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  • The IRS's Plan to Chill Charitable Giving

    11/22/2015 8:05:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | November 21, 2015 | Logan Albright
    Don’t you love donating to causes you believe in? Don’t you love that warm fuzzy feeling from knowing that contributing to a worthy cause? And don’t you especially love that you can support whatever organization you choose anonymously? That last one is especially important given the news over the last few years that the IRS has been targeting conservatives with audits and denial of tax-free status for nakedly political reasons. Well, if the IRS has their way, this may be a luxury that will soon go the way of the dinosaur. A new rule is proposing that non-profit organizations collect...
  • Warning! Ben Carson wants to Microchip everybody! (Their title)

    11/15/2015 5:17:29 PM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 78 replies
    Youtube ^ | Paul Mitrofan
    I'm not sure this shows that he want to "microchip everybody," but it IS disturbing that he'd even be headed in the microchiping direction.
  • The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children

    11/13/2015 4:02:02 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 23 replies
    washington post ^ | November 12 | Valerie Strauss
    <p>Parental concerns about student privacy have been rising in recent years amid the growing use by schools, school districts and states use technology to collect mountains of detailed information on students. Last year, a controversial $100 million STUDENT DATA COLLECTION project funded by the GATES FOUNDATION and operated by a specially created nonprofit organization called inBloom was forced to shut down because of these concerns, an episode that served as a warning to parents about just how much information about their children is being shared without their knowledge.</p>
  • ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

    11/10/2015 7:12:28 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 11-9-15 | Alexander J Martin
    Encrypted email provider ProtonMail is still being hit by a DDoS attack from what appears to be a nation state, as well as a secondary and separate lower-level assault from an identified assailant. However, the service is now operating normally, it seems. Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers an encrypted webmail system able to withstand intelligence agency-level surveillance. However, since last Tuesday the company has continued to be hit by DDoS attacks from two attackers. Talking to The Register, ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen explained: "We have been attacked every day since 3 November, so we're now entering the sixth day of attacks." "There...
  • How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move

    11/10/2015 3:02:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 11/6/15 (updated 11/9) | Jana Winter
    THE RECENT EXPANSION of Google’s Timeline feature can provide investigators unprecedented access to users’ location history data, allowing them in many cases to track a person’s every move over the course of years, according to a report recently circulated to law enforcement.“The personal privacy implications are pretty clear but so are the law enforcement applications,” according to the document, titled “Google Timelines: Location Investigations Involving Android Devices,” which outlines the kind of information investigators can now obtain.The Timeline allows users to look back at their daily movements on a map; that same information is also potentially of interest to law enforcement. “It is now...
  • Google wants to monitor your mental health. Plan to monitor search history and report to gov't

    10/28/2015 7:15:26 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 72 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 10/28/2015 | James Kirkup
    Telegraph.co.uk Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind Yes, you should tell the computer what you're thinking By James Kirkup 6:24PM GMT 28 Oct 2015 The use of technology to track and treat mental illness is deeply worrying but sadly necessary Next week, Dr Tom Insel leaves his post as head of the US National Institute of Mental Health, a job that made him America’s top mental health doctor. Dr Insel is a neuroscientist and a psychiatrist and a leading authority on both the medicine and public policies needed to deal with problems...
  • Senate passes controversial cybersecurity bill Cisa 74 to 21

    10/27/2015 3:58:06 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/27/2015 | Sam Thielman
    Sam Thielman The Senate, ignorant on cybersecurity, just passed a bill about it anyway. The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a controversial cybersecurity bill critics say will allow the government to collect sensitive personal data unchecked, over the objections of civil liberties groups and many of the biggest names in the tech sector. The vote on Tuesday was 74 to 21 in support of the legislation. (snip) None of the Republican presidential candidates (except Lindsey Graham, who voted in favor) were present to cast a vote, including Rand Paul, who has made privacy from surveillance a major plank of his campaign...
  • France's leading TV weather forecaster suspended for questioning global warming orthodoxy

    10/16/2015 7:40:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Philippe Verdier is a household name in France, known for his nightly weather forecasts on government television broadcaster France 2.  That gig ended abruptly on Monday, when he released a promotional video for his new book.  The U.K. Telegraph explains: Climat Investigation (Climate Investigation) [claims] that leading climatologists and political leaders have “taken the world hostage” with misleading data. In a promotional video, Mr Verdier said: “Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is something important, very important that I haven’t been able...
  • Obama's U.N. plan: Globalize cops against 'violent extremists'

    10/13/2015 8:13:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    WND ^ | 10-6-2015 | Leo Hohmann
    WND EXCLUSIVE Obama's U.N. plan: Globalize cops against 'violent extremists' Conservative Christians 'becoming the targets' Published: 7 days ago Leo Hohmann President Obamas new Strong Cities Network, announced with little fanfare last week at the United Nations, appears to be another effort to strip authority from local police departments and to demonize conservative Christians, say advocates of civil and religious liberties. The stated goal of the program is to connect local police departments with their peers around the world in an effort to combat violent extremism, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who announced the program to the U.N. on...
  • Rookie Dongle warns parents when their kids are driving too fast (Nanny State/Big Brother alert)

    10/07/2015 8:32:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Stack ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Alice McGregor
    Dongle Apps, a Belgian tech company, has introduced a new system which alerts a car owner if the vehicles driver is breaking the speed limit. The Rookie Dongle, founded by engineer Paul Janssens and automotive expert Christophe Neyt, connects to the vehicles on-board diagnostics (OBD II) port, used by garage staff to identify issues and assess speed, mileage and performance in all modern cars. Initially designed for parents and guardians to keep an eye on their young ones behind the wheel, the device employs internal GPS and mobile technologies to push real-time data to the cloud and send notifications to...
  • Feds Developed App That Predicts Psychological Status of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the psychological status of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can deliver an automated...
  • AVG Anti-virus freeware privacy change: AV will sell your web browser history to advertisers

    09/22/2015 4:58:57 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 32 replies
    techsecurityupdate ^ | 09/22/2015 | John Leyden
    http://www.techsecurityupdate.com/avg-to-flog-your-web-browsing-search-history-from-mid-october/ AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October September 21, 2015 John Leyden Uncategorized Comments Off Your secrets sold to advertisers Changes in the privacy policy of AVG's free antivirus doodad will allow it to collect your web browsing and search history and sell it to advertisers to bankroll its freemium security software products.
  • Obama Decree Unleashes Behavioral Science Squad to Nudge You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be nudged by Obama's new behavioral science squads for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better serving the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging behavioral science techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their recommended vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called a low-carbon economy. The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • President Obama Orders Behavioral Experiments On American Public

    09/15/2015 2:37:31 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/15/2015 | Chuck Roes
    President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people, reads the executive order, released on Tuesday. The new program is the end result of a policy proposal the White House floated in 2013 entitled Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral...
  • Boston Mayor, Police Sending Letter To All Licensed Gun Owners

    09/12/2015 1:57:28 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 56 replies
    BOSTON (CBS) If you legally own a firearm in Boston, expect to be hearing from the mayor and police commissioner soon. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans announced Wednesday that theyre taking new measures to try and reduce gun violence.
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...
  • 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 Departments use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the citys 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 its buried away in bureaucracy it is of little value. Whether its 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 heres how to opt out

    08/02/2015 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 68 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 Microsofts previous-generation platform in one fell swoop. But theres 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 Cant 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 couldnt answer the question. We havent seen that dazed look since Rachel Dolezal was busted as a fraud. Because, as we all know, there is no difference between todays 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 Tocquevilles 210th birthday. This brilliant Frenchmans 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 youre 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 cant 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 didnt 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. Its 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 Obamas legacy will be the feds 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, Obamas 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. Oregons 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 methodIf 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, its 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 Obamas 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...

    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, Im 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 persons 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 Agencys (NSA) authority to spy on Americans, another alleges that theres not a shred of evidence that this surveillance has violated anyones civil liberties. GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken) spoke for 10 hours on the floor of the Senate contending that NSAs 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, isnt showing any sign hell 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 hasnt 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...