Archive for July, 2002

Congressman standing up to the RIAA

July 15th, 2002 – 8:13 pm
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“U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher, moving to strengthen ‘fair use’ provisions under federal copyright law, said he is introducing a bill that would essentially restrict the record industry from selling copy-protected CDs. He also said he would introduce a bill within the week that would update the U.S. Copyright Office’s Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP), which […]

A visit to the enchanted land of the free market

July 10th, 2002 – 11:12 pm
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The latest This Modern World is another great one. Read it here.

We like it when you don’t vote

July 8th, 2002 – 10:00 pm
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“That is neoliberal democracy in a nutshell: trivial debate over minor issues by parties that basically pursue the same probusiness policies regardless of formal differences and campaign debate. Democracy is permissible as long as the control of business is off-limits to popular deliberation or change; that is, so long as it isn’t democracy.” Read more […]

Propaganda and lies

July 8th, 2002 – 9:48 pm
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“UNITED Nations weapons inspectors colluded with British secret service agents to spread disinformation about Saddam Hussein’s nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs as part of a campaign to justify military strikes, according to the head of the UN inspection team in Iraq. In an interview with The Herald, Scott Ritter, who led the United Nations […]

How the Israeli army handles Palestinians who break curfew

July 8th, 2002 – 9:33 pm
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“The film of their last moments begins with the two boys and a number of other civilians running towards the camera along an otherwise deserted street in Jenin.” The BBC has recently acquired a videotape which apparently shows that an Israeli tank fired on a group of fleeing civilians a few weeks ago, killing two […]


July 4th, 2002 – 2:27 pm
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I’ve adjusted the settings so that only my last 15 posts appear on the main page, but the rest can can still be accessed in the archives, at least until Blogger or I somehow screw up and delete them.

“I pledge allegiance….” From the

July 4th, 2002 – 2:19 pm
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“I pledge allegiance….” From the Q&A section of the Sunday (June 30, 2002) Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Q: Do other countries have pledges to their flags, or is this a uniquely American custom? — Fred Gates, Norcross A: “Pledges of allegiance are marks of totalitarian states, not democracies,” says David Kertzer, a Brown University anthropologist who specializes […]

The downside of intellectual

July 4th, 2002 – 2:12 pm
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The downside of intellectual property From that bastion of Marxist thought [yes, that's sarcasm], The Christian Science Monitor: “Centuries ago the concept of property emerged as a means of liberation. It helped to break the shackles of royal power, and served as a bulwark against the impositions of the state. But as Jefferson intuited, taken […]

Who really needs to be

July 4th, 2002 – 1:56 pm
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Who really needs to be removed from office? In this excellent article, “Arafat Calls for Democratic Elections in the United States — World Reaction is Mixed,” Bush’s recent demand for the removal of the freely elected President of the Palestinian Authority is turned on its head. It is an entertaining and thought-provoking read.

Summary of this year’s G8 summit

July 4th, 2002 – 1:43 pm
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Here’s the rather long IMC (Independent Media Center) news blast about the recent G8 summit, which includes a long list of articles, perspectives and resources.