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when did speech become free?

Just got back from a wasted trip to the doctor’s office that will probably end up costing me a couple hundred bucks, only to hear that I should take some Advil and get some rest. So I’m not in a great mood. And here’s the news of the day:

– Wal-Mart flexed it’s corporate strongarm today in shutting down this parody website. Since when did satire become illegal? Apparently ever since the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed. It seems to be one of those vague laws that powerful corporations can use to screw the little man who doesn’t want to enter an expensive, multi-year legal battle.

– While on the subject of Wal-Mart, I encourage everyone to sign up for the “Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart” campaign here and let them know that their pattern of discrimination against women will not continue to be tolerated.

– On a better note, I stopped off at my local Giant Eagle grocery store today to pick up a couple things, and see at the bottom of my receipt that I’m entitled to 20 cents off every gallon of gas at their gas station! Their gas was the same price as the other local stations, so that 20 cents off made it a no-brainer. I’m sure they’re still making money off me, but it feels good to be rewarded in some way. For more info, check out their FuelPerks site here.

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One response to “when did speech become free?

  1. Worst Weather Ever April 29, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    great post! im curious to hear what that visit was all about. dont you have a good insurance plan from work to cover that?

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