Friday, April 1, 2016

Reddit deletes surveillance 'warrant canary' in transparency report | Reuters

Reddit deletes surveillance 'warrant canary' in transparency report | Reuters: "Social networking forum reddit on Thursday removed a section from its site used to tacitly inform users it had never received a certain type of U.S. government surveillance request, suggesting the platform is now being asked to hand over customer data under a secretive law enforcement authority.

Reddit deleted a paragraph found in its transparency report known as a “warrant canary” to signal to users that it had not been subject to so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval.

The scrubbing of the "canary", which stated reddit had never received a national security letter "or any other classified request for user information," comes as several tech companies are pushing the Obama administration to allow for fuller disclosures of the kind and amount of government requests for user information they receive."

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero Justification

Surviving on the Battlefield in the Information War

Zen Gardner

People must dedicate themselves to following the truth no matter where it brings them, having the courage to accept a reality that may not mesh with their current perception.

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The Clinton Investigation Enters a Dangerous Phase

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Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 12.14.51 PMThe FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failure to protect state secrets contained in her emails has entered its penultimate phase, and it is a dangerous one for her and her aides. Federal law enforcement sources have let it be known that federal prosecutors and the FBI have completed their examination of raw data in the case. After the FBI acquires raw data — for example, the nature and number of the state secrets in the emails Clinton failed to protect or the regular, consistent, systematic nature of that failure — prosecutors and agents proceed to draw


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Depressing Survey Results Show How Extremely Stupid America Has Become

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chemical Safety Bill Could Help Protect Monsanto Against Legal Claims - The New York Times

Chemical Safety Bill Could Help Protect Monsanto Against Legal Claims - The New York Times: "Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits, the giant biotechnology company Monsanto last year received a legislative gift from the House of Representatives, a one-paragraph addition to a sweeping chemical safety bill that could help shield it from legal liability for a toxic chemical only it made."

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. manifesto on mercury and vaccines

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: "I am pro vaccine. I had all of my six children vaccinated. I believe that vaccines save millions of lives.  So let me explain why I edited the book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak, which exposes the dangerous—and wholly unnecessary—use of the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in vaccines being given to millions of children
and pregnant women here and around the world.

Vaccines are big business. Pharma is a trillion-dollar industry with vaccines accounting for $25 billion in annual sales. CDC’s decision to add a vaccine to the schedule can guarantee its manufacturer millions of customers and billions in revenue with minimal advertis- ing or marketing costs and complete immunity from lawsuits. High stakes and the seamless marriage between Big Pharma and government agencies have spawned an opaque and crooked regulatory system. Merck, one of America’s leading vaccine outfits, is currently under investigation for deceiving FDA regulators about the effectiveness of its MMR vaccine. Two whistleblowers say Merck ginned up sham studies to maintain Merck’s MMR monopoly.

Big money has fueled the exponential expansion of CDC’s vaccine schedule since 1988, when Congress’ grant of immunity from lawsuits suddenly transformed vaccines into paydirt. CDC recommended five pediatric vaccines when I was a boy in 1954. Today’s children cannot school without at least 56 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they’re 18."

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What You Need to Know About Monsanto's GMO Labeling Act

What You Need to Know About Monsanto's GMO Labeling Act:

On March 11, the court ruled12 the GMA "violated Washington campaign finance disclosure laws by shielding the identities of major corporate donors funding efforts to defeat a food labeling initiative in Washington." The case will continue to trial to determine the size of the penalty.

Ferguson has requested maximum penalties to be applied. As noted in his motion, "While proof of intentional concealment is not required, state law permits treble penalties if the fact-finder determines a person intentionally concealed the source of a political contribution or expenditure."
In this case, Ferguson insists such proof does exist. He also claims he has proof showing the GMA engaged in five separate acts of intentional concealment, so the penalty should therefore be tripled for each count.
"Documents ... show that Chassy and the university directed Monsanto to deposit the payments through the University of Illinois Foundation, a body whose records are shielded from public scrutiny. The foundation also has the ability to take in private money and disburse it to an individual as a 'university payment' — exempt from disclosure," WBEZ writes.
"To some who study transparency in science, Chassy's failure to publicly disclose his ties with a company while he was speaking and writing about GMOs crosses a line. 'That, to me, it's a disgrace,' said Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D., a bioethicist who studies academic conflict of interest at Tufts University.
GOP's new shield provision is designed to abolish Monsanto's liability as a favor to the company, which has donated $39 million to politicians over 30 years. Documents uncovered during our litigation have confirmed Monsanto's sickeningly corrupt corporate culture. Instead of being a good corporate citizen, Monsanto's decision-making matrix puts greed before public health and welfare." 

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