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Dec 12 06:45

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Has Erupted In Flames

According to TASS News and social media footage, a fire has erupted onboard Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, at a naval dock in Murmansk, northwest Russia. The aircraft carrier was undergoing repairs and maintenance when fuel tanks caught fire.

RT News reports a "blaze was sparked by welding in the first power section on the ship's deck, after which the fire spread to a space of 600 square meters."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing of this incident; China, Russia, and the US are starting to scramble, to protect their interests in the region..

Arctic Ambitions of China, Russia, and US, need not spark a cold war.

This article comes from the South China Morning Post, on 5 December; about one week and a half ago.

Dec 11 16:42

BBC iPlayer stops working on some Samsung TVs

A software glitch is preventing the BBC's iPlayer streaming service from running on many of Samsung's smart TVs.

Affected owners are being advised to download a software update.

But the patch does not work on some older models, which will have to wait until next year to get a separate fix.

The BBC has said that it expects thousands, but not tens of thousands, of screens to be unable to use its catch-up service over Christmas as a consequence.

Dec 10 06:12

THE SICKEST GENERATION OF CHILDREN IN AMERICAN HISTORY

The sickest generation of children in American history and the first one that is not expected to have a lifespan at least as long as their parents.

Why?

Mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and more in vaccines.

Dec 09 10:02

THE SICKEST GENERATION OF CHILDREN IN AMERICAN HISTORY

The sickest generation of children in American history and the first one that is not expected to have a lifespan at least as long as their parents.

Why?

Mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and more in vaccines.

None of the vaccines currently used have ever been tested properly before introduction and the post-usage studies are ridiculously flawed.

Dec 07 08:39

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

Earlier this week, security reporter Brian Krebs published a story explaining that Apple's latest iPhones (iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro) periodically check the user's location even if the user disables location services individually for each and every app and service in the iPhone's Settings app.

Further Reading
iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max review: High quality for high prices
While this behavior ended when the user disabled location services system-wide, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. What was the iPhone doing and why? Was it sending this information to Apple? Why couldn't users find information on what was happening? Krebs had notified Apple of the issue as a potential security problem back in mid November, but the company responded this week stating:

Dec 06 19:12

Smartphone Class Action Lawsuits Consolidated. FCC Accredited Lab Confirms Models Exceed RF Safety Levels Up to 500%

By B.N. Frank

In August the Chicago Tribune published a report that 11 smartphone models exceeded federal RF safety levels. This led to FeganScott law firm starting a class action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung. Consumers claim they were not adequately warned about radiation exposure risks from these devices. Thanks to FeganScott for providing updates about their progress...

Dec 06 12:41

Medical Diagnosis: Confusion

These days, doctors often run antibody tests on patients to see if they have a particular disease.

What is an antibody test?

In the simplest terms, it is aimed at detecting a person’s immune system responding to the presence of a specific germ.

A doctor suspects you have disease X, which is caused by virus Y. He takes a blood sample, and that sample is examined for the presence of antibodies which are specific to virus Y.

If you test positive for the presence of those antibodies, he says you have disease X.

However, there is a vaccine that is supposed to protect a person from disease X, and this vaccine does what?

IT PRODUCES ANTIBODIES SPECIFIC TO VIRUS Y.

In that case, you are said to be immune from virus Y.

That’s right.

This is what is called a contradiction.

Dec 06 09:41

Too Much Screen Time Harms Brain Development

Watching more than two hours of screens a day may harm the structural integrity of white matter in preschoolers' brains, with implications for language and literacy skills. Children under 2 years shouldn't use screens, but even those 2 and over may face lifelong consequences of too much screen time during childhood

You may want to think twice before gifting your child a new tablet or cellphone this holiday season, as increasing research suggests screen time may cause more harm than good.

Dec 06 08:46

Keyless technology sparked a sharp rise in theft of luxury cars, new figures reveal

More than 14,000 premium models were stolen between January and October this year, according to an analysis of insurance claims by Direct Line.

That is more than double the amount over the same period in 2015 and means a luxury vehicle is stolen once every 38 minutes on Britain's roads.

Police and insurance firms believe the rise is partly because modern keyless cars provide easy pickings for thieves.

Dec 05 11:59

Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

“2.6 million people die annually in low-and middle-income countries from medical errors, and that most of those deaths are related to misdiagnosis and administration of pharmaceutical products…Medication errors alone cost an estimated $42 billion (US dollars) annually. Unsafe surgical care procedures cause complications in up to 25% of patients resulting in 1 million deaths during or immediately after surgery annually…Four out of every ten patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory health care. The most detrimental errors are related to diagnosis, prescription and the use of medicines.” — The World Health Organization

Dec 05 08:42

USDA Organic Now Allows Glyphosate in Organic Hydroponic Food Production

On June 3, 2019, the USDA clarified its standards regarding organic crop container systems, requiring that container-based operations must also stop using synthetic chemicals not approved for organic crop production for three years prior to achieving certification, both in the containers as well as on the soil underneath.

There has been a lot of news surrounding glyphosate in the last few years, and for good reason, too. After the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a Group 2A carcinogen (aka. “probable human carcinogen”), and people started getting justice from the company whose products caused their cancer, Monsanto (now Bayer) has been under massive scrutiny.

Dec 05 08:30

The ‘Vaccine Court’ Is Hazardous To Your Health

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act was passed in 1986, under the shadow of multi-million dollar jury verdicts against the makers of the Diphtheria Pertussis and Tetanus (DPT) vaccine. Congress announced that vaccine injuries and deaths are real and provided that vaccine-injured children and their families would be financially compensated. Part of the larger Vaccine Act, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was modeled after workers’ compensation programs. It was to be a “no-fault” program.

Dec 03 12:49

‘We’ve come full circle’: Twitter balks at $60 AirPod carrying straps that defeat original purpose of in-ears

The Apple AirPods' unique selling point is their wireless design, affording users unparalleled freedom. However, anxiety over losing the tiny in-ears prompted e-tailers Nordstrom and Amazon to sell ‘carrying straps’... facepalm.

Ahead of the Christmas gift-buying extravaganza, Nordstrom and Amazon have begun selling $60 Carrying Straps for the $150 AirPods, thus undoing all of the “revolutionary” research and development by Apple in one fell, low-tech swoop.

Nov 29 06:26

Walmart Pork Found To Have "Superbug" Bacteria Resistant To Antibiotics

A new study published by animal-welfare group World Animal Protection has arrived at some stunning findings about pork products begin sold at Walmart.

The report , published by FoodDive, found that pork samples purchased from Walmart contained "superbug" antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 80% of samples tested from Mid-Atlantic Walmart stores were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Additionally, 37% of the bacteria in the Walmart samples were resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics.

In sum, about 27% of the resistant bacteria found on Walmart’s pork were resistant to classes categorized as Highest Priority Critically Important Antimicrobials by the World Health Organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you have purchased any pork from Walmart, and have already eaten it, you may want to go to your doctor to have some tests done, and if the antibiotic-resistant bug is found, that doctor needs to be very careful about how they are treating you for this.

IF your doctor is a practitioner of what is called "complementary Medicine", which includes holistic approaches involving nutrition and supplements, you may stand a better chance of recovering from this infection.

Knowledge is power; the right use of the power of knowledge is wisdom

Nov 28 17:26

Top 10 Fastest Trains in the World 2019

Of course, trains can’t fly over oceans like airplanes. But that doesn’t mean trains can’t run as fast as planes. Fortunately, some trains in this modern world are as fast as planes.

Followings is the list of ten fastest trains in the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzv_wQBkSvM

Nov 28 13:19

California Plans to Hike Tax on Legal Marijuana, Threatening New Market With Rapid Extinction

Free Enterprise will always beat over-regulated,over taxed Capitalism. $3 out of every $4 spent on Cannabis in Cali go to the black market growers.

The Golden State’s marijuana tax schemes are already threatening the new market with rapid extinction, despite the promises that the revenues from the legalized pot would create a veritable Utopia.

California has long expected to be the world’s crown jewel of cannabis sales. Although estimates vary, most of Wall Street expects California to generate $10 billion to $11 billion in annual sales by 2030. Yet, in the state’s first full year of recreational marijuana sales, California’s total pot revenue declined. In 2017, when California only sold medical marijuana, sales hit roughly $3 billion. Then, in 2018, with both recreational and medical cannabis available, statewide sales plunged $500 million to $2.5 billion. A big reason for this drop is that California has been taxing the daylights out of its consumers.

Nov 28 11:33

State ignored worker death to lure Amazon business, report says

I worked at the Troutdale fulfillment center. Took 6 minutes to get to the break room. 12 minutes total for a 15 minute break. Dangerous place to work.

Spent 3 months as an Amazon delivery driver. After about 4,000 times getting out of the van on the left leg my Meniscus tore in several places. Been fighting a WC Claim ever since. The doctor wants to do surgery,Amazon's insurance company is now having me see their doctor. They want to eliminate or minimize the payout. They have been nice so far,but now it is crunch time.
The Amazon Prime delivery driver job is dangerous too.

"You don't take your lunch break. You don't use the bathroom... There were guys peeing in bottles in the van," he said, including himself in that category. "You speed. You run stop signs in a neighborhood... You start conditioning yourself to just go as fast as possible."

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 26 11:47

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.

Nov 26 11:45

Mother Explains Why Her Daughter’s Death from Vaccines Isn’t Reported in the Statistics

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions.

It was created in the 1980s, after lawsuits against vaccine companies and health care providers threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce U.S. vaccination rates, which would have caused a resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases.

Any individual, of any age, who received a covered vaccine and believes he or she was injured as a result, can file a petition. Parents, legal guardians and legal representatives can file on behalf of children, disabled adults, and individuals who are deceased.

A cursory glance at this may lead one to believe that this program is a reasonable under the circumstances. A more thoughtful analysis, however, can lead to the conclusion that this program may be the greatest coup in the history of the world in favor of business interests over human well-being.

Nov 25 17:22

Uber loses licence to operate in London

London's transit authority on Monday refused to renew Uber's operating license over concerns about impostor drivers, with the ride-hailing company vowing to appeal the decision as it struggles to secure its future in the British capital.

It's the latest chapter in Uber's rocky history with London transport officials, who have subjected the San Francisco-based tech company to ever tighter scrutiny over concerns about passenger safety and security.

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Uber called the decision "extraordinary and wrong," and has 21 days to file an appeal, which it said it would do. It can continue operating during the appeals process.

Nov 25 15:26

Hundreds Protest Decision Allowing Google to Turn Toronto Neighborhood into a “Smart City”

By B.N. Frank

“Smart Cities” are great for those who collect, analyze and sell residents’ and visitors’ data. Everyone else seems to be getting a bum deal though.

According to a 2018 Smart Cities Dive article, 66% of Americans don’t want to live in “Smart Cities” because of privacy and cybersecurity concerns. No matter, here they come...

Nov 23 16:38

Amazon Issues Patch for Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw. Estimated 200M+ IoT Products Vulnerable to Hacking.

By B.N. Frank

Amazon Ring doorbells are very popular right now for homeowners and their neighborhood police departments. However, Internet of Things (IoT) technology has a 74% failure rate, which explains why security experts are constantly issuing warnings about it.

Unfortunately, none of this has stopped individuals, business, scientists, and others from wanting to use IoT for surveillance, automated vehicles, and more...

Nov 23 09:45

Google Admits That “Others” Can Access The Camera On Samsung & Android Smartphones

By Alanna Ketler

I hope you are sitting down for this lengthy and worrying list of how "others" can access your smartphone...

Nov 21 15:26

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Amazon Disclose How Ring Stores Data

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. lawmakers are demanding that Amazon tell them more about how Ring, Amazon’s surveillance network, is protecting consumer data. They cited the potential for the sensitive footage “detailing the lives of millions of Americans” to fall into the hands of hackers and foreign spies...

Nov 21 14:14

9 Signs You Have Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the body, which is why magnesium deficiency can be such an issue.

According to Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D, an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.” Not only does magnesium help regulate calcium, potassium and sodium, but it’s essential for cellular health and a critical component of over 300 biochemical functions in the body.

https://sorendreier.com/marijuana-users-watch-out-for-magnesium-defici...

Nov 20 19:04

China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium

For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come intofocus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own geopolitics not unlike that for the control of oil.......

Nov 20 17:47

Brew Ha-Ha: “F— PG&E” Beer for Californians Fed Up with the Criminally Negligent Utility Company

By B.N. Frank

Trouble has actually been brewing for California utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for many years now. It’s not only about deadly wildfires and planned blackouts either...

Nov 19 15:43

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'

Firmware updates to Bose TV soundbars don't seem to have fixed the problems for everyone and have even managed to add some new issues.

Owners of the reassuringly expensive sound kit are finding that their universal remote controls no longer work and the £700 soundbar either won't connect to the TV or randomly disconnects – a problem they say Bose has failed to fix for some months now.

Bose announced the update among its community pages on 5 November and the very first response questioned why it failed to address over 500 complaints:

hang on a minute. There are 510 complaints regarding broken HDMI ARC functionality that render the Soundbar 700 worthless. Literally the 700 is a paperweight. I need to powercycle/reset it every 2 days.

And yet, after 2 months of complaints, it's still not fixed?

Nov 18 19:36

Solar Panels Produce Tons of Toxic Waste—Literally

By Bill Wirtz

Beyond the clear misallocation of resources and energy market price distortions, there is a further environmental problem associated with solar panels.

Beyond the inefficient use of these resources to begin with (in the process of making crystalline silicon from silicon, as much as 80 percent of the raw silicon is lost), there are numerous human health concerns directly related to the manufacture and disposal of solar panels...

Nov 18 13:32

SIDEWALK LABS' QUIET PLAN FOR CANADA'S BANKS TO MANAGE A NATIONAL DIGITAL ID FOR MEANS-TESTING AND ACCESS TO SERVICES

. In this piece, Radovac reveals the buried plan for a finance-sector managed, all-surveilling National ID card buried in the latest massive wedge of largely unread documents from Google spin-out Sidewalk Labs (previously) that is building a controversial, privatized city-within-a-city in Toronto

Nov 17 06:42

CDC caught inflating flu deaths to sell more vaccines

You know that “36,000” number the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is constantly throwing around as the number of people in the U.S. who supposedly die every year from influenza? It’s completely made up, and its purpose is to sell more flu vaccines, as evidenced by actual mortality data showing that only a few hundred people at most die from influenza annually.

Nov 16 15:12

Google Faces Antitrust Probes By 48 States And DOJ -- Use Presearch

By Aaron Kesel

Google is facing an antitrust violation investigation into its practices of its search and Android software in all 48 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC by their respective attorneys general, CNBC reported.

The states investigating Google are preparing to expand their antitrust probe beyond the company’s advertising business to its search and Android businesses.

The attorneys general will write up subpoenas known as civil investigative demands, or CIDs, to support the ongoing investigation into Google’s practices. According to CNBC, “states will carry out the investigations of search and Android separately, the people said. It wasn’t clear which states would look at those businesses, however.”...

Nov 16 08:02

Amazon’s Ring Doorbells App Leaks Customers’ Wi-Fi Username and Password. Report

oday, Cyberscoop reported a major security vulnerability in Amazon’s Ring doorbell app. Amazon’s Ring doorbells, which have already raised significant privacy and civil liberties concerns, have now been shown to be deeply insecure, exposing users Wi-Fi passwords to hackers.

With this Wi-Fi information, hackers can access customers’ personal home networks. It only gets scarier from there as hackers could use customer’s webcams to spy on them and their children, gain access to their bank accounts, and retrieve personal information necessary for identity theft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; was this signed off on by Amazon, KNOWING that these security problems existed, or did they exist to serve a particular government surveillance need?!?

Nov 14 18:11

Google Has Its Eyes On Our Health and Banking Data — Project Nightingale and Project Cache

By Aaron Kesel

There has been serious backlash against Google for hoarding health data of 50 million Americans through Project Nightingale. The once social media giant is now shifting focus from just a search engine and video platform with its subsidiary YouTube, to a megalithic corporation seeking to monopolize our daily lives in not only health and technology but banking as well...

Nov 13 09:58

MRI Study Associates Screen Time Exposure In Children To Lower Brain Development

By John Vibes

The research team found that white matter in the brain was less developed in children who spent more time in front of screens. White matter is important to thought processing, speech and literacy...

Nov 12 12:10

New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers

By MassPrivateI

For those of you who miss the good old days when government spies used to bug people’s homes, I give you “Amazon Experience Centers”: new homes pre-equipped with a mind-boggling array of listening devices.

Amazon’s ‘Experience Centers’ tagline, “Try smart home devices in person and see how Amazon can simplify your everyday” is less about simplification and more about home surveillance.

As NPR notes, builders like Lennar Homes have pre-installed Amazon smart devices in at least 45,000 new homes this year alone...

Nov 10 11:44

Reasons Marijuana Legalization Seems To Be Failing

When it was first proposed, the concept of marijuana legalization seemed solid enough. Take the world’s most popular illicit substance, establish a taxed and regulated marketplace and watch all of the evil associated with the herb – the criminal activity, the youth consumption –fade away into a footnote of American history. And by all accounts, it was a plan that should have worked. After all, we weren’t dealing with a new idea or anything.

Nov 10 09:59

China Working on 6G Despite Opposition and Lawsuits Against 5G Increasing Worldwide

By B.N. Frank

According to many respected sources, 5G is already too risky. Regardless, China and other countries -- including the U.S. -- are working on 6G...

Nov 09 10:14

Russia’s Short March to Food Security

America used to be self-sufficient in food. It isn't any more. In event of a war with Russia and China,Americans will starve.

When I wrote my China’s long march to total food security NEO article last month, I had intended to dovetail it with Russia’s accomplishment of being more self-dependent on feeding its people. What they both shared was having to deal with US sanctions before they reached their goal.

Russia was hit with everything but the kitchen sink, with diplomatic sanctions initially and quickly moving into defense, energy and the financial arena, limiting access to foreign investment and attractive interest rate loans. Exxon Oil had to withdraw from some major Russian partnership deals, suffering big losses.

Nov 08 17:03

People are throwing away their Fitbits over fears about privacy after Google announces $2.1 billion buyout of the wearable tech company

If Twitter is anything to go by, the last steps measured by many Fitbits over the past week were taken to the fitness trackers' final resting place — the bin.

Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm on November 1.

San Francisco-based Fitbit Inc, which boasts 28 million worldwide users, was purchased for $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion).

In response, many Fitbit users threatened to switch to other wearables instead — including smart watches made by rivals Apple and Garmin.

Nov 08 15:06

Facebook Communications Leaked Antitrust Behaviors, Admits 100 Developers Had Access To User Data

By Aaron Kesel

Facebook states that even after the company locked down its Groups’ application programming interface (API) last year, some app developers retained improper access to information about the site’s millions of members, according to a Facebook blog post.

Facebook notes that roughly 100 developers might have accessed user information since Facebook changed its rules in April of 2018, and at least 11 of those devs accessed member data in the last 60 days. Facebook now says it has cut all partners off from that data.

Facebook Group administrators are able to use third-party tools to manage their groups, giving apps information about its users’ activity. However, since the changes last year, developers shouldn’t be able to see individual members’ names, profile pictures, or unspecified other profile data...

Nov 08 06:35

Flu Shots and Alzheimer's Disease

According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals): If an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is 10 times higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots. Dr. Fudenberg said it was so and that it was due to mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot. The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.

Flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury. One microgram is considered toxic.

Nov 07 09:57

Netflix will stop working on some Samsung smart TVs next month due to 'technical limitations' - as the company announces crackdown on password sharing

Some Samsung smart TV users will no longer be able to stream Netflix from next month, due to 'technical limitations' on older models.

In a statement on its website - which now appears to have been deleted - the tech giant announced that anyone with an older model who still wants to use Netflix will need to buy a compatible device.

Nov 07 07:37

Genetic Sequencing of Common Vaccine Finds Entire Male Genome from Aborted Baby: 560 Genes Linked to Cancer

Now, a laboratory in Italy has carried out a complete genome sequencing of this MRC-5 cell line that’s deliberately inserted into multiple vaccines. What they’ve found in beyond shocking… it’s horrifying. As explained by Children’s Health Defense:

The Corvelva team summarized their findings as follows:

1- The fetal cell line was found to belong to a male fetus.

2- The cell line presents itself in such a way that it is likely to be very old, thus consistent with the declared line of the 1960s.

3- The fetal human DNA represented in this vaccine is a complete individual genome, that is, the genomic DNA of all the chromosomes of an individual is present in the vaccine.

4- The human genomic DNA contained in this vaccine is clearly, undoubtedly abnormal, presenting important inconsistencies with a typical human genome, that is, with that of a healthy individual.

5- 560 genes known to be associated with forms of cancer were tested and all underwent major modifications.

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