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Progressive Commentary Hour – 02.07.18

An deep view into the FBI and its role in the Steele dossier and the aftermath    Coleen Rowley is a former FBI special agent who was with the agency for 24 years. From 1990 to 2003, she was the Chief Division Counsel operating out of Minneapolis.  In May 2002, she blew the whistle and later testified before the Senate …

Kate Cox – These Toys Don’t Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor

Kids say a lot of random, unsolicited, or just plain personal things to their toys while playing. When that toy is stuffed with just fluff and beans, it doesn’t matter what the kid says: their toy is a safe sounding board. When their playtime companion is an internet-connected recording device that ships off audio files to a remote server without …

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RICHARD DAVIES – WHY COMPANIES MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS WORSE

There is much about computing to make the blood boil – the badly timed crashes and the endless software updates are frustrating. Yet most annoying of all is the fact that some products seem needlessly bad. Anyone setting up a home office, for example, will find that Microsoft has made the cheap version of its software worse by stripping away its email …

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Researchers confirm attitude to aging can have a direct effect on health

Negative attitudes to ageing affect both physical and cognitive health in later years, new research reveals. The study from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), at Trinity College Dublin, further reveals that participants with positive attitudes towards ageing had improved cognitive ability. Key findings: Older adults with negative attitudes towards ageing had slower walking speed and worse cognitive abilities …

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Jeffrey Green – 6 Negative Effects Of Too Much Screen Time For Kids

Have you considered sending your child to rehab to help them overcome their addiction to the electronic screens of video games, cell phones and the like? While that may sound far-fetched to some parents who are themselves ‘screen addicts’, it’s an idea whose time has come. Some countries consider childhood screen addiction to be a clinical disorder and have rehab …

Human Rights Abuses Rampant Under Drug War, 100 Groups Tell UN – Lauren McCauley

Citing large scale human rights abuses and discriminatory enforcement practices, more than 100 organizations on Wednesday sent an open letter (pdf) to the United Nations calling for a significant shift in global drug policy. The international coalition is comprised of non-governmental organizations and drug reform advocacy groups—such as Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Drug Policy Alliance—as well …