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Three Things We Don?t Know About Obama?s Massive Voter Database

on March 28, 2012

President Obama’s re-election campaign is reportedly building a massive database of information about potential supporters. The database seems to bring together information about supporters gathered from all branches of the campaign?? everything from an individual’s donation records to volunteer activity to online interactions with the campaign ? aimed at allowing the campaign to personalize every […]

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Piratebox the answer to Hadopi? And what is the cost of piracy anyways? (video)

on March 27, 2012

Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists. Earlier this month, numerama.com reported documents put online by a professor at Lille, a guide to achieve an easy PirateBox miniature, based on a router that costs less than 40 euros. […]

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Former world darts champion Jocky Wilson dies at age 62

on March 26, 2012

Scottish darts player and former world champion Jocky Wilson died last night, two days after turning 62. He had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung ailment, and police attributed his death to medical causes. Cquote1.svg It was a shame he wasn’t involved in darts anymore because he was such a hero. Cquote2.svg […]

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Constructing Consensus: The 'Victims-And-Aggressor Meme'

on March 24, 2012

Journalists are supposed to tell the truth without fear or favour. In reality, as even the editor of the Independent acknowledges, MPs and reporters are ?a giant club?. Together, politics and media combine to provide an astonishingly consistent form of reality management controlling public perception of conflicts in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. […]

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Wanted (by NYT): One Woman to Represent All Feminists

on March 22, 2012

Over the weekend, the New York Times (3/18/12) published an article pondering why no one has taken Gloria Steinem’s place as ubiquitous spokesperson for women’s rights: Over the last 40 years, Gloria Steinem has almost always been at the other end of the phone when some member of the news media has sought comment about […]

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PBS Trying to Hide Some of Public TV's Best Work?

on March 22, 2012

In the New York Times (3/19/12), Elizabeth Jensen reports on some unusual scheduling decisions at PBS that are diminishing the audience for some of the best stuff you’re likely to see on public television?the acclaimed documentary series Independent Lens and POV: After being bumped from Tuesday nights to a hodgepodge of time slots, Independent Lens […]

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At 10, he built his first bomb. At 14, he made a nuclear reactor. Now he?s 17?

on March 22, 2012

Taylor Wilson makes people nervous. While his beanpole frame and Justin Bieber?esque haircut suggest he?s just a harmless kid, his after-school activities paint a far more ominous picture. At age 10, he built his first bomb out of a pill bottle and household chemicals. At 11, he started mining for uranium and buying vials of […]

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In Brazil, Criminals Can Actually Go To Jail

on March 22, 2012

When federal prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira heard in November about an oil spill in a Chevron field off Brazil’s coast, he was determined that, this time, the polluters wouldn’t wiggle from his grip. Time and again over the past decade, targets of his civil and criminal cases have used Brazil’s legal system — with […]

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Israel and Iran are Peaceful People

on March 21, 2012

Five days after an Israeli couple professed its love for the Iranian people over Facebook, the campaign continued to make waves in the global media. CNN’s website dedicated a prime spot for the campaign Tuesday, exposing its readers to what was quickly turning into the week’s most heartwarming story. “It is not possible to dial […]

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Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later (MIXTAPE)

on March 20, 2012

Bob Dylan released his first album on March 20th, 1962. ?The self titled album didn’t make it to the Billboard Top 100, only selling 5,000 copies, but four months later he would record the track “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which would change music forever. ?Today we look back on the early days and recordings of […]

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Gunman Reportedly Filmed Lethal Shooting Spree at French Jewish School

on March 20, 2012

A day after an attack outside a Jewish school here killed a rabbi and three young children, French authorities offered fresh details on Tuesday of an assault that has stunned the nation and terrorized the city, saying the lone gunman seemed to be filming his actions as he coolly shot his victims to death. [two_five] […]

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Imminent danger of famine in the Sahel

on March 19, 2012

[two_five] Lower levels of precipitation in the Sahel region since 1970[/two_five]The?U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization?reports that an estimated number of sixteen million people may soon suffer from food shortages in the?Sahel?region.UNICEF?prepares for a worst case scenario of providing food for 1.5 million children with acute malnutrition. The?U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs?announced that […]

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North Korea plans to launch long-range rocket

on March 19, 2012

On Friday,?North Korea?announced that the country will launch a satellite mounted to a long-range rocket into orbit, as a celebratory action for late leader?Kim Il Sung‘s 100th birthday. [one_three] Kim Il Sung?portrait (2007) Image:?Gilad.rom. [/one_three]The statement caused international concern as North Korea agreed to stop its nuclear program and weapon testing just 16 days earlier. […]

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