Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Friday, September 26, 2008

  Which Hunt?

Some choice quotes from this week:

I'll start with Palin...



Glenn Greenwald has also had choice things to say about Palin, too many to list.

Palin is nowhere near as good as Peter Sellers at political speech. Palin comes across as genuinely confused, where Sellars comes across as confusing genuinely.

Given Palin's incoherence on the issues, a comparison to Princess Caraboo seems in order.

And then there was the election...



I try not to be depressed. There was such great comic material in everything that happened this week - Letterman bashing McCain, for example, Palin's swimsuit video, for another. This latter video keeps getting pulled for violating copyright law, and the public keeps reposting them - I have little doubt that the recently passed PRO-IP law will be used to suppress further expressions of mass outrage...

Then there was the bailout...

In other absurd news... the Chinese released a detailed account of the total success of their spacecraft launch and spacewalk - complete with dialog - hours before the rocket even left the launchpad.

Not to be outdone by the Chinese, the McCain campaign placed an ad claiming that McCain won today's debate - the ad was showing long before debate and even before anybody knew if he'd even attend.

And I don't think the SEC's methods have improved much over the last 5 years.



Lastly, a bit on the life and times of Edward Bernays, who established some of the core ideas behind amoral PR. He found his ideas used by just about everyone, from capitalist to Marxist, and loved that. I had read Manufacturing Consent decades ago, I'd like to find a copy of Engineering Consent to round out my education.

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  Weapons of Mass distraction used to shield PRO-IP bill passage

Am I the only one that noticed that amid all the hoo-rah and weapons of mass distraction unleashed during the financial crisis that the Senate passed the PRO-IP bill?

It essentially creates a copyright czar reporting directly to the president. The RIAA loves this bill.

My guess is that the extension of copyright's lifetime to the life of the author + 70 years probably will cost the public far, far, far more than a mere 700 billion. That crime was committed years ago.
While the DOJ pushed back, the new PRO-IP bill creates a federal copyright cop which will ultimately put more teeth in the current, wildly violated set of statutes.

Public Knowledge has more.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

  A few signs of sanity

The always articulate Glenn Greenwald weighs in on wall street:As does seekingalpha:

Some More Pithy Bits... and some lovely satire courtesy of Wil Wheaton.

And, lastly, a little Thomas Jefferson:

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