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The Department of Energy Lost Plutonium Last Year, But That’s Not Even the Scariest Part



In case you are in need of a daily dose of fright, allow me to introduce you to a story that is more terrifying than anything you will find in a Stephen King novel.

Last year, in March, thieves managed to find a way to steal plutonium from the Department of Energy. It’s been sixteen months since this happened, and the scary part is, the stuff is still missing.

Just think of all the awful things wicked men could be cooking up with this stuff and how much danger it’s still being out there is putting American citizens in.

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In March 2017, two security experts from the Department of Energy were transporting two plastic covered disks: one containing plutonium and the other containing cesium. Plutonium is used to make nuclear weapons (and to power time traveling DeLoreans), while radioactive cesium can be used to make a dirty bomb.

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These two experts stopped at a hotel in a high-crime neighborhood, leaving the radioactive samples and their testing equipment on the backseat of their rental car. Perhaps predictably, the next morning they found that their car had been broken into and the plutonium, cesium, and their own equipment was gone.

None of it has ever been found.

Since the incident, neither the FBI nor local law enforcement has publicly acknowledged what happened. After learning about it from a mention in an internal Department of Energy Report, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain these details from the official police report.

Now, it seems highly unlikely that this stuff is going to be used to fuel time traveling Deloreans, so the real question is who has it and what are they doing with it? That’s enough to keep just about anyone awake at night.

Let’s hope some headway is made in this case soon and the plutonium is found and accounted for.

Source: TheBlaze


Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?



Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.



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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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