Monday, June 11, 2012

Federal Reserve: American Families' Net Worth Plunged 39 Percent Over Three Years

Source: The Washington Post

The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992.

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Smart Meters Are 'Massive Surveillance' Tech

Source: The Register

The European Data Protection Supervisor has warned that smart meters are a significant privacy threat and wants limits on the retention and use of customer data before it's too late.

Peter Hustinx, who fills the role with the assistance of Giovanni Buttarelli, admits there are advantages of smart metering, but warns that the technology will "also enable massive collection of personal data which can track what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes". He pulls up examples of baby monitors and medical devices, which have identifiable patterns of energy consumption and could therefore be used to monitor what people are doing.

That might sound fanciful, but researchers have already demonstrated that the pattern of energy consumed by a decent flat-screen TV can be used to work out what programme is being watched, and Hustinx is probably right that this isn't information most of us would wish to share with our electricity providers.

Implosion of The Houla Massacre Story - Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Source: Blog

The Assad government was telling the truth when it said that Syrian forces did not commit the [Houla] massacre. According to the "regime change" narrative, the regime to be changed must be immediately and totally discredited so that nothing it claims is to be believed. Even some alternative and antiwar sites painstakingly repeated regime change propaganda about the horrors of the Assad regime —repeated with particular venom by those who six months earlier could scarcely find Syria on the map. The question is now, if they were telling the truth about Houla, what else have they been telling the truth about all along?

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Afghamistan War Coming Home to U.S.

Some of the Afghan nationals who were injured have been immiggrated to the U.S. so they can be cared for. This essentially me ns that our tax dollars pay for both the unjury and care for these people. It sounds like Department of Defense contractors are not doing their fair share when it comes to protecting the Afghan nationals they hire to do our bidding.

Source: SFGate

Federal law requires American defense contractors to carry insurance to provide employees with medical care and compensation,but there is no verifiable data as to how many employees who are Afghan nationals receive compensation after injury.

The federal government needs to provide veteran services for those who became refugees as a consequence of serving with the U.S. military. Better yet,the contractors need to provide more protection and compensation for these individuals in Afghanistan to keep them from becoming refugees.

Our tax money went to fund the war,and now it funds social services to help these people once they become refugees. Ultimately,the taxpayer pays double.

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