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Posted on Feb 22, 2013

The New York Times ignores a historic environmental demonstration in D.C.; accused hacker Jeremy Hammond speaks out against the government’s faulty “cybersecurity strategy” regarding Aaron Swartz’s prosecution; meanwhile, nudists in Vienna attend an art exhibit on “Nude Men From 1800 to Today” to show off their goods. These discoveries and more below.

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