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'You're moving closer to Russia and blaming Russia for being close to NATO'
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San Francisco, CA – infoZine – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with reddit and the Internet Archive, filed formal comments with the New York State Department of Financial Services opposing the state’s proposed regulations for digital currencies such as Bitcoin. In the letter, EFF argues that on top of damaging privacy and harming innovation, New York’s “BitLicense” regulatory scheme also risks infringing on First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and association.

The State of New York is currently considering BitLicense, a sprawling regulatory framework that would mandate licenses for a wide range of companies in the digital currency space. The regulations would force applicants to submit significant personal information to the state, including fingerprints and head-shot photographs. The policy would also require these companies to maintain detailed records about all transactions for 10 years, including identity data of users.

EFF notes that digital currency protocols are used for more than just paymentsthey have expressive and associational uses, too. Bitcoin-like systems are used for organizing and engaging with groups or communities. In addition, Bitcoin block chains frequently contain political speech, such as famous quotes and portraits of prominent historical figures. As currently written, EFF argues, the BitLicense regulations place an unacceptable burden on free speech and association.

“The courts have long recognized that code is speech protected by the First Amendment,” EFF Special Counsel Marcia Hofmann said. “At their core, digital currency protocols are code. Attempts to regulate code must include robust protections to ensure constitutionally protected speech is not stifled, and the BitLicense proposal would undermine those First Amendment principles.”

On Oct. 15, EFF launched an online activism campaign encouraging Internet users to oppose the BitLicense proposal by submitting comments to the New York State Department of Financial Services.

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Protecting Your Second Amendment Rights
PA State Rep. Rick Saccone highlights legislation to protect your Second Amendment rights from unconstitutional municipal gun control ordinances.

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Blame game: NATO expanded to Russia, or Russia moved towards NATO?
Rear Adm. John Kirby battled with Associated Press reporter Matt Lee at the State Department's daily press briefing on Thursday. The Pentagon press secretary stated by positioning forces…

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State legislators are concerned about Second Amendment rights so much so that the Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit local regulation of firearms or ammunition.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, announced Friday that the senate passed House Bill 80 by a vote of 34 to 14 on Thursday.

State Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint, said he supports the bill that would put a stop to local laws or ordinances attempting to regulate firearms or ammunition.

Now the bill is in the hands of the state House of Representatives following Thursdays vote.

I think its very much needed, Causer said, who was a co-sponsor of the original House Bill.

Causer said the measure promotes uniformity in regards to firearms across Pennsylvania. People traveling throughout the state would not have to worry about local gun laws being different.

Scarnati says the legislation would protect Pennsylvanians Second Amendment rights.

This legislation is a commonsense measure to not change, but simply clarify current law, Scarnati said. Senate Bill 80 clarifies existing law to ensure that firearms and ammunition laws are consistent across Pennsylvania.

There has never been such an issue across the region, Causer said, but he sees a problem in southern Pennsylvania, especially Philadelphia.

Causer said the bill would let an individual or organization sue to block or overturn a local ordinance. If successful, the individual would be able to recoup expenses, including attorney fees, costs, and lost income from employment, according to Scarnati.

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Fmr. NATO Commander: US Boots On The Ground Required To Combat Islamic State
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Dr. David Dean of the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery has been researching regenerative medicine for nearly two decades. His research during this time has made significant contributions …

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Bitcoin Trade 186
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New Yorks bitcoin regulations may not be as onerous as many have feared.

In a speech at Cardozo Law School in New York on Tuesday night, Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, said that the state will not require digital-currency software developers to have a license, as it had previously proposed. To clarify, we do not intend to regulate software as software or software development, he said, according to Reuters. For example, a software developer who creates and provides wallet software to customers for their own use will not need a license.

The news marks a change of heart for New York State regulators, who previously proposed a far-reaching plan for a so-called BitLicense back in July. The regulations would have required bitcoin businesses to track their customers addresses, as well as the addresses of people who send their customers money. These rules would also have applied to a wide swath of bitcoin-related businesses, including online wallet companies like Blockchain and BitGo. As WIRED wrote when the license was first proposed in July, such a regulatory environment would undermine the fundamental value proposition of bitcoin, a digital currency poised to change the way money is handled both online and off.

But in his speech, according to the Wall Street Journal, Lawsky painted a picture of a much less stringent regulatory environment. The virtual currency industry is at a bit of a crossroads regarding whether it will become an important part of the future financial system, he said. Were committed to proceeding thoughtfully since virtual currency could ultimately have a number of benefits for our financial system.

Still, he acknowledged the very real need for regulating this new world of digital currency, which has also enabled hives of criminal activity, like the infamous Silk Road, to operate. Lawsky maintained that any business that wants to offer financial services using virtual currenciesbe it a bank or a startupwould have to deal with some regulatory oversight.

When it comes to safeguarding customer money at a financial company and unregulated world of caveat emptor has never been a sufficient answer, he said. And while he acknowledged that such regulations may become too onerous and costly for a startup to deal with, Lawsky said that is, quite literally, the cost of doing business in the financial services industry. We do not, for instance, let someone run a bank out of their garage, he said.

The open comment period on these regulations is expected to end this month, after which, the Department of Financial Services will release an updated version of its proposal. That, too, will be open to public comment. Suffice it to say, there is and will be a significant amount of time for stakeholders to provide input, Lawsky said.

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Clayton State University will host a civil rights forum on Oct. 16 featuring a discussion of the documentary, Freedom Riders.

Freedom Riders to discuss Civil Rights at Clayton State forum

EB45 State of Bitcoin Q3 2014: Price, Payment Infrastructure, Adoption, Investment, Regulation
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A federal judge in Albany is going to get to decide if free-speech rights allow teachers to disclose confidential questions from completed state exams.

Thats what the state teachers union is claiming in a lawsuit to overturn a regulation that bars teachers who score standardized exams from spilling the beans about the specific questions.

Teachers must be free to protect their students and speak out when they have concerns about state tests, New York State United Teachers president Karen E. Magee said of the federal suit filed in Albany. Instead, they are under a gag order to be silent and that is hurting children.

If teachers believe test questions are unfair or inappropriate, they should be able to say so without fear of dismissal or losing their teaching license.

The union argues the regulation with its accompanying threats of discipline, license revocation and even criminal prosecution is an unconstitutional infringement of teachers 14th Amendment rights to due process and equal protection, as well as free speech.

The lawsuit comes as the union is chafing against Albanys increased emphasis on a new, more rigorous Common Core curriculum and standardized testing. The state intends to use the test results not only to grade students but also to rate teachers as part of their evaluations.

The state Education Department staunchly defended the confidentiality agreement, which it says is limited to secure test questions that could be used in future exams covering grades 3 through 8.

Teachers must be free to protect their students and speak out when they have concerns about state tests.-New York State United Teachers president Karen E. Magee

Teachers are absolutely free to talk about the portions of the test that have been released, state Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said. Obviously, items to be used on future tests must be kept secure.

State officials also said the confidentiality agreement is modeled after one in Massachusetts a state many school experts consider the gold standard in education.

Teachers union files gag order suit over exam confidentiality requirement

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Nearly 1,500 pastors nationwide are expected to participate in an effort today that seeks to challenge government restrictions against political speech from the pulpit.

The effort is called Pulpit Freedom Sunday, and was organized by the Pulpit Initiative, a project of the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). As the seventh annual event of its kind, ADF is encouraging pastors to speak truth into every area of life from the pulpit.

Pastors from all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have committed to preach today about Biblical marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. ADF says that in doing so, they will exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to engage in religious expression from the pulpit.

Pastors should decide what they preach from the pulpit, not the IRS, said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley, who oversees the observance. Churches should be allowed to decide for themselves what they want to talk about. The IRS should not be the one making the decision by threatening to revoke a churchs tax-exempt status. Theres a growing chorus of pastors voices calling for a solution to this very real constitutional violation.

Churches dont have to give up their freedom of speech to remain tax-exempt any more than they have to give up their protection against illegal search and seizure or any other protection in the Bill of Rights, he added.

ADF says that one if its goals since the effort was established in 2008 is to have the Johnson Amendment struck down in the courts. The amendment, passed in 1954 and introduced by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, states that churches may not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

The real effect of the Johnson Amendment is that pastors are muzzled for fear of investigation by the IRS, said ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb. Rather than risk confrontation, many pastors have self-censored their speechafraid to apply the teachings of Scripture to specific candidates or elections. As in years past, the participants in Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2014 are taking a stand against being intimidated into sacrificing their First Amendment freedoms.

According to the documentary A Defense of Gods Law, the nations decision to allow tax exemption for churches was grounded in Scripture. It cites Ezra 7:24, which outlines, Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them. Many pastors throughout history have preached on political matters, that is, until the last 60 years.

Some churches and non-profit organizations refuse to apply for 501 (c)(3) status because they would rather pay taxes than forfeit their freedom of speech.

A church that voluntarily initiates an application to the state for corporate status expects limited liability and tax exemption. It in turn owes to the state its right to exist and prosper, stated Art Fisher of Reformed Bible Church in Central Islip, New York, who has not applied for tax-exempt status for his congregation. It is obvious that its legal status and that of its of its flock has been drastically altered.

Pastors Nationwide Observing Pulpit Freedom Sunday to Challenge Government Speech Restrictions

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Illawarra beaches have received a glowing report card from the state government.

Enjoying Wollongong City beach all to himself, William Horspool 4 of Mount Saint Thomas. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Illawarra beaches have received a glowing report card from the state government, with almost every beach in the region praised for its cleanliness.

The latest State of the Beaches report from Beachwatch, ranking 249 beaches around the state, rated 20 of the Illawarras 21 beaches as good or very good for cleanliness.

Only the Entrance Lagoon Beach was rated as poor’.

The Beachwatch 2013-14 report rated ocean beaches, estuarine beaches and lagoon or lake swimming spots.

Overall, 83 per cent of all swimming locations were graded very good or good compared to 81 per cent in 2012-13; 97 per cent of ocean beaches were ranked in the top two categories; and 71 per cent of estuarine beaches were ranked highlycompared to 67 per cent in the last report.

According to Beachwatch, some of the cleanest beaches in the Illawarra include Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Woonona, Warilla, Shellharbour, Seven Mile Beach and Werri Beach.

Each beach was placed in the lowest category for microbial presence, meaning swimmers have less than a one per cent chance of contracting gastrointestinal illnessand less than 0.3 per cent chance of contracting fever and rashfrom using those beaches.

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A county commissioner refuses to let you speak at a public meeting. Who are you going to call?

A local sheriff refuses to give you access to public records. Who are you going to call?

The city is willing to give you the public records you requested, but it wants to charge you an exorbitant amount of money for the privilege. Who are you going to call?

In Florida, you call the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

Just a single letter from the Florida First Amendment Foundation to a wayward politician can yield results.

Ms. Sandy Matkivich has contacted the First Amendment Foundation expressing concerns regarding the city of West Palm Beachs failure to comply with her public records request. We respectfully suggest that the city of West Palm Beach expeditiously facilitate access to the public records requested by Ms. Matkivich. The continued delay in producing these records is unacceptable and unreasonable and is depriving Ms. Matkivich of her constitutional right of access to what clearly are public records.

The City of West Palm Beach did indeed provide Matkivich the information she requested, responding, We are immediately providing we regret any inconvenience caused to Ms. Matkivich.

Floridas First Amendment Foundation answers more than 150 hotline calls each month regarding open and transparent government in Florida. The First Amendment Foundation is considered the authority on Floridas open government laws and almost all Florida legislators consult FAF when drafting a bill that will affect Floridas open records or Sunshine laws.

They also train hundreds of people per year across the state, including government officials and employees, the media and the general public regarding the open government rules. The foundation is respected by all concerned.

FAF participates in open government litigation throughout the state, either by joining important open government cases or filing friend of the court briefs. They are quite busy filing friend of the court briefs to help keep Floridas politicians open to public scrutiny.

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Picture: Michael Wilson Shark patrols start early

Aerial shark patrols off Bunbury beaches began at the weekend and will run every day during the school holidays.

The patrols started eight weeks earlier than usual and will patrol beaches between Bunbury and Margaret River during the busy holiday period.

After the holidays, the patrols will be scaled back to weekends only until daily patrols begin again at the end of November.

The extra eight weeks of aerial patrols will cost the State Government $650,000.

Premier Colin Barnett said the extra patrols were to provide greater protection to beach users in the South West.

He said the move would bring the regional patrols in line with patrols in the metropolitan area.

Aerial patrols have proven very useful in spotting potential shark threats and, combined with local government and surf lifesavers on the shore, have enabled beach users to get real time advice on the risks at beaches, Mr Barnett said.

Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club president Peter Duncan said the clubs beach patrols would begin on Saturday.

He said lifeguards would monitor the ocean for sharks but was confident they would not impact on swimmers. Mr Duncan could not recall the beach ever being closed because of a big shark being sighted.

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UMS research on islands to help improve security

KOTA KINABALU: A newly set up research centre at Universiti Malaysia is expected to play a role in collecting data, documentation and written or visual information on island populations, in particular the migrants, in the State.

“This will enable the government to come up with solutions to problems besides offering them special identification cards,” said Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming.

He added that it would be the main key for security forces when searching for suspects behind intrusion and kidnapping incidents.

It is envisaged that the Small Islands Research Centre (SIRC) will be capable of assisting in the State’s development especially in terms of security.

“The university through their research in determining the islands’ population census will definitely help to strengthen security across Malaysian waters,” said Pang.

“My suggestion would be that the university can determine the natives and illegal migrants among the people in the islands,” he said.

Pang believed there are communities who had been living in the islands for years and not exposed to any developments therefore, any valid identification documents would not be too important for them.

“All they did was to focus on making ends meet,” he said, adding that most of them do not have any nationality.

According to him, the data collected by the centre will also be used as references to the government in developing the islands and improve the people’s standard of living. “I would like to thank the university for their contribution to the development of our nation and State.

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