A 9-year-old blogger won a food fight with authorities in her Scottish town Friday, after an online outcry prompted officials to lift a ban on posting photos of her school lunches. Martha Payne's images of uninspiring school meals – one consisted of two croquettes, a plain cheeseburger, three slices of cucumber and a lollipop -drew international attention. The lifted ban allows her still to blog, but not post pictures. The blog, set up about six weeks ago as a writing project and to help raise money for a school-meals charity, has drawn more than 2 million hits.Read more »
The Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to quash nascent competition from online video, according to people familiar with the matter. Justice Department officials have spoken to several online video providers, including Netflix Inc. NFLX +0.65% and Hulu LLC, those people said. Investigators have also questioned Comcast Corp., CMCSA -0.39% Time Warner Cable Inc.Read more »
Public Swearing In Middleborough, Mass. Now Subject To FineRead more »
To sum it all up a landlord who is a pacifist doesn't want to allow a veteran to rent her apartment out because of her moral beliefs. The soldier is upset and wants to sue the lady on the grounds of discrimination. In my opinion this is an issue of property rights and the lady should be able to reject whoever she wants on any grounds.Read more »
"The Secret Service agents ...had a duty to make “singularly swift, on the spot, decisions” to protect the lives of high officials. However, had the two been “ordinary law enforcement agents,” they would have allowed the suit to go forward."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 »
Oslo, Norway (CNN) -- Here's a quick way to get arrested in modern Russia: Walk into a cathedral wearing a neon mask and carrying a guitar, stand on the pulpit and scream punk songs with lyrics like "Virgin Mary drive Putin away!" Throw in a few more obscenities, and that's how three members of the punk band Pussy Riot ended up in Russian prison in early March, after criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, who the group says is in bed with the Russian Orthodox Church and is unfairly cracking down on free speech.Read more »
“If I wanted America to fail” logged over 120,000 hits in less than 36 hours; and then the Twitter page for Free Market America, the group behind the video, was suspended midway through Earth Day.
This illustrates the value of alternatives to outlets like Twitter, Google, and Facebook.Read more »
Steve Cooksey never thought he'd wind up in hot water with the North Carolina Board of Dietetics for merely running a blog documenting his personal successes in combating diabetes with a paleo diet, but now he's facing fines, loss of his domain name, and 120 days in jail. Why? Because he passed out business cards with his URL at a talk which advocated the diet that previously kept Cooksey dependent upon drugs—a talk given someone who had been licensed by the state.Read more »
A business owner in Lockport, NY with a digital sign violated the city sign ordinance for the 2nd time only to have a judge sentence him to 15 days in jail. The ridiculousness continues throughout America.Read more »
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