It didn't work out so well for Joseph Nacchio, former CEO of Qwest. Perhaps he really was guilty of insider trading, but it seems improbable he would have been prosecuted and given six years for it if he hadn't stood up to the NSA.
I'm surprised that Baker would bring 9/11 into it, considering how precariously the lid has been secured on that can of worms. There is plenty of evidence that if there was a "failure to connect the dots", it was willful. Some agency was tracking these guys during their time at the flight school in Florida, and other agencies had been told to leave them alone. This is not to say that anyone knew what they were planning to do, but they were certainly already "persons of interest" to someone. As for the FBI, it's been adequately documented by Daniel Hopsicker (http://www.madcowprod.com/newvideo/dvd/flyingcircus2.html) and others that their primary concern after the event was not investigating, but gathering up and concealing evidence and warning inconvenient witnesses to keep their mouths shut.
Not only that, but they're available within minutes of an episode airing anywhere. It's possible for a guy on the West Coast to download and watch an entire episode before it even starts to air in his local time zone. Consider the appeal of that for someone who has to be up for work before 5am the next morning. It's convenience they would pay for.
So do you really think that US prices for textbooks will go down? Or have you figured out yet that textbook prices in other countries is going up?
In a free market, everything is sold for the maximum price the market will stand. This is fundamental economics. And the whole point of Wiley's lawsuit was to interfere with the free market. If they had the freedom to increase prices overseas, they surely would have done so, but the foreign market would not, and will not, stand it.
The most likely outcome is that US and overseas prices will stay the same. A healthy grey import business will develop, and the publishers' next move will be against the foreign buyers.
Indeed. And the notion that "Fifty Shades" is in any way derivative of stories about a woman who stubbornly refuses to have sex until she's legally wed beggars belief. The only thing "Fifty Shades" has in common with "Twilight" is a naive heroine.
We may have a problem breaking Britain's speed record. The state of the US today is strangely reminiscent of the state of the British empire in 1900. Britain was at its peak economically, and militarily invincible. Less than twenty years later it was in full decline.
A lot of that reversal was due to the Boer War, which Britain entered out of pride and "won", sort of, but at colossal expense, ending up looking a lot less invincible to challengers like Germany. Today the US has the Afghan war. Hmmm.
Right, who can forget Attorney General Ashcroft, appointed after losing an election to a dead man? If that expression of public disapproval couldn't stop his appointment, nothing could. Oddly enough, Ashcroft appears to have had more integrity than his successor, Gonzalez. We'll have to wait a while for history to assign Holder a level of odium in relation to those two, but it's not looking good for him.
Why $50 just for each bad hit, and not for every filing? If I want to issue pretty much any kind of enforceable legal document I have to pay a fee per filing, legitimate or not. There should be a fee payable with each and every DMCA takedown.
When I see one of those Chilling Effects links, I click on it first. The "offending" URL is invariably still working and is usually what I was looking for. Though the other night I clicked through one and ended up at Hulu, viewing content provided by the organization that issued the takedown. Go figure...
As long as people won't stop feeding the trolls, may we please have a system where, when the trollish comment is flagged, the entire fucking response thread disappears? That way I won't have to waste my time looking through the next 40 column inches of witless arguing to find another relevant comment.
Not just atheists. Anyone who understands the scientific method would oppose the teaching of both alchemy and creationism as science in public schools. This includes many people of faith. On the other hand, nobody would object to teaching creationism in the context of religious studies.