November 12, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Garry Trudeau on 40 years of Doonesbury

Fact Checking Budget Claims

This week marked the opening salvo in a war over the budget, with the release of a draft proposal by the co-chairs of President Obama’s commission on reducing the debt. But much of what politicians often say about our deficit and national debt is simply wrong. PolitiFact.com reporter and researcher ...

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Waste, Fraud and Abuse

According to a draft proposal issued by a bi-partisan panel this week, Congress will soon have to vote on substantial, painful cuts to the federal budget, including reductions from Social Security and Medicare. Politicians love to talk about "trimming the fat", "abuse" and cutting "waste, fraud, and corruption" - but ...

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Backroom Dealing on ACTA

For several years, dozens of countries – including the U.S. and members of the European Union – have been negotiating what’s called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. It’s a kind of treaty involving copyright and intellectual property rights, matters of great public concern – only it’s been hammered out largely behind ...

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How to Anger the Internet

Two weeks ago, the internet erupted in anger over unapologetic plagiarism by a small Massachusetts magazine Cooks Source. Bob and Brooke ponder what happens the internet becomes an angry mob.

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Tim Wu's The Master Switch

Interested in where the internet was headed, Columbia law professor Tim Wu sought an answer in the history of information technologies. He discovered that in the last 150 years, the telegraph, telephone, movies, radio and television each followed a distinct cycle. And that cycle, as he argues in his new ...

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Forty Years of Doonesbury

Doonesbury is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Since its start in a Yale campus newspaper in 1970, the strip has continued to evolve and reflect important social and political events of a generation and their children. Doonesbury's creator, Garry Trudeau, talks about how he develops his characters, from B.D. ...

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