Monthly Archives: August, 2013

I can haz copyright?

Kiersten Marek:

The thorny legalities of all those cute cat videos…

Originally posted on Brett Farrell:

pepperfire Melbourne IP Lawyer, Isobelle Fabian (@isobelleclare) watched a LOT of cat videos on the internet to make these points about copyright law in Australia. Isobelle writes:

They’re the archetypal internet time-wasting activity, starting out as deceptively simple entertainment and quickly developing into a full-blown addiction.

Yes, I’m talking about YouTube cat videos.

 

The internet and YouTube in particular seems to have an endless supply of cute cats doing cute things. Check out here and here and here and…well, you get the picture.

So it’s natural that when someone puts together an ad showing all the cool things you can do with your internet-connected TV/smartphone/microwave/whatever, they often want to put a cat video in there. But surprisingly enough, those adorable kitties hide a whole heap of thorny legal issues.

First off, let’s look at copyright. Videos are subject to copyright, which means that they can’t be reproduced without permission from…

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Largest fast food strike ever today: 58 cities will be affected – Salon.com

This is a strike I can easily support since I rarely eat fast food anyway!

Largest fast food strike ever today: 58 cities will be affected – Salon.com.

Campaign to end unpaid internships heads to campus – Salon.com

Interesting… free labor rises up.

Campaign to end unpaid internships heads to campus – Salon.com.

BEST Lemon-Poppy/Chia Seed Muffins (GF), and Farm Update

Kiersten Marek:

Looks yummy — and gluten free!

Originally posted on Cooking Up the Cure:

We have three weeks left before out move to the Farm… and the work on the farm house has been in full swing for a month.

a new wall-Darin's room

Enlarging front bedroom

All the windows in the main house and barn have been upgraded, the two kid’s bedrooms have been modified and painted, the Master Bath is built and shower installed, kitchen cabinets are sanded and painted, and the outside trim is done. (We won’t paint the exterior until next Spring).

CUTC Kitchen Aug 18

Cabinets and Counter-tops in, walls yet to be painted

kitchen cab knobs

kitchen knobs

My daughter said I’m going for a candy store look in the kitchen since the walls are going to be a pale mint green.  And you know, after waiting so many years to have a large kitchen I am going to make it as cheery and fun as I can.

Oh, by the way, that pipe on the floor is not…

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Anthony Cody: What Do Prisons, Post Offices, and Schools Have in Common?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Anthony Cody explains
here the sustained assault on the commons
, the effort to
privatize institutions that were long considered public.

He considers what happens when prisons
are privatized, creating profits by reducing the quality of service
and care. He shows why the post office is being privatized and who stands to gain.

And he summarizes the ongoing effort to privatize public schools and turn them over to corporate control.

He writes:

“It has
been decided in the halls of power, governmental and corporate,
that the way to improve schools is to unleash the power of the
marketplace. We are undergoing a transformation of huge proportions
in order to allow this to occur. Through the Common Core State
(sic) Standards, we are creating a single national marketplace for
tests, technology and curriculum – all three of which are
increasingly intertwined and removed from the control of teachers
and local communities….

“Meanwhile, our leaders
have…

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Statement on the President’s Proposal for Performance Based Funding, by Rudy Fichtenbaum, President of AAUP

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

In an attempt to rein in rising tuition and skyrocketing debt President Obama has announced a plan for performance based funding for higher education. Under his plan colleges would be rated on affordability, graduation rates and earnings of graduates. While we applaud the President for raising concerns over rising tuition and student debt, concerns that we share, we also believe that the President’s proposal will do little to solve the problem and will likely result in a decline in the quality of education offered to working class and middle class students, particularly students of color. Unfortunately, the President’s plan is little more than a version of the failed policy of “No Child Left Behind” brought to higher education.

In rolling out this plan the administration says they plan to consult with colleges and universities. The problem, however, is they mean they will consult with college and university Presidents and not…

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What awaits Americans in first Obamacare open enrollment? Higher deductibles, incentives for staying well, and premium hikes | MedCity News

Higher deductibles and copays — my favorite!  We just got hit with the bills for an ER visit, with ambulance included.  Total was almost $10 K!

What awaits Americans in first Obamacare open enrollment? Higher deductibles, incentives for staying well, and premium hikes | MedCity News.

An economics lesson from a kangaroo

Originally posted on Phil Ebersole's Blog:

australia.minimum.wage

This is true, although in terms of purchasing power, the Australian minimum wage for fast-food workers is more like $12 in the United States. Click on Australia minimum wage for details from the Real News Network.

Many economists say, without any empirical evidence, that an increase in the minimum wage will automatically result in increased unemployment.  This is because it is a basic principle of economics that if you increase the price of something, people will buy less of it, and so it is with wages.

Under certain conditions, that would be true.  Fewer people would be hired for minimum wage jobs if, say, the U.S. minimum wage was raised to $72.50 an hour.  But there is no evidence that any of the actual increases in the minimum wage have had any adverse measurable effect on U.S. employment.  Indeed, the number of minimum wage and near-minimum wage jobs has increased…

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The average American household is now earning LESS income than it did at the end of the Great Recession

Originally posted on Engineering Evil:

  • Race, age, and geographic location all  factor into how badly households have been hit by post-recession money  woes
  • Only householders aged 65-74 saw an  increase in average income

By  Ap Reporter and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 16:04 EST, 22  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:25 EST, 22 August 2013

 

The average household is earning less than  when the Great Recession ended four years ago and some Americans are affected  even more than others.

U.S. median household income, once adjusted  for inflation, has fallen 4.4 percent since the official end of the recession,  according to Census Bureau statistics.

Specific groups such as blacks, the young,  and the upper-middle-aged have experienced even larger than average drops in  income.

Money woes: The Great Recession may be over, but a new study says average American household income has dropped since the end of the recession

 

Money woes: The Great Recession may be over, but a new  study says average American household income has dropped since the end of the  recession

 

Younger people and those aged between 55…

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Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows // News // Research at Notre Dame // University of Notre Dame

I think we have done pretty well on these factors in parenting.  Interesting research for those who have small children.

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows // News // Research at Notre Dame // University of Notre Dame.

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