from EFF: the trademark "dilution" act and stopping it

* Alert: Stop the Trademark Act from Diluting Free Speech!

The Trademark Dilution Revision Act (TDRA, HR 683) is a
big company's dream. If it passes, the lawyers policing
a trademark could sue businesses and individuals for
using words, images, or even colors that look vaguely
like a famous brand - without even having to prove that
the company is being harmed. In other words, TDRA would
make it possible for UPS to sue Brown's Record Store, even
though nobody in their right mind would get the two
confused. This bill would chill speech and hand ownership
of common words to big companies. Fight the TDRA today!

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cross-posted to vireoibis and wasteland_news and first_amendment and recon_liberal


1996: Huge explosion rocks central

A massive bomb has devastated a busy shopping area
in central Manchester.

Two hundred people were injured in the attack, mostly by flying glass, and
seven are said to be in a serious condition. Police believe the IRA planted the

The bomb exploded at about 1120 BST on Corporation Street outside the Arndale
shopping centre.

It is the seventh attack by the Irish Republican group since it broke its
ceasefire in February and is the second largest ever on the British mainland.

A local television station received a telephone warning at 1000 BST - just as
the city centre was filling up with Saturday shoppers.

The caller used a recognised IRA codeword.

One hour and 20 minutes after the warning, police were still clearing
hundreds of people from a huge area of central Manchester.

Army bomb disposal experts were using a remote-controlled device to examine a
suspect van parked outside Marks & Spencer when it blew up in an
uncontrolled explosion.

Any thoughts?

i've got deja vu all over again

Mock Coffins and Jeers as Bush Sworn In
Fri Jan 21, 2005 12:21 AM ET

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Flag-draped coffins and jeering anti-war protesters competed with pomp and circumstance on Thursday at the inauguration of President Bush along the snow-dusted, barricaded streets of central Washington.

As the president's motorcade made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House amid the tightest security in inaugural history, thousands of protesters along the parade route and nearby downtown streets booed, chanted slogans and carried placards condemning Bush's policies at home and abroad.

Some turned their back as the president drove slowly past. Others yelled, "George Bush, you can't hide. We charge you with genocide." Among the forest of protest signs, some read "Blood is on your hands" and "Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam." Others called for electoral reform, gay rights, abortion rights and the use of renewable energy.

"There are a lot of people dying overseas for nothing and I'm here to get my voice heard," said Bill Coffelt, 40, an engineer from Fairfax, Va.

Protesters also traded insults with the more numerous, cheering Bush supporters, many of whom wore fur coats and paid for the best viewing spots at the first inaugural parade since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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the_dark_side&#39;s Eve 6 Yoda

Just Thought I'd Ask...

Has anyone here been following the race for governor in Washington State? Does anyone even know about it? It's beginning to get a bit ridiculous, and I'd ask anyone in Washington to got to and sign their petition.

For those who have no clue what I'm talking about, Dino Rossi, the GOP candidate, won the election by some hundred votes. Chritine Gregoire, the democrat, decided that that wasn't good enough, so she had them recount. Rossi won that recount, but Gregoire still wasn't satisfied, so they did another recount. Rossi won again, but only by 42 votes. So, the did yet ANOTHER recount. Here, Gregoire went to court to try and get some contested ballots counted, which shouldn't have been allowed because it was past the date for allowing those votes, but the judge gave them to her. So, in the fourth counting of the votes, Gregoire won by about 120 votes, I believe it was. Now, however, it has come to light that there are some 3,500 votes more than there are voters registered. In one county, a reporter (though, I don't know if that's too reliable) found 8 people who were dead and voted for Gregoire. It's beginning to get a bit ridiculous, and now Rossi has gone to court to try and get the election thrown out so that we can have a whole new election for the governor. The democrats, of course, think that it's too much trouble to uphold the democratic process, and want Rossi to just concede the election (rich coming from people who made them count the ballots until they came out on top).

I just felt that everyone should be aware of this, since I hardly see anything about it except on the local news. Huge election reforms are in store for this state, I hope, but for now we're just fighting to make sure that every voter has their voice heard, and that every vote has a voter to go with it.

Not again

On January 6, 2005, the House and Senate will meet to consider the electoral vote count. Progressive members of the House Representatives will challenge the vote count based on the voting irregularities and recount efforts still underway.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your Senator to stand with the Representatives and contest the vote to avoid a repeat of the 2000 silence from the Senate: Click Here.
Please recall that in the Florida debacle of 2000, despite the pleadings of citizens to challenge the vote and could NOT finish their request because not a single Senator had given their signature for the debate.
This time around we can't let that happen!


Protecting us from "liberal librarians and trendy teachers"

'We have to protect people'

President Bush wants 'pro-homosexual' drama banned. Gary Taylor meets the politician in charge of making it happen

Thursday December 9, 2004
The Guardian

What should we do with US classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or The Color Purple? "Dig a hole," Gerald Allen recommends, "and dump them in it." Don't laugh. Gerald Allen's book-burying opinions are not a joke.

Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked him if this was his first invitation to the White House. "Oh no," he laughs. "It's my fifth meeting with Mr Bush."

Bush is interested in Allen's opinions because Allen is an elected Republican representative in the Alabama state legislature. He is Bush's base. Last week, Bush's base introduced a bill that would ban the use of state funds to purchase any books or other materials that "promote homosexuality". Allen does not want taxpayers' money to support "positive depictions of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle". That's why Tennessee Williams and Alice Walker have got to go.
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The most dishonest administration continues


Specifically, the report finds:
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Contain False Information about the Effectiveness of Contraceptives. Many of the curricula misrepresent the effectiveness of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. One curriculum says that “the popular claim that ‘condoms help prevent the spread of STDs,’ is not supported by the data”; another states that “[i]n heterosexual sex, condoms fail to prevent HIV approximately 31% of the time”; and another teaches that a pregnancy occurs one out of every seven times that couples use condoms. These erroneous statements are presented as proven scientific facts.
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Contain False Information about the Risks of Abortion. One curriculum states that 5% to 10% of women who have legal abortions will become sterile; that “[p]remature birth, a major cause of mental retardation, is increased following the abortion of a first pregnancy”; and that “[t]ubal and cervical pregnancies are increased following abortions.” In fact, these risks do not rise after the procedure used in most abortions in the United States.
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Blur Religion and Science. Many of the curricula present as scientific fact the religious view that life begins at conception. For example, one lesson states: “Conception, also known as fertilization, occurs when one sperm unites with one egg in the upper third of the fallopian tube. This is when life begins.” Another curriculum calls a 43-day-old fetus a “thinking person.”
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Treat Stereotypes about Girls and Boys as Scientific Fact. One curriculum teaches that women need “financial support,” while men need “admiration.” Another instructs: “Women gauge their happiness and judge their success on their relationships. Men’s happiness and success hinge on their accomplishments.”
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Contain Scientific Errors. In numerous instances, the abstinence-only curricula teach erroneous scientific information. One curriculum incorrectly lists exposure to sweat and tears as risk factors for HIV transmission. Another curriculum states that “twenty-four chromosomes from the mother and twenty- four chromosomes from the father join to create this new individual”; the correct number is 23.
The report finds numerous examples of these errors. Serious and pervasive problems with the accuracy of abstinence-only curricula may help explain why these programs have not been shown to protect adolescents from sexually transmitted diseases and why youth who pledge abstinence are significantly less likely to make informed choices about precautions when they do have sex.
Lies. The "values" administration has done nothing but lie and lie and people continue to defend, applaud, endorse, support, and kill for it.