Category Archives: News

Canada: Winnipeg couple slams Walmart Canada Bank for not reversing $6,600 in fraudulent charges

Source: Yahoo! Finance

"A Winnipeg couple who say they were pickpocketed in Mexico are out $6,600 after someone apparently used the PIN on their credit card to make fraudulent purchases, and their credit card company says that's enough reason to not reverse the charges. … they've been in a months-long fight with Walmart Canada Bank, which issued their MasterCard. The company says it won't reverse the charges because it appears the person who used the card knew the four-digit PIN, and the cardholder agreement states a consumer must protect the code. … a PIN can be stolen with the use of a pinhole camera at an ATM or other bank machines. Credit card information can be accessed using a device such a 'shimmer' — a new smaller, more powerful and practically impossible to detect kind of skimmer. Shimmers fit inside a card reader and can be installed quickly by a criminal who slides it into the machine while pretending to make a purchase or withdrawal. Once installed, the microchips on the shimmer record information from chip cards, including the PIN." [hat tip — David Klaus] (08/22/17)

Two earthquake rattle Northern California

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"A pair of earthquakes struck Northern California Tuesday morning, including a magnitude 3.0 shaker off the coast of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The first quake hit at 6:36 a.m. about 7 miles south of Homestead Valley in Marin County, and at a depth of about 3 miles. San Francisco and Daly City residents reported feeling the ground move. There were no immediate reports of damage." (08/22/17)

Germany: Police steal 5,000 ecstasy tablets bearing Trump's face

Source: United Press International

"Police in Germany announced they seized about 5,000 ecstasy tablets modeled after the head of U.S. President Donald Trump. Osnabrueck Police said they searched a car during a traffic stop about 9 p.m. Saturday and discovered the approximately $12,900 worth of ecstasy tablets, which bore the image of Trump's face on one side and his name on the opposite side." [editor's note: Ecstasy is just $2.50 a hit in Germany? Who knew? – TLK] (08/22/17)

NY: More than 45,000 pounds of sugar dumped in Times Square

Source: USA Today

"Snack company KIND dumped 45,485 pounds of sugar in Times Square Tuesday to spark conversation about how much added sugar children consume. The American Heart Association recommends children eat no more than 100 calories (about six teaspoons) of added sugars, also known as free sugars, daily. But, children are eating much more than that: over 270 calories according to data in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most comes from sweetened drinks. KIND estimates the average 9-year-old eats their weight in added sugar each year. The 45,485 pounds of sugar in New York City's Times Square is meant to represent how much added sugar American children are eating every 5 minutes. 'Hopefully it empowers consumers (especially parents) to make more informed food choices,' said Stephanie Perruzza, RD, Health & Wellness Specialist at KIND." (08/22/17)

North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted, says UN

Source: Aol

"Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations. The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month and seen by Reuters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained." (08/22/17)

IBM partners with Nestle, Unilever and other food giants to trace food contamination with blockchain

Source: CNBC

"IBM has been joined by a group of global food giants including the likes of Nestle, Unilever and Walmart in an effort to reduce food contamination by using blockchain. The corporation announced Tuesday that it would enable global food businesses to use its blockchain network to trace the source of contaminated produce. One in ten people succumb to illness every year due to contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization." (08/22/17)

MI: Proposal would have shut down state's medical marijuana dispensaries

Source: WILX 10

"A proposal to shut down every marijuana dispensary in the state of Michigan is tabled for now. But the proposal sent panicked patients to a marijuana licensing board meeting Monday afternoon. The state board which oversees medical marijuana proposed a resolution at the meeting that would shut down all dispensaries by September 5th. Board Member Donald Bailey made the proposal. The retired Michigan State Police sergeant says dispensaries are in violation of the state medical marijuana act. According to Mlive, Bailey proposed that if dispensaries did not close by Sept. 15, they would not be eligible for licenses under the new dispensary licensing system. On December 15, the board will begin accepting applications for dispensaries to get licenses. The issue on the table is what to do with current dispensaries that are open now." (08/22/17)

India: Supreme Court bans Muslim "instant divorce"

Source: ABC News

"India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. The bench, comprising five senior judges of different faiths, deliberated for three months before issuing its order in response to petitions from seven Muslim women who had been divorced through the practice known as triple talaq. Indian law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on NDTV that since the court deemed the practice unconstitutional there is no need for any further legislative action by the government. The decision was widely lauded by women's rights activists as a step toward granting Muslim women greater equality and justice." (08/22/17)

TX: Idiot educrats think it's their business how long four-year-old's hair is

Source: WSMV 4 News

"A Texas mother is upset after her 4-year-old son was sent home from school because of his long hair. 'He's never had a haircut. It's just kind of a part of his identity,' said Jessica Oates, the child's mother. Oates said she learned of the school's hair policy at registration and was told she would need to provide a letter citing a religious or cultural exception for her son to wear his long locks. Before she wrote one, she said school officials told her not to come back until her son's hair met dress code guidelines. … The Barbers Hill School District said, in a statement, that it will continue enforcing the policy [until they get their idiot pants sued off]." (08/22/17)

"Some remains" of missing 10 sailors found after collision, admiral says

Source: CNN

"'Some remains' of 10 missing US sailors have been found after the collision between the US destroyer John S. McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore, US Navy Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday. Navy and Marine Corps divers found the remains in the sealed compartments aboard the McCain, said Swift, commander of the Pacific Fleet. The Royal Malaysian Navy has also located one body, and officials are working to determine if it is one of the missing sailors, he said." (08/22/17)