Monthly Archives: October 2013

Credit score companies selling citizen data without permission

An effort by the Commerce Committee is looking to understand how companies collect, share and sell intimate details about the shopping habits, health concerns, family circumstances and financial status of consumers at a time when Americans are increasingly sharing personal information online.   http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/senator-intensifies-probe-of-data-brokers/?ref=us The letter cited an article by KrebsOnSecurity.com, an Internet security news site, […]

Koch Bros admit to illegal political funding to kill CA initiatives

A secretive nonprofit group with ties to the billionaire conservative businessmen Charles and David Koch admitted to improperly failing to disclose more than $15 million in contributions it funneled into state referendum battles in California, state officials there announced Thursday.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/us/politics/group-linked-to-kochs-admits-to-campaign-finance-violations.html?ref=us The group, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights, is one of the largest […]

Fukushima becomes worst man-made disaster in history

For months now, it has been hard to escape the continuing deluge of bad news from the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/world/asia/with-a-plants-tainted-water-still-flowing-no-end-to-environmental-fears.html?hp&_r=0 Even after the company that operates the plant admitted this summer that tons of contaminated groundwater was leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day, new accidents have added to the uncontrolled releases […]

Murderous FBI indict Tamerlan Tsarnaev in triple murder case

The dead suspect in the Boston marathon bombings has been named in court papers as a participant in a triple murder.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24641671 Tamerlan Tsarnaev is alleged to have taken part in the killings in Waltham, Massachusetts, in September 2011. Three men, one of whom had been a friend of Tsarnaev, were found in a flat […]

Bank of America guilty of defrauding government

Bank of America’s Countrywide Financial unit has been found liable for defrauding two US government-backed mortgage companies by a federal jury. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24649063 Countrywide, which was acquired by Bank of America in 2008, was accused of selling thousands of defective loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Justice Department is seeking as much as $848m […]

Policeman who maced peaceful protesters gets award

A former US campus policeman who pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters has been awarded $38,000 (£23,400) in compensation for psychiatric damage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24650954 Lieutenant John Pike received threats after footage of the incident went viral on the internet in 2011. It showed him casually spraying protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement as they sat on the ground […]

CA sheriff’s deputies kill 13 year old boy with toy gun

Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica assault rifle they mistook for the real thing. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/us/boy-13-carrying-toy-guns-is-shot-dead-by-deputies.html?ref=us   Two patrolling officers spotted the teenager holding the gun and repeatedly ordered him to drop his weapon, according to a statement from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. “The deputies fired several rounds from […]