The EPA's Inspector General Is Probing Whether An Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto. Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Facebook ads targeting Australian teenagers: Predatory advertising sparks outrage. Picture: Justin Sullivan FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices.
The allegation was revealed this morning by The Australian which obtained internal documents from the social media giant which reportedly show how Facebook can exploit the moods and insecurities of teenagers using the platform for the potential benefit of advertisers. The confidential document dated this year detailed how by monitoring posts, comments and interactions on the site, Facebook can figure out when people as young as 14 feel “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “stressed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless”, and a “failure”. Such information gathered through a system dubbed sentiment analysis could be used by advertisers to target young Facebook users when they are potentially more vulnerable. PNAS 2014 Kramer 8788 90. Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices.
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George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’ Comcast-Funded Civil Rights Groups Claim Low-Income People Prefer Ads Over Privacy. The House of Representatives joined the Senate Tuesday in voting to repeal new Federal Communications Commission rules that would have stopped internet service providers (ISPs) from using and selling consumers’ web browsing data without their consent.
Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media. Just over a week ago, Donald Trump gathered members of the world’s press before him and told them they were liars.
“The press, honestly, is out of control,” he said. “The public doesn’t believe you any more.” CNN was described as “very fake news… story after story is bad”. The BBC was “another beauty”. That night I did two things. Log In - New York Times. South Dakota Senate Repeals Voter-Backed Anti-Corruption Law. Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sues His Sex Abuse Victim Over Hush Money. Exposed: Academics-for-hire agree not to disclose fossil fuel funding. Leading climate sceptic who will testify at Ted Cruz senate hearing today agrees to write pro-fossil fuel paper secretly funded by oil company A Greenpeace undercover investigation has exposed how fossil fuel companies can secretly pay academics at leading American universities to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies’ commercial interests.
Posing as representatives of oil and coal companies, reporters from Greenpeace UK asked academics from Princeton and Penn State to write papers promoting the benefits of CO2 and the use of coal in developing countries. The professors agreed to write the reports and said they did not need to disclose the source of the funding. Citing industry-funded documents – including testimony to state hearings and newspaper articles – Professor Frank Clemente of Penn State said: “In none of these cases is the sponsor identified. All my work is published as an independent scholar.” Counter-Sting Catches James O'Keefe Network Attempting To Sow Chaos At Trump's Inauguration. Congress Quietly Passes New Rule Allowing House Members To Hide Records From Ethics Probes.
WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived. Florida Attorney General Who Received Illegal Donation from Trump Expected to Join White House. The Psychology of White-Collar Criminals - The Atlantic. Two leading executive headhunters once wrote a book called Lessons From the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders that celebrated 50 titans of industry.
Readers were encouraged “to learn from and pattern themselves” after the leadership qualities displayed by these executives. Yet within a few years of the book’s 1999 publication, three of those 50 were convicted of white-collar crimes and headed to prison, and three more faced tens of millions of dollars in fines for illicit activity. Jack and the United States of Money .mkv.
AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit. The telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement—without a warrant—and earning millions of dollars a year from taxpayers.
On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff’s deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist’s report of human remains outside of town. They identified the partially bleached skull of a child, and later discovered the remains of the McStay family who had been missing for the past three years. Joseph, 40, his wife Summer, 43, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, had been bludgeoned to death and buried in shallow graves in the desert.
Investigators long suspected Charles Merritt in the family’s disappearance, interviewing him days after they went missing. Merritt was McStay’s business partner and the last person known to see him alive. Ex-CEO of red light camera firm sentenced to 14 months for bribery. Karen Finley, former CEO of embattled red light camera vendor Redflex, was sentenced last week to 14 months in prison.
Finley pled guilty last year to federal corruption charges in Ohio. As prosecutors wrote in a statement in June 2015: on Friday: From December 2005 to February 2013, Finley served as CEO of a red light camera enforcement company. As part of her plea agreement, Finley admitted that, between 2005 and 2013, she participated in a scheme in which the company made campaign contributions to elected public officials in the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati through a consultant retained by the company.
According to admissions made in connection with her plea, Finley and others, including another executive of the company, agreed to provide the conduit campaign contributions with the understanding that the elected public officials would assist the company in obtaining or retaining municipal contracts, including a photo red light enforcement contract with the City of Columbus. How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon. The group of women computers at the Harvard College Observatory, who worked for the astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, c. 1890.
(Photo: Harvard College Observatory/Public Domain) At Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s, the hum of over a dozen computers buzzed from the busy astronomy calculation room. Uk.businessinsider. YouTube In 2009, Jason Brown signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the St.
Louis Rams that made him the highest-paid center in the NFL. Five years later, after earning more than $25 million of that contract, Brown is a farmer who is helping to feed the hungry. CBS News caught up with Brown in Louisburg, North Carolina, where he runs a 1,000-acre farm after learning how to grow crops on YouTube. REVEALED: This Crazy Loophole Forces Taxpayers to Fund CEO Pay. The Painkiller: A Drug Company Putting Profits Above Patients. The United States' opiate drug problem isn't limited to illegal narcotics. The sale of dangerously addictive painkillers prescribed by physicians has quadrupled in the past decade, and one company in particular is pushing pain to the legal edge of aggressive medical marketing. According to criminal complaints, attorneys general reports and CNBC sources, specialty pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics — with the help of several physicians across the country now under investigation — is putting profits before patients as it makes millions off your pain.
Insys is subject to investigations regarding the sales and marketing practices of its main product — Subsys Fentanyl, a painkiller delivered as an oral spray — by both federal and state attorneys general offices in California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona and Illinois, according to its 10-Q filing. DeSaulnier calls for investigation into Purdue Pharma and overprescribing of opioid painkillers.
Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics. Sugar industry funded research to cast doubt on sugar's health hazards, report says. The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.
In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Assn. internally discussed a campaign to address “negative attitudes toward sugar” after studies began emerging linking sugar with heart disease, according to documents dug up from public archives. Here's How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse. This article is from the archive of our partner. Chicago insider who took $2 million in bribes in red light camera scandal facing decades in prison.