The Mysterious Origins of Easter

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The Mysterious Origins of Easter

Easter is one of the most important celebrations in Christianity. So why do some people believe it was originally a pagan ritual?

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How Far Does Religious Freedom Go?

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How Far Does Religious Freedom Go?

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Politicians, celebrities and CEO’s have spoken out against Indiana’s religious freedom law, saying it will discriminate the LGBT community. Does this bill protect our religious freedom or is it just discriminatory?

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“A furor has erupted over an Indiana law that opponents say could give businesses the right to refuse service to gay people.”

BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET A L. v. HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC.,
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“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) prohibits the “Government [from] substantially burden[ing] a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability” unless the Government “demonstrates that application of the burden to the person—(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.” 42 U. S. C. §§2000bb-1(a), (b). ”

‘Religious Freedom’ or a ‘License to Discriminate’?
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Who Regulates Our Food?

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In a recent listeria scare, a microwave-meal brand recalled almost 80,000 cases of food possibly made with tainted spinach. So, who regulates our food in the US?

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“While the outrage over salmonella-tainted eggs was rightly focused on Congress’ failure to pass long-overdue food safety legislation and the Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to require vaccination of chickens, something equally appalling but less noticed had been going on at the two Iowa egg farms involved.”

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“The Food and Drug Administration is so underfunded and understaffed that it’s putting U.S. consumers at risk in terms of food and drug safety, an advisory panel to the FDA says in a report to be discussed Monday.”

CDC Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States

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“CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.”

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8 Things You Wouldn’t Think Are Spying On You, But Are

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Jake Anderson | ANTIMEDIA

With all this spying, the surveillance state leaves almost no stone unturned.

The next time you take a trip to the mall, make sure you give those mannequins a big smile. The surveillance industry’s latest recruit—joining the ranks of the Statue of Liberty, vending machines, Kinect, and a litany of other seemingly innocuous retail products—is store mannequins. The $245 billion dollar luxury goods industry currently avails itself of five companies in Europe and the U.S. that use the EyeSee polystyrene frame mannequins, whose eyes are equipped with police grade face-recognition cameras.

Italian mannequin maker Almax SpA supplies these bionic oddities, offering companies the holy grail of retail: “personalizing” their sales offerings.

More than just surveillance cameras

Most shoppers think store cameras are just used to detect and deter shoplifters, but now some stores are tracking shoppers to gather information about target markets, and what products shoppers like and don’t like.

Shopperception is another high-tech company offering this type of technology, and it’s being used at large retailers like Walmart. This technology uses motion-sensor cameras placed in the eyes of mannequins. These cameras come equipped with facial recognition software and track customers’ demographics, what they purchase, and how long it takes consumers to buy certain items.

Another popular technology uses heat maps that are put on top of security camera images to see what items customers are drawn to the most. Different colors like orange or red detect interest in a product; this is determined by the length of time the consumer has stood in front of and handled the product.

Questions of privacy

Although shopper surveillance devices hidden in a mannequin’s eyes are not viewed as a privacy violation by many, some retailers are upping the ante and have begun tracking customers via information from their cell phones. Many see this as an invasion of privacy.

But retailers like Nordstrom, who use WiFi signals from customers’ cell phones to track shopping habits, argue that it is a great way to learn about customer habits and how they can improve the services offered in the retail setting.

New privacy laws and code-of-conduct agreements are governing the use of retail surveillance practices. These agreements are designed to protect customers, while also allowing retailers to collect data for marketing reasons.

Among consumers, cell phone tracking has proven the most troublesome, and many feel this practice should only be conducted with full disclosure and permission given by the consumer. This is especially important because shoppers don’t know how the tracking information is stored, used and sold. With recent disclosures regarding corporate and government collusion in data mining operations, the motives and ethics behind targeted marketing must be reexamined.

The following are also involved in feeding the 100 billion dollar data mining industry:

State of Liberty

That’s right, Lady Liberty, the monolithic structure that greets our poor, tired, huddled masses, is part of Big Brother’s surveillance enterprise. Actually, it has been since 2002, when early face-recognition software was installed. Since then, the technology has evolved and so has the amount of money infused into the surveillance industry. In 2012, contractor Total Recall Corp. outfitted our fair lady with FaceVACS-VideoScan software, which tracks millions of New Yorkers’ faces in real-time, pinpointing race, gender, ethnicity, age, and even “client behavior.”

There’s certainly a bit of irony in the government using a larger than life symbol of liberty and democracy for arguably unconstitutional domestic surveillance practices.

Vending Machines

In Tulsa, a vending machine robbery was solved after the criminals’ faces were captured on a camera situated inside. The cameras are owned and installed by the vending machine companies themselves. The purpose – besides law enforcement – is unknown but is likely related to target market research.

Kinect

Everybody knows that Kinect, the motion sensing console featured in millions of family living rooms, has a camera. Of course it does, that’s how it senses your movements, but what if you found out that not only is Kinect recording and storing your activity, it may also be recording and storing the conversations you have while you’re playing — and even while it’s turned off?

Microsoft officially denies that Kinect records conversations, but then in the same sentence they brag about the device’s ability to read your heartbeat and recognize individual voices!

Billboards

The company Immersive Labs has created software for digital billboards that allows them to watch your face and then tailor a specific ad based on your facial features.

Jell-O, Adidas and Kraft

Jell-O, Adidas and Kraft all use facial recognition software in supermarkets to help them craft more effective TV commercials. The creepiest part of this is the cameras are actually linked up to Facebook as well, so the company could hypothetically couple their video surveillance with social media profiles for an even juicier data grab.

The Big Bang Theory

As of April 2013, Verizon had applied to patent a new cable box that uses infrared cameras and microphones to track the activities of viewers during blocks of The Big Bang Theory.

The City of Seattle

A new apparatus that is capable of hi-tech surveillance (and more) will be installed at many of the major intersections in downtown Seattle. So what, all cities have surveillance, right? Well, rumor has it that there is a new technology being used here that involves triangulating our cell phones, so that we essentially become rogue devices.


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The Rundown Live #458 (Acceptance,Robots,Future)

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Fish Oil Fatty Acids Are So Protective, They Resist Chemotherapy

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Heather Callaghan | NaturalBlaze

Researchers caution against the use of these fish oils, while undergoing chemo

A breast cancer survivor once told me that she was ordered to stop drinking green tea while undergoing chemotherapy so that the chemo would have a chance “to take.” The green tea was fighting off the drug’s effects. It turns out, other substances have chemo-thwarting tendencies.

Researchers have noticed that certain compounds make chemotherapy drugs less lethal towards the target. Are these substances “protecting the tumor” or strengthening the body to point it pushes away chemotherapy?

Emile E. Voest, M.D., Ph.D., of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, and others examined exposure to the fatty acid 16:4(n-3) after eating fish or taking fish oil. Their research was published online by JAMA Oncology.

The authors examined the rate of fish oil use among patients undergoing cancer treatment, while researchers also recruited healthy volunteers to examine blood levels of the fatty acid after ingestion of fish oils and fish. The fish oil portion included 30 healthy volunteers and the fish portion included 20 healthy volunteers.

Among 118 cancer patients who responded to a survey about the use of nutritional supplements, 35 (30 percent) reported regular use and 13 (11 percent) used supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids, according to the results.

The study found increased blood levels of the fatty acid 16:4(n-3) [that’s a shorthand denotation for this particular type of acid] in healthy volunteers after the recommended daily amount of 10 mL of fish oil was administered. An almost complete normalization of blood levels was seen eight hours after the 10-mL fish oil dose was given, while a more prolonged elevation resulted after a 50-mL dose.

Eating 100 grams of herring and mackerel also increased blood levels of 16:4(n-3) compared with tuna, which did not affect blood levels. Salmon only created a small, short-lived peak.

The study concludes:

Taken together, our findings are in line with a growing awareness of the biological activity of various fatty acids and their receptors and raise concern about the simultaneous use of chemotherapy and fish oil. Based on our findings, and until further data become available, we advise patients to temporarily avoid fish oil from the day before chemotherapy until the day thereafter.

If you read the actual study, you find the studied fatty acid was previously found to activate splenic macrophages (leading to resistance to chemotherapy in mouse models.) Powerful enough to neutralize chemo? Stimulate macrophages? That’s incredible!

Macrophages, which literally means “big eaters,” are a type of white blood cell that are crucial to cancer prevention by engulfing junk. They up the immune response, recruit other immune cells, but can also reduce inflammation by releasing cytokines. It sounds like it might compete with chemo for receptor sites too, and that the health boosting benefits also reduce the efficacy of chemotherapy.

How tragic that what appears to be a phenomenal discovery is shrouded in a caution to avoid during chemo, but understandably so, considering the end goal of chemo. If undergoing allopathic (conventional western) methods alone or with alternative methods, definitely discuss what you’re doing with your doctor and follow directions because everyone needs to have an understanding. Not doing so could cause harm.

It would be like taking taking mega-doses of probiotics while taking antibiotics in order to be healthy, but not realizing that they have just canceled each other out. Now neither have worked and the person has just taken antibiotics for nothing. The doctor unwittingly thinks the person is on the road to recovery and that the antibiotic has wiped the infectious agents out.

In other words, this article is in no way recommending going against that advice. However, this discovery leads one to ponder if herring and mackerel would make a wonderful preventative food for even more reasons than previously understood.

Modern fish oil isn’t always as advertised and there are multiple, simultaneous fish scandals afoot. While it’s the mackerel and herring that provide the particular fatty acid studied above, people interested in fish oil might want to also look into fermented cod liver oil. If interested in non-fishy Omega-3s to fight inflammation, consider grinding flax seed or my personal favorite – Black Current Seed Oil. Please research it, it’s my go-to for Omega-3s, the nervous system, GLA, hormones, heart, immunity, skin, nails and connective tissues.


The information on this article comes from a medical study, but is not intended to replace your relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

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10 George Orwell Quotes That Perfectly Predicted Life In Modern America

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Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell, as an English novelist, journalist, essayist and a noted critic. Many of his writings induced awareness of injustice, totalitarianism, and socialism. Among his many great novels are 1984 and Animal Farm. He also wrote non-fiction works like The Road to Wigan Pier, where he details his working class life in the north of England.

Orwell spawned the term Orweillian, which is used to describe totalitarian and authoritarian social practices. It’s sometimes also used to describe people with whom you have remarkably minor disagreements with. He also spawned words that are common in today’s vernacular, like Big Brother and Cold War.

Orwell is easily one of the more prolific and profound authors of the 20th century. His words ring true even now. These are 10 of his quotes that speak volumes about life today in 2015.

1) “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”

2) “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

3) “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

4) “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

5) “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

6) “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

7) “In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer…”

8) “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

9) “Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”

10) “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

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5 Sinister Tech Patents that Undermine Your Freedom

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Jake Anderson | ANTIMEDIA

Patents are increasingly being used to stifle competition and reduce the free flow of information, and these 5 are some of the worst.

Patents are governmental grants that legally establish the sole rights of an invention. In modern times, patents on technological advancements are resulting in some dangerous, arguably sinister, consequences on our society, namely the stifling of innovation in the small business landscape and the outright litigious bullying of entrepreneurs who, more often than not, simply cannot compete in court with giant corporations because of the exorbitant legal costs. The EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation, says the situation is so dire they’ve launched an entire campaign, called Patent Fail: In Defense of Innovation, devoted to drawing attention to reforming the broken patent system.

In light of this, I’ve put together what I think are the 5 most damaging, most culturally regressive, sinister tech patents in the world today.

5. Amazon’s patent on white-background photos

To highlight how ridiculous technological patents have become, in 2014 Amazon was granted patent number 8,676,045 for taking photos on a white background. Popular comedian and satirist Stephen Colbert explains the situation with his trademark tongue-in-cheek humor: “Amazon now has legal ownership of the idea of displaying a thing.” Explained in a more technical lexicon, CNET says that “Amazon won a patent for a particular arrangement of photography equipment that isolates the subject in front of a white background.”

Photographers maintain this is actually a decades old idea that has evolved and should not be owned solely by Amazon; the danger, of course, is that Amazon can now sue for infringement anytime someone takes photos in the manner described in the patent.

4. Yahoo’s patent on social networking technologies

Yahoo Inc. owns many patents, ten of which the company famously claimed were infringed upon by none other than Facebook. One of these patents is for “managing a view of a social network user’s personal information.” Another is for the process that websites use in order to customize their news feeds. These two vague patents basically describe “Facebook’s entire social network model” as entirely based on Yahoo’s patented ideas about social networking.

Why target just Yahoo on this? Their company’s patents are particularly nefarious because they literally describe any sort of activity feed. If enforced by a court of law—which, so far, has actually been siding more with Facebook–this monopoly would clearly stifle future innovation regarding virtually any kind of online social media.

3. Apple’s patents on ideas

Apple has so many patents that the company exclusively owns the rights to flipping virtual pages by swiping the hand across the screen. This is the electronic version of turning the page of a book—and Apple owns it. They even own the patent for the touch-screen interface itself. More importantly, Apple is able to use their hundreds of patents to intimidate and stomp out any competition. Apple and its biggest competitor, Samsung, embarked on a billion dollar legal war over similar Smartphones…and the winner was Apple. However, we’ve likely only seen the opening skirmishes of the Patent Wars between tech goliaths.

2. HAARP patent on atmosphere alteration

When you have a patent on altering the Earth’s atmosphere, the possibilities for villainy are near endless. According to US Patent #4,686,605, Eastlund currently owns the patent on the “method and apparatus for altering a region in the earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and/or magnetosphere.” Basically, the company has the right to zap and boil the atmosphere with the intent to improve our communications, but also reserves the right to “exploit the ionosphere for Department of Defense purposes.”

Perhaps the purpose really is to improve our communications. However, some evidence suggests the facility is being used to test the effects of electromagnetic signals on the mind, as well as geoengineering and weather modifying technology. Bottom line is, it’s hard to imagine a patent used to experiment with solar radiation in the atmosphere as innocuous, especially when the Department of Defense is involved.

1. Monsanto’s patent on genetically modified seeds

If you believed a patent on experimenting with the Earth’s atmosphere was the most evil, you should be flabbergasted by a patent which potentially gives one company control over the planet’s entire agricultural food supply. By far, the most evil technological patent is held by Monsanto. This company holds 674 patents and has also bought out more than 200 companies leading to a monopoly on access to seeds. Virtually any farmer can be considered infringing on the patent: if GMO supplied farmers replant last season’s seeds, it is infringement; if some unauthorized GMO seeds naturally blow with the wind and grow on a natural farmer’s land, this is also infringement.

This stranglehold over the very natural resources of the land has caused farmers to begin committing suicide in mass numbers. Incredibly and tragically, it is estimated that every thirty minutes an Indian farmer commits suicide (17,638 deaths since 2009) because of the financial devastation wrought by Monsanto’s seed monopoly. And, of course, this isn’t even touching upon the danger GMOs present to our natural ecosystems and the much-debated potential effects on our own bodies.

These sinister technological patents are having some pretty serious consequences on our global society. From the stifling of innovation in the “free market” to monopolizing our food supply, it is obvious that patents on technology are getting out of control, which is all the more reason to pay heed to the aforementioned work of the EFF. Are there any patents that we missed that you are concerned with?


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Author: Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson is a writer/journalist/filmmaker with a passion for subversive themes, fringe ideas, and social justice. He also runs the popular paranormal/horror blog theghostdiaries.com as well as the corporate watchdog site EvilCorps.com

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Police State USA Finally Gains the Attention of Congress, Bipartisan Bill Will Kill PATRIOT Act

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Jay Syrmopoulos | FreeThoughtProject

Washington, D.C. – Last week, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), introduced bipartisan legislation, H.B. 1466, to completely repeal the PATRIOT act. The bill would reform the National Security Agency (NSA), and dramatically revamp America’s overall espionage apparatus and posture.

Aptly named the Surveillance State Repeal Act, the bill, if enacted, would be the single biggest legislative check against the unwarranted government overreach and draconian surveillance of Americans that has transpired subsequent the events of 9/11, while at the same time restoring our civil liberties.

The bill would also give whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance in 2013, additional protections under the law.

“Really, what we need are new whistleblower protections so that the next Edward Snowden doesn’t have to go to Russia or Hong Kong or whatever the case may be just for disclosing this,” Rep. Massie said.

The PATRIOT Act was passed as a fear-based reaction to the events of 9/11 and gave the federal government an unprecedented amount of power to monitor the private communications of U.S. citizens without a warrant. This law is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment, yet it has been allowed to transform our republic into something almost unrecognizable.

The Surveillance State Repeal Act would prohibit the government from collecting information on U.S. citizens obtained through private communications without a warrant. In addition, it would also mandate that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide monitoring of domestic surveillance programs to ensure compliance with the law.

“This isn’t just tinkering around the edges,” Rep. Pocan said during a Capitol Hill briefing on the legislation. “This is a meaningful overhaul of the system, getting rid of essentially all parameters of the Patriot Act.”

Another section of the bill specifically disallows the government from mandating that electronic manufacturers install “back door” spy software into their products. This is a legitimate concern due to recent comments by FBI Director James Comey regarding legally forcing companies to provide “back doors” to products so the government could potentially access customer data.

According to The Hill:

The bill would completely repeal the Patriot Act, the sweeping national security law passed in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, another spying law that the NSA has used to justify collecting vast swaths of people’s communications through the Internet.

It would also reform the secretive court that oversees the nation’s spying powers, prevent the government from forcing tech companies to create “backdoors” into their devices and create additional protections for whistleblowers.

The bill is looked at by congressional watchers as a non-starter, as there are far too many congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress that have strong interests in the Military/Intelligence Industrial Complex.

A similar bill was introduced in 2013 but didn’t garner any traction as typical militarist talking heads in Congress feigned fear over reforming the nation’s domestic spying operations claiming it would endanger U.S. national security.

The time has come for us to utilize social media to create a grassroots movement to end the abomination of the PATRIOT Act and restore our civil liberties!

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Police State USA Finally Gains the Attention of Congress, Bipartisan Bill Will Kill PATRIOT Act

By TheRundownLive

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Jay Syrmopoulos | FreeThoughtProject

Washington, D.C. – Last week, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), introduced bipartisan legislation, H.B. 1466, to completely repeal the PATRIOT act. The bill would reform the National Security Agency (NSA), and dramatically revamp America’s overall espionage apparatus and posture.

Aptly named the Surveillance State Repeal Act, the bill, if enacted, would be the single biggest legislative check against the unwarranted government overreach and draconian surveillance of Americans that has transpired subsequent the events of 9/11, while at the same time restoring our civil liberties.

The bill would also give whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance in 2013, additional protections under the law.

“Really, what we need are new whistleblower protections so that the next Edward Snowden doesn’t have to go to Russia or Hong Kong or whatever the case may be just for disclosing this,” Rep. Massie said.

The PATRIOT Act was passed as a fear-based reaction to the events of 9/11 and gave the federal government an unprecedented amount of power to monitor the private communications of U.S. citizens without a warrant. This law is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment, yet it has been allowed to transform our republic into something almost unrecognizable.

The Surveillance State Repeal Act would prohibit the government from collecting information on U.S. citizens obtained through private communications without a warrant. In addition, it would also mandate that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide monitoring of domestic surveillance programs to ensure compliance with the law.

“This isn’t just tinkering around the edges,” Rep. Pocan said during a Capitol Hill briefing on the legislation. “This is a meaningful overhaul of the system, getting rid of essentially all parameters of the Patriot Act.”

Another section of the bill specifically disallows the government from mandating that electronic manufacturers install “back door” spy software into their products. This is a legitimate concern due to recent comments by FBI Director James Comey regarding legally forcing companies to provide “back doors” to products so the government could potentially access customer data.

According to The Hill:

The bill would completely repeal the Patriot Act, the sweeping national security law passed in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, another spying law that the NSA has used to justify collecting vast swaths of people’s communications through the Internet.

It would also reform the secretive court that oversees the nation’s spying powers, prevent the government from forcing tech companies to create “backdoors” into their devices and create additional protections for whistleblowers.

The bill is looked at by congressional watchers as a non-starter, as there are far too many congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress that have strong interests in the Military/Intelligence Industrial Complex.

A similar bill was introduced in 2013 but didn’t garner any traction as typical militarist talking heads in Congress feigned fear over reforming the nation’s domestic spying operations claiming it would endanger U.S. national security.

The time has come for us to utilize social media to create a grassroots movement to end the abomination of the PATRIOT Act and restore our civil liberties!

This is a CALL TO ACTION!!!

We urge you to voice your support for the Surveillance State Repeal Act to stop unconstitutional spying on U.S. citizens.

Please contact your Congressperson and let them know that you want to see the PATRIOT Act dismantled, and you strongly want them to support the passage of H.B. 1466.

Please help get the word out and share this information with your fellow Americans!

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Surveillance State Repeal Act – H.R. 1466


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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