CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS

Jul 31 08:50

Activists Work to Stop Tax-Exempt Donations to Israeli Settlements

An unflattering light is being shone on US private donations towards the development of the settlements that are increasingly encroaching on Palestinian land.Much of the money needed for settlement development comes from private American donations. It is estimated that tens of millions of dollars reach the settlements in the form of charity, contributions that by virtue of their philanthropic nature enjoy tax-exempt status under the US’ Internal Revenue Code.

Jul 30 11:38

Monsanto: The world's poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit

(NaturalNews) At a biotech industry conference in January 1999, a representative from Arthur Anderson, LLP explained how they had helped Monsanto design their strategic plan. First, his team asked Monsanto executives what their ideal future looked like in 15 to 20 years. The executives described a world with 100 percent of all commercial seeds genetically modified and patented. Anderson consultants then worked backwards from that goal, and developed the strategy and tactics to achieve it. They presented Monsanto with the steps and procedures needed to obtain a place of industry dominance in a world in which natural seeds were virtually extinct.

Jul 30 09:44

Homes keep falling into foreclosure as programs fail to help

WASHINGTON — More than three years into the housing crisis that helped trigger a worldwide recession, the torrid pace of home foreclosures continues to tear at the core of the American dream.

New figures Thursday from Realty-Trac showed that foreclosure activity declined over the first six months of the year in nine of the 10 large metropolitan areas with the highest foreclosure rates.

However, most of the 206 metropolitan areas with 200,000-plus residents didn't fare as well. In fact, three out of four posted year-to-year increases in their foreclosure rates. Seventeen of the 20 hardest-hit areas were in Florida and California

In the first half of 2010, more than 1.6 million U.S. properties were hit with foreclosure filings, which include bank repossessions, default notices and auction sale notices. That's up 8 percent from the first six months of 2009 and puts the U.S. on pace to top 3 million filings this year. That includes more than a million bank repossessions, and while sub-prime borrowers and bad loans led the surge in foreclosures in 2008 and 2009, this year's wave comes from homeowners who've lost their jobs.

Jul 30 09:17

WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM - The Ultimate Online News Source

WhatReallyHappened.com is perhaps the greatest online news site explaining the history and politics behind current world events. If you want to know what's really going on visit WRH.com.

Those who are new to the alternative media will soon understand that the critical decisions made by our political leaders are not simply the result of left or right wing points of view. This left/right idea is a false paradigm in many instances. What we are dealing with are often examples of outright corruption- violations of Law, not ideological leanings (ie. the invasion of Iraq).

Jul 30 09:16

White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.

The administration wants to add just four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user's browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the "content" of e-mail or other Internet communication.

Jul 29 20:17

Warning over useless products

An energy-saving device took more gas to boil a pan of water than without it, and supposedly eco-friendly tumble-dryer balls had no effect in tests and did not save time on drying. A peanut butter maker took 20 minutes to produce 40g of the spread – longer than it would take most people to walk to the corner shop for a 300g jar – and was almost impossible to clean. Which? also said consumers should avoid wash balls, designed to clean without detergent, and colour-catcher fabric sheets.

A test of 12 anti-wrinkle eye creams found a £2.98 pot of Simple moisturiser had the same "limited" effect as the most expensive cream. A test of petrol and diesel additives found none made a noticeable improvement to car performance.

Jul 29 14:30

Pelosi Blocks Oil Spill Investigation

The latest version of the CLEAR Act is slated for a floor vote in the House this week as Democrats look for ways to use the Gulf oil spill as a means to pass elements of their unpopular energy agenda.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stripped out authorization for an independent investigation into the Gulf disaster.

Jul 29 10:48

New Study Shows Vaccines Cause Brain Changes Found in Autism

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

Abnormal brain growth and function are features of autism, an increasingly common developmental disorder that now affects 1 in 60 boys in the US. Now researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas, have found remarkably similar brain changes to those seen in autism in infant monkeys receiving the vaccine schedule used in the 1990’s that contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

The group’s findings were published yesterday in the journal Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. They used scanning techniques that assessed both brain growth and brain function in the same animals over time. The research team was able to see differences in the way the brains of vaccinated and unvaccinated animals developed. Scans were performed before and after the administration of primary MMR and DTaP/Hib boosters that were given at the human equivalent of 12 months of age.

Throughout the study period, vaccinated animals showed an increase in total brain volume – a feature of the brain in many young children with autism - when compared with unvaccinated animals. However, a specific part of the brain associated with emotional responses that is thought to be important in autism, the amygdala, did not show abnormalities until after the 12-month vaccines had been given. In addition, after the 12-month vaccines only, the functional brain scans showed significant differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated groups. These functional scans looked at the activity of receptors for morphine-like compounds (opioids) that may play a role in the brain of children affected by autism. Vaccine administration was associated with an increase in opioid binding activity in the amygdala compared with a decrease in the unvaccinated group.

Jul 29 10:25

Fallen Soldiers' Families Denied Cash as Insurers Profit

Since 1999, the VA has allowed Prudential to send survivors “checkbooks” tied to its Alliance Account. In 2009 alone, the families of U.S. soldiers and veterans were supposed to be paid death benefits totaling $1 billion immediately, according to their insurance policies. They weren’t.

Prudential’s VA policies promise either a lump sum payout or 36 monthly payments. About 90 percent of survivors, including Lohman, choose to receive the full amount upfront. When they do, they don’t get a check; they get a “checkbook.”

Cindy Lohman tried to use one of the “checks” to buy a bed, and the salesman rejected it. That happened again this year, she says, when she went to a Target store to purchase a camera on Armed Forces Day, May 15.

Wurtz, 62, said he had believed that the Alliance Account money went into a bank. After he learned that the payouts actually stayed in Prudential’s general fund, Wurtz says, he asked Prudential how much money the insurance company made from these accounts and how many dollars it held in retained assets.

“Uncle Sam is ripping off their own,” Wurtz says. “My wife would get the money, and they would blood-suck some of it out of her.”

It took Wurtz, who’s been working with insurers for most of his career, more than a decade to understand how retained-asset accounts work. Companies like MetLife and Prudential have never told millions of Americans with insurance policies that when they die, the insurer plans to hold their family’s money in its own account to make investment gains from the death benefit.

Jul 28 11:00

Disputed chemical bisphenol-A found in paper receipts

By Lyndsey Layton

As lawmakers and health experts wrestle over whether a controversial chemical, bisphenol-A, should be banned from food and beverage containers, a new analysis by an environmental group suggests Americans are being exposed to BPA through another, surprising route: paper receipts.

The Environmental Working Group found BPA on 40 percent of the receipts it collected from supermarkets, automated teller machines, gas stations and chain stores. In some cases, the total amount of BPA on the receipt was 1,000 times the amount found in the epoxy lining of a can of food, another controversial use of the chemical.

Jul 28 09:14

Corporate Fascism: SEC Exempt from Public Disclosure

Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The law, signed last week by President Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from "surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities." Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot.

Jul 27 18:07

Is Your Last Name 'Arab'? Hope You Don't Want a Facebook Account!

Facebook appears to have solved the bug that led to the word 'Palestinian' being banned from page titles. But that's not their only problem: Now people with the surname "Arab" are being prevented from opening accounts.

Jul 27 13:21

Chemical BPA found on cash register receipts

Laboratory tests found high levels of the estrogen-like chemical bisphenol A on 40% of cash register receipts from major U.S. businesses, the Environmental Working Group today reports.

BPA levels higher than those in canned foods, baby bottles and infant formula were detected on at least one of several receipts from Chevron, McDonalds, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Safeway, the U.S. Postal Service, Walmart and the U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria, according to the private Washington-based research group.

Jul 26 23:20

Time to Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Funding

Hundreds of millions of U.S. tax dollars in deductible contributions are funneled into occupied territory through American charities to fund the enterprise that is killing the very peace process the United States aims to champion.
charities in the business of subsidizing colonization have made efforts to disguise their contributions.

Jul 26 08:10

BP Gulf Oil Spill Fishing Waters Reopened Despite Lack Of Testing Required By Federal Protocols

The Federal Government has decided to open over 26,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

The bottom line for those who don’t like to do a lot of reading is the fish samples that NOAA has collected from the area it has chosen to reopen are contaminated.

Jul 26 06:51

Does the FDA Secretly Want to Keep You Smoking?

Keith Rey
Activist Post

Many headlines have disclosed the FDA’s vulnerability to corporate and political pressures regarding approval of drugs and devices. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health with a budget of $3.2 billion. However, it is no longer a true proponent of consumer safety, but more of a proponent of big business and political effort.

Jul 25 15:26

Facebook: “No Palestinian Pages”

I thought it might be a good idea to make a Facebook page for Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet—a straight-forward thing to do, right? Apparently not, since it seems the very word Palestinian may “violate or page guidelines or contain a word or phrase that is blocked”……A mistake, perhaps? Well, Afghan Refugee ResearchNet is OK. So too is DR Congo RefugeeResearchNet. No threats to innocent Facebook users lurking in those terms, it seems…

…Are Palestinians the only group so banned? Well, not really… after a little fiddling around, I discovered that al-Qaida Refugee ResearchNet and Nazi Refugee ResearchNet are banned too.

Jul 24 12:18

New jets (F35s) look like a bad bargain (for Canadian Forces)

The Times Colonist provided the following comparison figures:

The CF-18s currently in use have a top speed of Mach 1.8, range of 3,700 kilometres and 138 planes are available. They cost $29 million each.

The F35s have a lower top speed, at Mach 1.67, reduced range at 2,200 kilometres and 65 planes will -- maybe -- be available for use in six years. They will cost $139 million each.

It appears we are paying five times as much for a machine with poorer performance and, at the same time, cutting the size of our fleet by 50 per cent.

Jul 23 16:33

Hasbarapocalypse — Leaked Frank Luntz Memo: Israeli Public Diplomacy in US on Flotilla Failed Dismally

Frank Luntz
He warns of a dangerous slide in the public opinion of the only country considered pro-Israeli, the U.S. Israel misses simple opportunities to change world public opinion, he writes, and the consequences are significant.

Jul 23 08:38

Technician: Deepwater Horizon warning system disabled

Long before an eruption of gas turned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig into a fireball, an alarm system designed to alert the crew and prevent combustible gases from reaching potential sources of ignition had been deliberately disabled, the former chief electronics technician on the rig testified Friday.

Jul 23 08:35

Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

Steve Gibson has a plan to save the media world’s financial crisis — and it’s not the iPad.

Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he’s making money.

(Note: If you do not advertise on your site and it is not a pay-site, then the copyrights fall under FAIR USE unless the copyright holder specifically limits that the information cannot be retransmitted/reprinted without the copyright holder's permission.)

Jul 23 08:02

Oliver Stone: Nationalize Oil Industry

LONDON — The Gulf of Mexico oil spill shows that the United States should follow the example of South American socialists in nationalizing its energy industry, filmmaker Oliver Stone said Tuesday.

The Academy Award-winning director of "Born on the Fourth of July" and "JFK" said that America's country's natural wealth was too important to be left in private hands, telling journalists in central London that oil and other natural resources "belong to the people."

"This BP oil spill is typical" of what happens when private industry is allowed to draw revenue on what should be a public good, Stone said.

Jul 23 07:41

All in the “Family”: Global Drug Trade Fueled by Capitalist Elites

When investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker broke the story four years ago that a DC-9 (N900SA) "registered to a company which once used as its address the hangar of Huffman Aviation, the flight school at the Venice, Florida Airport which trained both terrorist pilots who crashed planes into the World Trade Center, was caught in Campeche by the Mexican military ... carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine destined for the U.S.," it elicited a collective yawn from corporate media.

And when authorities searched the plane and found its cargo consisted solely of 128 identical black suitcases marked "private," packed with cocaine valued at more than $100 million, the silence was deafening.

Jul 22 19:07

Congressman Joe Sestak Attacked for Signing a Letter Asking to End the Israeli Blockade on Gaza [VIDEO]

The Congressmen who defeated Arlen Spectar is under attack for signing the letter asking for an end to the Gaza blockade. Watch this horrific ad that is all over Pennsylvania TV network.

Jul 22 16:02

INTIFADA PALESTINE IS BACK ONLINE

This morning there were several unsuccessful attempts to hack Intifada Palestine. We apologize that the website was disabled temporarily for security reasons. There was a coordinated effort to shut the website down.

Jul 22 11:48

UHP drops undercover fireworks sting in Wyoming

After a controversial tactic to catch Utahns bringing illegal fireworks across the Utah-Wyoming border, the agency behind the sting is backing off.

Utah police officers will no longer sit in parking lots in Evanston, Wyo., looking for people buying alcohol and fireworks to bring back to Utah.

Jul 22 07:11

Another Senate Charade

This note comes courtesy of my friend David Sirota out in Colorado. This is a classic example of how the Senate works. If the public understood better how rigged this game is, and how few issues are actually left to an honest vote in the legislature, I'm pretty sure the pitchfork factor would be twice even what it is now.

Jul 21 09:35

The Olympia Food Co-op Needs Your Support Now!

Just last week the Board of Directors of the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia, WA, the hometown of Rachel Corrie, took the courageous step of instituting a boycott of Israeli goods, the first grocery boycott of Israel in the US.

Jul 20 22:12

Food Co-Op in Rachel Corrie's Hometown Boycotts Israeli Goods

Olympia is the hometown of the International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie who was killed seven years ago in Gaza - a Caterpillar bulldozer ran over her as she tried to prevent demolition of a Palestinian house. Last month, the student body of Evergreen State College in Olympia, where she studied, passed two resolutions which called for the college foundation "to divest from companies that profit from Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine

Jul 20 06:38

Group Calls for Hearings Into Google’s Ties to CIA and NSA

More information has emerged about Google’s relationship with the government and spook agencies (see PR Newswire below). The revelations should come as no surprise.

Jul 18 13:49

Big Pharma Makes Another Killing

Activist Post

The latest outrage against the health of humanity is the paltry fine levied against GlaxoSmithKline by our protectors, the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, Avandia, which was cited in 2007 as a potential danger, has indeed become one at the rate of around 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure per month. The fine of $2.1 billion after taxes -- which may seem large to most -- is less than a third of Glaxo's annual profit.

Avandia was not banned; by a 20-12 decision it can continue to be sold to the very same segment of the population that is likely to continue harming. The fine is nothing compared to the continued profits that will result from the FDA's current refusal to pull this killer drug off the market.

Jul 16 09:49

Lysenkoism

Lysenkoism is used colloquially to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives[1].

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The Global Warming Cult is using politics to drive the science to support their desired agenda. But this is nothing new. It has happened before ... with lethal results!

In 1928, in the USSR there was a man named Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, a favorite of Stalin, and ultimately, a con-artist. He was as popular then in the USSR as Al Gore is in the US today.

Lysenko's prize theory, which suited Stalin's political needs at the time, was that plants and animals could inherit traits acquired from the environment in a single generation. That is, if you used cooling to trick Winter wheat seeds to germinate and grow in the Spring ( a technique already used in the US at the time) the seeds from the chilled plants would go on germinating in the Spring in perpetuity.

There was very little science in Lysenko's science, but this "revolution" suited Stalin's desire to outdo the accomplishments in genetics which had occurred under Lenin. Honor upon honor was heaped on Lysenko (just as is done with Al Gore today) and real scientists who questioned his theories were shunned, vilified, and removed from their positions (not unlike the experiences of those who question the basic beliefs of the global warming cult). The state media of the USSR proclaimed the virtues of the Lysenko method beyond all doubt and question, just as the state media of the USA proclaims the "Science is settled" regarding AGW. But Lysenko had no more real science training than Al Gore, and his theory that the environment could permanently alter the genetic structure of crops was completely wrong.

However, for political reasons, the USSR mandated that all farmers had to use the Lysenko method (just as the present government intends to force us all to use the "Al Gore Cap and Credit" method) and the result was widespread famine when during the following spring, the second generation wheat refused to germinate.

This illustrates the problems which can result when the government thinks it understands science, or that science can be subordinated to political agenda.

Jul 16 07:14

Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls

Apple Inc.’s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls, a person familiar with the matter said.

Jul 14 08:02

Apple shares plunge after bad review of iPhone 4 sparks recall rumours

Apple shares plunged by more than four percent yesterday after an influential guide gave the new iPhone 4 a poor review, wiping £6.5 billion off the firm's value.

The fall came after Consumer Reports, a US group similar to Which? in the UK, said it could not recommend the iPhone 4 after its tests confirmed concerns about signal loss when the device is held in a certain way.

Jul 13 13:56

Got an iPhone 4? You may need duct tape

In a controlled test, Consumer Reports found that people who hold the iPhone 4 in a way that covers up an antenna connector on the phone's lower left side will experience poorer reception and possibly dropped calls.

But if you slap a piece of duct tape over that antenna connection, the reception problems go away, the group says.

"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side -- an easy thing, especially for lefties -- the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," Consumer Reports says.

"Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

Jul 10 16:13

4,200 bags of spinach recalled

IRWINDALE, Calif. - Ready Pac Foods Inc. announced that it is recalling some 4,200 bags of spinach salad after federal investigators confirmed the presence of E. coli in a random sample test.

Jul 08 15:55

Fascist Founder of IKEA Furnishing the Occupation of Apartheid USrael

"Ironically, before the opening of an IKEA store in Israel in 2001, the retailer was threatened with boycott by the Wiesenthal Center because the company's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, was a member of the fascist New Swedish Movement in the 1940s."

Jul 06 05:40

Robert F Kennedy Jr. Exposes Shocking Vaccine Cover Up

The people who conned you, you the majority, with the phony banking-system-scam (se: "Money as debt", "Money as Debt II Promises Unleashed", "The money Masters" and the Bible Revelation 13:16-18) - do not want you strong healthy and of a good spirit! Making you wretched with poisonous mercury and scientifically dumbing you down is their only way to keep you in bondage. And when they are coming to take your real values,- you know the collateral that you signed of in exchange when they gave you the phony-money (created out of nothing), they don not want you to be free, independent and capable of resisting! Now the positive news: getting smart is natural and God given!

Jul 04 02:53

ATM Salvation

Would you buy a gold bar from a vending machine? If the ATM were located in a secure area, and the bars carried an acceptable premium over the current spot price and could be purchased in units as small as one gram or as large as an ounce, would you consider swapping your unbacked paper money for an authenticated 24-karat gold bar?

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 29 08:27

Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul

KABUL—More than $3 billion in cash has been openly flown out of Kabul International Airport in the past three years, a sum so large that U.S. investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad.

The cash—packed into suitcases, piled onto pallets and loaded into airplanes—is declared and legal to move. But U.S. and Afghan officials say they are targeting the flows in major anticorruption and drug trafficking investigations because of their size relative to Afghanistan's small economy and the murkiness of their origins.

Jun 23 02:05

BP Had the Technology to Accurately Measure Amount of Oil Leaking into the Gulf Two years Ago

Would it surprise anyone to know that BP had already developed the technology to accurately measure troublesome oil and gas flow mixtures at the well head two years ago? It can be done remotely and continuously, at up to 10,000 feet, with a clamp-on, calibration free, sonar flow meter, or that the company that sells and installs them is presenting at petroleum conventions in Calgary and Newfoundland this summer?

The reason BP does not want the true flow known, is that it would require them to pay the "legitimate" fines and royalties they owe on what is extracted, regardless of whether it is ever recovered. As of mid-June their violations of the Clean Water Act alone are around $10B.

Jun 22 20:40

Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP

Wheelan: "Am I violating any laws or anything like that?"

Officer: "Um...not particularly. BP doesn't want people filming."

Wheelan: "Well, I'm not on their property so BP doesn't have anything to say about what I do right now."

Officer: "Let me explain: BP doesn't want any filming. So all I can really do is strongly suggest that you not film anything right now. If that makes any sense."

Not really! Shortly thereafter, Wheelan got in his car and drove away but was soon was pulled over.

It was the same cop, but this time he had company: Kenneth Thomas, whose badge, Wheelan told me, read "Chief BP Security." The cop stood by as Thomas interrogated Wheelan for 20 minutes, asking him who he worked with, who he answered to, what he was doing, why he was down here in Louisiana.

Jun 22 20:32

Corporate Gas Drilling Buries Indonesian Town in Methane Mud

This environmental catastrophe took place four years ago. Now look at this once thriving city.

Jun 22 20:09

Highest Risk Chemical Plant in U.S. Fails Security Inspection

"Our inspection shows that the chemical disaster scenario that Kuehne has given to the EPA is as unrealistic as the estimates BP first gave about the size of their Deepwater oil rig blow out," said Rick Hind, Greenpeace Legislative Director. "Kuehne's scenario is based on a fraction of the nearly 2 million pounds of chlorine gas they may have on site. In contrast, the Clorox Company announced plans in November to convert all of their U.S. facilities to safer processes. Instead of taking similar action, Kuehne is asking for a $50 million hand-out from taxpayers."

Jun 18 16:02

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Jun 18 07:28

BP's next challenge: Disposal of tainted sludge (BP saying waste is not toxic)

Oil giant BP is facing a huge new challenge in disposing of the millions of gallons of potentially toxic oil sludge its crews are collecting from the Gulf of Mexico, according to industry experts and veterans of past spills.

Crews so far have skimmed and sucked up 21.1 million gallons of oil mixed with water, according to the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command. Because the out-of-control well may continue spewing for months, that total almost certainly will surge.

BP's plan for handling the gooey mess, written in conjunction with the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana officials, calls for reclaiming or recycling as much as possible.

Jun 17 06:04

Electric cars won't save the planet (they use too much power)

The technology used for electric car batteries is so backward they will die after just two years, experts have warned.

The cars will also be extremely expensive to run and cover far less distance on one battery charge than previously claimed, they say.

Jun 17 03:36

9/11 payout czar Kenneth Feinberg to dole out gulf oil disaster funds

President Obama's choice to oversee the gulf oil disaster fund is one of the very few people who have weighed the dollar value of devastation before: 9/11's special master Kenneth Feinberg.

Jun 17 03:26

Zionist Kenneth Feinberg, 9/11 Cover Up Agent, to Administer BP's $20 Billion Claim Fund

As the sole person responsible for distributing the money from the Victims Compensation Fund, Feinberg paid out nearly $7 billion to families in compensation - if they would sign the agreement not to sue the airlines or the Israeli airport security firm involved in 9-11 (Huntleigh USA/ICTS). More than 98 percent of the families accepted the money from the Feinberg-managed fund. The amounts of the payments and the amounts paid to Diane Feinberg and the 30 lawyers are not known. The American people deserve to know how the funds were used and who got paid.

Jun 16 07:22

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

Jun 16 07:12

Interior's New Oil Industry Watchdog Has No Energy Experience

To overhaul federal oversight of offshore drilling, President Obama has turned to a Washington lawyer with a reputation for fixing broken government agencies, but little or no background with energy or environmental issues.

Jun 15 20:40

How an Alabama fire chief risked jail to save town from Gulf oil spil

Jamie Hinton, the volunteer fire chief of tiny Magnolia Springs, Ala., has a plan to use a blockade of barges to stop the Gulf oil spill from entering the Magnolia River. For a time, he went ahead with the plan, even though it might have landed him in jail

Jun 14 22:13

Florida Keys Residents Plan Their Own Oil Spill Cleanup

"We cannot wait. We have to be prepared," says Dan Robey, whose website KeysSpill.com has gathered 4,000 volunteers, including 300 boat captains, who have offered to help before and after any potential arrival of oil. As Patrick Rice, dean of marine science and technology at Florida Keys Community College, puts it, "We will not allow the inept responses that have been happening up north to happen here."

Jun 14 15:41

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question

The U.S. government agency that prints passports has for years failed to resolve persistent concerns about the security risks involved in outsourcing production to foreign factories, a joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity has found.

Jun 14 11:26

Legal Firm Plans to Threaten up to 150,000 U.S. Citizens for Film Downloads

According to the USGS's claims, the organization is currently tracking 300 films each with 500 tracked file-sharers, making for a total of around 150,000 potential targets at risk of receiving a settlement letter. USGS suggests that it can send a "speculative invoice" to these individuals demanding between a $1,500 to $2,500 USD settlement. That means that taking the middle of the settlement figures ($2,000), the USGS could try to pull in as much as $300M USD in revenue from the scheme, and pocket $210M USD of that sum.

ACLU lawyer Rachel Myers argues that this scheme may be an abuse of the U.S. legal system. She writes:

Jun 14 06:23

WickedLasers Unveils "Lightsaber" Powerful Enough to Set People on Fire

The laser is built with a diode from Casio's new mercury-free Green Slim projectors which ironically have a somewhat blue tint. The laser is rated at 1 watt of power and retails for a mere $200 USD.

And here's the best (or worst) part -- it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people. The retailer warns:

Jun 13 14:13

Florida Panhandle Fights 2 Huge Oil Plumes

While British Petroleum (BP) engineers step up their efforts to plug a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, skimmers at western Florida Panhandle are bracing up to collect two oil plumes from the Deepwater Horizon spill before it strikes the shore. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said that one of the patchy oil plumes was as close as 3 miles of Pensacola Pass, which is situated just next to a stretch of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and the tourist hotels of Pensacola Beach.

According to the DEP, another slick was heading towards the panhandle and was almost 9 miles away.

Jun 13 12:44

BP's latest oil-spill cleaning tool: paper towels?

Strewn all across the island were oil-soaked paper-towel sheets. Is this the latest high-tech weapon BP is employing to rid the Louisiana marsh of crude?
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While McClelland was on Grande Terre, a BP cleanup contractor approached her and warned, "We don't need this on camera." Really? We can't imagine why.

Jun 13 03:04

BP bailout proposal coming soon

Get ready for the BP bailout debate. As the most hated company in America led by the most despised CEO in business continues its systematic deceptions about the magnitude of the catastrophe, its systematic secrecy and threats of reprisal against employees who speak the truth in public and its systematic blockade against reporters seeking the basic facts, get ready for the mother of all political debates.

Jun 11 13:48

BP Spill Response Plans Severely Flawed

Among the glaring errors in the report: A professor is listed in BP's 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a national wildlife expert. He died in 2005.

The plan lists cold-water marine mammals including walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals as "sensitive biological resources." None of those animals live anywhere near the Gulf.

Also, names and phone numbers of several Texas A&M University marine life specialists are wrong. So are the numbers for marine mammal stranding network offices in Louisiana and Florida, which are disconnected.

Jun 11 11:32

FAA Closes down Gulf of Mexico Air Traffic

All aircraft operations are prohibited except those flights authorized by ATC, routine flights supporting offshore oil operations; federal, state, local and military flight operations supporting oil spill recovery and reconstitution efforts; and air medical and law enforcement operations.

Jun 11 11:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 07:35

How BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil find was originally reported in September 2009

Below are a few media reports from September 2009 discussing the BP Gulf of Mexico Tiber Oil Field find when it originally hit the newswires. This was the deepest oil and gas well in human history, going to a depth of 35,000 feet. Exploratory drilling began in March 2009. Deepwater Horizon did not commence until September 2009. Only the second story from Bloomberg hints at the "volatility" related to the find and the need for "caution."

Read more: http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/05/how-bps-deepwater-horizon-oil-...

Jun 10 12:30

What’s worse than doomsday? This is it.

These new leaks we are now facing, if confirmed, would mean that there is oil gushing up in multiple disparate places on the Gulf sea floor

Oil could begin leaking from any crack or crevice in the surrounding sea floor and the entire area could be leaking like a sponge.

Jun 10 07:45

Thoughts on the Oilocolypse

Lengthy ramblings on the Gulf, but some readers might be interested in two things. First, photos taken May 26th of possible oil sheen on the Florida Keys, a week plus before the Coast guard admitted to the sheen, and second, this exchange:

I asked if there was any news about the top kill attempt to plug the hole and he replied, “They’re never going to cap that well. They can’t. If they do, they lose the lease.”

“What?”

“The reason for the slant drilling is so that they have two more access points before they ‘try’ to cap the blowout. Without new access points, they lose the lease, no more oil.”

I have not seen this issue addressed anywhere, but it helps to make sense of BP's refusal to cap the well on the largest oil field in the Caribbean.

My blog post is here:

Jun 09 20:38

WTF? More HIV Fructose Corn Syrup Please! AIDS, Africa ---- and Corn ?

I Say Again, WTF!?

Fungus-tainted corn a factor in Africa HIV spread?

(Reuters Health) - A new study raises the question of whether corn contaminated with a fungus-derived toxin is helping to facilitate the transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jun 08 15:12

FTC floats news blog tax to bailout flailing corporate media

In other words, government policy would encourage a tax on websites like the What Really Happened, a must-read source for the news links of the day, so that the agency can redistribute the funds collected to various newspapers. Such a tax would hit other news aggregators, such as Digg, Fark and Reddit, which not only gather links, but provide a forum for a lively and entertaining discussion of the issues raised by the stories.

Of course this will backfire. The corporate media seems to forget that the majority of their web traffic comes from bloggers and news aggregators. Their dwindling readership/viewership sis caused by their lack of integrity.

Jun 08 14:21

Two More Gulf Spills?

That would mean there are potentially two other operations in the Gulf leaking oil. So just how common are such leaks? The sad reality is, we really don't know.

Jun 07 21:43

New NOAA Forecast: Oil spill 35 miles from Tampa Bay area by June 8

By June 8 the outer boundary of the BP oil spill is forecast to be under 40 miles from the Tampa Bay area.

Jun 07 07:42

Yahoo slipped, fell, handed your email contact list to third parties.

You did want the upgrade, didn't you?

Oh yes. No warning. This feature is opt-out, so woe betide all who eschew webmail; little will they know, buffered as they are by Thunderbird or Outlook, that their entire social network information has just been plundered, only to be relinked, visualized, mined. Opting-out procedure is of course non-intuitive. Info at link.

Jun 06 14:37

Many Gulf federal judges have oil links

More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases.

Jun 06 13:00

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

Corexit is lethal in as little as 2.6 parts per million where oil is lethal in 11 parts per million meaning that Corexit is over 4 times more toxic than oil.

Furthermore scientific studies show that oil dispersed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone.

In fact the study referenced showed that crude oil was lethal at 4250 parts per million to killifish but combination of oil mixed with Corexit was lethal in as little as 317.7 ppm.

Jun 06 05:54

Gulf oil spill breakthrough? BP claims cap collecting 'majority' of oil

BP reported Sunday that its containment cap is now collecting 420,000 gallons a day, saying that was a 'majority' of the oil. But the flow rate in the Gulf oil spill is still uncertain, and BP has failed to live up to its optimistic predictions in the past.

Jun 03 21:46

Fu FDA- defeated in federal court over censorship of truthful health claims

This is "big deal" news: The FDA has just been defeated in federal court over its censorship of truthful health claims for a nutritional supplement that helps prevent cancer.

Health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord spearheaded the effort, along with the Alliance for Natural Health.

Health freedom has just been handed a significant victory by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the First Amendment rights of a nutritional...

Jun 03 09:06

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario

BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

BP’s attempts so far to cap the well and plug the leak on the seabed a mile below the surface haven’t worked, while the start of the Atlantic hurricane season this week indicates storms in the Gulf may disrupt other efforts.

Jun 02 15:47

Schizophrenia Is The New Ad Gimmick - Privacy Fears Mount as Ad Targeting Grows

Offline, new digital signs with hidden cameras can use facial recognition software to tailor messages similar to the scenario in the science fiction film "Minority Report." Some analysts say the new technology is positive, enabling firms to get the most for their advertising dollars.

Walking westward on Prince St. between Mulberry and Mott Streets, I heard a woman's voice in my head whispering, "Who's there? Who's there?" Not like I "heard" a woman's voice like when I wear flared jeans with skinny shoes and I "hear" a woman's voice in my head say, "Wait, you've got to be kidding?" but like an actual woman's voice in my head. This usually means I've had a psychotic break.

May 29 22:02

Cure Cancer with KFC: Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes mockery of self with KFC pinkwashing campaign

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line into asinine idiocy thanks to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, "Buckets for the Cure." I'm not making this up. See the ad...

This idea that buying fried chicken is actually going to cure cancer is one of the most utterly idiotic health ideas yet witnessed in American pop culture. Komen for the Cure is so far gone from reality that the organization apparently doesn't even think twice about suggesting such an absurd idea. Eat more fried chicken, folks, and then what? Loading up on that kind of a diet is more likely to cause you to kick the bucket than to find a cure for cancer.

May 29 21:56

American Meat is Even Grosser Than You Thought

In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment of U.S. beef because the meat exceeded Mexico's regulatory tolerance for copper. The rejected meat was returned to the United States, where it was sold and consumed, because the U.S. has no regulatory threshold for copper in meat.

May 29 21:41

Newman's Own Exploiting Organic Labeling Loophole

Some food companies have found a way to cast their processed foods as organic without going through the inconvenience of using certified organic ingredients in their products. By incorporating "organic" into their names, these companies have been able to display the magic word on the packaging of food products that are not in fact certified organic...

May 29 09:14

California Throws Away Enough Food to Fill 35 Stadiums Per Year

“keep this story in mind next time you hear that nonsense from people like bill gates insisting we need gm crops to feed a hungry world.”

from sfgate: Farmers, restaurants and supermarkets throw away millions of tons of edible food each year at a time when a growing number of Californians struggle to put food on the table.

May 29 05:51

BP capping info flow on leak damage

BP rejected claims that the move sought to hide the extent of damage. The company argues that the censorship was only established to provide one reliable source for the public.

Meanwhile, Senior Regional Representative for Sierra Club in New Orleans Jill Mastrototaro said, "It sounds like there's a cone of silence that's been issued on the situation."

"We're very concerned as an environmental organization trying to get the public's voice out there and trying to get access to this critical information," she added.

Meanwhile, journalists and photographers said they had to rely only on information provided by BP, adding that they were not allowed to visit affected areas.

May 28 11:49

Police State: Cops Shut Down 7 Year Old's Lemonade Stand for "No Permits"

Local governments are broke so they are coming for every penny you have...

You're never too young to learn a life lesson - or, rather, a business lesson. As this local news report shows, the aptly named Daniela Earnest of Tulare, California had her lemonade stand shut down by town officials. (It turns out the stand lacked proper business permits.) Daniela, who's just seven years old, had the heartwarming goal to save enough money to send her family to Disney Land.

May 28 11:08

can of del monte green beans sets toxic bpa record

"One can in particular—of Del Monte French Style Green Beans from a store in Wisconsin—had the highest level of BPA ever recorded: 1,140 parts per billion. Other canned foods with unusually high levels of BPA were Walmart’s Great Value Green Peas, purchased in Kentucky; and Healthy Choice Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup bought in Montana."

May 27 12:07

Corrupt FDA dupes Interpol to achieve international kidnapping of herbalist

Flashback Dec 09: Rendition is the new Empire board game of Risk for the US, no matter that the kidnappings are illegal as with the recent Iranian case. The corrupt FDA, really!!? The same gubment agency that illegally brought you Donald Rumsfeld's biological neurotoxin sweetener Aspartame and illegally forced it into 5,500 food products on the shelves today? They've gone Mission Impossible for the For-Profit Cancer Industry and Medical Mafia.

May 27 12:03

Health products under fire as FDA attacks walnuts, cherries and more

According to the FDA, walnuts are unapproved drugs because they have been scientifically proven to lower high cholesterol. So the FDA has unleashed a threatening attack against a large walnut company to scare them into removing all scientific research about walnuts from their website and marketing materials.

The FDA, you may already realize, is waging a campaign of censorship, disinformation and consumer ignorance to try to destroy all knowledge of the scientifically-proven health benefits of healing foods and nutritional supplements.

Today we bring you a must-read story about how the FDA is trying to destroy knowledge much like the burning of the Library of Alexandria in the year 48 B.C...

May 25 12:32

Louisiana Fishermen Helping in Spill Cleanup Report Getting Sick

Some Louisiana fishermen affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf — including some hired by BP to help in the cleanup — are reporting cases of debilitating headaches, burning eyes and nausea, and some industry and public officials are pointing the finger at chemical dispersants as the cause.

May 25 10:32

America's Best & Worst "Health" Drinks

What I learned, above all: What we drink is making us fat. We're consuming at least a quarter of our daily calories in liquid form--more than 450 calories a day--and that's a major factor in our nation’s obesity epidemic.

May 23 13:41

MPAA Surely Has Better Things To Do

Oh no they didn't...

While U.S. men and women put their lives at risk in Iraq, the MPAA has queried the military about the pirating habits of the soldiers stationed there. A declassified document from United States Central Command confirms that the MPAA is fighting a war of its own in the Middle East, one against copyright infringing soldiers.

May 23 06:30

Justice Department and Congress should investigate whether BP committed perjury

The Department of Justice and congressional committees should open a preliminary inquiry about whether BP committed perjury in testimony before Congress. All video of the spill should be released publicly. Subpoenas should be issued for any information from within BP about its private estimates of the size of the spill and the dangers of the dispersants. Key BP personnel should be formally interviewed by investigators.

May 22 13:49

U.S. Government Stopped Research After Finding That Marijuana Slowed Cancer Growth

Because the U.S. government holds a monopoly on "legal" marijuana that could be used for research purposes, they've been able to prevent independent researchers from further investigating marijuana's promising anti-cancer properties.

May 19 17:42

Media ignores Goldman Sachs' ties to Corexit dispersant

In a recent New York Times’ article “Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup”, journalist Paula Quinlan questions why BP is using the toxic dispersant Corexit to clean up the oil when twelve other dispersants proved more effective in EPA testing.

Nowhere in the article does it mention that Goldman Sachs, the Blackstone Group and Apollo Management own Nalco, the producer of the 54 % effective, 100% toxic dispersant.

May 19 05:50

No cap on Big Oil liability

The protection of the Oil companies came in the form of the Oil Pollution Act, which includes a $75 million cap on damages that BP or any other oil company would be forced to pay in damages (other than oil removal costs, for which the company remains responsible).

To put this $75 million figure into perspective, it is worth noting that BP made $93 million in profit each day in the first three months of 2010.

In other words, the damages BP causes are moved off of its shoulders and onto the backs of the people and community, who must then pay for BP’s corporate-made disaster.

May 15 07:04

Revealed: The very unappetising truth about McDonald's chicken meals (Jamie Oliver, look away now)

A chicken squats in a shed the size of a football pitch somewhere in the outback of Brazil. And it's not alone.

One of tens of thousands, each bird is allowed the floor space equivalent to a sheet of A4 paper and will live for just 40 days before it hits its genetically-engineered slaughter weight. That's if it doesn't perish along the way.

Five per cent or so will be unable to cope with the conditions and die even before then.

Those that survive will be plucked and butchered in an industrial process the like of which this planet has never before seen.

May 14 04:34

Subway To Everyone Else: Stop Selling 'Footlong' Sandwiches

The Coney Island Drive Inn, a restaurant in Brooksville, Florida, has been selling 12-inch hot dogs -- the restaurant calls them "footlongs" -- for more than 40 years. Its Web site is gotfootlongs.com.

Last week, the restaurant got a letter from a lawyer representing Subway, which, as you may have heard, sells 12-inch sandwiches for five bucks.

After explaining that Subway "has applied for the trademark FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches," the letter says:

You are hereby put on notice to cease and desist from using FOOTLONG (TM) association with sandwiches. You must immediately remove all references to FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches.

May 09 08:32

Environmentalists, Lawyers, and Fishermen Go After BP

BP faces over 200 class action lawsuits from people seeking damages from the spill. The Attorney General of Louisiana, James D. "Buddy" Caldwell, has also met with BP executives. Caldwell says that BP has admitted total responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which led to the spill. "We just need them to put things in writing," Caldwell said.

Lawyers had an important role from the very beginning. BP had issued 17-page long agreements to fishermen who wanted to work in the oil spill clean up. According to M. Orr, BP wanted to have the fishermen "sign away their rights."

May 08 18:29

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Transocean-BP rig had safety valve problem in UK

UK regulators issued a safety warning over a North Sea oil rig operated by Transocean and leased by BP five years ago.

The worries concerned the same key safety device – a blowout preventer – currently being blamed for 11 deaths and the growing oil slick off the US.

Apr 30 20:32

Honda recalls 167,000 Acura TSX for possible fire hazard

Honda Motor Company's luxury vehicle division Acura announced Friday a recall of some 167,000 Acura TSX models to replace a power steering hose that could lead to a "smoke or a fire" hazard.

"Affected TSX vehicles are 2004-2008 models sold in the United States with the 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine," a company statement said, adding that the repair "involves installing a new power steering hose, o-ring gasket and fluid."

Honda said the hose has a potential "for premature deterioration... as a result of prolonged exposure to high under-hood temperatures" and could develop cracks allowing power steering fluid to leak on the hot exhaust system "potentially generating smoke or a fire."

The repair, it added, will be "all done at no cost to the vehicle owner."

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Apr 29 06:46

Spy software watches BlackBerry email/photos

US software firm Retina-X Studios on Tuesday released a more vigilant version of its Mobile Spy program that captures every email and picture from BlackBerry smartphones.

Apr 29 03:41

MUST SEE VIDEO: Senator Scolds Smirking Sachs CFO

Worth of CDOs? Twenty cents on the dollar.

Cost to economy? Billions.

The look on the CFO's face?

...priceless...?

....well actually, it does have a price.

An unbelievably large one.

Here's the full length video.

Apr 27 08:43

Russia says genetically modified foods are harmful

Russia has started the annual Days of Defence against Environmental Hazards from the 15th of April to the 5th of June with the announcement of sensational results of an independent work of research. Scientists have proved that Genetically Modified Organisms are harmful for mammals. The researchers discovered that animals that eat GM foodstuffs lose their ability to reproduce. Campbell hamsters that have a fast reproduction rate were fed for two years with ordinary soya beans, which are widely used in agriculture and those contain different percentages of GM organisms. Another group of hamsters, the control group, was fed with pure soya, which was found with great difficulty in Serbia because 95 percent of soya in the world is transgenic.

Apr 22 10:12

Eight Invented Diseases: If They Infect You, Big Pharma Is Eager To... Help

reposted from Alternet.

Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in 1997, pharma's credo has been When The Medication Is Ready, The Disease (and Patients) Will Appear. Who knew so many people suffered from restless legs?

Apr 22 08:03

Amazon fights demand for customer records

Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they purchased.

Apr 20 18:21

Regulators approve 2nd movie futures market

LOS ANGELES — U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a second market that would give speculators a way to bet on expected movie box office receipts, but again withheld a decision on the contracts that would allow trading to begin.

Apr 17 08:51

Scots comedy legend Billy Connolly lends voice to satnav device

Some of Billy's satnav instructions include gems such as: "Toll charge ahead ... don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger." And to those motorists who don't listen, he says: "Make a U-turn now. This wouldn't have been necessary if you had been listening a minute ago."

He also jokes: "U turn ahead. I'll be here when you get back."

Or simply: "Turn round. Turn round the whole car, not just you inside the car."

Apr 17 08:46

Gamestation collects customers' souls in April Fools gag

I know it’s a bit late to be reporting April Fools jokes but this is a good one. On April 1, Gamestation, the video games shop, changed the terms and conditions on its website to say that it legally owned the soul of each customer who bought from them.

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Customers who had agreed to the terms were then sent an email which said: “Little did you realise that upon your last purchase from Gamestation.co.uk you also granted us a right to claim your humanity [...] To avoid future fatalities, always check the terms and conditions.”

Apr 17 08:13

Samsung issues warning: 3D-TV (May Be) Bad For You

Pregnant women, the elderly, children and those suffering from serious medical conditions are among a wide range of people said to be at risk. The alert extends to those who have been sleep deprived or drinking. It highlights alarming side effects such as confusion, nausea, convulsions, altered vision, light-headedness, dizziness, and involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching and cramps.Samsung says there are also concerns that those with epilepsy could be at risk of fits - as they are from strobe lighting and photographers' flashes on normal television...

Apr 16 22:09

The CyberWar Against Online Privacy

Original post.

Not only will they have a phone number, they will have physical location data - which spells the end of anonymous posting, at least on Youtube...

Apr 16 10:29

Goldman Is Charged With Subprime Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with defrauding investors, alleging that Goldman let a big hedge fund fill a financial product with risky subprime mortgages and then failed to disclose that to the product's buyers.

Apr 13 06:51

'Growing concern' over marketing tainted beef

Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds.

A program set up to test beef for chemical residues "is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for … dangerous substances, which has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce," says the audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General.

Apr 08 04:40

Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has told Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to immediately suspend the cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in chemist shops across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.
The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.

Apr 07 09:04

iPad and heat don't mix

With all deference to the Violent Femmes, there's nothing upbeat about the cases of overheating that some iPad users are facing in the early days with the device. We've heard directly from two readers about the dreaded 'iPad needs to cool down before you can use it' message; Henry in Colorado and John in Tampa Bay both reported that their units went into thermal standby after being used outside. John noted that his iPad was in the (black, heat-collecting) Apple case... perhaps there's a market for reflective or liquid-cooled models.

Apr 04 13:26

Western Digital sucks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently a majority opinion.

Apr 04 13:23

Western Digital accuses all hard drive users of being pirates, refuses to allow media files to be shared!

Western Digital claims they have to block such files from being shared “due to unverifiable media license authentication.” To put it in human-speak: Those files might be copyrighted, and for some reason, Western Digital has set itself up as the copyright judge, jury, and executioner of your hard drive and data!

Slashdot points out that there are ways around this. Sure. There always are. But that’s not the point. The point is that hard drive manufacturers should never make any assumptions about my data. It’s my hard drive and it’s my data and I should always be allowed to access it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There does seem to be a terrible attitude problem on the part of computer vendors that they and not you are in charge of the hardware and software you paid for. But arrogance goeth before a fall and I plan to make Western Digital's stock fall as far as I can with your assistance.

In years past it was a policy position of WRH that product liability needed to be restored to computer products. I think the current situation shows how overdue that step is, and I will discuss this on tomorrow's radio show.

Apr 04 13:19

Western Digital sucks a$$

I got a western digital Hd in 98, I had to send it back in 99

Apr 04 13:18

Beware Of Western Digital Hard Drives!

Spent 3-4 hours trouble shooting and on the phone with Westen Digital and all they offer is a refurb replacement drive.

Apr 04 13:17

MyBook Essential 500 GB SUCKS!!

I just wish I had checked the web before I bought the MyBook Essential 500 GB hard drive. I recommend you avoid this drive like the plague.

Apr 04 13:15

Western Digital Caviar drives: unforgivably unreliable!

Pros: Cement a dozen of them together and you would have a great boat anchor.

Cons: 3 catastrophic failures in under a week make Caviar drives too untrustworthy to consider using.

The Bottom Line: I bought this drive because it was cheap. What a mistake! 3 catastrophic failures in under a week of total operating time with 2 cases of infant mortality. Avoid!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Pope thought he was bearing the brunt of a pissed-off webmaster, wait until he sees what I am going to do to Western Digital!!

Apr 04 13:13

Western Digital MyBook Premium Edition 500GB External Hard Drive

Pros: ...what pros?

Cons: This device failed after little more than a month. I lost 400GB of professional photography work. Paid hundreds trying to get data off this piece of garbage, and no one was able to.
Summary: Piece of garbage. Fails. Unreliable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently I am not alone in losing valuable data to Western Digital's "backup" (nudge nudge wink wink) systems.

Apr 01 08:10

Investigation: Scandal of danger chemical in baby bottles

Boots and Mothercare are selling baby bottles made with a chemical that scientists fear may cause breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, hyperactivity and other disorders, The Independent can disclose.

The behaviour of Britain's biggest infant-products retailers contrasts with that of manufacturers, who have quietly stopped putting bisphenol A, or BPA, into baby bottles "to allay parents' fears", amid peer-reviewed studies in medical journals associating it with serious health problems in laboratory animals.

Mar 31 07:37

MONSANTO CONTROLS 90% OF FUTURE SEED

.....uh-oh./

"We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90 percent of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost unbelievable... The upshot of that is that it's tightening Monsanto's control, and makes it possible for them to increase their prices long term. And we've seen this happening the last five years, and the end is not in sight."

Neil Harl, agricultural economist at Iowa State University

Mar 28 13:15

Happy Halloween, pedophile-style

OK, we have seen the evil side of the church. But that evil is everywhere ...

A company called Party City must be run by pedophiles.
Here are some of its costume options for girls:

(Judge for yourself. Would you send your daughter out in one of these costumes?)

Mar 27 12:58

Did the U.S. Government Lie to Elvis?

Compare with your own.

Mar 27 09:03

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read

We were unaware of the post when it went up, but Cash4Gold was already on our radar. We wrote about them in October, after Rob Cockerham's Cockeyed blog posted an item about Cash4Gold offering an individual $60 for gold that a local pawnshop valued at $198. When the gold owner called Cash4Gold to complain, the company rep immediately nearly tripled the offer to $178.

Mar 20 08:44

6 Reasons Not To Inject Your Butt With Bathtub Grade Silicone

Six women have been hospitalised in New Jersey after they had their buttocks injected with a non-medical-grade silicone commonly used to waterproof bathtubs.

Mar 20 08:16

Mother keeps McDonald's Happy Meal for a whole year... and it STILL hasn't gone off

The 62-year-old, who has eight grandchildren, admitted that the arid temperature of her home near the Rocky Mountains meant there was little moisture in the air with which to speed decomposition.
joann bruso

But she added that during the year-long experiment, no flies or other insects were attracted to the food.

She said: 'I had the windows open many times, but flies and other insects just ignored the Happy Meal. What does that tell you, if they can't be bothered with it?

But flies have no problem consuming excrement. What does that tell you?

Mar 15 11:47

U.S. Intelligence Planned to Destroy WikiLeaks

“The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out”. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses “trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers”, the report recommends “The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site”.

Mar 14 04:54

President Obama backs DNA test in arrests

In an interview aired Saturday on “America’s Most Wanted,” Obama expressed strong agreement as host John Walsh extolled the virtues of collecting DNA at the time of an arrest and putting it into a single, national database

Mar 13 23:30

Dealing With Formaldehyde, or, So You Got Stuck With A Toxic Trailer

Original Post

To All Dealing With a Trailer Situation:
POSSIBLE WAYS TO NEUTRALIZE FORMALDEHYDE

Formaldehyde FEMA Trailers are now being auctioned off, to the general public, for pennies on the dollar, with nought but a (no doubt easily removable) sticker.

If you or someone you know could find this page useful – please get this page to them: Download, print, email, walk it over, whatever works. Tell them I said 'good luck with that.'

Mar 12 12:33

Runaway Prius Owner Accused of Hoax

A Toyota Prius owner who claims his hybrid malfunctioned, sending him speeding out of control down a Southern California freeway, is being accused of staging the so-called 'runaway' incident.

Jim Sikes called 911 on Monday afternoon and said his accelerator pedal of his blue 2008 Toyota Prius was stuck, pushing his car to speeds above 90 miles per hour on Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

A California Highway Patrol officer helped bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

Bloggers and radio listeners are now wondering whether this is a hoax, done for the publicity or the money.

Mar 11 10:03

2-second video causes headache for ABC News

NEW YORK -- For the want of a better two-second picture of a tachometer, ABC News has called into question its reporting on acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles.

The network's handling of a Feb. 22 "World News" story about potential problems with computer systems in Toyotas has created ethical questions and intensified bitter feelings the besieged automaker already had toward ABC.

Mar 09 17:10

One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars - not people, new figures show

New analysis of 2009 US Department of Agriculture figures suggests biofuel revolution is impacting on world food supplies.

Mar 09 09:29

Kucinich willing to cast the vote that kills health reform

Facing razor-thin margins in the House, kucinich1 Kucinich willing to cast the vote that kills health reformDemocratic leaders are hoping to convert the sole liberal who opposes their health care bill, but it seems they have their work cut out because he isn't budging.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Monday defended his opposition to the proposal in an appearance on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann, citing as his central concern its lack of a robust public option to provide competition for insurance companies.

"This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry," Kucinich said. "$70 billion dollars a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance, five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases."

Mar 09 09:28

Another Anti-Toyota Scam?

Why would the driver not simply turn off the key or take the car out of gear? Are American drivers so stupid that they only know one thing; how to call 911? Maybe so, but I don’t buy it! Anyone who believes this story really happened as reported should contact me immediately because I have some oceanfront property for sale here in Montana!

Mar 08 06:54

Lucozade to lose orange colour because of link to hyperactivity

Lucozade could lose its distinctive orange colour because research has shown the chemical used to create it is linked to hyperactive behaviour.

The manufacturers, Glaxo-SmithKline, are struggling to find a replacement for the colouring agent Sunset Yellow, which is among a number of suspect food additives.

Until the chemical is removed, the company has decided to put a warning label on Lucozade bottles which reads: 'Sunset Yellow may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children'.

Mar 03 08:01

Nissan recalls nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide

Japan's Nissan Motor said Wednesday it would recall nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide, most of them in the United States, due to brake pedal defects and faulty fuel gauges.

Nissan -- Japan's third-largest carmaker, and partnered with France's Renault -- said it plans "to inspect and, if necessary, repair brake pedal pins and fuel-gauge components on certain trucks and minivans".

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I'm going to keep my 20-year old vehicle on the road a little longer.

Mar 02 14:51

Paxil Birth Defect Trial: Battle of the Experts

In the first Paxil birth defect trial that resulted in a $2.5 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline in October 2009, the infant,
Lyam Kilker, was born with three heart defects; an atrial septal
defect, a ventricular septal defect, and an interrupted aortic arch,
after his mother took Paxil while pregnant.

Mar 01 07:30

A Homeland "Security Blanket" for the Defense Industry: The Flawed Nuke Detection Program

Though production lines at the fear factory are still in overdrive, the Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) are scrapping plans for a new generation of "high-tech detectors for screening vehicles and cargo, saying they cost too much and do not work as effectively as security officials once maintained," The Washington Post reported.

Feb 27 17:42

Unnecessary surgery exposed! Why 60% of all surgeries are medically unjustified and how surgeons exploit patients to generate profits

Every year millions of Americans go under the knife, but many of them are enduring great pain and shelling out thousands of dollars for surgeries they don't really need. In fact, the only people who seem to really benefit from these unnecessary medical procedures are the medical professionals who stand to make exorbitant amounts of money from performing them.

An estimated 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed each year, writes Gary Null, PhD., in Death by Medicine.

Feb 27 10:02

Apple admits child labour was used to build iPods and iPhones in Chinese factories

Technology giant Apple has admitted that child labour has been employed at some of the factories that build its iPods, computers and mobile phones.

Feb 26 16:31

Big Pharma Fabricates "Female Sexual Dysfunction" to Sell More Drugs

The pharmaceutical industry is attempting to convince the public that a variety of normal conditions affecting the majority of women should be classified as "female sexual dysfunction" and treated with drugs.

The medical establishment has a long history of treating the female body as sexually dysfunctional, from when Hippocrates first attributed "hysteria" to a wandering uterus. According to JoAnn Wypijewski, former senior editor of The Nation, this perspective fell out of favor with the sexual revolution of the 1970s but has since re-emerged.

Feb 26 12:39

Bribes Let Tomato Vendor Sell Tainted Food

Robert Watson, a top ingredient buyer for Kraft Foods, needed $20,000 to pay his taxes. So he called a broker for a California tomato processor that for years had been paying him bribes to get its products into Kraft’s plants. The scheme involved millions of pounds of tomato products with high levels of mold or other defects, the case has raised serious questions about how well food manufacturers safeguard the quality of their ingredients.

Feb 26 02:43

How Prime Minister Hotoyama Can Stop The "Japan Bashing"

The Japanese central bank (BOJ) presently holds more than $1 trillion US Treasurys and dollar-backed assets. PM Hatoyama should announce that USTs will be liquidated incrementally at 5 percent per week until the balance is zero.

The government should warn that it will temporarily close Toyota plants now operating in the United States at a pace of one per month.

There should be a thorough review of import tariff policy, with the prospect of raising tariffs on US imports by 30 to 50 percent.

US nationals working in Japan should be required to update their Visas on a monthly basis pending resolution of the Toyota controversy.

New regulations and taxes should be targeted at US industries and financial institutions operating in Japan.

Feb 22 17:56

Kidney Damage In 12 Percent Of Chinese Children Exposed To Melamine-Contaminated Dairy Products

In 2008, melamine-contaminated dairy products from the Sanlu Dairy Company resulted in a large outbreak of serious kidney damage in Chinese children. Melamine, commonly used in the chemical industry, was intentionally added to milk to boost its protein content. Of the 69 affected batches of product, 11 were baby formula.

Chinese authorities announced the outbreak on September 12, 2008 and initiated product recalls, programs to screen and treat affected children and other emergency responses. More than 50 000 children have been hospitalized and six have died due to kidney damage. Although melamine-related disease in humans has been recognized, the full effects of melamine remain unknown.

Feb 19 20:36

Time To Leave Citibank Folks - Citi Warns of Withdrawal Gate

Seen on a recent Citibank (C) statement: "Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change."

Feb 19 03:13

States Move to Ban BPA, FDA Stays Silent

States are moving to ban the chemical BPA from food and drink containers, primarily those meant for infants and toddlers, because of health
concerns. A dozen states are considering restrictions this year on
bisphenol A, an estrogen-like chemical used to harden plastics in
products such as bottles and cups. It is also in the linings of metal
cans, including infant formula, to help them withstand high
sterilization temperatures.

Feb 18 09:11

Big Pharma researcher admits to faking dozens of research studies for Pfizer, Merck

Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as "proof" that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!

Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.

But it's the GUN OWNERS we should really worry about.

Feb 18 03:28

900 Baby Bracelets Recalled Over High Levels of Lead

A Utah company is recalling 900 bracelets for babies and pacifier clips because they contain high levels of lead.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that a 10-month-old girl received medical treatment for elevated lead levels after being exposed to one of the baby bracelets.

Feb 14 16:48

The girl whose hair fell out in handfuls when she tried her new Pantene shampoo

The advert shows TV presenter Myleene Klass playing the piano with her immaculate hair shimmering from root to tip. It is a display that convinced Sophie Peppercorn to try Pantene for the first time.

So she bought one of the shampoos which promised 'healthy looking hair in ten days' and could hardly wait to see the results.

But the 19-year- old administration assistant was left distraught the first time she used the shampoo when clumps of hair came out in the shower, leaving her with bald patches.

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When Miss Peppercorn, from Peterborough, called the Pantene helpline to complain she was offered a £5 Pantene voucher in compensation.

Feb 14 03:42

Cash4Gold: A King Among Predators

If you want to get an idea of how they operate, all it takes is a quick glance at ComplaintsBoard.com, where 234 unique commentaries have been dedicated to Cash4Gold.

Most of the complaints center around shockingly low offers. Many potential clients sent in gold worth hundreds of dollars, only to be offered pennies on the dollar. One poor guy even claimed he sent in seemingly valuable jewelry, only to get a check for six cents!

Feb 13 17:51

TSA in Philly Must Stand for Truly Stupid A******s

Original post by Dave Lindorff, at
The Public Record

So there you have it. Cut your hair in Philadelphia and to the alert agents of the TSA and the equally alert Philadelphia Police you are a potentially radicalized terrorist. (Geez, and I already went through that garbage back in the ‘60s, when my long hair used to routinely get me harassed by police. So I guess it’s “long hair and beard = Commie” and “short hair and beard = Jihadi”). Carry language flash cards, or perhaps a book with an incindiary title, and you’re a potential terrorist. Get the wrong TSA agent, and you may even end up having some terribly incriminating substance planted in your bag. And try to prove misbehavior or worse by the TSA and they’ll casually destroy the evidence....

Feb 12 04:35

Aspartame renamed

In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".

Feb 05 07:23

Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Bribery, Indentured Science & PR

Greg Kester, Natalie Sierra and Liz Ostoich, along with municipal governments across the U.S. in need desperately of getting rid of the noxious stuff called sewage sludge, want Americans to believe that that toxic brew is good for you. Specifically, these operators are waging a massive PR campaign to get farmers and gardeners, including school gardens, to “fertilize” their veggies with sewage sludge. Their campaign would have us believe that the chemicals in sewage sludge—thousands of them present in every degree of hazardous and toxic combination—are somehow magically gone from sewage sludge once you “apply” it to your garden.

Feb 05 07:16

Is basic American telephone service in a death spiral?

Now, in a recent filing at the FCC, AT&T has stated that it wants to put to an end the public switched telephone networks system, to “transition” them out of service. AT&T is asking the FCC to set a firm deadline to “sunset” the PSTN. AT&T claims the “plain old telephone service,” known in the industry as “POTS,” and the legacy utilities are “diverting critically needed funds that could be used for broadband deployment.”

Feb 05 07:04

Nearly 17,000 chemicals remain corporate secrets – even the EPA doesn't know what they are

The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that manufacturers of products containing potentially toxic chemicals disclose their ingredients to the federal government, however a loophole in the requirement allows manufacturers to arbitrarily withhold information that they deem sensitive to their business. As a result, over 17,000 product chemicals remain secret not only from the public but from government officials.

Feb 04 17:34

Thousands of Australians up for 'nude' airport scanners

Despite privacy concerns, figures show tens of thousands of curious Australians volunteered for controversial 'nude' security scanners during trials at the nation's airports.

Feb 04 09:36

Battle for the Soul of Organic Dairy Farmers Goes on Behind the Scenes

There is a battle going on in the White House for the very soul of the organic dairy movement - and possibly over the future of small family-operated dairy farms - and you don't even know it. I'd like to think that I'm overstating things but no.

And guess who has been lobbying hard to "sway the Obama administration," according to the Organic Consumers Association? None other than Aurora Dairy (whose chairman Mark Retzloff and his wife, Theresa, contributed $4,600 to the 2008 presidential campaign of Thomas Vilsack, the current head of the USDA, according to Campaignmoney.com) "That level of donor historically buys access," said Kastel.

Feb 03 08:25

Why Didn't the Nanny State Protect Us From Toyota?

As we libertarians have been pointing out for decades, the paternalistic state is nothing more than a big fraud and sham, one designed to convince people to fund a gigantic, bureaucratic, parasitic state that will keep them safe from the vicissitudes of life. Yet, as people once again learn, all those beloved regulations and regulators don’t keep people safe at all. Bad things continue to happen in life, as they always will. The nanny society can’t stop that.

Feb 01 08:29

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

Chillingly, Walker asserted that "a citizen may not gain standing by claiming a right to have the government follow the law." This pitiful summary judgement merely affirms the obvious: America is a lawless state where neither citizens nor "co-equal" branches of government, Congress and the Courts, can challenge the quintessentially political decisions made in secret by the Executive Branch.

Jan 30 09:01

Bank Sues Victim To Avoid Replacing $200k In Stolen Funds

What constitutes adequate security for a bank? PlainsCapital Bank in Lubbock, Texas says what it currently has is enough, and if after all that some crooks still manage to steal your money, it's not the bank's fault. The bank has preemptively sued a business customer, Hillary Machinery, to absolve itself from any liability on what it couldn't get back from the more than $800,000 that was stolen by foreign hackers last November.

Jan 29 23:14

Magic Wand Bomb Detector Is A Fraud, Probably Killed Hundreds

Jim McCormick promised his ADE-651 wand could identify anything, including bombs, simply by waving it around with the right RFID card inside. Yeah, totally fake, and now he’s in prison. Too bad Iraq already spent $US85 million on the devices.

Jan 27 13:56

Faulty gas pedal involved in Toyota recall manufactured at Ontario plant

The faulty gas pedal involved in a massive recall and sales suspension of eight popular Toyota models in North America was built in Ontario.

The supplier is Indiana-based CTS Corp. and the problem part was manufactured at its plant in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. CTS did not immediately return requests for comment today.

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Hey, don't blame Toyota. It's the cheap local crap that's responsible.

Jan 26 10:16

My U.S. Credit Card Was Deactivated After I Sent $20 to Wikileaks

Wikileaks is down for fund raising. I sent them $20 using my U.S. credit card.

The next day, Bank of America’s Magic 8 Ball deactivated my account

Jan 24 09:32

Local helicopter pilot trying to help people in Haiti, needs help getting off of the ground

But Eifler cannot find any insurance carrier to cover the hull of the aircraft. He could fly from Louisville to Miami and to the Bahamas, but that's where the coverage stops.

Jan 22 09:31

Millions Against Monsanto Campaign

Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan Canada, whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto's genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola by pollen from a nearby farm. Monsanto says it doesn't matter how the contamination took place, and is therefore demanding Schmeiser pay their Technology Fee (the fee farmers must pay to grow Monsanto's genetically engineered products). According to Schmeiser, "I never had anything to do with Monsanto, outside of buying chemicals. I never signed a contract.

If I would go to St. Louis (Monsanto Headquarters) and contaminate their plots - destroy what they have worked on for 40 years - I think I would be put in jail and the key thrown away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have seen companies like Monsanto actually take farms away from their owners for "Patent Infringement" because wind and insects carried pollen from GM crops onto the farmer's fields without his knowledge and permission.

At present such abusive lawsuits have been stopped and Monsanto is "settling" for extorting a technology fee from farmers whose lands are contaminated by Monsanto's products.

With yesterday's US Supreme Court decision, companies like Monsanto are free to spend however much money they want to to put legislators in place who will support this land theft policy, and block and and all efforts to independently analyze the safety of GM technology or to label food products that have GM content.

Remember, as of now, the available scientific evidence coming from Europe is that GM crops produce lower crop yields, create toxic organ failure in animals fed on the crops, and that the pests and weeds the designer genes are intended to block are already evolving to adapt to the GM crops. In other words, GM is now all downside and no upside.

GM is just the latest scam form the same political-science complex that brought you human caused global warming, and the when-pigs-fly flu!

Jan 22 08:18

Naked airport scanner catches cellphone, misses bomb components

Check out this German TV clip highlighting the failure of the new, privacy-violating full-nude scanners going in at an airport near you.
Jan 22 08:05

Useless bomb detector sold worldwide risks lives

A BBC Newsnight investigation has found that a so-called "bomb detector", thousands of which have been sold to Iraq, cannot possibly work.

Leading explosives expert Sidney Alford told Newsnight the sale of the ADE-651 was "absolutely immoral".

"This type of equipment does not work," he said. "I wouldn't mind betting that lives have been lost as a consequence."

Jan 21 09:28

TV cash-for-gold firms 'offer fraction of true value'

Companies offering cash for gold jewellery in a recent flurry of TV adverts are paying a fraction of the items' true worth.

The firms, which have latched on to increases in the price of gold, are 'shockingly bad value', according to consumer group Which?

Three pieces of new jewellery purchased by Which? for a total of £729 drew offers from the firms of as little as £38.57 for the lot.

One company refused to return a £399 necklace free of charge, as promised, on the inaccurate pretext that it was not gold at all.

Jan 17 12:44

Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.

Jan 16 09:07

Reliable car manufactures

I have been sent a very interesting article from the BBC website that gives a list of MOT failure rates across the UK in 2008 for cars first used in 2004. The figures give average MOT failure rates for individual models of cars and small vans, as well as breaking them down by year of manufacture.

VOSA has had an increased amount of pressure placed on them over the last 18 months to release this data so that used car and van buyers can see which cars are statistically more likely to fail an MOT later in life. The VOSA revealed 1,200 pages of detailed statistics on MOT failures following a freedom of information request made by the BBC in July 2008.

Jan 15 10:55

Johnson&Johnson recalls more Tylenol lots and some Motrin caplets due to mouldyodour

Johnson&Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a mouldy smell that has made users sick.

Johnson&Johnson says the smell is caused by small amounts of a chemical associated with the treatment of wooden pallets.

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How did the chemical get into securely sealed product containers?
Methinks there is an 800 pound rat in the room.

Jan 15 08:58

Insane air board's new role: Tire Nazis

Too much. CARB is interpeting AB 32 in such absurdly broad fashion it wants to deputize the state's auto boards to bully all vehicle owners. It's too much for Brian Stiver, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, and Sherry Mehl, chief of the state Bureau of Auto Repairs:

Unless (Automotive Service Providers) offer the (tire check/inflation) service for free to the consumer and the consumer accepts it, the regulation would have the effect of either forcing the ASPs to check tires without the consent of the consumer in violation of the ... Automotive Repair Act, or force ASPs to refuse to provide any repair services at all to the consumer. These are legally untenable options ...

Jan 15 02:16

The 10 Most Successful Potheads on the Planet… Cool Enough to Admit It

In a recent piece we published on pot farms, a debate erupted in the comments section, with some arguing that if you smoke pot, you’ll be poor, gay, and “washing dishes until you’re dead.”

Where these stereotypes originated remains a mystery to us. In reality, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only have 42% of Americans admitted to trying pot, but pot smokers have gone on to become some of the most successful people in our society. We’re not talking about Willie Nelson and Snoop. These guys are on the Forbes 500, they’re leading the free world, and they prove that all existing pothead stereotypes are nothing more than myths.

Jan 12 10:46

Reporter breaks an 'unbreakable' mobile phone at CES

Reporter Dan Simmons from the BBC's technology show Click managed to break a mobile phone marketed as "unbreakable", during a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Jan 11 08:22

Did Court Deal Fatal Blow to Tasers for Police?

In what is being heralded as a landmark decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently declared that police officers could be held liable for using a Taser without proper cause. And in making their determination, the court also set new legal parameters on how law enforcement is to use Tasers, stating, "The objective facts must indicate that the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer or a member of the public." The federal finding substantially changes the landscape of Taser usage, and may signal the end of Tasers for law enforcement agencies who are now more vulnerable to civil and criminal action then ever before.

Jan 11 07:09

New speed cameras enrage Arizona drivers

The Arizona scheme, which was the first statewide effort to bring speed camera enforcement to the US, is now on the verge of bankruptcy and could be dumped.

Many Americans, including judges and elected officials, regard the devices as an unconstitutional tax collection method and have flatly refused to pay the fines, the Times reports.

"I see all the cameras in Arizona completely coming down," Shawn Dow, who is leading the public revolt via his chairmanship of Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar, told the paper. "The citizens of Arizona took away the cash cow of Arizona by refusing to pay." He is now trying to get the cameras banned in November's elections.

Jan 09 16:50

The Effects Of Genetically Modified Foods On Animal Health

The Committee of Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) and Universities of Caen and Rouen studied Monsanto’s 90-day feeding trials data of insecticide producing Mon 810, Mon 863 and Roundup® herbicide absorbing NK 603 varieties of GM maize.

The data “clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system,” reported Gilles-Eric Séralini, a molecular biologist at the University of Caen.

Jan 08 11:44

Before you take that antidepressant, visit this web site

Of course, there have always been murders, suicides, postpartum depression and veteran despondency. But parents killing children, children killing children, children killing parents and people killing their whole families wasn’t news-as-usual before SSRIs appeared in 1988, say anti-SSRI advocates.

“There are two cases of women who stabbed a man close to 200 times and a case of a man who stabbed his wife over 100 times and then went next door to the neighbor’s house and stabbed the neighbor’s furniture about 500 times,” says Henderson, a retired teacher who lives in Texas. “There is also a case of a woman close to 80-years-old who stabbed her husband 56 times and then stabbed herself to death. This kind of energy, rage and insanity was not seen before SSRIs.”

Jan 07 20:39

Thirsty? Bacteria linked to feces found on soda fountains

If you're chugging a soda from a fast food joint, you may want to put it down and read this.

A team of microbiologists from Hollins University found that 48% of the sodas they tested from fast food soda fountains had coliform bacteria, according to Tom Laskawy, a media and technology professional and blogger for grist.org.

Coliform is typically fecal in origin.

On top of that, the study found that most of the bacteria were resistant to antibiotics.

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