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Philadelphia Will Dismantle Its Asset Forfeiture Program and Pay $3 Million to Victims
Reason.com | Four years after Philadelphia police seized the home of Markela and Chris Sourovelis for a minor drug crime committed by their son, the city has agreed to almost completely dismantle its controversial civil asset...
Federal Court: First Amendment Protects Sharing Food With Homeless People
Forbes | In a colorful decision that managed to invoke the Boston Tea Party, Lady Macbeth and Jesus of Nazareth, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that feeding the homeless is “expressive conduct...
One Mexican town revolts against violence and corruption. Six years in, its experiment is working
LATimes | Checkpoints staffed by men with assault rifles, camouflage and body armor greet visitors at the three major entrances to this town. The guards are not soldiers, police officers, drug enforcers or vigilantes. They are...
Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery to store solar and wind energy
Solar Farm
News.Stanford.edu | Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid...
In blow to Monsanto, India’s top court upholds decision that seeds cannot be patented
Cotton
Nation of Change | In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India’s Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton...
Bulk Data Collection By NSA and GCHQ Violated Human Rights Charter, European Court Rules
GCHQ
ActivistPost | GCHQ surveillance revealed by Snowden breached privacy rights, according to Strasbourg judges. GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of various online communications violated privacy rights and failed to provide...
Critical Mass: 17 States Now Disobeying Feds, Will Grow Hemp Despite It Being Illegal
Hemp
FreeThoughProject | While the federal government has spent years classifying hemp as a dangerous drug because it derives from the cannabis plant—even though it is not a drug at all—more than 70 percent of the states in the country have...
U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban
Hemp
Forbes | The wide-ranging agriculture and food policy legislation known as the Farm Bill, passed by a vote of 86 - 11 on Thursday, contains provisions to legalize the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp. The move...
Lawmakers Introduce Farm Bill Amendment to Prohibit Federal Government Interference in Raw Milk Sales
Milk
ActivistPost | A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced an amendment to the House Farm Bill designed to make it easier for consumers to access raw milk. As part of the ongoing debate of the so called “Farm Bill,” three...
Multiple Cities Come Together to Pass Ordinances Making it Illegal to Ban Guns
Guns
FreeThoughtProject | A showdown is brewing in the State of Oregon following gun control advocates’ proposed assault weapons ban called Initiative Proposition 43 (IP43). Under the guise of “gun control” and “safety of our children,”...
Florida stands up for the First Amendment by eliminating college “free speech” zones that limit speaking to pre-approved locations
Free Speech
NaturalNews | Throughout my career as a journalist and political scientist, I’ve never come across any historical evidence indicating that our Founding Fathers sought to limit Americans’ free speech rights to certain areas. And yet...
Wyoming House Votes Overwhelmingly to Remove Taxation from Gold and Silver
Sound Money Defense League | The Wyoming State House today overwhelmingly approved a bill which helps restore constitutional, sound money in Wyoming. State Representatives voted 44-14 to pass House Bill 103 sending the measure introduced by...
Seattle to Remove Controversial City Spying Network After Public Backlash
CCTV
ActivistPost | After rejecting a massive network of surveillance cameras and tracking devices, Seattle residents are now being forced to pay for the removal of the invasive equipment. Following years of resistance from citizens, the...
New Cancer ‘Vaccine’ Completely Kills Tumors Within 10 Days: Study
Cancer
THeAntiMedia | (ANTIMEDIA) Stanford, CA — There may be fresh hope on the horizon in the battle against cancer, as researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new treatment that has had remarkably...
Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance
NSA
TenthAmendmentCenter | Yesterday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal...
New Orleans Cancels Secret Pre-Crime Police Program After Media Exposure
Orleans
ActivistPost | I’m happy to report some good news coming out of New Orleans thanks to the excellent investigative reporting of Ali Winston with The Verge. As I reported two weeks ago, Winston helped to uncover a secret predictive...
Civil asset forfeiture reform is sweeping the nation
Coronado
TheHill | There’s an under-the-radar fight brewing in Washington, D.C., and in states across the nation. The debate concerns when law enforcement can take private property from citizens via a process known as civil forfeiture. In...
Kentucky Committee Approves Bill to Limit Drone Spying, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program
Drones
TenthAmendmentCenter | Yesterday, a Kentucky Senate Committee passed a bill that would require police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations. Final passage of this legislation would not only establish...