Friday, June 02, 2017

Monsanto Caught Warning EPA About Activists


(Alternet) Recent increasing news is revealing to the mainstream public that Monsanto was covering up the carcinogenic effects of its best selling glyphosate based herbicides such as Roundup.

Congressman Ted Lieu has called for a congressional hearing on glyphosate and the possible collusion.

Growing evidence is exposing the cozy and corrupt relationship between the chemical company and the EPA which is supposed to be regulating their products.

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Google faces hefty EU fine in shopping case by August

(Reuters) EU antitrust regulators aim to slap a hefty fine on Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google over its shopping service before the summer break in August, two people familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for two other cases involving the U.S. company.

The European Commission's decision will come after a seven-year investigation into the world's most popular internet search engine triggered by scores of complaints from both U.S. and European rivals.


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Justice Department Sued for Records on FBI Training of Best Buy Geek Squad Spies


(The Wrap) The Justice Department was sued Wednesday by a privacy group seeking information on the FBI recruitment of Best Buy employees to search consumer computers for child pornography during repairs — a practice that came to light in court documents in a recent case in Santa Ana, California.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Justice Department, demanding access to records about any FBI training and payment to Geek Squad workers to search customer computers without a court warrant.

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Nest security camera knows who's home with Google face tech


(AP) Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a high-resolution home-security camera, offering a glimpse of a future in which increasingly intelligent, internet-connected computers can see and understand what's going on in people's homes.

The Nest Cam IQ, unveiled Wednesday, will be Nest's first device to draw upon the same human-like skills that Google has been programming into its computers - for instance, to identify people in images via its widely used photo app. Facebook deploys similar technology to automatically recognize and recommend tags of people in photos posted on its social network.

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Despite Trump, cleaner energy growth expected to carry on


(AP) President Donald Trump may abandon U.S. pledges to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but that step seems unlikely to stall the push to adopt cleaner forms of energy.

Around the world, coal-fired power plants are being shuttered as governments and private companies invest billions in wind turbines and solar farms.

Even in regions of the U.S. where coal is plentiful, electric utilities are increasingly shifting to cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas. In the absence of federal action to address climate change, some left-leaning states such as California and New York are moving ahead with ambitious clean-energy policies of their own.

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UK's Farage 'person of interest' in Trump-Russia investigation: Guardian

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(Reuters) Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage is a "person of interest" in the U.S. investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the Guardian reported on Thursday citing unidentified sources.

The London-based newspaper said Farage had not been accused of wrongdoing and was not a suspect or target of the U.S. investigation. But it said he was "right in the middle" of the relationships being looked at.

The newspaper said the former leader of the UK Independence Party had "raised the interest" of FBI investigators due to his connections with Trump and Julian Assange's Wikileaks, which published leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee during the campaign.


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

VIDEO: DEA misled Congress about deadly 2012 attacks in Honduras


(RT) An investigation has found that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration repeatedly lied to Congress about a series of fatal incidents in Honduras in 2012, including the shooting of four civilians in the central American country.

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VIDEO: Spicer Condemns Kabul Attack, Defends 'Covfefe'


(AP) President Donald Trump has spoken with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani about the massive truck bomb that killed nearly 100 people in Kabul. Spokesman Sean Spicer says the call occurred Wednesday afternoon. (May 31)

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Oakland council pays nearly $1mn to 19yo woman over police sex assault scandal

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(RT) Jasmine Abuslin will receive close to $1 million from the city of Oakland after claiming multiple cops sexually assaulted her, including when she was underage. The 19-year-old may file similar claims against several other Bay Area police departments.

Abuslin’s $989,000 settlement from the city of Oakland, California, came after a Tuesday night meeting of the city council stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday, as council members voted in favor of the amount 7-to-1 at 2am, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The settlement occurred with no admission of liability, but obviously, if you pay $1 million, you figure you got some responsibility,” Abuslin’s attorney, John Burris, said in a statement.

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Secretive Bilderberg Group to talk Russia, Trump & ‘war on information’


(RT) Many of the world's most powerful people are gathering for the annual meeting of the mysterious Bilderberg Group this week. Russia, the Trump administration and ‘The war on information’ are among key topics up for discussion.

This year’s gathering takes place in Chantilly, Virginia, less than 30 miles from the White House, and goings on in the Oval Office are top of the agenda for the 131 people who’ve confirmed they’re attending.

Many top White House figures will be at the four-day event, including the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, National Security Advisor HR McMaster and Assistant to the President Christopher Liddell.

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Diners Are Finding $13 Burgers Hard to Swallow


(WSJ) The once-humble hamburger has gotten too fancy for its own good.

As the number of outlets serving “better” burgers—featuring nontraditional toppings and artisan buns—skyrocketed over the past decade, so has the average burger tab, turning some customers off.

Brian Cockerline, a 20-year-old Rutgers University student, used to go to Five Guys for a burger once a week in South Plainfield, N.J. With fries and a drink, his tab was around $13. Now, he is cooking burgers at home instead.

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Tax burdens prompt more Americans to ditch their citizenship


(CNBC) Americans abroad have just about had it with Uncle Sam's tax filing requirements.

Those were the findings from a recent survey of more than 2,100 U.S. expatriates, according to Greenback Expat Tax Services, which specializes in working with American taxpayers residing overseas.

Just over 4 in 10 respondents said that while they aren't planning to renounce their U.S. citizenship, they wouldn't rule it out, and 19 percent said they're seriously considering it.


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Per Capita Taxes Have More Than Doubled Since JFK


(CNSNews) Real federal taxes per capita have more than doubled since John F. Kennedy served as president — and argued for lower taxes.

In 1961, the fiscal year Kennedy was elected, the federal government collected about $94.388 billion in taxes, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The population that year was about 183,691,481, according to the Census Bureau. That meant federal tax revenues equaled about $514 per capita — or $4,121 in 2016 dollars.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Trump ‘evolving’ on climate action, pressured by Europeans


(AP) Forceful face-to-face talks this week with fellow world leaders left President Donald Trump “more knowledgeable” and with “evolving” views about the global climate accord he’s threatened to abandon, a top White House official said Friday. Trump also was impressed by their arguments about how crucial U.S. leadership is in supporting international efforts.

The president’s new apparent openness to staying in the landmark Paris climate pact came amid a determined pressure campaign by European leaders. During Friday’s gathering of the Group of 7 wealthy democracies — as well as at earlier stops on Trump’s first international trip — leaders have implored him to stick with the 2015 accord aimed at reducing carbon emissions and slowing potentially disastrous global warming.

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