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Do Not Call Registration Becomes Permenant

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Before when you put your name on the list, you'd have to renew every now and then. This was, in my opinion, a move that was designed to make more work for average people and give telemarketers a chance to get at you again when you forgot and let the block lapse. Well they've FINALLY made it permanent. Opt-out once and it lasts forever.

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Articles of Impeachment Against Bush

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I hate it when they tease. Of course, Dennis Kucinich is introducing not one, but 35 articles of impeachment against Bush. Could justice finally be served? Be still my beating heart!

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Extra, Extra! Congress AND Bush Did Something Right

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It's amazing and I promise it's no joke, but both congress AND Bush did something right by drafting, passing, and then signing into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Some provisions of the law include:

- Prohibiting group health insurance plans and issuers offering coverage on the group or individual market from basing eligibility determinations or adjusting premiums or contributions on the basis of an individual's genetic information. Insurance companies cannot request, require or purchase the results of genetic tests, and they are prohibited from disclosing personal genetic information. - Prohibiting issuers of Medigap policies from adjusting pricing or conditioning eligibility on the basis of genetic information. They cannot request, require or purchase the results of genetic tests, or disclose genetic information. - Prohibiting employers from firing, refusing to hire, or otherwise discriminating with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Employers may not request, require or purchase genetic information, and they are also prohibited from disclosing personal genetic information. Similar provisions apply to employment agencies and labor organizations.
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National Security Letter Successfully Challenged

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National Security Letters (NSLs) have been a huge issue since the FBI and has abused them terribly since gaining the power. The worst part is that they include a gag order that prevents you from complaining about it or seeking help.

Well at least one individual has challenged an NSL and won.

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Lady Sued Exquifax and Handed Them Their Butts

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Not only did a lady win almost $3 million for suing equifax, but now they have to pay another half million in attorney fees. The story is that Equifax refused to fix her credit report after she was a victim of identity theft.

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New Jersey Court First In Nation to Rule that We Have Right to Privacy Online

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From the "Well flipping duh" committee as assisted by the "It's about freaking time" guild, a NJ court has ruled that we have privacy rights online and that "law enforcement officials need a grand jury warrant to have access to their private information".

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Small Town Kicks Out Payday Lenders

Though the Virgina legislature examined payday lending, they only solution they brought forth was to limit them as far as interest rates and repayment periods. However, at least one small town has kicked out payday lenders via zoning laws. While this may not rate "big news" it is good news and caught my attention for this alone:

The sole proponent of amending the zoning was Randy Phelps, manager of the Advance America lending store in a nearby town. His company, whose Web site says it operates 2,800 stores nationwide, was seeking to open a cash advance store in a new strip shopping center, part of the town's new Wal-Mart complex. "We're not evil people," Phelps protested to the council. "We provide a needed service."

"We're not evil people"…. Doesn't that give you chills? If pretending to hold a hand out in friendship while stabbing someone in the back with the other hand isn't evil I don't know what is.

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TSA Blog Leads to Policy Change

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I talked last week about how the TSA has opened a blog and allowed the public en masse to attack them outright through comments blasting them for all their varied foibles.

Well it turns out that it's working well! The TSA has changed a policy that at least one airport put into effect that required passengers to remove all their electronics. It seems that the TSA didn't know it was happened, but stopped the practice.

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2009 Federal Budget to Be Posted Online

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I can't remember the last time I heard of a good decision being made in relation to Bush's name, but here's one. The budget will be posted online to save money and ease access by people wanting to browse through the monolithic document.

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Internet Blogs Partly to Credit For Blocking Bad Wiretap Law

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Well good. Let's hear it for the bloggers!

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