Archive for March, 2013

Mar 30 2013

NBC: Saudi Arabia may try to end anonymity for Twitter users

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Saudi Arabia may try to end anonymity for Twitter users in the country by limiting access to the site to people who register their identification documents, the Arab News daily reported on Saturday.

Last week, local media reported the government had asked telecom companies to look at ways they could monitor, or block, free internet phone services such as Skype.

Twitter is highly popular with Saudis and has stirred broad debate on subjects ranging from religion to …

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Mar 29 2013

HuffPost: New York’s Paid Sick Leave Bill May Serve As Model For U.S.

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 12:32 pm | Comments Off on HuffPost: New York’s Paid Sick Leave Bill May Serve As Model For U.S. -

NEW YORK — When Juana Alvarez’s 14-year-old daughter contracted a blood infection five years ago, Alvarez took her daughter to the hospital, leaving her newborn baby at home with her husband, Abel. Abel took two days off from his pizzeria job to stay home with the baby, a decision that ended up costing him his job: His employer was one of many around the country that deny sick days to their employees.

Abel now works at …

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Mar 29 2013

NY Times: Business and Labor Said to Near Deal on Immigration

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 12:15 pm | Comments Off on NY Times: Business and Labor Said to Near Deal on Immigration -

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top business and labor groups are nearing agreement on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants, a final sticking point that had stalled negotiations late last week on a broad immigration overhaul, and are closing in on a deal that could come as early as Friday, according to officials involved in the talks.

An agreement between the labor and business communities would clear one of the last hurdles for an overall …

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Mar 29 2013

Think Progress: How The Koch Brothers Use Florida Gulf Coast University To Promote Their Agenda

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 12:06 pm | Comments Off on Think Progress: How The Koch Brothers Use Florida Gulf Coast University To Promote Their Agenda -

It’s a great story: the virtually unknown, 15th seeded Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), has made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. But there’s something you might not know about FGCU: its economics department is, as a consequence of grants from Randian businessman John Allison and the Charles G. Koch Foundation, a haven for Ayn-Rand Style thinking:

At Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, every student who majors …

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Mar 29 2013

Guardian: Domestic drones and their unique dangers

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 11:58 am | Comments Off on Guardian: Domestic drones and their unique dangers -

The use of drones by domestic US law enforcement agencies is growing rapidly, both in terms of numbers and types of usage. As a result, civil liberties and privacy groups led by the ACLU – while accepting that domestic drones are inevitable – have been devoting increasing efforts to publicizing their unique dangers and agitating for statutory limits. These efforts are being impeded by those who mock the idea that domestic drones pose unique dangers …

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Mar 29 2013

rabble.ca: Hunger strike continues at U.S. Guantanamo prison

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 11:46 am | Comments Off on rabble.ca: Hunger strike continues at U.S. Guantanamo prison -

Prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay are now being denied water among other abuses as prison guards attempt to force them off the strike, the prisoners’ lawyers said Wednesday.

Several of the prisoners’ lawyers have filed an emergency motion in a federal court in Washington saying guards are refusing to provide drinking water to the hunger strikers and have kept camp temperatures “extremely frigid” in an effort to “to thwart the protest.”

“The reality is that …

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Mar 29 2013

MotherJones: EPA to Study Flame Retardant Chemicals. Finally.

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 11:40 am | Comments Off on MotherJones: EPA to Study Flame Retardant Chemicals. Finally. -

The EPA announced this week that it will study the health and environmental risks of 23 chemicals, with an emphasis on chemical flame retardants that are found in many common products.

Even though they were phased out of baby clothes back in the 1970s due to health concerns, flame retardants are still used in baby cribs and car seats, couches, and electronics. Many have been linked to cancer and neurological and developmental problems, particularly in children. …

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Mar 29 2013

CommonDreams: EPA Loophole Allows Flood of Pesticides to Litter US Ecosystems

Newswire | Published 29 Mar 2013, 9:50 am | Comments Off on CommonDreams: EPA Loophole Allows Flood of Pesticides to Litter US Ecosystems -

WASHINGTON – An environment group here is warning that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a key government regulator, may have been haphazardly approving thousands of pesticides for decades, some of which pose risks to both human and environmental health.

Critics say the EPA should not have approved clothianidin, a potent pesticide that belongs to a family of substances linked to the current widespread die-off of global honeybee populations. (Credit: Bob Peterson/cc by 2.0) Following on …

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Mar 29 2013

ReThink Reviews: GI Joe: Retaliation

Rethink ReviewsTaking a deeper look at current and past films and how they relate to the world today.

Jonathan Kim is an independent film critic who writes and produces film reviews for Uprising and other outlets. He is a former co-producer at Brave New Films.

Read his reviews online at ReThinkReviews.net. Watch his videos at www.youtube.com/user/jsjkim, …

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Mar 29 2013

NY Times: Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.

A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment, colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some researchers say …

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