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Jun 17 03:26

Zionist Kenneth Feinberg, 9/11 Cover Up Agent, to Administer BP's $20 Billion Claim Fund

As the sole person responsible for distributing the money from the Victims Compensation Fund, Feinberg paid out nearly $7 billion to families in compensation - if they would sign the agreement not to sue the airlines or the Israeli airport security firm involved in 9-11 (Huntleigh USA/ICTS). More than 98 percent of the families accepted the money from the Feinberg-managed fund. The amounts of the payments and the amounts paid to Diane Feinberg and the 30 lawyers are not known. The American people deserve to know how the funds were used and who got paid.

Jun 16 07:22

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

Jun 16 07:12

Interior's New Oil Industry Watchdog Has No Energy Experience

To overhaul federal oversight of offshore drilling, President Obama has turned to a Washington lawyer with a reputation for fixing broken government agencies, but little or no background with energy or environmental issues.

Jun 15 20:40

How an Alabama fire chief risked jail to save town from Gulf oil spil

Jamie Hinton, the volunteer fire chief of tiny Magnolia Springs, Ala., has a plan to use a blockade of barges to stop the Gulf oil spill from entering the Magnolia River. For a time, he went ahead with the plan, even though it might have landed him in jail

Jun 14 22:13

Florida Keys Residents Plan Their Own Oil Spill Cleanup

"We cannot wait. We have to be prepared," says Dan Robey, whose website KeysSpill.com has gathered 4,000 volunteers, including 300 boat captains, who have offered to help before and after any potential arrival of oil. As Patrick Rice, dean of marine science and technology at Florida Keys Community College, puts it, "We will not allow the inept responses that have been happening up north to happen here."

Jun 14 15:41

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question

The U.S. government agency that prints passports has for years failed to resolve persistent concerns about the security risks involved in outsourcing production to foreign factories, a joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity has found.

Jun 14 11:26

Legal Firm Plans to Threaten up to 150,000 U.S. Citizens for Film Downloads

According to the USGS's claims, the organization is currently tracking 300 films each with 500 tracked file-sharers, making for a total of around 150,000 potential targets at risk of receiving a settlement letter. USGS suggests that it can send a "speculative invoice" to these individuals demanding between a $1,500 to $2,500 USD settlement. That means that taking the middle of the settlement figures ($2,000), the USGS could try to pull in as much as $300M USD in revenue from the scheme, and pocket $210M USD of that sum.

ACLU lawyer Rachel Myers argues that this scheme may be an abuse of the U.S. legal system. She writes:

Jun 14 06:23

WickedLasers Unveils "Lightsaber" Powerful Enough to Set People on Fire

The laser is built with a diode from Casio's new mercury-free Green Slim projectors which ironically have a somewhat blue tint. The laser is rated at 1 watt of power and retails for a mere $200 USD.

And here's the best (or worst) part -- it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people. The retailer warns:

Jun 13 14:13

Florida Panhandle Fights 2 Huge Oil Plumes

While British Petroleum (BP) engineers step up their efforts to plug a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, skimmers at western Florida Panhandle are bracing up to collect two oil plumes from the Deepwater Horizon spill before it strikes the shore. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said that one of the patchy oil plumes was as close as 3 miles of Pensacola Pass, which is situated just next to a stretch of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and the tourist hotels of Pensacola Beach.

According to the DEP, another slick was heading towards the panhandle and was almost 9 miles away.

Jun 13 12:44

BP's latest oil-spill cleaning tool: paper towels?

Strewn all across the island were oil-soaked paper-towel sheets. Is this the latest high-tech weapon BP is employing to rid the Louisiana marsh of crude?
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While McClelland was on Grande Terre, a BP cleanup contractor approached her and warned, "We don't need this on camera." Really? We can't imagine why.

Jun 13 03:04

BP bailout proposal coming soon

Get ready for the BP bailout debate. As the most hated company in America led by the most despised CEO in business continues its systematic deceptions about the magnitude of the catastrophe, its systematic secrecy and threats of reprisal against employees who speak the truth in public and its systematic blockade against reporters seeking the basic facts, get ready for the mother of all political debates.

Jun 11 13:48

BP Spill Response Plans Severely Flawed

Among the glaring errors in the report: A professor is listed in BP's 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a national wildlife expert. He died in 2005.

The plan lists cold-water marine mammals including walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals as "sensitive biological resources." None of those animals live anywhere near the Gulf.

Also, names and phone numbers of several Texas A&M University marine life specialists are wrong. So are the numbers for marine mammal stranding network offices in Louisiana and Florida, which are disconnected.

Jun 11 11:32

FAA Closes down Gulf of Mexico Air Traffic

All aircraft operations are prohibited except those flights authorized by ATC, routine flights supporting offshore oil operations; federal, state, local and military flight operations supporting oil spill recovery and reconstitution efforts; and air medical and law enforcement operations.

Jun 11 11:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 07:35

How BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil find was originally reported in September 2009

Below are a few media reports from September 2009 discussing the BP Gulf of Mexico Tiber Oil Field find when it originally hit the newswires. This was the deepest oil and gas well in human history, going to a depth of 35,000 feet. Exploratory drilling began in March 2009. Deepwater Horizon did not commence until September 2009. Only the second story from Bloomberg hints at the "volatility" related to the find and the need for "caution."

Read more: http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/05/how-bps-deepwater-horizon-oil-...

Jun 10 12:30

What’s worse than doomsday? This is it.

These new leaks we are now facing, if confirmed, would mean that there is oil gushing up in multiple disparate places on the Gulf sea floor

Oil could begin leaking from any crack or crevice in the surrounding sea floor and the entire area could be leaking like a sponge.

Jun 10 07:45

Thoughts on the Oilocolypse

Lengthy ramblings on the Gulf, but some readers might be interested in two things. First, photos taken May 26th of possible oil sheen on the Florida Keys, a week plus before the Coast guard admitted to the sheen, and second, this exchange:

I asked if there was any news about the top kill attempt to plug the hole and he replied, “They’re never going to cap that well. They can’t. If they do, they lose the lease.”

“What?”

“The reason for the slant drilling is so that they have two more access points before they ‘try’ to cap the blowout. Without new access points, they lose the lease, no more oil.”

I have not seen this issue addressed anywhere, but it helps to make sense of BP's refusal to cap the well on the largest oil field in the Caribbean.

My blog post is here:

Jun 09 20:38

WTF? More HIV Fructose Corn Syrup Please! AIDS, Africa ---- and Corn ?

I Say Again, WTF!?

Fungus-tainted corn a factor in Africa HIV spread?

(Reuters Health) - A new study raises the question of whether corn contaminated with a fungus-derived toxin is helping to facilitate the transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jun 08 15:12

FTC floats news blog tax to bailout flailing corporate media

In other words, government policy would encourage a tax on websites like the What Really Happened, a must-read source for the news links of the day, so that the agency can redistribute the funds collected to various newspapers. Such a tax would hit other news aggregators, such as Digg, Fark and Reddit, which not only gather links, but provide a forum for a lively and entertaining discussion of the issues raised by the stories.

Of course this will backfire. The corporate media seems to forget that the majority of their web traffic comes from bloggers and news aggregators. Their dwindling readership/viewership sis caused by their lack of integrity.

Jun 08 14:21

Two More Gulf Spills?

That would mean there are potentially two other operations in the Gulf leaking oil. So just how common are such leaks? The sad reality is, we really don't know.

Jun 07 21:43

New NOAA Forecast: Oil spill 35 miles from Tampa Bay area by June 8

By June 8 the outer boundary of the BP oil spill is forecast to be under 40 miles from the Tampa Bay area.

Jun 07 07:42

Yahoo slipped, fell, handed your email contact list to third parties.

You did want the upgrade, didn't you?

Oh yes. No warning. This feature is opt-out, so woe betide all who eschew webmail; little will they know, buffered as they are by Thunderbird or Outlook, that their entire social network information has just been plundered, only to be relinked, visualized, mined. Opting-out procedure is of course non-intuitive. Info at link.

Jun 06 14:37

Many Gulf federal judges have oil links

More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases.

Jun 06 13:00

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

Corexit is lethal in as little as 2.6 parts per million where oil is lethal in 11 parts per million meaning that Corexit is over 4 times more toxic than oil.

Furthermore scientific studies show that oil dispersed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone.

In fact the study referenced showed that crude oil was lethal at 4250 parts per million to killifish but combination of oil mixed with Corexit was lethal in as little as 317.7 ppm.

Jun 06 05:54

Gulf oil spill breakthrough? BP claims cap collecting 'majority' of oil

BP reported Sunday that its containment cap is now collecting 420,000 gallons a day, saying that was a 'majority' of the oil. But the flow rate in the Gulf oil spill is still uncertain, and BP has failed to live up to its optimistic predictions in the past.

Jun 03 21:46

Fu FDA- defeated in federal court over censorship of truthful health claims

This is "big deal" news: The FDA has just been defeated in federal court over its censorship of truthful health claims for a nutritional supplement that helps prevent cancer.

Health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord spearheaded the effort, along with the Alliance for Natural Health.

Health freedom has just been handed a significant victory by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the First Amendment rights of a nutritional...

Jun 03 09:06

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario

BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

BP’s attempts so far to cap the well and plug the leak on the seabed a mile below the surface haven’t worked, while the start of the Atlantic hurricane season this week indicates storms in the Gulf may disrupt other efforts.

Jun 02 15:47

Schizophrenia Is The New Ad Gimmick - Privacy Fears Mount as Ad Targeting Grows

Offline, new digital signs with hidden cameras can use facial recognition software to tailor messages similar to the scenario in the science fiction film "Minority Report." Some analysts say the new technology is positive, enabling firms to get the most for their advertising dollars.

Walking westward on Prince St. between Mulberry and Mott Streets, I heard a woman's voice in my head whispering, "Who's there? Who's there?" Not like I "heard" a woman's voice like when I wear flared jeans with skinny shoes and I "hear" a woman's voice in my head say, "Wait, you've got to be kidding?" but like an actual woman's voice in my head. This usually means I've had a psychotic break.

May 29 22:02

Cure Cancer with KFC: Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes mockery of self with KFC pinkwashing campaign

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line into asinine idiocy thanks to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, "Buckets for the Cure." I'm not making this up. See the ad...

This idea that buying fried chicken is actually going to cure cancer is one of the most utterly idiotic health ideas yet witnessed in American pop culture. Komen for the Cure is so far gone from reality that the organization apparently doesn't even think twice about suggesting such an absurd idea. Eat more fried chicken, folks, and then what? Loading up on that kind of a diet is more likely to cause you to kick the bucket than to find a cure for cancer.

May 29 21:56

American Meat is Even Grosser Than You Thought

In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment of U.S. beef because the meat exceeded Mexico's regulatory tolerance for copper. The rejected meat was returned to the United States, where it was sold and consumed, because the U.S. has no regulatory threshold for copper in meat.

May 29 21:41

Newman's Own Exploiting Organic Labeling Loophole

Some food companies have found a way to cast their processed foods as organic without going through the inconvenience of using certified organic ingredients in their products. By incorporating "organic" into their names, these companies have been able to display the magic word on the packaging of food products that are not in fact certified organic...

May 29 09:14

California Throws Away Enough Food to Fill 35 Stadiums Per Year

“keep this story in mind next time you hear that nonsense from people like bill gates insisting we need gm crops to feed a hungry world.”

from sfgate: Farmers, restaurants and supermarkets throw away millions of tons of edible food each year at a time when a growing number of Californians struggle to put food on the table.

May 29 05:51

BP capping info flow on leak damage

BP rejected claims that the move sought to hide the extent of damage. The company argues that the censorship was only established to provide one reliable source for the public.

Meanwhile, Senior Regional Representative for Sierra Club in New Orleans Jill Mastrototaro said, "It sounds like there's a cone of silence that's been issued on the situation."

"We're very concerned as an environmental organization trying to get the public's voice out there and trying to get access to this critical information," she added.

Meanwhile, journalists and photographers said they had to rely only on information provided by BP, adding that they were not allowed to visit affected areas.

May 28 11:49

Police State: Cops Shut Down 7 Year Old's Lemonade Stand for "No Permits"

Local governments are broke so they are coming for every penny you have...

You're never too young to learn a life lesson - or, rather, a business lesson. As this local news report shows, the aptly named Daniela Earnest of Tulare, California had her lemonade stand shut down by town officials. (It turns out the stand lacked proper business permits.) Daniela, who's just seven years old, had the heartwarming goal to save enough money to send her family to Disney Land.

May 28 11:08

can of del monte green beans sets toxic bpa record

"One can in particular—of Del Monte French Style Green Beans from a store in Wisconsin—had the highest level of BPA ever recorded: 1,140 parts per billion. Other canned foods with unusually high levels of BPA were Walmart’s Great Value Green Peas, purchased in Kentucky; and Healthy Choice Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup bought in Montana."

May 27 12:07

Corrupt FDA dupes Interpol to achieve international kidnapping of herbalist

Flashback Dec 09: Rendition is the new Empire board game of Risk for the US, no matter that the kidnappings are illegal as with the recent Iranian case. The corrupt FDA, really!!? The same gubment agency that illegally brought you Donald Rumsfeld's biological neurotoxin sweetener Aspartame and illegally forced it into 5,500 food products on the shelves today? They've gone Mission Impossible for the For-Profit Cancer Industry and Medical Mafia.

May 27 12:03

Health products under fire as FDA attacks walnuts, cherries and more

According to the FDA, walnuts are unapproved drugs because they have been scientifically proven to lower high cholesterol. So the FDA has unleashed a threatening attack against a large walnut company to scare them into removing all scientific research about walnuts from their website and marketing materials.

The FDA, you may already realize, is waging a campaign of censorship, disinformation and consumer ignorance to try to destroy all knowledge of the scientifically-proven health benefits of healing foods and nutritional supplements.

Today we bring you a must-read story about how the FDA is trying to destroy knowledge much like the burning of the Library of Alexandria in the year 48 B.C...

May 25 12:32

Louisiana Fishermen Helping in Spill Cleanup Report Getting Sick

Some Louisiana fishermen affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf — including some hired by BP to help in the cleanup — are reporting cases of debilitating headaches, burning eyes and nausea, and some industry and public officials are pointing the finger at chemical dispersants as the cause.

May 25 10:32

America's Best & Worst "Health" Drinks

What I learned, above all: What we drink is making us fat. We're consuming at least a quarter of our daily calories in liquid form--more than 450 calories a day--and that's a major factor in our nation’s obesity epidemic.

May 23 13:41

MPAA Surely Has Better Things To Do

Oh no they didn't...

While U.S. men and women put their lives at risk in Iraq, the MPAA has queried the military about the pirating habits of the soldiers stationed there. A declassified document from United States Central Command confirms that the MPAA is fighting a war of its own in the Middle East, one against copyright infringing soldiers.

May 23 06:30

Justice Department and Congress should investigate whether BP committed perjury

The Department of Justice and congressional committees should open a preliminary inquiry about whether BP committed perjury in testimony before Congress. All video of the spill should be released publicly. Subpoenas should be issued for any information from within BP about its private estimates of the size of the spill and the dangers of the dispersants. Key BP personnel should be formally interviewed by investigators.

May 22 13:49

U.S. Government Stopped Research After Finding That Marijuana Slowed Cancer Growth

Because the U.S. government holds a monopoly on "legal" marijuana that could be used for research purposes, they've been able to prevent independent researchers from further investigating marijuana's promising anti-cancer properties.

May 19 17:42

Media ignores Goldman Sachs' ties to Corexit dispersant

In a recent New York Times’ article “Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup”, journalist Paula Quinlan questions why BP is using the toxic dispersant Corexit to clean up the oil when twelve other dispersants proved more effective in EPA testing.

Nowhere in the article does it mention that Goldman Sachs, the Blackstone Group and Apollo Management own Nalco, the producer of the 54 % effective, 100% toxic dispersant.

May 19 05:50

No cap on Big Oil liability

The protection of the Oil companies came in the form of the Oil Pollution Act, which includes a $75 million cap on damages that BP or any other oil company would be forced to pay in damages (other than oil removal costs, for which the company remains responsible).

To put this $75 million figure into perspective, it is worth noting that BP made $93 million in profit each day in the first three months of 2010.

In other words, the damages BP causes are moved off of its shoulders and onto the backs of the people and community, who must then pay for BP’s corporate-made disaster.

May 15 07:04

Revealed: The very unappetising truth about McDonald's chicken meals (Jamie Oliver, look away now)

A chicken squats in a shed the size of a football pitch somewhere in the outback of Brazil. And it's not alone.

One of tens of thousands, each bird is allowed the floor space equivalent to a sheet of A4 paper and will live for just 40 days before it hits its genetically-engineered slaughter weight. That's if it doesn't perish along the way.

Five per cent or so will be unable to cope with the conditions and die even before then.

Those that survive will be plucked and butchered in an industrial process the like of which this planet has never before seen.

May 14 04:34

Subway To Everyone Else: Stop Selling 'Footlong' Sandwiches

The Coney Island Drive Inn, a restaurant in Brooksville, Florida, has been selling 12-inch hot dogs -- the restaurant calls them "footlongs" -- for more than 40 years. Its Web site is gotfootlongs.com.

Last week, the restaurant got a letter from a lawyer representing Subway, which, as you may have heard, sells 12-inch sandwiches for five bucks.

After explaining that Subway "has applied for the trademark FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches," the letter says:

You are hereby put on notice to cease and desist from using FOOTLONG (TM) association with sandwiches. You must immediately remove all references to FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches.

May 09 08:32

Environmentalists, Lawyers, and Fishermen Go After BP

BP faces over 200 class action lawsuits from people seeking damages from the spill. The Attorney General of Louisiana, James D. "Buddy" Caldwell, has also met with BP executives. Caldwell says that BP has admitted total responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which led to the spill. "We just need them to put things in writing," Caldwell said.

Lawyers had an important role from the very beginning. BP had issued 17-page long agreements to fishermen who wanted to work in the oil spill clean up. According to M. Orr, BP wanted to have the fishermen "sign away their rights."

May 08 18:29

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Transocean-BP rig had safety valve problem in UK

UK regulators issued a safety warning over a North Sea oil rig operated by Transocean and leased by BP five years ago.

The worries concerned the same key safety device – a blowout preventer – currently being blamed for 11 deaths and the growing oil slick off the US.

Apr 30 20:32

Honda recalls 167,000 Acura TSX for possible fire hazard

Honda Motor Company's luxury vehicle division Acura announced Friday a recall of some 167,000 Acura TSX models to replace a power steering hose that could lead to a "smoke or a fire" hazard.

"Affected TSX vehicles are 2004-2008 models sold in the United States with the 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine," a company statement said, adding that the repair "involves installing a new power steering hose, o-ring gasket and fluid."

Honda said the hose has a potential "for premature deterioration... as a result of prolonged exposure to high under-hood temperatures" and could develop cracks allowing power steering fluid to leak on the hot exhaust system "potentially generating smoke or a fire."

The repair, it added, will be "all done at no cost to the vehicle owner."

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Apr 29 06:46

Spy software watches BlackBerry email/photos

US software firm Retina-X Studios on Tuesday released a more vigilant version of its Mobile Spy program that captures every email and picture from BlackBerry smartphones.

Apr 29 03:41

MUST SEE VIDEO: Senator Scolds Smirking Sachs CFO

Worth of CDOs? Twenty cents on the dollar.

Cost to economy? Billions.

The look on the CFO's face?

...priceless...?

....well actually, it does have a price.

An unbelievably large one.

Here's the full length video.

Apr 27 08:43

Russia says genetically modified foods are harmful

Russia has started the annual Days of Defence against Environmental Hazards from the 15th of April to the 5th of June with the announcement of sensational results of an independent work of research. Scientists have proved that Genetically Modified Organisms are harmful for mammals. The researchers discovered that animals that eat GM foodstuffs lose their ability to reproduce. Campbell hamsters that have a fast reproduction rate were fed for two years with ordinary soya beans, which are widely used in agriculture and those contain different percentages of GM organisms. Another group of hamsters, the control group, was fed with pure soya, which was found with great difficulty in Serbia because 95 percent of soya in the world is transgenic.

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Apr 22 10:12

Eight Invented Diseases: If They Infect You, Big Pharma Is Eager To... Help

reposted from Alternet.

Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in 1997, pharma's credo has been When The Medication Is Ready, The Disease (and Patients) Will Appear. Who knew so many people suffered from restless legs?

Apr 22 08:03

Amazon fights demand for customer records

Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they purchased.

Apr 20 18:21

Regulators approve 2nd movie futures market

LOS ANGELES — U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a second market that would give speculators a way to bet on expected movie box office receipts, but again withheld a decision on the contracts that would allow trading to begin.

Apr 17 08:51

Scots comedy legend Billy Connolly lends voice to satnav device

Some of Billy's satnav instructions include gems such as: "Toll charge ahead ... don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger." And to those motorists who don't listen, he says: "Make a U-turn now. This wouldn't have been necessary if you had been listening a minute ago."

He also jokes: "U turn ahead. I'll be here when you get back."

Or simply: "Turn round. Turn round the whole car, not just you inside the car."

Apr 17 08:46

Gamestation collects customers' souls in April Fools gag

I know it’s a bit late to be reporting April Fools jokes but this is a good one. On April 1, Gamestation, the video games shop, changed the terms and conditions on its website to say that it legally owned the soul of each customer who bought from them.

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Customers who had agreed to the terms were then sent an email which said: “Little did you realise that upon your last purchase from Gamestation.co.uk you also granted us a right to claim your humanity [...] To avoid future fatalities, always check the terms and conditions.”

Apr 17 08:13

Samsung issues warning: 3D-TV (May Be) Bad For You

Pregnant women, the elderly, children and those suffering from serious medical conditions are among a wide range of people said to be at risk. The alert extends to those who have been sleep deprived or drinking. It highlights alarming side effects such as confusion, nausea, convulsions, altered vision, light-headedness, dizziness, and involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching and cramps.Samsung says there are also concerns that those with epilepsy could be at risk of fits - as they are from strobe lighting and photographers' flashes on normal television...

Apr 16 22:09

The CyberWar Against Online Privacy

Original post.

Not only will they have a phone number, they will have physical location data - which spells the end of anonymous posting, at least on Youtube...

Apr 16 10:29

Goldman Is Charged With Subprime Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with defrauding investors, alleging that Goldman let a big hedge fund fill a financial product with risky subprime mortgages and then failed to disclose that to the product's buyers.

Apr 13 06:51

'Growing concern' over marketing tainted beef

Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds.

A program set up to test beef for chemical residues "is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for … dangerous substances, which has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce," says the audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General.

Apr 08 04:40

Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has told Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to immediately suspend the cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in chemist shops across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.
The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.

Apr 07 09:04

iPad and heat don't mix

With all deference to the Violent Femmes, there's nothing upbeat about the cases of overheating that some iPad users are facing in the early days with the device. We've heard directly from two readers about the dreaded 'iPad needs to cool down before you can use it' message; Henry in Colorado and John in Tampa Bay both reported that their units went into thermal standby after being used outside. John noted that his iPad was in the (black, heat-collecting) Apple case... perhaps there's a market for reflective or liquid-cooled models.

Apr 04 13:26

Western Digital sucks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently a majority opinion.

Apr 04 13:23

Western Digital accuses all hard drive users of being pirates, refuses to allow media files to be shared!

Western Digital claims they have to block such files from being shared “due to unverifiable media license authentication.” To put it in human-speak: Those files might be copyrighted, and for some reason, Western Digital has set itself up as the copyright judge, jury, and executioner of your hard drive and data!

Slashdot points out that there are ways around this. Sure. There always are. But that’s not the point. The point is that hard drive manufacturers should never make any assumptions about my data. It’s my hard drive and it’s my data and I should always be allowed to access it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There does seem to be a terrible attitude problem on the part of computer vendors that they and not you are in charge of the hardware and software you paid for. But arrogance goeth before a fall and I plan to make Western Digital's stock fall as far as I can with your assistance.

In years past it was a policy position of WRH that product liability needed to be restored to computer products. I think the current situation shows how overdue that step is, and I will discuss this on tomorrow's radio show.

Apr 04 13:19

Western Digital sucks a$$

I got a western digital Hd in 98, I had to send it back in 99

Apr 04 13:18

Beware Of Western Digital Hard Drives!

Spent 3-4 hours trouble shooting and on the phone with Westen Digital and all they offer is a refurb replacement drive.

Apr 04 13:17

MyBook Essential 500 GB SUCKS!!

I just wish I had checked the web before I bought the MyBook Essential 500 GB hard drive. I recommend you avoid this drive like the plague.

Apr 04 13:15

Western Digital Caviar drives: unforgivably unreliable!

Pros: Cement a dozen of them together and you would have a great boat anchor.

Cons: 3 catastrophic failures in under a week make Caviar drives too untrustworthy to consider using.

The Bottom Line: I bought this drive because it was cheap. What a mistake! 3 catastrophic failures in under a week of total operating time with 2 cases of infant mortality. Avoid!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Pope thought he was bearing the brunt of a pissed-off webmaster, wait until he sees what I am going to do to Western Digital!!

Apr 04 13:13

Western Digital MyBook Premium Edition 500GB External Hard Drive

Pros: ...what pros?

Cons: This device failed after little more than a month. I lost 400GB of professional photography work. Paid hundreds trying to get data off this piece of garbage, and no one was able to.
Summary: Piece of garbage. Fails. Unreliable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently I am not alone in losing valuable data to Western Digital's "backup" (nudge nudge wink wink) systems.

Apr 01 08:10

Investigation: Scandal of danger chemical in baby bottles

Boots and Mothercare are selling baby bottles made with a chemical that scientists fear may cause breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, hyperactivity and other disorders, The Independent can disclose.

The behaviour of Britain's biggest infant-products retailers contrasts with that of manufacturers, who have quietly stopped putting bisphenol A, or BPA, into baby bottles "to allay parents' fears", amid peer-reviewed studies in medical journals associating it with serious health problems in laboratory animals.

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Mar 31 07:37

MONSANTO CONTROLS 90% OF FUTURE SEED

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"We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90 percent of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost unbelievable... The upshot of that is that it's tightening Monsanto's control, and makes it possible for them to increase their prices long term. And we've seen this happening the last five years, and the end is not in sight."

Neil Harl, agricultural economist at Iowa State University

Mar 28 13:15

Happy Halloween, pedophile-style

OK, we have seen the evil side of the church. But that evil is everywhere ...

A company called Party City must be run by pedophiles.
Here are some of its costume options for girls:

(Judge for yourself. Would you send your daughter out in one of these costumes?)

Mar 27 12:58

Did the U.S. Government Lie to Elvis?

Compare with your own.

Mar 27 09:03

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read

We were unaware of the post when it went up, but Cash4Gold was already on our radar. We wrote about them in October, after Rob Cockerham's Cockeyed blog posted an item about Cash4Gold offering an individual $60 for gold that a local pawnshop valued at $198. When the gold owner called Cash4Gold to complain, the company rep immediately nearly tripled the offer to $178.

Mar 20 08:44

6 Reasons Not To Inject Your Butt With Bathtub Grade Silicone

Six women have been hospitalised in New Jersey after they had their buttocks injected with a non-medical-grade silicone commonly used to waterproof bathtubs.

Mar 20 08:16

Mother keeps McDonald's Happy Meal for a whole year... and it STILL hasn't gone off

The 62-year-old, who has eight grandchildren, admitted that the arid temperature of her home near the Rocky Mountains meant there was little moisture in the air with which to speed decomposition.
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But she added that during the year-long experiment, no flies or other insects were attracted to the food.

She said: 'I had the windows open many times, but flies and other insects just ignored the Happy Meal. What does that tell you, if they can't be bothered with it?

But flies have no problem consuming excrement. What does that tell you?

Mar 15 11:47

U.S. Intelligence Planned to Destroy WikiLeaks

“The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out”. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses “trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers”, the report recommends “The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site”.

Mar 14 04:54

President Obama backs DNA test in arrests

In an interview aired Saturday on “America’s Most Wanted,” Obama expressed strong agreement as host John Walsh extolled the virtues of collecting DNA at the time of an arrest and putting it into a single, national database

Mar 13 23:30

Dealing With Formaldehyde, or, So You Got Stuck With A Toxic Trailer

Original Post

To All Dealing With a Trailer Situation:
POSSIBLE WAYS TO NEUTRALIZE FORMALDEHYDE

Formaldehyde FEMA Trailers are now being auctioned off, to the general public, for pennies on the dollar, with nought but a (no doubt easily removable) sticker.

If you or someone you know could find this page useful – please get this page to them: Download, print, email, walk it over, whatever works. Tell them I said 'good luck with that.'

Mar 12 12:33

Runaway Prius Owner Accused of Hoax

A Toyota Prius owner who claims his hybrid malfunctioned, sending him speeding out of control down a Southern California freeway, is being accused of staging the so-called 'runaway' incident.

Jim Sikes called 911 on Monday afternoon and said his accelerator pedal of his blue 2008 Toyota Prius was stuck, pushing his car to speeds above 90 miles per hour on Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

A California Highway Patrol officer helped bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

Bloggers and radio listeners are now wondering whether this is a hoax, done for the publicity or the money.

Mar 11 10:03

2-second video causes headache for ABC News

NEW YORK -- For the want of a better two-second picture of a tachometer, ABC News has called into question its reporting on acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles.

The network's handling of a Feb. 22 "World News" story about potential problems with computer systems in Toyotas has created ethical questions and intensified bitter feelings the besieged automaker already had toward ABC.

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Mar 09 09:29

Kucinich willing to cast the vote that kills health reform

Facing razor-thin margins in the House, kucinich1 Kucinich willing to cast the vote that kills health reformDemocratic leaders are hoping to convert the sole liberal who opposes their health care bill, but it seems they have their work cut out because he isn't budging.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Monday defended his opposition to the proposal in an appearance on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann, citing as his central concern its lack of a robust public option to provide competition for insurance companies.

"This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry," Kucinich said. "$70 billion dollars a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance, five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases."

Mar 09 09:28

Another Anti-Toyota Scam?

Why would the driver not simply turn off the key or take the car out of gear? Are American drivers so stupid that they only know one thing; how to call 911? Maybe so, but I don’t buy it! Anyone who believes this story really happened as reported should contact me immediately because I have some oceanfront property for sale here in Montana!

Mar 08 06:54

Lucozade to lose orange colour because of link to hyperactivity

Lucozade could lose its distinctive orange colour because research has shown the chemical used to create it is linked to hyperactive behaviour.

The manufacturers, Glaxo-SmithKline, are struggling to find a replacement for the colouring agent Sunset Yellow, which is among a number of suspect food additives.

Until the chemical is removed, the company has decided to put a warning label on Lucozade bottles which reads: 'Sunset Yellow may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children'.

Mar 03 08:01

Nissan recalls nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide

Japan's Nissan Motor said Wednesday it would recall nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide, most of them in the United States, due to brake pedal defects and faulty fuel gauges.

Nissan -- Japan's third-largest carmaker, and partnered with France's Renault -- said it plans "to inspect and, if necessary, repair brake pedal pins and fuel-gauge components on certain trucks and minivans".

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I'm going to keep my 20-year old vehicle on the road a little longer.

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