March 4, 1968: Dr. King is assassinated, exactly one year after making his "Beyond Vietnam" speech. He deplored the war, believing it was base imperialism and diverted funds from vital programs. We could use his wisdom today.
- Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike
- March 4, 1928: Maya Angelou is born
- Senator calls for The Anarchist Cookbook to be “removed from the Internet” Um. Obviously, she doesn't understand how the Internet works. But does she realize this is also a print book, that has been around for a while now? Or that all of the information in the book can be found in public libraries, and has been available for a very, very long time?
- Harper Lee elder abuse allegations declared 'unfounded' by Alabama
- Net & Tech
- Crony Capitalism Goes Global: The TPP & ISDS Explained Whether you're Republican or Democrat or something else entirely, you should be worried about TPP. "Both President Obama AND Congressional Republicans are supporting a secretive agreement that would let 9,000 foreign corporations bypass the U.S. legal system and force taxpayers to pay them millions. Who says bipartisanship is dead?" Related: TPP/TTIP Resources
- U.S. Internet users pay more and have fewer choices than Europeans "One reason? The high cost of broadband and the lack of competition that leads to those high prices....By mapping the service areas of U.S. providers, The Center for Public Integrity also found that telecommunications companies appear to carve up territory to avoid competing with more than one other provider."
- Google stops 'trusting' Chinese net regulator after lapse
- Microsoft gives up, turns off Do Not Track by default "DNT has been in tatters for years, progress stymied by the inability of the various parties, particularly privacy advocates and the ad industry, to reach agreement. Not surprisingly, each has called the other obstinate, or worse. The fact is that only a handful of websites honor the DNT signal."
- Is Big Brother Watching Our Campuses?
- 'Revenge porn' website operator sentenced to 18 years "Kevin Christopher Bollaert, a Web developer, posted the pictures and then charged women from $300 to $350 to have the pictures removed. He was convicted in February of multiple felony counts of identity theft and extortion."
- Atlanta Educators Convicted in Test-Cheating Trial Related: Atlanta Teacher RICO Conviction is Blood Sacrifice to the Testocracy "Changing standardized test answers to make it appear students are doing better than they really are is certainly a crime, but is it really on the same level as the mafia!? Is it the same as extortion, money laundering, loan sharking, obstruction of justice and bribery? Because those are the crimes usually prosecuted with a RICO charge! One thing is certain: it’s worse than murder. According to Georgia law, actually killing somebody will get you a less severe sentence than cheating on standardized tests!"
- Other (Serious Stuff)
- Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Hiding the Names of Police Involved in Shootings
- SFPD Captain Among 7 Officers Facing Termination in Text Messaging Scandal
- New York State Budget Deal Includes Big Tax Cut for Yacht Owners
- Robert Reich: America’s super-rich are the real loafers
- Why income inequality is so much worse than we realize
- Cosmopolitan Gets Dragged on Twitter For ‘Racist’ Beauty Guide
- Past, Present Images Reveal Impact of California's Drought
- Other (Fun Stuff)