Apple CEO: Corporations Should Take Over Where Government Doesn’t

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September 30, 2015


Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, is a firm believer that corporations should step in where government fears to tread and push for solving social problems.

At the Boxworks conference in San Francisco, Cook said : “I think business has a very important responsibility to society. And that responsibility has grown markedly in the last couple of decades or so, as government has found it more difficult to move forward or get as much done that would please the people.”

One issue important to Cook has been the renewable energy used by the US arm of Apple’s operations.

Another is the advocacy Cook has shown toward the LGBT community; especially after coming out as a gay man last year. Cook has volleyed for approval of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in order to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Cook said: “We’re focused on equality. And equality is one of those unusual things. Equality is free. There’s no cost to it, and so it’s not — this week there’s a big budget crisis again and everybody’s yelling at each other about money — but to give people a basic level of human rights and dignity is free. And yet, over 200 years after we said ‘all men are created equal,’ it’s still not the case today.”

However, Apple’s focus on equality is not for all.

For example, in 2014 it was uncovered that their Chinese factories operate routinely under violations of human rights laws, including:

• Using child labor
• Factory employees working for 12 hours or longer
• Not giving employees a day of in 18 days of consecutive work
• Mandatory overtime
• Unpaid for attending work-related meetings
• Forcing 12 workers to share one dormitory room

When it comes to sourcing minerals, Apple was caught employing children to dig tin ore by hand, while miners were forced to work in unstable mines that could collapse at any moment.

Seventy percent of the tin that Apple uses is supplied from small-scale mines where children work alongside their parents under horrendous conditions where the threat of dying in a landslide is very real.

But despite these abuses of human rights, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will honor Cook next October as a herald of civil rights for the LGBT community – ignoring the use of Chinese workers in sweatshops.

Chad Griffin, president of the HRC said Cook “is a visionary” who has “saved lives” by speaking out on LGBT issues.

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Gold Investors, Did You Hear the One About Metals Market Rigging?

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September 28, 2015


The competition regulator in Switzerland called the Weko Commission, is investigating 7 banks for colluding while trading gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

The banks in question are:

• Morgan Stanley
• Barclays
• Deutsche Bank
• Mitsui
• Julius Baer

Weko said : “There are indications the banks made deals that violate competition rules on metals market spreads — the difference between prices offered and the market rate — for gold, silver, platinum and palladium trading.”

The commission also pointed to the investigation concluding in 2016 or 2017 with the inclusion of more banks that have been suspected of being in violation of corporate rules in Switzerland.

Deutsche Bank said they were only cooperating with “certain regulatory authorities” over the precious metals scheme, while Julius Baer said they were fully cooperating with investigators.

The Weko investigation is just another in a string of exposures the banks have had recently. Back in February of this year, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) joined forces to investigate the rigging of precious metals such as gold and silver by large multi-national banks on the global exchange.

The DoJ/CFTC investigation centered on the same precious metals as the Weko inquiry; gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

Because these commodities are highly valued across the board in financial and retail institutions, the price setting process is most vulnerable (and apparently was used) to make extra billions for bankers with the “century-old method of one or two conference calls per day between groups of bankers.”

The banks involved in this price setting are:

• HSBC Holdings
• JPMorgan Chase & Co
• Credit Suisse Group
• Barclays
• Deutsche Bank
• Goldman Sachs Group
• Bank of Nova Scotia
• SociétéGénérale
• Standard Bank Group

In 2014, Barclays was fined €26 million “for failures in internal controls that allowed a trader to manipulate the setting of gold prices” by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in a statement .

Daniel James Plunkett, a trader and director of precious metals for Barclays, was fined €95,600 “for exploiting weaknesses in the banking system.”

In that same year, Kevin Maher filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Manhattan, New York against Société Générale, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC for colluding to and enacting manipulation of gold prices and futures.

Rosa Abrantes-Metz and Albert Metz drafted a document to explain how this sleight of hand is accomplished.

The procedure is as follows: “Unusual trading patterns around 3 pm in London, when the so-called afternoon fix is set on a private conference call between five of the biggest gold dealers, are a sign of collusive behavior.”

Metz wrote: “The structure of the benchmark is certainly conducive to collusion and manipulation, and the empirical data are consistent with price artificiality. It is likely that co-operation between participants may be occurring.”
Indeed, the 5 banks named in the lawsuit would have been in concert with one another to ensure the manipulation of the gold prices appeared to be legitimate.

The manipulation of benchmarks is being investigated internationally to understand how trillions in gold can fluctuate as it appears to on the global markets.

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Miracle Study Supporting Chemo During Pregnancy Fatally Flawed

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September 28, 2015


The European Cancer Congress (ECC) have published data that suggests children with prenatal exposure to cancer and the associated imaging and chemo therapies appear to have normal development at 18 months and 36 months.

Based on information on 129 children from the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic, the report stated “there were no significant differences in the mental or physical development” of children born to the treatment group when compared to the control group.

Of the participants, 69% began chemotherapy prior to giving birth; 3% to radiation therapy and 5.4% to chemotherapy and radiation combined.

Only 11% did not receive treatment for cancer during pregnancy.

Another point made by the findings: “The number of chemotherapy cycles during pregnancy, which ranged from one to 10, appeared to be unrelated to outcomes.”

One caveat of the study was that “the women in the study did not receive treatment during the first 12 to 14 weeks of their pregnancy when the risk of birth defects is greatest.”

The report mentioned that pre-term births were more common among female patients who had a cancer diagnosis. A portion were spontaneous, while some of them were induced.

With regard to chemotherapy, the researchers disregarded a possible connection to pre-term births while also admitting that they did not know why this phenomenon was occurring.

Frederic Amant, gynecologic oncologist at the University Hospitals Leuven and lead author of the study, said that the “results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed, and that chemotherapy can be given.”

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Republican Mayor: We Need Online Registry of All Welfare Recipients

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September 27, 2015


Robert MacDonald, mayor of Lewiston in Maine, has announced that he would like to publicly shame people on welfare in his city by putting a registry of all welfare recipients online.

MacDonald explained that he plans on “submitting a bill to the next legislative session asking that a website be created containing the names, addresses, length of time on assistance and the benefits being collected by every individual on the dole.”

The mayor added: “After all, the public has a right to know how its money is being spent.”

Maine also posts the pension amounts that individual’s receive, but not welfare recipients.

MacDonald blames the “liberal, progressive legislators and their social-service allies” who have made low-income immigrant families “a victimized [and] protected class.”

When asked about his comments, MacDonald told the press that he hopes his words “makes people think twice about applying for welfare” and for those already receiving benefits, the mayor said they “flaunt it”, so publicly posting their private information would be an ideal way to discourage people from “gaming the system”.

The scheme has an altruistic tone to it in that MacDonald said that while “some people are going to get harmed” by having their private data online for the world to see, “it’s for the good of everybody, that’s the way it is.”

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson invited MacDonald onto his program called “Entitlement Nation” to explain whether it is fair that state prisoners have their names made public but welfare recipients are given anonymity.

MacDonald is upset that Somali refugees, or “domestic people” abuse welfare benefits by migrating into the state of Maine. The mayor went on say that it is their school system’s “special ed department that attracts them all.”

In a documentary aired in 2012, MacDonald said that immigrants should “leave your culture at the door” in response to the growing Somali population in Maine.

To deter Somalis from coming to Lewiston, MacDonald launched an initiative to expose “welfare cheats” and forced 80 residents off of government assistance; then pressed criminal charges for fraud against a select few.

Then in 2014, MacDonald warned that Lewiston could not continue to be a “dumping ground” for Somali refugees moving in from other parts of the state.

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Why Your New Chip Credit/Debit Card Isn’t Any Safer

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September 25, 2015


October 1st is the date retailers have to completely switch over to chip-to-pin cards in a veiled effort to secure credit and debit cards.

Because the new system has been integrated into the old system, the new chipped cards do not make them any safer or protected from hacker attacks. The reason is because the new chipped cards must be run through a chipped-card payment terminal; otherwise the merchant is reading the magnetic stripe on the back of the card.

Statistically speaking, 1 in 4 retailers, or 27%, have switched their card payment terminals over which is not enough participation to guarantee customer protection, according to Strawhecker Group , a management consultant company.

The assumption by the credit industry was that 34% of retailers would be up to speed for the chip-to-pin switch over by the deadline. However, reality shows that by the end of 2015, retailers will be grossly under the 44% minimum participation and falling behind of the 90% participation expected by 2017.

Jason Brewer, spokesman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) reassured consumers that their “credit cards will be accepted, whether they’re old or new” because of the minimal participation in the switch-over by merchants.

Visa has only issued chip-to-pin cards to an estimated 18% of the total customer base; while 1 in 5 banks have ordered chipped cards to replace current cards.

MasterCard accounts for 40% of the switch over.

Jeremy King, international director for PCI Securities Standards Council said: “It’s not the end of the world if we haven’t completed things by then. This is just part of our ongoing battle against organized crime in the payment space … it’s an ongoing campaign. The advantage of the U.S. being a late adopter is it will implement the latest security in the cards and payment terminals.”

King points out that due to a “bottleneck in getting new machines installed, tested” while industry reports explain that “small businesses with limited resources might be slower to adopt the technology or be more likely to choose not to. Only one in three small and micro businesses claim to even know about the chip card transition.”

When it comes to protection, chip-to-pin cards do not reduce fraud because they cannot protect against:

• Stolen card information
• Retailer data breach
• Employee theft of credit card information
• Online purchases

Banks have chosen to switch to chip-to-pin because the retailer is dependent on the safety if the PIN, or four-digit personal identification number that is required at the point-of-sale terminal.

Rob Karr, chief executive officer of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) explained: “Chip-and-signature cards do not go far enough to protect American consumers and will continue to make the U.S. an attractive target for criminals who can no longer be successful in compromising credit card data elsewhere.”

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Security Firm Now Tracking Users & Challenges Industry to Do the Same

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September 20, 2015


AVG, a security firm offering free antivirus software, has changed their privacy policy language to allow for the sale of client “non-personal data” to 3rd parties in order to boost revenue.

The non-personal data AVG makes available on the market includes:

• Device brand
• Language and apps in use
• Data provided by the client

Although AVG claims it does not sell identifying information, the updated policy allows the company to sell any data provided by the client; including cookies that track client’s key word searched and activity online.

If AVG is provided approval by the user, if the law permits, and if necessary to comply with a valid legal process, than AVG reserves the right to sell all personally identifying data to anyone – including advertisers.

AVG will use this information to “build anonymous data profiles” to be used in statistical data which the corporation turns into a commodity for sale.

This change was announced at the 2015 Mobile World Congress by keynote speaker and AVG chief executive officer, Gary Kovacs.

Kovacs dared “the security industry” to implement similar surveillance tools to spy on their customers who take advantage of free services.

The necessity to sell user data stems from knowing their client’s habits; such as which TV program they prefer.

AVG explained this point: “Knowing that 10 million users like a certain TV program, gives broadcasters the data to get producers to make more of that type of program. This is also how taxi firms know how to distribute their fleets; and how advertisers know where to place banners and billboard, for example. Even at AVG, we have published non personal information that we have collected regarding App performance.”

Alexander Hanff, security expert and chief executive of Think Privacy, explained this change to AVG’s privacy policy has reclassified the company “squarely into the category of spyware. Antivirus software runs on our devices with elevated privileges so it can detect and block malware, adware, spyware and other threats. It is utterly unethical to [the] highest degree and a complete and total abuse of the trust we give our security software.”

Hanff is calling for those who are using AVG’s free antivirus to “immediately uninstall the product and find an alternative”.

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SURPRISE: TSA Agents Caught on Video Molesting Passengers

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September 5, 2015


New footage of a groping Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agent has been released which shows Ty Spicha inappropriately fondling male passengers at the Denver International Airport (DIA).

The DIA refused for months to release the footage because of an ongoing investigation which was initiated by a passenger tip and resulted in the eventual firing of Spicha and other agent involved.

Spicha and his co-hort, Yasmin Shafi, would target passengers to molest, then Shafi “would tell the body scanner the passenger being screened was female so it detected an irregularity in the genital region. This allowed Spicha to conduct an unjustified pat-down of that area.”

Peter Neffenger, administrator for the TSA, told the press : “I think what it suggests is that occasionally you have some bad apples. What we do in the long run is train across the organization. Our core values to treat the public, the traveling public, with the dignity and the respect that you would want to be treated with yourself.”

Another “bad apple” TSA agent named Maxie Oquendo is currently being charged with sexual abuse and harassment after groping a 21 year old female foreign exchange student in an “airport bathroom”.

Oquendo claimed to be searching the victim for a gun.

What these incidents prove is that the body scanners are useless because not only do they read false positives via millimeter waves, but the agents using them can alter their efficiency in order to violate passengers under the guise of protecting against terrorism.

The scanners are notorious for misreading passenger’s body and hair, resulting in false positives in the hair of African-American women and the crotches of passengers with slightly sagging pants.

Even perspiration has been identified by the body scanners as cause for further physical contact.

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Has the Angelina Effect Caused a Surge in Men Having Mastectomies?

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September 3, 2015


Researchers from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) released a report citing the growing number of men choosing to have double mastectomies, or contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPMs), in lieu of coming down with breast cancer.

According to the report, “the rate of male breast cancer patients who choose to have CPM nearly doubled, from 3% to 5.6%, between 2004 and 2011.”

More than 6,332 men participated in this study that was based on assessment data from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).

Because statistics show that a man who survives breast cancer has a 20 fold increased risk of having the cancer manifest again, a portion of men are opting to have both breasts removed as a precaution.

Jemal claims that his research shows that one contributing factor to this phenomenon is a 10 year campaign in the public to address breast cancer with mastectomies; while other factors include insurance companies now offering coverage for the reconstructive surgery.

The researchers recommended having a double mastectomy to men who are at an elevated risk of breast cancer and encouraged them to “talk to their doctors about the benefits, risks and costs.”

Ahmedim Jemal, vice president of surveillance and health services research at the ACS and co-author of the study, said that his team could not determine “why it’s happening in men”; however the researchers did notice how “sociodemographic factors that have been associated with contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in women are also associated with men.”

Part of this record-breaking industry’s profit surge is due to the Angelina Effect.

This was recorded in a study out of the Odette Cancer Centre (OCC) in Canada who found that due to the Angelina Effect there have been a 90% increase in the number of women referred for breast cancer genetic screening at a large screening facility in Toronto in the six months before and after Jolie’s announcement.”

According to Scarlett Gomez, research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC): “We found no lower death rates among women who had bilateral mastectomy compared to women who had breast-conserving surgery with radiation.”

The researcher revealed a “proportion of women opting for double mastectomy had surged in recent years and wanted to see what effect the more extensive surgery had on survival. The radical surgery is associated with higher costs, longer recovery and greater risk of complications”

Shockingly, the death rates of women who had a double or single mastectomy were ‘similar”; however “the death rate associated with single mastectomy was higher than the other procedures.”

But when it comes to trusting doctors to correctly diagnose cancer, a study published in March of this year showed that there is more inaccuracy surrounding this trend’s ability to prevent breast cancer from spreading.

The researchers at the University of Washington (UW) warned “as many as one of every four breast tissue biopsies tested for cancer may have been incorrectly diagnosed by pathologists taking part in a study to test their skills.”

In fact, 4% of the invasive breast cancer cases were correctly identified and 13% of DCIS cases and 35% of atypia were incorrectly diagnosed.

With pathologists misdiagnosing atypia which is a serious condition in 17% of cases, spotlights how much trouble them medical community may be in as far as properly treating patients regarding cancer probabilities.

While invasive breast cancer was easier to spot for these doctors, “they struggled with spotting whether abnormal cells in a tissue sample might increase a woman’s future cancer risk” and this alone might help explain the treatment being suggested to patients by these inept pathologists.

A shocking 25% of the pathologist participants could not accurately interpret glass slides and this could account for “some of the 1.6 million American women who undergo a breast biopsy each year.”

In fact, with the recent upswing of mastectomies and biopsies, the researchers are concerned that women may be “wrongly” convinced to undergo into unnecessary “surgery or radiation therapy, receive unwarranted MRIs or mammograms, or spend many anxious years fretting that they are at increased risk for cancer when they actually are not.”

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Top 10 Most Hackable Baby Monitors REVEALED

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September 2, 2015


Rapid7, a cybersecurity corporation, has released a report concerning baby monitors and their susceptibility to hackers.

Internet-connected baby monitors are popular with Millennial parents, but a little known fact is that these devices lack basic security features which allow for an unknown hacker to watch a baby’s every move.

The security company analyzed 9 different baby monitors manufactured by 8 corporations:

• iBaby and iBaby M3S
• Summer Infant’s Summer Baby Zoom WiFi Monitor & Internet Viewing System
• Lens Peek-a-View
• Gynoli
• TRENDnet WiFi Baby Cam TV-IP743SIC
• WiFiBaby WFB2015
• Withings WBP01

These devices are cameras mounted over the baby’s crib and run on filming the child and then sending the video stream to a website or app for the parents to view.

In addition to video, a majority of these baby monitors include noise and motion detectors; as well as alerts to the parents when the baby moves or makes a sound.

Rapid7 found security vulnerabilities such as:

• Hidden and unchangeable passwords listed in the manual or online
• Data streams are not encrypted

One way hackers are able to get into baby monitors is a technique called script-kiddies wherein hackers will secretly install malware to spy on occupants from remote locations through webcams and other monitoring devices.

These hackers are assumed to be juveniles and are believed to be lacking the ability to perform sophisticated hacks.

It is the type of stunt performed to gain “credit” within the hacker community.

In a report commissioned by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2005, script-kiddies are defined as: “The more immature but unfortunately often just as dangerous exploiter of security lapses on the Internet. The typical script kiddy uses existing and frequently well-known and easy-to-find techniques and programs or scripts to search for and exploit weaknesses in other computers on the Internet—often randomly and with little regard or perhaps even understanding of the potentially harmful consequences.”

Back in 2013, a young father of 2 was disturbed to hear the sound of a European man calling his two year old daughter by name over a video baby monitor installed in the child’s bedroom.

The voice made lewd comments and called the little girl a “slut”.

When Gilbert and his wife entered the bedroom, the voice began cussing at them; calling the parents stupid morons and the wife a “bitch”.

The camera moved as the couple moved in the room. The video baby monitor was password protected and hooked up to a wireless network which was firewall secured.

The Foscam FI9821P baby monitor owned by the Gilberts has a default admin and password that makes the device susceptible to hacks if not changed by the owner before using the device.

The baby monitor was equipped with Wi-Fi and night vision.

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New Study Claims Genetic Tests Can Accurately Diagnose Autism

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September 1, 2015


Investigators with the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) in Toronto, Canada, have published a study proposing that 2 genetic tests could assist doctors and parents in diagnosing autism in young children.

The inexact science behind diagnosis has plagued the industry; however this new report pushes for the genetic identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The team at HSC preformed experimental genetic tests on 258 children who had previously been diagnosed with some form of ASD to see if their tests could accurately diagnose the participants.

Using the chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) and the whole-exome sequencing (WES) tests, the researchers accessed correctly that 16% of the children had ASD.

In participants with “certain physical anomalies” linked to autism, the molecular diagnosis was 37%.

Stephen Scherer, director of the Center for Applied Genomics at the HSC and co-author on the study explained that although the statistic might “sound low there is a significant range in the level of impairment associated with autism, and likely many factors that contribute to its development, both genetic and otherwise.”

Judith Miles, researcher at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Department of Child Health with the University of Missouri Health Care, wrote in an editorial about the study: “The new findings show that doctors who treat children with autism should help arrange for testing that may help provide additional information about whether genetic factors are at play.”

Miles continued: “It is incontrovertible that precise diagnoses pave the way to better medical care, improved surveillance, better functional outcomes and informed genetic counseling. Children with ASD are often grouped together and the opportunity to provide patient-specific care is missed.”

The reason this study is being hailed as a holy grail for ASD is because last month the US Preventative Services Task Force (PSTF) announced that more evidence is needed to support universal screening for autism in infants and toddlers who do not display developmental issues.

Children ages 18 to 30 months that are not showing signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are being tested for the disorder as a pre-emptive measure.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends universal screening for autism in children ages 18 to 24 months.

However the PSTF wants “to make sure this recommendation” is reserved for “children who are exhibiting signs and symptoms” and only those children should be tested for ASD.

Two years ago the PSTF discovered that there are “research gaps regarding the benefits and harms of screening all children for autism.”

For example, the PSTF is unclear as to the outcomes of children who are diagnosed with ASD who do not have symptoms or signs of the disorder.

When it comes to diagnosis, most ASD have been combined and renamed social communication disorder (SCD).

SCDs are “ defined as ‘the synergistic emergence of social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics (verbal and nonverbal), and receptive and expressive language processing’.”

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