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[Watch] Airport Security Vulnerable - Whistle Blower Detonates Device Made With Items Sold In Terminals
freepatriot.org
November 14, 2013

Frequent travelers to different cities and countries know that there is a wide degree of variation in the Airport screening practices from one location to another. Inconsistencies can be windows of opportunity.

For many members of the travelling public, there have been incidences where we were confronted by TSA screeners with what seemed to be ridiculous "requests" that just seemed to not make sense. We need to travel and recognize that there may be an unknown yet valid reason for a particular policy, so we comply. There are documented flaws in our security measures which, even after being exposed, are allowed to continue without being addressed by policy directives or procedural updates.

Zynga fires back with countersuit against EA
CNS News
September 14, 2012

Zynga Inc. is firing back at rival game maker Electronic Arts Inc. in a legal tussle that it says goes beyond who copied whose game.

While saying EA's copyright infringement lawsuit filed last month has "no merit," Zynga on Friday filed a countersuit against EA for allegedly violating antitrust laws by trying to prevent its employees from defecting to Zynga. The countersuit "addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats," said Zynga's general counsel Reggie Davis in a statement.

Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook
tech.fortune.cnn.com
by Michal Lev-Ram
May 20, 2011

Facebook's founder sees the social networking site as a tool with educational potential. That of course means getting kids Facebooking at an early age.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a college drop-out, but the billionaire 27-year-old is passionate about education reform. That's why he took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the heated topic (and why he thinks young people can benefit from social networking sites) at a recent summit on innovation in education. Last year Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to the school system in Newark, New Jersey. At the NewSchools Venture Fund's Summit in Burlingame, Calif. earlier this week, Zuckerberg told interviewer (and venture capitalist) John Doerr that improving education and making the Internet more open are two of his favorite dinnertime topics.

Zuckerberg's Page Hacked, Now Facebook To Offer "Always On" HTTPS
readwriteweb.com
by Richard MacManus
January 26, 2011

Facebook announced this morning that it was making several security changes to protect users' accounts, including boosting the availability of accessing the site using a secure connection.

The announcement comes less than a day after CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile was hacked, and while the announcement isn't necessarily a result of this, it's a good reminder of the importance of always using a secure connection to access your accounts online - Facebook and otherwise.

Zombies: How the Left Captured Academia, the Media, and Other Organizations
PJ Media
by Vik Rubenfeld
September 5, 2012

Alinsky-style behavior in the workplace itself may have been the key.

Recent studies have confirmed that American universities have become bigoted and biased against the expression of conservative views. One new study documents bias against the expression of conservative views among social and personality psychologists, including those at universities...

Zombie statists ask, 'But if there's no government, who will build roads?!'
davidmcelroy.org
by David McElroy
April 28, 2012

It's a bad movie that you might have seen before. It tends to show up whenever an advocate of voluntary cooperation explains how society could operate without state coercion.

Right on cue, the zombies from "Night of the Living Statists" rear their heads and mindlessly intone, "But if there's no government, who will build the roads?!" The zombies can't hear your response, so it's useless to try to give them facts and explain how things could be done in a way that's better for everyone if roads and other such things were provided as private services rather than as coercive government monopolies. For those who are open to the facts, though, is there any evidence that people can actually cooperate voluntarily for their own interests? As a matter of fact, there's quite a bit of evidence of that.

Zombie Computers Aid Spammers, Hackers
Short News
July 16, 2011

Internet security experts today warned that vast networks of home computers are being hijacked, many without the owner's knowledge.

Zimmerman's Judge Rejects Motion to Step Down
blogs.findlaw.com
August 1, 2012

George Zimmerman's judge will not step down because the motion seeking to disqualify him is "legally insufficient," the judge wrote in his order.

Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. on Wednesday denied a motion by Zimmerman's defense team that sought to disqualify the judge because of alleged bias, Reuters reports. The motion accused Judge Lester of making "gratuitous, disparaging remarks," among other alleged misdeeds, when he set Zimmerman's bail at $1 million in July. So how did the judge reach his ruling? It may seem a bit strange, but under Florida's Rules of Judicial Administration, the same judge who is accused of bias gets to decide whether he is in fact too biased to preside over the case in front of him.

Zimmerman Wants Judge Disqualified for Bias
blogs.findlaw.com
by Andrew Chow, JD
July 13, 2012

George Zimmerman's judge is biased and should be disqualified from any further role in his murder case, defense lawyer Mark O'Mara argues in a new motion filed Friday.

Sanford, Fla., Judge Kenneth Lester showed his bias by making "gratuitous, disparaging remarks" about Zimmerman in Lester's Order Setting Bail last week, Zimmerman's Motion to Disqualify states. Lester also makes opinionated remarks about prosecutors' evidence, threatens contempt proceedings, and "advocates for Mr. Zimmerman to be prosecuted for additional crimes," O'Mara argues in the motion, which his legal team posted online. Is that sufficient to get Judge Lester disqualified?

Zimmerman Sues NBC Over 911 Tape Editing
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Upi - United Press International, Inc.
December 7, 2012

George Zimmerman, charged in Florida with shooting an unarmed black teenager, sued NBC Thursday, charging an edited 911 tape defamed him.

In a complaint filed in Seminole County in Florida, Zimmerman said the network edited the tape to make him appear racist, CNN reported. Two former reporters were also named as defendants. "NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain," the complaint says.

     

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