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Nov 22 13:07

For more than half a century, the sugar industry has used Big Tobacco tactics to suppress sugar/cancer link and to confuse the science

UCSF researchers have published an important paper in PLOS Biology that draws on internal documents from the US sugar industry lobby that shows that the industry deliberately suppressed research on the link between sucrose and bladder cancer and heart disease, and then deliberately sowed misinformation about the health effects of sugar, using tactics straight out of the tobacco industry's cancer-denial playbook.

Nov 22 12:35

Researchers Warn How Pesticides Are Secretly Growing Antibiotic Resistance

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

"More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardship…Otherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity."

The first team of researchers ever to discover that the world’s most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth we must respond to...

Nov 22 07:35

Ikea recalls 29 million chests and dressers after death of EIGHTH child

SWEDISH furniture giant Ikea has relaunched a recall of 29 million dressers after an eighth child was killed when a chest of drawers fell on top of him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They should have issued the recall after the FIRST child was killed.

Nov 21 12:03

GOOGLE ADMITS IT TRACKED USER LOCATION DATA EVEN WHEN THE SETTING WAS TURNED OFF

Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you’ve turned off location services and don’t have a SIM card, Quartz reported today.

Nov 21 12:00

TYSON FOODS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEMICAL RELEASE THAT LED TO MASS FISH DEATH

Tyson Foods – the largest U.S. chicken producer – has pleaded guilty in a chemical incident that led to the deaths of over 100,000 fish. The Arkansas-based poultry giant has claimed “full responsibility” for accidentally releasing an acidic chemical used in chicken feed that wound up in Monett, Missouri’s wastewater treatment system.

Nov 20 14:23

Marijuana farmers are destroying natural ecosystems as quest for profits outweighs “green” agricultural practices

Natural News: People who turn to medical marijuana are often drawn to the fact that it’s natural. This is indeed a great quality from a health standpoint, but environment-minded marijuana buyers, take note: New research shows that marijuana farming in remote locations is having a negative effect on the environment.

After studying the ecological consequences that marijuana farming had in Northern California, researchers from Ithaca College discovered that small farms were having a surprisingly big impact.

Nov 20 12:28

STUDY OF 500,000 TEENS SUGGESTS ASSOCIATION BETWEEN EXCESSIVE SCREEN TIME AND DEPRESSION

It’s a cultural stereotype as old as the landline: teenagers love their phones. But for North American teen girls, especially, increasing smartphone use could have a darker side. Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade—doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls—and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day.

Nov 20 11:10

GMO Apples That Do Not Brown Have Hit Stores

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

After much anticipation, consternation and hype – the GMO Arctic Apples, genetically engineered not to brown are on their way to supermarkets across America. Arctic Apples, made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits were specifically altered to not turn brown when exposed to the air...

Nov 20 11:06

UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

Big news! Research led the environment secretary to overturn the government’s previous opposition, meaning a total EU ban is highly probable.

Environment secretary, Michael Grove, revealed last week that the UK will back a complete ban bee-harming pesticides (exempting greenhouses) across Europe...

Nov 18 22:37

A Boeing 757 was hacked and now DHS is worried more planes could be at risk

A Department of Homeland Security official admitted that the agency was able to remotely hack into a Boeing 757 during a test in 2016.
The DHS official indicated that he and his team were able to do so without having any direct contact with the aircraft or using any materials that would be flagged by security.
While the exact details of the hack are confidential, Boeing insists that the hackers were not able to take control of the aircraft's flight systems.

Nov 18 13:04

1967 vs. 2017

Nov 17 13:28

PENTAGON MASS SURVEILLANCE SLURPED UP THE WORLD'S SOCIAL MEDIA TRAFFIC; THEN THEY DUMPED IT ON A PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE AMAZON CLOUD SERVER

The Upguard Cyber Risk Team has found three Department of Defense mass-storage "buckets" on Amazon that are world-viewable, containing 1.8 billion of social media posts that the DoD scraped from social media over 8 years as part of its global surveillance program.

Nov 16 13:47

FDA, DEA LAUNCH MASSIVE ASSAULT ON KRATOM – DRUG WAR FOR MIRACLE PLANT RAMPING UP

To no one’s surprise, the U.S. government, after hysterically declaring a “national emergency” over America’s opioid crisis, is once again setting its sights on Kratom, the non-addictive natural plant that has helped thousands of Americans wean themselves off opioids. In 2015, the DEA announced its plans to place Kratom on the list of Controlled Substances (in the same scheduling level as heroin to be exact) but, amid public outcry, the agency backed off, deferring to FDA “review” and “advice.” Many optimistic Kratom activists were tempted to rest on their laurels, trusting that the FDA would prove to be more reasonable in relation to Kratom and hoping the testimonials, overwhelming public support for Kratom, and the science itself would win the day.

Nov 14 16:42

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

An expensive and clunky-looking watch that can’t tell you the time* is once again clear winner in the failing smart wearables space.

Overall the market for things-on-your-wrist-with-a-chip-in dipped 2 per cent, or 17.3 million units, in Q3, but Apple regained top spot, according to Canalys, thanks to the third generation Apple Watch.

Nov 14 16:31

Shocked mother finds her 10-year-old son's face can unlock her iPhone X

There are countless reasons you might not want a 10-year-old to have access to your new $1000 smartphone.

And, after setting up Apple’s FaceID, Staten Island mom Sana Sherwani joked there was ‘no way’ her son could get into it now.

Unfortunately, however, the authentication system didn’t work as planned.

In a video posted to YouTube, the shocked parents have revealed how Apple’s FaceID registers both Sherwani's face and that of her son Ammar, allowing the fifth-grader instant access to his mom’s phone.

Nov 14 13:50

Trump's Health Secretary Nominee is an Establishment Big Pharma Exec

By Derrick Broze

President Trump has nominated a former lobbyist and executive of a major pharmaceutical company to be U.S. Health Secretary.

On Monday, Trump announced his pick for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. “Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices,” Trump tweeted. The nominee immediately came under scrutiny for his former connections to the pharmaceutical industry...

Nov 14 11:55

World’s Top Tech Giants Amass $1.7 Trillion In Monster Year

Between the FAANG quintet and China’s rivaling BAT companies, gains in the world’s top technology shares are nearing a whopping $1.7 trillion in market value this year.

Nov 14 11:17

US Company Unveils First Hijab-Wearing Barbie

American group Mattel unveiled its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll Monday in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American Olympian to wear a headscarf while competing.

Nov 14 10:35

OnePlus Left A Backdoor That Allows Root Access Without Unlocking Bootloader

Just over a month after OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable information on its users, the Chinese smartphone company has been found leaving a backdoor on almost all OnePlus handsets.

A Twitter user, who goes by the name "Elliot Anderson" (named after Mr. Robot's main character), discovered a backdoor (an exploit) in all OnePlus devices running OxygenOS that could allow anyone to obtain root access to the devices.

The application in question is "EngineerMode," a diagnostic testing application made by Qualcomm for device manufacturers to easily test all hardware components of the device.

This APK comes pre-installed (accidentally left behind) on most OnePlus devices, including OnePlus 2, 3, 3T, and the newly-launched OnePlus 5. We can confirm its existence on the OnePlus 2, 3 and 5.

Nov 14 10:12

Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues

Consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to stop selling some popular toys it says have "proven" security issues.

Those toys include Furby Connect, the i-Que robot, Cloudpets and Toy-fi Teddy.

Which? found that there was no authentication required between the toys and the devices they could link with via Bluetooth.

Two of the manufacturers said they took security very seriously.

The lack of authentication meant that, in theory, any device within physical range could link to the toy and take control or send messages, the watchdog said.

Nov 13 18:15

The next generation of HomePods could have Face ID

The first generation of HomePods, Apple’s intelligent speaker, isn’t shipping until December, but according to a report by Nikkei, Apple supplier Inventec Appliances is already making projections that future models might have facial and image recognition.

Nov 13 11:26

Australian Contract Company Continues Assault On Maintenance Workers

Around 200 workers formerly employed to maintain Esso Australia’s onshore and offshore oil and gas operations in Victoria are continuing an around-the-clock protest outside the Longford gas plant in Gippsland.

Nov 13 10:50

Electric cars are NOT as green as you think (and some are worse polluters than petrol!) GUY WALTERS provides a reality check about the vehicles

Research recently published by the Trancik Lab of the highly esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could wipe the smug expressions off thousands of electric car drivers’ faces.

The boffins at the Trancik Lab have shown that an electric Tesla Model S P100D saloon produces more carbon dioxide, at 226g per kilometre, than a petrol-driven run-around such as the Mitsubishi Mirage, which is responsible for just 192g/km.

And unfortunately for Tesla drivers who would rev their engines in fury and declare the research an anomaly, the MIT finding backs up that of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which last year declared: ‘Larger electric vehicles can have higher life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions than smaller conventional vehicles.’

Nov 13 10:46

Hackers 'fool' Apple's iPhone X Face ID with a simple £100 mask just a week after the handset's release

It's one of the most wanted features in the iPhone X, but it seems that Face ID may not be as safe as Apple thinks.

Cyber-security researchers claim they have fooled the face recognition technology with a mask that costs just £114 ($150) to make.

The findings suggest that face recognition is not yet mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones, according to the researchers.

Nov 13 10:09

Lovense sex toy app recorded and stored nearby sounds

A smart sex toy-maker has acknowledged that a bug with its app caused handsets to record and store sounds made while its vibrators were in use.

Nov 11 10:42

DEA Says It Won’t Arrest CBD Oil Users

By the way.CBD works best in synergy with THC. The battle is being won!

“They are not a priority for us… it would not be an appropriate use of federal resources to go after a mother because her child has epileptic seizures and has found something that can help and has helped,” Rusty Payne, a spokesperson with the DEA, told news channel WTHR.

Nov 10 17:09

Apple admits 'coldgate' bug that makes iPhone X screens unresponsive if temperatures drops suddenly

Just a week after the iPhone X officially hit the shelves, customers have begun reporting problems with the $999 device's responsiveness in cold temperatures.

On Reddit, several iPhone X owners complained the handset’s screen does not work upon stepping outside into a wintry chill.

While Apple recommends using its devices in temperatures above the freezing point, the issue so far appears to be occurring within the described range, causing problems with swiping and even FaceID.

Nov 10 17:07

Have YOU seen the 'green line of death' on your iPhone X? Users reveal strange flaw appearing on screens

A ‘green line of death’ has appeared on more than two dozen iPhone X screens, baffling owners who’ve only had the $999 handset for a few days.

On forums, social media, and Apple Support Communities, iPhone X users have revealed a mysterious green line appeared seemingly out of nowhere, despite the phones functioning normally when first taken out of the box.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue, but some suspect it may be the result of an electrical fault, causing the green sub-pixels in the phones' new diamond subpixel pattern to illuminate, according to TechCrunch.

Nov 10 16:37

Snapchat loses $40m on flop Spectacles

The company behind Snapchat has taken a $40m (£30m) hit to its finances after its video-recording sunglasses failed to sell as well as hoped.

Snap launched Spectacles in September 2016, originally selling them only through pop-up vending machines.

Pressing a button on the glasses records a short video that can be shared on the Snapchat messaging app.

But on Tuesday the company revealed costs of $40m (£30m) due to "excess inventory" and cancelled orders.

Nov 10 16:27

6 Shocking Ways Your Phone Is Destroying The Planet

We do a lot of things knowing that they aren't great for the environment. We leave the faucet running while we brush our teeth, we throw out tons of food because it looks misshapen, and we use hairspray even though we know damn well we've been bald for over 15 years. But surprisingly, our worse sin might be that we encourage the tech industry to keep churning out slightly better bricks to browse Facebook on, despite the fact that those companies are basically Captain Planet villains with stock tickers. Confused? Allow us to explain...

Nov 10 11:08

Confirmed Health Harms from Microwaves In Smart Meters And Other Smart Devices

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Have you ever wondered what the real deal is regarding RF EMFs from cell phones, Wi-Fi, all smart devices, but specifically from AMI Smart Meters being forced upon everyone’s utilities?...

Nov 09 08:50

Reddit is just now learning that climate change conspiracy-theorist Bill Nye is a totally clueless loser.

SAD!

Bill Nye had an AMA today...or I should say his farewell AMA today.

Gets shredded on AMA today and doesn't answer any questions!

Nov 08 07:42

In Just 5 Days Without Trucks, Chaos Would Erupt in America

This video has been around for a while, but it's a valuable reminder of our precarious reliance on the current status quo.

In only 5 days without the transportation system, America would devolve into chaos. Most people aren't prepared to live a life without the availability of "just-in-time" supplies.

Nov 07 09:57

BMW recalls one million cars over FIRE fears - Warning issued to drivers to NOT drive them

BMW has issued a recall over one million cars and SUVs in the US over fears they could catch fire under the bonnet.

The German car giant has also recommended that owners park the vehicles outside and not drive them until they are fixed.

It is making two separate recalls affecting different models and different areas of the car which could lead to a fire.

The first is related to BMW 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011, with issues related to potentially faulty wiring of the climate control blower fan.

Nov 07 09:39

The $999 iPhone X costs Apple just $357.50 to make, experts reveal

Apple new flagship iPhone X makes the company more money per phone than its iPhone 8 model, according to an analysis, which found the iPhone X's flashier parts cost Apple 25 percent more than the iPhone 8, but that it retailed 43 percent higher.

The iPhone X smartphone costs $357.50 to make and sells for $999, giving it a gross margin of 64 percent, according to TechInsights, a firm that tears down technology devices and analyzes the parts inside.

The iPhone 8 sells for $699 and has a gross margin of 59 percent.

Nov 06 15:26

Drop test concludes iPhone X is the “most breakable iPhone”

As we suspected in our review, the iPhone X is not faring well in the first drop and durability tests. Two different drop tests showed immediate damage to the device.

Consumer electronics site CNET ran a drop test from a height of three feet. The glass at the corner of the phone cracked on the very first test, which dropped the phone on its side. A second test dropped the phone on its face, leading to even more fractures. CNET concluded that dropping the phone without a case is "out of the question."

The damage CNET encountered was only cosmetic—a more extreme drop test from SquareTrade showed damage to functionality as well.

Nov 06 13:35

On Legalization’s 5th Anniversary, Here’s What We’ve Learned

Monday, November 6, 2017, marks the five-year anniversary of the glorious back day in 2012 when Colorado and Washington voted to become the first two US states to legalize recreational cannabis.

Since then, the data generated by those two states have refuted pretty much every dire fear that the nation’s drug warriors predicted would come to pass. Legalizing and regulating cannabis has made for a safer and more just society, while ushering in the beginning of the end of a costly, massively corrupt, and wholly counterproductive war on a largely beneficial plant.

Nov 05 19:23

iPhone X Might Have “Screen Burn-In” Problem, Apple Warns

Apple has released a new support document for the iPhone X. The company writes that the iPhone X’s display which meets their “incredibly high standards” is still prone to screen burn-in (also known as image persistence) when it is used for an extended amount of time.

Nov 05 08:18

Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros). In a statement, the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it was "outraged", and said it would "ensure any staff involved are held to account."

Nov 02 11:25

Damascus Calls Israel 'Agent of Terrorism' After Airstrike on Syrian Factory

Tel Aviv and Damascus that have been in the state of war since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, have repeatedly exchanged tit-for-tat attacks.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) — The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the UN Security Council over an Israeli airstrike on a copper factory in Hassia area in Syria's Homs province, according to the ministry's documents published on Thursday.

"Yet another aggression of Israel… shows that Israeli authorities are not satisfied with the state terrorism against the Arab population in occupied Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. They want to play the role of the official agent of terrorism," the ministry's document read, as quoted by the SANA news agency.

Damascus' statement comes a day after a Lebanese security service source told Sputnik that Israeli aircraft had carried out an attack on targets in Syria from Lebanon's airspace.

READ MORE: Israel Carries Out Airstrike Against Syrian Targets From Lebanon's Airspace

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has best be careful not to annoy Russia too much with these kinds of activities, because the pilots flying these missions may get a very unpleasant surprise from Russian military activity in Syria.

Nov 02 10:50

What Your MD Doesn’t Tell You Can Harm You

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The opioid problems notwithstanding, has it ever occurred to healthcare consumers and allopathic medicine’s patients as to why you aren’t told the warnings, contraindications or adverse effects regarding the Rx-prescription MDs give you, often as many as 3 “scripts” at a time, when no studies have been done to determine if there are adverse reactions or contraindications from taking various chemical pharmaceuticals and legal drugs simultaneously?

Nov 02 09:30

MONSANTO'S NEW CHEMICAL HALTED AFTER CAUSING RASHES

The largest producer of genetically-modified seeds and the notorious Roundup weedkiller Monsanto has stopped the launch of a chemical designed to be applied to crop seeds. Multiple reports show the new chemical causes rashes on people. The product, called NemaStrike, is supposed to protect crops from worms. It has been given the green light by US environmental regulators.

Oct 31 11:48

AG Jeff Sessions Suggests Prosecutions For Marijuana Growers, Sellers And Users In Legalized States

By Aaron Kesel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that the Department of Justice may crack down on people who grow and sell marijuana, even in the 29 states that legalized the plant, echoing the drawn-out argument that it is still against federal law...

Oct 31 09:34

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

Face ID is Apple's new and incredibly complex face recognition system: the answer to a question nobody was asking. Apple is so confident in Face ID that it has dispensed with the reliable Touch ID fingerprint sensor. When Face ID fails you need to type in the six-digit PIN password – a real pain. But is Face ID actually more convenient or reliable than fingerprints?

Um...

...Er. Well...

Not really, say the reviewers, with that strangulated voice reserved for very awkward social situations like Granny making racist jokes at Christmas dinner again.

Oct 31 08:28

“Follow The Money”: Big Pharma Swindles Insurance, Medicare And Consumers

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Big Pharma ostensibly is having its sails trimmed—a little too late, but it’s about time!

The recent opioid scandal; ‘perennial’ prescription drug class action lawsuits, e.g., Vioxx, etc.; the ever-present vaccine fraud no one wants to ‘touch’; and now, the recent study “Influence of pharmaceutical marketing on Medicare prescriptions in the District of Columbia” published October 25, 2017 in PLOS/One wherein the following collusion-like activity on the part of both pharmaceutical makers and MDs is confirmed by following the money trail...

Oct 30 09:09

Living in a Car on $800 a Month

Trillions to kill people and nothing for Americans. The USA is a failed state.

Today we meet Dee, who is living in her car on $800 a month. She tried renting an apartment but found it impossible. After paying rent, she had so little money left over her quality of life was tragically low. But, by living in her car, all that money is available for her to live and thrive on so she isn't just surviving and enduring life. She's done a brilliant job of making the car livable by taking out some seats, let's see how...

Oct 30 09:04

F-35s grounded by spares shortage

More than a decade after the first F-35 took to the air, the US military doesn't have a complete set of maintenance instructions, and spare parts shortages are keeping 22 per cent of the fleet out of the sky.

Oct 29 10:46

Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

The Cupertino iGiant said it will cost $279 to repair a damaged screen for the new flashy handset if it is not covered by an Apple Care plan. Damage to any other part of the iPhone X, such as the battery, will carry a breathtaking $549 price tag.

Oct 27 19:14

Marshfield man locked in beer cooler overnight drinks beer, arrested

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -
A Marshfield man is behind bars after police say he was locked inside a beer cooler at a convenience store, had several drinks, and then fled.

According to the police report, Van Ert drank an 18 ounce bottle of Icehouse Beer and three cans of Four Loko. He also fell over a stack of 30 pack Busch Light Cans.

Oct 27 09:54

Mobile App Flaw Allows Hackers To Control Smart Home Devices and Spy on Owners

By Nicholas West

As people begin acquiring greater numbers of smart tech gadgets to manage their lives and homes, each one of these items is being revealed as an open invitation to be spied upon. The latest comes from LG's wide range of smart home products...

Oct 27 05:47

One-fifth of global deaths now linked to processed junk food and toxic ingredients

A new study conducted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington(HealthData.org) and published in The Lancet medical journal finds that a shocking 20 percent of global deaths are caused by toxic foods, junk foods, processed foods and harmful food ingredients. In essence, the study reveals that the toxic food industry is now about as dangerous as Big Tobacco.

Oct 26 17:25

Big Brother in Little China - #NewWorldNextWeek - corbettreport


Published on Oct 26, 2017Welcome to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news.

Oct 26 10:17

TWO-THIRDS OF US BABY FOODS TEST POSITIVE FOR ARSENIC, MANY CONTAIN LEAD & CADMIUM – STUDY

Some 65 percent of baby food products in the US – including four out of five baby formulas – contain traces of the toxin arsenic, a new study has found, but officials say there is little they can do to remove substances that could harm developing infants.
The Clean Label Project study of 530 baby products also found that 36 percent of the products contained lead, 58 percent cadmium and 10 percent acrylamide. While most samples contained only trace amounts of the toxins, some exceeded the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations by up to six times.

The transparent labeling advocacy group said that Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout – market-leading brands – produced some of the most contaminated baby foods.

“The baby industry needs to do a better job in protecting America’s most vulnerable population,” Jaclyn Brown, the executive director of the Clean Label Project, told USA Today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The FDA is completely compromised on this issue, and should be collectively sacked for allowing these poisons into baby food.

Recommendations for clean food, free of these poisons, should be compulsory, period, end of discussion, and the CEO of the first baby food manufacturer flouting strict guidelines, should be doing hard jail time, for allowing it to happen.

Oct 26 10:16

Federal OSHA And Microwave Industry Employees Safety Regulations

By Catherine J. Frompovich

It must be noted OSHA needs to update its website to include AMI Smart Meters that operate using microwaves and radio (RF) transmitters, called ZigBee radio modules (wireless electronics), which operate/function using radiofrequencies. Therefore, there are double radiation whammies emitted by AMI Smart Meters! ...

Oct 26 09:14

Gulf of Mexico Now Largest Dead Zone in the World, and Factory Farming Is to Blame

Story at-a-glance
Nitrogen fertilizers and sewage sludge runoff from factory farms are responsible for creating a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico spanning more than 8,700 square miles — the largest recorded dead zone in the world
Seven million Americans have levels of nitrates in their drinking water that are high enough to be associated with cancer, according to some studies
Nitrogen builds up far below the soil surface where it can continue to leach into groundwater for 35 years. This means environmental concerns remain for decades even if nitrogen fertilizer use stops
The environmental group, Mighty, has launched a national #CleanItUpTyson campaign, calling for the meat company to clean up pollution from its supply chain

Oct 26 09:02

Flame retardants don’t save us, they kill

Your grandchild has higher levels of toxic flame retardant chemicals in their blood than a child in any other part of the world. And you are at unnecessarily high risk for thyroid disease and cancer because of the toxic load you carry.

But it isn’t your fault.

This insidious poisoning of our population began long ago, when Big Tobacco decided to put their profits ahead of your health.

Profits before people
Decades ago, cigarette companies saw a threat to their ever-increasing wealth. The number of deaths caused by smokers falling asleep with a lit cigarette, on their chair couch, or bed, was skyrocketing.

Instead of developing a cigarette that wouldn’t incinerate, tobacco companies responded to pressure for a solution by teaming up with another greedy industry, and starting a chain of lies that is only now being exposed.

Oct 25 15:49

How Mazda's Compression-Ignition Gas Engine Runs Like a Diesel Without Blowing Up

Essentially, this gas-powered engine can run like a diesel, using compression ignition to burn its fuel. Mazda calls this Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition (since a spark plug is still used to initiate combustion), and it's the first engine that can switch seamlessly between compression and spark ignition, depending on load.

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Essentially, a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine provides up to 30 percent more torque, sharper throttle response, and a 20-percent improvement in fuel economy compared with Mazda's current 2.0-liter gasoline engine. And Mazda says that at low speeds, the Skyactiv-X can get even better fuel mileage, thanks to its ability to run a super lean fuel mixture.

Oct 25 15:38

FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

Felix Krause, founder of Fastlane.Tools, said the way Apple's software handles camera access and recording is leaving many fans vulnerable to being spied on by apps on their gadgets without any notification or warning.

Krause explained today that because Apple only requires the user to enable camera access one time and then gives free rein without requiring a camera light or notification, a malicious application could go far beyond its intended level of access.

"iOS users often grant camera access to an app soon after they download it (e.g., to add an avatar or send a photo)," the researcher explained.

"These apps, like a messaging app or any news-feed-based app, can easily track the user's face, take pictures, or live stream the front and back camera, without the user’s consent."

Oct 25 15:27

Using YouTube Takedowns As Extortion

We've made this point over and over again: if you give people the power to force down someone else's content, it will be abused. We see this most clearly in things like DMCA takedown notices, which are rife with abuse -- either through automated takedowns or just by people who want certain things to disappear. But here's a variation we haven't seen quite as much: DMCA abuse as extortion. This story involves musician/composer Keitaro Ujile who variously goes by Ujico* and Snail's House and who has a pretty big following. As an aside, he describes his electronic music as "Happy Music" and, damn, is it ever. I've been listening to it while writing this post, and you can too at Soundcloud, Bandcamp or... YouTube.

Oct 25 11:47

Chinese Chicken Alert For The USA

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Who, in their right mind, ever would have thought the U.S. would be importing cooked Chinese chicken meat with all the chickens produced and processed in this country? Well, we are, and you can chalk it up to a seemingly quid pro quo deal penned by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdueand a deal whereby the Chinese agreed to accept U.S. beef imports after a thirteen year Chinese hiatus due to a “mad cow disease” scare.

Investigative journalist Martha Rosenberg published her findings about Chinese food production, and it’s not an appetizing picture...

Oct 25 08:33

Depopulation by Food

Depopulation by Food
Food contact materials and the depopulation program. Food contact materials are used to adulterate our food with endocrine disruptors / depopulation poisons. This segment was filmed in a Carrefour store in Brussels, Belgium, on the 20th of May 2017.

Oct 24 16:16

The latest Pixel 2 issues: A high-pitched whine and clicking noises

After dealing with all sorts of screen issues, another problem with Google's flagship smartphone is popping up. This time it's an audio issue: users on Google's official forums and elsewhere are reporting odd sounds coming from the Pixel 2 speakers.

Customers are complaining of "clicking" and a "high-pitched whine" coming from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Most reports on the forums say the noises are coming from the top or bottom speaker on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Some reports say the sounds come through during calls, while other users say the speaker noises happen any time the screen is on.

Most users are being told to return their devices after contacting support, but at least one person claims they were told this issue would be patched in an upcoming update. One possible workaround is to turn off NFC, which some users say stops or lowers the noises.

Oct 24 15:31

Two-week-old Pixel 2 XL displays are already showing burn-in

Samsung is the undisputed leader in smartphone OLED panels, and the Samsung panels used on the Pixel 1, Pixel 1 XL, and Pixel 2 have mostly been issue-free. The Pixel 2 XL, however, uses an LG-made POLED display, which has proven to not be up to the standard set by Samsung. The LG V30 uses a similar panel and has lots of display issues, too.

It has been a rough few weeks for Google's hardware division. In addition to the display issues with the Pixel 2 XL, the Google Home Mini apparently shipped with a top touch surface so defective that Google had to permanently disable it. We've got to wonder: what is the quality control like over there?

Oct 24 15:29

The iPhone 7 Was Selling Better Than the iPhone 8. So Apple Started Discontinuing the iPhone 7.

Apple is destroying old phones as sales tank by 900,000+ units.

In previous years, fans have lined up for days on end to get their hands on Apple’s latest iPhone.

So how has the iPhone 8 fared? Well, not so great.

Last week, KeyBanc Capital Markets found that unlike previous years, older model iPhones have outsold the latest iterations. According to sales data, AT&T’s iPhone sales have gone down by 900,000 units compared to last year.

Instead, consumers are purchasing iPhone 7s instead of the latest models. And who can blame them?

KeyBanc analyst John Vinh noted,

“Many respondents indicated that a meaningful portion of customers are buying iPhone 7 in lieu of the new iPhone 8, given the lack of significant enhancements in the new phone.”

Oct 23 09:22

Google's £800 Pixel 2 XL has a serious burn-in issue that ruins screens, testers claim

It was launched to much fanfare earlier this month, but the Google Pixel 2 XL is facing complaints just weeks after it was released for testing.

Screen burn-in issues have been reported by some of the first people to get their hands on the XL model, primarily tech reviewers.

While screen burn is a problem with most types of display, for it to occur in such a short space of time is almost unheard of.

Oct 22 15:11

MASSIVE Recall of Freshly Packaged Vegetables Includes Wal-Mart, HEB, Archer Farms, and Western Family

A massive vegetable recall has been issued for a huge array of packaged vegetables. Mann Packing in Salinas, California has issued a huge recall that affects not only their own brand but also Nourish, Wal-Mart, HEB, Archer Farms, Western Family, Trader Joe's, and more. The products could be contaminated with listeria and have a "best if used by" dates from October 11 to October 20.

The FDA issued this list, including UPC codes.

Oct 21 09:29

Latest Fear Mongering About Self Sufficiency: Salmonella in Backyard Chickens

By Joe Jarvis

I just read a report about how the trend of raising backyard poultry is contributing to a rise in salmonella infections. Fox, the New York Times, NPR and other popular outlets have reported the same thing within the last few months. CBS actually titled their article: “Backyard Chicken Trend Turns Deadly.”

All the reports are based on a Centers for Disease Control warning about the “outbreak” of salmonella among small-scale chicken keepers.

Now I certainly don’t object to good information about staying healthy while raising livestock. A lot of people who keep chickens on a small scale are new to it.

But looking at the numbers of infections, I doubt the salmonella risk is even as great as buying chicken and eggs from the store...

Oct 20 06:28

‘I now hate my ship’: Surveys reveal disastrous morale on cruiser Shiloh

“It’s only a matter of time before something horrible happens,” one shipmate warned.

“Our sailors do not trust the CO,” another noted.

It’s a “floating prison,” one said.

“I just pray we never have to shoot down a missile from North Korea,” a distraught sailor lamented, “because then our ineffectiveness will really show.”

Frequently in focus is the commanding officer’s micromanagement and a neutered chiefs mess. Aycock was widely feared among sailors who said minor on-the-job mistakes often led to time in the brig, where they would be fed only bread and water.

Oct 18 09:25

UK SPIES USING SOCIAL MEDIA DATA FOR MASS SURVEILLANCE

Privacy rights group Privacy International says it has obtained evidence for the first time that UK spy agencies are collecting social media information on potentially millions of people.

Oct 17 16:20

Explosive ’60 Minutes’ investigation finds Congress and drug companies worked to cripple DEA’s ability to fight opioid abuse

A joint investigation by The Washington Post and CBS’s “60 Minutes” found that members of Congress alongside the pharmaceutical industry helped fuel the opioid crisis. Drug distributors – the three biggest of which are Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson – are in charge of shipping drugs to pharmacies and hospitals around the US.

Oct 17 12:26

Facebook seeking hires with national security clearances|

motivated by the possibility that Russian actors may have manipulated its platform

Oct 17 09:15

Kobe Steel Scandal Goes Nuclear: Company Faked Data For Decades, Had A "Fraud Manual"

Well, as of moments ago that tipping point was this much closer, when the same Nikkei reported that some Kobe Steel plants in Japan had been falsifying product quality data for decades, well beyond the roughly 10-year time frame given by the lying steelmaker. According to the Japanese newspaper, "employees involved in the data manipulation used the industry term tokusai to refer to shipping of products that did not meet the standards requested by customers", the Nikkei source said. Though tokusai usually refers to voluntary acceptance of such products, plants sometimes sent substandard goods without customers' consent. The word was apparently in use at some plants for 40 to 50 years.

Oct 15 10:34

Telcos "selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address"

Telcos provide API access to your phone's location, along with your name and address, writes Philip Neutstrom. With two links, to danalinc.com and payfone.com, he shows that these sites can access this data when your phone connects. The pages are demos for the API and serve some of the data provided back to the visitor.

Oct 14 09:28

Flu Vaccines in Pregnancy and Childhood: What You Need to Know

By The World Mercury Project Team

You want to do everything right for your child, and would never knowingly allow someone to inject a neurotoxin into your infant. Before getting a flu shot, you need to know this: MERCURY is a NEUROTOXIN.

What You Need to Know

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns pregnant women and young children not to eat fish containing high levels of methylmercury. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends pregnant women and infants get influenza vaccines, many of which contain ethylmercury from the preservative thimerosal. Receiving them may result in mercury exposures exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum levels...

Oct 13 13:06

Your Boss Shouldn’t Get To Have ‘Religious’ Objections To Your Health Care

When Obamacare — aka, the Affordable Care Act — became law in 2010, it mandated coverage of birth control without co-payments.

Some employers didn’t like the rule, and Hobby Lobby hated it so much that the company filed a lawsuit to stop it. Company owners said they didn’t believe in contraception and claimed that covering it for female employees violated their religious freedom.

Oct 12 09:34

Caught On Tape: Google Works To Censor Infowars

Project Veritas captured groundbreaking footage that reveals Google’s willingness to censor those who they are ideologically opposed to.

Oct 12 09:01

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

"I'm deeply disappointed at their arrogance that they feel free to cut support for those of us who won't blindly accept new contract terms whenever they see fit," he said. "Whether I'm happy with the new terms or not is irrelevant to this issue. I might have considered accepting them had they not been forced in this way."

Dave also expressed concern that Sonos feels it's acceptable to keep personal data unnecessarily.

"Most of all, as a fairly senior technical person, I cannot fathom their requirement to keep my IP address on file for a device which offers no push functionality whatsoever. This is pure Big Brother at its best and needs to either be justified or stopped," our reader said. "I'd suggest that Sonos users monitor and firewall these devices in future. I'm probably going back to a traditional setup with buttons, stereo speakers, and wires. The sound was better, control better, and it still works after 20 years, without ever even needing any kind of agreement in place."

Oct 09 11:42

JAPANESE MUTANT CHICKENS ARE LAYING EGGS WITH PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS

Most people eat chicken eggs for their high protein content and healthy fats – but in the future eggs could ward off diseases, such as cancer and hepatitis. That’s because researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have genetically engineered chickens to lay eggs that contain drugs capable of boosting the immune system. The controversial technique was developed to make pharmaceutical drugs more affordable and, as a result, more accessible.

Oct 09 09:22

Smart Meters Create A “Honeypot” Of Personal Information To Exploit

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Over a year ago, reporter Ruth Lyle of the UK’s Daily Mail, published a rather introspective article about how AMI Smart Meters will be used to spy on British households and the ramifications of that totalitarian-like practice.

In reading Lyle’s article, I could not help but wonder if U.S. consumers are aware of what’s going on with AMI Smart Meters in the USA, because surveillance is part and parcel of the ‘new energy saving’ crisis...

Oct 06 16:08

JP Morgan-Chase paid its billions in fines for mortgage fraud by committing billions in mortgage fraud

A lawsuit against JP Morgan-Chase -- the nation's largest bank -- asserts that the institution paid off the $4,200,000,000 in mortgage forgiveness that it agreed to as a settlement for widescale mortgage and foreclosure fraud by committing a lot more mortgage fraud, in which homeowners, ethical lenders, and American cities were stuck with the bill. The original settlement came from the Obama-era policy of not prosecuting finance executives for criminal acts, preferring to extract huge fines from the institutions.

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