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News Roundup 11-11-2002 + ACTION Items

Please accept my apologies for such a long post today....a rare novelty.
This list includes items covered in the past few weeks, so this will be a rare occurence.


Democrats on Wednesday managed to defeat a bill aimed at amending U.S. election laws to immunize bloggers from hundreds of pages of federal regulations.

In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that peyote -- the only legal hallucinogenic drug in the United States -- doesn't rob regular users of brain power over time. While the findings don't directly indicate anything about the safety of psychedelic drugs like LSD and mushrooms, they do suggest that at least one hallucinogen is OK to use for months or even years.,1286,69477,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA

Fox News Laughs at Male Victims of Domestic Violence

FBI mines records of ordinary Americans
Under Patriot Act, feds probe lives of residents not alleged to be terrorists

Seceding seldom succeeds, but Vermonters try……. And its keynote - that separating from the United States is a just remedy for the federal government's trampling of state sovereignty - is echoing beyond the snow-capped Green Mountains.

US Forces 'Used Chemical Weapons' during Assault on City of Fallujah

A Senate panel set a deadline of April 7, 2009 to require television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requiring that the airwaves be returned to the government.

Lax oversight by federal regulators has helped waste millions of dollars in a government program that aims to connect schools and libraries to the Internet, according to a congressional investigation.

A Florida court will hear arguments on Friday in a case where the accuracy of a breathalyser is being scrutinised because the manufacturer has refused to release the source code.

Microsoft has claimed the cost of software is not an important issue in the developing world.,39020330,39231004,00.htm

In politics, no one is winning
Democrats aren't gaining the public support Republicans are losing.

Pentagon Purchases: Millions in Markups

FBI infractions since 9/11 raise civil liberty concerns
Newly released documents point to hundreds of possible violations of
the laws governing surveillance. By Peter Grier

Surviellance State USA

The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according to previously classified documents to be released today.

The State Department has mandated that all U.S. passports issued
after October 2006 will have embedded RFID chips that carry the
holder's personal data and digital photo.

Complete review of Spychips can be read at CIOInsight:,1540,1875343,00.asp

15,220 Live with the Wounds of War

A CIA report casts new doubt on links between Iraq and al Qaeda

The Central Intelligence Agency has asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation to determine the source of a Washington Post article that said the agency had set up a covert prison network in Eastern Europe and other countries to hold important terrorism suspects, government officials said on Tuesday. More instances of disregarding the ‘free press’.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Meaningful Eminent Domain Reform, Legislation Now Heads to Senate

An internal Wal-Mart memo about screening out unhealthy job applicants
raises the question of discrimination.

Virginia Firm Pleads in Oil-For-Food Scandal

The Fallen Legion: Casualties of the Bush Administration

The tougher terms now facing the bankrupt

Most scientific papers are probably wrong

Easley's Legacy: Taxes and Secrecy

This is an interview with Tony Bove, author of the upcoming book, "Just Say No to Microsoft". With this book Bove intends to help readers rid Microsoft from their life- this is easier said that done, but it is certainly possible. The book goes on to list alternatives to the Microsoft programs on which people have become dependent and probably think they cannot give up.

In what would be the largest project of its kind, the Missouri Department of Transportation is finalizing a contract to monitor thousands of cell phones, using their movements to map real-time traffic conditions statewide on all 5,500 miles of major roads. It's just one of a number of initiatives to more intelligently manage traffic flow through wireless data collection. Officials say there's no Big Brother agenda in the Missouri project, but we've heard that one before.,1382,69227,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

PBS' "BREAKING THE SILENCE" = Pure Lies and Propaganda

Wal-Mart Turns in Student's Anti-Bush Photo, Secret Service Investigates Him

Consumers may be able to leave their wallets behind in the near future, but security and privacy experts worry that pay-by-fingerprint schemes could lead to hard-to-combat identity fraud and greater threats to civil rights.

A federally funded group of voting technology experts call on the United States' Election Assistance Commission to revamp its process for evaluating the security of election systems.

Breaking the Science: Misleading Stories from PBS

The Fathers' War
They serve their country and lose their children.

Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories, airing on PBS affiliates throughout the country on Thursday, October 20, is a direct assault on fatherhood. The film portrays fathers as batterers and child molesters who steal children from their mothers. Breaking the Silence aims to reverse the minimal, hard-won gains shared parenting advocates have made in protecting children's right to have both parents in their lives after divorce or separation. The film is extremely one-sided, and presents a harmful and inaccurate view of divorce and child custody cases.

A recent government order mandating that voice over internet protocol services must include the same government-approved wiretapping capabilities as traditional phone companies threatens to cripple peer-to-peer telephone innovation, according to new warnings from civil liberties groups and an internet telephony pioneer.,1283,69277,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

TheAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science recently conducted a survey on the effect of patenting on the sciences. The results are frightening: 1/5th or more of all research projects in the United States are being chilled by patent holders. The sheer amount of research being canceled because of licensing issues is astounding, but at the same time many of these researchers hold their own patents and therefore contribute to the problem."

Recent events prove the extent to which lawmakers will go to protect corporate welfare.


Grokster Downloading Service to Shut Down

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been targeted in a class-action lawsuit in California by consumers claiming their computers have been harmed by anti-piracy software on some the record company's CDs.,1367,69541,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

CDs that Contain Sony’s DRM Spyware:

Virus writers have begun taking advantage of Sony-BMG's use of rootkit technology in DRM software bundled with its music CDs.

Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents

Why Software Patents Are Like Smoking

Support the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act


Tell Congress and the President to restore your medical privacy now! Tell them no one should be able to see or use your medical records without your knowledge and permission.

Stop the MPAA and RIAA's Horror Triple Bill!

Act Today To Reveal The White House Lies That Led Us to War

You should be highly concerned that the Department of Homeland Security is considering requiring a computer chip to be placed in my drivers' license. Send an urgent message to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that you oppose any new federal standards that would significantly increase the cost of your
state-issued drivers' license and jeopardize your personal privacy.

President Bush: No Pardons for Treason
There is no graver crime than to mislead a country into war, and then lie to cover it up.

An atrocious new bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Souder -- one of the worst and most irresponsible drug warriors in the US Congress -- would impose long mandatory minimum sentences on low-level, nonviolent methamphetamine offenders.
Stop This Harsh and Unnecessary Bill


On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets:
An Empirical Study
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