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Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives

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[How is this even possible? Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives, claiming a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to use your DNA, including the right to use your own DNA against "you or a genetic relative" with little or no legal recourse on your part. A word to the wise: Read the complete terms of service. *RON*]
Joel Winston, Think Progress, 17 May 2017

Don’t use the AncestryDNA testing service without actually reading the Ancestry.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. According to these legal contracts, you still own your DNA, but so does Ancestry.com.

The family history website Ancestry.com is selling a new DNA testing service called AncestryDNA. But the DNA and genetic data that Ancestry.com collects may be used against “you or a genetic relative.” According to its privacy policies, Ancestry.com takes ownership of your DNA forever. Your ownership of your DNA, on the other hand, is li…

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Benefit From Saudi Arms Package

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["In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 *RON*]
Bill Carey, AIN Online, 22 May 2017
Boeing and Lockheed Martin are major beneficiaries of $110 billion in arms and services agreements the White House announced during President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Included in the package, the Saudi government has signaled its intent to buy an undisclosed number of Boeing P-8 Poseidon martime patrol aircraft; another agreement creates a joint venture to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin S-70 Black Hawk helicopters, the defense contractors said.

Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud participated in a signing ceremony for the package on May 20 in Riyadh. The package “supports the long-term security of Saudi A…

WHO spends more on travel than some major health initiatives, internal documents show

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[Shameful. Around US$200 million a year spent on air tickets and accommodation, with some staff breaking budgeting rules by booking business class flights and five-star hotel rooms. Meanwhile, body complains it doesn’t have enough money to combat some of the world’s major crises. *RON*]

AP, South China Morning Post, 21 May 2017


The World Health Organisation routinely spends about US$200 million a year on travel – far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including Aids, tuberculosis or malaria, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

As the cash-strapped UN health agency has pleaded for more money to fund its responses to health crises worldwide, it has also been struggling to get its own travel costs under control.

Despite introducing new rules to try to curb its expansive travel budget, senior officials have complained internally that employees are breaking the rules by booking per…

Big game hunter is crushed to death when an elephant he was hunting in Zimbabwe is shot and falls on top of him

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[Theunis Botha was crushed to death by one of the elephants he was hunting. With the mandatory link to Alanis Morissette's "Isn't It Ironic." *RON*]

Abigail Miller, Dailymail.com, 22 May 2017
A South African safari leader and big-game hunter was crushed to death Friday afternoon when an elephant was shot and fell and on top of him.
Theunis Botha, 51, was hunting with a group in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they came across a breeding herd of elephants.

They quickly began to shoot, according to News 24, spooking the animals and causing the elephants to charge at the hunters.

One of the elephants is then said to have picked up Botha with its trunk.

A member of his group shot the elephant, hoping it would put Botha down. Instead, the wounded and dying animal fell on top of him, crushing him to death.

Botha is survived by his wife Carika and their five children, all who live in Tzaneen, South Africa.

Carika is expected to make the trip to Zimb…

Manchester Concert Bombing: What We Know Tuesday

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[22 people dead, including children and youths, as well as the bomber himself. 'Credit', as usual, being claimed by ISIS. *RON*]

Bill Chappell, WNYC.org (National Public Radio), 23 May 2017

A bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has killed 22 people and injured 59 more, police say. Monday night's concert had drawn thousands of children and young people — many of whom were trying to leave when the blast hit. Authorities say it was a terrorist attack, carried out by a man who died at Manchester Arena.

Into Tuesday morning, parents were still trying to determine the status of their loved ones who were at the show. From Manchester, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports, "There's still a lot of chaos here, because some of the concert-goers haven't been found."

Police have learned the name of the man they believe detonated the explosive, but they're not yet releasing it. They say they…