The Motion Picture Association of America:
The U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security today announced that they have shut down one of the world’s largest BitTorrent websites, Elite Torrents. Carrying out what is known as Operation D-Elite, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed search warrants against prominent members in Elite Torrents’ membership. Elite Torrents was one of the first peer to peer networks to post an illegal copy of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith before the movie officially opened in theaters last Thursday.
I’m not making this up….. Visit Elite Torrents and check out the home page, which now features US DOJ and DHS logos….
Copyright is important to some fair degree (Congress, via Hollywood money has greatly distorted the copyright law…). However, spending our tax dollars to save the latest Star Wars film is simply absurd. Let’s use some of that money for education or debt reduction.
Texas Monthly posted an intresting Cornmeal Crepe recipe, “an exceptional lowfat, lowcarb alternative to the tortilla”.
Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion appeared at the Overture Center this past Saturday. Tune in to the whole show here.
Brian Clark takes a look at the opportunities for small businesses in the Department of Homeland Security’s massive $40B budget. I hope some Wisconsin firms are feeding at the trough.
Robert Collier visits Alberta’s vast oil sands:
Alberta’s oil sands are destined to be the main supply of foreign oil to the United States for at least the next century. The sands hold proven reserves of 175 billion barrels, second only to Saudi Arabia’s 262 billion, and far more than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s estimated 10 billion.
If Americans want to keep filling their gasoline tanks at a reasonable cost, they will need the oil sands industry to push ahead on its expected path of doubling, tripling and even quadrupling production in coming years.
Nowhere else is the conflict between energy use and ecological cost so stark.
“The oil sands are a big challenge,” Canada’s environment minister, Stephane Dion, who has fought publicly with other Cabinet officials for a tougher line on global warming, said in an interview. “They are sending out a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.