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Apr 28 08:26

How This Debt-Addicted World Could Go The Way Of The Mayans

We are paying a high price for too many elites and their ‘frivolous cravings’. Nowadays many countries’ social and political structure relies on debt-driven consumption and increasing levels of entitlements. Blame the policy-makers as the “permanent lie [has become] the only safe form of existence.”

Apr 28 08:26

US Postal Service is CRAP!

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In yet another symptom of the decline and fall of the American Empire, the US postal service has, for the second time this year, lost a package headed towards me routed through their Richmond, CA sorting center. Attempts to complain about the missing package are met with a non-working customer complaint email system, as seen above. The Richmond center has been a source of major complaints about missing/stolen items for years and every 6 months the USPS issues a statement that the problem has been solved, and we quickly learn it has not. America the greatest nation on earth? They can't even deliver the mail reliably any more!

Apr 28 08:17

Android apps still suffer game-over HTTPS defects 7 months later

More than seven months after being flagged as vulnerable, more than a dozen Android apps collectively downloaded at least 350 million times still contain fatal HTTPS flaws that cause them to leak passwords, phone numbers, and other highly sensitive user data, student researchers at City College of San Francisco found.

Apr 28 08:13

What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you

So I don’t know about you, but I’m scared. I would vote against TTIP, except… hang on a minute… I can’t. Like you, I have no say whatsoever in whether TTIP goes through or not. All I can do is tell as many people about it as possible, as I hope, will you. We may be forced to accept an attack on democracy but we can at least fight against the conspiracy of silence.

Apr 28 07:53

Greece €400 Million Short For Wage And Pension Payments, Rushes To Pass Troika-Friendly Laws

There was a brief bout of Greek risk-on euphoria following yesterday's latest twist in the winding road to the Greek insolvency, in which the Greek finance minister Varoufakis became the latest sacrificial scapegoat to be "Nav Sarao-ed" to the angry gods of the Troika, and has been henceforth kicked out of any negotiations with the Greek "institution" creditors.

The core problem for Greece, however, remains: namely that it is still completely out of money, and as we learned yesterday, the local municipalities have mutinied, and told the government they would not hand over their cash to the central bank without their own conditions being met first, and certainly not before May 7 which may well be too late for Greece.

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Apr 28 07:52

FLASHBACK - Proven voting fraud! Gov't programmer testifies voting machines are rigging elections

Apr 28 07:50

John Deere's Weird Idea of 'Ownership'

It's official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don't own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world's largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don't own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive "an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle."

It's John Deere's tractor, folks. You're just driving it. – Wired, April 21, 2015


Apr 28 07:50

SpaceX rocket blasts off with 1st satellite for Turkmenistan

An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday to put a communications satellite into orbit for the government of Turkmenistan, a first for the Central Asian nation.

Apr 28 07:49

Report: Egypt Preparing Large Assault Against ISIS in Libya Despite Opposition From Obama

Egypt is getting ready to launch a large air and ground attack against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in eastern Libya DebkaFile reports, quoting military and intelligence sources.

The Obama administration is reportedly opposed to the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Debka is not totally trustworthy and in one specific case they are clearly in error. Obama is not opposed to attacks on Libya. Libya, like Yemen (and Iraq) is trying to kick out the US puppet ruler imposed on them after the invasion and murder of Gaddafi. Just as the US is using Saudi Arabia as a proxy to punish Yemen for trying to break free, the US appears ready to use Egypt as a proxy to punish Libya for trying to break free.

Apr 28 07:45

Security forces sweep Beirut's southern suburbs

Law enforcement officers Tuesday fanned out across Beirut’s southern suburbs, stopping motorists to check identity cards and vehicle registrations on the first day of a long-anticipated security crackdown in the area.

In one incident in Msharafieh, a passenger van was stopped and police demanded to see the identity cards of all the travelers. At least one passenger was detained for lacking identification.

Apr 28 07:45

What Really Happened to Freddie Gray?


Apr 28 07:43

Gold surges: World's 'biggest pawnbroker' makes deal

Gold surged above $1,200 an ounce Monday in its best day since January, amid market intrigue surrounding a deal between Venezuela and Citigroup to swap $1 billion in cash for part of the country's gold reserves.

The swap, reported last week, provides cash to President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government as the country reels from a steep drop in oil revenue. Reuters reported Friday that the Venezuelan central bank was expected to have provided 1.4 million ounces of gold in exchange for the cash, and the country would have to pay interest on the funds.

"He had to pawn their gold. That's what they've done. They can buy it back. They have rights of first refusal," said Dennis Gartman, publisher of The Gartman Letter. "They went to the biggest pawnbroker of gold—Citibank."

Apr 28 07:42

Are The Baltimore Riots Being Manipulated?

Is it possible that there are people out there that are attempting to inflame the Baltimore riots for their own twisted purposes? I don’t know if you have noticed, but there has seemed to be lots of unprotected police vehicles parked very close to where all of the protests have been happening.

Apr 28 07:41

What to Say When the Police Tell You to Stop Filming Them

“Photography is a form of power, and people are loath to give up power, including police officers. It’s a power struggle where the citizen is protected by the law but, because it is a power struggle, sometimes that’s not enough,” says Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


Apr 28 07:40

Israeli Arabs call general strike to protest house demolitions

Israel's Arab minority observed a general strike on Tuesday that was to climax with a rally in Tel Aviv to protest against a wave of demolitions of Arab homes.

In Arab towns in the north, schools, colleges, public institutions, banks and most shops remained closed, Arab media outlets reported.

The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, which represents Arab communities in Israel, said it was a protest against growing racism as well as the acceleration of house demolitions.

Apr 28 07:39

US Expects Israeli Pledge to Two-States to Continue

In veiled threat, Wendy Sherman says if Israeli gov't doesn't show commitment to two-state solution, US will have trouble backing it in UN.

Apr 28 07:39

Barclays no longer listed as Elbit shareholder

UK high street bank Barclays is no longer listed as a shareholder in Elbit Systems, the major Israeli military company that manufactures drones used in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians and helps Israel build its illegal Apartheid wall.


Apr 28 07:38

Scottish Parliament supports Palestinian statehood

Apr 28 07:38

Spread of BDS Movement Unprecedented Worldwide

In its periodic report on the boycott against Israeli products, the national office for land defense said that the movement is growing worldwide, and that people in different fields including cultural, academic, economic, sport and military fields, are demanding Israel be held accountable for its crimes against Palestine.

Apr 28 07:33

Stuff They Don't Want You to Know - Dirty Tricks: Agent Provocateur

Apr 28 07:30

Republican Contenders Reach Out to Sheldon Adelson, Palms Up

In a country wary of dynasties, former President George W. Bush said he could be a liability for his younger brother Jeb, a likely presidential candidate.

But he will never be a liability for the 700 Republican Jewish donors he spoke to in a ballroom here Saturday night. And especially not for Sheldon Adelson, the owner of the Venetian hotel and casino, where the Republican Jewish Coalition held its spring meeting, and the most sought-after donor in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination.

President Bush remains hugely popular with Mr. Adelson and other conservative members of the group, which has seen its numbers swell as tensions have increased between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.



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Apr 28 07:28

Kerry to raise Yemen conflict directly with Iran FM

US top diplomat John Kerry on Monday said he would urge his Iranian counterpart to help ease the violence in Yemen, warning the country’s future should not be decided by “external parties.”

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Is Kerry on drugs?!? Yemen is in the mess it is in because in 2012 the United States, an "external party" intervened to drive President Saleh from power and install the US puppet Hadi. Obama declared it a successful intervention right up to the moment the people of Yemen started to give Hadi the old heave ho and get their own government back, at which point another "external party" Saudi Arabia, launched a US proxy war against the people of Yemen to punish them for refusing to allow their nation to be ruled by a foreign power!

Apr 28 07:25

Nazi surrender order to be auctioned in New York

Marooned on a naval base in north-west Germany, pinned down by advancing Allied forces and with Adolf Hitler dead, the last leader of the Third Reich hammered out a surrender order.

Seventy years later his telex will be auctioned in New York, the flimsy sheet of pink expected to fetch US$20,000 to US$30,000 as rare a relic from the world’s deadliest conflict.

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They are wagging the Nazis at us again, which means Israel is about to start something nasty and needs political cover for it.

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Apr 28 07:22

Scientists find radioactive WWII aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast

The USS Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan in 1944 and 1945 and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. The Navy deliberately sank the contaminated ship in 1951 south of the Farallon Islands.

The rediscovery of the USS Independence offers a fascinating glimpse into American military history and raises old questions about the safety of the Farallon Islands Radioactive Waste Dump -- a vast region overlapping what is now a marine sanctuary where the federal government dumped nearly 48,000 barrels of low-level radioactive waste between 1946 and 1970.

Apr 28 07:21

Why most of the $100 million L.A. spends on homelessness goes to police

A report showing that more than half the $100 million the city of Los Angeles spends each year on homelessness goes to police demonstrates that the city is focused on enforcement rather than getting people off the streets, homeless advocates said Friday.

Sadly in today's system we have to wait until they commit a violent crime to get them 'help' in a jail cell, instead of involuntary housing.
- Deon Joseph, LAPD officer, in a Facebook posting
"Supports what we've been saying for years that this city is doing almost nothing to advance housing solutions but continues down the expensive and inhumane process of criminalization that only makes the problem worse," said Becky Dennison of Los Angeles Community Action Network, a skid row advocacy group, in an email.

Apr 28 07:19

IRS Seeks To Tax $50k Raised From GoFundMe For Cancer Treatment For Car Crash Victim

In the last two years, Casey has traveled to Maryland and Louisiana for treatment, and received chemotherapy and radiation here in Omaha as well. So far, efforts to find ‘Casey’s Cure’ have shown little progress; the cancer is still there. ...

Just weeks ago, Casey and her family began a new battle. “Two years later, we get a letter saying we owed like $20,000 in taxes,” said Casey. March 30, 2015, the IRS notified the Charfs that what they’d collected through the GoFundMe account should’ve been claimed as income. Of the nearly $50,000 the government wants $15,457 in back taxes, and another $3,676 in penalties and interest. In total, the letter indicates the Charfs owe the IRS $19,133 by April 29th. “We've already used that money for my doctors’ bills and everything that I've needed,” said Casey. “It's donations, it's not income. So how can they tax you on that? I don't get it.”

Apr 28 07:18

U.S. Defense Industry Outperforms S&P by 100 Percent

The article pointed out, as others have, that the primary beneficiaries of the increased demand for planes, missile, tanks, and other military hardware will be U.S. military contractors – the Lockheed-Martins, General Atomics, and Boeings of the world. But the expected increase in orders from Middle Eastern countries looking to control jihadist groups like ISIS, and rebel groups such as Yemen’s Houthi tribe, will be more of an extension of a gravy train that’s already rolling than some sort of new start.


Apr 28 07:16

Mother Earth is Weeping for her Children: The US Military Must Stop Environmental Ecocide

There are so many ways in which the military is destroying our planet through the use of fossil fuels, nuclear weapons, depleted uranium, spraying poisonous chemicals on fields in the “War on Drugs” in South America, and through the several hundred military bases around the world. Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War is still affecting the environment. According to Joseph Nevins, in an article published by CommonDreams.org, Greenwashing the Pentagon, “The U.S. military is the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth’s climate.”

Apr 28 07:15

Weaponizing Information

That viewpoint is shared by many, especially in Europe where few are eager for a “hot” war in the region. Nor are most people enamoured of the fact that more billions are being spent on a new arms-race, while “austerity” is preached by the 1 Per Cent.

But in the Anglo-American corridors of power (also called the Atlantic Alliance), such views are seen to be the result of diabolical propaganda spread through the Internet by Russia’s “secret army.” On April 15, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Ed Royce (R-Calif.), held a hearing entitled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” with Royce claiming that Russian propaganda threatens “to destabilize NATO members, impacting our security commitments.” [3]

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The propaganda machine rages against its own insignificance.

Apr 28 07:12

Errant mortars from Syria strike open areas in northern Israel

Two mortars shells hit open areas in the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning, in what the IDF said was errant fire from Syria.

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Or another Israeli false-flag, which always hit open areas.

Apr 28 07:11

Nepal's PM says quake death toll could reach 10,000

The death toll in Nepal’s earthquake could reach 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said, as survivors’ despair turned to anger at the government’s slow response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country, with food, water and other essentials in desperately short supply.

“The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Koirala said in an interview with Reuters. “It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”



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Apr 28 07:10

Palestinian shot by IDF dies of wounds

A Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank died of his wounds on Tuesday, a hospital official said, the third Palestinian killed in a flare-up of violence over the past three days.

Apr 28 07:09

Orioles VP Angelos Makes Profound Statement Following Baltimore Protests

“Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

Apr 28 07:06

Goldsmiths Union insists it isn't racist or sexist... after their diversity officer Bahar Mustafa banned white people from equality event

A London university students’ union today “wholeheartedly” refuted claims of racism and sexism after white people and men were banned from an event to promote equality.

Goldsmiths, University of London, faced a backlash after students were invited to an event to discuss “diversifying the curriculum” but told that white people and men should not come.

Apr 28 07:04

Our GDP is more government paid-for (printed) than it has EVER been. Our fellow inhabitants are more in debt than they have EVER been.


Apr 28 06:46

Modern-day tomb raiders caught red-handed tunneling into 1,400-year-old Chinese temple

A gang of modern-day tomb raiders have been caught after they rented a restaurant near the ancient Guanghui Temple in China and used it as a base to dig a 50 meter (165 ft) underground tunnel in an attempt to pillage the treasures inside.


Apr 28 06:40

Overhyped electric cars and ethanol are ‘greenwashed’ scams that ultimately cause more pollution than fossil fuels

Driving an electric vehicle may not be as green as you might think, especially if you’re living in a region that produces most of its electricity by burning coal, according to new research presented by Christopher Kennedy, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.


Apr 28 05:56

In Every City In America There Are People Ready To Riot, Loot And Set Things On Fire

Make sure to watch that last video. It shows a man literally being dragged out of his store and ruthlessly beaten by a gang of young thugs. Because of the decisions that we have made as a society, this is what the future of our country is going to look like. This is something that I have been warning about for years, and now it is here.

Apr 28 05:50

National Guard on the streets as Baltimore riots: Bloods and Crips call truce amid chaos, stores looted, buildings burning, leftist media silent

Baltimore, Maryland (INTELLIHUB) — Sections of Baltimore plunged into full-scale chaos Monday with protesters setting stores and cars on fire as well as attacking police, random citizens, and members of the media.

Apr 28 05:18

Baltimore Riots: State of Emergency Declared, Protesters Outnumber Police


Apr 28 05:08

Censorship at Southampton University - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Actually, as long as Israel insists on being “a Jewish state” instead of a democratic state of all its citizens, it must walk the path of apartheid. And, it can only get away with that through successfully maintaining an exceptional status - a status that puts it above international law.

Apr 28 05:05

FT: In Latin America, Russia Has Become A Counterweight To The United States

Developing trade links with Latin America, Russia seeks above all to gain allies, who have all chances to become a country with a long history of confrontation with the United States, writes Financial Times.

http://whatisusa.info/ft-in-latin-america-russia-has-become-a-counterw...

Apr 28 04:10

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zionist-Wall Street Destabilization Campaign

Israeli attempted to sidetrack the Argentine investigation, by involving some of its powerful Wall Street assets and influential pro-Israel lobbies (the Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC among others). Their purpose was to fabricate ‘evidence’ in order to implicate Iran in the crime and to manipulate their influential assets in Argentina, especially in this case, chief prosecutor Nisman and many of the leaders of DAIA, to accuse the Argentine government of complicity in an ‘Iranian cover-up’.

Apr 28 04:06

German Jewish family recounts ordeal of living in Israel

German Jewish family: We will never return to Israel ever. We are grateful to the German authorities for our salvation. Israel is a cruel and merciless country…..

Apr 28 04:03

Writers Withdraw From PEN Gala to Protest Award to Charlie Hebdo

Under the guise of the “War on Terror,” there has indeed been a systematic assault on free speech: though it’s been one waged by Western governments primarily against their Muslim citizens. For that reason, it has provoked almost no objections from those who dressed up as free speech crusaders that week.

Apr 28 01:09

If Americans Knew/Kilmer

A year and a half ago Congressman Derek Kilmer and his wife went on a $19,000 junket to Israel paid for by an Israel advocacy organization.
Now Kilmer is on the House Appropriations Committee, and he has introduced a bill to give Israel $286 million ABOVE the over $8 million per day it already it gets from American taxpayers.
Note: Had enough yet!

Apr 27 23:27

DOJ behind Baltimore riots: US activist

Apr 27 22:09

Saudis Try Yemen Peace Initiative: For More Than an Hour

US-sponsored war crimes resume as Yemenis fail to give up their country

Apr 27 22:06

Ukraine: War and Crisis to Enrich Tycoons

In February 2014 a coup took place in Ukraine to serve the interests of big geopolitical players and tycoons, but not grassroots. The first ones wanted to start an offensive against Russia, the second ones wanted to take advantage of instability and promote their business interests.


Apr 27 22:02

Forced Vaccinations in California: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr Exposes Corruption of the Vaccine-promoters at Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Mentioned by Kennedy was the fact that 70% of the advertising income received by many major media outlets (during non-election years, that is) receive advertising income from Big Pharma, thus silencing those media groups and preventing their health reporters from reporting about the massive epidemic of vaccine-induced chronic childhood disorders, which include vaccine-induced autoimmune disorders and other illnesses, only one example of which is autism and the autism spectrum disorders (the others include [SIDS] sudden infant death, ADHD, neurodevelopmental delays, gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, tics, asthma, allergies, arthritis, [even parental bankruptcies and divorces], all of which began escalating since the CDC’s new mandated vaccine schedule was issued in 1989 – and enthusiastically promoted by physicians and their trade organizations (1986 was the year that Reagan signed the Vaccine Exemption Act into law, which exempted Big Pharma from legal liability for vaccine injuri

Apr 27 21:55

Russia 1,700 - America Zero: Number of Foreign Nationals Evacuated from Yemen

What do you call a nation going all-out to help desperate foreign nationals trapped in war zone hell: heroic and honorable by any standard! Led by a president and other officials valuing human life and welfare!

Apr 27 21:40

Newsweek: Russian Superavianosets Challenge The United States As A Superpower

Given the implementation of new projects on military modernization should be no surprise that Russia wants to build its own superavianosets, writes American edition Newsweek.
Constructing superavianosets, Russia could call into question the world order, is headed by the United States, and says the American edition of Newsweek.

http://whatisusa.info/newsweek-russian-superavianosets-challenge-the-u...

Apr 27 20:47

Germanwings Computer Caused Crash? Michael Rivero



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Apr 27 20:15

Parting the brown sea: Sewage crisis threatens Gaza's access to water

Until very recently, Salameh Abu Kash earned his living as farmer. Abu Kash, a heavyset man with thick eyebrows and a clipped beard, lives in Wadi Gaza, a valley in the central Gaza Strip. The wetland here was known for its biodiversity, but after construction of a sewage treatment plant was delayed in 2011, excrement from nearby refugee camps and towns began to be diverted through the valley en route to the Mediterranean Sea.

“They brought sewage for us and for our children, and we can’t sleep anymore,” said Abu Kash in Arabic the following year. “Farming is ruined. The plants are diseased. There are flies, worms, and it is spreading.” Animals and birds were soon replaced by swamps of sewage, swarming flies and thriving bacteria. Residents began to suffer from an increase in allergies, inflammation, fevers and weakened immunity, Abu Kash said. Disease-ridden mosquitoes feasted on the community at night. The stench was overpowering.

Apr 27 20:12

Israel criticized for touting Nepal rescue while Gaza is still in ruins

The director of Human Rights Watch has criticized Israel for touting its emergency aid efforts for earthquake-devastated Nepal while it continues to block reconstruction in Gaza.

“Easier to address a far away humanitarian disaster than the nearby one of Israel’s making in Gaza,” Kenneth Roth tweeted in reference to Israel’s announcement that it was flying 260 Israeli army medical and military personnel to Kathmandu.

Apr 27 20:04

Up To 5,000 National Guard Troops Deployed To Baltimore



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Apr 27 20:03

Israel responsible for Gaza strikes on UN schools and shelters, inquiry finds

Israel was responsible for striking seven United Nations sites used as civilian shelters during the 2014 Gaza war in which 44 Palestinians died and 227 others were injured, an inquiry ordered by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has concluded.

Releasing the report on Monday, Ban condemned the attacks “as a matter of the utmost gravity” and said “those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied”.

Ban insisted that UN locations were “inviolable”.

The issue is particularly sensitive as the locations of all UN buildings – including schools used as shelters – are routinely provided to the Israeli military and updated in times of conflict.

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Apr 27 19:36

Jello Biafra: Shut Up! Be Happy!

. . . . the comfort you've demanded is now mandatory . . .

Apr 27 18:10

Iran Skoolz Israel: ‘If you really want a nuke-free Middle East, then turn yours in’

Already his year, we’ve seen how Israel, its lobby, and US Republicans on their payroll, have constantly obsessed over Iran’s supposed ‘nuclear program’. They’ve also actively undermined international P5+1 accords with Iran ever since negotiations began in 2014. But who is the real nuclear threat in the region?

Apr 27 18:05

Gov. declares state of emergency; activates National Guard

Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard. And, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued a citywide curfew to start Tuesday night.

Speaking Monday evening, the mayor issued a general curfew to start at 10 p.m. and last until 5 a.m. each night starting Tuesday night until May 4. The curfew starts at 9 p.m. for those 14 and under.

Apr 27 17:37

This is a REAL Commercial from AARP: “Riots Nationwide Have Prompted The Government To Declare Martial Law”

It has no place whatsoever within the context of the ad... they deliberately put this in.

Apr 27 15:30

USPS responds to complaints about Richmond sorting facility

Although the US Postal Service says only a small percentage of packages end up lost or delayed at its national distribution center in Richmond, there are many online forums dedicated to fuming about the facility.

A Google search for “Richmond USPS sort facility” yields negative comments from around the world about the large processing center at 2501 Rydin Road.

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Looks like Richmond just lost another package I bought from eBay! Another way in which the United States is no longer the greatest nation on Earth!

Apr 27 15:28

BYPASSING OS X SECURITY TOOLS IS TRIVIAL, RESEARCHER SAYS

For years, Apple has enjoyed a pretty good reputation among users for the security of its products. That halo has been enhanced by the addition of new security features such as Gatekeeper and XProtect to OS X recently, but one researcher said that all of those protections are simple to bypass and gaining persistence on a Mac as an attacker isn’t much of a challenge at all.

Gatekeeper is one of the key technologies that Apple uses to prevent malware from running on OS X machines. It gives users the ability to restrict which applications can run on their machines by choosiing to only allow apps from the Mac App Store. With that setting in play, only signed, legitimate apps should be able to run on the machine. But Patrick Wardle, director of research at Synack, said that getting around that restriction is trivial.

Apr 27 15:25

London Metropolitan Police still uses 35,000 Windows XP computers

Today, the Metropolitan Police Force illustrated just how integral Windows XP still is to many workplace IT systems. Responding to a Freedom of Information Request issued by technology news site Motherboard, the Force said: "We have currently got 35,640 Desktop and Laptop computers running Windows XP across all departments [within the force]."

The force has not yet responded to follow-up questions from Motherboard and has not issued any expected date for when it will stop using XP. In the meantime, the systems are vulnerable to un-patched security loopholes and can be more easily exploited by attackers than newer, generally-supported operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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