Every year about four million newborns in the U.S. get a heel prick at birth, to screen for congenital disorders, that if found early enough, can save their life.

The leftover blood, however, isn’t thrown away.

Turns out a non-descript office building in Richmond contains the DNA of every person born in California since 1983. It’s a treasure trove of information about you, from the color of your eyes and hair to your pre-disposition to diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Using these newborn blood spots for research, the state is able to screen babies for 80 hereditary diseases. But the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is not the only agency using the blood spots. Law enforcement can request them. Private companies can buy them to do research – without your consent.

Thom Hartmann talks with Marcy Wheeler, Independent journalist specializing in national security and civil liberties.

A local security expert who occasionally moonlights as a dumpster diver found the personal information of several A-list celebrities during a swap meet.

“I was in LA and a guy was taking the boxes of scripts and getting ready to throw them away and I was like ‘Whoa, whoa what are those?'” said Matt Malone.

e found a Rolodex full of the names and social securities from some of Hollywood’s biggest heavyweights.

“When I first opened this up I mean, who wants a Rolodex right? Except for you’d like to have Alec Baldwin’s number, Kevin Bacon, Donald Trump, and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Malone said.


The problem, it seems, is that most Americans don’t know what socialism is. On the other hand, as John Nicols wrote for The Nation this week, more Americans trust socialism than capitalism – by 12 points.


A federal watchdog told Congress on Tuesday that a recent covert audit of U.S. airports found layers of security were “simply missing,” in the latest undercover investigation to expose gaps in Transportation Security Administration procedures.

The findings were revealed by Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth during a House hearing on TSA problems where new Administrator Peter Neffenger also testified on what he’s doing to fix them.

Roth said the tests by federal auditors found “troubling” problems related to technology, procedures and human error at security checkpoints. He said the findings were “consistent across every airport.”

The inspections were conducted at eight airports. Roth said he was limited in talking about specifics because the findings of the report, which he gave to Congress in September, are classified.


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