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Month – August 2014

Wikipedia Bans Congress from Editing Its Content

Congress

Edits to Wikipedia articles, from IP addresses located in the US Congress, have been occurring so often that the website recently banned edits from all Congressional IP addresses. The rise in edits was spotted by a Twitter account bot, which uses software to notify followers whenever a Wikipedia page is edited from a Congressional IP address. The re-writers seemed to have specialized in articles about conspiracy theories.

Court Gives Professor Who Attacked Pro-Lifers a Slap on the Wrist

Mireille Miller-Young

Mireille Miller-Young has been sentenced to 108 hours community service, 10 hours of anger management and three years probation. The University of California at Santa Barbara professor was also ordered to pay a small fine and nearly $500 in restitution. Last month Miller-Young was convicted of grand theft, vandalism and battery in connection with an incident in March when she attacked and forcibly took property from teenagers who were exercising their free speech rights.

Parents Who Lost Kids After Unqualified Medical Diagnosis Sue Social Service Workers

Classroom

Lane Funkhauser and Susan Parker are seeking more than one million dollars in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. The defendants include Michael Austin and other social service workers from Clarke and Shenandoah counties in Virginia. Austin, who is neither a psychologist nor medical professional, accused Susan Parker of having Munchausen Syndrome, a disorder in which a parent claims her child is ill to draw attention to herself. But a licensed physician determined the children had strep and a bacterial infection.

Drug Company with Criminal Record Pushes Ebola Vaccine, Short Testing Schedule Anticipated

GlaxoSmithKline

According to a Justice Department news release from 2012, “Global health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) agreed to plead guilty and to pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs, its failure to report certain safety data, and its civil liability for alleged false price reporting practices.” Now we’re supposed to trust SmithGlaxoKline’s Ebola vaccine. Uh-huh.

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