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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 16, 2012 Elections Shape Judicial Sentencing, Study Finds
QUOTE: Making sure to account for whether cases were resolved via plea bargain or trial, and the criminal history of defendants, the authors identified a 10% increase in sentence length from the start of a judge’s term to the election (or, for judges who ran opposed, to the filing deadline for running, several months earlier).
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jun 23, 2012 Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare
QUOTE: political scientist Gene Sharp....Now 84, the American academic has dedicated most of his life to the study of the bold, some might say reckless, idea that nonviolence -- rather than violence -- is the most effective way of overthrowing corrupt, repressive regimes.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 29, 2012 Published mug shots: A constant reminder of one man's past
QUOTE: mug shots, which are public record, from sheriffs and local police departments, who hand over the information with the names listed in alphabetical order, detailing the criminal charges...."They are using a person's image for commercial gain without their permission," said Singh-Grover. "To me, its extortion, maybe not legally, but the common use of that term."
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 06, 2012 Charges Against U.S.-Aided Groups Come With History of Distrust in Egypt
QUOTE: Egyptian state media announced charges against four such nonprofit organizations that are based in Washington and that receive some United States government support. The charges include operating without licenses, “conducting research to send to the United States” and supporting Egyptian candidates and parties “to serve foreign interests.”
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 White House Offers Apology to Official Accused of Bias
QUOTE: The White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized profusely and repeatedly on Wednesday to a black midlevel official [Shirley Sherrod--Ed.] for the way she had been humiliated and forced to resign her Agriculture Department job after a conservative blogger put out a misleading video clip that seemed to show her admitting antipathy toward a white farmer.
New York Times Oct 21, 2009 US congressional hearing highlights Colombia rights abuses
QUOTE: ...United Nations Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya, who visited Colombia in September, expressed her continued concern over what she has called a "pattern of harassment and persecution against human rights defenders" in Colombia, and challenged President Álvaro Uribe to "genuinely address" concerns for their safety.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 21, 2009 Sequoia e-voting code reveals possible FEC rule violations
QUOTE: Though still in its initial stages, the review [by the Election Defense Alliance] has already uncovered evidence indicating that the [Sequoia] voting machines are programmed in a manner that falls afoul of rules and guidelines established by the Federal Election Commission.
Ars Technica Oct 19, 2009 Rights Watchdog, Lost in the Mideast (Op-Ed Contributor)
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.
New York Times Oct 09, 2009 Against Transparency: The perils of openness in government.
QUOTE: More information,[from greater government transparency]" as [Archon] Fung and his colleagues put it, "does not always produce markets that are more efficient." Instead, "responses to information are inseparable from their interests, desires, resources, cognitive capacities, and social contexts..."
New Republic, The (TNR) Oct 08, 2009 Lexington: Of debt and deadbeats
QUOTE: Arthur Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, feels that the real culture war in America today is not about gay marriage or abortion, divisive though those issues are, but about capitalism.
Economist Sep 17, 2009 A vicious intolerance: Homophobia in Jamaica
QUOTE: Openly gay people [in Jamaica] must contend with the constant fear of violence.
Economist Aug 17, 2009 One Person’s Boondoggle, Another’s Necessity
QUOTE: Those [certain] proposals for spending federal stimulus money were all criticized... But they have something else in common, too. They are popular locally. And they underscore a truth that has been evident since the New Deal: sometimes the boondoggle is in the eye of the beholder
New York Times Aug 01, 2009 In Ranks of Heroes, Finding the Fakes
QUOTE: Military imposters are nothing new. But the problem has grown or at least become more obvious as charlatans are easily able to find fake military documents, medals and uniforms on auction Web sites.
New York Times Jul 21, 2009 TARP watchdog cites lack of transparency in Obama administration
QUOTE: critics of the administration said that the White House has fallen short of its promises to run a more open government.
Los Angeles Times Jul 12, 2009 Are 'Grassroots Activists' For Real?
QUOTE: some “grassroots” movements are actually sophisticated marketing campaigns financed by businesses and special-interest groups.
Jul 09, 2009 G-8 leaders pressured to honor aid pledges: The global recession has helped reduce aid from wealth nations – even as it pushes millions more into poverty.
QUOTE: Underlying the alarm over a rising tide of poverty, infant mortality, and hunger is the criticism that wealthy nations have not honored their commitments to substantially increase global aid.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 21, 2009 Police Unleash Force On Rally in Tehran: Obama, in Boldest Terms Yet, Presses Iran to Halt Violence Against Own People
QUOTE: Fiery chaos broke out in downtown Tehran on Saturday as security forces blocked streets and used tear gas, water cannons and batons to break up a demonstration against the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Security forces were seen firing warning shots into the air, but there were also unconfirmed reports that several people were hit by gunfire.
Washington Post Jan 28, 2009 On becoming the squeakiest wheel: Are companies serving only themselves when they use social media to help consumers?
QUOTE: companies have a vested interest in offering tech support in a social media setting because people who use social media are essentially bad word-of-mouth publicity on steroids. In short, he (she?) says, it serves the companies' best interest to help these people in order to quiet them.
InfoWorld Mar 11, 2008 GoDaddy Silences Police-Watchdog Site RateMyCop.com
QUOTE: A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops.
Wired Jan 10, 2008 Food Allergies Stir a Mother to Action
QUOTE: [Robyn O'Brien] wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media
QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.
New York Times Oct 03, 2007 Monks Are Silenced, and for Now, Internet Is, Too
QUOTE: Embarrassed by smuggled video and photographs that showed their people rising up against them, the generals who run Myanmar simply switched off the Internet.
New York Times Sep 06, 2007 Civil Rights Group Faults How Police Are Policed
QUOTE: A civil rights group yesterday criticized New York City’s system of investigating police misconduct, charging that a civilian agency responsible for the task had failed to pursue complaints aggressively, and that punishment was too lenient when misconduct was established.
New York Times Jul 26, 2007 Toymaking in China, Mattel’s Way
QUOTE: The recent wave of recalls and warnings from China has ignited worldwide...[and] companies are trying urgently to figure out how to do business here, without risking their reputation, consumer trust, or customers’ lives. Mattel may have some of the answers.
New York Times Jul 18, 2007 Hummer Owner Gets Angry Message: Vandals Batter D.C. Man's SUV, Slash Its Tires and Scratch In an Eco Note
QUOTE: On a narrow, leafy street in Northwest Washington, where Prius hybrid cars and Volvos are the norm, one man bought a flashy gray Hummer .... It lasted five days on the street before two masked men took a bat to every window, a knife to each 38-inch tire and scratched into the body: "FOR THE ENVIRON."
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 In US's big presidential fields, who gets how much debate time?: Attention on 'top tier' candidates in this week's debates prompts calls for a more evenhanded format.
QUOTE:The presidential debates televised this week from New Hampshire are generating, well, a lot of debate. Specifically, the amount of time the camera and the microphone went to so-called "top tier" candidates, versus lesser time for lesser-known aspirants, is prompting calls for a more equal-opportunity format at this early stage in the 2008 campaign.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 03, 2007 Class-Action Firms Extend Reach to Global Rights Cases
QUOTE: The class-action bar is going global. Until recently, international human rights cases in American courts were brought mainly by public interest lawyers more interested in calling attention to abuses and in establishing universal legal standards than in a potential payday. ....The prominent plaintiffs’ firms, their critics say, are in it for the money.
New York Times Apr 27, 2007 World execution numbers fall: Number of people executed in Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan rises despite overall decline, Amnesty international says.
QUOTE: In its annual report on the death penalty, the human rights group Amnesty International said at least 1,591 people were executed last year, down from 2,148 the year before. "Last year saw a slight drop in execution numbers - but it was another grim death toll around the world and we are particularly concerned about a disturbing 'revival' of executions in countries like Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan," Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, said.
Guardian Unlimited Feb 24, 2007 Record Fine Expected for Univision
QUOTE: It also represents an unusually aggressive enforcement of the 1996 regulations that interpreted the Children’s Television Act. Those regulations, adopted after some broadcasters characterized cartoons like “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons” to be educational programs, imposed more substantive requirements on the networks as they comply with the mandate to broadcast at least three hours a week of programs of intellectual value to young people.
New York Times Jan 26, 2007 Largest Pork Processor to Phase Out Crates: Va.-Based Smithfield to End Practice of Keeping Pregnant Pigs in Small Cages
QUOTE: The largest U.S. pork supplier, Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, said yesterday that it will require its producers to phase out the practice of keeping pregnant pigs in "gestation crates" -- metal and concrete cages that animal welfare advocates consider one of the most inhumane features of large-scale factory farming.
Washington Post Jan 09, 2007 An Online Guide to Fast-Moving Power Brokers
QUOTE: Sucking in public servants, spewing out lobbyists, K Street spins influence into cash so fast, it's tough to track who landed where. Now you can click and find out. Billed by its creators as "MySpace for the K Street set," Revolving Door is a new, searchable database on OpenSecrets.org...
Washington Post Sep 15, 2006 The Why Behind G, PG, R and the Rest
QUOTE: power gives the MPAA extraordinary sway over how films will be distributed and advertised, how much money they can make and, ultimately, their impact on the culture. It is, argues filmmaker Kirby Dick, a de facto power of censorship.
Washington Post Sep 07, 2006 Nail Polish Makers Yield on Disputed Chemical
QUOTE: “If there is evidence that an ingredient causes or is suspected of causing cancer or birth defects, cosmetics companies should not be using it in their products,” said Kevin Donegan, the group’s director of communications. “Phthalates have clearly been demonstrated to cause harm.”
New York Times Aug 29, 2006 Discussions about race difficult but constructive
QUOTE: These kinds of stories push the dialogue about race beyond rhetoric. They push us to a place we aren't comfortable going because of the fear of being labeled a racist. That fear often produces silence, said Woods.
Poynter Online Aug 27, 2006 In Israel, a Divisive Struggle Over Targeted Killing
QUOTE: In Israel, targeted killing has become a select weapon...."We face a tragic dilemma," said Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, chief of military intelligence. "A terrorist is going to enter a restaurant and blow up 20 people. But if we blow up his car, three innocent people in the car will die. How do we explain it to ourselves?"
Washington Post Jun 27, 2006 China Covers Up Violent Suppression of Village Protest
QUOTE: ...[Chinese] police raked a crowd of demonstrators with gunfire last December in the seaside village of Dongzhou.... The authorities have said little or nothing about the episode, concentrating instead on preventing any accounts of it from circulating...
New York Times Jun 03, 2006 Online Throngs Impose a Stern Morality in China
QUOTE: a growing phenomenon the Chinese call Internet hunting, in which morality lessons are administered by online throngs and where anonymous Web users come together to investigate others and mete out punishment for offenses real and imagined.
New York Times Feb 22, 2006 Same-sex birth notice
QUOTE: ...[the local newspaper-Ed.] declined to publish the free announcement with both of the women's names, saying that the paper publishes only the names of the biological parents if the couple is not married.
Poynter Online Feb 16, 2006 Internet Firms Address China Practices
QUOTE: ... companies such as Yahoo Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., all of which view China both as a giant business opportunity and a worrying regulatory challenge because of the government's censorship and human rights policies. Members of Congress and human rights advocates said the companies have made unacceptable compromises to advance their business interests.
Washington Post Jan 24, 2006 Campaign Finance Law May Have A Loophole: Some Issue Ads Could Be Exempt, Justices Say
QUOTE: The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion yesterday that suggests some political advertisers may eventually be entitled to an exemption from regulations imposed by the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.
Washington Post Dec 03, 2005 Abuse Found in China Prisons
QUOTE: The first U.N. investigator granted access to China's vast network of prisons and labor camps said Friday he had documented widespread use of torture despite government efforts to obstruct his probe.
Washington Post Nov 22, 2005 Cancer Institute to Drop Newsletter: Online Publication Printed Criticisms About Group, Director
QUOTE: Officials at the $4.8 billion institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, said the action was a cost-cutting move...But others interpreted the decision as an attempt at information control.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2005 Attack of the Blogs
QUOTE: Blogs...are the ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns. It's not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can't even figure out who his attacker is....The combination of massive reach and legal invulnerability makes corporate character assassination easy to carry out. Dry treatises on patent law and trade policy don't drive traffic (or ad sales) for bloggers and hosts; blood sport does.
Forbes Oct 01, 2005 What’s in a Name? Does “refugee” depict the desperate plight of Katrina’s victims, or does it insult U.S. citizens?
QUOTE: Does “refugee” depict the desperate plight of Katrina’s victims, or does it insult U.S. citizens?
American Journalism Review (AJR) Aug 22, 2005 Why Everybody Is a Reporter: Citizen Journalists Go Mainstream
QUOTE: Traditional journalists and media companies say these newcomers aren’t true journalists...citizen journalists lack the resources to be reliable and often get facts wrong....Even with safeguards in place, news executives worry that questionable content could slip through.
Broadcasting & Cable Aug 22, 2005 Forcing a Look at Hospitals' Mission: Adventist Facilities Accused of Price-Gouging, Denying Care to Uninsured Patients
QUOTE: In the past year, lawyers for the poor have filed federal lawsuits in 22 states accusing nonprofit hospitals of failing to meet their tax-exempt obligations to provide indigent care.
Washington Post Apr 24, 2005 A High-Tech Lynching in Prime Time
QUOTE: Tonight is the much-awaited "Justice Sunday," the judge-bashing rally being disseminated nationwide by cable, satellite and Internet from a megachurch in Louisville...These traditions have less to do with the earnest practice of religion by an actual church, as we witnessed from Rome, than with the exploitation of religion by political operatives and other cynics with worldly ends.
New York Times Apr 18, 2005 For Every Story, An Online Epilogue: Via E-Mail and Blog, Anyone's a Critic
QUOTE: ...the increasingly caustic nature of some online criticism is prompting many journalists to complain that their honesty and motivation are being trashed along with their work.
Washington Post Dec 04, 2004 Fox Calls For Court Review of Standards: FCC Rules Archaic, It Says In Appeal
QUOTE: Fox Broadcasting Co. is appealing a record-setting $1.18 million fine for airing racy fare on a show called "Married by America," saying the government's indecency rules for broadcast television are unconstitutional because they don't apply to cable and satellite television.
Washington Post May 03, 2004 New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right
QUOTE: Mr. Brock said the central thrust of his group would be to closely monitor conservative commentators and journalists and, when they make erroneous or misleading claims, to point them out and set the record straight on the Media Matters Web site (www.mediamatters.org).
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