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Tue Feb 17, 2015 at 09:53 PM PST

In America, bias wears a badge

by arnott

Indian newspaper asks questions after the Alabama incident.

Link to the article.

Prejudice towards minorities

The episode begs two questions. First, how often are Indians thus victimised by local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.? Second, “Excessive compared to what?”

The short answer to the first question is: not as frequently as other minorities such as African-Americans but often enough to suggest a similar prejudice.

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The supreme court is reviewing a important case regarding Monsanto seed patents.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider an Indiana soybean farmer's appeal of a decision finding that he infringed Monsanto Co patents over seeds containing the company's genetically altered Roundup Ready technology.
The legal issues stem from Monsanto’s efforts to ensure that farmers have to buy the genetically modified seeds every year, rather than planting part of the harvest from the previous season. Farmers who buy seeds from an authorized dealer must agree that they won’t use any harvested seeds for planting.
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Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM PDT

Cancer Cured By HIV-modified vector

by arnott

Saw this on slashdot, could be a great breakthrough.

MSNBC story.

NEJM paper.

From the MSNBC story:

Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened.

In the research published Wednesday, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third. In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year later it is still gone.

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Sat Jul 03, 2010 at 05:47 AM PDT

What's happening in Britain ?

by arnott

I decided to write this short diary after reading this discussion on slashdot.

The deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has started a website asking for people to offer ideas on laws to be repealed. He calls the website as freedom website to reduce bureaucracy. More details at this BBC article.

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This is going to be a short diary. I read the article on Salon how civilian contractors are being neglected after coming back from war.

The insurance companies are denying health care for them, and the Labor Department has not ensured the civilian contractor's health insurance pays their health costs.

Not all contractors are mercenaries

"We put our lives in danger for our military. We supply them with water, food, ammunition, housing. And yet, we're screwed," said Philemon, an Air Force veteran. "I almost give my life for my country and I get treated like dirt?

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 08:22 AM PDT

McCain chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

by arnott

John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention.

More details from kos : Yup, rallying the base

She is a creationist ??

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Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 09:40 AM PDT

Bomb blasts in India

by arnott

Is anyone following this story ? CNN story

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Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM PDT

Gov. Don Siegelman released.

by arnott

OAKDALE, La. (AP) Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has left a federal prison in Louisiana.

He had been in federal custody for nine months after being convicted on bribery and other charges in Alabama.

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Siegelman should be released on bond pending the appeal of his case.

story link

More info at

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I apologize for the short diary. Tickets are available for Feb 5,6,11,12.(2008)

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Just saw this on Slashdot.

It seems Microsoft has taken the side of the companies that make the voting machine, to fight transparency in elections. Microsoft's objection is because they do not want the code on the voting machines inspected.

Details are here : Microsoft Muscles the NYS Legislature

Discussion at slashdot is here

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Justice served finally !

CNN reports :  
A judge rules that a Georgia man should be released from a 10-year prison sentence for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.

Recently there was a diary comparing this case to Paris Hilton's case.

It is obvious the prosecutor did not use proper judgment and broke the spirit of the law.

from the comments : Mikebaseball's detailed diary on the topic.

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