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August 19, 2009

Justice Dept. Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Fine Against Minnesota Mom

Justice Dept. Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Fine Against Minnesota Mom : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily
The Department of Justice has defended the $1.92 million decision against Minnesota mom Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally downloading 24 songs off of a peer-to-peer network, according to the Daily Online Examiner. As Rock Daily previously reported, Thomas-Rasset asked for a reduction in the fine after she was sentenced to pay the RIAA $80,000 per song when a Minnesota jury found her guilty in her second trial. Thomas-Rasset’s lawyers had been pushing for a third trial, saying the fine of $1.92 million was disproportionate to the amount of damage she had actually done, but the Justice Department agreed with the massive ruling. “The defendant’s suggestion that the actual harm can be measured to the ‘tune of $1.29 for each of the 24 songs’ … ignores the potential multiplying effect of peer-to-peer file-sharing,” the Justice Department said in legal documents filed last week reinforcing the decision.

Whole Foods boycott gathers blog steam

Whole Foods Backlash: Bloggers Outraged Over CEO's Anti-'ObamaCare' Column
HuffPost bloggers have taken some strong stances on the issue. Ben Wyskida has decided he's done with shopping at Whole Foods, not only over the health care op-ed, but because he disagrees with many public stances Mackey has taken, like his opposition the the Employee Free Choice Act:
To me, it's pretty basic: Mackey is working to oppose things I believe in, so I should stop giving him money. That's not easy: I spend a lot of money on food. I also spend a lot of money at Whole Foods.
Wyskida's blog received enthusiastic support on Facebook, with the vast majority of commenters declaring they'd boycott, and one reader stating she'd even sold her stock over the issue.

August 18, 2009

Woman yells ‘Heil Hitler’ to Jewish man praising Israel’s national health care system.

Think Progress � Woman yells ‘Heil Hitler’ to Jewish man praising Israel’s national health care system.
Conservatives have strenuously denied that there is any anti-Semitism on display by anti-health reform protesters at town hall meetings nationwide — despite all the evidence to the contrary. Last week, Las Vegas radio station KDWN AM720 sponsored a “contentious” town hall, emceed by conservative morning show host Heidi Harris. At the event, local news stations were interviewing an Israeli man who was praising the “fantastic” “national health care” in Israel. During his remarks, a woman yelled out, “Heil Hitler!” The man stopped, became visibly upset, and exclaimed, “Did you hear this? She say to a Jew, ‘Heil Hitler’! Hear? I’m a Jew! You’re telling me, ‘Heil Hitler’? Shame of you!” After he angrily confronts her, the woman mocks him by making a crying sound to imply he is a whining baby. Watch it:
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Chrysler spits in our faces, builds Fiat car in Mexico

Chrysler to build key car in Mexico | Detroit Free Press | Freep.com
0Chrysler Group LLC, now being run by Italian automaker Fiat Group SpA, is planning to build the Fiat 500 minicar at a factory in Mexico, according to a person briefed on the company’s plans. The automaker also is considering building a compact car in the U.S. that could be larger than the 500, according to the person, who did not want to be identified because the plans have not been made public. Chrysler spokesman Gualberto Ranieri declined to comment today. But news of the Fiat 500 decision disappointed several members of the United Auto Workers who had hoped that the minicar would be made at a U.S. factory because of UAW cost-saving concessions and the fact that Chrysler has received $15.5 billion in U.S. government aid.

Ted Nugent: Whiny, chickenshit, back-biting dick

The Raw Story | Axed Ted Nugent flipped out on paper; referenced Nazis
It all started when The Waco Tribune's new owners laid down an alternate set of rules for their editorial page. Number one, more conservative views will be expressed. Number two, no more being mean. (That's a paraphrase.) Ted did not like this. "So I get this spineless, soulless anti-American Email from Carlos Sanchez, new editor of Waco Tribune, listing new rules for my weekly Sunday feature telling me I cant [sic] criticize anyone, only recommend things, can’t have any negativity, only cute nicyness," he blasted on his Web site -- his online "Tedquarters," as he calls it. That was all it took. At that point, The Waco Tribune decided to put Ted's column to bed. In an editorial, Carlos Sanchez explained that direction had come from the publishers. Then he took a shot at the 'Nuge himself:
I must admit that Nugent’s rant angered me. Not so much because he was criticizing me — I get that all the time. But because he didn’t have the courage to confront me directly. In fact, his only communication with me was his expression of cooperation. The irony of this disagreement with Nugent is that I have been one of his biggest defenders.