Free Thinker Radio (3/25/21): There Is Reason For Hope

Micah and Derrick are back for another episode of Free Thinker Radio on 90.1 KPFT Houston and The Conscious Resistance Network. Every week on Free Thinker Radio we bring you uncensored news and underground music beyond the mainstream!

Show notes:

Things to Do in Houston this Weekend:

Seed swap/garden day at 2pm Saturday ( House of J encourages alternative currencies but bring some cash incase anyone wants to just buy. I will be bringing the following; pumpkin seedlings, pecan tree seedlings, tomato seedlings, celery seedlings, kale seedlings and sprouted avacado and mango seeds.)

Marketplace 12-4 Sunday

Both at House Of J 323 Hutcheson

Be Someone turns to COVID1984
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Heres-our-interpretation-of-the-Be-someone-sign-16046314.php 

Former HPD officer Julissa Diaz, accused of stealing drugs, sentenced to 87 months in prison – ABC13 Houston
In 2018, Diaz allegedly stopped a driver who she believed was a drug courier, but was actually an undercover officer. Diaz arrested the occupant and deliberately left the drugs in the car so her ex-husband and other co-conspirators could steal them, prosecutors said.

National
‘Nothing subtle about a bullet’: Supreme Court says police ‘seizure’ includes shots fired at fleeing suspect (msn.com)

In a 5-3 The Supreme Court Thursday that police can find themselves on the wrong side of the Fourth Amendment when they shoot at a fleeing suspect. ​​​​​​​2014 incident in Albuquerque in which New Mexico State Police attempted to arrest a woman for white collar crimes. As officers tried to enter Roxanne Torres’ car, she sped off​​​​​​​, thinking the police were criminals attempting a car jacking.​​​​​​​ She officers fired 13 shots, striking Torres twice in the back and temporarily paralyzing her left arm. She drove 75 miles to a hospital. There she was airlifted to a hospital back in Albuquerque, and she was arrested the next day.​​​​​​​ Physical force used by police represented a “seizure” under the Fourth Amendment even if the bullets failed to stop Torres. The opinion represents an expansion of Fourth Amendment protections at a time when the nation is wrestling with police use of force and split-second decisions made by law enforcement officers. The court was not making a determination about whether the seizure in the case was reasonable under the Constitution, whether damages should be awarded or whether the police are protected under qualified immunity, which protects police and other government officials from certain lawsuits.   ​​​​​​​

Carrying Guns in Public Is Not a Constitutional Right, Ninth Circuit Rules

“Americans have no right to carry guns in public, a divided en banc Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, reversing a prior Ninth Circuit decision that struck down a Hawaii firearm restriction as unconstitutional.

“There is no right to carry arms openly in public; nor is any such right within the scope of the Second Amendment,” U.S. Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote for the majority of an 11-judge panel in a 127-page opinion.”

https://www.courthousenews.com/carrying-guns-in-public-is-not-a-constitutional-right-ninth-circuit-rules/

Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court To Let Cops Enter Homes And Seize Guns Without A Warrant
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksibilla/2021/03/23/biden-administration-urges-supreme-court-to-let-cops-enter-homes-and-seize-guns-without-a-warrant 

FBI entrapping
The 10th Circuit reconsiders the 25-year prison sentence of an Oklahoma man who plotted to blow up a bank
 alongside undercover FBI agents.

FBI agents began investigating Jerry Drake Varnell after he made disparaging remarks to a Facebook friend leading up to the 2016 election. Throughout 2017, Varnell, then 23, spoke with FBI agents about building a bomb and starting a revolution.

Authorities arrested in August 2017. In February 2019, a jury convicted him on one count of attempting to use an explosive device to damage a building in interstate commerce and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property used in interstate commerce.

https://www.courthousenews.com/the-feds-made-me-do-it-oklahoma-man-appeals-25-year-sentence-in-bank-bomb-plot/

​​​​​​​Permanent Pandemic
https://web.archive.org/web/20210325090246/https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-03-24/when-will-covid-end-we-must-start-planning-for-a-permanent-pandemic

Vaccine Passports
https://web.archive.org/web/20210322195402/https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-03-22/covid-vaccine-passports-could-revive-struggling-businesses

Social Media
Amnesty International: Facebook Plan To Target Children “Incompatible With Human Rights” (mintpressnews.com)

Social Media Companies Testify

In prepared remarks released Wednesday, Zuckerberg argues that the immunity granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for third-party posts should be conditioned on platforms adhering to best practices for removing unlawful content.

“Instead of being granted immunity, platforms should be required to demonstrate that they have systems in place for identifying unlawful content and removing it,” he is set to tell the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Facebook has recently positioned itself as being open and encouraging of government regulation, and Zuckerberg has previously said he would support some changes to the bedrock internet law.

“Mark Zuckerberg knows that rolling back Section 230 will cement Facebook’s position as the dominant social media company and make it vastly harder for new startups to challenge his cash cow,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (R-Ore.), who wrote Section 230, in a statement. “Everyone working to address real issues online should be deeply wary about Mark Zuckerberg’s proposals for new regulations.”

Zuckerberg will testify remotely on Thursday along with Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/544707-facebooks-zuckerberg-proposes-conditional-section-230-reforms

UFO
Rubio on Pentagon’s UFO report: ‘There’s stuff flying over military installations’ (msn.com)

 

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