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firstlook.org

January 26, 2015

British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies.

The document, included in a trove of Snowden material released by Der Spiegel on January 17, outlines a secret program run by the intelligence agencies called BADASS. The German newsweekly did not write about the BADASS document, attaching it to a broader article on cyberwarfare. According to The Intercept's analysis of the document, intelligence agents applied BADASS software filters to streams of intercepted internet traffic, plucking from that traffic unencrypted uploads from smartphones to servers run by advertising and analytics companies.

enidnews.com

January 25, 2015

ENID, Okla. - Youth and Family Services of Enid will begin helping the state of Oklahoma find homes for hundreds of foster children.

In August 2013, DHS privatized foster care and selected four contractors, three from Kansas and one from Oklahoma, to find foster homes. After a year, the two agencies responsible for rural Oklahoma have recruited less than 40 percent of the number of foster-care homes needed.

sfgate.com

January 20, 2015

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled indigent parents facing the loss of their parental rights have the constitutional right to be represented by an attorney whether the state or another party initiates the court proceedings.

The ruling came in the case of a Lincoln County woman who appealed the termination of her parental rights to two children based on a petition filed by the children's stepmother, who sought to adopt them.

mlive.com

January 8, 2015

A woman convicted of five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for helping her husband sexually assault their 3-year-old daughter will not be eligible for parole until she is about 97 years old.

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, Jackson County Circuit Judge John G. McBain sentenced the woman to 30 to 80 years in prison on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct that he ordered to be served consecutively.

burlingtonfreepress.com

December 28, 2014

Vermont lawmakers must act with urgency on their outrage over the deaths of two toddlers this year who were under the watch of the state Department for Children and Families.

The goal is obvious - find a way to better protect Vermont's children from known harmful situations. The path is clear - improve accountability for those charged with the children's welfare. The principle is simple - increase the transparency of the child welfare system to the point where true outside oversight can take place.

inquisitr.com

December 26, 2014

A police raid on the home of a Missouri homeschool family involved the use of a Taser and pepper spray. The children were ultimately removed from the home and placed in the custody of social services.

A Nodaway County, Missouri, court has ruled against Sheriff Darren White and Captain David Glidden in the homeschooling family case. The court ruled that the use of a Taser and pepper spray on the mother and father violated the United States Constitution. The police raid was prompted by a social services workers requesting an investigation into the home because it was allegedly "messy." The family complied with the first inspection, but objected when a second visit soon followed.

cornucopia.org

December 11, 2014

After years of inaction by the USDA, Cornucopia contracted for aerial photography in nine states, from West Texas to New York and Maryland, over the past eight months.

What they found confirmed earlier site visits: a systemic pattern of corporate agribusiness interests operating industrial-scale confinement livestock facilities providing no legitimate grazing, or even access to the outdoors, as required by federal organic regulations.

centerforfoodsafety.org

December 2, 2014

More than 700 chefs - including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Art Smith and Sam Talbot - are urging members of Congress to support legislation to mandate labeling of genetically modified foods and to oppose efforts to block state GMO labeling laws.

"This is about transparency in the marketplace and preventing consumer deception," agreed Colin O'Neil, director of government affairs at the Center for Food Safety. "Consumers can only make informed decisions when they are given the information to do so. We require labels on everything from juice from concentrate to foods that have been irradiated; why should genetic engineering be any different?"

Personal Liberty Alerts

November 2, 2014

The world is bound up in a paper money/credit explosion that can only end badly. What it really means is impoverishment for millions of people, most of whom are totally oblivious to the roaring undercurrent.

There is little wisdom in announcing an economic crash after the fact. Yet some people get upset that I continue with ongoing warnings of a coming financial "pandemic." Seeing the probabilities before they happen is the only prediction that is worthwhile. Afterwards is merely reporting the obvious.

RT

November 1, 2014

Panama fined a US biotechnology company's local facility that "repeatedly violated" the nation's permitting and regulatory laws as it worked to develop the world's first genetically-modified salmon. The 2012 infractions were first made public on Tuesday.

AquaBounty Technologies, a company licensed by the US government to foster what could be the world's first genetically-modified (GM) meat, is carrying out GM-salmon research in Panama. Neither Panama nor the US has given clearance to sell GM salmon, but, if regulators approve its application, AquaBounty may become the first to sell GM meat in the US. "AquaBounty is really out front on this - the current case will set an important precedent," Dana Perls, a food and technology campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency. "From what we know, there are about 35 other genetically modified species in the development pipelines in other companies. So depending on what happens in this case, we'll likely either see a flow of other permits or this will demonstrate that there isn't room on the market for GM meat or seafood."

      
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