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Stephen Colbert’s lawyer, Trevor Potter, analyzes the Citizens United decision

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

One of the strongest elements of Colbert's coverage of the post-Citizens United era has been the inclusion of Trevor Potter. It's been fun seeing just how much Potter clearly enjoys his role as real lawyer to Colbert's fake-character-having-real-impact. This piece by Potter, originally a speech, shows his deep engagement with ...

Drumm not just a cad, but also engaged in immigration fraud?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

It appears from the report in tomorrow's Irish Times that Anglo Irish Bank is accusing former CEO David Drumm of engaging in fraud to secure his visa to the United States:Anglo alleges that Drumm devised the “loan” from his wife “as a ruse” to qualify for an “E-2 Treaty Investor ...

Orphan works: Low-stakes civil disobedience by curatorial institutions

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Interesting to see the library at U Michigan publishing copies of orphaned works, even if the copies are to be restricted to on-campus users. This is similar to the policy of the Free Music Archive in including orphaned works in their collection. Institutions such as these (the FMA is backed ...

A mixed day for RTÉ

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Two rather different news stories featuring RTÉ today. The first, their triumph at the New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards (and isn't that a mouthful), where they were named Broadcaster of the year, as well as being recognized in 17 different categories, including one of only three Grand ...

AT&T to cap competing video services (or why we need net neutrality)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Lauren Weinstein has dug behind the newly announced DSL caps on AT&T to note the exemption for U-verse content (i.e. the in-house video service). This, of course, is exactly the sort of anti-competitive behaviour that net neutrality rules are meant to prevent.

Mixed employment numbers in US

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Interesting analysis from CQ Roll Call about the latest employment numbers in the US: What’s also clear is that the GOP’s spending-cut policies may limit overall improvement in the job market. While the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 1.3 million new jobs created over the past 12 months, ...

Reviewing Ireland’s Human Rights Record

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Somewhat confusing release from the Merrion Street service, noting the opportunity for individuals and groups to make submissions in relation to Ireland's first Human Rights review under the UN's Human Rights Council UPR process. They give June as a deadline for feedback, but the actual site suggests that input ...

Buddy Pack program packs nutrient punch

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The Buddy Pack program in Missouri provides food from a food bank direct to school-age children. Children pick up food at the end of the school week - packaged in backpacks chosen to blend in with those of other children, in order that children participating not stand out and look ...

Time for an Irish election

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Minister for Health Mary Harney has criticized protestors who throw things at her - today it was eggs, last week paint - as she visits different parts of the country: "'I think it's a great pity that in a democracy people don't use the opportunity to put their perspective forward in ...

Dead Man Walking lecture

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

On Monday September 20, Sr Helen Prejean spoke at Cazenovia College as part of the Reisman lecture series. The author of the book Dead Man Walking (later a film and musical) spoke on the topic of the death penalty.