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reason.com

by Jim Epstein

August 10, 2014

Hospital Compare, a federal website aimed at helping patients make more informed choices about where to seek treatment, no longer reports on catastrophic medical errors at the facilities it monitors.

So what sorts of mistakes qualify as "hospital acquired conditions," which were wiped from the consumer website last summer, and as of this month also disappeared from the data sets used by researchers? The list includes cases of surgeons leaving sponges in their patient's abdomens, air embolisms (deadly gas bubbles in the blood stream), and transfusions with the wrong blood type. In agreeing to conceal the information, the Obama administration is bending to the will of the American Hospital Association, the industry's lobbying arm. David Goldhill, author of the terrific 2013 book Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It, recently wrote about the data cover up for Time...

reason.com

by Jim Epstein

August 10, 2014

When a Texas-based "patent-troll" sued comedian Adam Carolla (host of the world's most downloaded podcast) for using its "groundbreaking innovations in the distribution of serialized online media," he went to war.

When sued for patent infringement, most defendents quickly settle no matter how baseless the claim because that's cheaper than paying lawyers. Carolla countersued the firm, Personal Audio, and launched a legal defense fund. (So far he's raised $471,000.) He also took a trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss patent reform during a Senate briefing.

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.

RT

August 7, 2014

The United States government has concluded that a new leaker has been supplying members of the media with classified documents, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Earlier that day, The Intercept published a new article based off of disclosures provided to them by an unnamed source pertaining to the US government's use of watchlists to monitor known and suspected terrorists. Previously, The Intercept has worked closely with top-secret National Security Agency documents admittedly provided to journalists by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the NSA. Tuesday's leak, however, is of a document dated August 2013 - weeks after Snowden chose to identify himself as the source of the NSA leak and had already arrived in Moscow where he later received asylum and remains today.

conservativetribune.com

August 7, 2014

A journalist recently exposed Obama's hypocrisy to his face during a press conference for criticizing Bush over power grabs.

It's no secret that President Obama has made unprecedented power grabs to draw more legislative power into the executive branch, the likes of which have never been seen thus far in American history. The president has abused executive orders to bypass Congress and create laws favoring his agenda, and is attempting to do so once again with amnesty. What makes this situation slightly comical is that when Obama was running for president, he slammed George W. Bush for attempting to bring more power into the executive branch instead of going through Congress, stating he planned on reversing that trend.

naturalnews.com

by Jonathan Landsman

August 6, 2014

You can prevent (and reverse) dementia, Alzheimer's disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, plus many other neurodegenerative disorders by eating coconut-related foods. This is not just a "health nut" making these claims.

Discover a natural way to keep your brain energized by killing (unwanted) bacteria; balancing hormones; maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and eliminating brain inflammation. The scientific data is crystal clear - coconut foods can dramatically improve brain chemistry; cognitive function plus much more - very quickly! Don't miss our next show about the power of coconut oil.

ijreview.com

August 5, 2014

Here's a massive political social media meltdown plan to avoid.

Over the weekend you could have blinked and missed how a Democratic political operative severely damaged her career by sending a series of racially charged tweets. Kathy Groob called herself an "activist for women's rights and equality," but that didn't prevent her from launching an attack on Mitch McConnell's wife that centered on her being "Asian" and "not from Kentucky." She probably didn't expect the furor from the messages she posted as evidenced by the time it took her to delete them and apologize.

businessinsider.com

August 5, 2014

Target says costs related to its data breach are increasing as sales in the U.S. and Canada lag.

"Since the data breach last December, we have been focused on providing clarity on the Company's estimated financial exposure to breach-related claims," said John Mulligan, interim president and CEO, CFO of Target. "With the benefit of additional information, we believe that today is an appropriate time to provide greater clarity on this topic." And in addition to increasing costs stemming from this data breach, Target also cut its second quarter earnings outlook.

reason.com

August 5, 2014

Former Rep. Ron Paul is has relaunched his petition at Voices of Liberty urging clemency for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Paul writes: Mr. Snowden made headlines in late spring 2013 when he revealed in a videotaped interview with investigative journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras that our federal government has been operating a massive spying program. The revelations have and continue to open our minds to the truth and power of our government. We are being watched and recorded. And we don't have to do anything wrong; individuals can be falsely attacked to derive suspicion...

Wired.com

by Kevin Poulsen

August 5, 2014

Security experts call it a "drive-by download": a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor.

t's one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers' clutches within minutes. Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker-the kind with a badge. For the last two years, the FBI has been quietly experimenting with drive-by hacks as a solution to one of law enforcement's knottiest Internet problems: how to identify and prosecute users of criminal websites hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system.

      
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