TechDirt: Led Zeppelin Case Will Go To A Jury ... Meaning Band Will Almost Certainly Lose.
This behavior began with the Yardbirds. At least the snitching was somewhat even-handed between the great black bluesmen and original white artists. I suppose a question is, can you copyright a riff. Even “Smoke on the Water” was snitched from elsewhere (a very surprising source, if you go looking). Most cases come down to whether the riff is also the main melody of the song. Certainly “Stairway” wouldn’t be the same without the riff. Not all the song, but inextricably required for it to be popular.
Guardian.UK: Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says.
Isn’t the first. Zep is *legendary* for this. It’s the bitter fruit you must eat from, before declaring them legend.
Archaeology News Network: French tourist arrested for Colosseum drone flight.
No droning in Italy, without prior approval. “For most urban flights people will need to obtain a permit and we invite people to read our guidelines before they try anything.”
Atlantic: Deutsche Bank Puts Plan to Create 250 Jobs in North Carolina on Hold.
A bank. So, the pressure is going to continue to build.
Politico: Past cases suggest Hillary won’t be indicted.
“Between 2011 and 2015, federal prosecutors disposed of 30 referrals from investigators in cases where the main proposed charge was misdemeanor mishandling of classified information, according to data obtained from the Justice Department by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Prosecution was declined in 80 percent of those cases. Of the six where charges were filed, all the defendants apparently pled guilty, the data show.”
Colossal: Drones Rigged with LED Lights Dramatically Illuminate Landscapes at Night.
Neat as they are, it’s another technique that’s going to ruin the wilderness experience for us all. Drone racket *and* LED lights. Ed Abbey’d be out there with a shotgun, methinks.
SF New Mexican: Sotomayor, in Santa Fe, discusses court qualifications, her childhood.
Autoweek: Judge rules in favor of Porsche in Paul Walker Roger Rodas wrongful death lawsuit
Guardian.UK: Pfizer formally abandons $160bn Allergan deal after US tax inversion clampdown.
WaPo: The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world.
“But he says his study illustrates how religious rituals like human sacrifice are often designed to serve someone other than the gods: ‘It shows how religion can be exploited by social elites to their own benefit.’” I’ll repost some of Roger Waters, then:
God wants sedition
God wants sex
God wants freedom
God wants semtex
What God wants
[God help us all]
We have a lot of social elites in Santa Fe. And I grew up around them in Princeton (I was ‘working class’, when P-town still had such a thing). The elites have left working class so far behind, they can no longer understand the day-to-day challenges involved. They have no conception of the triggers hidden in our economy to depress those who are financially stressed. Because social elites don’t experience the great ‘thumb’ riding on our lower classes, they have no empathy for them. And if the plebs complain ... ‘sacrifice’ them!
ABQ Free Press: APS to Pay Critic $59K Settlement.
“The Albuquerque Public Schools will pay $59,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it violated the first amendment rights of an Albuquerque photojournalist and long-time ethics advocate who said the APS board limited his ability to attend and photograph board meetings.” Score for free speech.
Vox: The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac’s nightmare and Big Pharma’s dream.
“In 2010, Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to the site after finding that a WebMD quiz for depression, sponsored by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, was rigged to suggest everybody who took the test was at risk for major depression. Naturally, that would make them a potential candidate for antidepressants, conveniently manufactured by Eli Lilly.”
NY Times: The ‘Panama Papers’ - Here’s What We Know.
Gusto: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musician seeks return of her contrabassoon.
Help find the instrument. I just hope some young steampunk aficionado isn’t trying to turn it into a blaster-cannon.
NPR: ‘It Was Torture’ - An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges ‘Horrible Mistakes’.
“The idea that there’s interrogation, and then enhanced interrogation, and then torture — there is no middle ground [snip] Torture is an enhanced interrogation.” I must quote Hamlet here: “... when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
vowe dot net: The Panama Papers, explained with piggy banks.
NY Times: Dynamics Are Shifting in an 8-Member Supreme Court.
NY Times: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to ‘One Person One Vote’.
“Counting all people amplifies the voting power of places that have large numbers of residents who cannot vote legally — including immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens, illegal immigrants, children and prisoners. Those places tend to be urban and to vote Democratic.” Another decision that favors Democrats. More pressure on the recalcitrant Republicans to go ahead and choose a Scalia-successor.
Guardian.UK: What you need to know about the Panama Papers.
Unravelling as we speak. Keep a weather eye out.
Alternet: Why Are K-12 School Leaders Being Trained in Coercive Interrogation Techniques?
Children are *not* criminals.
[When, O when, will we reach ‘peak ignorance’, and return to sanity?]
Guardian.UK: Man who shot and killed Virginia state trooper at bus terminal identified.
So far, framed so ambiguously ... am I the only one suspecting that the shooter thought he was taking down a terrorist? News media seem to be hedging in this direction, to my reader’s eye.
Later: I’m wrong. The individual had an anti-cop agenda.
SF New Mexican: Eldorado can raise chickens following appeals court ruling.
“Instead, writing for a unanimous panel, Judge Jonathan B. Sutin, cited a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling in a 1996 case that set a precedent for interpreting ambiguous covenants ‘in favor of the free enjoyment of the property and against restrictions.’ Sutin suggested members of the homeowners association could vote to amend their covenants if it is their intention to prohibit chickens.” This has cost our local association a huge amount of $. Over flippin’ chickens.
WaPo: The feds have resumed a controversial program that lets cops take stuff and keep it.
This smacks of State/Fed-sponsored, out-and-out theft to me. You?
Mashable: Clinton warns of who President Trump would put on the Supreme Court.
The Constitution contains no requirements for Supreme Court justice. Imagine. He’ll probably nominate Omarosa.
WaPo: How Clinton’s email scandal took root.
Mostly for convenience. Sad that a smart person would make such mistakes; these are important issues for the security of America. Given all that is in this article, I would like to know not just what previous SoSs did, but what other similar-level governmental officials were doing *at the time*. This seems terrible on its face, but email security something tied closely to era. No mention of what William Burns (her immediate predecessor) used. There are other articles mentioning secure communications going to other Federal employees ‘using their personal accounts’, but no names can I dredge up. Color me even less happy, but still not convinced about cavalier (criminal) carelessness.
Later: Note, this article specifically claims that some emails were classified at the time - from a report by the inspectors general. Both IGs are Obama appointees - you can’t assume a ‘Republican plotting’ stance on this. If so, much of the Clinton defense is moot.