Denver Police to Encrypt Scanner Traffic

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Denver, Colorado

Cristal M Clark

For years people have been able to listen to scanner traffic using police scanners and now mobile app’s, likewise for many years, the individuals who listened in did not mis-use the privilege, these days that is much different story however.

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Now, the Denver Police Department could encrypt its radio traffic at any time which in turn has caused quite a bit of controversy. In today’s world one really does need to play devils advocate on this one. Some in the community feel that should the Denver Police Department go through with encrypting scanner traffic; they will become less transparent and therefor less accountable.

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Then you have others like myself, who feel that this should have been done a couple of years ago. Around a year or so ago, some of us were listening to the Denver Police attempt to find an armed robbery suspect on the scanner, what we learned from that was, we were not the only 5 listening to the scanner chatter, that armed suspect was possibly also listening in and skipped off happily away because he or she would have been able to know precisely where the police were looking for them.

The police later found a ditched phone that had a police scanner app on it.

In today’s world, individuals do abuse the ability to listen in on police radio traffic in an effort to commit crimes and/or elude the police. I am not really a fan of that personally.

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By not encrypting the radio traffic, our officers and public are put at greater risk of being in harm’s way as well, I am even less of a fan of that.

Because some are abusing the privilege, I don’t really believe we have a right to listen in on the police scanners anymore. Does anyone recall being a kid in class, when little Johnny broke the rules, the entire class lost a privilege over it? This is the exact same concept someone breaks the rules the whole lot loses the privilege.

In short, the Denver Police Department has the Crime Shops support on this one, the world has changed and even they need to become more vigilant and aware of what is happening, and clearly, they are.

This move will better our officer’s ability to catch criminals rather than better the criminal’s ability to get away.

Cristal M Clark

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Naked Florida Man Attempts to Seduce Railing at McDonald’s

 

Naples, Florida

Cristal M Clark

For most of the lower 50 this would be considered a very unusual and odd story, but as most of you already know, this is not the case for Florida.

62-year-old, John Francis Morgan attempted to strip naked, do a rather unusual dance and make love to the railing at a Naples McDonald’s according to a police report filed by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

It seems that John intended to go to the McDonald’s in Naples, where he had been banned prior to this incident, even informed by a uniformed officer not to go back, over an eerily similar incident.

I don’t know maybe the guy has a thing for the railing at McDonald’s we don’t choose who or in this case what we are attracted to, it just tends to happened.

At any rate, despite the previous warning John decided that his deep and passion filled love for the railing was just simply more important that the warning and took it upon himself to go back to the Naples McDonald’s where according to witnesses, John began removing his clothing and did an odd type of dance, no doubt attempting to woe the non-responsive railing and then the passion overtook John and he attempted to make love to the railing.

He was subsequently arrested, and is due in court on July 3rd.

Perhaps, he’ll be out in time for the 4th of July where he and his lover the railing at McDonald’s can finally make some fireworks of their own.

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16-Year Old Caught Doing 105 MPH

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Manitoba

Cristal M Clark

A 16-year-old driver in Manitoba was pulled over by the RCMP last week for flying past them doing 105MPH in his Camaro- the teens excuse? Apparently, he had a hot-wings induced bathroom emergency.

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The teen received a $966 CAD (US $728) fine for speeding and a second $203 (US $152) fine for being on the road without a supervising driver. The teen is also facing 12 demerit penalties on his driving record, 10 for going more than 50 kph over the speed limit, two for being unsupervised and, is facing a license review with Manitoba Public Insurance.

The police said that an adult came to pick up the Camaro, no word as to whether or not they let the teen use the bathroom much less if he was picked up by the adult as well.

What we do know is that it is highly likely the teen will lose his license before the summer is over and may want to take a break from eating hot-wings prior to driving ever again.

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Facebook Suspends Another Far-Right Group

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Natural News Founder Mike Adams Lashes Out

Cristal M Clark

Natural News who has nearly 3 millions followers on Facebook has been suspended from posting to the social media platform, of course Natural News had already been suspended from Twitter back in 2017 and Google blacklisted Natural News as well, in a heartfelt and bitter response, Natural News founder, Mike Adams lashed out at the tech giant and called on Donald Trump to send our nations military “to occupy and dismantle the tech giants.”

Well, that’s just completely sensible now isn’t it?

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Mike had this to say in his Sunday rant; “The techno-fascists, including Wikipedia, have decided that no speech that questions any official narrative will be allowed on any platform anyone who questions the safety of toxic vaccines, 5G cell towers, geoengineering, chemotherapy or glyphosate weed killer chemicals is now maliciously attacked, smeared and de-platformed.”

Mike Adams, who calls himself by the way the Health Ranger (no one is quite sure if he actually obtains a real medical license however), called the Facebook suspension an “online ethnic cleansing” that’s being carried out by people who are hoping to “enslave humanity and create Hell on Earth.” Then he subsequently called for military action against the social media companies.

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Natural News, pushes and, tends to shove down one’s throat, wild and insane conspiracy theories even publishing an injectable DIY homeopathic vaccine for Ebola.

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Natural News is a wannabe alternative health information platform and outlet but, the website also promotes far right politics on issues like abortion and climate change, as well as overall support for President Trump.

Not at all surprising.

According to Mike, “These criminals like Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Cook are un-elected, subject to zero transparency and offer no mechanism for due process whereby channels who are banned might defend themselves against unfair, dishonest smears or fake news attacks run by left-wing journo-terrorism hacks. In essence, the entire internet is now run by the most lawless evil war criminals imaginable, and they have zero respect for human rights, human dignity or free speech.”

Well, that is quite a strongly worded opinion now isn’t it?

At any rate, Mike is rumored to own 50 different websites including – vaccines.news, campusinsanity.com, and libtards.news.

It is not clear if the Facebook suspension is going be permanent nor is it clear as of right now if Donald Trump intends to send our nations Military to dismantle Facebook or any other tech giant.

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Hacker’s Selling MD Info on the Dark Web

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Doctor’s Fall Prey to Hackers

Cristal M Clark

Everything seems to be for sale these days in terms of one’s identity and worldwide, governments are unable to both prevent it, let alone stop it once the proverbial ball starts rolling.

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In what some are calling a deeply disturbing new trend, hackers are selling the identities of doctors for $500 on the dark web. The hackers are obtaining all the details needed to pose as a medical professional by targeting, employees, hospitals and other healthcare organizations, which possess all of the highly valuable data. In case you are wondering about the employee bit; employees are every organizations biggest liability and some cases employees are sending information through non secured email channels, texts, WhatsApp, in public and the like. Case in point, Clinica here in Colorado has a rather rampant issue with its medical staff sharing patient records, which include doctor information, utilizing the likes of Gmail rather than its internal email system as reported by employee BB, who is stationed in Lafayette, CO. Then we have as we all should be very well aware of, the hacking into and holding hostage of networks, which of course contain virtually all the needed information. Hackers compromises the corporate network of a healthcare provider to find administrative paperwork that would support a forged doctor’s identity and patient information. A process that becomes even easier once hackers see staff sharing information through non-secured email like in the case of Clinica.

The cyber criminals are then able to use the stolen information to forge the identities of doctors in order to submit fraudulent insurance claims or obtain prescriptions for controlled drugs like opioids that will in turn be sold on the black market or on the streets.

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Documents on sale include malpractice insurance documents, medical diplomas, board recommendations, medical doctor licenses, and DEA licenses. This was uncovered by researchers at cyber security firm Carbon Black, who tracked the shifting patterns of cyberattacks towards medical organizations as well as personal medical records and hacked health insurance company login information.

Tom Kellermann, chief cyber security officer at Carbon Black: “This is a relatively new trend, the price is warranted when you consider what can be done with the data. Cyber criminals can use this information to facilitate insurance fraud, as well as submit prescriptions for controlled substances like opioids. These can then be sold on the black market at a steep profit.”

This information is generally cheaper to obtain, with forged prescriptions costing between $10 and $120 on the dark web and insurance login information costing as little as $3.25 per record.

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The researchers called for “extreme vigilance” on the part of security teams working to protect healthcare institutions. Which is desperately needed, honestly. The employee who informed me about medical staff sending patient records through Gmail also took it upon himself to share sensitive patient information with me on multiple occasions, the fact that the CFO of the organization fell for an email scam costing the organization thousands, and the inner workings of the software that they utilize. This type of information sharing with anyone is a cybercriminals wet dream if you will.

The world however, as in our worlds governments need to make it easier for all individuals to change ones credentialing if you will once someone’s identity has been compromised, new identification numbers, new licenses, etc. because by default, by keeping all of that information the same and simply flagging it, you still allow for the crimes under which the original licenses, identification numbers were committed, to continue on.

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Murder of Reporter Remains Unsolved

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30-Year-Old Zachary Stoner – Chicago

Cristal M Clark  

May 30th 2018 was met with the death of gangland reporter Zachary Stoner who’s bullet riddled SUV had been found the night before in downtown Chicago, leaving the reporter clinging to life with a gunshot wound to the head.

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According to a police report, a car pulled up next to Zachary’s SUV around 1:30am two blocks from the club Zachary had been at, at least one gunman then opened fire although the report also indicates that were 4 attackers in all.

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Since then the Chicago police had been unable to solve Zachary’s murder for some odd reason and this is despite the fact that they have several witnesses and a street that is full of surveillance camera, as well as according to documents that were obtained by The Associated Press, which indicate that police do in fact have quite a bit of evidence to pour over in this case.

If you are surprised by this, don’t be, statistics show that roughly 80% of the homicides in Chicago go unsolved as it is, once you add in anything gang related the chances of the murder ever being solved, well let’s just say that it may be highly unlikely that gang related homicides in Chicago are solved.

Zachary had been attending a rap concert at the Refuge nightclub prior to the shooting, videographer Raheem McCaskill has footage of the night showing Zachary mingling with the crowd which included some gang members and enjoying the night, everything seemed to be going rather well.

Zachary was known for doing special interest stories in relation to the gangs, murders, up and coming rappers and the like, he was not afraid to go where mainstream journalists are more often than not afraid to go, at times right into gang territory.

Rapper Thomas T-Streetz Davis was also shot and killed a week later on the day of his close friends Zachary’s funeral and some suspect that it was in direct relation to Zachary’s murder.

Due to the circumstances in this case it is more than just likely that Zachary had been murdered due the work that he did. When you take risks and report on gangs, sometimes you end up a target.

Zachary spoke about his fear of being killed by a gang because some might have felt that he favored enemy gangs in the area. In one video in particular Zachary pulled out a handgun whilst stating, that he carried it everywhere because “you just gotta be prepared.”

Unfortunately, Chicago’s homicide clearance rate is sitting at right around 18% for 2017 although Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi argues that as a bit misleading as it takes around 18 months on average to solve a homicide, according to Anthony the number of homicides solved is at right around 48%, which is actually not entirely accurate. Something tells me he pulled that number out of magically colored hat.

According to the FBI, the national average is 62%.

This case highlights Chicago’s continued problem with efficiently solving homicides despite having witnesses and surveillance footage, they need to sit down and take a hard look at that because overcoming the problems they seem to be having is crucial.

Chicago’s year to date:

Shot and killed: 192

Shot and Wounded: 783

Total Shot: 975

Total homicides: 210

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Man’s Chest Catches Fire During Surgery

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Australia

Cristal M Clark  

After something as traumatic as open-heart surgery, I would imagine any patient would be horrified to learn that his or her chest caught fire during the required operation. For one Australian patient, as reported by Euroanaesthesia Congress, the annual convention of the European Society of Anesthesiology, doctors had to put out the 60-year old’s chest fire during the life saving operation.

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According to the report, that man had suffered an ascending aortic dissection, which is a potentially fatal rupture in the inner wall of the major artery that pumps blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

Once doctors cracked him open, they discovered that the man had another issue, an underlying lung problem, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or otherwise known as COPD, which as you might imaging lent a hand of complication.

Doctors had to crack open his sternum but the man’s lung managed to get stuck to the sternum adding further complication, bits of damaged lung tissue called bullae became quite an issue because while attempting to remove the bullae doctors punctured one of them causing air to leak out.

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This is around the time things sort of went south, part of the surgery required the use of an electrocautery, which just so happens to be a device that uses heat to burn away or cut through tissue or if you rather a thermal cautery. There was also a dry surgical pack near the man’s chest cavity, a bundle used to carry sterilized surgical instruments. A spark from the device landed on the dry pack naturally due to the oxygen-rich air around the man’s chest, it created the flash fire.

Thankfully doctors were able to put the fire out before it caused too much damage but because of the case, the doctors decided to see if they could find any other similarly recorded cases and to their amazement they found 6 other documented cases of chest cavity fires during surgery, all of which involved dry surgical packs, increased oxygen concentration, the electrocautery device, and a patient with COPD or another lung disease. Each case thankfully ended with no injuries as well.

These types of cases are very rare and the doctors, well they hope to spread awareness of the phenomenon, because of the risk factors they found that had been common to each one.

Lead author Ruth Shaylor who wrote the report: “This case highlights the continued need for fire training and prevention strategies and quick intervention to prevent injury whenever electrocautery is used in oxygen-enriched environments. In particular, surgeons and anesthetists need to be aware that fires can occur in the chest cavity if a lung is damaged or there is an air leak for any reason, and that patients with COPD are at increased risk.”

The 60-year old patient, made it through the surgery and hopefully had a speedy recovery with no further issues.

Cristal M Clark

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US Department of Justice Possibly Makes Grave Mistake

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Indictment of Julian Assange

Cristal M Clark

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Heads are spinning over the recent indictment of Julian Assange, particularly the US Department of Justice’s rather oddly put together indictment which boils down to more or less hokum and fairy tales. Honestly, Trump who I would be shocked to learn approved of this indictment given his love for Julian during the 2016 election must be horrified by the indictment, not to mention his son’s own direct, not indirect or accidental but direct contact with WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 win of his father.

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The worst fate of all, is that this indictment so as to ensure that the UK would extradite Julian back to the US to face charges, will more than likely cause some shit to hit the fan that which blows directly at Trump and his inner circle because the reality is simple, once this case gets into court, all bets are off and the US can’t keep Julian quiet then, he can and most likely will tell the truth, even if it hurts Trump, even at the risk of being jailed.

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In the initial indictment against Julian it was in relation to a single hacking charge and had been more or less very deliberately drafted for the charge to appear to be more about the manner of obtaining classified materials and less about the prosecution of a journalist.

In the newest round of charges however, Julian is charged with seeking, obtaining, and publishing embarrassing US government secrets.

The US-UK extradition treaty in force: “Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense.”

So, the new indictment as I read them, seem to be very politically motivated. “Publishing Embarrassing US Government Secrets?” If I had been me filing the charges, I would have omitted the word “embarrassing” because the second you add it, it makes the entire ordeal rather childish and pointless. So, you were embarrassed? So what, get the fuck over it and move on and stop behaving like a temper tantrum throwing two-year old and while you’re at it, stop sucking your thumb in public because that is embarrassing the entire nation.

Julian’s defense will for sure delve into the First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of the press. That defense will also more than likely include testimony and documentary evidence about Julian’s journalistic bona fide sources like Chelsea Manning, and it will no doubt whatsoever, reach Donald Trump and his inner circle, who are in fact known publicly as supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Trump during the 2016 campaign:

“I love WikLeaks, that WikiLeaks is amazing, that “WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove, boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.”

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It is no secret that Trump demands yes men on his team so this indictment against Julian Assange begs the question, did the US Department of Justice not think this through all the way, did they fail in getting Trump’s blessing or just blatantly go about indicting Julian without having a moment’s thought with regards to the outcome for Trump and his inner circle?

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Unlucky Drug Lords Lose Drugs?

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$1 Million Worth of Drugs Washes Up on Alabama Beach

Cristal M Clark

Sometimes in the world of drugs, it’s a dog eat dog world, beach goers looking for some fun in the sun found a rather bountiful payload of fun in the sun last week, more than $1 million worth of marijuana and cocaine washed up along the shore in Alabama according to local police leaving one dealer or shipper pretty empty handed and I am guessing leaving one cartel feeling somewhat rather unhappy.

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On Tuesday of last week, a beach goer casually strolling along Orange Beach stumbled across a package containing 21 pounds of marijuana and 1 kilo of cocaine then as luck would have it, 2 days later another beach goer found 38 kilos of cocaine, or roughly the equivalent of about 86 pounds of the highly sought-after white powder, about a mile away.

Talk about luck if the beach goers tried to sell the stuff rather than turn it over to police because the payload would have added some additional funds to that long holiday weekend.

Police put the total street value of the narcotics at more than $1 million. The packages were all wrapped and had barnacles growing on them, which suggests that they had been in the water for quite some time according to police.

Now, The Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Coast Guard are now all involved in investigating the origins of the drugs, which might prove difficult to track given the state of the narcotics once they arrived on the beach.

Now instead of looking for gold, cash and buried treasure at the beach on your next holiday, you might want to consider looking for an even bigger payout by finding someone’s lost loot of million-dollar drugs.

Cristal M Clark

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