Monday, December 31, 2007
Here's my beef with this whole RIAA crap......If I buy a CD from the Sony/BMG Record Club and pop it into the Sony manufactured CD drive of my Sony Vaio laptop, I might even make a duplicate copy onto some Sony made CD-Rs for good measure, I can't see how the RIAA (representing Sony)could then sue me.....according to them and the courts, merely "enabling" copyright violation is in itself a violation. Why hasn't anyone caught on to this concept? I would like to see an artist sue Sony and the RIAA for "enabling" copyright violations and for not protecting them from said violations.I would go one step further and say that Sony was in fact tantamount in the consortium of companies that developed digital file standards and mp3's themselves. Thus Sony is one example of a copyright violation enabler...Stop and think of how many violations Sony alone has enabled through software and hardware as well as blank media. You could apply this theory backwards into the Eighties when mix tapes were the rage. Who made the best blank tapes and tape recorders....Sony! Can you say Walkman? If you apply the same amounts that Jammie Thomas was slapped with...you get the picture. Bye Bye Sony.....
Read more about what these pinheads had to say...
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Sunday, December 30, 2007
“In what’s probably a world’s first, not lawyers, but student attorneys at the University of Maine School of Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic have themselves taken up the fight on behalf of fellow students.
Maine law students vs the RIAA
This a great idea that may well thwart the draconian tactics of the RIAA folks. It would be great to see similar programs take root in other states as well. Like Vermont, many states have a multitude of programs with young, eager, net-savy law students looking to get their feet wet in real world cases. A program like this would tap into the youthful energy of a generation of kids who have grown up on the web. I would venture a bet that more kids have participated in file sharing than have smoked marijuana. This generation views the web as theirs, and they will be loathe to let outsiders ruin the free wheeling nature of the net as we now know it.
Of course in the end, the reality is that this rush to claim this fight as theirs, will end in a resolution somewhat short of what they might envision. But hey...that's all part of growing up.....
Saturday, December 29, 2007
By Dave Gram / Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vt. - President Bush may soon have a new reason to avoid left-leaning Vermont: In one town, activists want him subject to arrest for war crimes.
A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community."
While I'm generally suspect of anything I read on Michael Moore's website, I had also heard this on the local news as well. Once I was able to contain my gleeful giggling, I found myself amused, yet a bit disturbed. Then I realized that I was more pissed off that Bush has never been here in 8 years than I was about the concept of this ballot initiative.
Ok, I get why he isn't chomping at the bit to visit us, but if I were Republican Governor Jim Douglas, I would be fairly well insulted by this. Is Bush afraid that Howard Dean will jump out of the bushes and give him a "shout"? Granted most people in Vermont don't care for Bush, but there are folks that support his administration. I'm just not sure where they are...
If they want to issue a warrant for their arrest in Brattleboro, I say go for it....I don't think they'll get too far!
The Lewiston Tribune newspaper in Lewiston, Idaho, ran two large photos on its front page several days before Christmas. One showed a sign painter putting the finishing touches on a store window. The other was a still image from a convenience store's security camera showing an "unknown man" reaching for a wallet which was sitting on the store's counter....
Read more about this amazing coincidence at Randy Cassingham's "This is True" website...
The Big Picture
I would also highly reccommend his newsletter if you like these kinds of true stories...The truth is indeed stranger than fiction...
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This is an interesting read, and would seem to be a viable alternative if you have an ample supply of veggie oil... Imagine the other uses that a system like this could have?
self sufficient life » Generate your own power
Friday, November 23, 2007
Christmas With The Sproutifarts - A game of skill and bad smells.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Jonathan Goodwin is the type of person that used to be swallowed up and put on the dusty shelf by the Big Three. His ingenious inventions would never see the light of day...just like those innovations from the Tucker Automobile. Traditionally, Detroit could afford to not implement new ideas. If it cuts into the bottom line, it simply wasn't done. With the competitive nature of the auto industry, the Big Three can no longer bury their heads in the sand...Read on about Jonathan Goodwin for an incredible story about an innovative American.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A NEW AMERICAN HERO
"Hammer time! That's what it was when 75 year old Mona Shaw returned to her local Comcast office a few days after she spent two hours waiting outside for a manager and then was told he had left for the day..."
I can feel this woman's pain. I was in a KeyBank in Barre, VT and needed to make change for two fifty dollar bills. The lady asked me if I had an account with them. When I told her I didn't, she informed me that she couldn't make change! It was then it dawned on me that the last time I had been here, they wanted to charge me $5 to cash a check that was drawn on their bank! I'm dumbfounded by the logic here. There is a Community Bank accross the street (that gladly made change for me) and a Northfield Savings Bank next door...it's a good thing I don't own a hammer!
Unhappy customer strikes back at Comcast
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Disabled woman wants service animal of a different color: Times Argus Online
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Waves push the AquaBuoy up and down in the water. The motion puts pressure on a hydraulic fluid. The pressurized fluid then turns a turbine, which creates electricity.
This looks to be a new, promising alternative energy technology...
Wave power device gets in water in Oregon
Monday, September 03, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
And an engine equipped with Transonic's technology will be able to run on gas, ethanol or other types of fuel without help from batteries. In other words, a car with a Transonic-assisted engine would get as good or better mileage than a plug-in hybrid.
Transonic's goal: a car engine that gets 100 miles per gallon Tech news blog - CNET News.com
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Wired Blogs: Gadget Lab
Sunday, July 29, 2007
"The real question is why the president allows this to happen," Mondale writes.
I think its about time somebody calls it like it is...I just never thought it would be Walter Mondale! He must have been inspired by Gerald Ford's parting shots...
Ex-VP Mondale accuses Cheney of power grab
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
I saw this post from Cathy Resmer at Seven Days. A pillow fight broke out in Brattleboro and another is apparently scheduled for July 28th in Montpelier. ...I can hardly wait!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
See the Segment Here!
Friday, July 06, 2007
Camera trap captures three-legged Sumatran tiger
Sunday, July 01, 2007
"I'm killing a vampire!" the suspect bragged maniacally as witnesses tried to stop him from attacking the beautiful bird .....
Friday, June 29, 2007
Rather than slow down, Lemay is suing the state Department of Transportation to study traffic and speed limits across New Hampshire, to see whether limits could be raised.
My Way News - Frequent N.H. Speeder Wants Limit Raised
Why Your Electricity Meter Sucks
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
What transpires is without a doubt a huge misuse of the public's trust in some mythical right to a fair trial.
Read more at Wired Blogs
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Nolan has been pushing the NFL for the right to wear a suit more often, which is his way of honoring his father, Dick Nolan, who roamed the 49ers sideline in a suit from 1968 to 1975.
Mike Nolan Will Be Stylin' at Home in 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
This post from Crave has some links to great information about this exciting technology.
GM walks the walk on hydrogen fuel cells
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This reminds me of the plight of the GM EV1, but with a better ending!
Toilet Water Cleaner Than Fountain
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Loud Murmurs » I Love Vermont More Every Day
Monday, June 04, 2007
A major league meltdown by a minor league manager earned him a three-game suspension and worldwide fame on the Internet. Combining bits of Earl Weaver, Billy Martin and Lou Piniella, the weekend tantrum by Double-A manager Phillip Wellman prompted his bosses at the Atlanta Braves to take action Monday.
I love it! This guy just completely loses his mind. I wish I could hear what he was saying...now that's priceless. I just hope we never see that at a Vermont Mountaineers game....
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Digg - Apple's prediction of computing in 2010, from 1988
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of legal mumbo-jumbo that goes into describing something so simple.
You can find some really interesting things by searching Google Patents.
Method and means for creating anti-gravity
Monday, May 28, 2007
Of course, this is being touted as a victory for everyone making the current minimum wage of $5.85, but the reality is that in the long-term it won't mean much and it may even hurt the very people it intends to help. I know that a lot of people will refuse to listen or accept the idea of this, but I truely believe it to be the case and I've saw the evidence first hand while working a minimum wage job myself.
Federal Minimum Wage To Increase to $7.25
Yeah...pass it along to the consumer in the form of higher prices. We couldn't possibly take the hit out of our epotentialy growing corporate profits. God forbid some CEO can't afford to trade up his Hummer this year....and to those in the middle of the wage scale...shut up with your "relative worth crap"...you're already making a decent wage. Raising the standard of living for those at the bottom requires the rest of us to sacrifice. Let some business owners and CEOs live for 120 days on minimum wage, just like the Congessmen who had to live on food stamps. Apparently, you've been drinking the Chamber of Commerce Kool-aid that has had people believing this warped perspective for years. They even have you believing you've "seen it with your own eyes". This is Republican fuzzy math at its worst, and assumes a chain of events that is highly unlikely to happen, because at the end of the day, they still need someone to sweep the sidewalks and bag groceries whether it costs them $5.25 per hour or it costs them $10 per hour. I say put the minimum wage at a reasonable level and then tie it to Congressional pay raises!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I think it would be in the best interest of the region/city/state to consider co-building a larger multi-purpose facility that could draw larger national events. It would add to the ability to market the Champlain Valley as a "destination". That's just my two cents...
Burlington Free Press.com Sports
Monday, May 21, 2007
Not only do these puppies have a low carbon footprint they're damn fashionable. Is there a Hello Kitty model? Now that's some real alternative transportation!
The Fast and the Furry-ouss!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I hope this wacko gets put away....far away! An interesting discourse ensues....
Public Humiliation vs. Real Punishment
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Spencer Reiss- Wired.com
This article does well to point out the fact that it will get worse before it gets better. That's good....right?
Why Gas Is Good for America
Monday, May 14, 2007
So, why haven't the media picked up on it?
Here's the deal. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to use it for other purposes.
Doesn't this sound like the kind of news you see on the front page of every paper?
The drug also has no patent, which means it could be produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to what drug companies research and develop.
Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with DCA.
Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the nightly news, right?.....
Read the original article here...
...and more from the original researchers!
Official University of Alberta DCA Site
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs , he said. "After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.
Festival Sells Deep-Fried Testicles
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I'm always amazed at the ingenuity of kids and the regional differences we have. I'm sure no carpet-bagging Yankee would have ever thought this one up, yet somehow I bet this would be a treat regardless of which side of the Mason Dixon line you reside. This NYT article explains how this odd combination came to be...
A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
David Ball Signs With The Bears
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
For N.F.L. Draft, the Biggest (XXXXXXL) Sleeper - New York Times
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Well, let’s not forget one name on that list: Jim Douglas.
This is a week old, but it still got me going...
Isn’t “Affordability Tour” Really An Oxymoron
Woman Arrested with .47 Blood Alcohol Level
...it's amazing she was even conscious! But, it's ok...because it's legal!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I may not be qualified to be the Greatest… but I am a Great Living American, and that is not that far off of Greatest Living American. Even if I can be in the top 10 links, I think that should be worth something."
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Two Reasons Why Royalty Decision Sucks
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Save Net Radio
Monday, April 16, 2007
This isn''t really the sort of thing I use as my mantra, but I took 60 seconds to check it out. It's solid advice...not rocket science, but solid advice none the less. The guy who wrote the book seems to be your typical "rah-rah" type, but amazingly I've found these guys to have some great concepts under all the slick sales crap! I'm mean come on...who couldn't be more organized?
Getting Things Done In 60 Seconds
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Pieces of Titanic Transformed Into Luxury Watches
But that expansion will not take place in Vermont....
High Taxes Deter Plant Expansion In Vermont