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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Nova Express In the Ukraine... (149 comments)

...we're seeing that, when push comes to shove and certain people are in charge, the "promise" of the United States doesn't mean squat.

Nukes in the hand are worth an infinite number of promises and strongly-worded letters...

2 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

Nova Express Texas Has Fewer Homeless, California More (318 comments)

Compared to when The Great Recession Started.

"California, with just under 12% of the nation's population, has 22.43% of the nation's homeless population, giving it a homelessness quotient of 0.88. Quite high, in other words. Almost double the number of homeless people one would predict, given its population."

"Texas, which has roughly 8.2% of the nation's population, only has 4.85% of the nation's homeless population (meaning: Texas has a quite low homelessness quotient of -0.41)."

Growing economy = less homeless, contracting economy = more homeless.

Go look at the statistics if you doubt it.

4 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Nova Express San Francisco is just an extreme example... (359 comments)

...of California's high tax, high cost, high regulation, anti-growth, and radical environmental environment. It's a great place to live if you're rich, and virtually impossible to live if you're middle class or poor.

Critics have been noting these problems for at least two decades, and California becoming a single-party Democratic state with outsized input from public employee unions has only accelerated the trend...

5 days ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Nova Express So in 2007 Obama... (312 comments)

...was every bit against domestic spying as he was against gay marriage.

Maybe he should have said "If you like your civil liberties, you can keep your civil liberties."

about two weeks ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

Nova Express Prosecutors did a Google search... (246 comments)

...for the name of his security company, clicked on the first link, and said "OK, asshole, now you're going down!"

Now insert your own PMITA Prison/Goatse joke here...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

Nova Express I don't sort (195 comments)

Mainly because I'm out of sorts...

about a month and a half ago
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The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous

Nova Express The Cherry Picking Fallacy (102 comments)

Weird outliers exist in every industry, and in every time. It's just that now get mroe examples of it worldwide, in realtime.

Five bits of anecdotal weirdness do not a trend make.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?

Nova Express All Could Be Going Away (116 comments)

Given the furious pace of technological change, there's no reason to assume any current distribution model will last 50 years. Maybe not even 20.

The following used to be important distribution channels or outlets:

  • American News Company
  • Blockbuster
  • Borders
  • B. Dalton
  • Walden Books
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Hastings
  • Newsweek
  • The American Mercury
  • The Houston Post
  • The Chicago Daily News
  • Tower Records
  • Newstands
  • AM Radio
  • FM Radio

Where are they now? Dead or dying.

Push the timescale out long enough, and the future of Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Time Warner/Comcast, NPR, The New York Times, and broadcast TV are no more assured.

Will they be replaced by Kickstarter? They'll probably be replaced by the thing that replaces the things that replaces Kickstarter...

about 2 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

Nova Express "Touch your toes, Winston!" (225 comments)

"Smith!" screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. "6079 Smith W.! Yes, YOU! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! THAT’S better, comrade."

about 3 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

Nova Express Amazon as Fat Tony (243 comments)

"For legal reasons, the trucks are always rolling!"

about 3 months ago
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Accenture Faces Mid-March Healthcare.gov Deadline Or 'Disaster'

Nova Express 0% (215 comments)

No chance at success. Just like the rest of ObamaCare, a misconceived piece of legislation that managed to take a market plagued by serial distortions of preferential tax treatment for third-party insurance and actually make them worse by larding on an individual mandate and even larger subsidies to insurance companies.

And the worst is yet to come, when some 80 million additional employer-sponsored policies are cancelled.

The failure of the website is just the cherry on top of incompetent conception, planning and execution all along the line. It can take Apple or Microsoft 6 months to fix the bugs in a major release to an X.1 release, and Accenture is supposed to take someone else's far-more-dysfunctional code-base and make it work in 8 weeks?

Not going to happen, and just another example of the serial dishonesty and manifest incompetence of the Obama Administration.

about 3 months ago
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Fighting Gamer Rage With an Arduino Based Biometrics Headset

Nova Express Just what those in gamer rage need... (59 comments)

...another small electronic device to hurl across the room and smash into little bits!

about 3 months ago
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2014 Will Be a Big Year For Commercial Space Travel

Nova Express Nonsense! (61 comments)

We all know that 2014 will be The Year of Linux on the Desktop!

about 3 months ago
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Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

Nova Express Shark Tweets (75 comments)

"Get in ma belly!"

"#ChompChompChomp"

"Check out Buzzfeed's 27 Best Feeding Frenzies"

"This One Trick Helps You Catch Swimmers" #SharkSpam

"You can't escape!" #NeverGonnaGiveYouUp

"And my teeth are...pearly white..."

"I totally loved Jaws, except for that downer of an ending...

about 4 months ago
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Don't Expect US Approval of Huge Telecom Mergers

Nova Express This is nothing a few big campaign donations... (64 comments)

...won't fix. Time-Warner and T-Mobil just need to pony up, and then the crony capitalist decision-making will kick in ala Solyndra, GM, CGI and Serco...

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Nova Express The Solution is Obvious (829 comments)

Microsoft should extend support for XP...but only on a cash-for-patch basis. Sell patches at $5 a pop for XP user's, or a one Year Security Update Subscription for $20.

It's a win-win situation....

about 4 months ago

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The Film Event of the Year: SHARKNADO

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about 9 months ago

Nova Express (100383) writes "Tonight, the long wait is finally over, as one of the most anticipated movie events of the year, if not the century, makes it's debut. I'm speaking, of course, about Sharknado . It premiers tonight at 9 PM ET on the SyFy Channel, though its direct to TV debut will deprive it of all its rightful Oscar nominations. In other Sharknado related news, Moe Lane wonders if people have prepared themselves spiritually for the glory that is Sharknado ("After 100 years of filmmaking, we’ve reached the summit...recognize the divine when you’re in its presence"), and here's a look at the geniuses at The Asylum who produced this masterpiece of modern cinema. Trailer below the fold."
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SF Writer Sees The Hobbit Dressed as Galadriel for Charity

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about a year ago

Nova Express writes "Science fiction writer John Kessel declared that "nobody could pay me enough money to go see The Hobbit. Well, maybe someone could, but nobody is going to.” The Internet being what it is, different levels of challenges were quickly instituted to raise funds for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's of America's Emergency Medical Fund. $2,500 later, Kessel saw the movie. Dressed as Galadriel. And yes, there are pics."
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Margaret Atwood Launches SF Magazine

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nova Express writes "Today Margaret Atwood, with financial backing from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, announced she was launching a new science fiction magazine, Loquacious Cephalopod. . “I’ve always been gratified by the unconditional love I’ve received from the science fiction community for works such as The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin," she said, "and Loquacious Cephalopod is a way to return that love." The first issue has already lined up some very big SF writers, including Greg Egan and Jerry Pournelle."
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SOPA Sponsor Lamar Smith Gets Primary Challenger

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nova Express writes "Though general public outrage caused the House shelve consideration of SOPA (and the Senate to shelve PIPA), SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) continues to support the bill, saying that "The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store" and saying SOPA just needs to be reworked. Further, Smith is still sponsoring another bill, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (HR 1981), which would impose fairly onerous Internet data retention and tracking provisions for ISPs. In light of that, several Republican groups opposed to SOPA have been calling for a primary challenge to Smith for the Texas 21st Congressional District. Now a primary challenger has come forth in the person of former Sheriff Richard Mack, most famous in the gun rights community for his role in a lawsuit that got key provisions of the Brady Bill overturned. But Mack will have an uphill race, since Smith has more than $1.3 million in campaign funds on hand."
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Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nova Express writes ""President Barack Obama nominated former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. on Monday to serve as the nation’s solicitor general." Verrilli's most notable cases have been killing Grokster and fighting YouTube on behalf of Viacom. I would say "Meet the new boss, same as he old boss," but since Bush never nominated an RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General, I'd have to say that in this instance he's actually worse."
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Project Gutenberg Pirating In-Copyright SF

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nova Express writes "Recently a lot of science fiction stories from the 1950s and 60s (including work from still-living authors like Frederik Pohl and Jack Vance) have been showing up on Project Gutenberg as being in the public domain. However, according the science fiction writer Greg Bear and his wife Astrid Anderson Bear (daughter of Poul Anderson, some of whose works were among those put up) Project Gutenberg has made a mistake: 'After conducting legal research on the LEXIS database of legal cases, decisions, and precedents, we have demonstrated conclusively that PG was making incorrect determinations regarding public domain status in many, many works that originally appeared in magazine form...In general, Project Gutenberg is doing a tremendous service by making available texts that have truly long since fallen out of copyright, but they are clearly overstepping their original mandate. They are not merely exploiting orphan works, but practicing a wholesale kidnapping of works that are under copyright protection.'"
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Congress to Consider Domain-Blocking COICA Bill

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nova Express writes "If you thought Congress was finished doing the bidding of copyright holders, guess again. "Congress is set to once again consider the Sen Leahy's Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeit Act, a truly awful bill (with the appropriately awful acronym 'COICA'...The bill would allow the Attorney General to institute an in rem action against the domain name of any Internet site 'dedicated to infringing activities,' defined to include any site that 'engages in' copyright or trademark-infringing activities where those activities, 'taken together,' are 'central to the activity' of the site. The court would then be authorized to issue injunctions, not against the offending website, but against 'the domain name' itself, ordering the domain name registrar where the target site's domain name was registered, and the domain name registry responsible for maintaining the authoritative database of names for the target site's top-level domain, to 'lock out' the domain name (and therefore prevent access to the site through use of the domain name). The court could also enjoin any of the thousands of Internet Service Providers, or any 'operator of a nonauthoritative domain name server' (a category that includes virtually all ISPs or operators of networks linked to the Internet), ordering them to 'take technically feasible and reasonable steps designed to prevent [the] domain name from resolving to that domain name's Internet protocol address'""
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WisCon disinvites Elizabeth Moon as GoH over Islam

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nova Express writes "WisCon, a Wisconsin science fiction convention, has disinvited next year's Guest of Honor Elizabeth Moon over comments about 9/11 and the Ground Zero Mosque she made on her blog. Moon is a popular Nebula-award-winning author, as well as an ex-Marine. WisCon states that their convention "encourages discussion, debate and extrapolation of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class." Evidently certain types of debate are not allowed."
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Apple Overtakes Microsoft in Market Cap

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lawrence Person writes "In one of the most remarkable turnarounds in business history, Apple has overtaken rival Microsoft as both the largest tech company in the world, and as the second largest company in the world in market capitalization, trailing only ExxonMobile. "As of Wednesday's close, Apple's market capitalization was $222.12 billion, slipping past Microsoft's $219.18 billion value." Also, observations that Microsoft is a far more profitable company than Apple are badly out of date: "Apple has almost caught up with Microsoft in terms of revenue. In fiscal 2000, Microsoft's revenue of $22.9 billion was roughly three times Apple's. This fiscal year, Microsoft is expected to generate revenue of $61.65 billion and Apple $59 billion." This reversal of Apple's fortunes under Steve Jobs must irk not only Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, but also pro-Microsoft tech pundits, many of whom have repeatedly predicted Apple's outright demise."
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The Science (or lack thereof) of Iron Man 2

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nova Express writes "Howard Waldrop and I reviewed Iron Man 2 over at Locus Online. Though we enjoyed the film, I spent a fair amount of time explaining how it not only strains scientific plausibility, but breaks it and stomps on the pieces until they're kindling. For example: the particle accelerator Tony Stark builds in his basement in about a day, which includes an optical prism to bend the beam, despite the fact prisms bend light, not streams of accelerated matter. I also go into more detail on the issue in my blog, where I talk about the inherently looser scientific underpinnings of comic book heroes, and how the "anything goes" ethos of something like the sprawling Marvel Universe strains credibility further. "If you’re watching a film about a man who can build a miniature fusion reactor the size of a smoke detector out of scrap metal, at what point can you really step off Mr. Toad’s Deeply Unlikely Ride?""
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Stross, Doctorow to pen sequel to Atlas Shrugged

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about 4 years ago

Nova Express writes "Locus Online is reporting that Prometheus Award-winning SF writers Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow have been selected to write Atlas Rebound, an authorized sequel to Ayn Rand best-selling novel Atlas Shrugged. "Atlas Rebound features the teenage children of the founders of Galt's Gulch rebelling against their elders and traveling out into a world devastated by John Galt's strike, where they develop their own political philosophy with which to rebuild.""
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SF Writer J. G. Ballard dead at 78

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about 5 years ago

Lawrence Person writes "The BBC is reporting that science fiction writer J. G. Ballard has died at age 78. Ballard had been fighting terminal prostate cancer since 2006. His is probably most famous to the public at large for his autobiographical novel The Empire of the Sun, which told the fictionalized story of his growing up in a Japanese internment camp near Shanghai during World War II, and was made into an acclaimed Stephen Spielberg film. His controversial novel Crash was also made into an equally controversial David Cronenberg film. Before finding mainstream success, Ballard was best known as probably the most influential writer in the British New Wave of science fiction, which incorporated many experimental literary techniques and tackled many topics (such as sex) that had generally not been touched on in "golden age" science fiction. He published several acclaimed novels in the field, including The Crystal World, The Drowned World, The Wind from Nowhere, and High Rise, as well as numerous influential short stories, many of which were published in the Michael Moorcock-edited New Worlds. His autobiography, Little Miracles of Life: From Shanghai to Shepperton, came out last year."
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FBI Raids Data Centers for AT&T, take Wii, iPo

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about 5 years ago

Lawrence Person writes "Tuesday the FBI carried out raids on two Texas data centers, carrying off millions of dollars in co-lo equipment. What triggered the raid wasn't child porn or terrorism, but unpaid VoIP bills to Verizon and AT&T. "Companies affected by the raids say they've lost millions of dollars in equipment and business after the FBI hauled off gear belonging to phone and VoIP providers, a credit card processing company and other businesses that housed equipment at the centers. Nobody has been charged in the FBI's investigation." It gets stranger: "Authorities also raided his home, where they seized eight iPods, some belonging to his three children, five XBoxes, a PlayStation3 system and a Wii gaming console, among other equipment. Agents also seized about $200,000 from the owner's business accounts, $1,000 from his teenage daughter's account and more than $10,000 in a personal bank account belonging to the elderly mother of his former comptroller.""
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Mashup Frenzy Sweeps SF Publishing

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  about 5 years ago

Lawrence Person writes "The forthcoming publication of Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has set off a mashup frenzy, with publishers buying up similar books left and right. Books to be published include Henry James and Laurell K. Hamilton's The Portrait of a Lady and Vampires, which the publisher describes as being "exactly like the original, but with several hundred additional pages of kinky sex," Feodor Dostoevsky and Stephen King's Crime and Punishment and Werewolves, George Eliot and Paul Di Filippo's Silas Marner vs. The Lizard Men, Leo Tolstoy and Jeff VanderMeer's War and Peace and Alien and Predator, James Joyce and Aaron Allston's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Terminator, and Herman Melville, H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth and Brian Lumley's Moby Dick vs. Cthulhu. A Creationist publisher is also bringing out The Bible, Now With Added Dinosaur Attacks. "Since the earth is only 6,000 years old, it's obvious that several biblical characters must have fought dinosaurs.""
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Difficult Times for SF Magazines

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lawrence Person writes "Another speculative fiction magazine folds: Realms of Fantasy is ceasing publication. This comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the venerable Fantasy and Science Fiction will be moving from a monthly to a bimonthly schedule, and underscores what a tough environment this is for science fiction and fantasy magazines, all of which have suffered declining circulation for quite some time. This is a real problem, since short fiction is generally where new writers cut their teeth, appearing in print alongside their more famous peers. Given that a one-year subscription costs less than the average video game, those with an interest in science fiction might want to consider buying subscriptions to Asimov's , Fantasy and Science Fiction , and Analog . (Those in the UK might want to consider subscribing to Interzone and/or Black Static and Postscripts as well.) The genre you save may be your own!"
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Red Dwarf to Return, Find Earth

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lawrence Person writes "Everyone's favorite live-action science fiction comedy series will finally return to TV, with Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat all making it to Earth. The new two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will appear on digital channel Dave, will be written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, and will reunite the line-up. Personally, I think this is pretty smegging fantastic."
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eBay jacks up fees, removes negative buyer feedback

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 6 years ago Last week, in response to widespread complaints from users, incoming eBay CEO John Donahoe promised lower listing fees. Now eBay has released their new fee schedule for 2008, and listing fees for items under $25 have been lowered by a whopping nickel. Meanwhile, final value fees in the same range have been increased by 3.50%, from 5.25% to 8.75%. So, to put it in concrete terms, if you sell an item for $20, instead of paying $1.65 ($.60 listing fee + $1.05 final value fee), you'll now pay $2.30 ($.55 listing fee + $1.75 final value fee). Wow, thanks a lot for that "price break," John. Listing fees have been decreased more for higher-priced items, but not nearly enough to offset the price hike. Moreover, there have been additional changes made to the feedback structure as well, including this gem: "Buyers will only be able to receive positive Feedback." What could possibly go wrong?

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eBay Forcing Sellers to Upgrade Paypal Accounts

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 8 years ago I don't know why Slashdot rejected this submission, so here it is:

Paypal (which is owned by eBay) is now forcing all eBay sellers to accept credit cards through Paypal. "Beginning August 19, 2005, if you sell on eBay and offer PayPal, your PayPal account must accept all forms of payment including payments made via credit card, regardless of whether you display the PayPal logo with credit card icons. You must have a Premier or Business PayPal Account or be willing to upgrade from a Personal PayPal Account to a Premier or Business Account if you receive a credit card payment. You may not communicate to eBay buyers (e.g. via your eBay item description) that you only accept, or will not accept, specific forms of PayPal payment." Because Business and Premier accounts charge a fee to receive any funds, this means eBay/Paypal will receive a chunk of every Paypal transaction payment you receive going forward, no matter whether it was for eBay or a credit card, and no matter whether the seller already had another (possibly cheaper) way to process credit cards. Frankly, eBay sales have been on such a steady decline over the last two years, a lot of sellers have been considering switching to selling through Amazon or using using Google adwords. I susect this will make the choice to leave eBay a lot easier for many people.

And of course, I continue to sell books directly through Lame Excuse Books.

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An Astroturfing Story Slashdot Rejected

Nova Express Nova Express writes  |  more than 9 years ago Evidently, Astroturfing is only important if done by Microsoft; when it's carried out by Slashdot's darlings on the left, it ceases to be news.

Moveon.org has been Astroturfing for Michael Moore's Farenheit 911:

http://jcrue.blogspot.com/2004/07/read-what-moore-supporters-said-and.html

In fact, you can reach the Astroturfing page yourself. What's even more amusing: You can use it to send letters to newspapers telling them they've been Astroturfed!

http://www.moveonpac.org/lte/

And just in case it disappears, here's the Google cache confirming its existence: http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:vYVyXcWc2VYJ:www.moveonpac.org/lte/lte.html%3Fi%3D3004-3347291-3fIxrHkoVHPIERwEN8WIxA%26lte_campaign_id%3D2%26zip%3D06118++%22You+can+counter+their+spin+and+encourage+others+to+see+the+film+by+writing+a+letter-to-the-editor+that+gives+your+perspective+on+the+movie.%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8.

Props to National Review Online's always great The Corner for point out the story:

http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/corner.asp

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