Monday March 1st, 2010
|Total Internet Takeover: Open Wi-Fi 'outlawed' by Digital Economy Bill
posted 03/01/2010, 5:21 PM (ZDNet.co.uk)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The government will not exempt universities, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this week.
This would leave many organisations open to the same penalties for copyright infringement as individual subscribers, potentially including disconnection from the internet, leading legal experts to say it will become impossible for small businesses and the like to offer Wi-Fi access.
Lilian Edwards, professor of internet law at Sheffield University, told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the scenario described by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in an explanatory document would effectively "outlaw open Wi-Fi for small businesses", and would leave libraries and universities in an uncertain position.
"This is going to be a very unfortunate measure for small businesses, particularly in a recession, many of whom are using open free Wi-Fi very effectively as a way to get the punters in," Edwards said.
"Even if they password protect, they then have two options — to pay someone like The Cloud to manage it for them, or take responsibility themselves for becoming an ISP effectively, and keep records for everyone they assign connections to, which is an impossible burden for a small café."
In the explanatory document, Lord Young, a minister at BIS, described common classes of public Wi-Fi access, and explained that none of them could be protected. Libraries, he said,... (more)
|Debt Dynamite Dominoes: The Coming Financial Catastrophe
posted 03/01/2010, 5:21 PM (Global Research)|
Understanding the Nature of the Global Economic Crisis
The people have been lulled into a false sense of safety under the ruse of a perceived “economic recovery.” Unfortunately, what the majority of people think does not make it so, especially when the people making the key decisions think and act to the contrary. The sovereign debt crises that have been unfolding in the past couple years and more recently in Greece, are canaries in the coal mine for the rest of... (more)
|Government Stimulus, One Year Later
posted 03/01/2010, 5:21 PM (Ron Paul)|
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, or the stimulus bill, passing into law. While the debate over its success has been focused on whether or not it is stimulating the economy and on various questionable uses of funds, in my estimation this legislation is accomplishing exactly what it was intended to accomplish – grow the government.
Those of us concerned about the ever-increasing level of government debt gasped at... (more)
|The road to Armageddon
posted 03/01/2010, 5:16 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)|
The Washington Times is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars of aggression in the Middle East and favors making terrorists pay for 9/11. Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that the most popular story on the paper’s website for the past three days was the “Inside the Beltway” report, “Explosive News” (By Jennifer Harper, February 22, 2010) ab... (more)
|Face-to-Face With Marc Faber
posted 03/01/2010, 5:16 PM (Prieur du Plessis)|
Marc Faber, editor of the Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, sits down with Ben McLannahan, Asia Lex Writer of the Financial Times, to discuss a variety of pertinent economic and investment topics. In short, he suggests investors should make 2010 the year of “capital preservation”.
Part 1: Warns of partial US debt default
Faber says irrational monetary policy means there are asset-class bubbles forming somewhere, only we don’t know... (more)
|American reliance on government at all-time high
posted 03/01/2010, 5:16 PM (Washington Times)|
The so-called "Great Recession" has left Americans depending on the government dole like never before.
Without record levels of welfare, unemployment and other government benefits as well as tax cuts last year, the income of U.S. households would have plunged by an astonishing $723 billion — more than four times the record $167 billion drop reported last month by the Commerce Department.
Moreover, for the first time since the Great Depression, Americans took more ai... (more)
|A child herself, she awoke after abortion to a sight of horror
posted 03/01/2010, 5:16 PM (Philadelphia Daily News)|
[Category: Brave New World]
MALINA WILLIAMS took one look at the roomful of bottled fetus remains and knew instantly that something wasn't right.
She was just 13, still a baby herself, and had just had an abortion at the hands of Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell.
She said she had thought something was amiss when the West Philadelphia doctor eagerly agreed to perform the abortion, even though he allegedly didn't have permission from her parents as required by state law.
After her procedure ... (more)
|Al Bore comes out of hibernation to pen fearmongering NY Times OpEd
posted 03/01/2010, 5:16 PM (New York Times)|
"Almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are melting — and seas are rising. Hurricanes are predicted to grow stronger and more destructive, though their number is expected to decrease. Droughts are getting longer and deeper in many mid-continent regions, even as the severity of flooding increases. The seasonal predictability of rainfall and temperatures is being disrupted, posing serious threats to agriculture. The rate of species extinction is accelerating to dangerous levels."
|One in four Germans wants microchip under skin: poll
posted 03/01/2010, 5:15 PM (AFP)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
HANOVER, Germany -- It sounds like something from a sci-fi film, but one in four Germans would be happy to have a microchip implanted in their body if they derived concrete benefits from it, a poll Monday showed.
The survey, by German IT industry lobby group BITKOM, was intended to show how the division between real life and the virtual world is increasingly coming down, one of the main themes of the CeBIT trade fair that kicks off Tuesday.
In all, 23 percent of aro... (more)
|Zundel to be released from German prison
posted 03/01/2010, 5:15 PM (CBC News)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Far-right activist Ernst Zundel will soon be released from prison after serving his five-year sentence for denying the Holocaust, a German prosecutor said Wednesday.
Mannheim prosecutor Andreas Grossmann said Zundel, 70, will be released March 1 after receiving credit for time served before his 2007 trial.
Zundel, author of The Hitler We Loved and Why, was deported from Canada in 2005. He was convicted in February 2007 of 14 counts of inciting hatred for years of an... (more)