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Submission + - The Right's war on Net Neutrality (dailykos.com)

jamie writes: "To understand the debate being waged in the United States over Net Neutrality, it's important to understand just how drastically one side has been misled. The leaders of the American Right are spreading the lie that Net Neutrality is a government takeover of the internet, with the intention of silencing conservative voices. (Limbaugh: "All you really have to know about Net Neutrality is that its biggest promoters are George Soros and Google.") This may be hard to believe to those of us who actually know what it's about — reinstating pre-2005 law that ensured internet providers could discriminate on the basis of volume but not content. Since the opposing side is so badly misinformed, those of us who want the internet to remain open to innovation and freedom of expression have to help educate them before the debate can really be held."

Submission + - Shtetl-Optimized  Blog Archive  QCut (scottaaronson.com)

jamie writes: "As some of you may have heard, the incoming Republican majority in Congress has a new initiative called YouCut, which lets ordinary Americans like me propose government programs for termination. So imagine how excited I was to learn that YouCut’s first target — yes, its first target — was that notoriously bloated white elephant, the National Science Foundation."

Submission + - Science scorned : Nature (nature.com)

jamie writes: ""The anti-science strain pervading the right wing in the United States is the last thing the country needs in a time of economic challenge. ... The right-wing populism that is flourishing in the current climate of economic insecurity echoes many traditional conservative themes, such as opposition to taxes, regulation and immigration. But the Tea Party and its cheerleaders, who include Limbaugh, Fox News television host Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin (who famously decried fruitfly research as a waste of public money), are also tapping an age-old US political impulse — a suspicion of elites and expertise.""

Submission + - Virginia AG's Fishing Expedition Ended (washingtonmonthly.com)

jamie writes: "Back in May, the Attorney General for Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, demanded "a sweeping swath of documents" from a prominent climate scientist. (Slashdot ran a story.) Today, a judge informed him that since his "subpoena failed to state a 'reason to believe' that Mann had committed fraud," it was set aside. Thus ends another politician's crusade against science. The next one begins in 5... 4... 3..."

Submission + - SOP for GOP to Pay Friendly Bloggers (dailycaller.com) 1

jamie writes: "According to the conservative political journalism site Daily Caller: "'It's standard operating procedure' to pay bloggers for favorable coverage, says one Republican campaign operative. A GOP blogger-for-hire estimates that 'at least half the bloggers that are out there' on the Republican side 'are getting remuneration in some way beyond ad sales.'" Or in some cases, it's the ads themselves: ads at ten times the going rate are one of the ways conservative bloggers apparently get paid by the politicians they write about. In usual he-said she-said fashion, Daily Caller finds a couple of obscure liberal bloggers to mention too, but they fully disclosed payment and one of them even shut down his blog while doing consulting work, unlike Robert Stacy McCain and Dan Riehl."

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