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May 03 08:11

Harvard Immunologist: Unvaccinated Children Pose Zero Risk

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide. You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement. I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.

May 03 07:32

Spectrum Sucks

Spectrum is the worst thing that has been created. They lied a bunch of times. Spectrum was dumb and after they bought TWC they raised prices and have worst customer service then TWC

May 03 07:32

Monsanto hired paid Internet trolls to counter bad public image, lawsuit claims

Agrochemical giant Monsanto hired internet trolls to combat negative perceptions about their brand on social media and across the internet, according to a lawsuit filed by U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit organization “working for transparency and accountability” in the American food system. The company has also been accused of manufacturing scientific research to support their products.

May 03 07:31

Top 1,656 Complaints and Reviews about Charter Communications

May 03 07:30

GPS devices “shut off” important parts of the brain

Let’s just admit it: If all GPS devices suddenly stopped working, there would be a lot of lost and stranded people on the road. Today, adults may have learned how to read a map, but most kids haven’t the foggiest idea of how to accomplish this task. Researchers are pointing out that without putting this skill to use, we’re starving parts of our brain from much-needed exercise.

May 03 07:25

Action Over Slow Internet Service Sent to NY Court

The fraud and deceptive business practices suit claims that Time Warner sold high-speed service starting in January 2012 that purported to deliver plans at up to 300 megabits per second. But Schneiderman said his office, after complaints from "thousands" of subscribers, found that Time Warner was delivering service at only between 28 percent and 55 percent of its promised speed.

Time Warner was purchased by the Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter Communications in 2016 and operates under the Spectrum brand in New York.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Spectrum here in Oahu is abysmal. Spectrum has problems all over. I cannot even get some speed tests to work and those that do are are showing less than 20 Mbps on what is supposed to be a 300 Mbps connection!

May 02 16:37

United Airlines To Face Tough Questions After Passenger Incident

United Airlines CEO will testify before the House Transportation Committee after a passenger was violently dragged off a flight, sparking outrage worldwide.

May 02 10:18

After Spectrum took over Brighthouse, SLOW internet returned!

I fought with Brighthouse throttling internet speeds for years. Finally, they stopped throttling. But now that Spectrum has taken over Brighthouse, the throttling and slow speeds have returned. Here is how it works. When you boot your cable modem, you get your high speeds (200 for example). When you start using your internet connection, you continue to get high speeds UNTIL you start using your connection a lot and using up a lot of bandwidth - such as when downloading a movie. Then, they throttle your speed, typically by changing your DNS to a server thousands of miles away instead of your local server. Your speed will then remain at less than 10% of the speed you are paying for until you completely power down your modem and restart. There should be a class action suit about this. I pay $180 a month for high speed internet and basic cable TV. In return.. I get painfully slow internet and a load of garbage TV. That comes to $2160 per year for Spectrum service.

May 02 10:16

Spectrum is one of the worst cable/internet companies

Time Warner wasnt my favorite cable/internet provider, however since they have changed to Spectrum they have easily won the award for worst provider. My TV drops out up to 15 times per hour, frequently it just freezes and I literally have to turn everything off and reboot to get it back. This happens 1-2 times per hour. My internet now suddenly slows to a crawl or drops my connection - this happens 5-10 times per hour.

May 02 10:03

Spectrum outage map

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are continuing to be impeded by the very poor performance of Spectrum, which bought out Time Warner a while back. Calling tech support does no good. They seem determined to convince customers it is all the customers' fault, and you get the usual litany of reboot the cable modem, reboot the router, plug a computer directly into the cable modem, yadda yadda yadda, but as you can see from the map, the problem is with Spectrum itself, which is why they were sued by the State of New York last February for failing to deliver the promised bandwidth.

When I first signed on this morning, the performance was better, but it is rapidly in decline. I think they have over-subscribed their existing hardware. I am paying for 300 mbps and right now, according to Spectrum's own speed test, I am getting 8!

May 02 09:23

AT 5 TRILLION FPS, THIS CAMERA COULD LEAD TO SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS

...or tedium on an epic scale :)

May 02 05:56

POLICE & LIQUOR COMPANIES CLAIMS DRUNK DRIVING IS DECREASING AND DRUGGED DRIVING IS INCREASING

Anyone who claims that law enforcement, liquor, beer and wine companies are independent will be 'hard pressed' to explain this one. (pun intended.)

May 01 12:11

Your Tap Water Likely Contains at Least 8 Drugs

Your Tap Water Likely Contains at Least 8 Drugs
In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article,
Health Warning by INH ResearchMay 1, 2017

Think you need to go to your local drugstore to get prescription medication? A new study finds that all you need to do is turn on your faucet.
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency tested water from 25 drinking water treatment plants across the U.S.
They found 47 different pharmaceuticals in the supposedly clean water being sent to homes. One sample alone contained an incredible 41 different drugs. They detected an average of 8 pharmaceuticals across all samples.
Not a single sample was drug-free.

Incredibly, the U.S. government does not regulate drugs in drinking water. Water utilities don’t filter them out. They don’t even test for them.

May 01 10:58

NEW DEVICE PULLS WATER OUT OF THIN AIR USING ONLY SOLAR POWER

Awareness Junkie

A time when we can get water out of thin air is almost here. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, created a device that turns water vapor into drinking water. Moreover, it only uses solar energy to do it.

May 01 10:28

Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits

Waking Times

Cartoonist Rick Friday had worked for the Iowan publication, Farm News, for some two decades, creating some “1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa,” reports KCCI, until he recently created this simple statement about profits in modern farming.

May 01 10:24

MAPLE SYRUP EXTRACT BOOSTS EFFECTIVENESS OF ANTIBIOTICS IN LAB TESTS

Awareness Junkie

Overuse of antibiotics and the resulting emergence of drug resistant bacteria have become a global public-health issue. Now, researchers have discovered that maple syrup extract makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics.

May 01 09:30

AMAZON WANTS YOU TO PUT THEIR NEW CAMERA IN YOUR BEDROOM

Products like the Amazon Echo are proof of a strange new shift in our culture. Suddenly people are okay with having a device in their homes that they know is listening to them. They’re voluntarily inserting electronic devices into their private lives, which are capable of spying on them and sending the data to private corporations and governments.

May 01 09:24

Bumble Bee tuna recalled for potential health issues

Bumble Bee Foods announced the recall of three types of their Chunk Light Tuna due to problems in the commercial sterilization process.

In an announcement posted on their website, the company said that the process deviations could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if the products are consumed.

May 01 05:01

FACEBOOK CONDUCTED RESEARCH TO TARGET EMOTIONALLY VULNERABLE AND INSECURE YOUTH

FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices.

Apr 28 21:37

Can Cannabis Prevent and Treat Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is a serious condition usually caused by an external blow to the head that can cause severe and often chronic symptoms. These symptoms can be cognitive, behavioral, movement related, speech and visual impairing, mood altering, involve painful headaches, and even cause gastrointestinal issues.

In a three-year retrospective review of 446 separate cases of similarly injured patients, researchers found traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients who had a history of cannabis consumption possessed increased survival rates compared to non-consumers (97.6 percent survived surgery, versus 88.5% of those who didn’t consume cannabis).

"Our data suggest an important link between the presence of a positive THC screen and improved survival after TBI," the researchers concluded. "With continued research, more information will be uncovered regarding the therapeutic potential of THC, and further therapeutic interventions may be established."

Apr 28 21:34

Roger Goodell: Marijuana addictive, unsafe for NFL players

But TBI's are okay. Dead from the neck up!

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may be willing to consider allowing players to use marijuana for medical reasons, but he remains against the banned drug for recreational use.

Goodell said Friday morning on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show that he continues to believe marijuana has an "addictive nature" and likely won't be cleared by the NFL anytime soon as a pain-relief alternative.

Apr 28 08:44

USS Nimitz Is now Ready for 'the Big One'

The Navy has said the Nimitz will deploy in early summer. It hasn't announced where it will be going. Deployments usually last seven or eight months.

"We are going to be tested," Byrne said in the release. "We need to go forward confident that we will be competitive enough and that we will be tough enough to prevail. I have no doubt that Nimitz Strike Group is both."

Apr 27 22:35

Delta passenger kicked off flight after bathroom emergency

If ve order you to pee on yourself you vill obey!

Video has emerged of a Wisconsin man who said he was forced off a Milwaukee-bound Delta Air Lines flight after he used a bathroom while the plane was delayed on the tarmac.
Video posted to YouTube shows the man, later identified as Kima Hamilton of Milwaukee, as he argues with a Delta crew member who asked him to exit the plane on April 18.
Fellow passenger Krista Rosolino, who recorded the video, described the incident in an open letter published to a blog.

She said Hamilton got out of his seat to quickly use the bathroom as the plane sat on the runway.
She said he was told that he couldn't use the bathroom the first time he asked to go. After waiting 30 minutes, Hamilton said it was an emergency and went to the restroom, according to Rosolino.

When he returned to his seat, however, a Delta employee told him to exit the plane.

Apr 27 14:00

It’s Different This Time…

While investors insist the markets are currently NOT in a bubble, it would be wise to remember the same belief was held in 1999 and 2007. Throughout history, financial bubbles have only been recognized in hindsight when their existence becomes “apparently obvious” to everyone. Of course, by that point is was far too late to be of any use to investors and the subsequent destruction of invested capital. This time will not be different. Only the catalyst, magnitude, and duration will be.

Apr 27 12:28

If Credit Card Companies Were Honest

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to sell your soul and never get it back, just open up a credit card.

Apr 27 09:30

Putting Tesla’s EV Car Recall Into Perspective

By Brian Berletic

News coverage about electric car manufacturer Tesla’s recent recall of over 50,000 vehicles over potentially faulty parking brakes has followed a narrative summed up by articles like Ars Technica’s, titled, “Its Always Some Else’s Fault — Tesla recalls 53,000 vehicles built in 2016 over faulty parking brake.”...

Apr 27 09:28

CHINA-OWNED SMITHFIELD FOODS, USING U.S. DEPT. OF DEFENSE GRANT, MOVES TO SUPPLY PIG ORGANS FOR TRANSPLANTATION INTO HUMANS

Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans.

Apr 27 09:14

The Looting Machine Called Capitalism

Capitalism is the Banksters economic system they have imposed on the Planet.
America's Original economic system was free enterprise. When the Brits tried to impose an early form of capitalism on America known as Mercantilism they got a Revolution. The Banksters eventually got us back into their Satanic Economic System. PCR is 100% right. Capitalism and its handmaiden fractional reserve banking also known as Usury are nothing but a Gigantic Looting and Killing Machine!
The Looting Machine Called Capitalism
Paul Craig Roberts

I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity.

Apr 27 07:28

HOSPITAL Offers Buy-Out To 1,600 Employees

Brigham and Women's Hospital offering buyouts to 1,600 employees

(*prelude to layoffs , buy out is voluntary . In other words, take the buy out now , or face the layoff later . )

Apr 26 12:36

AFTER CHALLENGING RED LIGHT CAMERAS, OREGON MAN FINED $500 FOR PRACTICING ENGINEERING WITHOUT A LICENSE

"Anyone should be allowed to talk about the traffic signals without being penalized," says Mats Järlström. He's suing the board.

Apr 26 11:07

“Smoking Gun” Uncovered! Government Document Exposes Cancer Scandal of the Century

This story is incredible.
Not long ago, alternative cancer doctor Jeffrey Bradstreet was found dead, with a bullet hole in his chest.
We heard a lot of theories about what happened to him.
So we kicked off a 6-month investigation, one that ultimately led us to the “smoking gun.”
A government document that confirms what we suspected all along.

The shocking contents of this document reveal a powerful cancer treatment...
A treatment so powerful it could replace chemo and radiation.
And when we saw just how effective this treatment was...and the remarkable science behind it...
We created a full investigative report on this doctor’s death—and, more important, his groundbreaking discovery...
Click here for full details.
In Good Health,

Apr 25 22:49

Testing the X15 Flamethrower by FieldandStream

I’ve tested some pretty cool gear over the years—but nothing’s ever turned heads quite like the X15 Flamethrower. My demo model arrived just in time to use on a few fields I’d been planning to manage via prescribed fire. The X15 is much more dramatic than a standard drip torch.

Apr 25 15:33

Eating clean, unprocessed foods is now a dangerous "cult," declares idiotic mainstream media

Eating clean, unprocessed foods is now a dangerous "cult," declares idiotic mainstream media (with a little help from the dirty dairy industry)

Apr 25 12:08

Scott Adams: President Trump’s First 100 Days

Everyone observing politics seems to agree on two things about a president’s first 100 days in office:

1. 100 days is a meaningless, arbitrary marker for a president’s performance that is likely to be more misleading than useful.

and…

2. Let’s treat it like it is important! Reeeeeeee!

The thing that fascinates me the most about this situation is that the so-called “pro-science” people are giving Trump low grades for his first 100 days.

Allow me to connect some dots.

Apr 25 11:03

BOSE HEADPHONES CAUGHT LISTENING AND SHARING YOUR PRIVATE DATA

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

Apr 24 12:16

Trump To Order Corporate Tax Rate Cut To 15%, Load Up To $2 Trillion In Extra Debt

Translation: Trump's massive tax cut will be funded by debt, and as a result, will be at best temporary as it will be in breach of the revenue constraints in the reconciliation process; at worst it will never happen as it will now require Democrat votes.

Apr 24 12:00

Scott Adams: WhenHub Hackathon - An Example of Systems over Goals

Now we’re taking it up a notch by running an online hackathon for our WhenHub platform. We’re inviting developers to use our API (the technology that allows external applications to access our platform) to invent their own applications using our technology, and win valuable prizes.

Apr 24 08:37

SURVEY: WiFi More Important Than Clean Underwear…

For apartment renters, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi are more important amenities than having in-room laundry facilities, according to a new survey.

Apr 24 07:17

E. coli outbreak strain in several flour brands from Ardent Mills

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country.

Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have been reported in relation to the outbreak.

E. coli O121 is a Shiga toxin-producing strain of E. coli. In recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has been responsible for outbreaks associated with flour, frozen foods and raw clover sprouts.

Apr 24 06:44

Tesla is recalling most of the cars it sold in 2016

This morning Tesla announced a voluntary recall of 53,000 vehicles shipped in 2016. Tesla shipped a total of 76,000 vehicles in 2016, so this is a large fraction of the company’s sales for the year.

According to Tesla, a defective part in the parking brake could prevent the brake from releasing. “We do not believe this issue could ever lead to a safety concern for customers and we have not seen a single accident or injury relating to it,” Tesla said in an email statement to Vox. The worst that could happen is that a vehicle could be immobilized by a parking brake that can’t be disengaged.

Apr 23 08:01

Mastercard's New Credit Card Has Biometric Fingerprint Sensor

A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard.
The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa.

Apr 22 10:24

FIGHT ATTENDANT American Airlines steward ‘whacks’ sobbing mum as she held twins then challenges another passenger to a FIGHT

People are starting to stand up against the bullies!

A FLIGHT attendant was filmed challenging a passenger to a FIGHT after a sobbing mum was allegedly “whacked” on board.

The American Airlines steward shouts “hit me” when a passenger came to the defence of the distressed mother.

Passenger Surain Adyanthaya, who filmed the shocking footage, claimed the flight attendant “‘violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby”.

Adyanthaya added: “They just involuntarily escorted the mother and her kids off the flight and let the flight attendant back on, who tried to fight other passengers.

“The mom asked for an apology and the AA official declined.”

Apr 21 09:37

Goddess Ivanka

Ivanka Trump Has Huge Chinese Fan Club Worshiping 'Goddess Ivanka'

Apr 20 19:42

Apple is going green: Firm vows to stop mining rare minerals and use 100% recycled materials

Research has shown that it takes nearly 165 pounds of raw material to make the average smartphone – and these resources are on the verge of disappearing.

In order to combat these numbers and save the planet, Apple has vowed to end the destructive mining and use 100 percent recycled materials in its iPhones, MacBooks and all of its other products.

Apr 20 12:45

ONLY CHLORINE, NOT SARIN, INVOLVED IN THE KHAN SHEIKHUN INCIDENT

Those who blame the Syrian government for the allegedly chemical incident in Khan Sheikhun are now pushing the analysis of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the front. But the results of the OPCW tests are inconsistent with the observed technical and medical facts of the incident.

Apr 20 12:10

BOSE HEADPHONES SPY ON LISTENERS: LAWSUIT

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

Apr 20 08:39

'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Faced with an angry citizen asking why he had voted away their online privacy rights, US House Rep Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) had a remarkable answer: you don't have to use the internet if you don't like it.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin on Friday, the Republican legislator was asked about his vote to kill off proposed information safeguards – a move that effectively gave American ISPs the green light, as well as the right, to sell subscribers' sensitive personal details without requiring their consent or even having to inform them.

The voter disputed the Republican line that ISPs should not have to deal with stricter rules than companies like Google or Facebook, arguing that: "Facebook is not comparable to an ISP. I do not have to go on Facebook. I don't have to go on Google. My ISP provider is different than those providers."

Sensenbrenner's response? "Nobody's got to use the internet."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Wisconsinites: this man is a complete embarrassment to every voter in the state.

If this man is running against a donkey in the next election, please vote for the donkey; it will, assuredly, give you a better outcome in terms of personal rights.

Apr 20 08:38

Gab Founder Banned From Silicon Valley

Andrew Torba talks about how after his political views became known he has been banned from the very liberal Silicon Valley.

Apr 19 23:38

California Road Charge Pilot Program

Exploring an Option for Replacing California's Gas Tax- About the Pilot Program. The California Road Charge Pilot Program is a multi-year endeavor that, at its core, strives to engage the public in order to gain input and feedback. Pilot volunteers will be able to choose one of the five mileage reporting methods California will be testing. Please note: Volunteers will not pay any out-of-pocket costs. No money will be exchanged during the pilot. Above all, you get to be a driver, not just a passenger, and contribute to fixing California… one mile at a time. How You Can Participate.. What Is Road Charge? Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain the roads based on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume. Why Are We Studying Road Charge?

Apr 19 09:00

TURNS OUT, A HORRIFYING NUMBER OF PEOPLE USE THEIR PHONES WHILE DRIVING

Now, a new study indicates that damn near everybody uses their phone while behind the wheel, damn near all the time. Using sensor data from more than 3 million drivers and 5.6 billion miles of trips, driving analytics company Zendrive found drivers are using their phones on 88 percent of their journeys. The average driver spends 3.5 minutes on the phone per one hour trip, a stat that sounds worse when you realize just a two-second distraction increases your risk of crashing by 20 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here in Hawaii, it is a $300 fine if you are caught using your cell phone while driving.

Apr 19 06:59

Hollow privacy promises from major Internet Service Providers

It’s no surprise that Americans were unhappy to lose online privacy protections earlier this month. Across party lines, voters overwhelmingly oppose the measure to repeal the FCC’s privacy rules for Internet providers that Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law.

Apr 18 07:15

Breast cancer BOMBSHELL: Women being CONNED into mastectomy surgery by doctors who SCARE them with false genetic testing results, warn Stanford medical researchers

Women all across America are being conned into medically unnecessary breast removal surgery (bilateral mastectomy surgery) by doctors who scare them with “fake science” by falsely describing genetic testing results, warn researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Women who have harmless genetic variants called VUS (Variants of Uncertain Significance) are falsely being told by nearly half of all breast cancer surgeons that they have the “breast cancer gene” (BRCA1 or BRCA2) and therefore must have the surgery to save their lives. Famously, Angelina Jolie underwent a bilateral mastectomy after being told she carried the gene for breast cancer, but these new findings by Stanford researchers call into question whether her surgery was medically necessary at all.

Apr 18 07:14

Brain-damaging vaccines, pesticides and medicines generate nearly $800 billion a year in medical revenues

Mounting evidence point to certain medications as risk factors in developing some of the most debilitating neurological conditions in the country. A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine found a correlation between long-term use of anticholinergic medications like Benadryl and the onset of dementia. Anticholinergic drugs were shown to inhibit the action of acetylcholine, an organic chemical that plays a crucial role in learning and memory.

Researchers at the University of Washington examined nearly 3,500 men and women ages 65 years and older and found those who used anticholinergic drugs had higher odds of developing dementia than those who did not take the drug. Study data also showed that higher dementia risk coincided with cumulative doses of anticholinergic drugs. Researchers said patients who took the drugs for an equivalent of three years or more had a 54% increased odds of developing the mental disorder.

Apr 18 07:10

Mother, 28, who thought she had a migraine was actually suffering a STROKE after taking the contraceptive pill

A mother has warned other women of the dangers of the contraceptive pill after she suffered a stroke aged just 28.

Natalie Trickett was told she had suffered a severe migraine but actually had a blood clot on the brain.

She collapsed one morning, losing her eyesight and the feeling on the right side of her face.

Apr 17 18:01

Infowars’ Alex Jones in Court: Antics Are All an Act as ‘Performance Artist’

Looks like AJ is being screwed.

A child custody lawsuit pits “America’s biggest conspiracy theorist” Alex Jones against ex-wife Kelly Jones, who is seeking payments from the Infowars founder for child support. Kelly claims her husband is “not a stable person,” but the man US President Donald Trump once praised as having an “amazing” reputation is simply “playing a character.”

That’s according to his attorney, who says the antics come with the territory for the “performance artist,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Apr 17 09:36

Distrowatch: Your source for Linux, Unix and BSD Operating Systems and Software

Linux is surging. Go Linux!

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Apr 17 04:28

Remember the Housing Bubble of 2008? Meet the car loan bubble of 2017…

After nearly a decade of being able to borrow money for next to nothing, interest rates are finally beginning to creep higher. Even the relatively small increases seen so far have caused problems in the previously booming automobile industry. The size of the auto loan market has ballooned to a historic 1.1 trillion dollars, and subprime lending has once again become the norm. Teaser offers that allow people to get cars with zero money down and 84-month financing have fueled a wave of irresponsible spending. Americans’ tendency to associate success with having nice things has driven many people who can’t afford to buy a house to get the next best thing — a brand new car.

Apr 16 00:45

Record-High Gun Industry Figures Reflect Surges in Sales and Permits

The mainstream media work hard to convince the public that gun control measures are justified because gun owners are outliers, with gun ownership on the wane across the country. These facts speak for themselves – ever-growing numbers of Americans believe in the Second Amendment, and take active steps to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

Apr 15 12:55

Raspberry Pi

Quirky Xerus is fastest. You have to update Mate by terminal including the kernel. Linux Mint has a tool called disks that makes installation to your micro sd easy as pi!

https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

* NEW * Quirky Xerus for the Raspberry Pi
October 24, 2016 - Barry Kauler, creator of Puppy and Quirky Linux, released his latest Quirky Xerus version 8.1 for the Raspberry Pi. (Updated to 8.1.2 on 25 November 2016.)
http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3
Martin Wimpress and Rohith Madhavan have made an Ubuntu MATE image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 based on the regular Ubuntu armhf base, not the new Ubuntu “Snappy” Core, which means that the installation procedure for applications uses the traditional tools, ie apt-get.

https://ubuntu-mate.org/raspberry-pi/

Apr 15 12:45

All computers have a processor, and your phone probably uses one designed by ARM.

We got a great question recently that made us remember that not everyone keeps up to date on specs and hardware design. Someone asked what ARM meant.

Firstly, that's an awesome question. I can imagine it's difficult to make sense of some of the technical talk that happens if you aren't sure of even the basics, and the only way to find out is to ask. So, we're glad you asked!

Apr 14 12:37

Scott Adams: Am I Shadowbanned on Twitter?

So what we have here is a fascinating situation in which there is either a mass delusion about Twitter shadowbanning political speech on one side … or something evil is happening at Twitter. My operating assumption is that there is no way that I could tell the difference. When you are inside a delusion, it looks totally real to you.

Apr 14 11:48

This is how long it could take for United to recover from its PR disaster

YouGov chief executive officer Ted Marzilli compared the position United is in now to when Delta Air Lines’s computer glitch grounded hundreds of flights world-wide in August 2016. Then, the airline’s score fell from 9 to minus 33 over the course of a week (and has since risen to 1 — slightly above neutral).

“Right now United should be focusing more on how to address the social media storm swirling around its brand,” Marzilli said. “The brand has not been moving at social media speed to catch up and get ahead of the crisis. This may be indicative of a breaking point with the public resenting their treatment by large corporations.”

Apr 13 13:01

FLASHBACK 2011: Fallout Shelter under I-5 a Reminder of Darker Times

TRANSLATION: While Seattle Mayor, Ed Murray, creates a 'sanctuary' for illegal immigrants, we are on our fucking own during a nuclear attack (or false flag).

Congress scrapped the Civil Defense Act of 1950 in 1994, she said. With no more federal funding, the state opted not to fund the fallout shelter program.

Apr 13 03:11

Debt slavery is here, and it’s real

If you have had a sinking feeling for the past number of decades about why it has felt like the U.S. economy wasn’t really moving in the right direction even before the financial crises in 2008, this will fill in that feeling with facts. Very disturbing but inescapable facts.

Apr 12 19:30

Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

Miscreants can remotely turn off and on posh Aga ovens via unauthenticated text messages, security researchers have warned.

All the hijackers need is the phone numbers of the appliances, apparently.

Apr 11 08:46

Extinction-level event to hit U.S.? 2024 projections show U.S. population reduced by 262 million people over next 7-years, GDP reduced by $17B

Ever since the ominous forecasting website Deagal.com was exposed in 2014 for being a tool of the Deep State by “playing both sides of the fence,” journalists, authors, and others have been scouring the site’s unique data as a way to peer into the future — which according to projections looks bleak.

Apr 10 15:59

Researcher: 90% Of 'Smart' TVs Can Be Compromised Remotely

As recent Wikileaks data revealed, the lack of security and privacy standards in this space has proven to be a field day for hackers and intelligence agencies alike.

And new data suggests that these televisions are even more susceptible to attack than previously thought. While the recent Samsung Smart TV vulnerabilities exposed by Wikileaks (aka Weeping Angel) required an in-person delivery of a malicious payload via USB drive, more distant, remote attacks are unsurprisingly also a problem. Rafael Scheel, a security researcher working for Swiss cyber security consulting company Oneconsult, recently revealed that around 90% of smart televisions are vulnerable to a remote attack using rogue DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial) signals.

Apr 10 14:45

Nature Inspired Windmill Trees Can Go Anywhere

Windmills are just one form of alternative energy production – but, they aren’t without their problems. One being how superincumbent they are on the rural landscape. Here is one that’s inspired by nature, and fits in nature.

Apr 10 08:49

Chemical warfare in America

International pharmaceutical cartels and monopolies are not just marketing chemicals as medicine. They are deeply involved or, better stated, they are in business with government. They plan and carry out wars, human experiments, and population control. Their interests and the interests of big government are identical. It’s not just all about money. It’s about power and the New World Order. The controlled press wouldn’t dare touch this subject.

Apr 07 13:32

Peter Thiel Is Now the Bilderberg Group's Most Prominent Member

The long-standing relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel was solidified during a meeting of Silicon Valley brass and right-wing political insurgents with an awkward, finger-clutching handshake. Thiel, who had stumped for and donated to Trump’s campaign, was seated at Trump’s left hand during a summit designed to cut through some of the tensions between the leaders of America’s most powerful technology businesses and the future head of the federal government. Thiel, who’s public support of Trump got him namechecked in a number of Palo Alto shoegaze thinkpieces during the campaign, is considered by his political opponents to be the very model of a modern techno-fascist. The fact that he is openly a member of the Bilderberg Group, which is commonly conflated with the supposed “New World Order,” may amplify concerns as he become a critical part of President Trump’s inner circle.

Apr 07 13:30

Who Towers Behind Trump?

An inquiry into the background of flamboyant American entrepreneur Donald J. Trump provides some surprising insights into Trump’s path to power and influence, for the fact is that Trump’s rise to stardom came as a direct consequence of his having functioned as hardly more than a colorful front man for some very wealthy behind-the-scenes sponsors.

Everyone knows, of course, about Trump’s gambling operations and of the wide-ranging links of the gambling industry to organized crime. But the story is much bigger than that. In his own memoir, The Art of the Deal, Trump proudly described how in 1987 he bought his first casino interests when he purchased 93% of the voting stock in the Resorts International gambling concern.

Apr 06 12:35

THE FOUR FLAVORS OF AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READER TECHNOLOGY

Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) may be the most common mass surveillance technology in use by local law enforcement around the country—but they're not always used in the same way. Typically, ALPR systems are comprised of high-speed cameras connected to computers that photograph every license plate that passes. The photo is converted to letters and numbers, which are attached to a time and location stamp, then uploaded to a central server. This allows police to identify and record the locations of vehicles in real time and also identify where those vehicles have been in the past. Using this information, police could establish driving patterns for individual cars.

Apr 06 12:31

LEGALIZED CORRUPTION FUELED THE DEATH OF INTERNET PRIVACY: THE PROBLEM IS WORSE AT THE STATE LEVEL

The news that Internet service providers (ISPs) can sell your browsing history has been met with a lot of critical media coverage. However, few reporters have set their sights on the flow of money that helped set this legislation in motion. In general, Internet privacy is a bipartisan issue among the American people. However, this was a partisan issue on Capitol Hill with Republican lawmakers supporting the bill. It was passed in the Senate and House by a very narrow margin, 50 to 48 and 215 to 205 respectively. With that said, there were 15 House Republicans who voted outside of their party lines to keep Internet privacy intact.

Apr 05 13:43

Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world

These companies — Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez — each employ thousands and make billions of dollars in revenue every year. In an effort to push these companies to make positive changes — and for customers to realize who controls the brands they're buying — Oxfam created a mind-boggling infographic that shows how interconnected consumer brands really are.

Apr 05 13:02

Trump: Syria's Assad ‘crossed a lot of lines’ with gas attack

PATHETIC! Trump is a total phony. He is breaking Obama's records for lies!
WW3 here we come.

President Trump is signaling a more aggressive approach toward Syria, saying on Wednesday reports of a deadly gas attack by forces loyal to Bashar Assad had “crossed a lot of lines” and moved him to rethink his strategy.

At a joint press conference on Wednesday at the White House with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Trump indicated that the Syrian leader had gone too far with an attack this week that killed dozens of his own people and injured scores more, including women and children.

“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines.”

Apr 05 07:43

Trump Reneges On Making Trade Deals Worker Friendly

By Stephen Lendman
4-4-17

In his first 10 weeks in office, he reneged on one promise after another.

Instead of draining the swamp, he filled it with neocon generals and billionaires.

He escalated ongoing wars, perhaps intends news ones, instead of curbing US interventionism as promised, along with prioritizing more US resources for long-neglected vital homeland needs.

His war on terror is phony like his predecessors, supporting what he claims to oppose, committing horrendous war crimes in multiple theaters.

He’s pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-Big Oil, pro-other corporate favorites, anti-beneficial social change, anti-protection of constitutional rights.

Apr 04 16:12

The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here: 12 Signs That A Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived For The U.S. Auto Industry

The same thing happened just before the great financial crisis of 2008. All of the warning signs were there well in advance, and many of the experts were warning about what was coming as early as 2005. But because it did not happen immediately, a lot of people greatly mocked the warnings.

Apr 04 09:17

Nintendo Switch consoles are BENDING in docked mode (and they've only been out for a month)

After reports of dead pixels, now Nintendo Switch users are claiming yet another issue with their devices; bent consoles.

Pictures posted on both Twitter and Reddit by disgruntled customers show warped devices after heavy play.

Reports suggest the device starts to bend while in dock mode for 40 - 50 hours.

Other reports suggest it gets 'very hot' while playing Nintendo adventure game Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Apr 04 07:08

Amazon is a destroyer of jobs and the merchant economy

If this is progress, just how much more can our economy afford? The myth of cheap prices, conveniently seldom factors in the structural costs to society. Building an all inclusive monopoly based upon minimal employees and predatory prices ignores the long anti-trust history that helped create the middle class.

Apr 03 16:30

Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade

In other words, China and Russia are shifting away from the dollar-based trade, to commerce which will eventually be backstopped by gold, or what is gradually emerging as an Eastern gold standard, one shared between Russia and China, and which may day backstop their respective currencies.

Apr 03 16:05

Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

An iPhone user is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of sleeping with your electronics after nearly getting electrocuted in the night.

Wiley Day, 32, from Huntsville, Alabama, fell asleep with his iPhone charging on the sheet beside him. A few hours later he woke up in agony with bands of pain around his neck and the smell of burning flesh.

Apr 03 15:49

PETA is now claiming that milk is a symbol of white supremacy

Infamous animal rights organization PETA has continued their string of absurd claims, this time publishing a video that literally claims that drinking milk could mean you are a racist.

Apr 03 10:43

How a Cruel Foreclosure Drove a Couple to the Brink of Death

Here are the horrific facts of the case: the Sundquists purchased a home in Lincoln, California, in 2008, but ran into financial trouble when Erik's business faltered in the recession. Like so many others, the Sundquists were told by Bank of America's mortgage servicing unit to deliberately miss three payments to qualify for a loan modification. Despite agonizing over ruining their perfect credit, they did so.

Inspectors contracted by the bank staked out the home, banged on the doors and tailed the family in cars, terrorizing them to keep tabs on the property.

Bank of America promptly lost or deemed inadequate roughly 20 different applications for a loan modification. At the same time, BofA pursued foreclosure, a dubious practice known as "dual-tracking."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this judge's ruling did not do, however, was to go after the bank perpetrators of this travesty with a trial which would have left them doing hard jail time.

And to anyone in similar circumstances, if the mortgage division of any financial institution tells you to miss payments, so that an understanding can be reached about your mortgage, get it in writing.

For the B of A (with which I will no longer do business) although the fine sounds intense, it is merely a slap in the wrist.

But the potential for hard jail time for bank execs, who find this kind of immoral practice attractive, will cause them to think twice about doing it.

Apr 02 08:31

New Study Finds That Six Jobs Are Lost for Every Robot Added to the Workforce

A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research presents sobering statistics that illustrate the impact automation is already having on the workforce, noting that each industrial robot introduced between 1990 and 2007 lead to the loss of 6.2 jobs.

Apr 02 08:07

What Are Laboratory Rats Indicating About Wi-Fi Exposures The High Tech Industries Deny?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) is everywhere: Planes, trains, schools, workplaces, cafés, and even doctors’ offices, which I find quite unfathomable, since those microwave frequencies are harmful to the brain, i.e., one of the non-thermal radiation wave adverse health effects the industry’s associations, e. g., ICNIRP, deny but falsely promote as safe, in my opinion.

Microwave energies are in the gigahertz (GHz) range—think microwave ovens! Would you leave your microwave oven door open while it is cooking dinner? Then, apply that same logic to the exposures you experience in all the places stated in the paragraph above. We are living in a sea of unfettered microwave exposures which are not safe for the human brain...

Apr 01 08:00

Verizon to pre-install a ‘Spyware’ app on its Android phones to collect user data

If the death of online privacy rules wasn’t enough for Internet Service Providers and advertisers to celebrate, Verizon has planned to pre-install spyware on customers’ Android devices in order to collect their personal data. The telecom giant has partnered with Evie Launcher to bring a new application called ‘AppFlash‘ — a universal search bar that will come pre-installed on the home screens of all Verizon Android handsets for quickly finding apps and web content.

Mar 31 12:45

Trump's Pick For FDA Attempts To Distance Himself From Big Pharma

By Derrick Broze

Critics are calling attention to the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and President Trump’s nominee to the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is promising to recuse himself from more than 20 companies he is involved with should he be accepted as the head of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb made the promise after his relationship with pharmaceutical corporations became a concern to those who oppose his nomination to the FDA. In a letter to the ethics head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Gottlieb promised to recuse himself from more than 20 companies in which he is financially involved...

Mar 31 10:10

Chemical disinfectants and sanitizers linked to thyroid cancer

Workers exposed to chemicals like deodorizers, sanitizers, disinfectants and sterilizers on the job may be more likely than other people to develop thyroid cancer, a recent study suggests.

Mar 31 08:05

WikiLeaks Reveals "Marble": Proof CIA Disguises Their Hacks As Russian, Chinese, Arabic...

"The source code shows that Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. This would permit a forensic attribution double game

Mar 31 04:21

Bombshell: Former Obama official admits spying on Trump team, rush to spread intelligence

Barack Obama’s former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas has admitted that the Obama administration spied on the Trump team and then rushed to spread the intelligence to colleagues on the Hill while simultaneously covering up where it came from.

Mar 30 18:09

Florida House Passes Bill to Expand Healthcare Freedom

By Michael Maharrey

Today, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes.

A coalition of Republican representatives sponsored House Bill 161 (HB161). The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from the onerous requirements and regulations under the state insurance code...

Mar 30 13:26

A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even A Republican Can Understand!

It’s always impossible to repeal laws that require Ann to pay for greedy people, because the greedy run out on the streets wailing that the Republicans are murdering them.

Obamacare is uniquely awful because the free stuff isn’t paid for through income taxes: It’s paid for through MY health insurance premiums. This is unfortunate because I wanted to buy health insurance.

Perhaps you’re not aware — SINCE YOU EXEMPTED YOURSELVES FROM OBAMACARE, CONGRESS — but buying or selling health insurance is illegal in America.

Right now, there’s no free market because insurance is insanely regulated not only by Obamacare, but also by the most corrupt organizations in America: state insurance commissions. (I’m talking to you, New York!)

Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn’t cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats’ medical opinions of which providers have the best lobbyists.

Mar 30 12:58

Is Health Care a Right or a Good? By Andrew P. Napolitano

Yet under the Constitution, healthcare is not a right; it is a good — like an education or a gym membership. You work hard, you decide what goods to purchase. If the government gives you the good, that does not magically transform it into a right. Bravo to the courageous House Republicans who recognize this.

Mar 30 12:05

JAMES COMEY'S NEW IDEA: AN INTERNATIONAL ENCRYPTION BACKDOOR PARTNERSHIP

FBI Director James Comey is still pitching encryption backdoors, despite there being almost no one -- from the Intelligence Community to legislators around the world -- interested in what he's selling. Comey claims to be sitting on a pile of encrypted devices the FBI can't get into, even with help from outside contractors.

Mar 30 12:03

Sales Taxes Record $374,793,000,000…

Americans paid a record $374,793,000,000 in general sales and gross receipt taxes to state and local governments in fiscal 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That was up $1,535,980,000—or about 0.4 percent—from the $373,257,020,000 in general sales and gross receipt taxes (in constant 2016 dollars) that state and local governments collected in fiscal 2015. Fiscal 2016 was the third year in a row that general sales and gross receipt taxes set a record.

Mar 30 07:54

Jim Rogers Warns Clueless Federal Reserve Will be the ‘Ruin of Us All’

The Fed doesn’t have any idea what it is doing, and this ineptness will be “the ruin of us all,” says Jim Rogers, co-founder of the Quantum Fund, and perhaps the most charming man in the financial world.

Mar 29 14:14

The House Intelligence Committee Says Leaks And Russia Probes On Hold Until FBI Director James Comey And NSA Director Rogers Again Testify On Capitol Hill.

Devin Nunes Chief of the House Intelligence Committee has put the Committee on hold in their investigations of Trump Transition Team leaks and Russia/Trump probe.

Mar 29 10:12

Is There Lead in Your Water?

When the water at a school is so highly contaminated that a dog won't drink it, you know there's a problem. And that's exactly what just happened at a school in San Diego, California.

They aren't alone. Cities across the country are discovering lead in their water supplies.

So what about your area? Is there lead in your water? Here's how to test for it and what to do if you discover it.

Mar 29 09:17

20 awesome projects for Raspberry Pi

The DIY dream

Raspberry Pi — a tiny, stripped-down $35 computer — hit the market in 2011 with the intention of helping promote basic computer science skills in schools. It has become the DIY gadget-maker's go-to device. Tinkerers, hobbyists, educators and students — basically anyone who likes to build things — have taken to the Internet with project after project utilizing the Raspberry Pi.

In early 2015, a second generation, the Raspberry Pi 2, was introduced. And now it celebrates another milestone: 10 million units sold. To mark the occasion, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a "Pi-in-a-Box" starter kit to get even more of us to learn about and use the low-cost computer. It'll go on sale in the U.K. for £99 and hit other markets soon.

Mar 29 09:13

10 surprisingly practical Raspberry Pi projects anybody can do

Most of the Raspberry Pi coverage you’ll see around the web focuses on the more fantastical projects—magic mirrors, portable gaming handhelds, intelligent drones, and so forth. And for good reason! Those maker masterpieces show what sort of power the $35 mini-PC is capable of in the hands of someone with a little imagination and a bin full of spare electronics.

But most people won’t use the Raspberry Pi to whip together crazy creations.

In honor of Pi Day and the recent releases of the supercharged Raspberry Pi 3 and dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi Zero, we’re digging into the more practical projects possible with the Raspberry Pi, from media streaming to extending the range of your Wi-Fi network. It’s time to put that $35 computer to real work.

Mar 29 08:39

Scott Adams: The Systems President

Was President Trump’s first attempt at getting a healthcare bill a failure?

Your answer to that question probably depends on whether you are a goals-thinker or a systems-thinker.

Mar 29 08:30

Government mandatory health care is still tyranny

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that pulling the GOP leadership's bill to overhaul the US healthcare system from the House floor meant Obamacare would remain "the law of the land" for the foreseeable future.

Mar 29 08:18

'Human waste’ found in Coca-Cola cans at company plant sparks police probe

A police investigation has been launched after workers at a Coca-Cola factory found what appeared to be human waste in a consignment of cans at its plant in Northern Ireland.

The company was forced to suspend night time processing at the facility in Lisburn, Antrim last week when the cans clogged machines. It believed the cans originated in Germany, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Mar 29 07:35

Your online privacy protections just got killed

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections

Mar 28 17:14

Did MSM newsrooms increase security fearing public retaliation for purporting fake news?

Some national corporate newsrooms like the Washington Post, McClatchy, and others, have reportedly upgraded security for their employees over recent months, possibly fearing retaliation from members of the general public for their purporting of fake news.

Mar 28 17:11

Report: John Podesta failed to disclose 75,000 stock shares in Russian financed company

Former national campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign John Podesta may have violated federal law when he failed to disclose that he received 75,000 shares of stock from a company financed by the Kremlin upon joining the Obama White House in 2014, according to a report by the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Mar 28 17:08

Attorney General Jefferson Sessions lays down the law on sanctuary cities, threatens to strip funding

The nation’s Attorney General briefed members of the press at the White House Monday afternoon on his recent federal request for sanctuary cities to follow detention and deportation laws regarding illegal immigration.

Mar 28 17:07

Hillary’s State Department was wrapped up with allegations of sexual misconduct, pedophilia, and cover-up: Report

According to the NBC’s Today, State Department internal memos suggest that the department, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure, may have “called off or interviewed an investigation” into sexual misconduct and even pedophilia.

Mar 28 12:50

Meet SAM, Brick Laying Robot That Does The Work Of 6 Humans

In the latest installment of our "Dear Bernie" series, posts intended to inform the Vermont Senator about the unintended, negative consequences of minimum wage hikes, we present SAM (Semi-Automated Mason), a brick laying robot designed and engineered by Construction Robotics out of New York. While SAM can do the work of 6 unionized masons each day, he never requires a break, benefits or a paycheck.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is truly incredible, and I urge you to watch the video.

SAM is what the future of manual work will look like, in the not too-distant future.

Mar 28 12:02

Forget ObamaCare, RyanCare, and Any Future ReformoCare

As with many another complex, opaque systems in the U.S., only those toiling in the murky depths of the healthcare system know just how broken the entire system is. Only those dealing daily with the perverse incentives, the Kafkaesque procedures, the endlessly negative unintended consequences, the soul-deadening paper-shuffling, the myriad forms of fraud, the recalcitrant patients who don’t follow recommendations but demand to be magically returned to health anyway, and of course the hopelessness of the financial future of a system with runaway costs, a rapidly aging populace and profiteering cartels focused on maintaining their rackets regardless of the cost to the nation or the health of its people.

Mar 28 10:26

Podesta Didn’t Register As A ‘Foreign Agent’ When He Represented A Bank With Ties To Russian Spy Agencies

Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) when he agreed to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank.

Sberbank allegedly has close ties to Russia’s intelligence services, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Marc Raimondi, the national security spokesman at the Department of Justice, confirmed to TheDCNF that Sberbank never registered with the department under FARA. It did not directly register nor was it registered through any other agency such as the Podesta Group.

“The FARA Registration Unit personnel conducted a search related to your questions and can confirm that the search terms — Sberbank CIB USA, Inc., or Sberbank — are not currently (nor previously have been) registered under FARA,” he informed TheDCNF in an email.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder when an investigation on both this, and Podesta's having assisted a Chinese firm get product into US-government embargoed countries will happen.

The short answer, is when pigs discover they can fly!!

Mar 28 10:26

Trade Denialism Continues: Trade Really Did Kill Manufacturing Jobs

There have been a flood of opinion pieces and news stories in recent weeks wrongly telling people that it was not trade that led to the loss of manufacturing jobs in recent years, but rather automation. This means that all of those people who are worried about trade deficits costing jobs are simply being silly. The promulgators of the automation story want everyone to stop talking about trade and instead focus on education, technology or whatever other item they can throw out as a distraction.

Mar 28 07:27

New Law Means You Could be the Subject of a Vaccine or Medication Experiment Without Your Informed Consent

A new law quietly passed last December contains a waiver of informed consent that eliminates the requirement of pharmaceutical companies to let you know if a medication or vaccine given to you or your child is experimental. -- Wow. One last Christmas surprise from President Obama.

Mar 27 18:50

Uber’s autonomous cars drove 20,354 miles and had to be taken over at every mile, according to documents

During the week ending March 8, the 43 active cars on the road only drove an average of close to 0.8 miles before the safety driver had to take over for one reason or another.

This metric, called miles per intervention, includes all the times drivers have had to take back control from the system over the course of a week.

The reasons for these interventions can vary, but that can include navigating unclear lane markings, the system overshooting a turn or driving in inclement weather. The stat excludes “accidental disengagements, end-of-route disengagements and early takeovers.”

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Then there’s what the company calls “critical” interventions. This is how many times a safety driver had to take over to avoid harmful events — incidents that would have resulted in a car hitting a person or causing more than around $5,000 in property damage if a driver didn’t take over.

Mar 27 10:16

Protect your move! Learn how to spot and report household goods #MovingFraud. @FMCSA

The US Dept of Transportation's Office of Inspector General has a "most wanted" list of 35 fugitives. All 35 are Israeli moving scammers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Claire and I left Los Angeles for Washington State, we fell victim to one of these scammers. They got her piano half-way down the stairs, then said it was more work than they expected and wanted another $200 of they would leave the piano right there in the stairwell. We paid and they finished loading the truck, but damaged the piano in the process.

Mar 27 09:42

You have one day to stop Congress from giving away your web browsing history

Last week, on a party-line vote, the Senate voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 broadband privacy rules giving consumers the power to choose how their ISPs use and share their personal data. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote, and if the House also votes to repeal the rules, the bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The consequences of repeal are simple: ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and Charter will be free to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission — and no one will be able to protect you. The Federal Trade Commission has no legal authority to oversee ISP practices, and the bill under consideration ensures that the FCC cannot adopt “substantially similar” rules. So unless the bill fails in the House, the nation’s strongest privacy protections will not only be eliminated, they cannot be revived by the FCC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although my browsing history is pretty "vanilla", I am astounded at the arrogance of this government and major corporations, who believe I do not have the right to privacy, as afforded me by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

And at this point in my political understanding of how this country works, I fully understand that am no longer represented by my alleged "Congressional Representatives"; they are, generally simply professional whores, available for sale to the highest corporate bidders.

The one local exception to this is Hawaiian Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard, for whom I have the highest regard and respect.

Mar 27 09:37

New Law Means You Could be the Subject of a Vaccine or Medication Experiment Without Your Informed Consent

A new law quietly passed last December contains a waiver of informed consent that eliminates the requirement of pharmaceutical companies to let you know if a medication or vaccine given to you or your child is experimental.

Wow. One last Christmas surprise from President Obama.

Mar 26 10:41

Scott Adams: A Direct-Democracy Healthcare Bill

I don’t know much about Congress, and all its arcane rules, but I think the process for creating a healthcare bill goes something like this:

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:57

5G Technology: A Health Crisis Waiting To Happen

By Paul A. Philips

5G technology involves the nationwide rollout of thousands of antennas to be used in conjunction with the various supporting appliances and applications in the wireless mobile network. There are, however, serious growing health, safety and environmental concerns over this developing technology...

Mar 25 12:17

Scott Adams: Trump and Healthcare

Today we are witnessing one of the most important events in political history. But you probably can’t see it because the news is talking about healthcare, and how Ryan and Trump totally failed to get enough votes.

The real story is happening in parallel with the healthcare story, and that’s what renders it invisible. Something enormous is happening that has nothing to do with anything you are seeing in the news. In fact, you’ll probably read it here for the first time.

I’m dragging this out to see if you can guess the big news before I tell you. It is something I predicted would happen. It is something the country needs MORE than healthcare. It was, until yesterday, perceived as the biggest problem in the United States, if not the entire world.

Mar 25 08:11

Obamacare remains law of the land as Republican healthcare bill falls short

As expected by many, the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has fallen short on support as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made his way to the White House on Friday afternoon to inform President Donald Trump that the first big legislative move under the new administration would not progress through the House.

Mar 25 07:52

Senate puts ISP profits over your privacy

The Senate just voted to roll back your online privacy protections. Speak up now to keep the House from doing the same thing.

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