October 22, 2014
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The Rising Tide of Chemical Cocktails

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola In 1962, American biologist Rachel Carson wrote the groundbreaking book Silent Spring, in which she warned of the devastating environmental impacts of DDT. It was among the first times the chemical industry had been openly criticized and brought the impacts of environmental pollution to […]
October 21, 2014
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Sapphire manufacturer and Apple agree to part ways “amicably”

By Megan Geuss Sapphire surfaces like those used on TouchID were not used for the screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Kārlis Dambrāns Today, synthetic sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Apple announced their agreement [PDF] to dissolve their partnership amicably after GTAT filed a surprising bankruptcy […]
October 21, 2014
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Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

By [email protected] President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them. Related Entries October 20, 2014 Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying October 16, 2014 Just How […]
October 21, 2014
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Monica Lewinsky calls herself “patient zero” for online destruction

By Casey Johnston Monica Lewinsky addressing the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, PA. Forbes Under 30 Summit In a speech given at the Forbes Under 30 Summit Monday entitled “Monica Lewinsky and the Internet’s Reputation Shredder,” Monica Lewinsky announced her intent to draw attention to the “compassion deficit” and […]
October 21, 2014
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Scientists Keep Sending the Canadian Prime Minister Hate Mail

By [email protected] (Ben Makuch) Prime Minister Stephen Harper is receiving more hate mail from a collective of scientists from around the world who have signed onto a letter openly criticizing his record of muzzling state scientists. “As scientists outside of Canada committed to international cooperation in confronting threats to the […]
October 21, 2014
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Supreme Court to decide if cops can access hotel registries without warrants

By David Kravets Neil R The Supreme Court is weighing in on another Fourth Amendment privacy case, this one concerning a Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotels to surrender guest registries to the police upon request without a warrant. The justices agreed (PDF) Monday to hear Los Angeles’ appeal of a […]
October 21, 2014
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Sig Sauer Lawsuit vs ATF Shows Why We Can Never Give an Inch

By TJ Martinell Sig Sauer’s recent lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is exactly why we should not give the feds a single inch – literally – on our right to keep and bear arms. The lawsuit was filed in response to ATF’s decision to classify […]
October 21, 2014
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Lawsuits over “no poach” deals get filed against Oracle, Microsoft

By Joe Mullin A class action lawsuit against Google, Apple, and other tech companies that struck deals to not “cold call” each other’s employees may be on the verge of wrapping up. Similar cases against Oracle and Microsoft have just been filed. The suit against Microsoft (PDF) says that in […]
October 21, 2014
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After tax trick ends, Ireland likely to slightly raise taxes on tech firms

By Cyrus Farivar Maik Meid The Irish Ministry of Finance has announced that it will begin studying a type of new, lower tax rate on intellectual property-earned profits as a way to incentivize tech companies to do business on the Emerald Isle. The new scheme, whose details have yet to […]
October 21, 2014
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Australian Teen Runaway Reemerges in Online Islamic State Video

By Hannah Strange Australian Teen Runaway Reemerges in Online Islamic State Video Continue Reading
October 21, 2014
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Retired Scene Groups Return to Honor Fallen Member

By Ernesto To many people the Warez Scene is something mythical or at least hard to comprehend. A group of people at the top of the piracy pyramid. The Scene is known for its aversion to public file-sharing, but nonetheless it’s in large part responsible for much of the material […]
October 21, 2014
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Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well

By Ryan Devereaux A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production, says the U.S. Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. In a damming report […]
October 21, 2014
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The Entry of Ebola into the US Has Hallmarks of a Planned Happening

By pcr3 The Entry of Ebola into the US Has Hallmarks of a Planned Happening Paul Craig Roberts More information is available that suggests the the government had advance information that ebola was coming to the US and that the government expects a much larger outbreak of the disease in […]
October 21, 2014
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Ebola Fears Turn Into an Epidemic of Racism and Hysteria

By Andrew Jerell Jones Thus far, there have been just eight confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States following an outbreak in West Africa. Far more contagious here has been a new virus of hysteria — and of the sort of ignorant discrimination that immigrants in general and Africans […]
October 21, 2014
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In Uncharted Waters

By Charles Hugh Smith What I see as extremes that must necessarily end badly, others see as mere extensions of recently successful policies and trends. A long-time reader recently chastised me for using too many maybe’s in my forecasts. The criticism is valid, as “on the other hand” slips all […]
October 21, 2014
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Student Protests in Egypt Are Heating Up Again

By Tom Rollins A group of anti-coup Egyptian students gathered outside Cairo University chant slogans during a protest on October 20. Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images On Saturday, October 11, the new Egyptian school year began, and with it came a new wave of clashes between the student protest movement […]
October 21, 2014
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Why did the IRS just threaten me with imprisonment?

By Simon Black October 21, 2014 Santiago, Chile I walked in the door this morning to my apartment in Santiago, happy to be back in Chile after a week away. (One of the things that I really love about this place is the weather. The weather forecast in the entire […]
October 21, 2014
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Man who stole 190-million-year-old dinosaur footprint gets house arrest

By David Kravets US Bureau of Land Management A Utah man was sentenced to a year probation, half of which must be served under house arrest, and fined $15,000 Monday after pleading guilty to stealing a fossilized dinosaur footprint believed to be 190 million years old. Grand County Sheriff’s Office […]
October 21, 2014
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Subpoenaing Church Sermons About Gay People Is a Terrible Idea

By Emily DePrang Pastor Steve Riggle, of Houston’s Grace Community Church, one of five pastors whose sermons were subpeoned by the city. Photo via Facebook In Texas, it doesn’t take much to make certain Christian conservatives claim they’re being persecuted for their faith. Their claims usually range from dubious to […]
October 21, 2014
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Is It Time For A Violent Revolution?

By Dan Johnson It’s time to face the elephant in the room. Last week, Eric Frein, an alleged anti-government, anti-police survivalist, opened fire on Pennsylvania State Troopers, killing one and wounding another. Police repeatedly said he only has a “grudge against law enforcement,” while his friends say that grudge is […]
October 21, 2014
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‘White On Pumpkin Crime': Mainstream Riot Coverage From Ferguson, Missouri To Keene, New Hampshire

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams Keene, New Hampshire’s annual pumpkin festival turned riotous this weekend. (Photo: Twitter) “These are no angels,” Twitter user Isaiah A. Taylor said of the photograph that showed six young white men on top of an overturned car, beer cans aloft, as the crowd on […]
October 21, 2014
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NAACP Speaker’s Alleged Remarks: Let’s Create Confusion During the Nov. 2014 Election By Deliberately Misleading Voters

By Geoff McLatchey According to a letter from a lawyer for the State of North Carolina to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a speaker at a recent NAACP conference in North Carolina urged audience members to mislead the NAACP’s own members into believing they do […]
October 21, 2014
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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Non-Lethal’ Weapon

By Johnny Magdaleno The US government loves to test new “non-lethal” weapons, like pepper spray. Photos via US Department of Defense Flickr feed unless otherwise noted Late last month, the spill of headlines calling out the Hong Kong authorities’ use of non-lethal weapons against democracy demonstrators gathered international attention and […]
October 21, 2014
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A California Couple Has Made the World’s First Working Hoverboard

By [email protected] (Christine Kewitz) Hoverboards have been a matter so futuristic that thought of seeing one in the real world still sounds like science fiction. But the advances needed for the production of the floating tech has progressed steadily, so it was only a matter of time before these things […]
October 21, 2014
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Inflation, Elation, Deflation: Reflecting on BICEP2

By Kate Becker Six months ago, astrophysicists working on an experiment called BICEP2 were celebrating what some called the discovery of the century: the detection of a specific polarization signature in the cosmic microwave background radiation that, interpreted conservatively, provided the most direct confirmation ever of cosmic inflation. Read more […]
October 21, 2014
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ProPublica: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA

By Nicole Collins Bronzan for Pro Publica Reports: A year and a half into the release of classified documents by Edward Snowden, the existence of far-reaching National Security Agency surveillance is common if controversial knowledge. But until The Intercept published new documents this month, the role of American companies in […]
October 21, 2014
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The Ukranian Government Is Using Cluster Bombs In Populated Areas

By Human Rights Watch The remnant tail section of a cluster bomb. Berlin – Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to […]
October 21, 2014
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Court orders Kim Dotcom to reveal how much money he has

By Joe Mullin A New Zealand appeals court has ruled that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom must reveal his financial assets to the Hollywood studios that are suing him for pirating their movies. It upholds a July decision by Justice Patricia Courtney, who ordered Dotcom to give up the information amid […]
October 21, 2014
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A UN Report Says Iraq Is Torturing and Executing Innocent Citizens

By Samuel Oakford A UN Report Says Iraq Is Torturing and Executing Innocent Citizens Continue Reading
October 21, 2014
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VIDEO: Michigan Couple Jailed For Raining Backyard Chickens

By Cop Block The “officials” in Tawas, Michigan had a man and woman caged for keeping chickens on their property. As shared by WNEM.com, the couple thought they would be given the opportunity to explain why they were keeping chickens but instead they were jailed.WNEM TV 5 As is explained […]
October 21, 2014
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Violence Against Children Is Global Epidemic: UNICEF

By Jon Queally for Common Dreams The UNICEF report reveals that the vast majority of children are killed outside warzones and that physical, sexual and emotional abuse is widespread with millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities. (Image: UNICEF UK) Violence against children is a global epidemic […]
October 21, 2014
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Erdogan: The Man Pulling The Strings In A Middle Eastern Puppet Show

By Catherine Shakdam LONDON — Speaking at Harvard University earlier this month, Vice President Joe Biden set the tone for a heated and tenacious debate on the political, ideological and hegemonic interests of Middle Eastern powers within the context of the global war on terror. Pointing an angry finger at […]
October 21, 2014
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More Police Departments than Previously Thought Use Portable Surveillance Systems to Spy on almost Everyone

More U.S. police departments are employing electronic surveillance technology that can collect information from cell phones and laptop computers belonging not just to criminal suspects but also law abiding citizens. The Charlotte Observer found the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have for eight years used such equipment, which goes by many names: Stingray, […]
October 21, 2014

How the UAE Tried to Silence a Popular Arab Spring Activist

By Murtaza Hussain: Earlier this year, as a wave of counterrevolution and repression continued to roll back popular democratic uprisings across the Middle East, one of the Arab Spring’s most popular online activists found himself sitting in a jail cell. Iyad el-Baghdadi, a popular blogger and Twitter personality who first […]
October 21, 2014
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Chinese Set to Buy JP Morgan Chase’s Manhattan Plaza for $725 Million

From Bloomberg: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s deal to sell 1 Chase ManhattanPlaza to Fosun (656) International Ltd. would be the largest purchase of a New York building by a Chinese buyer, showing Asian investors’ growing appetite for U.S. real estate. Shanghai-based Fosun, run by billionaire Guo Guangchang, agreed to […]
October 21, 2014
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Microsoft: We’ve Always Had Freemium, It’s Called Piracy

By Andy In recent years the ‘freemium’ business model has gained much traction in many areas from gaming to software services. But while the portmanteau describing the phenomenon is a relatively new addition to our language, the idea behind the business model is not. In the 1980s, those with access […]
October 21, 2014

Facebook Asks DEA to Stop Creating Fake Profiles

From AllGov: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents have been creating phony Facebook profiles as part of their investigations and the social media giant wants the practice stopped. In a letter (pdf) to the DEA, Facebook’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, asked the agency to end its practice of operating fake […]
October 21, 2014
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Intimate Images of US Marshals From an Embedded Photographer

By Jakob Schiller The FBI may get all the love (and movies), but the US Marshals Service is America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Brian Finke spent nearly four years embedded with the marshals, chronicling their daily lives with intimate, revealing images that peer into an often dangerous world. “I […]
October 21, 2014
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Calm Down Everyone, There Isn’t Going to Be a ‘Miss Hitler’ Pageant

By Mike Pearl Miss Hitler Contestants, via the original Adolf Hitler VK.com page The story of the fascist beauty contest begins on Thursday, when an eagle-eyed investigator for Vocativ dug up the news that there was a “Miss Hitler” pageant going on VKontakte, a Russian social media network. They officially […]
October 21, 2014
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Good News About Solar Energy From Disparate Parts of the World

By [email protected] Morrocco, Mexico and India, among others, have some good news to spread regarding solar energy. Related Entries October 21, 2014 U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes October 20, 2014 Shells Land in Turkey as Kurds Fight Off Islamic State Forces in Kobane […]
October 21, 2014
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U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes

By [email protected] In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, U.S. jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 20, 2014 John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on […]
October 21, 2014
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Vote YES on Prop 122 and Make Arizona More Free

By Shane Trejo Prop. 122 gives Arizona voters the opportunity to push back against federal overreach in November. Opponents of this state sovereignty measure make it seem like if it was passed, it will be the death of the Republic as we know it, but is that really the case? […]
October 21, 2014
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Fight for Raw Milk Heats Up in Wisconsin and Illinois

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola Raw milk dairy products from organically raised pasture-fed cows rank among some of the healthiest foods you can consume. It’s far superior in terms of health benefits compared to pasteurized milk, and if statistics are any indication, it’s safer, too. While many believe that […]
October 20, 2014
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So Why is Pot Illegal in Australia Anyway?

By Paul Gregoire The medicinal cannabis debate has been at the forefront of national attention over the past months in Australia, with many in the community calling for its legalisation. But it’s not just medicinal use under scrutiny, as recreational use is widespread. The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey […]
October 20, 2014
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Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show

By [email protected] Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. Related Entries October 20, 2014 The Blue-Collar Imperative October 9, 2014 A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Conservatism Continue Reading
October 20, 2014
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California woman charged with using spyware to tap a police officer’s phone

By Megan Geuss On Friday, a Monterey County woman was charged with wiretapping a police officer and possessing “illegal interception devices,” according to the Northern California District Attorney’s office. The District Attorney said that Kristin Nyunt, age 40, allegedly intercepted communications made by a police officer on his mobile phone. […]
October 20, 2014
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US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn’t be weaponized

By pcr3 US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn’t be weaponized German High Government Official Seeks Washington’s Reassurance that the US did Not Weaponize the Species of Ebola that Germany Made Available to Washington Washington has not provided the reassurance. By providing the virus to Washington prior […]
October 20, 2014
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The Blue-Collar Imperative

By [email protected] Democrats in Kentucky and Georgia are pushing hard to win back the white working-class vote from Republicans. Related Entries October 19, 2014 The Imperative of Revolt October 14, 2014 How Taxpayers Unknowingly Fund Elite Private Universities as Public School Subsidies Shrink Continue Reading
October 20, 2014
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Remembering Rick Piltz, Who Fought Government Suppression of Science

By alleenbrown Rick Piltz, a climate change whistleblower, died this weekend of cancer. Piltz revealed in 2005 that the Bush administration was revising supposedly scientific reports to cast doubt on the existence of human-caused climate change. He leaked copies of the edited documents to The New York Times, after resigning […]
October 20, 2014
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Zuckerberg sues lawyers who represented man claiming half of Facebook

By David Kravets JD Lasica Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking Shakespeare’s phrase “let’s kill all the lawyers” to a different level. On Monday, he sued many of the attorneys who represented a New Yorker named Paul Ceglia, the man who claimed Zuckerberg promised him half of Facebook back when […]