Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns | Ars Technica

A drug manufacturer used the same uncleaned equipment to make pesticides as it did several human drugs, according to a warning letter released by the Food and Drug Administration. The result was that at least two medicines were contaminated with pesticides, the agency noted.The FDA’s sternly worded letter charged that drug manufacturer Product Quest MFG, LLC of Daytona Beach, Florida, and its manufacturing facility, Ei LLC in Kannapolis, North Carolina, committed “significant violations.” It also noted that the firm’s response to the problems so far were “inadequate” and that its investigations into the extent of the problems were “not thorough and scientifically sound.” The agency levied legal threats if the issues weren’t fixed pronto.

Source: Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns | Ars Technica

The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane – TorrentFreak

Five years ago the case first made headlines when On Press Inc. started hounding people on social media because they dared to recite the single line poem, which consists of just eighteen words.At the time, Techdirt reported on the issue, which was quickly picked up by others including BoingBoing, professor Michael Geist, and lawyer Ken White at Popehat. Needless to say, the number of poem recitals only increased.On Press Inc. wasn’t happy with the coverage. Responding to the media attention, the company asked Google to remove links to the poem from its search engine.This effort backfired in an even bigger way. Not only did it lead to more articles, Google also rejected most of the requests. Even worse, the poem was also posted in full in the Lumen database, where copies of Google’s DMCA notices are published.Fast forward five years and the Tongues Made of Glass poem is back on the radar. This time it appears to be author ‘Shaun Shane’ himself who’s sending takedown notices to Google.

Source: The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane – TorrentFreak

US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years • The Register


The US Congress is looking to extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended since the 1970s.

Source: US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years • The Register

Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel’s Justifications for the Six-Day War


In a speech available on the IDF’s website, Israeli diplomat Abba Eban argued that blockades are acts of war that justify an armed response.

Source: Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel’s Justifications for the Six-Day War

Check out this surreal chat with Theranos investor who says he’s “thrilled” | Ars Technica


He lost $500,000, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him.

Source: Check out this surreal chat with Theranos investor who says he’s “thrilled” | Ars Technica

Stem cell clinics that blinded women used smallpox vaccine go to war with feds | Ars Technica


As promised, FDA got DOJ to crackdown on shady, dangerous stem cell clinics

Source: Stem cell clinics that blinded women used smallpox vaccine go to war with feds | Ars Technica

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata • The Register

The company formerly known as Cambridge Analytica shocked the media today when it announced an immediate shutdown and liquidation of its business.That “shutdown,” however, may be short-lived as official documents indicate those behind the controversial analytics company will be launching as a new firm with a less-toxic brand.

Source: Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata • The Register

New Bipartisan Bill Could Give Any President the Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens in Military Detention Forever

A new Authorization to Use Military Force, supposedly aimed at restricting presidential power, could expand it in a terrifying way.

Source: New Bipartisan Bill Could Give Any President the Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens in Military Detention Forever

Two-Man Police Department Acquires $1 Million In Military Gear | Techdirt

An ultra-safe Michigan town of 6,800 has claimed more than $1 million in military equipment through the Defense Department’s 1033 program. The program allows law enforcement agencies to obtain anything from file cabinets to mine-resistant assault vehicles for next to nothing provided the agencies can show a need for the equipment. Most can “show” a “need,” since it’s pretty easy to type something up about existential terrorist/drug threats. Boilerplate can be adjusted as needed, but for the most part, requests are granted and oversight — either at the federal and local level — is almost nonexistent.This has come to a head in Thetford Township, the fourth-safest municipality in Michigan, and home to more than $1 million in military gear and two (2) police officers.

Source: Two-Man Police Department Acquires $1 Million In Military Gear | Techdirt