Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

(Phys.org) They know how you browse the internet, your favorite TV shows and where you shop and travel.

Data collected by internet and media companies is a powerful tool, and the big mergers planned by AT&T with Time Warner and Verizon with Yahoo offer those firms more data that can be used to target consumers with content and advertising.

Privacy advocates say the prospect of firms using all that online and offline data without safeguards could be alarming.

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Just 4 in 10 confident vote will be counted accurately

(Washington Examiner) More and more Americans are agreeing with Donald Trump's warning about a "rigged election," with just four in 10 having a great deal of confidence that their vote will be counted accurately.

In a new survey released Tuesday with the Brookings Institution, the PRRI 2016 American Values Survey found that just 43 percent have faith in their vote.

Some elections experts have raised questions about the accuracy of computerized voting systems. One told Secrets that manipulating the total vote count in states is "child's play."

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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 / 0 comments / Read More

China's Xiongmai to recall up to 10,000 webcams after U.S. hack

(Reuters) A recall of webcams linked to a major cyber attack in the United States last week will involve up to 10,000 of the compromised devices, Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co told Reuters on Tuesday.

Xiongmai said it would recall some surveillance cameras sold in the U.S. on Monday after security researchers identified they had been targeted in the attack, which rendered Twitter, Spotify and dozens of other major websites unavailable.

Friday's cyber attack alarmed security experts because it represented a new type of threat rooted in the proliferation of simple devices such as webcams which often lack proper security.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

VIDEO: ‘I wouldn’t vote for Clinton if you paid me’: Nigel Farage at Trump rally

(RT) Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage has traveled to the US state of Mississippi to share his recipe for success at a Donald Trump rally. Farage didn’t mention Trump by name in his remarks, but did deal a verbal whack to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Soros hacked, thousands of Open Society Foundations files released online

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(RT) More than 2,500 files from the raft of organizations run by billionaire George Soros have been leaked by hackers.

Saturday’s leak, published by DC leaks, includes hundreds of internal documents from multiple departments of Soros’ groups, predominantly the Open Society Foundations.

The files are grouped into sections such as geographical region, the World Bank and the President’s Office, and cover the period from 2008 up until 2016, according to The Daily Caller.

They reveal work plans, strategies, priorities and other activities by Soros, and include reports on European elections, migration and asylum in Europe.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Brazil's Senate indicts Rousseff, opens impeachment trial

(Reuters) Brazil's Senate voted early on Wednesday to indict President Dilma Rousseff on charges of breaking budget laws and put her on trial in an impeachment process that has stalled Brazilian politics since January.

With the eyes of the world on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, senators in the capital Brasilia voted 59-21 against the suspended leftist leader in a raucous, 20-hour session presided over by Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski.

A conviction would definitively remove Rousseff from office, ending 13 years of leftist rule by her Workers Party, and confirm that interim President Michel Temer will serve out the rest of her term through 2018.

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Shock: Americans’ Wages Dropping Fast in 2016

(Breitbart) Federal data released Aug. 9 shows that Americans’ wages are dropping again, seven years after President Barack Obama declared the economy had recovered from the property-bubble — and three months before the 2016 election.

The dramatic drop was buried in an Aug. 9 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which said that officials have radically revised their prior claim that wages grew 4.2 percent in the first quarter, from January to March.

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Fertility Rates Drop to Lowest Level Measured in the US, Says the CDC

(ABC News) Fertility rates in America –- the number of babies born per woman between ages of 15 and 44 -– are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings are based on population data from the CDC that is released every quarter and tracks birth and fertility statistics dating back to 1909. This does not indicate there are more infertile women; rather it means that fewer babies are being born to women of likely childbearing age in the U.S. Measuring the fertility rate is viewed as a more accurate data compared to overall birthrate which measures the rate of babies born compared to the total U.S. population.

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VIDEO: Julian Assange suggests that Seth Rich was a Wikileaks informant

(Nieuwsuur) Julian Assange seems to suggest on Dutch television program Nieuwsuur that Seth Rich was the source for the Wikileaks-exposed DNC emails and was murdered.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Trump flops with Silicon Valley donors; Clinton falls short, too

(Reuters) When Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman announced last week that she wouldn't vote for her party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump, she pledged to raise money for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, and to urge like-minded Republicans to follow suit.

She won’t have to talk her fellow tech industry conservatives into spurning Trump: They already have. His campaign has pulled in less than 6 percent of what Republican nominee Mitt Romney had raised from tech donors by this point in the 2012 race.

But raising money for Clinton may prove difficult. While the Democrat has raised 25 times more than Trump from tech donors so far, she has drawn less than half of what President Barack Obama had raised from tech employees by this point four years ago, and less than Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the Democratic primary, collected before he left the race.

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New images suggest China has built reinforced hangars on disputed islands

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(Reuters) Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, according to a Washington-based think tank.

Pictures taken in late July show the hangars constructed on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly islands, have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

"Except for a brief visit by a military transport plane to Fiery Cross Reef earlier this year, there is no evidence that Beijing has deployed military aircraft to these outposts. But the rapid construction of reinforced hangars at all three features indicates that this is likely to change," CSIS said in a report.

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New Clinton email fight: Bill Clinton's schedules

(Politico) Republicans have opened a new front in the sprawling legal war over the release of State Department emails: a battle to open up thousands of pages of schedules for former President Bill Clinton.

But the clock is ticking down on the GOP's hopes to use the trove of details on Clinton's post-presidency against his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, before the November election.

The records turned up recently in response to a broad-ranging Republican National Committee Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for all emails between various aides to Hillary Clinton during her four-year tenure as secretary of state and certain private Web domains used by the Clintons, the Clinton Foundation and related organizations.

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Google employees have enjoyed revolving door during Obama administration

(Watchdog.org)More than 250 people have moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa since President Barack Obama took office.

The Google Transparency Project, the work of Campaign for Accountability, poured over reams of data to find 258 instances of “revolving door activity” between Google or its associated companies and the federal government, national political campaigns and Congress since 2009. Much of that revolving door activity took place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where 22 former White House officials went to work for Google and 31 executives from Google and related firms went to work at the White House or were appointed to federal advisory boards by Obama.

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Ecuador warned to end Assange asylum by ex-foreign minister after DNC leak

(RT) Ecuador is being urged to end its asylum of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by one of its most prominent diplomats, following the recent leak of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.

José Ayala Lasso, a three-time foreign minister and the first UN Human Rights Commissioner, made the claims in El Comerico.

He insists that allowing Assange to “influence political activities” with the release of 20,000 DNC emails, which the former diplomat claims was done with “technical support from Russia”, is detrimental to the South American country’s image.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

VIDEO: Super-rare ball lightning moving across Siberian field

(RT) A unique video of a giant fireball moving across a Siberian field was caught on mobile phone camera by Roman Tregubov in July while he was staying in countryside just outside Novosibirsk.
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Green Party candidate Jill Stein promises to label GMOs if elected president

(NaturalNews) A growing number of Americans are feeling discomforted by the lack of choices for president, increasing the appeal of third party candidates. Bernie Sanders supporters, in particular, are feeling the burn after the purported anti-establishment nominee endorsed establishment queen Hillary Clinton. As a result, progressives are shifting their focus (and support) to alternatives such as Green Party Candidate Jill Stein.

Born in Chicago and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973 before obtaining a degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979. As a practicing physician, Stein began noticing the effects persistent toxin exposure has on public health, leading her to become somewhat of a natural health advocate.

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In Turkey, worried artists ponder an uncertain future

(AFP) Just a few years ago, Istanbul was one of the world's creative capitals, a buzzing hive where visual artists, writers and filmmakers mingled.

Today, the so-called Pearl of the Bosphorus has lost some of its artistic lustre.

A string of terror attacks, a tightening clamp on freedom of expression, an attempted military coup and a perception of rising social intolerance has seen the freewheeling mood replaced by a sense of fear and increasing isolation.

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This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

(Bloomberg) Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.

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VIDEO: Massive finback whale surfces inches from tourist boat

(Euronews) A French tourist visiting Canada for the first time with his family filmed a dramatic close encounter with a massive finback whale on Sunday, July 31.

He posted video of the encounter after a whale-watching trip near Tadoussac, Quebec.

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Terrorists behind Paris & Brussels attacks got over €50K in welfare - report

(RT) At least five terrorists involved in the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks were receiving welfare benefits from the state, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing local authorities.
Belgian financial investigators looking into the terrorist attacks found that Salah Abdeslam, charged with taking part in the Paris assaults, had collected €19,000 ($21,000) in welfare payments, which were stopped just a few weeks before the attacks were carried out in the French capital in November, WSJ reports. 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

SNOWDEN - Oliver Stone "Turn Off Your Phone" PSA

(VIDEO) Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

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VIDEO: Crowd Cheers as Clinton Calls To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class'

(Youtube) Hillary Clinton tells supporters and paid attendees that she will raise taxes on the "middle class" during a campaign event in Omaha, Nebraska.

She is joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffet.
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Princeton Study Exposes Weird New Ways Sites Are Spying on You

(NBC News) Stop "clearing your cookies."

The classic advice for protecting yourself from internet tracking doesn't work very well against the newest breed of sophisticated snoopers who are spying on you using everything from your iPhone's battery status level to the kinds of fonts installed on your browser, Princeton researchers say in a massive new analysis of 1 million web sites, the largest of its kind.

The "trackers" find out what kind of person you are, and then serve you targeted ads. If you visit those sites, data about you is gathered up and resold to other marketers. You read the news for free (sometimes) and someone gets paid to write it, and funny cat picture sites get their server costs covered.

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Federal Judge Rips Uber Apart Over Dirt-Digging Investigation

(Intercept) In December of last year, Yale environmental researcher Spencer Meyer filed suit against Uber, alleging price fixing by Uber’s drivers and founder in violation of federal antitrust law. Hardly the first person to accuse Uber of corporate malfeasance, Meyer nonetheless became the target of private investigators, working for a security company hired by Uber, who attempted to dig up derogatory information — an act the district judge hearing the case, Jed Rakoff, has now, in a 31-page order, called “blatantly fraudulent and arguably criminal.”

Emails turned over by Uber on the judge’s instructions and summarized in the order show that on the day Meyer filed suit, Uber counsel Salle Yoo contacted the company’s chief security officer, asking, “Could we find out a little more about this plaintiff?”

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“The Two-Party System Is the Worst Case Scenario” — An Interview With Jill Stein

(Intercept) As the Democratic convention in Philadelphia progressed, and hopes of a revolution on the floor quickly faded for the thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters, support for another figure began to emerge on the streets: Green Party candidate Jill Stein. By the end of the week, “Vote Jill” signs were everywhere in the city, her name often scribbled directly over old Sanders posters and T-shirts.

Bernie’s revolution had taken an unexpected turn, and as more protesters and delegates called for a “Demexit,” talk of a third-party option suddenly gained ground at a major party convention. On Thursday, as Clinton prepared to accept her party’s nomination, The Intercept spoke with Stein at an improvised South Philly campaign headquarters.

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VIDEO: China's futuristic bus that drives above car traffic is finally here

(RT) Chinese engineers have made every city-dweller’s dream come true, building an elevated bus that can drive above car traffic. The straddling Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) went on its first road test on Tuesday in Qinhuangdao City. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7lhb
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Contamination Between GM and Non-GM Crops, Exposes Failure of Policy

(Global Research) A recent study by USDA scientists shows that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa has gone wild, in a big way, in alfalfa-growing parts of the West. This feral GE alfalfa may help explain a number of transgenic contamination episodes over the past few years that have cost American alfalfa growers and exporters millions of dollars in lost revenue. And it also exposes the failure of USDA’s “coexistence” policy for GE and traditional crops.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has long maintained that genetically engineered (GE) crops can co-exist with traditional and organic agriculture. According to this “co-existence” narrative, if neighboring GE and traditional farmers just sort things out among themselves and follow “best management practices,” transgenes will be confined to GE crops and the fields where they are planted.

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China puts $30M into weather modification program, seeding clouds to create rainfall

(NaturalNews) China's Ministry of Finance recently announced that it has allocated 199 million yuan ($29.8 million) to be spent on cloud seeding weather modification projects being implemented throughout the country.

The Chinese government is hoping that the cloud seeding operations will ease drought conditions and lessen the impact of weather-related disasters, which claim hundreds of lives each year.

Cloud seeding technology was developed in the United States during the late 1940s, and involves the use of chemicals, such as silver iodide crystals, which are dispersed in the air to create rainfall.

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Jeep hackers at it again, this time taking control of steering and braking systems

(The Verge) A pair of hackers have compromised their Jeep Cherokee, fooling the car into doing dangerous things like turning the steering wheel or activating the parking brake at highway speeds. It’s the same pair that hacked their Jeep remotely last year. But, because this version of the hack requires physical access to the car — in this case, through a laptop connected to the OBD II engine diagnostic port — it may not be quite as scary, except for the fact that they’re controlling way more vehicle systems.

A year ago, the two cybersecurity researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, remotely compromised a Jeep Cherokee.

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Chicago: ‘Deadliest July in 10 Years’ for Gun Control Haven

(Breitbart) July 2016 was the “deadliest July in 10 years” for heavily gun-controlled Chicago: Sixty-five individuals were shot and killed.

Moreover, according to the Chicago Tribune, such death figures do not set a new record — they simply tie a record set in 2006, when 65 individuals were killed in the month of July. This brings Chicago’s homicide total to “nearly 400” for the first seven months of 2016 alone. The number of homicides for the whole year of 2015 was 490.

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