HADOPI, the French agency charged with disconnecting French Internet users who use the same Internet connections as accused copyright infringers, conducted a study on media purchasing habits by copyright infringers. They concluded that the biggest unauthorized downloaders are also the biggest customers for legitimate media. Just like every other study that’s looked at the question, of course, but this time the study was funded and released by one of the most extreme copyright enforcement bodies on the planet.
For years, Apple has confounded the rest of us by not buying things that it should clearly be buying. Not purchasing other well-known companies is so core to Apple’s strategy that it must have a whole department devoted to non-mergers and un-acquisitions.
In interviews with a university researcher, Detective Sergeant Kevin Carson of the Ballarat Crimes Investigation Unit has revealed that during his investigations into Father Gerald Risdale and Christian Brother Robert Best – which led to both being convicted – he discovered that up to 24 young men had killed themselves in the years after they were abused by one or both of the men.
Detective Carson has recently learned of two more suicides, bringing his count to 26.
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A research paper prepared by lawyer Judy Courtin, a PhD candidate in law at Monash University, examining the Catholic Church and child sexual assault, says that according to Detective Carson, the information about the suicides was discovered during the course of recent investigations into Best’s abuse.
One of the first rules to surviving an attack by the living dead, as related to us by the main character in the film "Zombieland", is cardiovascular health. The undead may be clumsy, but they’re also fairly quick and extremely unrelenting, so being in top shape when the time comes to escape the brain-hungry masses should be a priority.
What better way to measure how you’re stacking up against the competition then by participating in this year’s “Run For Your Lives” race? The 5K (3.1 miles) event, taking place an hour outside of Baltimore, has you frantically running through a forested obstacle course – all the while attempting to avoid a horde of zombie volunteers nipping at your heels.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman, president of the Rabbinical Council of NSW and based at the Southern Sydney Synagogue, has sparked outrage in a series of emails to other rabbis when he said it should be up to them to determine whether a paedophile should be reported to authorities.
The rabbi also said that, where possible, allegations of abuse should be dealt with outside the Australian legal system.
John Johnson, the owner of the $230,000 dog featured in the New York Times, is a former debt collector. (You can’t make this stuff up.)
He sold his debt collection company three years ago, but still has not just one, but six highly—and expensively—trained “executive protection dogs.” Harrison K-9 services, the trainers behind Johnson’s pricey protection dogs, used to train dogs for elite military units like the Navy Seal team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound. The article doesn’t say exactly how many dogs Harrison K-9 has provided for the world’s rich and famous, but it does feature a quote from their head trainer saying she’s trained “a thousand” dogs.
With an incredible success rate for vitamin D in treating a myriad of health conditions, it is no wonder that some drug companies are looking for new ways to capitalize on this natural, inexpensive nutrient.
Biopharmaceutical giant Rockwell Medical recently announced that it has acquired a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic, injectable form of vitamin D called Calcitriol, that it openly refers to as a “drug.”
Marketed under several brand names including Rocaltrol (Roche), Calcijex (Abbott), and Decostriol (Mibe, Jesalis), Calcitriol is really nothing more than vitamin D3, or 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, that has been placed in a syringe with sterile fluids and other additives. And yet Rockwell Medical, as well as various medical information sources, refer to Calicitriol as a “drug,” which is why Rockwell Medical obtained an ANDA in the first place.
"I, the Lord God of heaven, ask the courts to cease the prosecution of my holy ways," Jeffs said. "There will be a judgment against all those who prosecute the church. … I shall let all people know of your unjust ways. I will bring sickness and death. Let this cease."
Walther then told him that "if you call for the jury’s destruction" while the jury — who will decide if Jeffs is guilty on two counts of sexual assault on a child — is present, "you will be removed from the courtroom."
The defendant responded by saying, "I am not threatening. I am releasing a message."
Every day, we have to live with the knowledge that there really are people who wish we were dead. They hate us. They think we are evil hellspawns deserving of nothing better than crucifixion, torture, and death.
What’s worse, we have to spend hours defending ourselves to the "Good Christians" who would never do that kind of thing, and think we’re awful people for trying to paint Christians with such a broad brush. How dare we call attention to the hateful Christians! How dare we suggest that we’re a hated minority and that Christians are responsible? The gall of it all!
And the thing is, day in and day out, we see the hate. We get it in our inboxes. We get it on Facebook. We feel the icy stares when we have the temerity to wear an atheist shirt in public. And then we get shouted down when we wonder aloud why all the supposedly "loving Christians" aren’t standing beside us against those who they claim are "Not really True Christians."
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.
In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his mind at the most dramatic moment of his presidency when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York’s World Trade Center.
Bush was visiting a Florida classroom and the incident, which was caught on TV film, and has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently blank face.
“My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children,” Bush says in an excerpt of the interview shown to television writers on Thursday.
10 years of brainstorming.
When I was 12, my family and I lived in Bryon Bay. Some days I would try to climb up to the lighthouse.Earth would overhang the seacliffs and sometimes a pebble would shift or a gull would cry and I would wonder if I was standing on the overhang.Later I would look back and see that, in fact, there had been nothing between me and the waters below.At any given moment I could not see where I was. I could only see where I had been and wanted to go. Only with perspective could I understand.We are all like that. We all laugh at the dorky fashions from 10 years ago, but we think we’re totally cool now.Well, we are — but in a more important way.We are becoming the agents of perspective. This generation is burning the mass media to the ground.We are reclaiming our rights to world history.We are ripping open secret archives from Washington to Cairo.We are reclaiming the rights to share ourselves and our times with each other — to be the writers and agents of our own history.We don’t know yet exactly where we are. But we can see where we are going.The change in perspective that has happened over the last year is what this generation is going to use to find our lighthouse.And when we get there, we’ll turn the fucking spotlight on.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking input on its proposed oversight of some health-related mobile phone apps.
It’s hardly surprising that health-related apps are popular on the mobile phone platform. The smartphone is a device you carry around with you and its in-built camera can easily double as a monitoring device. It all provides excellent opportunities for some clever programs. It it is almost too easy to create an app that aims to help people detect or manage some condition or other – but should programmers play the roll of doctor even in seemingly harmless areas.
The FDA has now drawn up a set of draft guidelines for reviewing a subset of medical mobile apps. It isn’t planning to oversee all health apps – just those medical apps that could present a risk to patients if the apps don’t work as intended.
It specifies the following two categories of mobile medical apps:
- those used as an accessory to medical device already regulated by the FDA. (For example, an application that allows a health care professional to make a specific diagnosis by viewing a medical image from a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) on a smartphone or a mobile tablet)
- transform a mobile communications device into a regulated medical device by using attachments, sensors or other devices. (For example, an application that turns a smartphone into an ECG machine to detect abnormal heart rhythms or determine if a patient is experiencing a heart attack).
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded two regional task orders totalling $72 million to help TSA integrate and deploy new passenger screening and security equipment at airports across the east and central United States. The task orders were awarded under the TSA’s Security Equipment Systems Integration (SESI) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) vehicle and include one base-year plus one option-year.
“Lockheed Martin has partnered with TSA to test, evaluate, and install security equipment at U.S. airports since 2009. We’re honored that TSA chose to continue expanding that partnership,” said June Shrewsbury, vice president of Citizen Protection Solutions at Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Civil.
“Together, we face a challenging mission,” Shrewsbury added. “Each airport is unique and always in operation, and the threats are constantly evolving. Our goal is to rapidly deploy technologies that ensure both safety and freedom of movement for the flying public.”
Or else the terrorists win.
The lower portions of the US are distracting themselves from the Washington debt-ceiling car crash by asking whether the use of "truck nuts" constitutes obscenity or is a question of free expression.
The constitutional freedom issue has swung into the national consciousness after a South Carolina woman was ticketed for hanging a brace of the gargantuan plastic testicles from the backup of her pickup truck.
The case could be heard next month, assuming the US is still able to afford a legal system by then.
Steve Jobs is now more liquid than Uncle Sam.
While it’s highly unlikely that President Barack Obama is looking to ask the founder and chief executive of Apple Inc. for a loan, it became a fact as of Thursday afternoon — the world’s largest technology company now has more cash on hand than the most powerful democracy on Earth has spending room.
As Republicans and Democrats continue to work towards a compromise to the country’s debt ceiling crisis, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday that Washington now has a total operating balance of only US$73.768-billion.
Meanwhile, Apple currently boasts a cash reserve of US$75.876-billion, as of its most recent quarterly earnings report at the end of June.
I asked Microsoft whether the video is legit and received an official no comment. I have to say I think it’s the real deal. It has all the hallmarks of a real Microsoft production, including the fact that the name on the company doors that Gmail man opens when visiting an office is Contoso Ltd. As Microsoft customers, partners and watchers know all too well, Contoso is Microsoft’s favorite fake company name, and is used in demos for all kinds of Microsoft products.
The extreme heat that’s been roasting the eastern U.S. is only expected to get worse, and residents are bracing themselves for temperatures near and above boiling point.
Weather service heat warnings and advisories have been issued Friday from Ohio to Maine.
The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes. Boston’s 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia’s 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.’s 103 degrees may seem the same as a melting 116 degrees.
It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.
Less than a week after the return of the Atlantis orbiter marked the end of the U.S. space shuttle program, the crowded streets and textile factories of Moscow erupted in celebration as the USSR officially declared victory over the United States in the Space Race.
"At long last, our great Soviet republic has conquered the West and achieved technological and ideological superiority over America," Kremlin representative Sergei Voronin said Wednesday, announcing the achievement to an audience of joyous beet farmers and steel factory laborers assembled in Red Square. "We have established our unrivaled dominion over the stars and planets and stand now at the dawn of a new era, an era in which the tenets of communism shall echo loudly across the Earth’s entire expanse."
So the debt limit debate has come to this: John McCain, who you may recall was the GOP’s 2008 standard bearer, is now openly accusing conservatives of actively misleading America with their completely unrealistic demands, which he labeled “deceiving” and “bizarro.”
In a seminal moment in this debate, here’s some video of McCain on the Senate floor today, unleashing an angry tirade at conservatives who are still holding out for a balanced budget amendment as part of any compromise on the debt ceiling. McCain accused them of “deceiving” America into believing such a thing can pass the Senate: