Windows 10 will automatically download on to Windows 7 or 8 PCs

(Samuel Gibbs)  Microsoft’s efforts to entice users to upgrade to Windows 10 will soon see it automatically downloaded on to users computers without their knowledge. The company announced that Windows 10 will become a “recommended update” starting next year, which means anyone with Windows 7 or 8 that has automatic updates activated – the default … Read moreWindows 10 will automatically download on to Windows 7 or 8 PCs

Shaker Aamer to seek damages after 14 years in Guantánamo Bay without trial

(Ed Pilkington)  Shaker Aamer, the British resident finally set free after spending almost 14 years incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay, is to bring legal proceedings against the British government over its alleged complicity in his mistreatment. The case will include a claim for damages from the UK’s security and intelligence agencies, whose officers interrogated him three … Read moreShaker Aamer to seek damages after 14 years in Guantánamo Bay without trial

Over 30,000 People Think CNN’s Don Lemon Should Be Fired

(Jordan Chariton)  A Change.org petition is calling for CNN’s Don Lemon to be fired afrer he called for more information before condemning a South Carolina senior deputy who tossed and dragged a black female student on the ground. The petition was born after Lemon criticized legal analyst Sunny Hostin for passing judgment on the deputy, … Read moreOver 30,000 People Think CNN’s Don Lemon Should Be Fired

Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, all killed

(Ahmed Mohamed Hassan)  A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising altitude, killing all aboard. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh … Read moreRussian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, all killed

People in Sweden are hiding cash in their microwaves because of a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment

(Fin Post)  Sweden is shaping up to be the first country to plunge its citizens into a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment: negative interest rates in a cashless society. The Swedish central bank held its benchmark interest rate at -0.35% today, the level it has been at since July. Although retail banks have yet to pass … Read morePeople in Sweden are hiding cash in their microwaves because of a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment

VERIZON TO DUMP 6,000 JOBS

Verizon may be laying off as many as 6,000 employees as rival Sprint culls its payroll, according to a Wall Street analyst. Jeffrey Kvaal, with Nomura Securities International, wrote in a note to clients that Verizon employees had been informed of the cutbacks. Kvaal cited a Bloomberg article about Verizon’s plan to reorganize its wireless … Read moreVERIZON TO DUMP 6,000 JOBS

UniCredit – 12,000 Layoffs Worldwide Possible

(Francesca Landini)   UniCredit’s (CRDI.MI) new business plan envisages 12,000 job cuts worldwide, a source close to the matter said on Friday, indicating a larger reduction compared with 10,000 layoffs that had been expected. UniCredit will reduce its Italian workforce by 3,500 jobs, including 2,700 cuts already planned but not fully implemented, according to two … Read moreUniCredit – 12,000 Layoffs Worldwide Possible

The era of McDonald’s is coming to an end

(LJ Devon)  McDonald’s is trying everything to keep customers flocking through their doors, but the brand, the product and the strategy continue to falter. Many McDonald’s franchisees say the brand is suffering from a “deep depression” leading to the “final days” of the once popular business model. Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski sent out surveys to … Read moreThe era of McDonald’s is coming to an end

Bee expert: USDA punished me for research on pesticides

(MPR)  A top federal bee scientist from South Dakota says he’s being punished for publicizing work on pesticides and pollinators. Jonathan Lundgren’s research found bees and monarch butterflies can be harmed by a widely used class of insecticides. In a whistleblower case filed Wednesday, the United States Agriculture Department entomologist alleges he faced retaliation because … Read moreBee expert: USDA punished me for research on pesticides

San Francisco Bans Wood-Burning Heaters And Stoves

(Daniel Jennings)  Starting next fall it will be illegal to install wood-burning heaters and stoves in new homes in at least one major American city: San Francisco. Even wood stoves certified as low emission by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be banned. “We are serious about reducing the health risks associated with our residents’ … Read moreSan Francisco Bans Wood-Burning Heaters And Stoves

FBI Director James Comey blames citizens with cameras for increase in violent crime

CHICAGO — Police anxiety in the era of ever-present cellphone cameras and viral videos partly explains why violent crime has risen in several large U.S. cities this year, FBI Director James Comey said Friday. Comey told several hundred students during a forum at the University of Chicago Law School that it’s critical to do more … Read moreFBI Director James Comey blames citizens with cameras for increase in violent crime

These stores are refusing to open up on Thanksgiving Day

(Michal Addady)  To compete with other retailers, many stores have been making themselves available to Black Friday junkies earlier and earlier, spilling over into Thanksgiving Day celebrations. The holiday has become less about giving thanks, and more about shoving people out of your way to snag a television set for 75% off. While many encourage it … Read moreThese stores are refusing to open up on Thanksgiving Day

Senate passes CISA, strikes down four pro-privacy amendments

(RT)  The Senate on Tuesday passed CISA, a controversial bill encouraging companies to share private user data with the government that is worrying to civil liberties advocates. Four amendments were proposed to address privacy concerns, but they all died on the floor. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) in … Read moreSenate passes CISA, strikes down four pro-privacy amendments

State Bullies 305,000 Parents To Give Kids Controversial Vaccine

(Daniel Jennings)  The state of Indiana sent parents of children and teens a letter urging the use of a controversial vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease, and the action has upset more than a few parents. At least 305,000 families may have received letters pressuring them to get their children inoculated with the Human Papillomavirus … Read moreState Bullies 305,000 Parents To Give Kids Controversial Vaccine

Police officer charged with misdemeanor for collision that killed pedestrian

(Julie Mack)  A Benton Township patrol officer who was driving 30 miles above the speed limit when hehit and killed a pedestrian last month is being charged with a misdemeanor — moving violation causing death, the Berrien County prosecutor announced today. Officer Eugene Anderson Jr., 52, of Benton Harbor, was driving to a call about … Read morePolice officer charged with misdemeanor for collision that killed pedestrian

Hackers can quietly disable airbags in cars sold by Volkswagen through a vulnerability in software popular with car mechanics

(Darren Pauli)  Hackers can quietly disable airbags in cars sold by Volkswagen using a zero day vulnerability in software popular with car mechanics. The attacks demonstrated on an Audi TT require a mechanic’s computer to be first compromised or for a malicious USB device to be plugged in for the exploit to work. Research trio … Read moreHackers can quietly disable airbags in cars sold by Volkswagen through a vulnerability in software popular with car mechanics

Feds Investigating Florida Police Money Laundering

(Michael Sallah)  After years of rampant abuses by undercover Bal Harbour police, the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the millions taken in by the officers who turned a money-laundering sting into a major cash enterprise, spending lavishly on travel and luxury hotels without making a single arrest. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and the … Read moreFeds Investigating Florida Police Money Laundering

TTIP Food Rules Secretly Enforced in EU; Agenda 21-Style Sustainability in New Draft

(Joe Wolverton)  Two recent stories published in Europe reveal that leaders of countries participating in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are secretly enforcing the agreement’s provisions and approving backroom deals with powerful multinational corporations whose interests are served by the secret arrangements. What’s worse: It seems that Agenda 21 is lurking in the … Read moreTTIP Food Rules Secretly Enforced in EU; Agenda 21-Style Sustainability in New Draft

Monsanto’s GMO seeds have led to creation of ‘superweeds’

(Karen Graham)  On Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed off on a new genetically modified corn developed by Monsanto after a review concluded the product posed no threat to other crops, plants or the environment. The move by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) deregulated Monsanto’s MON 87411 maize, developed … Read moreMonsanto’s GMO seeds have led to creation of ‘superweeds’