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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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The Register

December 29, 2005

Net expert Nigel Roberts has won a landmark legal victory by chasing down a UK spammer and winning £300 in costs.

Roberts, who runs his own Internet business as well as the Jersey and Guernsey country code domains, used his legal know-how to apply EU legislation to a UK company, Media Logistics. It is believed to be the first time the legislation has been used in the UK, and could open the doors for thousands of other cases.

The Madison Eagle

by Max Pizarro and Garry Herzog

December 29, 2005

As the House, the Senate and White House wrangled last week over a reauthorization of the Patriot Act with the clock ticking toward an end-of-year deadline, librarians were not being shushed on their concerns over the privacy of their patrons.

The flashpoint is Section 215, the so-called "library provision" in the Patriot Act, that allows federal investigators to seize "any tangible things" such as books, records and papers from libraries if they are deemed relevant to a terrorism investigation by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which routinely approves such orders without evidence that a search is likely to produce evidence of a crime.

Hammer of Truth

December 28, 2005

We've caught this kind of mislabeling previously when someone thought for whatever reason that Bill O'Reilly was a libertarian (and it was promptly corrected), but this one rankles me just as well.

Arguably the most interesting - and influential - Republicans in the Senate right now are the libertarians. They're suspicious of the Patriot Act and, I am guessing, pivotal in any discussion of the NSA and others' spy efforts. Most are Westerners and the other is Sen. John Sununu. He is from New Hampshire, which, as anyone who has spent time there understands, is the Wild West of the East Coast. All you have to do is look at its license plate slogan: "Live Free or Die."

InformationWeek

December 22, 2005

India's Wipro Limited said Thursday that it will acquire payments specialist mPower Inc., a New Jersey-headquartered company with business ties to MasterCard.

The $28 million cash transaction will bring mPower's Chennai, India, operations into the Wipro fold. Wipro said mPower has total annualized revenues of about $18 million. Wipro noted that the deal will also enable it to have a strategic relationship with MasterCard International through the acquisition of mPower's MPACT, which is a venture with MasterCard. "This acquisition is a significant milestone in our strategy towards deepening our domain expertise and building a strong footprint in the payment industry," said Sudip Nandy, Wipro's chief strategy officer, in a statement.

Teleclick (Canada)

by Jeremy Maddock

December 18, 2005

There is little doubt that this slow and quiet weekend before Christmas has aroused great deal of passion and concern around the relationship between government and communication privacy.

After years of denial, it has finally come out that America's Republican government is spying on the telephone and email communications of, well, whomever they feel like. And what makes it worse still is that they have absolutely no warrant - no legal justification to be doing this. This renews the frequently asked, yet never properly answered question of just how far governments can go in the ongoing quest to fight terrorism.

Times Online (UK)

by Will Iredale

December 18, 2005

SCIENTISTS have for the first time found evidence that polar bears are drowning because climate change is melting the Arctic ice shelf. The researchers were startled to find bears having to swim up to 60 miles across open sea to find food.

They are being forced into the long voyages because the ice floes from which they feed are melting, becoming smaller and drifting farther apart. Although polar bears are strong swimmers, they are adapted for swimming close to the shore. Their sea journeys leave them vulnerable to exhaustion, hypothermia or being swamped by waves. According to the new research, four bear carcases were found floating in one month in a single patch of sea off the north coast of Alaska, where average summer temperatures have increased by 2-3C degrees since 1950s.

Magic City Morning Star (ME)

by Doug Wrenn

December 18, 2005

'Tis a complex web which we weave, when 'tis the American people we try to deceive, exacerbated still, and against our will, just after the Patriot Act's demise on the previous eve! Yeah, I know. Poetry just isn't my gig. Sorry.

But the point, nevertheless is still well taken. As I write this article, President Bush's public mea culpa to the American people is still only about two or three hours old. We now know, first by the New York Times story of December 16th, and now by President Bush's confirmation of that story today, that he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct allegedly warrantless wiretaps on several American citizens deemed to be a threat to our national security.

The New York Times (PA)

by Laurie Goodstein

December 18, 2005

In Harrisburg, Pa., next week, Judge John E. Jones III is to issue a decision in a what will likely be a bellwether case on teaching intelligent design.

Driving home one day last December from the courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Judge John E. Jones III tuned in to a radio news report about 11 parents in the nearby town of Dover who had filed a lawsuit challenging their school board's decision to include intelligent design in the high school biology curriculum. John E. Jones III, a Pennsylvania judge, will rule in a trial involving the teaching of intelligent design.

Eagle Forum

by Phyllis Schlafly

December 17, 2005

"Why is it taking you five years to get through college'" I asked a student attending one of my campus lectures. "Because I changed my major from computer science to accounting after I discovered there are almost no jobs available for computer majors."

Of course there are plenty computer jobs, but not for Americans because big business would rather hire foreigners. The latest piece of chicanery is buried in the 817-page Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005 (S.1932) now going through Congress. Without any hearings, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) got the Judiciary Committee to insert language that will raise the annual cap on H-1B visas from the current 65,000 to 95,000, reissue unused immigrant work visas or green cards up to a maximum of 90,000, and exempt the H-1Bers' family members from the cap on employment-based immigration.

World Net Daily (FL)

December 16, 2005

A charter school in Florida has added an Islamic holiday to its calendar of days off next year.

The move came one month after the school's district drew national attention with a decision to avoid pressure from Muslims by eliminating all closures coinciding with religious holidays. The decision later was reversed after massive protest.

      
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