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Dead Goldfish Offered The Vote In Illinois Screenshot-sm 216

Election officials in northern Chicago want to know why voter registration material was sent to Princess, a dead goldfish. "I am just stunned at the level of people compromising the integrity of the voting process," said Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, a Republican, who said she has spotted problems with nearly 1,000 voter registrations this year. Beth Nudelman, who owned Princess, said the fish may have got on a mailing list because the family once filled in her name when they got a second phone line for a computer. When will we recognize a goldfish's right to vote?
The Courts

Submission + - Parents not allowed to educate their children (americaindistress.com)

Jim Purcey writes: "A Judge in California, threatening parents and saying, "Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children." Justice H. Walter Croskey 2nd District Court of Appeal. More than 166,000 children are being home educated in California. Pure nonsense and more proof that it is time Americans wake up and realize the 'Contracts" they have signed with government. The real story here is the parents and their right to teach their children! That's right, imagine free Americans being dictated to by their government and told what is best for their children and if they don't comply they will be locked up. "Noncompliance could lead to criminal complaints against the parents," Croskey said. How did the government get this authority and control in a country that claims freedom, with a Constitution that provides for, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The "marriage license" is the vehicle that empowers the government to have the authority to make demands and threats to parents who have chosen to educate their children at home. Think about this; the definition of "license" is to grant someone the privilege to do what would otherwise be unlawful. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law defines "license" as " a right or permission granted by a competent authority (as of a government or business) to engage in some business or occupation, do some act, or engage in some transaction, which would be unlawful without such permission; also: a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted." "Permission" Do we our governments permission to be married? I don't think so! No we do not need a license to be married. Do we give up or lose certain Constitutional Rights if we do sign a license? Yes we do, and the proof is in the court declaring parents can not educate their children at home or at any institution no approved by government. In my book," Am I The Only American Who Thinks Way?" http://www.americaindistress.com/ I write about these contracts Americans have been duped into signing with government. I hope this will be a topic for more discussion in splash dot."

Submission + - Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling (wordpress.com) 1

Senecalp writes: "All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out nearly all the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down."

Submission + - The Earth is Cooling: Look at the Data (blogspot.com)

Advocate123 writes: Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

Feed Engadget: Video: FlyTunes brings internet radio to iPhone (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones, CES, Wireless

Interested in hitting up internet radio on your iPhone with a sleek interface? For those with unmodified iPhones that are already turning away sheepishly, come on back. FlyTunes is simply a web application accessible via Safari, which allows users to customize stations on their PC / Mac and then login and listen from the phone. Also of note, it can queue up to a half hour of music should you want to listen for awhile after leaving an EDGE / WiFi-covered area, and if you're wondering how much coinage you'll have to lay down to get in on this, you'll be stoked to hear it's free. Onward, to the video!

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Submission + - Surfer Creates Grand Unified Theory (foxnews.com)

surferGuy writes: ""A surfer dude with no fixed address may be this century's Einstein. A. Garrett Lisi, a physicist who divides his time between surfing in Maui and teaching snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, has come up with what may be the Grand Unified Theory. That's the "holy grail" of physics that scientists have been searching for ever since Albert Einstein presented his General Theory of Relativity nearly 100 years ago. Even more remarkable is that Lisi, who has a Ph.D. but no permanent university affiliation, solves the problem without resorting to exotic dimensions, string theory or exceptionally complex mathematics." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311952,00.html"

Tim Schafer Confirms No Psychonauts Sequel Likely 30

Via Game|Life comes an interview with Tim Schafer of Psychonauts, Day of the Tentacle fame in which he states there will likely be no sequels in the near future for those of us who loved his past works. "I would love to go back and spend time with the characters from any game I've worked on, and I would love to make a sequel to any of them. But I also want to make something new. If there were five of me I might make sequels, but there's always some new idea I want to explore." The interview is a part of Playboy's Geniuses at Play feature. It features discussions with folks like David Jaffe, Phil Harrison, and Clive Barker, the whole of which is worth reading. The subsite for the interviews is safe for work as of this posting.

Submission + - EU wants air passenger data collected, too

An anonymous reader writes: BBC is telling us that EU commission wants flight passenger data to be preserved in databases for 10 years after the flight. BBC says:"The measures would not apply to flights within the EU." This is part of "anti-terrorism proposals" which also include tighter laws to control hate speech and bomb-making instructions.

Submission + - Time to encrypt all P2P traffic? 3

VORNAN-20 writes: Yesterday's item here about Comcast screwing around with P2P traffic brings up an idea. Is it time to change the P2P standard to encrypt all traffic? I think that almost any current PC would have no problem handling the extra load, and really, Comcast or any ISP has no business knowing what you are sending in the first place. I am not a network guy but I think that this is doable. If azureus, ktorrent, etc were all to come out with an "encrypt all packets using " option maybe this could be managed quickly and cleanly. It would be best to move quickly before all of the ISPs catch on to this. Come on developers, liberate us from the network meanies!!

Submission + - Operator Turns Off Engine - UAV Crashes in Arizona

Scott Tracy writes: The plane crashed near Nogales, Ariz., because the pilot had turned off the engine and never noticed, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled Tuesday. The board chairman, Mark V. Rosenker, said part of the problem was inadequate supervision and regulation of U.A.V.'s. "We definitely need to change the mind-set from computer game-boy to pilot of an aircraft," he said. If the object was simply to operate a computer console, with no reference to safety on the ground, "you could get an 8- or 10-year-old kid who probably could fly it better than what the pilots are doing."

Submission + - DNA Discoverer Claims Africans Are Not Intelligent 1

An anonymous reader writes: Nobel laureate James Watson, the co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, has made controversial remarks about race and intelligence in an interview with The Sunday Times. Watson is 'inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa' because 'all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really'. He said he hopes that all races are equal, but 'people who have to deal with black employees find this not true'. He also writes that 'there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so'. In reply, a British politician has said, 'It is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments.' Watson is promoting his memoirs, entitled 'Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science'.

Submission + - Internet Explorer Vulnerability Back From The Dead (raffon.net)

Clown of The Month writes: A vulnerability in Internet Explorer that was discovered almost 3 years ago by cyber_flash, is now demonstrated by security researcher Aviv Raff to automate an exploit of a new vulnerability in Adobe Reader. The old vulnerability allows an attacker to download and open an executable file in an application associated to a different extension. The new vulnerability allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code from remote when opening a manually downloaded PDF file. Combining both vulnerabilities, it is now possible to execute code from remote by clicking on a link in IE7, as shown in a video created by Raff.

Submission + - Do OpenOffice users save in Microsoft format? (zdnet.co.uk) 8

superglaze writes: "Looking through an article on the Series 60 office suite Quickoffice, I noted a claim by a company executive that OpenOffice users usually save their documents in a Microsoft (eg. .doc) format (hence no plans at Quickoffice to support .odf). I guess I can see the rationale for this — it helps if you're sending a document to an MS-using company — but what's the general /.-user's experience of this?"

Submission + - Clinton To Boost Nest Eggs (boston.com)

Danny_Boi writes: In her presedential race — Hilary Clinton bids to help out families with their retirement funds — at the expense of inheritence taxing.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton Declares War on Space Exploration (associatedcontent.com)

MarkWhittington writes: "Recently, Senator Hillary Clinton revealed her science agenda. Of great interest to people involved in making and debating space policy were the three bullets concerning the space program. To be brief and to the point, Hillary's agenda would be terrible news for anyone who supports space exploration and space commerce."

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