Trump ‘16 campaign, PAC illegally co-ordinated, claims election watchdog

Trump ‘16 campaign, PAC illegally co-ordinated, claims election watchdog
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/us-politics/article-trump-16-campaign-pac-illegally-co-ordinated-claims-election/

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https://amp.theguardian.com/technology/commentisfree/2020/oct/15/cambridge-analytica-threat-democracy-facebook-big-tech

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Fact-checking the fact-checkers – Helen Brown Group

https://www.helenbrowngroup.com/fact-checking-the-fact-checkers/

https://www.helenbrowngroup.com/about/

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Forged letter warning about wolves on the loose part of Canadian Forces propaganda campaign that went awry | Ottawa Citizen

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/forged-letter-warning-about-wolves-on-the-loose-part-of-canadian-forces-propaganda-campaign-that-went-awry

Propaganda training that went awry or are they just saying that after getting caught?

More details on this and related:
http://www.bard.edu/news/emma-briant-breaks-story-on-canadian-military-propaganda-training-2020-10-12

Ottawa Citizen were rated right-center for bias with high factual

Ottawa Citizen

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Cyber Security and Automation: An Introduction DNS SinkHoles (Pi-Hole)

Interesting layer of security and method to reduce threats, ads and bandwidth usage.

I have posted about Open / Public DNS and Secure or Private DNS and related but those didn’t reduce ads and bandwidth usage.

Some things may need to be added to white list to allow some streaming services that require ads to work like Netflix, Amazon Video and likely others if you use any of these.

https://blog.apt-secure.ca/2020/09/an-introduction-dns-sinkholes-pi-hole.html

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Hidden cameras and secret trackers reveal where Amazon returns end up

I recently returned an electronics item to Amazon when realizing they had a newer version that was not much more. I was surprised that 30 mins after I dropped it off at the post office I got an email from Amazon saying they received it and had issued a refund. I had heard a bit about the following and was worried this may happen.

I have bought things online when I am not sure if I will like it and only ordered knowing it can be returned if I don’t. I see now that I should take more time reviewing features, reviews etc … before deciding. Online resellers should be rated, asked or regulated on what they do with returns.

"Marketplace journalists posing as potential new clients went undercover for a tour at a Toronto e-waste recycling and product destruction facility with hidden cameras. During that meeting, a representative revealed they get "tons and tons of Amazon Canada returns," and that every week their facility breaks apart and shreds at least one tractor-trailer load of Amazon returns, sometimes even up to three to five truckloads."

They also not the only recycling company receiving Amazon returns and lots of it still goes into landfills.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/marketplace-amazon-returns-1.5753714

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Facebook removes 276 fake accounts linked to conservative group

Oct 8 2020

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-facebook-removes-276-fake-accounts-linked-to-conservative-group/

The conservative / republican supporting group also had created fake accounts that were liberal or left leaning. Likely to create divisive posts and extreme left views that were false or misleading and not shared by majority of liberal or Democrat supporters.

Left wing supporters or groups have also used these tactics

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Significantly more right wing news sites reported for review to Media Bias / Fact Check

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MPI cancellation fees and their legislated monopoly

Here is some information about MPI cancellation fees and their legislated monopoly. Also if you ever have issues with MPI don’t always accept the initial response or even a supervisors whether it on the phone or in person.

I went in to transfer one of our vehicles insurance into my wife’s name on the date it said it was due as I knew they had started charging "cancellation" fees if canceling early. The agent said the system had auto renewed it that morning at 12 am so there was a $143 fee. I said we pay in full every year and did not ask for auto renewal. They said the system won’t let them take it off and I had to call MPI but it was after hours and many people waiting outside due to covid so I reluctantly paid it for the time being.

I called MPI the next day and asked for a refund of the fee. They inititially said they could not and I said I didn’t agree so they went to speak to their supervisor to "double check" and they said no. I told them I wanted to make a formal complaint and they said they would refer it to customer referrals.

Someone from there called me back the next day saying they reviewed it and have reversed the charge and that the agent should have called in as they don’t normally charge it for that short a period since renewal. The mpi agent was very busy with long line up outside so I understood not calling. The system should not have charged it.

I think the cancellation fees in general are bs. They only started charging these a few years ago and no private insurance provider ever charges this. MPI is public so it can better serve the public. It is continuing to be less and less like this and self serving instead. This needs to be reversed or the legislated monopoly ended so they must compete for our business.

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OxyContin maker Purdue nears guilty plea agreement in U.S. criminal probe

They only agreeing to pay the fines and compensation to victims families if they will not face the criminal charges related to the overdose deaths of almost .5 Million people in the US alone.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8814555/OxyContin-maker-Purdue-nears-guilty-plea-agreement-U-S-criminal-probe-sources.html

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Sackler family transferred $1.36 billion in Purdue Pharma profits overseas, company says in court filing

FILE PHOTO: A pharmacist holds a bottle OxyContin made by Purdue Pharma at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo
By Christopher Rowland
December 16, 2019 at 8:02 PM EST
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CPPIB’s fracking operation in U.S. raises questions

Oh Canada! How Canada’s largest pension fund is financing drilling along Colorado’s Front Range

Colorado Independent
By Daniel Glick, The Story Group -March 22, 2019

For Globe and Mail subscribers

CPPIB’s fracking operation in U.S. raises questions
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-cppibs-ownership-of-crestone-raises-questions/

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If there’s one holding in CPPIB’s $434-billion portfolio that brings the debate over investors and climate change into sharp relief, this is it.

CPPIB emphasizes its renewable-energy investments – $6.6-billion at the end of March, 2020, twice as much as the year prior. It calls the threat of climate change “one of the world’s most significant physical, social, technological and economic challenges.” Yet CPPIB, with $11.6-billion invested in conventional energy, still sees opportunities for big returns in oil and gas – including fracking, one of the most controversial parts of the energy industry.

“We don’t see any contradiction whatsoever,” said Michel Leduc, CPPIB senior managing director and top spokesman. The global transition away from carbon will be gradual, he said, with the International Energy Agency estimating that even with a “relentless focus” to reduce emissions, fossil fuels would fulfill 58 per cent of world energy demand in 2040 – down from 81 per cent in 2018. “To be abundantly clear, there are attractive opportunities in the oil and gas sector that remain today, and, we believe, into the future,” Mr. Leduc says.

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‘Brainwashed’ podcast reveals the shocking true story behind a prolific conspiracy theory

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/brainwashed-podcast-reveals-the-shocking-true-story-behind-a-prolific-conspiracy-theory-1.5733067

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