Monday, March 05, 2007


No Copyright!

Well another lesson learned from the Blogosphere. Many of you noticed the comment by R. Neal yesterday regarding Don Williams column that I posted, here is how it went down:

DEN, sorry to post this here but I couldn't find an e-mail contact for you.

As noted at the bottom of the article, Don's column is copyrighted by Don and is exclusive for KnoxViews until Don releases it elsewhere.

So unless you are Don, please do not copy and paste the entire article. A link and an excerpt of say the first paragraph would be fine and perfectly acceptable.

Please advise when you have complied with our request. Feel free to remove this comment once that is done.

Thanks in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.

My e-mail back:


Please accept my apology. My intent was to inform my
readers because we all like Don's column.

I am rather new in the blogosphere and am still not
totally familiar with protocols relative to it.

Like I said we are devoted Don readers and meant no
harm or in any way tried to make money with his

It will not happen again.

Sincerely, Den

And their response:

Den, thanks for getting back to me and for helping Don promote his
(How did you guys out there in California become Don fans, anyway?)

Here's a great legal guide for bloggers that has helped lots of
(including me) navigate the tricky world of online publishing.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Here's the section on copyrights.

Intellectual Property

Thanks again. Nice blog, by the way.

R. Neal

So there you have it, certain materials can be reproduced and others cannot.

So off I go to study the stuff to make it less likely this will happen again, the only way I learn is the hard way! HA!

I especially liked the 'Nice blog' part.



Micki said...

I'm sticking with the reason I posted on the previous thread. In this case, it's advertising revenue.

He can dress it up in all the legalese he wants, but at the end of the day, it's about $$$$$$$$$$.

He wants the "hits" on his site.

DEN said...

Micki, I would assume that also.

Money always trumps all hands.

I do not blog for money, some do, I'm not into the relentless pursuit thereof.

Probably why I'm poor, huh?

Oh yea, I MUTE TV commercials too!

The real bummer is I had really felt Don was one of us, now I'm not sure.

Micki said...

I'm certainly not against a person making an honest buck. If R. Neal had just flat-out said, "We'd like to direct the hits to our site because that's how we make our living," I would respect that.

But, no...

Micki said...

Anyway...onward through the fog.

DEN said...

The promotion of a neoconservative to a key position at the U.S. State Department may be yet another signal of impending war with Iran, Salon reports.

"As they have done many times before, neoconservatives, with Iran in their sights, have installed one of their own at State to block any war-avoiding rapprochement," writes Glenn Greewald for Salon.

Last Friday, Eliot Cohen was chosen by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be new Counselor of the State Department.

"It is not hyperbole to say that Cohen is as extremist a neoconservative and warmonger as it gets," says Greenwald, who quotes a conservative writer's point that Cohen "was an early supporter of the military intervention in Iraq" and opposed negotiations with Iran and Syria.

More @ Raw Story

More WHACK JOBS in positions of power and another week with these neocon assholes still in office.

What will it take to rid the US of these fascist goons??

Will take the entire planets' population dying from radiation poisoning and nothing left to eat or drink before the STOOPIDS realize what is happening here?

Send the neocons over there to fight themselves and they would run home and cry for their mommas!

Micki said...

Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile

In an unrelated story, the other night on Northwest Cable News, there was a piece about a woman who was in prison and was up for early release. She refused early release because she was getting treatment for cervical cancer while she was incarcerated. Had she left prison, she would not have access to the medical treatment she was receiving in prison because she had no health insurance and no prospects for landing a job with health coverage.

The story prompted another woman, who had cervical cancer, to contact NWC News to tell them that she had no health insurance either because she recently been laid off -- what was she supposed to do? Rob a bank and get herself thrown into jail?

Micki said...

The New York Times

March 5, 2007
Blog the Debt Away

Public humiliation in the stocks long ago fell out of fashion. A virtual version is making a comeback. This time it’s a self-imposed punishment for debtors trying to abase their way back into the black.

As John Leland reported recently in The Times, people have started their own debt blogs to share the most intimate details of their faltering finances, hoping their online confessions will help them develop some self-restraint.

Every time the bloggers reach for a credit card, the realization that they will have to confess any splurges is supposed to give them pause. The 29-year-old woman who writes — identified only as Tricia — keeps a running tally of her obligations in the upper-right-hand corner of the Web page (just over $22,000 right now, down from almost $38,000). Right below that is the button that allows readers to sign up to receive updates: 349 regulars are keeping a watchful eye.

They were fairly understanding when she and her husband went roughly $100 over budget on Christmas presents for their son, though one comment suggested they “start the new year with redoubled determination.” Hard to be too tough on them since they’ve already wiped out over $15,000 in debt.

Consumers are asking others to help them develop self-control because so many companies are not showing any restraint. The Federal Reserve estimates that credit card companies sent out more than six billion direct-mail solicitations in 2005. Last year the average American household was $21,000 in debt, about a third of that on credit cards.

In response to the explosion in consumer debt, Congress passed a law in 2005 making it more difficult for individuals to declare bankruptcy. But legislators did nothing to curb the blizzard of pre-approved cards that fall through the mail slots. Often the most profitable customers are the least responsible ones. At a Senate Banking Committee hearing in January, Chairman Christopher Dodd cited a study estimating that credit-card penalty fees had risen to $17.1 billion in 2006 from $1.7 billion in 1996.

Credit can be a good thing, both for simplifying transactions and helping people get over a temporary crunch. But Congress needs to do more to make rates and fees more transparent while putting an end to some of the most abusive policies. In a fairly common practice known as universal default, for instance, a credit card company raises interest rates because a consumer missed or was late with a payment on a different company’s account. Citigroup just announced that its credit-card business would voluntarily end the practice. That’s something good to blog about for a change.

DEN said...

Micki, this statement sums it up in one tidy tidbit;

"Consumers are asking others to help them develop self-control because so many companies are not showing any restraint."

Welcome to the 'it's someone else's fault I live beyond my means' way of thinking, it is the credit card companies fault for making it so easy to get in debt up to your azz!


º¿carol said...

Maybe the Don Williams' people are about $$$$ but that still doesn't explain HOW they knew you'd posted his column.

I tried Googling copy/pasting in every which way to try to find out if someone can tell you did it. Gave up. Dial-up, ya know.

David B. Benson said...

I believe the notion of copyright is even in the US constitution. Even way back then the idea was to promote writing, map making, etc., by offering legal recourse to those who try to rip off authors, map makers, song writiers and so on...

DEN said...

Carol, Sitemeter tracks incoming and outgoing destinations. This and other programs are readily available to anyone, RawStory uses Sitemeter.

Simple matter of clicking and peeking to see who is visiting.

DEN said...

No one is safe from the prying eyes of big brother or ordinary citizens, unless of course you don't surf the web and live in a cave.

Privacy has gone OUT the window.

Micki said...

The concept of originality is central to copyright. Maybe that let's Den off the hook because Don Williams' columns are usually not very "original" -- IMO.


Micki said...


[The Congress shall have power] "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." Article I, Section 8, Clause 8

DEN said...

Stuff has been said before, huh?

I'd consider myself a Magpie also, or Harpie whatever you prefer, vent disgust prolifically through the internets.

DEN said...

Energy saving tip for the day, courtesy of Alan:
long-time online friend Luelyn sent this;
The heating unit went out in my dryer.

The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer pulled out the lint filter.
It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.

He told us that he wanted to show us something. He took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it.

Now, the lint filter is made of a mesh material I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.

WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!!!
It didn't go through it at all!!!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there.

This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it!

He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time & to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at
least every six months.

He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

How about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it.

The water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen.

I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the
screen! There wasn't any piddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

Certainly worth checking yours too!

Micki said...

Den, I've never understood why people blame their bad spending habits on someone else. But, credit card companies do look for novel ways to up the ante in their favor.

DEN said...

Micki, seems lately, peoples problems are ALWAYS someone else's fault.

Taking responsibility for ones actions is no longer required.

Micki said...

BTW, our car insurance -- for the same coverage -- went down $305 per year.

Of course, our health insurance went up....

Micki said...

Well, if one subscribes to the notion that all 'organizations' are an extension of the person(s) at the top, no wonder people don't take responsibility for their actions.


DEN said...

Lead by example.

DEN said...

It is the older folks that still have a sense of responsibility and recognize the BS for what it is.

To bad something got lost along the way, like putting hot coffee between your legs while driving then blaming MC'D's for making the coffee too hot and getting lawyer to sue them and raking in big money to settle.

Bizarro world!

gerald said...

Let me begin by saying that I emailed Don Williams on the clarification of reprinting his article on DEN's blogspot. Itis my understanding as a non-lawyer that to reprint an article for profit was prohibited.

I have not received a return response from Mr. Williams. I said to him that I first became aware of his articles through DEN and his blogspot and I enjoy reading his (Mr. Williams) thoughts. I also stated that these reprints of an article do not generate any profit for DEN.

We will see what Mr. Williams will say and go from there. I would believe that columnists would love to have their articles mentioned to many people.

I no longer read the that reichwing rag the New York Times because they wanted a subscription to read certain columnists articles, like Dowd, Klugman, and a few others. Name exposure is important for columnists. When I did share certain articles, I was helping the columnist with more exposure. I have no intention by offering them my money plus name exposure. Screw me once is okay but I will not be screwed twice.

Micki said...

PM Monday, March 5, 2007

New U.S. Nuclear Weapons

AP has reported: "The Bush administration selected a design Friday for a new generation of atomic warheads, taking a major step toward building the first new nuclear weapon since the end of the Cold War nearly two decades ago.

"The military and the Energy Department selected a design developed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California over a competing design by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

"The decision to move ahead with the warhead, which eventually would replace the existing arsenal of weapons, has been criticized as sending
the wrong signal to the world at a time when the United States is assailing attempts at nuclear weapons development in North Korea and Iran and striving to contain them."

Micki said...

Where's Carey anyway?

gerald said...

Here is the first of two praying each day posts.

Praying Each Day: March 4

DEN said...

Gerald, so you are the culprit!

Carol, note that please.

No biggie Gerald, I think Don spoke through his representative pretty clearly.

They don't like it.

DEN said...

Micki, good question.

HEY CAREY!!! you better check in now and then!!

I hate it when I count chicks and one is missing somewhere.

Micki said...

Gerald, I've never understood why people buy a new car and drive it around for years giving free advertising to the dealer (the dealer's name on he license plate frame).

I told a salesman once that I'd leave the dealer's name on my new car -- for a year of free service or a major discount on my purchase price.

Alan said...

Hate to keep bringing it up (HPV vaccine), but Ellen Goodman has a way with words and did it again with this article.

A dose of reality on HPV vaccine

HASN'T ANYONE ever told drug companies to put a warning label on their lobbying? You know, the kind you find on every little prescription bottle? Caution: Too much lobbying may result in an overdose of suspicion. Push too hard and you may experience political acid reflux.

As it is, Merck seems to have rolled a million -- or many millions -- into a shoestring. And the real losers may be girls and women who need access to the vaccine against cervical cancer.

Let's return to that magical moment when clinical trials proved that a new vaccine was nearly 100 percent effective in preventing two strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes most cervical cancer. This is the second-leading cancer killer of women in the world. In America, about 9,700 women are diagnosed with it every year and 3,700 die.
Hit the link for the rest... it's a good one... that's only about a third of it.

Gerald said...

I did not post March 4th so here is my second prayer.

Prayinf Each Day: March 5

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Anything more original than the telephone directory is protected by copyright.

The Wikipedia page on copyright law is fairly good. Under certain circumstances you can make a copy without paying or legal penalties. Scholarly research is one such circumstance.

However, if you make enough copies for an entire class each to have one, then payment is required. It used to be a nuisance for me. Not anymore. :-)

ò¿óarol said...

Oh, great job, Den! Now why don't you post everyone's computer I.P address.

Alan said...

Question for y'all... who has ever heard of "Hannah Montana"? I surely hadn't till a short while ago when they released the concert list of our rodeo here. It's a HUGE deal around here, the Houston rodeo. THOUSANDS volunteer to help put it on, and the profits go to kids education scholarships, mostly in the animal husbandry-type and related fields. It's the 75th anniversary this year, and it's the typical 3 weeks of non-stop partying. Starts with 13 trail rides following original cattle drive routes back in the OLLLLLDDD days and they end up in Memorial Park for a big party on the Friday before the rodeo starts. Traffic on that evening sucks, to say the least, when normal bumper to bumper traffic has to wait on a few hundred horses and wagons to go by. So then, the next morning is a HUGE parade of those same 13 trail rides downtown, with usually over a million ppl on the parade route watching and waving. K,then the rodeo and concerts start... this year kicked off by George Strait. Back to Hannah Montana... she broke the all-time attendance record held by Brooks and Dunn, with over 73,000 butts in the seats. They have acts other than country-western to get the whole city involved. There's "Go Tejano" day, for the hispanics, and a "Black Heritage" day as well, with entertainers that attract those people. ZZTop, being hometowners has a night this year again. Check out the entertainment list at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
I haven't checked the site out much this year, but they have a ton of stuff to see. I like the videos of the sheep-herding dog competition. Amazing what they do with just verbal or whistle instructions from their owners. The celebrity cutting-horse competition is usually cool too. I mean, each celeb is 'into' it or they'd be thrown on their azz. You can't just put a novice on a cutting horse. Anyways... thought I'd share wif y'all. I'm NOT a country western person AT ALL, I hate their music, but I DO have the Texan drawl and all of us are proud of the rodeo.

Alan said...

Oh, I forgot to say... the Hannah Montana tickets sold out in 3 MINUTES. All 73,000+ of 'em. Those 'tweener' kids think she's the best thing since pockets on shirts.

Gerald said...

PRAYING with a G!!!

micki, the car dealer should pay me a stipend for their free advertising. Some dealers put their name on three locations, such as the trunk, license shield, and a window sticker.

Is r.neal a Williams rep? I guess Don Williams will have limited exposure!!! That's too bad because his articles have been a good read.

Where is Carey? She did say that her health has been shaky at best, lately? She may be in need of some r and r.

With all the shit that is flowing from our government, the reichwing newspaper rags, the talk show Nazis we all need some r and r. I just heard the repugs are looking for a Reagan candidate. Those repugs really love traitors for president. The Iran-Contra activity was a treasonous act!!!!! But, who cares because BJs are more important news. A president can screw a nation but no president can have a BJ. Do you sometimes feel that shit we have been receiving has reached our chins and soon we will suffocate from too much shit??? The repugs love traitors and murderers for president!!!!!

DEN said...

Carol, that IP address of yours I posted is incomplete, besides your IP is no secret anyway, like I said, it is readily available to anyone with a Sitemeter or similar counter on their site.

So don't be slinging barbs at me OK?

Gerald said...

Let's play how much we love Nazi America!

I will start!

I love Nazi America because we are such a transparent empire. We love to hate people; we love to murder people; we love to torture people; we love to commit war crimes; we love to lie; we love greed, we love corruption; and we love decadence.

But most of all we love the smell of napalm in the morning and the smell of burning vaporized human flesh from the use of our nuclear weapons upon innocent women and children.

Personally, I love the taste of blood because once you have tasted blood, no other taste will satisfy you!!!!!

Gerald said...

The smell of burning vaporized human flesh from our nuclear weapons in the evening is a great way to end the day and go to sleep. Take time to fill your nostrils with the smell of burnt human flesh everyday!!!!!

Gerald said...

I believe Nazi Americans love to see more human trafficking and slavery. Costs are down and profits are up on Wall Street.

DEN said...

Geez Gerald, I almost puked reading the Japanese vivication story at Raw,
not a good day for those of us with queasy stomachs, no place to get away from gross stuff.

Gerald said...

Common on and be honest with yourself! You know from what I posted, my words warm the cockles of your heart.

Micki said...

The scoop on copyright

º¿carol said...

You post my computer address, I don't like it and now I'm the one who was wrong. Wonderful.

Gerald said...

DEN, if you are talking about the Japanese dissecting prisoner body parts on Raw Story, Nazi America is a quick learner and now we practice what we have learned from the Japanese inside our torture chambers.

Our School of the Americans in Fort Benning, Georgia probably trains the militia and leaders of foreign governments on similar Japanese techniques. Nazi Americans love to inflict pain and suffering upon God's children because we are the devil incarnate empire.

I also read on Raw Story about Eliot Cohen, a warmonger's warmonger, and we complain about Saddam Hussein, the taliban, Syria, and Iran. Nazi Americans are murderous thugs and goons.

DEN said...

Your address was INCOMPLETE!!


DEN said...

I have been battling a staph infection for a WEEK that I got from my dentist that has caused me to lose 10LBS in 7 days and been lambasted by Don's gang and now I am getting hit regarding a NO BIG DEAL post.

I have had it!!!

I'm outa here until tommorrow!

David B. Benson said...

There, there, now. Carol? Den?

DEN said...

One more thing regarding Carey, she is under the weather, in her words; It's either neuralgia or shingles.

Get well soon Carey, we miss you.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Hoping you and Carey will be feeling better soon...

Micki said...

Wow! I hope everyone is feeling better real soon! Den, be careful with that staph infection -- not to worry you, but that can be serious.

Maybe you can get rich by suing your dentist!

Just kidding.

If you hear from Carey soon, give her my best wishes.

Micki said...

Carol, don't leave. I'd miss you.

ºCºarol said...

Micki, I'm not leaving yet. But one more infraction!!!! •¿•

Gerald said...

This post is for all our posters who are stressed; who are tired; who are sick; who needs a thank you for your work; and for anyone else who loves justice and peace.

Praying Each Day: March 6

Alan said...

2007 Trail Rides

Nothing brings to mind the Old West like a modern-day trail ride. Pioneers created trails as they moved west in search of a dream and cowboys created trails to take cattle to major market centers. While these routes are no longer a necessity in daily life, more than 4,000 riders saddle up each February to relive the Old West as part of 13 trail rides leading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.
The longest one...

Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Trail Ride
established in 1973
386-mile ride from Hidalgo, Texas
2007 Start Date:Feb. 3, 2007
Trail Boss:David Ramirez
Contact:Sal Ramirez; 936.200.0106
Sheep Dog Trials don't start till the 10th. *shrug*

2007 Sheep Dog Trials

The Sheep Dog Trials once again light up the Main Arena at Reliant Center. Held on March 10, the trials will consist of timed tests on the dog’s ability to herd as well as obey its master. Using a series of words and whistles, the handler’s movements are restricted as the dog herds a small group of sheep around obstacles and into a holding pen.

Alan said...

Those silly generals. *snark*

Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us

· Secret report warns of rioting and nuclear war
· Britain will be 'Siberian' in less than 20 years
· Threat to the world is greater than terrorism