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A group of decentralized hacker activists — or “hacktivists” — known as Anonymous announced a new plan on March 14 to take on the Federal Reserve System, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank for International Settlements, the World Bank, and the entire “global banking cartel.”

In a video posted on YouTube (watch below), the group said “Operation Empire State Rebellion,” as the effort is being called, would entail “a relentless campaign of nonviolent, peaceful civil disobedience” until the group’s demands are met and “a rule of law is restored.” And it has already announced several demands which U.S. and international authorities will almost certainly not comply with, even despite the group’s past successes in punishing and humiliating prominent institutions and powerful dictatorships.

Illinois state capitolIn its attempt to force online retailers to collect sales tax on items purchased in the Land of Lincoln, the state of Illinois may have just cost its treasury $5 million a year. That’s because the prime target of the state’s newly enacted sales tax legislation, Amazon.com, has ceased paying commissions to Illinois-based affiliates who refer people to its website.

friendsThe federal government wanted to hire a “security” contractor to create software that would allow legions of fake profiles on social-networking services to spy, promote propaganda, and smear enemies of the regime, according to a government posting and recently leaked documents obtained by the notorious hacker group “Anonymous.” The scandal has already forced one contractor’s CEO to resign in disgrace.

Apple announced the release of a new line of refreshed, enhanced MacBook Pro laptops last week. The new MacBook Pros represent a boon for the Apple company, which is currently soaring from its sale of a new line of iPads, representing two major product releases in the same month.

BlimpThere are about 82,000 citizens of Ogden, Utah, and soon they will all live under the ever-watchful eye of the city’s new “Crime Blimp.”

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