It’s interesting how many Republican and Tea Party groups have to insert the word “patriot” into their title or feature it prominently in their literature. I guess they want to make sure that everyone knows that they really don’t hate the country, despite their saying they want leave it or overthrow the government.
Irony: The music labels who constitute the RIAA, staunch defenders of copyright and promoters of anti-piracy, just had to settle a lawsuit for … pirating artists tracks.
Warner Music, Sony BMG Music, EMI Music and Universal Music were sued for the illegal use of thousands of tracks and risked paying damages of up to $6 billion. Today the news broke that the two parties have agreed upon a settlement, where the record labels are required to pay $45 million to settle the copyright infringement claims.
Jon Stewart skewers the media pundits again.
Fox’s Brit Hume said the Native American blessing offered at the memorial was “most peculiar.” And Brian Kilmeade proposed that a different seating arrangement — with those who tackled alleged shooter Jared Loughner sitting in front — would have made for a better “show.”
“Yeah, that would have made it a better show,” Stewart mocked. “But you know, its a memorial service, not the Emmys.
If you’re a Star Trek fan, you might check out Star Trek Phase II. It’s a web series that is doing Seasons 4 and 5 of Star Trek – the original series. Which ended after Season 3. Very interesting, well-done, and features episodes written by some of the original writers and starring some of the original actors.
The blob was discovered by elementary school teacher Hanny van Arkel, who was 24 at the time, as part of a worldwide Galaxy Zoo project where everyday people can look at archived star photographs to catalog new objects
The reason she decided to get involved in this was she read a blog posting about it by the astronomer Brian May. She read it not because she was interested in astronomy, but because of his other job – lead guitarist for Queen. It turns out that what she found is extremely unusual – an extra-galactic gas cloud that is forming stars. Oh, and it’s green!
Lots of states have vanity or theme license plates. One of the “themes” available in Virginia is “Kid’s First.” Which is a rather noble one, but of course, there are always people who have to play with it. In this case, plate owner had the phrase “EATTHE” on it. So the plate read “Virginia Eat The Kids First.” Which got complaints, so the state revoked the plate. Alright, probably offensive, but they let this one go: SLAPS.
Did you know that Arianna Huffington is being sued over about the creation of Huffington Post?
The lawsuit has all the makings of the kind of gossipy soap opera among onetime friends that often lands on the digital pages of Web sites like the Huffington Post. There is a delicious Schadenfreude about the dispute, and the questions raised are profound: Did Huffington and Huffington Post co-founder Kenneth Lerer take ideas from Daou and Boyce—ideas the two men call “groundbreaking”—without properly compensating or acknowledging them? Or is this just a case of sour grapes, with Daou and Boyce looking to cash in on the hard work of Huffington and Lerer now that the site is successful and valuable?
Robert Reich weighs in on the war on public employees. One key point he makes is that there’s often “apples and oranges” comparisons that’s being made to justify it. I saw a lot of that in this state when Governor Paterson claimed that state employees averaged a certain pay rate. Which was news to most state employees, since they knew they they didn’t make anywhere near that amount.
If you don’t have Astronomy Picture of the Day bookmarked, you should.