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August 20, 2015

Wikinews interviews Mark Everson, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate

Wikinews interviews Mark Everson, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate

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Former U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Mark Everson took some time to talk with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Everson served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the administrative head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2003 to 2007, during the George W. Bush administration. After his departure, he briefly served as CEO of the American Red Cross, worked in the cabinet of Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, and worked for the tax consulting firm alliantgroup. He announced his candidacy this past March with a sixteen-page open letter in which he outlined the six pillars of his campaign: amnesty for illegal immigrants, reinstatement of the military draft, a promise to serve only a single presidential term, and calls for tax reform, deficit reduction, and corporate responsibility.

He was excluded from the August 6 Fox News Republican presidential debate and has been excluded from most presidential polls. However, he is listed on the Republican Party’s website as one of 18 candidates and filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Fox News for his exclusion from the August 6 debate.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn‎, Everson discusses his 2016 campaign, the media blackout of his campaign, and his views on the presidency and the possible Everson administration.

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2016 campaign and qualifications[]

  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWilliam S. SaturnWikinews waves Right.png Why run for president? Why not run for a lower office that you might be more likely to win and effect change?
Wikinews waves Left.pngMark EversonWikinews waves Right.png The electorate is very unsettled. Americans are fed up with politics as usual, so there is a clear path for a nontraditional candidate. I have extensive private sector experience and know the government inside out, but do not carry the political baggage of ties to special interest groups. I have lived in nine states. As a result, I have seen and know America well, but do not have the deep ties to a particular state or community that would traditionally be associated with seeking a different office.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What qualifications do you have that will assist you in executing the duties of president?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png While I have not held elective office, my public service credentials meet or exceed those of many of the candidates in the race. My federal executive branch experience (at USIA, DOJ, OMB, and the Treasury) is greater than that of any candidate in the GOP contest. I managed the nation’s immigration system under President Reagan, and in the administration of President George W. Bush was instrumental in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and directed the nation’s tax system as Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Immigration, homeland security and taxes are issues of critical importance to the country and central to the 2016 election.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png How much campaigning have you done so far?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png I have campaigned in 26 counties across Iowa and also made campaign stops in New Hampshire. I have been interviewed on radio shows across the country.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What are your thoughts on your fellow Republican presidential candidates?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png I think it is a strong field and that the vigorous policy debate underway in the party is good for the country.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Would you ever consider running as a third party or independent candidate?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png I am running as a Republican and am not contemplating a third party or independent candidacy.

Media blackout[]

  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Wikinews covered the complaint you filed with the FEC against Fox News in your attempt to be included in the August 6 Debate. In our report, Election Law expert Richard Winger suggested you file a lawsuit rather than an FEC complaint. Do you have an update on your FEC complaint and might you consider filing a lawsuit if you are excluded from future debates?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png We have received notice that the FEC has filed the complaint with Fox News, but nothing else. I have written to CNN and the Reagan Foundation requesting inclusion in their September debate. At this time I do not expect to file a lawsuit on this matter.
Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What is your response to Mr. Winger, who said you had a good case and may have had an opportunity to gain access to the debate if you filed a lawsuit instead of an FEC complaint?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png I did look into the possible filing of a law suit and was informed by a prominent election law expert that the chances were quite slim that the courts would intervene in a matter properly before the FEC.
Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Are you saying that you do not expect to litigate the Fox News matter or do you not expect to file a lawsuit to gain access to future debates? If so, why?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png I expect to pursue the FOX matter with the FEC. I will assess future legal actions as events unfold.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Your exclusion from National presidential polls appears to be the biggest detriment to your campaign and effort to appear in debates. Is there anything your campaign can do to include your name in polls to qualify for future debates?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png We have written the polling companies requesting that I be included in the polls.
Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Have the polling companies responded to your requests? If so, what have they said?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png We have not yet heard from the polling companies.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Are you surprised by your exclusion from presidential polls and events or did you expect this when you announced?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png At this still early stage of the race, I am surprised that participation has been limited to established politicians and individuals already enjoying significant name recognition. The process should be about surfacing issues of importance to the country and who can best tackle the challenges at hand.

The presidency and administration[]

  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What are your thoughts on the job Barack Obama has done as president? Specifically, what would you have done differently?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png The president has failed to unite the nation, the government is not operating well in any number of areas, and the world is certainly a more dangerous place than when he took office. My main objection to his term in office extends beyond his policy choices to his unprecedented expansion of executive power. I have a track record of implementing the law as written, not as I might wish it to be. The powers of the presidency are significant, but limited under our constitution.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png If elected, what would constitute a successful presidency for you?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png The specifics include a rewrite of the tax code to take 150 million Americans off the income tax rolls; holding Wall Street and the big banks accountable to following the law, and taking regulatory actions to increase lending; institution of a program of national service; real, balanced reforms to our entitlement programs to assure their continued viability; rewriting our immigration laws to control our borders and reinforce our tradition of assimilation; and taking reelection politics out of Oval Office decision-making by serving only a single term. More broadly, I would consider an Everson presidency successful if we restore faith in our government at home and abroad, and Americans once again put national interests ahead of self-interest.
  • Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Which individuals would you like to see in an Everson administration?
Wikinews waves Left.pngEversonWikinews waves Right.png I know many qualified individuals who would do an excellent job serving the nation, but believe it serves no purpose to disclose particular names at this early date.



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August 16, 2015

\”Birther King\” announces campaign for U.S. president

“Birther King” announces campaign for U.S. president

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Via press release Friday, Andy Martin, a perennial candidate for political office and self-proclaimed “Birther King” announced that he is seeking the U.S. Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, his fourth bid for the White House. In his announcement and subsequent release, Martin expresses a desire to participate in Republican presidential debates and aligns himself with fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Additionally, he outlines six reasons for running, including degrading the candidacy of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is also seeking the Republican nomination.

“Birther King” Andy Martin.
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“I have been a loyal Republican,” says Martin in his announcement, “loyal to the principles of our party but not necessarily loyal to some of its failed leaders.”

Martin, best known for spreading multiple conspiracy theories concerning the birth and religion of U.S. President Barack Obama, previously ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1988, and unsuccessfully sought the backing of the Republican Party in 2000 and 2012. In 2012, he received a total of 19 votes in the New Hampshire Primary, the only primary ballot on which he appeared.

For 2016, Martin does not harbor high expectations of electoral success, though he hopes to receive an invitation to the debates. In reference to the seventeen candidates invited to the two August 6 Fox News debates, Martin casts himself as the “eighteenth candidate,” willing to participate in the second tier debate. Moreover, he declares himself as the “second-most exciting” candidate, reserving first place for Trump, whom Martin praises throughout his announcement. Despite having described Trump’s previous foray into politics as a “charade” during a 2011 interview with Wikinews, Martin now sees himself as Trump’s “tag team” partner in attacking the Bush candidacy.

“Trump has the raw media power to weaken Bush,” says Martin, “I have the negative information and hardball media tactics to make Bush a toxic candidate for the Republican base.”

Martin adamantly opposes Bush because of the foreign policy of the candidate’s brother, former President George W. Bush. He also criticizes Bush for his alleged economic benefit from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, labeling Bush as a “front man for a handful of corrupt plutocrats that have raped [the nation’s] economy.” Martin has previously criticized the Bush family during his 2000 campaign, when he ran television ads accusing then-presidential candidate George W. Bush of abusing cocaine and alcohol.

In addition to preventing Bush from gaining the Republican nomination, Martin intends to focus his campaign on protecting the prestige of the New Hampshire Primary and Iowa Caucus, defending the economic legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, combating political correctness, emphasizing U.S. relations with Greece, and fighting political corruption.

Martin filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month to run for president in 2016 officially. He joins 139 Republican Party presidential candidates who have done likewise.



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Via press release Friday, Andy Martin, a perennial candidate for political office and self-proclaimed “Birther King” announced that he is seeking the U.S. Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, his fourth bid for the White House. In his announcement and subsequent release, Martin expresses a desire to participate in Republican presidential debates and aligns himself with fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Additionally, he outlines six reasons for running, including degrading the candidacy of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is also seeking the Republican nomination.

“Birther King” Andy Martin.
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“I have been a loyal Republican,” says Martin in his announcement, “loyal to the principles of our party but not necessarily loyal to some of its failed leaders.”

Martin, best known for spreading multiple conspiracy theories concerning the birth and religion of U.S. President Barack Obama, previously ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1988, and unsuccessfully sought the backing of the Republican Party in 2000 and 2012. In 2012, he received a total of 19 votes in the New Hampshire Primary, the only primary ballot on which he appeared.

For 2016, Martin does not harbor high expectations of electoral success, though he hopes to receive an invitation to the debates. In reference to the seventeen candidates invited to the two August 6 Fox News debates, Martin casts himself as the “eighteenth candidate,” willing to participate in the second tier debate. Moreover, he declares himself as the “second-most exciting” candidate, reserving first place for Trump, whom Martin praises throughout his announcement. Despite having described Trump’s previous foray into politics as a “charade” during a 2011 interview with Wikinews, Martin now sees himself as Trump’s “tag team” partner in attacking the Bush candidacy.

“Trump has the raw media power to weaken Bush,” says Martin, “I have the negative information and hardball media tactics to make Bush a toxic candidate for the Republican base.”

Martin adamantly opposes Bush because of the foreign policy of the candidate’s brother, former President George W. Bush. He also criticizes Bush for his alleged economic benefit from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, labeling Bush as a “front man for a handful of corrupt plutocrats that have raped [the nation’s] economy.” Martin has previously criticized the Bush family during his 2000 campaign, when he ran television ads accusing then-presidential candidate George W. Bush of abusing cocaine and alcohol.

In addition to preventing Bush from gaining the Republican nomination, Martin intends to focus his campaign on protecting the prestige of the New Hampshire Primary and Iowa Caucus, defending the economic legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, combating political correctness, emphasizing U.S. relations with Greece, and fighting political corruption.

Martin filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month to run for president in 2016 officially. He joins 139 Republican Party presidential candidates who have done likewise.



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\’Birther King\’ announces 2016 campaign for U.S. president

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Via press release on Friday, Andy Martin, a perennial candidate for political office and self-proclaimed “Birther King”, announced he is seeking the U.S. Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, his fourth bid for the White House. In his announcement and subsequent release, Martin expresses a desire to participate in Republican presidential debates and aligns himself with fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Additionally, he outlines six reasons for running, including degrading the candidacy of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is also seeking the Republican nomination.

“Birther King” Andy Martin.
Image: Andy Martin.

“I have been a loyal Republican,” says Martin in his announcement, “loyal to the principles of our party but not necessarily loyal to some of its failed leaders.”

Martin, best known for spreading multiple conspiracy theories concerning the birth and religion of U.S. President Barack Obama, previously ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1988, and unsuccessfully sought the backing of the Republican Party in 2000 and 2012. In 2012, he received a total of 19 votes in the New Hampshire Primary, the only primary ballot on which he appeared.

For 2016, Martin does not harbor high expectations of electoral success, though he hopes to receive an invitation to the debates. In reference to the seventeen candidates invited to the two August 6 Fox News debates, Martin casts himself as the “eighteenth candidate,” willing to participate in the second-tier debate. Moreover, he declares himself as the “second-most exciting” candidate, reserving first place for Trump, whom Martin praises throughout his announcement. Although he described Trump’s previous foray into politics as a “charade” during a 2011 interview with Wikinews, Martin now sees himself as Trump’s “tag team” partner in attacking the Bush candidacy.

“Trump has the raw media power to weaken Bush,” says Martin, “I have the negative information and hardball media tactics to make Bush a toxic candidate for the Republican base.”

Martin adamantly opposes Bush because of the foreign policy of the candidate’s brother, former President George W. Bush. He also criticizes Bush for his alleged economic benefit from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, labeling Bush as a “front man for a handful of corrupt plutocrats that have raped [the nation’s] economy.” Martin has previously criticized the Bush family during his 2000 campaign, when he ran television ads accusing then-presidential candidate George W. Bush of abusing cocaine and alcohol.

In addition to preventing Bush from gaining the Republican nomination, Martin intends to focus his campaign on protecting the prestige of the New Hampshire Primary and Iowa Caucus, defending the economic legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, combating political correctness, emphasizing U.S. relations with Greece, and fighting political corruption.

Martin filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month to run for president in 2016 officially. He joins 139 other Republican Party presidential candidates who have done likewise.



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December 10, 2014

Senate publish report on CIA torture and misinformation

Senate publish report on CIA torture and misinformation

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The US Senate Report on CIA Detention Interrogation Program that details the use of torture during CIA detention and interrogation.

A report released by the US Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday concluded that the CIA misinformed the White House and Congress about its imprisonment and interrogation of suspected terrorists during the years after the September 11 attacks.

The committee released an executive summary yesterday ahead of its full 6,000-page report. The summary documented instances where detainees were kept awake for as long as a week and suggested that the agency had waterboarded more suspects than it previously disclosed.

The report also revealed that officials in the Bush administration were often told about these practices long after the fact. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell were not told of the CIA’s operations until a year after they had begun. President Bush was briefed in 2006, four years after the CIA commenced its “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” program.

The released documents refutes the effectiveness of the program and the accuracy of the information gathered. Previously, the Bush administration had defended its use, claiming that the intelligence garnered helped stop terrorist plots and capture al-Qaeda leadership, including Osama bin Laden. The executive summary examines case studies from the CIA’s internal records which the committee says disputes those defenses.

CIA Director John O. Brennan acknowledged many of the failures outlined by the committee, but also rebuked it for what he called an “incomplete and selective picture of what occurred.” Republican Senators have been critical of the report with Richard Burr calling it “a fiction”, and Marco Rubio stating that Senate Democrats published the report out of “partisan joy” with the intention of “trying to embarrass people in the Bush administration.”



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April 7, 2013

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: close Guantanamo Bay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: close Guantanamo Bay

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Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the United States Friday to close its prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. She argued the continuing indefinite detention without trial violates international law.

“We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold”, Pillay stated.

Pillay said those held in Guantanamo Bay should face a civilian trial rather than a military tribunal, as the latter “do not meet international fair trial standards”. The US has only criminally charged or convicted nine current detainees.

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The Guantanamo Bay camp was opened in January 2002 by former US President George W. Bush and currently holds 166 detainees. As of last month, 31 of the detainees were on hunger strike and eleven were being force fed, according to a US Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson. Of the hunger strikers, Pillay said: “given the uncertainty and anxieties surrounding their prolonged and apparently indefinite detention in Guantanamo, it is scarcely surprising that people’s frustrations boil over and they resort to such desperate measures”.

President Barack Obama pledged to close Guantanamo Bay but has thus far failed to do so. The US has cleared transfer of around half of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees to their home country or to a third country. Pillay urged those transfers to be acted on: “As a first step, those who have been cleared for release must be released.”

Responding to the statement by Pillay, Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, a DoD spokesman, defended the camp in a statement to Reuters: “We continue to hold detainees under the internationally recognized Law of War and in keeping with the best of our core values, safeguarding and humanely treating all who are in our care and custody, there. Assertions that present some alternate narrative simply do not withstand intellectual rigor”.



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August 19, 2012

Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoes

Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoes

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52,000 acres of land in Dallas county were sprayed aerially Thursday evening, in an effort to kill mosquitoes and reduce the spread of the sometimes-deadly West Nile Virus. More planes were slated to treat again on Friday. The state as a whole has seen more than 400 confirmed instances of the illness already this year.

Both the city’s mayor, David Rawlings, and the county’s Judge have executed a state of emergency. Each has rendered his support for the aerial action. The mayor told media, “I cannot have any more deaths on my conscience because we did not take action”. However, Rawlings is reserving his statement about the treatments’ effectiveness until a later time, to allow opportunity to assess the outcomes of the treatments. Some individuals have voiced fears over whether or not the chemicals might be harmful. One Dallas man told reporters he made no efforts to leave his home on Friday, and turned off his home’s air conditioner, in an attempt to safeguard possible chemical threat to his family. Dr. Roger Nasci of the Centers for Disease Control told reporters, “It’s something new there that has not been used in quite a number of years.” He further stated, “Anything novel comes with that unknown factor.”

Due to the scope of the problem, the Texas Health Department is intervening to supervise the action and to offset costs. The state’s Health Commissioner told media, “This year is totally different from the experience Texas has had in the past”. “If it’s nuisance mosquitoes, we ask the city or county to pay part of that. But in the midst of this disease outbreak, it’s easier for us to go ahead and do it”. Several Beechcraft King Air twin-engine planes sprayed on Thursday evening. The chemical used is synthetic pyrethroid; a specialist participating in the action told media the planes are normally loaded with chemicals just before take off, to minimize light exposure. One application costs approximately US$1 million.

File photo of US Air Force plane conducting aerial spraying over Louisiana.

Pilots were informed of certain exclusion zones, such as one containing the Preston Hollow home of former US President George W. Bush, and their flight plans factored in such information. The commissioner for the state’s department of health services is encouraging citizens to continue applying insect spray repellant while outdoors. The state has had seventeen West Nile-related deaths this year.

Reports from Friday morning indicated no county residents had been medically treated for reactions. The county’s judge told media he hadn’t expected any medical reactions to the chemicals used. East Dallas residents were reported that morning in ordinary outdoor exercise activities.



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July 5, 2012

ACTA rejected by European Parliament, protesters rejoice

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The proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was defeated in a plenary session of the European Parliament with an overwhelming 478 votes against versus 39 supporting; 165 parliamentarians chose to abstain.

Pressure and activist groups across Europe celebrated the defeat of the legislation, attributing their success to mobilising the public to bring pressure to bear on MEPs. In thanking supporters, the UK’s Open Rights Group (ORG) cautioned that Karel de Gucht, current European Commissioner for Trade, deferred any decision as-to how the Commission will move forward until after a ruling from the European Court of Justice on ACTA’s compatibility with European law.

The controversial copyright- and patent-related trade agreement previously provoked massive rallies and demonstrations across the continent involving hundreds of thousands. A petition against ACTA accrued two million signatures. In an editorial on the resounding defeat, where MEPs held up placards post-vote which read “Hello Democracy Goodbye ACTA”, The Guardian’s technology editor Charles Arthur said the agreement “didn’t stand a chance”. Arthur points out that some of the counterfeiting problems ACTA was, in part, supposed to address are ones which should concern people, particularly the risks associated with fake drugs. However, with the vague wording of the trade agreement raising the possibility of travellers’ electronic devices being searched for copyright-infringing content at customs and border checkpoints, he concluded the secretly-negotiated deal “never stood a chance against the internet tidal wave” of opposition.

Arthur also highlighted that secrecy surrounding the drafting of ACTA encouraged widespread public opposition; negotiations began under the presidency of George W. Bush, which rebuffed requests from the Electronic Frontier Foundation stating that all but ten pages of the 800+ page draft were “classified in the interest of national security”. Following Barack Obama taking office, another Freedom of Information request was filed; again, access was denied with the Obama administration asserting that national security concerns justified the entire draft and related documents remaining secret.

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“ACTA has become a symbol for policy made in secrecy”, stated Sebastian Nerz, vice-president of the Pirate Party of Germany. “We are hopeful now that Brussels has taken a stance against lobbyist interests. Upholding fundamental rights and civil liberties online seems no longer to be merely empty words for the European Members of Parliament.” The Pirate Party previously included criticism of ACTA’s failure to involve the people in its decision-making as part of its election campaigns in several German states, the most recent being in North-Rhine Westphalia.

Protesters criticised the vague wording and legal uncertainty ACTA would have introduced. Widespread censorship of the internet and curtailment of freedom of speech were feared; patent regulations were highlighted as having potentially adverse impact on access to medicines and crop seeds. The trade agreement, which US-based pressure group Accessnow.org described as “giving the U.S. a structural competitive advantage over other countries” had already been ratified by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

The long-running campaign against ACTA can largely be traced to publication of a leaked draft of the agreement on whistleblowing site Wikileaks. Their analysis concluded that parts of the document were written as “a Pirate Bay killer”; the then-leaked draft would force internet service providers to provide “perfunctionary disclosure of customer information” and would “likely outlaw multi-region CD/DVD players”.

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June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, 91, dead

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Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury transformed his inner child in to notable works of science fiction that have been recognized with awards and citations for lifetime achievement.
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U.S. science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was 91, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his daughter.

Bradbury’s most famous novels are The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and a collection of short stories The Illustrated Man (1951), but he was also known for writing the script for John Huston‘s film adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and his works for the televised anthologies The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and a similar TV show later, The Ray Bradbury Theater, which included episodes based on his work.

In an interview, Bradbury said that he was “that special freak, the man with the child inside who remembers all.”

He started as a short story writer for pulp magazines like many science fiction and fantasy writers in this period and he eventually compiled those stories in his first book Dark Carnival (1947). He wrote his two most famous novels at the beginning of the 1950s. A book editor suggested he use his stories about Martians to create a unified work in book form, and Bradbury turned the idea into his Martian Chronicles. He said he churned out Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter that he rented at the library for a dime every half hour at a total cost of US $9.80, which meant that it would have taken him exactly 49 hours to write the classic.

His book Fahrenheit 451 cut to the heart of book banning and burning in the twentieth century as it imagined a future in which books were outlawed and minds were controlled by the state through a TV-and-Internet-like technology. French director François Truffaut adapted Fahrenheit 451 into a 1966 New Wave film of the same name and in English, which starred Austrian actor Oskar Werner as the fireman Guy Montag and British actress Julie Christie as Clarisse. The BBC dramatized the same book in 1982. Fahrenheit 451 was even adapted to an off-Broadway play. Bradbury said he did not like the similarity of Michael Moore‘s title for the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, a film critical of the George W. Bush administration, to his novel about book burning.

The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man have been a staple of reading in U.S. education. In an interview with Fox News in 2004, Bradbury talked about changes in reading that occurred in education since his generation of science fiction started their careers: “When I started writing that book 53 years ago, science fiction was not being taught in the schools. Now every school in the country has a course in science fiction. So we have more power, more influence, more imagination than ever before. Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, The Martian Chronicles.”

The name of his play Dandelion Wine was used as an honor when it was used to name a crater on the moon. Later an astroid, known as 9766 Bradbury, was named after him. At the turn of the century, his body of work was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Award committee in 2000, U.S. National Medal of Arts in 2004, and later a Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007.

The author’s grandson Danny Karapetian said, “His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theatre, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know.”



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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury transformed his inner child in to notable works of science fiction that have been recognized with awards and citations for lifetime achievement.
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Austrian actor Oskar Werner portrayed the fireman Guy Montag in the 1966 Truffaut film adaptation of Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.
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U.S. science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was 91, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his daughter.

Bradbury’s most famous novels are The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and a collection of short stories The Illustrated Man (1951), but he was also known for writing the script for John Huston‘s film adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and his works for the televised anthologies The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and a similar TV show later, The Ray Bradbury Theater, which included episodes based on his work.

In an interview, Bradbury said that he was “that special freak, the man with the child inside who remembers all.”

He started as a short story writer for pulp magazines like many science fiction and fantasy writers in this period and he eventually compiled those stories in his first book Dark Carnival (1947). He wrote his two most famous novels at the beginning of the 1950s. A book editor suggested he use his stories about Martians to create a unified work in book form, and Bradbury turned the idea into his Martian Chronicles. He said he churned out Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter that he rented at the library for a dime every half hour at a total cost of US $9.80, which meant that it would have taken him exactly 49 hours to write the classic.

His book Fahrenheit 451 cut to the heart of book banning and burning in the twentieth century as it imagined a future in which books were outlawed and minds were controlled by the state through a TV-and-Internet-like technology. French director François Truffaut adapted Fahrenheit 451 into a 1966 New Wave film of the same name and in English, which starred Austrian actor Oskar Werner as the fireman Guy Montag and British actress Julie Christie as Clarisse. The BBC dramatized the same book in 1982. Fahrenheit 451 was even adapted to an off-Broadway play. Bradbury said he did not like the similarity of Michael Moore‘s title for the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, a film critical of the George W. Bush administration, to his novel about book burning.

The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man have been a staple of reading in U.S. education. In an interview with Fox News in 2004, Bradbury talked about changes in reading that occurred in education since his generation of science fiction started their careers: “When I started writing that book 53 years ago, science fiction was not being taught in the schools. Now every school in the country has a course in science fiction. So we have more power, more influence, more imagination than ever before. Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, The Martian Chronicles.”

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The name of his play Dandelion Wine was used as an honor when it was used to name a crater on the moon. Later an asteroid, known as 9766 Bradbury, was named after him. At the turn of the century, his body of work was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Award committee in 2000, U.S. National Medal of Arts in 2004, and later a Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007.

The author’s grandson Danny Karapetian said, “His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theatre, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know.”

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