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Government Reorganization Fact Sheet | The White House

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The goal is to make it easier for businesses to search the full range of government information, programs, and services they need to compete globally -- without having to navigate their way through an overwhelming bureaucracy.

At BusinessUSA, you'll be able to find a wide range of relevant and timely federal government data, services, and programs -- wherever, whenever, on your terms.

Obama seeks new "consolidation authority" power grab-|-American Vision News

To persuade them to relinquish such power, certainly, Obama must not at first appear to have too radical of an agenda for using it. Thus, the White House's only proposal so far is being portrayed as "streamlining" and "shrinking the federal government." Associated Press announced that the president's first plan will consolidate six Commerce agencies, take burdens off of businesses, cut 1,000 government jobs (albeit only through attrition), and save $3 billion (albeit only stretched across 10 years).

While any proposal too radical could easily be squashed in the current House by a simple up-or-down vote in principle, the political pressure against voting down any measure that alleges to cut spending and shrink government up front will likely be problematic even for conservatives.

For all his deviousness, this move is very cunning on Obama's part. If Congress agrees, then it relinquishes power and submits to Obama's leadership and authority. Obama comes out looking good. If Congress balks, it can be accused of not wanting to cut government size and spending after all. Congress looks bad. Heads he wins, tails they lose.


Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy | The White House

Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small. Across the globe, the openness of the Internet is increasingly central to innovation in business, government, and society and it must be protected. To minimize this risk, new legislation must be narrowly targeted only at sites beyond the reach of current U.S. law, cover activity clearly prohibited under existing U.S. laws, and be effectively tailored, with strong due process and focused on criminal activity. Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage startup businesses and innovative firms from growing.

We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet. Proposed laws must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security. Our analysis of the DNS filtering provisions in some proposed legislation suggests that they pose a real risk to cybersecurity and yet leave contraband goods and services accessible online. We must avoid legislation that drives users to dangerous, unreliable DNS servers and puts next-generation security policies, such as the deployment of DNSSEC, at risk.

Let us be clear--online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs. It harms everyone from struggling artists to production crews, and from startup social media companies to large movie studios. While we are strongly committed to the vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, existing tools are not strong enough to root out the worst online pirates beyond our borders. That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors and rights holders new legal tools to combat online piracy originating beyond U.S. borders while staying true to the principles outlined above in this response. We should never let criminals hide behind a hollow embrace of legitimate American values.

This is not just a matter for legislation. We expect and encourage all private parties, including both content creators and Internet platform providers working together, to adopt voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy.

OPEN-Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act

Does Obama endorse Whois privacy? | DomainIncite - Domain Name News & Opinion


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Rod Beckstrom is an author, high-tech entrepreneur, and CEO and President of ICANN.

He previously served as Director of the National Cyber Security Center. Prior to that Beckstrom was Chairman and Chief Catalyst of TWIKI.NET, a company which supports TWiki, an open source wiki. He was also co-founder, Chairman and CEO of CATS Software Inc., a derivatives and risk management software company which went public on NASDAQ and later was sold to Misys PLC.

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ICANN publishes Whois reform wish-list | DomainIncite - Domain Name News & Opinion

Create a public, machine-readable directory of Whois servers.

Standardize query, response and error message structure.

Oblige Whois services to let users search not just by domain, but also by other data elements, such as name and address.

Add more data, such as IM handles, abuse contacts, and the history of a domain's ownership (Whowas?), to Whois records.

Create a way to authenticate Whois users. This could support more standardized privacy services, with only police, for example, able to access the private data of individual registrants.

Make all new gTLD registries host a "fat" Whois and encourage VeriSign to migrate away from its "thin" .com database.

Whois verification rules coming this year | DomainIncite - Domain Name News & Opinion

Cyber cop wants Whois privacy shake-up | DomainIncite - Domain Name News & Opinion

Registrars should be obliged to vet registrants' Whois details for accuracy, and ICANN should be obliged to vet registrars, he said.

Proxy privacy services could continue, he said, but police want a single, global agreement that ICANN would sign with registries and registrars, modelled on the existing RAA contract.

Such an agreement would make it easier for police to quickly have sites taken down based on breaches in the terms and conditions.

Hoare said he was speaking not for the UK but on behalf of "global law enforcement", which he said wants "mandatory minimum standards" rather than voluntary codes of conduct.

"The price of domains may rise to cover this cost," he said.

ICANN Takes Charge of Internet Time Zone Master List | PCWorld Business Center

The TZ Database, as it is known, keeps track of all the different time zones of the world as an offset of Greenwich Mean Time, including leap seconds, various regional modifications for daylight saving time, and other temporal variances.

Operating systems such as Unix, Linux and Apple's MacOS rely on this database to coordinate times across different geographic regions, as do the Oracle and MySQL databases and many programs written in Java, Perl and PHP.

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Mohamed ElBaradei quits Egyptian presidential race | World news | guardian.co.uk

The Nobel laureate, regarded as a driving force behind the movement that forced the former president Hosni Mubarak to step down, said the conditions for a fair election were not in place.

At a press conference on Saturday, ElBaradei said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took over from Mubarak, had governed "as if no revolution took place and no regime has fallen".

"My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a democratic framework," the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog said.

Although widely respected, ElBaradei was considered unlikely to secure the presidency later this year.

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Afghan opium prices soar as production rises

The full Afghan Opium Survey for 2011 points to a dramatic increase of 133 per cent in the farm-gate value of opium compared with 2010 (the summary findings of the survey were issued in September 2011). Released today by the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics of Afghanistan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the survey reveals that the farm-gate income generated by opium probably amounted to $1.4 billion, equivalent to 9 per cent of the GDP of Afghanistan in 2011.

Even more striking is the potential income derived from opium production. Export earnings from Afghan opiates may be worth $2.4 billion - equivalent to 15 per cent of GDP. Such vast sums cannot easily be earned in other ways. "Opium is therefore a significant part of the Afghan economy and provides considerable funding to the insurgency and fuels corruption," said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC.

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OWS Protesters Charged With Felony For Mic-Checking Mayor | Care2 Causes

A few days ago, members of Occupy San Diego cleverly mic-checked Mayor Jerry Sanders during his State of the City address.

Now mic-checking, while intentionally disruptive, is an completely peaceful tactic that has been employed in a wide-variety of settings during the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The CEO of Wells Fargo, representatives of JP Morgan Chase, Newt Gingrich, and even President Obama have been targets of this practice. But not even President Obama responded with as much aggression and ignorance as the San Diego police officers in attendance (with full blessing of the Mayor).

Not content to simply escort the OWS protesters out of the venue, at least three were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy for their actions.

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flandersnews.be: Cash payments over 5,000 Euro to be banned

Several of Saturday morning's newspapers report that the legal limit for payments in cash is to be reduced from 15,000 to 5,000 Euro. The new measures are intended to help in the battle against money laundering. The Federal Secretary of State responsible for tackling fraud John Crombez (Flemish socialist) told journalists that "There is evidence that payment by bank transfer reduces the risk of fraud".

Within the next few years, the maximum limit for cash payments will be further reduced. Mr Crombez hopes that by the end of the current legislature the limit will stand at 3,000 Euro.

The government is to adopt a phased approach to reducing the limit, as it wants to ensure that it will be respected.

"As far as I'm concerned, if we are successful in ensuring the limit is respected, it can be reduced still further in the future, as has been the case in some other countries."

Concrete plans for a control mechanism are being discussed within the federal cabinet. The measures currently only apply to goods. Services such as those offered by the liberal professions like solicitors are currently exempt.

Mr Crombez is considering extending the limit to cover services as well.

Romania govt withdraws controversial healthcare bill | Reuters

DutchNews.nl - Council plans higher parking for big cars in Amsterdam

The owners of large cars in the Amsterdam borough council of West will soon have to pay more to park their cars, the Parool reports on Saturday.

Next year, the borough council plans to introduce parking fees based on the length of the car. This means the owners of large cars will end up paying twice as much to park than the owners of small runabouts, the paper says.


Whole Story >> Blog Archive >> Urgent Action Needed to Support Organics and Non-GE Crops

1) fully deregulate GE alfalfa OR

2) conditionally deregulate it by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops (including organic).

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US Embassy in Thailand warns of possible terrorist threat | World | RIA Novosti

The United States Embassy in Thailand alerted U.S. citizens that terrorists may be planning to conduct attacks in tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future.

"U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok," the embassy said in an emergency message.

"U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public."

Americans are encouraged to be alert for unattended packages in crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel.

They are also encouraged to "keep a low profile in public areas, particularly areas frequented by foreign tourists."

Gitmo Nation


US for new time standard, China, Britain say no|Science-Tech|chinadaily.com.cn

BEIJING - One night, several thousand years later, you might wake up to find your digital clock showing it's 8 am in the morning.

Your clock is accurate and you're not caught in a science fiction. Clock time might not signify a particular time of the day, as we know it, if a proposal to amend the global standard of timekeeping is passed at a conference in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in mid-January.

The proposal, put forward by the United States, suggests a switch to International Atomic Time (TAI) from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the timekeeping standard currently followed across the world.

"The proposal is backed by most developed countries, and a vote is likely at a conference of the ITU in mid-January," said Dong Shaowu, a senior researcher of the National Time Service Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Chinese delegation to the conference.

The more precise TAI might bring technical benefits to some industries, such as satellite navigation and air-traffic control systems, according to Dong.

"Even if this proposal is approved, it will not impact public life in the short term in a big way. However, some industries that require high precision of time will be affected," said Liu Changhong, a senior engineer at the National Time Service Center.

The decision to be made in Geneva may be the most important since 1961, when the world adopted UTC, based on Greenwich Mean Time - the cornerstone of international timekeeping since 1884.