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Jun 09 06:23

LAWSUIT ACCUSES DIGITAL RECOGNITION NETWORK OF SECRETLY COLLECTING BILLIONS OF LICENSE PLATES

A recently filed lawsuit accuses Digital Recognition Network of covertly collecting vehicle data on millions of Americans and selling it for a profit.

Jun 09 06:19

"SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD" - EL SALVADOR PRESIDENT PUSHES BILL TO ADOPT BITCOIN AS LEGAL TENDER

In a pre-recorded video, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele made a somewhat shocking announcement in the final hours of the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami on Saturday afternoon.

Jun 08 09:59

Apple and TSA Team Up to Create Digital ID for Air Travel

By Jesse Smith

Apple is continuing to push forward with the digitization of all things by teaming up with the TSA to allow users to scan drivers’ licenses or state IDs in its Wallet app. Much more is planned...

Jun 08 01:16

Burger King Donating to Pro-Child Sex-Change Group With Every New Chicken Sandwich Sold

Burger King under the leadership of CEO Daniel Schwartz have begun donating 40 cents for every sale of its new chicken sandwich to a radical LGBT lobby group that supports child sex changes, the drugging of children with opposite-sex hormones and Drag Queen Story Hours.

Jun 07 17:27

Ring Changed How Police Request Door Camera Footage: What it Means and Doesn’t Mean

By Matthew Guariglia

Ring’s small reforms invite bigger questions: Why does a customer-focused technology company need to develop and maintain a feature for law enforcement in the first place? Why must Ring and other technology companies continue to offer police free features to facilitate surveillance and the transfer of information from users to the government? ...

Jun 06 11:33

An Inconvenient Truth: EVs May Offer A "Negligible" CO2 Difference From ICE Vehicles

Are the carbon footprints of EVs really as drastically lower than that of internal combustion engine vehicles? When considering the amount of carbon and CO2 created from assembling lithium ion batteries, one firm thinks the difference could be "negligible".

Such was the topic of a new blog post by natural resource investors Goehring & Rozencwajg (G&R), a "fundamental research firm focused exclusively on contrarian natural resource investments with a team with over 30 years of dedicated resource experience."

The firm, established in 2015, posted a blog entry entitled "Exploring Lithium-ion Electric Vehicles’ Carbon Footprint" this week, where they call into question a former ICE vs. EV comparison performed by the Wall Street Journal and, while citing work performed by Jefferies, argue that there could literally be "no reduction in CO2 output" in some EV vs. ICE comparisons.

Jun 05 04:27

SURVEILLANCE CITY: NYPD CAN USE MORE THAN 15,000 CAMERAS TO TRACK PEOPLE USING FACIAL RECOGNITION IN MANHATTAN, BRONX AND BROOKLYN

BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has the ability to track people in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx by running images from 15,280 surveillance cameras into invasive and discriminatory facial recognition software, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the investigation, tagging 15,280 surveillance cameras at intersections across Manhattan (3,590), Brooklyn (8,220) and the Bronx (3,470). Combined, the three boroughs account for almost half of the intersections (47%) in New York City, constituting a vast surface area of pervasive surveillance.

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SO GLAD to be living in rural Indianna right now!!

Jun 03 14:47

Amazon US customers have one week to opt out of mass wireless sharing - The Gaurdian

Critics raise transparency fears over plan to turn all smart home devices into ‘mesh network

Alex Hern Technology editor
@alexhern
Tue 1 Jun 2021 10.55 EDT

Amazon customers have one week to opt out of a plan that would turn every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the US into a shared wireless network, as part of the company’s plan to fix connection problems for its smart home devices.

Jun 02 13:18

Who is the man behind the Real Water bottled water company?

Many Nevadans know Brent Allen Jones.

Jones is the CEO of Affinity Lifestyles, which is the company that makes Real Water, a brand of bottled water in Nevada.

Real Water was recently linked to several cases of non-viral hepatitis by the Southern Nevada Health District.

The illness resulted in 5 children being hospitalized and 6 (3 adults and 3 children) other people reporting less severe symptoms of the illness.

Jones is a lawyer, politician and businessman. He is also a conservative and Scientologist.

Jun 02 13:18

Lawsuit: I Was Fired for Not Watching Scientology Videos

Health experts have dismissed a Nevada legislator’s new age water company as junk science. But now one of his former employees says the company is a gateway drug for the Church of Scientology.

Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez, a former employee at the Las Vegas-based Affinity Lifestyles, is suing the company for alleged religious discrimination. A practicing Catholic, Echevarria-Hernandez says she was pressured to complete Scientology video courses at work, and was denied pay, ostracized, and eventually fired when she refused to watch the videos.

Jun 02 10:37

Judge permanently blocks marketing of bottled-water brand

A U.S. judge has permanently blocked a Las Vegas-based bottled-water brand Real Water from being marketed while an investigation continues into at least one death and multiple cases of liver illness among people who reported drinking it.

A court order signed Monday by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey formalizes a settlement in which AffinityLivestyles.com Inc., Real Water Inc. and company officers agreed to stop processing and distributing the product drawn from municipal tap water, and destroy any in their possession.

Company president Brent Jones, a former Nevada state Republican lawmaker, and attorneys for him and the company didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Real Water was marketed primarily in Nevada, Arizona, Utah and California.

Jun 02 07:01

‘They Could Have Their Whole Bank Account Taken Away:’ Cybersecurity Expert Warns Of New Phone Scam

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s a new scam going around that involves claiming to be a major local bank.

Scam text messages are hitting phones claiming issues with PNC Bank accounts and one cybersecurity expert was targeted by this one and immediately knew it was a scammer.

“My reaction immediately was, ‘oh my god I can’t believe they’re trying to do this’,” said Albert Whale, founder of IT Security Solutions.

How did Whale know immediately that this was a fraud?

“I don’t have an account with PNC,” he said.

So, when the message came to his phone, the red flags immediately went up.

“Then I looked at the number to call, and there it was a 412 number,” he recalled.

While it was not a phone number associated with any PNC Bank branch or any part of the bank, he decided to give it a call anyway.

“Please key in your nine-digit social security number followed by the pound sign,” The automated message prompted.

Jun 02 05:56

Elon Musk Assures Teslas "Still Have Safety Features", After Losing Key Industry Designations Last Week

After Consumer Reports dropped Tesla's Model 3 from its "top pick" list as a result of the automaker removing radar (and the associated automated safety features that go with it) from the vehicle, Musk has reportedly told pro-Tesla rag electrek that "safety features" are active in new Tesla vehicles.

So once again, it's all just a big misunderstanding, and Elon Musk can clear the whole thing up.

Electrek said late last week that "active safety features are in place in new Tesla cars and the NHTSA will test them next week".

Jun 01 09:06

Shopper reveals why he was HAPPY to be charged $158 for a $30 leg of lamb at the Woolworths checkout

  • An Australian man has revealed why he was happy to be overcharged for meat
  • The man used his consumer rights to get the wrongly scanned item for free
  • The leg of lamb scanned through at over $158 instead of $30, its real value


A savvy shopper has revealed why he was thrilled to be overcharged by more than $120 for a leg of lamb at Woolworths.

Darren posted on Markdown Addicts Australia to brag about his incredible buy after finding the incorrectly tagged piece of meat on the shelf.

The bad labelling meant Darren could buy the 2.5kg leg of lamb, then go to the counter directly for a full refund, scoring the whole roast for free.

May 31 18:36

Big Cable and Big Telecom Lobby Groups Can’t Convince Anyone Outside Their Industry That Broadband Prices Have Dropped

By B.N. Frank

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans from the telecom and cable industries. The agency has instead catered to these industries for decades. Various lawsuits have been filed against it because of this.

Big Cable and Big Telecom overcharging Americans for internet services many still don’t have has become embarrassingly obvious. Industry lobby groups still get paid to keep trying to convince everyone otherwise...

May 30 19:40

Sign Petition To Stop COVID “Vaccine” Passports

By Neenah Payne

In the video The Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccine, Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America’s Frontline Doctors explains that the threat of a COVID vaccine passport is not coming from the US government, but from corporations like the airlines. Quantas said it plans to require proof of vaccination. Dr. Gold points out that if the executives of the top six airlines impose a vaccine requirement, it will be hard to stop.

When the Stop Medical Discrimination petition has 1 million signatures, Dr. Gold plans to take it to the airlines...

May 30 16:12

New scam involving USPS is costing people thousands

May is national moving month. One big item on the top of many checklists is changing your address. But be careful, there’s one website, experts say is misleading people into thinking they’re submitting address changes with the post office, when they’re not! And it’s taking their money. Call …

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – One victim we talked to was scammed out of money after moving to a new home. “I went to check my bank statement and realized they charged $89.95. I think is what it was,” the victim said. He didn’t want to be identified.

“I just hurried up, filled out my information and did [like] autofill and all of that stuff. And I paid the price for it,” said the victim.

He just moved to east Nashville. While setting up his utilities he realized that he forgot about forwarding his mail. So, he went online and googled ‘USPS address forwarding.’ “I mean, the site looks just like a USPS site, same color scheme and everything.”

May 30 10:29

Missouri Man Sentenced For Role In Largest "Organic Food" Fraud In American History

A north Missouri businessman who was involved in the largest organic fraud scheme in American history has been sentenced to probation and fined. According to KTTN, federal prosecutors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sentenced Steven Whiteside of Chilicothe to three years probation and a fine of 45-thousand dollars.

Two other Northwest Missouri men were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the 142-million dollar grain fraud scheme, which federal prosecutors describe as the “Field of Schemes.”

Steven Whiteside of Chillicothe pleaded guilty in December to signing a document that allowed Randy Constant to sell conventionally raised grain as certified organic and receive a higher premium.

Federal prosecutors say Whiteside received $177-thousand for grain that Constant resold to animal feed producers. They had asked for a one-year term in prison for Whiteside. His defense attorney argued he received a lesser sentence for having a clean record and having family obligations.

May 29 11:24

Shedding and Spreading Genetic Vaccines

By Julie Beal

Is it possible to shed and spread a genetic vaccine? Some of the people who’ve had a coronavirus vaccine seem to think so, despite being ‘pro-vax’. Most of them are simply saying what they’ve experienced, not making accusations about the vax being spread.

May 28 11:53

Fish Story: Genetically Engineered Salmon To Hit Dinner Plates

The FDA approved genetically engineered salmon as “safe and effective” in 2015 but now the land-locked harvest is rolling out to commercial institutions nationwide. Critics have nicknamed the product “Frankenfish”.

Normally, the term GMO, or Genetically Modified Organism, would apply. In this case, the salmon are clearly identified as “genetically engineered” because of extensive DNA editing. It is only a matter of time before they spread to wild fish. ? Technocracy News & Trends Editor Patrick Wood

By: Casey Smith via AP

The inaugural harvest of genetically modified salmon began this week after the pandemic delayed the sale of the first such altered animal to be cleared for human consumption in the United States, company officials said.

May 28 11:43

As Bayer Considers Ending Some US Glyphosate Sales, Campaigners Urge EPA to Enact Full Ban

By Brett Wilkins

After a federal judge rejected a $2 billion class-action proposal from Bayer to avert future lawsuits alleging its popular Roundup herbicide causes cancer, the pharmaceutical and chemical giant announced Thursday that it would consider ending sales of the glyphosate-based weedkiller for residential use in the United States.

In a statement, Bayer said that it “will immediately engage with partners to discuss the future of glyphosate-based products in the U.S. residential market” in a move aimed at “mitigating future litigation risk.”

“None of these discussions will affect the availability of glyphosate-based products in markets for professional and agricultural users,” the Germany-based company added...

May 28 10:54

Cancer-causing chemical found in 78 sunscreen products

The independent lab that made the finding is calling on the FDA to recall these sunscreen products.

An independent testing lab has detected the chemical benzene, a known human carcinogen, in 78 sunscreen products and is now calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall the products.

The lab, Valisure, checks medications and health care products for quality. Recently, the company tested nearly 300 sunscreen products and found that 27% contained benzene, according to a statement from the company. Fourteen of the products (5%) contained benzene at levels higher than 2 parts per million (ppm), which is the FDA's recommended limit for benzene in medically valuable drugs that can't be made without it.

"The presence of this known human carcinogen in products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and that are regularly used by adults and children is very troubling," David Light, founder and CEO of Valisure, said in the statement.

May 28 10:52

Microsoft Warns That "1984" May Come True in Three Years Time

George Orwell's 1984 has made waves in the cultural world, even if it's someone comparing the dystopian novel to why they can't buy a breakfast meal after 11 am. However, Microsoft believes that real-life technology may soon replicate Big Brother's in the coming years.

Microsoft's Bold Claim for the Future of AI
Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, made the somewhat scary prediction on BBC Panorama. In it, the UK news giant explored how China uses artificial intelligence to keep an eye on its citizens.

Smith said that the government needs to keep up-to-date on how technology can spy on people and create laws to protect citizens' privacy as it develops. If it fails to do so, the technology runs the risk of "racing ahead," and once it gets a headstart, it will be "very difficult to catch up."

Smith is afraid of what might happen if things went unchecked:

May 26 07:48

Every Nerf Gun Could Be Turned Into "80% Or Greater Receiver" Under New ATF Rule

A Twitter user who appears well rounded with 3D-printing technology tweeted Saturday about the consequences if every "Nerf gun/foam dart gun were to suddenly become an 80% receiver."

Twitter user "00MEAT" said while the Biden administration is going after ghost guns and unserialized weapons. There could be a "list of consequences if every Nerf gun/foam dart gun were to suddenly become an 80% receiver, and if the ATF were to suddenly consider 80% receivers as firearms. I'll just let you imagine what the below image is."

00MEAT continued: "I mean, think of the children, does the ATF really want to go after every kid once they have an 80% sbr?"

With some fiddling around with basic computer-aided drafting software, 00MEAT was able to create the "Nerf .22 adapter," which could theoretically "make every foam dart gun everywhere into an 80% receiver."

May 24 10:19

Kia introduces new electric vehicle that can charge in less than 20 minutes

  • The Biden administration has called for hundreds of billions of dollars to be allocated for the proliferation of electric vehicles in the country.
  • Biden intends to put the money toward initiatives such as domestic manufacturing, electric vehicle deployment and research into emerging technologies like advanced batteries.
  • Kia is now one of the car manufacturers leading the charge with innovative new EV models.
  • Kia’s new EV6 is the first car to reflect the manufacturer’s identity shift towards electrification, as well as addressing traditional pain points for new EV drivers, such as charging time.

May 24 10:07

Coca-Cola Sabotaged Dozens of Its Small Brands, New Report Claims

Coca-Cola Sabotaged Dozens of Its Small Brands, New Report Claims
Former employees say Odwalla, Zico coconut water, and others were set up to fail against big Coke brands.

By 2007, The Coca-Cola Company responded to this with the creation of a new corporate initiative, its Venturing & Emerging Brands team. This team was essentially tasked with scouting out small but well-established beverage companies—think Honest Tea, Vitaminwater, and Odwalla smoothies and juice—and acquiring them to fold them into The Coca-Cola Company portfolio

May 24 01:58

"In Human History, No Single Asset Has Come Under Such Coordinated Assault By Global Institutions"

Now, the Church has not exactly draped itself in glory when it comes to embracing the world’s most important scientific advances. Just ask Galileo who died in jail, then waited 300yrs for an apology from the Vatican.

But it wasn’t just the Pope. You see, Elon’s tweet that criticized bitcoin mining’s use of fossil fuel spurred every ageing Luddite who has been consistently wrong about bitcoin’s ascent to pen yet another scathing op-ed.

That’s natural, of course. Critics are always loudest in the hole. But this time they were crowded together with Fed officials, the IRS, US Treasury and the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing seemed to announce a new law to outlaw bitcoin mining every time the price staged an intra-day bounce.

May 20 16:15

Children’s Health Defense Files Petition With FDA Over Covid Vaccine Concerns

By Janet Phelan

Children’s Health Defense has filed a Citizen Petition with the Food and Drug Administration, asking them to remove Emergency Use Authorizations from all COVID vaccines.

The petition, which is signed by Meryl Nass, MD and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, asks for the following:

“We request the Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue, amend, revoke, or refrain from taking the administrative actions listed below regarding emergency use authorizations (EUAs), current and future new drug applications (NDAs), and biologics license applications (BLAs) for all COVID vaccines.”

The petition, which is lodged on the FDA website and currently open for comments, addresses a number of issues that have arisen as to the safety of the COVID vaccines...

May 20 13:40

Dominion Responds After Pennsylvania Election Officials Report "Coding Error" With Voting Machines

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Election officials in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, reported issues with voting equipment at polling places on Tuesday, prompting a response from Dominion Voting Systems saying that there was a ballot screen error regarding the viewing screen’s header.

Dominion Voting Systems told The Epoch Times that “Luzerne County’s election director has confirmed that there is a ballot screen error that is confined to the header on the viewing screen of the machine, and that all ballots are printing correctly with the Republican header and the Republican primary election races.”

The firm then noted that Luzerne County officials have assured the public that “all ballots will be correctly counted,” adding: “We regret any confusion this has caused.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, Dominion, but the optics on this look pretty damned vile; your credibility has been well and truly flushed; and it appears obvious to any thinking human being, what is being allowed to happen here and why.

May 20 06:52

How a McDonald's Sausage Burrito contains more than 100 ingredients - including one chemical used in FIREWORKS

A McDonald's Sausage Burrito certainly promises to fire you up for the day, with more than 100 ingredients including one chemical compound used in fireworks.

A new behind-the-scenes video reveals that although the liquid egg in the sandwich originates from a farm in Michigan, it is mixed with twenty other components before flash frozen and reheated at restaurants.

Among the scrambled egg mix is carboxymethyl cellulose - a binding compound found in denture adhesives - and sodium benzoate, which is also used in fireworks to produce a whistling sound.

May 19 17:55

Internet Service Providers Forcing Low-Income Subsidy Applicants to Switch to Costlier Plans; Is Yours One of Them?

By B.N. Frank

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been given $3.2 billion to distribute among low-income Americans for broadband assistance.

Now it appears that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are making it tougher for qualified applicants to actually save money...

May 19 07:59

Chemical Giants Misled FDA, Consumers on Health Impact of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Packaging

A new report by The Guardian reveals chemical giants DuPont and Daikin lied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when they told agency officials certain types of “forever chemicals” used in food packaging were safer and less likely to accumulate in humans than older versions of the chemicals.

According to The Guardian, the companies deliberately concealed the negative health effects of fluorotelomer alcohol, or 6:2 FTOH, a type of “short-chain” per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals used in pizza boxes, to-go containers and fast-food wrappers.

The chemicals have been linked to numerous health issues including kidney disease, liver damage, cancer, neurological damage, developmental problems and autoimmune disorders.

According to The Guardian:

May 18 01:06

Sharp’s new phone with a massive 1-inch sensor has me salivating

Sharp’s newest flagship has a 1-inch camera sensor with Leica branding — and that’s probably enough to catch the attention of camera photography nerds. But it might be hard to get your hands on a unit as the Aquos R6 is limited to Japan for now.

The 1-inch 20-megapixel camera sensor is the largest in the smartphone world, beating the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s 1/1.12-inch sensor. This means that the phone’s camera will be able to absorb more light in a short amount of time, resulting in detailed photos even in low-light situations.

Interestingly, the phone only has a single rear camera — a departure from a multi-camera setup that’s common in this age’s phones.

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The Aquos R6 is no slouch in other departments. It features a 6.6-inch screen with 2,730 x 1,260 resolution, 2,000 nits of max brightness, and 240Hz of refresh rate.

Specifications

May 17 13:27

Almost Every Wi-Fi Device Affected by Flaw Dating Back to 1997; “…any vulnerabilities that affect virtually all devices are important.”

By B.N. Frank

There have been countless horrifying news stories about hackers breaking into baby monitors, security cameras, and systems, “Smart” home assistants, smartphones, and more.

Privacy and security experts continue to warn about vulnerabilities with ALL wireless-connected devices and technologyincluding 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

Safer and more secure internet access can be achieved with a hard-wired internet connection. Those who choose to use Wi-Fi anyway are putting their privacy, safety, and health at risk as well as their families’. A university researcher recently made public a flaw that’s existed since 1997...

May 15 04:00

Slumlord Refuses To Give Tenant Security Deposit, Tenant Puts Slumlord Out Of Business

Unfortunately, the world's in no short supply of landlords that are blinded beyond belief by obscene levels of greed. All this greed can manifest into some very shady, generally immoral antics. In this case, it sounds like the slumlord was clearly not going to play nice, and return the security deposit to the tenants after they moved out. The good news is that the tenants didn't stand for it, and instead decided to fight back by ingeniously securing a website that'd go on to be the slumlord's ultimate archenemy

May 14 18:52

FDA Warns Cell Phones and Smart Watches Can Affect Medical Implants, Pacemakers, and Defibrillators

By B.N. Frank

There have been expert warnings about medical implants being vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. There have also been warnings (including by Apple) that people with pacemakers and other medical implants should NOT hold or charge Apple iPhones too close to their bodies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now issued a warning that cell phones as well as smart watches are capable of messing with medical devices...

May 14 14:56

This Is Why There's A Huge Chicken Shortage, Tyson Says

There's a major chicken shortage all across the country, affecting your favorite fast-food chains and restaurants and their wings, tenders, sandwiches, and more.

It started in February, and places like Bojangles and KFC are feeling the heat—and now we know why. Tyson, the world's second-largest processor of chicken, beef, and pork, says it's all due to the high demand right now, but also because of its roosters.

The company switched its male roosters earlier this year, but ultimately there have been fewer eggs and lower hatch rates. It estimates the problem accounts for about 50% of the shortage issue, according to the New York Post. "We're changing out a [type of] male that, quite frankly, we made a bad decision on," Tyson's chief operating officer and group president of Poultry, Donnie King, said during an analyst call on Monday.

May 14 12:49

Former Top Gear Host James May Says His Tesla Model S Has "Failed"

Former Top Gear host James May took to YouTube in a video published Wednesday titled "James May's Tesla Model S has failed!" to include one of the top things he hates about his Model S. May, who has already made a video about the "dozen or so things he doesn't like about his Tesla" included another annoying issue with the car: Its 12-volt battery tends to die, transforming the vehicle into an electric brick.

May explains the Tesla has "two batteries." It has a "great big battery that powers the car, and it also has, here in the front, a conventional 12-volt battery that keeps all the systems alive." He said the car sat for a while and the 12-volt battery went "flat." Since the 12-volt battery powers the car's computer and locks, he could not unlock the front bonnet to charge the battery.

May then proposed the question: Why does the 12-volt battery go flat when it has a great big battery underneath the car?

May 13 12:16

Canadian Doctors Are Being Censored

By Ethan Yang

On April 30th, 2021 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario put out a highly controversial statement regarding what it considers to be Covid misinformation. The CPSO is a regional regulatory body empowered by statutory law to exercise licensing and disciplinary authority over the practice of medicine in Ontario. Think of it as the equivalent of a State Bar Association for American lawyers except for Canadian doctors. The statement from the CPSO is horrifying...

May 13 06:12

Biden’s America: Federal Government Agency Warns Against Hoarding Gasoline in Plastic Bags

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to Americans against hoarding gasoline in plastic bags in response to some people taking extreme measures during the sudden gas shortage in southeastern states reportedly caused by ransomware computer hackers attacking a major gas and oil pipeline company, Colonial Pipeline. The USCPSC is an independent federal government agency.

May 12 11:51

Ruling Class Says There’s No “Shortage” Of Fuel, Then Blames The Shortage On “Hoarders”

So they are obviously lying to us and telling us to ignore what our own eyes are showing. We live in the strangest of times, folks, and it could get even more interesting as the rulers continue to open their mouths and attempt to continue to brainwash the public into servitude.

May 11 18:25

World Renowned Conventional Doc Blasts the COVID JAB-Erwocks

By Peter Tocci

The reason this man is called ‘expert on COVID’ is that he developed a reasonably safe and very effective – officially suppressed – treatment protocol used by many progressive docs. It has kept thousands out of the hospital. He (and others) are published on this. He is also Vice Chief of Internal Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center.

Otherwise, he might be the world’s top cardiologist, who also holds an MPH degree and is a professor of medicine. His work/background is totally stunning, and seems impossible for one person. Meaning, for purposes here, he has the exceptional intelligence to analyze and dissect the COVID VAX atrocity. The measured way in which he delivers this bombshell is also remarkable.

I’ve been ‘praying’ for a major US conventional medical figure to stand up. Peter A. McCullough, M.D., M.P.H. has come forward. Even better, he’s also world famous...

May 11 15:02

Yikes! Corn Prices Are Up Roughly 50% In 2021 As Americans Brace For Years Of Horrific Food Inflation

t sure didn’t take long for the Joe Biden era to start resembling the Jimmy Carter era. Prices are going up so fast that even the mainstream media can’t stop talking about it. This has already become a major national crisis, and it should be exceedingly obvious to everyone that it is only going to get worse. The Biden administration wants to borrow and spend trillions more dollars on top of all the absurd spending that has already happened, and the Federal Reserve is going to continue to pump gigantic piles of fresh cash into the financial system. Collectively, our leaders are literally committing economic malpractice, and if most Americans truly understood what was going on they would be out in the streets protesting against it.

May 11 08:19

Massive Amazon Fake Review Scam Exposed In Data Breach

Amazon has spent years rooting out fake reviews and other seller scams from its e-commerce platform. But the latest discovery from security researchers at SafetyDetectives found what appears to be a sophisticated scheme by Amazon vendors to procure fake reviews for their products.

SafetyDetectives's cybersecurity team found a China-based Elasticsearch server of direct messages between Amazon vendors and customers running fake review schemes in exchange for free products. In total, the 7GB treasure trove contained over 13 million records, including the email addresses and WhatsApp/Telegram phone numbers of vendor contacts, plus email addresses, names, PayPal account details, and Amazon account profiles of reviewers, impacting approximately 200,000 people.

The information on the sever outlined standard procedures by which Amazon vendors would procure fake reviews for their products.

May 11 08:18

The FCC Aims To Stem Robocalls But ATT, Verizon, & T-Mobile Say Wait

Consumers get billions of robocalls and many if not most of them come from overseas locations including India and the Philippines.

On September 28, the FCC seeks to implement foreign provider regulation that would block most of these incoming calls.

Under the proposal, foreign carriers have to be approved by the FCC and those spamming calls would be blocked.

Rule Challenge

Several big phone companies say they are On Board With Robocall Blocking, Just Not Now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... because they make money off of all those billions of calls!

May 11 05:18

Massive and sophisticated fake review scam unearthed on Amazon - report

Scammers on Amazon are using a complex system to obtain fake 5-star reviews for their products, avoiding detection by using different forms of payment so the purchase seems as normal as any other, a watchdog site has found.

A whopping 13 million records of Amazon users and vendors participating in the colossal con job were discovered by SafetyDetectives, a cyber security team that stumbled on the trove of data on an unsecured ElasticSearch database last week.

The leak amounted to some 7 gigabytes of data, all told compromising the privacy of some 200,000 people.

Those curious about the identities of the vendors involved could find not only email addresses, but also WhatsApp and Telegram numbers. Emails were often shared as well.

May 10 19:12

FDA: “Operation Quack Hack”: Medical Mafia vs. Medical Health Freedom Fighters

By Maryam Henein

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” 1984, George Orwell

IRONY ALERT! “No form of human misery can be allowed to go unexploited, and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception.” WebMD

Under the guise of safety (read: control) and fueled by a narrative that COVID-19 is a pandemic devastating the world, the U.S. government has issued a veritable witch hunt against online health professionals and natural ancient remedies like silver, vitamin C, magnesium, and mineral salts (MMS).

Headed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Operation Quack Hack is cyberstalking and softly terrorizing hundreds of doctors and health professionals who actually care about bolstering people’s health. And yes, “Operation Quack Hack” is the actual name the FDA has given this operation...

May 10 14:52

FTC Blasts Manufacturer Excuses in Right-to-Repair Report

The FTC has published its final report on manufacturer-imposed repair restrictions in the United States and whether citizens are being treated fairly. It concludes they very much are not in a far-ranging 56-page document that evaluates every explanation various companies have provided for why they limit the right of Americans to repair products they’ve legally purchased.
“Although manufacturers have offered numerous explanations for their repair restrictions, the majority are not supported by the record,” the FTC writes. This is a polite way to end the document, considering how many holes get punched through manufacturer arguments on the previous 55 pages.

May 10 13:48

Why Is The Mainstream Media Suddenly Freaking Out About The Horrifying Inflation That Is Ahead Of Us?

Have you noticed that the corporate media has suddenly become obsessed with rising prices over the past week or so?  Day after day, mainstream news outlets are barraging us with stories about inflation, and even CNN is occasionally taking a break from bashing Republicans to cover this.  Earlier today, I was directed to a CNN article entitled “Prices are rising everywhere you look”, and I decided to read it.  Surprisingly, this was one CNN article that would actually pass an impartial fact check.  We really are seeing very painful inflation throughout the entire economy, and this is causing many to recall the days of “stagflation” under Jimmy Carter in the 1970s.

May 09 16:11

What will you do when inflation forces U.S. households to spend 40 percent of their incomes in food?

Did you know that the price of corn has risen 142 percent in the last 12 months?  Of course corn is used in hundreds of different products we buy at the grocery store, and so everyone is going to feel the pain of this price increase.  But it isn’t just the price of corn that is going crazy.  We are seeing food prices shoot up dramatically all across the industry, and experts are warning that this is just the very beginning.  So if you think that food prices are bad now, just wait, because they are going to get a whole lot worse.

May 09 16:06

Pfizer betting big on steady stream of adults and children getting yearly COVID-19 vaccines… (Hint : It’s all about REPEAT PROFITS)

Indeed, they have already laid the groundwork for a steady stream of revenue by telling the public that they will likely need at least one additional shot a year after their second dose. He also mentioned that people around the world may end up needing yearly shots, much like the flu shot, which would help Pfizer to grow its bottom line and shift COVID-19 vaccines from an emergency measure to a permanent and highly profitable line of business.

May 09 15:56

ONE child dies and Peloton recalls its ENTIRE line of treadmills – yet when thousands of children die from vaccines, there’s no recall, no lawsuits and no government oversight

Untold thousands of children have died from toxic vaccines, by the way, and never once has a pharmaceutical company responded with an apology, let alone a recall. And yet user misuse of exercise equipment was enough in Peloton’s case to pull back all associated products.

May 09 05:40

He Bought Health Insurance for Emergencies. Then He Fell Into a $33,601 Trap.

In the spring of 2019, Cory Dowd suddenly found himself without health insurance for the first time. A self-employed event planner, he had just finished a Peace Corps stint that provided health benefits, but he was still more than a year away from starting a graduate program that would provide coverage through his university.

So, like countless others in an online world, he went insurance shopping on the internet.

But the individual insurance market he was about to enter was one dramatically changed under President Donald Trump’s push to dismantle Obamacare, offering more choices at cheaper prices.

Dowd is well-educated and knew more than most about how traditional health insurance works. But even he did not understand the extent to which insurers could offer plans that looked like a great deal but were stuffed with fine print that allowed companies to deny payment for routine medical events.

May 08 18:07

Emails Entered into Lawsuit Reveal Apple Management Decided NOT to Notify 128 Million iPhone Users of Hack

By B.N. Frank

Since 2019, Apple has known that its AirDrop feature has been leaking user information. Thanks to a lawsuit, millions of iPhone users are now learning their devices have also been compromised...

May 08 11:34

Woka-Cola pauses its racist, bigoted, anti-White indoctrination plans after intense backlash from the public

Gayton and other “social justice warriors” (SJWs) should know by now that discriminating against people on the basis of skin color is illegal. Coke apparently thought that it was “woke,” which is why the company is now hanging by a thread.

May 07 14:44

The global chip shortage is starting to have major real-world consequences

  • As technology has advanced, semiconductor chips have spread from computers and cars to toothbrushes and tumble dryers — they now lurk beneath the hood of a surprising number of products.
  • But demand for chips is continuing to outstrip supply, and car makers are no longer the only companies feeling the pinch.
  • Many companies — particularly those in China who have been hit by sanctions — are boosting their stockpiles of in-demand chips to try to ride out the storm, but that's making chips even harder to get hold of for other firms.

The severity of the global chip shortage has gone up a notch over the last few weeks and it's now looking as though millions of people will be impacted.

As technology has advanced, semiconductor chips have spread from computers and cars to toothbrushes and tumble dryers — they now lurk beneath the hood of a surprising number of products.

May 06 13:21

Data leak implicates over 200,000 people in Amazon fake product review scam

An open database has revealed the identities of over 200,000 individuals who appear to be involved in Amazon fake product review schemes.

There is an ongoing battle between the e-commerce giant and dubious sellers, worldwide, who wish to hamstring competitors and gain an edge by generating fake reviews for their products.

This can include paying individuals to leave a glowing review or by offering free items in return for positive, public feedback.

How they operate and stay under Amazon's radar varies, but an open ElasticSearch server has exposed some of the inner workings of these schemes.

On Thursday, Safety Detectives researchers revealed that the server, public and online, contained 7GB of data and over 13 million records appearing to be linked to a widespread fake review scam.

It is not known who owns the server but there are indicators that the organization may originate from China due to messages written in Chinese, leaked during the incident.

May 06 06:35

Data leak makes Peloton’s Horrible, No-Good, Really Bad Day even worse

Peloton is having a rough day. First, the company recalled two treadmill models following the death of a 6-year-old child who was pulled under one of the devices. Now comes word Peloton exposed sensitive user data, even after the company knew about the leak. No wonder the company’s stock price closed down 15 percent on Wednesday.

Peloton provides a line of network-connected stationary bikes and treadmills. The company also offers an online service that allows users to join classes, work with trainers, or do workouts with other users. In October, Peloton told investors it had a community of 3 million members. Members can set accounts to be public so friends can view details such as classes attended and workout stats, or users can choose for profiles to be private.

May 06 06:34

Holy Hell, Peloton Is Recalling Both Its Treadmills

After a heated back-and-forth with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Peloton has finally decided to issue two separate voluntary recalls of its Tread and Tread+ treadmills.

In its announcement, the CPSC reiterated that customers should immediately stop using the Tread+, which was recently involved in an accident where a 6-year-old child died after being pulled under the treadmill. The regulatory agency also noted that Peloton had received 72 reports of adult users, pets, and objects being pulled under the $4,295 machine. Of that number, 29 reports detailed injuries to children, including abrasions, lacerations, and broken bones.

May 05 13:53

Brainboxes find new way to revive dead lithium-ion batteries It's called 're-lithiation'

Scientists led by Finland’s Aalto University have a found a way to revive lithium-ion batteries and to facilitate their reuse, pv magazine reports.

“Re-lithiation” explained
The process, called “re-lithiation,” aims t? reverse the gradual loss of lithium which accounts for the battery’s performance loss.

Through an electrolysis process the scientists managed to rejuvenate lithium in battery electrodes, and then compared the performance of the “refreshed” electrodes with those from a brand new battery.

According to the results, the re-lithiation process succeeded, and the capability and recharge capacity of the old battery were almost the same as in brand new ones.

The advantages
This doesn’t really mean that a revived battery can replace a new one, but that it can potentially reduce the cost and complexity from recycling battery components and materials.

May 05 05:16

Chinese TV maker: Yes, our Android TVs spied on customers [updated]

Skyworth blames collection of sensitive data on third-party app
Updated with comment from Skyworth USA.

A top Chinese TV maker that's made inroads into the North American market admits that its TVs have been spying on users, or at least users in China.

Skyworth, which made a big splash at CES 2020 in Las Vegas and sells at least six TV models in the U.S., said in a statement posted online last week that a third-party application called Gozen Service on its Android TVs had been collecting more data than it was supposed to.

According to an unnamed Skyworth TV owner who posted about it on a Chinese software-development forum, the Gozen Service app is developed by a company called Gozen Data. The app collects data about all of the internet-connected gadgets on the home wireless network, as well as the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, and sends to a Gozen-run web server.

May 04 09:35

Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Have Increased The Average Price Of A New Home By $35,872 In 1 Year

Do any of you remember when you could buy an entire house for $35,000? There was a time in America when middle class Americans could buy a house and have it paid off in just a few years. But now existing home prices have soared into the stratosphere, and lumber prices are making it ridiculously expensive to build new homes. As you will see below, skyrocketing lumber prices have driven up the average price of a new home in the United States by almost $36,000 over the past 12 months. That is absolutely nuts, but everyone agrees that even more inflation is on the way.

May 04 05:29

YOUR voice makes a difference': Coca-Cola takes a 'pause' on woke initiatives after after pressure from the Right


Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

May 03 07:40

Beware: One woman already lost $2,000 to this new Amazon scam

Amazon may have started as a humble online marketplace for books, but the company has since grown into an unrivaled economic and retail juggernaut. Amazon today is more popular than ever and recently reported that its revenue during the recent March quarter jumped to $108.52 billion, a 44% increase compared to the same quarter a year ago.

With more people relying on Amazon than ever before, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, scammers have increasingly started to impersonate Amazon security personnel amid efforts to swindle unsuspecting users out of their hard-earned money. In fact, a Florida woman named Linda Shepard was recently bilked out of $2,000 after scammers called her up and said that someone was attempting to gain access to her Amazon account.

May 02 07:33

Why I'm Removing All Articles Related to Vitamin D, C and Zinc and COVID-19

Over the past year, I’ve been researching and writing as much as I can to help you take control of your health, as fearmongering media and corrupt politicians have destroyed lives and livelihoods to establish global control of the world’s population, using the COVID-19 pandemic as their justification.

I’ve also kept you informed about billionaire backed front groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a partner of Bill Gates’ Alliance for Science, both of whom have led campaigns aimed at destroying my reputation and censoring the information I share.

Other attackers include HealthGuard, which ranks health sites based on a certain set of “credibility criteria.” It has sought to discredit my website by ensuring warnings appear whenever you search for my articles or enter my website in an internet browser.

Well-Organized Attack Partnerships Have Formed

May 02 06:00

How Costco Is Masking A 14% Price Jump With Shrinkflation

The oldest trick in the retailer book is back.

We have previously written about shrinkflation - the "creative" masking of higher prices whereby retailers sell a materially lower amount of products for the 'same' price, covering up what is often a significant price increase on a "per unit" basis (see ""Shrinkflation" - How Food Companies Implement Massive Price Hikes Without You Ever Noticing", "Shrinkflation Hits The UK: Toblerone Shrinks By 10%, Price Stays The Same", Shrinkflation Intensifies – Stealth Inflation As Thousands of Food Products Shrink In Size, Not Price), and we have a feeling that in light of the recent surge in commodity costs and food prices, we will be writing about it a whole lot more in the coming weeks.

Take Costco, which as The Bear Traps report notes, is now charging the same price for paper towels but the roll has 20 fewer sheets. TBT refers to a recent post in a Red Flag Deals message board, where a member makes the following observation:

May 02 03:36

How Costco Is Masking A 14% Price Jump With Shrinkflation

The oldest trick in the retailer book is back.

We have previously written about shrinkflation - the "creative" masking of higher prices whereby retailers sell a materially lower amount of products for the 'same' price, covering up what is often a significant price increase on a "per unit" basis (see ""Shrinkflation" - How Food Companies Implement Massive Price Hikes Without You Ever Noticing", "Shrinkflation Hits The UK: Toblerone Shrinks By 10%, Price Stays The Same", Shrinkflation Intensifies – Stealth Inflation As Thousands of Food Products Shrink In Size, Not Price), and we have a feeling that in light of the recent surge in commodity costs and food prices, we will be writing about it a whole lot more in the coming weeks.

Take Costco, which as The Bear Traps report notes, is now charging the same price for paper towels but the roll has 20 fewer sheets. TBT refers to a recent post in a Red Flag Deals message board, where a member makes the following observation:

Apr 30 13:37

Food prices skyrocketing on soaring agriculture futures as prices for lumber, gas and other commodities climb amid lingering pandemic

But prices aren’t just rising on food, as bad as that is. A bevy of other consumer goods including raw materials such as lumber — needed to build houses and businesses — are also rising, along with energy costs as the world attempts to recover from being ‘closed’ due to the pandemic in an unprecedented over-reaction. -- And as always, as costs for necessities like food and energy rise — gas prices are way up just since Joe Biden took office — the poorest Americans are being hurt the most. Families that have reduced income due to job losses or slowdowns are going to have the hardest time paying for what they need moving forward. And again, there isn’t a light yet at the end of the tunnel.

Apr 30 09:19

Is your car spying on you? Drivers are allowing vehicle makers access to their personal data to share with third party companies, report says

Buyers of the latest cars are being warned that their gizmo-laden motors are collecting personal data - and they've inadvertently giving vehicle maker's the green light to share it with third-party companies right under their nose.

This is the claim being made as a result of new research, which found that 86 per cent of people would be unhappy if their car spied on them and shared their information with others, despite many doing just that.

It follows previous reports of motorists, especially those using lease and finance agreements who change cars regularly, failing to wipe their personal information from their motors, effectively handing over their details to the next owner.

The investigation warns drivers that their cars are not just spying on them but handing the information collated to other firms.

Apr 30 07:30

The Destructive Human Health and Environmental Impacts of Glyphosate Based Herbicide

On 9 April 2021, retired physician and health and environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason wrote to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). She wanted to draw the agency’s attention to the findings that indicate the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup causes high levels of mortality following contact exposure in bumble bees (glyphosate-formulated herbicides are the most widely used weedicides in agriculture across the globe).

This, Mason argued, has led to a decline of bumblebees in Denmark. She asked the agency why it had used “fraudulent science” on glyphosate from the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency, which in turn take their ‘science’ from Monsanto/Bayer, rather than from the direct observations of The Danish Nature Agency.

Mason’s correspondence focused not only on the destructive environmental impacts of glyphosate but also on the devastating human health aspects.

Apr 29 12:25

Bio-Barcodes: GMO Spores Hidden in Food to Track Supply Chain?

By Ice Age Farmer

Spraying your food with genetically modified spores with custom DNA sequences in order to trace it through the global supply chain sounds like science fiction, but one company funded by SOSV — the same VC behind ‘food replacement’ companies like Memphis Meats, Finless Foods, and NotCo — has made it a reality, and is already testing its technology.

Biological barcodes and resource tracking is clearly an integral part of the blockchain/AI supply chain being rolled out as part of The Great Reset. But what happens when you eat them? Christian breaks down Aanika and their technology in this Ice Age Farmer broadcast.

Apr 27 08:50

Bad infrastructure and not being male among reasons people give up EVs

Much less is known about why someone might buy an EV but then decide to go back to fossil fuel for their next vehicle. The very idea is probably enough to stimulate some outrage among the Ars audience, but according to a new study in Nature Energy, not only does such a thing happen, but it has happened at a rate of about 20 percent among early adopters in California, the largest market in the US for plug-in vehicles.

Scott Hardman and Gil Tal at University of California, Davis decided to examine the rate and reasons that Californians abandoned their electric cars, something the researchers say has not been examined until now. With the help of the Californian Air Resources Board, Hardman and Tal surveyed Californians who bought either plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) or battery EVs (BEVs) between 2012 and 2018, contacting more than 14,000 households. In total, 4,167 households completed the survey, but only 1,842 respondents had made a decision about whether or not to keep that plug-in.

Apr 27 07:43

Growing Opposition to the Bayer Monsanto Roundup Settlement

Tens of thousands of people have sued Monsanto owner Bayer AG alleging their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers were caused by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Three cases brought by Lee Johnson, Edwin Hardeman, and Alva and Alberta Pilliod went to trial.

And in each case, the courts found the Roundup caused the cancers, that Monsanto hid the risks, and that compensatory and punitive damages were justified.

Bayer wants to resolve the thousands of remaining cancer claims with an $8 billion to $9 billion compensation fund. Those cases are being negotiated by Monsanto lawyers and the lawyers representing the cancer victims.

But last year, in a surprise to the Monsanto plaintiffs lawyers, a separate settlement was put forward to handle everyone else who might bring a case against Monsanto in the future – including people who have yet to get sick or contact a lawyer.

Apr 27 07:33

Since 2019 Apple Has Known That Its AirDrop Feature Leaks Users’ Info But Has Yet to Admit It or Fix It

By B.N. Frank

Apple is not having the greatest year. In January, the company warned that its iPhone12 model could cause health emergencies for people with pacemakers and other medical implants.

In February, the company was chastised for its “colossal e-waste timebomb”.

More recently the company has been outed for not doing anything about a huge security flaw in their AirDrop feature...

Apr 26 15:51

Skechers Will Pay $40 Million to Settle FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers with Ads for "Toning Shoes"

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Skechers USA, Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that the company deceived consumers by making unfounded claims that Shape-ups would help people lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles.

Did you buy Skechers toning shoes? You may be eligible for a refund. Go to www.ftc.gov/skechers or click this image.

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