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Thin Blue Line: New Social Media Site Exclusively for Police to Debut in October

Thin Blue Line: New Social Media Site Exclusively for Police to Debut in October
The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue. Created by former NYC police commissioner and LA Police Chief Bill Bratton, BlueLine is being touted as a site where officers can share their expertise, insight and information securely through video, instant messaging, videoconferencing and screen share capabilities.
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Terry Collins
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Robert McChesney: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Robert McChesney: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
Robert McChesney discusses a host of internet issues in this Majority Report interview.
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Former FCC Member: Broadband in State of Emergency, One Third of US Lacks Access

Former FCC Member: Broadband in State of Emergency, One Third of US Lacks Access
A former Federal Communications Commission member says that America's "communities of the ignored" — people with disabilities, minority and diversity groups, rural farmers and villagers, the inner city poor, and Native Americans — are facing stark obstacles in participating online in a world that progressively requires online participation.
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Ben Resnik
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Europe Threatens Google With Meek Fines Over Privacy Concerns

Europe Threatens Google With Meek Fines Over Privacy Concerns
France is giving Google three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users — or be fined. Other European countries aren't far behind.
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Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson
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The Science Guy Rides Again

Bill Nye is now taking on the grown-ups, challenging climate change deniers, and objecting to the Christian right's encrouchment on science education.
Squaring-off against Creationists, Nye warns that replacing scientific facts with Christian lore in children's education is not just a disservice to those children, but also a threat to America's competitiveness in a world of increasingly sophisticated scientific knowledge.
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Psychological Study Reveals Why Misinformation Is So Effective

An intriguing new study released last week in Psychological Science in the Public Interest reveals why people are more apt to believe false information being fed to them by the media and politicians.
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CO Scientitsts: By 2050, Up to 80% of U.S. Electricity Could Be Generated by Renewables

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, scientists have modeled what the U.S. would look like in 2050, and they say it’s possible for renewable energy to make up 80 percent of the electricity generated, even with existing technologies.
Whether that comes to pass will depend on the price of technology, transmission capacity and policies and regulations that encourage renewable energy development.
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Virginia Judge Tosses Frivolous American Tradition Institute Lawsuit

A Virginia judge issued an order today putting an end to the American Tradition Institute (ATI) frivilous lawsuit that sought to compel the University of Virginia (UVA) to release the private emails of climate scientist Michael Mann.
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Chronicle of Higher Education: Platform for Smears Against Climate Scientists

Why has Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) allowed one of its bloggers, Peter Wood, to smear noted climate scientist Dr. Michael E. Mann? Woods’ latest post, “A Culture of Evasion”, quite inappropriately compares Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case with that of its investigation of stolen emails that included messages from Dr. Mann. (Previous posts by Wood also maligning Dr. Mann include “Bottling Up Global Warming Skepticism” and “Climate Thuggery”.) Multiple international investigations, including one from the National Science Foundation, have carefully reviewed Dr. Mann’s email messages and have found no misconduct whatsoever. (For more on these investigations see http://bit.ly/hxdKKJ)
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Akin Breakin' Science

Unless you've had your head buried in the mantle of the Earth this week, you probably heard what Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said about women's bodies and rape. If you haven't, my friend Matt Lowry at Skeptical Teacher has the lowdown.
But in a nutshell - apt phrasing, that — Akin claimed that:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
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