Harriet Harman, deputy leader the UK Labour Party, has explained her party's programme for the British Internet: "implement the Digital Economy Act under a clear timetable including getting on with the notification letters." "Notification letters?" Why yes, those would be the letters notifying you that you have been accused, without proof, of downloading copyrighted material without permission, and that everyone in your household is now at risk of being disconnected from the Internet, without a trial. If that costs you your job, if that costs your children their education, if that makes it harder to engage with politics, civics, and your community, well, tough shit. Thanks for sticking up for the little guy, Labour. And thanks for passing the Digital Economy Act without Parliamentary debate, over the howls of protests of your own veteran MPs, even after music industry lobbyists were caught rewriting portions of it to suit their corporate masters. (PS: she also wants all the worst stuff in SOPA to be taken on voluntarily by Google).
Called by networks about an hour after polls closed in California, the recall election there failed to dethrone Governor Gavin Newsom. He holds about a 30-point lead the morning after, and while the total isn't expected to remain so lopsided as more ballots are counted, the result put a humiliating end to Republican challenger Larry… READ THE REST
In St. Petersburg, Russia, Boris Vishnevsky was set to run in this month's election to maintain his seat inn the Legislative Assembly. Unfortunately, two "spoiler" candidates have joined the running—both named Boris Vishnevsky and wearing similar facial hair as the first Vishnevsky. From Reuters: The [Central Election Commission] rejected a complaint by Vishnevsky demanding that… READ THE REST
Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, long-groomed for the role by conservative groups, picked by Donald Trump, then rammed into the chair by the GOP House Leader in the final days of Trump's administration, said in a lecture Sunday that she is concerned that the public may increasingly see the court as a partisan institution.… READ THE REST
Airlines. Cable companies. Pharmaceutical firms. Banks. Those industries show up every year on lists of America's most hated companies. It's seldom for the products they actually produce. It's usually for the poor customer service, ridiculous fees, and a general sense of all-around indifference to their customer's needs that land these firms squarely in the public's… READ THE REST
A lot has changed since you started your career behind the keyboard, and if you can't keep up with the times, the generation in front of you will swoop in and eat you alive. Sure, you could retire early (we all know your savings will last you comfortably until at least next Tuesday), but there's… READ THE REST
Whether you're planning for a visit with the in-laws or trying to meet important deadlines at work, there's a lot of reasons to pull your hair out these days. And until you can drop everything you're doing and escape on a solo trip through Europe, you could really use something to take the edge off. … READ THE REST