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Come, noble brothers! Let us abolish this seditious "privacy"

Stars are shooting, drinking, driving and chomping, and the government is watching. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for April 22, 2013. 

You have to love Congress. America's favorite band of geriatric jokers decided it would be hi-LAR-ious to use a week full of manhunts and explosions as a backdrop for jamming through the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which many civil libertarians view as the most Orwellian surveillance-state bill since the Patriot Act. The bill, which moves from the House to the Senate this week, is co-sponsored by Maryland's own Dutch Ruppersberger. Those silly funnypeople!

Also, celebrities like to drive drunk. And, in at least one case, to bite others.


#StopCISPA, #CISPABlackout
If signed into action, the law would allow the US government to extract private information from the internet without a warrant. It would also prevent anyone from suing companies for delivering such information.
"It's the online equivalent of allowing a police officer to enter your home and start rummaging through your personal files without the permission of a court," Anonymous compares.
However, the group also stressed the blackouts were necessary to attract attention, while the most important part was spreading awareness about the disputed law, and possible action against it.

Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre has stated that Luis Suárez will not be sold as a result of the striker's bite on the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday.
[The Guardian]

Reese Witherspoon
(Google search)
Reese Witherspoon and her agent husband James Toth were arrested Friday morning in Atlanta, according to an exclusive report from Variety. Toth was arrested for driving while intoxicated after swerving into the wrong lane (and blowing a .139 on a Breathalyzer test).

Homo sapiens interbreeding
[The] African Replacement model, as it is known, has essentially served as the modern human origins paradigm for the past 25 years. Yet mounting evidence indicates that it is wrong.
[Scientific American]

Earth Day 2013, #EarthDay
(Google search, Twitter)
Earth Day is 43 years' old today, a milestone marked by one of Google's annual doodles dedicated to the event. The day of environmental awareness has been marked by a Google doodle for as long as I can remember, from melting polar ice in 2007 (a prophetic nod to the record Arctic melt that year), rocks in 2008, a waterfall and marine life in 2009 to parrots in 2010, pandas in 2011 and animated flowers in 2012.
[The Guardian]

meteor shower
(Google search)
The Lyrid meteor shower happens every year in the middle of April when Earth passes through a trail of dusty debris from the Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), which orbits the sun once every 415 years, as reported by People have been watching the Lyrid meteor shower for at least 2,600 years, the site said.
[International Business Times]

Queen Elizabeth
As focus goes to London this week, we draw attention to the fact that she's been around for quite awhile now.

Al Michaels
Television sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested over the weekend in Santa Monica, California, and charged with a misdemeanor offense of driving while under the influence, police officials said on Sunday.
[The Baltimore Sun]


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