Even if the appeal ultimately fails, does anyone really think the NSA will stop collecting metadata just because some measly little court said to stop? To paraphrase Ernestine, "We don't care; we don't have to. We're the NSA."
I'm using Ghostery in Firefox; it is reporting 16 blockable things (a mix of advertising, analytics, beacons, and widgets). I experimented a bit with blocking everything; the only one I'm not currently blocking is Gravatar (so I can see all the cute icons people have chosen :-). Even with all things Google blocked, I'm able to read reported comments.
The "7,000 people giving birth" quote appears in an article at Bloomberg BNA dated October 29, at www.bna.com/rader-regrets-cls-n17179879684/. That article, in turn, seems to point to something called "Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily(tm)", which appears to be a for-pay e-service of Bloomberg BNA.
It's harder for people to tell the truth the first time around because it may be immediately embarrassing. With a lie, they won't be embarrassed until later (assuming someone figures out that it was a lie). Short-term vs. long-term thinking.
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