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+ - 12 Year old Girl pushed out of Co-Ed minor hockey->

joelmax writes: From the article:
For 12-year-old Kayla Watkins, the public humiliation was too much.

After learning a parent on her coed peewee hockey team — comprised entirely of boys except for her — called for restrictions on her ice time or her removal from the team unless her skills improved, she did the only thing she thought she could: She quit.

½Â½ÂoeI felt that if I went back all the parents would have been watching every move I made and always staring at me,” said the outgoing preteen, who has been playing the game since the age of four."

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News

+ - PETA in Hot water over Euthenasia of Animals->

joelmax writes: "Animal lovers worldwide now have access to more than a decade’s worth of proof that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) kills thousands of defenseless pets at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. Since 1998, PETA has opted to “put down” 21,339 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens instead of finding homes for them."
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The Courts

+ - The Pirate Bay Founders Create DDO$ Attack->

joelmax writes: It seems that The folks over at The Pirate Bay have come up with a Genius Idea for their 30Million SEK Fine that they refuse to pay. Basically, they aim to Have millions of TPB Supporters send small donation payments to the Law Firm representing the Media Industry of 1 SEK (Reccommended amount). Now, if enough people do this, the Law firm only has 1000 free transactions per day, so everything above 1000 transactions costs them money (2 SEK per Transaction). So lets say that this gets tons of support and 30 million people do this (Cost of fine) in 1 day. This means that there would be 29 999 000 transactions that cost the law firm 2 SEK per transaction. This would end up costing the firm $59 998 000 (Just under 60 Million, or double the amount fined). Thats a lot of $$$....

Here is a link to the original article: http://dizzythinks.net/2009/05/pirate-bay-founders-invent-ddo-attack.html

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United States

+ - ACLU Pries Confidential Toture memoes via FOIA

joelmax writes: In a move that has suprised many, Obama has released 4 "Torture Memos" to the public with only Minor redactions.

From the Article "Obama to release OLC torture memos; promises no prosecutions for CIA officials

In a just-released statement, Barack Obama announced that — in response to an ACLU FOIA lawsuit — he has ordered four key Bush-era torture memos released, and the Associated Press, citing anonymous Obama sources, is reporting that "there is very little redaction, or blacking out, of detail in the memos.""

For the full article and a link to the memos: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/radio/2009/04/16/aclu/index.html
Announcements

+ - Nortel Failings lead to Chapter 11->

joelmax writes: "Nortel Networks Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States on Wednesday, one day before it was due to make a $107 million interest payment. The Toronto-based company and several of its affiliates made the filing in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. The move came shortly after the Nortel's shares were halted on the TSX. According to The Globe and Mail, Nortel is also expected to file for bankruptcy protection in Toronto." So it seems that the long coming fall of Nortel may finally be at an end here. It will definitely be interesting to see if they can finally get their act together, but I doubt that Nortel will be around for much longer.
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