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+ - Obama Administration Seeking Internet Wiretaps-> 1

Submitted by EaglemanBSA
EaglemanBSA writes: The Obama administration is seeking to expand domestic and international wiretapping powers, forcing email, social networking and VOIP services to allow the government in. While this isn't exactly news for services like Skype, the specific requirements in the bill outline a need for such services as Blackberry's encrypted email to provide the government with the capability to decrypt them. There is another story running at the NYT here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27wiretap.html.
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+ - Data - Do Politicians Really Understand?

Submitted by EaglemanBSA
EaglemanBSA writes: It's not cutting-edge news that Al Gore has been ringing the environmental 'fire-bell' (example) on what many see as a significant turn for the worse in terms of climate change. As we've seen in the past, many of our legislators don't quite understand the concepts they're formulating legislation about (see Ted Stevens).My question is this: Do you think our politicians really understand the data in the global warming case enough to make a decision that will dictate multi-billion dollar energy policy? If not, what can we do to make a difference?

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