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Faizdog (243703) writes "The US State Department has confiscated the passport of a US citizen who is overseas. Due to that, he is in a precarious situation regarding his legal status.
The State Dept. has given no explanation for their actions.
Federal law requires that US citizens be granted a hearing before their passports are revoked. According to the man’s attorneys: “Having a passport is part of a citizen’s right to international travel, because without a passport you’re not able to move about or return to the US they can revoke it if they believe it has been obtained fraudulently. But here, there isn’t any allegation of wrongdoing.”
Faizdog (243703) writes "EA said Monday afternoon that CEO John Riccitiello is stepping down from his post, effective March 30. The board of directors has named previous CEO Larry Probst as executive chairman to lead the videogame publisher while it seeks a permanent replacement. Riccitiello is also stepping down from the company's board of directors. EA also warned Monday that revenues and EPS for the current fourth fiscal quarter "will be at the low end of, or slightly below previously issued guidance" from its last earnings report on Jan. 30.
The main point is that since the Great Depression, ordinary depositors have been assured that their deposits would be safe, regardless of the bank's situation, to avoid "bank runs" that exacerbated the problems of banks on shaky financial ground. For the first time, the EU is mandating that the bailout will include a tax on ordinary bank accounts, of people who did nothing to cause the bank's questionable financial situation. This is ostensibly to prevent rich Russians with money in Cyprus accounts from benfetting due to a bailout.
However, this has caused a good old fashioned run on the banks there. The fear is that now that account holder deposits are an option on the table, banks in other shaky economies such as Italy, Protugal and Greece will face a similar fate, potentially causing a massive panic and collapse of the EU banking sector.
Faizdog (243703) writes "The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/whats-next-for-superhero-movies/260243/) has a very interesting article on what's next for superhero movies after the Dark Knight leaves theaters. DC in particular seems to not have a good pipeline of readily available heroes to create movies around.
They discuss the challenges surrounding the upcoming Man of Steel movie, as well as how the circumstances around the successful Spiderman reboot may not necessarily translate to a Batman reboot.
They also discuss the necessity and viability of the comic book print medium continuing on in light of the film successes, especially in terms of revenue (the Avengers movie alone made more profit for Marvel than ALL comic book sales for the last two years).
The article finally concludes with an interesting suggestion that television may be the ideal medium for comic book adaptations as it may permit a more richer and complex story telling experience than a two hour movie." Link to Original Source top
Faizdog (243703) writes "In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.
Using an online game called Foldit, players were able to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that plays a critical role in the way HIV multiplies. Unlocking the build of the protein could theoretically aid scientists in developing drugs that would stop protease from spreading." Link to Original Source top
"The creative team for “The Hobbit,” the long-awaited live-action film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel about the diminutive fantasy hero Bilbo Baggins, has shrunk. Over the weekend the filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said he was departing the project as its director, amid uncertainty about a start date for shooting and the future of the studio releasing it. "" Link to Original Source top
Faizdog (243703) writes "The New Yorker has a fascinating article about Cameron Willingham, who was sentenced to death for the killing of his 3 children by arson.
The wikipedia page for the case states: [Seventeen years after the fire and five years after Willingham's execution, a report conducted by Craig Beyler, hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission to review the case, found that "a finding of arson could not be sustained". Beyler said that key testimony from a fire marshal at Willingham's trial was "hardly consistent with a scientific mind-set and is more characteristic of mystics or psychics".
Fire investigator Gerald L. Hurst reviewed the case documents, including the trial transcriptions and an hour-long videotape of the aftermath of the fire scene. Hurst said, "There's nothing to suggest to any reasonable arson investigator that this was an arson fire. It was just a fire."]
The article highlights the flaws in the current capital punishment system, and the challenges faced by inmates unable to afford reliable legal representation. A fascinating read into the legal system, and low bar on evidence that permits false and pseudo-scientific evidence to condemn lives. Part of the evidence against Willingham included the death metal posters of bands whose music he liked." top
Quiet Computer Nerd Kills Women For Not Liking Him
Faizdog (243703) writes "George Sodini was a quiet computer nerd, who was frustrated at having women reject him even though "he was tan and fit and claimed to dress well and smell nice." He was tired of being alone every evening and going to bed alone, having last slept with a woman 19 years ago. In retaliation, he went into a women's fitness class at a health club and opened fire with the intention to massacre women.
We hear a lot about computer geeks going extreme, but this one bad case of rejection." top