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Michigan State Police will use mouth swabs to test drivers for cannabis

Michigan State Police plan to implement one of the most invasive methods of drug testing in the country in a pilot program: saliva tests.

Five counties will force their residents into becoming guinea pigs for what must be the worst thwarting of constitutional and privacy rights in recent years. Saliva-based tests will check drivers for cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and more — thanks to perhaps the most despised governor in the U.S., Rick Snyder.

"The five-county pilot program will be used to help determine accuracy and reliability of the tests," Snyder explained in June after signing the bill into law, as MLive reported.

In other words, whoever happens to be unfortunate enough to have their saliva tested will literally be a guinea pig of the state — and there doesn't appear to be any further information concerning recourse for those tested should the tests prove inaccurate.


Pokemon Go plague blinds the media while 9/11 conspiracists are vindicated

Death by Pokémon is coming

These were the ominous words written by Professor Gerry Beyer of the Texas Tech University School of Law shortly after Pokémon Go swept America, infecting citizens with a mysterious, zombie-like condition that causes players to stray into major highways, drive into trees, and walk off cliffs. For the Americans who have not yet had their $600 smart phones surgically attached to their faces, this rapid invasion of beady-eyed, and suspiciously cute anime characters, has come as a shock; while loved-ones-turned-zombie gather to presumably collect digital pixels on a screen, the mainstream media is almost silent on the infamous "28-pages" showing the government knew the 9/11 hijackers were supported by the Saudi Arabian government, and that the CIA knew of al-Qaeda's existence in the US before the 9/11 plot.

Ah, the CIA... that loveable group of scamps who brought us such coups and false-flag attempts as the botched "Bay of Pigs" fiasco, the 1953 Iranian Coup which overthrew a democratically elected president in order to reinstate an oil-friendly dictator, and who assisted in Project Northwoods, a planned operation to kill innocent civilians in the US by conducting fake terror attacks using hijacked planes. While the CIA has yet again been caught with its pants down, the mainstream media—and an embarrassingly large population of adult US citizens—would apparently rather chase cartoon characters adored by 9-year-olds and emo-teens around the world, even if that means possibly getting stabbed in the process (seriously, do a search on "Pokémon Go stabbing" and you'll be amazed at all the various reports that pop up).

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Philadelphia prostitutes unite to fight mysterious predator

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Five years after police nabbed the infamous 'Kensington Strangler,' someone is stabbing sex workers in the city's most notorious neighborhood.

It's afternoon rush hour on Kensington Avenue and business is about to pick up for the half dozen or so prostitutes who are loitering across the street from the Huntingdon train station eyeing passing cars for potential clients. Traffic has been light today and a few of the girls are already feeling the pangs of heroin withdrawal.

"I've been out here since morning and only had one trick so far," a frail 30-year-old who would only give her initials, D.C., told The Daily Beast. "I barely made enough to get well." D.C. doesn't work nights."Too dangerous," she said.

So she's counting on the drive-time crowd—mostly older married men looking for 10 minutes of escape—to bring in enough cash to keep the withdrawal at bay until morning. If she's lucky she'll see one of her repeat customers. A vetted regular would offer a welcome respite from the terror that has gripped the avenue since Saturday when a prostitute the girls knew as "Layla" was murdered around the corner from here after leaving with a client.

On Tuesday, police released a surveillance camera image of the suspect, who they believe is also responsible for two other vicious assaults on prostitutes in the area. Earlier in the month an assailant slashed a woman in the neck, severing her vocal cords. And on July 12, a 24-year-old woman was choked unconscious just a few blocks north of here. When she came to, she was naked and had wounds on her head and face. Police say she had been raped. On Thursday officials released a second video showing the man they now suspect of committing all three crimes.

Blue Planet

64yo Russian Orthodox priest circles globe in balloon in 11 days, breaks world record

© Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Sputnik
Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov
World-famous Russian traveler Fedor Konyukhov has broken a world record, managing a nonstop solo balloon flight around the globe in just 11 days. He covered some 34,000km, at altitudes up to 10,000 meters.

Photos on social media depicted Konyukhov's balloon floating in the air over the Australian city of Perth. He landed in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia later on Saturday. In total, Konyukhov has managed to cover some 34,000 km.

Comment: Someone tell the flat-earthers!

Stock Up

Household wealth bubble in 'scary graph' flashes warning about future U.S. downturn

Americans are about as wealthy as they've ever been—and that's a worry?

Yup, say veteran economists Daniel Thornton and Joe Carson. They're concerned that the swelling of wealth could prove unsustainable because it's far outstripped the growth of the economy since the recession's end in 2009.

Thornton, who spent 33 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis before retiring in 2014, says in effect that we've seen this picture before. Household net worth ballooned in the late 1990's and the early 2000's; in the first instance pumped up by rising stock prices, in the second by expanding home values. Both cases ended badly, with the economy falling into recession after the bubbles burst.

Cell Phone

EMS ghouls competed in "selfie war": Paramedics took pix with dozens of incapacitated patients

Two EMS workers were charged yesterday with engaging in a "selfie war" during which they competed to see who could take the best photos with patients that were intubated, unconscious, sedated, or drunk, according to Florida investigators.

The paramedics took dozens of "unprofessional and compromising" photos inside ambulances for "entertainment and amusement purposes," and even showed the images to fellow workers, several of whom subsequently cooperated with law enforcement authorities.

Christopher Wimmer, 33, and Kayla Dubois, 24, are facing felony charges related to their alleged illegal interception and disclosure of oral communications. Wimmer was also hit with a misdemeanor battery count for allegedly holding open the eyelids of a sedated patient with whom he posed for a "selfie."


Twin blasts kill at least 80 and wound over 230 in Kabul protest

Twin explosions targeting a large demonstration by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority in Kabul have killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 230, officials have said.

The attack on Saturday, near one of the most heavily fortified areas of the Afghan capital, was quickly claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), who have previously targeted the Hazara people.

"Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in... the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," Amaq, an ISIL-linked website, said.

Mr. Potato

Pokemon Go insanity: Man impales himself on metal fence spike while hunting Pokemon

© Chris Helgren / Reuters
For one Stockholm Pokémon Go enthusiast the chase took a turn for the worse on Friday.

Swedes are certainly not ones to turn down trends, and they have just like the rest of the world got swept up in the sudden Pokémon Go craze in this past week, with users of the gaming app running all around their towns and cities catching the cartoon monsters.

The augmented reality technology allows players to physically walk around their surroundings to search for and 'catch' Pokémon, using their smart phone cameras.

But it has not been uncontroversial. Churches, military cemeteries, Holocaust memorials and restricted areas have all reported being featured in the game. There have also been injuries, and even deaths.

On Friday emergency services were called out to rescue a man who had got his thigh impaled on a metal fence while trying to climb into Stockholm's Stadium just after 1pm to, reportedly, catch a Pokémon.

Comment: Pokémon Go and mass dissociation: Anchoring the frequency of chaos and destruction

Green Light

'Help me!': Judge gives go-ahead to family lawsuit after inmate dies in Tulsa County Jail

© Tulsa County Jail
A family's lawsuit against an Oklahoma jail for the death of inmate Elliott Williams can go ahead, a federal judge has ruled. Williams was allegedly left in his cell for five days, where he died after a self-inflicted head injury.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Elliott Williams, a 37-year-old mentally ill and suicidal man, who was arrested in October 2011 after creating a disturbance in an Owasso, Oklahoma hotel.

According to the complaint, Williams, who was charged with a misdemeanor, was taken to the Tulsa County Jail in a state of psychosis. Shortly after being placed in a cell at the jail, Williams rammed his head into the cell door, seriously injuring himself.

Judge John Dowdell, in his ruling, described Williams' cell, where he died, as a "burial crypt."

"A reasonable jury could find that Mr. Williams' needs were obvious to any layperson," stated the ruling by Judge Dowdell of the US District for the Northern District of Oklahoma on Wednesday, according to The Frontier.

Alarm Clock

Financially anxious: One in three children have 'money worries'

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One in three children said they worried about money "at least some of the time"
One in three children aged 8 to 15 worry about money "at least sometimes", according to one of the most authoritative regular surveys of children's pocket money.

Children in greater London were revealed as the most financially anxious: more than half (54pc) said they had money concerns some of the time and 12pc said they worried about money all the time.