New Jersey Resident Exposes Totalitarian Implications of Facial Recognition

New Jersey Resident Exposes Totalitarian Implications of Facial Recognition

When we warn about the growing pervasiveness of facial recognition systems, people often shrug and say, “it’s no big deal if you have nothing to hide.” The experience of a New Jersey woman illustrates the dangerous flaw in that thinking. Kelly Conlon went to New York City to enjoy the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. But Conlon was denied entry when facial recognition identified her. Is Conlon a criminal or a dangerous terrorist? No. According to NBC4 in New York, she works for a New Jersey law firm that has been engaged in personal injury...

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Skynet Delayed: Killer Robot Proposal Defeated in San Francisco

Skynet Delayed: Killer Robot Proposal Defeated in San Francisco

Under intense pressure from grassroots activists, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors reversed course and banned killer robots in the city. The San Francisco Police Department’s plan to arm robots came to light under a police militarization transparency law passed last year. The SFPD owns 12 functioning robots used primarily for bomb disposal and reconnaissance in dangerous situations. The department acquired the robots between 2011 and 2017. According to an AP report, some of the robots were purchased with federal funds. None of the robots came equipped with weapons, but the police...

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Missouri Becomes Third State to Introduce Defend the Guard for 2023

Missouri Becomes Third State to Introduce Defend the Guard for 2023

A bill prefiled in the Missouri House for the 2023 legislative session would require the governor to stop unconstitutional foreign combat deployments of the state’s National Guard troops. Passage into law would take a big step toward restoring the founders’ framework for a state-federal balance under the Constitution. On Dec. 1,  Rep. Brian Seitz (R) prefiled House Bill 166 (HB166). Titled the Defend the Guard Act, the legislation would prohibit the governor from releasing any unit or member of the Missouri National Guard into “active duty combat” unless Congress has passed an official...

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Resisting Tyranny, Colonial Style

Resisting Tyranny, Colonial Style

As the British put increased pressure on the American colonists in an effort to force them into submission, the colonists backed up their increasingly forceful rhetoric with concrete actions to undermine British authority. The colonists began perfecting this formula after the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765. Resistance started with protests. Patrick Henry drafted a series of resolutions. In the seventh, He asserted, “the Inhabitants of this Colony, are not bound to yield Obedience to any Law or Ordinance whatever,” outside of those passed by the colonial assemblies. Other prominent...

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A $31 Trillion National Debt Should Matter To You

A $31 Trillion National Debt Should Matter To You

On Oct. 3, 2022, the U.S. national debt eclipsed $31 trillion for the first time in history. When you factor in unfunded liabilities in Medicare and Social Security, the debt skyrockets to well over $100 trillion. As the Anti-Federalist writer Brutus warned: “I can scarcely contemplate a greater calamity that could befall this country than to be loaded with a debt exceeding their ability to ever discharge.” Well, here we are. That amount can never be paid off. The debt broke through $30 trillion on Jan. 31. It took just 8 months to add another trillion to the debt, even with pandemic...

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A ‘Defend the Guard’ Explainer

A ‘Defend the Guard’ Explainer

Presidential administrations come and go but the war machine churns relentlessly on. “Defend the Guard” legislation can throw a monkey wrench in its cogs. Defend the Guard is a state-level bill that would stop the deployment of a state’s National Guard units unless specific constitutional criteria are met. The legislation would prohibit the deployment of state Guard troops in “active duty combat” unless Congress has passed a declaration of war or taken official action pursuant to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 of the United States Constitution to explicitly call forth the National Guard for...

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By Enforcing Sanctions on Russia, SWIFT May Commit Suicide

By Enforcing Sanctions on Russia, SWIFT May Commit Suicide

The government of the United States has intervened militarily in other countries for decades, against the council of founders like George Washington who advised America should “observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.” But the U.S. doesn’t only project power across the globe through its massive military. It also weaponizes the U.S. dollar, using its economic dominance and its privilege as the issuer of the reserve currency as a carrot-stick tool of foreign policy. The U.S. government showers billions of dollars in foreign aid to “friends.” On...

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The Costs of War on Your Wallet

The Costs of War on Your Wallet

James Madison warned us about the costs of war. War comes with an extremely high price tag. According to the Cost of War Project by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the U.S. spent $2.26 trillion on the war in Afghanistan alone. That comes to over $300 million spent every single day over the span of two decades. In 2018, the Watson Institute calculated that America’s “war on terror” had cost the equivalent of $23,000 per taxpayer. But the average person has no sense of the cost of America’s neverending wars. That’s because the government primarily pays for its wars by borrowing...

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