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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.

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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.

Mar 24 16:14

Samsung set to finally kill off EVERY Galaxy Note 7 with new update

It is Samsung’s last attempt to rid the world of its faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

The South Korean firm plans to remotely disable the charging ability of handsets that were not returned after the official recall in September - rendering them useless.

Approximately 97 percent of the devices have been collected since reports surfaced that units were exploding, but thousands of users ignored the warnings and refused to turn theirs in.

Mar 24 08:39

Model Cell Phone And Wireless Safety Legislation Every U.S. State Should Enact

Finally, at least one state, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has seen the need for and merits of corrective legislation regarding cell phone and wireless safety legislation. As such, five extremely impressive bills have been introduced in 2017 which every state should copy and enact to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing…

Mar 24 08:32

A Nasty Little Secret Hidden in Your Crock Pot

Crock pots containing lead was the subject of an investigation that began in Salt Lake City with KUTV’s Bill Gephardt. After his investigation about lead in ceramic glazed plates, bowls and mugs and finding high a content of lead in them, his focus turned to ceramic glazed crock pots after a viewer did a little research on her own.

Mar 23 09:39

Stealing from the citizenry: How government goons use civil asset forfeiture to rob us blind

“Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty

Mar 23 09:38

Sen. John McCain calls for a “select committee” on Russian interference, Deep State’s endgame in sight

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren that he doesn’t even know where to begin after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes delivered proof to the President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday afternoon, which shows that he and his associates were indeed surveilled in late 2016 – early 2017.

Mar 23 08:36

Trump's Labor Secretary nominee faces questions over why he cut a deal with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein instead of indicting him on federal sex crimes

Another BAD appointment by Trump! Trump's appointee gave a serial child molester a pass!

President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee is facing questions over the unusual plea deal he oversaw for billionaire sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, while serving as US attorney in Miami.

Alexander Acosta made a deal with Epstein which meant he avoided federal prosecution and a potential life prison sentence when he was found guilty of soliciting prostitution in 2008.

He is now at the center of a lawsuit, which names President Donald Trump as a witness, which accuses him of mishandling the case a decade ago.

Critics, including attorneys for some underage victims of financier Epstein, claim the plea agreement was a 'sweetheart deal' made possible only by Epstein's wealth, connections and high-powered lawyers.

The story resurfaced just hours before his confirmation hearing for the secretary of labor was set to start.

Mar 23 07:59

What’s In The GOP Health Care Bill?

What’s In The GOP Health Care Bill? Some Good. Some Bad; One MAJOR Problem
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>Continuous coverage — 30 percent penalty if people don’t keep themselves insured
> Enrollment in expanded Medicaid will be frozen
> Medicaid will change to “per capita caps” (funding limits for each person) in the fiscal year 2020
>A new, refundable tax credit will be available in 2020 to help people buy health insurance
>It’s not means tested, but phased out for upper-income people (starting at $75,000 for individuals, $150,000 for families
Here are some provisions that are out:
All Obamacare taxes
All Obamacare subsidies, including its premium tax credit
Individual, employer mandate penalties
“Cadillac tax” (until 2025)

There are problems with the bill as well. One area that doesn’t appear to be addressed adequately is the pre-existing condition provision.
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There is one major problem with the GOP approach, and that is the lack of a full repeal of The Affordable Care Act.>>>

Mar 22 13:52

Living the DREAM : Americans Are Dying With an Average of $62K of Debt

You’re probably going to die with some debt to your name. Most people do. In fact, 73% of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported as dead, according to December 2016 data provided to Credit.com by credit bureau Experian. Those consumers carried an average total balance of $61,554, including mortgage debt. Without home loans, the average balance was $12,875.

Mar 22 13:44

Youtuber affirms F.B.I. collusion with Dems at intelligence hearing

Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and F.B.I. Director James Comey colluded during the intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill Monday, according to an online report.

Mar 22 13:38

Sean Spicer exposes Hillary Clinton for selling off one-fifth of U.S. uranium to the Russians

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took Trump administration critics to task Monday, noting that they continue to push the discredited claim that Trump worked with the Russians while totally ignoring the clear connections between Clinton and Russian based companies.

Mar 22 13:36

California plans to financially attack any company that helps build Trump border wall

Just days after U.S. Customs and Border Protection began posting bid guidelines for contractors interested in building the long promised Mexico border wall, three California Democrats are “fighting back” by proposing a bill that would force the state to drop pension investments in any company involved in the project.

Mar 22 04:41

RED ALERT: The FBI is now investigating the alternative media for exposing Hillary Clinton

In a stunning turn of events, the FBI is now apparently investigating multiple alternative news outlets for supposed Russian connections, according to deep state operatives who gave the information to McClatchy News in an obvious attempt to undermine the growing power of the anti-establishment media.

Mar 22 04:39

Liberal anti-Trump groups plan to bow down to George Soros, beg for funding

Over the years it has become increasingly clear that billionaire liberal George Soros is actively funding a large portion of the opposition against anti-establishment Republicans.

Now, in the wake of several new liberal groups rising to the forefront after Donald Trump’s election, the Soros run Democracy Alliance is set to consider funding their efforts against all things Trump.

Mar 21 19:31

Court Rules That Insurance Company Must Cover Medical Cannabis

A judge out of New Jersey ruled that a man’s insurance company must pay for the cost of his medical cannabis treatment. This may establish an important precedent in the medical industry.

Mar 21 15:37

Jeff Sessions goes full Reefer Madness

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is terribly confused and wildly uninformed.

Mar 21 08:53

Signed By The Governor: New Kentucky Law To Expand Health Freedom

By Michael Maharrey

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a bill into law that will help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify federally run healthcare in practice in the state.

A coalition of three Republican senators introduced Senate Bill 97 (SB97) on Jan 3...

Mar 20 15:02

Subway Threatens Broadcaster Over ‘Soy Chicken’ Report

The restaurant chain Subway is threatening the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) with a suit seeking $210 million in damages over the “factually incorrect” report that Subway’s chicken was loaded with soy filler.

Mar 20 13:37

Mike Cernovich: Twitter — Either Go Private and be a Super PAC or Tell Shareholders the Truth about Shadow Bans

Summary?—?Twitter is shadow banning high profile accounts, generally populist accounts. Twitter has every right to “censor,” of course, with an exception. It is shareholder fraud to censor popular accounts, as this harms company growth. Jack Dorsey must take Twitter private or else tell his shareholders the truth?—?Twitter censors accounts that are critical of Hillary Clinton. (Even Bernie Sanders supporters have been shadow banned.)

Twitter is a publicly-traded corporation and thus its CEO Jack Dorsey has fiduciary obligations to his shareholders. Twitter is not Jack’s private little Super PAC. If Jack wants to censor influential and popular users, then he must disclose this to shareholders. He must tell them the truth, “I don’t care about shareholder value. I want to run Twitter like my personal blog and Super PAC.”

Mar 20 12:04

Scott Adams: I Declare Mobile Phone Carriers to Be Enemies of the State

Here’s the basic problem.

Kids as young as eleven have smartphones. That situation won’t change.

A kid with a smartphone has access to any illegal drug in the world, as well as all the peer pressure in the world.

Pills are small, cheap, odorless, widely available, and nearly impossible for a parent to find in a bedroom search. When you have this situation, the next generation is lost.

That is our current situation.

Mar 19 10:03

The new Nokia 3310 has a BIG problem, and it might make you reconsider buying one

Despite having a number of new features, the new Nokia 3310 still only runs on a 2G network.

According to the specifications listed on the Nokia website, the new phone will only be able to function on standard GSM frequencies between 900 MHz and 1800 MHz.

And that could prove to be a problem.

A number of countries are looking to switch off their 2G networks in the coming years.

Mar 18 13:34

Predator Bloodbath: ‘Secretive’ Federal Agency Wildlife Services Kills 1.6 Million Native Animals in 2016

Wildlife Services (WS), a little-known wildlife-killing program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), killed 2,744,010 animals in 2016, 1,594,595 of which were native to the U.S. The agency shared this death toll in its annual program data report released March 15, 2017. Millions of taxpayer dollars fund this deadly program each year, which focuses primarily on eliminating apex predators and other animals that threaten livestock and agriculture.

Reducing the food web, reduces the livable space resulting in genocide.

Mar 18 09:38

LAPTOP WITH “HIGHLY SENSITIVE” TRUMP DATA, CLINTON EMAIL PROBE INFO STOLEN FROM SECRET SERVICE AGENT

Even when Hillary Clinton is no longer running for president, laptop "accidents" continue to follow her.

As regular readers will recall, shortly before the election, the FBI revealed that a laptop containing some of Hillary Clinton's emails mysteriously disappeared in transit, while several months later, another laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner just as mysteriously was found to contain emails between his then-wife Huma Abedin and her boss, Hillary. The laptop in question prompted the FBI to reopen its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails just days before the presidential election.

Now, according to the New York Daily News which cites police sources, a laptop computer containing information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as well as floor plans for Trump Tower and other national security information, was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in Brooklyn.

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Cui bono!!?!? Who benefits?!?

Mar 18 08:20

The Crumbling American Superpower

A Wall Street-driven agenda of globalization of US manufacturing and out-sourcing of production has left America a hollowed-out, crumbling Superpower. Since the 1980’s the United States has significantly under-invested in both new infrastructure and in renewing old. As US multinational corporations moved their factories overseas to cheap labor production in Mexico, then in Asia, especially China, and elsewhere, they found tax loopholes that allowed them to walk away from supporting the country that as recently as the 1960’s was the world industrial economic leading nation. Today US corporations hold $2.4 trillion in overseas profits that they keep abroad to avoid US taxes.

The result of all this neglect is that over the past three decades since the end of the 1980s, federal funding of major infrastructure projects such as dams has dropped by half, from 1 percent to 0.5 percent of GDP.

Infrastructure Report Card......

Mar 17 19:25

Protection for student loan defaulters rolled back

Not good! Wait til youread the interest rates. Are debtors prisons next?

March 17 (UPI) -- The Trump administration rolled back guidelines that barred debt collectors from charging high interest rates on past-due student loans.

Mar 17 15:22

12.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017, Half of What CBO Projected

These enrollment numbers are dramatically different than the CBO’s forecasted enrollment numbers in 2013. The CBO predicted that 24 million people would purchase coverage on the exchanges in 2017, nearly double the most recent enrollment figures.

Mar 17 08:42

The FDA Thinks Pop Tarts Are Healthier Than Avocados

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Frosted Flakes cereal and Pop Tarts are healthy foods, but foods containing large amounts of nuts are not. However, the FDA might be changing its tune. All fats are not created equal. Currently, in order to use the term “healthy” on a product’s packaging, the product…

Mar 17 07:21

GAMING company Tabcorp has been fined $45 million for breaching anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws.

AUSTRAC CEO Paul Jevtovic addressed the media in Sydney today, where he said that it sends an “unequivocal message” to gaming companies.

Mar 16 19:55

Weight Loss Strains

Trying to shed some weight? You might be surprised by this weight loss tip; Start using cannabis. While cannabis has long been known for its appetite inducing effects, research is now indicating that it can actually help lower BMI and reduce obesity. In fact, states with medical cannabis laws have even seen a 2-6 percent reduction in obesity rates. So how does cannabis pull off this weight loss trick? And more importantly, how can we harness its power for our own weight loss goals?

Mar 16 16:05

Worse Than 1929?

The US stock market today has never been more dangerous and overvalued, according to respected Wall Street market analyst John Hussman. Indeed, Hussman goes as far as to say that “this is the most dangerous and overvalued stock market on record — worse than 2007, worse than 2000, even worse than 1929” as reported by Marketwatch.

Mar 16 14:12

After CIA Smart TV Spying Revelations, Samsung to Release New TV That “Never Turns Off”

Just like we’ve recently been seeing ads all over the place for Amazon’s Echo following the Wikileaks Vault 7 revelations that internet-connected electronics in the home can be exploited by government agencies and turned into covert spy devices, Samsung is picking a really strange time to announce the release of its upcoming new television that never turns off.

Mar 16 13:46

Two high-level government child trafficking rings busted and American media is silent

In late 2016, the government’s spin machine made it a point to feature “pizza gate,” only to mock anyone who would ever believe it to be true. The thought that high-level government officials in the U.S. would or could ever be involved in sex-trafficking or pedophilia was presented as far-fetched conspiracy theory, only believed by the fringe elements of society. But as The Free Thought Project has reported on numerous occasions, pedophilia involving high-level government officials is becoming the norm rather than the exception.

Mar 16 10:21

New York Times runs cover for the Federal Reserve after Trump considers targeting central bankers

In a possible sign of things to come, the New York Times recently published a piece in which the establishment cites its worry that the private Federal Reserve could soon be targeted by the populist wave that elected Donald Trump.

Mar 16 08:25

Six-and a half-foot tall robot can move 9 MPH and jump 4 feet high

Boston Dynamics is at it again, working on a new robot that seems to be far more agile and capable than their Atlas model.

Mar 15 12:03

Scott Adams: Start-ups that Lower the Cost of Health Care

Most of the remaining problems in the world are information problems in disguise. For example, our politicians in the United States are trying to figure out how to provide health insurance to low-income people without breaking the budget.

It looks impossible, at least with our political system as it stands.

So I thought I would help.

Mar 14 19:05

Australian woman badly burned when her HEADPHONES exploded in her face on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne

Pictures show the passenger with black soot all over her cheeks, mouth and nose.

Her hand was also burned and has now blistered and her hair and eyebrows were singed.

The battery and its cover melted to the airplane floor.

The smell of burnt plastic and hair filled the plane for the rest of the light, the woman said.

Mar 14 15:28

Southern Communities Brace For The Impact Of Big Oil's Expansion Plans

President Donald Trump kicked off last week with a Monday morning tweet hailing — and seeming to wrongly take credit for — Exxon Mobil’s plan for a $20 billion expansion of its refineries, chemical plants and liquefied natural gas operations along the US Gulf Coast.

Mar 14 14:24

The only downside of Obama being gone? Crashing “Post-Obama Era” Gun Sales Lead To Remington Mass Layoffs

As we noted last summer, the Obama administration’s constant gun control threats did little more than flood American homes with more guns as people looked to stockpile weapons ahead of anticipated new regulations. In fact, both of Obama's elections resulted in massive and unprecedented spikes in gun sales.

Mar 14 14:00

Who got rich off the student debt crisis

A generation ago, Congress privatized a student loan program intended to give more Americans access to higher education.

In its place, lawmakers created another profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that has fed the nation’s cycle of inequality. Step by step, Congress has enacted one law after another to make student debt the worst kind of debt for Americans – and the best kind for banks and debt collectors.

Today, just about everyone involved in the student loan industry makes money off students – the banks, private investors, even the federal government.

Mar 14 11:54

Your money is on fire

Years of using debt to drive economic growth in the developed world has rapidly created the largest global debt bubble in history. And economic watchers say the resulting bust is going to make the 2008 financial crisis look like a walk in the park.

Mar 14 11:19

Scrubbed from textbooks: The U.S. government’s national experiment in extermination

In desperation to make effective the floundering Prohibition on alcohol, the U.S. government — unable to convince the public consumption of booze constituted a moral transgression — intentionally poisoned the supply in a last-ditch attempt to enforce State-mandated sobriety.

Mar 14 08:52

NASA heliophysicist admits they have already sprayed us with a mood-stabilizing drug

If you believe that governments of this world wouldn’t use the general populace you as a lab rats, think again.

Mar 14 08:41

Spying is lying, spies tell lies

In recent articles, I’ve highlighted items from the latest WikiLeaks data-dump of CIA files. For example:

Mar 13 16:25

Multimillion warplane handed by US carries 276 ‘combat failings’

THE £100 million US warplane being bought for the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers has 276 “deficiencies in combat performance”, a Pentagon report on the F-35 Lightning reveals.

The weaknesses in the £1.2trillion Joint Strike Fighter programme, including delays on completing gun testing and “overall ineffective operational performance”, are likely to delay its long-awaited entry into service still further.

There are also problems with the software which is designed to run the highly sophisticated warplane.

This could mean the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers face years without the planes they were designed to carry.

The length of the 62-page report was described by one source as “unprecedented” at this stage of the F-35’s already long-delayed development.

Mar 13 09:47

How can 30-year-old receivers sound better than new ones?

Since no one listens before they buy, selling today's receivers is a numbers game, and sound quality takes a back seat.

Mar 13 09:17

HOW THE CIA AND A TECH STARTUP ARE ARMING POLICE, INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

It is run out of a quiet, unassuming office on a tree-lined avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. The rows of hip restaurants are offering young urban professionals all the grande-iced-sugar-free-vanilla-soy-lattes they could ever need. However, this serene suburban idyll belies the fact that serious work for the police state is taking place out of view. Nestled in a suite just upstairs from the Asian fusion and seafood restaurants is a company that is transforming the way law enforcement, intelligence agencies and even giant corporations communicate within their organizations and with each other.

Mar 12 08:54

US Immunization Schedule Recommends 26 Vaccinations For Children Under 1, Highest In World And Ranks 34th In Infant Mortality

A new study published today in the Journal of Human and Experimental Toxology found that countries that administer a higher number of vaccines during the first year of life experience higher infant mortality rates.

Mar 11 09:07

YOUR OLD CD-ROMS ARE PROBABLY ROTTING

In 2009, the Library of Congress commissioned a research report into the degradation ofCD-ROMs in storage as a way of assessing the integrity of the media in its collection: the news isn't pretty.

The standards for certifying a CD-ROM did not "place any requirement on the chemical or physical stability of the disc," so depending on the manufacturer and process, the discs you've put away on shelves may have wildly different material properties.

The study involved taking a trove of discarded/duplicate CD-ROMs from the LoC's collection and subjecting them to "accelerated aging" processes to see how many errors emerged as the media aged. Keeping discs dry and cool helped reduce error rates, but even so there's a lot of bitrot there.

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IF you are still preferring to use CD-ROMS, the word you are looking for on the packaging is the word "Archival", with some reasonable expectation of a decent shelf life.

Mar 11 07:01

Shock: Former intelligence officer claims anti-Clinton American intelligence operatives carried out DNC hack

The shocking hack of the Democratic National Committee, which has been largely pinned on Russia, was actually conducted by disgruntled intelligence operatives who wanted to bring down Hillary Clinton, according to former intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer.

Mar 10 14:27

Are Central Banks Losing Control?

Eight years after the crisis of 2008-09, central banks are still injecting $200 billion a month into the global financial system to keep it from imploding. The returns on their "investment" is diminishing rapidly, and they're losing control of everything that matters.

Mar 10 14:23

The Sweet Taste of Poison - topped by strawberries for second year

For the second consecutive year, strawberries topped all other fruits and vegetables for the dubious honor of pesticide residues, CNN reported.
Data on 36,000 samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA showed 20 different pesticides associated with strawberries. Spinach jumped from eighth last year to second, having the most pesticide residue by weight. The rest of the "Dirty Dozen" consisted of nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and potatoes.
The "Clean Fifteen" list of produce with the lowest amount of pesticide residues comprised sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papaya, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit. The lists were included in the Environmental Working Group annual report, which showed that 70% of samples of 48 different fruits and vegetables were contaminated by pesticide residues.

Mar 10 13:29

Are Central Banks Losing Control?

Eight years after the crisis of 2008-09, central banks are still injecting $200 billion a month into the global financial system to keep it from imploding. The returns on their "investment" is diminishing rapidly, and they're losing control of everything that matters.

Mar 10 10:26

Freshman Congressman Who Said Some People "Just Don't Want Health Care And Aren't Going To Take Care Of Themselves" To Hold "Listening Tour" In Kansas This Week

Newly elected Congressman Roger Marshall, representing the 1st district of Kansas, is an OB-GYN who has delieverd 5,000 babies. Marshall made some comments in an interview last week which caught him a lot of flak. He explained his position and announced that he will hold a "Listening Tour" with nine stops in Kansas next week. In an earlier interview Marshall had said "Just like Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with us,' There is a group of people that just don't want health care and aren't going to take care of themselves. Just, like, homeless people. I think just morally, spiritually, socially, just don't want health care. The Medicaid population, which is a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I'm not judging, I'm just saying socially that's where they are.

Mar 09 17:57

Wikileaks Blows the Doors off of Silicon Valley

Wikileaks has published Vault 7 which contained thousands of documents. Wikileaks now says the CIA has hacked into Apple and Android smartphones, Windows computers and Samsung smart TVs.

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