Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Aircraft Carrier, Biggest Warship the UK Has Ever Built (video)

New Mega Warship Is the Biggest UK Has Ever Built: Video - Bloomberg:
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Britain once ruled the seas with a navy that had global dominance and influence. While those days are now long gone, the UK is set to re-establish some naval power with a newly launched and special aircraft carrier. Tom Gibson reports. (Source: Bloomberg July 7, 2014)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orange and the New Black, Reality, American Mass Incarceration

Let's all emerge from our binge-watching and ask a different question: what, exactly, are we achieving with America's great experiment in mass incarceration?... Prisons were designed to confine people and keep them alive, and not much else. We lock people up, strip them of all authority over themselves, disempower them in a very real way – and then expect them to be able to function in the community after they are released. It simply doesn't work. Indeed, if the intention really is to "correct and rehabilitate" our female prisoners, then we might as well be flushing taxpayer money down the toilet. In New York alone, one-third of women released each year are back in prison within three years. (source infra)

Orange is the New Black in real life is a prison epidemic of too many women in jail – and taxpayers like you in the red | Sadhbh Walshe | "... Reality alert: the United States female prison population has increased 800% in the last three decades. During that same period, the male prison population also exploded, but only at half the rate of the female one. The result is that today, the US imprisons more women than any other country in the world, two-thirds of whom are low-level, non-violent offenders guilty of crimes of poverty and addiction. They are our real-life Taystees and Pousses and Dayas – small-time offenders who rob stores, or forge checks, or use or sell drugs to feed a habit or feed their kids – and their languishing costs you hundreds of millions of dollars...." (read more at link above)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sherlock Lives, In the Public Domain

The actor Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock in the BBC One drama series talks about how gadgets and technology bring his character into the 21st Century, in this modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.More about this programme:

Sherlock Holmes is really, really in the public domain -- really - LA Times: "If the last thing keeping you from writing Sherlock Holmes fan fiction were the licensing fees, wait no longer. A judge has ruled that Sherlock and the familiar elements of his stories are in the public domain and, in a strongly worded opinion, criticized the Arthur Conan Doyle estate for its practices..."

The fight over Sherlock Holmes and how copyright changes pop culture - The Washington Post: "The long fight over copyright protection for Sherlock Holmes came to an end yesterday. Judge Richard Posner, who earlier this year rejected an argument by Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate that would have extended the copyright on the author’s early Sherlock Holmes stories, smacked down the estate again, ordering them to pay author Leslie Klinger’s legal fees after trying to extract a licensing fee from him that he was not legally required to pay...."

Sherlock lives in public domain, US court rules in case of the heckled brand | Books | "A US court has ruled that Sherlock Holmes – along with 46 stories and four novels he’s appeared in – is in the public domain, reaffirming the expiration of the copyright once owned by the estate of Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle." (read more at links above)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MP George Galloway on the ISIS Crisis and Gaza (video)

George Galloway: Solutions on ISIS Crisis & Gaza Massacre - YouTube:

Abby Martin features an interview with outpoken UK MP (member of Parliament) George Galloway, discussing the violence in Gaza and the latest airstrikes the US military has launched against Islamic militants in Iraq. (Aug 8, 2014)

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

America, Police State USA

Land of the Incarcerated, Home of Police State Thugs--

Miami Gardens ‘Stop & Frisk’ Nabs Thousands of Kids, Finds 5-Year-Olds ‘Suspicious’ -- Fusion.: "...."I have never seen a police department that has taken the approach that every citizen in that city is a suspect. I’ve described it as New York City stop-and-frisk on steroids.” said Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez. Last year, a Miami Herald report exposed how the MGPD repeatedly stopped and arrested employees and customers of a local convenience store including, Earl Sampson, who was stopped more than 200 times. Fusion’s analysis of more than 30,000 pages of field contact reports, shows how aggressive and far-reaching the police actions were. Some residents were stopped, questioned and written up multiple times within minutes of each other, by different officers. Children were stopped by police in playgrounds. Senior citizens were stopped and questioned near their retirement home, including a 99-year-old man deemed to be "suspicious.” Officers even wrote a report identifying a five-year-old child as a "suspicious person.”..."

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