August 24, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “If the federal government was doing its job, ranchers would not be living in fear.”

–Minuteman President Chris Simcox on an activist who pistol-whipped illegal immigrants, then lost his ranch to them.
(Story #13, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Britain’s organic food scam exposed”
[o2] “Gunmen have elections in their sights”
[o3] “Judge ends immigrant crackdown”

TECHNOLOGY
[o4] “Privacy commissioner seeks info on ‘no-fly’ list”
[o5] “Wiretap the Internet? Not so fast, say some”
[o6] “Copy-protection gear sneaks into products”
[o7] “Power supply is down in the dumps”

WORLD
[o8] “Ecuador oil protesters agree to talk”
[o9] “Palestinian farm family could lose land”
[10] “China creates crack unit to crush poverty protests”
[11] “Scramble to curb Zimbabwe ‘spies in media’ scandal”

NATION
[12] “FDA opposing state warnings on canned tuna”
[13] “Ariz. ranch turned over to border crossers”
[14] “Atlanta homeless protest panhandling ban”

CLIMATE CHANGE
[15] “Siberia’s rapid thaw causes alarm”
[16] “Climate change a ‘blind spot’ for U.S. insurers”
[17] “Climate change skeptics bet $10,000 on cooler world”

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TOP STORIES

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“Britain’s organic food scam exposed”
Guardian (U.K.), August 21, 2005

British farmers and retailers are both complicit in mislabeling food as ‘organic’ to increase its market value.

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“Gunmen have elections in their sights”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, August 12, 2005

Many candidates in the upcoming Afghani elections are warlords and drug smugglers who will receive immunity if elected.

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“Judge ends immigrant crackdown”
Lowell Sun (NH), August 18, 2005

A judge ruled that New Hampshire police did not have the federal authority to charge eight illegal immigrants with trespassing.

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TECHNOLOGY

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“Privacy commissioner seeks info on ‘no-fly’ list”
CTV (Canada), August 14, 2005

Canada privacy commissioner is worried that a ‘no-fly list’ to catch terrorists might target all criminals, or include innocents.

[o5]

“Wiretap the Internet? Not so fast, say some”
The National Law Journal, August 18, 2005

Rights groups say the FCC’s efforts to wiretap Internet voice calls and airplane conversations are illegal and dangerous.

[o6]

“Copy-protection gear sneaks into products”
USA Today, August 15, 2005

A new anti-piracy technology prevents users from copying DVDs, CDs and digital books, but critics say it prevents all CD backups.

[o7]

“Power supply is down in the dumps”
Wired.com, August 17, 2005

New technology will convert methane from a dump in Dhaka, Bangladesh, into electricity, and also provide farmers with organic fertilizer.

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WORLD

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“Ecuador oil protesters agree to talk”
Reuters, August 21, 2005

Ecuadorian protesters have temporality stopped dynamiting pipelines to negotiate for more state control of the industry and jobs.

[o9]

“Palestinian farm family could lose land”
Associated Press, August 17, 2005

A Palestinian farming family has reclaimed land vacated by Jewish settlers, but the Palestinian Authority wants it for development.

[10]

“China creates crack unit to crush poverty protests”
Times Online (U.K.), August 20, 2005

A new police force will quell violent protests in China over land-use, environmental decline and other issues.

[11]

“Scramble to curb Zimbabwe ‘spies in media’ scandal”
Business Day (South Africa), August 15, 2005

Zimbabwe’s government is facing outrage over revelations that it used taxpayer dollars to buy three private newspapers.

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NATION

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“FDA opposing state warnings on canned tuna”
San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2005

The FDA says California’s plans for additional mercury warnings on canned tuna conflict with federal regulations.

[13]

“Ariz. ranch turned over to border crossers”
Associated Press, August 19, 2005

The leader of an anti-immigrant group was forced to give his ranch to the illegal immigrants he pistol-whipped.

[14]

“Atlanta homeless protest panhandling ban”
Associate Press, August 15, 2005

Activists and homeless people are fighting Atlanta’s proposed ban on panhandling, which is intended to boost downtown commerce.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

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[15]

“Siberia’s rapid thaw causes alarm”
BBC (U.K.), August 11, 2005

The rapid, human-caused warming of frozen Siberian peat bogs could massively increase the release of globe-warming methane gas.

[16]

“Climate change a ‘blind spot’ for U.S. insurers”
Oakland Tribune, August 18, 2005

American insurance companies are in denial about the rising costs of climate change, unlike their British and Japanese counterparts.

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“Climate change skeptics bet $10,000 on cooler world”
Guardian (U.K.), August 19, 2005

Two scientists who dismiss humans’ impact on climate change are betting $10,000 to prove the Earth is cooling down.

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