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Oklahoma Police Uses New Device To Seize Money from cards

You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.

That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime.

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.

It's called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.

Here's how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.

They'll be pulling teeth next.

Tuesday Toon Roundup 3: The Rest




I'll be taking a break from tooning for a bit. Summer awaits.

Tuesday Toon Roundup 2: Despicable Me

Tuesday Toon Roundup 1- More Ali Tributes

Tuesday Bernie Group Toons

Maybe the last of these. I will be taking a break from tooning. Maybe back when things settle down, if they do.

Origin of mystery deep-sea 'mushroom' revealed

By Myles Gough

Dendrogramma was named for the branching channels visible in its body mass

Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.

The organisms have a cylindrical stalk capped by a flat, semi-transparent disc that houses visible channels branching outwards.

These channels, which resemble tree-like diagrams known as dendrograms, are the basis for its scientific name - Dendrogramma.

The original specimens were described for the first time in 2014 by a team of Danish scientists, one of whom had been aboard the 1986 voyage and later transported the samples to Copenhagen.


Black holes offer a way to another universe, Stephen Hawking says in newly-published paper

by Andrew Griffin

Things might fall through black holes into alternate universe, according to a newly-published paper by Stephen Hawking.

The professor has laid out a theory that suggests that the holes aren’t quite as black as previously thought.

Rather than destroying everything that goes near them, we might not need to be so afraid of black holes, he said in a paper published this week in Physical Review Letters, written with colleagues Andrew Strominger from Harvard and Malcolm Perry from Cambridge University.

If the work is correct – and the new paper means that the theory, only suggested, has now received approval from other experts – then it could solve a central paradox of black holes.


Paving Way for Glyphosate Recall, EU Punts on Relicensing Weed Killer

If no decision is made by June 30, products containing glyphosate like Monsanto's Roundup will have to be pulled from European shelves.

by Deirdre Fulton,

In yet another setback for Monsanto and other agri-chemical companies, EU member states on Monday refused to back a limited extension of the herbicide glyphosate's use, prolonging a continent-wide stalemate over the controversial weed killer.

Reuters reports:

The EU executive - after failing to win support in two meetings earlier this year for a proposal to renew the license for glyphosate for up to 15 years - had offered a 12 to 18 month extension to allow time for further scientific study.

It hopes a study by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will allay health concerns, as citizen and environmental groups pile pressure on governments to take a precautionary approach.

The compromise proposal failed to win the qualified majority needed for adoption, an EU official said, adding the European Commission will discuss the issue at a meeting on Tuesday.

The Financial Times reported the news under the headline, "Brussels Threatens to Eradicate Weed Killer Sold by Monsanto."

Indeed, Deutsche Welle noted: "If no decision is taken on the license's renewal by June 30, products containing glyphosate like Monsanto's Roundup and other weed killers will have to be pulled from European shelves."


Sanders Spokesman issues a statement on Media Jumping the Gun

JUNE 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, on Monday issued the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.

“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race.

“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”

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