FBI Targets Internet Archive With Secret 'National Security Letter', Loses
blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/internet-archiv.html, posted 2008 by peter in fascism politics privacy terrorism usa
The Internet Archive, a project to create a digital library of the web for posterity, successfully fought a secret government Patriot Act order for records about one of its patrons and won the right to make the order public, civil liberties groups announc
IP hypocrisy: US likes WTO rulings only when it wins
arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080325-ip-hypocrisy-us-likes-wto-rulings-only-when-it-wins.html, posted 2008 by peter in copyright politics usa
But the US comes in for its share of IP-related criticism from other countries both small and large, too. When it happens, though, we're not nearly so quick to change our ways.
www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/03/16/state_inc/, posted 2008 by peter in business fascism finance msm news politics
Some political scientists, such as Azar Gat of Tel Aviv University, who coined the phrase "authoritarian capitalism" to describe the trend, see these countries as the first major threat to the idea of free-market democracy since fascism and communism.
Bush Screws America, Again: Economy Slips to #2
www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-abrams/bush-screws-america-agai_b_91760.html, posted 2008 by peter in business eu finance news opinion politics usa
For the first time since World War II the United States is not the world's #1 economy. We have slipped behind the European Union. (This, according to Erin Burnett on CNBC, Friday, March 14th.)
FBI Tried to Cover Patriot Act Abuses With Flawed, Retroactive Subpoenas, Audit Finds
blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/03/fbi-tried-to-co.html, posted 2008 by peter in fascism news politics privacy usa
FBI headquarters officials sought to cover their informal and possibly illegal acquisition of phone records on thousands of Americans from 2003 to 2005 by issuing 11 improper, retroactive "blanket" administrative subpoenas in 2006 to three phone companies
If Intellectual Property Is Neither Intellectual, Nor Property, What Is It?
techdirt.com/articles/20080306/003240458.shtml, posted 2008 by peter in copyright politics
It's become common language to call it intellectual property, but that leads to various problems -- most notably the idea that it's just like regular property.
History suggests copyright crusade is a lost cause
arstechnica.com/articles/culture/copyright-crusade.ars, posted 2008 by peter in copyright history politics
Sooner or later, Congress will have to do for the copyright system what it did for property rights in the 19th century: change the law to bring it back into line with peoples' moral intuitions.
Opera CTO: How to fix Microsoft's browser issues
www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/19/hakon_ms_reform_plan/, posted 2008 by peter in business opinion politics standard webdesign
Microsoft's failure to respond to its customers' outcry shows that it is time to call on established antitrust laws that allow governments to impose sanctions on a vendor that has a dominant position in a market.
If Iran Were America (And We Were Iran)
www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/bryan2.html, posted 2008 by peter in fascism fiction history oil politics propaganda terrorism usa
The Iranians bribe unpatriotic generals like L.L. Limnitzer to lead the coup against Eisenhower.
The Iranians want an authoritarian, fiercely anti-Communist dictator who will never attempt anything resembling nationalization of the American oilfields.
Punishing Thought Crime: Would New Bill Make YOU a Terrorist?
www.alternet.org/rights/73991/, posted 2008 by peter in fascism politics terrorism usa
Meet the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.
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