5 Reasons to Refuse Search (Even if you think you've got nothing to hide: 1) It's your constitutional right; 2) Refusing a search protects you if you end up in court; 3) Saying "no" can prevent a search altogether; 4) Searches can waste your time and damage your property; 5) You never know what they'll find.
You have the right to refuse random police searches anywhere and anytime, so long as you aren't crossing a border checkpoint or entering a secure facility like an airport. If you refuse a search [& contraband is found], the officer will have to prove in court that there was probable cause to do a warrantless search. If you remain calm and say no, there's a good chance police will back down, because it's a waste of time to do searches that won't hold up in court. read more
Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle. read more
The makers of neonicotinoids, the bee-killing insecticide that was banned all over Europe, won't be able to refute this latest phenomenon. Millions of bees were found dead after GMO corn was planted in Ontario, Canada. This isn't new news, but it should be known news. The keeper of these bees, Dave Schuit, who produces honey, reported that he lost over 600 hives around 37 million bees. With increasing bee deaths and consumer petitions targeted to places like Home Depot and Lowe's who sell neonics, the US Department of Agriculture has failed to ban neonicotinoids, manufactured primarily by Bayer CropScience Inc., as well as other biotech companies. read more
In the 1920s, a mustachioed British commander named Lionel Rees set out across the deserts of what would become Jordan. Snapping some of the earliest archaeological aerial photographs, he observed numerous immense, nearly perfect stone circles. "All three are almost exact circles, are different from anything else in the country," he wrote in the journal Antiquity. Rees was baffled by the circles, some of which were 1,200 feet in diameter. But despite their enigmatic nature, his findings were all but ignored. read more