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Bust 'Em All: De-Monopolize Tech, Telecoms And Entertainment

By Cory Doctorow/The Electronic Frontier Foundation

The early 1980s were a period of tremendous foment and excitement for tech. In the four years between 1980 and 1984, Americans met:

* The Vic-20 (1980)

* The Commodore 64 (1981)

* The IBM PC (1982)

* The PC-compatible ROM (1984)

But no matter how exciting things were in Silicon Valley during those years, even more seismic changes were afoot in Washington, D.C., where a jurist named Robert Bork found the ear of President Reagan and a coterie of elite legal insiders and began to fundamentally reshape U.S. antitrust law.

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Posted on September 29, 2020

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Posted on April 1, 2019

Bust 'Em All: De-Monopolize Tech, Telecoms And Entertainment

By Cory Doctorow/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
In boolean terms, trustbusting tech, entertainment, and cable is an AND operation, not a XOR operation.

Posted on September 29, 2020

Europe Picks Top Judges Way Better Than U.S.

By David Orentlicher/The Conversation
Bipartisan approval creates ideologically balanced high courts.

Posted on September 28, 2020

President Trump Has 3,400 Conflicts Of Interest

By Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Averaging more than two conflicts of interest per day, Trump continues to be the most corrupt president in history.

Posted on September 24, 2020

Ignoring U.S. War Crimes In Yemen

By Andrea Prasow/Human Rights Watch
The State Department warned for years that the U.S. was complicit in war crimes in Yemen. No one put a stop to it.

Posted on September 23, 2020

When Bigotry Masquerades As Choice

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
"Choice" has always been a term a racist can love.

Posted on September 16, 2020

Really, COPA? Vaunted Police Video Policy Not Working

By The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
Supposed to publicly release video and audio files and certain police documents related to use-of-force incidents within 60 days of the incident. Not compliant.

Posted on September 15, 2020

Busted: Chicago Police Oversight Agency Improperly Closing Investigations

By The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
Agency improperly disposing of police misconduct allegations.

Posted on September 12, 2020

Why Mocking The Marines At Belleau Wood Is A Blood Libel

By David Rutter
They likely saved France that month in 1918. They might have saved Western civilization, at least until they had to do it all again with Adolf Hitler. All they had to do was what we always ask of them. Be our heroes, and die.

Posted on September 9, 2020

Are CEOs Worth $20 Million?

By Dean Baker/Center for Economic and Policy Research
I don't mean are they worth $20 million in any moral sense. I am asking a simple economics question; does the typical CEO of a major company add $20 million of value to the company that employs them or could they hire someone at, say one-tenth of this price ($2 million a year) who would do just as much for the company's bottom line?

Posted on September 7, 2020

Companies Flagrantly Flout Labor Department Rules To Report Workplace Injuries

By Jennifer Gollan and Melissa Lewis/Reveal
Chicago-based McDonald's and Boeing among them.

Posted on September 1, 2020

Patronizing Evil: The Nonprofit Sector Perpetuates The Worst Legacies Of Capitalism

By Alexi Jenkins/Common Dreams
The nonprofit and for-profit sectors operate in tandem in the furtherance of the brutal concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, at the expense of the many.

Posted on August 30, 2020

How The World's Billionaires Are Cashing In On COVID-19

By Carl Rhodes/Common Dreams
Oxfam calls it "pandemic profiteering."

Posted on August 27, 2020

A Guide To The Sleazy Tactics Used By Union-Busting Law Firms

By John Logan/The Conversation
Let's just say they occupy the "gray area" of labor law.

Posted on August 24, 2020

Politics Slows Flow Of U.S. Pandemic Relief Funds To Public Health Agencies

By Lauren Weber, Hannah Recht and Laura Ungar/Kaiser Health News and Michelle R. Smith/AP
Since the pandemic began, Congress has set aside trillions of dollars to ease the crisis. A joint KHN and Associated Press investigation finds that many communities with big outbreaks have spent little of that federal money on local public health departments.

Posted on August 20, 2020

MUSIC - Muddy Waters Museum Has Mojo.
TV - WGN Now Trump TV.
POLITICS - Trustbust Entertainment.
SPORTS - Tweeting Foles.

BOOKS - The Endurance Of The Rubik's Cube.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Charles E. Cheese Boo-tacular.

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