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“It is no small irony that Obama, who declared that he would halt the George W. Bush administration’s violations of personal freedoms, has exceeded the mendacity of his predecessors in creating a new star chamber to hunt down his detractors and enemies,“It is no small irony that Obama, who declared that he would halt the George W.... more
In A ‘Lawless” America; Government steals months of AP phone records – And there isn’t a fuc$ing thing anyone can (or will) do about it“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” said CEO Gary Pruitt in a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the... more
Fox News and NRA are pulling out all the stops in an effort to stop any legislation which might control the sale of guns, especially semi-automatic rifles like the kind use in the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2012/12/fox-news-and-nra-launch-media-blitz.htmlFox News and NRA are pulling out all the stops in an effort to stop any legislation... more
ESPN's Bayless on Derek Jeter: A gasbag’s ‘View from Nowhere’ shouldn’t be the basis for a news storyWhy is the AP writing this story? Because one guy on ESPN made a non-accusation accusation? Because it was suddenly “out there”? Why is there no reference in the story to Bayless making these claims with no backing, no data, no confirmation? Why is it presented simply as he-said, he-said (with Bayless’ comments taking up most of the story, therefore having more weight). All this story does is perpetuate a heretofore baseless allegation.Why is the AP writing this story? Because one guy on ESPN made a non-accusation... more
In recent reports about whooping cough, the AP used "epidemic rate" and Reuters "most severe" carelessly, linking them to weak verbs and failing to provide adequate historical context for the claims. CBS Radio News chose, in true rip ‘n’ read fashion, to tweet about an "epidemic rate." Then other media piled on, and now the meme of a pertussis epidemic has left the barn.In recent reports about whooping cough, the AP used "epidemic rate" and... more
Legendary photographer dies http://www.examiner.com/node/47153966/friends_family
The latest iteration of publishers trying to ensure that its content is being paid for — which is obviously well within their rights when they actually own the copyright — is NewsRight, launched by the Associated Press. TechDirt had this to say about the venture:
It doesn’t sound like they’ll totally pull a Righthaven, where their first move is to sue, but rather (from the various vague descriptions) it sounds like NewsRight will be going around simply trying to get blogs and aggregators to buy a license. But here’s the thing: on what legal basis? That’s the part that’s not clear. Much of what blogs and newspapers do is simply not infringing (even if the AP likes to pretend it is). There may be some extreme cases where there is infringement, but most standard cases seem like classic fair use. And that’s where it gets worrisome that this turns into a legal shakedown — whereby sites are pressured to pay up just to avoid a legal fight, no matter how strong the legal position of these sites might be.
But, much more to the point, nothing in this plan appears to be about adding value. That’s the key way to determine if a business model is heading in the right direction, or if it’s really just someone trying to “free ride” on the work of someone else. NewsRight appears to be the worst kind of free rider, honestly. They’re not adding any value — they’re just demanding people pay up to avoid a negative cost (the legal threat). Also telling? The company admits that half the staff is… lawyers, and that appears to include the company’s CEO.
The licensing fees aren’t public yet; the question is – who will be able to afford NewsRight’s license if the model is aggressive? From the publisher’s standpoint, NewsRight says it is “accepting new applications for news organizations and bloggers who want to syndicate their content.”
BusinessWeek explains the dilemma facing the AP with its Righthaven-lite NewsRight:
The fundamental problem the AP faces is the same as that faced by virtually every traditional news entity as a result of the “democratization of distribution”—namely, how can it control the flow of content as it used to? The short answer is it can’t, which has disrupted the way the AP functions in more ways than one. Twitter and other tools have taken on many of the aspects of a real-time newswire. The AP faces other competitors as well, including such upstarts asNewsCred, which has built a content-licensing system, and even Google itself.
News entities such as the Guardian have tried to take advantage of the new ecosystem of news by turning themselves into open platforms—but others like the AP seem determined to reinvent the monopolies they used to have before the Web existed. For NewsRight, the big test will come when it offers onerous licensing terms to an aggregator: What happens when an organization such as The Huffington Post says “no, thank you?” That’s when it will become obvious how much of NewsRight’s business model is based on carrots—and how much of it is about waving a big stick.
http://tinyurl.com/6ozt3lvThe latest iteration of publishers trying to ensure that its content is being paid for... more
Staff at Wapping HQ sidelined as media mogul finally loses patience with phone-hacking scandal that is spiralling out of control
By Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor
(keep in mind this is under Crime!):)
Rupert Murdoch has apparently put a 'complete firewall' around the 'News of the World' investigation
Rupert Murdoch has apparently put a 'complete firewall' around the 'News of the World' investigation
Rupert Murdoch has sent a team of external American lawyers to Britain to investigate the extent of phone hacking at the News of the World.
The Independent understands that the four independent investigative attorneys were dispatched to London to supervise the trawl through all evidence held by the company to establish who knew what and when.
The revelation suggests growing tensions between News Corporation's corporate leadership in New York and the company's London management. Earlier internal inquiries by News International claimed they had found "no evidence" that anyone other than the NoTW royal editor Clive Goodman had been involved in the hacking, having overseen a trawl through "thousands" of emails.(E-mails again?)
Those inquiries were led by the present editor, Colin Myler. He has subsequently been sidelined from the investigation. Sources close to the paper said that a "complete firewall" had been put around the NoTW with no one on the paper being privy to the external investigation. The American attorneys are believed to have been working alongside lawyers from the UK firm BCL Burton Copeland who specialize in commercial fraud and business crime. The company feels that its strategy of setting up a compensation scheme for victims of phone hacking to avoid civil cases had been broadly successful, but it is deeply concerned about the growing criminal investigation over which it has no control. Part of the job of the US lawyers may be to advise News Corp management in New York of any possible further criminal breaches.
News Corporation sources refused to comment on the involvement of the American team. But one said: "News Corp employs internal and external counsel who work internationally for the company, including in the UK, as and when they are required to do so. They regularly liaise with their counterparts in the UK to keep News Corp directors and executives updated on issues of importance to the company."
On Tuesday the company offered "sincere apologies" to the actress Sienna Miller and agreed to pay her compensation of £100,000 for intercepting her voicemail messages. But just a day later, news came that a private detective who worked for the NoTW may have been intercepting bank account details and other personal information on others, including Kate Middleton, Jack Straw and Peter Mandelson. Scotland Yard has set up a team to look at the new allegations.
News Corp also announced this week that its most senior in-house attorney is to leave the company "to pursue new opportunities". Lawrence Jacobs was the highest ranking legal officer in the media conglomerate during the period covered by the hacking scandal. It is not known if he had any involvement in the original investigation into hacking which claimed to have found no evidence of widespread hacking.
But there is concern that very senior executives could be damaged by the continuing revelations. Rebekah Brookes, now chief executive of News International, was herself a former editor of both the NoTW and The Sun. There is no evidence that she had any knowledge of phone hacking but she is a close friend of Andy Coulson the former editor of the NoTW who resigned over the scandal.
Equally, Les Hinton, chief executive of Dow Jones, the News Corp subsidiary that runs The Wall Street Journal, oversaw the original investigation which found no evidence of widespread wrongdoing at the company.
He told the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee after the original inquiry: "We brought in a firm of solicitors and there were many, many conversations with the police. There was never firm evidence provided or suspicion provided that I am aware of that implicated anybody else other than Clive within the staff of the News of the World."
In April, the company said: "It is now apparent that our previous inquiries failed to uncover important evidence and we acknowledge our actions then were not sufficiently robust." ( anyone need to see anymore to know concentrated media breeds corruption and contempt on all levels the regime of fascism is in full effect)Staff at Wapping HQ sidelined as media mogul finally loses patience with phone-hacking... more
What terrorist advances the causes of empires?… Except for cheap and untraceable foreign state terrorists for hire. That is the mission of Al Qaeda. To hire cheap impoverished people who are ready to die for their beliefs. Except that they died for America’s interests. What luck America has… and it must be because of God, because it says so on the dollar bill...What terrorist advances the causes of empires?… Except for cheap and... more
Love. It’ll make you do crazy things. Like, spell out your crush’s name in alphabet soup and text them a picture of it. Maybe hide little love notes in the Sunday classifieds. Or, if you’re really in love, cut off your beloved’s head in front of a school full of people fully not intending to be covered in neck juices today.
I read a lot of headlines when trying to come up with what I’m going to write about in a given day. Here at Van Full of Candy we do an article a day, rain or shine, every week day, without fail. That’s our promise, to you, the viewer. Sometimes the news is boring and it’s difficult to choose what to write about. I personally can only scream about my distrust of space and my legally frowned upon love of Justin Bieber so many times before I start attracting unwanted attention from swarthy, beautiful, Bieber Saucers from beyond the stars. And not again I say.
But scanning the news this afternoon I came upon this story: apparently a man in India beheaded a woman as she was leaving her classroom Wednesday.
Now, before we get into this, let me just say that I am in no way making light of the loss of life here. This is a horrible thing, without question and this lunatic should be dealt with in the most severe way that Indian courts allow. Which I assume is to feed him to a cow, if I understand my Indian culture correctly, which I almost certainly do not. Now with that out of the way, let me get back to the hahas.
The headline calls this man “lovesick”, which I can only assume is the nicest possible way the AP copy editor can phrase “batshit insane”. Apparently his main, discernible motivation, according to the police was that he so loved this woman that he had by now brutally murdered in one of the most violent and deliberate ways which one can murder another individual, but her parents would not allow them to marry. So naturally, he had to Highlander her. I don’t think you can in good conscience call a guy who bisects his love interest’s head from their body “lovesick” unless while in prison he is clinically diagnosed with a love sickness which causes the infected individual to believe that the removal of vital segments of the human body is the ultimate expression of emotional love for another not long living individual. So how about we not cutesy it up, ay Associated Press?
Elsewhere in the brief article the “writer” goes on to say that the swordsman was arrested “on suspicion” of killing the victim and that he “allegedly” attacked her with a ceremonial curved weapon called a khykri. Now, I understand that in America we have to use certain words when describing the actions and perpetrator of said actions because of how our news media and justice system like to fuck with each other. But when you have a gentleman, holding a sword, next to a body with a now detached head that, in all likely hood, did not have that as a standard feature moments before, surrounded by blood soaked students, holding onto this lunatic until police could arrive, and who is now explaining to the police that he had ALSO intended to kill himself, I think it’s fairly safe to drop any sort of lingering suspicion as to whether or not he’s responsible for the untimely weight loss of the student at our feet.
But along with these questions I have of the lax hiring practices at the Associated Press, when I read something like this, I can’t help but have dozens of other, admittedly sort of morbid, but still I think valid questions, come to mind. How, for instance, this guy was just able to waltz onto this campus, what ever size it was, with a ceremonial knife and slicin’ on his mind. I realize this isn’t metal detector high school like we have here in America, but still, a guy with a special blade should draw some kind of attention. Or how this guy running around the halls with a commemorative sword was able to walk right up to this woman and just take her head for a ride BEFORE anyone thought it might be a good idea to make sure she was expecting a meeting between her throat and his simitar. OR, and this is the biggie, as the story simply says “Authorities say the blade sliced her head off and she died instantly” how the fuck the particulars of this case exactly went down. When I think beheading I think of a long drawn out process involving a sawing like motion. I don’t generally think Kill Bill style, slow motion mid air head flipping following one swift, dramatic stroke. Granted, I haven’t seen a lot of beheadings lately, so maybe I’m not the expect on how tenaciously the spine clings to the brain stem, but I expected those bones in our neck were there for more than just show.
You know what, I don’t know what to think about any of this or even why I think it. I just know that clearly, I’ve never truly loved in what I generously call my “life” because not once have I ever entertained the thought of making something six inches shorter because I was told I couldn’t have it… Maybe I just don’t know how to love hard enough.Love. It’ll make you do crazy things. Like, spell out your crush’s name in... more
The AP reports NPR President/CEO Vivian Schiller "resigned Wednesday in an effort to limit the damage from hidden camera footage of a fellow executive deriding the tea party movement as 'seriously racist.'" Conservatives "called the video proof that the network is biased and undeserving of federal funds."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110310/ap_on_en_ot/us_npr_tea_party_criticism;_ylt=AuTudSzKO.u8GZOA0Jn1I85I2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTMxam44ZHRlBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMzEwL3VzX25wcl90ZWFfcGFydHlfY3JpdGljaXNtBHBvcwMxMARzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNucHJjZW9yZXNpZ24-The AP reports NPR President/CEO Vivian Schiller "resigned Wednesday in an effort... more
For years, whenever it was suggested that the American super-rich should pay more in taxes, the Right’s media machine would blast out complaints about “class warfare.”
However, it’s now clear that the “class warfare” was being waged from above – and the rich were winning, big time – finally leaving the middle- and working-classes little choice but to fight back, a difficult reality that Danny Schechter addresses in this guest essay:http://www.consortiumnews.com/2011/030611a.html For years, whenever it was... more
radicalization only occurs if there is just cause... we went into Iraq... and that sure didn't help...;_ylt=AikzRJ_5dS7sdovOxlDHbk6s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNpdjZyNnYyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMzA3L3VzX21... more
A financial crisis opens up cheap markets, businesses and thrifty labor for the elites of a dominating economy. The excessive consciousness of class warfare tends to reemerge under these conditions. The globalist economy of today has not escaped this simple reminder of inequality. This is why our crisis has been a psychological war, hosted by the spokesmen of our elites, performed by our nation’s politicians, with the help of certain acquiescent world leaders and propagandized by the well paid mainstream media.A financial crisis opens up cheap markets, businesses and thrifty labor for the elites... more
White Collar Criminals in America Rarely Go To Prison
Whilst most people live their arduous days far away from intellectual discourse and analysis, the corporate world is growing in power. The Edward Bernays days of Public Relations are long gone; we have been left behind "at the dawn of a new millennium”… which is a quote, from the movie Bullworth. Bullworth, was a biographical and very insightful political satire, about corporate interests (such as insurance companies as is the case in the film), and the extent to which these entites are so deeply merged (financially) with conventional “public interest” funded, mainstream politicians in the U.S of A and most of the developed world.Whilst most people live their arduous days far away from intellectual discourse and... more
Great article on student achievement:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704858404576134142048372986.html?KEYWORDS=advanced+placementGreat article on student achievement:... more
Today is Egypt’s D-Day: the longer the demonstrators wait to depose Hank Mubarak, the more impossible their mission becomes.
Time is on Mubarak’s side, and no matter how noble the cause, protesters have to eat… Which means they need to get the infrastructure going, which means they will have reliance on the financial system, which means the status quo will return.
Which is why unless they succeed in their mission today, or this weekend at the latest, chances for real reform grow slim. So far today, the protests have been very peaceful and organized, and completely televized.
Below are streams from the AP and Al Jazeera for those who wish to follow what is still the most important development in the world.Today is Egypt’s D-Day: the longer the demonstrators wait to depose Hank... more
Entertainment News: NEW YORK – What Betty White did in 2010 doesn't usually happen: an 88-year-old actress with more than six decades in Hollywood suddenly became the object of adulation of the Facebook-connected masses, which campaigned for her to host "Saturday Night Live," boosting the show's ratings and helping her set ratings records for her own show.
Read Full>>>>http://anewsfuse.blogspot.com/2010/12/betty-white-voted-ap-entertainer-of.htmlEntertainment News: NEW YORK – What Betty White did in 2010 doesn't usually... more