Thursday, July 3, 2008
Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.
Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom's copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests.
Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as "speculative" and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.
The judge also turned Google's own defense of its data retention policies -- that IP addresses of computers aren't personally revealing in and of themselves, against it to justify the log dump.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already reacted, calling the order a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that "threatens to expose deeply private information."
The order also requires Google to turn over copies of all videos that it has taken down for any reason.
Viacom also requested YouTube's source code, the code for identifying repeat copyright infringement uploads, copies of all videos marked private, and Google's advertising database schema.
Those requests were denied in whole, except that Google will have to turn over data about how often each private video has been watched and by how many persons.
To all who continue to vote for their favorite political party it's time to take a stand and vote for INDEPENDENT candidates who are not beholden to the the political bosses of both major parties...for it is they (Democrats and Republicans) that have got us into this mess.
Free-Trade Chaos: Adios to U.S. Manufacturing
By Richard McCormack
Politicians Don't Understand: Textile Maker Copland Industries Says Multinationals Are Killing The U.S. Economy
The federal government no longer represents the interest of U.S. manufacturing companies and their workers, instead siding with the Communist Chinese government that is putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of good paying jobs, according to James Copland, chairman of Copland Industries/Copland Fabrics of Burlington, N.C. "The U.S. government's policy is creating millions of jobs all right, but it is creating them in the People's Republic of China and Vietnam at the expense of hardworking Americans here at home," Copland told a congressional hearing. "Our country should be ashamed -- totally ashamed - of what our government has done to working people in America."
The U.S. government recognized problems with the communist Soviet Union, "but for some reason it fails to see it with China," Copland told a hearing of the House Science Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations on May 22. U.S. government free trade and manufacturing policies are the reason for the current economic slump and the gloomy attitude Americans have about their economic prospects. U.S. manufacturing "is in the midst of a crisis unprecedented since the Great Depression," Copland said.
"Deeply flawed U.S. trade policy toward domestic manufacturing is the single most important root cause of the illness. Every American deserves the right to provide for his family, to own a home and to educate his kids, but our flawed manufacturing and trade policies are taking this away," Copland told members of Congress. "Our Constitutional preamble says 'a government of the people, by the people and for the people.' We have forgotten about the words 'for the people.' "
Copland's company is competing against Chinese companies that don't have to pay workman's comp or provide workers with unemployment insurance; that don't have to deal with EPA or OSHA regulations; that pay no overtime, provide few benefits and abide by no child labor laws; and that receive untold government subsidies and benefit from a currency that is at least 30 percent undervalued. "This is an impossible task," said Copland. "No manufacturer can compete when your competition is a foreign government determined to spend whatever it takes to force you out of the market, and the U.S. government does nothing about it."
While Congress and the Bush administration rattle on about the importance of free trade agreements and refuse to adopt anything resembling a pro-American manufacturing policy, millions of Americans' lives are in economic turmoil. "Their jobs are being moved overseas and they can't get other jobs," said Copland. "Don't think there are high-tech jobs available for those folks, because there aren't. They are being shipped to China and India too. If those who were laid off are lucky, they have landed jobs flipping hamburgers or as a greeter at some retail store. People are angry now, and when they connect the dots -- and they are going to connect them -- they are going to know where to focus their anger."
Copland Industries/Copland Fabrics makes man-made fiber curtains, draperies and blinds. Since 2001, U.S. imports of these products from China have increased by 6,912 percent, from 845,000 kilograms to 59 million kilograms in 2007. This surge of Chinese imports "has been like a nightmare [that] we have had to face," said Copland.
China accounted for almost 107 percent of the total U.S. growth in imports for curtains and draperies between 2001 and 2007, "meaning the rest of the world actually lost U.S. import market share," Copland noted. China now holds 90 percent of the U.S. market for man-made curtains compared to 7.8 percent market share in 2001. "The total market today is 98 percent offshore goods," Copland said. "A flood of imports from China in products like the ones for which we used to make fabric is one of the main reasons why my home town of Burlington has lost nearly 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2001." Chinese finished curtain prices sold in the United States are less than Copland Industries' cost of materials.
Copland Industries has stayed in business by "picking up the pieces when our competition goes out of business," said Copland. "We pick up a piece and, believe you me, just as soon as you get into it, here come the Chinese again. We look constantly for something that the Chinese are not doing, that they haven't focused on yet. We are looking constantly for something that may have some natural barrier to them coming over here, but remember, everybody in our industry is doing the same thing, everybody. There have been 550,000 jobs lost in my industry since 2001 alone." Copland Industries has reduced employment from 1,000 to less than 300.
Hundreds of mills have been closed in the Carolinas due to the surge of imports from China. "There are small towns where stores are closed with weeds growing up around them," said Copland. "But you know it is really bad when you see the churches closing. Someone needs to think about the hard working people and what is happening to them. The big multinational companies, the importers and big retailers have exactly what they want. They couldn't have written a book and had it more perfect for their world: buy at the China price, sell at the U.S. price and don't worry about whether the average American has a job or he or she can make ends meet. Their world is not what is good for America.
"I will tell you that if this thing doesn't stop there will be no survivors. We will not have any manufacturing in the United States. When these plants are closed down, they are closed. If you don't run the equipment and keep it up, it deteriorates to nothing, but the equipment is being sold. Pakistan is buying the equipment. People are selling it for five cents on the dollar. Nobody wants it. And let me tell you what is happening to the buildings themselves. I was just down in Joanna, South Carolina, a huge mill down there has been closed for five years. They are tearing down the mills. Why? Because they are going to sell the bricks, guys. They are going to sell the beams. So don't think that you are going to be able to say, 'Oh, boy, as soon as this thing is over, here we come back, it is going to be regeneration.' "
Copland told the politicians that they don't understand how profoundly the economy is being impacted by Chinese imports. Politicians talk about the sagging U.S. economy and home foreclosures, "but what they haven't realized yet is that people don't have any money," said Copland. "The reason they don't have any money is because they have lost their jobs or they now have jobs making a fraction of what their pay was before their jobs were exported. If people had their manufacturing jobs, they wouldn't have the economic problems and financial problems we now have."
Fifty million Americans are without health insurance because so many good jobs that provide health care have been exported due to "our flawed trade agreements," Copland told the subcommittee. As long as the federal government refuses to adopt a manufacturing policy, "the United States will have much more difficulty ameliorating the pain an economic recession will inflict on its citizenry in a timely manner."
U.S. government officials talk glowingly about the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), but CAFTA is causing the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs, Copland told the Congress. "It sounded like a good idea, everybody is going to be okay, but they left a loophole -- and it's the loopholes that get us so many times. The negotiators don't even know that the loopholes are there because they are some political appointee that hasn't done it but for about three or six months or they have been out of college for about a year, and they don't even know the loopholes are there. If they do know, woe be to them. Let me tell you something" Copland said: "They had a deal in [CAFTA] to where they could take the pocketing for trousers -- that doesn't sound like much. But pocketing is a 180-million-yard business in the United States. They had it in the agreement and then said, 'Well, you know, we are going to make an exception on pocketing and we are going to let these Central American countries make this stuff out of Chinese cloth.' The Dominican Republic wanted that. They gave it to them. We pointed it out and said, 'Look, you are going to destroy the industry.' 'Oh, no, don't worry, we are going to fix it, we are going to fix it.' That was three-plus years ago, folks. It hasn't been fixed. There has been nothing done. Let me tell you the end result of that thing. Eighty percent of the market is gone, and it is gone folks. Haines Finishing Company in Winston-Salem closed down 75 percent of its business. Allis Manufacturing Company closed down four plants in South Carolina. Mount Vernon lost 70 million yards worth of business and closed plants in Rome, Georgia, and in Texas.
"We have got to start paying attention to what we are doing with these trade agreements. We have to get some people who know what they are doing with these trade agreements. We are being out negotiated. We better start paying attention to what we are doing because let me tell you something, we are exporting the wealth of this country as fast as we can export it. It is going offshore. We are going to pay one tremendous price in this country."
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
In light of General Wesley Clark’s incredible weekend faux pas regarding the war record of Senator McCain, I’m going to re-post an old article from two years ago - Faux Brass:
In recent times, a few former military officers have rendered negative opinions on the War on Terror which includes ongoing skirmishes in Iraq and the current trouble in Gaza and Southern Lebanon. Now, let’s be clear that most current and former military “brass” support efforts worldwide in the certain-to-be-lengthy War on Terror. The major media, however, fail to show the overwhelming support for the effort among military brass.
Jack Murtha comes to mind as a former military-turned-politician who gets it wrong — redeploy, he says, to Okinawa(?!). Murtha also shamefully convicts our military prior to any charges being made.
It’s the same with John Kerry who offers that he could have done better if he were president — the trouble is, he offers no ideas, but only the same retreat and concede policy that has been his lifelong pursuit. Thank God that America caused him to concede the last election.
Another ex-military general-turned-presidential-candidate-turned-pundit, Wesley Clark, always portrays the administration in the anti-internationalization light. This from a former NATO Commander — not actually a U.S. Military function. Clark will always defer to the “international community” for policy answers.
Murtha, Kerry and Clark fail to put America first. American interests must first be served before worrying how the “international community” views things. After all, has the UN ever succeeded with anything they attempt, other than stealing from children’s programs and Iraqi oil profits? Nope.
These three examples of Faux Brass, Murtha, Kerry and Clark, each remind me of a certain loudmouth cartoon chicken trying to look like an eagle.
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Correlating Sunspots to Global Climate
Unfamiliar with Solar phenomena? Read what the Sun is and how it does what it does:
More about Why Solar fusion activity is the primary
mechanism for climate change on Earth — not people!
This is a study in two observations made over the last 400 years: observed annual sunspot numbers and derived global temperatures. The sunspot numbers were recorded by various solar observers since Galileo’s time. Temperatures have been derived from scientific evidence such as ice and earth cores, and several other valid methods. These were collected by various climate studies and were compiled by NASA scientists to produce an animation of Earth’s climate changes over 399 years between 1599 and 1998.
First look at the NASA video that chronicles global temperature since 1599 AD:
You should notice two things as you watch the animation:
- The Earth has generally been getting warmer
- Extended periods of cooler temperatures have occurred
Annual Sunspot Count
Next, look at this graphic depicting solar cycles and the number of sunspots counted each year:
You should notice two things as you observe this graphic:
- The sunspot count per year has been getting generally larger
- Extended periods of low sunspot numbers have occurred
Correlating The Two Phenomena Together
And finally, look at this two-minute presentation that ties both observations together:
A few additional conclusions:
- The media will print or broadcast sensationalized headlines to sell copy regardless of scientific value
- The media will print or broadcast manipulated science with half-truths and invalid conclusions to damage politicians with whom they do not agree
- Politicians seize on these unverified claims in order to blame their opponents
- Uneducated/uninformed people are as gullible as ever
- Western hemisphere climate animation courtesy NASA — adapted from NASA Visible Earth
- Sunspot number graphic courtesy of PAGES
- Animated presentation “Correlation Between Solar Activity and Global Temperature” created by Cap’n Bob
- Ultimate Global Warming - SPF 2 Million Won’t Be Enough
Update: Read about how cosmic rays interact with solar flux to alter Earth’s climate in a subsequent article.
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Barack Obama is lying repeatedly and without shame. Let’s examine Barack Obama’s tactics of hit and run lies.
Last Friday we wrote about how Obama is employing Ripublicans tactics to attack Hillary. We included in our review of Obama’s Ripublican tactics an article called Why Is Obama In Bed With Karl Rove?
Earlier today we posted an article which clearly provides the Obama template for attacking Hillary. The article was about the Hillary Clinton vs. Rudy Giuliani Senate race in 2000. Obama is melding Rove with Rudy tactics to slime Hillary. Here is the relevant paragraph from today’s earlier article:
Mr. Giuliani pounced on Mrs. Clinton’s slightest misstep, sensing vulnerability in this new and nervous candidate. The mayor, a former prosecutor, often exaggerated her misdeeds and slightly mischaracterized her positions, aides said, in a deliberate effort to goad her into correcting his version of her record — while Mr. Giuliani skipped on to his next attack. He was brash and theatrical, flying to Little Rock one day to announce that he would fly the Arkansas flag over City Hall in New York to highlight the fact that Mrs. Clinton was running for office in a state where she had never lived.
Obama is lying about Hillary’s record in a blatant fashion so that Hillary supporters exhaust themselves defending Hillary on the lie. Obama then simply moves on to lie on something else.
Obama uses the tactic of repeated big lies frequently. In this past Tuesday’s Adult Experience we catalogued Obama’s outright lies regarding his “preconditions” statements and his “Probably the strongest experience I have in foreign relations is the fact that I spent four years living overseas when I was a child in southeast Asia.” statement. Obama has also blatently lied about his “attack Pakistan” statements.
Now Obama is lying about healthcare.
We are not going to drown ourselves in detailed refutations of Obama’s lies on healthcare issues. We are likewise not going to invest our energies in fighting off Obama’s lies about lies (Obama lies then he accuses others of lying - this tactic he acquired from Bill Bradley). Too many valiant Hillary supporters have already brilliantly explained the differences between Hillary’s truly universal healthcare plan and Obama’s plan which does not provide coverage for 15 million Americans.
For us the response is very simple - Obama says his healthcare plan is UNIVERSAL but Obama’s plan does not cover 15 million people - Obama is lying to 15 million people - its that simple. “Universal” means “universal”. “Universal” does not mean “partial”.
Obama is lying — deliberately and repeatedly and tactically — it is that simple.
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For those interested in the policy dispute we will discuss the Universal Healthcare plan proposed by the experienced and intelligent Hillary Clinton and the not universal but lies that it is universal plan pushed by Obama - tomorrow.
In the meantime here is the plucky blond lady herself explaining the differences:
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