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EpiPen Uproar Highlights Company’s Family Ties to Congress

The CEO of a former Fortune 500 company, who is also the daughter of a U.S. senator, is under fire from for jacking up the rates of life-saving anti-allergy device known as the EpiPen.

Heather Bresch, whose father is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., became president of Mylan Pharmaceutical in 2009 and CEO in 2012. She is no stranger to controversy: She moved Mylan’s headquarters to the Netherlands last year after a corporate “inversion” merger with Abbott Laboratories.

The move enabled the company to operate its headquarters in the U.S. but maintain corporate citizenship in Holland, benefiting from a lower tax rate.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2016/08/24/epipen-uproar-highlights-companys-fa...

Your 'Smart' Power Outlets Are Now Botnets Thanks To The Internet Of Broken Things

The latest gift of the Internet of Things industry, revealed last week by security researchers at Bitdefender, is smart electrical sockets that can be hacked to hand over e-mail credentials, create a botnet, or (potentially) burn your house down by firing up connected appliances. The devices are sold as an amazing new tool to help create a connected home, allowing users to manage any device plugged into them via a smartphone and/or the internet. The problem, as usual, is an (unspecified) company that treated security as an afterthought.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160819/07473935285/your-smart-power-...

Right Now is a Bad Time to Buy Gold

Jacob Rothschild says he's buying gold because the central banks are out of control.

Likely this will result in a gold buying rush causing the value of gold to skyrocket. Then cunts like him will dump it for huge profit.
BLAH BLAH BLAH: https://www.dollarvigilante.com/blog/2016/08/21/trillionaire-rothschild-...

‘Clinton Cash’ author demolishes Hillary’s self-defense

Grave incompetence or brazen dishonesty? Those are the only two conclusions one can reasonably come to after reviewing Hillary Clinton’s stunning Sunday interview on local New Hampshire TV.

When WMUR local TV host Josh McElveen asked Clinton why her State Department greenlit the transfer of 20 percent of all US uranium to the Russian government, Clinton claimed she had no involvement in her own State Department’s decision to approve the sale of Uranium One to Russia.

“I was not personally involved because that wasn’t something the secretary of state did,” said Clinton.

The transfer of 20 percent of US uranium — the stuff used to build nuclear weapons — to Vladimir Putin did not rise to the level of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s time and attention?
READ MORE: http://nypost.com/2015/06/22/clinton-cash-author-demolishes-hillarys-sel...

A Barbie Doll For Our Times

Hard Times Barbie is set to be huge. A Barbie for the common person and sure to stand the test of time going forward. Shopping trolley, baseball bat not included.

Police Officer Deals With a Belligerent Drunk Caught on Body Cam, Idiot Wants Footage Removed From the Internet

In this footage, Sgt. Eric Kannberg deals calmly with a belligerent drunk, Cory Counts, using de-escalation techniques even after Counts gets physical. After Kannberg gets a push from Counts and it comes time to haul him to the drunk tank, Kannberg decides not to pursue through a crowd, instead stalking him at a distance until a safe opportunity presents itself.
STORY: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/22/amusing-drunk-caught-on-bodyca.html?utm...

Group Wants To Shut Down Tor For a Day On September 1

An internal group at the Tor Project is calling for a full 24-hour shutdown of the Tor network to protest the way the Tor Project dealt with the Jake Applebaum sexual misconduct accusations, and because of recent rumors it might be letting former government agents in its ranks. Two Tor members, also node operators, have shut down their servers as well, because of the same reason.
READ MORE: https://politics.slashdot.org/story/16/08/22/0319205/group-wants-to-shut...

Neighbors Laughed at This Man’s Dam, but His House Is the Only One the Flood Didn’t Destroy

People laughed at Randy Wagner of Rosharon, Texas when he put up a 400-foot, 30″ tall Aqua Dam around his house just in time before record-breaking rains came through. Wagner randomly took a chance, spending $8,300 on what basically amounts to a big piece of plastic. His neighbors probably thought there was no way that tube was going to do much of anything accept put Wagner out thousands while he watched his house flood anyway, adding insult to injury.

Wagner had faith in it, though. While military were busy assisting his neighbors with a mandatory evacuation ahead of heavy rains, Wagner put up his dam and he and his family stayed put and waited.
READ MORE: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/neighbors-laughed-at-this-mans-dam-but-hi...

US Justice Dept Announces it Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons — Prison Stocks Plummet

In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than those operated by the government.

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explained in today’s announcement.
READ MORE: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/justice-dept-ends-private-prisons/

The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm

On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.

The provenance of the code has been a matter of heated debate this week among cybersecurity experts, and while it remains unclear how the software leaked, one thing is now beyond speculation: The malware is covered with the NSA’s virtual fingerprints and clearly originates from the agency.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2016/08/19/the-nsa-was-hacked-snowden-documents...

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