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Astronomers Worldwide Forge New Rules for ET Engagement

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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"The guidelines were and still are: Do good science and don’t cry wolf. Make sure that what you’re about to announce is, in fact, what you think it is," Jill Tarter, director of the SETI Institute’s Center for SETI Research in California, told AOL News.


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Bush-dominated appeals court suppresses Gitmo evidence

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 16:30 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A Guantanamo Bay detainee who says he was waterboarded lost a legal battle Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that the Obama administration can keep information secret that the prisoner wanted to make public.

The decision came in the case of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen who is seeking his release from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been held since 2002.

In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court said U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle had failed to give substantial deference “to the government’s assessment of its foreign relations and national security interests” if certain information were to be revealed. Huvelle had declared that “I don’t understand how” revealing the information “will interfere in anything.”

Brown and one of the other judges on the appeals panel, Thomas Griffith, are appointees of President George W. Bush. The third member of the panel, Douglas Ginsburg, was appointed by Ronald Reagan.


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Parents Push Surrogate To Abort Fetus Because of Birth Defect

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 15:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Here’s a case that pushes all kinds of ethical boundaries: a Canadian couple who discovered that their fetus was likely to have Down’s Syndrome decided that they wanted to have an abortion.  The practice of aborting fetuses because of birth defects is controversial enough, but to make matters even knottier, the fetus was being carried by a surrogate, who wanted to carry the pregnancy to term.


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  1. It’s hard to be sympathetic to the couple that hired the surrogate. There’s already excess people in the world and lots of children to mentor. If they wanted their own DNA, they got it.

Johnny Depp Counsels London Schoolchildren About Proper Mutiny Etiquette

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 15:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Picture this: You’re nine years old and planning a mutiny against your teacher. What you’re going to need is some kind of pirate captain to help you lead the uprising and make it properly scary.

Enter Johnny Depp. According to BBC News, the actor dropped in to Meridian Primary School in Greenwich, England, on Thursday after receiving a letter from a student named Beatrice. She had written to his "Pirates of the Caribbean" character, Captain Jack Sparrow, asking for help in leading the revolt against her instructors.

"Normally we’re a right handful, but we’re having trouble mutinying against our teachers," Beatrice wrote. "We’d love it if you could come and help."

Depp, who is currently filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at Greenwich’s 17th-century Old Naval College, arrived in full Sparrow regalia and addressed the students in character at an assembly.


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Presidential Memorandum–H.R. 3808

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 10:37 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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To leave no doubt that the bill is being vetoed, in addition to withholding my signature, I am returning H.R. 3808 to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, along with this Memorandum of Disapproval.

The bill itself is very plain-English. It loosens the requirements on notarizations, stating that any notarization from any state is good for anything, anywhere.

Intended consequence: If you can find one crooked notary public somewhere in the country, they can take care of all your shady notarization needs.

Why is this even relevant? Turns out that the big banks have been slacking on their paperwork. In many cases, they can’t even prove they hold the mortgages on many of the homes they’re foreclosing on. If the homeowner acquiesces, moves out and abandons the house, all well and good. But if the homeowner tells the bank, “But I didn’t sign my original mortgage with you. The only thing you’re getting from me is the finger,” then the bank has to show that they own the mortgage.

That takes notarized paperwork documenting the sale of the mortgage. Remember the recent scandal about rubber-stamping this?

This bill would have made that legal.


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Cartoons

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 6:19 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Andy Rubin Talks Android

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 6:13 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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Things you don’t hear iPhone users say: “Man, this iPhone would be even better if my carrier could ‘add value’ to it.”


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  1. Things you DO hear them say (in U.S.A.):
    “Man, this iPhone would be even better if my carrier could add signal to it.”
    :-B