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Heartbleed Bug: Public urged to reset all passwords — but not yet!

April 10, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw. The Yahoo blogging platform Tumblr has advised the public to 'change your passwords everywhere -- especially your high-security services like email, file storage and banking.' Security advisers have given similar warnings about the Heartbleed Bug. It follows news that a product used to safeguard data could be compromised to allow eavesdropping." [editor's note: Every technophobe's worst nightmare? - SAT] (04/09/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26954540  

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Let’s repudiate Reaganomics

April 10, 2014
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Our Future
by Thom Hartmann  

"I want to tell you a tale of two countries, Country A and Country B. Country A has extraordinary wealth. In fact, according to the World Bank, national income per person in Country A is behind just Singapore, Norway, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Switzerland. In the past six years, total wealth in Country A is up over $34 trillion. That $34 trillion equals out to roughly $100,000 per person in Country A. And if you’re a business executive in Country A, you’re doing even better, because the ratio of CEO to average worker pay in Country A is a whopping 273-1. But things aren’t so great over in Country B." [editor's note: Yes ... along with Obombyanomics ... and Krugmanomics ... and ... - SAT] (04/09/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140409/lets-repudiate-reaganomics  

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Diabetes expenses decreasing, but still high

April 10, 2014
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Reuters [UK]    

"Out-of-pocket expenses for diabetes treatment have gone down for many U.S. patients over the past decade, according to a new study. But nearly a quarter of people with diabetes still face high expenses. In particular, '[out-of-pocket] expenses declined in the people with public insurance and in people with low income between 2001 and 2011,' mostly because prescription drug costs went down, Rui Li told Reuters Health. Li led the study at the Division of Diabetes Translation, part of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oj9yyhl  

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Hewlett-Packard to pay $108 million in additional bribes over bribery cases

April 10, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in criminal fines and civil penalties for bribing officials in Russia, Poland and Mexico to win technology contracts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The company's Russian subsidiary, ZAO Hewlett-Packard, has agreed to plead guilty in federal court in San Jose to felony charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Justice Department said. It said it settled criminal cases against HP's Polish and Mexican subsidiaries for financial penalties without requiring guilty pleas." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qcapode  

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Should soldiers be allowed to bear arms on base?

April 9, 2014
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Fox News Forum
by John Lott  

"In debates on gun control, gun opponents usually speculate about what might go wrong. Unfortunately, the current debate over arming soldiers on military bases is no different. Except for the military police, soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. ... After the attack at Fort Hood this past week, many soldiers no doubt wished they had been carrying a gun. The six minutes before military police arrived at the scene proved much too long for the three people killed and 16 wounded." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nowyg3p  

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NASA: Lights on Mars not a sign of life

April 9, 2014
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Raw Story    

"A NASA robot has snapped pictures showing glints of light on the Martian horizon, which some UFO enthusiasts have seized on as a sign of alien life on the Red Planet. Not so, said the US space agency. More likely, the images of bright spots taken on April 2 and April 3 are a product of the sun’s glare or cosmic rays, NASA said in a statement. In fact, similar glints of light are seen all the time in images taken by the Curiosity rover, a multibillion dollar unmanned vehicle equipped with cameras and drilling instruments that is exploring Mars." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p3mosbb  

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An election Democrats can win?

April 9, 2014
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Reuters
by Bill Schneider  

"Obamacare versus Ryanomics. That’s the battle line for 2014. It’s also a battle Democrats can win. Why? Because most Americans are pragmatists. Pragmatists believe that whatever works is right. Ideologues believe that if something is wrong, it can’t possibly work -- even if it does work. That’s the Republican view of Obamacare: It’s wrong, so it can’t possibly work. But it now looks like Obamacare may work." [editor's note: I hope when "the truth is found to be lies" ... these statements come back to haunt him, as they will every other advocate of this sham (I don't argue that "Ryanomics" isn't at least as bogus) - SAT] (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nuedrzv  

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How to curb gentrification

April 9, 2014
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In These Times
by Julia Wong  

"In 2011, Mustafa Solomon, a 57-year old African-American photographer, was served eviction papers. He’d lived in the same apartment in North Oakland for more than 15 years. Now, following what Solomon calls a 'small, accidental fire in the kitchen,' his landlord wanted him out. Solomon believes his landlord had another motive: The unit he shared with his adult daughter and pet dog cost $530 a month, but rents in his neighborhood had been rising quickly due to gentrification. 'If I was moving in now, this apartment would probably be $950-1,200 per month,' Solomon says." (04/09/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16531/how_to_prevent_gentrification  

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Why senator questioning Comcast-Time Warner merger

April 9, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and Internet service provider, is entering the homestretch this week in its attempts to convince Congress, federal regulators, and a skeptical public that its proposed mega-merger with Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second largest provider, will be a boon for consumers. If approved, the $45 billion deal, announced in February, would create a cable and Internet colossus that will provide cable service for nearly one out of three American consumers, while at the same time wiring in high-speed Internet service for almost 40 percent of the broadband market." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pj7j6zu  

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IRS employees accused of soliciting Obama votes

April 9, 2014
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Fox News    

"IRS workers in several offices have been openly supporting President Obama, including by donning pro-Obama paraphernalia and urging callers to reelect the president in 2012, according to allegations contained in a new government watchdog report. A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oox2wqg  

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Mozilla & Eich cave over Prop 8 donation

April 9, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.' That moment of fantasy came courtesy of Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker as she announced last week that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, had caved in to calls that he resign for the Silicon Valley sin of having donated $1,000 to Proposition 8, the ballot measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman -- six years ago. The forces of intolerance won. With Eich caving in, there is no conversation, and the world is not a better place for the free exchange of ideas." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/occok4s  

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Tennessee Congressman challenges AG on “fallacious” pot laws

April 9, 2014
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Raw Story    

"A pro-pot legislator has pointedly asked Attorney General Eric Holder why he wants to wait for Congress to loosen marijuana laws. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) reminded Holder during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday that the attorney general had the authority to ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study of cannabis for the possibility of reclassifying it as an illegal drug. ... The lawmaker said its classification alongside much harder drugs 'breeds contempt for our laws....'" [editor's note: Are you getting as sick as I am of the Executive Branch hiding behind Congress and shirking its own valid powers? - SAT] (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p43s23r  

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What’s behind the “Poor Door?”

April 9, 2014
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The Nation
by Michael Sorkin  

"Three and a half years ago, after living for more than a quarter-century in a rent-stabilized apartment in a ratty Greenwich Village tenement, my wife and I moved to a condo in downtown Manhattan. Conscientious ’60s veterans, we felt some anxiety about landing in the climes of privilege ... but we got over it fast. ... The rentals had been fairly quickly made into condos, and the question to be decided was whether the two residential lobbies should be combined into one, with potential savings on staff and electricity, and the possible production of new commercial space." (04/08/14)

http://www.thenation.com/article/179138/whats-behind-poor-door  

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China warns it cannot be contained

April 9, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The timing was part of the message: The day after China brought US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on board its first aircraft carrier as the first foreign visitor, its defense minister warned that no one, not even the United States, could contain its military ambitions. 'With the latest developments in China, it can never be contained,' Gen. Chang Wanquan said, according to Bloomberg Businessweek." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nyxfvmw  

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Paid sick days: A no-brainer

April 9, 2014
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In These Times
by Terry J. Allen  

"If you go to Disneyland, you might want to stop Mickey and Minnie from hugging your kid. The Walt Disney Company, like many businesses, opposes paid sick leave. The result, nationwide, is that millions of people show up for work every day sick as a dog (Pluto?), because staying home means losing essential pay or even their jobs. One sick person can infect hundreds, even thousands, with air or food-borne infectious diseases such as flu, colds, Hepatitis A and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as norovirus." (04/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p69fgc9  

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Scramble on to fix “heartbleed” security bug

April 9, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A bug in software used by millions of web servers could have exposed anyone visiting sites they hosted to spying and eavesdropping, say researchers. The bug is in a software library used in servers, operating systems and email and instant messaging systems. Called OpenSSL the software is supposed to protect sensitive data as it travels back and forth. It is not clear how widespread exploitation of the bug has been because attacks leave no trace. " (04/08/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26935905  

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When shareholder capitalism came to town

April 8, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Steven Pearlstein  

"In the current, cramped model of American capitalism, with its focus on maximizing output growth and shareholder value, there is ample recognition of the importance of financial capital, human capital, and physical capital but no consideration of social capital. Social capital is the trust we have in one another, and the sense of mutual responsibility for one another, that gives us the comfort to take risks, make long-term investments, and accept the inevitable dislocations caused by the economic gales of creative destruction." [editor's note: Give this one a read; there's a lot of truth in his approach - SAT] (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmuz4m3  

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Study: Untaxed overseas US corp profits top $2.1 trillion

April 8, 2014
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Reuters    

"Foreign profits held overseas by U.S. corporations to avoid taxes at home nearly doubled from 2008 to 2013 to top $2.1 trillion, said a private research firm's report, prompting a call for reform by the Senate's top tax law writer. 'The new numbers ... certainly highlight what is one of the key challenges for tax reform. I do think there need to be some reforms in this area,' Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden told reporters on Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Under U.S. law, corporations do not have to pay income tax on most of their overseas profits until they are brought into the United States." [editor's note: I may be wrong, but I'm under the impression that the US is one of only a few governments which feels magically entitled to tax money neither earned in nor brought to its jurisdiction - TLK] (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q49u7ks  

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Revising Obama’s “deporter in chief” policy

April 8, 2014
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Reuters
by Herman Schwartz  

"In response to angry complaints from the Latino community about the administration’s deportation policies, President Barack Obama ordered a review in March 'to see how to conduct enforcement more humanely.' At the same time, however, White House officials said the administration would neither suspend deportations nor expand the opportunities to stay for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. That will not mollify his critics. Nor should it." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ph4zllz  

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Report: OKCupid CEO donated to anti-gay politician

April 8, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"OKCupid told users last week that Mozilla Firefox’s new CEO allegedly opposed equality for gay couples, an announcement that ended up forcing the CEO to step down. But a new report finds that OKCupid’s own CEO once did something very similar -- donate money to a politician with an anti-gay voting record." [editor's note: Both of these revelations should have been nobody's business; however, the hypocrisy of OKCupid is of note - SAT] (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nu52ry4  

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Hounding of Eich: New cover for dark money defenders

April 8, 2014
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The New Republic
by Alec MacGillis  

"As if there weren’t enough reasons for liberals to have misgivings about the hounding of a Silicon Valley executive over his $1,000 check to an anti-same sex marriage campaign, there’s also this: the episode is giving cover to those fighting to keep secret the vast sums of dark money flowing into American politics. When the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission last week eliminated overall limits on how much wealthy donors could contribute to candidates, parties and political action committees in a given campaign cycle, supporters of the decision rationalized that it would be better for democratic accountability because these contributions would be public." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oloaq5e  

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CO: Couple fights to save land from eminent domain

April 8, 2014
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Fox News    

"'They're spending us to death,' said landowner Andy Barrie. He is not talking about property taxes, inflation or even the cost of skiing in glitzy ski country. Rather, he's talking about the legal fight he and his wife have been waging to save their pristine piece of mountain property -- with breathtaking views of Colorado's high country -- from being taken over by the county through eminent domain. Their battle is a unique test of private property rights. Unlike in countless other cases, where local governments have used those powers to seize land to make way for a road or some economic development project, Colorado's Summit County is using eminent domain to go after the Barries' land simply because officials want the open space." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/npfzuqj  

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Six rules for liberty

April 8, 2014
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Fox News Forum
by Matt Kibbe  

"Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff. That’s it, in a nutshell. Everyone should be free to live their lives as they think best, so long as they don’t hurt other people and don’t take other people’s stuff. I am not a moral philosopher, and I don’t particularly aspire to be one. But the rules for liberty are simple and straightforward. They’re blindly applied across the board, not doled out discriminately by meddling politicians and government bureaucrats. They define our actions at every level of society, from federal government to local communities, towards friends and enemies both foreign and domestic" [editor's note: very well summarized; I might have to go buy the book - SAT] (04/07/14)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/07/rules-for-liberty  

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US Navy says it can now convert seawater into fuel

April 8, 2014
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Raw Story    

"The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as 'a game-changer' because it would significantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack. The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion." (04/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kqkg2zm  

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Time is running out

April 8, 2014
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Our Future
by Thom Hartmann  

"This week, government officials and climate scientists from all over the world are meeting in Berlin, Germany, to finalize a U.N. study on climate change and its solutions. While the study hasn’t been released yet, a draft of it has, and it’s pretty stunning. The draft report from the International Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, says that time is quickly running out for world powers to slash their use of fossil fuels and stay below the 2 degree Celsius limit on global warming that 200 nations agreed upon in 2010." [editor's note: And the co-author of that report RESIGNED last week because the report was such slanted bullshit! - SAT] (04/07/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140407/time-is-running-out  

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