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Slavery Still Exists - Lisa Kristine. Yovany Gonzalez's Wells Fargo Lawsuit Alleges Bank Fired Him, Cut Dying Daughter's Health Insurance. Wells Fargo allegedly fired an employee because his dying daughter needed expensive cancer treatment, according to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Court on Thursday.

Yovany Gonzalez's Wells Fargo Lawsuit Alleges Bank Fired Him, Cut Dying Daughter's Health Insurance

Wells Fargo fired mortgage consultant Yovany Gonzalez three days before his daughter Mackenzie was scheduled to get cancer surgery in August of 2010, the lawsuit states. According to the suit, the hospital canceled the surgery because Mackenzie no longer was covered by health insurance. She died of cancer in March of 2011. Before Gonzalez was fired, Wells Fargo and United Health Care, the health insurer, asked Gonzalez's wife "numerous questions" about Mackenzie's treatment and made "several references ... to the costs of her treatment," the lawsuit states. The Fraudulent Criminalization of Marijuana. Drug use became endemic among U.S. troops serving in Vietnam with more than 80% getting stoned on marijuana and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Many of the secrets are still hidden; however, we now have some information about the extent of the government's responsibility for the development of the drug culture in the military and in communities across America.

These are the highlights: Although the U.S. was a signatory to the Geneva Convention protocols banning the use of chemical weapons, the U.S. Army engaged in extensive testing of marijuana and its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as an incapacitating agent in warfare. A secret research program tested these substances, including highly-concentrated derivatives, on thousands of American GIs without their informed consent. NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You. Gen.

NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You

Keith Alexander, center, the head of the National Security Agency, visits Afghanistan, 2010. Photo: ISAF The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers. FDA Must Rethink Antibiotics In Animal Feed, Federal Judge Orders. * Judge critical of FDA's lack of action * Long-standing concerns about creation of superbugs * FDA unveiled voluntary guidelines in April (Rewrites with quotes from judge and industry group comments) By P.J.

FDA Must Rethink Antibiotics In Animal Feed, Federal Judge Orders

Senate panel approves five-year extension of warrantless wiretapping program. By Eric W.

Senate panel approves five-year extension of warrantless wiretapping program

DolanWednesday, May 23, 2012 16:44 EDT The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday approved the extension of legislation that authorized a sweeping warrantless wiretapping program started under the Bush Administration. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 gave the government broad powers to monitor international phone calls and emails, and granted legal immunity to telecommunication companies that had participated in the wiretapping program before 2008. The law was set to expire in 2012, but the Senate bill — passed by a 13-2 vote in the committee — would extend the law for another five years. “The bill we approved today extends critical counterterrorism and intelligence gathering tools for the Intelligence Community,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said in a statement. Sens. Help pass the California Wolf PAC Resolution! - Wolf PAC.

Who Googled You? This Website Knows. After a date, a pitch or a job interview, there's a good chance you're going to get Googled.

Who Googled You? This Website Knows

Online reputation manager BrandYourself now helps you figure out who is searching for your name. The startup, which helps individuals control Google results for names through SEO, launched a new feature on Tuesday that shows users where visitors to their BrandYourself profiles work and where they're located. BrandYourself built a database of organizations' publicly-available IP addresses in order to create the feature. They use it to match IP addressees of profile visitors with the companies that own those addressses. Visitors most frequently reach BrandYourself profiles through Google, but the feature works the same way if visitors reach a user's profile from another search engine or website. College Student Daniel Chong Attempted Suicide After DEA Agents Locked Him in a Small Cell Without Food or Water for Five Days.

Several hours after Obama’s drug czar told a room filled with Democratic power brokers at the Center for American Progress that the “war on drugs” was over, 23-year-old Daniel Chong sat down with NBC San Diego to recount the five days he spent handcuffed in a DEA holding cell without food or water after he was arrested at a "4/20 party.

College Student Daniel Chong Attempted Suicide After DEA Agents Locked Him in a Small Cell Without Food or Water for Five Days

" During that period, Chong, a student at UC San Diego, was forced to drink his own urine because his cries for help, for water, and for food went ignored, or perhaps unheard, by DEA agents. By the third day, Chong said he was hallucinating. He tried to kill himself by breaking the lens of his glasses, cutting his wrists, and then swallowing the shards. More from NBC:

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Politics. Financial News. Choking Game: 1 in 16 Kids Have Tried It, Study Says. Iran Hopes to Be Rid of Meddlesome Internet by August. Facebook isn’t making us lonely. It’s making us anxious. Get over it. As a masterpiece and a cultural catastrophe at once, Facebook is distinctly American.

Facebook isn’t making us lonely. It’s making us anxious. Get over it.

It represents a social regime that’s scintillating and hideous. The values intrinsic to it—velocity, wit, growth, exhibitionism and “connectivity”—can seem superficial, but they’re ours. This week, the Facebook brass are making housecalls to investors, using razzle, dazzle and astral projections to justify valuing the eight-year-old company at a big, round $100 billion. This comes in preparation for Facebook’s midmonth initial public offering—what’s expected to be the biggest I.P.O. in the history of the Internet. Father beats man to death; sheriff says dad reacted to his daughter, 4, being sexually assaulted.

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War. Trayvon Martin Case. How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation. Meet SOPA's evil twin, ACTA - Big Tech. CISPA = SOPA 2.0? CISPA legislation seen by many as SOPA 2.0. Reporting from Washington — In spite of their hopes, Internet activists are finding that their efforts to keep the digital world free of further regulation did not end with SOPA’s defeat. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 is working its way through Congress, and is the latest proposed legislation to raise concerns among privacy activists. Introduced in November by Rep. White House will propose new digital copyright laws. The Obama administration has drafted new proposals to curb Internet piracy and other forms of intellectual property infringement that it says it will send to the U.S.

White House will propose new digital copyright laws

The RIAA Pirated $9 Million Worth of TV Shows. EU votes in favour of tougher copyright enforcement News. The European Parliament has voted in favour of a controversial report that calls for tighter legislation when it comes to enforcing copyright laws.

EU votes in favour of tougher copyright enforcement News

The non-legislative text, drafted by French MEP Marielle Gallo, was adopted by 328 to 245 votes, leaving the way clear for the European Commission to come up with new legislation imposing criminal sanctions across the European Union. France has already criminalised the sharing of copyright files without permission. EU Parliament calls for pan-EU copyright law. High performance access to file storage The European Commission should create a directly enforceable EU-wide copyright law that could be used to bring copyright infringers to book, the European Parliament has said.

EU Parliament calls for pan-EU copyright law

Current law is not closely harmonised enough, it said. The Parliament has adopted a report from a French MEP which examined the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement and has recommended the creation of a new European copyright law to help reduce infringement. "[The Parliament] is of the opinion that the possibility of proceeding against infringers of intellectual property rights should be created in the European legal framework," it said. The report calls on the Commission to conduct "an assessment of the ways to strengthen and upgrade the legal framework with respect to the Internet".

List of porn pirates leaked on to internet. SOPA Anti-Porn Amendment Rejected By Bipartisan Coalition. WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers directed the federal government to deploy radical new powers to enforce and protect copyrights on pornography. By a vote of 9 to 18, the House Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment offered by Rep.