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Why There Can Never Be a Competitor to Google Books

Posted on October 19th, 2010 at 17:34 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Publishers are about to grant Google monopolistic pricing power and permanent exclusivity over countless “orphaned” works.

Here’s one more way Google is the new Microsoft: the U.S. Department of Justice thinks Google is a monopolist, at least when it comes to Google Books. That’s why the DOJ is publicly expressing dissatisfaction with a revised settlement between Google and publishers, a settlement it says will never allow for a competitor to Google Books.


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O’Donnell questions separation of church, state

Posted on October 19th, 2010 at 17:27 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Del Senate nominee O’Donnell asks whether Constitution prohibits establishment of religion

Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware is questioning whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from establishing religion.

In a debate at Widener University Law School, O’Donnell criticized Democratic nominee Chris Coons’ position that teaching creationism in public school would violate the First Amendment by promoting religious doctrine.


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  1. video of the occasion

  2. Direct links to the interesting bits at 2:30 and 6:00.

Democrats Could Lose Up To 8,000 Seats In Upcoming Midterm Election

Posted on October 19th, 2010 at 16:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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According to recent media reports, Democrats stand to lose as many as 8,000 congressional seats and more than 917 gubernatorial races in November’s midterm elections. "Republicans are poised to pick up 1,500 seats in Ohio alone, and could wind up with a 23,576-to-12 majority in the Senate," Beltway observer Isaac Hundt said Wednesday, noting the GOP’s advantage is likely to increase by Election Day given that its candidates are outspending their opponents by some $900 trillion. "With Democratic disapproval ratings in the quadruple digits, it’s a foregone conclusion that Republicans will not only retake Congress, but hold it for the next 20,000 to 25,000 years." Experts also predicted the one-sided election results would cause Barack Obama to die on the spot, at which point the nation’s leading conservative talk-radio host would be sworn in as president of the United States forever.


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  1. John, you need a category “Onion News”, or simply “ONN” (Onion News Network)… :-)

Witness: Foreclosure firm owner gave gifts for altering documents

Posted on October 19th, 2010 at 16:27 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Some employees of Florida’s largest "foreclosure mill" were given jewelry, cars and houses from the firm, in exchange for altering and forging key documents used to obtain foreclosures, according to a statement released today by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

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As a perk of Samons’ job, Stern’s office would routinely pay her personal mortgage, a car payment, her electric bills and her cell phone bill, according to Scott, who told investigators Stern also bought Samons a new BMW sport utility vehicle every year and gave her and other employees jewelry. Additionally, Stern purchased employee David Vargas a house, a car and a cell phone, Scott claims in her statement.

So the “sloppy paperwork” excuse is about as bogus as you can get…


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Wall Street Is the New Tax Collector? Governments Relinquish Taxation Powers to Big Banks

Posted on October 19th, 2010 at 16:25 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Nearly a dozen major banks and hedge funds, anticipating quick profits from homeowners who fall behind on property taxes, are quietly plowing hundreds of millions of dollars into businesses that collect the debts, tack on escalating fees and threaten to foreclose on the homes of those who fail to pay.

The Wall Street investors, which include Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co., have purchased from local governments the right to collect delinquent taxes on several hundred thousand properties, many in distressed housing markets, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund has found.

In many cases, the banks and hedge funds created new companies to do their bidding. They gave the companies obscure, even whimsical names and used post office boxes as their addresses, masking Wall Street’s dominant new role as a surrogate tax collector.


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