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  2. https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/06/google-chrome-listening-in-to-your-room-shows-the-importance-of-privacy-defense-in-depth/
  3. Those are the cut bits from Weird Man and Avenging Eagle and the other version of Chinatown Kid.
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    Wudang Rules (潮拜武當)

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    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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  6. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four global banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the world's currency market, the first time in more than two decades that major players in the financial industry have admitted to criminal wrongdoing on such a scale. Traders at JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland conspired among themselves to fix exchange rates on U.S. dollars and euros, according to a resolution announced by the banks and the Justice Department. The currency traders, who called themselves "The Cartel," allegedly shared customer orders through chat rooms and used that information to profit at their clients' expense. The resolution is complex and involves multiple regulators in the U.S. and overseas. The four banks will pay a combined $2.5 billion in criminal penalties to the Justice Department for criminal manipulation of currency rates between 2007 and 2013. The Federal Reserve is slapping them with an additional $1.6 billion in fines, as the banks' chief regulator. Finally, Britain's Barclays is paying an additional $1.3 billion to British and U.S. regulators for its role in the scheme. Another bank, Switzerland's UBS, has agreed to plead guilty to manipulating key interest rates and will pay a separate criminal penalty of $203 million. Big banks have already been fined billions for their role in the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis. Even so, the latest penalties are big. Including an agreement announced last year, the group of banks will pay nearly $9 billion in fines for manipulating the $5.3 trillion currency market. Still, the penalties pale in comparison to the banks' profits. JPMorgan Chase had $4.1 billion in revenue from its fixed income and currencies business in the first quarter of this year alone, while Citi had $3.48 billion. It is rare to see a bank plead guilty to wrongdoing. Even in the aftermath of the financial crisis, most financial companies reached "non-prosecution agreements" or "deferred prosecution agreements" with regulators, agreeing to pay billions in fines but not admitting any guilt. If any guilt was acknowledged, it was usually by one of the bank's subsidiaries or divisions - not the overall company. One of the most notable financial institutions to plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing was investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert. It pleaded guilty to fraud in the 1980s after the junk bond bubble burst. Unlike the stock and bond markets, currencies trade nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The market pauses two times a day, a moment known as "the fix." Traders in the cartel allegedly shared client orders with rivals ahead of the "fix" and pumped up currency rates to make profits. Global companies, which do business in multiple currencies, rely on their banks to give them the closest thing to an official exchange rate each day. The banks are supposed to be looking out for them instead of conspiring to get even bigger profits by using customers' orders against them. Travelers who regularly exchange currencies also need to get a fair price for their euros or dollars. The number of traders who took part in the currency fixing was small. JPMorgan said the one trader involved has been fired. Citi said it fired nine employees. The agreement with the Justice Department is subject to court approval. If it is approved, all five banks will be put on three years of corporate probation. They will also help prosecutors investigate individuals who took part in the rigging. http://www.aol.com/article/2015/05/20/five-global-banks-to-plead-guilty-pay-5-7-billion-on-rate-rigg/21185482/?icid=maing-grid7%7Caim%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D-510985110
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    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    Found it rather eh. It is an action movie. Its not plot or dialogue heavy and that really did work for the way it was presented. Lot of set pieces. Unfortunately, i saw the previous MM pictures. This was heavy in cgi. Well done cgi but its there. Its the fire(I hate cgi fire), its backgrounds, its stunts. I can tell when i'm looking at cgi cars, men, backgrounds, explosions. The great thing about RW and MMBT is that everything happening on screen happened in that shot. That's what makes those set pieces so amazing. Here I could tell ever flame that wasn't real and every person falling wasn't real etc. It took me out of how big this could have been had it been real. It never felt real. The color saturation/filter made too much of the picture in general look off, cgi'ed. I never settled into the picture as a result. 100 + million to make and it just made me remember all of the other MM pictures, stunts. Not to mention, this is MM in title only. Wasn't about the MM character, nor was it a star making vehicle for Hardy. They pretty much could have done the same things yet called it something else. That would have worked for me as the cgi separates it from the MM pictures.
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    Chipotle Just Became the First Major Restaurant Chain to Remove GMOs From Its Menu Starting today, Chipotle will stop using all genetically modified ingredients in its food. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have been at the forefront of health-food discussions for a while, and this news makes Chipotle the first major restaurant chain to eliminate genetically modified food entirely from its menu. In a statement, Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle, said, "We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food, and that means cooking with the very best ingredients — ingredients that are free of additives — but still serving food that is affordable, convenient, and most importantly delicious. That's really unusual in fast food, but that's the quest we are on, and we continue to make progress." The totally-GMO-free menu is the result of over two years of work for the company, and this step is just another that Chipotle has taken to prove its environmentally and health-conscious model. Most recently, you might have noticed a lack of carnitas at your go-to Chipotle location. That's because the restaurant removed pork from about 600 of its 1,831 locations after a routine inspection found that a major pork supplier was not complying with Chipotle's standards for responsibly raised meat. Chipotle addressed the decision on its website, stating, "Chipotle is on a never-ending journey to source the highest quality ingredients we can find. Over the years, as we have learned more about GMOs, we've decided that using them in our food doesn't align with that vision. Chipotle was the first national restaurant company to disclose the GMO ingredients in our food, and now we are the first to cook only with non-GMO ingredients." Although the FDA does not require GMO labeling in the US, you've likely noticed an increase in the labels in grocery stores as the conversation around the agricultural technology continues (although, as Jimmy Kimmel hilariously proved, many anti-GMO people at a farmers market couldn't say what the acronym stood for). According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, a staggering percentage of corn and soybeans grown in the US is genetically modified — 94 and 93 percent, respectively. This makes it more difficult for large chain restaurants to find not only GMO-free corn but also meat from animals not given GMO feed. Chipotle used soy oil to fry its chips and tortillas, and now cooks will use sunflower oil to fry them, and a non-GMO rice bran oil will be used in the rice and fajita vegetables (bell peppers and onions). As for the corn, Chipotle was already using GMO-free corn in its salsa, and now the corn tortillas will be made from GMO-free corn flour. According to The New York Times, the restaurant's "primary tortilla supplier was already producing non-GMO corn flour in small amounts, and it agreed to increase its production." "There is a lot of debate about genetically modified foods," Ells said. "Though many countries have already restricted or banned the use of GMO crops, it's clear that a lot of research is still needed before we can truly understand all of the implications of widespread GMO cultivation and consumption. While that debate continues, we decided to move to non-GMO ingredients."
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    Fistful of Talons (1983)

    Whang looked beastly in this. His kicks did look(and with the help of strong soundfx) like they could kill. It was an interesting picture. The action style was different for Sun Chung and Robert Tai. Seemed like a weird pairing. Its not flow, longer take based choreography. It's wires, stunts, moves, stuff. It works but its different for the creators, players.
  10. Got a little too into myself there. Peking opera.
  11. I liked it more than I thought I would. Felt less like a Daniel Lee picture than his other works. Felt like Daniel Lee got jacked by Jack. Jack wasn't bad here, though. Some of the dialog was very bad. Most of the picture was not. Flowed well and kept me interested. That kid. WTF! The guy that looked like a chick and the chick at the beginning and end, pass. That kid! Who casted that SOB?! Probably Jack. He loves putting horrible actors in his pictures(Who Am I, Mr Nice Guy). Cusack and Brody were at times ok, at times bad. As Romans? Suspend belief. Shoot that kid. Shoot the casting director. Liked the action. Jack and He Jun bring some PO flavored chor. and some goodness. They make Cusack and Brody look like a million bucks. PO moves, hand switches, icepick grips. Nice ish. Jack's mind is still sharp as he goes Young Master lite in a sword takeaway without harming scene. Wires are better used here than when used by Nicky Li, Wo Ping, Y Kwei and Sammo. No floating here. No wtf was that. Except that kid! WTF was that! Loved the swordplay, mixing Roman style swords with Chinese blades. Loved how the armor and where placed played an integral part in the choreography. Like how everyone was kind of even but they had Brody swing so much harder to make him stronger than the rest. Loved seeing Xu Xiong Dong finally getting to show his goods. First time since looking like a king in Champions back '08. Loved that pole work and how he moved. He and the guy he fought looked good. Thanks Jack. Loved the use of shields, the arrow fight, the sword with the rope like connection on it. Thanks Jack. I really needed some choreography with some flow, that was actually good, done by screen fighters and not over edited, shot whatever. Don't get the title though.
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    Men From The Monastery

    This is one that may have only played on tv once back in my area back in the day. As a result, I never saw it until last night. Knew about it but was never compelled to see it. After reading many reviews first yesterday before seeing it, I was not sure what to expect. What I saw was a picture that would have had me jacked back in the day after I saw it. CC goodness. Man was an artist. I loved the 3 character single story, with FS blending into CKC's story, then into CKT's story. Lovely. That Wooden Men Alley was lovely. Some hot KF right off the bat in there. My man Hsu Hsia spotted. Everyone came from CC. It was crazy the amount of action in this. It was a friggin fight fest. It had fight numbers like an indie. This had more fights than all of Sammo's movies from the 80s combined. As a kid this thing would have been madness. It eliminates training and just has more fights. Is that good? Not really. Too many fights and you forget the fight from 4 minutes ago. Man I love CC. Man knew cool(The cool sounds as the candles blow out in the alley). Man knew his faces, peoples roles(villains looked like villains and should play villains-I always hated Chiang Tao, Fung Hark On, etc). CC always made those SOB's do the things that made you hate them and I did. He really knew how to draw a viewer into a character's determination, esp. in the face of death. CKC would not be denied his vengeance. A character stabbed, sliced is going to get somebody on the way out. I was really feeling the yeah, get that MF. That switch to the b&w was lovely ish. Cool factor ramped up. Not only did it look cool but it was also an omen for the shaolin men. It encapsulated their endings separate from CKT and FS. I didn't know what to expect having never seen it but I didn't expect some that died, to have been killed. I really got into the fact that they got killed as a result. In a perfect blend of director and choreographer, you can see in the take that CKC is about to, bang. I saw it coming and damn. Red, then back to b&w. Damn, CC. CKC fights til the last heart beat. FS's exit is hard for any male to watch. I flinched. Yelled. He pulled it out. I yelled. Damn Manchus. Was it great? No. Pretty much all fighting and not really memorable fighting. A good matinee picture. Glad that I saw it. I wouldn't compare this to the other Shaolin Cycle pictures, as this was more blow through with action and characters you are already familiar with. Where say MAoS and Disciples of Shaolin are slower, more character, situation based, with a stronger audience-story tie.
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    Deny Americans the Right to Know re: GMO labeling H.R.4432, also known as The DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know) is a bill that will stop efforts to label GMO foods. It will deny individual states the right to pass laws requiring GMO labeling and will make any previously passed state laws null and void. And the ultimate joke is the full title of the bill: H.R. 4432 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014. Yes, it would make sense to have a federal regulation regarding the labeling of GMO foods. Yes, it would be a burden on the manufacturers if each state required a different label. But the truth is, this bill’s ultimate purpose has nothing to do with food safety; it has everything to do with the companies who have spent an estimated 100 million to get it passed – those who benefit from keeping the word GMO off their labels. So which companies are lobbying for this bill? Well, you’re right if you guessed Monsanto is near the top of the list. They are number three. The first is PepsiCo, followed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The second thing we can do is start boycotting the businesses that are spending millions of dollars to take away our right to know what we are eating. The following is a short list of those lobbying for the bill to pass. PepsiCo Inc Grocery Manufacturers Assn Monsanto Co Land O’Lakes Kellogg Co International Dairy Foods Assn Abbott Laboratories Kraft Foods Group American Farm Bureau American Seed Trade Assn Bayer AG Biotechnology Industry Organization Coca-Cola Co Ohio Farm Bureau Nestle SA ConAgra Foods American Sugarbeet Growers Assn General Mills Dean Foods DuPont Co Hillshire Brands Co Intl Assn of Refrigerated Warehouses Corn Refiners Assn Syngenta AG The following organizations are lobbying for labeling of GMO’s and are against passing H.R. 4432. Center for Food Safety Consumers Union of the U.S. Environmental Working Group EWG Action Fund National Farmers Union Natural Products Assn To find your representatives in Congress and learn how to contact them http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. Please ask them to vote against this bill! To find your senators and learn how to contact them http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. Let them know you want them to support the labeling of GMO foods. Remember the greatest power we have is how we choose to spend our money. If we refuse to buy products from companies that use GMOs, promote GMOs, or oppose labeling of GMOs, and we buy only organic foods, they will lose. http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/the-dark-act-deny-americans-the-right-to-know-gmo-labeling/ http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/protect-your-right-to-know-stop-the-dark-act/
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    Trailers For Upcoming Movies

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