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Sep 19 12:03

Federal Reserve will continue cutting economic life support

Today, we find our economic fundamentals in complete disarray, but the overwhelming fantasy within stocks still remains. Why? Because yet again, for some reason, no one is ready to accept the reality that the Fed is pulling the plug on America’s fiscal life support.

Sep 19 10:48

America's dirtiest, biggest student lender neutralized by federal watchdog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, founded by Elizabeth Warren prior to her career as a senator, has entered into an unprecedented settlement with National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, the largest holder of student debt in the country.
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The Trusts are accused of widescale financial fraud, collecting on debts that they didn't own, or that had expired, using "deceptive or unfair means" and flooding the country's courts with bogus lawsuits.

The Trusts originally held more than $12B in debt, but $5B has already been lost to default. Trust bondholders will not receive any payments while the audit is underway. People whose debts are found to be invalid will not owe anything, and will not face tax penalties for "debt forgiveness." All wage garnishment and bank balance seizures will be suspended during the audit as well.

The settlement still awaits judicial approval.>>>

Sep 19 10:14

IN FLORIDA, YOU CAN’T USE YOUR OWN SOLAR PANELS IN A CRISIS

When it comes to the U.S. economy, the “con” part offers the best description of the current relationship between business, government and the preyed upon consumer. The way things work in early 21st century America is large businesses bribe politicians in a variety of ways at both the local and federal level, and the end result is laws that are designed to increase corporate profits at the expense of the wellbeing and freedom of the American public. Politicians end up with financial war chests to run their next campaign, while bureaucrats see a lucrative opportunity to swing through the ever spinning revolving door should they play ball with lobbyists and their patrons. Yes, there’s always some degree of corruption within any society of humans, but there are peaks and valleys in such cycles. I’d argue we are somewhere in the peak corruption phase.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: both at the Federal and State level, a corporation can buy any bit of legislation which fattens its bottom line, as long as they have enough money with which to bribe your legislators to vote for it.

Sep 18 17:44

How Many Drug Scripts do Doctors Write Per Year?

Waking Times

The increase brought the total to: 4.02 billion. Yes, in 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America. That’s an average of roughly 13 prescriptions for each man, woman, and child.

Sep 18 13:57

7 Best Video Sites, YouTube Alternatives

YouTube is the biggest video sharing website in the world, no doubt about that, but It isn’t the only place to upload and watch videos online, there are other good options too which often gets ignored because YouTube takes a huge chunk of share when it comes to online publishing and broadcasting of videos.

Looking at the options, here are some of the best video sites like YouTube, where you can either upload or watch videos, check them out.

Sep 18 11:23

Fundamental And Constitutional Rights Negated In The Realm of Totalitarian Corporatocracy

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Why are U.S. citizens being subjected to inhuman violations of their fundamental and Constitutional rights by vested corporate interests, and no one in Congress, or in the practice of law or the judicial system, is doing anything to correct and to restore basic unalienable human fundamental rights?

Two specific areas of modern commerce present overwhelming examples of gross human rights violations...

Sep 18 08:06

Saving Their Bacon: Donetsk Republic Bans Iconic Ukrainian Pork Delicacy

The disease has plagued Eastern Europe since 2007, when it hit Georgia, and then spread into the Caucasus, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Ukraine, which has a special reputation for its pork products, has been hit particularly hard, and the situation has recently worsened. Poland's Ministry of Agriculture has announced that Warsaw would build a €30 million, 729 km fence on the border with Ukraine to protect itself from Ukrainian wild boars infected with ASF from entering Poland.

Sep 18 07:59

France to bring back old thyroid drug after thousands complain over new formula

An old version of a thyroid medication will be reintroduced in France after thousands of the country's three million users complained of serious side effects from a new formula, the government said Friday.
The side effects of the new version of Levothyrox that went on sale in March are said to include cramps, headaches, dizziness and hair loss.

The government of President Emmanuel Macron, which has been accused of "shameful indifference" over the scandal, said the old version of the drug would be reintroduced in two weeks.

Sep 17 12:27

Long-Term Mortgage Delinquencies Seriously Under-Reported

This clarification confirmed my belief that many – if not most – of the borrowers were now delinquent for several years. My response: FIGURES LIE and LIARS can FIGURE. Makes perfect sense to me!

Sep 17 09:01

14 Cutting Edge Tech Firms Funded By The CIA

The CIA has its own investment capital firm called “In-Q-Tel,” and it’s been funding innovative tech firms for years. This is both good news and bad. One the one hand, it allows the CIA to invest in technologies they deem useful for the intelligence community; however, some of these technologies are a little creepy when it comes to personal space and privacy. In-Q-Tel has the ability to reach deep into the pockets of the U.S. government’s Black Budget, which is pretty hefty given that the Washington Post reported that a staggering $52.6 billion was set aside for Black Budget operations in fiscal year 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Budget program, that’s not very surprising; the entire point of the program is to keep these funds and the programs within it top secret.

Sep 17 08:25

Solutions: Stop Using YouTube - corbettreport


Published on Sep 16, 2017SHOW NOTES AND DISCUSSION: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=24009

Every year come 9/11 I see my "9/11: A Conspiracy Theory" video making the rounds again. But this year something marvelous happened. I was able to point people to my BitChute.com mirror of the video. And my Dtube mirror. And my minds.com mirror. And my vid.me mirror. The YouTube crackdown is coming (exactly as I warned you it would), but the YouTube exodus is also here (just as I predicted at the beginning of the year). The only problem is there are too many platforms to keep track of.

Sep 17 08:13

‘Dual Food’: Same Western Branding But Low-Quality Goods for Eastern Europe

Many multinational food companies have been to shown to be cheating consumers in eastern Europe by selling inferior products under known and respected brand names, according to V?ra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

When buying a bottle of Coca-Cola in Prague, one would normally expect it to be the same Coca-Cola for sale in London. But V?ra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated that multinational food companies are selling vastly different products to different countries, but use identical branding on their packaging.

According to Jourova, the quality of many foodstuffs sold in Eastern Europe by Western multinationals is significantly inferior to the same branded product sold in Western Europe.

Sep 16 14:21

Unprecedented Global Risk – No One Cares

To summarise in one sentence: The world is facing risk of major (nuclear) wars, economic and financial collapse, as well as political and social upheaval. The realization of just one of these risks would be enough to change the world for a very long time. We live in a totally interconnected world and the danger is that the domino effect will trigger one event after the next until all the risks become reality.

Sep 16 14:08

Sign of the times : Toys “R” Us Enters Death Spiral… Facing Imminent Bankruptcy, Suppliers Halt Shipments

Ultimately, whatever the fate of Toys ‘R’ Us may be, it will inevitably go through bankruptcy court: according to the WSJ, in recent weeks Toys ‘R’ Us’s advisers have been hunting for a DIP loan to fund operations under chapter 11, effectively guaranteeing that a bankruptcy filing is now just a matter of days.

Sep 16 10:56

Echoes of Bush’s WMD Fraud… In Syria

Given the history, skepticism should be the rule in Syria, not credulity. Or, as President George W. Bush once said in a different context, “fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

Sep 16 09:15

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Go Cashless For Marijuana Sales

By Aaron Kesel

Hawaiian state officials announced Tuesday that Hawaii will be the first state to require the sale of marijuana to be cashless, paid with a special debit card payment system next month.

“Oct. 1 is our target date to try to go cashless as much as we can,” Iris Ikeda the state’s financial institutions commissioner, told reporters at a news conference.

While marijuana is legal for medical use in Hawaii, the feds still consider it a Schedule I drug. This status has brought problems for many banks and credit unions, which is the reason why cannabis dispensaries have been cash-only...

Sep 16 06:29

New York Times: Spike the food supply with sterilization chemicals to cause global infertility and depopulation

A November 4, 1969 New York Times feature article authored by Gladwin Hill called for sterilization chemicals to be added to the food supply in order to achieve globalist goals of human depopulation. That article, entitled “A Sterility Drug in Food is Hinted” came with the byline, “Biologist Stresses Need to Curb Population Growth.”

Sep 14 17:48

Here are 6 old technologies Apple wants you to think are revolutionary

We know, we know. Apple takes its time to do new technologies “right,” not “first.” But if you watched Apple’s September 12 announcements for the iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3, you might be wondering just how long it takes to perfect an animated 3D turd.

While Apple acolytes inside the newly minted Steve Jobs Theater breathlessly applauded new “features” paraded on stage by Apple VPs, the rest of us were feeling a wave of déjà vu. OLED screens, wireless charging, 4K … haven’t we seen this stuff before?

Yup. Even by its own standards, Apple dredged up some almost embarrassingly dated technologies for its latest round of refreshes.

Sep 14 12:33

GOOGLE’S DEPRESSION TOOL FUNDED BY PFIZER

Google’s screening tool that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, one expert has warned. Last month, the tech giant released a self-assessment quiz, called the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), which pops up as a result for the search query ‘Am I depressed?’ on a computer or cell phone.

Sep 14 08:46

The Crushing of Equifax, Most Hated Company in America

Banks, credit card companies, and other Equifax customers squeal. Consumers (the product) squeal. Congress squeals. Investors squeal.

Sep 13 13:55

Apple Unveils New IPhone, Face ID Feature Fails In Demo

In a keynote speech at the Steve Jobs Theater Tuesday, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, unveiled the company’s new line of products, including the iPhone8, Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPower, a wireless charging station for their products.

However, it was the iPhoneX that stole the show. For the first time, the company unveiled their ultra-premium iPhone to celebrate their tenth anniversary. The iPhoneX replaces the iconic “home” button, featured on all previous versions, with a new “TrueDepth camera system.” A little black bar at the top of the phone contains several sensors, cameras, and even a dot projector that all work together to create a mathematical 3D model of the owner’s face.

Sep 13 11:06

Is Tylenol 'By Far The Most Dangerous Drug Ever Made?'

If you own Johnson and Johnson stock you probably have enough problems on your hands. The company keeps getting hammered by lawsuits alleging that talc in baby powder has given women cancer (1). So you sure don't need me smacking down Tylenol, which had worldwide sales of almost $2 billion in 2016.

But, don't blame me. This is not my quote. It's part of a written interview I did back in July with Aric Hausknecht, M.D, "Pain In The Time Of Opioid Denial: An Interview With Aric Hausknecht, M.D."

"Tylenol Is By Far The Most Dangerous Drug Ever Made"

Sep 12 11:08

Chinese government sources tell the WSJ they're about to shut down all domestic Bitcoin exchanges

China's "economic miracle" has been accompanied by mass-scale looting, creating a class of super-rich, corrupt millionaires and billionaires to rival the US or Russia; these 1%ers know that their wealth is subject to the whims of the Politburo, which is why they are so anxious to acquire second passports, and to exfiltrate their cash through baroque schemes, anodyne scams, and runaway property speculation.

Sep 09 07:25

Star Trek: Discovery to tackle Trump-era political divide

If you are a Trump supporter you are now a big mean ugly Klingon. Hollyweird has totally lost it. They just killed the Star Trek franchise

“The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme.......

Sep 08 08:10

How Kim Jong-un would escape in caves if a nuclear war occurs

This is a really cheesy story focusing on how Kim Jong-un and his favorite stash of Swiss Cheese will be very difficult for the US to take out.

NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will escape to a vast complex of underground tunnels if a nuclear war breaks out — with a huge supply of his favourite cheese.

Aiden Foster-Carter, an expert on North Korea and honorary senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, said that Kim Jong un is unlikely to go without his favourite treats in the event of war.

He added that the dictator had to retreat from public life after eating too much Emmental cheese after receiving a huge shipment of it from Switzerland.

When asked about whether Kim will stockpile his favourite cheese, he added: “I’m sure that wherever he goes he’ll be provided for.”

Sep 07 14:12

Ethanol Gas Causes Engines to Run Hotter - Leading Consumer Magazine

I have long suspected and heard that gasoline with ethanol (currently 10%) where I live will cause engines to run hotter. There may be good technical articles out there that can confirm this through experimentation but I have never run across any. However, latest leading consumer magazine states the EPA bans use of E15 in mowers and other power equipment due to higher operating temperatures that cause engine component damage. Article also claims that even with 10% ethanol there may be higher operating temperatures. They also claim that ethanol can cause other corrosion related problems. They recommend using an additive such as Sta-Bil to protect against ethanol settling out and attracting moisture.

Sep 07 11:03

Car explodes in B&Q car park after driver lit a cigarette which ignited fumes from an air freshener

AN EXPLODING air freshener left this car a mangled wreck and put its driver in hospital.

The blast was caused when a lit cigarette ignited fumes that had leaked out of an aerosol can.

Sep 07 09:06

BMW Engine Bursts Into Flames in Cobble Hill, Not The First This Week

Late this afternoon, the engine of a BMW spontaneously burst into flames while the owners drove down Strong Place near Degraw Street. Fire Department of New York (FDNY) responders said this is a quite common occurrence with BMW’s and other European vehicles.

Daniel Lozza, a FDNY employee for nearly 14 years, said, “I don’t know the science behind it, but I’m guessing the engines just overheat. There’s a lot of plastic around these newer engines… and it’s off to the races after that.”

Sep 06 16:23

Trump sides with Democrats on debt ceiling, budget over GOP objections

Congress must pass a budget by Sept. 30 or the government will run out of money. The debt limit needs to be increased this month. Republican Senate leaders had considered combining the debt limit with emergency aid to help the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, but were vague about the length of the debt limit extension. Democrats, though, pushed for a three-month extension for both the debt limit and the budget. They felt that would give them time to build constituencies for pet projects, notably immigration and spending.

Sep 06 12:16

Farmers & Farm Organizations Urge EPA & USDA to Address Threat from Dicamba Pesticide Drift

Farmers Challenge Monsanto CEO’s Definition of “Success”

Washington, DC – As members of Congress return to Capitol Hill today, 85 farm and farmer support organizations sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging them to better protect farm families from an unprecedented spike in crop loss from herbicide drift. Experts estimate that dicamba, used on Monsanto’s latest seed line, has already damaged at least 3.1 million acres of farmland, an area the size of Connecticut...

Sep 06 08:23

CA Bill Designed to Drive Gun Stores Out of Business Headed to Governor

Data from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) show that while 70,000 firearms have been lost or stolen in California since 2011, only a fraction of them were stolen from gun stores (797, representing about 1%). In fact, recent reports have shown that a firearm in the hands of law enforcement officers and agencies is more likely to come up missing than a firearm in the possession of licensed firearms retailers.

Sep 06 07:11

A New Epidemic – Alcoholism on the Rise in America

Waking Times

Alcohol is a most destructive drug. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that some 88,000 people a year die from excessive alcohol use, while over 10,000 people die each year as a result of drunk driving, a third of all traffic fatalities. Never-the-less, the alcohol industry continues to grow with nearly $500 billion a year in sales of beer, wine, and spirits. Big business, with big consequences.

Sep 06 07:06

Antidepressant Use Continues to Rise Sharply Especially Among Children

Waking Times

Mental health in America is in decline, and while there is no one-size-fits-all reason for this, doctors and psychiatrists do offer a one-size-fits-all solution: antidepressants. The number of people who have taken antidepressants has soared some 65% in just the last 15 years, and the numbers continue to rise. A new survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers insight into how this usage breaks down in our society.

Sep 05 07:08

This Silent Public-Health Crisis Costs The US $150 Billion A Year

The opioid epidemic isn’t the only public-health crisis costing the economy hundreds of billions of dollars. According to the Trust for America’s Health’s annual “State of Obesity” report, nearly 40% of American adults are obese or overweight. And collectively, they will add some $150 billion to the cost of health care, and billions more in lost productivity.

Obesity rates have finally stabilized after having nearly tripled since the CDC first began tracking them in 1960. They’ve doubled since the 1980s. Particularly problematic is childhood obesity, which is correlated with poor performance and school and other factors that could impact a child’s wellbeing into adulthood.

Sep 04 20:31

The Book”The Trump Prophesies” A Honest Review

This is an authentic book that is genuine. This is not a fortune teller book looking into the future. It is not written to make the average christian to feel warm and fuzzy in a comfortable life. It is written for the motivated disciple of Jesus who wants to take ground back that was lost by sharing the good news of Jesus. It is not a book to make the Sunday pew warming experience more meaningful. This book is not meant for those who are in the comfort zone in the four walls of the church. It is a book to spiritually equip the member of the body of Christ for individual ministry. To prepare the believer to be commissioned into the Army of God who are ready to get their hands dirty in the endeavor to spread the Christian faith and reclaim America for Jesus.

Sep 03 23:20

John McAfee: "Pandora's box has been opened" (Crypto currency security)

An unspoken concern must be addressed: If all(or a significant quantity) of those 'chips' are 'compromised', then how can one be assured said network,nodes,as well as said 'completion of "work"' could be considered 'honest' and therefore 'trustless'(https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf)?

Welcome to the new 'Wild.Wild.West(www.?)'! GOOD LUCK! BE SAFE! BE SMART! TAKE CARE!

Sep 03 11:11

Just smile: In KFC China store, diners have new way to pay

Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.

Sep 03 10:36

California Supreme Court Rules Against Police Collection of License Plate Data

Privacy and civil liberties advocates won a small victory this week as the California Supreme Court ruled that license plate data secretly gathered from millions of drivers can not be kept secret.

Sep 03 09:02

Can pills for depression turn you into a killer?

Antidepressants can lead to brain damage, suicide and murder, yet they are being prescribed to 120 million people worldwide, including 1-year-old babies. Has the world gone mad?

Sep 01 19:54

Seattle to Ban Plastic Straws, Utensils at Restaurants Next Year

Waking Times

Starting next year, Seattle restaurants will no longer provide plastic straws and plastic utensils to its patrons after a 2010 ordinance finally takes effect.

Sep 01 19:44

Corporations and Government Engineering a World Where Everyone Will be Microchipped

Waking Times

Technology is moving incredibly fast. Although certain advances are doing the world a lot of good, over time, new tools inevitably grant new opportunities for the powerful to garner more control and influence over the people. One of the most insidious means of mass control has not yet been fully implemented, but is being pushed at an ever-increasing rate: human microchipping.

Sep 01 06:48

4 FORMER PILOT FLYING J EMPLOYEES AGREE TO PLEAD GUILTY IN FUEL REBATE SCAM

Four former Pilot Flying J employees have agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud charges in the company's multi-million dollar fuel rebate scam. Four other former employees are set to stand trial in October. Federal agents raided Pilot's Knoxville headquarters and several other nearby offices in April 2013. [Poster's note: This story is from 7/27/17 but is still relevant, especially when deciding what fuel outlet to patronize. FlyingJ's CEO is the brother of Tenmessee's governor.]

Aug 30 17:04

California Legislature Wants to Tax Drinking Water for First Time in History

Although Senate Bill 623 is titled: “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund,” a coalition of agricultural and environmental lobbyists convinced its author Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to amend the ground water cleanup bill that has been moving through the Legislature since February, to quietly add a water tax of 95 cents per month on every residence and business. The bill would also tack on $30 million in farm and dairy fees.

Aug 30 16:58

Made in the USA (by Robots): China to Open Sewbot Factory in Arkansas, Producing Shirts for 33 Cents

By early 2018, Tianyuan Garments Co., based in the Suzhou Industrial Park in eastern China, will unveil a $20 million factory staffed by about 330 robots from Atlanta-based Softwear Automation Inc. The botmaker and garment company estimate the factory will stitch about 23 million T-shirts a year. The cost per shirt, according to Pete Santora, Softwear’s chief commercial officer: 33¢.

Aug 30 16:56

465,000 Patients Need Software Updates for Their Hackable Pacemakers, FDA Says

Patching has long been one of the most tedious chores for those who want to keep their electronic devices secure or up to date. Sometimes, patches require a restart, disrupting your workflow. Sometimes, patches screw up the software, making it unusable. These are just some of the reasons why users normally dread patching.

Aug 30 10:58

Essure coil contraceptive implant is under investigation after women are left suicidal and forced to have hysterectomies due to crippling pain

Women are being driven to the point of suicide due to the crippling pain caused by the sterilisation device Essure.

Manufactured by Bayer, Essure is a coil implant that works to trigger inflammation in the Fallopian tubes, resulting in the build-up of scar tissue that blocks eggs from reaching the womb.

Yet, in some instances, the device, which is a form of sterilisation, has been accused of puncturing holes in the fallopian tube, and even becoming dislodged before embedding elsewhere in the body.

Some women also react badly to the devices' materials, which include nickel and polyester.

Due to the how the coil attaches to the fallopian tubes, it can only be removed by taking out the oviduct or, in some cases, performing a hysterectomy.

Aug 30 09:39

An Exclusive Look Inside The K.im Beta

By Aaron Kesel

Kim Dotcom just launched a demo of his new micro payments business K.im and I got into the exclusive preview. Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary service...

Aug 28 18:41

CCTV + Lip-Reading Software = Even Less Privacy, Even More Surveillance

Techdirt has written a number of stories about facial recognition software being paired with CCTV cameras in public and private places. As the hardware gets cheaper and more powerful, and the algorithms underlying recognition become more reliable, it's likely that the technology will be deployed even more routinely. But if you think loss of public anonymity is the end of your troubles, you might like to think again

Aug 28 18:40

How The CIA Made Google

The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to systematically circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law to influence government policies, as well as public opinion in the US and around the world. The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.

Aug 25 10:35

Levothyrox: The controversy over one of France's most commonly prescribed drugs explained

One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in France - Levothyrox - is at the centre of a controversy as thousands of people using the treatment complain of serious side effects in the wake of a formula change.

Aug 24 17:54

Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck

No matter how much you earn, getting by is still a struggle for most people these days.

Aug 24 17:03

Who Will Pay The Ransom When Smart Meters Are Hacked Into?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Do you recall that a hospital actually paid hackers $17,000 ransom for the release of the hospital’s data? That was the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which paid using Bitcoin in February 2016. Another hacked company didn’t get off so cheaply! The South Korean web hosting company Nayana paid 397.6 Bitcoin, which was equivalent to almost a million dollars! That’s not all...

Aug 24 15:18

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

Owners of Samsung smart TVs say their swish sets are basically unusable after a bungled firmware update.

In fact, the update was so bad, it looks as though it will require people to send or bring their televisions back to base for repair to correct the cockup.

Folks on Samsung UK's support forums report that an update released on August 8 rendered many newer smart sets – such as 50-inch Ultra HD and 49-inch 4K displays – worse that dumb TVs, because dumb TVs actually work.

Aug 22 14:22

How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.

Aug 22 10:22

‘Colossal Fraud’: Lawsuit Alleges Nestle’s ‘Natural Spring’ Water is Fake

A class-action lawsuit filed in a federal Connecticut Court is accusing Nestle’s Poland Spring Water of “colossal fraud” by deceiving American consumers into thinking they are drinking “100 percent natural spring water” instead of “common groundwater,” Today reported.

Aug 22 09:04

38 out of 60 shampoos found to contain harmful manufacturing solvent in tests by Hong Kong consumer watchdog

The Consumer Council also found 20 per cent of the shampoos contained allergy-causing preservatives, and one even tested positive for a heavy metal.
But the agency insisted none of the samples constituted an “immediate” health risk, and only urged those with sensitive skin to be extra cautious when making their choices.

A total of 60 shampoos available in Hong Kong were collected for examination. Most were general shampoos not targeting specific hair problems or types, but some claimed to alleviate hair loss.

Revealing the test results at their monthly briefing on Tuesday, the council said 38 contained 1,4-dioxane, an ether commonly used as a solvent in manufacturing.

While the concentrations of 1,4-dioxane in the samples all fell within mainland China’s limit of 30 parts per million, seven shampoos exceeded the European Union’s ceiling of 10 ppm.

They included products by Head and Shoulders, Clairol, Pantene and Vidal Sassoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have found that going as organic as I can, with grooming products and cosmetics, keeps me out of trouble with chemical sensitivities.

I am violently sensitive to what are called "formaldehyde precursors", and they are very present in low-end soaps, shampoos, skin care, and cosmetic products. They are called by many different names, to mask their presence, because people are getting more savvy about what they put on their skin and hair.

For me, the symptoms were horrific pains in my hands and feet, for which, of course, no
ex-ray could find the source, because the cause was chemical, not mechanical.

The following link may also help you get this stuff out of your life:

The Hidden Formaldehyde In Everyday Products

Aug 21 12:29

LAWSUIT: CVS Pharmacies accused of hiking up drug prices for those with insurance

Leading retail pharmacy chain, CVS, is being implicated in an overcharging scheme which used “clawbacks” to jack up prices for supposedly inexpensive generic drugs. According to the plaintiff, Megan Schultz, some of the “affected” prescriptions include lithium, naproxen, and zolpidem. Lawyers of Schultz have said that the public remains unaware of this repulsive behavior, in which pharmacy chains charge more for customers who use their insurance to pay for generic prescriptions. The class-action lawsuit also included Walgreens in its description, citing the company’s apparent lack of ethics as it blatantly overcharged customers through industry middlemen.

Aug 19 07:02

Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

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

Aug 18 15:01

Nestlé Faces Lawsuit For Mislabeling Common Ground Water As Spring Water

By Aaron Kesel

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

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

Aug 17 11:45

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

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

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

Aug 17 07:35

A PATENT EXISTS TO PROVIDE HOME SURVEILLANCE USING AMI SMART METERS

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

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

AMI SMs are nothing but “surveillance computers”!

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

Aug 16 09:17

A Patent Exists To Provide Home Surveillance Using AMI Smart Meters

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

Aug 15 13:45

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

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

Aug 15 11:24

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

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

Aug 15 11:06

Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal

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

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

Aug 15 09:02

BUG BURGERS ARE COMING TO SWISS STORES

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

Aug 15 05:46

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

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

Aug 14 22:01

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

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

Aug 14 08:58

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

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

Aug 13 10:00

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

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

Aug 13 09:50

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

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

Aug 13 08:02

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

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

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

Aug 13 07:40

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 12 16:51

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

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

Aug 12 10:05

Amazon On Defensive After UK Tax Bill Falls While Revenues Soar

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

Aug 12 09:13

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 12 08:01

Cell Towers On EVERY CITY Block

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

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

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

Aug 11 17:34

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

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

Aug 11 07:13

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

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

Aug 10 15:37

Soda Doesn’t ‘Feed The World’

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

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

Aug 10 11:44

Shock: Jeff Sessions endorses theft

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

Aug 10 11:43

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

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

Aug 10 10:31

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

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

Aug 10 08:43

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

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

Aug 10 08:33

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

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

Aug 10 05:41

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

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

Aug 09 17:11

Pennsylvanians Are Taking On AMI Smart Meters Big Time

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

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

Aug 09 15:57

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

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

Aug 09 08:49

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

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

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

Fake news. It's not just for politics.

Aug 09 07:26

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

By Mae Chan

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

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

Aug 08 09:55

Researchers Trick Self-Driving Cars into Ignoring Stop Signs

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

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

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

Aug 07 16:32

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

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

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

Aug 07 14:55

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 07 08:30

New Monsanto Emails Raise Questions On Safety Of RoundUp Products

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

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

Aug 05 12:18

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

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

Aug 05 12:01

Flame retardants linked to lower child IQ

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

Aug 05 10:05

5G Is An International Health Crisis In The Making

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

Aug 04 09:29

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

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

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