Category Archives: Control Freaks

Climate Change Effect: Big Brother Spy Cameras To Prevent Uninsured Drivers From Getting Gas

Government officials are rolling out a hi-tech automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to crack down on millions of motorists who drive without insurance. To add to the already out of control civilian camera spying system running 1% of the national debt while failing to prevent crime and new terror laws that feed all private… Read More »

Self-publishers accuse PayPal of censorship

The opening bedroom scene of Andrea Juillerat-Olvera’s new, erotic science-fiction novel Demon’s Grace is a classic of its kind. “He is on his knees,” it begins, “worshiping the cavernous female torso.” Sadly, for admirers of Juillerat-Olvera, it’s about to get harder to enjoy her fruity pose. In what victims are calling the most far-reaching act… Read More »

Theresa May unveils plan to fight anti-social behaviour

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to outline plans to give communities tougher protection from anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. She will say she still hears “horror stories of victims reporting the same problem over and over again”. Pilot schemes this summer will force the authorities to act if five households in a neighbourhood… Read More »

Megaupload shut down by US officials. Anonymous targets DOJ and FBI websites in retaliation

Megaupload, one of the internet’s largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the US. The site’s founders have been charged with violating piracy laws. Federal prosecutors have accused it of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£320m) in lost revenue. The firm says it was diligent in responding to complaints about pirated… Read More »

Indefinite Domestic Military Detentions?

Congress is now considering legislative language to mandate indefinite military detentions of US citizens suspected of present or past associations with alleged terrorist groups, with or without evidence to prove it. More on that below. The 2006 Military Commissions Act authorized torture and sweeping unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate, and prosecute alleged suspects and collaborators… Read More »

Homeland Security uses Minority Report-style system that uses algorithms to predict behaviour

An internal Homeland Security document has revealed that a controversial Minority Report-style programme designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already in use. The FAST system, which stands for Future Attribute Screening Technology, is being tested on some members of the public voluntarily. In Minority Report, the ‘PreCrime’ police department apprehends… Read More »

City Makes Thousands From Sagging Pants

Officials of one Georgia city says cracking down on sagging pants has earned nearly $4,000 in fines in less than a year. Albany, Ga. City Attorney Nathan Davis said that 187 citations have been issued and fines collected of $3,916 since the ordinance went into effect Nov. 23. Officials say the ordinance bans anyone from… Read More »

Microsoft scores patent for web-based spying technology

Microsoft has been granted a patent for a technology that could create wiretaps for several kinds of Internet communications, including video and voice calls over Skype, which Microsoft acquired in May. Federal law enforcement agencies have had difficulties tracking and recording criminal and terrorist conversations online. Back in September, it was reported that law enforcement… Read More »

‘Batman’ Arrested On Michigan Rooftop

Holy handcuffs! Police in a resort community in northwest Michigan are touting the arrest of the legendary caped crusader Batman, who was reportedly nabbed while dangling from a 30-foot-tall building. But wait, what sorcery is this? Police now say the Dark Knight they have taken into custody is an impostor! The unmasked superhero wannabe is… Read More »

We didn’t mishear hug ban, say Figtree High students

Students from Figtree High School have rejected suggestions they mistook a lesson on inappropriate behaviour for an announcement banning hugging. Several parents told the Mercury this week their children had been informed by a senior teacher at a school assembly that hugging was banned and those caught in the act would be punished with detention.… Read More »

People are being given too many recycling bins

Councils are asking householders to sort their rubbish into as many as nine bins to boost recycling, a survey suggests. On average, the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group found councils expected residents to sort their household waste into four bins, bags and caddies. Newcastle-under-Lyme had the largest number of bins, with nine containers. The government said… Read More »