And when the answer is NOTHING … get over

clip_image002…Look at yourself in any mirror and honestly ask and answer what have I done to prevent any form of government secrecy…???

…And when the answer is NOTHING … get over the increase secrecy in all aspects of life…

Trump’s Horrendous EPA Chief Wins Golden Padlock Award for Govt. Secrecy

By Celisa Calacal, AlterNet    The award recognizes "the most lOOK publicly funded agency or person in the United States."    READ MORE»

 

American corporate GREED taken to the extreme…

…American corporate GREED taken to the extreme…

POWERFUL CORPORATE COPYRIGHT IS KILLING THE REPAIR INDUSTRY      The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was meant to protect artists and programmers, but it has ended up preventing consumers from fixing their products.

Repairs used to be straightforward. If your car, television, or refrigerator broke down, you had three options: Scrap it and buy a new one; pay a premium for the dealer to fix it; or save some dough by finding a third-party mechanic to patch it up. But because of a quirk in corporate copyright law, that third option is quickly disappearing.

"How come there are lots of TVs, but there are no TV repair shops anymore? The answer is, they can’t get the parts, the tools, or the firmware to fix the damn TV," says Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of The Repair Association, a "repair rights" organization. "If it says it’s a smart appliance, I say run away. Run away as fast as you can."

Gordon-Byrne’s advice is based on the broad protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Originally written to protect artists and programmers, the DMCA criminalized attempts to circumvent technological barriers associated with digital products. While the DMCA didn’t make it illegal to buy a DVD overseas, it made hacks allowing it to be played back at home punishable by up to five years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

These protections made some sense in an era when people were coping with the new ability to mass-copy any CD, DVD, or computer program. But what the DMCA didn’t predict was digital technology becoming standard in every kind of product.

Now, even though you may know how to fix a refrigerator, that knowledge is irrelevant when trying to fix a smart fridge locked by hardware. You can ask the company to let you in, but they’re going to say no, because why would they say yes? You can risk the half-million-dollar fine and prison time (hacks are available online), but that’s not a great gamble for a repair business. Repair companies simply don’t service smart machines, meaning that, soon enough, they won’t service anything at all.

"REPAIR IS SOMETHING SO BASIC IN OUR LIVES. IT’S LIKE EATING." … It’s easy to see how the end of third-party repairers benefits corporations. They get to claim another profit pool by forcing customers back into their stores. "Corporations would just rather sell you more equipment. That’s the business model. It’s tension that’s always existed," Gordon-Byrne says.

But it’s also easy to see how this can go wrong for the consumer.

"Now, [companies] can stop fixing things, and you’re cooked," Gordon-Byrne says. "Under current law, anytime a manufacturer decides they don’t want to support something, the people that bought it are stuck."

The DMCA protections can also allow corporations to get away with illegal activities. In 2015, Volkswagen was caught programming its cars to conceal the amount of pollution they were emitting. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes, the concealment could have been discovered years earlier if researchers with independent watchdog organizations had been able to examine the vehicle computer. Because of the DMCA, they could not.

If any legal battle is one over language, this one is over whether consumers are "owners" or "licensees" after the point of sale. It’s a fight best exemplified by the one between The Repair Association and tractor manufacturer John Deere.

In 2014, after decades of court cases solidifying that consumers don’t own the software in products they buy (you own your iPhone, not the iOS), The Repair Association filed for a blanket exemption for those accessing firmware in John Deere tractors. A year later, the United States Copyright Office agreed to the exemption, but with a one-year delay. On October 28th of 2016—the day the ruling took effect—John Deere required consumers to sign a new end user license agreement, recognizing them as licensees not owners.

"Farmers are rapidly losing the option of repairing just about anything with a tech part—from an irrigation sensor to a packaging production line, to a water pump and HVAC equipment," Gordon-Byrne says. "There are plenty of technicians more than capable of fixing anything, but they’re very constrained in terms of what they can do legally."

But Gordon-Byrne is hopeful. Because frustrated consumers have voiced their concerns with their congressional representatives, there are currently "Right to Repair" bills circulating in 12 states. If passed, they’d require manufacturers to sell repair parts, release manuals, and technical information that consumers could bring to third-party repairers.

These protections would allow consumers to tinker the way they did before. "Repair is something so basic in our lives. It’s like eating," she says. "Something breaks, you want to fix it."

 

mostly likely its bull

image…Whenever you hear this … STOP… LOOK … LISEN …    as mostly likely its bullshit…

Recordings Reveal FBI Gave Man a Rifle, Urged Him to Carry Out Mass Shooting to ‘Defend Islam&#3

 

07-06-2017 • http://thefreethoughtproject.com    It’s become a near-weekly occurrence. Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they’ve foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives. However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who’ve been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents. Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.

But what happens when they take it too far? What happens if the FBI actually tells someone to conduct a mass shooting? Well, in Milwaukee, WI, we are seeing this unfold first hand.

A little over two years ago, Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 25, found himself in the midst of an FBI sting. Little did he know that he was being groomed for terrorism by the same government who claims to fight terrorism.

Hamzeh was born in the U.S. but lived much of his childhood in Jordan before moving to Milwaukee when he was 19. For four years, Hamzeh lived an entirely normal life, until one day, he was contacted by people who wanted to radicalize him and give him weapons.    Read Full Story

CIA Gone Rogue: The Surveillance State Examined, Validated, Exposed
07-06-2017  •  BY: FULL MEASURE STAFF
Under the law that created the CIA in 1947, there was a bright line barring the agency from spying on Americans… partly over concerns about civil liberties, privacy and political abuse. 

…WOW… What a boom for military contractors & bomb manufacturers….

WOW… What a boom for military contractors & bomb manufacturers….

Don’t Be Surprised to See Trump Bomb North Korea

07-05-2017  •  https://www.fff.org  …….After the in-your-face Fourth of July "gift" that North Korea delivered to President Trump in the form of an intercontinental ballistic missile test, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see President Trump and the Pentagon retaliate by bo

Choose NOT to contemplate at your own risk…

clip_image002…Choose NOT to contemplate at your own risk…

Why Eating Meat in America Is Like Going on a Trip to the Drug Store    Most of the meat Americans eat is banned in other industrialized countries.

 

By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet    July 6, 2017, 12:56 PM GMT    Recently, Organic Consumers Association, along with Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety filed suit against chicken giant Sanderson Farms for falsely marketing its products as “100% Natural” even though it contains many unnatural and even prohibited substances. Sanderson chicken products tested positive for the antibiotic chloramphenical, banned in food animals, and amoxicillin, not approved for use in poultry production. Sanderson Farms products also tested positive for residues of steroids, hormones, anti-inflammatory drugs and even ketamine, a drug with hallucinogenic effects.

This is far from the first time unlabeled human drugs have been found in U.S. meat. The New York Times reported that most chicken feather-meal samples examined in one study contained Tylenol, one-third contained the antihistamine Benadryl, and samples from China actually contained Prozac. The FDA has caught hatcheries injecting antibiotics directly into chicken eggs. Tyson Foods was caught injecting eggs with the dangerous human antibiotic gentamicin.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has reported the presence of the potentially dangerous herbs fo-ti, lobelia, kava kava and black cohosh in the U.S. food supply as well as strong the antihistamine hydroxyzine. Most of the ingredients are from suppliers in China.

Animal Pharma still mostly under the radar  Many people have heard of Elanco, Eli Lilly’s animal drug division, and Bayer HealthCare Animal Health. But most big Pharma companies, including Pfizer, Merck, Boehringer Ingolheim, Sanofi and Novartis operate similar lucrative animal divisions. Unlike "people" Pharma, Animal Pharma largely exists under the public’s radar: drug ads do not appear on TV nor do safety or marketing scandals reach Capitol Hill. Still, conflicts of interest abound.

“No regulation currently exists that would prevent or restrict a veterinarian from owning their own animals and/or feed mill,” says the Center for Food Safety. “If a licensed veterinarian also owns a licensed medicated feed mill, they stand to profit by diagnosing a flock or herd and prescribing their own medicated feed blend.”

Because the activities of Animal Pharma are so underreported, few Americans realize that most of the meat they eat is banned in other industrialized countries. One example is ractopamine, a controversial growth-promoting asthma-like drug marketed as Optaflexx for cattle, Paylean for pigs, and Topmax for turkeys and banned in the European Union, China and more than 100 other countries. Also used in U.S. meat production is Zilmax, a Merck drug similar to ractopamine that the FDA linked to 285 cattle deaths during six years of administration. Seventy-five animals lost hooves, 94 developed pneumonia and 41 developed bloat in just two years, Reuters reported.

The European Union boycotts the U.S.’ hormone-grown beef. The routinely used synthetic hormones zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate pose "increased risks of breast cancer and prostate cancer," says the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures. "Consumption of beef derived from Zeranol-implanted cattle may be a risk factor for breast cancer," according to an article in the journal Anticancer Research.

The European Union has also traditionally boycotted U.S. chickens because they are dipped in chlorine baths. In the U.S. it’s perfectly legal to ‘wash’ butchered chicken in strongly chlorinated water, according to a report in the Guardian:

These practices aren’t allowed in the EU, and the dominant European view has been that, far from reducing contamination, they could increase it because dirty abattoirs with sloppy standards would rely on it [chlorine] as a decontaminant rather than making sure their basic hygiene protocols were up to scratch.

Other germ-killing or germ-retarding chemicals routinely used in U.S. food production include nitrites and nitrates in processed meat (declared carcinogens by the World Health Organization in 2016), the parasiticide formalin legally used in shrimp production, and carbon monoxide to keep meat looking red in the grocery store no matter how old it really is. Many thought public revulsion at the ammonia puffs used to discourage E. Coli growth in the notorious beef-derived “pink slime” in 2012 forced the product into retirement. But the manufacturer is fighting back aggressively.

Antibiotics are the least of unlabeled animal drugs  According to the Center for Food Safety, Animal Pharma uses over 450 animal drugs, drug combinations and other feed additives “to promote growth of the animals and to suppress the negative effects that heavily-concentrated confinement has on farm animals.”

The revelations about Sanderson Farms should come as no surprise given that despite new antibiotic regulations rolled out in 2013, and even more recently, antibiotic use in farm operations is on the rise. Sanderson Farms revelations are no surprise.

Last year I asked Michael Hansen, a senior staff scientist at Consumers Union, how the 2013 FDA guidance asking Pharma to voluntarily restrict livestock antibiotics by changing the approved uses language on labels was working out. Dr. Hansen told me “growth production” had been removed from labels but the drugs are still routinely used for the new indication of “disease prevention.”

After the guidance was published, a Reuters investigation found Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue Farms, George’s and Koch Foods using antibiotics “more pervasively than regulators realize.” Pilgrim’s Pride’s feed mill records show the antibiotics bacitracin and monensin are added “to every ration fed to a flock grown early this year.” (Pilgrim’s Pride threatened legal action against Reuters for its finding.) Also caught red-handed using antibiotics, despite denying it on their website, was Koch Foods, a supplier to Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. Koch’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Kaminsky, reportedly said that he regretted the wording on the website.

But antibiotics are the least of the unlabeled drugs and chemicals lurking in meat. According to the Associated Press, U.S. chickens continue to be fed with inorganic arsenic to produce quicker weight gain with less food (the same reason antibiotics are given) despite some public outcry a few years ago. Arsenic is also given to turkeys, hogs and chickens for enhanced color. Such use “contribute[s] to arsenic exposure in the U.S. population,” says according to research in Environmental  Health Perspectives.

The appealing pink color of farmed salmon is also achieved with the chemicals astaxanthin and canthaxanthin. In the wild, salmon eat crustaceans and algae which make them pink; on farms they are an unappetizing and unmarketable gray.

There are legitimate reasons to use drugs, primarily to treat disease. Cattle host stomach-churning liver flukes, eyeworms, lungworms, stomach worms, thin-necked intestinal worms and whipworms, all of which are treated with parasiticides. Turkeys suffer from aspergillosis (brooder pneumonia), avian influenza, avian leucosis, histomoniasis, coccidiosis, coronavirus, erysipelas, typhoid, fowl cholera, mites, lice, herpes, clostridial dermatitis, cellulitis and more for which they are also treated with unlabeled drugs. (The Federal Register says the anti-coccidial drug halofuginone used in turkeys "is toxic to fish and aquatic life" and "an irritant to eyes and skin.” Users should take care to "Keep [it] out of lakes, ponds, and streams.") The endocrine disrupter Bisphenol A (BPA) has even been found in fresh turkey meat.

Food animals are also routinely given antifungal drugs and vaccines. Porcine epidemic diarrhea, which killed millions of animals in recent years, is treated with a vaccine. And a vaccine for the flock-killing bird flu is in the works. In fact, Big Food is working with Big Pharma to replace the widely assailed antibiotics with vaccines.

Drug use in food animals will get worse, not better  There are two reasons drug residues in food animals will soon grow worse not better. In exchange for China agreeing to accept U.S. beef after a long hiatus, the U.S. agreed to import cooked chickens from China. China’s food safety record is abysmal including rat meat sold as lamb, gutter oil sold as cooking oil, baby formula contaminated with melamine and frequent bird flu epidemics. Globalization dangers already exist with seafood, most of which comes from countries that use chemicals and drugs banned in the U.S.

The second reason is the U.S. meat industry’s increasing move toward privatization and corporate self-policing—phasing out U.S. meat inspectors in favor of the “honor system.” USDA’s “New Poultry Inspection System” (NPIS) shamelessly allows poultry producers to switch to a voluntary program that allows for non-government poultry inspections. Such privatization deals are the wave of the future as federal meat inspectors are ignored and phased out by the government.

After all, we are living with an administration that sees regulations as nothing more than an impediment to Big Ag’s cheap meat agenda.

This story first appeared in Organic Consumers Association.

Martha Rosenberg is an investigative health reporter and the author of "Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health (Random House)."

 

seems entirely too bizarre to be true

…This seems entirely too bizarre to be true…

Trump’s team forgot to book a hotel, so they’re crashing on Hamburg’s couch for the G20

Now this really inspires confidence… really…???

…Now this really inspires confidence… really…???

Trump voter commission to store data on White House computers under Pence staff direction

Six Republicans, four Democrats on panel whose data request has sparked an uproar.

By Spencer S. Hsu  •  Local  •  Read more »