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mbeckman (645148) writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport for having an bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, The Alameda county sheriffs department claimed that he was carrying "potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were Unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles." The man told Transportation Security Administration officers that he's an artist and the watch is art." Link to Original Source top
mbeckman (645148) writes "Fox News today reported that Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla, ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of an internal report calling into question the EPA's position backing CO2 as a primary cause of global warming. A report co-authored by EPA analyst Alan Carlin states that the EPA ignored data showing global temperature declining for eleven years despite increasing CO2 levels over the same period. Inhofe may or may not have a solid basis for his concerns; that remains to be seen. But what I find disturbing is that Senator Inhofe's quite public announcement has been ignored by CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC. As of midnight Monday MDT, the story appears on none of their sites. While there certainly can be room for selectivity in a news site's front page content, it's hard to imagine what justification major networks can have for completely ignoring a significant investigation ordered by a U.S. Senator. Will Slashdot air this controversy, or bury it further?" top
mbeckman (645148) writes "I was chagrined today to find one of my published book titles online at books.google.com in its entirety. I have to contact the publisher to see if they agreed to this, but I noticed many other titles also online in full text under Google's "limted" preview. For example, "2008 Writer's Market", a brand new $30 title published by Writer's Digest, is completely readable at http://books.google.com/books?id=eshfZhaj1pQC. The same is true of thousands of other titles. If this isn't the mother of all copyright violations, I'll be surprised." Link to Original Source