Posted by: quiscus | November 21, 2010

November 21, 2010

1.  Ridiculous:

“PM asks for Pollard’s release as part of freeze deal”

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=196093

2.  “TSA screeners leave cancer survivor covered in urine”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/tsa-cancer-survivor-covered-urine/

3.  “Oregon Senator Wyden effectively kills Internet censorship bill

“Deploying this statute to combat online copyright infringement seems almost like using a bunker-busting cluster bomb, when what you need is a precision-guided missile,” Wyden said.

Opponents of the bill insist that many sites which contain allegedly infringing materials also traffic in legitimate data that’s constitutionally protected. There’s also a fear that whatever action the US takes, other countries will seek to emulate, and some to a much more zealous degree.

Activist group DemandProgress, which is running a petition against the bill, argued the powers in the bill could be used for political purposes.

“The Act, if enacted into law, would fundamentally alter U.S. policy towards Internet speech, and would set a dangerous precedent with potentially serious consequences for free expression and global Internet freedom,” Post wrote in the petition letter (PDF).

“Blacklisting entire sites out of the domain name system,” explained the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), a privacy and digital rights advocate group, is a “reckless scheme that will undermine global Internet infrastructure and censor legitimate online speech.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/oregon-senator-vows-block-internet-censorship-bill/

4.  “Airport body scanners are ‘just as likely to kill you as terrorist bombs’

Critics say the low level beam used delivers a small dose of radiation to the body but because the beam concentrates on the skin – one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body – that dose may be up to 20 times higher than first estimated.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1331185/Airport-body-scanners-just-likely-kill-terrorist-bombs.html

5.  “Boris Johnson, a Tory (conservative) Mayor of London, wrote in the Daily Telegraph last week,

‘ It is not yet clear whether George W Bush is planning to cross the Atlantic to flog us his memoirs, but if I were his PR people I would urge caution. As book tours go, this one would be an absolute corker. It is not just that every European capital would be brought to a standstill, as book-signings turned into anti-war riots. The real trouble — from the Bush point of view — is that he might never see Texas again.

 

One moment he might be holding forth to a great perspiring tent at Hay-on-Wye. The next moment, click, some embarrassed member of the Welsh constabulary could walk on stage, place some handcuffs on the former leader of the Free World, and take him away to be charged. Of course, we are told this scenario is unlikely. Dubya is the former leader of a friendly power, with whom this country is determined to have good relations. But that is what torture-authorising Augusto Pinochet thought. And unlike Pinochet, Mr Bush is making no bones about what he has done. ‘

http://www.juancole.com/2010/11/bush-could-be-arrested-in-europe-turley-to-olbermann.html

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