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Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has found. Our report relies on leaked user data, contracts, and other company documents that show the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is in many cases supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it. The documents, from a subsidiary of the antivirus giant Avast called …

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Lake Conroe Swamps Lake Houston Again

Lake Conroe Swamps Lake Houston Again

The SJRA held its second of three board meetings last night to consider public input on its temporary policy of lowering Lake Conroe seasonally . Once again, red-shirted protesters from Lake Conroe showed up in busloads. About 50 people from the Lake Houston Area made it to the meeting. Lake Conroe people outnumbered them by an estimated 25:1. See below. Lake Conroe people in red shirts vastly outnumbered Lake Houston people in the white, clustered in a corner. Lake Houston People Forced to Wait up to Four Hours to Speak …

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Big bucks — and a big donor — fuel Allen West’s bid for Texas GOP chair

Big bucks — and a big donor — fuel Allen West's bid for Texas GOP chair

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West is vying to unseat Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey. For months, the race for Texas GOP chair has been in full swing, with incumbent James Dickey and his high-profile challenger, Allen West, appearing at a slew of at times feisty forums. But it was not until last week that the two had to disclose their campaign finances for the first time — and West’s report brought something of a bombshell: Not only did the former Florida congressman raise nearly half a million dollars — a …

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Attorneys and activists want property owners to work harder to keep tenants safe

Attorneys and activists want property owners to work harder to keep tenants safe

In Houston, human trafficking victims have filed federal lawsuits against the corporate owners of hotels where they were allegedly forced into the sex trade. In Dallas, attorneys and activists angered by murders of children in city-owned rental properties are trying to force the city to adhere to the same standards it requires of private owners, in keeping tenants safe from violence. The common denominator in the two situations is the need for a legal handle to force rental property owners to accept some responsibility for allowing their premises to be …

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If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

Perhaps, rather than sending troops into Iraq and Kuwait to defend U.S. troops already there, we should accede to the local nationalist demands, start bringing our troops home, and let Iranians, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis and Afghans settle their quarrels. Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq’s Parliament, amid shouts of “Death to America!” voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country. Though nonbinding, the expulsion vote came after mobs trashed the U.S. embassy in an assault that …

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How The Donald Assassinated ‘America First’

How The Donald Assassinated 'America First'

By David Stockman By the twisted logic of Imperial Washington, you could say the Iranians were asking for it. After all, they had the nerve to locate their country right in the middle of 35 U.S. military bases! Then again, your saner angels may ask: What in the hell is Washington doing with a massive military footprint in a region and in a string of backwater countries that have virtually no bearing on homeland security, safety and liberty? Djibouti? Oman? Kyrgyzstan? Uzbekistan? Afghanistan? Bahrain? Kuwait? And, yes, Iraq and Iran? …

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Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable cleared of any wrong doing over alleged training violations

Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable cleared of any wrong doing over alleged training violations

Two years after the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement received a complaint regarding alleged training violations by Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, commission officials confirmed the error in reporting the training was not due to any action by Hayden. Gretchen Grigsby, director of government relations at TCOLE, said that while Hayden was reprimanded in the case, Hayden is appealing the action. Hayden received the reprimand because he is the supervisor of Chief Deputy Barry Welch’s, who taught the class Hayden attended. Welch, Grigsby said, was reprimanded for …

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Editorial: Are Engineering Laws and Regulations Routinely Ignored in Montgomery County?

Editorial: Are Engineering Laws and Regulations Routinely Ignored in Montgomery County?

This is an editorial about engineering laws and regulations that seem to be routinely ignored in Montgomery County. It is based on previous reporting about flooding in the Lake Houston Area. I don’t wish to demonize engineering, one of the most honorable professions around. If you’re one of the vast majority of honest, ethical professional engineers who strive daily to serve clients and protect the public, thank you. You can stop reading here. This editorial is not about you. It IS for the few who ignore their professional code of …

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Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack drops lawsuit seeking to remove Democratic challenger Lore Breitmeyer Jones from March primary ballot

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack drops lawsuit seeking to remove Democratic challenger Lore Breitmeyer Jones from March primary ballot

The Precinct 3 seat on Montgomery County Commissioners Court will be on the ballot in the March primary. (Community Impact Newspaper staff) Less than two weeks after Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Democrat Lore Breitmeyer Jones’ candidate filing for the March 2020 primary election, Noack submitted a notice of nonsuit to drop his case against Jones and the county Democratic Party. The suit, which was originally filed Dec. 16 against the Montgomery County Democratic Party and its chair Marc Meyer, alleged …

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