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Author hilariously illustrates why copyright math is bogus

Giving a recent TED Talk, author Rob Reid, creator of the online music subscription service Rhapsody, illustrated for the audience exactly why so-called “copyright math” is almost completely bogus. “Copyright math” is a term used for the extrapolations published by groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), or…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters target Romney fundraiser

Protesters affiliated with “Occupy Wall Street” converged on the luxury hotel Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Wednesday, where a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was being held. The Associated Press estimated that about a hundred people participated in the demonstration against corporate spending in politics. Reverend Billy Taden of…

Land owners kept in dark about fracking violations on their property

A group of Pennsylvania farmers and land owners who receive royalties from hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) natural gas wells on their property are not being informed about violations and safety issues on their land, said this report from CNN Money. Reporter Poppy Harlow traveled to rural Hughesville, Pennsylvania to meet…

Pat Robertson: Marijuana ‘absolutely’ should be legalized

Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson says he has become a “hero of the hippie culture” by calling for marijuana to be legalized. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told The New York Times on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend…

Blogger demonstrates serious flaw in TSA body scanners

A blogger on Tuesday published a video showing how he had snuck a small metal case through the Transportation and Security Administration’s (TSA) “billion dollar fleet” of so-called nude body scanners. Engineer Jonathan Corbett, who runs the blog TSA Out of Our Pants, explained that the problem lies in how…

Palin: Criticizing Rush over his Fluke comments is ‘the definition of hypocrisy’

Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) got caught by CNN’s “caucus cam” in Wasilla — and the whole CNN team to the opportunity to quiz her about the the GOP primary, her potential candidacy and, of course, her opinion on the Sandra Fluke affair. Unsurprisingly, Palin used the opportunity to call…

Native Americans threaten to confiscate Keystone Pipeline trucks

At least five Native Americans were arrested in South Dakota on Monday after a six-hour standoff that temporarily blockaded trucks from moving equipment thought to be destined for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Lakota activist Olowan Martinez told Raw Story that members of the tribe were working to obtain a restraining…

Police arrest Occupy protesters chained to Palm Beach City Hall

Police in West Palm Beach have arrested four members of the Occupy Wall Street movement for trespassing after several protesters allegedly chained themselves to City Hall. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio last week notified about 20 activists that they had until Thursday to leave protest site, according to The…

Pro hockey players fight homophobia with ‘You Can Play’ campaign

BOSTON (Reuters) – Thirty players in the National Hockey League have joined a campaign intended to promote gay and lesbian equality in sports with a television ad that will premiere during Sunday’s matchup of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. The campaign, called “You Can Play,” aims to combat…

Activists: ‘It’s illegal to be openly gay’ in Mississippi

Police in Jackson, Mississippi on Thursday threatened to arrest LGBT activists for marching on the sidewalk, citing “safety concerns” and a lack of permit for the demonstration. GetEQUAL Mississippi lead organizer Zach Magee told Raw Story that the group applied for a permit but was denied, for reasons he suspects…

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