An article may be viewed here.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Supreme Court will review the case of Snyder v. Phelps in the October 2010 term of the Court; an article may be viewed here.
The father of a dead Marine filed a civil suit against a Phelps family member in 2006 and prevailed; the 4th Circuit reversed last year, and as part of its order, required the father of the dead Marine to pay court costs to Phelps. The Phelps family and Westboro church congregation sometimes choose to demonstrate in close-they say "lawful"- proximity to military funerals, in order to draw attention to their view that military deaths, irrespective of the orientation of the deceased, are God's response to homosexuality in America. It is expected that the Supreme Court will hear argument about enhanced buffer zones, separating protected speech from the immediate venue of private grieving ceremonies. The godhatesfags website may be viewed here.
An article may be viewed here. It is reported that 97% of Google's revenue comes from advertising.
Google has a philanthropic arm, as shown here, describing its focus as being "...on activities that are uniquely suited to Google's engineering teams, global infrastructure and user driven approach, taking advantage of our ability to innovate and scale.."
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
An article may be viewed here. Papal immunity may not apply, since the actions complained of took place before Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope. An American lawyer named Jeffrey Lena may represent his Holiness; an article may be viewed here.
In the past, when the Pope has been named as a party, the Embassy of the Apostalic Nunciature of the Holy See--the Vatican Embassy-- in Washington DC has asked the US government to issue an 'immunity suggestion.' The Holy See is the universal government of the Catholic Church, and operates from the Vatican City State, a sovereign independent territory of 0.17 square miles or approximately 109 acres. The Pope is the ruler of both the Vatican City State and the Holy See. The Holy See is a sovereign juridical entity under international law. So, you know, it should be interesting.
An article about these not-for-sale-to-the-general-public designs, may be viewed here.
In 1998, the designer was criticized for placing an altered American flag-it had 26 stars- on sweaters, to be sold commercially. Heading off negative publicity, PoloRalphLauren Corporation, which had just gone public, donated $13M to conserving the original Star Spangled Banner, now ensconced in the Smithsonian, a gesture featured prominently on the designer's website, here. Like a license fee.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I did not know till I read this article, that there is an Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement in this country.
The "Big Brother" image is mostly associated with the movie/DVD of George Orwell's 1984. What appears to be an early example of the image is here. There is a reference to a movie prop on the set of the 1956 version; when the 1956 version was released in DVD, the cover employed it. No reference is made to the original artist/subject, meriting further research.
Shown here is the 12th century image of the San Damiano cross; the original hangs in the Basilica of Santa Chiara, Assisi, Italy. Iconographer Janet Jaime has agreed to revise her writing of the icon, featured in an earlier post, Endowed by the Creator; an article may be found here.