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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 19, 2011 Your Voice Mail May Be Even Less Secure Than You Thought
QUOTE: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile do not require cellphone customers to use a password on their voice mail boxes, and plenty of people never bother to set one up. But if you don’t, people using a service colloquially known as caller ID spoofing could disguise their phone as yours and get access to your messages. This is possible because voice mail systems often grant access to callers who appear to be phoning from their own number.
New York Times Jul 20, 2011 Stopping wartime sexual abuse - of men
QUOTE: the United Nations (UN) and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) “barely acknowledge” the pervasive sexual violence against men that occurs in modern war....of roughly 4,000 NGOs addressing wartime sexual violence, only 3% mentioned male victims (and usually only in passing).
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 18, 2011 Are some countries abusing Interpol?
QUOTE: Some of these nations are using Red Notices to pursue political opponents or economic targets, according to a five-month investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Because of the way Interpol is structured, there can be little recourse for those who are unjustly targeted.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 14, 2011 U.S.: Catching bin Laden justifies CIA vaccination ruse (The Chart)
QUOTE: A senior U.S. official on Thursday acknowledged CIA involvement in a vaccination campaign in Pakistan, but said it was a legitimate piece of the strategy for catching Osama bin Laden....the aid group Doctors Without Borders issued a statement calling the CIA’s involvement, “a dangerous abuse of medical care.”
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 11, 2011 Routine Ruse in Men’s Soccer Tumbles Into Women’s World Cup
QUOTE: The act of diving, as the fake falls are called, is crafty or cynical, artful gamesmanship or outright cheating, depending on one’s view. Although the use of the ruse was clearly evident on Sunday during the United States’ riveting World Cup quarterfinal victory over Brazil, the relative lack of this tactic in women’s soccer was captured in a study conducted at Wake Forest University.
New York Times Jul 11, 2011 Immigrants May Be Fed False Stories to Bolster Asylum Pleas
QUOTE: A shadowy industry dedicated to asylum fraud thrives in New York, where many of the country’s asylum claims are filed. Immigrants peddle personal accounts ripped from international headlines, con artists prey on the newly arrived and nonlawyers offer misguided advice.
New York Times Jul 11, 2011 Google+: Too many eggs in the Google basket
QUOTE: this isn’t necessarily wrong of Google — it’s just following the law, after all — but it perfectly illustrates a far larger and more pressing issue: Alex lost his Gmail account, his contacts list, and every email he’s ever sent or received, because he updated his Google Profile. These are two services that are only tenuously linked by the Google Taskbar, yet inexorably linked by the Google umbrella.
ExtremeTech Jul 07, 2011 How Bright Promise in Cancer Testing Fell Apart
QUOTE: as patients and their doctors try to make critical decisions about serious illnesses, they may be getting worthless information that is based on bad science. The scientific world is concerned enough that two prominent groups, the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Medicine, have begun examining the Duke case; they hope to find new ways to evaluate claims based on emerging and complex analyses of patterns of genes and other molecules.
New York Times Jul 02, 2011 Stolen Code Is Linked to Program for Chess
QUOTE: Players who use computers to cheat are a growing concern in the chess world. Now the developer of Rybka, the winner of the last four World Computer Chess Championships, has been accused of plagiarizing code to create the program.
New York Times Jun 30, 2011 Wall St. and Food: An Unhealthy Business Model: PepsiCo's CEO is under fire for pushing healthier products—and the drama says a lot about how the industry works
QUOTE: Hailed as a strategic visionary since taking PepsiCo's reins nearly five years ago, Mrs. Nooyi is facing doubts from investors and industry insiders concerned that her push into healthier brands has distracted the company from some core products....Products that PepsiCo calls "good for you" still make up only about 20% of revenue. The bulk still comes from drinks and snacks the company dubs "fun for you," including Lay's potato chips, Doritos corn chips and Pepsi-Cola...
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Jun 29, 2011 The Fear of a Toxic Rerun
QUOTE: A $230 million refinery being built here in an effort to break China’s global chokehold on rare earth metals is plagued by environmentally hazardous construction and design problems, according to internal memos and current and former engineers on the project. The plant, which would be the world’s biggest refinery for rare earths — metals crucial to the manufacture of a wide range of technologies including smartphones, smart bombs and hybrid cars — has also become the target of protesters who fear that the plant will leak radioactive and toxic materials into the water table.
New York Times Jun 25, 2011 The Ways of Silencing
QUOTE: We might wish politicians and pundits from opposing parties to engage in reasoned debate about the truth, but as we know, this is not the reality of our political discourse. Instead we often encounter bizarre and improbable claims about public figures. Words are misappropriated and meanings twisted. I believe that these tactics are not really about making substantive claims, but rather play the role of silencing.
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 ‘Safety Myth’ Left Japan Ripe for Nuclear Crisis
QUOTE: Over several decades, Japan’s nuclear establishment has devoted vast resources to persuade the Japanese public of the safety and necessity of nuclear power. Plant operators built lavish, fantasy-filled public relations buildings that became tourist attractions....The belief helps explains why in the only nation to have been attacked with atomic bombs, the Japanese acceptance of nuclear power was so strong that the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl barely registered. Even with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the reaction against nuclear power has been much stronger in Europe and the United States than in Japan itself.
New York Times Jun 22, 2011 Nazi hunting: How France first "civilized" the Internet
QUOTE: France has long attempted to "civilize" the Internet out of things like racism and Nazi ideology by curbing their dissemination. In fact, the first battle in this war concluded a decade ago. The winner was France; the loser was the then-reigning giant of the Web—Yahoo—along with the notion that the Internet is a "global" place that inherently transcends national boundaries.
Ars Technica Jun 20, 2011 Power Broker Steps Down After Years of Whispers
QUOTE: For nearly three decades, Warner, 68, has also been a powerful but polarizing figure in regional and international soccer circles. On Monday, he resigned his positions as the vice president of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, and as the president of soccer’s North American, Central American and Caribbean region, known as Concacaf. He had been accused in a bribery scheme involving as much as $1 million and had been suspended from all soccer activities...
New York Times Jun 17, 2011 U.N. council passes gay rights resolution
QUOTE: In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 10, 2011 U.S. Senators Want to Shut Down Bitcoins, Currency of Internet Drug Trade
QUOTE: The tone of the senators' letter comes off as though they themselves don't know what entity they want to destroy or how to go about it. Bitcoins, by nature and general practice, are harmless; they're merely an Internet-based alternative to traditional federal banks. Silk Road is what the U.S. government is really after.
PC World Jun 07, 2011 The Earth Is Full
QUOTE: Gilding cites the work of the Global Footprint Network, an alliance of scientists, which calculates how many “planet Earths” we need to sustain our current growth rates. G.F.N. measures how much land and water area we need to produce the resources we consume and absorb our waste, using prevailing technology. On the whole, says G.F.N., we are currently growing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished, so we are eating into the future.
New York Times Jun 02, 2011 E-Mail Fraud Hides Behind Friendly Face
QUOTE: spear phishing, a rapidly proliferating form of fraud that comes with a familiar face: messages that seem to be from co-workers, friends or family members, customized to trick you into letting your guard down online. And it has turned into a major problem...
New York Times May 31, 2011 Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War
QUOTE: The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack from a foreign nation can be considered an act of war that may result in a military response.
New York Times May 30, 2011 Where ‘Free’ Costs a Lot
QUOTE: Although many carriers charge passengers flying with award tickets some government taxes and fees, foreign airlines are increasingly adding fuel surcharges to the bill...
New York Times May 22, 2011 Free Speech on Twitter Faces Test
QUOTE: The soccer player has been granted a so-called super-injunction, a stringent and controversial British legal measure that prevents media outlets from identifying him, reporting on the story or even from revealing the existence of the court order itself. But tens of thousands of Internet users have flouted the injunction by revealing his name on Twitter, Facebook and online soccer forums, sites that blur the definition of the press and are virtually impossible to police.
New York Times May 21, 2011 Our Irrational Fear of Forgetting
QUOTE: The mere whiff of perceived memory loss can have terrible consequences in an insecure economy in which midlife workers are regularly (and illegally) laid off on account of their age. This epidemic of anxiety around memory loss is so strong that many older adults seek help for the kind of day-to-day forgetfulness that once was considered normal.
New York Times May 19, 2011 My Take: Doomsdayers show what’s wrong with all religion
QUOTE: Religion is used by dishonest people who claim to know the way to the one thing humans want most: immortality. To combat fear of death, religious people ignore their intellect, believe the lie, and follow the preacher, usually blindly and sometimes to the point of insanity....He realized that religion is a great way to make tax-free money off the backs of well-meaning people...
CNN (Cable News Network) May 12, 2011 Why gadget makers wield a 'kill switch'
QUOTE: When you buy a video game from Best Buy, you don't give the retailer the right to barge into your house whenever it wants. So why do we give that permission to software companies? Most popular smartphone operating systems and other electronic gadgets include what security researchers refer to as a kill switch. This capability enables the company that makes the operating software to send a command over the Web or wireless networks that alters or removes certain applications from devices.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 10, 2011 Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape
QUOTE: a growing group of former Peace Corps volunteers who are speaking out about their sexual assaults, prompting scrutiny from Congress and a pledge from the agency for reform....from 2000 to 2009, on average, 22 Peace Corps women each year reported being the victims of rape or attempted rape...
New York Times May 08, 2011 Suit Opens a Window Into Google
QUOTE: In the smartphone market....“Google has the same problem today that Microsoft had 20 years ago, when Windows started to take off in the personal computer market,” said David B. Yoffie, a professor at the Harvard Business School. “It needs to maintain the integrity of its technology, and control it.”
New York Times May 06, 2011 ID Theft Tool That Sony Isn’t Using
QUOTE: A surveillance service is reactive. By the time you get an alert from one, thieves may have already done a lot of damage. A security freeze, also known as a credit freeze, is proactive.
New York Times Apr 24, 2011 Flying the Flag, Fleeing the State
QUOTE: Thanks to a system of ship registration called “flags of convenience,” it is all too easy for unscrupulous ship owners to get away with criminal behavior. They have evaded prosecution for environmental damage like oil spills, as well as poor labor conditions, forcing crews to work like slaves without adequate pay or rest.
New York Times Apr 23, 2011 What About American Girls Sold on the Streets?
QUOTE: So even when they’re 14 years old, we often arrest and prosecute them — even as the trafficker goes free... Homegrown American girls are also trafficked, and they deserve sympathy and social services — not handcuffs and juvenile detention.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.
New York Times Apr 19, 2011 Dangerous Arts
QUOTE: It is the world’s artists, particularly those courageous enough to stand up against authoritarianism, for whom we need to be concerned, and for whose safety we must fight. Not all writers or artists seek or ably perform a public role, and those who do risk obloquy and derision, even in free societies.
New York Times Apr 19, 2011 Freedom on the Net 2011
QUOTE: A large number of governments are also engaging in deliberate efforts to block access to information related to politics, social issues, and human rights.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 14, 2011 Attacking the demand for child sex trafficking
QUOTE: Sex trafficking involves the aggregate of numerous crimes - such as rape, torture, illegal confinement, administering a noxious substance (drugs), battery and assault - all of which are aggravated in the case of a minor, yet the penalties for each of these individual crimes are often greater than their aggregate in the form of sex trafficking… None of these crimes would exist without the robust forces of male consumer demand to purchase women and children for sex.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 04, 2011 Religion Does Its Worst
QUOTE: As for the killing itself — whether by infiltrated Taliban insurgents or not — it was a heinous crime against innocent people and should be denounced throughout the Islamic world, in mosques and beyond... Already, Muslims are victims in 14 percent of religious discrimination cases when they make up 1 percent of the population.
New York Times Apr 01, 2011 'Juju oaths' ensnare trafficking victims mind, body and soul
QUOTE: The head priest’s followers were filled with absolute fear, and that is exactly why Nigerians from this area… are being trafficked by the thousands, generating millions of dollars for their exploiters, who are able to maintain complete control of their victims through the juju oaths – body, mind and soul.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 30, 2011 Fat Stigma Spreads Around the Globe
QUOTE: Negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive. “We know in developed countries that obese people are less successful, less likely to get married, less likely to get promoted…” “The fundamental message we’re putting into the world is that fat people deserve shame for their own health…”
New York Times Mar 28, 2011 Amber Waves to Ivory Bolls
QUOTE: Many farmers, both in the United States and abroad, will join Mr. Vela this year in chasing the higher profits to be made in cotton — with consequences that could ripple across the globe... “It’s good for the farmer, but from a humanitarian perspective it’s kind of scary... Those people in poor countries that have a hard time affording food, they’re going to be even less able to afford it now.”
New York Times Mar 27, 2011 Ethical Quandary for Social Sites
QUOTE: The photos had been removed because he did not take the images himself, a violation of the site’s community rules… “That is totally ludicrous,” he said. “Flickr is full of accounts with photos that people did not take themselves.” Human rights advocates have also criticized Facebook for not being more flexible with some of its policies, specifically its rule requiring users to create accounts with their real names.
New York Times Mar 04, 2011 Modern-day slavery: A problem that can't be ignored
QUOTE: Driving the global people trading business is ruthless greed, vast returns on investment and crucially, government ineffectiveness… The commodity here is not drugs or contraband; it is human beings. And usually the most vulnerable in society. Those unable to defend themselves, those who innocently trust the intentions of others, those who can easily be made to disappear.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 01, 2011 The Hidden Victims of Wartime Rape
QUOTE: But in its ongoing effort to eradicate rape during conflict, the United Nations continues to overlook a significant imperative: ending wartime sexual assault of men and boys as well.
New York Times Feb 22, 2011 Free Trove of Music Scores on Web Hits Sensitive Copyright Note
QUOTE: The site, the International Music Score Library Project, has trod in the footsteps of Google Books and Project Gutenberg and grown to be one of the largest sources of scores anywhere... That is a worrisome pace for traditional music publishers, whose bread and butter comes from renting and selling scores in expensive editions backed by the latest scholarship. More than a business threat, the site has raised messy copyright issues and drawn the ire of established publishers.
New York Times Feb 21, 2011 Vatican warns of papal ticket scams
QUOTE: But officials became concerned after hearing about "unauthorized offers by some tour operators, especially on the Internet," asking people to pay fees for access to the event, the Catholic News Service reported.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 14, 2011 Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying
QUOTE: Highly publicized cases of bullying typically involve chronic harassment of socially isolated students, but the latest studies suggest that various forms of teenage aggression and victimization occur throughout the social ranks as students jockey to improve their status.
New York Times Feb 08, 2011 Corruption Blew the Lid off North Africa
QUOTE: Today, people see freedom from corruption as a basic human right. They are right to do so. No one should have to live under a regime where corruption is endemic.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 03, 2011 The Ruinous Fiscal Impact of Big Banks
QUOTE: When reckless banks get big enough, their self-destruction ruins the fiscal balance sheet of an entire country.
New York Times Feb 01, 2011 An Apple E-Book Rule Tightens
QUOTE: [Apple will] require app developers that sell e-books outside of their iPad and iPhone apps — through a Web site, for example — to also sell the books inside those apps.
New York Times Jan 31, 2011 Europe's Carbon Emissions Trading -- Growing Pains or Wholesale Theft?
QUOTE: this month's mass theft of E.U. allowances (EUAs) from some national registries has gotten the broader carbon trading community very much up in arms. Many are blasting some nation members of the European Commission for not taking the threat seriously...
New York Times Jan 30, 2011 Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List
QUOTE: Jane Margolis, co-author of a book on sexism in computer science, “Unlocking the Clubhouse,” argues that Wikipedia is experiencing the same problems of the offline world, where women are less willing to assert their opinions in public.
New York Times Jan 20, 2011 Amazon.com: The Wal-Mart of Android apps?
QUOTE: there's too much incentive for Amazon.com to undercut competing app stores as a way to drive business to its own....The net effect is that when you offer your apps on the Amazon Appstore, you agree to grant Amazon.com, in perpetuity, the right to offer a lower price for your apps than is available anywhere else
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