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Consumer Watchdog: New online ‘ad option icon’ fails to protect privacy

The self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and implemented Monday fails to adequately protect the privacy of Internet users, according to the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. Internet marketers use a small data file known as a cookie to track the web history of Internet users and deliver relevant ads.…

Six arrested in latest San Francisco BART protest

At least six protesters were arrested Monday night during the third week of protests against San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The demonstrators were upset with BART’s decision to cut off cell phone service at its stations to thwart a planned protest and the killing of a homeless man…

Valerie Plame: Dick Cheney ‘wounding’ former colleagues

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word to discuss the memoir recently published by former Vice President Dick Cheney. “He’s wounding his former colleagues,” she said in regards to his depiction of Condoleezza Rice. “He’s shown nothing but contempt.” “And I think…

Keith Olbermann blasts Eric Cantor for using disaster to push budget cuts

On the “Worst Persons” segment of his show Monday night, Countdown host Keith Olbermann accused House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) of “exploiting” Hurricane Irene for his own political agenda. Cantor had said that emergency funding for repairing the widespread damage caused by the hurricane would have to be fully…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Ron Paul ‘completely out to lunch’ on FEMA

CNN host Wolf Blitzer on Monday asked Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont what he thought about Congressman Ron Paul’s claim that the nation was better off before the existence of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “All they do is come in and tell you what to do and…

GOP Rep. Gibson confronted at town hall over anti-tax pledge

Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican who represents New York’s 20th District, was confronted by one of his constituents last week for signing Grover Norquist’s pledge to not raise tax rates. “You didn’t sign this on my behalf,” she said. “We’re your constituents, not Grover Norquist.” Grover’s anti-tax pledge has been…

Torture memo author John Yoo greeted by protesters at GOP convention

Demonstrators gathered outside a statewide convention of California Young Republican Federation members on Friday to protest the appearance of John Yoo, the former U.S. Department of Justice official who authored the highly controversial “Torture Memos.” Conservative author Ann Coulter and blogger Andrew Breitbart also participated in the San Francisco event.…

Anti-gay GOP candidate likely to face lesbian opponent in U.S. Senate race

Former Republican Congressman Mark Neumann announced Monday he was running for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl, according to the The Associated Press, making him the first to officially announce his candidacy in the 2012 race. Neumann lost a Senate bid to Russ Feingold in…

Parasitic wasps filmed injecting eggs into ants for the first time

Small parasitic wasps attacking ants and injecting eggs into their bodies were filmed for the first time ever by José María Gómez Durán from Madrid. The eggs hatch into larvae, which devour the ant or ant larva from the inside. “Ants are a very dominant group in nature and well-equipped…

Time Warner profits from Guy Fawkes masks worn at ‘Anonymous’ protests

Some of the profits from the Guy Fawkes masks frequently worn by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous” go to one of the largest media companies in the world. The mask was first popularized by the 2006 film “V for Vendetta,” where it was worn by a vigilante fighting against…

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