March 03, 2005

FEC plans to curtail grass roots political organizing over the internet

The Federal Election Commission is beginning the process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet.

The coming crackdown on blogging: ``In just a few months ... bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.``

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March 01, 2005

No more PG-13 or R rated movies on Cable / Satellite?

Senator wants cable, satellite decency standards - Mar. 1, 2005 ``Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said Tuesday he would push to apply broadcast decency standards to subscription television and radio services like cable and satellite.``

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February 27, 2005

Why TiVo sucks

Once again, TiVo fucks up for people who tivo'ed the Oscars. Even folks that tivo'ed the program immediatly following the oscars, lost the end of the oscars.

Good work TiVo.You constantly fuck up on those high profile shows.

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January 26, 2005

But sirusly folks: XM Merger?

Sirius and XM may merge, report says: ``Executives of satellite radio rivals Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio Holdings have been meeting lately to discuss the possibility of a merger, the New York Post reported Wednesday, citing several sources close to the matter.``

This would really rock. Sirius and XM have way too much duplication on their channels now. We need more niche programming. The merger is the only way this could happen.

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January 19, 2005

Mosques left standing

God Makes Tough Buildings: ``In the Tsunami news, they show various pictures of the devastation with a single building, typically a mosque, standing alone.``

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January 16, 2005

Commie Apple Users

This cracks me up!

Apple Computer: A Ridiculous LIberal Myth: "Apple" isn't the only front group run by the International Communist Conspiracy. "Sun Microsystems" engages in similar monopolistic practices, trying to enforce a single hardware and software standard on all users, instead of the choices offered by Microsoft.

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December 31, 2004

Lost in the bureaucracy

The Blue Lemur - Progressive Politics and Media News » Swedish paper reports tsunami warning halted out of concern for tourist industry: ``We finally decided not to do anything because the tourist season was in full swing,? the source said. “The hotels were 100 percent booked. What if we issued a warning, which would have led to an evacuation, and nothing had happened. What would be the outcome? The tourist industry would be immediately hurt. Our department would not be able to endure a lawsuit.``

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December 19, 2004

The rebel consumer

Anti-consumerism really just pandering competitive consumption?

From The Rebel Sell in This Magazine ``"Keeping up with the Joneses,"? in today's world, does not always mean buying a tract home in the suburbs. It means buying a loft downtown, eating at the right restaurants, listening to obscure bands, having a pile of Mountain Equipment Co-op gear and vacationing in Thailand. It doesn't matter how much people spend on these things, what matters is the competitive structure of the consumption.``

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December 13, 2004

TSA "not just looking for Explosives"

The nice folks at the TSA are looking for more than just bombs in baggage these days. Apparently it's open season for all your baggage to be searched for whatever the prerogative, and you can be arrested for whatever they find.

John Parry Barlow was ``was hauled off an airplane that was about to depart San Francisco for New York and charged with the misdemeanor possession of controlled substances that had allegedly been discovered during a search of my checked baggage.``

BarlowFriendz: December 2004 Archives: ``There is a lot at stake here. Although, as I say, the 4th Amendment is in rough shape, it remains quite clear in its prohibition of "general warrants," which are searches of unspecified members of the public for evidence of random illegal activity. But, whether by design or "mission drift," this is what TSA's checked baggage searches increasingly resemble. They're not just looking for explosives, folks.``

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December 03, 2004

Deceiving sculpture

Masters of Deception : Shigeo Fukuda

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