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September 20, 2012

In effort to take clip offline, “Innocence of Muslims” actress sues over film

  • first try After multiple protests broke out over the controversial “Innocence of Muslims,” including one that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, the U.S. government asked YouTube to take the clips down. YouTube refused.
  • second try The U.S. government asked YouTube to reconsider their stance. While the clip is no longer viewable in some countries, YouTube again refused to take the clip down entirely.
  • latest try But now, the video could get taken down for a completely different reason: Actress Cindy Lee Garcia plans to ask for an injunction so that YouTube takes the clip down. Garcia says she was duped into starring in the video, which was filmed under a different name and dubbed with anti-Muslim messages after the fact. Garcia also sued the filmmakers Wednesday. source
10:16 // 1 year ago
August 23, 2012
There is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime and another not.
Public Knowledge lawyer John Bergmayer • Discussing a controversial letter written by AT&T describing why the company plans to charge more to allow the usage of the iOS app FaceTime on its network, forcing consumers to switch to the company’s new Mobile Share plans to use the service. Their reasoning? “The FCC’s net neutrality rules do not regulate the availability to customers of applications that are preloaded on phones,” the company’s Bob Quinn writes. The decision may violate the FCC’s neutrality rules, though the FCC hasn’t responded on the matter. Hey Apple: Consider taking the app out of iOS6 and instead putting it prominently on the App Store, just to screw AT&T over.
9:31 // 2 years ago
August 19, 2012
James Davis says he was only fulfilling the wishes of his wife when he buried Patsy Ruth Davis in the front yard of their Alabama log home in 2009, but ever since then, he’s found himself in an ongoing legal battle over keeping her there. ”Good Lord, they’ve raised pigs in their yard, there’s horses out the road here in a corral in the city limits, they’ve got other gravesites here all over the place,” he said. “And there shouldn’t have been a problem.” A court ruled against Davis, but the ruling is on hold until the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals can decide the case. (photo by Jay Reeves/AP)

James Davis says he was only fulfilling the wishes of his wife when he buried Patsy Ruth Davis in the front yard of their Alabama log home in 2009, but ever since then, he’s found himself in an ongoing legal battle over keeping her there. ”Good Lord, they’ve raised pigs in their yard, there’s horses out the road here in a corral in the city limits, they’ve got other gravesites here all over the place,” he said. “And there shouldn’t have been a problem.” A court ruled against Davis, but the ruling is on hold until the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals can decide the case. (photo by Jay Reeves/AP)

13:02 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012

GOP, Michele Bachmann battle over Huma Abedin-Muslim Brotherhood allegations

  • criticism Sen. John McCain said Rep. Michele Bachmann’s allegations that Huma Abedin is aiding the Muslim Brotherhood had “no logic, no merit, and no basis” and need to stop. House Speaker John Boehner also rebutted the claims, saying what he knows of Abedin shows "a sterling character."
  • pushback Rep. Bachmann stood by her claim regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and Abedin during an interview. She also defended her questioning of Abedin from critics, saying, “all we did is ask, did the federal government look into her family associations before she got a high level security clearance.” source

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18:15 // 2 years ago
June 12, 2012
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May 15, 2012
I love this type of collaboration. It is a process that I think is vital to the success of any endeavor and one that was necessary to make sense of sometimes contradictory characterizations of President Eisenhower.
Architect Frank Gehry • Writing about the changes he’s made to the Eisenhower memorial he designed, which adds statues of Dwight Eisenhower’s work as general and as president. Gehry’s original design, which initially showed these images in bas relief form, drew criticism from Eisenhower’s family, with daughter Susan comparing some parts of the design to Communist works honoring “Marx, Engels and Lenin,” and other parts to Nazi death camps. Despite the changes, Gehry kept the key element of the design — a statue of Eisenhower as a young boy in Kansas, looking on at his later accomplishments. The design is planned to go on display near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
20:02 // 2 years ago
April 27, 2012

George Zimmerman forgot to tell his lawyer about his PayPal donations

  • $150,000 the amount George Zimmerman’s bond was set at when he was released last week after a contentious bond hearing
  • $200,000 the amount George Zimmerman had in PayPal donations sitting around at the time of that hearing; it wasn’t mentioned at all source

» Trayvon’s lawyer wants his bond revoked: A few weeks back, when George Zimmerman was having lawyer trouble, he put up a Web site asking publicly for donations, complete with a PayPal link. People donated in the hundreds of dollars to Zimmerman’s legal fund. According to his lawyer, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman didn’t inform him of the donations until this week, and they’re now under his authority. That said, Zimmerman will most assuredly need the funds — O’Mara’s normal rate is $400 per hour, and he’s already worked 100 hours on the case. Do the math on that one, guys. This morning, the judge in the case asked to learn more information on how this happened, while the lawyers for Trayvon’s family say that during the bond hearing, Zimmerman and his lawyer acted as though “that they did not have any money.” Lots of drama here.

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12:44 // 2 years ago
April 8, 2012
A colorful photo, with at least two misgivings: ”Dyed chicks are displayed for sale for Easter in the Bab Touma district in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and said he hopes the joy of Easter will comfort Christians who are suffering because of their faith.” In a related note, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently unbanned the controversial practice, which was banned in the state for 45 years, over the objections of animal-rights activists. (Photo by Bassem Tellawi/AP)

A colorful photo, with at least two misgivings: ”Dyed chicks are displayed for sale for Easter in the Bab Touma district in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and said he hopes the joy of Easter will comfort Christians who are suffering because of their faith.” In a related note, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently unbanned the controversial practice, which was banned in the state for 45 years, over the objections of animal-rights activists. (Photo by Bassem Tellawi/AP)

13:40 // 2 years ago
April 6, 2012

Malawi faces major political challenges after president’s death

  • thursday Malawi’s longtime president, former World Bank official Bingu wa Mutharika, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at his home in the capital of Lilongwe.
  • friday Perhaps a reflection of the government’s fragility Mutharika’s death hasn’t been announced, though it’s been confirmed by medical and diplomatic sources in the past day.
  • next? Mutharika’s vice-president, Joyce Banda, is constitutionally next in line for to lead the African nation, but she was booted out of her party, causing issues. source

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17:54 // 2 years ago