New York federal court: US Justice Department defended (NSA) program that compiles telecommunications “metadata” on every call made to, from or within the U S. A C L U v James Clapper director national intelligence, Obama request dismissal motion for injunction to suspend data collection pending trial on legality.
UN human rights committee unanimously passed a “right to privacy” resolution sponsored by Germany and Brazil that protects the right to privacy against illegal surveillance, following revelations about NSA spying. First document that establishes protection of human rights in the digital sphere.
[Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Senior Scientist Ken] Buesseler: first plume of water carrying radionuclides from Fukushima due to hit the U.S. West Coast any day now. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass: increased federal role not likely cites budget brakes applied by Republicans in Congress.
Corporations spy on nonprofits: environmental, antiwar, public interest, consumer safety, pesticide reform, social justice. The corporations: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Bank of America, Dow Chemical, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Burger King, McDonald's, Shell, BP, and others.
Facial recognition is a computer-based system that automatically identifies a person based on a digital image or video source which is then matched to information stored in a database. FBI will start using technology across the U.S. after testing is completed.
Agreement between Iran and six major world powers over the country’s nuclear energy program has made Israel “more isolated. Israel is standing against the will of the international community. Whole world wanted an agreement with Iran, propaganda machine not working.
Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass built for about $500,000 each.
Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery: Americans have “no reasonable expectation” to privacy when it comes to the telephone calls they make. Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union: the dragnet spying program is an "abuse of the government's investigative power.
Toys ‘R’ Us ran a TV Ad about how science education and field trips to nature are boring, especially when compared to free toys. Promotes blind commercialism and consumerism, insults science and environmental education programs and field trips. Company calls this ad “Amusing and Heartwarming.
Mainstream media (MSM) depict anti-GMO people as “emotional” and “unreasonable” while claiming genetic engineering is more “scientific”. Numerous studies point to GMO dangers, hundreds of scientists publicly speak out against GMOs.
Bacterial pathogens, viruses, parasites, cancer are anaerobic and thrive in the absence of oxygen. They are poisoned by oxygen. Ozone therapy is currently used successfully in Germany, Spain, Russia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba and other nations. Threatens the medical establishment’s monopoly.
Edward Snowden: US National Security Agency hacked more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide installing malware designated for surveillance operations. Operations carried out in many countries including China, Russia, Venezuela and Brazil.
Edward Snowden: N S A described how it would continue to expand its power, assert itself as global leader in clandestine surveillance. Spy agency sought the ability to trace “anyone, anywhere, anytime,” according to its 2012 mission statement. Brazil to reconsider their relations with US.
Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. She was accused of testing only a few samples, reporting the entire batch positive for drugs. The fraudulent tests have resulted in the dismissal of at least 1,100 criminal cases.
San Rafael California:ordinance bans smoking in dwellings that share a wall with another unit, including apartments, duplexes and condominiums. The hope is to eliminate second-hand smoke from creeping through doors and windows, ventilation systems, floorboards and other susceptible openings.
The catastrophic explosion that spewed some five million barrels of oil deep into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 will take a heavy toll in the ocean’s lowest layers for years to come. That’s the stark conclusion of seafloor research conducted six months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
holding the biggest ever anti-drone protest in Peshawar, where we could decide to block NATO supplies permanently,” Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI), told IPS ahead of massive protests planned by the party for Nov. 23.
Oil pipeline exploded in China on Friday, killing 35, injuring 166.E xplosion spilled oil into the ocean, shut down one of China’s largest crude import terminals. China’s last major oil spill in 2010 two pipelines exploded, spilling 27 million gallons of oil into Yellow Sea, as much as the Exxon Valdez disaster.
LG Smart TVs may be “spying” on their viewers by collecting information on viewing habits and online behaviour. Unencrypted information being transmitted to LG regardless of whether the option had been switched off. LG : unable to comment on their actions “for obvious reasons, ”should contact his retailer.
Ohio sheriff: alarmed by synthetic opiate krokodil, promised not to charge anyone who hands over the drug to his office. Addictive, injectable opioid made by mixing codeine tablets with gasoline, paint thinner, iodine, kitchen, bathroom cleaner, hydrochloric acid or red phosphorous from matches.
The first Chinese stealth unmanned combat drone conducted a successful maiden flight Thursday. Lijian, or “sharp sword” in English, aced its first test flight in southwest China, making the People’s Republic of China the fourth nation to successfully fly a stealth unmanned aerial vehicle.
The US House passed Wednesday two bills that would demand a $5,000 filing fee for any individual that wanted to hold an official protest of a drilling project, and that would give the feds less authority nationwide over hydraulic fracking rules.
Major outstanding orders: 48 Typhoon combat aircraft from the UK, 152 F-15SA combat aircraft from the USA, Boeing’s Expanded-Response Standoff Land Attack Missile and Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon. top five arms buyers were all Asian nations: India, China, Pakistan, South Korea, Singapore.
New technology allows retailers to gather information about customers through their smartphones as they shop. The technology taps into shoppers’ wifi signals, and can detect a shopper’s location in the store, how long they spend in certain departments, and how often they visit the store.
Argentinean Defense Minister Agustin Rossi:. UNASUR (the Union of South American Nations) must have a joint defense strategy.” “The issue of cyber-defense undoubtedly deserves to be addressed." Brazil would collaborate with Argentina over the issue. Concerns over Washington’s espionage.
Number of new food and beverage products in the U.S. with the label “natural” has fallen. 100 lawsuits filed against food makers like Kashi, Ben & Jerry’s for misleading labels, companies said their products were “natural”, but aren’t. No regulations on how the natural label can be used, has no official meaning.
Norman Gurley, 30, is facing drug-related charges in Lorain County, Ohio, despite the fact that state troopers did not find any drugs in his possession. Ohio passed a law in 2012 making it a felony to alter a vehicle to add secret compartment with “intent” of using it to conceal drugs for trafficking.
Politicians will only make calls on encrypted phones, which are protected. iPhones will no longer be allowed for official correspondence. Software is not iPhone-compatible, Apple products to disappear from German parliament.
The U.S. Air Force has released a new request for a high-powered laser weapon that could be mounted on a next-generation air dominance fighter in the post-2030 era. Particularly interested in lasers that would be at technology readiness level four (TRL4) by October 2014.
Half a year’s worth of rain fell in an hour and a half Monday night on Italian island of Sardinia, flooding streets, killing 16, Sardinia pummeled by 17.3 inches of rain by Cyclone Cleopatra Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, called “an exceptional event.” Italian government declared state of emergency on the island,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to decide rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars include “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave car’s location, direction, speed number of passengers it is carrying.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is planning to expand its counterintelligence operations to include friendly countries following revelations of U S spying. Tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone a wake-up call. Plans to work closely with universities and research institutes.
“No one likes it. Who wants to be followed all over the place?” said one officer. It’s going to open up a can of worms that can’t be closed.” Irony of police objecting to GPS technology for privacy reasons is hard to miss. Officers’ concerns about privacy illustrate just how revealing GPS technology can be.
“No one likes it. Who wants to be followed all over the place?” said one officer. It’s going to open up a can of worms that can’t be closed.” Irony of police objecting to GPS technology for privacy reasons is hard to miss. officers’ concerns about privacy illustrate just how revealing GPS technology can be.
(CIA), Pentagon waging campaign to prevent Russian space agency building spying structures in US. Moscow: structures unrelatated to surveillance, insist they improve accuracy of Russian Global Positioning System (GPS), network, steers guided missiles to targets, help navigation.
New study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. All babies born in California monitored at birth for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels in blood.
Northrop Grumman’s The Bat: 12 foot wingspan, 70 mph top speed, carries electronic attack payload. Can jam radar and confuse surface-to air missiles. Catapulted from a hydraulic rail launcher, caught by a portable net system the Bat is completely runway independent.
Busness claim capabilities that rival governments. Companies developing advanced data-gathering, monitoring technology. NSA relies on private contractors development of its surveillance tech. Surveillance needs of dictators served by American companies despite embargoes.
TSA installing exit “detention pods” at major airports will temporarily “jail” passengers
ready to leave a terminal, they will be forced into the pods, one at a time. Must remain in the pod until electronic voice gives them permission to leave and door opens. Cost $60 million to install.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur: "Marijuana is safer than alcohol, tobacco, failed policy for nation to criminalize the use. Calls for legalization, regulation of marijuana, use the tax revenue for expansion of pre-kindergarten education.
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