In the first file-sharing case to go to trial in the United States, a Minnesota jury has ruled that a 32 year old woman must pay the music industry $1.92 million dollars for illegally making 24 songs available for sharing from her hard drive.
“Justice Department lawyers told the judge that future presidents and vice presidents may not cooperate with criminal investigations if they know what they say could become available to their political opponents and late-night comics who would ridicule them.”
Consider: It was the year when the microchip was introduced, the Food and Drug Administration held hearings on the birth-control pill, IBM marketed the first business computer, a passenger jetliner took the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight, and America joined the Russians in the "space race." It saw the rise of free jazz, "sick comics," the New Journalism, and indie films; the birth of Motown, Happenings, and the Generation Gap; the Lady Chatterley trial that overthrew the nation's obscenity laws; the U.S. Civil Rights Commission's first report, which sparked the overhaul of segregation laws—all this bursting against fears of a "missile gap," the fallout-shelter craze, and the first U.S. casualties in the war in Vietnam.
MIAMI – Newly released FBI files show agents across the country and at the highest level of the agency investigated " " — the 1972 porn movie, not the shadowy Watergate figure — in a vain attempt to roll back what became a cultural shift toward more permissive entertainment.
[Obama's bank regulation] plan places enormous trust in the judgment of the Federal Reserve — trust that critics say has not really been borne out by its actions during the Internet and housing bubbles. Firms will have to put up a little more capital, and deal with a little more oversight, but once the financial crisis is over, it will, in all likelihood, be back to business as usual....If Mr. Obama hopes to create a regulatory environment that stands for another six decades, he is going to have to do what Roosevelt did once upon a time. He is going to have make some bankers mad.
...This afternoon, I emailed UCSD professor Babak Rahimi, the author of “Internet & Politics in Post-revolutionary Iran” and someone who is in Tehran right now covering the events. I asked what he thought of my hunch that we in the Western press are over-hyping the impact of Twitter. Here’s what he said:“I very much agree with you. The Twitter factor is present, but not as significant as, say, cell phone or social networking sites… [granted, it's hard to separate these out -- nms] I just wonder (or worry) how the U.S. media is projecting its own image of Iran into what is going here on the ground.”
As the 2009 U.S. Open Golf Championship gets underway, Slate V has uncovered a secret PGA scheme to boost TV ratings: add basketball announcers to the telecast....
A group of U.S. senators this week asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in and examine whether exclusive relationships between wireless carriers and handset makers are in the best interest of customers.
The senators also asked the commission to decide whether the agreements place limitations on a consumer’s ability to take full advantage of handset technologies, such as the ability to send multimedia messages (MMS) or the ability to "tether" a device to a computer for internet use.This particular requests comes amid word that AT&T, despite the hefty service and data fees it charges iPhone customers, won't be able to provide iPhone 3G S customers with those two services from the onset of their new wireless contracts.
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said.
As lawmakers on Capitol Hill hammer out legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that a single-payer option is not on the table.
(NPR, Morning Edition, 6/16)
"Perpetuate" is more to the point. Or "knuckle under to."
“But when all is said and done,” Watson concluded, “after the 2010 election — get this — I predict that all roads will eventually lead us back into the Bush. Jeb Bush, that is, as he emerges as the new GOP front-runner.”
“I know you think the idea is crazy,” admitted Watson, “but remember the media loves the story of the good son trying to make up for the bad son. … Stay tuned.”[From Raw Story » MSNBC host: Jeb Bush in 2012 not such a crazy idea]
As Lily Tomlin says, "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up."
The truth of Tomlin's observation struck me when I read that lobbyists for America's charity hospitals are campaigning to kill reform legislation that would require charity-care hospitals to provide – get this – charity care. I sat there blinking for a while, thinking: you mean they don't?...[From Jim Hightower | SHOULD CHARITY HOSPITALS BE CHARITABLE?]
I'm just testing here, a setting having to do with how Blogger works with editing software, is all. Has to do with the carriage return. Nothing much to see. Move along.
Although I also notice a notice that a "scheduled outage" will occur at 12:00 PDT today (6/15). I'm hoping - I really am - that all that really means is the blog will stop working for a while, and then start again. When again, I have no idea.
Women are faking it in bedrooms all over America.
“When my husband says, ‘Can you believe how much better this is?’ I say, ‘Yes, honey, it’s amazing,’ ” one woman told me. “I really don’t see that much difference, but he’s so happy, I just pretend to.”[From Op-Ed Columnist - Pixilated Over Pixels - NYTimes.com]
Dude, I don't have a TV and even I can tell you HDTV is better. Two whole letters better. That's twice as good. What's with this "gauzy," anyway?
All you exercise freaks, you’re the ones putting stress on the health care system.[From Political Irony › Limbaugh blames health care problems on “exercise freaks”]
See? I'm just sitting here, is all. And I'm still working on perfecting my get-me-rich exercise system, which I plan to call "Aerobics While You Sleep."
President Obama has said that the new cyberdefense strategy he unveiled last month will provide protections for personal privacy and civil liberties. But senior Pentagon and military officials say that Mr. Obama’s assurances may be challenging to guarantee in practice...[From Cyberwar - Privacy May Be a Victim in Cyberdefense Plan - Series - NYTimes.com]
In a Wall Street Journal editorial, John Yoo, the OLC’s former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, explained that the Bush administration’s torture techniques were initially designed to outwit crafty defense attorneys.
“The first thing any lawyer will do is tell his clients to shut up,” writes Yoo. “The [Khalid Sheikh Mohammeds] or Abu Zubaydahs of the future will respond to no verbal questioning or trickery — which is precisely why the Bush administration felt compelled to use more coercive measures in the first place.”[From Raw Story » Ex-Bush attorney Yoo ordered to testify in Padllia case]
THE human side of the recession, in the new media genre that’s been called “recession porn,” is the story of an incremental descent from excess to frugality, from ease to austerity....In some accounts, the recession is even described as the “great leveler,” smudging the dizzying levels of inequality that characterized the last couple of decades and squeezing everyone into a single great class, the Nouveau Poor, in which we will all drive tiny fuel-efficient cars and grow tomatoes on our porches.
[From Op-Ed Contributor - Too Poor to Make the News - NYTimes.com]
But the outlook is not so cozy when we look at the effects of the recession on a group generally omitted from all the vivid narratives of downward mobility — the already poor, the estimated 20 percent to 30 percent of the population who struggle to get by in the best of times.
Sorry folks, but this President is not fighting for real health care reform. It’s nibbling that leaves insurance companies still running the show. And the banks, the banks that brought us to financial ruin and then got bailout money, are laughing at us about how easy it was to get back to ‘business as usual’. And scientists keep saying that if we want to keep living, you know, on Earth, it’s kind of essential we reduce carbon dioxide by 40% in the next ten years. Obama’s bill calls for 4%.[From Suburban Guerrilla » Blog Archive » Bill Maher Has Some Advice for Obama]