The End of the Internet? I linked something similar before, but it's worth reading again. "If Americans are to succeed in designing an equitable digital destiny for themselves, they must mount an intensive opposition similar to the successful challenges to the FCC's media ownership rules in 2003. Without such a public outcry to rein in the GOP's corporate-driven agenda, it is likely that even many of the Democrats who rallied against further consolidation will be 'tamed' by the well-funded lobbying campaigns of the powerful phone and cable industry."
Here's what you can do about it (and if you can, write your own text; it'll mean more).
In more news of internet-related greed: Licking this postage stamp may be a problem.
Syrians Torch Embassies Over Caricatures.
Teen Wanted in Gay Bar Rampage Is Caught.
Red Sea ferry survivors say captain fled.
Two Kidnapped Girls Found, Returned to Dad.
Feminist Author Betty Friedan Dies at 85.
Arson suspected in Alabama church fires.
Jon Stewart explains the difference between Oprah and news. Hint: only one is willing to call out a liar.
E! previews the Super Bowl - the music, the commercials, the movie trailers. There may also be a sporting event in there somewhere.
</font>Schools grapple with policing students' online journals - and whether to police them at all.
Kay Nielsen at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. I had no idea Nielsen worked on Fantasia! I love his illustrations for The Twelve Dancing Princesses (shown at link), and have even used them as writing inspiration. Someday, I have got to track down the book they're in.
From 5000 different people: Brokeback to the Future.
I have word, from a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a security guy, that [GIANT LOST SPOILER] >> Ana-Lucia will be killed off because Michelle Rodriguez is, to use the jurisprudential term, a giant beeyatch. Also, the drunk driving thing didn't help. And by "will be" I mean "has been filmed." Look at it this way--the Lost group is cuddlier than any cast we've seen since, oh, let's say, Lord of the Rings (wait a minute...), someone who upsets that balance, who can't get along with the group? Is out, no matter how flirty her character gets with Captain Dr. Hero Jack. <<
Dateline's online predator sting. It's hilarious in an awful sort of way--maybe "absurd" is a better way to put it. "The decoy asks him to bring Mike’s Hard Lemonade and 'southbayguy310' says he’ll bring a camera, hoping she’ll let him take naked pictures of her. As he’s driving to our house, he calls the decoy to get directions. He finds the house but just as he’s pulling up, another man being arrested outside. He calls the decoy to find out what’s going on and Del [the decoy] quickly makes up a story saying her neighbor was arrested for dealing drugs. Amazingly, the police activity isn’t enough stop him." And it only gets crazier from there.
In three days, 51 men chatted online with a decoy posing as a 12 or 13-year-old, spoke on the phone, got in some type of vehicle and drove to our house. And out of the 51, all but one [a friend that one chatter brought] were arrested.Also, they bring booze, porn, condoms, cameras, and/or sex toys. And when they deny what they came for, Hansen reads their chatlogs back to them. Who shows up? Registered sex offenders (including a convicted rapist and a convicted child molester), a school teacher, an actor, a guy previously in trouble with the law for stalking a woman (and who threatens to "shove that camera down [the reporter's] throat"), and...
Sgt. Chad Bianco: I did not expect this many suspects arriving at the house. Michelle Paradise, deputy district attorney: I was surprised at how many actually came in just that period of time. It was alarming. What is happening down the street? What is happening around the corner? What is happening within our county?
Chris Hansen (hidden camera footage): Hey sir, can you come back over here please. And have a seat, you seem to be in a hurry there. Please sit down. Why were you in such a hurry to get in the other side of that fence?
Michael Burks: My father was a police officer. I was a police officer. I work for the Department of Homeland Security. I understand you guys have a job to do and I’m not trying to tell anything else other than that. I swear to God, as God as my witness, I’m wearing a St. Michael’s medal right now, okay? I was not going to do anything with her.Dude.
(I think "Sir, why are you in such a hurry to get over that fence?" is going to replace "Sir, is this your crack pipe?" as my family's Favorite Crime TV Refrain.)