Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root
Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Wayne Allyn Root, one of the candidates for the Libertarian Party nomination for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

Root is the founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc., a sports handicapping company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, he is an author and a television producer, as well as an on-screen personality both as host and guest on several talk shows.

Root, a long-time Republican, declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party on May 4, 2007.

He says he is concerned about the qualities of many who run for president, and fears that they do not know the needs of American citizens. He also says that they cater to big businesses instead of small ones.

He has goals of limiting the federal government and believes that the US went into Iraq for wrong reasons. A strong supporter of the War on Terror, he feels that it was mishandled. He has conservative values and came from a blue collar family in New York. He graduated from Columbia University with fellow presidential hopeful Barack Obama in 1983.

Root believes that America is in trouble and hopes to change that if elected.

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Bankruptcy Judgments And How To Make Money With Them

By Mike T Warren

Before you sue, make sure your opponent is solvent and has assets you can grab.

Even after you win a lawsuit, you still have to collect the money you were awarded: your judgment. And the court won’t collect it for you — when it comes to collecting what you’re owed, you’re on your own.

Collecting from solvent individuals or businesses isn’t usually a problem, because most will routinely pay any judgments entered against them. If they don’t, there are a number of legal ways to force them to pay.

Unfortunately, some people and businesses sued in court are either broke (lawyers say “judgment proof”) or so adept at hiding their assets that collecting your winnings is likely to prove impossible.

Protected Property

When a deadbeat debtor won’t pay voluntarily, collecting your judgment can be difficult. Debtor protection laws keep you from seizing and selling many types of property, including the food from the debtor’s table, the clothing from her closet, and the TV from her living room.

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Vehicle Protections

In many states it will even be impossible to seize and sell her car, because a debtor’s motor vehicle is protected from being sold to satisfy a debt if the amount of equity in the vehicle is below a certain amount (often about $2,000). And if the vehicle is used as a part of the debtor’s business (is a tool of her trade), you probably won’t be able to grab and sell it, even if the debtor’s equity is higher.

Bankrupt Debtors

If a person or a business declares bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Act and lists you as a creditor, your right to recover a small claims court judgment is cut off, along with most of his other debts. (If your judgment was based on a secured loan, however, you do have the right to recover the property pledged as security.) One big exception to this general rule exists if your judgment was obtained because you or your property were injured by the malicious behavior of the defendant: In this situation, your right to collect your judgment should survive the bankruptcy (but you may need to intervene in the bankruptcy proceeding). An example of malicious behavior would be someone getting drunk and then attacking and injuring you.

Garnishing Wages

If a person fails to pay a judgment voluntarily, the easiest way to collect is to garnish up to 25% of his wages. (The wages of very low income workers, however, are exempt from garnishment.) But you can’t garnish a welfare, Social Security, unemployment, pension, or disability check.

Levying on Deposit Accounts

Bank accounts and stocks and bonds are other common collection sources.

Levying on Real Estate

Real estate other than the debtor’s primary residence is another source for collection. (In many states, “homestead laws” prevent you from getting at the judgment debtor’s equity in a residence.)

Collecting From Business Receipts

Where a business is the judgment debtor, you can often collect by ordering the sheriff or marshal to take the amount of the judgment right out of the debtor’s cash register (this is called a “till tap”).

Another good source is a valuable piece of equipment or machinery owned by the business, which you can order sold to pay off your judgment.

But if the business is a fly-by-night outfit with no permanent address or obvious collection source, such as a cash register or owned fixtures or equipment, you may be out of luck (lots of businesses lease business equipment or take out a secured loan to purchase it).

Finally, in some states, if your lawsuit is against a contractor who has a current license, you may file the judgment with the state licensing board. If the contractor doesn’t pay off the judgment or post a bond, he faces losing his license.

You can collect your judgment for years. If the defendant is not working but likely to get a job in the not too distant future, be patient. Laws in many states allow a judgment to be collected for ten to 20 years from the date it is entered, and you can usually apply to have this period extended.

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Dale Ogden, 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews
Dale Ogden, 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dale Ogden, a 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews reporter Mike Morales about his platform.

Ogden is a member of the United States’ Libertarian Party.

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Wikinews investigates: Advertisements disguised as news articles trick unknowing users out of money, credit card information
Wikinews investigates: Advertisements disguised as news articles trick unknowing users out of money, credit card information
 Notice — May 19, 2010 This article has been judged, by consensus of the Wikinews community, not to meet Wikinews standards of style and neutrality. Please see the relevant discussion for details. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Internet has already brought great things to the world, but has also brought spam, phishing, scamming, etc. We all have seen them across the Internet. They promise money, weight loss, or other things a person may strive for, but they usually amount to only a lighter pocket. Online advertising has become something that the increasingly Internet-reliant society has become used to, as well as more aware of. As this is true, online ads have become more intricate and deceptive in recent years.

However, a certain type of advertisement has arisen recently, and has become more deceptive than any other Internet ad, and has tricked many users into credit card charges. These sites claim to be news websites that preach a “miracle product”, and they offer a free trial, and then charge the user’s credit card a large amount of money without informing them after the trial ends. These sites appear to be operating under one venture and have caught ad pages of high-traffic websites by storm. In this report, Wikinews’ Tjc6 investigates news advertisement sites.

These Internet ads work in different ways:

Hypothetically speaking, a reader is browsing the web, and then happens to come across something that they believe is too good to be true. A link on one of these high-traffic pages promises white teeth, weight loss, or huge profits from working at home part-time. Out of curiosity, they click on the link.

This is the way that people are attracted to these fake news sites on the internet. The domain owners draw in customers by purchasing advertising on some of the World Wide Web’s most visited pages. Curious users click and are led to what they believe is a news article. From anti-aging to shedding weight, these “articles” from non-existant newspapers and television stations depict a skeptical news reporter trying a product because they were instructed to by a superior.

As the user reads on, they find that the “reporter” miraculously achieves significant weight loss, teeth whitening, or other general health and beauty improvement. The reporter states that the reader can get the same results as they did by using a “free trial” of the product.

Next, the user looks to the bottom of the page, where there seems to be a set of user comments, all of them praising the product or products that are advertised — this is where we first see something suspicious. Across several of these false articles, the comments appear to show the exact same text, sometimes with even the same usernames as other sites.

There is obviously some kind of correlation. Although this appears to be true, most users who purchase these products do not look at multiple versions of these similar pages of what appears to be a fast-growing network of interconnected fake news sites.

Once customers have convinced themselves into buying the product, they are led to a product (or products) website which promises a free trial for a very low price. What they do not know about this, however, is that they are giving their credit card data to a company that will charge it automatically after the trial ends. In about 14 days, the user receives a charge on their credit card for an excessive amount of money, usually from about $80 to $100 (USD). All attempts to contact these companies and cancel their shipments usually prove to be futile.

What these sites have is a large amount of legal copy located at the bottom of each site, stating their right to charge the user. This site, a fake news article claiming to offer teeth-whitening benefits, has several paragraphs of fine print, including this: “…Upon signing up for the 10 day trial membership you will be charged up to $4.97 depending on various shipping and initial offer promotions at that time but not more than $4.97 upon signing. If not cancelled, you will be charged $89.97 upon completion of the 10 day trial period. Monthly thereafter or 30 days from the original order date, the charge will reoccur monthly at a total of $89.97 until cancelled…,” the site says.

Practices like this have alerted the Better Business Bureau, an American organization that studies and reports on the reliability and practices of US businesses. In a press release, a spokesman from the BBB spoke out against sites like this. “Many businesses across the country are using the same selling model for their products: They lure customers in with claimed celebrity endorsements and free trial offers, and then lock them in by making it extremely difficult to cancel the automatic delivery of more products every month…,” said the report that denounced the websites.

When a user looks at several of these sites, they notice that all of them have the same exact structure. Because of this, Wikinews decided to look into where some of the domains were owned, and if they were all in fact part of one company.

However, the results that Wikinews found were ones that were not expected. Out of the three random websites that were found in Internet ads, all using similar designs and methods to attract the customers, came from three different locations in three countries and two separate continents. The first came from Scottsdale, in the United States, while the next two came from Vancouver and Hamburg. There is no location correlation, but surely, there has to be something that connected these sites together. We had to look even further to try to find a connection.

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There is some correlation within the product’s contact information. A large amount of the teeth-whitening products analyzed actually shared the same phone number, which lead to a distribution center located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and several other similar distribution centers located across the Southern United States. But, that explains only one of the categories of products that these websites cover, teeth whitening.

What about the other products? The other products such as weight loss and work-at-home kits all trace back to similar distribution centers in similar places. So, what do we make of all of this?

There is obviously some company that promotes these products through the fake news advertisements, but that company is nowhere to be found on the websites. All contact information is given on the product pages, and websites are copyrighted under the name of the domain, not a company. Whatever company has been the setup for these pages has been very good at hiding themselves from the Internet, as there is no information across the web about that mysterious large advertiser.

As a result of customers buying the products and having unauthorized charges on their credit cards, a large volume of complaints are currently present on awareness sites, complaint sites, and even the Better Business Bureau. Several customers point out that they were not informed of the steep charges and the company made it extremely difficult to cancel their subscription, usually resulting in the loss of several hundred dollars.

  • The trial offer was to pay for $3.95 for the cost of the shipping for one bottle. I noticed shortly after placing the order I had a charge on my credit card for $149.95. Unknown to myself the company charges for a membership if you don’t cancel within 14 days, I cancelled within 18 days…When I called the customer service number they told me the decision has been made and my refund request was denied. When I questioned the person on the other line about what I was getting for my $149.95 she told me I was not getting anything because I cancelled the membership.
?“Tamara”, in a post to the Ripoff Report
  • This is a “free sample” scam: Pay only postage and handling and get a free sample of a tooth whitening system, they say. I looked for the “catch,” something that would indicate that there’d be hidden or recurring charges, but didn’t see anything, and ordered. Sure enough, a couple of weeks later, I see a charge for $88.97 on my bank statement…When I called, the guy answering the phone had obviously answered the same angry question many, many times: “Why has your company charged $88.97 to my card?” “Because you didn’t cancel your subscription in time,” he said tiredly.
?“Elenor”, in a post to the Ripoff Report

One notable lawsuit has occurred as a result of these articles. Some of the articles about work at home kits specifically advertise things like “work for Google”, or “job openings at Google”. However, Google asserts these claims as false and has taken the case to court, as it is a copyright violation. “Thousands of people have been tricked into sending payment information and being charged hidden fees by questionable operations,” said Google in a statement.

The BBB has received over 3,000 complaints about products such as the ones that Google took offense to. The lawsuit has yet to begin in court, and no date has been set.

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World’s cheapest car launched in India, will go on sale in April
World’s cheapest car launched in India, will go on sale in April

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The world’s least expensive car, the Tata Nano, has been launched in India. It will go on sale in April, and will start delivery in July. The automobile costs only 100,000 Indian rupees, or just under US$2,000.

“We are at the gates offering a new form of transportation to the people of India, and later I hope other markets as well,” said the chairman of the auto firm, Ratan Tata, calling the vehicle a “milestone.”

“From the drawing board to its commercial launch, the car has overcome several challenges,” Tata said. “I hope it will provide safe, affordable four-wheel transportation to families who till now have not been able to own a car.

“This was never conceived as the cheapest car, but as providing transport to those people who never owned a car,” Tata said. “Driven mainly by the change in demand that we see elsewhere in the world, we suddenly felt we had a product that could be of considerable interest as a low-cost product in western Europe, eastern Europe, the UK and even the U.S.”

The Tata Nano is a four-door vehicle, and is 3 metres long, 1.5 m wide, and 1.5 m tall. It is equipped with a 33 bhp, 624 cc engine at the rear. No radio, airbags, power steering, or air conditioning are available in the basic model, although upgrades are available. The Nano Europa, a slightly larger European version of the car, is expected in 2011.

According to Ravi Kant, the managing director at Tata Motors, the first 100,000 people to receive a Nano would be chosen from the initial orders by a ballot.

An auto analyst for Bombay’s Angel Broking, Vaishali Jajoo, predicted that the Nano will add only three percent to Tata’s revenues even if it can sell a quarter of a million such cars per annum.

“That doesn’t make a significant difference to the top line,” Jajoo said. “And for the bottom line, it will take five to six years to break even.”

Environmentalists say that the car will exacerbate traffic problems already rife in India, and help increase pollution levels. Tata, however, stated that its vehicle is the least polluting car in the country.

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Make Sure You Know These Things Before Your Choose Commercial Hvac Contractor Toronto

Make sure you know these things before your choose commercial HVAC contractor Toronto



If you are having your own business and you want to replace the existing air conditioning system then you have to be aware of certain things. While living in Toronto City, an air conditioning system has to last long maximum of twenty years. If your air conditioning system has completed this limit or probably nearing that limit then it is about time that you change it.

For that you will need an experienced

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who has years of experience. In addition to this the contractor will be coming to your office in order to install it. You can also ask these contractors for referrals, so that you can check their genuinty and the quality of work they had done in their previous undertakings. A genuine contractor will make prior appointment to visit your office to have a look at the different dimensions of the office, want to check various channels, or any need of filling before making a final choice.

When you are planning to install a new commercial air conditioning system, you have to ensure that the contractor don t make any decision just by seeing the size of the workplace. There may be some better options or sizes that can prove a better choice as you have upgraded your offices insulation.

A commercial HVAC contractor in Toronto will have to inspect the existing ducting in order to install a new replacement unit, it is very important that the ducts are in good condition. So, there may be a need to replace the ducting along with the air conditioning unit. The contractor will check for the size of the ducts, if the ducts are too small it will not work efficiently to cool the workplace. Eventually, the ducts will have to be changed, which will add to the unit s total cost.

Usually, the contractors are being provided with the unassembled units by the makers of air conditioning. Then these units get assembled in your workplace and the makers can be guaranteed that they are aware of the fact that the unit will be efficiently installed.

Therefore, make sure that you sentient about these things in order to have a genuine contractor.

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Court rules Massey can appeal US restrictions in mine disaster investigation
Court rules Massey can appeal US restrictions in mine disaster investigation

Monday, June 13, 2011

In a unanimous decision, a US federal appeals court issued a ruling Friday against the federal government, in favor of Massey Energy Co, owner of the Upper Branch Mine in West Virginia, the location of last year’s mine disaster that killed 29 workers. The court ruled the company may appeal the restrictions placed on it by a government order hindering the company’s ability to conduct its own internal investigation of the disaster.

The order controlling Massey’s investigations into the disaster was placed on Massey immediately after the incident by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) when it seized control of the coal mine six hours after the blast on April 5.

MSHA’s controls prohibited Massey from “taking or retaining photographs, collecting and preserving mine dust samples, employing mine mapping technology, and participating in or objecting to any destructive testing of materials gathered underground.” Massey said MSHA’s restrictions prevented the company from evaluating the accident site before it was altered by investigators, and denied Massey the chance to gather evidence to use in the company’s defense.

The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris. A company that was a towering presence in the Appalachian coal fields operated its mines in a profoundly reckless manner, and 29 coal miners paid with their lives for the corporate risk taking.

Massey’s appeal to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (the commission that decides disputes over mining regulations) to void the order by MSHA was denied by the commission. It based its decision on its interpretation of the Mine Act that it had no authority to consider Massey’s appeal. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set aside this decision, finding the commission’s interpretation of the act was “simply untenable” and the government’s actions had denied Massey the opportunity to gather “potentially important exculpatory evidence”.

The court rejected the commission’s position that the Mine Act’s language was ambiguous, allowing the government flexibility in its implementation. Rather, the court said, “No matter how you parse it, [the act] is a model of near-perfect clarity. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a clearer expression of congressional language.” It also rejected the commission’s position that the case was moot: “This case is not moot. Indeed, even the [Labor] Secretary’s counsel recognized the near-frivolity of this argument, and made only a half-hearted attempt to persuade us.”

This case is not moot. Indeed, even the Secretary’s counsel recognized the near-frivolity of this argument, and made only a half-hearted attempt to persuade us.

The court’s ruling comes after a state government-comissioned report issued on May 19 by investigators found Massey Energy responsible for the deaths of the 29 workers. The workers were killed in an explosion that could have been avoided, the report said, if Massey had put in place standard safety procedures.

“The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris. A company that was a towering presence in the Appalachian coal fields operated its mines in a profoundly reckless manner, and 29 coal miners paid with their lives for the corporate risk taking,” the report read. “The company’s ventilation system did not adequately ventilate the mine. As a result, explosive gases were allowed to build up.” The report detailed claims Massey threatened miners with termination if they stopped work in areas that lacked adequate oxygen levels and listed numerous other state and federal safety standards that Massey failed to follow. Also blamed in the report was MSHA for failing to enforce federal regulations.

The report was considered by the those in the mining industry as especially direct and “hard hitting”. It firmly rejected conclusions reached by Massey officials that the incident was caused by an unexpected, massive, and uncontrollable methane bubble eruption, an occurrence that Massey said it could neither predict nor manage.

The company immediately challenged the report and issued its own report on June 3, blaming the blast on an act of nature and denying the company’s safety culture was at fault. MSHA also have an as-yet unreleased report in the works.

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Fuel leak prompts 17,000-vehicle recall by Toyota
Fuel leak prompts 17,000-vehicle recall by Toyota

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Toyota announced on Friday that it will recall around 17,000 Lexus vehicles in response to risks of the fuel tank in the cars leaking after a collision.

The Lexus HS 250h model was subjected to the recall following a US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation. Despite previously passing Toyota safety inspections, the conclusions of an NHTSA sub-contracted investigator were that; when the vehicles in question collided with an object at more than fifty-miles-per hour, more than 142 grams of fuel, the maximum allowed by US law, leaked from the crashed car.

According to Toyota, further tests did not show any additional failure of the fuel tank.

In response to the findings, Toyota issued a recall of all affected vehicles, since the company had no solution immediately available. The recall includes 13,000 cars already sold, as well as another 4,000 still at dealerships.

Toyota says it plans to conduct further tests to determine the cause of the leak. A Toyota spokesman, Brian Lyons, said that the company was “still working to determine what the root cause of the condition is.” It’s still unclear when exactly the recall will take place, or when dealerships will be allowed to sell this model again. Lyons said that Toyota is “working feverishly to get this resolved as soon as possible.”

Toyota isn’t aware of any accidents stemming from the leaking fuel tank in the affected vehicles, first introduced in the summer of 2009.

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Interview with Liz Mumby, independent candidate in Australian by-election for the Victorian state electorate of Altona
Interview with Liz Mumby, independent candidate in Australian by-election for the Victorian state electorate of Altona

Thursday, February 4, 2010

With a state by-election coming up in Victoria, Australia, many minor parties and independent candidates will be looking to gain a seat in the Legislative Assembly. Liz Mumby is one of the independents.

“I am a medical sales professional, a wife and mother and a small business owner,” says Mumby, the Division of Altona. “I don’t come from a political background, I live in the real world.” She argues that “we should not limit the debate to public transport issues just because the retiring member was the Minister for Public Transport.”

Wikinews reporter Patrick Gillett held an exclusive email interview with Mrs. Mumby.

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Word Press: The New Great Option For Local Businesses

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WordPress is the best CMS present on the internet right now and it also provides its users with facilities of a website which is cost effective, user friendly, and very easy to maintain. WE also know that there are a number of companies and small organizations and firms which have started using this platform to do deal in their daily work and help their businesses grow. This article deals with how local businesses benefit using WordPress.

There are a number of benefits which WordPress provides to its users who use this platform as a local business website. Right from the fact that a high number of people will visit your site to the fact that a WordPress site can be easily created into an eCommerce site using plugins, everything points out to the fact that its is a good idea for any local business to flourish. So, if you have a brand which is not national and you are looking for a website platform, WordPress is the place to be. Read on to know the advantages.

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This is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons which make WordPress as popular as it is right now. With a simple learning curve, this CSM allows you to easily become familiar with its functions, commands and management systems. Also the fact that it comes with industry standard coding which allows it to be changed and easily played around with to the users convenience and that it can be edited from any part of the world which has an internet facility acts like cherry on the cake.


A website which you can improve or customize to make it look the way you want it to be is the best thing. Also, the fact that it can become a very powerful business site for your local use with the help of all the pre-written plugins is what is important. WordPress also consists of pre-made snippets which allow you to further customize it and make it your own in every way possible.

Powerful Platform

The best thing about WordPress is that it is a Content Management System and not a regular website, which means now you do not have to wait for a developer or a designer to update or make changes to your site as you can easily do it yourself. The popularity of WordPress has made available hundreds of tutorials and all the information you need to know what you have to do in your settings to bring the changes you want.

Great SEO

WordPress is well synced with Google and all the other major and minor Search Engines which gives the WordPress sites, the ability to handle them well. IF you have a site on WordPress then you can be sure that your page features on most search engines, which will help you grow your business by making it reach far and wide.

These are a few reasons why a WordPress Website is a great idea for any local business to grow and flourish.

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