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BY RICK MORAN FOR AMERICANTHINKER.COM
If you scan news sites this morning, you’ll see that they contain nothing but wall-to-wall coverage of the Democratic debate from last night.
But Planned Parenthood dropped a bombshell of their own yesterday when Cecile Richards, president of the group, announced that they would no longer accept cash for body parts from aborted fetuses.
After having spent months saying that its officials were doing nothing unethical in undercover videos showing them haggling over the price for aborted fetal organs, Planned Parenthood’s leader said Tuesday the group will no longer accept any payment for the parts.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the new policy an effort to end the scandal over what she has called edited and misleading videos.
But there was no sign she would succeed as Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill said their investigations would go on and continued to denounce the practice of harvesting aborted fetal tissue as barbaric, whether done for profit or not.
“Our Federation has decided, going forward, that any Planned Parenthood health center that is involved in donating tissue after an abortion for medical research will follow the model already in place” at one affiliate, in which “no reimbursement for its reasonable expenses” is accepted, Ms. Richards said in a letter dated Tuesday to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
The letter was also sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
A 1993 federal law permits women to donate aborted fetuses for use in scientific research, but only allows abortion providers to recover the reasonable costs of running such programs.
Some of the undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showed Planned Parenthood officials saying those fees can be manipulated and negotiated, with one joking that she needed to buy a Lamborghini sports car.
Leaders of three House committees promptly issued statements saying their investigations into Planned Parenthood would continue and that the new policy does not touch the core moral issue.
“While Planned Parenthood has stated its intention to end its practice of accepting reimbursements for fetal tissue donation, it has not stated its commitment to end its horrific practice of harvesting fetal tissue,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican.
In effect, Planned Parenthood is admitting its guilt in selling fetal body parts for more than what would be considered the recovery of “reasonable expenses.” This validates the Center for Medical Progress videos and shows that the organization’s top management has been telling lies about its practices.
Of course, the Justice Department had no plans to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illegal practices, so no one is going to jail because of their barbaric actions. But Congress should take note of this change in policy and look to punish the group for its lies and efforts to mislead.
By Jim Sumpter
On the surface, it would seem there couldn’t be a more asinine question to ask, but listening to the hyper-rich espouse their ideas and expose their beliefs frankly has me wondering what happens to those who reap the highest financial rewards capitalism has to offer.
According to news reports, casino/gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson is getting ready to throw his hefty financial support behind Marco Rubio, a political punk and wannabe of the highest. If true, this is a lifesaver thrown at a candidate who was all but dead in the water, with little in the way of financial support that would have allowed him to stay in the race.
Casino/hotel owners love the cheap labor of illegal aliens and the more who flood our borders, the better for those who make their money by “holding down costs” (read that “keeping wages low”) because the biggest single expense of any company is the people it employs, so in the world of the hyper-rich with rare exception, the mindset is ‘the cheaper the better’. What else would explain the desire of tech companies and other dependent upon cheap labor to lobby for an increase in that workforce as Americans go without jobs? Can one get more anti-American than the simple denial of opportunity that was so abundant for they who have so supremely prospered?
Anyone who gets to know the Rubio story would be stunned at the obvious duplicity of almost all things Rubio. Surely one with Mr. Adelson’s resources would be able to get to the ‘real’ Rubio story.
Sadly, it doesn’t matter. Mr. Adelson has proven time and again he isn’t one who supports that which is inherently best for the USA.
Maybe the global reach one must attain in order to achieve billionaire status puts one in a position that one simply cannot afford to be a committed patriot.
Whether it’s Diller, Zuckerberg, Gates – you can just keep listing the names of billionaire after billionaire – I can’t recall any of them extolling the unique goodness of the American opportunity or even the superiority of what our country is supposed to represent.
Even as more and more people from all around the world, scratch and claw in an attempt to find their way here.
Should anyone reading this have access to Mr. Adelson, would you please bring it to his attention that before he throws his mighty financial weight and backing Mr. Rubio’s way, to please at least consider that Mr. Rubio is NOT a natural born citizen and is therefore not constitutionally eligible for the office he seeks?
When I think of the billionaires we hear about, there’s only one name that comes to mind that gives any indication of being a patriot – and that’s Donald J. Trump.
Try and find this in the MSM. Hell Drudge has already pulled it. Could you imagine if it was Trump who planted this NitWit.?
During an appearance at a Jon Huntsman “No Labels” event, a female audience member named Lauren Batchelder played the role of a female antagonist toward candidate Donald Trump.
However, Ms. Batchelder is not just an average audience member. She’s a paid political operative of the GOP and a paid staff member of Team Jeb Bush:
Within minutes of her scripted performance at the event, the producers of CNN were quickly editing soundbites and framing a narrative. That story was pushed into the media stream within hours. CNN’s Jeanne Moos was the delivery vehicle for the a hit piece.
( I have to say Trump handled this better than any other would have. He told her you do equal work you get equal pay. And added “I am Pro Life”)
However, as previously noted, it didn’t take long to discover that Lauren Batchelder was not just an ordinary audience member, she is actually a current staffer for Senator Kelly Ayotte and also working in New Hampshire on behalf of the Jeb Bush 2016 campaign.
Batchelder’s LinkedIn profile shows she is a Jeb Bush For President 2016 staffer.
Given Senator Ayotte’s position being pro-life, and contrasted against the framework of Ms. Batchelder’s line of questioning being completely opposite of the boss(es) she is working for, it doesn’t take long to figure out this was a planted Establishment GOPe hit job targeting Donald Trump:
Of course, Ms Batchelder quickly began scrubbing her social media history trying to hide who she works for. Almost all of her Twitter history is now deleted, but not before much of it was able to be captured. Several other profiles remain available:
~Steve~ H/T CZ
My Comments: This is only the tip of the iceberg with Gates, he’s one of the worst, and he has his hands in everything. Privacy only exists for commie Gates.
REPOSTED FROM EDUCATION WEEK
Education WeekOct. 13, 2015
After years of avoiding the public beatings that other technology companies have endured over the ways their educational products may threaten student privacy, Microsoft Corp. is suddenly taking heat.
At issue is the company’s newly unveiled operating system, Windows 10. Privacy experts and media outlets alike have raised the alarm over what they see as overly aggressive data collection.
One big example: Windows 10 appears to collect extensive data about the Web addresses that users visit, then sends that information back to the company’s servers for storage. In one test conducted by a computer engineer at the request of Education Week, an individual student’s login and password for a popular online educational service were among the data sent back to Microsoft.
Company officials say fears over such practices are overblown. For years, Microsoft has boasted publicly of its commitment to strong data safeguards, presenting it as a core piece of its brand. The company is also an original signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, a voluntary commitment by industry groups to abide by privacy-protection best practices.
But chatter over Windows 10 has ballooned to such a degree that Terry Myerson, the executive in charge of the company’s Windows and devices group, felt compelled to write a blog post this month attempting to clarify what information the system is collecting, and what it is not.
“Trust is a core pillar of [the company’s vision], and we know we have to earn it,” Myerson wrote. “I assure you no other company is more committed, transparent, and listening harder to customers on this important topic than we are.”
For school officials to whom Microsoft 10 is being marketed, the trend of online education service providers seeking to collect ever more information can make life difficult, said Robert Moore, an ed-tech consultant who leads privacy initiatives for the Consortium for School Networking, a professional association for school technology officials.
That difficulty exists even when a company’s goal is simply to improve its product and better personalize its services, Moore said.
“The intent may be good, but are there ancillary practices that go along with it?” he said. “It comes back to understanding what they’re collecting, what they’re doing with it, and what you as a school district can control.”
Testing Privacy Settings
Lakewood, Fla.-based parent and computer engineer Tony Porterfield has made a habit of testing the privacy and security practices of the technology services his children use in school.
In 2013, Porterfield made waves when The New York Times published a story based on his critique of the security practices of the popular online learning platforms Edmodo and Schoology. In 2014 and earlier this year, similar stories were published based on his analyses of a behavioral management tool known as ClassDojo, and a reading assessment site known as Raz-Kids.com.
At the request of Education Week, Porterfield agreed to test Microsoft 10 this month. He upgraded a personal computer to the new operating system, elected to use the system’s default or “express” privacy settings, and accessed the Internet using the company’s new browser, known as Edge.
Porterfield then tracked what information was being automatically sent back to Microsoft servers.
When he accessed an educational website his child uses regularly for school, Porterfield found that his child’s username and password were included in the information being sent to Microsoft servers.
“Clearly, Microsoft is not intending to collect my kid’s username and password for this ed-tech app,” Porterfield said. “But they’re catching stuff they ought not to be getting. The real threat I see is breaches. We see that every day.”
A Microsoft spokeswoman said it was unclear what led to the child’s username and password to be sent and stored, but would seek to determine the cause.
Consumer advocates have cited other concerns, too. They say the system will allow Microsoft to collect and share personal information about users’ calendars, contracts, and appointments. Geo-tagged voice recordings captured by the system’s Siri-like virtual assistant, known as Cortana, are also sent back to Microsoft servers.
And some have complained that Microsoft’s “Windows Update Delivery Optimization” service essentially allows users to borrow bandwidth from other users they don’t know when updating their apps or PCs.
Taking all the steps necessary to disable those information-sharing features can lead users through a complicated maze of a dozen screens or more.
And even after those functions are disabled, Microsoft will collect other data, beginning when users open the start menu and begin typing, noted an article published by CNN Money.
The Microsoft spokeswoman acknowledged that Cortana does collect voice and location information, but said this practice is prominently disclosed when users decide to turn on the feature.
With the Windows EDU edition that would be used by schools, the default setting allows for sharing of bandwidth only within the school’s internal local area network, the spokeswoman said.
And “the average user” will not need to access more than a dozen screens to choose privacy settings, she maintained.
More Confusion Ahead
Microsoft officials say the company is collecting the information only so that user experiences are enhanced, and not to target advertising at them. They stress that the company is not scanning the content of users’ email messages and files.
Critiques centered around both of those practices have been leveled at other tech providers, including one of Microsoft’s main competitors. Last April, Google announced that it had halted the practice of scanning student Gmail accounts for any potential advertising purposes.
“We think the telemetry data in question [with Windows 10] is entirely different,” the spokeswoman said. “We are not using this data for ad-related purposes, as other educational services conceded they were.”
Other, nonpersonal information that Microsoft collects is designed to ensure the reliability of applications on the operating system and to correct flaws that would produce crashes, Myerson argued in his October blog post.
Information on the preferences of Windows 10 users, meanwhile, is collected to create a “personalized Windows experience,” Myerson wrote. Examples could include “remembering the common words you type in text-messaging conversations” or knowing your favorite sports teams.
The company declined to provide details on how widely Microsoft 10 has been adopted by K-12 schools.
Moore, the privacy consultant, said the messy privacy issues surrounding ed-tech products are only likely to get messier, leaving schools in a bind.
But even then, he said, it’s often a question of risk management for schools.
“You can be a smart consumer, but the reality is that it’s easy to get confused, even for those who are very savvy on these issues,” Moore said. “At some point, it comes down to your gut sense that a particular website or application has high value, so you want [schools] to use it, or it’s not that valuable, so maybe they should find something else.”
Comment: The Religion of Peace. Just like the Quakers eh? Coming soon to YOUR home town!
VIDEO: MASKED MIGRANTS Chanting “Allahu Akbar” Rally in Germany With Sticks and Pipes
Tensions are high in Celle, Germany after hooded migrants were seen with sticks and pipes, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in a street rally
No worries. Probably just a pep rally…
Jim Hoft Oct 13th, 2015
The American Dream Is Becoming A Nightmare And Life As We Know It Is About To Change
America #1? 36 Facts That Prove That The United States Is An ‘Exceptional’ Nation
By Michael Snyder, on October 13th, 2015
Is the United States an “exceptional” nation? Well, the facts show that we are, but not for the reasons that you may think. Now that it is election season, we have all sorts of politicians running around proclaiming that America is the greatest nation on the entire planet. And just this week, Warren Buffett stated that “America’s great now — it’s never been greater“. But is it actually true? Is the United States still a great nation? I would submit that the numbers suggest otherwise. I love America, and in my opinion there is not much hope for us until we are willing to admit to ourselves just how far we have fallen. The following are 36 facts that prove that the United States is an “exceptional” nation…
#1 According to a brand new report that was just released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States has the fattest population in the entire industrialized world by a wide margin.
#2 That same report from the OECD also found that we are number one in child obesity. In fact, at 38 percent our rate of childhood obesity is even higher than our overall rate of obesity.
#3 According to USA Today, the obesity rate in the United States has more than doubled over the past 25 years.
#4 The Washington Post has reported that Americans spend an average of 293 minutes a day watching television, which is the most in the world by a wide margin. And as I have discussed previously, more than 90 percent of the “programming” that we absorb is created by just 6 enormously powerful media corporations.
#5 One study found that the average American spends more than 10 hours a day using some sort of electronic device.
#6 By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television.
#7 The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21.
#8 Out of 22 countries studied by the Educational Testing Service, Americans were dead last in tech proficiency, dead last in numeracy and only two countries performed worse than us when it came to literacy proficiency.
#9 In more than half of all U.S. states, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.
#10 The percentage of wealth owned by middle class adults is lower in North America than it is anywhere else in the world.
#11 Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.
#12 It turns out that Americans are very good at locking people away in prison. At 716 per 100,000 members of the population, the United States has the highest incarceration rate on the entire planet by a very wide margin.
#13 Approximately one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States.
#14 In 2014, police in the United States killed 1,100 people. During that same year, police in Canada killed 14 people, police in China killed 12 people and police in Germany didn’t kill anyone at all.
#15 One recently published study found that one out of every six young Americans has stolen something during the past year.
#16 There are more car thefts in the United States than anywhere else in the world by far.
#17 According to Fox News, approximately 70 percent of married men in the United States admit to having cheated on their wives.
#18 Americans spend far more on health care than anyone else in the world, and yet we only rank 26th in life expectancy and our entire health care system has been transformed into a giant money making scam.
#19 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and an astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.
#20 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 31 percent of all food in the United States gets wasted. In case you were wondering, that amounts to approximately 133 billion pounds of food a year.
#21 In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that were awarded that year in the United States.
#22 A survey conducted by the Barna Group discovered that 77 percent of Christian men in America in the 18 to 30-year-old age bracket view pornography at least monthly.
#23 There are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.
#24 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.
#25 When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10 percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.
#26 In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number is over 40 percent.
#27 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 20 million new cases of sexually-transmitted disease in the United States each year.
#28 Today, the United States has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.
#29 According to a survey that was just released within the last 30 days, only 29 percent of Americans want to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood even after all of the shocking undercover videos that were released this year.
#30 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.
#31 Doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.
#32 One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were “very happy”.
#33 Every single year, the United States has the largest trade deficit in the entire world by a very wide margin. But most Americans still don’t seem concerned that thousands of businesses and millions of good jobs have been leaving our country.
#34 As you read this article, there are 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job.
#35 We are supposed to have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are in total.
#36 On average, we have been stealing more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day since Barack Obama entered the White House.