Daily Archives: June 17, 2016

Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve

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Green Beret BLASTS Michael Moore’s Gun Tweet, ‘You’re The King TURD On SH*T Mountain’ — Freedom Is Just Another Word…

“To my tenderfoot buddy, Michael Moore…” Source: Green Beret BLASTS Michael Moore’s Gun Tweet, ‘You’re The King TURD On SH*T Mountain’ ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily

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Canadian Axe-Throwing Bar Proves Big Hit


Combining razor-sharp axes and alcohol sounds like a very bad idea, but it seems to be working for the Timber Lounge, a popular axe-throwing bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Timber Lounge offers patrons sick of urban sports like bowling, darts or pool a new way to unwind. Axe-throwing has long been a popular pastime among lumberjacks in Nova Scotia, and Darren Hudson, a fifth-generation sawmill operator from Shelburne County, decided to bring it to the masses. He partnered with fellow axe-throwing enthusiast Marc Chisholm and together they founded the city’s first axe-throwing lounge. Adrenalin junkies can get their fix by balancing sharp hatchets and double-edged axes over their heads before hurling them at painted wooden bullseyes. Between sessions, they can step into the lounge area to enjoy Nova Scotia food and craft beers.

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What This Man Learned in Letting 83 Insects Sting Him

(Newser) – If you ever get stung by a tarantula hawk, Justin Schmidt has some advice: “Lie down and scream.” The entomologist has endured the sting of that wasp, along with the stings of 82 other insects from around the world, as part of what FiveThirtyEight describes as an obsession with “codify[ing] the pain associated with various stinging insects.” He’s even come up with the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which is included in his recently released book, The Sting of the Wild. The index runs from one to four; the aforementioned wasp’s sting comes in at a four, and Schmidt likens it, per NPR, to this scenario: “A running hair dryer has just been dropped into your bubble bath.” Compare that with the mud dauber wasp, whose sting is akin to “jalapeno cheese when you were expecting Havarti”; it registers as a one, to the common honeybee’s two.
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How To Record Video While iPhone Screen Is Locked And Off [No Jailbreak Required]

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NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds to Attack Russia


On Tuesday, June 14th, NATO announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country.

The preliminary decision for this was made two years ago after Crimea abandoned Ukraine and rejoined Russia, of which it had been a part until involuntarily transferred to Ukraine by the Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. That NATO decision was made in anticipation of Ukraine’s ultimately becoming a NATO member country, which still hasn’t happened. However, only now is NATO declaring cyber war itself to be included as real “war” under the NATO Treaty’s “collective defense” provision.

NATO is now alleging that because Russian hackers had copied the emails on Hillary Clinton’s home computer, this action of someone in Russia taking advantage of her having privatized her U.S. State Department communications to her unsecured home computer and of such a Russian’s then snooping into the U.S. State Department business that was stored on it, might constitute a Russian attack against the United States of America, and would, if the U.S. President declares it to be a Russian invasion of the U.S., trigger NATO’s mutual-defense clause and so require all NATO nations to join with the U.S. government in going to war against Russia, if the U.S. government so decides.

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Japanese underwear promises to be extra comfortable from being hung in Hawaiian air for two days — RocketNews24

Manufacturer boasts that special treatment before packaging will feel great on your package. I make most of my underwear purchasing decisions based on comfort and price. If I’m feeling particularly fashionable, I’ll probably also take color into consideration, but honestly, that’s about the depth of thought I put into underwear in my personal life (and in…

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Privacy Commissioner slams Canadian Border Agency for ‘Border Security’ TV

In a scathing report released last week, three years after an initial complaint was lodged, federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has found the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be in breach of Canada’s Privacy Act. The investigative report details the context within which the CBSA permitted Force Four Productions Ltd. to film a raid for its TV show Border Security, on a job site in Vancouver on March 2013. The complainant was the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”) on behalf of Oscar Mata Duran, one of the people filmed in the raid and eventually removed from Canada. I was pro bono legal counsel to Mr. Duran after the raid took place.

“Border Security” is one of those “reality” TV shows in which policing forces are shown engaging in the daily operation of their “front line” work. Similar to Cops in the United States, the show follows CBSA officers as they question and examine people who come to Canada’s airports and land borders. The CBSA has admitted to spending $200,000 per year for each of the three seasons that the show appeared on TV for a total cost of $600,000, not including the time spent by CBSA staff appearing on the show or facilitating the production of the show. It would not surprise me if the true costs to tax payers if all costs were counted could well be in excess of $1 million.

After three seasons in Canada, it appears that the show is now focusing on “America’s Front Line” rather than “Canada’s Front Line” because, as the report makes clear, CBSA has ceased its involvement with the TV program. While the time lines are not clear, it appears that privacy rights caused the falling out between the CBSA and the TV show.

continue http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/06/13/opinion/privacy-commissioner-slams-canadian-border-agency-border-security-tv

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Retail jobs to fall to five-year low as shops recoup living wage costs

The Bullring shopping centre, Birmingham
A third of retail employers want to restrict the number of new jobs as higher pay packets eat into profits. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Job opportunities in the retail sector are expected to fall to their lowest level for five years as shop owners claw back the costs of the government’s new living wage.

About a third of employers in the retail sector intend to restrict the number of new jobs as higher pay packets for the lowest-paid staff eat into profit levels and cut dividend payouts.

A survey of 2,100 employers by the recruitment firm Manpower found that retailers were the most likely to claw back the costs of the living wage, which came into effect in April, as they consider advertising new jobs over the next three months.

James Hick a spokesman for Manpower, said the national living wage, which pays £7.20 an hour to 25-year-olds and over, has prompted retailers to register the biggest fall in optimism about their hiring intentions since 2011.

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SWITZERLAND: Votes to withdraw their 1992 EU application just one week before Britain votes on #Brexit or #Remain – @AceNewsServices — Ace News Services

#AceNewsReport – June.16: Switzerland withdraws longstanding application to join EU The upper house of the Swiss parliament on Wednesday voted to invalidate its 1992 application to join the European Union, backing an earlier decision by the lower house. The vote comes just a week before Britain decides whether to leave the EU in a referendum….. […]

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FOIA Reform Passes Congress In Time for 50th Anniversary

Congress has passed reforms to the Freedom of Information Act, which EFF hopes signals the beginning of a larger overhaul of the transparency law that will mark its 50th birthday in July.

Earlier this year both chambers passed dueling FOIA reform bills. The House passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (H.R. 653) in January, while the Senate approved it’s own version – the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337) – in March. On Monday, the House approved the Senate bill, which will head to President Obama. He has previously indicated that he would sign it.

EFF supported the Senate bill over the House version because it did not contain harmful carve-outs for national security and intelligence agencies (for EFF’s breakdown of both bills, click here and here). We are therefore pleased to see the Senate version pass.

The Senate bill’s biggest change to FOIA codifies a restriction on agencies’ ability to arbitrarily withhold records. Under the bill, agencies cannot withhold records unless another law prohibits their disclosure or the agencies articulate how disclosure will harm an interest protected by FOIA’s exemptions.

EFF remains cautiously optimistic that this new language will lead to greater government openness.

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