Tuesday, May 30, 2006

High Court Limits Whistleblower Lawsuits - Forbes.com

~~~ This ruling disappoints me.
A close loss at 5-4 too.

Last year it could been 5-4 the other way.
( Or even 6-3 -- as Rehnquist was a bit of a maverick on free speech ) .

Welcome to the Roberts & Alito court . ~~~ tp


High Court Limits Whistleblower Lawsuits - Forbes.com: "
Associated Press
"High Court Limits Whistleblower Lawsuits"
By GINA HOLLAND , 05.30.2006, 11:12 AM

"The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for government employees to file lawsuits claiming they were retaliated against for going public with allegations of official misconduct.

By a 5-4 vote, justices said the nation's 20 million public employees do not have carte blanche free speech rights to disclose government's inner-workings. New Justice Samuel Alito cast the tie-breaking vote"

Sunday, May 28, 2006

"Judge Says Time Magazine Reporters Must Turn Over Some Documents to Former White House Aide"

~~ Seems reasonable to me , as Libby is the source ,, so there no "source" for the reporter to protect in this case. A fine line ,as the reporter has rights too.

But in this case I do not see the reporter 's note protected.

Anyone-- even Libby --
must be given wide latitude in obtaining
ANY information that could prove they are
innocent.~~` TP

Time Ordered to Give Documents to Libby,
Judge Says Time Magazine Reporters Must Turn Over Some
Documents to Former White House Aide - CBS News:

"Judge says Time magazine reporters must turn over some documents to former White House aide"

WASHINGTON, May. 27, 2006
By TONI LOCY Associated Press Writer"

"U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton limited the scope of subpoenas that Libby's lawyers had aimed at Time, NBC News and The New York Times for e-mails, notes, drafts of articles and other information.

But in a 40-page ruling, Walton rejected the news organizations' argument that they have a broad right to refuse to provide such information in criminal cases."

ABC News: Murtha: New Scandal Worse Than Abu Ghraib

~~ More bad news for Global opinion polls on

the American led war in Iraq.

I really think that no good

can come out

of these events.

Except for Justice. ~~~ TP


ABC News: Murtha: New Scandal Worse Than Abu Ghraib:
"Rep. Murtha Says Fallout From Killing of Iraqi Civilians Will Turn
Out Worse Than Prison Scandal


WASHINGTON May 28, 2006 (AP)

"This image taken from a videotape made by a Haditha, Iraq journalism student and obtained by Time Magazine via the Hammurabi Human Rights Group, shows a scene in what appears to be a morgue following an alleged fatal raid by United States forces which took place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha, Iraq.

"The U.S. military is bracing for a major scandal over the alleged killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha - charges so serious that they could threaten President Bush's effort to rally support for an increasingly unpopular war. "

WASHINGTON May 28, 2006 (AP)

Friday, May 26, 2006

U.S. House Judiciary Committee: Legislation aimed at preventing high-speed Internet network providers from discriminating.........

Stock Market News and Investment Information | Reuters.com

"WASHINGTON, May 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing high-speed Internet network providers from discriminating against unaffiliated services, content and applications."



Apple Loses Bid to Unmask Bloggers' Sources :The Sixth District Court of Appeals on Friday

~~ This makes me happy.!! ~~ TP

"Apple Loses Bid to Unmask Bloggers' Sources"
by Ryan Singel and Kevin Poulsen
Friday, 26 May 2006

"A California appeals court has smacked down Apple's legal assault on bloggers and their sources, finding that the company's efforts to subpoena e-mail received by the publishers of Apple Insider and PowerPage.org runs contrary to federal law, California's reporter's shield law, and the state Constitution.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals on Friday roundly rejected (.pdf) Apple's argument that the bloggers weren't acting as journalists when they posted internal document about future Apple products. 'We decline the implicit invitation to embroil ourselves in questions of what constitutes 'legitimate journalis(m).' The shield law is intended to protect the gathering and dissemination of news, and that is what petitioners did here,' the court wrote.

'Beyond casting aspersions on the legitimacy of petitioners’ enterprise, Apple offers no cogent reason to conclude that they fall outside the shield law’s protection".

Copyright 2006, Lycos, Inc.
Lycos is a registered trademark of Lycos, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Your use.... constitutes acceptance of the Lycos
Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions !!! "

Monday, May 22, 2006

: Supreme Court Developments on Yahoo! News

Print Story: Supreme Court Developments on Yahoo! News: -- Yahoo! News

Supreme Court Developments

By The Associated PressMon May 22, 4:24 PM ET

Highlights of actions taken Monday by the Supreme Court. The justices:

_Ruled unanimously that police do not need a warrant to go into a home to break up a bloody fight, in a case involving a 'melee' that Brigham City, Utah, police officers saw through a window.

_Rejected an appeal from Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman, who wanted the court to declare that the drug protocol used in most executions amounts to cruel punishment.

_Refused to hear an appeal in the case of a mentally ill man, Andrew Goldstein, whose conviction was overturned in the death of a woman pushed into the path of a subway train in New York.

_Said they would not consider the case of convicted murderer James Hamm, who graduated from law school and is being thwarted in his efforts to become a practicing attorney in Arizona.

_Delayed a decision on whether to take up a fight over reporters' confidential sources, apparently because a former government scientist's lawsuit that prompted journalist subpoenas may be settled.

_Declined for the second time to get involved in a child custody fight between a San Diego woman and and her former [female] partner."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

PCWorld.com - Backdoor Found in Diebold Voting Machines

~~~ I am not a supporter of electronic voting.
As I have written about often here . ~~~ TP

PCWorld.com - Backdoor Found in Diebold Voting Machines:
by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service Monday, May 15, 2006

"Diebold Election Systems plans to make changes to its electronic voting machines, following the disclosure of a number of serious security flaws in the systems. {The} Company says it will make changes to the electronic voting machines before the November 7 2006 general election."
"After the November 2000 presidential election exposed flaws in traditional paper ballots, many U.S. states have rushed to adopt electronic voting systems. But computer experts have pointed out numerous security flaws in these machines, and some consumer groups have called for them to be dropped altogether."

Monday, May 15, 2006

California's 2006 Candidates for governor reach out by Web, iPod

~~~ For over a decade many technopolitical folks have been heralding how the Internet
and digital / wirelesss things will change politics.

I , as I write about out here, dissagree with that vision.

All politics is local.
Face to face human interaction will always be the core of

of political activity. Which is why close elections are won and lost by field organization, and always will be.

How well can you get out the vote on election day is what the game is all about. Seniors , low-income folks, and many on the religious-right, do not use the internet as much as other voters-- yet . These voting groups can only be reached by old -fashioned local field work. Knocking on doors, holding rallies , and working the bus & subway stops.
~~~ TP

Article: News - Candidates for governor reach out by Web, iPod:

The Orange County Register www.ocregister.com

"Welcome to California's 2006 gubernatorial race, where winning traditional grass-roots support is more about bandwidth than shoe leather. Campaigns are following the example of Howard Dean, a littleknown former Vermont governor who used a network of Internet-connected supporters to leap onto the national stage in the 2004 presidential race".

"California's gubernatorial candidates hope the same Web-based techniques will make their campaigns more accessible and supporters feel vested. With new campaign contribution limits and skyrocketing costs of TV advertising hampering campaigns, the Internet has become a vital tool to boost contenders' visibility, especially among the grass roots, experts say."

Conservative Christians Criticize Republicans - New York Times

~~ But can the Democrats capitalize on the Republican discord ?

The Dems still have no unified voice, and to me, come acrross as timid and pandering.

I would prefer to see them offering the leadership and inovation that marked the Clinton years.

Unless the Democratic leadership can excite their base, Dem voters ---and religious -right voters too, as we see here--- might just sit out the this year's mid-term elections for Congress & etc. Which more than likely would help the incumbents, thus keeping the GOP in charge of congress.
~~ `technopolitical

5/15/06 :Conservative Christians Criticize Republicans - New York Times: "There is a growing feeling among conservatives that the only way to cure the problem is for Republicans to lose the Congressional elections this fall," said Richard Viguerie, a conservative direct-mail pioneer. I can't tell you how much anger there is at the Republican leadership,' Mr. Viguerie said. 'I have never seen anything like it.'"

Friday, May 12, 2006

| Warning on search engine safety ; BBC NEWS | Technology

~~`This blog , before i moved to Blogger here , got "spammed" last year.
Some web camera dealers copied my whole blog into their spam-virus-adware-filled website to lure folks to their pages through web search results.. I have found this has stoped since i moved to Blogger. ~~~ TP

BBC NEWS | Technology | Warning on search engine safety: "Some net searches are leading users to websites that expose them to spam, spyware and other dangerous downloads, reveals a report."

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Google Watch : Microsoft, Yahoo Take A Swipe At Google

~~The web wars are not over yet. I do not think Google will last as #1 in search for more than a decade.

And it still might be a new guy yet unseen.
[ Though personally I find YAHOO! to be a better overall search engine currently.]

Mircosoft / MSN.com , Yahoo.com , Excite.com , Ask.com, Myway.com & etc ,
are most certainly here to stay, but they do not seemed poised to dethrone Google in adv. sales $$.

Somewhere there is some geek or geek team aiming to dethrone Google, just as Google dethroned Yahoo.

Also Gmail is the cat's meow of email now,
being by far he best once you get used to it

~~` TP .

Google Watch : Microsoft, Yahoo Take A Swipe At Google: "'It is pretty clear Google is whining and complaining about something it does itself with Firefox,' he wrote on his blog. 'Remember, Google hired the founders and leaders of Firefox and pays money to Mozilla. So Google heavily influences what happens in both browsers.'"