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How creativity is being strangled by the law

Good speech from Larry Lessig about the copyright vs creativity problem and a possible solution.

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Congratulations USA

Congratulations. May at least 4 years with Obama be enough to undo the wrongs that have been done to your country through 8 years of George W. Bush.

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Robert Reich about the Obama bitter comment

I really don’t get the big problem with Obamas comment about people being frustrated and bitter. Middle and lower classes in the US sure has a lot to be frustrated and bitter about, as far as I can tell.

Former US labor minister Robert Reich has put his two cents into the discussion.

Robert Reich’s Blog: Obama, Bitterness, Meet the Press, and the Old Politics

Are Americans who have been left behind frustrated? Of course. And their frustrations, their anger and, yes, sometimes their bitterness, have been used since then — by demagogues, by nationalists and xenophobes, by radical conservatives, by political nuts and fanatical fruitcakes

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Michael Moore telling CNN the truth

Love this. Michael Moore on CNN with Wolf Blitzer and really going after the poor job CNN has been doing when it comes to the war and his previous movie Fahrenheit 9/11 – as well as the mud slinging that is happening right now about his new movie Sicko – which is showing on a cinema near you right now. The movie tells the story about how bad the health care in the USA actually is. Makes me feel lucky to live in a civilized country such as Norway.

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Bush’s second inaugural speech

Scott Rosenberg says what I think much better than I can. But in essence, I am scared out of my whits.

Scott Rosenberg’s Links & Comment

The world is a simple place to Bush. For him, “the moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right” is one that involves no hard calls. And since America represents freedom and freedom is eternally right, it must still be right even when it locks hundreds of people away for life without trial or it tortures prisoners in a war launched on a lie. We are the forces of freedom; we can admit no wrong because we can do no wrong.

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What does the US have in common with North Korea, Iran, Cuba, China and Indonesia?

I’m sorry but its not a joke and there is no punchline.

What the US has in common with these others not-so-peace loving countries? It requires all journalists from foreign countries to apply for journalist visas. Thats right, even journalists from the “coalition of the willing” and the countries that the US has a visa waiver agreement with has to apply for special visas to enter the US.

People, its not a good thing to be the only western country to apply restrictions we only see in freedom-oppressing countries. It might even make us outside of the US believe we should trust what we see and not what we hear…

Sources:

The Freedom of Information Center: Journalists expelled, terrorists allowed in. Washington uses obscure visa as political weapon

Boing Boing: L.A. Press Club panel on LAX Journalist Visa controversy

Daily Times: Journalists with the wrong US visa may be let in, but only once

US Department of State: Visa Waiver Program

US Department of State: Journalist Visa

[Via Sex. Drugs Unix]

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Electing to leave

From the October edition of Harpers magazine:

Electing to Leave (Harpers.org)

So the wrong candidate has won, and you want to leave the country. Let us consider your options.

Funny piece – if not a little discouraging, written before the election.

[Via Joi Ito]

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Vote or die

voteordie.jpgToday is the day. If you are a US citizen today is the day where you have to do your duty. (Given that you haven’t already).

Remember: If you don’t vote, you are not allowed to complain about the powers that be the next 4 years!

OSCE is monitoring the US election, as will countless lawyers, videographers, etc.

Remember: Vote or die, Choose or Lose

[Via Anders]

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One finger victory salute from Bush

bush-one-finger.jpgKinda says it all to me.

Link to the video. (Yeah, its not a fake)

[Via Adam Curry]

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NASA Photo analyst says Bush wore a device during debate

bush-shirt.jpg

Salon.com News | NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate

Oct. 29, 2004 | George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. “I don’t know what that is,” he said on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his jacket during the presidential debates. “I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt.”

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He’s a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis. Currently he’s engrossed in analyzing digital photos of Saturn’s moon Titan, determining its shape, whether it contains craters or canyons.

Ough. This should impact the election, but I doubt that it will. In this case it seems we have scientific evidence that Bush is lying when he claims there was nothing underneath his shirt except from bad tailoring and wrinkles.

[Update 2004.11.01] Anders has some interesting new links to the spectacle of the Bush bulge. Possible medical problems and the LIFEcor LifeVest.

The question is: If Bush has a serious medical condition, shouldn’t the american voters have the right to know upfront?