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Government

+ - Governor Brown Vetoes His Own Party's Budget->

Submitted by Plekto
Plekto (1018050) writes "In a move that's sure to cause massive in-fighting within his own party, California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed his own party's budget proposal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7dHqjhJz8k
Jerry Brown's Statement on the California Budget Veto

While this isn't news, I found the video that is referenced in most of the articles online. It's very hard to find."

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The Media

+ - Shout! Factory Acquires MST3K Original Series->

Submitted by Plekto
Plekto (1018050) writes "http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=317

LOS ANGELES, CA — Adding to its expansive library of comedic TV offerings, Shout! Factory secured the worldwide home entertainment and digital download rights to the long running American cult television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K.) This announcement was made by Shout! Factory President Garson Foos.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Shout! Factory will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment and digital media distributor for Mystery Science Theater 3000 branded properties which include a vast library of original episodes that have never-been-available on DVD or for digital download."

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Announcements

+ - Ice-free Arctic could be here in 23 years->

Submitted by Plekto
Plekto (1018050) writes "Ice-free Arctic could be here in 23 years

* David Adam, environment correspondent
* The Guardian
* Wednesday September 5 2007

The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at a record low, scientists said last night. Experts said they were "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as Britain disappearing in the last week alone. So much ice has melted this summer that the north-west passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the north-east passage along Russia's Arctic coast could open later this month. If the increased rate of melting continues, the summertime Arctic could be totally free of ice by 2030...

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Full article at URL below."

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Announcements

+ - Arctic Ice Melting At Unprecedented Rate-> 3

Submitted by
Plekto
Plekto writes "Scientists have announced the Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at record lows. The Guardian newspaper reports experts are stunned by the loss of ice. An area almost twice as big as England disappeared in the last week alone. If the increased rate of melting continues, the summertime Arctic could be totally free of ice by 2030. So much ice has melted this summer that the Northwest passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the Northeast passage along Russia's Arctic coast could open later this month.
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I found this on DemocracyNow this morning.

The original article:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/sep/04/ climatechange"

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United States

+ - Iraq Congress - The U.S. to Leave in 6 Months.

Submitted by
Plekto
Plekto writes "http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/53230/

Original article:
"While most observers are focused on the U.S. Congress as it continues to issue new rubber stamps to legitimize Bush's permanent designs on Iraq, nationalists in the Iraqi parliament — now representing a majority of the body — continue to make progress toward bringing an end to their country's occupation."

Quick summary:
The Iraqi Congress voted on a binding resolution that forces them to take a general vote on the continuation of our presence there. Our contract is up for renewal in a few months and it's extremely unlikely that it will be renewed at that time."
Education

+ - ASUS $199-$299 Notebook Announced

Submitted by
Plekto
Plekto writes "http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/3951/asus_introd uces_new

I ran across this last night, but it evidently is slow to get out into the news.

Go to the ASUS site and select "global" as your area — there's an area on the left bottom side of the screen that you can click to bring up a nice bit of animation(the site's all JAVA, so I can't provide a direct link).

Prices will be $199-$299 — and it's not marketed as a OLPC, but a small basic laptop aimed at the younger crowds/college students/etc — who need more than a PDA but don't want it to be huge, either. It reminds me a lot of the Toshiba Libretto. Just under a pound."
Censorship

+ - Webcomic Author Fired for Talking About Firearms

Submitted by Plekto
Plekto (1018050) writes "Basically, this guy was talking about firearms with his friend at work. He decided to buy a gun. Nothing wrong with that — so was talking it over with his friend and decided to get a .22 for target shooting(paper targets and such at a range). This is a typical choice for someone who wants to learn how to shoot as their first firearm. His co-worker overheard and complained. Management fired him in a what's becoming all to typical knee-jerk reaction.

It's pretty appalling how low our society has sunk if you aren't even allowed to talk about your 2nd Amendment rights in public anymore.

http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2007-04-20

http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2007-04-24

He runs a webcomic and made a couple of strips about what happened. Welcome to the new America."

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