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What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.

This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Monday, May 31, 2010

When Companies Respond to Online Criticism With Lawsuits -

When Companies Respond to Online Criticism With Lawsuits -

After a towing company hauled Justin Kurtz’s car from his apartment complex parking lot, despite his permit to park there, Mr. Kurtz, 21, a college student in Kalamazoo, Mich., went to the Internet for revenge.

Outraged at having to pay $118 to get his car back, Mr. Kurtz created a Facebook page called “Kalamazoo Residents against T&J Towing.” Within two days, 800 people had joined the group, some posting comments about their own maddening experiences with the towing company.

T&J filed a defamation suit against Mr. Kurtz, claiming the site was hurting business and seeking $750,000 in damages.

Web sites like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp have given individuals a global platform on which to air their grievances with companies. But legal experts say the soaring popularity of such sites has also given rise to more cases like Mr. Kurtz’s, in which a business sues an individual for posting critical comments online.

The towing company’s lawyer said it was justified in towing Mr. Kurtz’s car because the permit was not visible, and that the Facebook page is costing them business and had unfairly damaged the company’s reputation.

Some first amendment lawyers see the case differently. They consider the lawsuit an example of the latest incarnation of a decades-old legal maneuver known as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, or Slapp. More...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Department Of Justice making preliminary inquiries into Apple's music endeavors while iTunes dominance continues -- Engadget

DoJ making preliminary inquiries into Apple's music endeavors while iTunes dominance continues -- Engadget

It's all just noise right now, but the United States Justice Department is purportedly having a "very preliminary conversation" with Apple regarding the company's music business, wondering in particular if anything it's doing (or has done) would violate antitrust legislation. According to unnamed sources familiar with the situation, DoJ staff seem most interested in whether or not Apple's dominance in the market enabled it to unfairly prevent Amazon's music service from exclusively debuting new songs. Beyond that, details of the investigation are few and far between, but it's coincidentally coming down on Cupertino when its iTunes numbers are on the up and up. The latest NPD research figures show that over a quarter of the music purchased within the US is now procured through iTunes -- 28 percent, if you're looking for specifics, which is up 4 percentage points from Q1 2009. Meanwhile, Amazon has pulled into a tie with Walmart for second place, which may or may not coerce Wally World to ditch its morals and finally start stocking that uncensored version of My World 2.0.

Newspaper ban lifted in Zimbabwe

Newspaper ban lifted in Zimbabwe: "Four private papers in Zimbabwe, including one previously banned, are granted licences by the new media commission."

(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Complaint Box | Ambulance Chasers

Complaint Box | Ambulance Chasers: "What's more annoying than being in a minor car accident? The letters and calls from lawyers and medical professionals seeking to profit from your trouble."

(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Do not forget the personal injury lawyer television advertisements which dominate daytime television and have ebbed their way into prime-time. Along with the drug advertisements, Viagra anyone? The modern media has lost any pretense of decorum and civility.

John H. Armwood