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Submission + - Meetup Doesn't Want Republican Business (

Nova Express writes: Yesterday all users of Meetup got an email announcing that Meetup was backing the anti-Trump/anti-Republican #Resist movement. "Last week, we created 1,000+ #Resist Meetup Groups to act as local hubs for actions on behalf of democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, and sustainability." This was not individual users setting up these groups, or even one company executive engaging in political activity on their own time, it was Meetup itself doing it as corporate policy. "Meetup has decided it's an extension of the Democratic Party and doesn't want any further Republican business. I just deleted my Meetup account and suggest that everyone who is not a leftwing agitator do the same."

Submission + - How UC Exploited Visa Programs to Outsoure IT to India (

Nova Express writes: "Using a visa loophole to fire well-paid U.S. information technology workers and replace them with low-paid immigrants from India is despicable enough when it’s done by profit-making companies such as Southern California Edison and Walt Disney Co. But the latest employer to try this stunt sets a new mark in what might be termed 'job laundering.' It’s the University of California. Experts in the abuse of so-called H-1B visas say UC is the first public university to send the jobs of American IT staff offshore." And the American IT workers who were laid off were required to train their foreign replacements.

Submission + - "Lawrence Lessig Was Talking Out His Ass" (

Nova Express writes: A small sideshow to this year’s Electoral College circus was Lawrence Lessig’s Amazing Disappearing Faithless Electors. The Harvard professor, Creative Commons founder, and all around political gadfly boldly declared that “at least 20 Republican members of the Electoral College may not cast their votes for President-elect Donald Trump.” That’s just 18 more than the 2 that actually flipped. One wonders how Lessig arrived at his grossly inflated count. Indeed, Lessig spent much of the 2016 election cycle making mystifying moves and puzzling pronouncements.

Submission + - "Clinton Is Not the Tech Privacy Candidate. Not Your Privacy Anyway." (

Nova Express writes: The lengths Hillary Clinton has gone to in order to protect her own tech privacy are well documented. Protecting the tech privacy of ordinary American privacy? Not so much. "Amid the dump of hacked emails from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta are bits and pieces of discussion that help indicate her mindset on citizen privacy and the use of encryption to protect data." When asked to come out for privacy, the Clinton campaign demurred. "When a top politician appears to take an uninvolved stance in a conflict between the executive branch and private citizens or companies, don't mistake it as neutrality. It's deference to authority. As a candidate running to be in charge of the executive branch, 'staying out of it' is really approval for the Department of Justice to push the issue to see what would happen."

Submission + - Twitter Hires Sarkeesian, Promptly Bans SJW Critic RS McCain (

Nova Express writes: Earlier this month, Twitter unveiled its new “Trust and Safety Council,” featuring none other than anti-Gamergate critic Anita Sarkeesian. Now comes word that Twitter has suspended the Twitter account of anti-Social Justice Warrior activist (and Sarkeesian critic) Robert Stacy McCain. Said McCain "Sarkesian is anti-freedom because she is anti-truth. She and her little squad of soi-disant 'feminists' are just hustlers looking for a free ride, and the only way they can get that ride is to silence anyone who speaks the truth about them and calls them out as the cheap bullshit artists they actually are." As of this writing, McCain still hasn't been told why his account has been suspended, or which offending Tweet triggered the suspension.

Submission + - Peak Oil Predictions Proven Wrong (

Nova Express writes: Remember how some economists and environmentalists confidently predicted "peak oil" sometime in the 2000s? (Slashdot ran numerous stories on the idea.) It turns out that those predictions of peak oil were wrong. Thanks to improved technology, fracking, shale oil, and declining demand, the world is now going through an oil glut that has prices down around $30 a barrel. "Once again the market has proven much better at adaptation than erroneous neo-Malthusian thinking. Anyone telling you they know exactly how things will unfold should be treated with severe skepticism. The future’s not ours to see."

Submission + - Bring back MST3K Kickstarter Hits $2 Million Goal (

Nova Express writes: In a follow-up to the previous Slashdot story about the Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 kickstarter, they have already hit their $2 million goal with 25 days left, which means they'll produce at least three new episodes. Now we'll see if they can make their $5.5 million stretch goal and produce a full 12 episodes.

Submission + - Rubio Says H1-B Visas Need Reforms, But His H1-B Bill Doesn't Reform Them (

Nova Express writes: At the most recent Republican Presidential debate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the H1-B visa program is badly in need of reform. One tiny problem: Sen. Rubio’s own H1-B bill doesn't implement any of the reforms demanded by Presidential Candidate Rubio. "It does not require recruitment of American workers. It does not require employers to 'pay more than you would pay someone else'...Rubio’s bill would provide Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his comrades a huge increase in the supply of lower-cost foreign guest workers so they can undercut and replace American workers.” Indeed, Rubio's bill "would triple the number of H1-B foreign workers admitted."

Submission + - The Film Event of the Year: SHARKNADO

Nova Express writes: Tonight, the long wait is finally over, as one of the most anticipated movie events of the year, if not the century, makes it's debut. I'm speaking, of course, about Sharknado . It premiers tonight at 9 PM ET on the SyFy Channel, though its direct to TV debut will deprive it of all its rightful Oscar nominations. In other Sharknado related news, Moe Lane wonders if people have prepared themselves spiritually for the glory that is Sharknado ("After 100 years of filmmaking, we’ve reached the summit...recognize the divine when you’re in its presence"), and here's a look at the geniuses at The Asylum who produced this masterpiece of modern cinema. Trailer below the fold.
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - SF Writer Sees The Hobbit Dressed as Galadriel for Charity (

Nova Express writes: "Science fiction writer John Kessel declared that "nobody could pay me enough money to go see The Hobbit. Well, maybe someone could, but nobody is going to.” The Internet being what it is, different levels of challenges were quickly instituted to raise funds for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's of America's Emergency Medical Fund. $2,500 later, Kessel saw the movie. Dressed as Galadriel. And yes, there are pics."

Submission + - Margaret Atwood Launches SF Magazine (

Nova Express writes: "Today Margaret Atwood, with financial backing from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, announced she was launching a new science fiction magazine, Loquacious Cephalopod. . “I’ve always been gratified by the unconditional love I’ve received from the science fiction community for works such as The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin," she said, "and Loquacious Cephalopod is a way to return that love." The first issue has already lined up some very big SF writers, including Greg Egan and Jerry Pournelle."

Submission + - SOPA Sponsor Lamar Smith Gets Primary Challenger (

Nova Express writes: "Though general public outrage caused the House shelve consideration of SOPA (and the Senate to shelve PIPA), SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) continues to support the bill, saying that "The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store" and saying SOPA just needs to be reworked. Further, Smith is still sponsoring another bill, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (HR 1981), which would impose fairly onerous Internet data retention and tracking provisions for ISPs. In light of that, several Republican groups opposed to SOPA have been calling for a primary challenge to Smith for the Texas 21st Congressional District. Now a primary challenger has come forth in the person of former Sheriff Richard Mack, most famous in the gun rights community for his role in a lawsuit that got key provisions of the Brady Bill overturned. But Mack will have an uphill race, since Smith has more than $1.3 million in campaign funds on hand."

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