21 November 2010

CNN: Afghan faces death penalty for converting to Christianity

For years, American forces have been putting their lives on the line, and are doing so even at this very moment . . . for this????

Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

This is madness. All I can say is I am thankful to live in a part of the world where one can practice after the manner of one's conscience freely. --SJR

08 November 2010

From the Boston Globe: Unoriginal Thoughts

This is an update to the copyright blog entry from the 7th. It begins: "A note to readers from the editor of Cooks Source: It was a dark and stormy night, four score and seven years ago . . . "

Famous last words - The Boston Globe

07 November 2010

How Not to Respond to a Copyright Claim

According to the ABA Journal [American Bar Association], "Writer Monica Gaudio protested when she saw the magazine Cooks Source had discovered her Internet article on the origins of apple pie and reprinted it without her permission, according to the Forbes blog Mixed Media and the Washington Post blog Faster Forward. Gaudio asked for an apology and a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism for the purloined article, taken from a website on medieval recipes." The report goes on to say that the author received a disrespectful response, not only stating that she was not entitled to compensation because anything published on the internet is "public domain," but also stating that the author should be paying the publication itself for the edits it made.

The ABA Journal has more.
Original Blog Entry by the author
CNN also has more.

06 November 2010

Caffeine Can Be Fatal

I genuinely did not realize that it was possible to procure pure caffeine from the Internet or from other sources. Overseas, a young man passed away from caffeine toxicity following the ingestion of only 2 tsp. of caffeine powder, with an energy drink used as a chaser. The linked report states the man died shortly after ingestion. --SJR

Source: UK man dies of caffeine overdose - National caffeine | Examiner.com