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This guy spends entirely too much time in his pickup truck. He can’t even put together a website without “borrowing” ideas , and even biographical notes:

The home state of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) may contain the country’s largest population of college students, but Brown appears to have committed one of academia’s cardinal sins: plagiarism.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Super PAC associated with liberal causes, discovered that Brown’s website contained chunks of text taken verbatim from a campaign speech for Elizabeth Dole’s 2002 North Carolina Senate run, the transcript of which was posted to her website.

In a message to students on his site, which has since been removed, Brown borrowed from Dole’s childhood memories, omitting only one line: “I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter.”

“I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference,” the message reads. “From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”

Brown spokesman John Donnelly told the Boston Globe that the copied text was a staff mistake.

“Senator Dole’s website served as one of the models for Senator Brown’s website when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten,” Donnelly said. “It was a staff level oversight which we regret and is being corrected…”

That may not be the only section of Brown’s site that has traces of Dole’s language, Politico reported. On a page about internships with the senator, another section of text mirrors Dole’s site…

How would you like to make pennies cleaning up after the royalists who helped create one of the biggest financial messes of all time, or after people just like them? Workers in NYC don’t like it at all. More here.

How to ditch your big bank

If you want to take part in the Nov. 5th action, here’s what you need to know to prepare.

Open thread

What’s up? What stories caught your eye today?

OccupyLA: The beginning is near

Occupy Los Angeles – The Beginning Is Near from Marta Evry on Vimeo.

Put this Occupy ad on the air

You can donate here:

This song came to mind regarding Facebook because of the lyric:
You can check out any time you like,/
But you can never leave!

We love you, Big Brother Zuckerberg

I wrote last month that Mark Zuckerberg seems to have the mind of an old Stalinist, because he seems dead-set on destroying the very concept of privacy in social networking. Here’s more evidence that millions of Facebook users shouldn’t assume Zuckerberg’s invention is just a good way to make friends:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation cites a September 25th, 2011 blog post by hacker and writer Nik Cubrilovic that proved Facebook’s session cookie was not being deleted upon log-out. Facebook responded with a “fix-it,” but it raises serious concerns about whether one can effectively log-out of Facebook and whether or not Facebook can track users without the benefit of cookies.

According to Cubrilovic, he waited for a year to hear from Facebook on this privacy issue that he discovered, emailing them and reaching multiple dead-ends.

Two days later, on September 27th, Cubrilovic noted, “In summary, Facebook has made changes to the logout process and they have explained each part of the process and the cookies that the site uses in detail … They want to retain the ability to track browsers after logout for safety and spam purposes, and they want to be able to log page requests for performance reasons etc.”

EFF, however, is unequivocal in stating, “Facebook can track web browsing history without cookies.”

“Facebook is able to collect data about your browser – including your IP address and a range of facts about your browser – without ever installing a cookie. They can use this data to build a record of every time you load a page with embedded Facebook content,” added the EFF.

This ability to track users outside of Facebook is particularly troubling.

EFF states, “It’s clear that Facebook does extensive cross-domain tracking, with two types of cookies and even without. With this data, Facebook could create a detailed portrait of how you use the Internet: what sites you visit, how frequently you load them, what time of day you like to access them. This could point to more than your shopping habits – it could provide a candid window into health concerns, political interests, reading habits, sexual preferences, religious affiliations, and much more.”

That Facebook keeps this data on file for 90 days (before it’s discarded or made anonymous) is a legitimate privacy concern and it could certainly be useful in the event U.S. intelligence services desires to build a profile of a particular user’s web browsing…

Free trade for who?

I’ve said this before: I think Obama believes our evolution to a third-world country is inevitable, and sees his job as presiding over a orderly transition. Hence, the deals like this:

WASHINGTON – Congress — if you listen to pundits and Washington politicians — is completely broken. But when multinational corporate interests are at stake, suddenly the institution figures out how to get to work. On Wednesday, both chambers passed three sweeping trade agreements with bipartisan majorities, against the opposition of labor unions worried about job losses that would result.

President Obama and members of Congress from both parties have trumpeted the agreements for their job creation potential, but that assertion was undercut by the deal itself, which included funding for workers whose jobs will be lost as a result of the deals.

Nope

No extreme weather here! Two-thirds of a country under water? Just rain, no big deal!

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