Posts Tagged ‘congressman’

US Congressman Wants To Ban New Internet Laws

November 28th, 2012 11:15 admin View Comments


SchrodingerZ writes “Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman from California, has drafted a bill for the internet. The bill, aptly named the Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA), is, ‘a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet.’ In short it hopes to deny any new government bills related to lawmaking on the internet for the next two years. The bill was first made public on the website Reddit, and is currently on the front page of, a website advocating internet rights. ‘Together we can make Washington take a break from messing w/ the Internet,’ Issa writes on his Reddit post. The initial response to the bill has been mixed. Users of Reddit are skeptical of the paper’s motives and credibility. As of now, the bill is just a discussion draft, whether it will gain footing in the future is up in the air.”

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Would Charles Darwin Have Made a Good Congressman?

November 9th, 2012 11:08 admin View Comments

It's funny. Laugh.

sciencehabit writes “It’s a good 130 years too late to answer that question empirically, but at least symbolically Charles Darwin has won support from more than 4000 voters in the 10th congressional district of Georgia, thanks to an initiative headed by James Leebens-Mack, a plant biologist at the University of Georgia in Athens. Like many others, Leebens-Mack was deeply troubled by a speech his Congressman, Paul Broun (R-GA), gave at an Athens church in October deriding teachings on evolution, embryology, and the big bang theory as ‘lies straight from the pit of Hell.’ Broun, a medical doctor, is a member of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and chair of its Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. Leebens-Mack says the ‘protest vote should make it clear to future opponents that there are a lot of people in the district who are not happy with antiscience statements.’”

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Congressman Warns FTC: Leave Google Alone

October 16th, 2012 10:04 admin View Comments


concealment writes with this selection from Ars Technica: “A Democratic congressman who played a leading role in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year has taken up a new cause: shielding Google from antitrust scrutiny. In a strongly worded letter to Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) praised Google’s contribution to the nation’s economy. He warned Leibowitz that if the FTC does choose to initiate an antitrust case against Google, Congress might react by curtailing its regulatory authority.”

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Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman’s Computer In Act of Terrorism

September 26th, 2012 09:22 admin View Comments

It's funny. Laugh.

fermion writes with news of Windows computers being forcefully liberated: “The campaign headquarters of Michael Grimm, a U.S. House of Representatives member from New York, were vandalized. What has not been reported everywhere is that Linux was installed on one of his computers, erasing data in the process. Is this a new attack on democracy by the open source radicals, or it is just a random occurrence?” From the article: “‘In fact, one officer said to me today they see this as a crime against the government, because I am a sitting United States congressman and they take it very seriously. You know, especially in light of what happened with Gabby Giffords, we’re not in the world today where we can shrug things off,’ Grimm said. … [GNU/]Linux, an open-source operating system, was installed on Grimm’s computers, erasing the hard drive contents, which included polling and voter identification data. But staff had backed up the hard drive contents hours beforehand. Grimm and his staffers said the vandalism — cement blocks were thrown through the office’s windows — is a cover-up for the attacks on the computers.”

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Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate

August 11th, 2012 08:38 admin View Comments

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Shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, Republican candidate Mitt Romney officially announced (via phone app) his selection of 42-year-old Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as running mate for the 2012 U.S. presidential race. Ryan’s selection was announced by the Romney campaign to various media outlets earlier this morning. Ryan is considered popular among a wide range of Republican voters, being a budget hawk who favors less liberal laws concerning abortion. Ryan’s lauded popularity among Tea Party voters is mixed; some reports describe him as a Tea Party favorite, others as a far-right imposter.

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. Pins US Job Losses On iPad

April 16th, 2011 04:11 admin View Comments


theodp writes “Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. went on an anti-technology rant on Friday on the floor of Congress, blaming the iPad for eliminating thousands of American jobs. ‘Why do you need to go to Borders anymore?’ asked Jackson. ‘Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad, download your book, download your newspaper, download your magazine.’ Jackson continued: ‘What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? And what becomes of bookstores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not too distant future, such jobs simply will not exist. Steve Jobs is doing pretty well. He’s created the iPad. Certainly, it has made life more efficient for Americans, but the iPad is produced in China. It is not produced here in the United States.”

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Threatening YouTube Video Lands Man In Prison

April 8th, 2011 04:15 admin View Comments


wiredmikey writes “Norman LeBoon of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison from his production and transmission of a YouTube video over the Internet last March containing a threat to injure and kill a United States Congressman. Following his arrest, LeBoon told federal agents that Eric Cantor is ‘pure evil’; ‘will be dead’; and that ‘Cantor’s family is suffering because of his father’s wrath.’”

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What Pi Sounds Like

March 8th, 2011 03:19 admin View Comments


I’ve always loved generative music, and this guy used Pi as the basis for his composition. I’m not saying it’s as good as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber or something, but it’s a great way to get ready for Pi day which is tragically still not a federal holiday. Write your congressman.

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Former Congressman Learns About Streisand Effect

December 16th, 2009 12:18 admin View Comments

corbettw writes Ted Alvin Klaudt, a former South Dakota lawmaker convicted of raping his two foster daughters, has sent news organizations what he claims is a copyright notice that seeks to prevent the use of his name without his consent.” The story says Klaudt maintains “no one can use his name without his consent, and anyone who does would owe him $500,000.”

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