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Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

A PROVISION SNUCK INTO the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers without a warrant and in complete secrecy.

If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs — most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account.

Since a 2008 Justice Department legal opinion, the FBI has not been allowed to use NSLs to demand “electronic communication transactional records,” such as email subject lines and other metadata, or URLs visited.

The spy bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, with the provision in it. The lone no vote came from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who wrote in a statement that one of the bill’s provisions “would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers.”
It’s unclear how or when the provision was added, although Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., — the committee’s chairman — and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., have both offered bills in the past that would address what the FBI calls a gap and privacy advocates consider a serious threat to civil liberties.

In the U.S. and abroad, more young adults are living with their parents

Interesting maps and chart at the link

More young adults in the U.S. are living with their parents than at any time since around 1940, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. This trend is not, as you might assume, solely a consequence of the 2007-09 Great Recession, nor is it limited to the U.S.

Across much of the developed world, researchers have noted that more young adults are living at their parents’ homes for longer periods – in some cases because they never left, in others because they moved back after being on their own in college or the working world.

US nuclear arsenal controlled by 1970s computers with 8in floppy disks

A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many do not even know how to operate any more, as their creators retire.

The Defense Department’s Strategic Automated Command and Control System (DDSACCS), which is used to send and receive emergency action messages to US nuclear forces, runs on a 1970s IBM computing platform. It still uses 8in floppy disks to store data.

We’re not even talking the more modern 3.5in floppy disk that millennials might only know as the save icon. We’re talking the OG 8in floppy, which was a large floppy square with a magnetic disk inside it. They became commercially available in 1971, but were replaced by the 5¼in floppy in 1976, and by the more familiar hard plastic 3.5in floppy in 1982.

Shockingly, the US Government Accountability Office said: “Replacement parts for the system are difficult to find because they are now obsolete.”

want to play a game??????

Senate votes to end USDA catfish inspections, which just got underway

The program has been in effect for both domestic and foreign catfish species only since April 15, and it may be drawing fire from Capitol Hill because it is finding dangerous carcinogens and antibiotics in fish shipments from Asian nations.

Too much of that might not be good for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Obama legacy agenda item. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) did not address TPP when going for the catfish inspection kill on Wednesday but referenced what he called “classic farm bill politics.” Inspection of all foreign and domestic catfish species was mandated in the farm bill.

Three years ago, Obama and Congress agreed to kill the Microbiological Data Program (MDP). That ended about 80 percent of the fresh produce testing in the U.S.

So, no inspections of produce, followed by a massive outbreak of salmonella in Dole Salad mixes.

And Southern catfish farmers are incensed that tainted catfish from other countries are spoiling the catfish market overall.

We have officially entered a new level of mass stupidity

Someone felt it was necessary to have this sign made AND erected.

MORE recalls of sunflower seed products, even in products like cheese...wtf????

Three more companies recall products containing sunflower kernels

But get this....some of the items recalled are:

cheese Sauce
Cheese stick
Lime bean dip
Frosted Flakes w/Cheese Stick
BBQ Chicken w/Milk

Here is link for all the newest items being recalled, and it is national.


Don't forget today is Towel Day!!!!!!!

17-year-old created a new app to expose sellout politicians

Only those holding elected offices get contributions tracked.

In an interview with Vice, Rubin said he wanted to “put the data at people’s fingertips” for people to be able to make the most informed decision when it comes to politics.

The plugin called Greenhouse works with Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers, and it can be downloaded at www.allaregreen.us.

After installation, when a politician’s name comes up in article text, the app will break down their top ten monetary influences.
The plugin is free and simple to use, as noted in this article by Vice.com.

“Greenhouse allows people to see the money story behind the news story,” said Rubin to Vice.

The name Greenhouse was created by combining three symbolic ideas: the color of money, the two houses of Congress, and the transparency of a greenhouse.

His VICE interview has mostly the same info:

yeah, I am gonna try it....just think how much it will enrich our comments on politicians.

More sunflower seed recalls because of listeria threat:

I think by now that any products containing sunflower seed kernels is suspect.

The recall is widening, and now includes trail mixes and other combos
in the following states via retail stores: IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA,VA, WV and SC, between March 22, 2016, and May 21, 2016.

go here for the list of foods:

Gee, this sounds familiar..can't quite put my finger on it tho

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