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January 31, 2003

Teleportation Takes Another Step- "Scientists on Thursday say they have succeeded in teleporting laser photons over two kilometers (1.25 miles), the biggest distance yet achieved." I have no idea what that means, but it certainly sounds like some kind of scientific breakthrough.

I.N.S. Shredder Ended Work Backlog, U.S. Says- remember how all those Middle Eastern immigrants got detained and deported last month for being in violation of immigration law? Remember how some of those people weren't actually in violation because they had filed their paperwork and INS staffers hadn't yet processed them? Well, one INS office in Laguna Nigel, CA found a clever way to eliminate their backlog-- by destroying it. According to this LA Times article, this INS office simply shredded their towering stack of documents in their inbox, as many as 90,000 documents. Thankfully, two managers at this INS office are now facing federal charges.

Bush backs Big Brother database- last week, the Senate killed funding for the creepy Total Information Awareness program which would act quite literally as an agency that would spy and gather data on all Americans. Then, during his State of the Union speech, Bush called for the creation of a "Terrorist Threat Integration Center," which sounded suspiciously like the Total Information Awareness program. This article is about the TTIC.

US is misquoting my Iraq report, says Blix- UN weapons inspector Hans Blix "took issue with what he said were US Secretary of State Colin Powell's claims that the inspectors had found that Iraqi officials were hiding and moving illicit materials within and outside of Iraq to prevent their discovery. He said that the inspectors had reported no such incidents."

'Justice for Janitors' refocuses on capital- I really don't do enough coverage of labor issues here. The Service Employees International Union is working on winning better wages and benefits for its members in the jantiorial profession. They just had a great victory in Boston in the fall, and now they take their struggle to Sacramento.

In Time of War, Hope Triumphs in Porto Alegre- man, talk about zero media coverage! For the past three years, tens of thousands have been countering the corporate-dominated World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland with their own World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Unlike the former, which brings a small number of the world's powerful together to scheme their way to world conquest, the latter is a huge meeting of the relatively powerless to scheme their way to a world which is a bit more equal and free. The WSF motto is "another world is possible." Without that kind of hope, there wouldn't be much to keep me going.

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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What went right: correctly guessing several key seasonings- lemon, ginger, soy, garlic, chili.

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