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10 Truths About Oil Spills Every British Columbian Should Know March 27, 2014

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10 Truths About Oil Spills Every British Columbian Should Know

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. To help remember the spill, and to provide a dose of reality in the face of millions of dollars of advertising for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, here are 10 truths about oil spills that every British Columbian should know:

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Right Sector coordinator Muzychko killed in Ukraine’s Rivne – Democratic Underground March 25, 2014

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Oleksandr Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bily, the coordinator of the Right Sector ultra-nationalistic group in western Ukraine, was killed in the city of Rivne last night, parliamentarian Oleksandr Doniy said on his Facebook page.

via Right Sector coordinator Muzychko killed in Ukraine’s Rivne – Democratic Underground.

Fort Hood Soldier Charged in Prostitution Case | Military.com March 12, 2014

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FORT HOOD, Texas – A Fort Hood sergeant who was a coordinator of the post’s sexual assault and harassment prevention program faces multiple charges after he was accused of setting up a prostitution ring involving cash-strapped female soldiers.

via Fort Hood Soldier Charged in Prostitution Case | Military.com.

New Air Force Planes Go Directly to ‘Boneyard’ | Military.com March 12, 2014

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New cargo planes on order for the U.S. Air Force are being delivered straight into storage in the Arizona desert because the military has no use for them, a Dayton Daily News investigation found.

A dozen nearly new C-27J Spartans from Ohio and elsewhere have already been taken out of service and shipped to the so-called boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Five more are expected to be built by April 2014, all of which are headed to the boneyard unless another use for them is found.

The Air Force has spent $567 million on 21 C-27J aircraft since 2007, according to purchasing officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Sixteen had been delivered by the end of September.

via New Air Force Planes Go Directly to ‘Boneyard’ | Military.com.

BBC News – Getty makes 35 million photos free to use March 7, 2014

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“Getty will get its pound of flesh one way or another,” photography journalist Daniela Bowker told the BBC News website. “It has not gone into this blithely. It has got a plan.”

She added many of her contacts were unhappy about the move.

“My Twitter feed has exploded with very angry photographers going ‘I don’t want Getty giving away my images for free’,” she said.

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Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ March 5, 2014

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• 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone

• Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk

• Yahoo: ‘A whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy’

• Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images

via Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ.

N.S.A. Director Says Snowden Leaks Hamper Efforts Against Cyberattacks – NYTimes.com March 5, 2014

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WASHINGTON — Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, said Tuesday that the leaks by the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden had slowed the effort to protect the country against cyberattacks on Wall Street and other civilian targets.

via N.S.A. Director Says Snowden Leaks Hamper Efforts Against Cyberattacks – NYTimes.com.