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Feb 10 12:06

HOW CREEPY IS YOUR SMART HOME? REALLY, VERY CREEPY

One journalist went all-in on connecting her apartment to the internet, but her experiences might make you think twice about doing the same

Feb 10 10:21

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

A Florida man claims one of his Apple AirPods blew up as he worked out at the gym.

Jason Colon, of Tampa, said on Thursday he noticed white smoke coming out of the painfully trendy headphone bud, set the gizmo down on his workout machine, and went off to get an LA Fitness staffer for help. When he came back, Colon says, one of the pods had ruptured and was a charred mess.

"I don’t know what would’ve happened to my ear,” he told US East Coast news station WFLA. “But I’m sure since it hangs down, it could’ve been [my] ear lobe.”

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Feb 09 15:53

Is YOUR smart TV at risk of being hacked? Consumer Reports warns MILLIONS of Samsung and Roku devices have 'easy-to-find security flaws'

Millions of popular smart TVs can be easily controlled by hackers, product review magazine Consumer Reports has found.

Unsophisticated hackers can easily access smart TVs and play graphic content, turn up the volume and change channels on them.

They can do this over the web from the comfort of their own home, which could be thousands of miles away, according to the experts.

The findings detailed which products are the most vulnerable to hacking, including devices from Samsung and TCL.

Feb 09 12:22

Trump Administration to Test Biometric Program to Scan Faces of Drivers and Passengers in Vehicles

True, Organic and Free

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

Feb 09 12:18

5 Cannabis Research Findings that Should’ve Been on the Front Page

Waking Times

Here are five examples of cannabis research that warrant our attention.

Feb 08 12:06

Heather Wagenhals – New Scams for a New Year

Heather Wagenhals returns… Car scams are all the rage these days. Scammers get you to wire money for a car that they’ve advertised.

Feb 07 20:32

KEY IPHONE SOURCE CODE GETS POSTED ONLINE IN 'BIGGEST LEAK IN HISTORY'

Someone just posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone’s operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve.

Feb 07 11:44

Flu Vaccine BOMBSHELL: 630% More “Aerosolized Flu Virus Particles” Emitted by People Who Received Flu Shots… Flu Vaccines Actually SPREAD the Flu

True, Organic and Free

A bombshell new scientific study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that people who receive flu shots emit 630% more flu virus particles into the air,compared to non-vaccinated individuals. In effect, this finding documents evidence that flu vaccines spread the flu, and that so-called “herd immunity” is a medical hoax because “the herd” is actually transformed into carriers and spreaders of influenza.

Feb 07 09:24

Show Me The Money! How Much Telecom Companies Donated To Your Elected Officials May Determine If You Get Small Cell Towers All Over Your Neighborhood

By B.N. Frank

The Verge published an article in December 2017 regarding net neutrality. In it included several tables and pie charts which include how much U.S. elected officials received in donations from telecom and ISP companies.

"… the industry’s attempt to gain favor with lawmakers is not partisan. Entrenched telecommunications companies liberally spread money and attention to everyone who holds office. Sometimes that influence comes in the form of lavish parties with Olympic athletes and lobbyists, but consistently it comes in the form of contributions to campaigns."

Wow. Let the good times roll!

Telecom companies seem to have no shortage of cash – or influence...

Feb 06 12:12

Split From Paypal Will Enable eBay to Begin Accepting Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies

True, Organic and Free

Internet giant eBay made headlines this week over its decision to drop Paypal as a payment processor on its site.

Feb 06 10:21

BIG PHARMA MAKES MILLIONS SELLING DODGY ANTIBIOTICS IN INDIA FUELING SUPERBUGS

In August of 2016, doctors in Washoe County, Nevada, found that one of their patients couldn’t shake a bad bacterial infection. The infection had likely taken hold years before while the local woman was on an extended visit to India. There, she had undergone multiple hospitalizations and surgery for a leg injury and developed a bone infection. By the time she got back to Nevada, the infection had spread.

Feb 05 13:46

Dengue Vaccine Pulled After It May Be Connected To The Deaths Of 14 Children

By Aaron Kesel

The Philippines stated on Friday that the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunization.

Sanofi the drug maker revealed in November that Dengvaxia – the world’s first dengue vaccine – might increase the risk of severe disease in people who had never been exposed to the virus. This news aroused an uproar in the Philippines, where more than 800,000 school-age children had been vaccinated with the drug in 2016 alone...

Feb 05 10:33

The £999 phone you CAN'T answer: Apple says it is looking into reports of an ongoing glitch that causes nothing to appear on an iPhone X screen when it rings

Apple says it is 'looking into' reports that some iPhone X users can't answer incoming calls.

According to the reports, £999 ($999) handsets with the bug begin ringing when an incoming call takes place.

However the screen does not turn on for a short period of time - sometimes longer than 10 seconds.

The problem prevents iPhone X users from selecting the Accept or Decline buttons to take or reject a call.

Feb 04 13:55

State Officials Forced To Pay Millions For Humiliating Anti-Vaccine Doctor

Seven years ago, the Maryland Board of Physicians suspended the medical license of then Dr. Mark Geier. Geier had been on mainstream medicine’s grievance list for some time due to his belief that vaccines may cause autism. Geier was officially suspended by the board due to “treating autistic children with a drug considered dangerous for young people and not known to alleviate symptoms of the disorder.” ...Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin feels strongly that the Geiers are in the right and has ruled against the officials to a tune of 2.5 million in awarded damages. Judge Rubin justified his decision citing a severe breach in medical privacy.

Feb 04 10:19

YES, SERIOUSLY: NESTLÉ EXECUTIVE CONFIRMED TO SEAT ON MAINE BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

As if Mainers needed evidence their state government prefers corporate interests over the will of the people, Governor Paul LePage horrified residents already infuriated over the company’s Poland Spring bottling operations by nominating none other than Nestlé Natural Resource Manager Mark Dubois — deemed “Nestlé Waters’ public face in Maine” by local media — for a spot on Maine’s Environmental Protection Board, which the Republican-held legislature subsequently confirmed on January 25.

Feb 04 10:04

FOOD PACKAGING CHEMICAL BPA 'FOUND IN DIGESTIVE SYSTEM OF 86% OF TEENAGERS'

A potentially hazardous chemical used in certain plastic food packaging has been found in the digestive system of 86% of teenagers who took part in a recent study.

Feb 03 13:02

Budweiser Brewery Acquires Israeli Startup That Provides Bar Tap Data

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has acquired an Israeli startup that collects data from bar taps.

The deal to buy the startup Weissbeerger, according to a Monday article in the Israeli business publication Calcalist, is worth tens of millions of dollars. Weissbeerger, based in Tel Aviv, installs a kit into a bar’s beer tap that measures the cold one’s analytics: how much is served when, along with each brew’s quality.

The tool measures the temperature and sanitation frequency of each beer, as well as keg replacement rate. It suggests promotions for bars based on their sales data.

(*Making Budweiser American Again !)

Feb 03 07:59

PHARMA CO HAS LICENSE SUSPENDED AS VACCINE BLAMED FOR STERILIZATION OF 500,000 WOMEN & CHILDREN

A state-sponsored forced sterilization on a massive scale has allegedly taken place in Africa according to opposition leaders and the public who are railing against the government. An industrial pharmaceutical laboratory has since had its license suspended by the Kenya Accreditation Service as a result of the controversy.

Feb 02 15:10

Lawsuit Exposes Internet Giant’s Internal Culture of Intolerance

“It’s good to be periodically reminded, given how popular Dilbert is amongst us geek-folk, that the creator of Dilbert is…a paranoid sexist dickbag” (Exhibit 50)

Also: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/959535412598337536

Feb 01 11:13

Oil Resumes Climb on U.S. Gasoline Demand

Oil prices rose Thursday after an unexpected fall in U.S. gasoline stocks amid strong demand, although the country’s growing crude output helped keep a lid on the increase.

Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.9% to $69.54 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures were trading up 0.9% at $65.28 a barrel.

Feb 01 09:57

Thriving high school football star, 16, commits suicide after taking Tamiflu - and his family blames the medication

A 16-year-old boy has committed suicide days after being prescribed Tamiflu to treat his influenza.

Charlie Harp, a high school football player and wrestler from Franklin Township, Indiana, was thriving socially and academically when he fell ill last Thursday, his family said.

But within 24 hours of starting medication, his aunt and uncle, who were also his guardians, found him dead in the garage - and his family believe it was the drugs that drove him to suicide.

While Tamiflu manufacturer Roche insists side effects are not fatal, this story is the latest in a slew of accounts of children hallucinating or attempting suicide after being prescribed the influenza-fighting medication.

Jan 31 09:01

The Strange World Of Vaccines, Pregnancy And Children

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Something very strange has happened since I studied health, nutrition and holistic health sciences and matriculated in prenatal and infant nutrition. Back then, pregnant mothers were advised to take no medications, not even an aspirin! All medications were to be carefully “vetted” by the female’s obstetrician-physician and were to be taken only when absolutely necessary! Vaccines were nowhere near the radar screens of prenatal or neonatal health monitoring or medical services provided. Nor did we see or hear anything about the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its “genetic lineage” except Dr. Leo Kanner’s discovery published in 1943, first reported in the medical literature as “Kanner’s syndrome”! Where were the “genetic science and data” hiding if ASD supposedly is/was even a somewhat quasi-factual genetic proclivity?

What’s happened since and where did medicine go wrong, I have to ask?...

Jan 31 05:02

The Art Of The Deal: Iran Exports Caviar to US

Iran announced that it has exported its prized caviar to the US after receiving the necessary license from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

We have exported 10kg of natural caviar to the US last year after receiving license from the FDA in the years 2016 and 2017," Managing-Director of Agricultural Services of Specialized Holding Company Abbas Rajayee said on Wednesday.

He added that Iran intends to increase exports of the precious product to other countries.

As Iran's economy tries to rebound from years of harsh international sanctions, producers of black caviar — that salt-cured delicacy associated with the rich and famous, with a price tag to match — are also eyeing a comeback.

>>>

Jan 29 05:53

White House planning to nationalize 5G network: Report

In a stunning – if accurate – report published Sunday night, Axios claims that White House national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile spectrum/network to protect against Chinese attacks, in what may well be a pre-emptive shot, hinting at upcoming trade wars between the two superpowers.

Jan 26 11:07

OSHA CITES KOCH FOODS IN GAINESVILLE, ALLEGES SAFETY, HEALTH VIOLATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $208,977 for Koch Foods' poultry processing operation in Gainesville.

According to a media release from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA cited Koch Foods of Gainesville LLC for a repeat violation of allegedly failing to provide machine guarding, exposing employees to amputation hazards.

"Fourteen serious citations were issued for failing to provide fall protection, not identifying which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and failing to train employees exposed to noise hazards," officials stated in the release.

The proposed penalty and citations were part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That $200,000 fine is just a slap on the proverbial list, looking at the kinds of profits this company is making.

Estimated Revenue, Koch Brothers, 2015:
US $100 billion (2015)

IF OSHA really wanted to make a difference here, they would have on-the-ground inspectors at every plant the Koch brothers own, to prevent issues like this from happening.

However, unfortunately, that will only happen when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, and hell freezes over, and for the following reason: despite their personal loathing for then-candidate Trump, they did support him monetarily in the runup to the 2016 election:

Kochs' Ground Game in Election Will Support Trump No Matter What

Jan 26 09:57

Mastercard Pushes Biometrics, Banks Follow

Biometric authentication “will be of great benefit to everyone.”

Jan 26 08:37

Apple's iPhone battery 'slowdown' to be optional

A software update will let iPhone owners switch off the "battery saver" feature that slows down some models, Apple has confirmed.

The option to switch off the feature will appear on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus models.

Jan 26 07:57

50 Cent forgot he had a stash of Bitcoin now worth $8m

50 Cent has discovered that he is a Bitcoin millionaire, thanks to some long-forgotten album sales.
In 2014, he released the album Animal Ambition and became the first artist to accept Bitcoin as payment.

Jan 25 16:01

David Brock's Shareblue has been banned from Reddit's Politics sub

Politics sub has banned Shareblue website due to it using obvious spam accounts

violation of media disclosure policies.

Jan 25 11:06

Oklahoma’s Exemplary AMI Smart Meters Removal and Consumer Protection Bill: A Model For Other States To Follow

By Catherine J. Frompovich

You know it just had to happen! Some scientifically-hip legislator in one of the 50 United States finally decided to introduce a bill to protect his constituents’ Constitutional rights guaranteed by both state and federal Constitutions, plus delineated the factual, independent—not consensus—science that radiofrequencies (RFs) from AMI Smart Meters damage health and “The OCC [Oklahoma Corporation Commission] is to understand by this legislation that they work for the consumers and citizens of the State of Oklahoma and not the utility”! ...

Jan 24 15:43

A Tale Of Two Cities: How Smart Robots And AI Will Transform America

Automation is already reshaping cities, just as the manufacturing collapse hollowed out America's heartland. This is a tale of two cities, comparing the Rust Belt to Las Vegas, the city that is expected to be hit the hardest by job displacement due to robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and other technologies in this fourth industrial revolution. AJ+'s documentary series on automation explores how advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and automated vehicles will affect jobs, cities and inequality. From trucking to radiology, new technology is already changing white collar and blue collar occupations, reshaping cities and concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. Robots are taking over the world as companies like Tesla, Amazon, Uber and Google are using robots to automate.

Jan 24 12:26

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM

Ironically, it’s been easier to get information about the dangers of nuclear waste that it’s been to penetrate the “iron curtain” of America’s food industry. Know the truth about what you’re eating and where your food comes from.

Jan 23 19:09

29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?

Apple globally shipped 29 million units of the eye-wateringly expensive iPhone X in the two months after it was launched in late 2017, falling short of consensus estimates from analysts.

Sales of the $999 handset – priced at £999 in Britain – were expected to reach 30 million, said Ben Stanton, analyst at Canalys, which collated the number of Xs that found a home during thre period.

"It was initially thought the pre-orders would exceed supply for Q4, so the only limiting factor would be Apple's production process. This [largely] proved not to be the case," he told The Register.

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