Links 7/27/11

Links for you. Science:
Small amounts of antibiotics generate big problems
Vaccine has nearly eliminated chickenpox deaths in children
L’Eau Pour Chien: Why do dogs rub up against things that smell bad?
Rule Changes Proposed for Research on Humans
Black Student Can’t Be Valedictorian
How a 1995 court case kept the newspaper industry from competing online
A Vision for Economic Renewal — An American Jobs Agenda
Google’s gormless “no pseudonym” policy
BlaBlaMeter – how much bullshit hides in your text?
Breaking: The President Has Options to Raise the Debt Limit
Means Testing is a Marginal Tax Increase, Ctd
Jonestown D.C.

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  1. Actually, the linked article “How a 1995 court case kept the newspaper industry from competing online” quite clearly says the opposite. The 1995 Prodigy case held Prodigy responsible for libel because they hired people to monitor online forums, and somewhere, somewhen, someone said something false and defamatory about a company in one of those forums, and what a surprise, the online monitor didn’t know one way or the other. Congress in 1996 then granted an explicit exception to this–the yahoo who made things up remained responsible–but the newspapers for the most part were quite happy to let others develop and monetize moderated or semimoderated online communities. The court case in 1995 affected everyone online the same, and the 1996 law ditto. No court forced the newspapers to stick to the horse-and-buggy.

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