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cbsnews.com

August 25, 2015

Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses - the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it's your reputation that's stolen. Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites.

legalnewsline.com

June 1, 2015

A New Jersey medical facility will pay $3.6 million to settlement a federal lawsuit over allegations that it billed for tests that weren't medically necessary, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman recently said.

Garden State Cardiovascular Specialists P.C., which operated several facilities in the sate under the name NJ MedCare and NJ Heart, allegedly sent in Medicare claims for certain cardiology diagnostic tests and procedures, external counterpulsation and cardiac catheterizations, which weren't necessary for the patients, Fishman said. The company's principals, Jasjit Walia and Preet Randhawa were also named in the lawsuit.

rare.us

May 24, 2015

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.

The White House has pressured the Senate to back the House bill, which would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review. The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to move ahead.

conservativetribune.com

May 18, 2015

If you've ever doubted the notion that the government can be a bully, this story should change your mind.

On Thursday, the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia voted overwhelmingly to expand its non-discrimination policy to accommodate transgender teachers and students despite the outcry of dozens of concerned parents.

ageofautism.com

April 20, 2015

Between December 17-20, 2014, measles arrived at the happiest place on earth and all hell broke loose. Anti-vaxxers were shamed and maligned by everyone from Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel to Dr. Richard Pan.

According to the California Department of Public Health's latest measles surveillance report (3/6/15), since December of 2014, there have been 132 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents out of a population of 38.8 million. 40 cases visited Disneyland during the period in question. 81% were not hospitalized. 56% were over the age of twenty. 18% were between the ages of five to nineteen. 19 cases were between the ages of one through four. 15 cases were under the age of one. This affected exactly 34 kids from birth to age four. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December of 2012, there have been 109 school shootings and no legislation. There is no measles epidemic. There is, however, an epidemic of vaccine legislation.

nrtoday.com

April 17, 2015

Writing on this topic feels like standing before a giant with a thousand voices and opinions. I will be honest and upfront - I won't be able to represent everyone.

In the recent months I have been approached by almost half a dozen parents who are considering homeschooling. My response is "Do it!" Those are the first words that come out. Some ask if my husband and I area worried about their social life. Um, yes we are. Then they try without accusation to look over at our kids and see if they are normal and not hermits.

sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

January 28, 2015

San Francisco's public defender has released a video showing police arresting a deputy public defender outside a courtroom for intervening in an interaction between police and her client.

The video shows Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson refusing to step aside as a man identified as San Francisco Police Inspector Brian Stansbury tries to take a cellphone picture of Tillotson's client in a hallway at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday.

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.

labnol.org

August 10, 2014

The FFmpeg tool can help you convert almost any audio and video file from the command line. Here are some useful FFmpeg commands you should know.

FFmpeg is an extremely powerful and versatile command line tool for converting audio and video files. It is free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines. Whether you want to join two video files, extract the audio component from a video file, convert your video into an animated GIF, FFmpeg can do it all and even more.

andrewnapolitano.com

August 8, 2014

In some respects, the recent admission by CIA Director John Brennan that his agents and his lawyers have been spying on the senators whose job it is to monitor the agency should come as no surprise.

The agency's job is to steal and keep secrets, and implicit in those tasks, Brennan would no doubt argue, is lying. Yet in another respect, this may very well be a smoking gun in the now substantial case against President Barack Obama that alleges that much of his official behavior has manifested lawlessness and incompetence. It is hard to believe that the president did not know about this but not hard to believe he would look the other way.

      
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