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Mar 05 09:06

Spy agencies used ‘giant vacuum cleaner’ to collect data across Pacific

'Basically a giant vacuum cleaner of information from all of the Pacific Island nations from 2009,' says angered NZ politician

Mar 05 08:27

Why McDonald's Announcement on Chicken Is Important for Everyone's Health

Chicken McNuggets might not be part of your diet, but a new announcement from McDonald's could have an impact on your health.

According to a statement issued Wednesday, the roughly 14,000 farms that supply chicken to U.S. locations of the fast food restaurant have a two-year window to stop the use of antibiotics that are important to human health. Chickens treated with a type of antibiotic not used on humans, ionophores, will continue to be allowed.

Mar 05 07:46

Mcdonald’s Remove Chicken And Milk With Antibiotics And Artificial Hormones In USA

The junk food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that removed from their menu chicken raised with antibiotics that are crucial to human health, as fears grow over key drug resistance.

McDonald’s, primarily a hamburger chain also sells several meals of chicken and announced that working with poultry breeders to reduce antibiotic use, accurate Agence France Presse.

The decision will involve changes in the long chain of chicken industrialization favoring widespread use of antibiotics also used in human medicine.

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Mar 05 06:35

Not Science, Just Lies and Propaganda: The Massive Fraud Behind GMOs Exposed

This is not what the GMO industry wanted to see: banner headlines today in major newspapers and across the internet exposing the fraud behind GMOs. But this constitutes much more than a PR nightmare. The story behind the headlines shakes the very foundations upon which the industry is built.

Mar 05 01:47

Shock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.

Fracking is already a controversial practice on its face; allowing U.S. industries to inject slurries of toxic, potentially carcinogenic compounds deep beneath the planet’s surface — as a means of “see no evil” waste disposal — already sounds ridiculous, dangerous, and stupid anyway without even going into further detail.

Alleged fracking links to the contamination of the public water supply and critical aquifers, as well as ties to earthquake upticks near drilling locations that are otherwise not prone to seismic activity have created uproar in the years since the 2005 “Cheney loophole,” which allowed the industry to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act by exempting fracking fluids, thus fast tracking shale fracking as a source of cheap natural gas.

Mar 04 17:17

The Punishment for Ignoring Obamacare Penalty Might Surprise You

Now that April 15th is on the horizon, many taxpayers are bracing themselves for the inevitable penalty that will hit them if they don’t sign up for Obamacare. It’s estimated that at least 3 million households may have to pony up 1% of their income, or $95 per adult, if they don’t have insurance; a number which is poised to expand to 2.5% for the 2016 tax year.

However, for all its bluster and intimidating language, the Affordable Care Act might not have any teeth. Recently, a tax expert writing for Forbes noticed that Obamacare, while far-reaching and burdensome in terms of what it demands from the American people, offers little to no repercussion for anyone who would be tempted to avoid it.

Mar 04 15:28

Lord Rothschild Warns Investors of ‘Most Dangerous Geopolitical Situation Since WWII”

The 78-year-old chairman of RIT Capital Partners, a £2.3bn trust, used the organization’s annual report to caution savers that the focus of the firm would be the preservation of shareholders’ capital and not short term gains.

Mar 04 15:23

The Company That Made #TheDress Once Faced a Child Labor Scandal

The British retailer of the dress that whipped the internet into a frenzy last week—is it blue-and-black, or is it gold-and-white?—has big plans to cash in on its new-found fame. Roman Originals founder Peter Christodoulou told the Washington Post that the dress—which is actually blue-and-black and available online for about $77—will soon be joined by a gold-and-white version. “We have received so many requests for a white-and-gold version,” he said. “It takes about five months to do such a thing, but we’re not going to disappoint our fans. I expect the white-and-gold dress to come out later this year.” The day after the hoopla broke out, Roman Originals told the Boston Globe that worldwide sales were up 560 percent.

Mar 04 15:15

Sustainability on Steroids: Organic Farmer Grosses $100K an Acre

We need GMOs to feed the world like a fish needs dry land. A controversial farmer in California is proving that a veritable bumper crop can be had using new farming methods that don’t require GMO pesticides, herbicides, or even weeding, and require 10 times less water than the average farm. The best part – he earned $100K per acre last season without even harvesting all of his land.

Mar 04 15:05

The truth, according to Google...

Naive? Maybe. After all, cyberspace has its fair share of myths. Now Google may have found a way to clean house, or at least throw the trash in the basement. -- The company is figuring out how to rank websites by the veracity of their content. The more truthful the page, the higher up it would appear in search results.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Google will rely on known partisan debunking websites to decide what is truthful. In other words, if the government doesn't say it is truthful, then Google will hide it from searches.

Mar 04 13:42

Fast Food Nations: Selling out to Junk Food, Illness and Food Insecurity

Colin Todhunter
RINF Alternative News

Western agribusiness, food processing companies and retail concerns are gaining wider entry into India and through various strategic trade deals are looking to gain a more significant footprint within the country. The Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) and the ongoing India-EU free trade agreement talks have raised serious concerns about the stranglehold that transnational corporations could have on the agriculture and food sectors, including the subsequent impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of millions. For example, see this on the dismantling of Indian agriculture, this on the KIA and the US neoliberal invasion of India and this on the US-Indo free trade deal.

Mar 04 13:40

Consumers Want GMO Labels, Not Barcodes

On Wednesday last week (February 25, 2015), the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, once again floated the idea of consumers using barcodes to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as an alternative to requiring food manufacturers to put a label on products that contain GMOs.

Mar 04 13:23

Scientists warn over-use of modern technology may be linked to memory loss and depression

Can’t recall a friend’s phone number? Press the speed dial on your mobile. Don’t know the way to their house? Use a satnav. Modern technology has taken the strain off our brains with the answers to so many problems available at the click of a button.

Mar 04 12:34

The Danger of Government Encryption Backdoors

As you may have heard, the law enforcement and intelligence communities have been pushing strongly for backdoors in encryption. They talk about ridiculous things like “golden keys,” pretending that it’s somehow possible to create something that only the good guys can use. Many in the security community have been pointing out that this is flat-out impossible. The second you introduce a backdoor, there is no way to say that only “the good guys” can use it.

Mar 04 11:41

Visa says we’re all going to have internet-connected fridges in the future

Soon we’re all going to be buying things with our fridge. That’s what Jonathan Vaux from Visa says, at least.

Mar 04 07:28

What to expect from FCC control of Internet

When it comes to government regulation of the internet, the stake dramatically escalates far beyond simply the cost of service

Mar 04 06:34

France wants companies to make appliances that last longer

France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last — before they buy it.

A new French government decree that came into effect this week aims at fighting so-called planned obsolescence. That is when companies design strategies to limit the life span of appliances, so that consumers will have to replace them.

The measure requires manufacturers to inform vendors how long spare parts for an appliance will continue to be produced. The vendor is then required to inform the buyer, in writing. Violators face up to 15,000 euros ($16,800) in fines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need that here in the US. We won't get it, of course, while this nation remains a fascist economic dictatorship, but we do need it here!

Mar 03 19:02

Apple may soon hold world market with new gold smartwatch; “24 million troy ounces” yearly to produce: Report

| 30% of world's gold market to be held by Apple for production of new smartwatch, says report

Mar 03 17:42

Informed Choice: Who Supports It?

by Catherine J. Frompovich

In various official statements on medical ethics, the right to informed choice is spelled out very clearly, so what's the problem? What doesn’t everyone else understand? Especially practicing physicians and the feds...

Mar 03 16:48

14 Foods That Cleanse the Liver

Modern society is a sad state that produces many over-processed livers. When we overeat or eat processed or fried foods, and, anytime we are exposed to environmental pollutants or stress, the liver becomes overworked and overloaded. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins and fat in an efficient way. There are many foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally by stimulating its natural ability to clean toxic waste from the body.

Mar 03 16:00

Obama Complains To China About Demanding Encryption Backdoors As His Administration Demands The Same Thing

The administration keeps bleating on and on about how China is a massive cybersecurity “threat” out there, and then hands the country this massive gift by having a kneejerk reaction to better encryption that protects American citizens.

Mar 03 15:59

White House Petition Against Mandatory Vaccination Reaches 100,000 Signature Threshold — Will Obama Respond?

The petition up on WhiteHouse.gov against mandatory vaccinations has, at the time of writing this, reached well over the 100,000 signatures needed by March 6th in order to supposedly garner a response from our president’s administration.

The petition is short, sweet, and to the point:

No human being should be FORCED to be vaccinated against their will and/or personal/religious beliefs. I petition against making vaccinations of any kind mandatory. This includes forcing children to be vaccinated to attend public schools, activities, and daycare centers. This also includes adults working in the public or private sector.

The fact that this even has to be petitioned in the first place, however — that the people so fear their government would take away their basic sense of medical freedom — is a sure sign of tyranny.

Mar 03 15:51

JP Morgan Reaches $50M Mortgage Doc Deal

JPMorgan Chase will pay $50 million to settle claims it filed “robo-signed” mortgage documents to bankruptcy courts across the U.S., the Justice Department announced.

Mar 03 14:14

Stop Whining America! Economists “Show” You’re The Happiest In 56 Years

Under-employed? Over-indebted? Under-paid? Forget about it… the clever economists that run the world have news for you. Based on economist Arthur Okun’s “Misery Index” – which combines inflation and unemployment rates – Americans are the least miserable since 1959…

Mar 03 12:12

DEADLY BACTERIA RELEASE SPARKS CONCERN AT HIGH-SECURITY LOUISIANA LAB FOR VACCINE RESEARCH ON PATHOGEN THAT ESCAPED

A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY.

The incident has raised concerns that bacteria from the lab may have contaminated the facility's grounds and though initial, limited tests didn't detect it, some officials are pressing behind the scenes for more action, records show. The safety breach at Tulane's massive lab complex 35 miles north of New Orleans is the latest in a recent series of significant biosafety accidents at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the country where research is performed on bacteria and viruses that are classified as potential bioterror agents.

Mar 02 23:39

Fishermen Slam TEPCO for Silence on Cesium-Water Dumped in Pacific

Tokyo Electric Power Co has already been seriously negligent, if not criminal, in reporting on the true severity of the Daiichi disaster. Now, fishermen from the Fukushima prefecture in Japan are shocked to find out that water containing cesium and other radioactive isotopes has been draining into the Pacific, while TEPCO sat silent and did nothing.

Mar 02 23:10

Food Network Airs Monsanto Advertisement

Maybe the Food Network should change their name to the Poison Café – after all, they are helping Monsanto with their PR campaign by airing commercials with the same message as their Prop 37 No to GMO Labeling Campaign. The same Monsanto ads appear in their magazine. Its time to unsubscribe from a Network that tries to sell GE seed and glyphosate through slick ads from one of the most hated companies in the world.

Mar 02 22:57

The Internet Of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone And Everything Will Be Monitored On The Internet

an you imagine a world where your home, your vehicles, your appliances and every single electronic device that you own is constantly connected to the Internet? This is not some grand vision that is being planned for some day in the future. This is something that is being systematically implemented right now.

Mar 02 22:48

MONEY JUNKIES! Record 290 newcomers join Forbes Billionaires list, total wealth of $7 Trillion

With the global economy stuck in recession and falling oil prices eating into growth, there has been a record 290 newcomers added to the ranks of the world’s billionaires, mostly from China. Their total wealth is an unprecedented $7 trillion.

Mar 02 15:43

Samsung Has Sold Its Soul to the Zionist Regime

“Samsung Electronics Co. said…the U.S. National Security Agency approved a number of its mobile devices for use by government officials to carry classified information, a positive step for the smart-phone maker’s struggling mobile division.”[5]

We also know that South Korea, the U.S., and Japan have all agreed to “sign intelligence pact,”[6] which is another way of saying that intelligence agencies in the U.S.—which included the Israeli-run NSA—can have access to South Korea’s technological devices. Even the Washington Post, which agreed with Samsung’s explanation, had this to say:

NSA-ISRAEL“Still, it would be good to get a clear answer on which companies control data pulled from Samsung televisions, and how. Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nuance declined to comment.”[7]

So, Samsung is basically sold out to the NSA:

Mar 02 14:38

Americans to Receive Full Biometric Treatment for all Forms of European Travel

Travel becomes truly ominous...

In a trend that isn't wholly surprising, EU Observer reports:

US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports.

Mar 02 11:57

SPACEX LAUNCHES FALCON 9 CARRYING WORLD’S FIRST ION PROPELLED ELECTRIC SATELLITES

The world’s first commercial satellites powered by xenon-ion electric engines were successfully orbited March 1. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched two “electric satellites” equipped with revolutionary xenon-ion engines that turn gas into a propellant from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Mar 02 11:51

COMING SOON: NO TRAVEL OR PASSPORT IF YOU OWE IRS

The IRS and Justice Department cooperate to catch tax scofflaws. They can even have notorious ones arrested when they land on U.S. soil. But some in Congress think we could do more to grab people on the move or to prevent them from taking flight in the first place.

Mar 02 08:00

When Net Neutrality becomes programmed censorship

The worst fears of all free speech proponents are upon us. The Verizon suit against the Federal Communications Commission, appellate decision sets the

Mar 02 07:03

PRISONS INCREASE PROFITS BY REPLACING IN-PERSON FAMILY VISITS WITH VIDEO SCREENS

Those in charge of the nation’s jails and prisons have found a way to make some money off the backs of those who can often least afford it—the families of inmates. Telecommunications companies, last seen making huge profits off phone service for inmates, have had to find a new revenue stream since the Federal Communications Commission capped most jail phone rates. Now they’re installing video visitation systems at jails and prisons across the country, charging huge fees for their use and splitting the profits with the facility.

Mar 02 07:00

Kellogg's Froot Loops contains GMOs and glyphosate herbicide, lab tests verify

(NaturalNews) With the food industry doing everything in its power to avoid having to tell the public that its products are laced with genetically modified (GM) additives, pesticides and other poisons, grassroots efforts to raise awareness about GMOs are flourishing.

Recent laboratory tests conducted by GMO Free USA, which revealed the presence of both high levels of GMOs and glyphosate herbicide in Kellogg's Froot Loops breakfast cereal, are just the start of a much larger campaign to rid the American food supply of all these hidden toxins and restore health to the general public.

Mar 02 06:25

Former Mooresville child compensated by federal ‘vaccine court’

As they started their family, Mooresville residents Theresa and Lucas Black dutifully got their children immunized, never doubting their doctor’s word that vaccines are safe and necessary.

But their faith in those promises was shaken in 2001, when their 3-month-old daughter, Angelica, developed life-threatening seizures and brain damage just three days after getting several vaccinations.

Mar 02 06:21

Are dog vaccines making pets sick?

CHICAGO (WLS) --The ABC7 I-Team investigated claims of dangerous side effects from dog vaccines. Vaccines are considered a standard part of owning a puppy, but some pet owners say these routine shots are harming their animal.

The current human measles outbreak has been partly blamed on the rejection of vaccines. Now, dog owners are questioning the shots their animals are getting. The I-Team has learned of growing concerns about the number of routine shots, and whether they're harming pets health instead of protecting it.

Mar 02 06:01

Apple Announces Mysterious Event On March 9, Probably Because Of The Watch

Apple is preparing to launch its smart watch.
Apple sent out invitations for a mysterious event that will take place on March 9, sparking speculation about the imminent release of their highly anticipated smart watch, simply baptized Watch (Watch, in English).

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Mar 01 19:43

Become a private cop — little training needed; get a real badge and even a gun

Less than 130 hours of training gets a 'rookie' turned-loose with a gun and a badge

Mar 01 15:18

Suggestions to HHS Regarding Vaccinations

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Ms. Rebecca Fish, Senior Policy Advisor / Email: Rebecca.Fish@hhs.gov

U.S. Health & Human Services

Ref: Federal Register Doc. 2015-02481 – NAIP Comment due date 3-9-15

Dear Senior Policy Adviser Rebecca Fish:

As requested in the Federal Register of 2-5-15, please accept the following additional comments regarding mandatory adult vaccinations in the USA, the NAIP.

Probably one of the most egregious and scientifically, non-credible problems revolving around vaccines, vaccinations—either pro or con mandatory vaccination programs—is the fact that much of the blame is projected upon the unvaccinated population with no science-based proof...

Mar 01 10:56

Apple buying a third of world’s gold to meet demand for iWatch

Behold, the world's first paper watch!

Mar 01 08:08

Google modifying algorithm in attempt to become the Internets Ministry of Truth

Google is looking at rolling out yet another revision to their search engine algorithm by curtailing your results to sites it considers to be the most "trustworthiness."

Mar 01 07:23

EXCLUSIVE: Whitehouse.gov caught freezing vaccine choice petition to prevent signatures from reaching 100,000 threshold

(NaturalNews) A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling for the prohibition of laws requiring mandatory vaccines has been throttled by the White House, buried from public view and finally frozen for over 36 hours to prevent the petition from achieving 100,000 signatures, Natural News can now reveal.

Feb 28 19:54

KFC to Serve Edible Coffee Cups

KFC is about to launch an edible coffee cup. The heat-resistant chocolate coated cookie biscuit cup called "Scoff-ee Cup" are currently on trial at KFC locations in the UK for a limited time. It will soon be launched across KFC restaurants in the UK.

Feb 28 13:14

Apple To Buy Up To 30% Of The World’s Annual Gold Production?

Technology giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may soon buy up one third of the world’s gold in order to meet the demands of its highly anticipated Apple Watch, according to reports.

Feb 28 12:40

Silicon Valley Panic: China Demands NSA-Like Access and Control

Silicon Valley is in a panic following an announcement that China is considering sweeping counterterrorism legislation. The law would require tech companies to provide the Chinese government with NSA-like access to private data, terms the industry may be forced to accept if they want to do business in the world’s most populated country.

Feb 28 10:06

What’s Really Behind the Current Measles Outbreak?

by Dr. Tedd Koren

In this nation of over 300 million, a little over a hundred cases of measles have been reported with no deaths. Some epidemic. Why is everyone so concerned? How many epidemic scares have we seen in the past few years? Both swine flu scares, SARS, bird flu, H1N1 flu, the Ebola scare and wasn’t heterosexual AIDS predicted to wipe out a quarter of the earth’s population? And this is only a partial list! As George Carlin once said, “Americans panic easily.”

But who can blame us when the “experts” say terrible things are going to happen and the media doesn’t give the other side of a story? The media merely parrots the official medical party line and even ignores and mocks those with opposing views. The fact that they’ve been wrong every time doesn’t matter; people still freak out when told, “It’s coming and it’s gonna be bad this time.” ...

Feb 28 09:39

Is Your Favorite Soda Carcinogenic?

A new study out of Johns Hopkins has revealed that one of the most popular soda ingredients poses a cancer risk to soda drinkers. Certain types of caramel color, commonly used in colas and dark soft drinks, contain a potentially carcinogenic byproduct, 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). 4-MEI forms during the manufacturing process used to make some types of caramel color.

“Soft drink consumers are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes,” says Keeve Nachman, PhD, senior author of the study and director of the Food Production and Public Health Program at the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “This unnecessary exposure poses a threat to public health and raises questions about the continued use of caramel coloring in soda.”

Feb 28 08:34

Ericsson Sues Apple For Patent Violation

The Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson filed several lawsuits against US computer giant Apple for patent violation, said Friday.

“Apple currently uses our technology without authorization and request therefore the help of the court and the ITC,” US International Trade Commission said in a statement Kasim Alfalahi, head of Ericsson’s intellectual property.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/ericsson-sues-apple-for-patent-violation/

Feb 27 17:30

‘Jihadi John’ and the Future of the Biometrics Terror Hunt

The future of the biometrics dragnets that identified an Islamic State executioner is on a hilltop in West Virginia. On Thursday, the Washington Post and BBC publicly identified Mohammed Emwazi, a British-educated, Kuwaiti-born man in his mid 20s, as “Jihadi John,” the Islamic State frontman who executed several hostages on camera, to the world’s horror.

Feb 27 16:55

Research: Antidepressants Don’t Work and May Make Depression Worse

[Editor’s Note: This article is about recent research on the chemical causes of depression and the use of SSRI antidepressants to address these causes. There are many other types of antidepressants available, and antidepressants, including SSRI’s, do help many people through depression. This research, and this article, simply highlight another perspective and another side of this important story, and should not be intended as medical advice for anyone.]

At present, over 10% of people over the age of 12 in the United States take some type of antidepressant, and depression is the number one cause of medical disability in both the United States and Canada. Fighting depression is big business, and financial analysts are forecasting notable growth in the antidepressant market in coming years, while yearly sales in the US top $5 billion.

Apparently, the accepted cure for depression is pharmaceutical antidepressants, typically selective serotonin uptake inhibitors, SSRI’s.

Feb 27 16:50

How Vaccines and GMOs Converge to Fuel Autism and Neurodegeneration

There is a lot of debate as to what is the cause, or better yet, causes of autism. This post isn’t intended to cover all of the variables which fuel autism. It is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of chief mechanisms related to how consumption of Monsanto’s RoundUp, by way of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola oil, sugar beets, or any other “RoundUp ready” crop, as well as vaccines may fuel microglial activation, a leading factor in all neurodegenerative conditions, including autism (1)(2)(3), Alzheimer’s(4)(5), ALS(6)(7), Parkinson’s(8)(9), non-situational depression(10)(11), and virtually all forms of chronic illness. While this post is more directed towards the discussion of autism, the reality is that all of the factors that I discuss below are unquestionably major factors of consideration in all neurodegenerative conditions.

What is microglial activation?

Feb 27 16:47

Scientists Blame Fluoride for Thyroid Issues, Depression, Weight Gain & More

A new study out of the UK shows once again just how dangerous water fluoridation is.

This time, a look at 98 percent of GP practices found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 percent more likely to show up in areas with, surprise surprise, the greatest degree of water fluoridation.

Via The Telegraph:

…new research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England…

It could mean that up to 15,000 people are suffering needlessly from thyroid problems which can cause depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.

And that, of course, is just the number of people in those areas studied.

Obviously, this is a dangerous and underestimated practice.

Feb 27 13:50

Did the FCC Sing Kumbaya After They Passed Net Neutrality?

Have you watched the video of the moment the FCC passed net neutrality? It's like this man walked on the moon and saved your grandma from cancer! Had to make a video...

Feb 27 13:48

SAMSUNG IS STILL LYING ABOUT THE ENCRYPTION ON ITS SMART TVS

When news broke that Samsung’s Smart TV’s listened to conversations and sent them to a third-party server company, the Korean manufacturer countered by claiming that all data transmissions to and from its televisions were encrypted. When testing demonstrated that the data in question wasn’t encrypted (despite being sent via Port 443, which is typically used for HTTPS traffic), Samsung modified its stance, claiming that new TVs were encrypted properly but older sets were not. This, too, has now been proven false.

Feb 27 13:32

Good News! Tax Audits Will Dwindle to Record Levels This Year

Well, tax season is officially in here, as Americans of all walks of life scramble to get their extortion papers tax returns in order before April 15th. Although, I’m not really sure why they call it “tax season.” That makes it sound like you could draw a comparison to something like the “holiday season.” I guess there are some similarities. You will spend months stressing over your finances, as you struggle to figure out how you’re going spend all your money on stuff you don’t need, but I digress.

There is some great news on the tax front. Apparently, this year the IRS will issue the lowest number of audits since 2005.

Feb 27 13:14

CIA’S NEW BIG DATA HUB WILL BE HOSTED IN THE CLOUD

The CIA is preparing to take the next step in its quest to shake up the status quo of siloed agencies within the intelligence community. CIA Chief Information Officer Doug Wolfe confirmed Wednesday the intelligence agency will start using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub platform by April, a move he expects “to extend the innovation and push the envelope on a whole range of different solutions” for all 17 IC agencies.

Feb 27 13:07

KIM DOTCOM’S MEGA IS DROPPED BY PAYPAL OVER END-TO-END ENCRYPTION, MAY ADOPT BITCOIN INSTEAD

Mega, the end-to-end encrypted cloud storage platform founded by mercurial entrepreneur and occasional outlaw Kim Dotcom, is back in the news. This time, the company’s primary adversary is PayPal, which earlier this week cancelled its payments processing contract.

Feb 27 12:07

Net Neutrality Vote in the FCC: You Lose America

It is manifestly unjust, and indeed outrageous, to allow this sort of cost-shifting to go on. It may be legal but it should be considered fraud. This is the false narrative being sold to you to support “Net Neutrality”, and it’s going to ram you right up the chute in the form of higher costs for your Internet connections whether you want to use Netflix and Facebook or not.

Feb 27 10:12

US economy slows in fourth quarter of 2014 with GDP rising by just 2.2%

The US economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

Feb 27 09:17

New study: Marijuana 144 times safer than alcohol

Just behind alcohol, heroin and cocaine were listed as the next most dangerous, followed by tobacco, ecstasy, and meth

Feb 26 19:05

Ron Paul: Internet, RIP?

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

Feb 26 18:57

REPORT: Ad Company Using Drones To Monitor Cellular, WiFi Signals

An advertising company has been utilizing drones experimentally to monitor cellular and Wi-Fi signals across the San Fernando Valley, according to a new report.

Feb 26 17:40

Comments to HHS about Mandatory Vaccinations due March 9th

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

Ms. Rebecca Fish, Senior Policy Advisor / Email: Rebecca.Fish@hhs.gov

U.S. Health & Human Services

Ref: Federal Register Doc. 2015-02481 – NAIP Comment due date 3-9-15

Dear Senior Policy Adviser Rebecca Fish:

As requested in the Federal Register of 2-5-15, please accept my comments regarding mandatory adult vaccinations in the USA, the NAIP.

Realistically, most of the information promulgated about vaccines really needs to be revisited for accuracy, transparency, and scientific facts. Furthermore, misleading bureaucratic promotional information should not be the basis for mandating any more vaccines for anyone in the USA!...

Feb 26 15:39

Another Record: $4.235 Per Pound for Ground Beef

The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high — $4.235 per pound — in the United States in January, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Feb 26 15:14

Obamacare Gruber fired from MA state health board

Gov. Charlie Baker has demanded and received the resignations of four members of the state Health Connector board, including MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, who touched off a national uproar late last year with videotaped comments about misleading marketing of the Affordable Care Act and derogatory remarks about the intelligence of the American people.

Feb 26 14:39

AR-15 Ammo Not “Armor Piercing” According to Law, But ATF Banning It Anyway

The ATF is trying to ban M855 AR-15 ammunition by declaring it “armor piercing,” despite the ammo containing lead which exempts it from the classification according to law.

Feb 26 14:27

Despite Record Stocks & Surging Wage Inflation, Consumer Comfort Plunges Most In 10 Months

hat do people have to be ‘uncomfortable’ about?!! Stock markets around the world are at record highs… real wages just jumped by the most MoM since 2008… So why oh why did Bloomberg’s Consumer Comfort Index plunge to its lowest of the year, falling by the most since May 2014? Perhaps, just perhaps, the market is a red herring… distracting the plebeians from the reality of the economy?

Feb 26 09:48

Why is the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Secret?

What's FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler? Hiding From Congress and the American People?

The 332-page final draft FCC order was only delivered to the four other FCC commissioners three weeks ago. When Wheeler delivered the document, he took the unusual step of issuing a “gag order” to prevent its release before the FCC vote

Feb 26 09:30

California Infant Dies after 8 Vaccines, Family Gets Him Back from Hospital Cremated

Parents in California are distraught after losing their infant son after being vaccinated. He died in his sleep and was taken to the hospital already deceased. Hospital staff ruled his death as sudden infant death syndrome. The couple was told an autopsy was required to be performed on their son.

After returning home, waiting to get an update, they never received one. Numerous phone calls were made to get answers. Weeks went by. Finally, they received verbal confirmation they could pick up the remains of their child from the crematory. They were not given the chance to say their goodbyes.

Feb 26 09:27

Kingsman: The Secret Service – ultimate conspiracy film?

My date and I witnessed an interesting display this evening at the cinema – a bevy of ads for the new Hollywood blockbusters that contained one peculiar

Feb 26 08:57

‘Today is the day’ as FCC readies historic vote on Net Neutrality

After millions made it clear they would not allow the commission, lawmakers or the telecom industry 'to mess with the Internet,' broad coalition plans celebrations on verge of historic vote

Feb 25 18:45

Frail Elderly Pro Se Slams NWTS on CPA and Little RICO 9A.82 Motion to Dismiss in WA.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

KingCast and Mortgage Movies See Frail Elderly Pro Se Slam NWTS on CPA and Little RICO 9A.82 Motion to Dismiss in WA Snohomish Superior Court

Feb 25 16:08

Obamanet? Are Obama’s new internet rules the end of the Free and Open Internet?

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on the most significant Internet regulations ever. In spite of the wide-reaching effects of these new regulations, the American public has no say in what happens; instead, a bunch of government bureaucrats at the FCC will decide the future of the internet.

Feb 25 16:02

Hillary Clinton Endorses FCC’s Title II Designation for the Internet

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled support for the Federal Communications Commission upcoming vote to make the internet a Title II public utility.

Feb 25 13:27

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

Feb 25 13:24

Janet Yellen Is Freaking Out About ‘Audit The Fed’ – Here Are 100 Reasons Why She Should Be

Janet Yellen is very alarmed that some members of Congress want to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time since it was created. If the Fed is doing everything correctly, why should Yellen be alarmed? What does she have to hide? During testimony before Congress on Tuesday, she made “central bank independence” sound like it was the holy grail. Even though every other government function is debated politically in this country, Yellen insists that what the Federal Reserve does is “too important” to be influenced by the American people. Does any other government agency ever dare to make that claim? But of course, the Federal Reserve is not a government agency. It is a private banking cartel that has far more power over our money and our economy than anyone else does. And later on in this article I am going to share with you dozens of reasons why Congress should shut it down.

Feb 25 11:44

Gas explosion destroys house in New Jersey

A police dashboard camera has caught the moment a house exploded in New Jersey on Tuesday, injuring 15 people.

NJ Gas were aware of a mains gas leak in the area of Route 9 and Oak Avenue and Stafford Township, and were evacuating homes and investigating the source of the leak when the explosion occurred.

No-one was in the house at the time of the explosion, but seven gas company workers were injured in the blast, two critically.

Feb 25 10:22

FORCED BLOOD DRAWS, DNA COLLECTION AND BIOMETRIC SCANS: WHAT COUNTRY IS THIS?

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation. Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

Feb 25 10:08

Samsung Will Promote Its 5G Technology At Mobile World Congress

Samsung promoted by the firm also South Korea’s SK Telecom it’s called “millimeter wave technology” that allows a transmission rate of 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), about 30 times faster than current 4G networks.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/samsung-will-promote-its-5g-technology-at-mobile...

Feb 25 10:07

THE DYSTOPIAN FUTURE OF QUANTIFIED BABIES

A group of design students from a Swedish university published an insightful academic paper last year spoofing all the baby health trackers now pitched to parents. The trackers measure things like a baby's breathing rate, heart rate, and sleep, and are made by startups including Mimo Baby, Owlet, Sproutling, and Monbaby.

Feb 25 09:34

Housing Prices Stabilize In The Us After Poor Sales

The housing prices in the United States stabilized in December, reflecting an environment of weak sales and low supply.

According to the Case-Shiller Standard & Poor’s / index that summarizes the average prices in 20 cities; they rose 4.5% in December compared with the same month last year. That represents an increase compared to 4.3% in November and the same applies to the increase in October. This slight increase was reduced after price increases declined for 12 consecutive months.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/housing-prices-stabilize-in-the-us-after-poor-sa...

Feb 25 09:03

Biochemistry Science versus the Pharmaceutical-Medical Paradigm

by Catherine J. Frompovich

There’s an excellent example that illustrates the crazy interpretation of biochemistry versus pharmaceutical vaccine pseudoscience, which has been going on for years masquerading as ‘evidence-based medicine’ parroted by the medical profession, the CDC/FDA, federal and state health agencies...

Feb 25 07:48

Texas inventor launches breakthrough home-based food production system featuring 3D-printable components posted online for free

A Texas patent holder and inventor has launched a collection of 3D-printable objects that function as key components in a non-electric, home-based food grow system that can be operated for

Feb 25 00:09

U.S. Homeownership Rate Hits 20-Year Low

The homeownership rate in the United States dropped to a 20-year low of 64.5 percent in 2014, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

Feb 24 22:01

The Psychological Reasons Why Americans Have Embraced Their Enslavement

Knowledge is a precursor to action and self-empowerment. Subsequently, how and where we get our news is critically important. This article explores how America sits upon the abyss of total brainwashing and how the last vestige of unbiased truth is about to disappear.

Feb 24 21:43

Yet More Scientists Blame Fluoride for Underactive Thyroid Issues, Depression, Weight Gain, and More

And again, these researchers like so many before them concluded there are safer ways of improving dental health these days that don’t involve dumping the artificial chemical byproducts of the fertilizer industry into our water supply, but our governments time and again just keep repeating the motto “safe and effective” over and over like the fluoridated zombie robots they are.

Did you know that not only was the flagship World War II Grand Rapids fluoride study “tinkered with” to throw out data showing children who did not drink fluoridated water had healthier teeth, but artificial fluoride’s “healthiness” was actually pushed via a massive government propaganda campaign run by none other than Edward Bernays?

Feb 24 17:46

Komodia’s Founder, “Was Once a Programmer in Israel’s IDF’s Intelligence Core”

Why is Komodia now getting so much attention anyway? Because its hugely intrusive and poorly protected technology is found in many places on the web, according to Marc Rogers, principal security researcher at content delivery network CloudFlare. The technology can be found in various parental control software, including those made by Qustodio and the Israeli firm’s own “Keep My Family Secure” product, and in web filter products across the world. On Weichselbaum’s LinkedIn page, he says: “My biggest vision is to create a world where children can surf the internet safely, and I’m working to see this vision realized.”

Feb 24 15:34

New Study: Soda Ingredient Poses Cancer Risk to Millions of Americans

A new study carried out by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has found that millions Americans who consume soda every day are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer as a result of an ingredient contained in many soft drinks

Feb 24 14:04

Illinois schools mull seizing students’ social media passwords

An Illinois law approved in 2014 gives school officials the ability to demand social media passwords from students, but principals and others charged with taking action to protect students don’t seem inclined to use their new authority unless absolutely necessary.

Feb 24 13:57

Lawmaker Who Said Snowden Committed Treason, Now On Other Side Of Metadata Surveillance

Rep. Aaron Schock is frequently referred to as a “rising star” in Congress, but this week, the Associated Press reported on a scandal involving Schock and his use of taxpayer and campaign funds for things like flights on private jets (owned by key donors) and a Katy Perry concert. Frankly, I think some of the “scandal” here is a bit overblown. But what struck me is part of how the AP tracked these details about Schock down...

Feb 24 13:45

Cop brutally attacks 78-year-old grandma for bringing cupcakes to her grandchildren

“And I was very frightened, and I told him to call the police and he said, ‘I am the police,'” said Poole

Feb 24 10:30

14 signs that most Americans are flat broke and totally unprepared for the coming economic crisis

When the coming economic crisis strikes, more than half the country is going to be financially wiped out within weeks

Feb 24 07:16

Gov. Caught Lying About Vaccine Dangers

In this marathon report anchored by a Feb 2014 Senate Hearing on Vaccines featuring Senator and Dr. Anne Schuchat the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. They use this national platform to continue the hoax that vaccines are perfectly safe and effective.

Feb 24 04:34

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015

This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices.

Feb 24 04:27

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s Round Up

A new study proves just how invasive Monsanto’s best selling chemicals are, revealing how herbicide toxins are appearing in 75% of rain and air samples.

Feb 23 22:31

SIM Card Producer Denies Any Real Risk From NSA Hacking Its Encryption Keys

Apparently, execs at Gemalto went to the same crisis management training program as the top execs at Lenovo. As you probably recall, last week The Intercept revealed that the NSA and GCHQ had hacked into the systems at Gemalto, the world’s largest maker of SIM cards for mobile phones, in order to get access to their encryption keys. This is a pretty massive security breach, allowing these intelligence agencies to decrypt calls that people thought were encrypted. But Gemalto insists its SIM cards are perfectly secure...

Feb 23 18:23

The government can go back in time and listen to calls you made before you were a target

Back in May 2013, a former FBI agent went on national television and twice told the American public that "all digital communications" are recorded and retained for posterity by US government agencies. Those comments came just a month before the first Edward Snowden leaks rocked the world. Later that June Glenn Greenwald, the reporter to publish the first of the Snowden leaks, told an audience in Chicago that the NSA collects the content of one billion phone calls per day.

Feb 23 17:56

Obamacare Mega-Oops: Nearly One Million Incorrect Tax Forms Sent Out

Sometimes one can’t help but wonder if this whole Obamacare fiasco is ever going to end. It’s like a recurring bad dream…an infinite nightmare that keeps returning, with new plot twists and horrible surprises every evening.

The latest blunder (to put it mildly) involves tax forms.

Feb 23 13:36

Processed Foods Indisputably Linked to Auto-Immune Disease

“Great news! Processed food isn’t as bad as you’ve been told!” -- How I wish that could be the headline for this article, but microwave meals and processed convenience foods are still killing us softly, as I’ve reported before. This time, the study points to a considerable increase in auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, alopecia, asthma, and eczema.

Feb 23 13:31

REPORT: More than one-third of Americans at risk of financial crisis

If your rainy day fund is light, you have plenty of company. According to a newly released report from Bankrate, 24 percent of Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings, and 13 percent are not much better off—they don’t have credit card debt but they don’t have emergency savings either. Put another way, more than a third of Americans are living at risk of a financial crisis.

Feb 23 12:30

Most Americans Are Slaves and They Don't Even Know It

Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do. These days, we don’t like to think of ourselves as “servants” or “slaves”, but that is what the vast majority of us are. It is just that the mechanisms of our enslavement have become much more sophisticated over time.

Feb 23 11:00

US Government, Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GMOs on Unwilling Africa

US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today...

Feb 23 10:47

U.S. Free Press Freezes About Italian Court Ruling That Vaccines Cause Autism

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

Have any readers read about the Italian court’s ruling that vaccines have caused autism? Have you heard about it on your nightly TV news channels? Have you scanned it on your favorite online newspaper? Probably not—but even more so, why not?

Well, there were at least two such autism rulings, the latest being in September 2014. Here is the 8-page official court document written in Italian, signed by Judge Nicola Di Leo. Mary Holland, JD, wrote an article about that ruling, which everyone at the HHS, CDC, FDA and all state and local health agencies should read, know about and, furthermore, accept because vaccines DO cause autism...

Feb 23 10:12

Federal Reserve insider Alan Greenspan warns: There will be a “significant market event… something big is going to happen”

Greenspan recently joined veteran resource analyst Brien Lundin at the New Orleans Investment Conference to share some of his thoughts

Feb 23 09:10

Baby formula has 7.5 times more arsenic than breast milk

In the first U.S. study of urinary arsenic in babies, Dartmouth College researchers found that formula-fed infants had higher arsenic levels than breast-fed infants, and that breast milk itself contained very low arsenic concentrations...

Feb 22 17:00

200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate - FREE Research PDF Download!

Sayer Ji
Activist Post

The media, your pediatrician, politicians and health authorities like the CDC and FDA claim that vaccines are safe and effective. So why do hundreds of peer-reviewed studies indicate the opposite is true? Read, download, and share this document widely to provide the necessary evidence-based counterbalance to the pro-vaccination propaganda that has globally infected popular consciousness and discussion like an intractable disease...

Feb 22 15:16

As DHS shutdown looms, Jeh Johnson Issues Terror Warning To Mall of America Customers

It was not too long ago that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge admitted in his book The Test of Our Times,? that he “was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election.”? The NY Daily News in 2004 found that Ashcroft’s Justice Department rolled out terrorism announcements frequently to give Bush a boost in the polls against Democrat John Kerry. Ridge’s first hint that Bush political aides were leveraging fear of terror attacks — an issue where Bush polled well — came in May 2004. Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller held a press conference to warn about American-Al Qaeda Adam Gadahn and other suspects.

Feb 22 11:56

Why billionaire oligarchs bankroll feminism

I’ve received several messages from feminists of late inquiring as to why on earth I would dare to question women’s rights, supposed equality and empowerment

Feb 22 10:45

New California Bill Would End Vaccine Exemptions

Unfortunately, in California, no individual right can remain untouched forever.

Feb 22 10:33

It’s Official, McDonald’s and Monsanto Are Both ‘Losing Money Fast’

In a series of headlines that would pass as virtually unbelievable several years ago, mainstream economists are sounding the alarm over the financial decline of both fast food giant McDonald’s and biotech juggernaut Monsanto.

Feb 22 10:19

35 things the media reported as FACTS that were later found to be total lies

Truth is the greatest enemy of the state, and the purpose of the state-run media is to broadcast a sufficient quantity of lies to suffocate the truth and thereby protect state interests

Feb 22 06:29

US judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over Android apps

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that charges Google harmed consumers by forcing Android handset makers to use its apps by default, but gave the plaintiffs three weeks to amend their complaint.
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Google faces allegations of anticompetitive behavior in a number of antitrust cases around the world. The most recent case involves Russian search engine company Yandex, which has accused Google of illegally forcing Android device manufacturers to install its own apps and exclude software from competitors. Yandex said on Feb. 18 that it had filed a complaint with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) asking the authority to investigate Google for possible violations of Russian antitrust law.

Feb 21 21:12

FTC files lawsuit to block merger of Sysco and US Foods, America’s two biggest food distributors

The two largest food distributors in America, Sysco and US Foods, agreed to terms on a proposed merger more than a year ago and the federal government has now sued to block the deal. The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint (PDF) charging that the merger would violate antitrust laws, totaling more than 75 percent of national sales for “broadline foodservice distribution services” in the United States, and would dominate many local markets. The FTC alleges the deal would lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced service to customers.

Feb 21 11:55

Calls to shut down social media “extremism” intensify

CBS claims the IS “propaganda machine produces as many as 90,000 posts on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms every single day.”

Feb 21 01:44

Deaths from Prescription Painkillers Triple in 20 Years – What’s Going On?

The deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger may have grabbed headlines, but there is a far larger tragedy behind America’s recreational painkiller epidemic. Deaths from prescription painkillers have more than tripled in the last 20 years, while drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Feb 21 01:12

Buyer Beware: Talking Barbie Records Kids’ Conversations

Mattel’s new high-tech Barbie that records conversations for analysts to read. What possibly could go wrong?

Feb 20 17:22

The FDA Doesn’t Care If You Die

Oh, yet another smoking gun.

Reuters) – U.S. health regulators have known since at least 2009 that the medical devices at the center of the “superbug” outbreak at UCLA can transmit lethal infections but have not recommended any new safety requirements, a lapse that threatens patient safety, experts in hospital-acquired infections said.

More than five years.

Further, it will only change now (if it does at all) because it’s all over the news.

Feb 20 14:42

Forced Adult Vaccinations at Federal Levels Comment Period Now

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

The U.S. Health and Human Services published a 46-page draft proposal and notice in the Federal Register recently regarding more mandated vaccines for adults, and especially pregnant females; employer-enforced adult vaccinations; and probably for getting faith-based groups to uptake and not oppose vaccines/vaccinations.

There is an open public comment period that ends March 9, 2015, for consumers to register their comments...

Feb 20 14:07

A Future Filled with Sex Robots: The Downfall of Humanity in One YouTube Comment Thread

Between being heralded as the next best thing since sliced bread that will save the world from everything from STDs to unwanted children to war to fundamentally changing all of society as we know it, the male/female arguments over the coming silicone fembot sex revolution shows why humanity is, for lack of a better term and pardon the pun, screwed.

Feb 20 13:34

US TRAVELLERS SET FOR EU BIOMETRIC DRAGNET

US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. The biometric dragnet is part of a pilot test of the EU’s so-called ‘smart borders’ package. Passengers can refuse to give the data for now but there are plans to eventually make it obligatory.

Feb 20 10:13

GCHQ and NSA Collaborate to Steal the Keys to Your Cellphone

By Nadia Kayyali

Anyone interested in privacy and security should think twice about their cell phone dependence right now. That’s because today, The Intercept revealed that British spy agency GCHQ led successful efforts to hack into the internal networks of Gemalto, “the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications” made on the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, including “AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world.”

In other words, for millions or even billions of users around the world, global cellular communications are about as secure from GCHQ and NSA as an FM radio broadcast...

Feb 20 08:05

SPIES CAN TRACK YOU JUST BY WATCHING YOUR PHONE’S POWER USE

Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal information about your location to every app on your device through a different, unlikely data leak: the phone’s power consumption.

Feb 20 07:42

Media Blackout on US “Smart Grid Deployment”

Over the past several years a conspiracy of silence has surrounded the implementation of the Smart Grid across the United States, perhaps with good reason. If the public was aware of what lay behind this agenda there would likely be considerable outcry and resistance.

Feb 20 06:55

YouTube blocks Game of Thrones trailer on copyright grounds

There's no doubt that Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show in history, with copyright holders doing all they can to remove infringing copies from the web

Feb 19 18:24

The Superfish certificate has been cracked, exposing Lenovo users to attack

Lenovo's Superfish bug just went from bad to worse, as researchers have turned up an easy way to take advantage of the security flaws opened up by the pre-installed software. Superfish is present on Lenovo laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015, although Lenovo says no Thinkpads were shipped with the software. The bug has come under fire for breaking fundamental web security protocols, routing all encryption through a single password-protected certificate authority owned by a third-party adware company that makes Superfish. Anyone with the password that unlocks that certificate authority would be able to completely bypass the computer's web encryption.

This morning, researchers found and published that password, turning a security flaw into an active vector for attack. According to a post by Errata Security's Robert David Graham, the password was stored in the Superfish software's active memory and was trivial to extract.

Feb 19 18:23

Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey 'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC cards

If spending an extra $100 or more on a “Premium Sound” SDXC card makes you happy, go for it. It's your hobby, after all. But the whole thing seems reminiscent of that Penn and Teller show that lampooned water connoisseurs by secretly serving them from the tap.

Feb 19 13:53

Discovery of Another Major Problem with Modern Bread

The modern day gluten-free mania and marketing is creating a backlash. People who are sick of it fall back on "inconclusive" studies or dismiss gluten concerns altogether. Unfortunately, gluten-free fare is often filled with junk ingredients, which creates more distrust.

Is there a way to enjoy bread - real bread today? One wheat-breeder says yes.

Feb 19 06:48

Cop reveals that “planting evidence and lying” are just “part of the game”

The Post then contacted the officer and conducted an anonymous interview with him where he revealed his disturbing perspective

Feb 18 22:58

If You Were Bankrupt

If you were bankrupt and the debt you owed was overwhelming, how would you handle it? What if the debt were thrust upon you by an outside force; would you really care about the creditors or would your family be the priority?

What if there was a way for you to pay back your debt, even though you know the debt is bogus and was, in fact, placed in your account by a group of criminals but you agreed to pay it back in a form that might not settle well with your creditors?

Feb 18 19:13

Scientists Say All the World’s Data Can Fit on a DNA Hard Drive the Size of a Teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have found a way to encode data onto DNA—the very same stuff that all living beings’ genetic information is stored on—that could survive for millennia.

Feb 18 18:18

Samsung TV Security Hole Opens Door for Hackers

Samsung transmits voice data to Nuance through an unsecure cocktail of XML and binary data, and does not use SSL encryption. If a talented researcher like Lodge could track voice data back to Nuance, a malicious hacker could do the same, provided that he or she had access to your smart TV and home network credentials.

Whether this is really dangerous is up for debate, as most users are not likely to look for anything terribly compromising via voice search on their smart TVs. Still, in a day and age when it's common for both cybercriminals and world governments to try to leverage personal data, it's surprising to see a big company transmit private information without some kind of encryption.

Feb 18 17:08

How One Nebraska Woman Lost Her Health Insurance Three Times Under Obamacare

For Weldin, 58, the insurer’s liquidation marked the third time she would lose her health insurance under Obamacare, the third time she would head to HealthCare.gov to shop for coverage, and the third time she would have to purchase a brand new plan.

Feb 18 15:59

Orthorexia Nervosa: Officials Declare 'Eating Healthy' A Mental Disorder

As the people continue to walk away from the broken medical and agricultural/food systems, like any abusive relationship, the abuser will do anything to maintain their waning control. Organic and non-GMO food markets have exploded in the last five years so much so that any corporation wishing to not follow the trend risks financial hardship or ruin. In addition, pharmaceutical companies are feeling the strain as less people want their toxic medications and crippling side effects. In an attempt to curb this mass rush for the exits, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa”.

Feb 18 15:36

Obama administration to allow sales of armed drones to allies

The Obama administration will permit the widespread export of armed drones for the first time, a step toward providing allied nations with weapons that have become a cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy but whose remotely controlled power to kill is intensely controversial.

Feb 18 15:14

Officials Declare ‘Eating Healthy’ A Mental Disorder

In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa,” defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” In other words, experts are saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated.

Feb 18 14:46

DARPA implant could give people Terminator-like vision

Leave it to the US Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create something that makes smart glasses and augmented reality headsets seem passé: the team behind some of the military’s most cutting edge technology is creating implants that can give people Terminator vision. According to CNET, the DARPA boffins are reportedly working on a device known as a ‘cortical modem’ that plugs directly into a person’s DNA and visual cortex. Not only does this unique device help someone overcome blindness or poor eyesight, it generates a built-in heads-up display (HUD) that appears right in before their very eyes.

Feb 18 11:49

REPORT: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY ‘THREATEN CIVILISATION’

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human civilisation” in a report by the Global Challenges Foundation. In the case of AI, the report suggests that future machines and software with “human-level intelligence” could create new, dangerous challenges for humanity – although they could also help to combat many of the other risks cited in the report.

Feb 18 11:40

KHAMENEI: IRAN COULD CUT EUROPE’S ACCESS TO GAS IF SANCTIONS NOT LIFTED

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Wednesday that his country would resist global sanctions imposed over its nuclear program, saying that Iran might respond to international pressure by cutting back gas exports. "The enemy is using the lever of sanctions to the hilt and their goal is to stop our people's progress," Khamenei said in a public speech in Tehran, according to IRNA news agency.

Feb 18 07:05

Complete Breakdown of ALL Economic Activity

In todays episode we revisit the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) for the simple reason that it has hit an all time low. Last week the BDI was in free fall and now it has dropped off a cliff. This combined with the falling oil prices – which have not bottomed yet – are one of the truest signs of global economic activity coming to a grinding halt. If people are not shipping goods, then shelves must be full of product. If shelves are full then product is not moving.

We take a look at the latest news out of Greece and the EU. An “ultimatum” was delivered to Varoufakis, to which he replied “There is no plan B…”. The question that I keep asking is – what does Varoufakis have as a wild card? We all know about Russia offering help, but what else does he have in his back pocket? Maybe silver backing the Drachma as Hugo Salinas Price suggested back in 2012! What other possibilities could Varoufakis have waiting in the wings?!

Feb 18 06:58

Nine Australians Catch Hepatitis A from Chinese Produce

Do any of us really know what's in our food these days? Ever since the world moved away from small farms and into industrial agricultural, we've lost touch with the food on our dinner plates. We don't really know how it's made, or what goes into it. Heck, we don't even really know who makes it, aside from the corporate logo on the packaging.

Feb 17 19:47

Poll: GMOs Among ‘Most Popular Topics’ Of The year

Genetically modified organisms in our food supply should be a concern for people in all age groups. In a recent survey, the issue of genetically modifying the food supply was named one of the top stories influencing behavior in Americans under 40. It’s also one of the most important food stories that most mainstream media outlets simply aren’t representing accurately.

Feb 17 19:41

8 Goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s Health Care Reform Book

In one of life’s bitter ironies, I recently found a book by Jonathan Gruber in the bin of a bookstore’s going-out-of-business sale. It’s called Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works. Interestingly, the book is a comic, which made it a quick read. It’s just the sort of thing that omniscient academics write to persuade ordinary people that their big plans are worth pursuing.

Feb 17 15:56

Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You By John W. Whitehead

snip: Today, there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence—especially not when the government can listen in on your phone calls, monitor your driving habits, track your movements, scrutinize your purchases and peer through the walls of your home. That’s because technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry—has upped the stakes dramatically so that there’s little we do that is not known by the government.

In such an environment, you’re either a paragon of virtue, or you’re a criminal.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re all criminals. This is the creepy, calculating yet diabolical genius of the American police state: the very technology we hailed as revolutionary and liberating has become our prison, jailer, probation officer, Big Brother and Father Knows Best all rolled into one.

Feb 17 08:02

TECH EXECS RAISING EYEBROWS OVER WASHINGTON STATE’S CANNABIS-TRACKING PACT

The emerging cannabis industry in Washington is tied at the hip to the state’s burgeoning technology sector in no small measure because robust product-tracking data serves as a shield against federal pre-emption of the great marijuana-legalization experiment now underway. That’s why a little-noticed flap within the state’s tech community is worth paying attention to as regulators in the state continue to role out the infrastructure to support legal weed — approved by Washington voters in November 2012 through a referendum dubbed Initiative 502.

Feb 17 06:35

Kaspersky fingers NSA-style Equation Group for hard drive backdoor epidemic

WD, Seagate and Toshiba kit has a whiff of surveillance

RUSSIAN SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky has exposed what looks like evidence of backdoor surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA)

Kaspersky researchers claim to have uncovered one of the biggest, if not the biggest, threat actor that it has seen in two decades.

The security firm has dubbed this outfit the Equation Group, and its toolbox 'the Death Star of the Malware Galaxy', and explained that the tools of its trade have hallmarks and themes similar to those of Stuxnet.

Feb 17 01:44

Russian Farmer Pays His $610 Bank Loan with Manure

However, there’s one thing the banks never seem to account for. If you have the power to take away everything your customer owns, then they’ll have nothing left to lose. This often results in some very candid responses from the people who owe the bank. In the case of one Russian farmer, he’s had enough of his bank’s punitive fees, and has decided to pay them exactly what they deserved.

Feb 16 23:24

Applegate Farms organic brand may be selling out to GMO Juggernaut

What’s the best way to squash your competition? Buy them out. Applegate Farms, LLC really has no good reason to sell out to a GMO-supporting mega-corporation. They’ve been worth millions for years, and have gained success in the organic food industry like few others. But money talks, and the organic meat seller is in negotiations with industrial food giant Hormel Foods Corp. to become part of its conglomerate.

Feb 16 17:10

NSA has ability to embed spying software in computer hard drives, including yours

The NSA has figured out “how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers,” reports Joe Menn at Reuters, which gives the agency “the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers.”

Feb 16 15:20

why is the Government taxing sanitary products ?

There's nothing luxurious about my periods, so why is the Government taxing tampons as if there is?
Not only is it unfair, but the decision to tax sanitary products as "luxury" items is forcing some women to take desperate measures

A petition to have this tax removed has so far attracted over 135,000 signatures. The campaign points to a host of items which are tax exempt including “edible sugar flowers”, “alcoholic jellies” and “exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo”. Men’s razors are also tax-free.

I've spoken to a number of women about the issue, and they all say the same thing. Being forced to pay for the "luxury" of getting your period isn't fair, and sometimes it can be too much of challenge. “There was a time I was really squeezed for cash and I had to resort to asking friends for ...

(*Got it !)

Feb 16 09:55

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 56 People

A total of 56 deaths were deemed eligible for a payout, climbing from 52 the previous week. The number of eligible injury claims also increased to 87 people from 79 the previous week.

The number of claims filed also rose to 4,312 from 4,237, suggesting the fund has now processed the final rush of claims that came in on the day of the deadline. Claims had to have a Jan. 31 postmark to be counted. GM has declined to extend the fund’s deadline.

A final tally likely wont be known for weeks

Feb 16 08:09

Cops have killed every 8 hours in 2015, sending at least three people to their early graves per day

As of February 15, only a month and a half into 2015, there has been at least 136 individuals killed by police in the United States since the first of the year

Feb 16 07:51

This is how the world ends: Twelve risks that threaten human existence

'Mass deaths and famines, social collapse and mass migration are certainly possible in this scenario,' report authors write of extreme climate change

Feb 16 07:13

WHY A FAKE ARTICLE TITLED "CUCKOO FOR COCOA PUFFS?" WAS ACCEPTED BY 17 MEDICAL JOURNALS

As a medical researcher at Harvard, Mark Shrime gets a very special kind of spam in his inbox: every day, he receives at least one request from an open-access medical journal promising to publish his research if he would only pay $500.

Feb 16 05:53

End of OPEC

Oil to Hit $20, End of OPEC May Be Near

The plunge in oil prices, which has been accelerated largely by excess supply caused by America’s shale oil revolution, may not be over just yet. In a note Monday, Ed Morse, global head of commodity research at Citigroup (C) and one of the more influential analysts in the energy space, wrote that oil prices may dip to $20 p/b and the “end” of OPEC may be near.

“It’s impossible to call a bottom point, which could, as a result of oversupply and the economics of storage, fall well below $40 a barrel for WTI, perhaps as low as the $20 range for a while,” Morse said, noting that the recent rally in crude prices “looks more like a head-fake than a sustainable turning point.”

Feb 15 15:59

Fake Disney measles outbreak: send in the clowns

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

“Lacking any real science proving we have a serious 2015 measles outbreak, and lacking any science supporting the idea that the measles vaccine is safe and effective, we’re looking at a psyop called The Disney Story. A fake horror movie happening at ‘the happiest place on Earth,’ Disneyland. It’s a perfect way to scare the moms into vaccinating their kiddies. If the happiest place on Earth isn’t safe, then where is safety? ‘Mickey Mouse infects children.’ Cue the ominous music. ‘Cotton candy dream turns into nightmare.’ ‘Send in the clowns, carriers of the virus.’” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

150 measles cases. No deaths.

Dangerous outbreak? Are you kidding?...

Feb 15 10:19

Sorry Monsanto: Organic Food Demand is Absolutely Exploding

You can attribute this change in market demand to education. You can attribute it to the mass awakening happening around the planet. But either way, you can’t argue with the numbers. Eating organic is no longer ‘fringe’ or something done solely by health-nuts and athletes, hippies, and paranoids. In fact, consumer demand for organic food is seeing double digit growth year over year, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping.

Feb 15 10:12

Smart Meters: What Consumers Can Do To Get Them Removed

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

There are serious issues regarding electromagnetic energy technology known as ‘Smart Meters’. So, if SMs can communicate information out of your house, what is it sending and to whom, especially if it’s transmitted via microwaves? Hopefully—or, is it only theory—that moment-by-moment surveillance data cannot be intercepted by anyone, including burglars or other identity thieving individuals. Regardless, there are serious doubts about that information’s security and risks. Moreover, there are dubious and rightful concerns that the information generated within every ‘smart-metered’-home is being sold to special interest commodity producers as ‘leads’ for their merchandising campaigns!

But, the most egregious of all problems with ‘smart meters’ is the apparent adverse health effects from the electromagnetic radiation they send into personal homes...

Feb 15 09:31

Flashback: Merck Created Hit List to "Destroy," "Neutralize" or "Discredit" Dissenting Doctors

The allegations come on the heels of revelations that Merck created a fake medical journal -- the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine -- in which to publish studies about Vioxx; had pop songs commissioned about Vioxx to inspire its staff, and paid ghostwriters to draft articles about the drug.

Feb 15 09:18

Schools Start Treating E-Cigarettes as Drug Paraphernalia

Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes. The devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor instead of burning tobacco, have passed traditional smokes in popularity among teenagers. Schools are clamping down because e-cigarettes, sometimes also known as vaporizers, can also be used for illegal substances like marijuana.

Feb 14 17:03

Google Chrome’s New Feature: Spying On You for Google

Your Xbox will listen to you. Your TV will listen to you. And now, if you’re not careful with its new voice recognition features, Google Chrome will listen to you, too. Welcome to the Internet of Things: Where the electronics you bring into your house are now smart enough to outsmart you, and keep tabs on everything you do… potentially for the highest bidder.

Feb 14 16:46

South Carolina Inmate Sentenced to 37 Years in Solitary for Facebooking

In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking. Back in 2012, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) made “Creating and/or Assisting With A Social Networking Site” a Level 1 offense [PDF], a category reserved for the most violent violations of prison conduct policies. It’s one of the most common Level 1 offense charges brought against inmates, many of whom, like most social network users, want to remain in contact with friends and family in the outside world and keep up on current events. Some inmates ask their families to access their online accounts for them, while many access the Internet themselves through a contraband cell phone (possession of which is yet another Level 1 offense).

Feb 14 09:09

Go to Prison for File Sharing? That's What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal

Maira Sutton
Activist Post

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own. The TPP will encourage ISPs to monitor and police their users, likely leading to more censorship measures such as the blockage and filtering of content online in the name of copyright enforcement. And in the most recent leak of the TPP's Intellectual Property chapter, we found an even more alarming provision on trade secrets that could be used to crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers who report on corporate wrongdoing.

Feb 14 09:01

Merck MMR Vaccine Failed to Protect Thousands from Mumps

Pharmaceutical giant Merck is being accused falsifying data so it could sell a vaccine that wasn’t as effective as advertised and didn’t work for thousands of individuals. Merck has a monopoly on vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR and MMR II vaccines. These vaccines have been given to millions of Americans. Thousands of those inoculated still contracted the mumps during outbreaks in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Feb 14 00:04

Unemployment Is Killing 45,000 People Each Year

The number of suicides related to unemployment remains stubbornly high despite the improving economy, according to a study published this week.

Feb 13 21:22

Cattle prices rise after Canada confirms new case of mad cow disease

Canada confirmed its first case of mad cow disease since 2011 on Friday but said the discovery, which helped drive cattle prices higher, should not hit a beef export sector worth C$2 billion ($1.6 billion) a year.

Feb 13 20:57

Go to Prison for Sharing Files? That’s What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States’ excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future

Feb 13 18:28

Measles outbreak: 13 reasons to reject the hype

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

Hype a war, sell an invasion.

Hype a disease, sell a vaccine.

That’s the business model. Make no mistake about it.

And at the criminal liar’s club called the US Centers for Disease Control, men and women are working that business model every day.

Here are 13 reasons to reject the current hype about the “measles outbreak.”...

Feb 13 15:55

USDA Approves Genetically Modified Apple Despite Health and Contamination Concerns

Center for Food Safety today expressed deep concern over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to approve a first-of-its-kind genetically engineered (GE) apple that doesn't brown after bruising or slicing. The apple, developed by the company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, uses a relatively new form of genetic engineering called RNA interference or gene silencing, which has raised numerous concerns from consumer groups, environmentalists, and the apple industry. Like other GE products in the U.S., no mandatory labeling will be required. This approval allows commercial production of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties of Okanagan’s non-browning “Arctic” apple, and the company has Fuji and Gala versions on the horizon...

Feb 13 13:20

Select Portfolio Lawyer Gets Away with Testifying in Little RICO 9A.82 Washington Foreclosure Case


Thursday, February 12, 2015

KingCast and Mortgage Movies See Marilynn Shcolnik Win Remand in Wrongful Foreclosure But Court Allows SPS Attorney to Testify About Note and Alleged Loan Mod.

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Look at the date of the purported Security Instrument on her purported Loan Mod.
It references 31 July 2006.
The purported Note reads 25 July 2006.
And oh, Ms. Shcolnik says her Canadian Border Patrol docs prove
she was out of the Country all day. Are they claiming she signed it at night?
Well then if so the people who signed on her Deed of Trust have to testify,
rather than Attorney Eidson. This is simple, folks.

Feb 13 10:15

FBI Says All Public Records Requests For Stingray Documents Must Be Routed Through It

The FBI definitely does not want the nation’s law enforcement agencies to talk about their Stingray devices. Manufacturer Harris Corporation has aided and abetted this secrecy — first by misleading the FCC on the intended use of the devices (emergencies only) and then by claiming the FCC required law enforcement to sign non-disclosure agreements with the FBI, something the FCC has denied.

Feb 13 10:12

Utility Commissioner’s Emails Reveal Smart Meter Conspiracy

By Josh del Sol
Activist Post

FAT CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG: Evidence has now been made public of illegal actions and collusion between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and utility PG&E, as criminal investigations continue.

As part of a federal and state investigation into what appears to be systemic corruption involving former senior executives at PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission, 65,000 emails have been publicly released, revealing collusion and conspiracy...

Feb 13 07:54

MCDONALD’S GIVES FREE VACCINES WITH HAPPY MEALS IN TEXAS

Would you like a side of hepatitis A shot with your Happy Meal? As it turns out, your child may just be able to receive a number of significant vaccinations at your local McDonald’s on behalf of the Department of Public Health.

Feb 13 07:44

INFOPORN: PROOF THAT THE FDA ISN’T PROTECTING AMERICANS’ HEALTH

Making drugs is tricky business. It’s also expensive, so it’s no shocker that labs take scientific shortcuts when trying to get a treatment to market—where it can start earning back the millions of dollars spent in development. Whenever the FDA catches falsified data or unreported side effects, it issues a warning letter to document the bad research. That’s good. But a new study shows the FDA also goes to extreme lengths—from bureaucratic obfuscation to outright redactions—to hide any links between that negligence and any particular drug. That makes it impossible to tell if these letters are doing anything to protect consumers.

Feb 13 00:46

Right to Vaccinate Vs. Medical Tyranny: What Happened to Freedom of Choice?

I’m absolutely mortified at how people have become so polarized over the question of “Do I or don’t I vaccinate myself and my family?”

It seems as though people have lost sight of the fact that this is NOT a right or wrong question, it’s simply a choice.

The reason for the conundrum is quite simple. For the last 100 years (or so), people have had academic/industry experts/government/media tell us what to think, what to buy, what to put in our bodies, all with “good intentions” because they know what’s best for you.

Feb 13 00:06

19 Cool Uses For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is having a moment — and not just in stir fries and baked goods. This slightly-sweet oil is a powerhouse that does everything from remove sticky labels to soothe cuts. With a jar running around $10, there are so many uses for this unique ingredient around your home, you may not even use it for cooking.

Feb 12 23:36

You Can’t Create More Savings by Printing More Money

Economies only grow through the pool of real savings.

Feb 12 20:52

Samsung Ad Injections Perfectly Illustrate Why I Want My 'Smart' TV To Be As Dumb As Possible

Bottom line: I want my pipes dumb, my TVs dumber, and my choice of a full variety of intelligent devices and services without bull-headed companies stumbling drunkenly into my line of sight. Samsung's clumsy week simply couldn't have illustrated the growing need for dim-witted television sets any better.

Feb 12 20:25

Samsung: WHAT is my SmartTV reporting? To whom?

Being curious about the recent Samsung SmartTV stories, I connected my SmartTV through an old-fashioned HUB (copies all traffic to every port; unlike a switch) to my router. This allowed me to capture all traffic to/from my TV through my laptop's ethernet port. A wireshark capture shows that remote sites are trying to access my TV until I turn it on, then after nearly 7400 packets, it settles down. Then changing channels over ~4.5 minutes results in ~10,000 more packets. The TV continues sending data for several more seconds after the set appears to be off. Multiple servers were contacted in these domains: amazonaws.com, akamaitechnologies.com, cloudfront.net, twitvid.com, pcloud.com, yahoo.com, aclwireless25.com and some by IP address. WHAT are you sharing Samsung???

Feb 12 15:51

Big Pharma’s Psychotropic and Other Drug Problems

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

...Therein we find a part of the problem, i.e., misdiagnoses with over-prescribing pharmaceutical drugs, which no authorities in either federal or state governments are addressing. Furthermore, a prescription-pad-practice, in my opinion, is tantamount to ‘soft medical malpractice’ by medical doctors, or others, who prescribe psychotropic drugs almost willy-nilly—all while not being held to proper oversight by those who lobby for the rules—professional organizations in many instances.

Pharmaceutical drugs/business/markets have become behemoth institutions promoting money-making industries that, apparently, are too big to tackle or handle by medical boards, state licensing boards, and the medical professions, e.g., the American Medical Association.

Feb 12 15:34

Two People Contract Mumps After Receiving Mumps Vaccine

Doctors in Washington are scrambling to explain why two MMR vaccine recipients contracted the mumps virus after being vaccinated.

Feb 12 13:53

OFFICIALS IN MISSOURI ARE SUING THEIR OWN RESIDENTS FOR VOTING AGAINST RED LIGHT CAMERAS

In November of last year, the citizens of St. Charles County democratically expressed their anger with the use of red light cameras in their town. Seventy-three percent of those who went to the polls approved a measure to ban red light cameras. However, the fat cat bureaucrats, apparently afraid of losing the money generated from the rights-violating red light cameras, don’t like that vote. They are now taking action to punish the citizens for trying to undermine their perceived authority.

Feb 12 13:35

Pharma companies are purposely misspelling their drug names in payment data reports to hide their payments to doctors from new federal tracking system

REPORTS TO HIDE THEIR PAYMENTS TO DOCTORS FROM NEW FEDERAL TRACKING SYSTEM
You'd think drug and medical device makers would know how to spell the names of their own products. But when companies submitted data to the federal governmentlast year on their payments to doctors, some got the product names wrong. Forest Laboratories misspelled its depression drug, Fetzima, as "Fetziima" 953 times — in more than one-third of all the reports on the drug. Medical device company Amedica Corp. sometimes called its Preference screw system "Preferance."

Feb 12 10:48

Smart TVs Are a Great Idea. Too Bad TV Makers Are Ruining Them

There’s no reason smart TVs can’t be great. But they’re not great right now. You shouldn’t buy one.

It’s all because TV manufacturers looked at that screen in the center of your house, where you spend hours a day, and saw only dollar signs. So they cynically turned “Smart TV” into a platform for unwelcome data collection and intrusive, inappropriate advertising. Somewhere in there, they also forgot to actually make something we’d want to use. They’re not giving users a reason to upgrade. They’re actually making me miss the 32-inch Polaroid TV my family bought for $1,000 a decade ago—sure, sometimes it makes a screeching noise and I have to restart it, but at least it’s not interrupting my movie to show a Pepsi ad.

Feb 12 10:05

Stopping a Smart TV From Eavesdropping On You Could Be a Felony

To make matters worse, high-level users who want to take their smart TVs apart to see how they work or to attempt to disable or modify the underlying software—for example, to disable the eavesdropping software, or make modifications to make captions easier to read for the visually impaired—could face felony charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That’s because most smart TVs on the market have taken technological measures to prevent users from accessing or modifying firmware in order to prevent illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted material. But users could technically face felony charges for circumventing lockdown restrictions—even if the modifications they’re trying to make are legal under copyright law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soon, all televisions will have this wonderful "feature", which is very reminiscent of the "telescreen" in Orwell's 1984; you watched it, and it watched you.

Feb 12 09:46

Feds hold hearing on whether they should ‘regulate’ sites like Drudge, Infowars and the Economic Collapse Blog

The control freaks that run our government always seem to want to “regulate” things that they do not like

Feb 12 09:45

Researchers Discover Glyphosate Herbicide in Honey and Soy Sauce

Researchers from Abraxis LLC and Boston University have further confirmed that the world’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – is widespread in food products around the globe...

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