Posts Tagged ‘data’

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US law aimed at financial fraud makes deleting browser history a crime punishable by 20yrs in jail

Thank Dubya for this bit of Constitution burning, but of course it’s Obama’s Justice (sic) Department that’s twisting the law to criminalize just about everything.

Prosecutors are clutching to one section of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which details severe penalties for“destroying, mutilating, concealing, falsifying records, documents, or tangible objects” with intent to impede or stall a federal investigation.

Real Results of Legalization

Posted: June 7, 2015 in -
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Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago – and now hardly anyone dies from overdosing

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ENCRYPTING YOUR LAPTOP LIKE YOU MEAN IT

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“…a turn towards darkness”
Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

More: Dr. Marcia Angell, Editor in Chief of New England Journal of  Medicine:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine”  

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Wyoming Has Effectively Made Citizen Science a Crime

Nearly every day I chronicle the slide toward a fascist, dictatorial police state here. Yet the overwhelming majority remain willfully ignorant, apathetic and even hostile to the plain facts.

The government of Wyoming has a strong message to would-be environmental activists: Look, but don’t touch.

Under a new statute signed into law by the Wyoming legislature, collecting data on state land—including private and public property like, say, the protected Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks—without the permission of a landowner is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

While this sounds like a simple rehashing of trespassing laws, the legislation also seems overly broad. “Data,” after all, could range from an innocent photograph to a soil sample. Even more worrying, “collection” is defined as gathering information “in any form from open land which issubmitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government.” The legislation also states that information collected without authorization is inadmissible in any subsequent court proceedings.

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ACLU wins in court, but the government will likely ignore it and appeal.

We filed this lawsuit days after Edward Snowden’s first revelations two years ago, challenging the constitutionality of the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records. This is the first appeals court ruling on the program.

The impact of this ruling will extend far beyond the mass phone records program and call into question the legality of many other government mass surveillance programs – and truly demonstrate the need for systemic reform.

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The former Monsanto boss said government regulatory agencies with which the company used to deal with in the 1980s simply depended on data supplied by the company while giving approvals to herbicides.

Monsanto ‘faked’ data for approvals claims its ex-chief
Monsanto has been committing fraud around the globe, according to former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan.

“The Central Insecticide Board was supposed to give these approvals based on the location and crop-specific data from India. But it simply accepted foreign data supplied by Monsanto. They did not even have a test tube to validate the data and, at times, the data itself was faked,” Jagadisan said.

“I retired from the company as I felt the management of Monsanto, USA, was exploiting our country,” Jagadisan, 84, said from his home in Bangalore.

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The Bleak Science Bankrolled by the Pentagon

Social media, of course, played pivotal roles in such episodes, which perhaps explains why the Pentagon Minerva initiative has also funded researchers to develop advanced data-mining tools that can automatically categorize activist groups and rank them on a threat-scale to US interests. One such tool, called ‘LookingGlass’, can identify and locate individuals, and even rank their alleged propensity for violence or terrorism, just by automatically tracking and analysing their social media posts.

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Geoff Boyle discusses choices when it comes to shooting:

He says a lot of the things I mentioned in this article :)

Directors: How to Choose a Camera System

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You’d better think hard on that first amendment protection we have here. Without it we’d already have an Iran styled begging for permission architecture…

Tailored censorship? Iran unveils ‘smart’ web filters