While the lawsuit is in the nature of an administrative judicial review, but the idea of labelling all fans of a rock band as criminals sounds like group libel to me (which is not necessarily actionable these days in tort law depending on the jurisdiction). It is odd that the FBI would single out one band's fans - but then again, Phish fans don't fare any better.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that I am a big fan of the
radio show This American Life. Here’s why: in addition to telling stories you
would not hear otherwise, like this episode about babies who were actually
switched at birth, they also tell stories you’ve heard already, but maybe
didn’t really understand, and they explain
these stories in a way other news formats do not or cannot. (If you still don’t
understand the financial crisis, check out The Giant
Pool of Money and related episodes).
This was the case in the most recent episode on confessions.
The longest segment of the show ("Act One") discusses
a case of a false confession. I’ve watched other investigative news reports on
the problem of false confessions, and although my liberal disposition inclined
me to believe theories about false confessions, I was left wondering how they
could happen in real life. The TAL episode was the first time I’d heard a
step-by-step explanation of exactly how a false confession came about and
from the perspective of the police interrogator, no less.
As in other stories on TAL, however, the ultimate
punch-line was not the one expected. The context of most news stories or
investigative reports on false confessions is usually a wrongful conviction. In
the TAL story, the false confessor was released when she stopped cooperating
and the rest of the case against her unravelled. But the story does
not have a happy ending: as a result of having been charged with murder, the innocent false confessor never regained
custody of her children and had difficulty securing a job. For the next nineteen years.This
episode was a stark reminder that for many individuals who get caught up in the
criminal justice system, the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty
is a right more often honoured in the breach.
I was wondering why the latest Superman movie was doing so well in the box-office, even though no one I knew who had seen it really liked it. It turns out, there was a very effective marketing campaign behind it.
While much has been made about Miss Utah's flubbing of her answer, at least she did not espouse anti-liberty views. The winner, Miss USA, and runner-up both espoused anti-liberty views, although who knows if the runner-up, Miss Alabama, really got what she was saying. One supports the police taking DNA samples from everyone arrested regardless of guilt, while the other supported NSA surveillance.
I realize Holmes is fiction, but the author of the fiction, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has to be as close to Sherlock Holmes as ever a man could get. Here is an interview with Doyle from 1930, where he dishes on Holmes and spirituality:
4. All the presidents, including Obama, but not including Martin Van Buren (Dutch), are related to King John. Apparently, they all have the hunger for power gene! Hats off to the 12 year old student from California who pieced all the family trees together.
An examination of some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist within the Star Wars galaxy. The focus is mainly on the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it. (For those who don't care for the obvious, this is a satirical spoof of the 9/11 truther video Loose Change.)
The Battle of Hoth was an epic battle in the struggle between good and evil. If you are scratching your head wondering in what ancient century did this 300-esque sounding battle take place, you clearly are not a fan of Star Wars, or more specifically The Empire Strikes Back.
The classic battle scene where the rebel alliance manages to stall the Emperor's forces brings into question the effectiveness of the Empire.
So, a few weeks ago, Fin Free Edmonton got together and asked ourselves... "How can we contribute to the national push for shark conservation that is currently occurring?"
We came up with a two-part answer:
1) Storytelling. If you are alive to the issue, you are alive to the facts, the figures, the statistics, etc. We decided to take the opportunity to also consider the narrative that society has created for sharks, the narrative the supports the current shark conservation movement, and the narrative that opposes it. By understanding each we will be better positioned to spread our message. We decided to focus on: Cruelty, Conservation, and Moderation. The act of shark finning is a cruel way for sharks to die. Sharks are needed to maintain balance in the ocean. Bill C-380 is a moderate, approriate response to the current issue which limits fin imports but does not attempt to address consumption or the import of whole sharks.
2) Twitter Storm! There are many awesome, dedicated individuals working on the Fin Free campaign across Canada and internationally. So, we decided to unite these individuals around a common Twitter hashtag. After some brainstorming and trial and error we opted for #SaveSharks. Simple, catchy, and action oriented. We prepared a call to action document and distributed it to our national friends and allies. The storm is building as #SaveSharks gains momentum in advance of the debate on Bill C-380 which takes place tomorrow!
Join the movement! Find us on Twitter! #SaveSharks!