Thought Crime comes to the U.S.

Breaking news from WIRED. Christopher Handley, described by his lawyer as a “prolific collector” of manga, pleaded guilty last week to mailing obscene matter, and to “possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.” Three other counts were dropped in a plea deal with prosecutors. Anyone who owns manga should be very afraid of this decision. I had no idea that such a law existed in the U.S.. This has happened in Australia already. The original U.S. law The Child Protect Act was ruled overly broad by the U.S. Supreme court so it apparently was rewritten to use “community standards” to decide if what you possess is… Read More

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The NPD Group: More Americans Play Video Games Than Go Out to the Movies

The short version of the story…..thanks to the rising price of movie tickets + snacks, coupled with the rise of casual gaming (flash games, cell phone games, etc…) more people (63%) paid for a video game in the last 6 months. This is compared to 53% who paid for movie tickets, and a whopping 94% who paid for music (fuck you RIAA and your claim that no one is buying music). All according to NPD’s March 2009 update to the “Entertainment Trends In America” consumer tracking study which can be found here for a price.

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How did moot become Times #1 Influential person?

Paul Lamere at Music Machinery has the scoop on how /b/ hacked Time and not only made moot the most influential person of the year, but also embedded a message into the poll. “Zombocom joked to one of his friends “it would be funny to troll Time.com and put us up as most influential, but since we are not explicitly on the list we’ll have to spell it out. ” His friend thought it was impossible. But two weeks later, “marblecake’ was indeed spelled out for all to see at the top of the Time.com poll.” Pretty brilliant work really. Just imagine what Anonymous could do if they set themselves… Read More

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Allegiance of Heroes

Look, down the street! It’s a cab! it’s a hobo! No It’s Shadow Hare! Cincinnati’s own crime fighting superhero. And he’s not alone locally or internationally. Locally he is part of an alliance of citizens called the Allegiance of Heroes who are trying to use their legal power of Citizen’s Arrest to stop crime as they witness it, as well as to track down major offenders like rapists and murderers that have so far eluded the police. And they do this with pepper spray, tasers, handcuffs, and the mainstay of many a superhero – plain old muscle. Shadow Hare suffered a dislocated shoulder 2 years ago defending a woman being… Read More

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