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Comment Don't be a jerk. (Score 0) 324


"a human remains concentration game"?

Yes, people getting fired up about a book that helps kids understand tragedy is idiotic, as Olmsted clearly recognizes. However, writing or saying things that are even more asinine isn't going to achieve anything except validating the idiots' misdirected efforts.

Ignoring respect for the dead doesn't make you sound clever or witty; rather, it makes you look foolish and weak.


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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency 3709

Last night, around 11pm, all the major networks announced that Senator Barack Obama had won the election. Soon after, Senator McCain conceded. There were no crazy partisan court hearings, just a simple election. This is your chance to talk about it and what it means for the future of our nation.
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Submission + - 15% of United States Workforce Routinely Drunk-> 3

bl8n8r writes: "According to an article based on research conducted by the University of Buffalo, Alcohol use and impairment at work is a problem for 15% of the U.S. workforce (19.2 million people). Not surprisingly, Among the broad group of occupations with the highest rate of use were the management and sales occupations with grounds maintenance pulling in an honorable mention. Perhaps the next interview will go better if you bring along some Crown Royal"
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Submission + - Govt. attacks paper; demands 4 years of reader IPs-> 1

iroll writes: The founders of the Phoenix New Times have been arrested for exposing a "secret" grand jury subpoena targetting their newspaper. From the New Times article:

The subpoena demands: "Any and all documents containing a compilation of aggregate information about the Phoenix New Times Web site created or prepared from January 1, 2004 to the present, including but not limited to :
A) which pages visitors access or visit on the Phoenix New Times website;
B) the total number of visitors to the Phoenix New Times website;
C) information obtained from 'cookies,' including, but not limited to, authentication, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users (site preferences, contents of electronic shopping carts, etc.);
D) the Internet Protocol address of anyone that accesses the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
E) the domain name of anyone that has accessed the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
F) the website a user visited prior to coming to the Phoenix New Times website;
G) the date and time of a visit by a user to the Phoenix New Times website;
H) the type of browser used by each visitor (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape Navigator, Firefox, etc.) to the Phoenix New Times website; and I) the type of operating system used by each visitor to the Phoenix New Times website."

This story has been picked up by other media outlets around the country, including the NY Times

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Submission + - Phoenix sheriff arrests newspaper reporters.->

SnotBob writes: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2007-10-18/news/breathtaking-abuse-of-the-constitution/1


From the AZCentral.com story:

Phoenix New Times owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested Thursday night by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies on charges of revealing grand jury information, a misdemeanor.

The charges stem from a story published under their byline in the Thursday edition of New Times, in which they describe a subpoena the paper reportedly received from a grand jury convened by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

The alternative weekly newspaper, in its cover story, said the subpoena was part of an investigation orchestrated to get back at its reporters and the critical stories they wrote of County Attorney Andrew Thomas' political ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The scope of the subpoena is unusually broad: It not only demands information from the reporters but also information about all the online readers of the publication since Jan. 1, 2004, including their Internet domain names and browsers and what other Web sites they visited before reading New Times.

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Submission + - Motion Picture Industry revenue up in 2006->

Fusen writes: "Even though we are subjected to numerous reports on piracy destroying the earth as we know it, a recent MPA study reveals that revenue from all filmed media increased 8% in 2006.

"After a disappointing 2005, the six major companies have received official confirmation from the MPA that their all-media revenue from filmed entertainment — comprising money from home video, television, theatrical and pay TV — expanded by 8% in 2006 to reach $42.6 billion.""

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Submission + - Wikipedia UNbanned in China !

An anonymous reader writes: Dear Slashdot,

Since this morning Wikipedia has been unbanned in Beijing,
Shanghai and many other cities.

So far only the English version is accessible

The other languages, chinese included, aren't
reachable at the moment but there's no more
the notorious "connection reset" error coming
from the Great Firewall of China.

Marco Polo,
China PRC
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Nuke-proof bunker turns out not water proof.

An anonymous reader writes: CNN reports about the opening of a vault which should have been able to withstand a nucleair attack by the Russians. 50 years ago they put an Plymouth Belvedere in the vault to preserve it so that we could get a good look at it in the (for that time) magical year 2007. Unfortunatly it turns out that the vault wasn't capable to withstand water, the once beautiful car is now a real rust bucket in the literal meaning of the word.

Makes one wonder about the quality of the other shelters...

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