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Comment: Re:OK, I'll say it... (Score 1) 841

by feed_me_cereal (#26736677) Attached to: Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

Was he giving a speech to the CDC? No. Know to target the right audience. I'm still searching for the "point" he was trying to make targeting THAT group of people in an act that could be considered terrorism under our "new and improved" laws.

uhh... because they're rich and might lend money to the cause? Do you think the CDC needs convincing that malaria is a problem?

Comment: Re:astroturfing tag (Score 1) 841

by feed_me_cereal (#26736649) Attached to: Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

yeah, I was just posting about this at the same time you were. I really don't get it. The word has a specific meaning, and it's losing it very quickly and gaining a new one: "my enemy's advertising technique". Now I think I know why I need to explain what this word means to people every time I use it.

Comment: Re:Only poor people? (Score 4, Informative) 841

by feed_me_cereal (#26736567) Attached to: Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

He said "there's no reason only poor people should be infected", not "there's no reason only poor people are elected". Poor people did nothing to deserve being infected.

Secondly, Bill Gate's little show had a lot more of a point than PETA getting naked. Whereas the latter is merely a publicity stunt, Gate's maneuver also serves to make potentially rich donors uncomfortable with the idea of the suffering of others by experiencing a small part of it. Nothing about PETA getting naked serves this sort of purpose.

Lastly, I also dearly hope that Bill Gate's political leanings aren't whats preventing you from otherwise helping to stop the spread of malaria...

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 1475

by feed_me_cereal (#26488845) Attached to: Google Challenging Proposition 8

If you count civil unions, then he can also throw in the two remaining continents (unless you want to also count Antarctica) and several more states.

South Africa and Nepal were the latest to join, bringing Asia and Africa to the list.

Here's your source:

I'll never understand why people don't at least check wikipedia before demanding a source... and yes, the wikipedia article cites its own sources on the particular issues of Africa and Asia.

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+ - Clinton Assails Bush's 'War on Science'->

Submitted by Iron Condor
Iron Condor (964856) writes "Straight from WIRED News. Notable quotes: "For six and half years under President Bush, it has been open season on open inquiry," Clinton said. "By ignoring or manipulating science, the Bush administration is putting our future at risk and letting our economic competitors get an edge in the global economy.""
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+ - AT&T Censors Pearl Jam's Anti-Bush Lyrics->

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VE3OGG writes "Numerous news agencies are reporting that Pearl Jam's recent Lollapalooza concert has met with some controversy. According to the news reports, when Eddie Vedder sang: "George Bush leave this world alone. George Bush find yourself another home." AT&T censored the lyrics on its webcast. AT&T has said that this was an accident on the part of Davie-Brown Entertainment and should never have happened as it is against their policies of editing political messages out of webcasts and has posted an apology and is taking steps to publish the songs in their entirety on its Blue Room website, however Pearl Jam has gone on record as saying "AT&T's actions strikes at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media.""
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+ - AT&T Censors Lyrics Criticizing George Bush

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) writes "According to Save the Internet, AT&T recently censored a Pearl Jam concert at this year's Lollapalooza, removing the lines "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush find yourself another home" from the delayed web broadcast. According to AT&T, it was an "error" due to their filtering system whereby contractors monitor performances, and try to remove "excessive profanity". A spokeswoman admitted: "There was no profanity. It was a mistake.""

+ - AT&T censors political Lollapalooza lyrics->

Submitted by theelemur
theelemur (931057) writes "Yesterday AT&T admitted to censoring non profanatory lyrics critical of US President George W Bush from from a Pearl Jam performance shown on AT&T's Blue Room entertainment site. This event highlights one of the dangers of preferential content delivery in the net neutrality debate: degraded access to uncensored content."
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+ - AT&T Censors Anti-Bush Pearl Jam Lyrics->

Submitted by feed_me_cereal
feed_me_cereal (452042) writes "While performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vetter inserted the lyrics "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home" into a rendition of "Daughter" sang to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall". Those lyrics were censored out of the Lollapalooza webcast from AT&T's "Blue Room". AT&T denies willful culpability, citing this incident as a "mistake". One wonders what implications this will have in the net neutrality debate."
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+ - AT&T Censors Webcast

Submitted by iter8
iter8 (742854) writes "AT&T's "content monitor" muted part the lyrics of Pearl Jam's "Blue Room" during a live Lollapalooza Webcast sponsored by the telecom, censoring some anti-George Bush lyrics link. AT&T says it was a "a major mistake by a webcast vendor and completely contrary to our policy. We are working closely with the vendor and the band to post the song in its entirety on this site and ensure that this does not happen again." Pearl Jam says "But what if there is only one provider from which to choose? If a company that is controlling a webcast is cutting out bits of our performance — not based on laws, but on their own preferences and interpretations -fans have little choice but to watch the censored version. What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and it's about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band.""

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