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Submission + - Climate Research Unit Destroyed Climate Data (cei.org)

BarefootClown writes: "In mid-August the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) disclosed that it had destroyed the raw data for its global surface temperature data set because of an alleged lack of storage space. The CRU data have been the basis for several of the major international studies that claim we face a global warming crisis. CRU's destruction of data, however, severely undercuts the credibility of those studies. ... Among CRU's funders are the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy--U.S. taxpayers."

How can we have any sort of informed debate or critical analysis when raw data is not preserved? Don't the taxpayers have a right to the product of their "investment?"


Submission + - SWAT Teams for Copyright Violation

BarefootClown writes: Reasonis reporting that "Last night, a federal SWAT team assisted the RIAA in a raid on the studio of Atlanta musician DJ Drama." Radley Balko writes: "This local news report says the locally famous mixtape DJ is under investigation for piracy. But Drama's supporters say the DJ is a mix artist, not a bootlegger. They say news footage of the raid shows RIAA officials boxing up only recordable CDs filled with mixes, not bootlegs of retail CDs (the local news reporter seems to conflate the two as well)." Is this going to be the new policy for copyright raids?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead