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Police Brutality: Deaf Woodcarver Murdered By Cop In Cold Blood!

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Amy Goodman – President Obama’s Christmas Gift to AT&T (and Comcast and Verizon)

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthdig:

President Obama’s Christmas Gift to AT&T (and Comcast and Verizon)

Posted on Dec 21, 2010

By Amy Goodman

One of President Barack Obama’s signature campaign promises was to protect the freedom of the Internet. He said, in November 2007, “I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality, because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out and we all lose.”

Jump ahead to December 2010, where Obama is clearly in the back seat, being driven by Internet giants like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. With him is his appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, his Harvard Law School classmate and basketball pal who just pushed through a rule on network neutrality that Internet activists consider disastrous.

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ProPublica – The ‘Subsidy’: How Merrill Lynch Traders Helped Blow Up Their Own Firm

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

From ProPublica:

The ‘Subsidy’: How Merrill Lynch Traders Helped Blow Up Their Own Firm

by Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger

The builders of mortgage securities at industry giant Merrill Lynch couldn’t find buyers for their wares. So they paid another group at Merrill to take billions of dollars of the unwanted assets.

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Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment
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Mike Masnick – Full Homeland Security Affidavit To Seize Domains Riddled With Technical & Legal Errors

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

From techdirt:

Full Homeland Security Affidavit To Seize Domains Riddled With Technical & Legal Errors (Legal Issues)

by Mike Masnick from the this-just-gets-worse-and-worse dept on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 @ 8:48AM

Another day and even more evidence that Homeland Security’s decision to have its Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) group seize a bunch of domain names without any warning or adversarial hearing was a colossal screw up. We haven’t heard too much about the sites seized concerning trademark infringement, but there were five that were the focus of copyright infringement — including a bunch of hiphop blogs (which were regularly used by artists and record labels alike to promote their songs) and a search engine. Last week, we went through a partial affidavit from a newly minted ICE agent named Andrew Reynolds, which showed numerous technological and legal errors in explaining why the domain of the search engine, Torrent Finder, was seized. Yesterday, we wrote about how some of the “evidence” used against the blogs included songs sent by the labels for promotional purposes.

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AMERICAblog – Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and wireless carriers ‘win’ in Net Neutrality update

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

From AMERICAblog:

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and wireless carriers ‘win’ in Net Neutrality update

Oh hooray for having a Democratic majority at the FCC. Is it really always necessary to fold to corporate interests instead of providing the regulation that consumers need? Let’s just call them Republican-Lite Another name might be “hardly a chance they’re getting my vote in 2012.”

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How Comcast and Huge Telecom Players’ Latest Gambit Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It

Irony: If You Want To Know What The FCC’s Rules On Internet Openness Are, You Need To File A FOIA (Politics)

by Mike Masnick from the openness-is-a-matter-of-degree dept on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 @ 2:13PM

We’ve already talked about how the FCC was going to approve heavily watered down (and written in conjunction with AT&T) “net neutrality” rules today — which it did. However, one aspect of all this that is particularly ridiculous is the fact that the FCC voted on rules which it has not released, and which it claims may be adjusted before they are released. Considering that these rules are supposed to be about internet openness it seems pretty ironic that the rules are secret. Jeff Jarvis noted this irony in asking if he needed to file a Freedom of Information Act request just to find out what was voted on. He followed it up by filing just such a request that seeks not just the ru les, but also details of correspondences and meeting notes leading up to the creation of the rules. We’ll see what the FCC comes back with.

Also…

Greg Mitchell’s non-stop blogging about Wikileaks

WikiLeaks: British government trained Bangladeshi paramilitary death squads

The true scale of the bank bailout – it’s not just TARP

Now cranky John McCain is objecting to a bill to help prevent suicides in the military

Coburn trying to block 9/11 First Responders bill

Bill Clinton PETA’s person of the year

Montanans speak out on Sen. Jon Tester’s DREAM betrayal

‘Millions, if not billions, of dollars’ squandered or diverted in Afghanistan

Rachel Maddow – Michael Moore On WikiLeaks

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment