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Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is 'terrorism'

latimes.com — Government officials have threatened "rogue archivist" Carl Malamud with legal action many times for his efforts to make public government documents widely available for free, but the state of Georgia has set a new standard for fighting this ridiculous battle: it's suing Malamud for infringing its copyright of state laws  by--horrors--publishing them online.
Jul 27, 2015

RT @carlmalamud: LA Times: Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is ‘terrorism' latimes.com/business/hiltz… ht @hiltzikm

Jul 27, 2015

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Jul 27, 2015

State of Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is ‘terrorism' latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Jul 27, 2015

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Religious 'freedom': Judges bar pharmacies from withholding contraceptives

latimes.com — A federal appeals court has just struck back against the discreditable trend of healthcare professionals placing their personal beliefs ahead of their duties to patients. In a case involving a family-owned pharmacy in Washington State that objects to "morning-after" contraceptives, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S.

Consumer Protection: Why do Republicans hate the CFPB so much?

latimes.com — The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill turned five years old this week, and conservative Republicans, who didn't like the measure in the first place, predictably have been withering in their scorn. Perhaps not coincidentally, so have big bankers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Social Security trustees: program is healthier, Congress still must act

latimes.com — The Social Security trustees delivered a harsh blow Wednesday to those who claim the system is structurally unsound, requiring major cutbacks.

Atticus Finch and the problem of good-hearted racism

latimes.com — During the waning days of apartheid, I had dinner with a group of liberal South Africans. And they were liberals in relative terms: Cape Town residents of Anglo descent, they had lived and done business in the closest thing to a multicultural community South Africa offered, geographically and socially remote from the Afrikaner traditions prevailing in Johannesburg and Pretoria, some 900 miles to the north.

Rental sites like Airbnb aren't as innocuous as they pretend

latimes.com — You could look at the recent proposals to clamp down on San Francisco's short-term housing rental market as the city's attempt to call Airbnb's bluff. Airbnb is the high-tech start-up that allows residents or owners of homes and apartments to connect online with would-be renters of their spare couches, rooms or entire units.

BIG SCIENCE by Michael Hiltzik

kirkusreviews.com — Europe's Large Hadron Collider cost more than $10 billion, paid for by a consortium of nations. Its success owes much to charismatic physicist Ernest Lawrence (1901-1958), who invented the cyclotron, the Collider's ancestor. business columnist Hiltzik ( Los Angeles Times The New Deal: A Modern History, 2011, etc.)
Jul 07, 2015

RT @KirkusReviews: "fascinating biography of a physicist who transformed how science is done" #kirkus on @hiltzikm new book. ow.ly/JKc9M

Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics

latimes.com — The Fourth of July kicks off the summer vacation season, providing some readers with their only opportunity all year to curl up with good book for an extended period. Here we present a few you may have thought about getting around for years, only to be scared off by their vintage, reputation, or girth--but that truly are entertaining.

A dire threat to public employees from the Supreme Court

latimes.com — To all those who detected a shift toward progressive thinking in the Supreme Court's rulings last week protecting the Affordable Care Act and legalizing gay marriage: You should stop celebrating now. That's because the court has taken up a case that poses a mortal threat to the cause of collective bargaining for public employees, amid signals that a conservative majority is poised to fire the lethal shot.

Greece, the Euro, and the banks: how a small crisis became a big one

latimes.com — It shouldn't escape anyone's notice that while discussions of the Greek crisis employ the vocabulary of economics--debt, default, and deficits are the defining terms--the real concerns expressed by those closest to the unfolding disaster are political.
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Jul 28, 2015

That's all? #Angels' Trout & Pujols have 31 and 29 MT @SFGiants: Crawford now leads team w/ career-high 15 HRs. pic.twitter.com/kR1o2M0xk5

Jul 27, 2015

State of Georgia's new definition of "terrorism": publishing its laws online so public can access them for free fw.to/exzUpyC

Jul 27, 2015

Georgia's new definition of "terrorism": publishing its state laws online so public can access them for free fw.to/exzUpyC

Jul 27, 2015

Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is 'terrorism' fw.to/exzUpyC

Jul 27, 2015

To my SoCal friends & readers: I'll be talking about and signing my book "Big Science" Wednesday, 7:30 p, at Skylight Books on Vermont Ave.

Jul 26, 2015

RT @KathaPollitt: Rumor: early draft of Romeo & Juliet to be published. They live, marry, have 8 kids, he drinks, she thinks she maybe love…

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