Wow! I totally missed the Lieberman confrontation with YouTube (owned by Google) until it was mentioned in an email exchange I had today.
In a Monday [May 19, 2008] letter to Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, Lieberman asked that YouTube “implement its own policy against this offensive material,” by removing the videos. Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also wants YouTube staffers to have a system that will prevent the video from reappearing.
I am a bit amazed, as I did not think he would advocate this kind of censorship. If I understand his position, I think he’s wrong. I like Lieberman mostly because of his willingness to stand up to his party and …
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As reported by the BBC, New South Wales police recently ended their investigation of Bill Henson, a Sydney photographer whose exhibition was shut down before it opened because some of the photographs apparently amounted to child pornography. If you consider nude photos of a 13-year-old girls to be child pornography, that is. Which I do, and most reasonably civilized people do as well (according to a scientific poll conducted in my car yesterday).
The investigation was halted because, I kid you not, prosecutors don’t think they have a case. There’s no lack of evidence, no lack of admission, but a cloudy political climate between the artsy-fartsy Aussies and the rest of the people there (the ones with brains).
This is considered a big victory …