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Jul 25 18:11

The Huff Post Dumps Trump From Political Coverage! Wrong or Right Move?

Webmaster addition: Wrong move. Especially for Huffington Post, which demonstrates to the readers that HuffPo is part of the political machine!

Jul 25 17:52

We Might Already Be in a Bear Market

Jul 25 17:17

Teen Who Built Gun-Firing Drone Arrested for Assaulting Cops

It’s pretty obvious the system is making an example out of this guy to deter others from following in his footsteps.

Eighteen-year-old mechanical engineering student Austin Haughwout of Connecticut put up a video called “Flying Gun” back on July 10th that shows his homemade drone hovering off the ground and firing a semiautomatic handgun:

You know, the kind of stuff the military and police departments across America currently have right now. The kind of thing that could be easily built by pretty much anyone these days.

The video went viral and people began freaking out that a citizen could create such a thing. The FAA announced it was “investigating,” although no laws currently exist specifically against this.

Jul 25 17:16

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

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

A little background here. Not only did nine people die from eating this stuff, but more than 700 others were sickened by it. Throughout the trial, Parnell took the Fifth on even the simplest of questions, but it didn’t matter. Congress even held a hearing and attempted to put Parnell through “the walk of shame” on his actions:

The peanut man didn’t bother showing up to hear the grieving relatives of his company’s alleged victims testify, and he looked bored throughout his flogging. When it was over and he’d ditched the cameras waiting outside, he smiled as a colleague gave him a congratulatory pat on the back. “Parnell, it would seem, is a man without shame.” (source)

Jul 25 17:15

Documents Prove That the IRS Targeted Conservative Groups

It’s been a rough week for the IRS. On Monday it was revealed that during the last tax season, the IRS phone system hung up on 8.8 million callers looking for help with their taxes, a massive increase from the half a million hangups that were experienced the year before. The IRS is also being criticized for levying outrageous fines on businesses that reimburse their employees for health insurance; fines that are 12 times higher than the statutory limit written in the Affordable Care Act.

Jul 25 17:13

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

The smart grid is getting dumber all the time.

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

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

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

Sounds fun, right?

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Jul 25 16:40

Agenda 21 in China and the Technocratic Vision for Global Dictatorship

By Rusticus

Trilaterals Over Tianjin

Tianjin is no normal Chinese city. Billed as a joint partnership between China and Singapore, Tianjin is one of the United Nations’ flagship “Eco-Cities.” In fact, it’s no normal “Eco-City,” either; the UN has a particular affinity for Tianjin, going so far as to hold its annual Climate Change Convention there in 2010. It’s a textbook “green engineered” Smart City as called for in the 1992 Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, colloquially known as Agenda 21; and despite China erecting these “Smart Cities” en-masse in recent years, Tianjin remains one the country’s only successful "sustainable" ventures...

Jul 25 15:58

Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over 'security'

A report released this week by British-based watchdog Privacy International said Pakistan's powerful military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was seeking to dramatically expand its ability to intercept communications.

BlackBerry encrypts data such as emails and its BlackBerry Messenger messages sent between a user’s phone and public networks, ensuring greater privacy for users but making life harder for police and intelligence agencies.

Jul 25 15:53

How NASA harnessed sunlight to revive its planet-hunting telescope

The inside story of the Kepler rescue

Jul 25 15:40

Chilling Effects: UK Police Admit To Investigating Journalists For Covering Snowden Leaks

Remember back when UK law enforcement detained David Miranda while he passing through Heathrow airport for nine hours, under an anti-terrorism law, claiming that journalism could be terrorism? Apparently, UK law enforcement is really doubling down on that claim, with the new admission that there is an ongoing and open criminal investigation into the reporters who have published Snowden documents.

Jul 25 15:36

Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ

This is an out and out case where the MPAA is admitting to a plan whereby it will use mainstream media properties to run bogus and misleading stories to "attack" Google, to further the MPAA's (believed, but misleadingly so) business interests. Is this really how the Today Show and the WSJ pick their editorial topics?

Jul 25 15:30

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 25 15:28

Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

Paavolainen used an electrical power meter and a 2013 Retina Macbook Pro running on 50-per-cent-brightness with Flash disabled by default to work out the amount of power devoured when browsing various sites.

He says he found that New Scientist comes up as the most efficient, followed by the BBC's homepage, with the Google and Apple websites still in the low-consumption category. YouTube and video rival Vimeo are more expensive, clocking in as mid-range power eaters along with The Grauniad.

The New York Times stands alone as the worst energy-devourer among the dozen sites examined.

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