by Susanne Posel
August 23, 2012
In Chaffee County, Colorado, the voter ballots for the 2012 Republican Primary election contain a smartphone data matrix barcode that ties the voter to the ballot. Both the ballot number and data matrix are on the ballot stub.
Using a smartphone and a free downloadable program called Barcode Director , the data matrix can be scanned and will produce a corresponding number to the one found on the ballot. The, with access to the county records through open-record laws, the ballot can be traced to the individual who voted by cross referencing the corresponding county.
Since the ballots containing the data matrix barcode are filed with the Chaffee County clerk, the information is obtainable by anyone – including campaign officials who might be interested in knowing who voted for which candidate.
The Colorado State Constitution says that ballots cannot have markings that would indicate the voter’s identity printed on the ballot and/or provide that the ballot be able to be traced back to the voter. However, that is exactly what the data matrix barcodes do.
Smartphone apps for the Obama For America and Mitt’s VP are data mining with the use of software. The app user’s name, address, home phone number, and Facebook information is given over during the account process and turned over by the app software. GPS location and access to the phone’s camera, along with audio recording abilities are accessed as well. The software can also extract the smartphone’s contact numbers, call logs and SD Card contents.
According to Joyce Reno, Chaffee County clerk, the reason the ballots contain a data matrix barcode is to prevent double voting and forgery.
The Election Protection Smartphone App has made data mining easier with direct access to “information and resources” just in time for the 2012 elections. With the app, a user can verify:
• Where the voter registered
• Where they voted
• Key rules and regulations for their state
• What type of machine the voter used
The ballot machines being used in Chaffee County are manufactured by Hart Intercivic Systems .
Gregg Burt, the Chairman of (HIS) is the former CEO of BuildForge, Inc., and a start-up enterprise software firm that was purchased by IBM in 2006. More employees of HIS have questionable backgrounds:
• Neil Tuch, managing director, a former Goldman Sachs employee who worked in Mergers and Acquisitions
• Jeff Bohl, principal capital, former JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo employee in mortgage-backed securities, M&A transactions and consultant for small businesses
• Amanda Kalin, associate capital, former private equity and investor of banking capital for CitiGroup Banking
Taylor v. Pile , a 1964 Colorado court case ruled that: “An election wherein ballots are numbered in such a manner that the vote of any person thereafter may be determined by comparison with the number on the ballot and poll registration book is contrary to constitutional and statutory guarantee of a secret ballot and results in a void election.”
by Christina Sarich
May 17, 2013
A new free app called ‘Buycott’ allows you to use your Android or iPhone to analyze products and determine if you’re supporting Monsanto’s GMOs, Big Food companies who are damaging your health, or simply low quality products.
Have you ever wished you could own a parrot that sat on your shoulder and said, “squak! don’t buy that’ as you ambled through a grocery store or retail shop, purchasing something like toilet paper or a box of macaroni shells that would add to the financial coffers of companies like Monsanto, or billionaire industrialist David Koch? While your local grocery store probably wouldn’t let you get much further than the pet food aisle, you can now download an App for your Android or iPhone that tells you exactly when you are about to purchase GMO corn or Dixie Cups, a product of one of the many subsidiary companies of Koch Industries, Georgia Pacific.
Think of the new App, championed by Darcy Burner, a former Microsoft programmer and congressional candidate, like an all-knowing friend who reminds you not to get that pair of yoga pants because Dupont Chemical (also a subsidiary of Koch) makes the lycra in them, or to choose that bag of carrots over this one, because there is no GMO in it. If you thought fair trade hang-tags were a way to keep a watchful eye on corporate greed and environmental negligence, then get a load of the app that just scans a barcode and tells you if its ‘safe’ or not.
In fact, the App will trace the product all the way back to its ‘parent’ company, so you know exactly who you are supporting with your purchases. For example, did you know McNeil Nutritionals is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, who has continued to put carcinogenic chemicals in their products for years?
Related: Top 10 GMOs to Avoid
Even better, you can scan your bag of chips and see if it was made by one of several dozen companies that gave millions of dollars to oppose mandatory labeling of GMO foods, and essentially, boycott them.
The app is similar to the many other initiatives currently mounting against Monsanto, as NaturalSociety Editor Anthony Gucciardi detailed a few days ago in his article ‘March Against Monsanto Is The Beginning of The End For Monsanto’.
Ivan Pardo, a 26-year old wiz kid is the freelance programmer who created the App. Thanks to inventions like Pardo’s, and the transparency his techno gadget offers, it will be harder for companies to hide behind their web of lies and convoluted oligarchy that allows just a few elite companies to rule the world with chemicals and illegal price-fixing schemes. If everything is rigged in favor of just a few billionaire industrialists, like Monsanto, then educating people about their purchases gives them the power to ‘vote’ with their dollar, and choose to purchase something else, instead. Such a simple way, to stick it to the companies who have been poisoning your food, dumping toxins in your air, water, and soil, and to support those who actually have the modicum of a moral compass when it comes to making a dollar (or several trillion) at the expense of millions of people’s health.
Let’s face it, remembering who the top 10 most unethical companies are when you are just trying to buy some dinner, or a new pair of pants shouldn’t mean you are inadvertently contributing to corporate greed and fraud. Fortunately, there’s an App for that, and it comes out in May, premiering on iTunes and the Google app store. Its free and its name is Buycott.
[Click HERE for other useful apps previously mentioned at Potent News.]
by S.D. Wells
April 19, 2013
(NaturalNews) One of the biggest obstacles holding people back from eating healthy is easy access to resourceful information, about chemicals in foods, or natural remedies and supplements, and about new choices to make right at the store. If only technology made something for your phone, so you could scan every product’s barcode and get a quick, reliable summary of what you’re really getting. For instance, is it GMO? Does it contain gluten? Am I allergic to the ingredients? Guess what? The smart phone app already exists, and has been around for a few years, but hardly anyone knows about it. That’s all about to change. (http://www.fooducate.com/).
Planet Earth is chock full of natural resources, foods that heal the body, herbs and mushrooms that build immunity, extracts and seed oils that cure diseases, and if no food scientists ever took any of it into a lab and cooked it with chemicals, there would be far less disease and disorder, far less obesity and cancer, and far less of a need need to put a HUGE filter on everything you consider purchasing. (http://store.naturalnews.com/Superfoods_c_4.html)
Not everyone has a smart phone, but millions now do. If you are not one of those fortunate owners of a smart phone, you may want to bring a friend or loved one along with you who has one, and bring them with you to every store where you buy food. You see, most people (besides NaturalNews enthusiasts) do not read articles every day about chemicals in foods and food “agents” that destroy your health. Most people do not do any research at all about what they ingest; they just ask a few questions here and there and maybe look it up on the dreaded WebMD or even worse, they watch The Doctors show or Doctor Oz on TV and believe everything they see and hear. But consider this: if a TV show, or an on-line allopathic reference, or some magazine runs pharmaceutical advertising for their revenue, then they will lie to you about food and nutrition, or they face consequences of losing all their “sponsors” and their “big bucks” from advertising toxic medications. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
You see, those “resources” can only dabble in actual “good health advice” because they want you to believe everything else they print or cover is the truth, but it is not. It’s just the opposite. (http://www.seedsofdeception.com/)
Remember the old saying, “Let your fingers do the walking?” In other words, let your fingers do the research, if you don’t have the time or energy. The smart phone app will uncover the lies, the food toxins, the food criminals, and expose them, right on the spot! If you read labels at all, you can read the Fooducate app even easier. Now you don’t have to try to figure out what all those long crazy words or ingredients mean that you can’t even pronounce, and you will know whether they include GMOs, pesticide, insecticide, herbicide, or toxic food coloring, aluminum (heavy metals), gluten, MSG, Aspartame, or other cancer-causing, heart attack-breeding junk that’s put in our “natural” food. Even organic foods can be checked for a rating, so you can make a fast judgment call as to whether or not you want the ingredients of a particular product to get past your “body guards” and enter the temple of your soul.
Scan the bar codes of everything you consider buying and eating!
• Find out what is GMO or is Non-GMO in seconds!
• Find out if something is vegan, vegetarian and organic – instantly!
• Filter out wheat, gluten, food colorings and food allergens!
• Get a quick calorie count and fat content (the good and bad fats)!
Just go to the “play store” on your smart phone under applications and search for Fooducate or click on the link in this article. No more excuses. It’s time to heal your body and launch yourself into the natural and organic world of energy, vitality and longevity. Educate yourself. “Fooducate” yourself right now! Realize that because of huge corporations, the United States sells the most toxic food in the world. You can put guards at your gates by getting the FREE smart phone food app. Don’t waste time wondering what you’re eating ever again, just scan the bar code, read a short description and look at the rating it gets. Fooducate grades (rates) foods and beverages on a scale from A to D. There are 10 distinct grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D. These grades are based on nutrition, ingredients, and processing (if any). Fooducate also accepts feedback if you disagree with their rating.
It’s “kill or be killed” when it comes to GMO
Take the “die” out of your diet right now! Get the bug killer and weed killer out of your food. Do not buy PESTICIDE FOOD. You can “kill” disease before it starts killing you. Never let it into your system in the first place. Protect your cells so they won’t mutate. Basically, if you filter out GMO from every shopping experience, you will be filtering the chemicals Big Food is putting in vegetable seeds and on weeds, all which cause cancer in humans. The long-term research is in, so it is reliable and scary. Pay attention. Get the app and scan the bar codes. It’s that simple. You can search for bleach, ammonia, MSG, Aspartame, and lots of other major food criminals! Fooducate is getting 5 star reviews! (http://www.seedsofdeception.com/)
The best part of the Fooducate app is that it gives concise explanations along with a grading system developed by scientists, dietitians and concerned parents. I believe that if everyone started scanning bar codes with the Fooducate app and used the GMO/non-GMO indicator, there could be a wave of millions of people who avoid GMO entirely in the near future, and maybe, just maybe, we could put an end to GMO altogether (http://www.fooducate.com/).
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by J.D. Heyes
April 9, 2012
In order to make the technology more consumer friendly, both firms are working to develop a smartphone app that would utilize Bluetooth technology to detect a food item’s gamma radiation levels. The app would send the data to the smartphone’s CIS to measure and process the detected levels.
In addition, the app contains a social media function that allows users to share the data online.
Contaminated food from Japan already found
Japanese consumers have become wary of consuming local radiation-contaminated foods including beef, dairy, spinach, baby food, and fish that were found on store shelves. Some of the foods contained more than five times the legal limit of Iodine 131.
In fact, just days after the quake-damaged reactors began spewing radiation, Japanese authorities found unsafe levels of radiation in spinach and milk at farms as far as 90 miles away from Fukushima.
Japanese officials tried then to downplay the finding. Yukio Edano, the chief cabinet secretary, said the levels of radioactivity found in the spinach, if consumed over the course of a year, would only equal what people receive during a single CAT scan, and that the levels found in the milk would only amount to a fraction of that amount. Yet it was enough for Japanese officials to order all farms within 19 miles of the damaged plants to temporarily halt milk shipments.
A separate report found that some radiation-tainted food was detected leaving Japan in the days following the disaster. Authorities in Taiwan who were checking for food radiation discovered a shipment of fava beans from southern Japan had been contaminated.
“The beans may have been contaminated when they were airlifted to Tokyo’s Narita Airport for a transit shipment to Taiwan,” Tsai Shu-chen, an official with the Food and Drug Administration, said.
‘I don’t trust the government’
By the end of 2011, http://www.cbsnews.com because of the disaster.
“Radiation-contaminated beef has turned up on the market. Broccoli, spinach and shiitake, too — all discovered after they were already on sale. So I don’t trust the government anymore,” suburban housewife Toshiko Yasuda, who lives 170 miles from the damaged reactors, told CBS News in November. As a result, she buys little from the grocery stores anymore.
Area and regional fisherman assert their seafood is safe, and point to regular radiation checks that prove as much. But it hasn’t stopped them from losing customers. In fact, since the accident, consumers at some local fish markets are less than half of what they were before the disaster.
As for the smartphone app, experts say radiation can be difficult to detect without sophisticated equipment. Turning the handheld electronic devices into portable radiation detectors, however, will protect users from consuming even trace amounts of radiation which, over the course of several years, could lead to the development of some cancers.
Also, scientists say that while adults are not likely to suffer many health problems from consuming Fukushima-tainted produce and seafood, babies and children face a bigger risk because their bodies are still developing and, as such, are particularly vulnerable.
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By Tara Green
January 14, 2012
(NaturalNews) The largest medical cannabis advocacy group in the country, Americans for Safe Access, recently launched a free iPhone app for marijuana activists. The new app provides tools for activists including immediate updates on local, state and federal marijuana issues.
There are existing activism apps for other causes (such as the ‘I’m Being Arrested” app used by Occupy Wall Street protesters) and there are other marijuana-related apps, but the ASA Advocate app is the first to emphasize marijuana activism. The advocacy group hopes the new app will foster connections and coordination among activists for this cause. The app was created in coordination with developers iWeed, an application company serving the medical marijuana community.
“The ASA Advocate App is another way to empower grassroots action that is bringing change on medical marijuana policies to every corner of the country,” said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. “We have to be innovative if we want the widespread public support that exists for medical marijuana to translate into concrete results. The ASA Advocate App will help put greater pressure on all levels of government to adopt sensible medical marijuana policies.”
The ASA Advocate App will also allow users to become members of the organization’s 50,000-strong grassroots network. The app connects users to a legal hotline and enables them to sign up for raid alerts and activist phone trees.
Users of the new app will be able to access video advocacy trainings as well as newsletters, legal manuals and other print publications from their touch devices. The app also lists local businesses that support the work of ASA. Although the app is currently available for only for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices, it will be expanded to Android and mobile devices soon. Interested Macintosh product owners can download the app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/americans-for-safe-access/id474193631?mt=8
ASA has been educating patients, doctors, lawyers, scientists, key decision-makers, and the general public on issues concerning medical marijuana since 2002. The organization lobbied and engaged in litigation to help advance the rights of medical marijuana patients across the U.S.
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October 13, 2011
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It is a new app designed for Android. If you get arrested or are getting arrested you click the red bulls eye and it immediately sends SMS messages to whoever you have added to the phone log so your family knows and lawyer if you have one.