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Jul 21 10:37

Notes of nuclear? Fukushima radioactivity found in California wine

Radioactive levels are increasing in wine from California's Napa Valley, thanks to the radioactive cloud that drifted from the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
Researchers from the University of Bordeaux Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan (CNRS) in France tested California wine from before and after the Fukushima disaster and found there was double the amount of cesium-137 in its Cabernet Sauvignon after the 2011 tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors to leak.

The radioactive cloud released by the plant drifted all the way to California’s Napa Valley. There, trace amounts of cesium-137 made its way into the vineyard grapes.

The levels varied depending on the wine, researchers found, with Cabernet Sauvignon reds having a higher amount and rosé having the least.

Jul 21 08:38

CITY MAKES PLASTIC STRAWS FROM RESTAURANTS ILLEGAL, VIOLATORS WILL FACE JAIL AND $1,000 FINE

Santa Barbara, CA – Illustrating the growing American police state, the city of Santa Barbara has passed a law that prohibits bars, restaurants, and other food service businesses from distributing plastic straws to their patrons under penalty of jail time and hefty fines. The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed what is likely the most punitive ban on plastic straws in the country—but restaurants will still be able to legally give out straws to customers that request them.

Jul 21 08:37

FACEBOOK AS THE ULTIMATE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE TOOL?

Earlier this month it came out that among Facebook’s myriad algorithmically induced advertising categories was an entry for users whom the platform’s data mining systems believed might be interested in treason against their government.

Jul 20 16:17

5000 Utility Customers in Maine Join Class Action Lawsuit Claiming They Were Overbilled. 2017 Dutch Research Determined “Smart” Meters Inflate Bills 30% to 582%.

By B.N. Frank

Three law firms will represent 5000 people in their complaints of overbilling by Central Maine Power Co.

CMP is one of many utility companies across North America that has installed “Smart” Meters. There have been complaints about inflated billing and more everywhere these types of meters have been installed. 2017 Dutch research confirmed that these meters can cause measurement errors from 30%-582%...

Jul 20 13:59

The secret behind fake bipolar disease in children

Columbia University researchers found a 40-fold rise in office visits among youth diagnosed with bipolar disorder between 1994-95 and 2002-3.”

In 1995, a new wind began blowing across the psychiatric landscape. The public wasn’t aware of it. But among professionals, it was big, very big:

Children, including the very young, could, for the first time, legitimately be diagnosed with bipolar disease (aka manic depression).

The impetus for this “revelation” was a 1995 report, “Is Your Child Bipolar?” written by two doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, Janet Wozniak and Joseph Biederman.

Biederman would go on to become the target of internal investigations at Harvard and Mass General—did the pharmaceutical money he took influence his judgment in deciding bipolar was a real disorder among children? The charges against him were ultimately reduced to a few light slaps on the wrist; he retained his prestigious position.

Jul 20 10:00

Stay away from these smartphones: Report lists devices with highest failure rates

Looking for a reliable work phone? Here are the smartphone models to avoid.

Jul 20 08:29

Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 important scientific papers parents and pediatricians need to be aware of

Vaccines: Are they safe? Are they effective? To help answer those questions is Neil Z. Miller, a medical research journalist, and director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute.

Miller has investigated vaccines for three decades and written several books on the subject, including “Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?,” “Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners” and, most recently, “Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers.”

Jul 20 05:32

The First Marijuana Company To IPO On Nasdaq -

Public shareholders got high today on Tilray, the first marijuana company to IPO on Nasdaq - TechCrunch

(*RELAX: It's not a pot company in Trump's America .

They're Canadian .
Look at the Bright Side; Wall St makes out again !)

Jul 19 21:20

Overlooked source of toxic BPA enters the human body within seconds

A recent study of store receipt effects by Stockholm University and University of Alberta has determined that BPA is absorbed through the skin when we handle the register paper. The study also showed that bisphenol A absorbed through the skin tends to stay within the body considerably longer than BPA that is ingested in food.

Jul 19 15:51

Apple 'deliberately slows down' its £2,700 MacBook Pro to compensate for overheating issues in the design

Apple is deliberately slowing down its £2,700 ($3,500) MacBook Pro, according to a prominent gadget expert.

The high-end notebook, which launched earlier this week, purportedly has problems with overheating and Apple is restricting its processing power to compensate.

Jul 19 08:35

The Secret Behind Fake Bipolar Disease in Children

In 1995, a new wind began blowing across the psychiatric landscape. The public wasn’t aware of it. But among professionals, it was big, very big. Children, including the very young, could, for the first time, legitimately be diagnosed with bipolar disease (aka manic depression).

Jul 19 08:29

Health Basics QUIZ: Which kills more Americans, cancer or chemotherapy?

On average, chemotherapy fails more than 97 percent of the cancer victims who’ve been prescribed this mainstream “medicine.” Wait, what? How is that mainstream, and why? If this factual information is shocking you to the core right now, we’re going to have to wait a minute or two for you to recover, before we inform you about how many Americans have already died from chemotherapy.

Seventy-five percent of physicians and oncologists REFUSE chemotherapy for themselves and their loved ones, knowing the ensuing misery and failure rate

Jul 18 18:35

HEALTH INSURERS ARE VACUUMING UP DETAILS ABOUT YOU — AND IT COULD RAISE YOUR RATES

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies pitching “lifestyle” data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like “social determinants of health.” But dig deeper and the implications of what they’re selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do — the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV — may help determine how much you pay for health insurance.

Jul 18 12:28

Joe McGovern Interviewed By Sean Stone

CIA analyst Ray McGovern's son Joe, is interviewed by Sean Stone, son of film-maker Oliver Stone, about Joe's new documentary 'The Other Side: a liberal democrat explores conservative America.'

Jul 18 10:08

Luxury doomsday bunkers selling for $2.3 million, complete with pool

In the middle of nowhere in rural Kansas luxury doomsday bunkers are being sold to the elite.

A decommissioned nuclear silo reserved for the wealthy boasts 16,000 pound doors and is patrolled by armed security at all times.

Jul 18 06:35

EU fines Google $5 billion for freezing out rival firms from its Android smartphone software, and promises more penalties if the search company doesn't pay-up in the next 90 days

Google has been slapped with a record-breaking $5 billion (£3.8bn / €4.3bn) fine from the European Union.

The latest anti-trust penalty for the US search firm is equal to the amount of money the Netherlands contributes to the EU budget each year.

The fine was announced during a press conference held by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels today.

Google faces more penalties if it doesn't pay-up in the next 90 days.

The crux of the issue is the monopoly Google has garnered within the Android app marketplace and the advertising advantage this provides the company.

Jul 17 15:31

Official Canadian Data Show That There Is More Autism in Regions Where Vaccine Coverage Is Highest

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continue to soar worldwide, with average prevalence estimated to be around 1.5% in developed countries. This estimate appears to be spot-on for Canada, which reported in March 2018 that autism (as of 2015) affected 1 in 66 children and youth (1.52%). These numbers place Canada among the “top ten” for autism among North American, European and Asian countries.

Jul 17 09:57

Robert Kennedy Jr. launches first lawsuit of thousands against Monsanto alleging herbicide Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has filed the first of what he termed “several thousand” lawsuits against agri-giant Monsanto, alleging that its widely-used herbicide Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Jurors in San Francisco heard hours of scientific data about the chemical’s link to the disease, which has a high survival rate after five years, but which can cause others to become terminally ill.

Kennedy, who is also the chairman of the World Mercury Project, said in a recent interview with Del Bigtree, host of The HighWire show, said gardeners, agricultural workers, farmers and others who are exposed regularly to Roundup are most at risk.

Jul 17 09:00

US government exposed: for 30 years, it broke the law on vaccine safety Jul16

For 30 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) broke the law regarding vaccine safety, and no one noticed or cared.

Then two men came along and discovered the scandal: Robert F Kennedy, Jr. (twitter), head of the World Mercury Project, and Del Bigtree (twitter 1, twitter 2, FB, web), the producer of the film Vaxxed. They filed papers in court, and they won their case.

Here is the issue in a nutshell: In 1986, a law, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, was passed. It insanely excused vaccine makers from legal liability stemming from unsafe vaccines and the injuries they cause. Buried in the law was a provision ordering the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to update Congress, every two years, on its efforts to improve vaccine safety.

Kennedy and Bigtree thought it would be very interesting to read these HHS reports—all 16 of them. So they filed a Freedom of Information Act request, and then…nothing. No replies.

Jul 17 08:51

The tide is turning: Big Pharma billionaire arrested, charged with conspiracy and bribery of doctors

I almost never thought I’d see the day when a Big Pharma founder and owner was finally arrested for running a criminal drug cartel, but that day has arrived.

“Federal authorities arrested the billionaire founder and owner of Insys Therapeutics Thursday on charges of bribing doctors and pain clinics into prescribing the company’s fentanyl product to their patients,” reports the Daily Caller News Foundation, one of the best sources of real journalism in America today.

Addictive drugs that include opioids, we now know, are claiming over 64,000 lives a year in the United States alone.

Jul 17 08:16

FLASHBACK - Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we may have found the reason IQ scores are declining.

Jul 17 08:15

AP Investigation: Doctors Keep Licenses Despite Sex Abuse

An Associated Press investigation finds that even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving.

Even when doctors are disciplined, their punishment often consists of a short suspension paired with therapy that treats sexually abusive behavior as a symptom of an illness or addiction.

The investigation finds that decades of complaints that the physician disciplinary system is too lenient have led to little change in the practices of state medical boards.

Jul 16 17:27

FAA FOIA request for 1 October helicopter flight radar data denied as federal cover-up of potential belt-fed gunship attack continues

Editor’s note: This article is not implying or insinuating guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) — A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed December 6, 2017, seeking “primary and secondary surveillance radar” return data from McCarran International Airport (KLAS) in a “byte for byte format” between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. on the night of the 1 October shooting and a separate FOIA request seeking video surveillance footage of the airport’s “western edge” runways and “specifically the helicopter pads from both Sundance and Maverick Helicopters” between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and all “air traffic control recordings of ground and terminal communications from KLAS and the helicopters” between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. was denied by the Federal Aviation Administration which ultimately cited “contemporaneous criminal investigations into those same events” after several months of correspondence.

Jul 14 11:01

Breaking News: FedGov Admits it DOES NOT Track Vaccine safety; NEVER Reported to Congress as Required by law

Childhood vaccines are dangerous and the ONE government agency required to track vaccine safety, admitted in court this week they have completely failed to do so since 1987.

In a staggering admission in federal court, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted . . .

that under Title 42, United States Code, 300aa-27(c), it is required to report every two years to Congress about vaccine safety, adverse reactions, and other aspects of vaccinations in the United States, but it has completely failed to do so since 1987.

The admission came in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), which wanted to see the bi-annual reports required to be sent to Congress by HHS since 1987.

Jul 13 19:01

Cannabis has Become an Alternative to Addictive Opioids, New Study Shows

This study find that if cannabis was legal in all U.S. states, annual Medicaid savings on opioid prescriptions would total $17.8 million!

Jul 13 18:43

ALL EARS: ALWAYS-ON LISTENING DEVICES COULD SOON BE EVERYWHERE

If every tree falling in every forest might soon be heard by an internet-connected microphone, what hope is there for our privacy?

Jul 12 20:15

Cannabis: A Lost History

It wasn’t until 1970 that the herb was declared a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the U.S., a classification reserved for drugs with “high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use.”

Jul 12 20:14

New Perspectives on Improving Health Care in the U.S.

The idea that the poor state of health among Americans can only be addressed with effective health care services is impractical and unrealistic.

Jul 12 18:24

DOJ seeks to appeal approval of ATT/Time Warner deal

I'm not really surprised. Stupid AT&T management increased the price of DIRECT TV NOW pretty much immediately after the close. Now DOJ can use it as a new evidence to argue again that the merger would be negatively impact the consumers except this time they got a solid proof.

Jul 12 13:41

WALMART PATENTS SURVEILLANCE TOOL THAT CAN EAVESDROP ON WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS

The audio surveillance system Walmart designed is composed of several sensors that can collect all kinds of audio data, including beeps and the rustling of paper bags. Any data it gathers can be used to assess an employee’s performance — for instance, the sounds items make when they’re placed inside a bag can tell the company how efficient someone is at bagging purchases.

Jul 12 09:59

Lawyer: Monsanto Bullied Scientists And Hid Weedkiller's Cancer Risks

A lawyer on Monday argued that Roundup creator Monsanto hid the cancer-causing effects of their weedkiller and bullied scientists into making claims it was safe. In a landmark lawsuit against the global chemical corporation, the lawyer didn’t hold back in his accusations against Monsanto.

“Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent researchers,” said the attorney Brent Wisner, who presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favorable analyses of their products. “They fought science,” added Wisner, who is representing Dwayne Johnson. Johnson alleges Monsanto is to blame for the cancer that has been aggressively spreading throughout his entire body.

Jul 12 04:11

Hundreds of Cancer Cases Against Monsanto Just Got the Green Light

“We’re going to see for the first time evidence that nobody has seen before, evidence that has been in Monsanto’s files that we’ve obtained from lawyers and the people in Monsanto.”

After opening arguments kicked off in California state court on Monday for a Bay Area man’s landmark lawsuit alleging that Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup caused him to develop cancer, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that hundreds of unrelated but similar cases against the agrochemical company can also proceed to trial.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco concluded that although he believes the evidence presented by attorneys representing the cancer patients and their families, “seems too equivocal to support any firm conclusion that glyphosate,” the active ingredient Roundup, causes in cancer, the matter should be taken up by a jury. As Reuters noted, his decision “followed years of litigation and weeks of hearings.”

It also follows the first day of trial for DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s suit in California’s San Francisco Superior Court.>>>

Jul 09 16:47

If You Want Clear GMO Labeling in the US — Now Is The Time to Take Action!

The law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the U.S. is scheduled to go into effect on July 29th. But the news isn’t as good as it sounds.

Jul 09 07:44

A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. The bill was $18,000

On the first morning of Jang Yeo Im's vacation to San Francisco in 2016, her 8-month-old son, Park Jeong Whan, fell off the bed in the family's hotel room and hit his head.

There was no blood, but the baby was inconsolable. Jang and her husband worried he might have an injury they couldn't see, so they called 911, and an ambulance took the family tourists from South Korea to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

The doctors at the hospital quickly determined that baby Jeong Whan was fine just a little bruising on his nose and forehead. He took a short nap in his mother's arms, drank some infant formula and was discharged a few hours later with a clean bill of health. The family continued their vacation, and the incident was quickly forgotten.

Jul 06 11:18

WHY SOYBEANS ARE AT THE HEART OF THE U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR

China’s newly imposed tariffs against U.S. soybeans herald a major trade shift for a crop that’s soared to prominence in recent decades.

Jul 06 07:14

PG&E Plans to Cut Electricity to Some California Residents to Prevent Wildfires

In a move straight out of the Soviet Union handbook, PG&E has warned they may cut electrical power to some California residents during “extreme weather” to help prevent wildfires.

This comes after some poorly maintained Pacific Gas and Electric power lines and equipment have been determined to have started last year’s deadly wildfires in the Napa Valley wine country area.

Jul 05 16:38

New Law Could Exempt Thousands of Genetically Engineered Foods From Labeling

By Derrick Broze

An analysis of newly proposed rule changes reveals that thousands of genetically engineered foods may be exempt from upcoming labeling requirements.

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture works to establish a uniform national standard for labeling foods that may be genetically engineered, critics continue to call out the dangers of putting the federal government in charge of the situation...

Jul 05 14:22

Did the 2009 flu vaccine give people narcolepsy? Experts blame spike in sleep disorder on the shot - which the US has stockpiled for the next swine flu outbreak

An emergency stock of powerful flu vaccines may cause narcolepsy, and scientists are still trying to work out why.

In 2009, the H1N1 or swine flu pandemic swept the globe, killing an estimated 284,000 people.

In many countries in Europe, people were given an adjuvant vaccine against the illness, meaning it contained ingredients intended to ramp up the body's immune responses to the flu exposure.

Many people still got the flu, and scientists noticed a spike in cases of the rare sleep disorder, narcolepsy, following the pandemic.

Now, researchers believe the shot may have triggered an autoimmune disease that in turn caused narcolepsy and are attempting to prove it before another swine flu pandemic heads for the US and we need to dip into the adjuvant stockpile.

Jul 05 10:03

CDC Giant Conflict of Interest - Jon Rappoport

The government's Vaccine for Children Program (a CDC organization) purchases vaccines for about 50 percent of children in the U.S." (The Atlantic, February 10, 2015)

"The CDC currently spends over $4 billion purchasing vaccines [annually] from drug makers..." (Health Impact News, October 24, 2016)

However, the CDC is also the gold standard for research on the safety and efficacy of vaccines. It turns out an unending stream of studies on these subjects. And the results of those studies are dutifully reported in the mainstream press.

Do you think, under any circumstances, the CDC would publish data showing vaccines are ineffective and dangerous? They'd be cutting their own throats.

"Well, we spend $4 billion a year buying vaccines from drug companies, but guess what? These vaccines are often dangerous..."

Every time you read about a CDC study on vaccines, keep this obvious conflict of interest in mind.

Jul 04 10:35

Justice Department announces massive criminal crackdown on opioid prescription fraud: 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses charged

The federal government has finally taken action against some of those who are contributing to our country’s opioid epidemic and committing medical fraud in what the Department of Justice is describing as the biggest health care fraud crackdown in our nation’s history.

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced charges last week against a total of 601 defendants in an action against health care fraud. Among those charged were 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, and 19 nurses who were implicated in prescribing or distributing either opioids or other narcotics.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a dim view toward those abusing their patients, saying: “Some of our most trusted medical professionals look at their patients — vulnerable people suffering from addiction — and they see dollar signs.”

Jul 04 07:22

Inside Tesla's Model 3 production line: Tesla shares tumble amid claims 'tense and short tempered' Elon Musk ordered engineers to skip key braking tests to meet production targets

Fresh details of the Tesla Model 3 production line in the days leading up to the firm's battle to produce 5,000 cars in a week have emerged.

They paint a picture of a tense and short-tempered Chief Executive Elon Musk barking orders at engineers on the Fremont, California assembly line.

It comes as shares in the car maker tumbled amid claims Musk asked engineers to remove a standard brake test, called the brake-and-roll test, to allow cars to move through the production process quicker.

Jul 02 23:23

Debt is not income: Solo mum of two wins landmark High Court battle against MSD (NZGovt)

In a landmark decision the High Court has ruled that bank loans and credit cards do not constitute income for beneficiaries.

The judgment comes as Justice Paul Davison today ruled in favour of a solo mother of two who was battling the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) over the determination of the Social Security Appeal Authority.

The woman's identity is suppressed, and known only as Ms F, had been fighting MSD for more than eight years.

The authority ruled that two granted bank loans, drawn down on the woman's home for more than $100,000, should not have been treated as income, but the ministry argues the money was used for living needs and bank loans meet the statutory definition of income.

Jul 02 18:03

Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission

Bad news for Samsung phone owners: some devices are randomly sending your camera roll photos to your contacts without permission. As first spotted by Gizmodo, users are complaining about the issue on Reddit and the company’s official forums. One user says his phone sent all his photos to his girlfriend. The messages are being sent through Samsung’s default texting app Samsung Messages. According to reports, the Messages app does not even show users that files have been sent; many just find out after they get a response from the recipient of the random photos sent to them.

Jul 02 11:35

SELLOUTS: The EPA’s pesticide approval office is funded by pesticide manufacturers and relies on their submitted data as “science”

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs is supposed to be responsible for producing independent analyses of pesticides. But is that what they really do? Like other federal agencies (à la the FDA), the Office of Pesticides does no actual studies or research of their own; instead, they review data provided to them by pesticide manufacturers.

And to make matters worse, the Office received a staggering 30 percent of its funding from the pesticide industry in 2016. So not only is the Office relying on research hand-picked for them by pesticide-makers, the industry is literally paying them to conduct their “reviews.” Once again, it seems that the “independent science” from the government is nothing more than illusion.

Jul 02 10:59

Opioid lawsuit targets rich family behind drug that fueled US crisis

The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday sued the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which has been blamed for spawning America’s , naming leading executives and members of the multibillionaire Sackler that owns the pharmaceutical company.

The lawsuit accuses the company, Purdue Pharma, of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits.

Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to take the unusual step of personally naming the company’s executives in a complaint, the state attorney general, Maura Healey, said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including the chief executive, Craig Landau, and eight members across three generations of the Sackler family that wholly owns Purdue.

Jul 02 07:28

Under Republican majority, U.S. Senate votes to LEGALIZE hemp farming across the nation

One of the key goals of Republicans is to limit government, end absurd regulations and set farmers free to generate economic abundance across the nation. In a stunning move led by U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the United States Senate has now passed legislation that ends hemp prohibition and would allow farmers across the nation to cultivate hemp.

Jul 02 05:47

GMO GRASS IS CREEPING ACROSS OREGON

In the failing light of an unusually warm January day, Jerry Erstrom and I race along a dirt track behind Rod Frahm’s white pickup. Here, near Ontario, Oregon, a stone’s throw from the Idaho border, Frahm grows onions, squash and corn. But today, he wants to show us something he’s growing against his will: a genetically engineered turfgrass designed for golf courses.

Jul 02 05:42

GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, ORACLE ET AL. GANG UP ON AMAZON FOR $10BN PENTAGON PRIZE

For many years, the cloud quadrille of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, Google Cloud and IBM SmartCloud has been engaging in rounds of fierce price wars in a bid to dominate both market share and mindshare. The cloud race has also frequently featured a healthy dose of ivory tower jousting and demagoguery.

Jul 02 05:39

GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, ORACLE ET AL. GANG UP ON AMAZON FOR $10BN PENTAGON PRIZE

For many years, the cloud quadrille of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, Google Cloud and IBM SmartCloud has been engaging in rounds of fierce price wars in a bid to dominate both market share and mindshare. The cloud race has also frequently featured a healthy dose of ivory tower jousting and demagoguery.

Jul 01 22:06

No Warrant? No Problem! New SCOTUS Ruling Does Not Apply To Real Time Location Tracking

Original analysis by a female Faust.

'Fine Print' Of Recent Supreme Court Ruling Exempts, May Actually Encourage Wholesale Warrantless Tracking Of Cell Phones, Despite MSM Characterization

• It does NOT apply to real-time location data - so patterns can be reassembled after new tracking.

• It does NOT apply to data collected by the private sector - so data can be — easily — bought or traded.

• It does NOT apply to investigations related to national security - and remember, most invocations of the Patriot Act have involved drugs, not terrorism.

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Jul 01 20:01

WHAT YOU AREN'T BEING TOLD ABOUT THE NEW SCOTUS RULING

...MAY HURT YOU.

Recently the Supreme Court ruled that to access to the vast amount of information, logged by your cellphone many times per minute on exactly where you have been and for how long, that the cellphone provider keeps for five years, a warrant is required. Fantastic. Obvious, right?

Well, no, and more importantly, as a privacy "win," understanding the new ruling is counter-intuitive. Reports on the ruling barely mention certain things as they rush to soothe an American public justifiably edgy after all the post Snowden lies. Such as:

    it does NOT apply to real-time location data - so patterns can be reassembled after new tracking
    it does NOT apply to data collected by the private sector - so data can be bought or traded
    it does NOT apply to investigations related to national security - and remember, most invocations of the Patriot Act involved drugs, not terrorism

Private entities regularly share their data with the government, without a warrant, and even if they didn't, a trivial amount of real-time location tracking will reestablish the behavioral patterns of most individuals with alarming accuracy. Enough to discover most if not all of their important social affiliations. Include the call metadata, and you have nearly all of it; track their friends for a week, and, without a warrant, but with the info already available, I am sure the degree to which their privacy has been infringed upon exceeds that with which the Founding fathers felt comfortable.

For more detailed analysis, information, and links to sources, please visit No Warrant, No Problem: New SCOTUS Ruling Does Not Apply To Real Time Location Tracking.

Jun 30 07:57

AMAZON’S FUSION WITH THE STATE SHOWS NEOLIBERALISM’S DRIFT TO NEO-FASCISM

MPN spoke to Yasha Levine, the author of “Surveillance Valley,” and Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster about the rise of the Amazon.com empire and the merger of Big Data, finance capitalism, and the U.S. state apparatus.

Jun 29 15:12

Is Liberty Mutual Insurence Selling My Information to Third Parties Without Consent?

Do Insurance companies do this so they don't have to pay their clients?

Jun 28 19:34

Film Explores the Human Health Effects of Genetic Engineering and Chemical Agriculture

After being told by her doctor that genetically engineered (GE) food and pesticides could be responsible for her son’s food allergies, Ekaterina Yakovleva set out to investigate. Her quest for answers was captured by the Russian Times in the featured film, “The Peril on Your Plate: Genetic Engineering and Chemical Agriculture.”

Jun 28 19:33

Altering Human Genetics Through Vaccination

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched efforts to create a vaccine that would protect people from most flu strains, all at once, with a single shot.

Jun 28 19:21

The Facts About Candida Overgrowth and How to Overcome It

When the production of candida in the body is out of control, it can manifest many frustrating health problems.

Jun 28 14:49

Will there be a technology Exedus from the Internet of Things Coming to Preserve Privacy?

When Samsung has TVs with cameras built into our screens and car with black boxes that can track our every move. When Samsung sell a product for the reason to invade our living room under terms of service agreements that are vague and arbitrary. I go into any big box stores and they sell Kitchen stoves to Crockpots with WiFi. General Petraus who was the former CIA director said they are spying on Americans through their appliances. When will enough be enough of no more spy technology?

Jun 28 07:31

Government document confirms vaccine link to microcephaly

The adverse event-deniers who insist that vaccines are 100 percent safe and never cause any problems in children clearly missed a little-known 1991 study published by the United States Government. This paper reveals a clear link between the popular Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), and microcephaly, a neurological birth defect that in recent years authorities have been erroneously blaming on the Zika virus.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) offered up clear evidence at the time showing that the combination jab can cause not only brain damage in young children, but also heart problems, meningitis, and epilepsy. Epidemiological evidence from human case studies showed that within weeks or even days of getting the Tdap shot, children developed infantile spasms and other common symptoms of microcephaly directly related to the vaccine.

Jun 26 08:53

The Wine Industry EXPOSED

The truth is: most commonly-sold wines come from unhealthy soil and farming practices. For example, low soil depth for vines to grow, water pipes and unsustainable farming practices put tremendous stress on conventional farmers. As a result: consumers get a poor quality product.

These conventional farms produce wines that are high in sulfites, preservatives and offer low polyphenol content. Remember, polyphenol content is the very reason why wine is supposed to be healthy for you.

Jun 25 08:08

Electric Teslas may be no greener than petrol and diesel cars despite being marketed as the world's most environmentally friendly vehicles

Analysts found the amount of greenhouse gas used in building a Tesla and generating the electricity to charge it was no different to petrol cars.

Jun 25 02:09

10 Toxic Products Disguised as Everyday Things in Your Home

Over the last 50 years, 100,000 different chemicals have been introduced into the world‘s markets, and 1,500 new ones are added each year. Many everyday household items have now turned into dangerously toxic products.

Jun 24 12:08

WHY THOUSANDS OF SWEDES ARE INSERTING MICROCHIPS INTO THEMSELVES

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many people, the idea of carrying a microchip in their body feels more dystopian than practical.

Jun 24 10:45

AN INCREASING NUMBER OF STRUGGLING AMERICANS ARE TURNING TO CHECK CASHERS AND PAYDAY LOANS

“People who are taking payday loans are people who make $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 a year, own their homes and have a college education. That’s the fastest-growing group. It’s not people who ‘don’t know better.’”

Jun 24 09:24

WTF --- Los Angeles County enters into "Shady” Deal with foreign company to operate its elections.

If the left is so worried about foreign influence in our elections, why are they paying a Venezuelan company to $242 million to build a voting system in the largest democratic voting jurisdiction in the US?

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