RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Unpublished data and records collected by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, rejecting a request for former U-Va. professor Michael Mann's (of Hockey Stick fame) unpublished data.
Lawyers for U-Va. turned over about 1,000 documents , but withheld another 12,000 papers and e-mails, saying that work 'of a propriety nature' was exempt under the state’s FOIA law.
About the ruling, David Schnare, attorney for the plaintiff, said '[the Court] accepted U-Va.’s unsubstantiated fears that release of the e-mails would significantly chill intellectual debate and on that basis allowed U-Va. to continue to operate under a veil of secrecy that the citizens may not penetrate.'" top
Rand Paul files suit against Obama over NSA's collection of metadata
'Privacy and transparency are the core of a republic. Today, that is reversed [...] “Mass spying did not protect us from the Boston bombing, the Times Square bombing, etc.'
Salmon is determined to stop the government’s secret snooping by leading the House version of the Electronics Communications Privacy Amendments Act, legislation that specifically targets a 1986 law declaring government had a right to search one’s emails without a warrant. Salmon’s legislation has been able to attract bipartisan support." Link to Original Source top
Hunters Use Drones to Track Prey; PETA Uses Drones to Track Hunters
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Five years after UK passage of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the chief proponent of the act, Nick Stern, has responded to "A Review of the Stern Review". The "Stern Review" was a massive economic assessment that helped convince Parliament that climate mitigation measures would be worth the cost.
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.
After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water." top
Confirmed: CBS News Investigative Reporter Computer Compromised
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Shortly after the news broke that the Department of Justice had been secretly monitoring the phones and email accounts of Associated Press and Fox News reporters (and the parents of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen), CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson said her computer seemed like it had been compromised. Turns out, it was.
'A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.'" Link to Original Source top
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A new report reveals that, despite previous testimony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya vulnerable by approving lax security measures." Link to Original Source top
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "MSNBC's opinionated programming far outweighs its “factual reporting,” according to a new Pew study. While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and straight reporting." Link to Original Source top
Senate Democrats Sequester Replacement Bill Adds Billions to Deficit
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "White House-backed legislation in the Senate to replace $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts would raise the deficit through the end of the budget year by tens of billions of dollars, officials said late Wednesday as the two parties maneuvered for public support on economic issues.
So, as pointed out on townhall.com, 'their "deficit reduction" plan entails defense cuts, new tax hikes, and adding to the deficit. No wonder these guys have avoided committing a budget to paper for the last four years.'" Link to Original Source top
Illegal online registration by Obama campaign in NC
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law.
The technology from Allpoint Voter Services uses remote-control pens to transmit “signatures” over the Internet, according to techpresident.com[iii]. After entering voter information in an online form, the citizen “signs” it with a stylus or a finger. The Allpoint technology records the signature and then transmits it to one of two autopens – one in California, the other in Nevada. One of the pens transcribes the signature on to a paper voter registration form. Allpoint then mails the documents to local election boards." Link to Original Source top
XDev, XMOS-based Arduino competitor, addresses several issues
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "XDev is an XMOS-based competitor to the Arduino that addresses many of the frustrations of the "shield" style of hardware development.
The developer has an interesting solution that is based upon the powerful and flexible XMOS embedded processor. Although, I'm not associated in any way with the project, I'd like to see it funded, as I find the XMOS technology to be quite interesting." Link to Original Source