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You Can't Block Calls on iPhone, So Creating a Blocked List is the Next Best Thing
osxdaily.com
January 3, 2013

The ability to block incoming calls on the iPhone is missing on the OS side, and though there were once rumors that a call block feature would arrive with newer versions of iOS, those rumors ended up being about the Do Not Disturb feature.

Do Not Disturb is excellent, but it's not really blocking unwanted calls, it just sets a time period where any calls won't bother you. So what can you do if you want to actually block a phone call on the iPhone? You have a few options. You can attempt to contact your cellular carrier and request a specific number be blocked, but not all carriers support that option and you'll be spending plenty of time on hold and bouncing around tech support menus to even find out if it's possible. That's not really viable for evryone though, which leaves a few iOS features as the next best thing, allowing you to create your very own do-it-yourself "block" list of sorts that is centralized and configured to be easily ignorable and also easy to add to.

You Can't Protect Your Private Property From The Surveillance State
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Bob Livingston
January 29, 2013

If you're looking for police officers who believe their job is to protect and serve, don't look to Naperville, Ill. There, officers support and help to enforce 4th Amendment violations.

The city, like many across America, is installing "smart" electric meters on homes. "Smart" meters are government surveillance devices designed to accumulate data that includes day-to-day activity in such detail that the "enforcers" are actually using power usage records to obtain search warrants on homeowners. Naperville homeowner Jennifer Stahl has long opposed the installation of a "smart" meter on her home. She was one of the last holdouts. But a locked gate, fenced yard and standing between power workers and her home did not prevent the totalitarian badge-wearing enforcement class from pushing her aside and installing the meter anyway. After cutting the lock off the gate, police arrested her and charged her with interfering with police officer and preventing access to customer premises. Her interference consisted entirely of standing in her own yard.

You don't mess with the CIA
washingtontimes.com
by Joseph Curl
October 28, 2012

You know who doesn't like getting thrown under the bus? The CIA. You know what the CIA does when you try to throw it under the bus? They get even - quickly, quietly, and with fatal consequences.

That seems the most logical explanation for the torrent of information pouring out this week (unless Hillary Rodham Clinton - also thrown under the bus by President Obama - is scrapping any chance of ever running for president again and is simply setting the whole administration on fire, along with her legacy as secretary of state). The main lesson from Watergate (after the no-brainer that you should never hire a guy named "Tricky Dick") was this: The Cover-Up Is Worse Than The Crime. For some reason, Professor Obama seems not to know this crucial lesson. Or he's just arrogant enough to say, "Well, that doesn't apply to someone as brilliant as moi."

You heard it here FIRST!
therealrevo.com
February 8, 2011

When I started talking about the "Popular Uprising" in Egypt being the work of Communists, some of them here in the good ole U.S.A. in fact, Chicago, Illinois and Washington D.C...

Does everybody here now understand how President Obama, a man known for is procrastination in making big decisions, was so lightning quick in throwing Hosni Mubarek under the bus?

You Knew It Was Coming...First Vaccine Announced For Autism
fracturedparadigm.com
April 26, 2013

A first-ever vaccine created by University of Guelph researchers to control autistic symptoms is here. The medical propaganda matrix has once again come full circle with their patented problem-reaction-solution.

Although there is no study which directly links vaccines as the cause of autism, there have been hundreds of others with correlations. Even if scientists are dismissive on the causation front, why do they continue to explore methods which are misinformed, misguided and completely ineffective? Constipation and diarrhea are common in autistic patients. So what's the solution? A vaccine of course.

You May Have 'Nothing to Hide' But You Still Have Something to Fear
aclu.org
by Alex Abdo
August 2, 2013

In the wake of recent news that the NSA is spying on Americans, I have been particularly struck by the argument that "if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear."

At first blush, this argument might seem sound - after all, if the government is merely conducting anti-terrorism surveillance, non-terrorists shouldn't be affected, right? But if you look more closely, you'll see this idea is full of holes. The "nothing to hide" argument mistakenly suggests that privacy is something only criminals desire. In fact, we choose to do many things in private - sing in the shower, make love, confide in family and friends - even though they are not wrong or illegal. Who would not be embarrassed if all of their most intimate details were exposed?

You only click twice
F-Secure Weblog
by Mikko
March 13, 2013

Once again, The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto delivers impressive research into surveillance done with trojans and backdoors. They have today released a report called You Only Click Twice: FinFisher's Global Proliferation

You Think GMO Is Scary? Nano Tech is Here, In Your Store
worldtruth.tv
September 19, 2012

Nanotechnology is measured in billionths of a meter, encompassing all aspects of life from food to medicine, clothing, to space. Imagine hundreds of microcomputers on the width of a strand of hair programmed for specific tasks....in your body. Sound good?

Engineering at a molecular level may be a future corporations' dream come true, however, nano-particles inside your body have few long-term studies especially when linked to health issues. Despite this new huge income-generating field there is a growing body of toxicological information suggesting that nanotechnology when consumed can cause brain damage (as shown in largemouth bass), and therefore should undergo a full safety assessment. It is possible for nano-particles to slip through the skin, suggestive of a potential unnatural interaction with the immune system, or when micro particles enter the blood-stream. Some sunscreens on the shelf today, for instance, have nano-particles that might be able to penetrate the skin, move between organs, with unknown health effects. Nano-particles in cosmetics have few regulations done by FDA. Regulators are proposing that food companies that want to use tiny engineered particles in their packaging may have to provide extra testing data to show the products are safe.

You Think Thomas Jefferson Embraced the Koran? Think Again!
blogsensebybarb.wordpress.com
by Gerard W. Gawalt
February 24, 2012

The ruthless, supremely committed element of radical Islam we face today are not new to the United States of America.

More than two hundred years ago the newly established United States faced Muslim pirates that were the scourge of the Mediterranean Sea and a significant area of the North Atlantic. Their practice was to attack any and every ship and ransom the captives. Pirate ships and crews from the North African states of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers (the Barbary Coast) became the extortionists of the seas and presented a radically different threat to the young American nation.

You Used to Need Five States to Be Officially Put in Nomination for President at RNC. Ron Paul Gets Six. Rule Change! Now You Need Eight!
reason.com
by Brian Doherty
August 28, 2012

Remember all that brouhaha over Ron Paul needing five states to nominate him, according to the old "Rule 40"?

Well, today six states (or entities with delegations) tried to nominate him--Nevada, Iowa, Oregon, Minnesota, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. What happened then? A rule change was adopted saying you need eight. Sorry Ron!

     

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