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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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Dalai Lama tells his Facebook friends that religion "is no longer adequate" Well, he'd hardly be the first Buddhist to say something like this. From what I've read, there are already lots of Buddhists, and historical Buddhist movements in various countries, who are atheistic and who prefer to return to Buddhism's roots as a kind of self-help, personal psychological and philosophical system—and yes, I realize I'm hugely oversimplifying that ideological stripe of Buddhism—and that's fine. And if this helps the world be a better place, cool. I'm all for it. But as an atheist I had already got to this point without making sand paintings, spinning prayer wheels or staring at stupas or rock gardens to shut off all mental processes and get to Satori.

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.

Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Apples, raw, with skin [Includes USDA commodity food A343] For best results, be sure to enable the option to PRINT BACKGROUND IMAGES in the following browsers: - Firefox (File > Page Setup > Format & Options) - Internet Explorer 6/7 (Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Printing) - In Internet Explorer 7 you will need to adjust the default "Shrink To Fit" setting. (Go File > Print Preview > adjust the Shrink To Fit dropdown to 100%.) - Mac Safari (Click print below > Copies & Pages > Safari) 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.

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?"

Martin Landau Martin Landau [IPA:landau] (born June 20, 1928)[1] is an American film and television actor. His career started in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations) and Space: 1999. Early life[edit] Career[edit] Cartoonist[edit] How Important is "Objective Truth" to You? - Not The Religious Type A comment from Mike in the "Do Evangelicals 'Hate Jesus?'" post got me thinking. He winningly bemoans his use of doomsday statistics to build his case in sermons or lectures. 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‘

Research Finds that Atheists are Most Hated and Distrusted Minority Intolerance is a bitter beast. There are many groups in America that are subject to discrimination and prejudice, but none are more hated than atheists. Research conducted a couple years ago at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that atheists are more distrusted than muslims or homosexuals in the US. Austin Cline from writes, “Every single study that has ever looked at the issue has revealed massive amounts of bigotry and prejudice against atheists in America.

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.’ Watch Daniel Dennett’s ‘How to Tell You’re an Atheist’ speech May 28, 2012 This past year at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, famed American cognitive scientist, philosopher and atheist, Daniel Dennett, delivered a speech entitled “How to Tell You’re an Atheist.” Dennett, along with Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, might best be described as the Holy Trinity of atheism.