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Eddie Grant sues the half-assed Trump campaign for using "Electric Avenue" without permission

"Donald Trump Argues That Use Of 'Electric Avenue' In Campaign Video Was Transformative"

rather than running on his own record, the Trump Campaign mostly went 100% negative, filling the digital space with all kinds of hits on Biden.

One of those was a crudely put together video that showed a Trump/Pence train zipping by on some tracks, with a Biden hand-car chugging behind him. On the Biden train car were fun references to smelling hair and other childish digs. Some clips of Biden speaking made up the audio for the spot, along with the hit song from 1983 "Electric Avenue." Tweeted out on Trump's personal Twitter account, it turns out that nobody had licensed the song for the video, leading Eddy Grant to sue the President...

... the claims about the other two factors in considering fair use -- the nature of the copyrighted work and the portion of the work used -- don't sound particularly convincing. The motion says that the video only used 17% of the song in the video, or forty seconds of the song in total. Again, true, except that the video itself is something like 50 seconds long, so the copyrighted work is playing for nearly the entire video. And it's played prominently.


The f'n irony of it all! Cheating artists at his rallies and on Twitter. Don't piss off Eddie Grant, bloody donnie!

More commentary on the Trump argument: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20201113/10143845704/donald-trump-argues-that-use-electric-avenue-campaign-video-was-transformative.shtml

US Cybersecurity Director Expecting To Be Fired

After Refusing To Edit Page Debunking Election Hacking Myths

One of the few parts of the federal government that hasn't dissolved into a complete partisan trash heap was the newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of Homeland Security that was created as part of the problematic CISA bill five years ago...

Throughout the tech industry I've heard nothing but good things about CISA as a government organization, and its director Chris Krebs (as well as the staff of CISA). Indeed, I've heard from many companies preparing for this year's election how useful CISA has been in providing clear and useful information regarding potential cybersecurity threats.

Relatedly, CISA has an excellent Rumor Control page that debunks various myths about potential cybersecurity risks regarding the election. It's very good and very thorough...

It appears that the White House has finally realized this exists and decided it's not a good look for its own organization to be debunking the very same myths that the White House itself is trying to boost and spread as real. The White House apparently asked Krebs to have the page changed, and Krebs rejected the request. He's now telling colleagues he expects to be fired for standing up for the truth and against nonsense about election hacks.

White House officials have asked for content to be edited or removed which pushed back against numerous false claims about the election, including that Democrats are behind a mass election fraud scheme. CISA officials have chosen not to delete accurate information.

In particular, one person said, the White House was angry about a CISA post rejecting a conspiracy theory that falsely claims an intelligence agency supercomputer and program, purportedly named Hammer and Scorecard, could have flipped votes nationally. No such system exists, according to Krebs, election security experts and former U.S. officials.


The article notes that an assistant director at CISA, Bryan Ware, has handed in his resignation and it is believed that this was demanded from the White House related to this particular issue.



More: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20201112/17222245700/us-cybersecurity-director-expecting-to-be-fired-after-refusing-to-edit-page-debunking-election-hacking-myths.shtml

A bit late for the general public, but still useful for future reference.

Trump puts Giuliani in charge of his lawsuits -- HI-larious. Can't help myself.

This is not for the lounge. Because this is art about politics.
And we need to lighten up because Joe. Joe's got this.
We're headed to that new world that's possible.




Well, the way I see it, it doesn't really matter
Because it don't make no sense to all those mad Manhatters
But I do believe that there must come a moment
When even the piggiest pig must get on up and move it

I got this friend named Neil, swears Nixon had a soul
But what I'd like to know is can Giuli do the stroll?

People always ask me, "What's so fucking great about dancing?"
How the fuck should I know? Yeah, even I can barely understand it
But when the music takes over, the music takes control

Here's a message to you, Rudy and you, sir, Mr. Bloomberg
And the rest of you ties-too-tight dudes
Y'all could learn a lesson, by losing inhibitions, yeah
Losing yourself in the music, losing yourself in the moment

Because we have nothing more than this very second
You can't count on the one coming after, no one's sure about the one before
So forget about it, we live here and now, dude, here and now, here and now, here and now
So get on down down down down down down down down down down down down down down

NYC is where the freaks come to be free and if I can't get my freak on see
I'm a hang up Giuliani, he can sick his lackeys on me
But you can't stop a new age dawning

So if you got hips then shake them
And if you got fears forsake them
Giuliani's got his rules but we ain't no fools, let's break them

So if you got hips then shake them
And if you got fears forsake them
Giuliani's got his rules but we don't give a shit let's break 'em

Let's break them, let's break them down
And on the way, we'll make them say, make 'em say
Everybody cut, everybody cut, everybody cut loose

Now everybody cut and shake that butt
And on the way, we'll make 'em say, make 'em say...

Chris The Man Hayes On Wackadoo Goldbugism Of The GOP & Judy Shelton

Biden is impervious to all salting the Earth moves, as they will soon learn.

Biden May Be Coming for Wall Street, Preparing for Cryptocurrency Regulation

Discussed in this Foreign Policy article:


Biden's Financial Reform Transition Team

Appointed by The Biden/Harris Transition Team LEADER
-- Senator Ted Kaufman (DE)
, led Biden’s transition as VP in 2008

Gary Gensler, Financial Reform Transition LEADER
Simon Johnson, the former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund
Dennis Kelleher, the head of Better Markets, an advocacy group critical of the revolving door lobbying
Damon Silvers, a AFL-CIO attorney who fought hard after the financial crisis to toughen up Dodd-Frank restrictions on big banks.

...one trend line may be clarifying itself: Biden’s willingness to strengthen the regulation of Wall Street in a perilous international financial environment. He has convened a financial reform transition team led by Gary Gensler, an aggressive regulator who made a remarkable progression in public life from Wall Street employee and loyal acolyte of former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin (who deregulated Wall Street in the 1990s) to one of the financial sector’s most threatening nemeses.

... when he was first tapped to run the CFTC in 2009, his Wall Street past tainted him in the eyes of progressives.

Even so, Gensler was more willing than some of his peers to admit that he made mistakes in letting Wall Street run amok by supporting the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which effectively deregulated the global market in over-the-counter derivatives.

“Looking back now, it is clear to me that all of us—all of us that were involved at the time, and certainly myself, should have done more to protect the American public through aggressive regulation, comprehensive regulation,” Gensler said at his confirmation hearing in 2009.

Now Wall Street banks and shadowy nonbanks have to confront the idea that one of their most zealous wardens could well up in a senior spot in the Biden administration.


More information on Financial Reform Team cred:
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/13/watch-out-wall-street-joe-biden-financial-banking-regulation/





Also, from Times Suriname

https://timessuriname.com/biden-taps-crypto-savvy-former-cftc-chair-for-transition-team/


The new financial team lead has said that cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) need regulation to grow, arguing that investors should be protected in the event of market manipulation. In 2018, Gensler also stated that Initial Coin Offerings should be considered securities, placing them within the regulatory purview of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition to his appointment on the transition team, Gensler is currently a senior advisor at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. The group conducts research on blockchain and digital currency with a goal of facilitating development and adoption of the technology.



Like my cryptocurrency investor in the family says, a reset is coming. Talk about progressive!

Governor Cuomo On COVID Vaccine: Americans Trust The Drug Company More Than The President


Keep it up, Trump, and this is your future!

"If You Are Not a Good Actor, You Cannot Be A Good President"

SO true that Reagan was the first caricature out of American culture.

Yes, he was the Manchurian Candidate for the austerity economics of global corporatists and bankers. "They believed it" from the start.

Those years showed me the pervasive, dark, conman politics of corporate Republicanism.

The rich corporate class loved this theater which kept huge swaths of the population distracted enough to keep their insurgency in American government unknown. And as the video says, Reagan was their frontman.

Anyone too little or yet unborn in those days should watch this documentary, along with any of us who lived through it. Reagan's damage, we told each other, would last into the next century. We were right.


Peace and love to all of us who are suffering loss













As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows love's the cure
You can rest your mind assured
That I'll be loving you always

As now can't reveal the mystery of tomorrow
But in passing will grow older every day
Just as all that's born is new
You know what I say is true
That I'll be loving you always

Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
(Always)
Until the ocean covers every mountain high
(Always)
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea
(Always)
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

Did you know that true love asks for nothing?
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee?
To last through forever and another day

Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame
Know through all your joy and pain
That I'll be loving you always

As today I know I'm living but tomorrow
Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear
For I'll know deep in my mind
The love of me I've left behind
'Cause I'll be loving you always

Until the day is night and night becomes the day
(Always)
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away
(Always)
Until the day that eight times eight times eight is four
(Always)
Until the day that is the day that are no more
(Did you know you're loved by somebody?)


Until the day the earth starts turnin' right to left
(Always)
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself
(I'll be lovin' you forever)
Until dear mother nature says her work is through
(Always)
Until the day that you are me and I am you
(Always)
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
Until the ocean covers every mountain high
(Always)

We all know sometimes life's hates and troubles
Can make you wish you were born in another time and space
But you can bet your lifetimes that and twice it's double
That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed


So make sure when you say you're in it, but not of it
You're not helpin' to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell
Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love
And maybe our children's grandchildren
And their great grandchildren will tell

(I'll be loving you until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky)
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
(Loving you)
Until the ocean covers every mountain high
(Loving you)
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea
(Loving you)
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

(Be loving you)
Until the day is night and night becomes the day
(Loving you)
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away
(Loving you)
Until the day that eight times eight times eight is four
(Loving you)
Until the day that is the day that are no more
(Loving you)
Until the day the earth starts turnin' right to left

(I'll be loving you)
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself
(Be loving you)
Until dear mother nature says her work is through
(Be loving you)
Until the day that you are me and I am you
(Now ain't I loving you?)
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky

(Ain't I loving you?)
Until the ocean severs every mountain high
(I've got to say always)
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea
(Always)
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

(Always)
Until the day is night and night becomes the day
(Always)
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away
(Always)
Until the day that eight times eight times eight is four
Until the day that is the days that are no more
(Always)
Until the day the earth starts turnin' right to left
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself

(Always)
Until dear mother nature says her work is through
Until the day that you are me and I am you
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
Until the ocean severs every mountain high
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

Until the day is night and night becomes the day
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away
Until the day that eight times eight times eight is four
Until the day that is the days that are no more
Until the day the earth starts turnin' right to left
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself
Until dear mother nature says her work is through
Until the day that you are me and I am you



Chris The Man Hayes -- A Patriot Sure As Hell Wouldn't Tolerate COVID

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