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Submission + - Who's Bankrolling the Climate-Change Deniers? 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Bryan Walsh writes in Time Magazine that climate denialism exists in part because there has been a long-term, well-financed effort on the part of conservative groups and corporations to distort global-warming science. "The blows have been struck by a well-funded, highly complex and relatively coordinated denial machine," say sociologists Riley Dunlap and Aaron McCright. Fossil-fuel companies like Exxon and Peabody Energy — which obviously have a business interest in slowing any attempt to reduce carbon emissions — have combined with traditionally conservative corporate groups like the US Chamber of Commerce and conservative foundations like the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, to raise doubts about the basic validity of what is, essentially, a settled scientific truth. The naysayers seem to be following the playbook written by the tobacco industry in its long, ongoing war against medical findings about the dangers of smoking. For both Big Oil and Big Smoke, that playbook is lethally simple: don't straight-up refute the science, just raise skepticism and insist that the findings are "unsettled" and that "more research" is necessary."

Submission + - Climate change sees adventurers rowing to magnetic (domain-b.com)

Dalmarf writes: Title should say it all. From the article "First, the good news: six British adventurers succeeded in rowing to the magnetic North Pole in an open boat, after a grueling, 28-day journey from northern Canada.
The bad news: their expedition was possible because of climate change and global warming that has resulted in the dramatic retreat of the Arctic ice sheet."


Submission + - Argentina Censors Millions Of Websites 3

bs0d3 writes: A judge in Argentina ordered ISPs to block two websites--leakymails.com and leakymails.blogspot.com . According to google many isps have simply blocked the ip instead of a targeted dns filter. Several million blogspot blogs are hosted at this ip.

Freedom of speech advocate Jillian York writes:

IP blocking is a blunt method of filtering content that can erase from view large swaths of innocuous sites by virtue of the fact that they are hosted on the same IP address as the site that was intended to be censored. One such example of overblocking by IP address can be found in India, where the IP blocking of a Hindu Unity website (blocked by an order from Mumbai police) resulted in the blocking of several other, unrelated sites. As Andrade points out, "There are other less restrictive technical procedures than the one used, which allow ISPs to comply with court orders fully, while affecting only the sites involved."


Submission + - Assange receives recognition down-under. (smh.com.au)

c0lo writes: Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stands alongside the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela: Assange has been chosen by the Sydney Peace Foundation to receive a rare gold medal for peace with justice ***.
In related news: this Friday, in Federation Square, Melbourne, Assange joins (over the net) a discussion on wikileaks and freedom of speech. The discussion is campaigned by the GetUp Australia foundation, an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation with over 400000 members.

*** peace with justice relates to a way of thinking and acting which promotes non-violent solutions to every day problems and contributes to the development of civil societies.


Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.

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