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Comment One must realize ... (Score 1) 195

... whether it's Al Gore or Bill O'Reilly, the world prefers to get it's information from clowns. The clown's antics serve the message, if not so much the facts. The throng-de-jure suscribes to the message of its choice and the facts will just have to get in line; afterall, real science is too hard.

Submission + - Ballmer to Retire Within the Year (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters is breaking the story that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer intends to retire within the next 12 months. No successor appears to have been selected, yet. Time to polish that resume.

Comment A Modest Proposal (Score 1) 499

To ensure that the IAB and its members properly respect individuals' privacy, I suggest that any members, employees, or affiliates of the IAB be required to publicly post their own data that is of the same kind they collect. This means their own political preferences, purchasing statistics, and location data, etc. should be available to the public, in real time. And, while I'm sure the IAB would be eager to comply with this simple request in a show of good faith, this requirement should carry the weight of law.

Submission + - IRS in on DEA Fix (reuters.com)

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters, which recently revealed the secret Drug Enforcement Agency program to collect damaging information on Americans, then hide its origins, now reports on an Internal Revenue Service field manual instructing its agents to collude with the DEA in this shadowy program.

Submission + - DEA program "more troubling" than NSA? (reuters.com)

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters is reporting on a secret effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency to collect data from wiretaps, informants, and other sources. Considered most troubling is a systematic campaign to hide this program from the courts, denying defendants their right to know how evidence against them was obtained. This agenda targets U.S. citizens directly, as it is mainly focused on drug trafficking.

Submission + - A Climate of Violence?

Rambo Tribble writes: US researchers have come to the conclusion that climate change can drive increased violence in human society. Their findings are to be found in this Science Magazine article: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/07/31/science.1235367.

A nice summation and discussion of the report can be found on the BBC News site, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23538771

Add this to the developing scarcity of water due to global warming and the prospects for a peaceful future do not bode well.

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