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US: Extreme weather makes portable generators a hit

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Alex Iwashyna didn't realize how many of her neighbors in Richmond, Virginia, had backup generators until her own family bought one in the dark days after Hurricane Irene. As she endured the drone of a combustion engine in her backyard, she noticed the same steady noise from neighbors' homes.

"I mean we joke about preparing for the apocalypse and stuff," Iwashyna said. "We've had an earthquake, a hurricane and a wildfire in Virginia ... it would have never occurred to me to get one until we lost power for that amount of time."

Homeowners around the nation have endured a nasty run of power-disrupting storms, and sales of portable power generators have been brisk, industry officials say. The "big box" stores such as Lowes and Wal-Mart did not release sales information, but according to one manufacturer, Briggs & Stratton Corp., Irene led to a spike in sales. While things have slowed since then, "we are continuing to see an uptick in demand," said Briggs spokeswoman Laura Timm.

In some places, the drone of generators is becoming as common during blackouts as lawnmowers are on summer Saturdays.


Signs of the Times in the Crosshairs

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Dog Poet Transmitting.......

May your noses always be cold and wet.

Every now and then we have to come together and show what we are made of, that is; if we are composed of anything one would consider worth saving. I don't know who said it but someone once said, "if we don't hang together then we shall all hang separately. The French authorities are going after Signs of the Times.

I've had my differences with the Signs of the Times people but I would say that the main falling out on my part was that I was in favor of the use of psychotropic substances for my own personal use. As I remember, it had to do with psychedelics because I hadn't even used ketamine at that point (grin). It was about seven years ago now that I met them; gone down to their lodgings in France and had a couple of visits.


US: Man faced 15 years in prison for recording police officer

An Illinois man faces a felony and up to 15 years in prison for recording a traffic stop using his cell phone. Illinois has one of the most restrictive eavesdropping laws in the country. Someone recording audio must have the permission of everyone being recorded.

"I'm in a private car on a public street and it's a public official," Louis Frobe told ABC7. "Why shouldn't I be able to record what's going on to prove my innocence?"

The charges against him were dropped, but he filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the eavesdropping law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois recently asked a federal appellate court in a separate case to block future prosecutions for recording police officers performing their public duties as a violation of the First Amendment.

Watch video, courtesy of ABC7, below:

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Facebook Tracks Your Every Move, Even After Logging Out

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The social media empire Facebook has unveiled some new "features" on its platform in recent days that many allege are a total and compete privacy-breaching nightmare. But one hidden feature, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an Australian entrepreneur and writer, that few people are aware of is the fact that Facebook now monitors your online activity, even when you are not logged in to the service.

With each new change Facebook makes, users' privacy becomes a little less ... nonexistent, if you will. The most recent "News Feed" modifications, for example, display everything you say and do on the site to all of your "friends," and even to the public. And now, even after logging out of Facebook, permanent "cookies" track all your movements on websites that contain Facebook buttons or widgets.

"Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit," Cubrilovic wrote on a recent blog posting. "The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interaction."

But how many Facebook users will actually know to do this? The site has never announced to its users that it is even tracking them in the first place, let alone given them any instructions on how to "opt-out" of this egregious invasion of privacy.


Canada: Alberta girl who killed family at age 12 to be released

An Albertan teen who killed her parents and younger brother when she was 12 is a low risk for future violence and will be allowed to live in the community, a judge decided Tuesday at her sentence review.

The girl, who cannot be named, and her then-boyfriend Jeremy Steinke, who was 23, carried out the attack on her parents and eight-year-old brother at the family's Medicine Hat, Alta. home in 2006.

She was convicted in 2007 of three counts of first-degree murder and began her 10-year-sentence at a psychiatric hospital.

The girl's "intensive rehabilitative custody and supervision sentence" is reviewed twice per year and Court of Queen's Bench Justice Scott Brooker is given an update on her progress.

Brooker said Tuesday the latest psychologist report shows the girl is cooperating fully with staff within the treatment program.

The girl - known only as J.R. - has displayed "exemplary behaviour", Brooker said.


Facebook changes inadvertently allow users to see who defriended them

© Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address during the Facebook f8 conference on September 22, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the conference introducing a Timeline feature to the popular social network.
Assuming that a user has already enabled the new Timeline profile page on Facebook, there's a feature built into the Timeline that allows to users to view how many friends were added each year. Go to the Timeline page and choose a year on the right side of the page. Scroll through the posts and locate the "Friends" box. Within the Timeline, Facebook groups actions that occurred over the course of the year including new friendships, photos uploaded, events attended and new likes. On the "Friends" box, click the "Made X New Friends" link and this should load a pop-up window that lists all friendships created during that year.

Scroll through the list and anyone that terminated the friendship will appear with an "Add Friend" button rather than a "Friends" button. However, the "Add Friend" could also mean that the user terminated the friendship. Users that deleted their profiles at some point over the years won't appear on this list and users that have been blocked won't appear here as well. For instance, an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend won't appear within this list if the blocking feature was enabled to completely cut out that person from a user's social network.


U.S. - Propaganda Alert: Massachusetts man accused of plotting attack on Pentagon, Capitol

Suspect planned violent 'jihad' against US, federal prosecutors say

Boston - A Massachusetts man was arrested and charged Wednesday with plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with a remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives, federal officials said.

Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, of Ashland, was also charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to al-Qaida in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.

Ferdaus was arrested Wednesday in Framingham when undercover federal agents delivered materials he had requested for his alleged plan, including grenades, six machine guns and what Ferdaus believed was C-4 explosive.

According to a federal affidavit, Ferdaus said he wanted to deal a psychological blow to Americans, the "enemies of Allah," by hitting the Pentagon, which he called "head and heart of the snake."

In a conversation with a federal informant, Ferdaus allegedly explained how in ancient times, God uses natural disasters to punish evil civilizations, and he would use them today. "For us, we've gotta do that," he said, according to the affidavit. "Allah has given us the privilege ... he punishes them by our hand. We're the ones."

Ferdaus is a U.S. citizen who graduated from Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, according to the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.

Comment: Remote controlled aircraft. Lets see, common logic would say these things are hollow, lightweight and barely able to lift themselves off the ground. They're not rocket or jet propelled and have great difficulty air lifting a G.I. Joe (toy) with them. "[F]illed with plastic explosives", these things will barely taxi down the street. While I do understand that the average reader is likely to believe such fantasies as this guy (with the remote aircraft) doing all of this, how would he do it? You can't sit at home and get your remote controlled plain to fly from Massachusetts to the Pentagon, the remote won't work at such distances. So you have to expose yourself as flying the (non-flyable anyway) devices.

Once there out on the "Amazing Pentalawn", exposing yourself, how are your non-flyable planes going to do anything to a steel-kevlar reinforced concrete building? It would be like fly's attempting to take out an electric bug zapper!


The Spin Cycle: US threat of military action unites Pakistan

© Khlaid Tanveer/APPeople rally against the U.S. in Multan, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 28 after Pakistan lashed out at the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan.
Islamabad - U.S. accusations that Pakistan is supporting Afghan insurgents have triggered a nationalist backlash and whipped up media fears of an American invasion, drowning out any discussion over the army's long use of jihadi groups as deadly proxies in the region.

The reaction shows the problem facing the United States as it presses Pakistan for action: Strong statements in Washington provoke a negative public response that makes it more difficult for the army to act against the militants - even if it decided it was in the country's interest to do so.

Pakistan's mostly conservative populace is deeply suspicious of U.S. intentions a decade after Washington forged an alliance with Islamabad. Many people here believe the U.S. wants to break up Pakistan and take its arsenal of nuclear weapons, and America is very unpopular throughout the country.

By contrast, Pakistanis lack unity against Islamic militants. Politicians and media commentators are often ambiguous in their criticism of the Pakistani Taliban, despite its carrying out near weekly bombings in Pakistan over the past four years.

One small private television channel has aired an advertisement that features images of Adm. Mike Mullen, America's top military officer, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta along with scenes of the Pakistani army fighting and raising the country's flag.

Comment: What U.S. Officials? Not many names given. The media? Which one, lets be specific. Politicians are referenced but again no names are given. How do we prove any of this? It seems another form of perception management across the board.

Is the American media attempting to create a hatred of Pakistanis in the U.S., like they did about Afghanis rights toward women? How about how the U.S. bastardized Iraq in the days before 'shock and awe?' The media has also started off and on about the Evil that is supposedly Iran, though France is doing it now.

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US: Florida Teen Murder Suspect Says She's a Vampire and Part Warewolf

Claims to have drunk the blood of her fiancé and co-defendant

Last week, police in Parker, Fla., claimed the people involved in the July murder of 16-year-old Jacob Hendershot may have been involved in a vampire cult.

Now one of the suspects is confirming that information.

Stephanie Pistey, 18, was arrested last Monday and was charged with accessory to murder.

She says she believes she's a vampire.

Mr. Potato

US: Three Houston police officers accused of getting high on duty

Houston, Texas-- Three Houston police officers are under investigation after claims they got high while on duty. And the claim, made by a man accused of drug possession, are backed up with something undeniable -- the words of the officers themselves.

It sort of jumps off the page.

"'So high' spaced out: h i g h" defense attorney Daniel Cahill said.

The words of a Houston police officer about an hour after arresting Nicholas Hill for marijuana possession.