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Your iPhone is now encrypted. The FBI says it’ll help kidnappers. Who do you believe?

Your iPhone is now encrypted. The FBI says it’ll help

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This might be a good time to point out that Congress has not changed surveillance law at all in the the nearly 16 months since Edward Snowden’s disclosures began. Photograph: Nathan Borror / Flickr via Creative Commons

Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon be encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone – law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA – even if they wanted to. …


‘I don’t think anything that blue could be nutritious.’

Watch Irish People Taste American Junk Food for the First Time

‘I don’t think anything that blue could be nutritious.’

September 27, 2014


Just in case obesity rates and peer-reviewed studies haven’t persuaded you to cut down on junk food, here’s a video that might.

A design agency based in Dublin asked a group of young people try America’s favorite snacks. The result? An amusing but mortifying look at the sugary foods most American kids grow up eating.

From Twinkies (“Does it feel real?” “No.”) to Kool-Aid (“Add one cup of sugar? No way!”), the snacks—familiar in the United States—baffle the hesitant Irish subjects.

The video brings to mind the power of early eating habits. What you consider a nostalgic childhood treat could be repulsive, based on sheer sugar content, to others.

Studies show that kids as young as three develop preferences about popular food brands. Recently, researchers from the University of Oregon, Michigan State University, and Ann Arbor Public Schools Preschool and Family Center found that obesity is more likely among children who have higher brand recognition.

Thanks to health campaigns, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and even videos like this one, obesity awareness has increased. Obesity rates among two- to five-year-olds in the U.S. dropped from 14 percent in 2003–2004 to 8 percent in 2011–2012.

The food industry is taking note. Recently, the three largest beverage purveyors—Coco-Cola, PepsiCo, and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group—pledged to cut America’s calorie consumption by a fifth in the next 11 years.

A ranger and two park employees in South Africa’s Kruger National Park were arrested on World Rhino Day for poaching the animals they swore to protect.

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Rhinos Can’t Catch a Break

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7 Things to Know About Preventing a Leading Cause of Death in the US

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AlterNet[1] / ByEllen Sousares[2]


7 Things to Know About Preventing a Leading Cause of Death in the US

Overdose is classified by the Centers for Disease Control as a national epidemic, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents to become the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., with 41,340 overdose deaths[3] in 2011. Each day, 113 people die from overdose in this country.

This mortality rate has increased 118 percent since 1999, escalating overdose to a national crisis. Of these deaths, 16,917 were related directly to opiate (opioid) pain medications, and many more were caused by other opiates, such as heroin, in combination with other classifications of substances such as benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety and sedative medications) and alcohol. In 2011 alone, approximately 1.4 million people were seen in emergency rooms for the misuse of pharmaceuticals.

Misusers of pharmaceuticals often visit multiple doctors in…

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If Parents Did This, They’d Be Arrested: Teen Convicts Spend 450 Hours a Year in Solitary

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If Parents Did This, They’d Be Arrested: Teen Convicts Spend 450 Hours a Year in Solitary

What’s worse? The punishment is often used to isolate mentally ill kids.

(Photo: Jonathon Burch/Reuters)

March 26, 2014
Melissa Rayworth is a regular contributor to TakePart. She has also written for the Associated Press, Salon and Babble.

Imagine being a frightened teenager locked in a space no larger than a closet for days, even weeks, at a time. No one speaks to you. You see nothing but bare walls and sleep on a bare mattress—or, in some cases, on a metal bed frame with no cushion. If you dare act out in frustration, the result? More days of solitary confinement as punishment for making noise.

That’s daily life for a shocking number of mentally ill young teens serving time in American prisons. Last week…

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Video Shows What It’s Really Like for Teens in Solitary Confinement

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Video Shows What It’s Really Like for Teens in Solitary Confinement

Spending 300 days in a room alone isn’t how most teens grow to become healthy adults.

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September 26, 2014


Ismael Nazario was awaiting trial for robbery when he was sent to solitary confinement at Rikers Island for the first time.

He was 16, and he ended up at the notorious New York City prison because, by his own description, he had fallen in with the wrong crowd after years of being on the honor roll. He was raised by a single mom who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 13, and as her health faded, so did Nazario’s interest in grades.

In the video…

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