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U.S. Government Study Determines That 1% of the Internet is pornography, but that’s not why I’m writing this!

A CNN piece with that sensational headline discusses the COPA case as it winds it ways back through the court. The really exciting part of the whole article for me though is here:

Closing arguments in the four-week, non-jury trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. are expected Monday.

Why would I care about that you might ask? Is it because I happen to remember that he was the judge presiding over the original COPA case and struck it down so many years ago and I find it odd that he would be presiding over it again?

It's because Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. is the man who performed our wedding ceremony when my wife and I married some 13+ years ago.

He actually happens to be pretty tech savvy, and made a sound and studied decision the first time around. I suspect he will again in this case.

International poll ranks Bush a threat to world peace

via the International Herald Tribune:
International poll ranks Bush a threat to world peace

TORONTO: A majority of people in three countries with close ties to the U.S. — Britain, Canada and Mexico — consider President George W. Bush a threat to world peace, ranking the U.S. president right up there with the leaders of two countries he has labeled part of the "axis of evil" — North Korea's Kim Jong Il and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"It is striking that these are America's closest allies and the populations are going, 'Whoa, this guy is a danger to the world,'" said Paul Adams, executive director of Ottawa-based EKOS Research which released the poll results Friday.

EFF fighting secret laws

EFF: Breaking News
EFF Asks Supreme Court to Tackle Secret Law

Americans Have the Right to See Laws They Must Follow

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF and a coalition of non-profit organizations asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to hear a case challenging a secret law governing travelers in American airports.

The case centers on the Transportation Security Agency TSA requirement that travelers show identification before boarding commercial aircraft. So far, the TSA has refused to disclose the terms of the identification requirement to the public, claiming that they are "sensitive security information." In the amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear Gilmore v. Gonzales, EFF demonstrates that Congress never intended agencies to have unfettered discretion to impose requirements upon the public without allowing the public to review them.

Tons of Skateboard Tricks, with animations and descriptions

I saw this link on Digg to a (flash) site with 262 different skateboard tricks described with pretty impressive animations of each trick. The site is easy to use, informative, and the flash and animation is good. However, the thing that it most did for me is remind me that I'm getting older. I need to spend time on skateboards again. Nothing like the feeling of a good board more | digg story

Apple names new head lawyer

Cnet is reporting in it's front page that Apple names new head lawyer.

Plucked away from the IBM legal department:

Rosenberg, who will report to CEO Steve Jobs, held a number of top-tier legal positions during his more than 30 years with Big Blue, serving most recently as the company's head lawyer.

"Don has a broad range of experience that includes litigation, securities, intellectual property and antitrust, and he will be responsible for overseeing all legal matters and government affairs for Apple," Jobs said in a statement.

FSM spotted in germany, with video

Via Table of Malcontents a blog over at wired:

That said, a real-life sighting of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Germany has me convinced: the FSM is that invisible old man who lives on a cloud.

There's even video.
Comments on the wired blog are priceless as well.

Road Testing BMW’s Hydrogen 7

Via Wired:
Road Testing BMW's Hydrogen 7

Jules Verne, in his 1874 novel The Mysterious Island, described hydrogen as an "inexhaustible source of heat and light." A little over 130 years later, BMW is testing the theory with an innovative internal combustion engine that burns the lightest element much like gasoline, only cleaner.

Nice to see some progress. Clearly we're not there yet, but BMW seems to be taking some steps towards changing the way fire up our vehicles.

Slick editing makes for sweet youtube fame

This young fellow is getting some props for his two very slickly edited video's on youtube (and google video I'm sure)


Excellent stuff.

Need another iPod accessory? This one lets you charge up with a single AA

A couple of news sources have linked to this site offering a new tool to charge your iPod on the go using USB or more impressively (presumably) a single AA more | digg story

U.S. permanently bans BetOnSports

Woops. Fortunately there are plenty of other places to spend your paycheck!
Poker anyone?read more | digg story

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