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Koch Spy Agency Led by Voter Fraud Huckster The Kochs have been complaining about a "lack of civility in politics" as they seek to boost their public image--but one of their top operatives helped propel perhaps the most egregious case of race-baiting voter fraud hucksterism in recent years. At the same time that the Kochs have been on a PR blitz, publicly spinning an image of themselves as well-intentioned patriots trying to make the world a better place and decrying "character assassination," they've been quietly ramping up a clandestine surveillance and intelligence gathering operation focused on their perceived political enemies, Ken Vogel reports at Politico. At the helm of this "competitive intelligence" operation is a man named Mike Roman, Vice President of Research for Kochs' Freedom Partners and who was paid $265,000 last year, according to Freedom Partners' recent tax filing. Read the rest of this item here. Wisconsinites Reject the "Eric O'Keefe Session" of the Legislature Rep.

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LulzSec hack: News International removes remote access News International took its remote access and webmail systems offline for 12 hours, and is resetting the passwords for all users after the company's systems were breached by members of the hacking group LulzSec. The hackers appear to have gained access to the database with email and password details, some of which were published online last night on the Twitter accounts of some of LulzSec's members. Taking webmail and remote access offline was the only way that News International could be sure that nobody from the group who might have access to the details can log in and steal emails belonging to staff.

Responsible thinking web sites Critical Thinking sites: These sites discuss critical thinking and common errors in reasoning. The Critical Thinking Community While perhaps the most widely referenced site on critical thinking, the style of the above site is far too dry and academic for my taste. Ownership Chart: The Big Six Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free. In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public. Take Action to end the big broadcast swindle. 2011 Revenue: $6.2 billion

US senator invokes website-hacking trial in call for Murdoch inquiry In July 1999, two brothers called George and Richard Rebh, the founders of a small start-up company called Floorgraphics, were invited to lunch with the dominant firm in their new area of business. The brothers were excited: they had invented a new product that involved sticking giant adverts on the floors of supermarkets, and were keen to show it off to the market leaders and talk about possible joint promotions. They met the two top executives from the big firm, News America Marketing, in a Cantonese restaurant called A Dish of Salt in midtown Manhattan. Over hors d'oeuvre, News America's chief executive Paul Carlucci said: "So, I understand you're here to sell your company?"

Knowledge & Standards Maintaining consumer trust is integral to effective market, social and opinion research. ESOMAR through its codes and guidelines promotes the highest ethical and professional standards for researchers around the world. The ICC/ESOMAR Code on Market and Social Research, which was developed jointly with the International Chamber of Commerce, sets out global guidelines for self-regulation for researchers and has been undersigned by all ESOMAR members and adopted or endorsed by more than 60 national market research associations worldwide. Is the Pentagon Strong-Arming the White House into Subverting Mideast Democratic Uprisings? March 15, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from Editor's note: On March 15, Bahraini King Hamad declared a state of emergency and imposed martial law to quell weeks of protests.

Life under digits Update 20/03/2012 This could be titled ‘when reality catch up with science fiction’. How to beleive that your refrigeratoris telling on you to the CIA and your flat screen TV is watching you? Well, it’s all true, read by yourself. - ‘CIA: We’ll spy on you through your refrigerator‘ Cognitive bias Some cognitive biases are presumably adaptive. Cognitive biases may lead to more effective actions in a given context.[7] Furthermore, cognitive biases enable faster decisions when timeliness is more valuable than accuracy, as illustrated in heuristics.[8] Other cognitive biases are a "by-product" of human processing limitations,[9] resulting from a lack of appropriate mental mechanisms (bounded rationality), or simply from a limited capacity for information processing.[10][11] A continually evolving list of cognitive biases has been identified over the last six decades of research on human judgment and decision-making in cognitive science, social psychology, and behavioral economics. Kahneman and Tversky (1996) argue that cognitive biases have efficient practical implications for areas including clinical judgment, entrepreneurship, finance, and management.[12][13] Overview[edit]

ited Nations Statistics Division - Demographic and Social Statistics Social indicators covering a wide range of subject-matter fields are compiled by the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, from many national and international sources. The indicators presented here consist mainly of the minimum list which has been proposed for follow-up and monitoring implementation of major United Nations conferences on children, population and development, social development and women. This minimum list is contained in the Report of the Expert Group on the Statistical Implications of Recent Major United Nations Conferences (E/CN.3/AC.1/1996/R.4). Technical background on the development of social indicators is contained in two United Nations publications, Handbook on Social Indicators (United Nations publication, Series F, No. 49, 1989) and Towards a System of Social and Demographic Statistics (United Nations publication, Series F, No. 18, 1975) Indicators are provided on the following areas:

If the Feds Get Their Way, Big Pharma Could Sell Pot February 22, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Life under digit continues Update 24/02/2013: Surveillance keeps expanding. Drones proliferation, there cheap fabrications and tentative of regulation regularly on the news. I have been collecting many articles on the subjects of surveillance, tracking, spying, and drones on my Pearltrees for anyone interested to make its own opinion. I am reading today a very well analysed essay by Ian Brown, Oxford Universitty Institute of Internet, on Drones surveillance and identity, titled ‘Privacy, surveillance and technologies impact on identity.’

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