You wouldn’t be reading the coverage of the so-called Afghanistan logs—in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and The Guardian—if Nick Davies, a senior contributor to the British paper, hadn’t tracked down WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Brussels one month ago.

via The Story Behind the Publication of WikiLeaks’s Afghanistan Logs : CJR.

“It was in this country, the land of the free, that the federal government actually added as part of its Constitution a total banning of liquor, wine, and beer from sea to shining sea 1920 to 1933. The 1920s roared, in any case, with organized crime, speakeasies, police corruption, rampant criminality, and alcohol abuse.”

via Repeal the Drinking Age – Jeffrey A. Tucker – Mises Daily.

Most Americans know that the U.S. economy is in bad shape, but what most Americans don’t know is how truly desperate the financial situation of the United States really is.  The truth is that what we are experiencing is not simply a “downturn” or a “recession”.  What we are witnessing is the beginning of the end for the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen

via 50 Statistics about the U.S. Economy that Are Almost too Crazy to Believe « COTO Report.

Massachusetts federal judge Nancy Gertner just slashed the damage award against admitted P2P user Joel Tenenbaum from $675,000 to $67,500. In her opinion, she drew a fascinating parallel between Tenenbaums conduct and that of bars and restaurants who dont pay up for a license to play music in public. Why arent they hit with tremendous six-figure fines?

via Double standard: Unlicensed bar music vs. P2P users.

“Once upon a time, the U.S. patent system served a useful purpose. It was meant to encourage inventors and innovation. Ha! Boy, was that a long time ago. Now patents, especially software patents, serve only as bludgeons for patent trolls–companies that do nothing but own patents and then threaten to sue or sue, companies that actually do something with ideas-and big companies to beat up on smaller ones.”

via Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues – Computerworld Blogs.

“The first episode of the new science fiction drama Pioneer One has debuted and it looks like a hit. The pilot wasshot for just $6,000, raised through the micro-funding platform Kickstarter, and the production is being supported through donations on the show’s website. Donations can be made on a sliding scale with ‘bonus’ rewards for each level, such as an MP3 of the opening theme and deleted scenes. The show is being distributed through file-sharing systems such as BitTorrent and LimeWire thanks to VODO, the group that also helped produce it. Is this the future of television?”

Slashdot News Story | Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama “Pioneer One” Debuts.

Hell yes! You tell ’em where to stick it, girl! These bitches are running an extortion game.  If anyone else tried to do this, that’s exactly what it would be called.

Judge may dismiss 4,576 of 4,577 P2P defendants from lawsuit.