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Selected News For The Week Sep 10 – Sep 16

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Sep 10 – Sep 16”

  1. Illusions says:

    Newspaper Chain Drops Righthaven — ‘It Was a Dumb Idea’

    The new chief executive of MediaNews Group, publisher of the Denver Post and 50 other newspapers, said it was “a dumb idea” for the nation’s second-largest newspaper chain to sign up with copyright troll Righthaven.

    The Denver-based publisher’s year-long copyright infringement litigation deal with Righthaven is terminating at month’s end, said John Paton, who replaced Dean Singleton to lead the company on Wednesday…..

    On Wednesday, Wired reported that Las Vegas-based Righthaven, founded more than a year ago to monetize print news content through copyright infringement lawsuits, was struggling after several courtroom setbacks. Righthaven has not prevailed in court on any of the infringement lawsuits filed over MediaNews’ content, though it appears from court records that about two dozen cases had settled out of court.


    Gets better. Righthaven has been nailed with several large court fines for their lawsuits. And Judges have told them to their face they have “no legal standing to even file the lawsuits.”

    The owner of this site should see if he can re-coup the cost of being nailed by these scammers they suffered a year ago.

  2. BillK says:

    A judge with a brain, wow.

    From the Associated Press:

    High Court Upholds Murder Convictions of Vegan Couple Found Guilty of Starving Baby

    ATLANTA — Georgia’s top court on Monday upheld the conviction and life sentence against an Atlanta vegan couple over the death of their malnourished 6-week-old boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice.

    The Georgia Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling rejected appeals by Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, who were convicted and sentenced after a jury found them guilty of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children for the April 2004 death of Crown Shakur.

    The two first-time parents, who lived in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, rushed the infant to the hospital after he began to have trouble breathing and doctors declared him dead on arrival after failing to resuscitate him. They found his death was due to extreme malnourishment or starvation, and police then searched the couple’s apartment.

    They found a soy milk bottle, an apple juice bottle and a rancid-smelling baby bottle caked with debris. Prosecutors said an investigation revealed the two only fed their baby soy milk and apple juice, and contended at the 2007 trial that the couple intentionally neglected their child and refused to take him to the doctor even as the baby’s body wasted away.

    Defense attorneys countered that the first-time parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans, who typically use no animal products. They said Sanders and Thomas did not realize the baby was in danger until they rushed his emaciated body to the hospital.


    Really – there are other vegan parents in the world, and they haven’t killed their children…

  3. BillK says:

    From the “dining with despots on your kids’ tuition dime” file, from NewsCore:

    Columbia Students to Dine With Ahmadinejad

    NEW YORK — A group of Columbia University students is expected to attend an upcoming private dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be in New York City in September for the United Nations General Assembly, The Columbia Spectator reported.

    Fifteen members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA) were invited to the Sept. 21 event in Manhattan, the newspaper said. The students will dine and speak with Ahmadinejad and Columbia President Lee Bollinger, who introduced the Iranian leader as “a petty and cruel dictator” when he spoke on campus in 2007.

    At the same 2007 event, Ahmadinejad lambasted Bollinger for what he called the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment” he endured from his host.

    CIRCA Vice President Tim Chan said so far he has not heard any concerns from the group about the upcoming dinner, the Spectator reported. “Everyone was really enthusiastic,” he said. …


    An America-hating despot comes to a far-left college to speak to a bunch of students (and professors) who hate America as much, if not more, than he does.

    Why wouldn’t they be enthusiastic?

  4. canary says:

    Libya’s freedom fighters (the new moderates) resorting to torture, abuse and revenge killings.
    Solution: Combat xenophobia and racism;

    BBC: Libya’s rebel forces committed abuses, says Amnesty

    Sept 13 2011

    Amnesty International has called on Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to take steps to prevent human rights abuses by anti-Gaddafi forces.

    In its latest report, the group says that while the bulk of violations were carried out by loyalist forces, anti-Gaddafi fighters have also been involved in torture and killings.

    “Opposition fighters and supporters have abducted, arbitrarily detained, tortured and killed former members of the security forces, suspected Gaddafi loyalists, captured soldiers and foreign nationals wrongly suspected of being mercenaries fighting on behalf of Gaddafi forces,” says the report, entitled The Battle for Libya – Killings, Disappearances and Torture.

    The report refers to the lynching of black Africans suspected of being mercenaries hired by Col Gaddafi, as well as revenge killings and the torture of some captured pro-Gaddafi soldiers.

    Amnesty said a full picture had yet to emerge, but said it had asked Libya’s opposition leadership to take steps to rein in its supporters and investigate any abuses, and to combat xenophobia and racism.

    “The NTC is facing a difficult task of reigning in opposition fighters and vigilante groups responsible for serious human rights abuses, including possible war crimes but has shown unwillingness to hold them accountable.”

    Mohammed al-Alagi, a justice minister for Libya’s transitional authorities, said that describing the rebels actions as war crimes was wrong.

    “They are not the military, they are only ordinary people,” Mr al-Alagi told the Associated Press news agency.

    He said the rebels had made mistakes, but said these could not be described as “war crimes at all”.


    meanwhile the fighting has slowed down as rebels wait for more NATO aircraft to aid them.

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    The AP puts on a clinic for pre-election propagandizing:

    From the AP via Yahoo:

    Republicans block Senate disaster aid bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked an effort Monday by Senate Democrats to quickly pass a $7 billion aid package for victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, tornadoes in the Midwest and the South and floods along the Mississippi, Missouri and other rivers.

    On a 53-33 vote, the Senate rejected an attempt by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring up a bill that Democrats had hoped to use to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s depleted disaster fund. Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the measure.


    Those evil Republicans. Last time I checked there were only 47 Republicans in the Senate; however, there is no mention what so ever of a single Democrat, of which there were at least six, voting against the bill in the entire article. Not to mention 14 Democrats (assuming all the Republicans voted, and I have to assume because the AP failed to mention those voting) didn’t even bother to vote, probably golfing with Obama (who will be defiling my alma mater tomorrow with his presence).

    So it could just as easily be claimed that Democrats blocked the Senate bill. Or more accurately, there was bi-partisan support against the bill. But that would require the AP to be truthful, and there is an election to win.

    Also, what happened to Pay-go? Was that only for last year?

  6. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Good article on why Keynesian economics is wrong and the only way to turn the US around is to tackle the debt.


  7. BillK says:

    We’re all a part of the school lunch program now.

    From Nation’s Restaurant News:

    Darden goes more healthful with Michelle Obama’s support

    By Mark Brandau

    Darden Restaurants Inc., one of the foodservice industry’s largest full-service operators, said Thursday it will cut the amount of calories and sodium in its menu items and provide greater choice and variety in its kids’ meals.

    The Orlando, Fla.-based parent of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and other chains drew praise from First Lady Michelle Obama, who joined Darden chief executive Clarence Otis at a news conference today at an Olive Garden in Hyattsville, Md. Darden worked with the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and the Partnership for a Healthier America to develop its health and wellness commitment.

    “We pride ourselves on making good food better, and on finding new ways to nourish and delight everyone we serve,” Drew Madsen, Darden president and chief operating officer, said. “Today we are taking a new step forward by creating a comprehensive health and wellness commitment, while preserving our commitment to offer our guests the delicious food they have come to know and love. The first lady continues to lead the growing national efforts to make healthy food options more available and accessible, and we’re pleased to collaborate with her and the Partnership for a Healthier America on this commitment.”

    Across its portfolio of restaurant brands — which also includes The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 — Darden aims to reduce calories across all its menu offerings by 10 percent over five years and 20 percent over 10 years. The company said it would reformulate, re-size or remove certain items, while introducing more calorie-conscious choices.

    Darden also will work to reduce sodium in its foods by 10 percent over five years and 20 percent over 10 years. It said it would take a “transition-over-time” approach with its suppliers that would align with national nutrition policy while still allowing for changes in consumer tastes.

    The company also plans to rework its kids’ menus to provide more healthful choices that would appeal to both children and their parents. Specific nutrition standards will be established, fruits or vegetables will become the default side dish for kids’ meals, and an 8-ounce serving of 1-percent milk with free refills will become the default beverage. …

    http://nrn.com/article/darden-cut-calories-sodium-mrs-obama’s-support (May require a subscription to view)

    Or, if you like the taste and/or portion sizes at these restaurants now, too bad.

    What other business will come right out and actively chastise you, telling you that their products are bad for you and you’re getting too much for your money, and that they’re going to actually remove items from their menus in favor of items they feel are better for you?

    Of course ObamaCare will likely have to spread this approach to all restaurants:

    “I’m sorry Mr. Smith – your last blood test results show your triglyceride levels were too high, so we can only serve you the Garden Salad, not the Fettuccine Alfredo you ordered. You’ll thank us for this later.”

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