Jack Lew to be Secretary of the Treasury the revolving door.

Many Democrats have no trouble seeing the inequities and ethical gaps of today’s economy manifested in the Mitt Romneys of the world. It’s unfortunate and, yes, not a little hypocritical that they aren’t more willing to draw those same connections when it comes to their own.

Why Did Democrats Give Jack Lew a Pass?
BY ALEC MACGILLIS
While Washington was obsessing Wednesday over whether or not the oh-so-intimidating Gene Sperling had threatened Bob Woodwardover his deeply misguided take on the budget sequester, another veteran Democratic number-cruncher skated by: The Senate confirmed Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury, by a vote of 71 to 26.
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H.R. 845 SHIELD Act Revised – patent litigation Trolls

curb patent litigation by trolls by imposing “loser pays” Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

H.R. 845 SHIELD Act Revised – patent litigation

New House legislation would create financial deterrence measures to curb patent litigation by trolls by imposing “loser pays.” There will be a House hearing on patent litigation on Thursday, March 7. Details below.
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NASA opportunities for the education community

NASA opportunities for the education community.

Full descriptions are listed below.


NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to Host Interactive Student Presentations
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Presentation Dates: Feb. 28 – March 1, 2013
Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013
Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013
Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: March 2, 2013
Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During March 2013
Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Mar. 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: March 9, 2013
NASA Request for Information — Educator Professional Development
Audience: Entities With the Academic Expertise Needed to Implement a Range of Requirements Designed to Enhance the Professional Development of STEM Educators
Deadline: March 11, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Pre-Proposal Teleconference Slides and Agenda — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013
Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 10, 2013
Institute Dates: July 12-24, 2013
Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html
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#Privacy Obama and Supremes approve #Warrentless Wiretapping

Sorry Dr. Strangelove You can’t prove that NOT that having your privacy respected by the American Government will harm you.

#Privacy Obama and Supremes approve #Warrentless Wiretapping

Might as well know that it is the exact same thing as living in China.
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14124172-scotus-approves-warrantless-wiretapping
If you’re worried about the United States government tapping your phone or perusing your emails, don’t complain to the US Supreme Court about it. They don’t want to hear it.
Today, the court ruled that citizens cannot challenge a federal law that allows for warrantless surveillance of international phone calls and emails. The ruling was a blow for civil rights activists and lawyers, and a victory for the Obama administration.
The justices voted 5-4, largely along ideological lines, in favor of the law, which was implemented in 2008. They claimed that the citizens represented by the American Civil Liberties Union-including Amnesty International, lawyers, journalists and international human rights activists-could not sufficiently show that they were actually being harmed by the potential surveillance.

Big Food Is Making Us Sick

Food companies shape health legislation and avoid regulation and are making us sick!

Food Corporations makes us sick

Giant Food Corporations Work Hand-In-Glove With Corrupt Government Agencies To Dish Up Cheap, Unhealthy Food

Three companies now account for more than 40 per cent of global coffee sales, eight companies control the supply of cocoa and chocolate, seven control 85 per cent of tea production, five account for 75 per cent of the world banana trade, and the largest six sugar traders account for about two-thirds of world trade, according to the new publication from the Fairtrade Foundation.
 
Reuters notes:
Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies, health experts said on Tuesday.
In an international analysis of involvement by so-called “unhealthy commodity” companies in health policy-making, researchers from Australia, Britain, Brazil and elsewhere said … that through the aggressive marketing of ultra-processed food and drink, multinational companies were now major drivers of the world’s growing epidemic of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Writing in The Lancet medical journal, the researchers cited industry documents they said revealed how companies seek to shape health legislation and avoid regulation.
This is done by “building financial and institutional relations” with health professionals, non-governmental organizations and health agencies, distorting research findings, and lobbying politicians to oppose health reforms, they said.

Billboard converts desert air into drinking water

Billboard produces water out of air. According to the university, the billboard produced 9,450 liters of drinking water in three months—enough to sustain hundreds of Peruvian families per month.

Billboard converts desert air into drinking water

Feb 25, 2013

Billboard converts air into water.

An advertising agency has created what it’s calling the world’s first billboard that converts air into drinking water.
The billboard—a collaboration between agency Mayo DraftFCB and Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology—was placed in Peru’s rain-starved desert capital, Lima.
Lima gets less than an inch of rain per year on average, but since the city’s humidity hovers around 98 percent, generators attached to the structure are able to capture atmospheric moisture, filter it and produce potable water.
The harvested water is then stored in 20-liter tanks and can be retrieved from taps at the base of the billboard.
“Agua aqui,” a neon display near the base reads.
According to the university, the billboard produced 9,450 liters of drinking water in three months—enough to sustain hundreds of Peruvian families per month.
 
Watch a short video explaining the project below:
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ALERT #Milk industry wants to add secret ingredients without a label

#International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the #National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) want to add #secret ingredients

Milk industry wants to add secret ingredients without a label

International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have <https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products>filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.
Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. And if you’re trying to avoid aspartame, you’ll have no way of doing so because it won’t be listed on the label.
This isn’t only for milk, either: It’s also for yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream and a total of 17 products, all of which are <https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products>listed in the petition at FDA.gov.
Learn more: <http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2M5mFDyrx>http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2M5mFDyrx
FDA requests comments
The FDA is requesting comments on this petition. You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments.

Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products

<https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products>Click here for instructions.
Learn more:
<http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2M5nGLR1U>
 
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Six Strikes is not a law so support your local ISP

Six Strikes is not a law only a 4 year private agreement. Six 6 Strikes is Phoney it is only a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING not a law.

Six Strikes is not a law so go and support your local ISP

ISP snooping is disgusting.  It isn’t enough to say you have rights you have to use them to prove that have rights.
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This land was made for you and me!
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Six Strikes is not a lawonly a 4 year private agreement.

Six 6 Strikes is Phoney it is only a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING not a law.
Administering “six strikes” is a new entity called the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), which was established by the entertainment industry and the ISP industry. (Internet users were not part of the negotiations.) In other words, Internet users can be punished because of accusations by the copyright industry, but no one is necessarily verifying the claims.
First, this plan is not a law at all. It is a voluntary agreement between copyright holders and ISPs. Second, this plan does not mandate that ISPs completely cut subscribers’ Internet access. The burden of proof on the Internet subscriber, who must prove that he did not illegally download copyrighted content.

FINAL 7/6/2011 Agreed as of July 6, 2011
As of the Effective Date of this Agreement, the following entities are MPAA member company affiliates:

It is  a 4 year private agreement among the following:

  • The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.
  • The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
  • EMI Music North America
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Warner Music Group
  • UMG Recordings, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • Universal City Studios LLC
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.,
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Disney Enterprises, Inc.,
  • NBC Universal Media LLC,
  • Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc.
  • Viacom, Inc.

AND These  Participating ISPs

  • SBC Internet Services, Inc.
  • BellSouthTelecommunications, Inc.
  • Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
  • Pacific BellTelephone Company
  • Illinois Bell Telephone Company
  • Indiana Bell TelephoneCompany
  • Incorporated,
  • Michigan Bell Telephone Company
  • Nevada Bell TelephoneCompany
  • The Ohio Bell Telephone Company
  • Wisconsin Bell, Inc.
  • The Southern NewEngland Telephone Company
  • BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. (the AT&T Inc.companies
  • Verizon Online LLC, VerizonOnline LLC –Maryland, and Verizon Online Pennsylvania Partnership (the Verizoncompanies)
  • Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC;
  • CSC Holdings,LLC (solely with respect to its cable systems operating in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut)(the Cablevision systems)
  • Time Warner Cable Inc.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/91987640/CCI-MOU

FAIR USE – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
P2P networks and applications ARE LEGAL lawful online legitimate sources of content

Center for Copyright Infringement = CCI
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402521,00.asp
Jill Lesser, CCI as executive director.who previously served as a First Amendment advocate for People for the American Way (PFAW), most recently served as a senior vice president for domestic public policy for AOL Time Warner. She now leads the CCI as executive director.
K-12 COPYRIGHT LAWS: PRIMER FOR TEACHERS
CCI Committee:
The executive board of the CCI includes: chairman Thomas Dailey, vice president and deputy general council at Verizon; executive vice president and general counsel Steven M. Marks, currently the executive vice president and general counsel at the RIAA; and members Marianne Grant, senior vice president for the MPAA; Alan Lewine, senior counsel for Comcast; Daniel Mandil, associate general counsel for Verizon; and Brent Olson, vice president of public policy for AT&T.
The advisory board is made up of Gigi Sohn, president and chief executive of Public Knowledge; Jerry Berman, chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee; Marsali Hancock, president of iKeepSafe.org; and Jules Polenetsky, director of the Future of Privacy Forum.
CCI says. “The ISP will determine which of its subscriber accounts was allocated the specified IP address at the applicable date and time and then send an alert to the subscriber whose account has been identified. The alert will notify the subscriber that his/her account may have been misused for potentially illegal file sharing, explain and why the action is illegal and a violation of the ISP’s policies and provide advice about how to avoid receiving further alerts as well as how to locate film, television and music content legally.”
CCI also begins doing business as a number of judicial rulings have blocked copyright holders’ attempts to compel ISPs to divulge the IP addresses of customers without a formal lawsuit. The CCI’s partnership between the content creators and ISPs would sidestep that process.
ACCORDING TO THE CCI Executive Committee THEY GET TO DEFINE YOUR RIGHTS ACCORDING TO SOMEONE THEY PICK.
Chris Dodd Joining MPAA As Top Lobbyist
Breaking Promise Not To Become A Lobbyist Just Weeks After Leaving Senate 2011
2.4.  Fair Use
A Subscriber shall prevail on this defense if the Subscriber adequately and credibly demonstrates fair use of the copyrighted work under prevailing principles of copyright law (which shall be identified as described in section 6).
Page 35 Section 6. Legal Principles to Be Applied in Independent Review.
The Independent Review process will, to the extent relevant, apply prevailing legal principles as determined by United States federal courts. The Administering Organization will commission an accepted, independent expert on copyright law, who is approved by the CCI Executive Committee, to outline prevailing legal principles of fair use for purposes of deciding defenses of fair use, and any other legal principles necessary for resolution of issues within the scope of this Independent Review process. Such outline will be updated from time to time as necessary. If additional material questions of law arise as the Independent Review process is implemented, they may be referred to an accepted, independent expert approved by the CCI Executive Committee as needed. The Administering Organization will advise the Parties to the Agreement of issues referred to, and principles determined by, such an expert, and provide a process for the Parties to the Agreement to provide input concerning the issues, so as to ensure that the expert’s determinations are fully-informed and reflect prevailing law as determined by United States federal courts.
If additional material questions of law arise as the Independent Review process is implemented, they may be referred to an accepted, independent expert approved by the CCI Executive Committee as needed. The Administering Organization will advise the Parties to the Agreement of issues referred to, and principles determined by, such an expert, and provide a process for the Partiesto the Agreement to provide input concerning the issues, so as to ensure that the expert’s determinations are fully-informed and reflect prevailing law as determined by United States federal courts.
Guide to United States Copyright Law as Applied to Multimedia Productions
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