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Fukushima report declassified: Worse than we were told
RT
December 11, 2015

Fukushima nuclear power plant is still experiencing major contamination issues nearly five years after the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent meltdown.

Cesium has been linked to thyroid cancer, which is on the increase in the Fukushima area since the tsunami, according to the US National Library of Medicine. The chemical is highly soluble in water and can find its way into foodstuffs that have been prepared in contaminated areas. Anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott said during the crisis that if unit four collapsed, she was going to move her family from Boston to the southern hemisphere. (You must watch her video.)

Disney threatens, then rescinds, legal action over Star Wars photo
RT
December 11, 2015

Two Star Wars superfans received a slew of takedown notices via Facebook and Twitter earlier this week after posting a photo of one of the franchise's new action figures online.

The film, coming out next week, is big business for Disney, so lawyers have been working overtime to protect intellectual property rights. Star Wars enthusiasts and podcast producers Justin Kozisek and Marjorie Carvalho legally purchased Rey, a new female character, for less than $10 in an Iowa Walmart.

Where there's smoke
tsln.com
December 6, 2015

The story could be the plot for a western-style soap opera. The latest scene involved two ranchers being sentenced to five years in federal prison for inadvertently burning about 140 acres of Bureau of Land Management rangeland in two separate fires.

Dwight Hammond, 73 and son Steven Hamond, 46, admitted in a 2012 court case to lighting two different fires. Both fires started on Hammonds' private property. The Harney County ranchers are paying the BLM $400,000 for the costs of fighting fires the BLM claims they set. "The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area," said a Department of Justice news release.

'Most Used Words' Facebook app is a 'privacy nightmare'
kdvr.com
November 24, 2015

Are you one of 17 million Facebook users using the "Most Used Words" wordcloud the Facebook app? If so, you might want to delete the app as soon as possible.

According to Comparitech, a tech comparison and review website, the popular app is a "privacy nightmare." The app reportedly scans all posts in 2015 and is "harvesting a tranche" of personal information. Comparitech said app users must elect to "give up almost every private detail" about themselves to use the app.

Why wireless technology is dangerous 
naturalhealth365.com
November 22, 2015

Most people remain clueless about the real dangers of wireless technology.  Discover what the health experts are saying and how to protect yourself.

Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation or microwave radiation at the rate of billions of cycles per second. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies point to the link between these exposures and a long list of adverse biological health effects and very serious diseases, including brain tumors, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

CIA Officer Clair Lopez: Obama is a Muslim Terrorist with Brotherhood Ties to Take Down USA
reagancoalition.com
November 15, 2015

Clare Lopez is a former CIA officer, and she is risking her professional career to call out President Barack Obama in the biggest way possible.

opez is well respected in the intelligence community and worked in the Reagan White House. After two decades in the field with the CIA, and as an instructor for special forces and intelligence students, Lopez is now with the Center for Security Policy managing the counter-jihad and Shariah programs. Now, she is claiming Obama is why America has completely "switched sides" during the war on terrorism. America is now supporting the enemy, especially through the Muslim Brotherhood.

Fukushima and the Dumping of Radioactive Materials into the Ocean. Enormity and Scale of this Unspoken Global Crisis
globalresearch.ca
November 7, 2015

It came as no surprise, to those following the ongoing nuclear melt-downs at Fukushima, and the continuation of pouring seawater to cool the Corium masses, the T.E.P.C.O would "simply run out of room" for the highly radioactive waste water.

TEPCO has no choice but to pour the cooling water straight back into the Pacific Ocean from whence it came, after assurances that this practice was never going to happen. The implications and ramifications for the Pacific ocean, and food chains around the world, is a fact and an eventuality, no longer a possibility. As this is a first time Global crisis phenomenon, there is no data, no science and no research to lead us on with a solution, nor guide us with any protective measures as to the ongoing crisis. TEPCO released the following information on sheer volume of the highly toxic, deadly radiocative releases going on, on a daily basis from Fukushima.

Homeowner Goes Away For 8 Months, Returns To Find Town Has Demolished His House
consumerist.com
November 3, 2015

When you leave home for an extended period, you probably lock the doors up tight, maybe turn on an alarm, and expect that the house will still be standing upon your return. Which is why one Long Island homeowner was shocked.

The 69-year-old man was in Florida for several months to recover from knee surgery, and discovered that while he'd been gone, the town had demolished his 1,570-foot house valued at around $423,072, reports CBS New York. He's suing, after spending two months in a motel, claiming all his furniture, jewelry and other possessions had vanished along with the house.

Intel Security Bulletin: SIEM ESM, ESMREC, and ESMLM updates fix authentication bypass vulnerability
kc.mcafee.com
October 19, 2015

A specially crafted username can bypass SIEM ESM authentication (password is not validated) if the ESM is configured to use Active Directory or LDAP authentication sources. This can result in the attacker gaining NGCP (master user) access to the ESM.

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), Enterprise Security Manager/Log Manager (ESMLM), and Enterprise Security Manager/Receiver (ESMREC) 9.3.x before 9.3.2MR19, 9.4.x before 9.4.2MR9, and 9.5.x before 9.5.0MR8, when configured to use Active Directory or LDAP authentication sources, allow remote attackers to bypass authentication by logging in with the username "NGCP|NGCP|NGCP;" and any password.

Barrasso: The Costs Of Regulations Are Real
myMotherLode.com
October 6, 2015

Two years ago, the Johnsons wanted to build a small pond in their front yard. They got their plan approved by the state, and used the pond to provide water for their animals. They thought it was a beautiful addition to the dry landscape.

The Obama administration is seizing new authority to control what it calls Waters of the United States. This includes things like irrigation ditches, isolated ponds - even low points in the landscape where water might collect after a heavy rain. The consequences of this new federal authority will be severe.

     

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