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Former SEAL: Williams' claims can't be true - CNN Video. Lew Rockwell - Photos du journal. Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes. Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies?

Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't tear out your machine just yet. The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash the family's dishes by hand were significantly less likely to develop eczema, and somewhat less likely to develop allergic asthma and hay fever. No, 'App Neutrality' Is Not A Thing. Last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen tried to kiss up to major wireless carriers on the issue of net neutrality with a truly bizarre missive that received ample mockery in the technology press.

No, 'App Neutrality' Is Not A Thing

Basically, Chen tried to argue that we don't need tough neutrality rules -- but we really should consider rules that force app developers to make content for unpopular mobile platforms. Like oh, BlackBerry, which after endless missteps now controls just 2% of the smartphone market. This was, to hear Chen tell it, because when companies refuse to make apps for unpopular platforms they're violating something Chen called "app neutrality": "Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them.

Many other applications providers similarly offer service only to iPhone and Android users. EFF Outlines Plan to Fix the Broken Patent System. San Francisco - The U.S. patent system is in crisis, but there are clear steps Congress and the White House can take to mitigate the impact of vague patents, patent trolls, and a weak legal process to protect competition and creativity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) explains in a new report released today.

EFF Outlines Plan to Fix the Broken Patent System

The "Defend Innovation" whitepaper is the culmination of two-and-a-half years worth of research, drawing from the stories, expertise, and ideas of more than 16,500 people who agree that the current patent system is broken. Split into two parts, the report covers both the challenges facing innovators under the current patent regime, as well as concrete measures that policymakers must take in the coming year. 10 Photos That Show Why This Size 22 Woman Just Landed a Major Modeling Contract. Just like adults, kids are bombarded with images of body perfection.

10 Photos That Show Why This Size 22 Woman Just Landed a Major Modeling Contract

Animated movies and cartoons, as well as the magazine covers on the rack at the grocery store, send children a clear message: Thin is in. Given that, it’s no wonder that a recent report from Common Sense Media found that an astounding 80 percent of 10-year-old American girls have already been on a diet. New Study Shows Marijuana Is 114 Times Safer Than the Deadliest Legal Drug in the U.S. The deadliest drug in America is legal in all 50 states, and it's significantly more dangerous than a range of illegal substances much more heavily regulated and policed.

New Study Shows Marijuana Is 114 Times Safer Than the Deadliest Legal Drug in the U.S.

According to research recently published in Scientific Reports and spotted by the Washington Post, alcohol is approximately 114 times more dangerous than marijuana, which remains the only federally controlled substance that has never caused a death by overdose. The authors of the study assessed the "comparative risk" of death that accompanies consuming everything from weed to meth and heroin — and found that marijuana is even safer, relative to those harder drugs, than they previously believed. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. War, terror, security: Blowing the whistle on Harper's dirty politics. Like this article?

War, terror, security: Blowing the whistle on Harper's dirty politics

Hollywood Lobby Group's Creepy "Open Love Letter" to the TPP. We didn't know how much copyright maximalists longed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement—until we saw this creepy "open love letter" to the TPP from one of the biggest, most powerful copyright lobby groups, the Global Intellectual Property Center.

Hollywood Lobby Group's Creepy "Open Love Letter" to the TPP

We couldn't have made this up if we tried. Here's one part of it: You know, dear TPP, that I will drop to one knee and say “I do” for gold—no, diamond—standards for intellectual property. My creative and innovative talents need your protection. Without trade agreements like you, it would be a long, hard journey to jumpstart our economies.

If you didn't know about the harms the TPP would do to our digital rights, this would look like the copyright industry writing an amusing blog post that just turned out strange. Ever since we got the first leak of the secret TPP text in 2011, we've known that this massive 12-nation trade deal was being built as a trojan horse for Hollywood's wish list of anti-user policies. LEGER: Foiled plot proves state already has enough powers.