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Crime Takes a Social Media Turn

In this age of social media, crime itself has undergone a transformation, and the previously unthinkable seems to be on a rampage to somehow out-worst itself.

Crimes carried out with social media accomplices seem to be ever more despicable and de-humanizing.

In the past, an individual might merely set his or her sights on securing an illicit goal of some sort, and a twisted satisfaction would have been completed. Now, however, some of those who were previously content with being shadow dwellers prefer to seek the spotlight instead, with the ultimate aim of acquiring social media fame and even a warped super star status should a social media incident go viral.

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Psychological Warfare Being Waged on Trump Supporters

Psychological Operations, a.k.a. PsyOps, are pre-planned activities that seek to influence the emotions, motives, reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of groups and individuals. Activities of these types are conventionally thought of within a military context and framework.

PsyOps have historically been utilized by the military for strategic reasons to create degradation of a potential adversary. United States Air Force documents indicate that these psychological operations have the potential to disrupt, confuse, and protract an adversary’s decision-making process, thus undermining command and control.

The end result that is ultimately sought with successful implementation of the strategy is to lower the morale of adversaries and reduce their will to fight.

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Cash-strapped Chicago Desperately Seeks Revenue by Taxing the Cloud

“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
–George Harrison

The Windy City has done the Beatles’ “Taxman” lyrics one better by going after streaming concerns, which happen to include Netflix, Spotify, Xbox Live, and Apple Music, among others.

As brick-and-mortar retail outlets are on the decline and costs of online services are on the rise, cash-strapped municipalities burdened with upside down financial statements have been eyeing the Internet for some relief.

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Clint Eastwood Takes Aim at Obama

Clint Eastwood has always been known as an iconoclast in his approach to art and politics.

Having served as Carmel, California’s mayor, Eastwood has an appreciation for the job of a chief executive.

While out promoting his intriguing “Hereafter” movie, Eastwood did a sit-down with Katie Couric and confounded the news anchor with an Obama slam.

The multi-Academy Award winner acknowledged that the president is “a nice fella.”      

“I enjoyed watching him campaign,” Eastwood said, but added that he’s “not a fan of what he is doing at the moment.”

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