Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution – legal eagles • The Register

These bills, and the enforcement philosophy that underlies them, represent a dramatic retreat from this country’s tradition of leadership in supporting the free exchange of information and ideas on the internet

not to mention:

“News of the proposed changes has even reached China, where it is inspiring some bloggers to take the piss out of America for copying the Great Firewall of China.”

Issues like this should matter to legislators and citizen alike.

I have been predicting, for several years now, that the authoritianism and permitted levels of liberty in both China and the USA are likely to converge. Legislation like this only confirms my worst fears…

Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution – legal eagles • The Register.

Neanderthal home made of mammoth bones discovered in Ukraine

fascinating in its own right but equally fascinating is the support it gives to Jean Auel‘s “Clan of the Cave Bear” series and its portrayal of life among the Neanderthals and Humans of that time…

Neanderthal home made of mammoth bones discovered in Ukraine.

Mystery predators may have contributed to fiscal collapse in 2007: research

and what do we think are the chances that the criminals who ripped off their fellow traders in excess of $6 billion dollars (and helped trigger the global financial meltdown) will ever be hunted, let alone caught and convicted?

Mystery predators may have contributed to fiscal collapse in 2007: research.

Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others | ZME Science

bugger clothing, I want it on my windscreen. Where can I buy it?

Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others | ZME Science.

Can You Hear Me, Mao?: Say Protest in China and Your Call Drops – Culture – GOOD

it is worth pointing out that the Chinese authoritarians are still a couple of steps ahead of the American authoritarians. But only a couple of steps, and they don’t have anything like the technological surveillance skills. Yet…

Can You Hear Me, Mao?: Say Protest in China and Your Call Drops – Culture – GOOD.

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just so…

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If There Were Ever A Pro-Marijuana Video To Go Viral, This Is It | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

if this went out – once an hour – on all the mainstream channels, for about a week, that might begin to get their attention…

If There Were Ever A Pro-Marijuana Video To Go Viral, This Is It | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform.