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"Google has stopped displaying snippets of German news stories in its search results after being sued over intellectual property rights. Following the legal action by German publishers and the passing of an an 'ancillary copyright' bill -- aka a Google tax -- in the country last year, Google will soon no longer display news snippets and thumbnail images from some of Germany's biggest publishers." [editor's note: And now they'll whine about THAT - TLK] (10/02/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:50 am
"She was his high school sweetheart and wife of 28 years. He was mayor of the modest Los Angeles suburb where they moved and had two kids just after they were married. Daniel Crespo, mayor of Bell Gardens, is now dead from a fatal gunshot wound that authorities say was fired by his wife, though she had not been arrested and no charges had been filed Wednesday. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials who interviewed both Crespo's wife and son said Levette Crespo shot her husband several times Tuesday afternoon after he got into a physical altercation with their 19-year-old son. Crespo, 45, was pronounced dead at a hospital." (10/02/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:25 am
"A federal judge in Southern California on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that John Wayne Enterprises filed against Duke University in North Carolina. The two have squabbled since 2005 over use of the name. The university objected last year when Wayne's heirs tried to register the name 'Duke' to market bourbon and other alcoholic beverages. Duke University said that could cause confusion and diminish its own trademark." (10/01/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:20 am
"For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain. Why did state prosecutors and the army quickly declare soldiers had behaved appropriately in killing the suspects on June 30?" (10/01/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:24 am
"US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up plans to 'smash Cuba' with air strikes nearly 40 years ago, government papers obtained by researchers show. He was angered by Cuba's 1976 military intervention in Angola and was considering retaliation if Cuban forces were deployed elsewhere in Africa. The information comes from documents declassified at the request of the National Security Archive. They show that Mr Kissinger was eager for the US to stand up to Cuba. " (10/01/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: October 2, 2014, 6:53 am

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"Republicans hungry to win back the Senate had a strategic choice to make. Should they run on a comprehensive policy platform that detailed their conservative vision for the country? Should they pick one or two of their most popular ideas for legislation and promise to put those bills on the president’s desk? Or, since their actual positions on issues are so unpopular, would they just be better off not promoting any of their legislative ideas? Clearly, Republicans have chosen the 'running on empty' path to regain control of the Senate." (10/01/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:21 pm
"She's being sent to a 'rehabilitative' program? There is nothing to 'rehabilitate.' She wasn't the one in the wrong. It's like letting a rape victim go to 'rehabilitation' -- so she can see the error of her ways -- because she was raped. The 'arresting' cop needs rehabilitation. The prosecutors need rehabilitation. The evil idiots who wrote and passed the rule she ran afoul of need rehabilitation. Shaneen is the only one involved in this whole mess who doesn't need to be rehabilitated." (10/01/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:52 am
"When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director Gen. James Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence. He was discussing the fact that ISIS, right under his own and the general’s noses, gained control of nearly half of the landmass of Iraq. This is the same Iraq that the United States supposedly liberated from the clutches of a dictator, strengthened as a regional military power and fortified as the Middle East’s newest democracy as a result of our invasion in 2003 and our subsequent 10-year occupation." (10/02/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:40 am
"Where can a peaceful person go to live in peace (i.e. sans politics)? I’ve heard that there are still uninhabited islands for sale out there (though who the seller is, I don’t know). And the North Pole seems to be distinctly void of a police state. Or, as the anarchist is constantly reminded, there’s always Somalia (though anyone who considers Somalia to be some kind of market anarchy is sorely misinformed). But as I’ve not (yet) made my fortune, buying an island is not feasible. The North Pole would put New Hampshire winters to shame. And I read that the inevitable blowback of statism in which Somalia now rots may not end soon. What’s a secessionist to do?" (10/01/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:20 am
"I can only speculate about the last occasion when I heard of it. I imagine it was mentioned when Obama was destroying the government of Libya and replacing it with another one (and that turned out well, didn’t it?). But I don’t actually remember anybody bringing it up. I would also imagine that someone mentioned it when Obama was campaigning for reelection on the claim that he had killed Osama bin Laden. Again, however, I can’t specifically recall anyone drawing attention to the Nobel Prize. The Prize for Peace, remember." (10/01/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:00 am

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