The Patriot Act in 2009

The Banned Librarian has put together a clear concise guide to both current issues surrounding the Patriot Act, and the sections that are scheduled to sunset in December of 2009. It includes: HISTORY & BACKGROUND The PATRIOT Act Itself Treatises on the Law Helpful Articles Oversight & Watchdog Reports Prior…

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Help Paul Williams

I’m sad that I found out about this through Boing Boing, but I am so glad that they posted on this. Paul Williams is a terrific writer who I was lucky enough to meet many years ago. A champion of the then booming and vibrant San Diego music scene, Paul…

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Student Faces 20 Years in Jail

–Mr Kambaksh was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to death last year for circulating an essay on women’s rights which questioned verses in the Koran. It later emerged he was convicted by three mullahs, in secret, without access to a lawyer. The sentence was commuted to 20 years on…

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Moving & Shaking

Unless you have been reading this blog for at least five years, you may not know much of the history behind it. It was started many years ago (8? 10? More? I honestly can’t remember) by some friends of mine as a grand experiment. The experiment concerned fair use, music,…

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