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thepatriotnation.net
January 7, 2014

Facebook, the popular social network with over a billion users world wide, has just been hit with a class-action lawsuit.

The allegations, revealed in the FT, are that Facebook systematically scans the content of private messages so it can sell the data to third parties such as advertisers. Facebook's entire business model is based on the fact that it monitors what users write, like and up-load in order to sell this information on to others. I have covered some of the concerns about this in my articles 'How Facebook Exploits Your Private Information' and 'How Facebook Likes Reveal Your Intimate Secrets'. In principle, there is nothing wrong with Facebook using our data to make commercial gains. In the end, the service is free and Facebook has to make money somehow. However, my biggest concern is that the data mining activities are not as transparent as they should be.

Nearly 1,000 dogs now sick from jerky treats, FDA reports say
MSNBC
by JoNel Aleccia
May 22, 2012

Nearly 1,000 dogs reportedly have been sickened by chicken jerky pet treats from China, according to a new tally of complaints from worried owners and veterinarians submitted to federal health officials.

The Food and Drug Administration has logged some 900 reports of illnesses and deaths since November, when it warned owners about continued problems with the products known variously as chicken jerky strips, treats and nuggets, a spokeswoman said. Back then, the agency already had heard from 70 owners about problems ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure and other serious ailments after animals reportedly consumed the treats. Since then, complaints have mounted steadily, putting growing pressure on the FDA to solve the problem.

"A Fantastic Step Forward": Tens of thousands sentenced to death on the Liverpool Care Pathway without consent
liveactionnews.org
by Cassy Fiano
January 4, 2013

Sarah Palin once warned of death panels resulted from socialized medicine. She was mocked for the label, but the United Kingdom's NHS hospitals are seemingly striving to prove that Palin was correct.

The Liverpool Care Pathway has become notorious for its supposed end-of-life treatment. Over time, it has come to light that the so-called end-of-life "care" really consists of slowly starving and dehydrating patients to death, even children, who are put on the pathway not for being terminally ill, but simply for being disabled. Now, more shocking news has come to the surface. It turns out that half of all patients placed on the pathway are not informed.

"A Pencil is Considered a Weapon When It's Pointed at Someone in a Threatening Way and Gunlike Noises Are Made"
reason.com
by Jesse Walker
May 7, 2013

I was all set to post something snarky about this story from Santa Clara, California, where a college went into lockdown because someone mistook a cardboard cutout of a gun for a real weapon.

But hey, at least that incident involved a bona fide suspicion, mistaken though it was, that a ski-masked gunman was on the prowl. No such excuse is available for school officials in Suffolk, Virginia, who just did this: "A Suffolk second grader has been suspended for making gunlike noises while pointing a pencil at another student."

"A**holes": Turns out Lois Lerner's not a fan of conservative talk radio or its listeners
Hot Air
by Allahpundit
July 30, 2014

I'm as surprised as you are. Who could have guessed that someone who "joked" about working for OFA might not like grassroots righties?

There's an important lesson to be learned here, my friends. When you're arranging for your hard drive to be "scratched," make sure it's scratched deeply enough that stuff like this can't be recovered. No wonder she wanted to take a closer look at tea-party nonprofits. They're run by terrorists 'n stuff.

"Absolutely no remorse"
transformnowplowshares.wordpress.com
May 10, 2013

No decision has been made yet about whether the defendants must be held awaiting sentencing; lawyers have until Tuesday to submit more material for the judge to consider, and Michael, Megan, and Greg are being held until then.

After about an hour of combing through case law, conditions and sub-conditions this morning to determine whether or not the three should be held until sentencing, Judge Thapar asked the prosecution in frustration, "Don't you find it a little troubling that Congress would write a law that wouldn't let me distinguish between peace activists and terrorists?" When Megan, Greg, and Michael arrived in the courtroom they were wearing tan prison jumpsuits marked "FEDERAL INMATE," with their hands shackled to their waists.

"All Civilians Are Probable Criminals And Should Be Treated That Way."
beforeitsnews.com
by Tom Dennen
May 9, 2013

The United States is now firmly entering the eighth stage of all civilizations ~ Dependence with only Bondage ahead of it.

Apathy has allowed our constitution to be shredded in stage seven which led to our current state of Dependence on the state ~ but soon an IRS monitored Obamacare program of 'Shared responsibility, or else' will usher in the Orwellian ninth stage of militarized Bondage.

"All of Us Guinea Pigs Now?!"
occupymonsanto360.org
by Occupy Monsanto
February 14, 2013

This is the English subtitled trailer of the full film on Séralini's study, which is the only long-term study on the commercialized GM maize NK603 and the pesticide (Roundup) it is designed to be grown with.

Seralini designed his 2012 study as a direct followup of a previous study on the same NK603 maize conducted by Monsanto to support its application for regulatory authorization. Monsanto's study was a 90-day rat feeding trial on NK603. Monsanto published the results of its test in 2004,1 the same year that the maize was authorized in the EU. Differences were found in the GM-fed rats, but the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claimed that the differences were "of no biological significance" and that the maize was as safe as non-GM maize. Seralini's team obtained Monsanto's raw data and re-analyzed it. They found signs of liver and kidney toxicity in the GM-fed rats, publishing their findings in a peer-reviewed journal in 2009.

"Ask the President: What are you going to do with $181 Billion Dollars if you're not paying bills?"
The Real Revo
by Jim22
July 22, 2011

Here is a cute video which explains that the United States will not default on its obligations if the debt ceiling is not raised.

Then it poses the question, "Mr. President, if you are not going to pay the bills, what do you intend to do with the $181 Billion that comes in every month? Good question.

"Blackhole" Exploit Kit DGA Analysis
OpenDNS Blog
by Opendns Security Research
July 10, 2012

What is the "Blackhole" Exploit Kit?

A very popular and customizable kit to exploit a range of client vulnerabilities via the Web. Hackers license the kit (or rent an already exploited site) to cyber criminals. Cyber criminals compromise Web pages and embed an invisible iFrame. Potential victims visit a compromised Web page and are redirected to the hosted exploit. If the victim has one of the targeted client vulnerabilities, their device is infected. OpenDNS's enforcement is device-, application-, protocol- and port-agnostic so all our users are protected.

     

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