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Personal Bank Accounts in Venezuela Frozen to “Fight Terrorism”

Editor’s Note: This article by Jose about the blocking of personal bank accounts in Venezuela made me think about how the “Patriot” Act put similar rules in place here in the United States. When you open an account at a bank here, you have to prove you aren’t a terrorist by using multiple forms of ID and you become aware that you are constantly under suspicion of being guilty of money laundering with terrorists. Banks can quiz you about transactions and report you if they feel you’re suspicious. You can learn more about how the “Patriot” Act could potentially set…

Yahoo and AOL divisions are almost worthless…

Only a year and a half after it built Oath from the assets of the communications giants Yahoo and AOL, Verizon now says they’re virtually worthless. In a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, Verizon Communications Inc. said it was taking a $4.6 billion charge on the goodwill balance of Oath, the division it created in June 2017 after it spent billions of dollars to buy Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. “Goodwill” is calculated by subtracting the current fair market value of the assets and liabilities of an acquired company from the price that was paid…

This is Why France is Protesting and Why the Rest of the World Must Join

People need to understand why people are actually rioting in France. There is a lot of disinformation surrounding this story coming from the mainstream narrative. This is not just about protesting a carbon tax. Enough of the French people are awake to just how corrupt their governing institutions have become and the people have finally had enough.  The world needs to understand why this is happening. By now Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, London, Portugal, Brussels, Montenegro have joined in. Riot police are forming in Berlin … a carbon tax was just announced for Canadians … Egypt has just banned yellow vests…

When humans have vanished from the planet, one of the most enduring marks of our impact on Earth will be the sudden appearance in the fossil record of copious chicken bones

When humans have vanished from the planet, one of the most enduring marks of our impact on Earth will be the sudden appearance in the fossil record of copious chicken bones. Geologists have proposed that the age of humans constitutes a new epoch in Earth’s history, known as the Anthropocene. The explosion in chicken farming and the rapid changes in the form of chickens due to selective breeding make them an ideal sign of our time. “We think they are a really important symbol and potential future fossil of this age, and man’s impact on the planet,” says Carys Bennett…

FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees…New machines create DNA profiles in less than two hours, rather than days or weeks

Though DNA has revolutionized modern crime fighting, the clues it may hold are not revealed quickly. Samples of saliva, or skin, or semen are sent to a crime lab by car (or mail), and then chemists get to work. Detectives are accustomed to waiting days or weeks, or longer, for the results. Some labs are so backed up, they take only the most serious crimes. Some samples are never tested. But a portable machine about the size of a large desktop printer is changing that. A “Rapid DNA” machine can analyze the DNA in a swab and produce a profile…

Starting in 2020, all new homes in California must come with solar panels

When Irvine-based City Ventures started sticking solar panels on all of its homes six years ago, the builder emerged as a front-runner in the race toward energy-efficient home building. Soon it will be joined on the track by every developer in California. Starting in 2020, California will become the first state in the nation to require all newly built homes to be solar-powered. And many developers are figuring out how to comply with the new rules while keeping their houses affordable. The California Building Standards Commission approved the mandate this month, finalizing a unanimous vote from the California Energy Commission…

Over 40 percent of Americans say no to flu vaccinations

Have you gotten your flu shot this year? If the answer is no – and I’m not getting one! – you’re not alone. A new study finds more than 40 percent of Americans have not been vaccinated and, in fact, don’t plan on it either. This is despite the warnings, potential dangers, and last year’s record-number of flu deaths. The survey was done by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated. The top three reasons why they didn’t want the shot were: bad…

Entire floor at D.C. federal courthouse sealed off for mystery case

Journalists were kept away from a secret federal appeals court hearing on Friday in Washington, D.C., as officials sealed off an entire floor for arguments in a mysterious grand jury case which some believe could be related to the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The case – known officially as “In re: Grand Jury Subpoena” – has been sealed in its entirety when it comes to public records, as it moved from the district court to the appeals court level in recent months. Reporters at the courthouse – which is just down the hill from…

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Narcan

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela says. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses drugs. Isela, a registered nurse who works in an addiction treatment program at Boston Medical Center, scanned her med list. It showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone — brand name Narcan. “But I’m a nurse, I use it to help people,” Isela remembers…

Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder

Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company’s powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public. Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her lungs and other organs. She knew it was as rare as it was deadly, a signature of exposure to asbestos. And she knew it afflicted mostly…

Two-Thirds Of Americans Think That They Are Middle Class – But Millions Of Them Are Dead Wrong

The middle class has been steadily shrinking, but most Americans still believe that they are a part of it.  Perhaps this is due at least in part to the egalitarian values which have been pounded into our heads for most of our lives.  Very few Americans would have the gall to define themselves as “upper class”, and I have never met anyone that would describe themselves as “lower class”.  In place of “lower class”, many politicians now like to use the much more politically correct term “working class”, but a more apt description might be “the working poor”.  Today, half…

Sandy Hook School Evacuated on 6th Anniversary of Mass Shooting – Police

The evacuation took place on the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 26 students and teachers. On this day in 2012, gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, and then went to the Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire before later committing suicide. The Newtown Police Department reported that they had received a bomb threat at Sandy Hook Elementary School at around 02:00 p.m. GMT. Following the threat, the school was evacuated. As the police department specified, law enforcement was deployed to the school and conducted a search as a precaution, but they do not believe the information about the bomb was credible.…

“There’s No Plan”: GOP In Shutdown Turmoil As Trump Holds Out For Wall

GOP lawmakers are fuming over a partial government shutdown set to hit just in time for Christmas, after President Trump put his foot down in a Tuesday meeting with Democratic leaders and demanded $5 billion in funding for a border wall – as opposed to the $1.3 billion which would otherwise be appropriated. During the Tuesday meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Trump said he could easily have a bill passed by the house – to which Pelosi shot back “Then do it!” Chuck Schumer later dug his heels in on the Senate Floor…

Can Alzheimer’s Be Spread? New Study Hints It’s Possible

A brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease might potentially be transmitted to people during neurological procedures, a new preliminary study suggests. Genetically engineered lab mice developed amyloid-beta deposits in their brains after they were injected with amyloid-laced samples of human growth hormone taken from decades-old human cadavers, researchers found. “We have now provided experimental evidence to support our hypothesis that amyloid-beta pathology can be transmitted to people from contaminated materials,” said senior researcher Dr. John Collinge. He is head of University College London’s department of neurodegenerative disease. Clumps of amyloid-beta in the brain are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, although…

1,800 companies left California in a year — with most bound for Texas

A record number of companies are leaving California for states with a better business climate, and a new report shows that Texas remains their No. 1 destination. The study estimates that 1,800 relocation or “disinvestment events” occurred in 2016, the most recent year available, setting a record yearly high going back to 2008. About 13,000 companies left the state during that nine-year period. Of the 1,800 events, 299 of those departures landed in Texas. What’s more, the study’s author – for the first time in his career – is openly urging California businesses to relocate out of state. Texas’ rank…

Researchers Warn shortage of essential minerals for laptops, cell phones, wiring

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply. Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern. The research team, which included experts from academic, government and industrial institutions across five continents, the U.S., Europe, South Africa, Australia and South…

Billionaire Richard Branson warns: 3 and 4 day work weeks are coming

The 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday grind got you down? Take solace: That will one day be history, according to billionaire British serial entrepreneur Richard Branson. “The idea of working five days a week with two day weekends and a few weeks of holiday each year has become ingrained in society. But it wasn’t always the case, and it won’t be in the future,” Branson writes in a post on his blog Tuesday. That’s because technology will change jobs currently held by humans, Branson says. “As Google’s Larry Page and others have said, the amount of jobs available for people is going to…

‘Cannibal’ walks into police station holding a human leg and says he is ‘tired of eating human flesh’

A man who told police officers that he was “tired” of eating human flesh, has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman in South Africa for her body parts. Nino Mbatha, a traditional healer, was charged last year for the murder of Zanele Hlatshwayo. On Tuesday the Pietermaritzburg high court found Mbatha and a second man, Lungisani Magubane, guilty of the murder, which was described by Judge Peter Olsen as ”the most heinous crime”. Mbatha walked into a police station in Estcourt, a town in South Africa‘s KwaZulu-Natal province, last year. He announced that he needed police assistance because he was “tired” of eating body parts, according…

“You’re Worth $1 Trillion. Why Do You Need Our $3 Billion?” Angry New Yorkers Confront Amazon Execs at City Council Meeting

After being kept in the dark about New York’s $3 billion deal with Amazon, allowing the trillion-dollar corporation to build its new headquarters—complete with helicopter landing pad for CEO Jeff Bezos—in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, concerned New York City Council members and scores of angry New Yorkers on Wednesday angrily confronted company representatives over the plan. At the first City Council meeting on Amazon’s so-called “HQ2,” about 150 protesters joined the mostly-Democratic lawmakers in slamming the closed-door process through which the city and state finalized the deal and the effect the corporation’s arrival will likely have on…

Meteorologist Jessica Starr commits suicide

Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK-TV) announced on air Thursday morning that meteorologist Jessica Starr has killed herself. “All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us,” Fox 2 wrote in an online statement. [If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255.] Other Fox 2 employees, along with media personalities from other outlets, expressed their grief on Twitter Thursday morning. “Our hearts are broken,” wrote morning anchor Amy Andrews alongside a photo of herself and Starr.…

Your risk of heart attack is greatest on Christmas Eve….

Christmas Eve is often a time to spend getting together with family, cooking a nice meal and listening for the clop, clop of Santa’s reindeer on the roof. But the normally cheerful occasion has a darker secret — the greatest heart attack risk of the year. That’s according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, which found that a person’s risk of heart attack spikes during most holidays and peaks at around 10 p.m on Christmas Eve. “The peak is very pronounced exactly on Christmas Eve and the following two days, so, I think it…

Venezuela’s last nationally circulated, anti-government newspaper will stop publishing its print edition amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages

Venezuela’s last nationally circulated, anti-government newspaper will stop publishing its print edition amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages, editors said Thursday. El Nacional’s final edition will run Friday after 75 years in print. It will become an exclusively online publication. Upon learning of the changes to come, editors and reporters in the Caracas newsroom said they were undaunted, ready to press ahead and continue bringing critical news to readers. “They won’t beat us. We’re not defeated,” said general manager Jorge Makriniotis, who recalled growing up with the paper in his family’s home. “It’s important to note that.” El Nacional…

Bomb threats sent out across Bay Area, U.S. in email terrorism scare

Police in multiple Bay Area cities received reports of bomb threats Thursday morning in what appears to be a nationwide scare, authorities said. The threats were delivered by email to numerous locations and demanded Bitcoin payments or else bombs would detonate in those locations, according to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which alerted local law enforcement agencies across the state. Mike Sena, executive director of the regional intelligence center, called the emails “just unsubstantiated threats” as of 1 p.m. Thursday. The swift response of local law enforcement agencies, however, underscored the urgency in which public safety agencies treat nearly…

Trump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation by Federal Prosecutors…Probe looking into whether committee misspent funds and top donors gave money in exchange for access to the administration

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations, people familiar with the matter said. The criminal probe by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which is in its early stages, also is examining whether some of the committee’s top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions, some of the people said. Giving money in exchange for political favors could run afoul of federal corruption laws. Diverting funds from the organization, which was registered…

Physicist warns: Newly approved 5G tech could “irradiate everyone”

Isn’t it amazing to think that just 30 years ago we all got along just fine without the Internet or smart phones? Granted, advances in technology have provided some amazing benefits, including the widespread availability of knowledge. However, it is important to recognize that these advances have come at a price. And the speed at which technology changes and “improves” means that the price it demands is getting higher all the time. Multiple studies have already linked cell phone radiation from second and third generation (2G and 3G) wireless technology to cancer and many other health problems. But the radiation…

FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees

Though DNA has revolutionized modern crime fighting, the clues it may hold aren’t revealed quickly. Samples of saliva, or skin, or semen are sent to a crime lab by car (or mail), and then chemists get to work. Detectives are accustomed to waiting days or weeks, or more, for the results. Some labs are so backed up, they only take the most serious crimes. Some samples never get tested. But a portable machine about the size of a large desktop printer is changing that. A “Rapid DNA” machine can take a swab of DNA, analyze it and produce a profile…

Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert

Taylor Swift held a concert at California’s Rose Bowl this past May that was monitored by a facial recognition system. The system’s target? Hundreds of Swift’s stalkers. Swift’s facial recognition system was built into a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals, which would secretly record onlookers’ faces. According to Rolling Stone, which spoke with a concert security expert who observed the kiosk, attendees who looked at the kiosk were immediately scanned. Afterward, the data was sent to a “command post” in Nashville, Tennessee that attempted to match hundreds of images to a database of her known stalkers. US artists…

Smart Tattoos Could Change Color, Indicate Health Issues

Imagine a tattoo that could alert you if you need to apply sunscreen or if your blood sugar is low. Sounds like joke, right? But it’s not. “I often joke that tattoos can give you super powers,” Carson Bruns, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering with the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder campus, said. Well, he’s not kidding. Bruns has created a tattoo that could have the power to revolutionize medicine. “The one that’s the furthest along right now is a UV sensitive tattoo,” he told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann. Along with a team of researchers at CU,…

Boy Scouts of America Considers Bankruptcy Filing Amid Sex-Abuse Lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America is considering filing for bankruptcy protection as it faces dwindling membership and escalating legal costs related to lawsuits over how it handled allegations of sex abuse. Leaders of the Boy Scouts, one of the country’s largest youth organizations, have hired law firm Sidley Austin LLP for assistance with a possible chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, according to people familiar with the matter. Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts group says that more than 110 million people have participated in its educational programs, which promote outdoors skills, character-building and leadership. The Boy Scouts have been at the…

Top 7 holiday “goodies” that contain chemicals and carcinogens you should avoid – replace with these healthy substitutes

Most people during the holidays say, “all bets are off” regarding regulating their healthy food intake, and they simply gorge on treats and junk food right and left, at least until their body starts sounding the alarms. There are lots of house parties, office parties, neighborhood fiestas, pot luck lunches, bar hopping, and the frequent “eating out” going on in December. Anybody with food allergies, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, IBS, Crohn’s, ulcers, and anyone who’s vegan or vegetarian find themselves in a world of hurt, trying to “eat right” and not indulge in all the junky Christmas treats, movie theater “food,”…

Could Tulsi Gabbard be controlled opposition?

The following are excepts from discussions I had after posting the CFR post on r/C. I thought this might be a good way to segment some opposing positions for ease of access. At this point I’m keen to discuss the idea in more depth, to a)see how common my view is and b) to have it further challenged. Despite the absence of any nefarious activities, membership alone of CFR is enough to indict Gabbard as controlled opposition. But there may be other reasons she’s done so I’ve yet to explore, which may illuminate a more benign explanation. We shall see.…

Vitaminwater will pay you $100,000 to ditch your smartphone for a year

Do you think you could without your smartphone for a whole day? Or how about a whole year? Vitamin Water is willing to bet you can’t do it.  The company unveiled a challenge for 2019 with an award of $100,000 to a person who can go without their smartphone for 365 days. You can enter the contest by sharing on Instagram or Twitter why you feel you’re up for the challenge, including the hashtags #nophoneforayear and #contest. Vitamin Water will choose one participant who will trade their smartphone for a 2000’s era calling-only phone.  If the challenger makes it for…

Is the Strasbourg Shooting a false flag to shut down the yellow vest protests?

I apologize if this offends anyone. The Strasbourg Shooting is a tragedy. But I really don’t like the way the story is being told. Either they’re just lying about the timeline, or they are beyond incompetent, or they did it on purpose to have a fox hunt and clear the streets. I just don’t believe what I’m hearing on BBC. I think they decided to poke a hornets nest as an excuse to lock down the country before this weekend’s yellow vest protests. They raided his apartment when he wasn’t home. How the FUCK did they not know if he…

Federally funded report explores the possibility of turning every mile of interstate highway into a toll road

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher taxes and tolls every year. The 650 page document laid out the conventional argument of transportation officials who insist that drivers simply are not paying enough at the pump, DMV registration counters and toll booths. Currently, about $25 billion is spent on interstate highway system improvement, with just $2.2 billion of that amount devoted to new construction. The study, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, examined the need to upgrade and repair the interstate highway system…

New York City Tries To Destroy Family Bookstore With Landmark Status

New York City bureaucrats are trying to destroy one of the Big Apple’s last bookstores with landmark status. Remarkably, the Strand bookstore’s owners think that landmark status will destroy their family business. “Please do not destroy the Strand by adding more bureaucracy and unnecessary expenses and restrictions,” owner Nancy Bass Wyden begs. Wyden made her plea to New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, The Guardian reports. “In an attempt to preserve history, you may very well end up destroying a piece of the city,” Wyden alleges. Wyden firmly believes that landmark status will put her family’s 90-year-old bookstore out of business. How…

Canadian government says anyone giving birth to live humans is a threat to the planet… promotes abortion and infertility

The Canadian equivalent of CNN has shamelessly published a climate “infographic” that suggests the number one thing everyday people can do to help “mitigate” climate change is to stop having children. Pointing to a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, CBC News says there’s actually nothing more effective at combating climate change than for families to have at least one fewer child. The so-called “emissions savings” of having one less child is ranked in the “High Impact” category at 58.6, while the next closest thing, living without a car, trails second at a mere 2.4. Down the list…

NJ declares WAR on its own citizens: Door-to-door gun magazine confiscations and arrests

A New Jersey law that makes it a felony to possess a gun magazine capable of holding over 10 rounds of ammunition is now active. This wildly unconstitutional law instantly criminalizes hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens who legally acquired normal capacity firearms magazines — which include 17-round pistol magazines and 30-round rifle magazines — as tools of self-defense against the very same violent criminals that are protected by the Democrats who passed the gun magazine ban. Now, the New Jersey State Police have told Breitbart News they won’t rule out “house-to-house enforcement” of the new magazine ban, meaning…

Layoffs Loom At Verizon’s In The Wake Of $4.5 Billion Writedown

Verizon’s $9 billion bet on the digital media business may rank among the worst blunders in the history of corporate America. Unfortunately, extracting itself from the bad deals won’t be easy. Selling its Oath digital properties, including HuffPost, AOL and Yahoo, isn’t realistic in the wake of Verizon’s decision to take a $4.5 billion writedown on the business, effectively rendering it worthless. Spinning Oath off would also be difficult because few investors would be interested in buying shares in a company that accounts for roughly 3% of all online advertising sales. Moreover, Oath’s rivals, including BuzzFeed, Vox Media and Vice, are…

Your shuttered Sears store could soon be demolished. Here’s why

If a Sears store near you has already closed or is in the process of closing, it’s likely the owner of that property will opt to demolish it rather than find someone to fill the space. The bankrupt department store chain has already said it will shut 142 stores by year’s end. And its future while it’s in bankruptcy court proceedings is still uncertain, with a total liquidation being one potential outcome. That would mean more than 500 additional Sears and Kmart stores going dark. As mall owners look to find new tenants to replace Sears, the process likely won’t…

2 Government subcontractors killed at Antarctica science station….

Two US government subcontractor employees at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station died Wednesday while performing maintenance at a generator building, the National Science Foundation said. A helicopter pilot landed near the building, which powers a radio transmitter near the station, after seeing smoke coming from the structure, the foundation said. Inside the building, the pilot found the two workers unconscious. Medical personnel from the clinic at McMurdo pronounced one of the workers dead at the scene, while another was pronounced dead after being flown to the clinic, the statement said. The employees were fire technicians who were performing preventive maintenance on the…

Rahm Emanuel wants to legalize marijuana, open casino to deal with Chicago’s pension crisis

The outgoing mayor of Chicago wants to legalize recreational marijuana and open a casino to help address a growing pension crisis in the nation’s third largest city, a source close to the mayor said Tuesday. Rahm Emanuel, who is set to leave office in May, will propose both measures in a major address on Wednesday, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly before the mayor’s address. Also Tuesday, aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The New York Post that Cuomo was readying a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in that state. It’s already allowed in California,…

Flynn says FBI pushed him not to have lawyer present during interview

In a lengthy court filing Tuesday, attorneys for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn alleged that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe pushed Flynn not to have an attorney present during the questioning that ultimately led to his guilty plea on a single charge of lying to federal authorities. The document outlines, with striking new details, the rapid sequence of events that led to Flynn’s sudden fall from the Trump administration. The filing also seemingly demonstrates that the FBI took a significantly more aggressive tack in handling the Flynn interview than it did during other similar matters, including the agency’s sit-downs with Hillary Clinton…

Bizarre radar mystery baffles the National Weather Service…

A mystery that riled the Tri-State Monday night had been solved – or so we thought. When large, storm-like blips flashed across radar in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, the National Weather Service was stunned – because it wasn’t raining a drop. All kinds of guesses flared up on social media: a flock of birds; aliens; residue the government uses to control the weather, etc. But a tweet from Eyewitness News meteorologist Wayne Hart on Tuesday morning seemingly cleared the fog. Citing an unnamed pilot, he said Evansville air traffic control claimed a military C-130 released a stream of chaff –…

Congressman believes vaccines may cause autism….questions CDC data

A soon-to-be congressman from Tennessee told constituents Tuesday he believed vaccines may be causing autism, questioning data from the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions disproving such a theory. Not only did Republican Mark Green, a Congressman-elect from Clarksville who is also a medical doctor, express hesitation about the CDC’s stance on vaccines, Green said he believed the federal health agency has “fraudulently managed” the data. His remarks came in response to an audience question at a town hall meeting in Franklin from a woman identifying herself as the parent of a young adult with autism. The woman was concerned…

President’s former lawyer Michael Cohen get 3 years in PRISON…

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in jail for a series of crimes to which he pleaded guilty, saying his cooperation with the Russia probe ‘does not wipe the slate clean.’ As an attorney, Cohen ‘should have known better,’ said the judge, following dramatic courtroom arguments that featured repeated references to President Trump – including his attacks on Cohen as ‘weak’ and a ‘rat’ and Cohen’s own explanation of what it took to provide information against him. Cohen shed tears in the courtroom as he sought leniency and reflected on decisions…

What Happens When Facebook Goes the Way of Myspace?

Facebook earned more than $5 billion in profit last quarter, and yet it has spent much of 2018 trapped in a defensive crouch. This year was defined by brutal press coverage, internal strife, executive departures and unwanted attention from authorities. The company stands accused of various offenses: degrading politics; empowering despots; leaving users vulnerable to abuse; abusing its users’ data for profit. It is in a constant state of crisis such that its executives’ responses to scandals end up becoming scandals themselves. But the single event most pertinent to Facebook’s future, and with the most explanatory power regarding its recent…

California wants to tax text-messaging…State regulators say surcharge on text messaging would help fund programs that make phone service accessible to the poor

Texting your sweetheart that you’re on your way home? California may soon charge you for that. This is no LOL matter, critics say. State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the proposal, now scheduled for a vote next month by the California Public Utilities Commission. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. “This is how conversations take place in…

Whole Foods Ranked Worst on Cancer-Linked Package Chemicals

Whole Foods Market, hailed for its high standards for healthy food, ranked worst in a study of five major U.S. grocery chains for chemicals it uses in packaging at its popular hot-food bar. In response, the company said it has removed all the coated paper products in question and has started a search for new biodegradable packaging. The study — released by watchdog groups Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future — found that Amazon.com Inc.’s grocer was the biggest offender when it came to food contact papers that appear to have been treated with a class of chemicals, some…