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Nov 13, 2013

Al Jazeera News November 13, 2013: Calls For Fairness Ahead of Chile's Elections.

RT America November 13, 2013: Libertarian Community to Buy Chilean Real Estate with Bitcoins

Must See on FORA TV November 13 - 19, 2013:: Germs, Guts, and Glory / Guns & Ammo Triggers Debate / Cruise Ship Calamity

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FTC Denies AssertID's Application for Proposed COPPA Verifiable Parental Consent Method: FTC | Procedures and Methodologies Denied.

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The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application seeking approval of a proposed verifiable parental consent method submitted by AssertID, Inc., under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule.
In a letter to AssertID, the Commission noted that the company’s proposal failed to provide sufficient evidence that its method would meet the requirements set out under the rule. Specifically, the Commission noted that there was not yet adequate research or market testing to show the effectiveness of the AssertID “social-graph verification” method.
Under the COPPA rule, covered online sites and services must obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13. The rule lays out a number of acceptable methods for gaining parental consent, but also allows interested parties to seek FTC approval of new verifiable parental consent methods.
The Commission vote to deny the application was 4-0.
The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.  To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).  The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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FTC Warns Consumers: Beware of Typhoon Haiyan Charity Scams: FTC | Scam Warnings.

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In the wake of the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, reminds consumers that scams often follow disasters. If you’re asked to make a charitable donation to help people in disaster-affected areas, before you give, be sure your donations are going to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.
Unfortunately, legitimate charities face competition from scammers who either collect for a charity that doesn’t exist or aren't honest about how their “charity” will use the money you give. Like legitimate charities, they might appeal for donations in person, by phone or mail, by e-mail, on websites, or on social networking sites. For more on the questions to ask and for a list of groups that can help you research a charity, go to Charity Scams.
If you’re asked to make a charitable donation to support victims of the typhoon, remember:
  • Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events, like a natural disaster.
  • Ask if a caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and what percentage of your donation goes to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer — or if you don’t like the answer you get — consider donating to a different organization.
Read the FTC’s How to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, also available in Tagalog, Paano Matutulungan ang mga Biktima ng Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) sa Pilipinas.
The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.
Frank Dorman 
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GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH November 13, 2013: Hugo Salinas Price: The siren song of the welfare state.

Hugo Salinas Price: The siren song of the welfare state

5:10p CT Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The world will return gold to the international monetary system in some way, Hugo Salinas Price writes this week, but probably only to shore up the authority of those in power as they drag the world farther along the road to "managed" economies and socialism, which doesn't work. Salinas Price, president of the Mexican Civic Association for Silver, headlines his commentary "The Siren Song of the Welfare State" and it's posted at the association's Internet site,, here:

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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NYT | Asian Morning Today's Headlines November 13, 2013: Typhoon Aid Gridlock Paralyzes Epicenter of Damage.

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A woman sat amid debris in Tacloban on Wednesday, where conditions have not improved for residents suffering from lack of food and water.
Typhoon Aid Gridlock Paralyzes Epicenter of Damage


In Tacloban, aid is piling up with no way to deliver it, fuel is plentiful but merchants are too fearful to sell it, and disposal of the dead is halted by gunfire.
A sign outside Kuwait City directing donors to a house used by Sheikh Shafi al-Ajmi to raise funds for Islamist rebels in Syria.
Private Donors' Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria


The flow of millions of dollars in private money to extremist fighters has added an unpredictable factor to the war, analysts say, exacerbating divisions in the opposition.
The charred Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque that gives the square in Cairo its name has been renovated after a mass killing in August when security forces fired on protesters while trying to break up an Islamist sit-in.

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Memory Becomes Another Casualty of Egyptian Protests


The military-led government's efforts to extinguish the memory of Rabaa al-Adawiya, the worst mass killing in Egypt's history, are extensive. 

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It is the first tower completed on the original World Trade Center site.

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Where the Gods Live On ... and On


India lacks a tradition of graceful retirement. Just look at Sachin, its famous cricket star.
People waited Tuesday at the airport in Tacloban, the Philippines, to be evacuated from one of the areas hit hardest by a typhoon. Transportation and food supplies were devastated by the storm.
As the Living Receive Aid, Bodies Remain Uncollected in the Philippines


Although the authorities have been criticized for not doing more to collect remains, the dead were not considered carriers of germs that can infect the living.
Oxfam employees prepared and checked aid to be shipped to the Philippines on Tuesday at a warehouse in Bicester, England.
U.N. Appeals for $301 Million Toward Typhoon Relief


The appeal for emergency assistance came a day after the top United Nations relief official flew to the Philippines to help lead the global response.
In Letter From Prison, Morsi Accuses Egypt's Military Leaders of Treason


In a letter made public by his lawyers, Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president of Egypt, heaped scorn on his opponents in the military-backed government.
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José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, said Germany would be the subject of an
Big Surplus Draws Plenty of Criticism for Germany


The country, which has often scolded other countries for their debts and lack of competitiveness, now finds its own economic policy under attack.
. Bank of England Eyes Raising Rates Early
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, in London on Wednesday.
Bank of England Hints at Rate Increase, Citing Recovery


Britain's inflation is slowing and unemployment is down, signaling an economic recovery that is gaining speed, the central bank said.
E.U. Presses Countries to Improve Economies


The authorities of the European Union in Brussels were testing the limits of new oversight tools as they work to prevent another crisis that could sink the euro.
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Unlike many cheap smartphones on the market, the Moto G will have a big high-resolution screen and run the latest Android software to support the latest apps on the market.
Motorola to Offer Smartphone Aimed at Emerging Markets


The company, now owned by Google, will begin selling a $180 smartphone called the Moto G in markets like Brazil, Chile and Peru, where the appeal of a low-cost device should be high.
Dropbox Aims at Business

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Dropbox Aims at Business


The popular online storage service is introducing a business version that offers a different take on enterprise software: The company has control, but the worker is the center of attention.
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The Indian artist Ranjit Dahiya working on a mural of Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai last week.
Tendulkar Stepping Away From Cricket, but His Impact Remains


Sachin Tendulkar will play his final test for India starting Thursday, exiting as a record-setting player who carried the expectations of a nation for more than two decades.
Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez scored a goal against Jordan on Wednesday

Uruguay 5, Jordan 0

Uruguay Closes In on World Cup Berth


Uruguay is almost certain to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after defeating Jordan 5-0 in Ammi'an on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff.
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U.S. News
Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia during a hearing in Washington on Tuesday.
A Senate Democrat Takes On Party Leaders in Pursuit of a Middle Ground


The latest gambit by Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia is an attempt to delay key parts of President Obama's health care law.
Health Law Enrollment Figures Far Lower Than Initial Estimates


New data shows that just over 100,000 people picked health plans in the first month of open enrollment, with 26,794 signing up through the federal exchange and the rest through state exchanges.
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton in September. Mr. Clinton urged the president on Tuesday to change the health care law to let all Americans keep their current policies.
Obama in Bind Trying to Keep Health Law Vow


White House officials are struggling to make good on President Obama's promise that Americans can keep their insurance coverage without undermining the new health law or adding unaffordable costs.
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Agony in the Philippines


After one of the worst typhoons on record hit the country, many are offering aid, but relief efforts are hampered by the scale of the damage.
Thomas L. Friedman

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What About US?


The Iran nuclear deal that the Obama team is trying to forge now is fundamentally in the United States' interest.
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Op-Ed | Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Stories Indian Politicians Like to Tell


The Congress Party uses ideology over practicality to fix political institutions.
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