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.