M50B as a “high-sensitivity…PTZ [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] network camera” that “captures video with remarkable color and clarity, even in very low-light environments.” The M50B retails for about $3,400; the acquisition is being funded by the DEA’s Office of Investigative Technology and is presumably intended to assist agents in a specific operation, rather than for wider, passive…

Name One Government Agency that Doesn’t Do the Exact Opposite of its Purpose

A DEA agent is accused of facilitating drug trafficking in the regions he oversaw in Florida and Arkansas. He allegedly traded inside information to drug runners in exchange for cash. Drugs are illegal. But you can still run drugs with the right person being paid off. And you can do it for very little money–this agent got around $62,000 from one dealer for his role. That is enough money to easily corrupt an individual, but a small price to pay compared to how much a drug dealer can make. Especially when you have the DEA looking the other way and…

Microsoft: We’ll Give Pentagon ‘All the Technology We Create’

Tech companies have had to grapple with increasing pressure over the past year from employees wary of the dangers of giving the US military their all-powerful tools, such as artificial intelligence. Google, for example, saw a massive uproar from its employees after it was revealed that the company was working on Project Maven, a Pentagon project to use artificial intelligence to analyze drones. While Project Maven remains a degree away from AI-powered weaponry, it’s another step down a slippery slope, according to the 4,000 Google employees that signed a letter opposing their company’s cooperation with the US Defense Department. In June, Google said it would not renew their contract for the…

US Military reveals plan to breed ‘living tripwire’ GM life forms to warn of enemy submarines

The Pentagon is developing a radical plan to breed gentically modified life forms to hunt for enemy subs. A newly revealed project hopes to create ‘living tripwires’ that could give early warning to Navy commanders. The Naval Research Laboratory, or NRL, would be able to tune the microorganisms to hunt for a variety of giveaway signals, from diesel fuel to human DNA from stealth divers. According to Defence One, coming into contact with the trigger material would cause a loss of electrons, which could be detectable to friendly sub drones. ‘In an engineered context, we might take the ability of…

Human Experiments You’ll Never Believe Happened | United States Germ Warfare Pre-1970 (video)

“Human Experiments You’ll Never Believe Happened | United States Germ Warfare Pre-1970” is a short documentary intended for educational purposes that details the unethical human experiments that took place from the beginning of the century to the 1970’s, when President Nixon issued an executive order to end the US offensive program. This video is free of any graphic or violent imagery or foul language, and the sources for all statements made are listed as the pinned comment to this video.

Government now wants to seize your car for going 5 MPH over the limit

[Editor’s note: While Simon is traveling today, other members of the Sovereign Man team penned today’s missive.] We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight. You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence. Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison. But the…

DHS plans to use credit-scores to judge who may become a citizen

The US Department of Homeland Security has published a new proposed rule that would make people ineligible for US citizenship if their credit-scores were poor. Notionally, the rule-change is meant to prevent immigrants from becoming burdens on the welfare system (migrants do not make disproportionate use of any public welfare system). However, the credit reporting bureaus are notoriously inaccurate and arbitrary in the credit-scores they assign; if you have a lot of assets but do not borrow money, you will have a much lower credit-rating than if you unwisely enroll in a number of high cost/high fee store cards and…

How Social Media Is Becoming an Arm of the State

Say the wrong things and you might get kicked off of your favorite social media platform. Tech titans Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have wiped out talk-show host Alex Jones’s social media presence on the Internet. But the social media crusades weren’t over. Facebook recently took down popular pages like Liberty Memes and hundreds of other prominent libertarian-leaning pages . In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, social media network Gab was on the receiving end of suspensions from payment processors like PayPal and Stripe and cloud hosting company Joyent. Although these companies did not provide clear explanations for their…

Proposed New York law would require you to turn over your social media password and last three years of search history if you want to own a gun

S09191 Summary: BILL NO S09191 SAME AS No Same As SPONSOR PARKER COSPNSR MLTSPNSR Amd §400.00, Pen L Relates to requiring social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver; requires a person applying for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver or a renewal of such license to consent to having his or her social media accounts and search engine history reviewed and investigated for certain posts and/or searches over a period of 1-3 years prior to the approval…

Surprise: Pentagon fails its first-ever audit…

The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve. Results of the inspection – conducted by some 1,200 auditors and examining financial accounting on a wide range of spending including on weapons systems, military personnel and property – were expected to be completed later in the day. “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters, adding that the findings showed the need for greater discipline in financial matters…

A Vast Postal Surveillance System Is Tracking Your Mail

A vast postal surveillance system is tracking every piece of mail you send. Moreover, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) frequently shares data about mail with law enforcement. In particular, the USPS photographs the front and back of every envelope, postcard, and package it ships. The USPS also regularly shares images of mail with law enforcement, Fast Company reveals. In fact, law enforcement needs no warrant to track mail if the Postal Inspection Service does the tracking. Furthermore, a program called the mail cover lets any law enforcement agency get information about your mail from the Postal Service. Postal Surveillance System…

3 Steps to Get the Government Out of Your Life

Believe it or not, the best way to get a stalker out of your life is to ignore them. You don’t give them any recognition, and you don’t react to their threats. That was the topic of yesterday’s article, If We Ignore Government, Will it Go Away? Of course, I wasn’t suggesting ignoring IRS notices. That would clearly land you in prison. I was talking about a more long-term strategy. Something along the lines of doing business outside of US dollars, whether that be cryptocurrency or gold. Or even using services like Uber that buck occupational licensing, or moving, which…