Month: December 2016

IPHONE MANUFACTURER FOXCONN PLANS TO REPLACE ALMOST EVERY HUMAN WORKER WITH ROBOTS

P/C FLICKR Prachatai [12/30/16]  Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant behind Apple’s iPhone and numerous other major electronics devices, aims to automate away a vast majority of its human employees, according to a report from DigiTimes. Dai Jia-peng, the general manager of Foxconn’s automation committee, says the company has a three-phase plan in place to automate its

ARMY WARNS OF NEW THREAT: ENERGY DRINKS

P/C MIKE MOZART/FLICKR [12/31/16]  The US military is warning against the danger of troops over consuming energy drinks, saying it could do “some serious harm to your body.” A post on the pentagon’s official science blog this week details the health risks involved, citing a report that found soldiers in the field were more likely

WILL PLANNED PARENTHOOD BE PROSECUTED FOR SELLING THE BODY PARTS OF ABORTED BABIES?

[12/31/16]  Two Congressional panels have forwarded to federal prosecutors alleged criminal charges against Planned Parenthood affiliates and medical laboratories doing business with Planned Parenthood.  The referrals maintain that Planned Parenthood and its business  agents have been engaged in the illegal sale of the body parts of aborted preborn children. Earlier this month the U.S. House

EPA TO ALASKA: STOP BURNING WOOD TO KEEP WARM

[12/31/16]  In Jack London’s famous short story, “To Build A Fire,” a man freezes to death because he underestimates the cold in America’s far north and cannot build a proper fire. The unnamed man—a chechaquo, what Alaska natives call newcomers—is accompanied by a wolf-dog that knows the danger of the cold and is wholly indifferent

OBAMA UNLEASHES 3,853 REGS, 18 FOR EVERY LAW, RECORD 97,110 PAGES OF RED TAPE

[12/30/16]  President Obama‘s lame duck administration poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to a Friday analysis of his team’s expansion of federal authority. While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama’s team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of

CALIFORNIA IS THE ABORTION CAPITAL OF THE U.S., NOW ITS BIRTHRATE IS THE LOWEST LEVEL ON RECORD

[12/29/16]  The birth rate in California dropped to the lowest level ever recorded in 2016, a new report from the state Department of Finance found. The state birth rate of 12.42 births per 1,000 residents is close to the national average of 12.5 births per 1,000; however, it is California’s lowest recorded birth rate ever,

WHITE WOMEN ARE DRINKING THEMSELVES TO DEATH…

[12/29/16]  Drinking is killing twice as many middle-aged white women as it did 18 years ago. Generally, middle age (age 35 to 54)  is not the time to die in modern societies. It is past teenage dangers, before the serious perils of age, and improved medical care and public-health campaigns are keeping more people alive. So

OBAMA SIGNS HIS LAST PENTAGON BUDGET: A LEGACY OF WAR AND REACTION

[12/29/16]  President Barack Obama signed into law last week his seventh and final Pentagon spending bill, providing $619 billion to continue and expand the murderous violence of the US war machine. Spending more than the next seven countries combined, the US military is currently engaged in combat operations in at least seven different countries, while

PUTIN HOPES TRUMP WILL LIFT SANCTIONS, SAYS ‘NO NEED TO RUSH’ RETALIATION

Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes President-elect Trump will lift the sanctions just imposed by outgoing President Obama in response to cyberattacks targeting the Democratic National Committee and other campaigns. “Considering the current transition period in Washington, we still expect that we’ll be able to get rid of such clumsy actions,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said,

DEMOCRATS PLAN ALTERNATE MEGA-CONCERT FOR INAUGURATION DAY

[12/29/16]  While there are few actually confirmed details as of now, there’s apparently a massive, star-studded “We The People” concert being planned for Miami on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. The idea is to counter Trump’s inauguration and garner higher television ratings than the swearing-in. Normally, the presidential inaugurals carry several a-list acts, but Trump

OBAMA EXPELS 35 RUSSIANS, SHUTS 2 FACILITIES, VOWS MORE RETALIATION FOR RUSSIAN ‘OPERATIONS AIMED AT U.S. ELECTION’

[12/29/16]  President Barack Obama announced today that he was expelling from the United States 35 Russian officials (whom he described as “intelligence operatives”), effectively shut two Russian facilities in the United States and vowed that, in addition, he will be taking “a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of

SIMPLE BREATH TEST CAN DETECT CANCER AND 16 OTHER DISEASES

[12/29/16]  Ancient Greek physicians figured that our breath was a strong health indicator, but researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology have proven just how true that is. They developed a device that uses nanoparticles to identify 17 different diseases, including lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease, from just a single breath. While the machine isn’t

THE GUARDIAN’S SUMMARY OF JULIAN ASSANGE’S INTERVIEW WENT VIRAL AND WAS COMPLETELY FALSE

[12/29/16]  JULIAN ASSANGE IS a deeply polarizing figure. Many admire him and many despise him (into which category one falls in any given year typically depends on one’s feelings about the subject of his most recent publication of leaked documents). But one’s views of Assange are completely irrelevant to this article, which is not about Assange. This article, instead, is

CONGRESS PLANNING TO DEFUND UN AS CRITICS SEEK FULL WITHDRAWAL

[12/29/16]  U.S. lawmakers and pro-Israel activists are calling for an end to American taxpayer funding of the United Nations after a controversial UN Security Council vote declared some Israeli settlements to be illegal. Congress is already planning to cut the UN’s funding in response to the UN scheme. The growing outrage also came from President-elect Donald

AMAZON ECHO SAVES ALL YOUR VOICE DATA, SO HERE’S HOW TO HEAR & DELETE IT

[12/29/16]  MATT AGORIST–  Amazon’s Echo built upon the voice search capability of Android’s ‘Ok Google’ and Apple’s Siri and turned it into a device that is capable of doing everything from answering questions to turning on your on your air conditioner. However, like all beneficial technology, when the government gets involved, this useful household item

MAN ARRESTED AFTER DEMANDING MCDONALD’S REPLACE XMAS TUNES WITH MUSLIM AND HINDU

[12/29/16]  Angered that “Christian music” was being played inside a McDonald’s, a Florida man cursed at employees and other patrons and demanded that they “turn it off and play Muslim and Hindu music,” according to cops who arrested the customer. Joseph Allen, 46, walked into the McDonald’s around 10:20 AM Tuesday and created “a threat to

DOCUMENTS SHOW AT&T SECRETLY SELLS CUSTOMER DATA TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

[12/29/16]  Telecommunications giant AT&T is selling access to customer data to local law enforcement in secret, new documents released on Monday reveal. The program, called Hemisphere, was previously known only as a “partnership” between the company and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the purposes of counter-narcotics operations. It accesses the trove of telephone
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