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"A White House privacy board has determined that two of the Bush administration's controversial surveillance programs do not violate citizens' civil liberties. After operating mostly in secret for a year, the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Board is to release its first report to Congress next week.""
"Claude Allegre, one of France's leading socialists and among her most celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the dangers of global warming.
"Fifteen years ago, Dr. Allegre was among the 1500 prominent scientists who signed 'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity' (Wikipedia), a highly publicized letter stressing that global warming's 'potential risks are very great' and demanding a new caring ethic that recognizes the globe's fragility in order to stave off 'spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic and environmental collapse.'"
In light of the volumes of research conducted since then, Dr. Allegre recently renounced his previous views. He now believes global warming is "over-hyped and an environmental concern of second rank."
" 'The cause of this climate change is unknown,' he states matter of factly. There is no basis for saying, as most do, that the 'science is settled.' "
Part 13 of the National Post's "Deniers" series, about scientists who contradict the majority opinion on climate science."
FTA: "Suleiman accused the conservative Sunni institution of promoting extremist thought and described some companions of the Prophet Mohammed as "terrorists". He also compared President Hosni Mubarak to the dictatorial Pharaohs of ancient Egypt."
Abdel Karim Suleiman was handed a 4 year prison sentence,as a result the international group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has added Egypt to its list of internet Black Holes."
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The first motion (Action For Breach of Contract) is where SCO claims that IBM breached their AIX contract by donating JFS, RCU, LTP, and "Negative Know-How" to Linux. IBM's main argument for summary judgment in their favor was that this was IBM's original code and they had full right to do with it what they wanted. Contrary to what SCO argues, none of the parties of the original contract (AT&T, Novell,Sequent) ever meant that AT&T (and its successors) would ever control original code. SCO responded that was for a jury to decide because one person gave conflicting testimony in one instance and other minor reasons.
The second motion (SCO's Copyright Claim) is the one where SCO claims IBM infringed its copyright by continuing to distribute AIX after SCO purportedly terminated their rights. IBM: SCO has yet to identify code that qualifies as a breach of the contract; SCO cannot terminate the "irrevocable and perpetual" license; SCO cannot prove it holds the copyrights at issue because Novell owns some copyrights and oldSCO assigned the rest to UnitedLinux; and SCO misused its copyrights. SCO: "irrevocable and perpetual" only applied to use not to the whole contract. SCO can still terminate. UnitedLinux means nothing because SCO didn't know the code was in there.
For the third claim (Unfair Competition), IBM keeps hammering at the same point. SCO has produced no evidence to support their claim. Anyway, their agreement with the oldSCO limited any disputes to two years and that IBM never hid its intentions to use Project Monterrey in AIX. SCO has not shown that it was damaged by IBM at all. SCO responded by mentioning someone from IBM threatened Darl McBride and tried to introduce hearsay from a third party relayed to Darl about IBM's intents.
For the fourth claim (Interference), SCO claims that IBM interfered with their business with 177 companies. But SCO claims that IBM only contacted 7 of the 177. Of the 7, all of them state that IBM had no influence in their relationship with SCO. Even if IBM did influence them, there is no law against it. SCO did not respond directly to the arguments but referred to their timeline of events and that there were enough disputed facts for a jury."