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Submission + - PG&E Exec Caught Attempting to Lay Astroturf (

spopepro writes: In California there has been much had wringing and debate over PG&E's plan to install Smart Meter power meters (alleged bill spikes, EMF dangers, different issues than raised here). William Devereaux, the senior director for PG&E's Smart Meter program, was recently caught attempting to join a discussion group populated by Smart Meter opponents. He used an alias... but provided an email address with his his name in it, which the moderator recognized immediately. It's unclear what Mr. Deveraux's plans were once he had access to the group messages, but his gaffe provides another black eye to the public utility who hasn't had much good news of late.

Submission + - Cats, Lies and the Research PR Machine (

spopepro writes: While un-captioned cats might be of limited interest to the /. community, I found this column on how a fabricated statistic takes on a life of it's own interesting. Starting from the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) claim that the unsterilized offspring of a cat will "...result in 420,000 cats in 5 years.", the author looks at other erroneous numbers, where they came from and why they won't go away.

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