January 12, 2007

LinkNews Digest [01/12/2007]

BitTorrent Nexus "The Pirate Bay" Attempting to Buy Nation of SeaLand

I was originally going to post a story of this odd microNation being up for sale at all. But the Pirate Bay angle is delicious:
Recently it was made clear that this country is for sale. To make sure the owners will be kopimistic and that the country won't be governed by people that do not care about it's future, we have come up with a plan.

With the help of all the kopimists on Internets, we want to buy Sealand. Donate money and you will become a citizien. We've set up a forum to discuss how the country is supposed to function. It should be a great place for everybody, with high-speed Internets access, no copyright laws and vip accounts to The Pirate Bay. Register and let us write history together.

Plan B: If we do not get enough money required to buy the micronation of Sealand, we will try to buy another small island somwhere and claim it as our own country (prices start from USD 50 000).(LINK )

New Jersey to Remove "Idiot" Clause from Constitution

State Senate President Richard Codey introduced a bill on Monday that would remove language from the New Jersey constitution that was designed more than 150 years ago to prevent people suffering from mental illness or handicap from casting their vote in national, state or local elections.

Codey wants to eliminate a section that says "no idiot or insane person should enjoy the right of suffrage" and substitute with a reference to "a person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting."

Codey, a Democrat who was previously acting governor of New Jersey, said in a statement the term "idiot" is "outdated, vague, offensive to many and may be subject to misinterpretation."(LINK )
Off the record, Codey said "And anyways, it obviously hasn't really STOPPED idiots from voting in this state."

NY Mayor Gets Telematketers on "Bat Phone"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg complained to a U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday that he's vexed by pesky dinner-time phone calls from salesmen -- ringing him on his secure line.

Much like the Gotham police commissioner's secure line to the "bat phone" in the 1960s "Batman" television show, the kitchen of Bloomberg's Upper East Side townhouse has been outfitted for emergency top-secret communications.

Testifying at a Senate hearing on protecting America after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Bloomberg was asked about New York City's updated communications equipment that allows police, fire, health and other officials to talk to each other in a crisis.

Bloomberg mentioned his secure phone and the insurance salesmen that regularly call him on it. Following the hearing, Bloomberg stood before reporters who asked about as many questions about the "Bat phone" as they did about New York's quest for more anti-terrorism funds.

"It's never been used other than to answer an occasional call for 'Do I want to subscribe to a particular magazine, buy an insurance policy' or some other such ridiculous thing," Bloomberg said.(LINK )

Library Lures Teens with Anime Club

One of the Monticello Library's newer kids' clubs is luring local adolescents through its doors in droves.

The Anime Club, a Great River Regional Library pilot program, meets once a month to watch an animated film, munch on Japanese candy and bond over a shared interest in a popular cultural sensation that blurs the lines between technology, artistry and cartoonery.

Monticello's club caters to preteens and teenagers, hosting a half-hour meeting for ages 10-12 followed by another for ages 13-18. "We view a film and the club previews books the library offers," said librarian Deb Lukken, who hosts the club. "They love it."

"It's a way for kids to get together and talk about movies and books," Hoks said. "It's been an extraordinarily positive experience for all the locations, especially Monticello. We were looking for something that would get kids into the library, get them excited about reading, and it seems to be doing that. Kids check out anime materials, and then they check out other materials, too. It's a great way for them to see what's available to them."(LINK )
Good idea but the writer is a liiiitle out of the loop in their description of "ANIME":
A medium born in the film industry, anime today is distributed on media such as DVD and VHS, computer and video games. Some anime storylines have been adapted into live action films and television series. It's also available in printed versions.
First: Is anything released on VHS anymore? Second: Printed Anime? Say it with me: "MANGA"

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