Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Secret, Corporate-Funded Plan To Teach Children That Climate Change Is A Hoax

Source: ThinkProgress

Internal documents acquired by ThinkProgress Green reveal that the Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch brothers, Microsoft, and other top corporations, is planning to develop a “global warming curriculum” for elementary schoolchildren that presents climate science as “a major scientific controversy.” This effort, at a cost of $100,000 a year, will be developed by Dr. David E. Wojick, a coal-industry consultant.

Wojick, who manages the Climate Change Debate listserv, is not a climate scientist. His doctorate is in epistomology (the study of knowledge and to what extent is it possible for a given subject to be known). The Heartland Institute also runs the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, a conspiracy-theorist parody of the Nobel-prize-winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Heartland’s NIPCC project “pays a team of scientists approximately $300,000 a year to work on a series of editions of Climate Change Reconsidered.” Their climate-denial work is funded anonymously.

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Twitter vows privacy changes after iPhone data admission

Source: The Irish Times

Twitter is the latest internet company revealed to have been copying and storing entire address books from smartphones to provide a “Find Friends” service. Changes will be made to its privacy policies after they admited uploading entire address books from users’ iPhones and storing them on its computers for up 18 months. The social network uses the information to help users find existing contacts who already have a Twitter account.

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Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You

Source: Slashdot

Slashdot reader Dave Minsky writes, "The U.S. Secret Service responded to a FOIA request on Monday that reveals the names of the printer companies that cooperate with the government to identify and track potential counterfeiters. ... The pattern of dots is encodes identifiable information including printer model, and time and location where the document was printed."

According to the FOIA response, Canon, Brother, Casio, HP, Konica, Minolta, Mita, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox all have printer models that encode information on documents they produce.

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tiny Dots Show Where and When You Made Your Print San Francisco -A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color laser printers secretly hide in every document. The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known.

"We've found that the dots from at least one line of printers encode the date and time your document was printed, as well as the serial number of the printer," said EFF Staff Technologist Seth David Schoen.

The dots are yellow, less than one millimeter in diameter, and are typically repeated over each page of a document. In order to see the pattern, you need a blue light, a magnifying glass, or a microscope.

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