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UCSF Brain Project: Online Registry Will Study Neurological Disorders Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 10, 2014   Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Brain Health Registry (BHR) would like people to sign up for their intrusive experiment to decipher how brain disorders form by having the public sign up for their online participatory neuroscience study called the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). This study is funded with a $140 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Douglas Rosenberg, real estate developer and investor into ADNI has provided $10 million because his family has suffered with Alzheimer’s disease….

Watchdog Report: Are American Prisons the ‘New Asylums’? Security

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 9, 2014   The Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) reported that there are 10 times more people with mental illnesses in American prisons than in psychiatric wards in hospitals. The TAC explained that nationwide “state prisons and county jails house approximately 356,268 people with mental illnesses, while state mental hospitals hold only 35,000.” Shockingly, the TAC found that only 6 states “have psychiatric hospitals with more people in them than a prisons or jail.” The TAC report states mentally ill inmates are more likely to: • Remain incarcerated longer •…

Are States Rebranding Common Core to Gain Parental Approval? Government

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 8, 2014   Indiana Governor Mike Pence has rejected Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and replaced the federal standardized education with new guidelines written “by Hoosiers for Hoosiers.” Parents in Indiana are not so sure; wondering if Pence has kept the same standards while changing the name to fool them into supporting this new initiative. Similar schemes have cropped up in Florida, Louisiana and other states. In Arizona the new plan is called Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS) and in Iowa it is referred to as the…

The Shocking Truth About ‘Clinical Death’ Every Organ Donor Should Know Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 7, 2014 Jim Fritze, a Swedish citizen, recently suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed in the hospital. To his horror, he over-heard the doctors speaking with his “girlfriend and my relatives that there was no hope. I couldn’t do anything. I could only see and hear. I couldn’t move my body.” Fritze was fully conscious and utterly unable to communicate with the hospital staff who assumed he was dead. During the conversation, Fritze recalls the doctors discussed taking his organs for transplant purposes. Just before Fritze was declared…

New Facial Recognition Software Brought to You by Facebook Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 5, 2014   Deepface is the name of a new technology researchers at Facebook have created in order to identify people in pictures; mimicking the way humans recognize the differences in each other’s faces. Facebook has already implemented facial recognition software (FRS) to suggest names for tagging photos; however Deepface can “identify faces from a side view” as well as when the person is directly facing the camera in the picture. Last year, Erin Egan, chief privacy officer for Facebook, said that this upgrade “would give users better control…

Feds Warn Criminals May Extract Money From ATMs Economy

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 4, 2014   The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) warned about “unlimited operations” (LO) that are being used by hackers against small banks to increase the ATM withdrawal limit on customer debit cards. LOs are intended to cause “large dollar losses”, according to the US Secret Service (SS). The FFIEC explained that “cybercriminals are trying to access the Web-based ATM control panels used by bank employees, which are used to set the amount of money customers can withdraw, and the geographies where they can take money out. To…

Gates, World Bank & Drug Corps Collaborate to Fight Neglected Diseases Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 4, 2014   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the World Bank (WB) and other have committed $240 million to fight against tropical diseases and bring access to treatments to under-developed nations (UDNs). Investments include: • BMGF $50 million • WB $120 million • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) $50 million Gates explained : “I think we’ll be able to raise the money. It’s kind of like vaccines – you’d feel awful if you didn’t raise the money. “[But], it may take us a few years to get…

Is the UN Covering-Up Global Effects of Fukushima Radiation? World News

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 3, 2014   The UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) claims that there is no scientific evidence that suggests the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima could increase birth defects or cancer rates. This report is based on figures derived from children in various populations worldwide. Researchers found that there is a low risk of developing thyroid cancer to children who are exposed to the radiation leaked across the Northern Hemisphere because of Fukushima. Carl-Magnus Larsson, chair of UNSCEAR explained: “People are rightly concerned about the impact…

Intel Invests $740 Million in Cloudera Go-To Mega Data Center Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 2, 2014   Cloudera has raised $900 million from IPOs to dwarf other fund raising campaigns on what is being called a way on data center vendors. Tom Reily, chief executive officer for Cloudera said : “The market opportunity for companies to gain insight and build transformative applications based on Hadoop is tremendous. Clearly, demand is accelerating and the market is poised for growth — for all of the players in this space, and we believe Cloudera will be the company to lead this global shift in extracting value…

Diet Soda Danger: Research Shows Link to Heart Attacks in Older Women Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent April 1, 2014   Researchers at the University of Iowa have conducted a study on post-menopausal women and the effects of consuming 2 or more diet soft drinks per day. The study was presented to the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The findings of the report state that those older women were 30% more likely to succumb to cardiovascular disease and 50% more likely to die as a result of those diseases than older women who occasionally consumed soda. The consumption of diet soda for post-menopausal women was found to…

Suspended Animation is Within Our Grasp Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 31, 2014   At a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, doctors will experiment with a process on 10 patients that will suspend them between life and death. These first human Guinea pigs could lead to medical advancements in suspended animation while allow medical professionals to save the lives of patients with gunshot or stab wounds. Samuel Tisherman, surgeon at Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital is heading this research trial that is pioneering the procedure called “emergency preservation and resuscitation” (EPR). Tisherman explained: “We have patients coming in from bad trauma who have…

Wal-Mart & Friends Sue Visa, MasterCard Over ‘Swipe Fees’ Economy

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 29, 2014   Wal-Mart has thrown the gauntlet down at VISA. The retail giant is suing the credit card corporation for being charged exorbitant swipe fees. Both VISA and MasterCard are expected to settle with retailers over major lawsuits initiated over swiping fees resulting in $7.25 billion paid out and the lowering of fees charged in the future. This was court ordered by a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York in 2013. Wal-Mart is demanding $5 billion from VISA and MasterCard in a US District Court for the Western…

The Manipulation Behind the Latest CDC Autism Study EXPOSED Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 29, 2014 The Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that 1 out of 88 children in the US are autistic which a 30% increase in diagnoses with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since 2012. It was found that 8 year old children were mostly likely to receive a diagnosis of autism; based on data compiled from school and medical records from children that “met the criteria for autism even if they hadn’t been formally diagnosed.” The CDC is expected to “announce a new initiative to check the increase…

Brazil’s Marco Civil Bill: How Safe is Net Neutrality from Corporations? World News

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 27, 2014   The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved the Marco Civil bill (MBC) which outlines protections for net neutrality, user privacy, security and freedom of expression. The MBC includes such provisions as: • Guaranteeing net neutrality • Protections for internet corporations from liability for 3rd party content • An internet bill of rights • Support of freedom of expression • Interoperability • Protection for personal data • Open government data Carolina Rossini, co-author of the legislation commented : “I feel my Carnival has finally arrived after years…

25 Year Anniversary: Lessons Learned From Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 25, 2014   Kimbal Sundberg, habitat biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) explained that the Exxon Valdez oil spill has wreaked havoc on the area for over 2 decades since the disaster. Sundberg published a report regarding the devastation and how the oil spill has impacted the biodiversity of the surrounding areas. Before the spill, the Prince William Sound (PWS) was “pristine”. Sundberg describes the land as it is now: “It was dead calm. You could smell the petroleum in the air. Then the wind…

Who Will Be Victorious at the DARPA Robot Gladiator Games? Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 24, 2014   At the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge Trials (RCT), SCHAFT is expected to take the winning circle. The Google owned corporation that created SCHAFT has been apprehensive about accepting funding from a government agency; however the defense contracts that will begin coming as a result of ties to DARPA will prove lucrative. The Google X Lab has been developing animal-inspired robots, self-driving cars and even “smart” contact lenses. Another favorite of the RCT is a robot inspired by the Fukushima nuclear disaster that…

Microsoft, FBI & DHS Team Up to Fight Cybercrime Government,Security

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 24, 2014   Microsoft admitted that they were reading emails of a targeted user because of allegations that this “blogger” might be in possession of a leaked version of Windows 8; as well as documentation that was proprietary. Microsoft stated: “As part of the investigation, we took the step of a limited review of this third party’s Microsoft operated accounts. While Microsoft’s terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances.” The unidentified target is purported to have…