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Rep. Ken Buck Makes Allegations of Massive Corruption in Congress | Apr 15, 2017

Allegations Of Massive Corruption In The Halls Of Congress

| Youtube | FoxNews

“In order to be on a committee you have to pay dues….to your…campaign committee. That’s corrupt. To put that kind of pressure on people to pay 450,000 to get on a committee….is the wrong thing, it sends the wrong message to the American people.”

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Panicked mob flees a packed Penn Station after Amtrak cops jolt man with stun gun amid long NJ Transit delays

| New York Daily News

“Pandemonium erupted at Penn Station Friday after Amtrak police used a stun gun on an unruly man — sending scared riders scrambling for safety.

The transit hub was unusually crowded at rush hour thanks to an NJ Transit train that stalled in a tunnel earlier, causing massive delays to kick off the holiday weekend.

Cops confronted a man and subdued him with a stun gun around 6:30 p.m., sparking a stampede of frightened travelers who feared that a shooting had taken place.

“We were sitting on the ground and all of a sudden we heard this loud noise and everyone started sprinting,” said 24-year-old Aubrey Moore. “It sounded like a gunshot, but nobody knew what was going on so I just sprinted.”

FDNY officials said 13 people were injured in the chaos. Amtrak authorities said the man was taken into custody.

Video of the arrest shows cops pinning a man on the ground and placing him in handcuffs.

“Be advised, individual in custody, force used, individual was Tased,” one of the officers says into his radio.

The four cops were quickly joined by officers from the NYPD and members of the National Guard.

Other videos, from networks covering the stalled train, show pandemonium erupting as panicked crowds pushed past one another to escape the underground hub.”

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Facebook knocks down massive spammer network

| CNet

“Facebook famously boasts it has 1.86 billion users who visit the social network every month. It looks like that number shrank on Friday.

The company, which previously announced it’s cracking down on fake accounts, said it’s disrupted a major spam operation being run out of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

“The apparent intent of the campaign was to deceptively gain new friend connections by liking and interacting primarily with popular publisher Pages on our platform, after which point they would send spam,” Shabnam Shaik, a Facebook technical program manager wrote in a blog post.

“We found that most of this activity was generated not through traditional mass account creation methods, but by more sophisticated means that try to mask the fact that the accounts are part of the same coordinated operation,” Shaik wrote. “By disrupting the campaign now, we expect that we will prevent this network of spammers from reaching its end goal of sending inauthentic material to large numbers of people.”

The number of authentic users matters for Facebook because the company charges marketers and advertisers to reach the most eyeballs. Facebook didn’t reveal the number of accounts affected by this crackdown.

Fake profiles, or bots, are an ongoing problem for social networks, and making software that generates the fake fans has become a big-money industry. In 2014, Facebook estimated 67.7 million to 137.8 million accounts were either duplicates or fake.

Twitter has had the same problem. About 15 percent of Twitter’s 319 million active monthly users are reportedly bots, according to research from the University of Southern California and Indiana University.”

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