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From PC World:

Suing your parents isn’t just for celebrities anymore–a 16-year-old Arkansas boy is suing his mother for hacking into his Facebook account and allegedly posting slanderous remarks.

KATV-TV reports that Denise New of Arkadelphia is facing harassment charges from her 16-year-old. Her son, who lives with his grandmother, also requested a no-contact order. Prior to this issue, New and her son reportedly had a “great relationship,” despite their living arrangements.

According to the boy, his mother hacked into his Facebook and email accounts, then changed both passwords. She also allegedly posted remarks that involved slander and information about his personal life.

From BBC News:

The US military says it is trying to retrieve the original video tapes of a controversial helicopter attack on a group of people in Iraq in 2007.

Footage of the attack was published on the internet by the website WikiLeaks.

Two of those killed were Reuters news agency employees whose cameras were mistaken for weapons, the US says.

The Pentagon has not questioned the video’s authenticity but says it cannot make a complete verification until the original tapes have been located.

“We’re attempting to retrieve the video from the unit who did the investigation,” US Central Command spokesman Capt Jack Hanzlik was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

From New Statesman: James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, may be breaking box-office records, but the Vatican is not impressed — or amused. The Holy See’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has called it “bland”…

Although the premise of this article will probably enrage many of you, I can see its truth as I think back to my own childhood. I’m from Georgia, and though I have a bit of an accent. I believe the reason I don’t sound like a total Squidbilly is because of childhood access to a VCR and cable television. My first intellectual pursuits were not inspired topics we covered at school, but rather by programs (James Burke in particular) that I saw on TLC and A&E, and yes even PBS. All that said, NBC ideas about “behavior placement” are ridiculous.

From Gawker:

America is a nation of mostly poor, unattractive people who take their cues on life from the fictional actions of rich, attractive characters on television. The NBC network, your father figure, has decided to educate our slackjawed populace. With television!

It used to be that NBC used its teevee shows’ potent mind control powers only to sell us Subway sandwiches, and feebly remind us to recycle. But knowing that you, the insecure American viewer, will take the advice of fictional 30 Rock characters when it comes to selecting a carbonated beverage, NBC figured, hey, why not instruct our viewers on how to accomplish the most basic tasks that will allow them to live a moderately healthy life, without drowning to death in their couch under a tidal wave of Cheez-Its? A healthy consumer is a consumer that can purchase advertised products, as they say in our nation’s scientific broadcasting academies. Therefore, the WSJ reports today, NBC has instituted “behavior placement” along with product placement in its shows—to teach you, the American Idiot, how to Be Good.

This video seems looks like good news to me. However, it’s far from conclusive evidence of a “climate change myth.”

From the Examiner:

A curious thing has happened over the 2009 – 2010 winter season – Arctic sea ice has rebounded to near normal levels. Long pointed to as a sign of the impact of global warming, the extent of sea ice had been shrinking in recent years.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), the maximum extent for Arctic sea ice was reached on March 31st. This is the latest date maximum extent has been reached since 1979 when satellites began measuring the Arctic Ice.

From BBC News:

Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of punk group the Sex Pistols, has died in New York, aged 64, his agent has said.

McLaren, the ex-partner of designer Vivienne Westwood, was believed to have been diagnosed with cancer a while ago.

He set up a clothes shop and label with Westwood on London’s King’s Road in the 1970s and was later a businessman and performer in his own right.

The couple had a son, Joseph Corre, the co-founder of lingerie shop Agent Provocateur. His agent told the BBC McLaren passed away on Thursday morning. Spokesman Les Malloy said he expected McLaren’s body to be returned to the UK before it is buried in Highgate Cemetery.

From WSJ: Will the U.S. accept youth unemployment levels like Europe’s? Unemployment today doesn’t look like any unemployment in the recent American experience. We have the astonishing and dispiriting new reality that…

From Engadget:

Hiroshi Ishiguro (or his evil android twin, one) is back in business, and nearly four years after his Geminoid HI-1 startled youngsters everywhere, the Geminoid-F has arrived to consternate the grown-ups. Shown off this weekend in Osaka, Japan, the lifelike lady you see above (pictured left, just in case you were wondering) was designed to mimic human facial expressions that are fed in to its internal computer. The rubberized face has a rather insane amount of flexibility, enabling it to pull off subtle gestures that have thus far been impossible to replicate on a robot.

From Yahoo News:

Taiwan’s government on Friday urged the public to stop burning incense sticks and ritual money in honour of the dead and opt instead for online worshipping to better protect the environment.The call came ahead of Monday’s Tomb Sweeping Festival, when ethnic Chinese traditionally visit the graves of their ancestors to burn incense and paper offerings.

The practice not only worsens the island’s air pollution but could also cause fires, warned the cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration.

“We can now choose to pay homage to our ancestors in a modern and environmentally friendly way by worshipping online or donating the money meant for the offerings to charities,” it said in a statement.

For the past few months, I’ve been posting at least one story each week about the nationwide push to change cannabis laws. The following article does a good job of explaining how this movement goes much farther than previous efforts, and why it is worth reporting on. Am I just getting everyone’s hopes up? Is this a pipe dream, a THC laden pie in the sky? For me, it goes far beyond getting the legal right own something that is easy enough to find right now. It’s about the misery the legal system is causing millions of people each year. Will 2010 be the year America stops eating its young?

From The Atlantic:tax-cannabis-2010

You may have heard there’s a push to legalize marijuana in California. You may not have heard that it’s for real.

Voting ballots in California this November will contain an initiative to legalize, tax, and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older, and while this may sound like something that has no chance, whatsoever, of ever becoming law, the thing is: it actually might.

From the Raw Story:

President Obama’s ban on waterboarding hasn’t hampered US intelligence efforts “at all,” one of the CIA’s top officials said to an audience of students last week.

During a question-and-answer session, Sulick was asked if the Obama administration’s ban on waterboarding had repercussions for the war against terror.

“I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint,” Sulick said in a March 25 lecture at Fordham University, his alma mater. “But I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint.”

From ABC News:

A federal court this week ordered Iran to pay $1.3 billion to the victims of the 1983 United States Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, the latest in a series of enormous verdicts against rogue nations that the judge said may be providing false hopes to those who seek justice.

“The Court seeks to send the strongest possible message that Iran’s support of terrorism against citizens of the United States absolutely will not be tolerated by the courts of this nation,” U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote in a searing, and at times poignant, opinion published Wednesday.

This is the second huge judgment for victims of the bombing — another group was awarded more than $2.6 billion in 2007. But for now, the money appears to be mirage, or, as Lamberth described it in an earlier opinion related to the latest case, “a meaningless charade.”

From the Telegraph:

A road sign warning of prostitutes is confusing motorists in an Italian town.
The red-bordered triangular sign shows a scantily-clad woman, who is also carrying a handbag, in the city of Treviso in northern Italy.

The sign states ‘Attenzione Prostitute’ – seemingly warning people of prostitutes in the area.

Motorists and pedestrians have complained that the sign is ‘confusing’, saying they don’t know if it means to watch out for crossing hookers or if it means prostitutes operate in the area.