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China’s Mass Surveillance App Hacked; Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression [VIDEO]

China’s Mass Surveillance App Hacked; Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression [VIDEO]

Human Rights Watch got their hands on an app used by Chinese authorities in the western Xinjiang region to surveil, track and categorize the entire local population – particularly the 13 million or so Turkic Muslims subject to heightened scrutiny, of which around one million are thought to live in ‘reeducation’ camps. After reverse-engineering it, they found truly dystopian criteria.

Business & Economy

New Rule Could Allow Debt Collectors To Spam 49 Million Americans With Emails And Texts

New Rule Could Allow Debt Collectors To Spam 49 Million Americans With Emails And Texts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Trump administration, has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The CFPB’s proposal would change Regulation F to direct Federal rules overseeing the activities of debt collectors. The new proposal would allow debt collectors to call consumers as frequently as seven times per week and be permitted to start sending emails and texts.

Science & Technology

FTC Prepares To Slap Facebook With $5 Billion Fine [VIDEO]

FTC Prepares To Slap Facebook With $5 Billion Fine [VIDEO]

As the FTC prepares to slap Facebook with a $5 billion fine – expected to be the biggest fine the agency has ever levied, and the largest incurred in Facebook’s history – one of the company’s co-founders has published an op-ed in the New York Times calling on the government to intervene and break up Facebook.

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Lifestyles

America’s Amazing Beer Renaissance Revealed in a Single Chart

America’s Amazing Beer Renaissance Revealed in a Single Chart

National Beer Day is a great time to recognize the Amazing American Beer Renaissance! The growth in America’s breweries over the last decade, especially the exponential growth in craft breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs, has to be one of the most remarkable small business success stories in a generation or more.

Down Home Dining

Down Home Dining: Episode 2 – The Backdrop Events

In the second episode of our new series, Down Home Dining, we were in Sealy, TX at The Backdrop Events to sample some Cajun cuisine! The Backdrop Event’s owner, Monique Watkins is not only a great cook but, she can host some out of this world events for you at her location!

Agriculture News & Information

Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk [VIDEO]

A deadly fungus is spreading from Southeast Asia and wiping out whole plantations of America’s favorite fruit: the banana. The tropical fruit’s popularity is thanks to a few pioneering entrepreneurs, who founded Chiquita under a different name over a century ago. Now, the business they built is at risk of decimation if the fungus reaches Latin America, the source of 97% of the U.S.’ banana imports.

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