Lambert again provided many links!
Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys New York Times. :-(
Facebook asserts trademark on word “book” in new user agreement arstechnica. Huh? A trademark is a specific visual image, it has to be registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and you can get a trademark only in specific categories and then you have to be able to demonstrate use as of a certain date. The article discusses that there are unregistered trademarks, but no IP lawyer I know of would recommend relying on an unregistered mark. The idea that you can assert trademark status with no accompanying use (the Facebook logo does not contain the word “book”) is an attempt to bully the uninformed.
Mafia mobster is freed from jail just 12 months into 15 year sentence because of ALLERGY to the beans on prison menu Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S)
The Case for Sleep Medicine New York Times. So how low is the NYT prepared to go in defending big corporate interests? This is an article from an English professor criticizing a large sample study by the BMJ. Lordie.
Is Your New HDTV Watching You? HDguru (hat tip reader furzy mouse). I’m told that iPad 2 and higher are all listening devices. The NSA total surveillance program is further along than you think.
“Temporal Patterns of Happiness and Information in a Global Social Network: Hedonometrics and Twitter” One Happy Bird. Dated but still fun.
Breaking Up with the Sierra Club Orion Magazine. Over frackikng, on which SC has become an astroturf organization.
Summer in March, 2012, draws to a close Weather Underground. Really cool even if you aren’t a weather geek.
Tungsten Filled 1 kilo Gold Bar Discovered in UK Silver Doctors (hat tip Philip Pilkington)
Soaring Oil Price & Weakening US Economy On the Edge with Max Keiser. An interview with Chris Cook
Vince Cable hints coalition banking row is brewing Guardian. One faction is interested in having a state owned bank to pursue public goals, such as lending to small businesses.
The shape of the future David Kaiser
The False Debate About Attacking Iran Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War Foreign Policy. An important read. Lambert highlights Lesson #1: The United States lost.
U.S. Plans No Charges Over Deadly Strike in Pakistan New York Times. Quelle surprise!
Obama’s Creepy Executive Order: Permanent War Economy Progressive (hat tip reader May S)
Will Democrats Strip Civil Liberties from Their 2012 Platform? Atlantic. This is a rhetorical question. Since Obama is stripping them in practice, does whether he pretends to honor them for campaign propaganda purposes matter? I assume they’ll keep the same empty promises in place on the assumption any challenges will come from what will be deemed to be the far left and right blogistan and be ignored.
Aide: Former Vice President Dick Cheney recovering from heart transplant Washington Post. I think any human heart would reject him.
SB 469 Would Make Civil Disobedience a Felony in Georgia Atlanta Progressive News (hat tip reader Deontos)
A Bailout by Another Name Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. I hope to post on this later…
Tom Murphy Interview: Resource Depletion is a Bigger Threat than Climate Change Oil Price (hat tip reader May S)
Can Radical Efficiency Revive U.S. Manufacturing? Scientific American (hat tip reader Paul T)
‘Greed is the Beginning of Everything’ Der Spiegel (hat tip reader Peter J)
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