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May 19 05:50

No cap on Big Oil liability

The protection of the Oil companies came in the form of the Oil Pollution Act, which includes a $75 million cap on damages that BP or any other oil company would be forced to pay in damages (other than oil removal costs, for which the company remains responsible).

To put this $75 million figure into perspective, it is worth noting that BP made $93 million in profit each day in the first three months of 2010.

In other words, the damages BP causes are moved off of its shoulders and onto the backs of the people and community, who must then pay for BP’s corporate-made disaster.

May 15 07:04

Revealed: The very unappetising truth about McDonald's chicken meals (Jamie Oliver, look away now)

A chicken squats in a shed the size of a football pitch somewhere in the outback of Brazil. And it's not alone.

One of tens of thousands, each bird is allowed the floor space equivalent to a sheet of A4 paper and will live for just 40 days before it hits its genetically-engineered slaughter weight. That's if it doesn't perish along the way.

Five per cent or so will be unable to cope with the conditions and die even before then.

Those that survive will be plucked and butchered in an industrial process the like of which this planet has never before seen.

May 14 04:34

Subway To Everyone Else: Stop Selling 'Footlong' Sandwiches

The Coney Island Drive Inn, a restaurant in Brooksville, Florida, has been selling 12-inch hot dogs -- the restaurant calls them "footlongs" -- for more than 40 years. Its Web site is gotfootlongs.com.

Last week, the restaurant got a letter from a lawyer representing Subway, which, as you may have heard, sells 12-inch sandwiches for five bucks.

After explaining that Subway "has applied for the trademark FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches," the letter says:

You are hereby put on notice to cease and desist from using FOOTLONG (TM) association with sandwiches. You must immediately remove all references to FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches.

May 09 08:32

Environmentalists, Lawyers, and Fishermen Go After BP

BP faces over 200 class action lawsuits from people seeking damages from the spill. The Attorney General of Louisiana, James D. "Buddy" Caldwell, has also met with BP executives. Caldwell says that BP has admitted total responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which led to the spill. "We just need them to put things in writing," Caldwell said.

Lawyers had an important role from the very beginning. BP had issued 17-page long agreements to fishermen who wanted to work in the oil spill clean up. According to M. Orr, BP wanted to have the fishermen "sign away their rights."

May 08 18:29

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Transocean-BP rig had safety valve problem in UK

UK regulators issued a safety warning over a North Sea oil rig operated by Transocean and leased by BP five years ago.

The worries concerned the same key safety device – a blowout preventer – currently being blamed for 11 deaths and the growing oil slick off the US.

Apr 30 20:32

Honda recalls 167,000 Acura TSX for possible fire hazard

Honda Motor Company's luxury vehicle division Acura announced Friday a recall of some 167,000 Acura TSX models to replace a power steering hose that could lead to a "smoke or a fire" hazard.

"Affected TSX vehicles are 2004-2008 models sold in the United States with the 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine," a company statement said, adding that the repair "involves installing a new power steering hose, o-ring gasket and fluid."

Honda said the hose has a potential "for premature deterioration... as a result of prolonged exposure to high under-hood temperatures" and could develop cracks allowing power steering fluid to leak on the hot exhaust system "potentially generating smoke or a fire."

The repair, it added, will be "all done at no cost to the vehicle owner."

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Apr 29 06:46

Spy software watches BlackBerry email/photos

US software firm Retina-X Studios on Tuesday released a more vigilant version of its Mobile Spy program that captures every email and picture from BlackBerry smartphones.

Apr 29 03:41

MUST SEE VIDEO: Senator Scolds Smirking Sachs CFO

Worth of CDOs? Twenty cents on the dollar.

Cost to economy? Billions.

The look on the CFO's face?

...priceless...?

....well actually, it does have a price.

An unbelievably large one.

Here's the full length video.

Apr 27 08:43

Russia says genetically modified foods are harmful

Russia has started the annual Days of Defence against Environmental Hazards from the 15th of April to the 5th of June with the announcement of sensational results of an independent work of research. Scientists have proved that Genetically Modified Organisms are harmful for mammals. The researchers discovered that animals that eat GM foodstuffs lose their ability to reproduce. Campbell hamsters that have a fast reproduction rate were fed for two years with ordinary soya beans, which are widely used in agriculture and those contain different percentages of GM organisms. Another group of hamsters, the control group, was fed with pure soya, which was found with great difficulty in Serbia because 95 percent of soya in the world is transgenic.

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Apr 22 10:12

Eight Invented Diseases: If They Infect You, Big Pharma Is Eager To... Help

reposted from Alternet.

Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in 1997, pharma's credo has been When The Medication Is Ready, The Disease (and Patients) Will Appear. Who knew so many people suffered from restless legs?

Apr 22 08:03

Amazon fights demand for customer records

Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they purchased.

Apr 20 18:21

Regulators approve 2nd movie futures market

LOS ANGELES — U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a second market that would give speculators a way to bet on expected movie box office receipts, but again withheld a decision on the contracts that would allow trading to begin.

Apr 17 08:51

Scots comedy legend Billy Connolly lends voice to satnav device

Some of Billy's satnav instructions include gems such as: "Toll charge ahead ... don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger." And to those motorists who don't listen, he says: "Make a U-turn now. This wouldn't have been necessary if you had been listening a minute ago."

He also jokes: "U turn ahead. I'll be here when you get back."

Or simply: "Turn round. Turn round the whole car, not just you inside the car."

Apr 17 08:46

Gamestation collects customers' souls in April Fools gag

I know it’s a bit late to be reporting April Fools jokes but this is a good one. On April 1, Gamestation, the video games shop, changed the terms and conditions on its website to say that it legally owned the soul of each customer who bought from them.

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Customers who had agreed to the terms were then sent an email which said: “Little did you realise that upon your last purchase from Gamestation.co.uk you also granted us a right to claim your humanity [...] To avoid future fatalities, always check the terms and conditions.”

Apr 17 08:13

Samsung issues warning: 3D-TV (May Be) Bad For You

Pregnant women, the elderly, children and those suffering from serious medical conditions are among a wide range of people said to be at risk. The alert extends to those who have been sleep deprived or drinking. It highlights alarming side effects such as confusion, nausea, convulsions, altered vision, light-headedness, dizziness, and involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching and cramps.Samsung says there are also concerns that those with epilepsy could be at risk of fits - as they are from strobe lighting and photographers' flashes on normal television...

Apr 16 22:09

The CyberWar Against Online Privacy

Original post.

Not only will they have a phone number, they will have physical location data - which spells the end of anonymous posting, at least on Youtube...

Apr 16 10:29

Goldman Is Charged With Subprime Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with defrauding investors, alleging that Goldman let a big hedge fund fill a financial product with risky subprime mortgages and then failed to disclose that to the product's buyers.

Apr 13 06:51

'Growing concern' over marketing tainted beef

Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds.

A program set up to test beef for chemical residues "is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for … dangerous substances, which has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce," says the audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General.

Apr 08 04:40

Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has told Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to immediately suspend the cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in chemist shops across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.
The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.

Apr 07 09:04

iPad and heat don't mix

With all deference to the Violent Femmes, there's nothing upbeat about the cases of overheating that some iPad users are facing in the early days with the device. We've heard directly from two readers about the dreaded 'iPad needs to cool down before you can use it' message; Henry in Colorado and John in Tampa Bay both reported that their units went into thermal standby after being used outside. John noted that his iPad was in the (black, heat-collecting) Apple case... perhaps there's a market for reflective or liquid-cooled models.

Apr 04 13:26

Western Digital sucks

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Apparently a majority opinion.

Apr 04 13:23

Western Digital accuses all hard drive users of being pirates, refuses to allow media files to be shared!

Western Digital claims they have to block such files from being shared “due to unverifiable media license authentication.” To put it in human-speak: Those files might be copyrighted, and for some reason, Western Digital has set itself up as the copyright judge, jury, and executioner of your hard drive and data!

Slashdot points out that there are ways around this. Sure. There always are. But that’s not the point. The point is that hard drive manufacturers should never make any assumptions about my data. It’s my hard drive and it’s my data and I should always be allowed to access it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There does seem to be a terrible attitude problem on the part of computer vendors that they and not you are in charge of the hardware and software you paid for. But arrogance goeth before a fall and I plan to make Western Digital's stock fall as far as I can with your assistance.

In years past it was a policy position of WRH that product liability needed to be restored to computer products. I think the current situation shows how overdue that step is, and I will discuss this on tomorrow's radio show.

Apr 04 13:19

Western Digital sucks a$$

I got a western digital Hd in 98, I had to send it back in 99

Apr 04 13:18

Beware Of Western Digital Hard Drives!

Spent 3-4 hours trouble shooting and on the phone with Westen Digital and all they offer is a refurb replacement drive.

Apr 04 13:17

MyBook Essential 500 GB SUCKS!!

I just wish I had checked the web before I bought the MyBook Essential 500 GB hard drive. I recommend you avoid this drive like the plague.

Apr 04 13:15

Western Digital Caviar drives: unforgivably unreliable!

Pros: Cement a dozen of them together and you would have a great boat anchor.

Cons: 3 catastrophic failures in under a week make Caviar drives too untrustworthy to consider using.

The Bottom Line: I bought this drive because it was cheap. What a mistake! 3 catastrophic failures in under a week of total operating time with 2 cases of infant mortality. Avoid!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Pope thought he was bearing the brunt of a pissed-off webmaster, wait until he sees what I am going to do to Western Digital!!

Apr 04 13:13

Western Digital MyBook Premium Edition 500GB External Hard Drive

Pros: ...what pros?

Cons: This device failed after little more than a month. I lost 400GB of professional photography work. Paid hundreds trying to get data off this piece of garbage, and no one was able to.
Summary: Piece of garbage. Fails. Unreliable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently I am not alone in losing valuable data to Western Digital's "backup" (nudge nudge wink wink) systems.

Apr 01 08:10

Investigation: Scandal of danger chemical in baby bottles

Boots and Mothercare are selling baby bottles made with a chemical that scientists fear may cause breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, hyperactivity and other disorders, The Independent can disclose.

The behaviour of Britain's biggest infant-products retailers contrasts with that of manufacturers, who have quietly stopped putting bisphenol A, or BPA, into baby bottles "to allay parents' fears", amid peer-reviewed studies in medical journals associating it with serious health problems in laboratory animals.

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Mar 31 07:37

MONSANTO CONTROLS 90% OF FUTURE SEED

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"We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90 percent of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost unbelievable... The upshot of that is that it's tightening Monsanto's control, and makes it possible for them to increase their prices long term. And we've seen this happening the last five years, and the end is not in sight."

Neil Harl, agricultural economist at Iowa State University

Mar 28 13:15

Happy Halloween, pedophile-style

OK, we have seen the evil side of the church. But that evil is everywhere ...

A company called Party City must be run by pedophiles.
Here are some of its costume options for girls:

(Judge for yourself. Would you send your daughter out in one of these costumes?)

Mar 27 12:58

Did the U.S. Government Lie to Elvis?

Compare with your own.

Mar 27 09:03

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read

We were unaware of the post when it went up, but Cash4Gold was already on our radar. We wrote about them in October, after Rob Cockerham's Cockeyed blog posted an item about Cash4Gold offering an individual $60 for gold that a local pawnshop valued at $198. When the gold owner called Cash4Gold to complain, the company rep immediately nearly tripled the offer to $178.

Mar 20 08:44

6 Reasons Not To Inject Your Butt With Bathtub Grade Silicone

Six women have been hospitalised in New Jersey after they had their buttocks injected with a non-medical-grade silicone commonly used to waterproof bathtubs.

Mar 20 08:16

Mother keeps McDonald's Happy Meal for a whole year... and it STILL hasn't gone off

The 62-year-old, who has eight grandchildren, admitted that the arid temperature of her home near the Rocky Mountains meant there was little moisture in the air with which to speed decomposition.
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But she added that during the year-long experiment, no flies or other insects were attracted to the food.

She said: 'I had the windows open many times, but flies and other insects just ignored the Happy Meal. What does that tell you, if they can't be bothered with it?

But flies have no problem consuming excrement. What does that tell you?

Mar 15 11:47

U.S. Intelligence Planned to Destroy WikiLeaks

“The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out”. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses “trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers”, the report recommends “The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site”.

Mar 14 04:54

President Obama backs DNA test in arrests

In an interview aired Saturday on “America’s Most Wanted,” Obama expressed strong agreement as host John Walsh extolled the virtues of collecting DNA at the time of an arrest and putting it into a single, national database

Mar 13 23:30

Dealing With Formaldehyde, or, So You Got Stuck With A Toxic Trailer

Original Post

To All Dealing With a Trailer Situation:
POSSIBLE WAYS TO NEUTRALIZE FORMALDEHYDE

Formaldehyde FEMA Trailers are now being auctioned off, to the general public, for pennies on the dollar, with nought but a (no doubt easily removable) sticker.

If you or someone you know could find this page useful – please get this page to them: Download, print, email, walk it over, whatever works. Tell them I said 'good luck with that.'

Mar 12 12:33

Runaway Prius Owner Accused of Hoax

A Toyota Prius owner who claims his hybrid malfunctioned, sending him speeding out of control down a Southern California freeway, is being accused of staging the so-called 'runaway' incident.

Jim Sikes called 911 on Monday afternoon and said his accelerator pedal of his blue 2008 Toyota Prius was stuck, pushing his car to speeds above 90 miles per hour on Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

A California Highway Patrol officer helped bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

Bloggers and radio listeners are now wondering whether this is a hoax, done for the publicity or the money.

Mar 11 10:03

2-second video causes headache for ABC News

NEW YORK -- For the want of a better two-second picture of a tachometer, ABC News has called into question its reporting on acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles.

The network's handling of a Feb. 22 "World News" story about potential problems with computer systems in Toyotas has created ethical questions and intensified bitter feelings the besieged automaker already had toward ABC.

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Mar 09 09:29

Kucinich willing to cast the vote that kills health reform

Facing razor-thin margins in the House, kucinich1 Kucinich willing to cast the vote that kills health reformDemocratic leaders are hoping to convert the sole liberal who opposes their health care bill, but it seems they have their work cut out because he isn't budging.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Monday defended his opposition to the proposal in an appearance on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann, citing as his central concern its lack of a robust public option to provide competition for insurance companies.

"This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry," Kucinich said. "$70 billion dollars a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance, five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases."

Mar 09 09:28

Another Anti-Toyota Scam?

Why would the driver not simply turn off the key or take the car out of gear? Are American drivers so stupid that they only know one thing; how to call 911? Maybe so, but I don’t buy it! Anyone who believes this story really happened as reported should contact me immediately because I have some oceanfront property for sale here in Montana!

Mar 08 06:54

Lucozade to lose orange colour because of link to hyperactivity

Lucozade could lose its distinctive orange colour because research has shown the chemical used to create it is linked to hyperactive behaviour.

The manufacturers, Glaxo-SmithKline, are struggling to find a replacement for the colouring agent Sunset Yellow, which is among a number of suspect food additives.

Until the chemical is removed, the company has decided to put a warning label on Lucozade bottles which reads: 'Sunset Yellow may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children'.

Mar 03 08:01

Nissan recalls nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide

Japan's Nissan Motor said Wednesday it would recall nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide, most of them in the United States, due to brake pedal defects and faulty fuel gauges.

Nissan -- Japan's third-largest carmaker, and partnered with France's Renault -- said it plans "to inspect and, if necessary, repair brake pedal pins and fuel-gauge components on certain trucks and minivans".

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I'm going to keep my 20-year old vehicle on the road a little longer.

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Mar 01 07:30

A Homeland "Security Blanket" for the Defense Industry: The Flawed Nuke Detection Program

Though production lines at the fear factory are still in overdrive, the Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) are scrapping plans for a new generation of "high-tech detectors for screening vehicles and cargo, saying they cost too much and do not work as effectively as security officials once maintained," The Washington Post reported.

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Feb 27 10:02

Apple admits child labour was used to build iPods and iPhones in Chinese factories

Technology giant Apple has admitted that child labour has been employed at some of the factories that build its iPods, computers and mobile phones.

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Feb 26 12:39

Bribes Let Tomato Vendor Sell Tainted Food

Robert Watson, a top ingredient buyer for Kraft Foods, needed $20,000 to pay his taxes. So he called a broker for a California tomato processor that for years had been paying him bribes to get its products into Kraft’s plants. The scheme involved millions of pounds of tomato products with high levels of mold or other defects, the case has raised serious questions about how well food manufacturers safeguard the quality of their ingredients.

Feb 26 02:43

How Prime Minister Hotoyama Can Stop The "Japan Bashing"

The Japanese central bank (BOJ) presently holds more than $1 trillion US Treasurys and dollar-backed assets. PM Hatoyama should announce that USTs will be liquidated incrementally at 5 percent per week until the balance is zero.

The government should warn that it will temporarily close Toyota plants now operating in the United States at a pace of one per month.

There should be a thorough review of import tariff policy, with the prospect of raising tariffs on US imports by 30 to 50 percent.

US nationals working in Japan should be required to update their Visas on a monthly basis pending resolution of the Toyota controversy.

New regulations and taxes should be targeted at US industries and financial institutions operating in Japan.

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Feb 18 09:11

Big Pharma researcher admits to faking dozens of research studies for Pfizer, Merck

Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as "proof" that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!

Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.

But it's the GUN OWNERS we should really worry about.

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Feb 14 16:48

The girl whose hair fell out in handfuls when she tried her new Pantene shampoo

The advert shows TV presenter Myleene Klass playing the piano with her immaculate hair shimmering from root to tip. It is a display that convinced Sophie Peppercorn to try Pantene for the first time.

So she bought one of the shampoos which promised 'healthy looking hair in ten days' and could hardly wait to see the results.

But the 19-year- old administration assistant was left distraught the first time she used the shampoo when clumps of hair came out in the shower, leaving her with bald patches.

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When Miss Peppercorn, from Peterborough, called the Pantene helpline to complain she was offered a £5 Pantene voucher in compensation.

Feb 14 03:42

Cash4Gold: A King Among Predators

If you want to get an idea of how they operate, all it takes is a quick glance at ComplaintsBoard.com, where 234 unique commentaries have been dedicated to Cash4Gold.

Most of the complaints center around shockingly low offers. Many potential clients sent in gold worth hundreds of dollars, only to be offered pennies on the dollar. One poor guy even claimed he sent in seemingly valuable jewelry, only to get a check for six cents!

Feb 13 17:51

TSA in Philly Must Stand for Truly Stupid A******s

Original post by Dave Lindorff, at
The Public Record

So there you have it. Cut your hair in Philadelphia and to the alert agents of the TSA and the equally alert Philadelphia Police you are a potentially radicalized terrorist. (Geez, and I already went through that garbage back in the ‘60s, when my long hair used to routinely get me harassed by police. So I guess it’s “long hair and beard = Commie” and “short hair and beard = Jihadi”). Carry language flash cards, or perhaps a book with an incindiary title, and you’re a potential terrorist. Get the wrong TSA agent, and you may even end up having some terribly incriminating substance planted in your bag. And try to prove misbehavior or worse by the TSA and they’ll casually destroy the evidence....

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Feb 05 07:23

Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Bribery, Indentured Science & PR

Greg Kester, Natalie Sierra and Liz Ostoich, along with municipal governments across the U.S. in need desperately of getting rid of the noxious stuff called sewage sludge, want Americans to believe that that toxic brew is good for you. Specifically, these operators are waging a massive PR campaign to get farmers and gardeners, including school gardens, to “fertilize” their veggies with sewage sludge. Their campaign would have us believe that the chemicals in sewage sludge—thousands of them present in every degree of hazardous and toxic combination—are somehow magically gone from sewage sludge once you “apply” it to your garden.

Feb 05 07:16

Is basic American telephone service in a death spiral?

Now, in a recent filing at the FCC, AT&T has stated that it wants to put to an end the public switched telephone networks system, to “transition” them out of service. AT&T is asking the FCC to set a firm deadline to “sunset” the PSTN. AT&T claims the “plain old telephone service,” known in the industry as “POTS,” and the legacy utilities are “diverting critically needed funds that could be used for broadband deployment.”

Feb 05 07:04

Nearly 17,000 chemicals remain corporate secrets – even the EPA doesn't know what they are

The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that manufacturers of products containing potentially toxic chemicals disclose their ingredients to the federal government, however a loophole in the requirement allows manufacturers to arbitrarily withhold information that they deem sensitive to their business. As a result, over 17,000 product chemicals remain secret not only from the public but from government officials.

Feb 04 17:34

Thousands of Australians up for 'nude' airport scanners

Despite privacy concerns, figures show tens of thousands of curious Australians volunteered for controversial 'nude' security scanners during trials at the nation's airports.

Feb 04 09:36

Battle for the Soul of Organic Dairy Farmers Goes on Behind the Scenes

There is a battle going on in the White House for the very soul of the organic dairy movement - and possibly over the future of small family-operated dairy farms - and you don't even know it. I'd like to think that I'm overstating things but no.

And guess who has been lobbying hard to "sway the Obama administration," according to the Organic Consumers Association? None other than Aurora Dairy (whose chairman Mark Retzloff and his wife, Theresa, contributed $4,600 to the 2008 presidential campaign of Thomas Vilsack, the current head of the USDA, according to Campaignmoney.com) "That level of donor historically buys access," said Kastel.

Feb 03 08:25

Why Didn't the Nanny State Protect Us From Toyota?

As we libertarians have been pointing out for decades, the paternalistic state is nothing more than a big fraud and sham, one designed to convince people to fund a gigantic, bureaucratic, parasitic state that will keep them safe from the vicissitudes of life. Yet, as people once again learn, all those beloved regulations and regulators don’t keep people safe at all. Bad things continue to happen in life, as they always will. The nanny society can’t stop that.

Feb 01 08:29

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

Chillingly, Walker asserted that "a citizen may not gain standing by claiming a right to have the government follow the law." This pitiful summary judgement merely affirms the obvious: America is a lawless state where neither citizens nor "co-equal" branches of government, Congress and the Courts, can challenge the quintessentially political decisions made in secret by the Executive Branch.

Jan 30 09:01

Bank Sues Victim To Avoid Replacing $200k In Stolen Funds

What constitutes adequate security for a bank? PlainsCapital Bank in Lubbock, Texas says what it currently has is enough, and if after all that some crooks still manage to steal your money, it's not the bank's fault. The bank has preemptively sued a business customer, Hillary Machinery, to absolve itself from any liability on what it couldn't get back from the more than $800,000 that was stolen by foreign hackers last November.

Jan 29 23:14

Magic Wand Bomb Detector Is A Fraud, Probably Killed Hundreds

Jim McCormick promised his ADE-651 wand could identify anything, including bombs, simply by waving it around with the right RFID card inside. Yeah, totally fake, and now he’s in prison. Too bad Iraq already spent $US85 million on the devices.

Jan 27 13:56

Faulty gas pedal involved in Toyota recall manufactured at Ontario plant

The faulty gas pedal involved in a massive recall and sales suspension of eight popular Toyota models in North America was built in Ontario.

The supplier is Indiana-based CTS Corp. and the problem part was manufactured at its plant in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. CTS did not immediately return requests for comment today.

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Hey, don't blame Toyota. It's the cheap local crap that's responsible.

Jan 26 10:16

My U.S. Credit Card Was Deactivated After I Sent $20 to Wikileaks

Wikileaks is down for fund raising. I sent them $20 using my U.S. credit card.

The next day, Bank of America’s Magic 8 Ball deactivated my account

Jan 24 09:32

Local helicopter pilot trying to help people in Haiti, needs help getting off of the ground

But Eifler cannot find any insurance carrier to cover the hull of the aircraft. He could fly from Louisville to Miami and to the Bahamas, but that's where the coverage stops.

Jan 22 09:31

Millions Against Monsanto Campaign

Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan Canada, whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto's genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola by pollen from a nearby farm. Monsanto says it doesn't matter how the contamination took place, and is therefore demanding Schmeiser pay their Technology Fee (the fee farmers must pay to grow Monsanto's genetically engineered products). According to Schmeiser, "I never had anything to do with Monsanto, outside of buying chemicals. I never signed a contract.

If I would go to St. Louis (Monsanto Headquarters) and contaminate their plots - destroy what they have worked on for 40 years - I think I would be put in jail and the key thrown away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have seen companies like Monsanto actually take farms away from their owners for "Patent Infringement" because wind and insects carried pollen from GM crops onto the farmer's fields without his knowledge and permission.

At present such abusive lawsuits have been stopped and Monsanto is "settling" for extorting a technology fee from farmers whose lands are contaminated by Monsanto's products.

With yesterday's US Supreme Court decision, companies like Monsanto are free to spend however much money they want to to put legislators in place who will support this land theft policy, and block and and all efforts to independently analyze the safety of GM technology or to label food products that have GM content.

Remember, as of now, the available scientific evidence coming from Europe is that GM crops produce lower crop yields, create toxic organ failure in animals fed on the crops, and that the pests and weeds the designer genes are intended to block are already evolving to adapt to the GM crops. In other words, GM is now all downside and no upside.

GM is just the latest scam form the same political-science complex that brought you human caused global warming, and the when-pigs-fly flu!

Jan 22 08:18

Naked airport scanner catches cellphone, misses bomb components

Check out this German TV clip highlighting the failure of the new, privacy-violating full-nude scanners going in at an airport near you.
Jan 22 08:05

Useless bomb detector sold worldwide risks lives

A BBC Newsnight investigation has found that a so-called "bomb detector", thousands of which have been sold to Iraq, cannot possibly work.

Leading explosives expert Sidney Alford told Newsnight the sale of the ADE-651 was "absolutely immoral".

"This type of equipment does not work," he said. "I wouldn't mind betting that lives have been lost as a consequence."

Jan 21 09:28

TV cash-for-gold firms 'offer fraction of true value'

Companies offering cash for gold jewellery in a recent flurry of TV adverts are paying a fraction of the items' true worth.

The firms, which have latched on to increases in the price of gold, are 'shockingly bad value', according to consumer group Which?

Three pieces of new jewellery purchased by Which? for a total of £729 drew offers from the firms of as little as £38.57 for the lot.

One company refused to return a £399 necklace free of charge, as promised, on the inaccurate pretext that it was not gold at all.

Jan 17 12:44

Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.

Jan 16 09:07

Reliable car manufactures

I have been sent a very interesting article from the BBC website that gives a list of MOT failure rates across the UK in 2008 for cars first used in 2004. The figures give average MOT failure rates for individual models of cars and small vans, as well as breaking them down by year of manufacture.

VOSA has had an increased amount of pressure placed on them over the last 18 months to release this data so that used car and van buyers can see which cars are statistically more likely to fail an MOT later in life. The VOSA revealed 1,200 pages of detailed statistics on MOT failures following a freedom of information request made by the BBC in July 2008.

Jan 15 10:55

Johnson&Johnson recalls more Tylenol lots and some Motrin caplets due to mouldyodour

Johnson&Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a mouldy smell that has made users sick.

Johnson&Johnson says the smell is caused by small amounts of a chemical associated with the treatment of wooden pallets.

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How did the chemical get into securely sealed product containers?
Methinks there is an 800 pound rat in the room.

Jan 15 08:58

Insane air board's new role: Tire Nazis

Too much. CARB is interpeting AB 32 in such absurdly broad fashion it wants to deputize the state's auto boards to bully all vehicle owners. It's too much for Brian Stiver, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, and Sherry Mehl, chief of the state Bureau of Auto Repairs:

Unless (Automotive Service Providers) offer the (tire check/inflation) service for free to the consumer and the consumer accepts it, the regulation would have the effect of either forcing the ASPs to check tires without the consent of the consumer in violation of the ... Automotive Repair Act, or force ASPs to refuse to provide any repair services at all to the consumer. These are legally untenable options ...

Jan 15 02:16

The 10 Most Successful Potheads on the Planet… Cool Enough to Admit It

In a recent piece we published on pot farms, a debate erupted in the comments section, with some arguing that if you smoke pot, you’ll be poor, gay, and “washing dishes until you’re dead.”

Where these stereotypes originated remains a mystery to us. In reality, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only have 42% of Americans admitted to trying pot, but pot smokers have gone on to become some of the most successful people in our society. We’re not talking about Willie Nelson and Snoop. These guys are on the Forbes 500, they’re leading the free world, and they prove that all existing pothead stereotypes are nothing more than myths.

Jan 12 10:46

Reporter breaks an 'unbreakable' mobile phone at CES

Reporter Dan Simmons from the BBC's technology show Click managed to break a mobile phone marketed as "unbreakable", during a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Jan 11 08:22

Did Court Deal Fatal Blow to Tasers for Police?

In what is being heralded as a landmark decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently declared that police officers could be held liable for using a Taser without proper cause. And in making their determination, the court also set new legal parameters on how law enforcement is to use Tasers, stating, "The objective facts must indicate that the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer or a member of the public." The federal finding substantially changes the landscape of Taser usage, and may signal the end of Tasers for law enforcement agencies who are now more vulnerable to civil and criminal action then ever before.

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