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Of more than 500 writers polled by PEN International, a writers rights and advocacy group, 16 percent said knowledge of NSA surveillance led them to abandon writing projects they thought could attract unwanted government attention. An additional 11 percent said they've "seriously considered it."

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Politico's piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a "bitchy woman character"; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Occupy Wall Street is working on convening a national General Assembly; Rick Santorum pledges to repeal federal funding for contraception; meanwhile, Amazon attempts to rid the world of publishers. These discoveries and more, after the jump.

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Truthdig columnists Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer are among the notable writers who have signed this appeal urging President Obama to rethink Afghanistan. The ad, appearing in The Nation and The New York Review of Books, warns that "a new beginning will not be possible as long as we continue to spill the blood of the men, women, and children of Afghanistan."

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The Hollywood-centric “Membership First” faction that has controlled the Screen Actors Guild’s national board for most of the last five years chooses tactics -- misinformation, tough talk and over-promising -- that undermine the union’s credibility.

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He's not the head honcho at the Mouse House (aka Walt Disney Co.) anymore, but Michael Eisner claims firsthand and reliable knowledge that the writers' strike is over. He says a deal was struck between the WGA and studio execs late last week and will take effect within days.

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With top-tier talent unwilling to cross picket lines for the sake of a gala awards ceremony, the folks who put together the Golden Globes (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, NBC and Dick Clark Productions) scrambled to work around the whole no-actors-showing-up issue but had to settle for a newscast announcing the winners.

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Late night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien are set to resume their talk shows without writers. An NBC executive says "there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay's and Conan's decision," but one imagines dwindling ratings have something to do with their plans. David Letterman, meanwhile, may work out a deal with the Writers Guild that would allow his show to come back with writers.

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