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Aug 03 12:51

Hillary “deeply involved” in Trans-Pacific Partnership her party tried to kill

Let there be no doubt who Hillary Clinton really works for.

It is most certainly NOT the American people.

Multi-national corporations, on the other hand, are not only bankrolling political campaigns, but pulling the strings inside trade negotiations as well.

Aug 03 12:35

Former Merck employee targeted for harassment, intimidation after speaking out against forced vaccinations

Once upon a time, Brandy Vaughan worked as a sales rep for Merck & Co. selling a deadly drug called Vioxx which hurt and killed a lot of people. Brandy found out that her employer did this with prior knowledge that this drug was dangerous. She quit, and began to question the entire healthcare system, including the vaccinations that pediatricians later attempted to push on her infant son.

Aug 03 08:34

Forget About The Apple Watch, Implantables Are Coming

‘That is right, the implantable. In the past decade of tech innovation, connectivity has been the name of the game. Call your friend in the middle of the night in Antarctica. Facetime with your sister on vacation in India. Talk about the movie you saw with friends in London. Anything is possible with the push of a button and now with the Apple AAPL -0.75% Watch, you can do it all with the twist of a dial. But this is just the beginning of what Silicon Valley has in store for us in the name of connectivity. We’re about to enter the next level of high tech innovation – connecting with yourself.

Aug 03 08:25

Chinese factory loses 90% of Its workforce to robots

Ever since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the US has had millions of manufacturing jobs outsourced to the growing nation. But what most American’s don’t realize is that many of these Chinese workers also feel cheated by this arrangement. They’re just as frustrated with us, because they can’t afford the products that they build for the American consumer. Over the years, this resentment has fueled a surge of labor strikes and demands for better pay for these workers.

Aug 03 08:06

Vaccine fraud, black abortions and prison slave labor: Why #BlackLivesDontMatter to the U.S. government and the CDC

Yesterday we learned that the CDC deliberately destroyed evidence linking vaccines to autism in black children. This outrageous example of scientific fraud also has the curious effect of disproportionately harming black babies more than white babies. To the CDC, it seems that #BlackLivesDontMatter…

Aug 03 07:43

‘Don’t spy on me!’ How to opt out of Windows 10’s intrusive defaults

Following the release of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, experts pointed out that it has little care for privacy, collecting on factory presets all available information about you, be it your location history, text messages and any information your share via them, personal contacts and calendar notes about your plans for exact dates, among other things.

Aug 03 07:31

Global spy system Echelon confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

Duncan Campbell has spent decades unmasking Britain's super-secretive GCHQ, its spying programmes, and its cosy relationship with America's NSA. Today, he retells his life's work exposing the government's over-reaching surveillance, and reveals documents from the leaked Snowden files confirming the history of the fearsome ECHELON intercept project. This story is also published simultaneously today by The Intercept, and later today we'll have video of Duncan describing ECHELON and related surveillance matters.

Webmaster addition: Told ya! :)

Aug 03 05:22

Profit over Safety – Centers for Disease Control Names 271 New Vaccinations

Kennedy called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “a cesspool of corruption, mismanagement and dysfunction,” making it crystal clear to readers that financial gain fueled their decision making.

Aug 02 21:26

SCIENTISTS SOUND ALARM OVER ‘SUPERCHARGED GM'

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

Aug 02 17:34

The Coke Infographic That Should Stop You From Ever Drinking Coca-Cola Again

The infographic was published by The Renegade Pharmacist. He writes: …There are 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day worldwide!! A very significant percentage of that is through supermarket chains like WALMART.

Aug 02 17:03

Cables Show Hillary Clinton's State Department Deeply Involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday attempted to distance herself from the controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. During her tenure as U.S. secretary of state, Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times -- but with her Democratic presidential rivals making opposition to the deal a centerpiece of their campaigns, Clinton now asserts she was never involved in the initiative. "I did not work on TPP," she said after a meeting with leaders of labor unions who oppose the pact. "I advocated for a multinational trade agreement that would 'be the gold standard.' But that was the responsibility of the United States Trade Representative."

Aug 02 15:57

Famous World Ideologies, as explained by references to Cows

Feudalism: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

Real World Communism: You share two cows with your neighbors. You and your neighbors bicker about who has the most “ability” and who has the most “need”. Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop dead of starvation.

Capitalism: You don’t have any cows. The bank will not lend you money to buy cows, because you don’t have any cows to put up as collateral.

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Aug 01 09:48

Partial Birth Abortion and The Baby Body Parts Market

Buncha damn Ghouls!

Here is the Interstate Commerce Loophole

The clinics “donate” fetal tissue to the harvesters who then donate them to the researchers. The Harvesters pay clinics a lease fee for the space they use to process the dead baby bodies. They are also allowed to charge reasonable sums associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.

An email from way back in 1994 purportedly leaked from the University of Washington describes how fetal products are readied for market:

Aug 01 09:45

Comprehensive List Of Companies That Uses Aborted Fetal Cells As Flavor

Children of God for Life is calling on the public to boycott products of major food companies that are partnering with Senomyx, a biotech company that produces artificial flavor enhancers, unless the company stops using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products.

In 2010, the pro-life organization wrote to Senomyx CEO Kent Snyder, pointing out that moral options for testing their food additives could and should be used.

But when Senomyx ignored their letter, they wrote to the companies Senomyx listed on their website as “collaborators” warning them of public backlash and threatened boycott. Food giants Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup, Solae and Nestlé are the primary targets of the boycott, though Senomyx boasts other international partners on their website.

Aug 01 09:40

FLASHBACK: Aborted fetus cells used in beauty creams

A San Francisco cosmetics company has ignited an outcry among pro-lifers for including an unexpected ingredient in its anti-aging creams: skin-cell proteins from an aborted fetus.

Children of God for Life, a watchdog group that monitors the use of fetal material in medical products, called last week for a boycott of all treatments manufactured by Neocutis Inc., which acknowledges that the key ingredient in its product line was developed from an aborted boy.

Aug 01 08:24

Mandated Vaccines: Finding Our Path to Freedom

By Rosanne Lindsay ND

In June, California became the first state to mandate vaccination for all children attending public and private schools. Similar mandates will apply to all adults working in daycare settings. There are currently 58 bills in 24 different states that would limit your rights when it comes to vaccines, or lose your job. A proposed Federal law will attempt to jab the entire nation.

While we were sleeping, presidential candidates began practicing medicine without a license, declaring no one has a right to refuse vaccination, meanwhile openly accepting bribes from the pharmaceutical industry. In Australia, “‘conscientious objectors’ to childhood vaccination will have their childcare and family tax payments stopped.”

Aug 01 07:52

Official science: the grand illusion for all robots

By Jon Rappoport

Totalitarian science lets you know you’re living in a totalitarian society...

Jul 31 20:52

Gun Insanity: Activists Call to Ban Gun Emoji

Believe it or not, symbols in text messages are the next target for fervent anti-gun activists in New York. Under the “Disarm the iPhone” campaign, “New Yorkers Against Gun Violence” is calling on Apple to remove the gun emoji from their iPhone devices.

Jul 31 09:23

Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals; CDC whistleblower case is back

“…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (William Thompson, CDC researcher)

Jul 31 07:01

Corporate Conservative group ALEC behind recent push for mandatory vaccination

Over the last several months, Americans have witnessed an increase in media propaganda regarding the “dangers” of “anti-vaxxers,” the “proven science of vaccines,” and the “tragedies” that ensue from the failure to vaccinate. That propaganda blitz has resulted in massive hysteria stemming from similar levels of ignorance.

Jul 31 05:26

Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals; CDC whistleblower case is back

By Jon Rappoport

“…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (William Thompson, CDC researcher)

On July 29, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.

“No connection to autism” was the lie...

Jul 30 20:26

Another Conspiracy!

I know this will shock readers at WRH. I think I have discovered a diabolical conspiracy.
Our humble,modest and lovable Webmaster Mike Rivero is actually Eddie Van Halen.
What this means,I haven't a clue! I gotta get my head around this!Check out pic#4!

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article2839...

Jul 30 13:47

CREDIT CARD COMPANIES ARE FORCING EVERYONE TO USE "SMART" CREDIT CARDS IN THEIR WAR AGAINST CASH

Payment-processing giants like MasterCard and Visa insist that you and your financial data will be safer once you move to "smart" credit cards that contain a computer chip. And like it or not, credit card companies are forcing merchants to make the change. After an Oct. 1, 2015, deadline created by major U.S. credit card issuers MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express, the liability for card-present fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in a fraudulent transaction.

Jul 30 13:18

THIS GADGET HACKS GM CARS TO LOCATE, UNLOCK, AND START THEM

GM’s Onstar service offers some of the most futuristic features on any connected car, including the ability to locate the vehicle, unlock it, and even start its ignition—all from a smartphone app. But if a hacker like Samy Kamkar has hidden a small, $100 box anywhere on your Onstar-equipped car or truck, those same conveniences could fall into unintended hands.

Jul 30 13:18

64 Nations Say No to GMO, Yet US Government Nears Illegal GMO Labeling

The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.

Jul 30 09:18

ALEC Behind Recent Push For Mandatory Vaccination

By Brandon Turbeville

Over the last several months, Americans have witnessed an increase in media propaganda regarding the “dangers” of “anti-vaxxers,” the “proven science of vaccines,” and the “tragedies” that ensue from the failure to vaccinate. That propaganda blitz has resulted in massive hysteria stemming from similar levels of ignorance...

Jul 30 08:29

CYBER BILL GIVES COMPANIES PERFECT COVER TO GUT YOUR PRIVACY

Following several high-profile data breaches — such as those at Sony and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — Congress is once again feeling the pressure to push “cybersecurity” legislation. The problem is, the bill they’re laser-focused on is misguided, wouldn’t protect us — and is a huge gift to companies wanting legal cover if and when they choose to violate Americans’ privacy rights.

Jul 29 16:44

Co+op Grocers Urge Senate Rejection of DARK Act

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) today is expressing its disappointment in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Thursday approval of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599), which has been dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or “DARK,” Act by consumer advocacy groups. In addition, NCG urges the Senate to reject any forthcoming companion to the House legislation, which aims to block mandatory GMO labeling at the state and national levels.

NCG supports consumers’ right to information, including sufficient product labeling, so that they can make their own informed food choices – whereas The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would, if passed by Congress, deny consumers’ right to know what is in their food. NCG strongly opposes the House version of the legislation for the following reasons...

Jul 29 10:45

Homeownership Falls to the Lowest Level in 48 Years

In retrospect, it’s clear that unsustainable lending practices built up the housing bubble that crashed in 2007. Before that bubble popped, Americans had achieved the highest historical homeownership rate since those numbers were first tallied. It’s not surprising to find that those numbers have since dropped, but what is surprising is how far they’ve dropped in recent years.

That’s because America’s homeownership rate didn’t stop falling once it reached pre-bubble levels. Zerohedge reports that the percentage of Americans that own their home has now reached 63.4%. That is the lowest rate we’ve seen since 1967. Predictably, rental homes are starting to get pretty crowded. Vacancies for rentals have fallen to 6.8%, the lowest rate since 1986. As a result, the cost of rent is skyrocketing across the United States. In some major cities, average rent has increased 20% in just the past year.

Jul 29 10:44

AMC Theaters Issues Orwellian Message to Moviegoers

It’s amazing how fast certain ideas can spread. What starts out as a repulsive idea promoted by the authorities, can quickly spread into the general consciousness of the public, to the point where the authorities no longer have to spread the message themselves. It starts to spread like a meme, and before you know it, the certain people and institutions are sending the message out at their own volition. The sheeple begin to police themselves.

That seems to be the case with the “see something say something” campaign, which started out just a few years ago as a bizarre Orwellian message, but now companies like AMC Theaters are rolling out their own tailor-made version of that message in the wake of several theater shootings that have happened in recent years. A Florida news outlet recently did a report on this message, which has been playing before movies in several Florida theaters. You gotta love the sheepish responses of some of the people they interviewed.

Jul 29 10:39

Killer Robots Are Not the Problem. But Do You Know What Is?

Humanity is on the cusp of a new age of warfare. For several millennia our species was ruled by those with the most swords, spears, and arrows, and for centuries after that, we lived in the age of gunpowder. But now, we’re entering the age of drones and automated war machines. This may be an era unlike any other we’ve witnessed before. It’ll be a world where the nations with the most military might won’t be the ones with the most bombs, soldiers, and jets, but those with the most robots.

Unless of course, the most influential people of our time can stop this new arms race before it begins.

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Jul 29 08:25

CHINA PUSHES TO REWRITE RULES OF GLOBAL INTERNET

As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention.

Jul 29 08:08

HACKERS CAN DISABLE A SNIPER RIFLE—OR CHANGE ITS TARGET

PUT A COMPUTER on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon, and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own—and a very different idea of the target.

Jul 28 17:07

Homeownership reaches lowest level in 50 years

The number of homeowners has reached its lowest level in 50 years, and experts said the recession is much to blame.
The number of homeowners has reached its lowest level in 50 years, and experts said the recession is much to blame.

Jul 28 16:53

From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

Jul 28 15:03

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

One problem with infrared surveillance videos or infrared CCTV images is that it is hard to recognize the people in them. Faces look different in the infrared and matching these images to their normal appearance is a significant unsolved challenge. The problem is that the link between the way people look in infrared and visible light is highly nonlinear. This is particularly tricky for footage taken in the mid- and far-infrared, which tends to use passive sensors that detect emitted light rather than the reflected variety.

Jul 28 10:40

Donald Trump: Iran Deal Horrible For U.S., Worse For Israel

Business magnate and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump says he is concerned about the potential impacts the Iran nuclear deal could have on America and Israel.

“I think the deal is absolutely horrible for us, but it’s really, really bad for Israel,” he told FOX Business Network’s Cheryl Casone at the grand opening of Trump Wineries in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jul 28 10:31

Donald Trump 'Good Friend of Israel, Unlike President'

Another suckup!

"Donald Trump is a good friend of Israel and, unlike the president, knows how to handle the issue of the Middle East," Sam Nunberg told Arutz Sheva, regarding Trump’s possible run for the presidency.

"Trump is a very close friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," he said.

Trump said in an interview that Trump has always conveyed a clear message to Israel.

“You should be proud of your leader regarding the security interests of the State of Israel,” he added.

Nunberg also commended Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon saying, "he does so much for the safety of Israeli citizens."

Jul 28 09:04

New Legislation Would Place Breathalyzers in All New Cars

As time goes on, cars are becoming less of a symbol of freedom and status, and more like automated golf carts that coddle their drivers. Every other year they add more features that take the driver’s ability out of the loop, and track the whereabouts of said driver, with the ultimate endgame being a car that simply drives itself, that can be stopped remotely, that you can’t modify, and you probably won’t even own. In the name of “safety,” these machines are no longer being built as an expression of your freedom to travel and your standard of living.

Jul 27 17:31

HPV vaccine investigation leaves crucial questions unasked

By Norma Erickson

The SaneVax team believes the narrow scope of the current investigation regarding the safety profile of HPV vaccines being conducted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), will leave parents and medical professionals without answers to questions which may help them solve the mystery surrounding new medical conditions being reported not only in Denmark, but around the globe, after the administration of HPV vaccines.

Has the EMA put POTS and CRPS under an investigative microscope in order to blur the overall picture regarding the safety profile of HPV vaccines? Have those in charge never heard the expression, “you can’t see the forest for the trees?” ...

Jul 27 14:22

New Legislation Would Place Breathalyzers in All New Cars

As time goes on, cars are becoming less of a symbol of freedom and status, and more like automated golf carts that coddle their drivers. Every other year they add more features that take the driver’s ability out of the loop, and track the whereabouts of said driver, with the ultimate endgame being a car that simply drives itself, that can be stopped remotely, that you can’t modify, and you probably won’t even own. In the name of “safety,” these machines are no longer being built as an expression of your freedom to travel and your standard of living.

Jul 27 11:31

THIS DEVICE BRINGS ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’ TO LIFE

Last week, a team of researchers developed a new implant that has the ability to wirelessly deliver drugs directly into the brain with the press of a button, like changing the channel on a TV.

No wider than a strand of human hair, the device combines brain implants with a remote control drug delivery system. With the ability to genetically modify individual neurons, the implant inevitably calls up dystopian fictions from the likes of Vonnegut’s Harry Bergeron or Huxley’s Brave New World.

Jul 27 09:11

MAJOR FLAW IN ANDROID PHONES WOULD LET HACKERS IN WITH JUST A TEXT

Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there’s a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone’s phone and take over, just by knowing the phone’s number.

Jul 27 08:31

UNIVERSITIES ARE USING DATA ANALYTICS TO ASSESS A STUDENTS MENTAL HEALTH AND MUCH MORE

Currently there are 150 universities in the U.S. using "Skyfactor" which monitors and assesses a students tests scores. Schools are also assessing how "COOPERATIVE" your parents are! "Skyfactor advertises itself as a risk management service, promising to help academics “quickly see which students need attention and resources now — before it’s too late”. Course tutors are given access to a dashboard that documents each student’s class attendances, assessment grades, participation in sports practices, and visits to the campus financial aid officer. "

Jul 27 08:30

How much have American taxpayers really paid for police brutality?

Americans have paid a lot for the radicalized and militarized policing. The taxpayers pay through federal grants like the 1033 program that supplies small town police with MRAPs and other gear or they my have their assets seized through civil asset forfeiture.

Jul 27 07:20

Oncologist sentenced to 45 years in prison for wrongly diagnosing and administering chemo to patients

The ‘sick care’ industry is a big money maker for pharmaceutical companies. While some health care practitioners have begun to recognize the importance of diet and lifestyle and now recommend preventive care as a main form of ‘medicine’, others have wrongly benefited from vulnerable patients and traded their integrity as physicians for profit.

Jul 26 20:29

How Your Grocery Trip Could Change If Congress Bans GMO Labels

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would block states from passing laws requiring manufacturers to label items that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Jul 26 20:18

These are the U.S. Representatives who voted to ban GMO labeling and deny your right to know what you’re eating

“We should not raise prices on consumers based on the wishes of a handful of activists,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who just became consumer enemy number one after he decided to author a bill that destroys any chance Americans have of knowing what’s in their food, specifically whether or not they contain genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. -- What Pompeo isn’t telling you, and in fact is deliberately covering up, is that Americans overwhelmingly support GMO labeling (we’re talking in the 90th percentile); you can view proof of that support here, here and here.

Jul 26 10:41

The Crashing Matrix and Last Ditch Trans-Everything Agenda

The outdated matrix programming by the engineers of deceit can’t keep up. The vibrational changes are exceeding their capabilities. The imitators of creation can’t maintain a current operating system any longer in the face of this massive Universal shift we’re undergoing.

And it’s driving them nuts.

Just look at the desperation we’re witnessing. Crude military and police state maneuvers are only one aspect, of course working in concert with dastardly economic manipulations and an outlandish propaganda barrage. The biggest clue is seeing the previously incremental and now hyperbolic use of technocratic programs from mass surveillance and data gathering to the advent of cyber warfare and artificial intelligence, while crazed maniacs at CERN try to crack into other dimensions.

The magnitude and desperation of their insane agenda has become completely transparent to just about anyone.

Jul 25 17:13

Scary Grid: Baby Monitor Hacked to Play 'Eerie Music,' Tell Parent 'You Are Being Watched'

The smart grid is getting dumber all the time.

A family from southwestern Ontario would likely agree after someone hacked their baby monitor to prank them in a way that seems like it is straight out of a horror film.

A parent was rocking a young kid to sleep when the camera on the couple's baby monitor remotely activated.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Liz Melvin told the National Post, “The camera played some eerie music and a voice could be heard indicating the parent and child were being watched.”

Sounds fun, right?

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Jul 25 15:30

Rare cases of corruption strike Apple. Data corruption, that is

Apple has warned owners of 2015 MacBook Pros that they're at risk of data corruption.

Cupertino says those in possession of “Retina, 15-inch, mid 2015” models have firmware installed that might do nasty things to the laptops' on-board solid state disks (SSDs).

There's therefore a recommended update owners of the relevant machines are urged to contemplate before something unpleasant befalls their data.

Apple says corruption will only happen “in rare cases”. But you don't want to be that case, do you, so get patching!

Jul 25 12:45

Lawyer Calls Life Sentence for Knowingly Selling Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter and Killing 9 "Truly Absurd"

Mass murder is defined as the act of killing multiple people, though the particulars differ depending on who is doing the defining. The FBI, for example, defines mass murder as, “a number of murders (four or more) occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders. These events typically involved a single location, where the killer murdered a number of victims in an ongoing incident…”

So why it comes as a shock to anyone that the following actions of a peanut executive could possibly be defined as mass murder is ridiculous.

The feds have recommended a life sentence in the case of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell who has been convicted in the case of selling truckloads of knowingly salmonella-tainted peanut butter out of his Georgia plant even after the product tested positive or the deadly bacteria.

Jul 25 10:33

Emerging Market Currencies Tumble to Record Low in ‘Violent’ Selloff

An index of the major developing-nation currencies fell to an all-time low this week, extending its drop over the past year to 19 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg going back to 1999. The Russian ruble, Colombia’s peso and the Brazilian real have fallen more than 30 percent over the past year for some of the worst global selloffs.

Jul 25 09:41

After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4M Vehicles for Bug Fix

Welcome to the age of hackable automobiles, when two security researchers can cause a 1.4 million product recall. On Friday, Chrysler announced that it’s issuing a formal recall for 1.4 million vehicles that may be affected by a hackable software vulnerability in Chrysler’s Uconnect dashboard computers. The vulnerability was first demonstrated to WIRED by security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek earlier this month when they wirelessly hacked a Jeep I was driving, taking over dashboard functions, steering, transmission and brakes. The recall doesn’t actually require Chrysler owners to bring their cars, trucks and SUVs to a dealer. Instead, they’ll be sent a USB drive with a software update they can install through the port on their vehicle’s dashboard.

Jul 25 09:22

Russia, China Delay “Holy Grail” Gas Pipeline Sequel As China’s Economy Swoons

Last month in “PetroYuan Proliferation: Russia, China To Settle ‘Holy Grail’ Pipeline Sales In Renminbi,” we outlined how Moscow was set to deliver some 68 bcm/y in natural gas to China via the Power of Siberia line and the “Western Route”, or the “Altai” line. Here’s a quick recap: In May, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow, where Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller and China National Petroleum Corp Vice President Wang Dongjin signed a gas export deal which paves the way for 30 bcm/y to China via a new “Western Route.” Last year, the two countries ratified a “Holy Grail” gas deal for the delivery of up to 38 bcm/y over 30 years via an “Eastern Route.” Also known as the “Power of Siberia” pipeline, the Eastern route was billed as the largest fuel network in the world with a total contract value of around $400 billion. Once the two pipelines are operational, China will become the largest consumer of Russian natural gas.

Jul 25 08:28

You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers

On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling. They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.

Jul 25 07:25

The Russia-U.S. Conventional Military Balance

The sole real purpose of the US military is to regularly beat up on some small, more or less defenseless country, either in order to rob it of its resources, overthrow a government daring to defy the World Hegemon, or just to make an example of it. The US military was never designed to fight a major war against a sophisticated enemy.

Jul 25 06:31

Fake alternative media personality and possible government operative purposefully conducted Jade Helm psy-op

Meet the faux alternative media personality who purposefully conducted a Jade Helm psy-op on the American people

Jul 24 12:30

Massive Vehicle Recall Follows Exposure of Hacker Threat

By Kevin Samson

From top to bottom, it appears that our modern Internet-driven world filled with interconnected smart gadgets and modern computing applications is making us vulnerable to potentially life-changing hacks.

It previously has been proven that boats, planes, GPS-driven munitions, unmanned vehicles and even smart homes all can be taken over via remote control.

But nothing has received the level of attention as the common modern vehicle...

Jul 24 10:06

Syngenta Wants Reasons for Cali Chemical Blacklisting

California officials refuse to issue documents on a decision to add a group of agricultural chemicals to its list of known carcinogens, Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta claims in court.

Jul 24 09:05

'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest

Fighting to protect dark money. Attacking federal efforts to rein in carbon pollution. Undermining local democracy. These are just some of the "hot topics" on the agenda this week as conservative lawmakers, corporate lobbyists, and top GOP candidates from around the country gather in San Diego for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s annual meeting. "A dark cloud is headed our way in the form of a shadowy lobbying organization that buys loyalty from state legislatures with untraceable corporate dollars and threatens the very fabric of our democracy."

Jul 24 08:56

Big Pharma Wants Mutants – Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions

If you’re a mutant I fear for you: the drug companies want your DNA and will do anything to get it...

Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes. Only a few dozen people in the world share Pete’s congenital insensitivity to pain. Drug companies see riches in his rare mutation. They also have their eye on people like Timothy Dreyer, 25, who has bones so dense he could walk away from accidents that would leave others with broken limbs. About 100 people have sclerosteosis, Dreyer’s condition.

Jul 24 08:36

Fiat Chrysler will recall vehicles over hacking worries

Under government pressure, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV agreed Friday to recall 1.4 million vehicles that could be hacked remotely, just days after researchers showed they could remotely take control of some functions of a Jeep Cherokee.

The recall will include a software update to address certain radios that could be the subject of cyber hacking. No vehicles outside the United States are impacted.

Jul 24 08:00

Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher

Gwen Olsen is the author of the award-winning book, "Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher." A fifteen-year-veteran pharmaceutical rep, Gwen worked for McNeil Pharmaceutical, Syntex Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb and others. She was a hospital rep and specialist rep for the majority of her career, selling prescription drugs to doctors. Gwen joins us to share her unique industry insider’s perspective of the current US drug problem. She gives details about her awakening process that began with the realization that the information she was disseminating to doctors was extremely skewed, and later was ignited through a family member’s heartbreaking journey of becoming a mental health patient. She explains her role as a marketing tool for Pharma, where successful drug sales are calculated through doctor profiling and often encouraged with extravagant perks to prescribing physicians.

Jul 24 06:48

11 signs that America has already gone down the toilet

Just when you think that the depravity of the United States cannot possibly get any worse, something else comes along to surprise us. Many of the things that you are about to read about in this article are incredibly disturbing, but it is important that we face the truth about how far this nation has fallen.

Jul 23 19:33

MSG – The Industry Secret That Causes Food Addiction

Waking Times

You likely already know that the food ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG) isn’t good for you. You may even know some of the popular reasons why. But did you know that MSG is primarily used by the food industry to keep us addicted to ‘big taste, little nutrition’ food? It’s an industry secret. Read on to find out why MSG makes you eat more fast food while fattening up the food industry’s bottom line.

Jul 23 15:59

Thousands of Apps Secretly Run Ads That Users Can’t See

There may be much more advertising in apps than it seems. Thousands of mobile applications are secretly running ads that can’t be seen by users, defrauding marketers and slowing down smartphones, according to a new report by Forensiq, a firm that tracks fraud in online advertising.

Jul 23 15:46

Wage gap hits record 373-to-1, Obama efforts to curb ‘minimal’

A new analysis of CEO pay and benefits reveals that the top executives at the top S&P 500 companies earned another $2 million last year, for an average package of $22.6 million, expanding the wage gap with workers to 373 to 1.

Jul 23 10:06

Where Gold Goes from Here

On Monday, the price of gold briefly fell to $1080 per ounce, which is the lowest price it has seen in 5 years. As of today, it still hasn’t returned to its previous level. This devastating crash, coupled with the downward trend that gold has seen in recent years, has left investors questioning the long-term fundamentals of gold. It wasn’t that long ago that gold sellers were promising nothing but gains for the foreseeable future, so it’s understandable that some folks would be skeptical of gold’s future.

Jul 23 08:25

Smart Meters, Wi-Fi and Cell Phones Can Cause Brain Cancers

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Every pro-‘smart’ technology proponent – be it manufacturer, supplier, utility or Public Utility Commission – invariably likes to trot out ‘safety’ studies done 50 or more years ago on the then emerging radar technology that was considered ‘safe’. Why? Furthermore, what does that apparent ‘conspiracy’ say about keeping current and up to date on the very real science of how non-ionizing radiofrequencies (RFs) and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) cause harm to humans – the brain, in particular – and especially, children’s brains and bodies? ...

Jul 23 07:43

Bernie Out of The Closet:Sander's Longstanding Deal With the Democrats

by Paul Street

I am glad that the left intellectual and activist Chris Hedges does not support the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. As Hedges explained in a recent interview on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Sanders’ candidacy lends undeserved credibility to the thoroughly corporatized Democratic Party. Sanders has pledged that he will support the corporatist military hawk Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general presidential election. Sanders stirs up legitimate progressive energy and popular anger and then “funnels it back into a dead political system,” Hedges observes. Sanders fails to confront the American Empire and military state, and, Hedges adds, has unforgivably “abandoned the Palestinians and given carte blanche to Israel.”

Jul 22 21:46

Trump is Correct, John McCain is NOT A Hero

First a bit of an introduction on the meaning of HERO…

The word hero in today’s world is far overused. “Hero” is so much overused it has diluted the value and real meaning and has cheapened the word for those who actually deserve the term.

McCain all by himself nearly sank a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier…

McCain, when a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy was a Navy pilot (they call themselves aviators). July 29, 1967 while on the deck and in his plane on the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal he managed to screw up procedures (officially denied and covered up by him and the Navy and also even promoted on Wikipedia if you care to look–reason to follow). He did a smart ass punk attention getting trick by doing a “wet start” up of his jet.

Jul 22 15:38

12 Ways The Economy Is Already In Worse Shape Than It Was During The Depths Of The Last Recession

...if you stand back and take a broader view of things, what has been happening to the U.S. economy truly is quite shocking. The following are 12 ways that the U.S. economy is already in worse shape than it was during the depths of the last recession…

Jul 22 15:27

Kids Sprayed With Fake Pesticides in School Play Promoting Organic Foods

Cows are injected with hormones, crops are showered with pesticides and children are fumigated by passing crop dusters in a clever ad campaign promoting organic farming.

Jul 22 10:47

Makerspaces and the Future of Healthcare

By Brian Berletic

Bangkok-based makerspace Maker Zoo just recently gave a talk at the invitation of Bangkok's Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH). The talk was meant to give an introduction to healthcare professionals about the tools and techniques used by makers to develop prototypes at breakneck speed and for a fraction of the cost of traditional processes and to talk a little about the potential collaboration between healthcare institutions and makerspaces...

Jul 22 09:08

What Will Happen When Smart Meters Catch Fire on Natural Gas Line Meters?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

An unbelievable exercise in stupidity, in my opinion, occurs with regard to Smart Meters (SMs). By now, I think most people know of their fire and explosion vulnerabilities due to the materials used and construction design, which really are not as safe as we are told. That’s been proven by Canadian firefighter Brian Thiesen and electric utility company whistleblowers regarding many AMI SM brands.

However, the most asinine part about SMs, I think, is this—at least in the PECO / Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area: The proximity to natural gas line meters of fire-and-explosion-prone electric AMI SMs. Since AMI SMs are known to arc, and being only a foot or two away from the incoming natural gas line and meter, what’s the potential for spectacular SM fires and/or explosions to both electric and natural gas meters? ...

Jul 21 12:32

Time Warner Cable SUCKS!

Tired of TWC "customer service" reps hanging up on you when you yell at them or tell them they don't know what they doing? Bitch about TWC here.

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Okay, so this morning I sit on hold for 27 minutes to get a technician on the line to talk about the dropped connections. And I get this lady in the Caribbean. That is 1/4 the way around the globe! After realizing that nobody has a clue what is causing what is becoming a wide-spread problem I suggested telling my cable modem to drop from 300mbps down to 100mbps and see if that clears it up.

According to Time Warner Oceanic's own speed test, I am now running at just 30mbps, 1/10th of what I am paying for and 1/3 of what I had before! Well done, Time Warner. You have me a faster modem I didn't want and didn't order and now have a much slower connection than I did before!

Jul 21 10:28

Nanny State of the Week: Lawsuit Challenges Seattle Trash Snooping

Seattle is on the cutting edge of nanny state-ism with a new citywide ban on throwing any compostable material into the trash, no matter how gross, smelly or disgusting it might be. The city government is serious about this — so serious that they have deputized the trashmen as a sort of secret police who are being ordered to rat on residents’ trash habits to the nannies at Seattle Public Utilities.

Jul 21 10:22

Greece, The Troika and Maggie Thatcher

In its policies toward Greece, the "Troika" — a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund — has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher’s social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, “There is no such thing as society.”

Jul 21 09:01

Appliance industry warns federal dishwasher regs would lead to dirty dishes

The recent proposal from the Department of Energy is meant to boost dishwasher efficiency by setting stricter limits on the amount of water each dishwasher can use, among other changes. Under the plan, washers could use only 3.1 gallons of water for a single load.

But an appliance industry group says the new measures would be counterproductive -- as they'd force users to run their dishwashers more, and hand-wash, just to get the same results, in turn using more water.

Jul 21 08:11

Federal Court Orders Securities and Exchange Commission to Release Documents Related to Chiquita’s Support of Terrorism in Colombia

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been ordered by a federal appeals court to release nearly 10,000 records to a university research group investigating Chiquita Brands International’s support of a terrorist group in Colombia. The National Security Archive, based at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, had to sue to get the documents, which were requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It took its case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which directed the SEC to release 9,257 pages of records produced by Chiquita related to the AUC payments.

Jul 21 07:07

Chattanooga Gunman Yet Another Mass Shooter on Antidepressants: Are You Even Surprised?

By now most people know the basic facts, at least what are called “facts” as reported by the mainstream media regarding the Tennessee mass shooting.

According to reports, last Thursday twenty-four-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a Chattanooga army recruiting center, injuring a police officer. Then he opened fire at a navy recruiting center about five miles away, killing four servicemen and wounding another three, one of whom later passed away. All told, five people lost their lives before the Abdulazeez was shot and killed by police.

By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone much that the media is reporting Abdulazeez was depressed and taking medications for it, medications which he frequently started and stopped.

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Jul 20 15:42

Fuck Drupal!

Obviously other folks are having problems with Drupal.

Jul 20 12:40

The Grave Dangers of Statin Drugs and the Surprising Benefits of Cholesterol

NPR recently ran a story that suggests terminally ill patients can safely stop taking cholesterol-reducing statin drugs. The final quote of the article is illuminating: “Most of the studies focus on when to start a medication; there’s been very little focus on when do you stop it.” No surprise there: whether you’re very young or very old, Big Pharma would love you to continue buying statins—for a very long time indeed.

Jul 20 12:35

WHO Expert: “Glyphosate is Definitely Genotoxic”

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) has reiterated its stance on glyphosate’s carcinogenic profile and now calls it ‘definitely genotoxic’ – just to be sure the world understands that Monsanto is causing harm to human beings and animals fed GM food.

Jul 20 11:26

Our Nation Depends on Restoring Product Liability

At the height of its power, ancient Rome created many new technologies which allowed it to become the supreme power over their portion of the world. These accomplishments included the invention of concrete, improved metallurgy, medicine, hygiene, plumbing, and sewage. As each of these were developed, Rome came to be dependent on them. As Rome went into decline, their ability to maintain their technologies started to fade. Aqueducts stopped delivering water. Public health failed. Metal rusted. Concrete cracked. Eventually the failure of those systems on which Rome was dependent hastened its eventual fall.

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Jul 20 08:58

FDA Does Big Pharma's Dirty Work Again, This Time to Censor the Benefits of Essential Oils

By Kristen Anderson

In September of 2014, the FDA began a coordinated attack on companies that market essential oils. The top brands are d?TERRA and Young Living. Both companies offer essential oils to help manage a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches to anxiety to hyperactivity. Many essential oil users claim to have eliminated the need for over-the-counter medications due to using specific combinations of essential oils to target common maladies...

Jul 19 18:07

Scientists Make International Appeal on Dangers of WiFi

Waking Times

Dr. Martin Blank, PhD of Colombia University leads a group of concerned scientists in an important appeal about the safety of wi-fi and other electromagnetic signals. To put it bluntly, these devices are causing cell damage and ending many of our lives prematurely, and these scientists want you to know about it.

Jul 19 06:11

QSB suspends sale of silver, demand crushes supply

Several SGT report readers alerted us to this one: Quality Silver Bullion announced this weekend that at least for the immediate future, they are no longer taking any new orders for PHYSICAL silver or gold.

Jul 18 22:08

Day of Reckoning for American Pensions Is Fast Approaching

For decades, local and state governments in the United States have made promises to their employees that they cannot keep. They guaranteed a certain level of income to retirees at a time when America was its most prosperous, and when most people didn’t live as long as they do now. Those lucrative pensions they promised are starting to catch up to them in a big way.

Jul 18 10:28

FED: Immigration flood taking jobs from American teens

American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve.

Jul 18 10:04

New Search Engine Filters Out CIA's Mainstream Media

By Bernie Suarez

A new search engine GoodGopher.com is now available for the average truth seeker and critical thinker to enjoy a clean, unbiased search of a topic without interference and contamination with CIA's mainstream media, mental junk food, propaganda "news". This fresh new approach to searching online for information will now catch news infected with mainstream media and purge it out of the search engine system to keep your news options clear and focused on what actually happened...

Jul 17 21:07

All Hail Our Banking Overlords!

You really have to be paying attention to see what’s truly going on these days. The keepers of the system, that is the banking elites, now openly control everything — though you’d never know that by listening to the mainstream media.

Jul 17 09:48

House Backs Monsanto and BANS GMO Labeling

By Kristen Anderson

On Tuesday, US food companies and Monsanto sealed a critical victory as the House Agricultural Committee approved a measure that bans the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods and prevents cities and counties from banning GMO crops within their jurisdictions...

Jul 16 15:24

The Only Thing Growing Is Debt

None of this is really new. US manufacturing has in fact been weak for a while. But the timing and circumstances make it ominous: Six years into a recovery and with interest rates at record (and unnaturally) low levels, this kind of gradual slowdown should not be happening

Jul 16 15:12

Creepy : 2016 campaign tech monitoring what you do online — instantaneously…

Presidential campaigns this time around have a new technological ace in the hole — you. -- Building off two decades of digital wizardry, the campaigns are getting ready to monitor and analyze most of what you do online instantaneously. And if you forward certain political emails to your Aunt Maggie in Iowa or your old college roommate in Ohio, they’ll reward you for doing it.

Jul 16 15:01

The Bankruptcy Of The Planet Accelerates – 24 Nations Are Currently Facing A Debt Crisis

There has been so much attention on Greece in recent weeks, but the truth is that Greece represents only a very tiny fraction of an unprecedented global debt bomb which threatens to explode at any moment. As you are about to see, there are 24 nations that are currently facing a full-blown debt crisis, and there are 14 more that are rapidly heading toward one.

Jul 16 14:47

Why Use Smart Meters When Analog Meters Are Safe?

Catherine J. Frompovich, Guest
Waking Times

The backlash against retrofitting AMI Smart Meters (SMs) on utility companies’ fire- and RF/EMF-safe analog meters for electricity, gas and water customers is growing exponentially across the country. In states where customers are refusing SMs and wind up going to court, some interesting legal repercussions are happening.

Jul 16 14:45

Your Smartphone Usage is Linked to Your Level of Depression

Waking Times

You can fake a smile, but your phone knows the truth. Depression can be detected from your smartphone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and your daily geographical locations, reports a Northwestern Medicine study.

Jul 16 14:44

ADHD Meds – The Gateway to Addiction

Michael Whitehouse, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Modern medicine has revolutionized the way we treat disease and illness. Each decade new breakthroughs are made as we continue to unlock our knowledge of the human body, and how to treat its fragility. But what happens when modern medicine identifies normal human characteristics as disorders, or misdiagnoses an existing condition? The result is startling: Prescribing drugs to individuals who don’t need them, in many cases creating a downward spiral of addiction and dependency.

Jul 16 14:42

When the Trucks Stop Delivering, ”The System” Will Collapse

Collectively speaking, most Americans take for granted the system in place to deliver essential supplies to their area. “The system,” an underlying infrastructure that keeps goods, services and commerce in America flowing creates a sense of normalcy and order. Food, water, gasoline and medications are just a few of the items restocked weekly in order for our dependent society to maintain a steady flow. What many fail to grasp is just how fragile the system is and just how quickly it can collapse.

Jul 16 14:38

European Agency to Investigate HPV Vaccines

By Norma Erickson

Sunday, July 12th Svenska Dagbladet (a Swedish newspaper) released a story giving hope to hundreds of Danish families whose lives turned upside-down when their daughters began to experience multiple new medical conditions after HPV vaccine injections. This newspaper announced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was launching a probe into possible side effects of the highly controversial HPV vaccines. Finally, these families believed they might get some answers as to why their daughters had transformed from healthy athletic girls to mere shadows of their former selves...

Jul 16 12:50

The last days of “normal life” in America: “We are moving into hard times unlike anything we have ever seen before”

If you have got family and friends that you would like to visit before things start getting really crazy, you should do so within the next couple of months, because these are the last days of “normal life” in America.

Jul 16 12:45

It begins: Liberals and LGBT activists set their sights on Christian Churches in call to remove tax exempt status

In the weeks since the historic Supreme Court ruling that recognized same-sex marriage as a “fundamental right” many leftist commentators and LGBT activists have turned their sights on Christians.

Jul 16 12:42

Hate Crime? Professor calls for arresting Americans who display Confederate flag

In the weeks since the horrific mass shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that killed nine people there has been an increasingly Orwellian move to remove and ban all things connected to the Civil War South.

Jul 16 11:09

Scammers hit APPLE users with crash warnings

iPhone and iPad users have reported receiving pop-up notifications telling them that their software has crashed and that they must dial a support helpline to fix it. -- Scammers have targeted Safari, the default web browser for iOS devices, telling users in the US to ring the helpline and pay between $19 and $80 to fix it.

Jul 16 09:20

Sweet Cakes by Melissa raises record amount of cash on crowdfunding site

Americans are wakin up.They have had it with the so-called homosexual rights movement and put their money where their mouths are!

Supporters of the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa are putting their money where their mouth is.

A crowdfunding campaign for the embattled business has eclipsed $350,000 in little more than two months – a record amount on the Continue to Give site, The Washington Times reports.Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website's history, the Times said.

Coupled with $109,000 raised through GoFundMe and an undisclosed amount raised through Samaritan's Purse, online donors have contributed upwards of $450,000 to help bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein in their legal battle with a state agency that found they discriminated against a lesbian couple when they refused to make them a wedding cake.

Jul 16 08:17

Thousands of Smart Meter Fires: New Whistleblower and Court Evidence

By Brian Thiesen

The situation with smart meter fires is worse than we thought — and now we know why. This new investigative video tells all. In studying and doing presentations and making videos on ‘smart’ meters for nearly 5 years now, personally I had my doubts I would learn anything new when I first connected with a utility worker whistleblower...

Jul 15 18:23

Toyota starts to recall Prius models over sudden stop bug

Toyota says 177 Prius vehicles sold in New Zealand may be affected by a software fault identified in more than 600,000 cars worldwide.

Jul 15 17:10

Taxpayer service hits new low at IRS as ‘Obamacare’ kicks in

Hello? Hello? Customer service at the IRS hit new lows this year, just as taxpayers were grappling with a wave of identity theft and new requirements under President Barack Obama’s health law.

Jul 15 12:41

US ‘Shot Itself in the Foot’ by Pushing Russia Toward China

Jim Rogers said that China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore are where all the money is, while the US and Europe have become the largest debtors.

Jul 15 12:33

Unsound Banking: Why Most of the World’s Banks Are Headed for Collapse

This brief article will explain why the world’s banking system is unsound, and what differentiates a sound from an unsound bank. I suspect not one person in 1,000 actually understands the difference. As a result, the world’s economy is now based upon unsound banks dealing in unsound currencies. Both have degenerated considerably from their origins.

Jul 15 12:17

Major Chain Stores Shutting Down As America Faces “Birth Pangs Of Retail Apocalypse”

Reduced consumer spending is heralding a looming economic downturn, if not collapse, with an unprecedented shutdown of major box stores, restaurants and grocers underway. It doesn’t bode well for the millions of Americans who are already seriously struggling, and will only accelerate the death of the middle class.

Jul 15 05:54

SENATE BILL WOULD MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA REPORT 'TERRORIST ACTIVITY'

Social media operators such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube would have to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity," according to the text of a bill approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 14 10:03

809 Area Code Scam

This long distance phone scam causes consumers to inadvertently incur high charges on their phone bills. Consumers usually receive a message telling them to call a phone number with an 809, 284, 649, or 876 area code in order to collect a prize, find out information about a sick relative, etc. The caller assumes the number is a typical three-digit U.S. area code; however, the caller is actually connected to a phone number outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged international call rates. Unfortunately, consumers don't find out that they have been charged higher international call rates until they receive their bill.

AT&T recommends the following tips to help avoid the 809 area code scam:

Return calls to familiar numbers only. As a general rule, return calls from numbers that contain familiar or recognizable area codes. You may call your directory assistance or long distance operator to check the area code location.

Jul 14 06:12

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DECIDES TO DO AWAY WITH BIG BANKS

The Board of Supervisors in Santa Cruz County, California, have taken a bold step. The County has decided that they will not do business, including investment services or bond issuances, with five major banks that the Justice Department found to be associated with felonious acts in May of this year.

Jul 13 18:13

Judge Halts Merger of Two of the Largest Food Corporations on the Planet

Sysco and US Foods have been trying to merge for over a year now, but just weeks ago, a judge filed a preliminary injunction to halt the proposed merger. This amounts to a fatal blow to two companies that have already done more than their part to ruin the food supply.

Jul 10 11:56

Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals

Waking Times

How often are parents aware of the ingredients contained in the multivitamin that they feed their children? We often believe what we hear without ever questioning what mass marketing and media has to say about a product. In this case they have led thousands of parents to purchase multivitamins because they believe it has significant nutritional value. But do these vitamins truly provide nutritional benefit? If so, at what cost?

Jul 10 11:54

Smart Meters and Domestic Surveillance

Catherine J. Frompovich, Guest
Waking Times

Talk about copycats! Whoa! Someone did a rather convincing job of that, I’d say. It’s the Internet site “Domestic Surveillance Directorate. Defending Our Nation. Securing The Citizen,” which identifies itself as a “parody” on the NSA (National Security Agency). The parody site does an excellent job, so I encourage readers to study it thoroughly, as it contains too much information to talk about here.

Jul 10 07:49

To facilitate passage of TPP, U.S. upgrades Malaysia in annual human trafficking report

The United States is upgrading Malaysia from the lowest tier on its list of worst human trafficking centers, U.S. sources said on Wednesday, a move that could smooth the way for an ambitious U.S.-led free-trade deal with the Southeast Asian nation and 11 other countries. The upgrade to so-called "Tier 2 Watch List" status removes a potential barrier to President Barack Obama's signature global trade deal.

Jul 10 07:46

Second OPM hack puts 21.5 million people at risk

A second data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management has affected 21.5 million people, with the hackers stealing sensitive information such as Social Security numbers and putting them at risk of identity theft, the agency announced.

Jul 10 06:52

No, the F-35 Can’t Fight at Long Range, Either

By now the Pentagon should be well aware of the JSF’s shortcomings. The F-35’s limited weaponry was one of the major problems that a controversial simulation highlighted back in 2008.

In the Pacific Vision war game, which the California think-tank RAND conducted on behalf of the Air Force, F-22s and F-35s lost a simulated aerial battle over the Taiwan Strait.

Two dozen Chinese J-11 fighters brought nearly 250 long-range missiles to the mock fight. The same number of F-35s carried fewer than 100 AIM-120s. Beijing’s jets easily overwhelmed the Americans. And the J-11 isn’t even China’s best fighter.

With limited sensors, compromised stealth, not enough energy and too few weapons, the F-35 is probably already outclassed in a long-range fight. Never mind merely staying out of short-range dogfights. America’s new stealth fighter should probably avoid aerial duels at any distance.

Jul 10 00:12

Gun Sales Reached Record Highs Last Month

It wasn’t that long ago that we were experiencing severe ammunition and firearm shortages. The prices for pretty much every kind of weapon reached outrageous levels, and there was a waiting list for just about everything gun related. But over the past two years or so, the cost of firearms has finally fallen to a reasonable price point, and ammo shortages have largely relented. Contrary to popular belief however, gun purchases have not fallen. In fact, it seems that Americans are still buying more guns then ever before.
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Jul 09 08:21

Apple Watch sales plunge 90%

Sales of the new Apple Watch have plunged by 90% since the opening week, according to a new market-research report.

Apple AAPL, +0.67% has been selling fewer than 20,000 watches a day in the U.S. since the initial surge in April, and on some days fewer than 10,000, according to data from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Slice Intelligence.

That is a sharp decline from the week of the April 10 launch, when Apple sold about 1.5 million watches, or an average of about 200,000 a day, Slice estimates.

Jul 09 05:56

Artificial intelligence takes the battlefield: Who is really running Jade Helm 2015?

There is more to the story than just training for martial law in states designated as “hostile states” – already a chilling pretext with overtones of greater federal power that could spiral out of control.

Jul 09 05:10

Flashback: Leaked document outlines U.S. Army plan for re-education of Americans inside prison camps

In the last three months there has been a massive and seemingly unprecedented increase in military movements and urban military training throughout the country.

Jul 08 15:19

Researchers say nutrition and diet essential for improving mental health

It’s no secret that a healthy dietary lifestyle goes hand in hand with improved physical health. Certain foods can help stave off cancer recurrences, keep diabetes at bay and lead to weight loss.

Jul 08 14:41

MICROSOFT LAYS OFF 7,800 WHILE LOBBYING FOR MORE IMMIGRANT WORKERS

Tech giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will be laying off approximately 7,800 employees worldwide, bringing a denunciation from a federal lawmaker who says the firings expose the company’s calls for more immigration.

Jul 08 14:38

Time Warner Cable Forced To Pay $229,500 For Robocalling Wrong Person…153 Times

Time Warner Cable continues to be incredibly good at being incredibly bad at what it does. The cable operator already enjoys arguably the worst customer satisfaction ratings of any company in any U.S. industry, below even Comcast. Its horrible customer service is legendary, and things have actually gotten worse as the company has sat on its hands waiting to be sold off to a rotating crop of equally dysfunctional suitors. When you’re this bad at what you do, you have to be truly creative in finding new and imaginative ways to annoy your customer base.

Jul 08 14:34

Double-Digit Premium Hike Requests Signal Start of Obamacare ‘Death Spiral’

Obamacare is exhibiting early signs of a “death spiral” as hundreds of insurance plans listed on the federally-run exchanges in 37 states and the District of Columbia request double-digit premium increases for 2016, says David Hogberg, a health care analyst and senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR).

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