Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: Piracy Wars and Internet Censorship

Looking back at the past 12 months it’s fair to conclude that 2011 was the year that the entertainment industries focused on piracy-fueled Internet censorship. Domain seizures, DNS blockades, raids and arrests dominated the news, and the threat of the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US left millions of Internet users worried. Let’s see how events unfolded.
At the end of the year when new developments draw to a close, it’s time to take a look back and take stock. Below is our overview of some of the most interesting events we reported during the first half of 2011.
Take a deep breath…


After pressure from the entertainment industries, Google started to censor piracy-related keywords from its instant and autocomplete services. Keywords such as ‘torrent,’ ‘BitTorrent’ and ‘RapidShare’ were excluded from the start, and later in the year Google added a wide range of new terms including ‘The Pirate Bay.’
Google pirate bayDespite these efforts the RIAA remained dissatisfied, patronizing the search engine with a could-do-much-better “Report Card” in December.
The mass-BitTorrent lawsuits that entered the US during 2010 reached a new milestone in 2011 with the 100,000th person being sued for alleged copyright infringement. In January alone several prominent lawsuits were added. Anime distributor Funimation announced a lawsuit against 1337 alleged BitTorrent downloaders, and the rights holders of “The Expendables” and Paris Hilton sex tape did the same.
One alleged BitTorrent user paid a mysterious settlement of $250,000.
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Lisbon Maine High School Honors

High honors: Jordan Beauparlant, Ryan-Lee Buzzell, Jessiah Carlson, Breanna Cota, Haley Eck, Samantha Foote, Sarah Giraldo, Justin Grant, Holly Hogan, Katherine Lemieux, Briana Moore, Cassandra Morin, Kyle Priddle and Angel Strout.

Honors: Angelica Bulgin, Jessica Campbell, Justin Campbell, Nehemiah Chase, Alex Danforth, Steven Elwell, Kenneth Fairbanks, Jamalyn Fowler, Alexander Hall, Hannah Hall, Michelle Hatherley, Melissa Hoskins, Bethany Lemay, Derick Lycette, Erin Marquis, Kimberly Morse, Morgan Reeves, Meagan Thomas and   Virginia Tolbert.

High honors: Miranda Carroll and Brenten Laffely.

Honors: Kayla Angelico, Nicholas Collins, Shane Cyr, Aaron French, Aaron Halls, Chelsea Huston, Logan McGuire, Jaymi Thibault and John Wentworth.

High honors: Mariah Breton, Dillon Clifford, Sierra Crosby, Bailey Cutler, Robert Dall, Paige Galligan, Nichole Jones, Shantal MacWhinnie, Rachel Miller, Cameron Ramich and Abigail Roy.

Honors: Tucker Brannon, Jacob Bremmer, Dylan Busler, Sarah Campbell, Jennifer-Lynn Clifford, Michael Jenkins, Delanie Ouellette, Alexis Sardella, Stefan Smith, Quincy Thompson and Jeremy Wilson.

High honors: Monica Austin, Patrick Dexler, Mia Durgin, Amanda Hazelton, Arianna Kahler, Rebekah Nida, Taylor Plourde, Hannah Stritch, Charles Sult, Jeffrey Willey and Johnny Yim.

Honors: Stevie Charest, Abigail Curtis, Gareth D’Amboise, Erika Gardner, Kailyn Hill, Molly Nicholson, Desaree Norsworthy, Victoria Swan and Mikayla Yanez.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

No Fear: Memory Adjustment Pills Get Pentagon Push

The Pentagon hasn’t come close to solving the PTSD crisis plaguing the current generation of troops. But a cutting-edge realm of treatment might change that — by wiping away the fear that military personnel associate with traumatic memories.
The Pentagon this week announced an $11 million grant for three research institutions, all of them long-time hubs for the military’s ongoing PTSD investigations. Experts at Emory University, the University of Southern California and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center will study the effectiveness of D-Cycloserine (DCS). DCS is a pharmaceutical thought to help extinguish fearful memories. It’s usually taken right before exposure therapy, a process that involves recalling traumatic experiences in an effort to nullify the menacing associations that accompany them.
“We already know that exposure therapy is an effective [therapy] for PTSD, and we want to figure out how to optimize it,” Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, who will lead the Emory team’s research, told Danger Room. “I really think that this study will move beyond the theoretical. We can rescue people.”
Exposure therapy is thought to work by allowing patients to revisit traumas in safe settings. Every time the mind remembers an event, it “rewrites” that recollection. By helping a patient rewrite traumatic memories to be less frightening, studies suggest that exposure therapy can significantly improve symptoms like nightmares and flashbacks.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

U.S. Jets Enter Iranian Airspace, Oil Depot Bombed

Kurt Nimmo
December 22, 2011

photoIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tours the oil refinery in Abadan during the inauguration of the plant in May, 2011.
The Iranian news agency IRNA reported today that a U.S. missile hit an oil depot in the southwest village of Abadan on Wednesday. IRNA said British and American jets had entered Iranian airspace several times.
In addition to the oil depot attack, two rockets reportedly hit the village of Manyuhi near the border of Iraq’s al-Faw Peninsula near the Persian Gulf and the Iraqi city of Basra
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Russia says Georgia's entry to NATO could lead to war

Russia warns of ‘2008 war repetition’ over Georgia’s NATO entry bid
16:22 08/12/2011
MOSCOW, December 8 (RIA Novosti)
Russia’s foreign minister has warned of a repetition of its 2008 war with Georgia if the South Caucasus state joins NATO.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Tube is Killing You: Every Hour of TV Watched Takes 22 Minutes Off Your Life by Sylvia Anderson - Anti-Aging -

If you need one more reason to curb your TV viewing time, here's the best one yet: latest research shows your very life could depend on it.

The study was conducted at the University of Queensland in Australia and tracked data from 11,000 Australian volunteers older than the age of 25. Results showed that for this age group, every hour of television viewed could shorten the average human lifespan by 22 minutes. According to researchers, it appears there is a direct correlation between how much time you spend in front of your flat screen and how long you'll live.

The Tube is Killing You: Every Hour of TV Watched Takes 22 Minutes Off Your Life by Sylvia Anderson - Anti-Aging -