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Submission + - naturalnews.com delisted from Google search results (scienceblogs.com) 2

bazorg writes: As of 23rd February, organic search results for the alternative medicine website naturalnews.com seem to have disappeared from Google, along with other domains owned by self-appointed Health Ranger Mike Adams, who sits in 3rd place on QuackWatch on their list of "promoters of questionable methods and/or advice".

This website is described in its wikipedia entry as "a website for the sale of various dietary supplements, promotion of alternative medicine, controversial nutrition and health claims, and various conspiracy theories, such as "chemtrails", chemophobic claims (including the purported dangers of fluoride in drinking water, anti-perspirants, laundry detergent, monosodium glutamate, aspartame), and purported health problems caused by allegedly "toxic" ingredients in vaccines, including the now-discredited link to autism." source

While this website does not fit exactly the profile of "fake news" that have been in everyone's radar as of late, it seems to be have received direct attention from Google, with no public explanation for the fact. True to form, the editor of the site makes important claims about the establishment trying to silence him:

The removal of Natural News from Google’s index means that millions of people may now be unnecessarily harmed by toxic medicines, herbicides and brain-damaging mercury in vaccines because they are being denied the “other side of the story” that’s censored by the corporate-controlled media. By censoring Natural News, Google is, in effect, siding with the criminal pharmaceutical industry that has been charged with multiple felony crimes and caught bribing doctors, fraudulently altering scientific studies, conducting medical experiments on children and price fixing their drugs to maximize profits. In effect, censorship of Natural News is part of the establishment’s war on humanity which includes depopulation measures (Bill Gates), covert infertility vaccines, corporate-run media disinfo campaigns and a full-on assault against scientific truth and free speech conducted in the public interest.

Submission + - UK experts speak out against NHS privatisation (opendemocracy.net)

bazorg writes: New regulations made under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 are being pushed through the UK Parliament, promoting competition between healthcare providers. In the OpenDemocracy blog, author Caroline Molloy summarises the issue:

In brief terms, the regulations require all NHS services to be put out to competition unless the commissioners can prove there is only one provider capable of delivering them. Such decisions could be exposed to costly legal challenges.

In the same publication, Lucy Reynolds adds: If the government manages to complete the legal process now underway, almost the entire NHS budget will pass through competitive markets. This arrangement awards compensation to companies ejected from the markets by any subsequent renationalisation or reinstitution of “preferred providers”.[...]

They can enforce these financial claims through UK and EU Courts against our government. This mechanism is known as the “privatisation ratchet”: the compensation mechanism stops governments from reversing the direction of change by renationalising services after the private sector has been allowed to compete to provide them.

A broad array of health professionals, campaigners, and academic experts have spoken out against the new regulations, which are perceived as potentially aligning the UK NHS with the healthcare provision practices of the USA.

Submission + - Rick Falkvinge on child porn and freedom of press (falkvinge.net)

bazorg writes: Rick Falkvinge of the Swedish Pirate Party blogs on the subject of freedom of the press and foresees how users of Google glasses can be charged for possession and distribution of illegal porn. "Child pornography is a toxic subject, but a very important one that cannot and should not be ignored. This is an attempt to bring the topic to a serious discussion, and explain why possession of child pornography need to be re-legalized in the next ten years."

Submission + - BBC chooses Microsoft DRM platform (bbc.co.uk)

bazorg writes: The BBC chose Microsoft's DRM technology to limit for 30 days the viewing of content downloaded from their website. These downloads would allow viewers to catch up on shows that were broadcast on the previous 7 days, and they would be compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and 11 and a new product called "iPlayer". This iPlayer is not yet available for platforms other than MS Windows, which caused the Open Source Consortium (OSC) to file a complaint to national and EU authorities on competition.

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