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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 23:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Asked about privacy changes, GOP rep says internet usage is optional

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 22:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I’ve been eager to hear how GOP lawmakers will respond to concerns about their policy, and American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, posted a video yesterday of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) answering a constituent’s question about this. The Wisconsin Republican said:
“You know, nobody’s got to use the internet…. I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice….”
The congressman’s press office added yesterday afternoon that Sensenbrenner made the case “that nobody has to use the internet. They have a choice.”

Oh. So if you have privacy concerns about ISPs selling your browsing history without your knowledge or consent, the solution isn’t Obama-era consumer safeguards. Evidently, Jim Sensenbrenner believes you should simply choose to stay offline.

I suppose in a literal sense, the Republican lawmaker is correct. Americans don’t have to access the internet. They also don’t have to use electricity or indoor plumbing. Modern amenities have become part of our lives, but those with concerns about the way in which these services are used can choose to go without.


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  1. And I don’t ever have to support a GOP gov again. Ever. The American people should sue donald trump and his merry band of any GOP supports for every inch of their publiic and private lives available on the grounds of lost privacy, public and personal safety, and reduced national security too. It will be The Greatest lawsuit ever. Signed, Very Pissed Off Citizen.

Pharmaceutical giant ‘plotted to destroy cancer drugs to drive prices up 4000%’

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 21:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Leaked internal emails appear to show employees at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies calling for “celebration” over price hikes of cancer drugs, an investigation has revealed.

Staff at Aspen Pharmacare reportedly plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving medicines during a price dispute with the Spanish health service in 2014.

After purchasing five different cancer drugs from British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company tried to sell the medicines in Europe for up to 40 times their previous price, reported The Times.


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  1. Blood Diamonds hits the Pharma scene. And they say it’s the pharmacy brokers. Hmh.

‘Concrete evidence of collusion between Trump team and Russia’ handed to official investigation

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 21:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The official investigation into relations between Donald Trump and Russia now has “specific, concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion”, it has been reported.

New evidence proves discussions took place “between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material,” a source allegedly told the Guardian.

The developments come as it has emerged that Britain’s spy agencies were among the first to alert their American counterparts to contact between members of Mr Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives.


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  1. 👏 it’s about time. After being out of the loop for a bit, this is welcome news.

We’re lucky he didn’t poison the Chinese president

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I’ve wondered about that before. Trusting Trump’s cheesy kitchen to feed foreign dignitaries seems like a big risk. Of course he wants to roll back all regulations including meat inspections and the like so I’d guess we’re going to be seeing a big spike in food poisoning everywhere. His resort is just the tip of the iceberg.

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NASA confirms two moons in the Solar System are venting oceans into space

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 14:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In their subsequent analysis, scientists ruled out a number of explanations for the hydrogen and concluded that it most likely formed from the interaction between warm water near a rocky core of the moon, akin to the hydrothermal vents in Earth’s oceans. On Earth, large communities of microbes thrive near these vents, subsisting through a process known as methanogenesis. These organisms use carbon dioxide and hydrogen to create methane, a chemical reaction that imparts a jolt of energy for the microbe. This is how they can survive without any Solar energy.

Could such a process be unfolding within the oceans of Enceladus? Definitely, scientists said Thursday during a briefing held by NASA. Astrobiologists believe life as we know it requires water, chemical elements to make the building blocks of cells, and chemical energy. Saturn’s small moon, which is only about 500km in diameter, has all three. “Now all we need to know is if Enceladus has had enough time to evolve life and make an imprint,” said Mary Voytek, an astrobiology senior scientist at NASA Headquarters.


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