Dudeism has sometimes been referred to as a "mock religion", though its founder and many adherents regard it as "real.". Its stated primary objective is to promote a philosophy and lifestyle consistent with the original form of Chinese Taoism, outlined in Tao and Laozi (6th century BC), blended with concepts by the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC), and personified by the modern day character "The Dude" (Jeff Bridges) in the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski.Read more »
House panel backs contempt for Holder, Issa says floor vote can still be avoided
A House panel voted Wednesday in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a move that inflamed partisan rancor on Capitol Hill and sets up the possibility of legal action against the attorney general himself.
Holder has not yet been formally held in contempt of Congress. The full House would still need to approve the resolution in order for that to happen -- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., afterward told Fox News that such a floor vote can still be avoided.Read more »
Let victims of crime track case online, says thinktank
IPPR report calls for details on the progress of cases to be published to bolster public confidence in criminal justice system
TrackMyCrime, a pioneering website set up by Avon and Somerset police, was singled out for praise by the Institute for Public Policy Research. Photograph: Rob Wilkinson/Alamy
Victims of crime in England and Wales should be able to track their case online from the moment it is reported to the point when justice is served, a thinktank has said.Read more »
Wisconsin recall highlights elections in 6 states
The gubernatorial recall vote in Wisconsin highlights Tuesday’s elections. Five other states are conducting presidential primaries, although Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama already have collected enough delegates to win their parties’ nominations. Those races and other highlights of voting:Read more »
Wisconsin Recall 2012: Scott Walker, Tom Barrett Face Off In Contest Over A Year In The Making
By SCOTT BAUER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADISON, Wis. — Following a brief but bruising campaign, both sides of the recall election targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are prepared for a razor-thin margin Tuesday as the Republican tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall effort.Read more »
The Information Freedom Amendment
Section 1. The first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States shall take precedence over all previous articles.
Section 2. Therefore, the powers granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8, by the specific language, "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;" are hereby revoked.Read more »
UK Will Order More ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay
The BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), the voice of the British recorded music bizz, is reported to make desperate efforts of extending its Internet-blocking policy about The Pirate Bay onto other largest broadband providers, including TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Sky, O2, and Orange.Read more »
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Illegal File-Sharing Chips Away At North Korean Propaganda
In the high-stakes debate over control of the Internet, it is common to hear how the free flow of information is crucial to development of humanity. For North Korea, a country that has almost zero Internet access and is repressed beyond anything experienced in the West, the free flow of information is a distant concept. But according to a new report, the sharing of pirate TV shows and music among the citizens of the country is challenging the DPRK regimes’ depiction of the outside world.Read more »
Decriminalize the Average Man
If you reside in America and it is dinnertime, you have almost certainly broken the law. In his book Three Felonies a Day, civil-liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate estimates that the average person unknowingly breaks at least three federal criminal laws every day. This toll does not count an avalanche of other laws — for example misdemeanors or civil violations such as disobeying a civil contempt order — all of which confront average people at every turn.Read more »
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