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The Treatment For A Cold That Makes It Worse

The Treatment For A Cold That Makes It Worse

If a painkiller is the first thing you reach for when you come down with a cold, you may be making your cold worse. Research in England shows that one of the most common pills people take for a cold may worsen viral respiratory infections.

An Oath Breaker Of The Worst Kind Says He Would Pry Your Guns From Your Cold, Dead Fingers

An Oath Breaker Of The Worst Kind Says He Would Pry Your Guns From Your Cold, Dead Fingers

Last week, Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, who has billed himself as “an infantryman, historian and prolific writer,” wrote a blog post for Esquire, breathlessly exclaiming that a comprehensive gun-grab in the United States is long overdue. His argument is idiotic on its face.

Zero Tolerance: Kid Suspended For Pantomiming Bow And Arrow Shot With His Hands

Zero Tolerance: Kid Suspended For Pantomiming Bow And Arrow Shot With His Hands

In October, a Pennsylvania boy was suspended from school for playing make-believe with a classmate. The silly tale involves no props or weapons — just hands, imagination and the ruinous intervention of adults to quash what should be free, unremarkable and productive child’s play.

EFF’s Updated List Of Who Protects Your Online Information

EFF’s Updated List Of Who Protects Your Online Information

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has asked the companies in its Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance of your communications. Four companies are implementing five out of five of EFF’s best practices for encryption.

NYPD Yanks Media Access To Precincts; Classified Spy Satellite Launches With A Sinister Boast; California Doctors Bail On Obamacare; PATRIOT Act Author Says James Clapper Should Be In Jail; Friday Funnies— Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 12-6-2013

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PATRIOT Act Author: Jail Intelligence Directors Who Lied About Surveillance On Americans

Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Judiciary, believes that Intelligence officials who lied to Congress about government spying during Congressional inquiry in March should be prosecuted. Sensenbrenner was the original author of the PATRIOT Act, which opened the door for many of the surveillance abuses that the government carries out today. But recently […]

NYPD Revokes Media Access To Precinct Offices

The New York Police Department will no longer allow local precincts to release to the media information about crime in communities they serve. Taking the place of that long-standing practice is a new one: talk to the PR guys at headquarters. News website DNAinfo New York reports that “the city’s 77 police precincts [are] to […]

Intelligence Agency Reminds Americans With In Your Face Logo: NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH

Intelligence Agency Reminds Americans With In Your Face Logo: NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH

Given that Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the Federal government’s surveillance efforts in the wake of leaks providing evidence that the National Security Agency has abused its powers and routinely disregarded privacy protections, officials at the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office appear oblivious of current events or are simply unconcerned about the image they present to […]

Report: 70 Percent Of California Doctors Won’t Participate In Obamacare

The California Medical Association (CMA), the State’s largest physician’s organization, estimates that 70 percent of doctors won’t participate in Covered California, the State’s Obamacare health insurance exchange. That prediction comes after the CMA reviewed Obamacare coverage forecasts provided by independent insurance brokers, even though Covered California is touting an expected 85 percent doctor participation rate. […]

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Forget Santa’s sleigh formation! If Amazon has its way, Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen will be lining up behind Rudolph at the unemployment office in just a few years. The announcement that Amazon wants to deliver packages by drones in 2015 got tongues wagging and cartoonists’ pencils drawing. It’s just one of many topics political cartoonists tackled this week.

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