With the democratization of content creation came the democratization of the overzealous copyright claim. Do private agreements between copyright holders and hosting platforms such as YouTube’s Content ID system compromise artist’s fair use rights?
In this open discussion Elisa Kreisinger — Brooklyn-based video artist and artist-in-residence at Public Knowledge — invites artists, users, and lawyers to share their copyright experiences with hosting platforms, and debate the future of distributing digital arts works online.
More information on this event here: cyber.law.harvard.edu
An attractive couple strolls along the banks of the river Seine in Paris holding hands, stopping to kiss in the evening sun.
They take in a movie, laugh, dine al fresco, go home, make passionate love and next morning they get engaged underneath the Eiffel Tower.
They marry six months later and within three years they have two children, a house, car and dog. Nice story, isn’t it?
The couple I’ve been describing are two men. Two friends of mine.
For some people, that story suddenly switched from being nice to something sinister or uncomfortable. But it’s still the same story.
In London, gay couples hold hands and sometimes kiss while walking around town.
Ask yourself, what’s your reaction to that? Are you excited? Fine.
Are you amused? Fine.
Are you offended? If, so, ask yourself why.
What about two men making love? Are you disgusted, by the idea? If so, why?
Is it the anatomy?
Morgan Freeman recently re-tweeted the quote: “I hate the word homophobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.”
Racism has retreated to the point where the US President is black. One day the US president will be gay.
I like to imagine (and sure, accuse me of stereotyping) that when that day comes the world will become a more peaceful place, with less nuclear bombs and global warming and just about the same amount of gay sex.
Who’s afraid of a little ‘Vagina on’ vagina Woolf…?
More at Gawker
Some audio at Dropbox
I wonder how long the wingnuts are seriously going to stand with this guy, but I suppose they all still love that Duck Dynasty guy. I haven’t seen the same hubbub on Facebook about Bundy that I saw about Phil Robertson, but I don’t think Bundy poses himself as a “Christian” in quite the same way.
The Ugandan police of Inspector General’s Office, Kampala, report alleges that the U.S.-Backed HIV Center Was “collecting sperm in masturbation rooms.” The official report on an April 3 police raid also says the clinic maintained rooms for “practicing” homosexuality as part of the center’s “homosexual recruitment project”.
OLOGDEE obtained a copy of the Police Report which is below, which alleges that the Walter Reed project was “recruiting” youth aged 15 - 25 and “training them in homosexual practices.” I am wondering what this means? Does this mean that if one cannot instruct youth or men on condom use? And less so if a youth or man declares he is into sex with men? For fear of being accused of “training in homosexual practices?”
The report speaks for itself - and seems rather vague. These alleged actions are described in a way the denies the nature of the research which could easily be misconstrued into actions that would seem illegal under Uganda’s ill defined Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The shape of our backs keeps us balanced when we walk on two legs, but it comes at a cost. Anatomist Bruce Latimer shows how our transition to being exclusively bipedal has led to many common back ailments.
YOUR INNER FISH airs Wednesdays, April 9-23, 2014, 10/9c as part of PBS’ THINK WEDNESDAY.
Sean Hannity has a problem. Every time, it seems, he lends his name to support or defend a god fearing and America loving ‘salt of the earth’ they turn out to be god fearing, America loving, racists.
While we could wax schadenfruede about his newest pet’s complicated relationship with race I think its pertinent to bring up his former links with white supremacy:
Harold Charles “Hal” Turner (born March 15, 1962) is an American white nationalist, Holocaust denier and blogger from North Bergen, New Jersey. In August 2010, he was convicted for making threats against three federal judges with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to Turner’s arrest, his radio program, The Hal Turner Show, was a webcast from his home once a week.
The Nation’s Max Blumenthal details their relationship:
Turner was once a prominent activist in New Jersey’s Republican Party. To area conservatives, he was best known by his moniker for call-ins to the Sean Hannity Show, “Hal from North Bergen.” For years, Hannity offered his top-rated radio show as a regular forum for Turner’s occasionally racist, always over-the-top rants. Hannity also chatted with him off-air, allegedly offering encouragement to Turner as he struggled to overcome a cocaine habit and homosexual leanings. Turner has boasted that Hannity once invited Turner and his son on to the set of Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes. Today, Turner lurks on the fringes of the far right, spouting hate-laced tirades on his webcast radio show. Hannity, meanwhile, remains mum about his former alliance with the neo-Nazi, homing in instead on the supposed racism of black and Latino Democrats.
Hannity may not want to ‘own’ his friendship with Turner - however, Turner could not stop highlighting their relationship:
I was quite disappointed when Sean Hannity at first tried to say he didn’t know me and then went on to say that I ran some senate campaign in New Jersey. In fact, Sean Hannity does know me and we were quite friendly a number of years ago.
…When Hannity took over Bob Grant’s spot on 77 WABC in New York City, I was a well-known, regular and welcome caller to his show. Through those calls, Sean and I got to know each other a bit and at some point, I can’t remember exactly when, Sean gave me the secret “Guest call-in number” at WABC so that my calls could always get on the air.
When I utlized that call-in number, Sean would very often come onto that line during commercial breaks so we could chat before I went on the air. Our off-the-air chats grew to an exchange of other phone numbers, me giving Sean my home and cellular number and Sean giving me his direct dial-in number at Fox News channel.
In 1993, My wife got pregnant and around a month later, Sean reported that he and his wife were expecting their first child. We got to talking about things expectant dads talk about and the relationship grew.
…Over the course of the next three or four years, Sean and I spoke regularly off the air about our kids, politics and news of the day. My on-air calls to his show remained regular and welcome
Stay tuned to this moonbat channel for next weeks episode when we get to mention George Zimmerman, John Derbyshire, and Pat Robertson.
sure to be fun for all…
This news makes me very sad, indeed.
The Ovation guitar factory in New Hartford, Conn. — the only U.S. plant that currently makes the iconic guitars — will close in June, its parent company Fender announced Wednesday.
Forty-six employees will lose their jobs after the company decided to close the plant because of “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels,” the company said in a statement.
Ultimately, this is a result of market changes. When they burst onto the scene over 40 years ago, they were the only game in town if you wanted to plug an acoustic into an amp. And that started a bit of a slow-burning revolution. Now, virtually every manufacturer of acoustic guitars offers electric-acoustic options, allowing players to plug directly into amps or PA systems. Fishman, LR Baggs and others provide some of the most advanced systems out there.
I’ve been playing Ovations for over 40 years now. I’m now on my third (early 2000s Celebrity Deluxe shallow-body). My left hand fits their necks perfectly. My Celebrity is the most intonation-stable guitar I’ve ever owned (I rarely have to retune it after the initial stretching period — unless, of course, I go to an alternate tuning!)
Given Fender’s utterly DISMAL recent record with their budget lines (a few friends who’ve worked music retail have told me endless horror stories about how bad the QC is on the Squier line) , I have very little faith that they’ll maintain a quality legacy.
Times change. And I’m sad, nonetheless.
And a very good buddy of mine, Jon Merriman, with his most recent solo video:
Sheriff Richard Mack Calls out Glenn Beck over his Monday commentary on the Battle of Bundy Hill.
and what with all the “no true Scotsman” and reverse psychologies I cannot wait to see how well the rest of Beck’s quest for a legacy turns out
Not much on James Reinhard’s blog - but he hits the nail squarely on the head here:
The reason intelligent design is not a theory, is because it cannot be tested and it cannot be predicted. Intelligent design relies on the belief that there is an intelligent force or designer, that instead of all species evolving gradually, this designer brought species into existence, in their present state. There is simply no way to test the existence of this designer and if species were brought into existence haphazardly there’s no way to predict where or when there fossils would be found. In most cases, believers in intelligent design devote more time find faults in the evolution theory, and where ever they can find fault they implant the idea that intelligent design is the reason for the fault. They aren’t trying to prove intelligent design, they’re trying to disprove evolution.