Indiana State Police paid $373,995 for device that track movements of anyone nearby with a cellphone, capture the numbers of incoming, outgoing calls and text messages. Concerns civil liberties groups. police aren’t saying what they do with the technology; whose data they collect.
Virginia State Police released a new “crime-fighting” app that encourages citizens to photograph citizens who are legally photographing in public, the latest chapter in the War on Terror that further criminalizes photography. Encourages citizens to snap a picture and send it (with a message) to police.
The mayor of the island of Hawaii, Billy Kenoi, has signed bill 113 into law. This bill prohibits biotech companies from operating on the island, and it bans farmers from growing any new genetically altered crops. (The papaya industry, which has more than 200 farms on the island, is exempt from the bill.)
Japanese media reporting radiation levels in the nuclear powerplant is now at its highest levels ever. Radiation so bad it can be fatal within 20 minutes. Two Sv is regarded as severe radiation poisoning. Six Sv produces a 100 per cent mortality rate after 30 days of suffering.
agreement to share information between the National Security Agency [NSA], a host of European, Russian, Canadian and Chinese spy agencies and the world’s Central Banks will ensure that the only relevant force in Global Stock markets will be the trading activity of the world’s Central Banks
Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Microsoft advocating reforms, overhaul of surveillance laws, an international ban of bulk data collection. “People won’t use technology they don’t trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, having a direct effect on their business interests.
At least two students have been killed and dozens detained after Egyptian security forces stormed the campus and dormitories of al-Azhar University in the capital, Cairo
Head of Egyptian Interests Section in Tehran has described the Israeli regime as the only possessor of nuclear arsenal and a serious threat to the entire region, reiterating Cairo's desire to see a Middle East free of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction.
Ukrainian riot police have been deployed to the streets of the capital, Kiev, to stop thousands of pro-EU protesters who have been blocking entrances to key government buildings including the City Hall. Protesting against government decision to expand trade with Russia, stop EU association agreement.
Unmanned aircraft targeted a car carrying the three victims in the province’s al-Qatan district. November 19, three people were killed in a similar attack in the same province. November 7, five killed in another US drone strike. Numerous drone attacks in Yemen that have killed many innocent civilians.
Britain’s biggest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, has reported an explosion in food bank use as a direct outcome of austerity measures, welfare cuts, energy price increases and low pay. Confirmed that food bank use has tripled this year. Supplying meals for more than 50,000 people a day.
South Korea extended its own ADIZ to overlap with China’s zone, while two other US allies—Australia and Japan—were involved in sharp diplomatic exchanges with China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe threatened to shoot down unmanned Chinese drones entering what Japan regards as its airspace.
French soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have exchanged fire with heavily-armed fighters. Clashes broke out during a military operation to disarm fighters in Bangui. France claims the aim of the mission is to create stability in the country in order to allow humanitarian aid to reach violence-hit areas.
Israel’s Economy Minister believes the time has come to annex parts of the West Bank and install full economic and military control over Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, which are deemed illegal under international law. Called ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations a “joke.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra: dissolution of parliament called for election amid protests in Bangkok. “ Many people opposed to the government from many groups, best way is to give back power to the Thai people, hold an election,” “So the Thai people will decide.”
French troops captured Bossangoa in the Central African Republic (CAR), press ahead with military operations. United Nations Security Council resolution: African Union, France go-ahead to send troops to CAR. Many mineral resources, gold, diamond, country is extremely poor, series of rebellions, coups.
The Italian navy and coastguard said they rescued over 100 Syrian refugees after their boat got into difficulties off the coast of Sicily. The boat, had launched distress signals while almost 500 kilometres south of the island.
Oil well lying a few dozen meters inside Palestinian territory, according to international law and the Oslo Accords, should belong to Palestine. Well is under Israeli control, most of the reserves lie under Palestinian territory. Israel has prevented Palestinians from gaining access to natural resources.
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is on its way to approve a licence application from PaxVax Australia (PaxVax) for the intentional release of a GMO vaccine consisting of live bacteria into the environment in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D., Penn.): Americans losing their insurance under Obamacare “a good thing,” MSNBC Live Friday. Those losing insurance will ultimately benefit from that happening. I think is a good thing, because what we’re up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country.”
Operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant: radioactive materials detected, topped 36,000 times the permissible level in underground water extracted in the area. TEPCO: radioactive levels in seawater within the harbor around the plant do not show any major change.
U.S. oil company Chevron suspended exploration for shale gas in Romania, hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences. Hundreds of riot police couldn't prevent residents from demolishing fences and breaking into the site. Dozens detained, 14 charged with destruction of property, carrying knives.
1 Infinite Loop have placed tracking devices called beacons in their stores in order to offer a new kind of shopping experience. These beacons communicate with your phone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology in order to offer you appropriate promotions, advertisements, and other information.
Ability to secretly activate a computer's camera "without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording. FBI's Operational Technology Division: spy laptop recording is "mainly" used in terrorism cases or the "most serious" of criminal investigations.
RT’s Lucy Kafanov: Hundreds of protesters broke into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed search for shale gas in Romania. Clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in. Protesters chanted “Chevron go home. Situation escalated, surrounding perimeter fences taken down."
Ukraine’s opposition hopes to bring one million protesters to the streets of Kiev o Sunday to put pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych after his refusal to sign European integration deal. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko: We want to send a message that we don't want to live in a police state.
Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain staged a mass demonstration ahead of an international forum on Middle East security to be held in the capital city. Banner: "Why do you support democracy for people of other countries and not in Bahrain?." Protest against crackdown on opposition activists.
US National Security Agency collects cellphone location data from around the world under a 1981 executive order signed by former president Ronald Reagan. Congress never authorized Executive Order 12333. NSA agents can find cellphones anywhere in the world, trace their movements.
Press TV: The Gaza Strip remains without electricity and fuel for the upcoming winter as the Israeli regime steps up the pressure on the Palestinians. Only six hours of electricity per day, no gas makes Gaza’s homes cold. Past few months, electricity rationed, blackouts increased during rain.
Egyptian police have arrested dozens of anti-coup protesters and fired teargas at thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. anti-coup protesters staged demonstrations in the capital Cairo and several other cities.
Swiss scientist Hans Hertel did independent research on microwave cooking once banned from publication by a court gag order demanded by an industry association. Told to recant or be arrested. Molecules are Agitated and Damaged. direct damage to cell walls and genes from microwaves.
Washington-based church in Olympia facing government attack after handing out more than 5,000 meals per month for the last two years. group known as ‘Crazy Faith Ministries’ has been hit with a bureaucratic siege of red tape for handing out the thousands of meals via a public parking lot.
Georgia’s Republican insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens told a group of Republican women in November that having a pre-existing condition like breast cancer or asthma is like being at fault in a car accident and that insurance companies should rightfully be reluctant to cover you.
National Republican Congressional Committee is offering tutorials to staffers of men up for election next year on how not to offend women. House Speaker John Boehner: “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.”
Snowden:Sweden has provided the US with "unique" intelligence on Russia's leadership. US National Security Agency (NSA) sees Sweden's signals intelligence agency, FRA, as a "leading partner" in the surveillance of telecom and Internet traffic, particularly from Russia.
Moroccan parliament held a hearing into the industrial, medical benefits of marijuana. First steps at legalizing the plant. According to the UN, Morocco is responsible for 42 percent of the world supply of marijuana. Legalizing could boost exports, sales estimated at $10 billion. Important economic resource.
Official figures show rising house prices in London and the south-east has have sparked a sharp jump in the number of homeless people. More than two-thirds of these homeless families had children or pregnant women. Soaring prices, cuts to housing benefit are pushing people into homelessness
Fast-food workers took to the streets to demand higher minimum wages in hundreds of American cities. Federal minimum wage of $7.25 too low, workers demand the wage to be raised to $15 an hour. Walmart workers protests on Black Friday at 1,500 US stores.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R): Climate change could have economic benefit to Maine. “Everybody looks at the negative effects of global warming, but with the ice melting, the Northern Passage has opened up. “So maybe, instead of being at the end of the pipeline, we’re at the beginning of a new pipeline.”
The new head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t think the environment needs to be protected from climate change. Conceded that he believed climate change exists, but still didn’t think it posed a major risk.
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