February 1, 2015
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California Declares E-Cigarettes a Health Threat

In a bid to deny youngsters an opportunity to ape all their parents’ and grandparents’ worst habits from their youth, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a report (pdf) warning against a serious health threat posed by e-cigarettes and called for action to restrict their use. “Comprehensive steps […]
February 1, 2015
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Sister Acts of Havoc Set to Intensify El Niño Effect

By [email protected] By Tim Radford, Climate News Network International scientists say global warming could double the frequency of the extreme La Niña weather phenomenon that triggers floods and hurricanes. Related Entries January 28, 2015 After Months of Protests, Mexican Government Declares 43 Missing Students Dead January 28, 2015 Does Lack […]
February 1, 2015
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Downloading Fatwa Issued By Turkish Religious Leaders

By Andy For millions of people around the world the word of their particular God provides a moral compass for living life in an appropriate manner. While there are plenty of variations, most faiths agree that it is unacceptable to steal, for example. Inevitably there are gray areas and the […]
February 1, 2015
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Truthdigger of the Week: Yanis Varoufakis

By [email protected] The Syriza finance minister confirmed his party’s intentions to fight EU oppression by refusing to negotiate with representatives of Greece’s “hated troika of lenders.” Related Entries January 31, 2015 ‘Left, Right & Center': Matt Miller & Mitt Romney Say Goodbye January 31, 2015 Masses ‘March for Change’ With […]
February 1, 2015
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KickassTorrents Users Fight Back Against DMCA Takedown Purge

By Ernesto As the largest torrent site on the Internet, KickassTorrents (KAT) has become a prime target for copyright holders. In terms of daily visitors KAT is comparable to The Pirate Bay at its height, but there’s one key difference. Unlike TPB, KAT accepts DMCA takedown notices so rightsholders have […]
February 1, 2015
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Do You Need a Vitamin D Supplement to Maintain Ideal Levels?

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement, and if we do, what’s the proper dosage? Dr. Robert Heaney is a professor and one of the most well-respected […]
January 31, 2015
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Tennessee Bill Would Effectively Nullify Some FDA Restrictions, Help Terminally Ill

By Shane Trejo A bill filed in the Tennessee state house would effectively nullify some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. The Tennessee Right to Try Act was introduced by State Reps. Jon Lundberg (R-1), Tilman Goins (R-10), and Sheila […]
January 31, 2015
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Delusional America — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 Delusional America Paul Craig Roberts Robert Parry is one of my favorite columnists. He is truthful, has a sense of justice, and delivers a firm punch. He used to be a “mainstream journalist,” like me, but we were too truthful for them. They kicked us out. I can’t […]
January 31, 2015
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The NFL wants you to think these things are illegal

By Ars Staff The Super Bowl is the NFL’s flagship event each year, and the league has invested a lot in the event’s branding and broadcasting. In light of that investment, it’s understandable that the NFL would be protective of its trademarks and copyrights surrounding it. But that protectiveness has […]
January 31, 2015
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Exclusive Interview with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Cartoonist Luz

By VICE Staff Exclusive Interview with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Cartoonist Luz Continue Reading
January 31, 2015
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Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists

By [email protected] By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network New satellite data analysis has produced evidence that rapid melting in the last three years has caused dramatic shrinkage of an Arctic ice cap. Related Entries January 30, 2015 Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized by Climate Change January 29, 2015 California Rains Bring […]
January 31, 2015
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VICE News: VICE News Capsule

By VICE Staff The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: An explosion kills at least two people at a Mexico City maternity hospital, Germany’s anti-Islam movement may be falling apart, Uganda uses drones to protect wildlife, and 3D technology gives expecting parents in […]
January 31, 2015
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What’s Really Happening with China’s Great Firewall

By [email protected] By Sisi Wei, ProPublica Three popular services that allow users in China to view otherwise-censored content have experienced outages over the past few days, a sign of increasing government efforts to limit what Chinese users can read on the Internet. Related Entries January 24, 2015 Why Many Cities […]
January 31, 2015
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The Pirate Bay Is Back Online!

By Ernesto Early December The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm. After being down for two weeks the domain came back online waving a pirate flag on its temporary homepage. TPB later added a countdown to February […]
January 31, 2015
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How Guantánamo Diary Escaped the Black Hole and Got Past the Censors (Mostly)

By Cora Currier The first word of Guantánamo Diary is a black bar. The book, in which Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi tells of his odyssey through overseas prisons and his torture and abuse by the US and its counterterrorism allies, is pockmarked with redactions left by military censors. The […]
January 31, 2015
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Insurance Companies Avoid Patients with HIV/AIDS by Overcharging for Medications

Despite the mandate from the Affordable Care Act that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against patients with preexisting conditions, many of them are getting around the restriction by charging HIV/AIDS patients much higher rates for their drugs, which causes them to switch to other providers. Researchers at Harvard examined 48 […]
January 31, 2015
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Mississippi Action Alert: Help Stop NSA Spying, Support SB2753

By Shane Trejo Mississippi SB2753 would deny much-needed material support and resources to the NSA and all federal illegal spying operations. The bill must pass through the Senate Judiciary, Division A Committee before it can receive a vote in the Senate. PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS – It doesn’t matter […]
January 31, 2015
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Justice Dept. Agrees to Release Secret Memo Relating to Patriot Act and Census Info

The American public will soon find out why intelligence agencies and law enforcement have accessed census data under the guise of protecting the nation from terrorism. The details will become known once the U.S. Department of Justice releases a secret memo that covers legal interpretations of controversial Section 215 of […]
January 31, 2015
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HRW: West’s Double Standards Fueled Rise Of Islamist Groups

By Al Akhbar Governments increasingly view human rights as “a luxury” they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine. Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW, said that Wahhabism and western “double standards” were behind the […]
January 31, 2015
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Movie Release Group Members Plead Guilty

By Andy Placing unreleased movies onto the Internet whilst located in the UK is a risky business and one likely to attract the attention of anti-piracy companies if done on a large-scale. FACT, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, are particularly vigilant in this area and have launch numerous investigations into […]
January 31, 2015
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Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles?

By Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola If you develop deep smile lines in old age, consider yourself lucky. It’s a visible sign that you’ve been blessed with a life full of smiles. Of course, not only smiles will be revealed. Any time you make a facial expression, whether that be […]
January 30, 2015
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Right to Try Bills Would Effectively Nullify Some Dangerous FDA Restrictions in Mississippi

By TJ Martinell Three bills filed in the Mississippi State Legislature would effectively nullify some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. House Bill 1042 (HB1042), House Bill 722 (HB722), and Senate Bill 2485 (SB2485) all serve as the latest pushback […]
January 30, 2015
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End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

By [email protected] The latest fad among would-be Republican presidential contenders is to proclaim their deep commitment to fighting poverty and inequality—which sounds as plausible as a promise by McDonald’s to abolish greasy food. Related Entries January 30, 2015 What Romney Knows Can Hurt the Republicans January 30, 2015 Save Us […]
January 30, 2015
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TRUST Act Would Effectively Nullify Some Federal Immigration Policies in Illinois

By TJ Martinell A bill introduced In Illinois last week would ban the state from using resources to help enforce some federal immigration programs, effectively nullifying their implementation within the state. Senate Bill 22 (SB22), introduced by State Sen. John Cullerton as the Illinois TRUST Act, bars law enforcement officers […]
January 30, 2015
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If Political Contributions Predicted Super Bowl Odds, Seahawks Have the Edge

By Clark Mindock A previous Vince Lombardi trophy (Photo by NVinacco via Flickr) If writing checks to politicians and political causes is any indicator of how well a team will do in a Super Bowl, the Patriots should start dusting off this year’s Vince Lombardi trophy — but it’s not […]
January 30, 2015
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The Police State Is Upon Us — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 The Police State Is Upon Us Paul Craig Roberts Anyone paying attention knows that 9/11 has been used to create a police/warfare state. Years ago NSA official William Binney warned Americans about the universal spying by the National Security Agency, to little effect. Recently Edward Snowden proved the […]
January 30, 2015
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NYPD Clarifies That New Counterterror Unit Won’t Carry Machine Guns At Protests

By Ryan Devereaux The New York City Police Department says it won’t be carrying machine guns at protests, despite comments Commissioner Bill Bratton made recently. Speaking at a breakfast hosted by New York City’s Police Foundation Thursday, the commissioner unveiled a new unit–the Strategic Response Group, or SRG–that will be […]
January 30, 2015
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A Whining Wall Street Banker Pleads for Pity

By [email protected] By Jim Hightower J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators who levied yet another multi-billion dollar fine against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities. Related Entries January 28, 2015 Beware Wall Street’s Rent-to-Own Scam January 27, 2015 Enough of Germany’s Tyrannical Austerity Continue […]
January 30, 2015
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New regs say passengers cannot fly without biometric ID card

By Site Staff Sample Alabama REAL ID card. The ability to travel in the United States is about to become more restrictive as the TSA announces it will soon be enforcing new identification standards in American airports. Beginning in 2016, passengers attempting to pass through a federal TSA checkpoint will […]
January 30, 2015
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A Famous Florida Treasure Hunter Was Busted After a Two-Year Manhunt

By Allie Conti When Tommy Thompson stopped paying rent and repairman James Kennedy was told to go inspect the Vero Beach, Florida, property, he found conditions befitting a squatter: mold, mildew, and an upstairs room with TV sets just stacked in a pile. Thompson and his companion, Alison Antekeier, were […]
January 30, 2015
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The Boehner-Bibi Backfire

By [email protected] The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them. Related Entries January 29, 2015 How Israel Went from Being a Democratic to a […]
January 30, 2015
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BICEP2 Was Wrong, But Publicly Sharing the Results Was Right

The claim made headlines worldwide, hailing one of the biggest scientific discoveries in decades. After 35 years of research, astronomers said in March, they had found evidence that the universe underwent a brief but ultra-fast expansion when it was roughly a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a […]
January 30, 2015
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Marriott says it won’t try to use “legal Wi-Fi security measures” again

By Megan Geuss In a statement on Friday, Marriott International said that it would drop its petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to block personal hotspots on Marriott premises. The hotel chain was fined $600,000 by the FCC in October for blocking Wi-Fi signals set up by […]
January 30, 2015
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DoD Classifies Data on Afghanistan Oversight

By Steven Aftergood In a startlingly indiscriminate classification action that officials termed “unprecedented,” U.S. General John F. Campbell, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ordered the classification of a broad range of previously public information concerning operations in that country. How has the $25 million authorized by Congress for […]
January 30, 2015
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Canada’s New Anti-Terror Bill Gives the Government Sweeping New Powers

By Justin Ling [body_image width=’1280′ height=’856′ path=’images/content-images/2015/01/30/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/01/30/’ filename=’canadas-new-anti-terror-bill-is-everything-you-hoped-it-wasnt-723-body-image-1422645335.jpg’ id=’22964′] Photo via Pixabay This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Under the broad anti-terror legislation tabled Friday, Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), will be given broad new powers to investigate and “disrupt” terrorist plots. Canada’s […]
January 30, 2015
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Spanish Peacekeeper Is the Latest Example of Israel Killing United Nations Personnel

By Murtaza Hussain On January 28th a barrage of Israeli artillery fire struck near the South Lebanese village of Ghajar, killing United Nations peacekeeper Francisco Javier Soria. Soria, 36, was a Spanish citizen deployed with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a peacekeeping mission tasked with maintaining the ceasefire […]
January 30, 2015
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Virtual Bodyswapping Can Reduce Racial Bias

This article was originally published on The Conversation. In 1959, John Howard Griffin, a white American writer, underwent medical treatments to change his skin appearance and present himself as a black man. He then traveled through the segregated US south to experience the racism endured daily by millions of black […]
January 30, 2015
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When Is It OK for Cops to Shoot a Moving Car?

By Josiah M. Hesse Around 200 protesters gathered outside the Denver Police Department’s district two station Wednesday night, some pounding on the windows of the building while the now-familiar chant of “No Justice, no peace!” rang out from the crowd. A video projector was hooked up to a car battery, […]
January 30, 2015
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Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries

By [email protected] By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded. Related […]
January 30, 2015
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Of Course Mitt Romney Isn’t Running for President

By Grace Wyler Turns out Mitt Romney isn’t running for president after all. After nearly a month of very publicly threatening to mount another White House bid, the twice-failed Republican candidate told supporters in a conference call on Friday that he has decided to let someone else give it a […]
January 30, 2015
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Reddit got 55 user data requests in 2014, complied over half the time

By Cyrus Farivar Who knew that the “front page of the Internet” would be a source of information for law enforcement? According to a new transparency report released Thursday by reddit, the site has only received a few dozen requests for user data. As reddit wrote: Read 5 remaining paragraphs […]
January 30, 2015
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New e-mail shows feds considered snooping on cars parked at gun shows

By Cyrus Farivar Nearly six years ago, two federal law enforcement agencies considered using license plate readers (LPRs) at gun shows—at least in the Phoenix, Arizona area. LPRs scan plates at a very high speed—often 60 plates per second—and record the date, time, and precise location that a given plate […]
January 30, 2015
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SEC Ignores Federal Law, Lets Marijuana Biz Offer Stocks

By Irene The United States government is helping a California-based company perpetrate a crime by letting it offer public stocks in its marijuana business, even though the drug’s cultivation and sale are both illegal under federal law. As unbelievable as it may seem, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), […]
January 30, 2015
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A Scottish University Wants to Give Refunds to Students Who Fail

By Liam Turbett [body_image width=’640′ height=’427′ path=’images/content-images/2015/01/30/’ crop=’images/content-images-crops/2015/01/30/’ filename=’a-scottish-uni-is-going-to-refund-students-who-fail-920-body-image-1422626845.jpg’ id=’22848′] A student protest against fees in London last year. Photo by Adam Barnett. This article originally appeared on VICE UK. What do four years at university and cheap electrical appliances have in common? “Not a lot” would usually be the […]
January 30, 2015
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Oklahoma Privacy Protection Act Takes on Federal Spying

By Michael Boldin OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) – A bill pre-filed in Oklahoma would not only support efforts to turn off NSA’s water in Utah, but would have immediate practical effects on the implementation of some federal surveillance programs if passed. Oklahoma Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Arcadia) introduced the “Oklahoma […]
January 30, 2015
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Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized By Climate Change

By [email protected] By Tim Radford, Climate News Network One of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat. Related Entries January 29, 2015 California Rains Bring Little Relief From Devastating Drought January 27, 2015 A 21st […]
January 30, 2015
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Woman sues Uber in US over rape by driver in New Delhi

By Cyrus Farivar An unnamed Indian woman has sued Uber in federal court in California, accusing the startup of being negligent and creating the circumstances that she claims led to her being raped after taking a car ride in New Delhi in December 2014. The company has been under fire […]
January 30, 2015
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Bill to Ban Agenda 21 Passes Mississippi House Committee

By Michael Boldin JACKSON, Mis. (Jan. 30, 2015) – A bill to ban the state from implementing or participating in Agenda 21 and other similar measures passed an important House committee in Mississippi this week. House Bill 490 (HB490), introduced by Rep. Becky Currie would prohibit the state, as well […]
January 30, 2015
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Keystone Opponents Favored by Environmental Groups, But the Checks Were Smaller

By Russ Choma People rally to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline in front of the White House January 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA Yesterday’s Senate vote on the KeystoneXL pipeline showed some sharp breaks along party lines, as no Republicans voted against the bill — […]
January 30, 2015
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The Spartan Resurrection in Greece — Paul Craig Roberts

By pcr3 King World News’ Picture Version of this Column Is Available Here: http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-new-greek-government-rebellious-spartan-300-resurrected/ The Spartan Resurrection in Greece Paul Craig Roberts Having just written that Greece needs Spartans in order to prevail over its creditors and the EU, the new Greek government is showing signs of being Spartans. Listen […]