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Whistleblower suit results in $3.6M settlement with N.J. medical facility
legalnewsline.com
June 1, 2015

A New Jersey medical facility will pay $3.6 million to settlement a federal lawsuit over allegations that it billed for tests that weren't medically necessary, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman recently said.

Garden State Cardiovascular Specialists P.C., which operated several facilities in the sate under the name NJ MedCare and NJ Heart, allegedly sent in Medicare claims for certain cardiology diagnostic tests and procedures, external counterpulsation and cardiac catheterizations, which weren't necessary for the patients, Fishman said. The company's principals, Jasjit Walia and Preet Randhawa were also named in the lawsuit.

6.8 earthquake strikes off Alaska's southwest coast - USGS
RT
May 30, 2015

The US Geological Survey says there has been a 6.8 magnitude off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday. The epicenter is 110km south-southeast of Ugashik with the center estimated at 33km deep.

Senate blocks Patriot Act extension
rare.us
May 24, 2015

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.

The White House has pressured the Senate to back the House bill, which would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review. The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to move ahead.

Parents Get $800,000 Settlement After Police Kidnapped Their Children Without a Warrant
countercurrentnews.com
May 22, 2015

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently settled a suit filed by parents of two children who Sheriff's deputies kidnapped with no warrant. The

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently settled a suit filed by parents of two children who Sheriff's deputies kidnapped with no warrant. The settlement reached a mutually-agreed upon $800,000 to be paid to the parents in question, who said their civil rights had been violated. The lawsuit claimed that the children were wrongfully removed from their San Gabriel Valley home, some four years ago. The police had no warrant to take the children, but they were nevertheless kept by the state for four months.

New Australian law allows forced vaccinations, quarantine or jail to 'prevent the spread of disease'
tottnews.com
May 14, 2015

Individuals suspected of having a serious contagious disease could face five years in prison if they defy orders to stay at home - including forced vaccinations, searches without a warrant - according to new legislation passed into Australian law.

The Biosecurity Bill 2014 cleared parliament yesterday, and is aimed at 'preventing' the spread of diseases, such as Ebola, in human populations and agriculture, despite having no confirmed cases of the outbreak in Australia. The government expects the human control orders to be 'seldom used', but believes they are important to manage serious communicable diseases, especially in light of the recent Ebola epidemic.

Secret 'BADASS' Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones
firstlook.org
January 26, 2015

British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies.

The document, included in a trove of Snowden material released by Der Spiegel on January 17, outlines a secret program run by the intelligence agencies called BADASS. The German newsweekly did not write about the BADASS document, attaching it to a broader article on cyberwarfare. According to The Intercept's analysis of the document, intelligence agents applied BADASS software filters to streams of intercepted internet traffic, plucking from that traffic unencrypted uploads from smartphones to servers run by advertising and analytics companies.

Crisis governance covers collapsing currency
Personal Liberty Alerts
November 2, 2014

The world is bound up in a paper money/credit explosion that can only end badly. What it really means is impoverishment for millions of people, most of whom are totally oblivious to the roaring undercurrent.

There is little wisdom in announcing an economic crash after the fact. Yet some people get upset that I continue with ongoing warnings of a coming financial "pandemic." Seeing the probabilities before they happen is the only prediction that is worthwhile. Afterwards is merely reporting the obvious.

GMO salmon's future in question after producer fined over violations
RT
November 1, 2014

Panama fined a US biotechnology company's local facility that "repeatedly violated" the nation's permitting and regulatory laws as it worked to develop the world's first genetically-modified salmon. The 2012 infractions were first made public on Tuesday.

AquaBounty Technologies, a company licensed by the US government to foster what could be the world's first genetically-modified (GM) meat, is carrying out GM-salmon research in Panama. Neither Panama nor the US has given clearance to sell GM salmon, but, if regulators approve its application, AquaBounty may become the first to sell GM meat in the US. "AquaBounty is really out front on this - the current case will set an important precedent," Dana Perls, a food and technology campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency. "From what we know, there are about 35 other genetically modified species in the development pipelines in other companies. So depending on what happens in this case, we'll likely either see a flow of other permits or this will demonstrate that there isn't room on the market for GM meat or seafood."

Satellite Spots Something 'Immense' From Space That Had Gone Undetected for Years
theblaze.com
October 10, 2014

For years, the country has had an "immense" methane leak that wasn't spotted in the southwestern U.S. until researchers were evaluating satellite data.

That result hints that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might underestimate leaks of methane, or natural gas, significantly. A satellite image of atmospheric methane concentrations over the continental U.S. shows a bright red hot spot over the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. The image used data from 2003 to 2009.

FDA Targets Essentials Oils: Sees EOs as Threat to New Ebola Drugs?
healthimpactnews.com
October 4, 2014

The FDA issued warning letters this week to the two largest distributors of essentials oils in the United Sates, Young Living and dōTERRA. The FDA is claiming that their products are being marketed as unapproved drugs.

According to the FDA, these promotions - especially ones related to Ebola - are inaccurate but not unexpected. "Oftentimes with public health incidences, like Ebola or even during H1n1, we see products that are marketed, often online, that claim to treat or cure the disease...without FDA approval," FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said in an interview, adding that "these sorts of things pop up" in almost any public health crisis.

     

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