Nearly three years ago, the United States Government effectively wiped out Megaupload Limited, a cloud storage provider, along with related businesses, based on novel theories of criminal copyright infringement that were offered by the Government ex parte and have yet to be subjected to adversarial testing. Thus, the Government has already seized the criminal defendants’ websites, destroyed their business, and frozen their assets around the world—all without beneﬁt of an evidentiary hearing or any semblance of due process.
Without even attempting to serve the corporate defendants per the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Government has exercised all its might in a concerted, calculated effort to foreclose any opportunity for the defendants to challenge the allegations against them and also to deprive them of the funds and other tools (including exculpatory evidence residing on servers, counsel of choice, and ability to appear) that would equip robust defense in the criminal proceedings.
But all that, for the Government, was not enough. Now it seeks to pile on against ostensibly defenseless targets with a parallel civil action, seeking civil forfeiture, based on the same alleged copyright crimes that, when scrutinized, turn out to be ﬁgments of the Government’s boundless imagination. In fact, the crimes for which the Government seeks to punish the Megaupload defendants (now within the civil as well as the criminal realm) do not exist. Although there is no such crime as secondary criminal copyright infringement, that is the crime on which the Government’s Superseding Indictment and instant Complaint are predicated. That is the nonexistent crime for which Megaupload was destroyed and all of its innocent users were denied their rightful property. That is the nonexistent crime for which individual defendants were arrested, in their homes and at gunpoint, back in January 2012. And that is the nonexistent crime for which the Government would now strip the criminal defendants, and their families, of all their assets.
US colleges are paying their presidents like CEOs and treating students like customers, using their tuition to foot the bill.
USA! USA! Remind me why the heck we are following them into the abyss?
Wonder Woman, 1974-style I had heard of this decades ago, but never saw it till now (thanks to YouTube). Tennis pro and later That’s Incredible! host Cathy Lee Crosby as Diana, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, Strange Report’s Kaz Garas as Steve Trevor, and Ricardo Montalbán as the villain, Mr Smith. It was a successful pilot, and probably more feminist than the later incarnation, but the network went back to the drawing board and gave us the Lynda Carter WWII version.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.
Last words Sad, in a country that seems so messed up when it comes to race and guns. We’re not perfect here with race, but we don’t go around shooting kids.
See? Now this is a prank. Something silly and good intentioned and actually funny. Not groping poor, unsuspecting girls.
New York’s high-ﬁve man Bit of stress relief for the city that wants to be less uptight but ﬁnds it difﬁcult to be.