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Good piece on anonymity, data and privacyq

“Anonymized” data really isn’t—and here’s why not – Ars Technica “Such work by computer scientists over the last fifteen years has shown a serious flaw in the basic idea behind ‘personal information’: almost all information can be ‘personal’ when combined … Continue reading

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Are we too focused on climate change?

It sucks when several things are going bad simultaneously. BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Hijacked by climate change? “But others argue there is no time; that society needs, urgently, to see the wider picture of global decline in … Continue reading

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this does concern me

Via the AP WASHINGTON — The national Republican Party has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans. A questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could … Continue reading

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all those jokes about threat levels, not funny

This is really sad (and infuriating) but hardly surprising. Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level … Continue reading

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Rove can’t be trusted with facts

Guess who thinks that Obama Can’t Be Trusted With Numbers? Karl Rove. ’nuff said? Why would we listen to someone with questionable ethics and a penchant for doing whatever it takes — not to improve my country but rather — … Continue reading

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Yeah! – Massachusetts sues U.S. over gay marriage rights| U.S.| Reuters

Massachusetts sues U.S. over gay marriage rights | U.S. | Reuters “BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ attorney general filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. government that seeks federal marriage benefits for about 16,000 gay and lesbian couples who have … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky on TED

Talks about the new social media. Nice.

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Easily Grossed Out?

There are lots of straight lines here but I’m going to avoid them. Easily Grossed Out? You Might Be A Conservative! “Participants who rated higher in disgust sensitivity were more likely to oppose gay marriage and abortion, issues that are … Continue reading

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Interesting business model

Study: Life, Health Insurers Investing Billions in Tobacco Companies – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News – FOXNews.com “The study highlights U.S. insurance company Prudential Financial Inc., who has $246.3 million dollars invested between three tobacco companies, … Continue reading

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missile gap, salt mine gap, education gap…

There’s always a gap. I think that this one, however, is real. The Future of Manufacturing, GM, and American Workers (Part II) | Robert Reich’s Blog “But we’re in danger of losing ground because too many of our kids, especially … Continue reading

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