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Torture Bill States Non-Allegiance To Bush Is Terrorism

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Buried amongst the untold affronts to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the very spirit of America, the torture bill (HR6166) contains a definition of "wrongfully aiding the enemy" which labels all American citizens who breach their "allegiance" to President Bush and the actions of his government as terrorists subject to possible arrest, torture and conviction in front of a military tribunal.

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Apple Seeks To Trademark Podcast, or PodANYTHING

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When Terry Wilson filed for trademark protection for her "Tightpod" laptop protectors, she received a cease-and-desist order. The order from Apple reads in part: "The Tightpod mark will inevitably cause consumer confusion as to the source of the products, and dilute Apple's famous iPod mark."

She's not the only one.

Apple Computer has slapped Podcast Ready with a "cease and desist" letter, claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe Apple's trademarks, and that they cause confusion among consumers. The company has been cracking down on use of the word "pod" by all sorts of parties, even though its trademark is for the word "iPod."

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Senator Tries To Sabotage Public Access To Gov. Spending Info

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Senators Tom Coburn and Barak Obama have proposed S.2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, legislation that would create a single website with access to information on nearly all recipients of federal funding. The bill cannot proceed, however, because one or more Senators placed a "secret hold" on it. Some say this attempt to bury the legislation prior to a vote is unconstitutional, in addition to downright un-American, un-democratic, and stupid.

Regardless of your political affiliation, the idea of a central web site where you can find out how your tax dollars are being spent seems like a good idea... a good idea to everyone except Alaskan Senator Ted "Internet is a series-of-tubes", "bridge to nowhere" Stevens! He seems to think such a resource would be a waste of taxpayer dollars!

Is there anyone in Alaska who isn't ashamed of this sorry excuse for a human being, Ted Stevens?

By the way, Mr. Stevens was also a principal architect of the Telco Act of 1996 which screwed over the public communications systems and paved the way for the consolidation of corporate media.

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I Parody You, You Sue Me..EFF says go F U..

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a federal court Wednesday to protect the free speech rights of a website publisher who has suffered years of baseless legal threats over his parody of the Barney and Friends television show.

Since 2002, the Lyons Partnership has repeatedly sent meritless cease-and-desist letters to Stuart Frankel because his website pokes fun at Barney the purple dinosaur, the well-known children's television character. Dr. Frankel, assisted by EFF, responded to these letters in 2002 and 2005, but Barney's lawyers have continued to harass him. The lawsuit filed by Dr. Frankel asks the court to finally resolve the matter by declaring that his parody does not infringe Barney's copyright or trademark rights.

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American Bar Association: Bush Is Violating The Law

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About two weeks ago, on July 26, 2006, the American Bar Association issued a report condemning President Bush's use of "signing statements." These statements are essentially a "P.S." written underneath his signature on a piece of legislation that states how he interprets and intends to enforce the law.

The ABA had this to say:
"Presidential signing statements that assert President Bush’s authority to disregard or decline to enforce laws adopted by Congress undermine the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers... To address these concerns, the task force urges Congress to adopt legislation enabling its members to seek court review of signing statements that assert the President’s right to ignore or not enforce laws passed by Congress, and urges the President to veto bills he feels are not constitutional."

Are we actually going to see any legislation to curtail the executive's overrun of all other branches of government? Expect this bill to be lost in committee by the totally neutered senate.

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Maryland Humane Society Forced To Return Hurricane-Rescued Pets

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[Pets]
It's bad enough for the people in the South affected by hurricane Katrina's devastation. Many had to evacuate leaving their pets behind because there was no place to take them -- very few places are pet friendly down here like they might be in the midwest. In many areas of Florida for example, dogs aren't even allowed on the beaches!

So you can imagine the dismay when Belinda Sumrall from New Orleans tracked down her two German Shephards in Maryland where the local humane society had given them to someone else, and refused to return them to their original owner.

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Borders Sued Over Disfiguring Toilet Seat

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A woman sued Borders Books after a poorly attached toilet seat shifted, leaving her "permanently disfigured." She claimed that as she was sitting and touched the seat to steady herself, the seat shifted abruptly, causing her to fall on her backside, which resulted in "multiple spine injuries, including the need for multiple neurosurgical spine surgeries."

Apparently, someone needs to tell her lawyer the definition of "disfigured."

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Lawyers Make Out Like Bandits In Google Clickfraud Settlement

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An Arkansas judge on Thursday approved a $90 million settlement between Google and its advertisers who claimed the leading Internet search company improperly billed them for fraudulent "clicks" on their ads.

"Victims" of the fraud get "credits"; the lawyers walk away with $30,000,000.00.

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US Government Sues Missouri To Keep Wiretap Data Quiet

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The U.S. government, citing national security concerns, on Tuesday sued Missouri officials for demanding that AT&T Inc. disclose whether it gave customer data to the government's spying program.

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Laptops Can Be Searched At Border Without Warrant

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A business traveler protests the warrantless search and seizure of his laptop by Homeland Security at the U.S.-Canada border. A court case ensues and a three-judge panel unanimously says that border police may conduct random searches of laptops without search warrants or probable cause. These searches can include seizing the laptop and subjecting it to extensive forensic analysis.

One guy got 15 years in prison for images in his browser cache that he thought were deleted.

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Wiretapping "Review" Bill a Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

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In the wake of concern by the public over the constitutionality of wiretapping efforts, a small herd of congresscritters, led by Republican senator Arlen Specter, have produced what appears to be a bill requiring judicial review of the wiretapping process. Sound good so far? Until you start reading the bill, and as usual, while it appears to leave one with the impression that the civil liberties of Americans are important and should be protected, actually strips even more rights away from the populace, and seeks to legitimize a means by which Americans can be monitored by the government without permission, review or checks and balances. Good thing our news media is letting people know about this..

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Katrina Beer Looters Get 15 Years In Prison

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Three people convicted of looting a liquor store in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina last year were given the harshest sentence possible in a Louisiana court on Wednesday.

The three were convicted on May 2 of stealing 27 bottles of wine and liquor, six cases of beer and a case of wine coolers over the course of a week after the storm first hit.

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You The Man Now Dog: Scientology

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In response to a page a user put up covering Scientology, the church has supposedly threatened the parody/entertainment site ytmng.com with legal action. In response, YTMNG has dedicated a section of their front page towards showcasing more commentary on the Scientology religion.

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Threat of Lawsuits Stymies Free Speech in Campaign

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Remember the last election campaign? Remember how it was a bit rough-and-tumble, with all kinds of accusations? Remember those Swift Boat ads that basically stated the opposite of the facts as the US government had recorded them?

Well, the Republicans remember it, but they're not very happy when the same kinds of ads are used against them--even when the things in them are true.

In fact, they're so unhappy about it that they're threatening to sue TV stations that run ads (sponsored by MoveOn.org) referencing charges of corruption against its current candidate in Virginia.

Hey, remember when the Republicans hated the very idea of lawsuits, and wanted to pass legislation making it harder to pursue frivolous lawsuits? Remember the scorn they heaped on VP candidate John Edwards for being a dreaded "trial lawyer" who evilly sued big corporations for sucking the intestines from a 7-year-old child with its faulty pool drain cover?

I guess lawsuits aren't so bad when they keep your little peccadillos out of the public eye.

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Administration Makes Themselves Immune To Investigation

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The NSA has denied clearance to the DOJ, in an effort to investigate the Bush administration's illegal use of wiretaps. It appears that the NSA now has a sort of pocket veto power when it comes to any investigation involving domestic(or otherwise) spying albeit legal or not.

Leave it to the Bush administration to come up with creative and new ways to avoid getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar. This latest one involves them merely denying security clearance to investigators trying to find out the details of a massive, illegal wiretap operation on almost all Americans. Apparently only one company refused to cooperate: Qwest Communications.

Update: T-Mobile appears to also be taking a stand along with Qwest to fight illegal government snooping. Rumors are flying around that all cell calls are also being monitored.

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WAL-MART Seeks To Patent Smiley Face

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Obviously when you smile, you think of Wal-Mart...

Wal-Mart is embroiled in a legal dispute over the smiley face image which it wants to trademark in the US. A Frenchman who claims to have invented the yellow smiley face back in 1968 is opposing the US retail giant's move. For some, the image is a reminder of 1970s counter-culture, for others, a useful shorthand when sending e-mails.

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Government Wants To Bury Spy Lawsuit

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When the government told a court Friday that it wanted a class-action lawsuit regarding the National Security Agency's eavesdropping on Americans dismissed, its lawyers wielded one of the most powerful legal tools available to the executive branch -- the state secrets privilege.

That privilege allows the government to tell a judge that a civil case may expose information detrimental to national security, and to ask that testimony or documents be hidden or a lawsuit dismissed.

This seems to be a recurring theme. We all should try it. Next time you get pulled over, tell the policeman, "It's a matter of national security." Go beat up and detain someone; stop their right of free speech and expression -- just say, "National security." And apparently you can get away with anything.

"In a nutshell, invoking the privilege shuts down the judicial process and it says that the courthouse doors are closed," said Aftergood. "In a society ruled by law, that is a subversive action."

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USPTO Examines Clear Channel's Patent On Recording Live Music

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The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today agreed to reexamine an illegitimate patent held by Clear Channel Communications. The patent -- for a system and method of creating digital recordings of live performances -- locks musical acts into using Clear Channel technology and blocks innovations by others.

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City of New York Sues Spyware Company

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Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today sued one of the most elusive internet spyware companies, alleging that the firm surreptitiously installed millions of pop-up ad programs on consumers' computers under names like "Aurora" and "ABetterInternet".

The suit against the Direct Revenue company seeks a court order enjoining the firm from secretly installing spyware or sending ads through already-installed spyware. The suit also asks the court to compel the company to provide an accounting of its revenues and asks the court to impose appropriate monetary penalties.

"Surreptitiously installed spyware and adware harm consumers and businesses, and my office will continue to prosecute these practices aggressively," said Spitzer, whose office last year spurred industry-wide attention to this problem with his suit and settlement against adware distributor Intermix Media. "These applications are deceptive and unfair to consumers, bad for businesses that rely on efficient networks to do their jobs, and bad for online retailers that need consumers to trust and enjoy their online experience. We will continue to side with consumers in their fight for control of their desktops."

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Landmark Patent Case Before the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a patent case involving online auctioneer eBay Inc. that is part of a wider patent battle which has implications for both the software and pharmaceutical industries.

Another company claims to have the patent on eBay's "Buy it now" feature, and the case has now gone all the way to the SCOTUS.

On one side you have people and companies that feel patents have become too broad and are hurting commerce and innovation; on the other, you have powerful pharmaceutical companies, who enjoy patent protection as a means of justifying research and investment.

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Drug Dealers Reach New Creative Heights

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A California drug operation manufactured marijuana-laced candy and soft drinks that were packaged to resemble popular products like Jolly Ranchers, Milky Way, and Pop Tarts. The pot ring, busted yesterday by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, was headquartered in Oakland.

DEA raids at indoor pot-growing facilities turned up the marijuana-infused products, which carried labels such as Toka-Cola, Pot Tarts, Puff-A-Mint Pattie, Stoney Ranchers, Munchy Way, and Buddahfinger.

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Upcoming New Orleans Election Already Causing Problems

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"I just read in this morning newspaper that the NAACP will challenge the election if they are not satisfied with the results.

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Diebold Whistleblower Arrested

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An employee of law firm Jones Day found legal memos showing that their client, Diebold Election Systems, had used uncertified voting systems in Alameda County elections beginning in 2002 - violating California election law. The whistle-blower turned over the memos to the Oakland Tribune, which published the legal memos on its website in April 2004. The company's AccuVote-TSx model was subsequently banned in May 2004. Now, the whistle-blower, Stephen Heller, has been charged in L.A. Superior Court with felony access to computer data, commercial burglary, and receiving stolen property. If convicted on all three counts, Heller could face up to three years and eight months in state prison.

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Maryland Proposes DUI License Plates

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[Psychology]
Maryland representative Herman Taylor has introduced House Bill 1315, which would require the state's Motor Vehicle Administration to issue special license plates to people convicted on at least two DUI offenses. These special "DUI" plates would in effect impose the "scarlet letter" effect upon the vehicles' of owners convincted of drunk driving. No word of anyone else who uses the car might be happy about that.

As an added bonus, a DUI plate would immediately give police instant "probable cause" to pull the vehicle over.

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Prenuptual From Hell

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This country, as you know, is filled with the deranged. And then there's Travis Frey, a 33-year-old Iowa man who is facing charges that he tried to kidnap his own wife (not to mention a separate child pornography rap). Frey, prosecutors contend, apparently is a rather demanding guy. In fact, he actually drew up a bizarre four-page marriage document--a "Contract of Wifely Expectations"--that sought to establish guidelines for his spouse in terms of hygiene, clothing, and sexual activities.

In return for fulfilling certain requirements, Frey offered "Good Behavior Days," or GBDs. Each GBD, Frey wrote, could be redeemed by his wife to "get out of doing the things" he requested daily.

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Ken Starr Involved In Forged Letter Scheme

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[Beating Dead Horses]
Lawyers for a death row inmate, including former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr (also dean of Pepperdine Law School), sent fake letters from jurors asking California's governor to spare the man's life, prosecutors said Friday.

Can we get an independent investigator to check this out?

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EFF Sues AT&T For Collaborating with NSA to Spy on People

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T Tuesday, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.

If you care about your privacy, now is a great time to join the EFF.

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Southpark Tackles Scientology Because Showtime Didn't Have Balls

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[Television]
Trey Parker, one of the creators of Southpark, claims in a GQ interview that they chose to do an episode parodying Scientology in protest of the rumors that Showtime refused to let Penn and Teller do an episode of Bullshit exposing Scientology. Furthermore, the offensive Southpark episode, "Trapped in the Closet" that mocks the controversial church often called a "cult" and ridicules Tom Cruise will not be run in Britain due to threats from the litigious former "Top Gun."

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Beware Death by Flying Shrimp

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So, you're at one of those Japanese restaurants where they cook the food right in front of you. Your chef hurls a sizzling-hot shrimp right into your brother-in-law's forehead like a blazing crustacean third eye. Then he sears your son's arm with another shrimp. So when he slings yet another hot grease-slicked shrimp straight at your face, you twist to dodge it. And you hurt your neck.

A year later, you're dead--the clear victim of shrimpicide.

Thank goodness your family can sue for $10 million to assuage their grief.

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Bush Makes It A Crime To Annoy People Online

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It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. As is the norm these days, this nasty law was snuck into another piece of legislation (Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act) at the last minute and approved by Congress.

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LA Republicans Launch Bumper Sticker Compaign Against Blanco

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[News Media]
In what appears to be the first shot of the next governor's election, the Louisiana Republican Party is selling a bumper sticker that read, "Don't blame me. I voted for Jindal."

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Bush Administration Does Dance To Avoid SCOTUS Appearance

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The Justice Department announced Tuesday criminal charges have been filed against Jose Padilla - the U.S. citizen who had been held for over three years in solitary confinement on a military brig in South Carolina.

You may ask, "What's the big deal? Keeping people indefinitely imprisoned without charging them or offering due process isn't anything new." Except:

1. This guy is an American citizen
2. Attorney General John Ashcroft stated that when the guy was arrested he was trying to perform a terrorist attack with a "dirty bomb" and the good 'ole feds stopped him, BUT those claims now have been completely dropped, and replaced with an ambiguous charge of "..conspiring to provide support to terrorists.."
3. The sudden indictment comes right when the Bush administration was supposed to appear (under oath) before the Supreme Court on this issue and the rights of he and other detainees.. now this likely won't happen because the administration has pulled a nasty trick and claims there is no need for them to testify on the legality of their violation of peoples' civil rights.

How convenient. Justice isn't blind. Justice isn't sleeping. Justice has been tied up, bludgeoned and tossed into the trunk of Dick Cheney's car.

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Brit Could Face 10 Years In Prison For Having The Wrong Opinion

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[Activists]
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed charges against British historian David Irving for allegedly violating an Austrian law that makes Holocaust denial a crime, an official said.

You may disagree with the guy's opinion, but it's still hard to justify a prison sentence for having an opinion, however politically-incorrect it may be.

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Indiana Man Receives Patent For Space Vehicle

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On November 1 Boris Volfson of Huntington, Indiana, received U.S. Patent 6,960,975 for his design of an antigravity space vehicle.

Volfson's craft is theoretically powered by a superconductor shield that changes the space-time continuum in such a way that it defies gravity. The design effectively creates a perpetual-motion machine, which physicists consider an impossible device.

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The Onion Gets Cease And Desist From Bush Administration

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You might have thought that the White House had enough on its plate late last month, what with its search for a new Supreme Court nominee, the continuing war in Iraq and the C.I.A. leak investigation. But it found time to add another item to its agenda - stopping The Onion, the satirical newspaper, from using the presidential seal.

In the spirit of things, we're posting Pete Trbovichs's protest image of the Presidential Seal on some toilet paper.

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FedX Threatens Kid Who Made Website Showing Box Furniture

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[Your 15m]
Jose Avila was a little short on cash and had no furniture, so he improvised, equipping much of his house with makeshift furniture fashioned from Federal Express boxes. After he put up a web site showing off his creations, FedX apparently wasn't happy and is threatening legal action using, among other things, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as the basis.

This seems to be the latest in mean-spirited efforts on the part of Federal Express. The company in the past was instrumental in getting Bill Maher's television show "Politically Incorrect" cancelled after its host spoke out against the administration's position on terrorism and war with Iraq. In this issue, we find FedEx claiming that because this guy is using a .COM address, he intends to operate some commercial endeavor using their logo, and must be stopped.

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Myths and Realities of the USA Patriot Act

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Think that the USA Patriot Act is no big deal? That there haven't been abuses or that the new powers granted aren't worth worrying about, or will not affect you? You need to read this report.

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Bush Pulls All Stops to Block Access to Abu Ghraib Photos

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While the rest of the world has known for a long time, the public photos from the abuse at the US-run Abu Ghraib prison are merely the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of credible reports indicating what took place there was far worse than is commonly known: murder, raping of young boys, etc, and the Administrtation is intentionally trying to stall further investigation into the issue by various authorities.
On July 22, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) denounced the latest efforts of the Bush Administration to block the release of the Darby photos and videos depicting torture at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison facility. On June 2, 2004, CCR, along with the ACLU, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace filed papers with the U.S. District Court, charging the Department of Defense and other government agencies with illegally withholding records concerning the abuse of detainees in American military custody. Since then, the organizations have been repeatedly rebuffed in their efforts to investigate what happened at the prison.

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Microsoft Patents Emoticons

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"Methods and devices for creating and transferring custom emoticons allow a user to adopt an arbitrary image as an emoticon, which can then be represented by a character sequence in real-time communication."

So does this mean if I type : ) and have it display I've violated their patent? Hey Microsoft, how about this emoticon: !

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Lame Anti-Spyware Bill Passed House, Stuck in Senate

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[Spam]
Computer users MAY be excited by H.R. 29: Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, which passed (393-4) the House and is currently stuck in Senate committee. Also known as the Spy Act (no intended reference to Karl Rove), would outlaw the act of taking over a computer in order to send unauthorized information or code, as well as diverting a Web browser without the permission of the computer owner.

Unfortunately, as is typical in D.C., all is not what it appears. This Anti-Spyware bill does more to take away peoples' security and give comfort to spyware companies, but hey, it's got a catchy title that sounds effective, so maybe nobody will notice?

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Worldcom CEO Cries Like A Baby As He's Sentenced To 25 Years

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Crying like a baby (who ran a multinational corporation into the ground and defauded thousands of people and blew billions of dollars), former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Don't drop the soap Bernie.

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AMD Suing Intel Over Claim Their Compiler Sabotages AMD Software

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AMD has filed suit against Intel claiming the company is employing monopolist-like powers in sabotaging AMDs efforts to be competitive. Among the many claims is that Intel's compiler which prepares software to run on both Intel and AMD machines, checks to see which CPU is being used and intentionally generates less-efficient and slower code for machines running a non-Intel/AMD CPU.

IMO, considering how much faster and more-efficient AMD CPUs are over Intel, we may be looking at even more performance gains when using AMD CPUs if this claim is proven true and Intel has to correct their AMD-sabotaging code.

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Supreme Court Sets Another Scary Precedent

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In the case of Grokster vs MGM, the court basically ruled that there was indeed a case for Grokster being liable for the copyright infringement perpetrated by the software's users.

With a precedent like this, almost any manufacturer of any object that could be used illegally might be held liable for the negligence of one of its users.

Think about it like this: Apparently the case centered around the degree to which these software products may have been designed to perpetrate illegal activity. Along those lines, wouldn't there be evidence to indicate that more guns are used illegally than legally and therefore all gun manufacturers should be held liable for the crimes committed by those using their products?

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Supreme Court: You Don't Own Your Own Land Anymore

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[Terroir-ism]
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.

It was a decision fraught with huge implications for a country with many areas, particularly the rapidly growing urban and suburban areas, facing countervailing pressures of development and property ownership rights.

The judges that voted that if some developer can claim taking your property will "create jobs" or help the community, they can: John Paul Stevens, Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer. Your supreme court at work, protecting your rights.

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Congress May Now Stop You From Growing Your Own Vegetables

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against state medical marijuana laws, including Colorado's. The court's ruling was based on the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states that "The Congress shall have power ... To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States..."

But how does someone growing a plant at home for personal use become a form of commerce "among the several states"? Nothing crossed a state line, nor did money change hands. It appears to be neither commerce nor interstate, so where does Congress get such authority? Answer: The Supreme Court's freakish interpretation.

The Denver Post has an excellent story outlining the misuse and abuse of the Commerce Clause, for which the Supreme Court is rapidly setting scary precedents which could give our government the authority to stop you from doing virtually anything that they claim would affect "interstate commerce." Growing your own vegetables would keep you from needing to buy from commercial institutions -- that's interfereing with interstate commerce. Want to ride a bike instead of buying a car? Uh oh! Use solar power? I wouldn't do that... it takes money away from larger corporations and the Supreme Court says Congress can now order you to stop such things. Scary!

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Supreme Court Overrules Legal Immunity Of Chemical Companies

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[Industry]
Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down lower court rulings that favored Dow Chemical and President Bush's contention that many companies (especially those that contribute to Republicans) shouldn't be held responsible if their products harm people or destroy things.

Imagine you're a peanut farmer and a big chemical company wants you to try their new "EPA approved" pesticide on your crops. You do so and the stuff kills your plants and ruins your crop, and the chemical company ignores their promise to compensate you, and instead tells you to go screw yourself because they're immune to lawsuits because their hellish product was "EPA approved" (based not on EPA tests, but the manufacturer's own submitted data indicating it was safe). Would you try to seek justice?

Well, 29 peanut farmers in Texas did just that and for once, the nation's highest court agreed that they have a right to sue the chemical company for doubly-screwing them over.

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Wal-Mart Tries To Shut Down Critical/Parody Web Site Using DMCA

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A college student was forced to redesign a Web site satirizing a foundation run by Wal-Mart after the discount retail giant claimed he violated copyright law by using graphics from the company's Web site.

This goes to show you that the law, which protects parody from copyright issues, doesn't mean a thing against a big corporation who intimidates you and your ISP.

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British PM Told/Concealed Iraq War Likely Illegal

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Tony Blair was told by the government's most senior law officer in a confidential minute less than two weeks before the war that British participation in the American-led invasion of Iraq could be declared illegal. Will the U.S. mainstream media pick up on this bombshell? Don't hold your breath.

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Universal Music Accused of Racketeering/Ripping Off Artists

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Two independent music promoters have sued Universal Music Group for $100 million, claiming the record company forced them to submit false invoices so Universal could recoup promotional costs from artists such as rapper Nelly.

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Republicans Sue Each Other Over Infringement of Letter "W"

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A supporter of President Bush is suing the Republican National Committee and one of its suppliers, claiming they stole his design for the ubiquitous "W" bumper sticker logo in the 2004 campaign.

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