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Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a pair of bills that threaten Internet freedom. – Slate Magazine

Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a pair of bills that threaten Internet freedom. – Slate Magazine.

The Internet’s Intolerable Acts

You should be very afraid of a pair of bills that threaten Internet freedom.

Posted Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at 7:19 AM ET

The United States of America was forged in resistance to collective reprisals—the punishment of many for the acts of few. In 1774, following the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed a series of laws—including the mandated closure of the port of Boston—meant to penalize the people of Massachusetts. These abuses of power, labeled the “Intolerable Acts,” catalyzed the American Revolution by making plain the oppression of the British crown.

More than 200 years later, the U.S. Congress is considering bills that would lead to collective reprisals against online communities.* The Senate’s PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House are supposed to address copyright infringement and counterfeiting. In reality, they are so technically impractical that they do little to address these problems. They would, however, undermine participatory democracy and human rights, which is why these bills have garnered near-universal condemnation from both human rights groups and technologists.

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A Republican Primary Campaign Waged on Fox News – NYTimes.com

A Republican Primary Campaign Waged on Fox News – NYTimes.com.

The TV Watch

The Republican Primary Campaign in Iowa Is Right at Home on Fox News

There’s a reason Fox News is beginning to look like a meet-the-candidate pancake breakfast in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“You don’t win Iowa in Iowa, you win it on this couch,” is how the Republican commentator Dick Morris put it on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. Mr. Morris said that the Republican debates and Fox News had forged a national primary that “imposes itself on Iowa.”

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Gov. Brownback and a Kansas high school try to get a teenager to apologize for being critical online.

Gov. Brownback and a Kansas high school try to get a teenager to apologize for being critical online..

Sam Brownback Panicks Over Teenaged Tweet

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The Politics of EconomicsThe Politics of Economics – NYTimes.com

The Politics of EconomicsThe Politics of Economics – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

The Politics of Economics in the Age of Shouting

I share a virtual neighborhood with a legion of Times reporters, editors and columnists who know more than I will ever know about business and economics. (Look! Right over there: a Nobel-prize-winning economist!) In this humbling company, on this intimidating matter, who am I to tell anyone what to think? And so my plan was, frankly, to avoid the subject.

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There really is a textbook way to fix our current mess.  […] the basic formula is not only common sense, it is mainstream economic science, tested many times in the real world.

So what’s the problem? Why is our system so fundamentally stuck? Partly it’s a colossal, bipartisan lack of the political courage required to tell people what they sort of know but don’t want to hear. Partly it’s a Republican Party that, for its own cynical reasons, wants no deal with this president. Partly it’s moneyed, focused lobbies that swarm in defense of specific advantages written into the law; there is no comparable lobby for compromise, let alone sacrifice.

But also, I’ve come to think something is rotten in the state of economics.

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Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major News Stories

Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major News Stories.

Study Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major Stories

University Prof: No news better than Fox News when it comes to information.

Quick, were Egyptian protesters successful in their bid to overthrow longtime president Hosni Mubarak earlier this year?

According to a new poll (PDF) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, if you watch Fox News you are significantly less likely to know the correct answer to that question than if you mostly avoid news shows and newspapers all together.

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Supreme Court Coverage of the Health Care Case – NYTimes.com

Supreme Court Coverage of the Health Care Case – NYTimes.com.

Exceptional Court Coverage

C-Span asked Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. this week to let the network televise the upcoming Supreme Court arguments in the case challenging the health care law. The justices have not permitted TV cameras in their courtroom, but this landmark case, which will affect every American, should surely be an exception to that rule.

The court has scheduled an extraordinary 5 1/2 hours for arguments in the case, compared with one hour for most cases. C-Span is right that the general public will not be able to follow an event of this length without video coverage. The network’s long record of distinguished and measured public affairs broadcasting should leave no doubt that it can be counted on to work with the court to ensure its video equipment would be unobtrusive. It also promises to distribute the broadcast of the case “on a live basis to all others in the media who are interested in carrying it.”

During a hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, Justice Antonin Scalia shared his view, as Politico summarized, that “the media could do a better job of presenting to the public information that is relevant to the cases and the decisions” of the court.

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Political Newspaper Endorsements: History and Outcome – NYTimes.com

Political Newspaper Endorsements: History and Outcome – NYTimes.com.

October 26, 2011, 12:35 am

Political Newspaper Endorsements: History and Outcome

Newspaper editorial pages have been endorsing presidential candidates for well over a century. On Oct. 11, 1860, the New York Times editorial page threw its hat behind a “Mr. Lincoln, of Illinois, familiarly known as ‘Old Abe,’ age 51, height six feet seven, by profession Rail-Splitter.”

“Old Abe” would, of course, go on to become a fairly decent president. But did The Times’s endorsement help him gain the White House? More generally, do editorial page endorsements have any effect on election outcomes?

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Limbaugh Defends Lord’s Resistance Army – NYTimes.com

Limbaugh Defends Lord’s Resistance Army – NYTimes.com.

October 17, 2011, 2:02 pm

Limbaugh Defends Lord’s Resistance Army

[…] here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God.

Overlooking the detailed record of their brutality and bizarre practices, Mr. Limbaugh then added: “They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops, to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda.

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Hollywood Dishonors the Bard – NYTimes.com

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Hollywood Dishonors the Bard

ROLAND EMMERICH’S film “Anonymous,” which opens next week, “presents a compelling portrait of Edward de Vere as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.” That’s according to the lesson plans that Sony Pictures has been distributing to literature and history teachers in the hope of convincing students that Shakespeare was a fraud. A documentary by First Folio Pictures (of which Mr. Emmerich is president) will also be part of this campaign.

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In dramatizing this conspiracy, Mr. Emmerich has made a film for our time, in which claims based on conviction are as valid as those based on hard evidence.

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The euro crisis will give Germany the empire it’s always dreamed of – Telegraph Blogs

The euro crisis will give Germany the empire it’s always dreamed of – Telegraph Blogs.

Peter Oborne
Peter Oborne is the Daily Telegraph‘s chief political commentator.

The euro crisis will give Germany the empire it’s always dreamed of

By Peter Oborne

Last updated: July 21st, 2011

Many of the biggest losers from the Wall Street Crash were not those greedy speculators who bought at the very top of the market. There was also a category of investor who recognised that stocks had become badly overvalued, sold their shares in the summer or autumn of 1928, then waited patiently as the market surged onwards to ever more improbable highs.

When the crash came in October 1929, they felt thoroughly vindicated, and waited for the dust to settle. The following spring, when share prices had consolidated at around a third lower than the all-time high reached the previous year, they reinvested the family savings, probably feeling a bit smug. Then, on April 17, 1930, the market embarked on a second and even more shattering period of decline, by the end of which shares were worth barely 10 per cent of their value at their peak. Those prudent investors who had seen the Wall Street Crash coming were wiped out.

There was one crucial message from yesterday’s shambolic and panicky eurozone summit: today’s predicament contains terrifying parallels with the situation that prevailed 80 years ago, although the problem lies (at this stage, at least) with the debt rather than the equity markets.

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