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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 15th, 2010 at 06:19:44 AM EST
FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science | Media Matters for America

In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the "veracity of climate change data" and ordering the network's journalists to "refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question."

The directive, sent by Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, was issued less than 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler accurately reported on-air that the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization announced that 2000-2009 was "on track to be the warmest [decade] on record."

This latest revelation comes after Media Matters uncovered an email sent by Sammon to Fox journalists at the peak of the health care reform debate, ordering them to avoid using the term "public option" and instead use variations of "government option." That email echoed advice from a prominent Republican pollster on how to help turn public opinion against health care reform.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Dec 15th, 2010 at 10:55:02 AM EST
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Controversial East German-themed computer game finally goes online | Science & Technology | Deutsche Welle | 14.12.2010
1378 km' gives players a glimpse of border guard life along Germany's Cold War-era inner border. It is now available for download, months after the game's planned release sparked outrage among victims' groups. 

The developer of a "first-person shooter"-style computer game, which lets participants take on the role of an East German border guard or escapee along the former East-West border, defended his project ahead of its release last Friday evening, calling the game a way for younger generations to learn about Germany's history during the Cold War.

The 24-year-old media arts student behind the controversial computer download, Jens Stober, said critics had never even seen the game, which was held back from its planned launch on Germany's anniversary of reunification, October 3, following heated criticism.

"It has to be released today so that finally, everyone can form an opinion of it," Stober told a crowd of 100 gathered at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, ahead of the project's premiere.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 15th, 2010 at 12:06:50 PM EST
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US air force blocks staff from websites carrying WikiLeaks cables | World news | The Guardian

The US air force has blocked employees from accessing the websites of the Guardian, the New York Times and other news organisations carrying the WikiLeaks US embassy cables.

At least 25 sites that have posted WikiLeaks files had been barred, said Major Toni Tones of the US air force's space command in Colorado. Tones said the action was taken in accordance with a policy that "routinely blocks air force network access to websites hosting inappropriate materials".

According to the Wall Street Journal, staff who attempt to access the blocked sites instead see an on-screen message saying: "Access denied. Internet usage is logged and monitored."

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Dec 15th, 2010 at 12:34:23 PM EST
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Q&A: "Child Marriage Is a Form of Violence Against Women" - IPS ipsnews.net
A: Whether it occurs in developed or developing countries, child marriage undermines the health and human rights of girls. Worldwide, more than 60 million girls between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before the age of 18 - often at the encouragement of their parents and often to much older men - with no say in the decision.

Child marriage can often lead to death during pregnancy and childbirth, and young brides also are more likely to experience gender-based violence, and are highly vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Every girl deserves a choice and the chance to chart the course of her life, and this legislation will help make this a reality for girls worldwide.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 15th, 2010 at 02:54:38 PM EST
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The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning's detention - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement.  For 23 out of 24 hours every day -- for seven straight months and counting -- he sits completely alone in his cell.  Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he's barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions.  For reasons that appear completely punitive, he's being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch).  For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs.  Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not "like jail movies where someone gets thrown into the hole," but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the one hour per day he is taken out.

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 16th, 2010 at 06:20:35 AM EST
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Was the Yahoo hack techies' payback? | Media Monkey | Media | guardian.co.uk
Was it more than a coincidence that Yahoo's site seems to have been hacked on the day 600 staff were made redundant? The Independent reports that for at least an hour on Tuesday, virtually every picture result from a search linked to a distinctly not-safe-for-work photo. That's the risk you take when making techies redundant two weeks before Christmas.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Dec 16th, 2010 at 07:46:33 AM EST
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