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Jon Robberson responds

I’ve blogged about the frustration that is having the email address, lincoln(atyouknow) I suppose it’s much the same for those who have, and the like — constant spam, and misdirected emails destined for other inboxes.
Usually, I respond that the email that I’ve received is sent to the wrong address, and ask that they please stop sending to me. However, today I got one that, given we watched (again) Magnolia Pictures’ Jesus Camp again tonight, I expounded a little. The original email, destined for some other Lincoln, apparently, is after the jump, detailing the use of the jumbotron and everything:

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Hey! Another link to another site…

I love this idea.
Bum Rush the Charts is an effort to use social networks to influence the positioning of a music artist on the charts, without the ‘assistance’ of media monsters and record labels. From their site:
We can match and exceed the reach of big media, corporate media, labels, and the entrenched interests. On March 22nd, we are going to take an indie podsafe music artist to number one on the iTunes singles charts as a demonstration of our reach to Main Street and our purchasing power to Wall Street.
The track we’ve chosen is “Mine Again” by the band Black Lab. A band that was dropped from not just one, but two major record labels (Geffen and Sony/Epic) and in the process forced them to fight to get their own music back. We picked them because making them number one, even for just one day, will remind the RIAA record labels of what they turned their backs on – and who they ignore at their peril.

So, if you read this, go buy the track — it’s actually not bad. Besides, it’s a buck — it’s worth that to me just to see what the experiment results in.

An aside: should I be offended by the use of Bum Rush? I’m equivocal on that.

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To the New Jersey Supreme Court…

….you rule. Now, let’s see the lawmakers step up, and enact the right legislation in the next six months. Now, we just have to hope that non-conservative heads prevail as expected in Canadian parliament this month.

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Canadian Copyright propaganda

From BoingBoing, there’s a note from Michael Geist about the ham-handed efforts of Access Copyright, a Canadian copyright agency, to “educate” kids on copyright issues.
Michael Geist sez, “Access Copyright has launched a new site that borders on parody, but is apparently serious. Captain Copyright, is a new “superhero” that educates children about the virtues of copyright, rushing to the scene in the event that someone publishes research without proper credit. While my first reaction to the site was that it is just silly, as I dug deeper, I now find it shameful. These materials, targeting kids as young as six years old, mispresents many issues and proposes classroom activities that are offensive.”
The best part, however, is the AUP on their site:
“…pages with the following exception: permission to link is explicitly withheld from any website the contents of which may, in the opinion of the Access Copyright, be damaging or cause harm to the reputation of, Access Copyright.”
Hey, Access Copyright: your premise, your “educational materials” and your existence are offensive. And, your web site is so 2002.

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And the fun begins….

So, new Conservative minority government in the House. It pains me to say I think it’s the best of both worlds. The Liberals needed to go, but I despaired at the idea of a Conservative majority, and its right-wingnut “moral” agendae. This, however, will be interesting.
Or so I thought. Until I read this item: “The Canadian government will defend our sovereignty,” from the words of the Harpinator. That’s right — let’s spend $5.3 billion defending something that doesn’t need to be defended. Hey, here’s a better quote, right from the Conservative web site:

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