Algerian gets 10-year sentence for protesting a financial law

An Algerian blogger named Merzoug Touati was sentenced last week to 10 years imprisonment for providing intelligence to “agents of a foreign power” likely to damage Algeria. In January 2017, Touati was arrested after he posted an online video interview with an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman and a Facebook post in which he called for […]

“Beware of the day we get arms”: Iranian protesters chant as government shuts off internet and cell service

Deadly protests in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun have followed the government’s killing of two protesters and the arrests of many others. “After anti-riot forces were dispatched to the city from Shiraz, the people charged at them and hand-to-hand clashes ensued,” Iranian protesters, angry at government corruption, have gathered outside an Iranian police station. […]

Over half of all witnesses testifying before congressional committees are government-funded; and almost all request more funding

Over half the witnesses testifying before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives [are] funded directly by the federal taxpayer. In 1995, 35 percent of witnesses were federal employees; of the remaining “public” witnesses, one of every three was a government grant recipient. Grant recipients testified during the 104th Congress roughly 6,000 times: […]

Social Security impoverishes: One-third of Americans have less than $5,000 saved for retirement.

A new study by Northwestern Mutual finds that one-third of Americans have less than $5,000 set aside for retirement. 21% of Americans have no retirement savings at all. SOCIAL SECURITY TO BLAME Many workers don’t save for the future because they assume they can live on Social Security. But that’s a dangerous, misguided assumption. In […]

Tens of thousands secretly arrested, detained in Chinese indoctrination camps

There are reports that tens–and perhaps hundreds–of Chinese muslims are being held in secret Chinese “indoctrination camps” in the far-western reaches of China. Most appear to be arrested secretly, without warrant or court process, ans whisked away to the secret camps, where they are often tortured. Detainees are made to denounce their religious beliefs and […]

Deputy who cowered at school shooting will retire with $104,000 pension at age 55

Scott Peterson, the 55-year-old deputy who reportedly cowered outside while an alleged school shooter allegedly murdered dozens inside a Parkland, Florida school, will reportedly receive a six-figure pension for the rest of his life. See here. Peterson retired in disgrace but is due to collect more than $104,000 a year plus benefits. Peterson is typical […]

Anthropologist: modern universities breed conformity rather than intellectual curiosity

Many have wondered why most college professors conform to stereotype: hopelessly closed-minded worshippers of elitist, ‘leftist’ ideology. David Graeber, a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, suggests in a recent book that the structure and norms of university life breed conformity. Something about the experience of grad school, the […]

Ten years ago, CBO estimated that Congress would run a $151 billion surplus in 2017. Instead, they ran a $665 billion deficit.

Ten years ago, The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that Congress would run a $151 billion surplus in 2017. Instead, the U.S. ran a $665 billion deficit. Now the CBO projects $12.4 trillion in additional debt over the next decade. This represents a more than 50 percent increase to the current national debt, which has […]