The Corporate leadership of Target Stores, Inc. has announced that they are now going to allow shoplifters to self-identify as paying customers.
In a statement released last Friday, the ginormous retail chain explained that everyone should be allowed to identify as whatever customer status makes them the most comfortable while shopping at Target.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience for employees and customers alike in many ways," stated Target. more >>
The FBI won the first part of what is deemed to be a long and tedious war ahead against information technology after the Supreme Court handed out its decision to extend the bureau's hacking abilities. The decision specifically allows federal judges to issue hacking warrants for the purpose of federal law enforcement in U.S. jurisdiction.
The decision provides that the hacking warrants are essential in instances when a suspect of a crime attempts to hide his or her location. And along this line, the court also gave the FBI the authority to access a computer system even without the owner's permission. This applies to systems that have been illegally hacked by private individuals.
Although this is a huge blow to the concept of privacy in the perspective of IT, there still is a chance for the US Congress to block the expansion of powers given to the bureau. Well, at least the legislative body has until December to do something about it since the changes are to take effect by the end of the year. One of the staunchest critics of the changes to "Rule 41" is Senator Ron Wyden, who said, via the Guardian, that he is looking to file a bill that will block the move of the Supreme Court. more >>
The Reverend Franklin Graham recently denounced former Speaker of the House John Boehner for calling Sen. Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh."
On his Facebook page, Rev. Graham posted a comment Friday in response to Boehner's referring to Sen. Cruz as being the Devil incarnate.
"Former Speaker of the House John Boehner shame on you! You had no business calling Ted Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh' — this is an embarrassment. And it's an embarrassment to our nation," wrote Graham. more >>
A Pentagon investigation has found that war crimes were not committed last October when a United States aerial gunship killed 42 civilians during an accidental airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders medical charity hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said at a news conference on Friday that the "tragedy" was a result of errors that led 16 U.S. service members to believe they were bombarding a Taliban command center last Oct. 3.
"They were trying to do the right thing. They were trying to support our Afghan partners," Votel explained. "Unfortunately, they made a wrong judgment in this particular case and ended up targeting this Doctors Without Borders facility." more >>
Sojourners founder Jim Wallis and dozens of other Christian leaders are condemning Donald Trump's use of public fear and resentment throughout the 2016 election as being "a moral and theological crisis" that "threatens the well being" of the American society.
More than 50 prominent Christians "from across the political spectrum," but mostly from the Christian left, have signed onto a declaration titled "Called to Resist Bigotry — A Statement of Faithful Obedience" that calls on Christians to resist rallying around "demagogic" political candidates who rely on exploiting anger and "hatred" to gain support.
"At significant times in history, however, Christians from across the political spectrum come together around political realities that threaten the fundamental integrity of Christian faith and the well-being of society itself," the declaration explained. "Sometimes what is called politics raises moral crises, in which our faith is literally at stake in the way we respond." more >>
Actress and former Church of Scientology member Leah Remini recently defended the decision of Ron Miscavige to write a tell-all book about the current head of the controversial sect.
Titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me and slated for release in May, the book was coauthored by Dan Koon.
In an interview with ABC News, Remini argued that Ron Miscavige "has a right to tell his story" even if it offends Scientology's leadership. more >>