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Colorado Shows How To Legalize Pot But Keep the War on Drugs, and Guard the Profits of Rentiers

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Is there really a bad way to legalize marijuana? Last week I got a phone call from a friend advising me to look a little deeper. I did.
If your job was to design a legalization regime that would pretty much keep the war on drugs, and confine the economic beneifts of legalizing weed to the narrow circle of rentiers who already have toll booths planted in the middle of every ordinary transaction, and lock down the growers in a fashion that will make it relatively easy to persuade or force them to use seed varieties patented by agribusiness firms, Colorado would be a good start. Read below the fold...

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Facebook charges you to talk to more than 15% of your "friends".

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This might be old news to you, but not to me. In a conversation with Davey D today, really on the new FCC rulings being promulgated, he noted in passing that Facebook is now charging you for the privilage of talking to all your “fans” and “friends.” I spent a few minutes online right after the conversation, and confirmed it. According to Facebook's own advertising department, on the average, about 15% of the folks you imagine are getting your stuff are getting it. The other 80 or 85%..... not. That's one in five if you're lucky, one in seven if you're not. Read below the fold...

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Anybody want a low-power FM radio station?

In late 2012 or early 2013 the FCC will open a 30 day window for acceptance of new station license applications from nonprofit organizations across the country.
What could your peace and justice work, your environmental or educational or housing advocacy, your arts organization or whatever DO with ITS OWN RADIO STATION?

Put Your Hands On The Radio! Read below the fold...

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From Naked Capitalism --- The Real Deal with SmartPhones and Chinese "Competitiveness"

Know anybody who still thinks Steve Jobs is a god, or even a near-decent human being? Who doesn't understand what's meant by "Chinese competitiveness" in attracting iPhone and other computer & smartphone assembly business? Who doesn't believe their favorite gadgets are assembled in near-slave conditions? Read below the fold...

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Mic Check!! Occupy Atlanta Demands FCC Stop Privatizations, Grant New Channels to Nonprofit Community Broadcasters

Occupy Atlanta confronted two FCC members at a public meeting last week, demanded
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Are GMAIL and GoDaddy webmail blocking inbound emails with "occupy" in the subject line?

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I'm in Chicago, staying at the apartment of an old comrade, across the table from each other on laptops. He has a hotmail account, I have a GoDaddy webmail account. He says he sent me two emails earlier today, but I can only find one. Can't figure that out, so he re-sends it, but after several minutes, nothing appears. He checks the address, and it's correct. He re-sends a second time, to no avail. Read below the fold...

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Fleeing the Digital Plantation #2 The GIMP

Those of us who imagine we're helping bring a new world into being are obligated wherever possible to confound our betters, to elude the rentiers, to flee the walled gardens and digital plantations of commercial software, and take as many as we can with us. Read below the fold...

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Time to Leave the Apple & Microsoft Plantations

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Linux: Leaving the Digital Plantation
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Plantidote, Wed July 20, Marietta GA

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A Real Economist Explains the Debt Ceiling Theatre

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We Confront Rep. John Lewis For His Vote To Bomb Libya

On Wednesday morning June 29 we showed up at the downtown Atlanta office of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) as part of a gang of local residents, mostly black and including former Rep. Cynthia McKinney and others recently returned from Libya. We came to confront Lewis, supposedly a man of peace and nonviolence, for his vote to fund the illegal bombing of Africans in Libya, and his support of the heinous US intervention in progress there. Read below the fold...

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Will Georgia Be The Next Show Me Your Papers State?

Americard by Ian Geldar
In Georgia legislation has already passed the House which out-does Arizona for pure spite, and cracker meanness. GA's Brown Codes, as some are calling them, would...

  • codify the racist slur "illegal alien" into state law
  • make it a felony (1-5 years in prison) to look for a job with any false ID. Second offense 3 to 15 years.
  • make it a felony (3-15 years) if that ID was of an actual person, living or dead
  • make it a misdemeanor (up to 1 year in prison) to give an undocumented person a ride, a felony for more than 7.
  • obligate law enforcement officers, school principals, health care professionals and others to ascertain the citizenship of everybody they come into contact with
  • grant any yahoo with a computer and legal forms standing and free discovery to sue any state or local government official or unit of local government that fails to enforce the Brown Codes with exemplary rigor.
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The Ronald Reagan We Remember, And Not So Fondly

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It would take an entire library to move the mountain of fake history spun around the life and career of Ronald Reagan by now. Sometimes only a cartoon can approach the truth.

Aaron McGruder, in this intro to a Boondocks episode of a couple years ago, comes as close to capturing a piece of the mean and nasty spirit of the Gipper as anybody ever will.

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Did GA Prison Officials Severely Beat, Then Conceal Inmate For Two Weeks?

Terrance Dean

Did Georgia prison officials conspire to conceal the beating by transferring Dean more than a hundred miles away to Atlanta and failing to notify his family for more than two weeks of either the beating nor the transfer? Read below the fold...

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