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http://search-engines-web.com/ writes to share this interesting New York magazine piece, "Bill Gates and J. D. Rockefeller Similarities...Rockefeller's life traces essentially the same arc on which Gates appears to be traveling.
Gates's consolation is that his opportunity to be a transformational figure isn't lost with Microsoft's abeyance. This is not a trivial thing. Gates has already changed the world once; now, through his foundation - which is not only disgorging a gusher of funds but inventing a new model for philanthropy, driven by statistics, leverage, and an insistance on accountability - he has a chance to do it again.
By the time of his death, in 1937, Rockefeller had attained an image in the public mind of a kind of secular saint. Today he's remembered as much for his acts of charity as for his earlier acts of commercial treachery."
kmccook writes "Report Rebuts Bush on Spying : Domestic Action's Legality Challenged.
The Washington Post : A report by Congress's research arm concluded yesterday that the administration's justification for the warrantless eavesdropping authorized by President Bush conflicts with existing law and hinges on weak legal arguments.The Congressional Research Service's report rebuts the central assertions made recently by Bush and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales about the president's authority to order secret intercepts of telephone and e-mail exchanges between people inside the United States and their contacts abroad.
Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the report makes it clear that Congress has exerted power over domestic surveillance. He urged Congress to address what he called the president's abuse of citizens' privacy rights and the larger issue of presidential power."
This Minority Report has been produced at the request of Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. He made this request in the wake of the President's failure to respond to a letter submitted by 122
Members of Congress and more than 500,000 Americans in July of this year asking him whether the assertions set forth in the Downing Street Minutes were accurate. Mr. Conyers asked staff, by year end 2005, to review the available information concerning
possible misconduct by the Bush Administration in the run up to the Iraq War and post-invasion statements and actions, and to develop legal conclusions and make legislative and other recommendations to him.
In brief, we have found that there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice President and other high ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war with Iraq; misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for
such war; countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and other legal violations in Iraq; and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of their Administration....it is incumbent on individual Members of Congress as well as the American public to act to protect our constitutional form of government. (Executivev Summary).
mdoneil writes "The OpinionJournal piece notes that Kennedy called the the prevaricating student requested "The official Chinese translation of the Communist Manifesto". That is so wrong in so many ways.
The article gets better when the author quotes Heinlein
These people could "prove" their opinions by quoting any number of Americans and American newspapers and magazines. That they were able to quote such American sources proved just the opposite, namely that we do continue to enjoy free speech even to express arrant nonsense and unpopular opinion, escaped them completely.
I thought it was brilliant and hilarious."
An Anonymous Patron writes sent over a White House press release that says
President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate four individuals and appoint four individuals to serve in his Administration: ...
The President intends to nominate Anne-Imelda Radice, of Vermont, to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, for a term of four years. Ms. Radice currently serves as Acting Assistant Chairman for Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She previously served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Education. Earlier in her career, Ms. Radice served as Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Curator in the Office of the Architect of the United States Capitol. She received her bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and her first master's degree from Villa Schifanoia School of Fine Arts. In addition, Ms. Radice received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her second master's degree from American University."
Charles Greenberg writes "Yesterday I heard the NPR description of FBI frustrations with getting kicked around by "radical militant librarians" that are aiding terrorism by questioning the provisions of the Patriot Act, having to do with secretly obtaining library circulation records. See the email source for this phrase (paid for with our tax dollars).
Seeing an entrepreneurial opportunity, I have captured one definition of radical militancy on a boutique of active/casualware for one type of radical militant.
Don't forget to view the back of the shirt to see my definition.
It only takes about 20 minutes to set up a site like this, including the graphic.
Unabashedly, all profits go toward future college expenses for two less radical children...."
Cabot writes "The Canadian Press reports that the Government of Canada has drafted a proposal that would allow government departments to immediately cancel a contract with an American firm if it hands personal information about Canadians to U.S. anti-terrorism investigators."
Fang-Face writes "There was an article by Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times, for Sunday 11 December 2005, titled
At FBI, Frustration Over Limits on an Antiterror Law, reprinted at TruthOut.org. In it, Lichtblau reports on how FBI agents are simply twitchy about using S.215. Interestingly enough, it seems to be field agents who are chafing at restrictions administration officials seem reluctant to lift. Lichtblau's allegations of agents wanting to run riot with S.215 are supported by internal FBI e-mails. One e-mail reads in part: "While radical militant librarians kick us around, true terrorists benefit from OIPR's failure to let us use the tools given to us," . . ."
Jeanie Straub writes "The New York Times reports: "Most Americans carry cellphones, but many may not know that government agencies can track their movements through the signals emanating from the handset.In recent years, law enforcement officials have turned to cellular technology as a tool for easily and secretly monitoring the movements of suspects as they occur. But this kind of surveillance - which investigators have been able to conduct with easily obtained court orders - has now come under tougher legal scrutiny. In the last four months, three federal judges have denied prosecutors the right to get cellphone tracking information from wireless companies without first showing 'probable cause' to believe that a crime has been or is being committed. That is the same standard applied to requests for search warrants. The rulings, issued by magistrate judges in New York, Texas and Maryland, underscore the growing debate over privacy rights and government surveillance in the digital age." http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/10/technology/10pho ne.html(reg. required)"
Anonymous Patron writes "Here's a Press release from Paula Wriedt, MHA, Minister for Education Tasmanian public libraries and Online Access Centres will use filtering software to block access to pornographic and inappropriate websites from their computers from early next year to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate content by patrons and staff. Education Minister Paula Wriedt said today that a review of filtering policies within the State Library and Online Access Centres was completed, and advice had been received from the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board and the Tasmanian Communities Online Advisory Board. "The Tasmanian Government has developed a network of 48 branch and city libraries and 65 Online Access Centres that enables the Tasmanian community to have access to the Internet," she said. "Despite the educational and social benefits of the internet, there are risks associated with its use, and filtering technologies are now being used to protect young people against websites that are unsuitable. "Adult clients will also be protected from the alarm and embarrassment of inadvertently accessing pornographic material in a public place or witnessing someone else accessing this material. -- Read More