"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." -- Thomas Jefferson

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[The War on Drugs is now widely recognized as a failed public policy that has resulted in mass incarceration and the over-militarization of American police forces. This article provides a historical lens on that failure, going back to the time when Bill Clinton, a key architect of the modern War on Drugs with Ronald Reagan and Joe Biden, was governor of Arkansas.—Editors]

Jean Duffey is a kindly 76-year-old grandmother living in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, who has a story to tell that is fit for a John Le Carré spy novel or John Grisham crime caper.

The story begins in 1990 when as a 43-year-old deputy prosecutor in Saline County, Arkansas, just north of the capital, Little Rock, Duffey was asked by Prosecutor Dan Harmon and his assistant, Richard Garrett, both Democrats, to head a drug task force for Saline, Hot Springs and Benton counties.

Very quickly, as she told CovertAction Magazine in an exclusive interview, the task force began to unearth evidence exposing deeply rooted, drug-related corruption that went all the way up to Harmon’s office and that resulted in the cover-up of murder.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, HIDDEN HISTORY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Several rights experts have warned that Israel is working to create a buffer zone along the borders of the Gaza Strip, warning that the move would amount to a war crime.

The experts made the remarks on Sunday, saying the Israeli regime has systematically destroyed buildings in the besieged enclave amid its ongoing aggression.

They also stressed that displacement of Gazans including from the border area could breach the laws of war.

Adi Ben Nun, a professor at the Hebrew University of al-Quds who has carried out an analysis of satellite imagery, said since the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas carried out a surprise attack against the occupying entity in early October, Israeli forces have targeted structures in Gaza within a kilometer (0.6 miles) of the border.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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 Elnur Beisenbaev, an MP of the ruling Amanat Party in Kazakhstan, said the government was pandering to paedophiles for failing to insist on 'surgical castration'. 

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A Maryland woman got an email thanking her for the purchase of a new phone at Verizon. Minutes later, her contact information at Bank of America had changed.

The problem? She didn't do either transaction and had two-factor authentication on her accounts. We all know criminals have multiple ways to steal your identity, but 7News is sending out a warning.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS
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Parts of Pennsyvania's Courts' website went down on Sunday due to a denial of service cyberattack, according to 6ABC.

PA Systems like PACFile, the use of online docket sheets, PAePay, and the Guardianship Tracking System were all affected, the report says. 

"At this time, there is no indication that any court data was compromised, and the courts will remain open and accessible to the public," the court said in an obligatorily reassuring sounding statement over the week. 

As 6ABC noted, a denial of service attacks works by flooding a network with traffic until a server is either unusable or crashes altogether. 

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A bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature on Monday would bar state agencies from celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month or displaying rainbow Pride flags on state property at anytime of year. 

Oklahoma’s “Patriotism Not Pride Act,” introduced by Republican state Rep. Kevin West, would prohibit state agencies from using public funds to “develop, organize, administer, engage in, promote, or endorse any activity, including any event, initiative, official communication, social media post, educational program, or public campaign, that aims to promote or recognize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Pride Month or any event with a similar theme.”

If enacted, the bill would trigger an immediate state of emergency “necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety” and would also ban any flag “that represents sexual orientation or gender identity” on state property or grounds.

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Prisoners in the US are part of a hidden workforce linked to hundreds of popular food brands

A hidden path to America’s dinner tables begins here, at an unlikely source – a former Southern slave plantation that is now the country’s largest maximum-security prison.

Unmarked trucks packed with prison-raised cattle roll out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where men are sentenced to hard labor and forced to work, for pennies an hour or sometimes nothing at all. After rumbling down a country road to an auction house, the cows are bought by a local rancher and then followed by The Associated Press another 600 miles to a Texas slaughterhouse that feeds into the supply chains of giants like McDonald’s, Walmart and Cargill.

Intricate, invisible webs, just like this one, link some of the world’s largest food companies and most popular brands to jobs performed by U.S. prisoners nationwide, according to a sweeping two-year AP investigation into prison labor that tied hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of agricultural products to goods sold on the open market.

They are among America’s most vulnerable laborers. If they refuse to work, some can jeopardize their chances of parole or face punishment like being sent to solitary confinement. They also are often excluded from protections guaranteed to almost all other full-time workers, even when they are seriously injured or killed on the job.

The goods these prisoners produce wind up in the supply chains of a dizzying array of products found in most American kitchens, from Frosted Flakes cereal and Ball Park hot dogs to Gold Medal flour, Coca-Cola and Riceland rice. They are on the shelves of virtually every supermarket in the country, including Kroger, Target, Aldi and Whole Foods. And some goods are exported, including to countries that have had products blocked from entering the U.S. for using forced or prison labor.

Many of the companies buying directly from prisons are violating their own policies against the use of such labor. But it’s completely legal, dating back largely to the need for labor to help rebuild the South’s shattered economy after the Civil War. Enshrined in the Constitution by the 13th Amendment, slavery and involuntary servitude are banned – except as punishment for a crime.

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From today, millions of UK customers will see ads at the beginning, end, and even during their favourite shows and movies.

And the only way to avoid these frustrating interruptions is to pay an additional fee of £2.99 per month.

On social media, many frustrated Amazon subscribers have slammed the streaming service as 'greedy'.

Some have even threatened to cancel their accounts over the change, with one writing: 'I'm definitely going to make sure this is the last month with Amazon'. 

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City leaders claim the asylum crisis is causing NYC to run out of money, however the city’s comptroller who oversees spending says thats not the case… plus the Mayor recently rolled back some of the cuts to police/sanitation. Whats really going on here?
 

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U.S. manufacturers are recovering from an extended slump in activity and their energy consumption is about to start rising, with the risk of tightening an already tight diesel market.

Reuters market analyst John Kemp reported the index for manufacturing activity had improved to 49.1 for January from 47.1 in December. The latter figure was the highest since October 2022, Kemp noted in his report, adding that the trend signaled a return to growth.

As manufacturing activity improves, however, diesel demand begins to increase in lockstep. This might be problematic in case of a fast recovery because distillate inventories in the U.S. remain below the five-year average, by 5%, per the latest weekly petroleum report of the Energy Information Administration.

The state of distillate inventories, with the total as of January 26 standing at 10 million barrels below the 10-year seasonal average, per Kemp, is better than it was in late 2023. At that time, distillate stocks were 19 million barrels below the 10-year average. Even with the boost in stockpiles, the distillate supply balance remains elusive.

This means that if manufacturing activity continues to improve, it will soon enough lead to higher fuel prices, which would in turn pressure that same manufacturing activity before too long, constraining any growth.

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Politicians love to talk.

It’s a big part of the job. You talk in legislatures. You talk at committees. You talk to voters. You talk to reporters. If you’re lucky, you’re asked to talk on TV, the radio, or other popular platforms.

Politicians crave the attention. It’s validating. It means that you’re important. You’re a somebody with important things to say. You’re noticed. People listen.

Politicians know that the bigger their job, the more careful they have to be when they’re talking to an audience – however small or large. That’s especially true if you’re a cabinet minister or a “leader”. Too much unscripted talking can be dangerous.

So, more often than not, what politicians say while they’re talking is forgettable or worse, meaningless. They have to stick to their talking points. They adore cliché.

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Conservatives have attacked a provision of the new border security bill that would only allow legal challenges to be made in Washington D.C.

The bill would strip the power of Texas and other states to challenge some of the its provisions in their local federal court.

Conservative commentators were quick to denounce the provision, contained on page 221 of the bill. Bill Shipley, who was a federal prosecutor for over 20 years, decried the its court provisions on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.

"This would prevent plaintiffs - like the State of Texas - from filing suit in Texas federal courts. This is corrupt," he wrote.

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Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) adamantly insisted that President Joe Biden’s support is rock solid among black voters moments after the president won the state’s Democratic presidential primary.

“The best illustration of that, he got 96 percent of the vote in this primary, but its largest percentage—over 97 percent—was in the town of Orangeburg where there are two HBCUs and a community college,” Mr. Clyburn told reporters at the Democratic watch party on Feb. 3.

“I go to an African American barbershop. I go to an African American Church. Joe Biden is as strong with African Americans as he has ever been,” Mr. Clyburn added.

A poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College in November revealed that 22 percent of black voters in six battleground states vote for President Trump in 2024.

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Half of Republican state attorneys general and many of their immediate predecessors have faced ethics challenges to their law licenses since 2022, according to Federalist research. The majority were filed by The 65 Project in retaliation for joining the 2020 constitutional litigation Texas v. Pennsylvania, which demanded that Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin follow their election laws.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is battling multiple politicized ethics charges two years after those filed over Texas v. Pennsylvania. The elected attorneys general of Montana and Indiana, who weren’t in office to join Texas v. Pennsylvania, now also face ethics charges not for gross misconduct but for disagreeing with the state supreme court and accurately describing an abortionist, respectively.

“The goal is to chill me,” said Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita in a phone interview about ethics complaints against his law license. “The goal is to shut me up.”

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Akiea Gross, who goes by Ki and uses they/them pronouns, posted the shocking video after it emerged that the program that they founded has seen literacy and numeracy rates plummet since being implemented in a school in the Bay Area.

'I believe Israel has no right to exist. I believe the United States has no right to exist. I believe every settler colony who has committed genocide against native peoples has no right to exist,' Gross told their followers on the official Woke Kindergarten Instagram page while wearing a keffiyeh.

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The homeless crisis in America is set to come to a head with a Supreme Court ruling as early as this spring, in the case of Johnson v. City of Grants Pass, Oregon.

The Supreme Court could—depending on what it decides—force changes in city ordinances and homeless policies across the country.

The decision is one of the most anticipated in years for San Francisco and other cities facing legal challenges from homeless people and advocacy groups.

At the heart of the case is the challenge by three homeless people to ordinances in the Oregon town of Grants Pass that prohibit homeless people “from using a blanket, pillow, or cardboard box for protection from the elements.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, drawing on logic applied in the 2018 decision in Martin v. City of Boise, sided with the plaintiffs and blocked Grants Pass from enforcing its ordinance in the absence of shelters or other accommodations for the homeless.

The decision applies across nine western states, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Officials are left with two unappealing choices: let the sprawling encampments stand, or provide immediate emergency housing far beyond what their strained budgets allow for.

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