Smart Phone Apps Secretly Connect To Adware and Tracking

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Technology Review reports:

because Google Play is more open, the apps it offers span a much wider quality range. Many connect to ad-related sites and tracking sites while some connect to much more dubious sites that are associated with malware.

But here’s the problem—this activity often takes place without the owner being aware of what is going on. That’s something that most smartphone users would be appalled to discover—if only they were able to.

But soon there may be an app to monitor whomever is monitoring you.

The Case That Blew the Lid Off the World Bank’s Secret Courts

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Obama, bought and paid for by Wall Street, is pushing the TPP (Trans Pacific Protocol) which was written largely by corporate interests.

TPP is one more way for corporations to screw people.

If enough people rise up, corporations can be defeated. But it takes determination and stamina.

TruthOut relates a story about one such citizen success, in Brazil, when the World Bank forced privatization of its water system. The water system was turned over to Bechtel, which immediately raised rates then faced a citizen revolt.  Bechtel withdrew but ran to the secretive World Court demanding $50 million for “lost revenues”.  In the end, popular anger led to Bechtel’s defeat.

Read more at TruthOut

Climate Science Funding Cut by the Flat Earth Party

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Reinforcing the GOP’s reputation as anti-science, Republicans in the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Thursday voted to slash NASA spending on the branch that studies climate change issues.

According to news reports, the NASA authorization proposal, passed along party lines, would cut between $300-500 million in funding to NASA’s Earth Sciences division, which researches the planet’s natural systems and processes—including climate change, severe weather, and glaciers. The bill will now go to the full House for a vote.

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This is what happens when people vote for Republicans. More money for war. Less money for science.

Who needs science when there’s Faux News?

Cashless Society: Privacy Loss

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The financial “industry” has become one of the largest players in the game of living, and it comes with a price for all of us.

In the old days, we used cash to pay for things, and cash can’t be traced. In today’s world, most of us use plastic (credit cards, debit cards), and it helps enrich the banks vis-a-vis their transaction fees–they might skim 3% or more off of every transaction by charging merchants processing fees. It also erodes privacy – everything you buy using a card can be traced.

Don Quijones reports in “The War on Cash” that

The war on cash is escalating. As Mises’ Jo Salerno reports, the latest combatant to join the fray is JP Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., which recently enacted a policy restricting the use of cash in selected markets; bans cash payments for credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans; and disallows the storage of “any cash or coins” in safe deposit boxes. In other words, the war has moved on from one of words to actions.

The financial money-grubbers want to eliminate cash, for their own greedy reasons.

But doing so also erodes privacy.

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