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From the Newsroom... N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal

"In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the USA Patriot Act known as Section 215 cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records."

The bulk phone records program traces back to October 2001. After the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush secretly authorized the N.S.A. to begin a group of surveillance and data-collection programs, without obeying statutory limits, for the purpose of hunting for hidden terrorist cells. Over time, it evolved.

“Without commenting on the ruling today, the president has been clear that he believes we should end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it currently exists by creating an alternative mechanism to preserve the program’s essential capabilities without the government holding the bulk data.”

It is not clear what other bulk data collection programs the government may have... though we can all probably take some great guesses.

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The judges ruled that the USA Patriot Act cannot be legitimately interpreted to permit the systematic gathering of domestic calling records.
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But nobody is doing anything about it, so... shrug?
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Am I the only one just finding this?
Introducing Savings Catcher from Walmart. Enter your receipt and Savings Catcher automatically compares prices to top stores all over your area. If there's a lower advertised price, Walmart will give you the difference on an e-gift card in a few days. Go to walmart.com/savings catcher and enter your receipt.
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It's apparently checking competitors advertised prices, so I assume sale prices.  And not everything, mostly grocery, personal care, cleaning and paper consumables.  Two of mine were on pop and the other was Mr Clean.  I was already paying less than I would to buy them here, in town.  If they hadn't been out of them for 2 weeks.

Look at the bottom of your last Walmart receipt.  Under # items sold  there is a TC number and a barcode.  The website address is printed under that and a QR code you can use their app to scan with a smart phone is at the bottom.  

I'd never noticed it, I found it mentioned after I took one of their surveys.  You have a week to enter the receipt on the site. They ask for the TC# and the date.  They said they had 13 competitors in the area, I'm assuming just that town, but they only told me the 2 they were price matching for me, one at Kmart and 2 at Dollar General.

I just dug through a pile of old receipts and it was not mentioned on the ones from early July, but it's on the one I had in August, so I missed that one.  I had a Drs appointment in another town in late July and I shopped their smaller SuperCenter.  A QR code is printed on it and it mentions the walmart app but not the website.
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Did you know that Taxi Cab companies are trying to end Taxi Neutrality? They are saying that restaurants and bars are freeloaders profiting on their infrastructure, and they plan to drive customers to restaurants at 5mph unless that particular restaurant purchases a high speed customer transportation service from them. And that's in addition to the normal cab fare you already pay.

In addition, straw manufacturers are trying to end Straw Neutrality, arguing that juice bars are freeloading on their product, and want juice bars to pay them for a premium beverage suction plan for transporting lemonade from the glass to the customer's mouth.

Airlines also want to end air travel neutrality, arguing that touristic destinations and hotels are freeloading on their routes, and want hotels and vacation destinations to pay them to fly customers there. And that's in addition to the air fare you already pay, of course.

Do any of those sound absurd? Well, that's because they are all totally made up. I just invented them. But something very similar is happening on the Internet, and this one is true: internet providers are trying to end Net Neutrality using the exact same logic: web services will have to pay them to be able to provide a service to you. And that's in addition to the normal price you already pay for internet access.
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+Kevin Mitchell If he slept curled up like the others, he would fit.  He sleeps the same way on the love seat or the recliner.
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Orphan Black Special, hosted by Wil Wheaton April 12 8/7c  BBC America
To celebrate the highly-anticipated second season of Orphan Black, BBC America is planning a one-hour special Orphan Black: The Cloneversation, […]
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On May 18, fifth anniversary of the Sarah Connor Chronicles cancellation, the red Wiki is planning The One Day Push to ask for a continuation.
http://www.sarahconnorfans.com/page/The%20One%20Day%20Push%21
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Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashes during test flight, killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot.
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Wow. This isn't getting much coverage, is it? (Or am I even more out of the loop than I thought? )
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FH!  My Kindle Fire HD factory reset itself for no apparent reason.
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I got on chat and complained.  They gave me a $10 credit, I think it's just for digital stuff.
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