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Facebook listening to conversations through microphone even when you opt out

(New Houstonian/Reddit)   Can anyone confirm whether Facebook or Instagram picks up conversations through the iPhone microphone for targeted advertisements? I’ve recently had two strange occurrences where Facebook ads related to conversations have mysteriously appeared within minutes of discussing something highly specific. Thought maybe a developer here might be more familiar with this issue because I can’t confirm this otherwise. Anyone with similar experiences?!? EDIT: This post has attracted considerable attention, so I’d like to add a few details. After finding and killing a cockroach in my condo, my girlfriend and I were discussing the need for bug spray and…

Boehner Defiant, Plotting to Stay in Office Until December

WASHINGTON – Some on Capitol Hill believe that House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is going to attempt to remain in his position through mid-December. The election to replace outgoing Boehner was unexpectedly and indefinitely postponedThursday after front-runner and current Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulled out of the race. Boehner has said that he plans to stay on as Speaker until a new Speaker is elected. That is a reversal from his previous decision to resign from Congress and the Speakership on Oct. 30. If Boehner tries to stay in office past Oct. 30, his previously scheduled resignation date, it’s likely that…

Churches are paying the gov’t up to $100 a month to spy on families

(MASS PRIVATE I)  According to an Arizona Dept. of Child Safety document churches are working with social workers to spy on families and they’re also using “Child Safety and Risk Assessments“. According to a Tuscon.com article church leaders are openly encouraged to collaborate with the government. The article goes on to explain how religious organizations will spy on families and help the gov’t decide whether they should remove a child from their family! “Called The Care Portal, the online tool allows DCS caseworkers who know of a specific need of a child or family to submit that request via email to nearby churches enrolled…

Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots

(Alexander C. Kaufman)  Machines won’t bring about the economic robot apocalypse — but greedy humans will, according to physicist Stephen Hawking. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Thursday, the scientist predicted that economic inequality will skyrocket as more jobs become automated and the rich owners of machines refuse to share their fast-proliferating wealth. If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend…

Pension Reductions Only Way For Truckers To Save Plan From Insolvency

(Michael A. Fletcher)    Nearly 300,000 former truckers and their families would suffer significant losses under a proposal that uses a controversial new law to cut once sacrosanct pension benefits. The huge Central States Pension Fund, which administers retirement benefits for some former and current Teamster truckers, said the reductions are the only way to save the plan from insolvency. “A realistic rescue plan is needed now,” said Thomas C. Nyhan, executive director of the Central States Pension Fund. “The longer we wait to act, the larger the benefit reductions will have to be.” Under the proposal, pensions for Central…

Trans-Pacific Partnership accord’s copyright details leaked

(David Kravets)  A day after 11 Pacific Rim nations and the US agreed to the wording of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, New Zealand revealed Tuesday that the section on intellectual property lines up with how copyright terms are treated in the US. The deal, which now needs approval from the pact’s member nations, makes copyrights last for the life of the creator plus 70 years after death, according to the New Zealand government (PDF). That’sbasically the same as in the US. The New Zealand government wrote: TPP requires New Zealand to move to 70 years as well, but allows…

NJ nurse does not change syringe after administering flu shot, 70 patients being tested for HIV

(Hannah Parry)  Dozens of co-workers are being screened for HIV and hepatitis after a nurse was found reusing a syringe to administer flu shots. Employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical, who received the vaccination at their offices in Princeton, New Jersey on September 30, have been warned they may have been exposed to ‘infected blood.’ Almost 70 patients have now been called in for testing but face a long, anxious wait as it can be months before serious infections such as HIV show up in blood work. Healthcare provider TotalWellness confirmed that the nurse contracted to carry out the flu shots had ‘failed…

Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to ‘not take the call’

(Catherine Herridge)  New emails obtained by Fox News show that in March 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring revolution inside Libya, dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif was willing to talk peace from the ground in Libya – but a source told Fox News the offer was rejected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the years since Qaddafi was forced from power, Libya’s government has collapsed, and extremist groups including ISIS have exploited the power vacuum. While the Obama administration has promoted the use of “soft power” and diplomacy, the documents suggest the option was not vigorously pursued…

How and Why Banks Will Seize Deposits During the Next Crisis

(Phoenix Capital)  As we noted last week, one of the biggest problems for the Central Banks is actual physical cash. The financial system is predominantly comprised of digital money. Actual physical Dollars bills and coins only amount to $1.36 trillion. This is only a little over 10% of the $10 trillion sitting in bank accounts. And it’s a tiny fraction of the $20 trillion in stocks, $38 trillion in bonds and $58 trillion in credit instruments floating around the system. Suffice to say, if a significant percentage of people ever actually moved their money into physical cash, it could very…

Smartphones can be hacked into with just one text message and then used to spy on their owners

(Andrew Griffin)   The world’s spying agencies have tools that allow them to take over smartphones with just a text message, according to Edward Snowden, and there is “very little” that their owners can do to stop it. The UK’s intelligence agency has a suite of tools that let it listen on phones and their owners, Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama in Moscow. All spies would need to do is send a special text message and they will be able to gain access to the camera and its microphones, the BBC reported Snowden as saying. The set of tools is…

Bad heroin suspected in 74 overdoses in 72 hours in Chicago

(CHICAGO)  Seventy-four people have overdosed on heroin in the past 72 hours, Chicago officials said. The bad batch of heroin may have been laced with the painkiller Fentanyl, officials said. Dr. Tarlan Hedayati at Stroger Hospital is alarmed because the standard treatment for heroin overdoses isn’t immediately working. “Typically if it’s given by the paramedics, we may not need to give it again in the emergency department. But we’re noticing we were giving more in the emergency department to these patients,” Dr. Hedayati said. The DEA is helping police try to track down the source of the bad batch of…

U.S. Senate candidate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood

(FLORIDA)  Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn’t survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood. Now that he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him. The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus’ candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, says…

If You Work Here, Quit Before You Are Fired: The 20 Largest US Layoff Announcements Of 2015

(Zero Hedge)  Earlier today, in the latest laughable attempt to boost confidence in a clearly recessionary economy, the BLS reported that a paltry 277,000 Americans had sought unemployment benefits. Why laughable? Because at the very same time, Challenger Gray which actually tracks layoff notices and announcements, released its own data which starkly contradicted the US department of labor. As a reminder, what Challenger found was that the third quarter ended with a surge in job cuts, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to shed 58,877 in September, a 43 percent increase from the previous month. Worse, while one wouldn’t know it…

Hillary on Benghazi: The more she talks, the more she incriminates herself

(Colin Campbell)  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unloaded on Congress’ Benghazi investigation during a Monday morning interview on the “Today” show. A visibly angry Clinton tore into the Republican-led Select Committee on Benghazi when she was asked how she would react to hypothetical GOP leaders facing scrutiny over their own government email use. “Look at the situation they chose to exploit, to go after me for political reasons: the death of four Americans in Benghazi,” Clinton said. “I knew the ambassador. I identified him. I asked him to go there. I asked the president to nominate him.” Clinton, the…

America’s crushing surge of student debt has bred a disturbing new phenomenon

(WASHINGTON) A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre’s ticket to the middle class. But at age 40, he’s still paying the price of admission. After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000. The expense requires his family to rent an apartment in Campbell, California, because buying a home in a decent school district would cost too much. His daughter has excelled in high school, but Aguirre has urged her to attend community college to avoid the debt that ensnared him. “I didn’t get the warmest reception on that,” he said. “But she…

Homes as ATMs: It’s starting again

(Diana Olick)  As home values rise, homeowners are gaining more equity on paper — and they’re taking it out in paper. Cash-out refinances jumped 68 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, according to Black Knight Financial Services. This is the highest volume of this type of refinance in five years. “People realize that refinancing these funds is extremely inexpensive and that rates will eventually rise, so they’re capitalizing on the strength of home price appreciation,” said Ben Graboske, senior vice president at Black Knight Data & Analytics. Mortgage holders have gained about $1 trillion in home equity…

Trump: Mid East Could Be Safer With Hussein, Gaddafi, Stronger Assad

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this month that the United States will increase a number of refugees it takes over the next couple of years with 85,000 people allowed in next year and over 100,000 in 2017. “You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there — it’s a mess — if you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there — it’s a mess — it’s [Syria] going to be same thing,” Trump told NBC’s Meet the Press. He added that Washington was helping in Syria to people who were “maybe worse than Assad.” Libya is currently facing its worst wave of violence since the…

Obama Exploits Anti-Christian Terrorism to Push Gun Control

(Alex Newman)  Using deeply misleading rhetoric, Obama wasted no time in exploiting the tragic Oregon terrorist attack on Christian students, disarmed in yet another infamous “gun-free zone,” to push for even more unconstitutional restrictions on the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. In a speech that was regurgitated by establishment media outlets across America, Obama claimed that the United States was “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.” In the real world, if population size is taken into account, America is not even close to the top when considering…

Hillary Clinton Calls for Mass Movement to Eradicate Second Amendment

(Infowars)  Presidential candidate and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling for a a “national movement” to “stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby,” euphemisms for attacking and rolling back the Second Amendment. Clinton acknowledged passing laws designed to chip away at the constitutional right of Americans to own firearms will be “a political mountain to climb,” but said if elected she will “never relent.” “But you don’t get anything done in this country if you don’t start by calling it out,” Clinton said. She then exploited the child victims of “gun violence,” in…

Obama Goes Beyond Mere Gun Control, Hints at Confiscation

(Awr Hawkins)  When President Obama spoke in reaction to the heinous October 1 attack on Umpqua Community College, he went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested instead that America consider following the path blazed by Australia and Great Britain. In the mid-1990s Australia and Great Britain both instituted what were virtually complete bans on firearm possession. Obama referenced the bans thus: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.  Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.…

‘Patients were burning in their beds’: Witnesses recall horrific Kunduz hospital airstrike

(RT)  Seeing their colleagues and patients die was a horrifying shock, according to survivors of the deadly air raid on a hospital in Afghanistan. The tragedy, medical staff said, simply cannot be dismissed as “collateral damage” from a botched airstrike. Recalling the tense minutes of continuous airstrikes which hit the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, NGO staff said that the destruction of the hospital is nothing short of a “grave violation of international humanitarian law.” The aerial bombing raids took place between 2:08am and 3:15am local time and were carried out at approximately 15 minute intervals, with the…

D.C. police sign non-disclosure with FBI to keep StingRay use private

(SC MAG)  Under a non-disclosure agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., will keep its StingRay surveillance use private. The D.C. police also promised to notify the FBI if technical details about the surveillance device were in danger of being exposed as a result of a court proceeding so the agency could take action to have the case dismissed, according to VICE News. Last month, the Justice Department announced new guidelines that would prohibit agents from using StingRays – which act as fake wireless cell towers to allow law enforcement to intercept…

United States may have bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan

(ASIA)  The medical charity MSF says at least nine of its staff were killed in the Afghan city of Kunduz after a clinic was hit by an air strike on Saturday. US forces were carrying out air strikes at the time. The Nato alliance has admitted the clinic may have been hit. MSF says 37 people were seriously wounded in the attack, 19 of whom are its staff. There has been intense fighting in Kunduz since Taliban fighters swept into the northern city on Monday. It was the first major urban centre to fall to the Taliban in 14 years.…

Sweden flirts with six hour work day

(Ananya Bhattacharya)  The world has come to love Swedish massage, Swedish meatballs, even IKEA. The world may love the next big thing coming out of Sweden — the six hour work day. The 40 hour work week for a full-time employee has been trimmed to 30 hours at some Swedish firms, and studies have found that the result is more productivity and better morale. Brath, an SEO specialist startup, shifted to six hour days three years ago. “The reason is that we actually care about our employees, we care enough to prioritize their time with the family, cooking or doing…

Victory: County Backs Down, Won’t Chase Off-Gridders From Land

(Daniel Jennings)  Off-the-grid newcomers have won a major victory in Costilla County, Colorado, as county commissioners shelved a plan to require water, septic tanks and electricity for building permits. Proposed changes to the county’s zoning regulations would have effectively prevented many residents from building homes on off-grid properties they purchased inCostilla County, Colorado Public Radio and Off The Grid Newspreviously reported. Dozens of off-grid residents may have been forced out of the county, simply because they couldn’t meet the requirements. Some, for example, are using composting toilets. The proposed changes made national news last week when a story about a…

Court ruling makes Minnesota latest state to call BB gun ‘firearm’

(Cody Derespina)  Perhaps if Ralphie had been told his Red Ryder BB gun was legally considered a “firearm” in some states, he wouldn’t have had to be told “you’ll shoot your eye out.” It turns out the spring air action pellet gun so sought after in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” is considered far more than a toy in the eyes of the law. Case in point: Minnesota, where the Court of Appeals ruled on Monday to uphold the conviction of David Lee Haywood for possession of a “firearm” – in this case a Walther CP99 Compact .177-caliber BB…

U.S. Bombs Somehow Keep Falling in the Places Where Obama “Ended Two Wars”

(Glenn Greenwald)  “We’ve ended two wars.” — Barack Obama, July 21, 2015, at a DSCC fundraiser held at a “private residence” “Now that we have ended two wars responsibly, and brought home hundreds of American troops, we salute this new generation of veterans.” — National Security Adviser Susan Rice, May 20, 2015 “His presidency makes a potentially great story: the first African-American in the White House, who helped the country recover from recession and ended two wars.” — Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic, January 15, 2015, “America Will Miss Obama When He’s Gone”   Report from Airwars, August 2, 2015, detailing civilian…

Prominent California mayor detained by federal agents after trip to China

(Claudia Cowan)   A prominent California mayor returning from a conference in China earlier this week was detained and his computers and cell phone seized by federal investigators as part of a criminal probe, FoxNews.com has learned. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations told him it was a “routine” seizure, but a source close to the investigation told FoxNews.com that the FBI and Homeland Security agencies were conducting a joint criminal investigation into the mayor. Silva, who had been in China with a delegation of northern California mayors for a weeklong conference, claimed not to know the nature of the investigation. “I don’t believe that…

World Leader Accuses Obama of TREASON on the Floor of the United Nations

(Conservative Tribune)  Lost in the media hype surrounding the addresses of Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday was a bombshell claim by the president of Argentina. President Christina Fernandez de Kirchener announced that her nation had been approached by an Obama administration official with a request that Argentina provide enriched nuclear fuel to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2010. The official in question was Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, who did not dispute the seemingly outrageous claim and has been open about his…

The American Food Shortage You Knew Nothing About

(Daniel Jennings)  The United States simply is not growing enough vegetables to meet its needs, data collected by the USDA’s Economic Research Service indicates. Around 1.65 cups of vegetables were available per person per day in the United States in 2013, even though dietary guidelines recommend a person consume 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, NPRreported, using government data. Even worse, the supply of vegetables in the United States has been falling since 2000. The amount of vegetablesavailable per day to average Americans peaked at around 1.80 cups around the turn of the 21St Century. Since then, the…

Soros-funded ‘White Helmets’ NGO caught faking ‘civilian casualties of Russian airstrikes’ in Syria

(SOTT)  The Soros-sponsored “White Helmets,” one of the largest NGOs operating on the territory of Syria, is busy with cooking up lies instead of protecting the human rights of the Syrian people. The “White Helmets,” a controversial quasi-humanitarian organization, is playing dirty in Syria: the NGO has been spotted fabricating “evidence” of Russia’s “disastrous” involvement in Syria. The organization has published a photo on its Twitter account, depicting a bleeding girl claiming that the poor child was injured together with a number of civilians during the Russian airstrike launched on September 30. “Russia strike in Homs today. 33 civilians killed…

Preparing For Collapse: Record Eight-Year Silver Buying Intensity Continues

(SRSrocco)  While the Mainstream Media and Financial Network hacks delude Americans into believing the Fed and U.S. Treasury are in control of the financial and economic system, investors continue on a record eight-year buying spree of silver.  This multi-year silver buying trend is unprecedented in history. Precious metal investors need to understand just how different this current trend of elevated physical silver demand is compared to previous periods in history.  Very few individuals realize that during the rise in the price of silver during the 1970’s, investors were net sellers of silver: Total new silver supplies fell far short of…

Hurricane Joaquin Intensifies to Category 4, Tri-State Prepares for Storm

(NEW YORK)  Joaquin intensified to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane Thursday as officials warned tri-state residents to prepare in case the storm swirls toward the region. Amid the uncertainty, Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency as another system loomed that could dump up to 6 inches of rain on New Jersey over the next two days, potentially causing major flooding and beach erosion. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday afternoon that additional strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours, as the storm moves past the Bahamas, bringing winds, heavy rain, dangerous surf and significant storm…

Walmart Warns Department Directors To Cancel Travel Plans, Brace For Layoffs

(KNWA) – Walmart is planning a round of layoffs at the company’s Bentonville headquarters, according to the Wall Street Journal. The layoffs would impact hundreds of employees and could happen as early as this Friday. According to the Wall Street Journal, some Walmart department directors have been told to cancel travel plans and make sure to be at the office this Friday. KNWA first reported on chatter of a pending layoff this summer, when a recruiting firm said they’d heard that more than 1000 vice presidents would soon lose their jobs. KNWA spoke with U of A Economist Kathy Deck…

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