Wells Fargo fined $1B for stealing cars and jacking houses

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Wells Fargo defrauded 800,000 car loan borrowers, forcing 274,000 of them into bankruptcy and stealing ("wrongfully repossessing") 25,000 cars; they also ripped off mortgage borrowers by failing to send them their paperwork until after the deadline for filing it and then fining them for not filing it on time.

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Instagram rap tribute to dead 13yo boy lands UK teen in court for ‘hate crime’

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A photo posted to social media to remember a boy killed in a tragic car crash has seen a UK teen charged with a hate crime, because the caption quoted lyrics from rapper Snap Dogg. Russell argued that the use of the lyrics was not offensive, but was handed a community order. Prosecutors told the court that her sentence was increased from a fine to a community order because “it was a hate crime.”

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Login With Facebook data hijacked by JavaScript trackers

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Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it’s investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can be grabbed by third-party JavaScript trackers embedded on websites using Login With Facebook. The exploit lets these trackers gather a user’s data including name, email address, age range, gender, locale, and profile photo depending on what users originally provided to the website. It’s unclear what these trackers do with the data, but many of their parent companies including Lytics and ProPS sell publisher monetization services based on collected user data.

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Texas Revenge Porn Laws Loses Battle With First Amendment

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Texas attorney Mark Bennett -- instrumental in getting an unconstitutional "peeping tom" law tossed in 2014 -- has scored another win for the First Amendment by getting an unconstitutional revenge porn law tossed. It's not that anyone (except revenge porn purveyors) wants to see revenge porn go unchecked. It's that there's plenty of laws on the books already to address the problem and those written to target revenge porn tend to do collateral damage to the Constitution.

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Our Strange Attraction to Self-Destructive Behaviors, Choices and Incentives

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Self-destruction isn't a bug, it's a feature of our socio-economic system. The gravitational pull of self-destructive behaviors, choices and incentives is scale-invariant, meaning that we can discern the strange attraction to self-destruction in the entire scale of human experience, from individuals to families to groups to entire societies. The proliferation of self-destructive behaviors, choices and incentives in our socio-economic system is profoundly troubling. Exhibit 1 is the opioid epidemic (charts below). How did we reach this level of individual and social self-destruction?

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China Hits Back Against ZTE Ban Amid Rising Tide Of Anti-American Sentiment

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China is taking active measures against a major escalation in the brewing trade-war with the United States, and "won’t allow the U.S. to use chips as a stick against it", following Monday's ban of American component sales to Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE, reported the country's state-owned nationalist tabloid Global Times.

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How The Guardian Fulfills George Orwell's Prediction Of 'Newspeak'

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On Sunday April 15th, Britain’s Guardian bannered "OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack” and pretended that there was no question that a chemical attack in Douma Syria on April 7th had actually occurred, and the article then went further along that same propaganda-line, to accuse Syria’s Government of having perpetrated it. This ‘news’ story opened [and clarificatory comments from me will added in brackets

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The Skripal Case: 20 New Questions That Journalists Might Like To Start Asking

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The reason for this is that the two events appear to be inextricably linked, either because they show that the Russian and Syrian Governments are willing and able to use chemical weapons for their own ends, or because they show that the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom and France in particular are willing to use false accusations for their own ends.

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