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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Mister DNA | 

    Re the jazz recordings…

    I’m amazed that the concept of Adverse Possession doesn’t apply to copyrights.

  2. #2 |  DarkEFang | 

    It may be a dumb proposal, but not from that politician’s point of view. If his low-income constituents are run off by higher rents and replaced by younger and wealthier people, he’s out of a job.

  3. #3 |  Ron | 

    This video, by Sheldon Richman, was on the page “There oughtta be a law…: linked to.

    He is right on the money.

  4. #4 |  CRNewsom | 

    I’m not necessarily a fan of jazz, but now I want to listen to these just because somebody says I can’t.

  5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Anti-pot politician busted with pot.”


    Maybe it got posted here…. The same guy who filmed
    that black teen getting his head smashed by LAPD Jeremy Morse was
    beaten up badly by LVPD for filming a cop.

  6. #6 |  Cyto | 

    “The attempt at Jackie Mason-humor apparently didn’t sit well in certain quarters. Dr. Greenfield resigned as editor of the Surgery News and gave up his stewardship of ACS after learning that his article had spurred threats of protests from outside women’s groups.”

    Aaand this is why I’ll never be in any position of public import. I like a good dirty joke and I have no filter. Not a good combo for confronting the PC police.

    There’s only a handful of people who’ve been able to pull off the no filter / public job combo. They are among my heroes. Speaking of which, Penn Jillette has one of the best reviews you’ll ever hear on Parker and Stone’s “The Book of Mormon”. I haven’t seen the play, but their take on the subject on South Park was one of the best things ever presented on TV. And Penn expressed how I felt about it pretty well in his review. (this from a non-atheist. go figure)

  7. #7 |  Mattocracy | 

    “One animal lover, Rachel Wolf, launched a website called, to urge supporters to “encourage and pressure your elected officials to support Patrick’s Law™”

    It’s horrible what happened to this dog, but it doesn’t mean we need another fucking law named after someone. Those never turn out well.

  8. #8 |  Sean L. | 

    “Patrick’s Law™”

    They’re TRADEMARKING the names of laws now? I guess they wouldn’t want their anti-starving-your-dog law to be confused with some anti-murder-a-boy-named-Patrick law.

  9. #9 |  Scott | 

    Speaking of TSA being “a show”…

    Passenger Tom Sawyer, whose urostomy bag was burst by TSA patdown a few months ago, feels jilted by TSA’s apparent lack of effort to actually change things.

    Tom Sawyer (regarding his initial meeting with TSA after the incident, but I think is more appropriate regarding the TSA as a whole): “I wonder, was this a dog and pony show?”

  10. #10 |  Cyto | 

    Today’s Tom Sawyer TSA gets pee on you!

    In the space they invade they get pee on you….. (synth solo….)

  11. #11 |  kidseven | 

    Wow, the same day we get a “miracle pit bull” story, I see this much more commonplace pit bull story. A woman is mauled to death by pit bulls in T or C New Mexico. Could have just as easily been four killer collies, I’m told by owners…er..experts.

  12. #12 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Off topic(s) thought; In states that are insisting on using wiretapping laws to persecute people who take videos of the police, might it not pay dividends to organize taking video of cops doing NICE things, posting such as prominently as possible on the Web? That way, when somebody is being prosecuted under the wiretap laws the defense can say “You don’t seem to mind when it makes your cops look good.”

    Or am I missing something?

  13. #13 |  Dave Krueger | 

    From the cellphone article:

    I don’t say that to suggest that the police are doing anything wrong. Like computers, phones certainly seem like fair game for investigators.

    Except that the Supreme Court has ruled that cops can search cellphones without a warrant when they arrest you. Not so with computers.

    They’re scrambling like the rest of us to keep up with a rapidly changing mobile technology landscape that’s forcing strange ethical choices onto them.

    Poor babies. They’re barely able to keep up with changing technology and are being forced to make strange ethical choices. I can see how being forced to make ethical choices could be a problem given the fact that such considerations are astronomically beyond the limited reach of a cop’s cognitive abilities.

  14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Just what we need. Another show that paints the law enforcement community as being staffed with people who have brains and respect for the rights of citizens. As for the opportunity to see the agency from the inside, I am sure we will all be less informed after having seen this DHS “docu-series”.

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    Exploring Argentina’s secret death camps.

    Chilling and horrifying even though I had heard much of it before. No one really knows the full number of los desaparecidos.

    The military governments of Argentina and Chile were every bit as evil as the Castro regime.

  16. #16 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    DHS show.
    Law enforcement merging with corporate TV; the Fascist overtones are
    I wonder how far they explore the joys of groping women and children under the guise of security. Or the sheer adrenaline rush of warrantless
    wiretaps. But calling it “reality”…isn’t that more along the lines of what Assange does?

  17. #17 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Wow, the same day we get a “miracle pit bull” story, I see this much more commonplace pit bull story.

    Yes, by all means believe everything you read in the newspapers. It is always true and they never make a mistake.

  18. #18 |  B | 

    Please, sweet Baby Jesus, let Rep Watson’s Guatemalan boyfriend come out of the woodwork soon. It will make my week complete.

  19. #19 |  Marty | 

    the different tactics these cops/death squads/soldiers use to torture people amaze and horrify me. I remember all the tortures we used to dream up in Jr. High School- these guys far exceed anything we could’ve imagined.

  20. #20 |  lunchstealer | 

    Does anyone else think that the DHS show should be called “Homeland Security Theater”

  21. #21 |  perlhaqr | 

    Cyto: Jesus fucking christ, does he ever actually get to the review? 4 minutes in and he’s just talked about how great it is. I feel like I’m being punked by this ‘review’.

  22. #22 |  gersan | 

    For those who are unfamiliar with New York City, I would like to inform you that, yes, landlords here do change neighborhoods’ names for the expressed purpose of raising rents.

    It goes like this: A neighborhood is known for its crime, such as Hell’s Kitchen. Nobody with any money wants to live there. So what do you do? You isolate a section of said neighborhood and call it “Clinton”. So people who don’t want to live in Hell’s Kitchen would have no problem living in “Clinton” and paying three times the rent of the rest of HK. This is also called “gentrification”.

    Nobody who lives here in NYC has any love for landlords, regardless of political persuasion. We simply know them too well. Landlords have even stooped to stealing their tenants possessions while they are on vacation. They’re scum.

  23. #23 |  Linkavaganza | Nobody's Business | 

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  24. #24 |  BoogaFrito | 

    Except that the Supreme Court has ruled that cops can search cellphones without a warrant when they arrest you.

    The California Supreme Court said that, but another district court has ruled otherwise. I don’t think the U.S. Supreme Court has addressed the issue yet.