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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 05, 2010 Money doesn't buy many wins for self-funded candidates
QUOTE: Tuesday's midterms featured an unusually large crop of moguls who sought to ease their way into power by pouring millions of their own dollars into their campaigns. In most cases, they failed spectacularly.
Washington Post Jul 01, 2010 Change in IRS rules could block rewards for whistleblowers
QUOTE: When information from whistleblowers helps the IRS recover unpaid taxes, the informants are entitled to as much as 30 percent of the proceeds. However, the new manual explains that the tipster is out of luck if, instead of yielding a payment to the IRS, the tip stops a refund or reduces a credit.
Washington Post Jun 21, 2010 Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror
QUOTE: In a case pitting free speech against national security, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes the form of training for peacefully resolving conflicts.
New York Times Jun 18, 2010 Supreme Court rules on employer monitoring of cellphone, computer conversations
QUOTE: A hesitant Supreme Court waded cautiously into a question that arises daily in workplaces and offices across the country: whether employers have the right to look over the shoulders of workers who use company computers and cellphones for personal communication. In the first ruling of its kind, the justices said they do, as long as there is a "legitimate work-related purpose" to monitor them.
Washington Post Jun 16, 2010 Divorce, No-Fault Style
QUOTE: ...New York appears to be on the verge of finally joining the other 49 states in allowing people to end a marriage without having to establish that their spouse was at fault. Supporters argue that no-fault will reduce litigation and conflict between divorcing couples. Opponents claim it will raise New York’s divorce rate and hurt women financially. So who’s right?
New York Times Jun 09, 2010 The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In
QUOTE: Sherry Turkle, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on Technology and Self, has been studying how parental use of technology affects children and young adults. After five years and 300 interviews, she has found that feelings of hurt, jealousy and competition are widespread.
New York Times Jun 09, 2010 Las Vegas Review-Journal bares its claws: The newspaper has filed lawsuits against more than 30 websites and blogs it says used its works without permission. So what is fair use? (On the Media)
QUOTE: Newspaper people believe their cash-starved profession might be saved if only they could corral and get paid for all the content they create. Internet people believe the Web is a giant free-form party that boundaries and rules just might kill.
Los Angeles Times Jun 06, 2010 Understanding how colleges hand out aid can improve your chances
QUOTE: the FAFSA considers fewer assets than the Profile; it ignores home equity as well as the assets of family-business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees. If you have significant wealth in home equity or in a small family business, the institutional formula will penalize you. The federal formula will not.
Washington Post Jun 02, 2010 Heaviest Users of Phone Data Will Pay More
QUOTE: The trouble for AT&T was that a fraction of users — fewer than 2 percent — made such heavy use of the network that they slowed it down for everyone else. Starting on Monday, AT&T will offer tiered pricing. People will pay based on what they use, which the company says is fairer to everyone.
New York Times May 25, 2010 Apple Is Said to Face Inquiry About Online Music
QUOTE: The Justice Department is examining Apple’s tactics in the market for digital music....allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released.
New York Times May 20, 2010 Groups spar over car black boxes as Congress mulls auto safety bill
QUOTE: A proposal to equip all new cars with "black boxes" to record crash data...But automakers and safety advocates disagree over the extent of the data the devices should collect and over the extent they should be able to survive the worst of crashes.
Washington Post May 18, 2010 The cloud's conflict of interest over interoperability: It's time for cloud customers to vote with their dollars to get the openness and portability they've been promised
QUOTE: The core motivation behind the lack of cloud interoperability is based on a simpler rationale: greed. Cloud providers have a clear conflict of interesting in support interoperability, as it deprives them of the ability to lock in customers.
InfoWorld May 07, 2010 Unclear Result in Britain Puts Focus on Electoral Rules
QUOTE: '[The British] system, designed for two-party politics, always fails to deliver a Parliament that reflects the way people voted,” Mr. Dé said. “Third parties are always punished, and fourth parties are often invisible.'
New York Times May 02, 2010 Web’s Users Against Its Gatekeepers
QUOTE: With the majority of Internet traffic expected to shift to congestion-prone mobile networks, there is growing debate on both sides of the Atlantic about whether operators of the networks should be allowed to treat Web users differently, based on the users’ consumption.
New York Times Apr 30, 2010 How Much to Donate? God Knows
QUOTE: If we’re going to try to set standards that might offer guidance for us all, shouldn’t we look not just at what people earn but what they have? Once you do, it suggests a whole new way of thinking about what to give and a couple of ways to donate higher amounts more easily.
New York Times Jan 09, 2010 The Damage of Card Rewards (Your Money)
QUOTE: the 1 to 3 percent or more of every transaction that merchants pay to accept the cards is a significant cost, and the small local retailers that make neighborhoods vibrant often pay a higher percentage. Stores then build those fees into higher prices, so people who aren’t earning any rewards can end up subsidizing those who do.
New York Times Oct 28, 2009 Critics: DEA crackdown denies some patients pain medication
QUOTE: Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication...
Washington Post Oct 28, 2009 Germany Looks at Ways to Protect Online Journalism
QUOTE: The new governing coalition [in Germany], led by Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats and including the Free Democratic Party, has pledged to create a new kind of copyright to protect online journalism.
New York Times Oct 26, 2009 Who owns an artist's legacy?: Digital media open the door to mash-ups, tributes, and other reinventions.
QUOTE: advances in digital media threaten to unbridle the ironclad control that gatekeepers use to guard their ownership rights, tailor a narrative, and protect a legacy [of a dead celebrity].
Christian Science Monitor Oct 25, 2009 A new demand for uranium power brings concerns for Navajo groups: Mining planned at a mountain considered sacred
QUOTE: Now, interest in carbon-free nuclear power is fueling a potential resurgence of uranium mining. But Indian people gathered in Acoma, N.M., for the Indigenous Uranium Forum over the weekend decried future uranium extraction...
Washington Post Oct 22, 2009 To protect your privacy, hand over your data
QUOTE: [some experts believe] our digital identities will be more secure if they rest on reams of data on our everyday life culled from cellphones, online transactions and the like.
New Scientist Oct 19, 2009 Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets (Danger Room)
QUOTE: In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available...
Wired Oct 19, 2009 Which Side Is Government On? Millions of contract workers whose salaries are ultimately paid by government live in poverty. Uncle Sam should demand high standards, not pay as little as possible.
QUOTE: In 2007 the Labor Department found in 80 percent of its SCA [Service Contract Act]investigations that employers [contracted by the federal government] underpaid wages or benefits or both. And wages are so low in many service jobs, especially where few workers belong to unions, that prevailing wages are often only sub-poverty wages.
American Prospect Oct 17, 2009 When 2+2 Equals a Privacy Question (Slipstream)
QUOTE: So, what might your movie picks and your medical records have in common? How about a potentially false sense of control over who can see your user history?
New York Times Oct 16, 2009 Wellness Incentives Could Create Health-Care Loophole: Workers Who Fail Medical Tests Could Pay More
QUOTE: By more than doubling the maximum penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the [new healthcare] legislation could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol,
Washington Post Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil
QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 09, 2009 FCC to investigate "gating" role of middle-mile access lines
QUOTE: As DSL or cable customers, consumers usually pay directly for that last-mile access. But large businesses and other ISPs shell out humongous sums for middle and secondary transport services to connect their networks or cell towers with the Internet backbone.
Ars Technica Oct 09, 2009 Should Medicare Benefits Start Later in Life? (Economix)
QUOTE: Instead of heeding the frightening messages emanating from self-styled “protectors” of Medicare, such as Ms. [Betsy] McCaughey, the elderly might search their souls on the moral platform for the political economy of sharing in a civilized society.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 File-hosting site up in arms over Firefox plug-in
QUOTE: One of the latest incidents in the ongoing battle over advertising involves file-hosting sites, which support the service by showing ads to users as they download files. One of these sites, MediaFire, is bothered by a Firefox plugin called SkipScreen which automates the user straight past the ads.
Ars Technica Oct 06, 2009 Report: U.S. Should Give Preference to Skilled Immigrants Over Relatives
QUOTE: The United States should cut back on the admission of immigrants who are extended-family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to make room for more skilled workers, a new independent panel recommended Tuesday.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2009 Virtual world disputes heading for real courtrooms
QUOTE: Just as the digital revolution has facilitated piracy and copyright theft in other spheres, those who make a living running businesses in Second Life have seen their profits eroded by users who have found ways to copy their intellectual property (IP).
New Scientist Oct 05, 2009 Report on Bailouts Says Treasury Misled Public
QUOTE: The inspector general who oversees the government’s bailout of the banking system is criticizing the Treasury Department for some misleading public statements last fall and raising the possibility that it had unfairly disbursed money to the biggest banks.
New York Times Oct 03, 2009 Will Books Be Napsterized? (Digital Domain)
QUOTE: With the new devices [electronic readers] in hand, will book buyers avert their eyes from the free copies only a few clicks away that have been uploaded without the copyright holder’s permission?
New York Times Sep 29, 2009 Alternative Energy Projects Stumble on a Need for Water
QUOTE: Here is an inconvenient truth about renewable energy: It can sometimes demand a huge amount of water. Many of the proposed solutions to the nation’s energy problems, from certain types of solar farms to biofuel refineries to cleaner coal plants, could consume billions of gallons of water every year.
New York Times Sep 23, 2009 Is birth control the answer to environmental ills? (60-Second Science)
QUOTE: Who gets to set the limiting number for population growth? Who are the targets of restrained fertility and is this just? And, ultimately, is there an ideal number for human population on this planet?
Scientific American Sep 22, 2009 Netflix Prize 2: (Privacy) Apocalypse Now?
QUOTE: security researchers found a way to link the anonymous movie recommendations with data from other sites in order to identify individual Netflix users.
Ars Technica Sep 21, 2009 Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning: Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage
QUOTE: Many state and local governments are not adequately prepared to deal with a surge of patients in a flu pandemic or quickly distribute vaccine and antiviral drugs...
Washington Post Sep 21, 2009 Debate Flaring Over Grants for Research
QUOTE: Managers at the National Institutes of Health are increasingly ignoring the advice of scientific review panels and giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year to scientists whose projects are deemed less scientifically worthy than those denied money.
New York Times Sep 20, 2009 Why Health Care Will Never Be Equal (Economic Views)
QUOTE: How should we, as a society, decide who gets the benefits of this medical breakthrough?
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 Planes to nowhere? Congress plans to increase small-town airline subsidies
QUOTE: opponents call the program [Essential Air Service] wasteful spending, noting that much of the money provides service to areas with fewer than 30 passengers a day.
Los Angeles Times Sep 19, 2009 Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy
QUOTE: Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with students who dream of being the accountants, engineers and doctors this country desperately needs, but the education system is often failing the very children depending on it most to escape poverty.
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity (By Degrees)
QUOTE: efforts to cover consumer electronics [in electrical efficiency rules] like televisions and game consoles have been repeatedly derailed by manufacturers worried about the higher cost of meeting the standards.
New York Times Sep 18, 2009 DRM's tentacles snare British HDTV
QUOTE: DRM watchers are sounding the alarm about a proposal to bring what they fear amounts to a "broadcast flag" to the UK's over-the-air digital Freeview television service.
Ars Technica Sep 17, 2009 Maligned, or misaligned?: Executive pay
QUOTE: Investors frequently reap nothing but frustration when they seek to restrain the financial aspirations of corporate bosses.
Economist Sep 17, 2009 Expand the House? (On Politics)
QUOTE: because each state gets at least one seat... and because the overall size of the House has not changed in a century, the number of people represented by a single congressman can vary widely.
New York Times Sep 16, 2009 A third of Karzai votes may be fraudulent, EU official says: The EU's monitor for Afghanistan election suggests that 1.1 million of the incumbent president's votes must be investigated.
QUOTE: The Afghan elections... received another body blow Wednesday when the head of the European Union's election-monitoring commission said that as many as 1.1 million votes cast in the vote were "suspect."
Christian Science Monitor Sep 16, 2009 Panhandling bans hurt some fundraisers
QUOTE: Communities seeking to prevent panhandlers from venturing into streets are stirring controversy with bans that also prevent people from approaching vehicles to ask for charitable donations.
USA TODAY Sep 16, 2009 Should cheetahs be reintroduced in India? (60-Second Science)
QUOTE: controversial efforts are underway to return the cheetah to India...
Scientific American Sep 15, 2009 When It Comes to Pollution, Less (Kids) May Be More (Green)
QUOTE: new study performed by the London School of Economics suggests that, to fight climate change, governments should focus on another pollutant: us. As in babies. New people.
Washington Post Sep 15, 2009 Cracking the Spine of Libel (The wild Side)
QUOTE: English libel laws create particular difficulties for science journalists. Science, after all, is about evaluating evidence. Science journalism, sometimes, requires pointing out when evidence is weak or absent.
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