State Dept. Blocks Keystone Pipeline Project: Keystone XL pipeline project is controversial Obama administration on Wednesday is a major energy initiatives that badly needs an influx of American jobs, but one which would also have been riled environmentalists was scuttling.
Websites Go Dark To Protest SOPA PIPA Bills: In the first strike of its kind, thousands of popular sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing shut down for up to 24 hours Wednesday to protest a pair of federal antipiracy bills that they said amounted to censorship of the Internet.
The online grass-roots campaign is directed at the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, which aim to crack down on foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies, music and counterfeit goods.
To protest the bills before they go to a vote, pages on Wikipedia’s English language encyclopedia site have gone dark and now feature a short note that tells visitors to “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge.” The note went on to say: “Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”
Visitors are given a link where they can learn more and then are urged to contact local legislators by plugging in a ZIP code. Continue Reading…
Should Jim Caldwell have been fired by the Indianapolis Colts: Jim Caldwell was fired Tuesday after three years as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts following a 2-14 season without star quarterback Peyton Manning. Caldwell, who took the team to the Super Bowl after the 2009 season and back to the playoffs a year later, was the latest to be shown the door by the Colts this month, following vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian.
Should Caldwell have lost his job under such circumstances? Was is it time to change direction for a franchise that has a new general manager in Ryan Grigson and presumably will draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as the top pick in April’s draft?
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Continue Reading…
SOPA, PIPA What You Need To Know: Having trouble using Wikipedia today? That’s because the popular crowd-sourced online encyclopedia is participating in an “Internet blackout” in protest of two controversial anti-piracy bills: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
The bills are intended to strengthen protections against copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, but Internet advocates say they would stifle expression the World Wide Web. In essence, the legislation has pitted content providers — like the music and film industries — against Silicon Valley.
“It’s not a battle of left versus right,” said progressive activist Adam Green, whose organization Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday hosted a press conference with opponents of the bills. “Frankly, it’s a battle of old versus new.”
Here’s a basic look at the actions taking place today and the legislation causing all the fuss.
What’s going on today?
The popular link-sharing site Reddit got the ball rolling for today’s 24-hour Internet blackout. In addition to Reddit and Wikipedia, other sites participating include BoingBoing, Mozilla, WordPress, TwitPic, MoveOn.org and the ICanHasCheezBurger network. Search giant Google is showing its solidarity with a protest doodle and message: “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the web,” but the site planned no complete blackout.
Other sites — like Facebook and Twitter — oppose the legislation in question but aren’t participating in today’s blackout.
In addition to the Internet-based protests, some opponents are physically protesting on Wednesday outside of their congressional representatives’ offices. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said in Tuesday’s press conference it will “probably be the geekiest, most rational protest ever.” Continue Reading…
But the decision of Yahoo Co-founder, former CEO and director Jerry Yang to leave Yahoo was indeed sudden, with the board meeting just this morning about the issue.
It was so sudden, in fact, that Yahoo’s key execs — including its communications arm — had only a few minutes heads up to what is arguably one of the more momentous events in the history of the Silicon Valley Internet giant.
In fact, newly installed CEO Scott Thompson was in Los Angeles in a previously planned visit to meet his new staffers, said multiple sources, forcing him to participate in the board meeting from there.
As it turns out, according to numerous sources, Yang had had enough and had finally realized that perhaps the many players in the ongoing Yahoo drama inside and outside the company had also had enough of him. Continue Reading…
Why Aren’t You Watching Justified: At first glance, Justified looks like the illegitimate love child of The Dukes of Hazard and Law and Order. Being a fan of neither show, I skipped the first season. Earlier this year, I saw a playful promo for the show where the main character was discussing the Han Solo vs. Greedo “Who shot first?” debate. This ad said, “Alright, give it a shot.” On the recommendation of the commercial, I borrowed the first season from a friend and gave the show a shot. Gripped by the backwoods antics of Deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens, I watched the entire season in only the matter of a few days.The show opens with legendary US Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) delivering a dramatic ultimatum to the Miami crime lord that shot his partner. In typical Western fashion, the criminal is given until noon to leave town and never come back. Noon strikes and Givens, as promised, shoots the man in plain sight. Despite the findings that the shooting was “justified”,Rayland and his trademark cowboy hat are sent to Lexington, KY and he soon returns to his old stomping grounds — the coal mining, country music-playing Harlan County. Having grown up the heir apparent of the local crime family, he is somewhat infamous in Harlan County and is quickly pulled into the internal politics of his hometown. Givens brings a slightly different kind of justice one might find from Law and Order or CSI and is more along the lines of Jack Bauer or Vic Mackey with a cowboy hat; conducting himself much like a old school frontier sheriff. Continue Reading…