Archive for September, 2004
fox news frames bush

unbelievable. fox news coverage of the debate: fox shows each candidate in its own separate box, top-justifying their heads, to obfuscate the kerry/bush height difference!

i hereby annoint w. as a “wishful thinker”

per the sound advice & analysis of mark a. r. kleiman, author of a fair & balanced weblog [9/28]

patriot act ruling – must read

more stuff to read – piling on – too fast – sinking. patriot act ruling in favor of the aclu. [Doe v. Ashcroft decision (pdf)

voting for bush is voting for torture

Michael Froomkin breaks it down: voting for Bush is voting for torture. [Linking to obsidian wings post on the new Republican plan that enables torture.]

I said it before: repudiating the Bush administration policies on terror and treatment of prisoners and civilians is my most compelling reason for voting for Kerry. The Bush administration is morally bankrupt and to condone in any way these policies is a national shame. The Bush administration, frankly, should have resigned en masse after Abu Ghraib. They have not done so, and it is thus our responsibility to fire them.

yeah

in defense of free knowledge from copyrighteous

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hear, hear

slacktivist complains about the media:

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public domain charts

the schultz listing is from academic copyright, which i noticed today is also tracking these resources …

not a public domain chart, but instructions to find out if a copyright was renewed

everyone agrees: running a campaign is as more important as running the country

The Web’s metamorphosis into a haven for armchair strategists seems all the more natural when you consider the fetishization of political operatives that has increasingly become the obsession of all media covering modern elections. It’s well established that there are not nearly as many stories about policy today as there are about campaigns and the personalities who people them. John Kerry’s capacity to run a presidential campaign is deemed at least as important as his capacity to, you know, run the country. The success of the DA Pennebaker film “The War Room,” and “K Street,” and especially “The West Wing,” a TV show created by a political junkie as a gift to the rest of us afflicted with the bug, just underlines the point. One of the hottest video games in recent months has been “The Political Machine,” which is no doubt the first game ever to feature as its primary villain the vexing mathematics of the Electoral College. And finally, for proof that we are ever more concerned about the horse race rather than the issues of the presidential race, look no further than the talking heads on cable news, constantly plumbing the depths of a sole overarching political-strategy story line, “What should Candidate X do next?”

Salon.com Technology | How the Internet turned everyone into James Carville by Farhad Manjoo — (emphasis added)

daily kos blogs for the love of it

Kos blogs for the love of it — not for money.

A reporter asked, “So, uh, blogging … what’s your revenue stream?”

I responded, “I don’t blog because I have to, I blog because I want to. It’s the essence of writing — doing it for the joy of it.” Perhaps I imagined it all, but I sensed a grudging respect from them, a few nods of the head. Things are obviously different now, at least in the “revenue stream” department.

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.

What’s that famous quote about nobody but a fool writing for anything but money?

criminal 802.11 behaviors

akma criminally uses a library-provided open 802.11 connection ["So Weirdly Wrong", aug. 22 2004] — lots of interesting discussion in the blog after.

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gift economy
giant fungi

i love the giant fungi: Salon.com News | 1,000-year-old, 86-acre fungus found

privacy versus all that is good
chortle

favorite jon stewart “the daily show” moment: in the friday sept 24, stewart was discussing a bush press conference, like this: “Blah blah blah, at Bush’s press conference, reports with their [pause, air-quotes with hands] ‘questions‘ …”

‘true name’ bill signed

Sigh. Now i know why i was feeling kinda blue today: On Wed, 9/22, Schwarzenegger signed SB1506, the so-called ‘true-name’ bill, which requires anyone putting copyrighted content on a p2p system to include their name and contact information. [Sacramento: Governor signs Internet piracy bill: E-mail address required to share movies, music online by Mark Martin & Lynda Gledhill — sfgate 9/22]. Certainly it wasn’t a surprise — this bill has been steamrollering through since early this year. But it doesn’t make my day any better.

Highlights: this line from the article:

Last week [Gov. Schwarzenegger] signed an executive order prohibiting state employees from using software designed for file sharing.

Ummm … like TCP/IP? AppleShare? The web? Might make it hard to do business …

And in related news: Donna Wentworth pointed to another recent state-law copyright case [U.S. v. Jean Martignon, 03cr1287 (SDNY 2004)]: The court struck down an anti-bootleg law because it didn’t recognize copyright terms. (Attn, Gov. Schwarzenegger: Is that the drumbeat of p-r-e-e-m-p-t-i-o-n sounding in the distance … ?)

The bill, SB1506/AB (pdf as chaptered), reads:

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stories from iraq prisons

after abu ghraib – the london guardian report on huda alazawi, who was arrested and abused with her family; see also talk left commentary on the incident

Aaaaiiii! Aaaaiiii! Ph’nglui mglw’nafh …

shrillblog: It’s all about The Order of the Shrill.

The Order of the Shrill is limited to those who were once sane, fair, and balanced, but who have been driven into shrill unholy madness by one or more of the mendacity, malevolence, incompetence, or simple disconnection from reality of the George W. Bush administration.

See Sept. 9 2004 entry for more information.

Aaaaiiii! Aaaaiiii! Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Laura Quilter R’lyeh wagn’nagl fhtagn! Aaaaiiiiii!!!!

what could be wrong with promising to kill queers?

jimmy swaggart boasts manfully that he would kill a queer who looked at him cross-eyed:

I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. [Swaggart laughs; audience laughs and applauds.] And I’m gonna be blunt and plain: if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.” [Audience applauds and laughs.]

(on his Sept. 12, 2004 TV show; excerpted at glaad.org)

i guess anyone manly enough to pay for sex is manly enough to kill a queer for christ.

ten days later, jimmy doesn’t exactly feel bad, but certainly doesn’t think anybody should get their panties in a knot just cause he was havin’ a little fun:

On Wednesday, Swaggart said he has jokingly used the expression “killing someone and telling God he died” thousands of times, about all sorts of people. He said the expression is figurative and not meant to harm.

“It’s a humorous statement that doesn’t mean anything. You can’t lie to God — it’s ridiculous,” Swaggart told The Associated Press. “If it’s an insult, I certainly didn’t think it was, but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology.”

msnbc

queers are just too damn sensitive, i guess. what is wrong with us?

wonkette wants information to be free

Gotta love Wonkette, who noted, after posting a portion of a transcript from The O’Reilly Factor:

Full transcript after the jump, which probably breaks about three hundred and sixty-seven copyright laws. But information wants to be free! Yay! Let the information run wild!

The O’Stewart Factor (sept. 21 2004)

the transcript itself is from the O’Reilly Factor interview with Jon Stewart, which was funny (and was linked to by tendentious.org)