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IF you haven’t heard of the “The Rent is too Damn High” Party, or seen the recently circulating clip from its helmsman, Jimmy MacMillan, at the NY gubernatorial debate, then this next skit won’t make sense to you.Â However, I’m willing to bet that modern life doesn’t make too much sense to you either.
Not that funny, but he nailed the impression. It’s also way better than that other racist version which I will not post… but here’s a link.
Sometimes, typos matter â€” a lot. Weâ€™ve seen typos get law firms into all kinds of trouble. And now a typo might ruin the already slim gubernatorial chances of a Green Party candidate.
Running on the Green Party line, Rich Whitney wasnâ€™t likely to become the next Governor of Illinois anyway. But an error at the Chicago Board of Elections will cause Whitneyâ€™s name to be misspelled as â€œWhiteyâ€ on some touch screen ballots this November. Of the 23 wards affected by this typo, half of them are in largely African-American districts. And the error cannot not be fixed in time for Election Day.
So yeah, black people in Chicago will be able to vote for â€œRich Whiteyâ€ this fall. ##Read the rest!##
This is a word from Ellen (our go-to in many situations) on the recent death of Tyler Clementi (R.I.P.), a student who committed suicide after a roommate streamed a video of him hooking up with another guy on the web, therefore exposing him as gay.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing even remotely funny about this one (in a sort of departure from our M.O.).
I also recommend to you Garland Grey’s (loosely related) article at Tigerbeatdown. Be respectful, though, ninjas, as I’m sure they don’t want any ignorant ass spam over there. We, however, relish in that sort of fuckery, so bring it on.
I was reading about this new “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” and getting a bit scared. This bill, sponsored by a group of scallywag scamp-ass senators would evoke a structure that allowed web sites and services to be blocked on major internet service providers if they are deemed to be dedicated to infringement. Salon has an interesting piece on this bill, which I think you should definitely check out.
This legislation would essentially set up a blacklist of thousands of websites to be disallowed to Americans, I daresay in a manner similar to the way in which communist China restricts their users to content deemed appropriate by the government. As with many laws, those considered to be infringing will be generally the ones with the weakest voices and least connections to the pockets of, I imagine, senators. Although some would argue in favor of the need for this legislation, following Hollywood’s lead on copyright issues is a tenuous path at best(click for a list of technologies that would have been banned by this bill over time).
We have included the text of the Bill for you below. Is this perhaps a response to what some people are seeing as a slipping of American intellectual property capital in an increasingly globalized market? I recently read an article about the counterfeit shoe industry in China, from the NYT. The article talks about the widespread practice of counterfeiting American brands and points to many of these Chinese factories hope to use their bootlegging as an eventual springboard to legitimacy. I guess my question is whether this bill is a late reaction to music and movie piracy, or if the fears expressed here are more deep-seated. Take a look: