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12 February 2008 @ 01:34 pm
 
"...If the American people have 'got to know' that torture gained information that prevented an attack, Bush needs to start making a better case. As I've written repeatedly, he has yet to offer any evidence that intelligence produced by torture thwarted a single plot or saved a single life. The media should demand that he back it up or take it back."

Glenn Greenwald on how the administration got away with illegal warrantless wiretapping.

TUESDAY NEWSDAY:
* "...This revelation that the government felt the need for an interrogation do-over actually hurts the Bush Administration's case in the court of international public opinion."
* Underestimating al-Sadr.
* Bush puts a good idea into his speeches about supporting our troops, but then, you know, doesn't fund it. Nice.
* Oh, and don't forget that Bush is against earmarks, except when they're his earmarks.
* Opposing view: how McCain can win against Obama.
* Robin D. Laws on reading the signs at Starbucks.
* Looking to the future of the U.S. space plan.
* The Tolkien estate sues New Line.
* Today's headline: Surprising reasons you're not having sex

Revisiting Stalingrad.

The science of Nascar.

The AVClub interviews Dolph Lundgren.

 
 
P Sunshinep_sunshine on February 12th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
another piece of news for you, courtesy Publisher's Marketplace
Tolkien Estate and Harper sue New Line Cinema Over Film Payment
The Tolkien Trust, Tolkien's heirs and Harper UK sued New Line Cinema in a Los Angeles court yesterday, alleging that they have not received any of the $6 billion in proceeds from the Lord of the Rings films.

"The court action seeks, among other things, in excess of $150 million in compensatory damages from New Line, as well as punitive damages, and a declaration from the court that the plaintiffs have a right to terminate any further rights to the Tolkien works, including The Hobbit."

UK attorney Steven Maier tells the Times: "The Tolkien trustees do not file lawsuits lightly, and have tried unsuccessfully to resolve their claims out of court. But in this case, New Line has left them no option at all." They say the original film rights contract gives them 7.5 percent of gross proceeds.
P Sunshinep_sunshine on February 12th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: another piece of news for you, courtesy Publisher's Marketplace
But it looks like you already have it! Doh.
PMMJ: Space Jerkcheetahmaster on February 12th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: another piece of news for you, courtesy Publisher's Marketplace
New Line appears to be run by a bunch of dorks.
P Sunshinep_sunshine on February 12th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: another piece of news for you, courtesy Publisher's Marketplace
I'm hoping there's more to this story, because I don't see how New Line could have gone this long with just not paying. And if this means no Hobbit, I'm not going to be thrilled.
Lizammitnox on February 12th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Not news, but interesting. Rebuilding Bryan Anderson, a triple amputee thanks to Iraq.