Striking Back Against Censorship

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The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users.

One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuse of copyright law. Two recentcases of abuse really caught our attention and made us think that we needed to take action to fight back on behalf of our users and everyone who believes in the internet’s promise for free expression.

Censorship by DMCA

A common form of censorship by copyright stems from improper use of legal creations called DMCA takedown notices. The DMCA stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” which is a US federal law that created a system for protecting copyrights online. The DMCA system works pretty well, but has a…

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New jail solves overcrowding issues, saves county thousands

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EL RENO, Okla. – As inmates step off the bus, each step toward the Canadian County Jail is money in the county’s pocket and a step closer to paying off the new facility.

Undersheriff Chris West, with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, said, “We were basically contracting with three different counties, Grant, Dewey and Pottawatomie, to house all of our inmates and we’ve got them all back here now.”

For years, Canadian County has dealt with overcrowding issues.

The old jail housed 72 inmates but there are usually around 190 inmates in custody.

West said,  “There was definitely major overcrowding issues that were going on. Not only that the fire marshal was concerned of and the jail inspector, but the sheriff. It was a situation that was bad. That’s why we had to start going out of county.”

The county was forced to pay other counties to…

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3D printing gets a big endorsement from HP CEO Meg Whitman

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Dylan Tweney/VentureBeatType A Machines makes a 3D printer that competes with MakerBot. Why buy a Type A instead? It is $900 cheaper, prints larger objects (up to 10x9x9 inches), and is more reliable, according to Elijah Post (pictured on …

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Sheriff’s LGBT jail policy draws praise, questions

HOUSTON POLITICS & POLICY
By Kiah Collier

November 25, 2013

The first time Nikki Araguz Loyd was booked into the Harris County Jail two decades and seven arrests ago, her name was Justin Graham Purdue and she was male. When she was arrested again last year for theft, Justin had become Nikki.

“They began to book me in as Justin, which is a name I hadn’t had in 20 years,” Loyd, 38, recalled. “And I certainly had been arrested as Nikki before.”

Texas Senators Question Electricity Pricing Plan

By: Associated Press

Posted: Mon 11:55 AM, Nov 25, 2013
 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Senate’s Natural Resources Committee has called the Public Utility Commission to talk about the pricing of electricity.

Committee Chairman Troy Fraser called commissioners to testify Monday in Austin amid reports it could change the wholesale electricity market.

Commissioners have long debated how to make sure Texas has enough electricity. Demand is growing, but generators say prices are too low to make investments in new equipment worthwhile.

Some experts suggest raising prices. Others want Texas to pay generators to keep standby capacity available when demand peaks, or equipment shuts down unexpectedly.

Wal-mart and Not-So Thanksgiving

Last week we learned that WalMart would be open on Thanksgiving day.   We were told by a WalMart executive “associates” were even excited about the opportunity!  Heck they were going to get extra pay, a meal and 25% off everything they could buy with their sudden wealth for the opportunity to work on one of the few remaining holidays not run over by greed.  But as suspected, Walmart has figured out a way to screw over employees and make sure they dont earn extra for working on Thanksgiving.  In fact, some might earn less.

Wal-Mart, like many of its rivals, is opening its stores earlier than ever at 6 p.m. for holiday sales on Thanksgiving. Not only will Gertz miss Thanksgiving dinner with her daughter, but she also worries about not getting enough extra pay for working the holiday.That’s because Wal-Mart calculates “holiday pay” for its workers differently than many of its rivals — Target, Sears, Kmart, J.C. Penney and Toys R Us — who pay workers time and a half.

Wal-Mart gives employees a regular hourly wage plus additional pay for working the Thanksgiving holiday. The additional pay is equal to the average daily wage in the two weeks leading up to the holiday.

That would mean that if Gertz worked an eight-hour shift on Thanksgiving day and also an average of eight hours a day in the two weeks prior, she would double her pay — or at $10 an hour, $80 extra.

Wait what?  You mean WalMart has come up with a different, worse for workers way to compensate them for working a holiday?  Say it isnt so!

The problem is that Gertz and other Wal-Mart workers say their hours are cut prior to the holidays, so their average daily wage also goes down.Last year, Gertz’s hours were cut by five hours a week before the holiday. Her hours were also cut in the weeks after the holiday, which bit into her paychecks further. She said some associates in her store had their hours slashed from 40 per week to 24 in the weeks after.

 “The extra pay is not really a benefit, since they cut your hours,” she said. “Your paycheck either equals the same amount or it ends up being less.”

Striking Back Against Censorship

The WordPress.com Blog

The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users.

One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuse of copyright law. Two recentcases of abuse really caught our attention and made us think that we needed to take action to fight back on behalf of our users and everyone who believes in the internet’s promise for free expression.

Censorship by DMCA

A common form of censorship by copyright stems from improper use of legal creations called DMCA takedown notices. The DMCA stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” which is a US federal law that created a system for protecting copyrights online. The DMCA system works pretty well, but has a…

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Blogger Profile: Gendermom

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Parenting blogs flourish on WordPress.com, and today, we’re pleased to introduce you toGendermom, whose site tagline, A chronicle of fun and fear, or, daily life with my young trans daughter, says it all. Gendermom’s daughter M. was born a boy. He knew early on that he should have been born a girl. Gendermom writes anonymously about the challenges and joys of raising M. Her site is a great example of how bloggers can educate, inspire, and build supportive communities.

Your son approached you at age three to tell you he believed that he should have been born a girl. How did you come to terms with him as a transgender person?

Well, it’s taken time. As far as I knew, I’d never met a transgender person before my child came onto the scene, announcing shortly after his third birthday that he was actually a she

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Evergreens nursing home could become veterans center

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis says there are 1,600 unemployed veterans in the Triad. More than 500 are homeless, and Davis working to change those numbers.

He wants to transform the Evergreens nursing home facility in High Point into a full-service Veterans Center.

Davis said Guilford County owns the facility, which has been empty for about four years. He said the County “used to be in the nursing home business,” but a private company bought the licenses for the Evergreens facilities in High Point and Greensboro and relocated to a new location.

He believes it could be a prime spot for helping homeless and struggling veterans.

“It had a nursing hub and it had five wings that branch off from that center,” Davis described. “So it’s ideal for a short term stay for veterans who need a place to stay.”

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Prosecutors subpoena online videos after fatal crash

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NewsChannel 3 first disclosed the series of videos from Twitter’s “Vine” app during our investigation into Chris Pardee’s death. Three people with Chris on June 8 say he climbed out of a moving car and tumbled to the pavement, possibly trying a stunt called “car surfing.” Police believe that, and never charged anyone with the death. Chris’ mother, Diane Pardee, doesn’t buy those stories and has been pushing police to dig deeper.

NewsChannel 3 obtained several videos showing the 19-year-old designated driver had been drinking that night. Court records show she was over the limit for teen drivers, but police let her go…

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Hacker Takes $146,000 From Bank Accounts

CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) — Someone stole more than $146,000 from a rural Colorado county’s bank accounts through a computer virus, officials said Friday.

The theft occurred this month when someone sent a bogus email to Huerfano (WUR’-fuh-no) County purporting to be from a shipping company, County Administrator John Galusha said. A county official clicked on a link in the email, inadvertently triggering a virus that initiated the transfer to bank accounts in Europe.

Another attempt to transfer $80,000 from Huerfano County accounts in June was foiled when a broker involved became suspicious, Galusha said.

That attack used an email purporting to be from a national credit rating company. The money was to be sent to a bank in Turkey, he said.

Huerfano County prosecutors said that federal officials are investigating and that no one had been arrested. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver said prosecutors are aware of…

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JFK

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It was a sunny day in Dallas; the autumn was mild and the crowd gathered in the street cheering the Presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas. However this perfect day soon became one of the darkest days in American history. At 12h30 a lonely shooter fired accurately at the convoy hitting lethally the 35th American President.

American society always had a fascination towards the Kennedy’s; they saw in them a kind of an American royal family, so when John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected as President, the nation rejoiced. John F Kennedy was young, rich, powerful, handsome and well married to the gracious Jacqueline. A perfect Presidential couple, for a not so perfect America.

The mafia was at its best, working along with the government against communism. The Vietnam war was at its beginning, driving the United States towards a conflict they didn’t want, at least from JFK’s side, but…

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The Last Codebreaker: The Life of Mavis Batey

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The Last Codebreaker: the Life of Mavis Batey

Written by Allison Barrows

Multiple major news sites such as The Daily Beast, BBC News and The Washington Post announced that on November 17th, Mavis Batey, age 92, had died. Batey was a woman who had witnessed the world’s turn towards hell during World War II and had survived the cold, destructive, assertions of two superpowers. She had witnessed the world heal and hurt itself through multiple cycles of war. Batey, who took up a job as a garden historian after the war, was later revealed to be one of the top code breakers where she worked alongside some of the smartest minds during WWII.

source: Telegraph Company

Batey’s work contributed to breaking the Enigma Machine and was mostly based in Bletchley Park, Britain’s secret cryptography institution that, at various times, housed the brilliant minds of Alan Turning and…

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Coroner: TSA Agent Shot 12 Times During LAX Rampage

CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office Friday released its final report for Gerardo Hernandez, the TSA agent who was killed during a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month.

The autopsy report shows that 39-year-old Hernandez was shot 12 times after the suspected lone gunman, Paul Ciancia, walked into Terminal 3 and allegedly opened fire.

“The coroner was able to isolate 12 separate wounds in Mr. Hernandez and that is the cause of death,” Chief Coroner’s Investigator Craig Harvey told KNX 1070’s Vytas Safroncikas.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsla.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/autopsy-vsa-1.mp3″ size=”” download=”” name=”Coroner: TSA Agent Hit 12 Times During LAX Shooting Rampage” artist=”Vytas Safroncikas”]

According to the report, Hernandez sustained one gunshot wound to his right arm; six to his right lower back and buttocks; four to his right hip area, and a gunshot wound to his right lateral and anterior hip.

“There…

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Museum Exhibit Highlights Artifacts Surrounding JFK’s Assassination

CBS Detroit

DEARBORN (WWJ) – They came by the hundreds to Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn — filing past the Presidential limousine in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

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Lynn Anderson of Clinton Township came dressed in a light pink suit, gloves and pill-box hat; a style popularized by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

This is my tribute to a really great lady Anderson said. She had to endure quite a bit …

“What she had to endure that day was so monumental, so tragic. I can’t blame the woman for taking it to her grave. She had a chance to do a tell-all. She could have done all the secrets. She did not. She was courtesy and grace to the end. Very gracious and never, ever revealed it,” said Anderson.

Anderson was at school in Kentucky the day President Kennedy was shot.

It wasn’t until…

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