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Aug 19 07:02

Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has called for the implementation of a framework to govern how the internet’s gatekeepers deal with cases like The Daily Stormer. This comes after a number of tech companies have revoked support for the neo-Nazi website for its close association with the violent far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville.

Aug 18 15:01

Nestlé Faces Lawsuit For Mislabeling Common Ground Water As Spring Water

By Aaron Kesel

A group of concerned citizens has brought a 325-page class action lawsuit against Nestlé Waters North America, the company that owns Poland Spring, alleging that the Maine business has long deceived their customers by mislabeling common groundwater as “spring water,” Courthouse News reported.

The lawsuit was filed in a Connecticut federal court on Tuesday accusing Nestlé Waters North America Inc. of a “colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers.”...

Aug 17 11:45

The US Army Just Ordered Soldiers to Stop Using Drones from China’s DJI

The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials.

“Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for plans and operations.

Aug 17 07:35

A PATENT EXISTS TO PROVIDE HOME SURVEILLANCE USING AMI SMART METERS

AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Smart Meters (AMI SMs) are being forced on to everyone’s home, apartment, condo and businesses in the United States with total disregard for numerous legal aspects, with one specifically-egregious issue experiencing total abandonment or disregard for the U.S. Constitution, plus individuals’ rights under their respective home states’ constitutions.

So, what am I talking about? Privacy and the right to be secure in your home! The Search and Seizure aspects found and shielded in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are not being respected nor enforced by state public utility commissions and utility companies, most of who are harassing customers!

AMI SMs are nothing but “surveillance computers”!

Let me say that again. AMI SMs are nothing short of “surveillance computers”. They are built and intended to

Aug 16 09:17

A Patent Exists To Provide Home Surveillance Using AMI Smart Meters

By Catherine J. Frompovich

AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Smart Meters (AMI SMs) are being forced on to everyone’s home, apartment, condo and businesses in the United States with total disregard for numerous legal aspects, with one specifically-egregious issue experiencing total abandonment or disregard for the U.S. Constitution, plus individuals’ rights under their respective home states’ constitutions...

Aug 15 13:45

Bank of America Warns of an ‘Ominous’ Sign for Stocks

The drop represents a “warning sign for equities over bonds, high yield over investment grade, and cyclical sectors over defensive ones,” chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett wrote in a note Tuesday. “Further deterioration is likely to cause risk-off trades.”

Aug 15 11:24

Gone Are The Ties That Bind: We All Live In A Cut-And-Paste World

Business is the main driver of social change in the current period, and flexibility and agility are today’s catchwords, taking precedence over continuity. The marketplace puts a premium on short term relations in business since they favor the bottom line.

Aug 15 11:06

Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal

Years of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the EU's tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms have closed since it emerged on August 1 that eggs contaminated with fipronil, which can harm human health, were being exported and sold.

Aug 15 09:02

BUG BURGERS ARE COMING TO SWISS STORES

Swiss shoppers will soon get the chance to buy burger patties and meatballs made out of beetle larvae as supermarket chain Coop tests consumers’ appetite for less-common alternatives to beef and pork.

Aug 15 05:46

DAMNING INVESTIGATION SHOWS BIG PHARMA BRIBED 68,000 DOCTORS TO PUSH DEADLY OPIOIDS

Money to push opioids found one doctor in 12, and the rampant destruction wrought upon countless American families forced to cope with loved ones dependent on prescription painkillers, or on heroin sought when those ran out, proves circumstantially the dollars did their job.

Aug 14 22:01

Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg & Hollywood As A Weaponized Tool Of Manipulation

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes to the broadcast researcher, comedian, and author Jay Dyer. The two of them have a very in depth conversation about some of the topics, films, and people Jay discusses in his book titled ESOTERIC HOLLYWOOD: SEX, CULTS, AND SYMBOLS IN FILMS. A more fitting description could not be found of the book than that of the author himself. To quote Jay, “There is not another book out here like it, a book that tries to combine philosophy; geopolitics; comedy; conspiracy; satire; and metaphysics all into one package.” And that he does extremely well ladies and gentlemen.

Aug 14 08:58

The U.S. FCC Is Asleep At The Switch Regarding RF Safety Standards And Protecting The Public

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has dropped the ball regarding safety standards for radiofrequency (RF) limits in the United States. Furthermore, no risk assessment studies have been performed to my knowledge regarding how consumers use RF-emitting devises, e.g., hours on cell phones; working or being exposed to Wi-Fi at work or in school for a good part of their days; all the electronic games and other devices consumers use with no regard as to what harm they are encountering from non-thermal radiation waves...

Aug 13 10:00

“Is Alexa Spying On Us? We’re Too Busy to Care”

It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to.

Aug 13 09:50

North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say

Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters.

Aug 13 08:02

The birth control pill is killing women, but no one’s warning them of the risk

The truth is, “(t)he relative risk for thrombosis in patients who take COCs [combined oral contraceptives] is three- to five-fold higher compared with that of nonusers.” Thrombosis means blood clots that can cause stroke, heart attack, blindness, brain damage, and death. Still, women are not warned about the risk of blood clots with their daily steroidal hormone pill. This is serious and senseless deception and negligence.

According to a Canadian Broadcasting Company report in June 2013, birth control pill manufacturer Bayer paid out in excess of $1 billion to settle thousands of birth control pill lawsuits in the United States. Those settlements were all related to two low-dose contraception pills, Yaz and Yasmin. At the same time, an investigation by the CBC revealed that pharmacists suspected the deaths of 23 Canadian women were attributable to those two same pills.

Aug 13 07:40

Did media miss real story in North Korea’s war of words?

The error, according to 38 North, lies in an inept English translation of a statement made by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting on July 26.

The English translation was: “We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table. Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the US against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated.”

38 North says the splitting of the sentences raises several questions as to what was covered under the qualifier of “unless” the hostile policy is removed. But 38 North says the answer can be found in the Korean-language version in which the formula was presented as one sentence, not two.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's amazing what one mistranslation from a foreign language, into English, can do to people's interpretation of what actually was said.

Right now, that mistranslation could well translate into a shooting war between the US, China, and North Korea.

Aug 12 16:51

Amazon is issuing refunds to customers who purchased suspect solar eclipse glasses

Amazon appears to have been cracking down on these suspect glasses. Pages for products such as “MASCOTKING Solar Eclipse Glasses 2017 - CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing -- Eye Protection” and others that the company hasn’t been able to verify as coming from a recommended manufacturer have been removed from the site. Customers who purchased these glasses are getting refunds, along with a warning not to use them. The notification also says that customers don’t need to return the glasses in order to get a refund.

Aug 12 10:05

Amazon On Defensive After UK Tax Bill Falls While Revenues Soar

One of the world’s biggest retail companies, Amazon, has been accused of being a tax dodger after its UK bill was slashed to a mere £7.4 million year. That’s despite its UK revenues soaring by more than 50 percent to almost £1.5 billion.

Aug 12 09:13

US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air

A US technology firm has developed a drone that is able to aim and fire at enemies while flying in mid-air.

The Tikad drone, developed by Duke Robotics, is armed with a machine-gun and a grenade launcher.

The gun can be fired only by remote control, and is designed to reduce military casualties by cutting the number of ground troops required.

But campaigners warn that in the wrong hands, it will make it easier to kill innocent people.

Aug 12 08:01

Cell Towers On EVERY CITY Block

By Catherine J. Frompovich

California is going off the deep end, in my candid opinion.

Some members of that state’s legislature think cell towers on every block or in front of individuals’ homes are the way to go in order to have faster Wi-Fi or what I think may be an undercover strategy, comprehensive surveillance!

Those of us, who are researching electromagnetic frequencies including radiofrequencies and the newer terahertz frequencies, are wondering if science has lost its marbles and is acting as if it were the ‘supreme, ultimate, consummate’ deciding factor in how humans live our lives...

Aug 11 17:34

Amazon’s Biggest UK Division Has Slashed Its Corporation Tax Even As Sales Surge

Amazon halved the amount of U.K. corporation tax it paid last year while more than doubling turnover during the same period.

Aug 11 07:13

LOW CALORIE DIET DRINKS AND FOODS ‘TRICK THE BRAIN INTO MAKING YOU FATTER’ AND COULD TRIGGER DIABETES, STUDY CLAIMS

DIET drinks and foods trick the brain into making you fatter and could even trigger diabetes, a study suggests. The body has evolved to burn more calories if something tastes sweet because in nature sweeter substances contain more energy.

Aug 10 15:37

Soda Doesn’t ‘Feed The World’

Coca-Cola has a new ad in which a young girl wishes to grow a garden for the whole world. Then, as a grown woman who works for Coca-Cola, she says that she’s fulfilling that dream.

The phrase “feed the world” is one that should always be questioned, because it’s often used to promote the selfish aims of corporations that want to produce and sell as much food as possible — without regard to whether that food actually reaches the hungriest and most vulnerable people on the planet.

Aug 10 11:44

Shock: Jeff Sessions endorses theft

Sadly, but not surprisingly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out of step with this growing consensus

Aug 10 11:43

The globalist agenda is being met: “To collapse the United States internally and attack it externally”

Everyone can jump up and down, desiring to boil in oil anyone making such a suggestion; however, without some kind of accountability, these elected officials are running rampant and trampling the rights of the citizens. Who is going to stop it? The courts? The courts are the biggest pack of crooks of all. Yes, “Your Honor,” and “The Honorable,” ad infinitum.

Aug 10 10:31

Woman sues hospital for leaving surgical sponges inside of her for 9 years

The lawsuit says Purtle will seek $100,000 for medical costs and lost of income, and $1.3 million for pain and suffering. According to OregonLive.com, the number of sponges left inside her wasn't specified

Aug 10 08:43

DISNEY PAID 'AT LEAST' $177 MILLION TO SETTLE #PINKSLIME LAWSUIT OVER ABC NEWS REPORTS ON GROSS MEAT PRODUCT

This summer, ABC News made a historically large payout to settle a defamation lawsuit over 'pink slime.' No, that's not referring to Hulk Hogan, but there is a worrisome connection between this media lawsuit and the one backed by Peter Thiel against Gawker, which silenced that publication.

Aug 10 08:33

Chicago’s insane soda tax shows what happens when crooked govts collapse – they rob the people

Cook County could lose up to 25 percent of its retail sales, as citizens move their purchases to neighboring counties, in order to avoid the newly implemented “soda tax”

Aug 10 05:41

USA TODAY PREDICTS: ‘YOU WILL GET CHIPPED – EVENTUALLY’

In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate. Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning nasty 1-star reviews of the company, Three Square Market, on Google, Glassdoor and social media.

Aug 09 17:11

Pennsylvanians Are Taking On AMI Smart Meters Big Time

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The horrific harassment and health issues utility customers across the USA and elsewhere have to deal with can be exemplified in what the good folks of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been dealing with regard to what seems to be skullduggery at state capital administrative agency, and possibly at one legislator’s level, who just happens to be Chairman of the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee.

Several groups are becoming extremely proactive and vocal now that a set of three AMI Smart Meter Opt-out bills have been introduced into the 2017-18 legislative session and don’t want those bills to be subjected to the same treatment and routes previous opt-out bills have taken over the course of the last six years...

Aug 09 15:57

275,000 Glittery iPhone cases recalled for causing skin irritation and chemical burns

Owners of glittery iPhones may want to exercise caution around these products. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a worldwide recall of about 275,000 liquid glitter iPhone cases by New Jersey-based company MixBin Electronics, reported Circa.com. According to the CPSC, there are over two dozen incidents of people experiencing skin irritation and chemical burns after these cases broke and spilled glitter onto their skin, including 19 which were in the U.S. At least one instance had a customer becoming permanently scarred from a chemical burn, while another experienced “swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body, and hands.”

Aug 09 08:49

Guess Who Edited the “Independent” Reviews That Say Monsanto’s Round-Up Is NOT Carcinogenic?

You know all those "independent" reviews saying how safe Monsanto's products are? Well, inter-company emails prove that Monsanto themselves "edited" those reviews.

The biased reviews are supposed to prove that Round-up isn't carcinogenic, but what they really prove is that Monsanto is trying to cover up information.

Fake news. It's not just for politics.

Aug 09 07:26

Higher Amounts of Sugar, Salt and Fat In Gluten-Free Products Over Conventional

By Mae Chan

A new study has found gluten-free products are often not as healthy as their conventional counterparts.

A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and many physiological symptoms. Why is there so much attention now being put upon gluten sensitivities?...

Aug 08 09:55

Researchers Trick Self-Driving Cars into Ignoring Stop Signs

Researchers have found a simple way to trick self-driving cars into misidentifying street signs, a vulnerability that could put drivers in harms way.

The group’s research paper, entitled Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models, outlines how simple alterations to both a “stop sign” and “right turn sign” can fool a vehicle’s onboard computer.

“We physically realized and evaluated two attacks, one that causes a Stop sign to be misclassified as a Speed Limit sign in 100% of the testing conditions, and one that causes a Right Turn sign to be misclassified as either a Stop or Added Lane sign in 100% of the testing conditions,” the paper says.

Aug 07 16:32

AMI Smart Meter Politics: Can Pennsylvania Pass Into Law An Opt-Out Bill Just Introduced?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The good people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been deprived of their U.S. and State Constitutional rights regarding the forced imposition along with aggravated harassment by utility companies of those who stood their rights for refusing an AMI Smart Meter because the law enacted (Act 129 of 2008) was written as an Opt-In bill/law.

However, many people are chomping at the bit about what’s going on in Pennsylvania and there’s been a new set of bills affecting AMI Smart Meters introduced in to the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Below is an overview of what’s happened in the past so previous bills wouldn’t be enacted, plus information why there has to be an investigation into the chairman of that committee...

Aug 07 14:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you; but this article just makes me profoundly uncomfortable.

That everything I say and do can be surveilled, then used against me?!?

Thank you, no; I think I will pick up an abacus, and get away from computers and the phones, if this is the reality now.

Aug 07 08:30

New Monsanto Emails Raise Questions On Safety Of RoundUp Products

Documents released yesterday in a lawsuit against Monsanto have resulted in new questions about the company’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.

As the New York Times notes today, new internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to "ghost writing" research studies that were pawned off as 'independent' analyses.

Aug 05 12:18

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

Aug 05 12:01

Flame retardants linked to lower child IQ

Increased exposure among pregnant women to a class of flame-retardant chemicals found in older furniture and other everyday consumer products is linked to lower IQs in their children, UCSF researchers found in a study that is certain to further ignite the debate over the chemicals.

Aug 05 10:05

5G Is An International Health Crisis In The Making

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Recently, I came across one of the most comprehensive articles about 5G and the problems it will create for humankind (and all of creation) if and/or when 5G is rolled out across nations around the globe, which I thought my readers ought to know about...

Aug 04 09:29

'Toxic eggs' surfacing in ever more German states, officials say

More eggs contaminated with traces of an insecticide have been discovered as not only Dutch farms but also a German facility have been found to be affected.

Aug 04 08:23

BIG DATA + PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE = GAME OVER

Once big data systems agglomerate enough data about you to predict whether you are likely to get sick or badly injured, insurers will be able to deny coverage (or charge so much for it that it amounts to the same thing) to anyone who is likely to get sick, forcing everyone who might ever need insurance into medical bankruptcy, and turning Medicaid into a giant "high-risk pool" that taxpayers foot the bill for.

For this to happen, we only need for insurers to have discretion over whom they insure (something they lost under Obamacare) and for insurers to not care too much if they over-exclude a few low-risk people who false-positived into the big data "high-risk" bucket -- when you go fishing with a dragnet, you always get a few dolphins along with your tuna.

The existence of more personal health data and better algorithms for sorting it suggest that private medical insurance is just incompatible with 21st century technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why everyone out there needs to educate themselves on nutrition and supplements. Knowledge is power here, folks.

For example, when did your MD happen to mention that magnesium and zinc supplements are effective tools in helping people deal with depression?!?

The Role of magnesium and zinc in depression

Probably never.

When was the last time your family practitioner mentioned the role of turmeric in preventing, and/or treating cancer?!?

Cancer Prevention With Natural Compounds

Probably never.

There are things the medical/industrial complex really doesn't want to concern itself about, because the sicker you get, the more you will opt for their treatments, which generally do not, and cannot, cure.

Aug 04 08:16

No Matter How Bad You Thought Big Pharma Was, This is Worse

By Tony Cartalucci

Impropriety among big-pharmaceutical corporations has ranged from multi-billion dollar bribery rackets, to marketing drugs to patients for uses they were never approved for by regulators, to covering up known dangerous side-effects of medications they produce and sell.

More recently, big-pharma has been embroiled in a series of price-gouging controversies over equipment and treatments. This includes the hijacking of and profiteering from a revolutionary new treatment called gene therapy...

Aug 04 08:02

MONSANTO'S LAWYERS FORGOT TO ASK A COURT TO SUPPRESS DAMNING EVIDENCE ABOUT CANCER AND CORRUPT SCIENCE

Monsanto is facing over 100 lawsuits in a Federal district court in San Francisco brought by people who attribute their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to exposure to glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer, and as part of the discovery process, it submitted internal documents to the court that detailed shenanigans in the company's internal science and its dealings with regulators and the press.

Then Monsanto's lawyers neglected to a motion seeking continued protection of the confidential documents, believing that a "a standing confidentiality order" was in place, something that the plaintiff's lawyers disagree with, which is why they released a huge tranche of damning memos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there was EVER a corporation deserving to be sued out of existence, it is Monsanto!!

Aug 04 06:41

Georgia To Roll Out Tens Of Thousands Of CCTV Cameras With Real-Time Facial Recognition Capabilities

Surveillance using CCTV cameras is old hat these days, even for locations outside the world's CCTV capital, London. But there's an important step-change taking place in the sector, as operators move from simply observing and recording, to analyzing video feeds automatically using facial recognition software. Techdirt has written about this area a few times, but these examples have all been fairly small-scale and exploratory. News from Georgia -- the one in the Caucasus, not the State -- shows that things are moving fast in this field

Aug 04 06:14

Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

A typical budget washing machine is weighted by 25kg of concrete to stop it moving while on a spin cycle.

The new invention is a sealable plastic container that is filled with water - but only once the machine is in place.

The team at Nottingham Trent University says the change makes machines easier - and cheaper - to transport.

By replacing the concrete with empty containers, the weight of the machine is cut by a third.

Aug 03 17:01

U.S. Senate’s GMO Salmon Labeling Act To Support And Pass Into Law

By Catherine J. Frompovich

If you are into eating salmon, this information may be of vital importance to you, especially if you don’t want to purchase, eat or feed GMO salmon to yourself and your family.

Plaudits to Senator Murkowski of Alaska for having the presence of mind and conviction to introduce Senate Bill S.1528, “Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act” on July 11, 2017...

Aug 03 14:57

Tesla's Model 3 cars have secret cameras installed in the rear view mirror to watch drivers (but the firm insists they aren't activated)

The Tesla Model 3 has the potential to spy on you as you drive, with the automaker secretly installing a driver-facing camera in the rear view mirror of each vehicle.

The cameras, which Tesla claims are currently deactivated, could be used to monitor the driver's attention span during autonomous journeys.

Tesla has remained tight-lipped as to the purpose of the cameras, and made no mention of the devices during the firm's launch of the Model 3 last week.

Aug 03 13:09

GOOGLE’S BLUETOOTH BEACONS IN MASSDOT TUNNELS AND YOUR PRIVACY

If you’ve ever driven in Boston, you know how notorious the roads are, and how confusing it can be even with GPS navigation. One of the most frustrating parts of driving in Boston is navigating the tunnels under the city. Locals and commuters alike know what happens when you enter the belly of the metropolis: you lose your cell service, and with it, your GPS directions.

Aug 03 11:42

Apple Cash Pile Hits New Record Of $261.5 Billion

Apple’s cash pile swelled again this quarter, hitting a record $261.5 billion, compared with $256.8 billion last quarter. That’s up 13 percent year over year.

Aug 03 08:17

Google’s Tracking Of Offline Spending Sparks Call For Federal Investigation

Google recently announced a suite of new tools for advertisers, allowing them to link a customer’s offline credit card purchases with the things they look at online. Shockingly, some privacy advocates think this sort of tracking goes too far and have called on the federal government to investigate.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center this morning filed a complaint [PDF] with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the agency to investigate Google’s Store Sales Management consumer profiling technology and stop the company from tracking customers’ in-store purchases.

According to EPIC, Google’s system, which can allegedly track 70% of all credit and debt card transactions in the U.S., puts the personal information — including product searches, location searches and payment information — of shoppers and Internet users at risk of hacks or other data breaches.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cyber-spying on individuals by large corporations, like Google, has just reached epidemic proportions, and needs to be stopped.

Aug 03 08:02

Forbes attacks self-reliant homesteaders as delusional moochers

It’s always interesting reading when someone smug and sanctimonious writes a clueless diatribe about another group of people being smug and sanctimonious. So when I saw that an economist for Moody’s and Forbes had written an op-ed calling self-reliant homesteaders “delusional,” I knew I’d be in for some misinformed hilarity.

Aug 03 06:36

ANONYMOUS WEB BROWSING DATA IS NOT ANONYMOUS, RESEARCHERS SHOW

Two German researchers bought “anonymous” web browsing data on millions of Germans. It didn’t take long for them to identify those people by looking through their web browsing history.

Aug 02 08:07

Public Utility Consumer Abuse For Refusing AMI Smart Meters, PECO Style

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) main surveillance device, the AMI Smart Meter, has caused much grief, fright, concerns and actual bodily harms from non-thermal microwaves emitted by the ZigBee radios in all smart meters in every state. Those harms are called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), plus any of a roster of symptoms that can/may contribute to or exacerbate numerous chronic diseases.

As an EMF/RF science data researcher, I hear from people all over the globe offering personal tales of woe how electric companies, particularly in the USA, have done some nasty things to cause much grief for customers from whom utilities had received no previous problems, not even unpaid bills. But why such rather callous treatment? Well, it all revolves around the retrofitting of AMI Smart Meters on to electric, natural gas and water utility services...

Aug 02 07:46

Woman sues Pret A Manger for $5.5MILLION claiming the sandwich chain is tricking customers into ‘paying for air’ by using oversized packaging

Sandwich shop Pret A Manger is being sued in federal court for allegedly tricking customers into 'paying for air' by selling snacks with less content than advertised.

Yee Ting Lau filed a suit against the company on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District Court of New York.

Lau said she filed the claim after stopping in to a Pret A Manger store on East 39th Street and Madison Avenue to pick up a Chakalaka Wrap on June 12, only to find her promised snack advertised as being nine inches long was a measly eight.

The wrap cost $7.49. Lau claims the chain is liable for $5.5million in damages for violations of New York's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and false advertising law.

Aug 02 07:25

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980. It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

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