about > SOPA Thanks to the unprecedented efforts of craigslist users and other concerned citizens this week, movement on PIPA and SOPA has been indefinitely postponed! Word has it that Congress had never before received so many calls and emails regarding any issue whatsoever. Bravo! “This is altogether a new effect,” said former Senator Chris Dodd, now head of MPAA and key PIPA/SOPA promoter, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He had not seen in his 40 years in politics “an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically.” Ron Paul (R-TX), PIPA applauded the Internet Blackout, saying "Sometimes you need a two-by-four to get them to listen."
Navy signs $17-million deal for armed drones - latimes.com In 100 years of naval aviation, only the most experienced combat pilots have performed the difficult task of launching an attack on a nearby target and returning the aircraft to a ship as it bobs in the ocean. Now that tricky task is being turned over to unmanned drones. With a $17-million contract, the U.S. Navy has taken the first step in arming its fleet of drone helicopters with laser-guided missiles to blast enemy targets. The Northrop Grumman Corp.-made MQ-8B Fire Scout would be Navy's first sea-based unmanned system to carry weapons when it's delivered within 15 months.
Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) | Petition Congress: Protect the Internet for Innovators! Rachel Maddow highlighted this petition on her MSNBC show -- watch: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has put the anti-Internet bill on hold! But the fight continues as the Senate prepares for a vote soon.
Unmanned drones have famously been used by the American military to conduct bombing runs of dubious legality in countries throughout the middle east, from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Yemen. However, American law enforcement agencies, already enjoying unprecedented use of techniques first mastered under combat conditions to control public protests, have long expressed an interest in deploying the technology domestically. If changes to American regulations currently under consideration by the FAA are ultimately enacted, they may get their wish. FAA May Allow Combat Drones for Nonmilitary Use
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Best-Selling Political Books in March “Revolt!” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann makes its debut at No. 4 on the political best-sellers list. The husband and wife team advises that Republicans use their power to force President Obama to accept their terms of debate and to insure that he doesn’t get re-elected in 2012. “The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana” by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon makes the list for the first time this month at No. 8. Lemmon details the entrepreneurial skills of Kamila Sidiqi, a teacher who learns to sew in war-torn Afghanistan. In “The Wrong War” by Bing West, which makes the list at No. 13, West argues for the removal of most of the U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan because, he says, the counterinsurgency strategy has proven not to work.
Debtors' Prison Legal In More Than One-Third Of U.S. States Not paying off debts can eventually land you in jail -- at least in a sizable minority of U.S. states. Borrowers who can't or don't pay their debts can be sent to jail in more than one-third of states, the Wall Street Journal reports. Judges may issue a warrant when a borrower either misses court ordered payments or doesn't show up in court after being sued for payments on outstanding debt. Though there are no national statistics on the practice of jailing debtors, a WSJ analysis found that judges have issued more than 5,000 debt-related warrants since the beginning of 2010.
Obama sides with big business over small cattlemen When four companies control 80 percent of the supply in a marketplace, even the most conservative economists would likely admit the potential is high for market manipulation. This is the case in the world of meatpacking, where four packers -- Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef -- rule the scene. That's why, last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture promulgated rules that would limit the ability of these companies to engage in practices that controlled the market unfairly. But the revised version of those rules recently released by USDA capitulate to packer demands and fail to make the marketplace more fair.