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NPR: Vibrator Maker To Pay Millions Over Claims It Secretly Tracked Use

The makers of the We-Vibe, a line of vibrators that can be paired with an app for remote-controlled use, have reached a $3.75 million class action settlement with users following allegations that the company was collecting data on when and how the sex toy was used.

Standard Innovations, the Canadian manufacturer of the We-Vibe, does not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement finalized Monday.

The We-Vibe product line includes a number of Bluetooth-enabled vibrators that, when linked to the "We-Connect" app, can be controlled from a smartphone. It allows a user to vary rhythms, patterns and settings — or give a partner, in the room or anywhere in the world, control of the device. (You can see a video promoting the app's features here; be advised, it is briefly not safe for work.)

Since the app was released in 2014, some observers have raised concerns that Internet-connected sex toys could be vulnerable to hacking. But the lawsuit doesn't involve any outside meddling — instead, it centers on concerns that the company itself was tracking users' sex lives.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Illinois in September. It alleges that — without customers' knowledge — the app was designed to collect information about how often, and with what settings, the vibrator was used.

The lawyers for the anonymous plaintiffs contended that the app, "incredibly," collected users' email addresses, allowing the company "to link the usage information to specific customer accounts."

Customers' email addresses and usage data were transmitted to the company's Canadian servers, the lawsuit alleges. When a We-Vibe was remotely linked to a partner, the connection was described as "secure," but some information was also routed through We-Connect and collected, the lawsuit says.

The unhappy users allege in their lawsuit that they never agreed to the collection of this data. Standard Innovations maintains that users "consented to the conduct alleged" — but instead of taking the case to court, the company agreed to settle.

An estimated 300,000 people bought Bluetooth-enabled WeVibes, according to court documents, and about 100,000 of them used the app.

Under the terms of the settlement, anyone who bought an app-enabled vibrator can receive up to $199 dollars; anyone who actually connected it to the app can collect up to $10,000. The actual amount paid out will depend on how many people file claims; the company estimates people who bought the app will get around $40, and people who used the app around $500.

The high-end vibrators cost between $119 and $199, if purchased through the We-Vibe website.

Standard Innovation also agreed to stop collecting users' email addresses and to update its privacy notice to be clearer about how data is collected.

In a statement, Standard Innovation called the settlement "fair and reasonable."

Lisa; "Like you know whatever"

Trump's Uphill Fight: The States Where The White Population Has Declined The Most

It could be said that the 2016 presidential election is once again a question of economics versus demographics. On one hand, wage stagnation and a narrow economic recovery have contributed to the anxiety that fueled Donald Trump’s rise. But if he wants to beat Hillary Clinton, he’ll need to swim against a powerful demographic tide that continues to aid Democrats in the race for 270 electoral votes.

On June 23, the Census Bureau unveiled its latest population estimates for states and counties by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. According to the data, the non-Hispanic white share of the nation’s voting age population fell from 66.6 percent to 64.6 percent over the past four years.
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I think the shift in demography will be key for the dems winning in certain swing states like Florida and Nevada, as well as Arizona and New Mexico to a lesser extent.

Scottish independence: Vote 'will go to the wire'.

Campaigners in the battle for Scotland's future say the referendum result is too close to call with less than two weeks until the vote.

The Yes camp claims to have the "big momentum" behind it, while opponents of independence insist they will win.

It comes as one poll put Yes Scotland narrowly ahead for the first time.

With just 11 days of campaigning left, both sides are stepping up their bids for the wavering voters who could yet sway the result.

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29096458

OP: It'll be a comfortable no vote. One poll says one thing, another says something completely different. Creepy uncle "Rupe" Murdoch owns the Sunday Times and has an interest in the break-up of the UK as revenge for his empire's phone-hacking embarrassment.

Are white people who kill black people more likely to get off than black people who kill white peopl

It can hardly be said too often that the George Zimmerman trial, or any one trial for that matter, only tells us a tiny bit about what happens when one person kills another and how they're treated by the justice system. Before the verdict, I predicted that Zimmerman would be acquitted, not because I'm some kind of genius, but based on two factors: There was no one alive who could contradict Zimmerman's account of what happened, and Florida law permits you to chase someone down, start a fight with them, and then shoot them if you start losing the fight. But what if we broaden our view a bit, and look not just at one case, but at thousands of cases? Does race matter?

You may be saying, of course it matters, but let's look at some data. John Roman of the Urban Institute took data from 53,000 homicides over the last few years gathered by the FBI, and produced this stunning chart (h/t Richard Florida):

Collapse )OP: Well that should clear up any lingering doubts on "Race not being an issue in the Zimmerman case".

Mexico chalks up success in health-care reforms

Near-universal coverage results from science-informed changes.

A revamp of Mexico’s beleaguered health-care system is proving to be a runaway success and offers a model for other nations seeking to reform their own systems, according to a review published this week in The Lancet. The key to the scheme’s success is the way in which it has modified its reforms in response to scientific assessments of their effectiveness, the authors say.

Launched in a law in 2003, the Mexican scheme was designed to sort out widespread inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the country's health-care system. Some 50 million Mexicans--nearly half the country’s population--who previously were not covered by health insurance are now enrolled, leading the scheme’s architects to claim that the country has near-universal health-care coverage.

“The reform was very much motivated by the fragmentation of the system; the injustice and inequity of having where you work determine whether or not you were covered,” says Felicia Marie Knaul of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative in Boston, Massachusetts, a co-author on the review.

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Source at Nature.

Original paper in the Lancet.

You mean reaching out to the disadvantaged and applying the scientific method to your process can actually result in near-universal health care coverage in your country?


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Does the college experience *decrease* racial understanding?

HIGHER LEARNING: College Makes People Care Less About Racism
BY HAMILTON NOLAN APR 10, 2012 11:06 AM 5,718

Could it be that all of the facile Republican rhetoric about college being for snobbish elites who don't want to connect with real, moral America is absolutely true? Yes. Well. In the sense that college makes you more racist. Though Republicans should support that! So much cognitive dissonance today.

According to a new study, going to college makes people care less about "helping to promote racial understanding." To be perfectly clear about this: they polled people about their attitudes on this issue when they got to college, after one year at college, and when they finished college, and found that, across all races, people cared less and less and less about promoting "racial understanding" the further they went through college. Read all about it in Inside Higher Ed.

Let's just briefly enumerate the stereotypes which would appear to be shattered by this data:

1. College is a politically correct haven which brainwashes kids into politically correct thinking.
2. College makes people more liberal.
3. College-educated people are less racist than everyone else.
4. College is a place to meet new types of people and experience new cultures and gain understanding of people outside of one's own cultural bubble.

Yes, this issue may be slightly more complicated than this, but don't upset our groove. Republicans should all be sending their kids to college, whatever the cost! The battle to destroy racial understanding in America can't be won by stupid articles in various right-wing publications alone. Get your kids out of church, and send them... to F.S.U.!

Go 'Noles! Divide and conquer!
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NDP leadership live debate

Calling all Canuckophiles: Curious what Canada's left wing official opposition debates like? Join what promises to be even more exciting than the American debates*, an afternoon of popcorn and gifs.
Article: NDP leader hopefuls prepare for first debate

canadandp on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free


Date: Sunday – December 4th, 2011
Time: 2:00pm EST

Moderated by

Joël-Denis Bellavance
Chef du bureau d'Ottawa
La Presse

Stephen Maher
National political columnist
Postmedia News

This debate is being streamed in it's native language. Content between 2pm and 3pm EST will be in English, and 3pm to 4pm will be in French. To watch this debate in it's entirety with simultaneous translation, please turn your TV to CPAC or go to cpac.ca

*okay jk jk

GRAPHS: Who Has the POWER?

Who Has the Money and Power? - (Live Science, Oct. 24)

Occupy Wall Street protests have been going strong in New York City for more than a month, with the "Occupy" movement going global, stretching from U.S. cities like Boston and Chicago to Auckland, New Zealand, Rome, Italy and Tokyo.

What's their message? According to the movement's website, "Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants."

And attention to these protests, along with national economic issues, has grown. According to a Pew Research Center poll the week of Oct. 13-16, 2011, 22 percent of Americans say they followed news about the anti-Wall Street protests very closely, up from 17 percent who said the same a week earlier. In addition, that same poll showed that 39 percent of Americans followed news about the U.S. economy very closely, followed by 29 percent saying they very closely followed the debate in Washington over jobs and the deficit.

The same upward trend in interested was found in both Democrats and Republicans in that poll, with 21 percent of Republicans reporting they followed news about the protests very closely, up from 12 percent the previous week. Among Democrats, 27 percent said the same, compared with 17 percent the week earlier.

In addition to pure interest, the public seems to be responding positively to the movement, according to a recent Gallup poll, a response that makes sense, wrote the president of the Pew Research Center, Andrew Kohut, in a New York Times article...


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* Bank take-over graph: GO HERE. Source: via malasadas
* Revealed: Proof that (a natural conspiracy of) interconnected banksters and mega-corp elites, (old-money families, etc.), have CRITICAL CONTROL over the global economy. - New Scientist
* The Ed Schultz UNIONS & INCOME INEQUALITY graph: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/03/147994/unions-income-inequality/ Ed Show Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omOojQ3KOvU
PS: New site for NYC Occupy General Assembly: http://www.nycga.net
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  • namey

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Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to test welfare recipients for drugs is costing the state money, despite his claims that the program would actually save tax dollars.

A WFTV investigation found that out of the 40 recipients tested by Department of Central Florida’s (DCF) region, only two resulted in positive results. And one of those tests is being appealed.

Under the rules of the program, the state must reimburse recipients who receive negative test results. The state paid about $1,140 for the 38 negative tests, while saving less than $240 a month by denying benefits over the two positive tests.

“We have a diminishing amount of returns for our tax dollars,” the ACLU’s Derek Brett told WFTV. “Do we want our governor throwing our precious tax dollars into a program that has already been proven not to work?”

The cost to taxpayers could end up being significantly higher because the state expects to have to defend the law in court.

Video at source.