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Comment Re:Obviously it's a good thing. (Score 1) 358

you have an interesting definition of Fascism, as you define it as any system that accounts for the externalities of corporations. I do not support Greenpeace in particular, as I believe their stance on nuclear power to be wrong, but I find your arguments against environmentalism to ignore the human costs associated with environmental catastrophes. Environmentalism is not only about caring for animals. The way that I see it, life is rather hard to exterminate and that nature will eventually adapt to whatever way we change the planet. Chemical pollution poisons human water supplies while smog poisons our lungs. It is the poor that have to live with these consequences more than anyone. Is any law that protects us from mercury in our water supplies inherently fascist?
The Media

Submission + - PirateBay: This is what a criminal looks like (filesharer.org) 1

CelestialScum writes: Norwegian leftist party Rød (Red) has launched a website related to the Pirate Bay trial, in which users can upload mugshots of themselves. The topic of the site is "This is what a criminal looks like" and tell the prosecutors that they have the wrong people. "It's not the people behind the Pirate Bay who has shared files. It is us, the millions who use their site." they say, and invite everyone to upload a mugshot of themselves to show the world who the real criminals are. They even have a press release located at http://filesharer.org/you_cannot_outlaw_the_future.

Comment Re:Culture (Score 1) 257

The Cultural Revolution was not historic or influential? Are you joking? It was the catastrophic failure of the Cultural Revolution that led to the capitalist transformation of China. Few events in our recent history have had such an impact. Additionally, you emphasize the activism present in the Cultural Revolution and imply that it was mutually exclusive with repression of individuality. The Red Guard enforced their revolutionary ideals on all. Individuality was suppressed even within the Red Guard as no one was safe from their attempts to root out anyone not fully committed to the ideals.

Comment Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 717

I sense much fear in you. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
Political disagreements aside, such racism will lead only to more suffering. There are Americans that I know that are afraid of red states. They fear that religion will destroy science and corrupt academic knowledge. They fear that warhawks will pick a fight we not only can't win but might actually lose. This fear drives them to ponder if the blue states should just succeed even if it would require a war. You are underestimating the suffering that such hate can cause. Imagine if a powerful nation became afraid of you.
Books

Submission + - Terry Pratchett Knighted

ackthpt writes: Headlines have been popping up on Google News, again abruptly yanked from news servers, such as Times Online and International Herald Tribune. A Google News snippet for The Times Online states, "Terry Pratchett declared himself "flabbergasted" to receive a knighthood as he led a group of writers, actors and performers honoured today." The Discworld author and stalwart adversary of Alzheimers Disease has been a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Literature since 1998. He will be entering the new year as Knight Commander. Well done and Oook, Sir Terry.
Censorship

Submission + - Cartoon child porn falling down slippery slope. (msn.com) 1

BenFenner writes: "Two out of the three Virginia judges involved with Dwight Whorley's case say cartoon images depicting sex acts with children are considered child pornography in the United States. Judge Paul V. Niemeyer noted the PROTECT Act of 2003, clearly states that "it is not a required element of any offense under this section that the minor depicted actually exists.""
The Internet

Canadian Groups Call For Massive Net Regulation 318

An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist is reporting that Canadian cultural groups including ACTRA and SOCAN have called on Canada's telecom regulator to implement a massive new Internet regulation framework. This includes a new three-percent tax on ISPs to pay for new media creation, Canadian content requirements for commercial websites, and licensing requirements for new media broadcasters, including for user-generated content."
Medicine

Submission + - SPAM: Magic mushrooms to treat cancer anxiety?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "In a 2006 study, U.S. researchers have shown that psilocybin, a substance contained in 'sacred mushrooms,' produced substantial spiritual effects — when administered under controlled conditions. The scientists recently interviewed the volunteer subjects and they've noted that most of them 'continued to say 14 months later that the experience increased their sense of well-being or life satisfaction.' These lasting benefits of 'magic mushroom' therapy — which included a single dose — are giving new ideas to the researchers. Why not using hallucinogens to treat cancer-related anxieties? New studies are being planned to answer this question and the researchers are recruiting volunteers. But read more for additional references and pictures of the living room-like session room used in the Johns Hopkins hallucinogen research studies."
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: FTC recruiting identity theft victims

coondoggie writes: "In an effort to buttress its enforcement and better understand the scourge that is identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission said today its plans to conduct a wide-ranging study of victims of the crime. The FTC is looking for people harmed by the crime and said the survey will examine the remedies available to victims under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act). Among other things, the FACT Act gave consumers the right to place fraud alerts on their credit files if they are, or suspect they may become, victims of identity theft; block information on their credit reports that resulted from identity theft; and obtain copies of their credit reports free of charge. [spam URL stripped]"
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Medicine

Submission + - SPAM: Man's own cells killing his skin cancer 1

Roland Piquepaille writes: "As you probably know, melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, usually caused by too much exposure to the sun. Now U.S. researchers have developed a way to use a patient's own cloned T-cells against this skin cancer — without chemotherapy or radiation. For example, 'a 52-year-old man whose Stage 4 melanoma had spread to a groin lymph node and to a lung,' is now tumor-free two years after being treated by 'immunotherapy.' Even if these results are encouraging, 'more studies are needed to confirm the effectiveness of the experimental T-cell therapy.' But read more for additional details and references about this advance in cancer fighting."

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