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Yet Another Anti-Supplement Sneak Attack from Blumenthal and Durbin
anh-usa.org
June 9, 2015

We suspected it would only be a matter of time before Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) launched his next broadside against supplements. Once again, Durbin and his allies, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

The bill this time is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an appropriations bill to fund the military for FY 2016. The House passed its version of the bill in May. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced what is called "an amendment in the nature of a substitute" to create a Senate version of the House-passed bill. The Blumenthal/Durbin amendments were introduced on top of the McCain legislation.

Yet another obligatory "Twitter has worldwide failure" open thread
Hot Air
by Ed Morrissey
July 26, 2012

Where were you in the Great Twitter Blackout of July 26, 2012?  Me, I was at my desk ... having to do status updates on Facebook.

Tragic. As of now, the Twitter website and the Tweetdeck services have been down about 20-25 minutes. Tech Crunch says Twitter is working on the problem. Maybe we can expect updates on their progress ... via Myspace.

Yet another reason to go organic - Research verifies it really is more nutritious
naturalnews.com
by Carolanne Wright
August 2, 2013

While it's generally agreed in the natural health arena that organically produced fare is superior in safety compared to crops that utilize GMOs or chemical pesticides, the fact that it's more nutritious might be overlooked by consumers.

Conventional growers insist there isn't a substantial difference between the two, yet several studies have found otherwise. In the battle between conventional versus organic, research has shown the latter to be the victor with higher levels of vitamins and minerals as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fats.

Yet Another SQL Injection Attack
F-Secure Weblog
by Karmina
May 3, 2012

Somehow these SQL Injections targetting ASP/ASP.net sites just never seem to abate.

First there was Lizamoon... Surprising us with the millions of websites that got injected. Then came a few others with the recent ones being nikjju.com and hgbyju.com. Now came njukol...

Yfrog confirms that e-mail upload feature "has not been compromised in any way"
Hot Air
by Ed Morrissey
June 5, 2011

Those providing on-line services take security very, very seriously, because any hint of vulnerability will have users running to competitors almost instantly in the highly competitive Internet world.

When Rep. Anthony Weiner and his defenders began blaming Yfrog for a mysterious tweet on his stream that included a photo of a crotch that Weiner couldn't say "with certitude" wasn't his, Yfrog responded by suspending all e-mail uploads until it could fully check security. On Friday, Yfrog announced the results of its investigation...

Yoga teacher fired for glaring at Facebook worker
CNS News
July 11, 2012

A California yoga instructor has been fired for her disapproving stink-eye glare at a Facebook employee using a cellphone in class.

Alice Van Ness, who was hired to teach hour-long yoga sessions at Facebook's Menlo Park campus, says she tells students before class to turn off their cellphones. But a female employee pulled out her cellphone in the middle of a Monday session and began texting.

Yoo vs Tribe on recess appointments
Hot Air
by Jazz Shaw
January 7, 2012

Over at National Review, John Yoo (who you will likely remember from the Bush administration) has an interesting rebuttal to Larry Tribe's defense of Obama's recent recess appointments.

There's quite a bit to go through in both articles, mostly because Tribe takes so many wild swings at this particular pinata, seeming somewhat desperate to latch on to some constitutional footing which would justify the moves.

Yosemite plan means fewer hikers on Half Dome
CNS News
by Tracie Cone
January 29, 2012

There was a time not long ago when a climb to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome was a solitary trek attempted by only the most daring adventurers.

Over the past decade, however, the route has been inundated with up to 1,200 nature lovers a day seeking to experience the iconic mountain that is stamped on the California quarter, stitched on a line of outdoor clothing and painted on the side of the park's vehicles. Now officials want to permanently limit access to the granite monolith, frustrating both hikers who journey there for a transcendent experience and advocates who say the plan doesn't go far enough to protect a place in a federally designated wilderness area.

You *do not* have the right to remain silent
The Real Revo
by R.D. Walker
July 18, 2011

The Department of Justice says you can be forced to reveal your computer password.

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to force a defendant to decrypt an encrypted laptop that police found in her bedroom during a raid of her home.

You Can And Should Record Police Encounters: It's The Law
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Bob Livingston
December 3, 2012

Your best defense against abusive law enforcement officers is a video recorder. Almost everyone now has a recorder with them at all times, thanks to advances in smartphone technology. People should use them.

The recorder is bane to the abusive badge-wielding enforcers who resort to force, intimidation, Tasers or worse if their subject doesn't immediately comply with all demands, no matter how ridiculous or illegal. Because of this, many civilians who have recorded their own or other people's encounters with police have found themselves handcuffed and sitting in the back of a patrol car. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a citizen's right to record encounters with law enforcement by letting stand a Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling making the practice legal. It overturned an anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois that made it a class 1 felony - punishable by up to 15 years in prison - for anyone to record individuals performing their duties as law enforcement officers.

     

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