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  • StingRay surveillance prompts Baltimore attorneys to review nearly 2,000 cases

    08/29/2015 8:58:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    Attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing hundreds of convictions after an investigation revealed that police there have secretly used cell phone surveillance tools in nearly 2,000 criminal cases. Following a report in USA Today that exposed the extent of the Baltimore Police Department’s use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the city’s public defender office now tell the paper they plan to ask the court to toss out “a large number” of convictions.
  • New South Wales to create Ministry of Truth

    08/03/2015 7:32:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/4/15 | Simon Sharwood
    Whole-of-government data analytics centre will fight crime and expanding waistlines The Australian State of New South Wales has created a whole-of-government data analytics centre.Innovation and better regulation minister Victor Dominello announced the centre yesterday, proclaiming that “Data is one of the greatest assets held by government, but when it’s buried away in bureaucracy it is of little value.” “Whether it’s tackling crime, combatting obesity or addressing housing affordability, we cannot hope to develop solutions to the long-term challenges that our state faces without an effective whole-of-government data sharing platform,” he added.A “specialist government steering committee” is figuring out just what...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

    08/02/2015 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    BGR ^ | 07/31//15 | Zach Epstein
    Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop. But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.
  • DNC Chair STILL Can’t Tell Difference Between Democratic Party and Socialism (VIDEO)

    08/02/2015 3:37:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/02/15 | Jim Hoft
    Things got very awkward on Thursday when Chris Matthews asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz what the difference was between the modern Democratic Party and Socialism. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was completely stumped. She couldn’t answer the question. We haven’t seen that dazed look since Rachel Dolezal was busted as a fraud. Because, as we all know, there is no difference between today’s Democrat Party and radical Socialism. On Sunday DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was again asked to explain the difference between the modern day Democratic Party and Socialism. Again She failed. “You know Chuck it is always fun to...
  • The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

    08/02/2015 2:06:44 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 51 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden!
    From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
  • Sarah Palin On De Tocqueville's 210th Birthday

    08/02/2015 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 15 replies
    Facebook ^ | August 1, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    This past week was Alexis de Tocqueville’s 210th birthday. This brilliant Frenchman’s insight into our national character still rings true nearly two centuries after he wrote his famous book “Democracy in America.” Ever insightful and prophetic, Tocqueville understood the dangers of big government. He feared that over time big government would strangle the free will of citizens, diminishing our capacity to think and act for ourselves and reducing us to “a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.” But he offered solutions! "He hoped that those having read his prescient book would come to...
  • ...How the smartest computer on earth could shake up health care for 70m pharmacy customers

    07/30/2015 2:35:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 30 at 4:32 PM | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    The artificial intelligence system known as Watson is going to supercompute your health. IBM and CVS announced on Thursday that they will work together to come up with algorithms that use physiological indicators and red-flag behaviors to predict whose health is fine and whose may be on the decline. The first stage of the deal will focus on patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, but after that the sky's the limit. Here's why the deal is poised to shake up the way you think about health care. CVS has 7,600 retail stores, about 1,000 walk-in medical...
  • Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    07/30/2015 1:48:23 PM PDT · by steve86 · 41 replies
    TNW News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mic Wright
    ... Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a whole host of data sharing: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your...
  • Video: Pinellas man told barbecue smoke can’t leave backyard [NOT in Montgomery Co. MD BTW]

    07/28/2015 2:36:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    A video of a Pinellas County man being told by an inspector that his barbecue smoke cannot leave his property has been viewed more than 4 million times on Facebook. Scotty Jordan, 38, posted the video (caution, it contains profanity) to his Facebook page on Wednesday and by Monday morning it had 4,091,474 views and 86,510 shares. “I didn’t expect it to go this far, but I always believe everything happens for a reason,” Jordan said about the video in a Facebook post early Monday. “God puts situations and life experiences in front of you. It’s up to you to...
  • Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database

    07/18/2015 2:19:05 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 179 replies
    A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.” Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites. This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already...
  • Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

    07/03/2015 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Springer
    Oregon launches program to tax drivers per mile Never autoplay videos David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him. "I've been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven't been paying my share," Hastings said. Now, Hastings will pay more thanks to OReGO -- the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. Oregon’s Department of Transportation has...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 10:16:17 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 24 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs
    When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told CNSNews.com: “We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”
  • Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications

    06/11/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 10, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown. After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.
  • You Commit Three Felonies a Day

    07/01/2015 6:02:51 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 27, 2009 | L. Gordon Crovitz
    Laws have become too vague and the concept of intent has disappeared. When we think about the pace of change in technology, it's usually to marvel at how computing power has become cheaper and faster or how many new digital ways we have to communicate. Unfortunately, this pace of change is increasingly clashing with some of the slower-moving parts of our culture. Technology moves so quickly we can barely keep up, and our legal system moves so slowly it can't keep up with itself. By design, the law is built up over time by court decisions, statutes and regulations. Sometimes...
  • Do your neighbors believe in global warming? New map has answer

    06/26/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Kelly House
    Multnomah County has the state's highest percentage of global warming believers, according to new figures from Yale University. According to the university's national climate change opinions map, 74 percent of residents believe global warming is happening, while 13 percent don't buy it. The newly released figures are based on a complex statistical analysis of public perceptions about climate change in every state, congressional district and county across the country. Washington, D.C. residents led the nation in climate change affirmation, with 81 percent of residents. Floridians' title as the nation's biggest climate change deniers. Curious what your neighbors think about global...
  • Dakota County(MN) to start collecting DNA from some charged with crime

    06/24/2015 8:00:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Fox 9 ^ | 6-24-15 | Ted Haller
    Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie will soon have his deputies obtaining DNA from people arrested and charged for certain violent crimes. This DNA collection will take place before they are convicted – a departure from current Minnesota law. In 2006, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled the practice of gathering DNA, without a warrant, from people charged but not convicted, was illegal. Two years ago, in 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled the practice was okay – at least in Maryland. In light of that ruling, Dakota County is betting that if their new procedure is challenged in court,...
  • Committee Grills DHS Official over EINSTEIN's Failure to Prevent OPM Attack

    06/24/2015 6:35:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 6/24/15
    Representatives on Wednesday pointedly asked a Department of Homeland Security official why the department's multibillion-dollar cyber traffic-monitoring system known as EINSTEIN failed to prevent intruders from breaching the Office of Personnel Management and extracting sensitive files on millions of federal employees. "There's been a lot of criticism...that EINSTEIN didn't work," said Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y. referring to the DHS cyber program that monitors government network traffic. In the case of the OPM breach, he asked witnesses at a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, "did Einstein actually do what it was created to do?" It depends on what version of EINSTEIN...
  • Face-tracking tech knows when you skip church services

    06/23/2015 9:16:53 PM PDT · by Altariel · 25 replies
    More than two dozen churches around the world have installed a facial-recognition system that monitors which members of the flock have actually shown up for the Sunday sermon. The system is called Churchix and was developed by Israeli software company, Face-six. It continually scans the religious center's CCTV feed and matches congregation members to a pre-existing database of their faces -- reportedly with 99 percent accuracy. Connected fingerprints with faces drawn on them More than two dozen churches around the world have installed a facial-recognition system that monitors which members of the flock have actually shown up for the Sunday...
  • Facebook's photo app will not be available in Europe

    06/20/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Facebook's photo-sharing app Moments will not be made available in Europe due to concerns about its use of facial recognition, it has been revealed. The app, which allows users to share mobile-phone photos with friends without posting them publicly, was launched in the US this week. The Irish data regulator said that users must be given a choice about whether they want it, with an opt-in. There is currently no timetable for such a feature, said Facebook. Richard Allen, Facebook's head of policy in Europe said: "We don't have an opt-in mechanism so it is turned off until we develop...
  • School lunch program scans student thumbprints for ‘tracking purposes’

    06/19/2015 8:09:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | June 19, 2015 | Kyle Olson
    A Pennsylvania school district is scanning students’ thumbprints, tracking all of their lunch purchases, and turning the data over to the federal government.
  • Download festival- Leicestershire Police defend facial recognition scans (scanning faces of 90,000)

    06/15/2015 2:56:00 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 15, 2015 | no byline
    A police force has defended scanning the faces of 90,000 festival-goers this weekend and checking them against a list of wanted criminals across Europe. Leicestershire Police, which used facial recognition technology on revellers at Download, said it had now destroyed the information it gathered. It was believed to be the first time the software had been used at an outdoor event in the UK... ...A cashless payment system was put in place for the first time in a bid to cut crime. Thousands of revellers braved the rain at Download, held at Donington Park, to see headliners Slipknot, Muse and...
  • California to tighten vaccine law despite outcry over parental rights

    06/11/2015 11:23:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The rash of tough pro-vaccine bills that infected state legislatures after the Disneyland measles outbreak has largely faded, and based on the uproar in California, it’s not hard to see why. The state capitol has been flooded off and on for months with parental-choice advocates drawing thousands for protests against Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate personal belief or religious exemptions and require all children without a medical exemption to be vaccinated before entering public school. And the outcry has only grown louder as the bill nears passage, spreading beyond the issue of vaccination safety and morphing into a full-blown...
  • Browser history: Obstruction of justice? Wiping Internet tracks is Obstruction

    06/10/2015 6:07:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 6-8-15 | Linsey Bald
    Can you be slapped with obstruction of justice for wiping clean your browser history? Yep, says the Feds. If you are in the habit of clearing your online tracks – as many do – a federal law on the books since 2002, meant to apply legal pressure on corporations under investigation, can be rolled out and used as leverage to charge individuals. Think Enron as the target, but Joe Internet user in the scope. Writes AOL.com: “Many Internet users delete their browser history and clear their cache and cookies without thinking twice about it… But the recent Boston Marathon bombing...
  • The iPhone will track how often you have sex

    06/10/2015 1:12:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 6/9/15
    When your iPhone updates to iOS 9 in the fall, you'll be able to track your reproductive health -- including how often you have sex and whether or not you used protection. As part of its upcoming iOS 9 release, Apple will launch a new set of HealthKit features that will let you log information about menstrual cycles and specific physical changes, such as basal body temperature, cervical mucus quality, and spotting. There will also be a way for people to track sexual activity in the pre-installed app. You can even input ovulation test results. Apple keeps that data private...
  • NSA said to increase monitoring of US 'Net traffic to catch hackers

    06/04/2015 6:49:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    IT World ^ | 6/4/2015 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. National Security Agency is reportedly intercepting Internet communications from U.S. residents without getting court-ordered warrants, in an effort to hunt down malicious hackers.The previously undisclosed NSA program monitors Internet traffic for data about cyberattacks originating outside the U.S., according to a New York Times article published Thursday and based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.President Barack Obama’s administration launched the NSA cybersecurity program without public notice or debate, according to the report.Two mid-2012 memos from the U.S. Department of Justice allowed the NSA to target Internet traffic, including traffic inside the U.S., without getting warrants, the...
  • Calif. Teacher Allegedly Told Kids to Take Selfies with Parents’ Sex Toys for Extra Credit

    06/04/2015 3:57:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | June 4, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    A teacher at Encinal High School in Alameda, Calif., allegedly told his tenth-grade students to find their parents’ sex toys and condoms and take selfies with them for extra credit. A local CBS affiliate reports that two of the students’ mothers, Kimberly Cobene and Evangeline Garcia, had heard about the assignment from a counselor at the school. “It was to go into your parents’ private drawers or whatever to seek out sexual toys or condoms, or anything of that nature and to take a selfie with it,” Cobene said. According to CBS, the school administration has tried to play off...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • DOJ COLLECTING YOUR ‘RIGHT-WING’ SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

    06/01/2015 8:31:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.1.15 | Emily Zanotti
    One of the primary contentions, yesterday evening, of Establishment Republicans and Democrats in defense of the NSA's massive data collection program, was that the program was not only free from abuse (something we know is not true), but that it's ultimately useful in targeting real threats to the American people; maybe not yesterday, maybe not today, but perhaps some day in the future it will ensnare an entire sleeper sell of Jihadists mid-phone call to Iran, giving an unsecured credit card number to their yellowcake suppliers. The data collection, you see, is done only on those whose backgrounds demand it....
  • NSA Domestic Surveillance Program 'Likely' to Expire Tonight, Former Counterterrorism Official Says

    05/31/2015 1:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Erin Dooley and Arlette Saenz
    Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act -- the controversial law that allows the NSA to collect Americans' phone records and secretly track suspected terrorists – will likely expire tonight, a former White House counterterrorism official told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week.""What I think will likely happen tonight is the law will expire," Richard Clarke said Sunday morning. "And then later in the week, the USA Freedom Act, which is essentially the same as the PATRIOT Act with the exception of the telephony metadata program, that act will pass and most of the authorities will be restored." Though the White...
  • Obama: 'Pass the USA Freedom Act now'

    05/30/2015 4:45:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/30/2015 | Mark Hensch
    President Obama pressured the Senate on Saturday to immediately authorize the USA Freedom Act. “Today, I’m calling on Americans to join me in speaking with one voice to the Senate,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Put the politics aside,” he said. “Put our national security first. Pass the USA Freedom Act — now.”
  • Feds Help Finance Creation of Implantable Body Antenna for ‘Long-term Patient Monitoring’

    05/27/2015 12:58:19 PM PDT · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is helping fund the creation of an implantable antenna for health care, which could be used for “long-term patient monitoring.” The government has so far given $5,070 for a graduate fellowship to work on the project, which begins June 1. The project is being financed in collaboration with the National Research Foundation of Korea to create a high frequency antenna that can be permanently implanted under a person’s skin. “Antennas operating near or inside the human body are important for a number of applications, including healthcare,” a grant for the project said. “Implantable medical devices...
  • Bush Defends Warrantless Government Surveillance [semi-satire]

    05/23/2015 1:09:18 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2015 | John Semmens
    While one GOP presidential candidate filibustered legislation extending the National Security Agency’s (NSA) authority to spy on Americans, another alleges that “there’s not a shred of evidence that this surveillance has violated anyone’s civil liberties.” GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken) spoke for 10 hours on the floor of the Senate contending that NSA’s warrantless violations of privacy are unconstitutional. “The Fourth Amendment was intended to protect us from unreasonable searches,” Rand argued. “It calls for government to obtain a warrant from a judge based on ‘probable cause.’ The gathering of massive amounts of private information without such warrants...
  • Rand Paul holding up surveillance bill, Senate Republicans divided

    05/22/2015 9:01:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2015 | Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett
    Rand is still standing. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian firebrand and GOP presidential hopeful, isn’t showing any sign he’ll relent and allow speedier votes in the Senate on controversial government surveillance programs, as weary and recess-hungry senators trudged through a rare Friday session with a packed to-do list. Paul said Friday that he hasn’t yet agreed to accelerate procedural votes — currently set for Saturday — on dueling proposals to renew expiring provisions in the PATRIOT Act. He had signaled that he might relent if he secured votes on privacy amendments, but shortly before 10 p.m. he said...
  • NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

    05/21/2015 3:48:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 5/21/15 | Ryan Gallagher
    The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA and its...
  • FBI Director Blasts Tech Companies Fighting for Encryption

    05/20/2015 4:11:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 5/20/15
    FBI Director James Comey fired back on Wednesday at Silicon Valley companies that are calling for stronger encryption of their products. "Some prominent folks wrote a letter to the president yesterday that I frankly found depressing," Comey said in a discussion at Georgetown University Law Center, referring to a letter signed by Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies, as well as civil-liberties groups and Internet-security experts. "Their letter contains no acknowledgment that there are societal costs to universal encryption." There can be benefits to securing devices from hackers, Comey acknowledged, but he argued there are also "tremendous costs" to...
  • Justice Department Memo: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week [Sure it will]

    05/20/2015 4:07:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 5/20/15 | Dustin Volz
    The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday and obtained by National Journal said Congress needs to fully settle its differences over the expiring spy provisions this week in order to avoid an operational interruption to the NSA's mass-surveillance program, which was exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden two years ago. "After May 22, 2015, the National...
  • Top economist: Americans have 'contempt for liberty' [Proverbs 30]

    05/18/2015 2:14:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/17/2015 | GREG COROMBOS
    Famed economist and columnist Walter Williams says America has embraced the government thievery of personal property to benefit others, and he says the politicians are only doing what the voters want them to do. Williams is a distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University. He is a syndicated columnist and has substituted for talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. His new book, a collection of his conservative-to-libertarian columns, is titled “American Contempt for Liberty.” The title may sound a bit harsh, but Williams insists that’s exactly what’s happening in this country. “The average American thinks that it is indeed moral for...
  • UK PM David Cameron Proclaims: It’s Not Enough To Follow The Law, You Must Love Big Brother

    05/16/2015 3:33:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/10/15 | Dina Rickman
    This statement, and others like it, are a huge deal. This isn’t how the leader of a major civilized Western so-called “democracy” speaks to the citizenry. It is how a master talks to his slaves. How a ruler addresses his subjects. Those of us who are in disbelief over David Cameron’s recent language, don’t have to just point to the quote above. There’s a lot more to it than a simple quote. For example, the Guardian reports: The measures would give the police powers to apply to the high court for an order to limit the “harmful activities” of an...
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”),” the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including “stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • Soon, new cars in Europe will automatically call police in a crash

    04/30/2015 12:44:10 PM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 25 replies
    Road & Track ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordan Valinsky
    Beginning March 31, 2018, all new vehicles sold in the European Union will be required to carry an emergency call system that automatically dispatches assistance to the scene of a crash. The "auto SOS" system, dubbed eCall, was approved by European Parliament yesterday after two years of debate over privacy concerns, reports BBC News. In the event of a crash, the device calls the E.U.'s 911 equivalent (112) and transmits to authorities important information including location, time, and number of passengers in the vehicle. An in-car button will also be installed in all vehicles. The eCall requirement will add an...
  • Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

    04/12/2015 2:38:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today. Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class? Others not included here are a kid who was...
  • Government snooping through your emails without a warrant: Not just the NSA

    04/18/2015 6:13:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/18/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The SEC and IRS, among other government agencies, love, love, love administrative subpoenas to snoop through emails without probable cause. Techdirt writes: The story that we keep hearing is that two government agencies in particular really like ECPA's outdated system: the IRS and the SEC. Since both only have administrative subpoena power, and not the ability to issue warrants like law enforcement, the lower standards of ECPA make it much easier for them to snoop through your emails without having to show probable cause. Last year, in a Congressional hearing, the SEC's boss, Mary Jo White, was questioned about this...
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change?

    04/13/2015 2:57:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 13, 2015 | By EarthTalk
    Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to measure how close we are to the dreaded "point of no return" with climate change? In other words, when do we think we will have gone too far? — David Johnston, via EarthTalk.org While we may not yet have reached the “point of no return” - when no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming - climate scientists warn we may be getting awfully close. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution a century ago, the average global temperature has risen some 1.6 degrees...
  • IBM Announces Deals With Apple, Johnson And Johnson, And Medtronic In Bid To Transform Health Care

    04/13/2015 4:42:15 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | Monday, April 13, 2015 | Matthew Herper
    Experts in health care and information technology agree on the future’s biggest opportunity: the creation of a new computational model that will link together all of the massive computers that now hold medical information. IBM is today staking its claim to be a major player in creating that cloud, and to use its Watson artificial intelligence to make sense of the flood of medical data that will result. The new effort uses new, innovative systems to keep data secure, IBM executives say, even while allowing software to use them remotely. Big Blue is certainly putting some muscle into medicine. Some...
  • NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

    04/13/2015 4:28:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/13/15 | Richard Chirgwin
    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for an iPhone, and we'll give you an encryption master key” seems to be the dream of the National Security Agency (NSA).The NSA's latest thought bubble, floated in front of noted cryptography journal The Washington Post, is that a “master key” for all products running encryption should be created, split up, and distributed among several agencies. The idea was raised in a speech by Michael Rogers, boss of the NSA, in a speech at Princeton University.“I don’t want a back door,” Rogers reportedly said, “I want a front door. And...
  • Baltimore Police used secret technology to track cellphones in thousands of cases

    04/09/2015 1:47:57 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 9, 2015 | Justin Fenton
    he Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.. The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing. The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect. Police use it to track down stolen phones or find...
  • Hillary Clinton hires Google executive to be chief technology officer

    04/08/2015 9:45:12 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    WAPO ^ | April 8, 2015 | Philip Rucker
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has hired a longtime Google executive to oversee her likely presidential campaign's technology development and build new ways for Clinton to engage with voters, according to Democrats with knowledge of the move. Stephanie Hannon, who is Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, will become the chief technology officer of the expected Clinton campaign, according to the Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the appointment. At Clinton's New York campaign headquarters, Hannon will serve on the senior staff and oversee a team of engineers...
  • USDA Tells Parents to Teach Healthy Eating Habits: Don’t Praise That Clean Plate

    04/03/2015 9:01:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Apparently, parents should visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website to find out how to teach their children good eating habits.The agency in charge of the country’s agricultural sector is now in the nanny business, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity, which links to choosemyplate.gov on its website.In the kids’ section of My Plate, advice is dished out on how parents can help pre-schoolers “develop healthy eating habits,” including a warning about praising an empty plate.“Avoid praising a clean plate,” the website states. “Your child should stop eating when he or she...