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PRIVACY

One of the pieces of legislation being reviewed to deal with terrorism would permit Internet surveillance without a court order. The scope of that surveillance was debated at a Congressional committee meeting on Tuesday. The bill’s advocates argue that prosecutors should be able to intercept e-mail headers (TO: and FROM:), since it’s analogous to what they can discover about incoming and outgoing phone calls. […] continued

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PRESS DEMOCRAT AND MICROSOFT-BASHING

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has somebody working their Business section with an anti-Microsoft grudge. The paper has been more and more bold about printing articles bashing Microsoft as if they’re straight news items. It’s confusing to people – a combination of misinformation and half-truths, with no indication that there’s another side. […] continued

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DISASTER: MORE ON BIN LADEN

I mentioned a couple of background articles on Osama Bin Laden earlier this week, but here’s what wasn’t covered by those articles – a concise (and scary) description of what he believes and why he hates the U.S.

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NEWS JUNKIES

I find I’m spending more and more time at Slate Magazine for news and politics. A particularly valuable daily feature is called “Today’s Papers,” which compares the front pages of the nation’s largest daily newspapers – always fascinating, sometimes eye-opening. Recommended for news junkies.

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DISASTER: RELIGIOUS RIGHT

Despite past differences, you may have the impression that America has been united by this tragedy. I offer this without further comment.

According to The Washington Post and the New York Times, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson said that liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. […] continued

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DISASTER: CIVIL LIBERTIES

The nation is entering into a debate about the relationship between privacy and national security. Regardless of where you stand, encourage the debate to be fair, reasonable, and deeply considered. A rush to cut off privacy and anonymity may seem tempting in light of the terrorist attacks, but our liberties are built on more than an obsession with security. […] continued

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DISASTER: E-MAIL HOAXES

The World Trade Center disaster has already generated a tremendous amount of e-mail spam and chain letters. As this article points out, you can count on a lot of hoaxes to be disseminated by e-mail in the next few weeks. Exercise a high degree of caution before you forward an e-mail message to your favorite fifty friends. […] continued

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DISASTER: COMMENTARY

A thought-provoking commentary on the disaster and the reactions to it. You may want to hit the author, Alexander Cockburn, by the end of it (complain to him, not me), but I found it to be more interesting than most of the other coverage so far.

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DISASTER: VICTIMS

For some reason, this list of World Trade Center tenants touched me more deeply than some of the horrific photos.

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HOW WATER BLASTERS WORK

Sure, you could get back to work after the holiday, but wouldn’t you rather check out an illustrated explanation of how water blasters work?

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DOUGLAS ADAMS DIES

Douglas Adams passed away on Friday. He was 49. He was the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and several other of the most wonderful books in the world.

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

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GINGER UNWRAPPED

Ginger, the much-hyped device invented by Dean Kamen, apparently is a two-wheeled scooter-like device that will run nearly emission-free using a hydrogen-based engine.Here’s an article with more info about Ginger. That might not grab you at first, but two things are worth thinking about: (1) An emission-free engine? Think about that for a second. […] continued

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