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Submission + - NFL Calls Foul on Church Superbowl Parties

Kahlil in Virginia writes: This article (http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID =/20070201/LOCAL/702010431/) from Indiana describes how the NFL is using its lawyers to intemidate and ban churches from hosting Superbowl parties. The NFL claims it is copyright infringement and that the churches are to refrain from hosing a party where the words Superbowl are used. The also cannot use a screen larger than 55". However, bars and other places are able to continue showing the program. This strikes me to be a fairly blatent abuse of a power the NFL does not have. Where is the law that says we, as a people, have a contract with the NFL to host parties and show the prgram? As long as the church is not receiving income from this and redistributing the program the NFL should have no leg to stand on. The NFL also blaims ratings and advertisement revenue as part of its decision.
The Almighty Buck

Scientists Offered Cash to Dispute Climate Study 668

w1z4rd writes "According to an article in the Guardian, scientists and economists have been offered large bribes by a lobbying group funded by ExxonMobil. The offers were extended by the American Enterprise Institute group, which apparently has numerous ties to the Bush administration. Couched in terms of an offer to write 'dissenting papers' against the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, several scientists contacted for the article refused the offers on conflict of interest grounds."
Television

Submission + - Satellite TV to go

sleeves writes: Well, this (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/08/technology/08sa tellite.html?ref=technology) looks like something fun for when I'm rich and famous...
Games

On Being a Gamer in Iraq 74

The increasingly excellent games coverage from MTV continues, with Stephen Totilo's conversation with an Iraqi gamer (Flash site, video in upper left-hand corner). Wisam, the 23 year old gamer Totilo speaks with, shares a few stories with the reporter about his life in Iraq. He gained some notoriety on the web after sitting for an interview with the 'Alive in Baghdad' blog, but at the moment he's only interested in games and having something to do. A recent graduate of his city's English department, current circumstances in the city makes it hard for him to find meaningful work. From the article: "The American-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime changed Wisam's taste in games. He and his gamer friends used to enjoy first-person shooters like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. Then a real war started around him. 'We hate the attacking, the gunfire in games,' Wisam said. 'We started to hate it.' In fact, there's only one game with guns he can still tolerate. 'Grand Theft Auto is the exception. Because Grand Theft Auto is like us.'"
Television

Submission + - PBS asking viewers to choose new Science show

chinmay7 writes: PBS has posted three different pilots for a new science show, that they want viewers to weigh in on and help choose one as a regular science show. All three pilots are viewable as vodcasts.
Wired Science aired on January 3rd. The pilot certainly is polished as expected from Wired Magazine, and deals with interesting topics: "Meet rocket-belt inventors, stem cell explorers and meteorite hunters."
Science Investigators (Air date: January 10) seems to be the most 'science' show: "The investigators examine 30,000-year-old Neanderthal DNA, vanishing frogs, mind-boggling baseball pitches and more."
22nd Century (Air date: January 17) is pretty gimmicky and loud (for my tastes, at least) but delivers interesting content — "In the coming decades will all our brains be wired together like networked computers?"

So watch and vote. Choose our new public TV science show.

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