CBC threatens podcast app makers, argues that RSS readers violate copyright

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation publishes several excellent podcasts, notably the As It Happens feed; like every podcast in the world, these podcasts are available via any podcast app in the same way that all web pages can be fetched with all web browsers — this being the entire point of podcasts.

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To find Hillary Clinton likable, we must learn to view women as complex beings

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve spent your entire life being trained to empathize with white men. From Odysseus to Walter White, Hamlet to Bruce Wayne, James Bond to the vast majority of biopic protagonists, our art consistently makes the argument that imperfect, even outright villainous, men have an innate core of humanity.

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Idiocracy is coming back to theaters in time for election

In the ten years since Idiocracy came out, the film has become more and more of a documentary, so to mark the anniversary, it’s coming back to theaters before the presidential election. Here’s President Camacho’s State of the Union address: Here’s a great interview from the Alex Jones Show with Mike Judge, which discusses Idiocracy and the weird rollout it got from the studio.

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Concerned Texas gentleman patrols ladies’ restroom, tells woman “You’re dressed like a man”

This fellow has volunteered to make sure the people who use a women’s restroom in Texas look and dress the way he and other frightened jackasses want them to look and dress. From Jezebel: Reporter Eric Nicholson writes that the video was shot by Jessica Rush at the Baylor Medical Center in the suburb of Frisco on Thursday.

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NZ government leaks on TPP: copyright terms will go to life plus 70 years

An official New Zealand government bulletin on yesterday’s conclusion of the still-secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations accidentally confirmed something we all believed was in there all along: an extension of copyright terms to match the USA’s bizarre, evidence-free, century-plus terms. According to the bulletin, the TPP signatories will have to retroactively extend their copyright terms, giving longer copyrights to works that were created before the agreement was struck, and taking works out of the public domain and putting them back into copyright’s restrictions.

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Owner of “Relentlessly Gay” yard raising money to make yard MOAR GHEY

When Baltimore’s Julie Baker hung some rainbow-colored solar lights in her yard, a helpful neighbor slipped a charming note through her door chastising her for her “Relentlessly Gay” yard, threatening to call the police unless it came into compliance with the “Christian” neighborhood ethic. The lanterns spelled out “Ohana” and “Love.”

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Having the brakes removed from your car is a personal decision

Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking — did you know that in the old days, cars didn’t have brakes? It’s true: engine braking was once the norm. And back then, I’ve heard there were a lot fewer automotive fatalities (and there were none involving brakes, because there weren’t any brakes!).

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