Lawrence Lessig: Corrupt Congress a Farm League for K Street Lobbyists

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/10/08/Lawrence_Lessig_on_Institutional_Corruption

Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig makes a sweeping indictment of the relationship between special interest groups, their lobbyists, and Capitol Hill politicians. “Members, staffers and bureaucrats increasingly have a common business model in their head as they serve in Washington,” says Lessig. “The business model is focused on their life after government – life as lobbyists.”

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Larry Lessig introduces the Safra lecture series with a discussion on institutional corruption.

He explores the prevalence of this form of corruption in fields ranging from politics to medicine to journalism, and describes his plan to study and contain this problem. – Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Lawrence Lessig is a professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, and the law of cyberspace. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a professor at the University of Chicago.

He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. For much of his career, he has focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright.

Recognized for arguing against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online, he is CEO of the Creative Commons project, and he has been a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, and The Industry Standard.

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Is Obama Really a Cracker Hating, Communist?

As I voted for Barack Obama yesterday a stream of “what ifs” paraded through my mind:

What if he’s not a one man terrorist sleeper cell?

What if he’s really not a socio-communist who only lectured American Constitutional law for twelve years and served in the congress for over a decade as a cover for his real aims– recreating the smashing success of the Soviet Union?

What if, since he was raised much of his life by his white grandparents he wasn’t really a cracker hatin’ Negro who will finally be able to start the white holocaust?

What if he didn’t really want to start ripping live babies out of mother’s wombs and throwing them in dumpsters?

Could it be true? Surely these are reasonable concerns, that deserve our attention, right? Concerns raised by reasonable people based on reasonable solid factual evidence.

What if those concerns miraculously turn out to be unfounded hysterical propaganda? What then?

Will he implement all of the things he has campaigned on? Can I really be sure that he will be perfect?

What if he fails to be as perfect as George W, Bush? What if he only accomplishes seven in ten of those things, six, five, four? Would it still have been worth it to get in my car, wait in line and cast my vote?

To that I can only say- yes!

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CORRECTION: BARACK OBAMA’S EXPERIENCE:
*8 years as State Senator for district of over 750,000 people
*4 years in Senate representing a state of 13 million
*First black President of Harvard Law Review
*12 years as Constitutional Law professor
*Chairman of Senate’s Health and Human Services committee
*Sponsored 136 bills,
*Served on Foreign Affairs, Environment & Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees

AND:Listening to George W. Bush’s halted, sub-human mumble for NEARLY eight years, not more than. Sorry.

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NRA Fights For Legal Bribery Of Politicians

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Hold Israel Accountable – Palestine Legal Aid Fund

Urgent Appeal – Legal Action on Gaza Aid Flotilla – by Palestine Legal Aid Fund (http://www.humanrightsfund.org )

Mary Nazzal-Batayneh of the Palestine Legal Aid Fund urges you to support the appeal for legal action following Israel’s attack on the Freedom Flotilla.

As soon as Israeli commandos attacked, the need for an international effort to secure and preserve evidence from passengers was clear.

A single donation to the Palestine Legal Aid Fund was all that was necessary to give the go ahead to UK-based lawyers to start preparing advice for the detainees, and coordinating the international collection of evidence for use in any future legal case or UN fact-finding mission.

The legal cases will not only seek justice for those killed, injured and detained on the flotilla. They will hold Israeli authorities legally accountable, and provoke an examination of the illegal blockade and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Your help is needed to support this vital work. Through making a donation, fundraising in your community, or showing your support in another way, you can ensure this work continues, and that the strongest possible case reaches court. Take action: sign up at www.humanrightsfund.org

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Legal News Headlines 1/22/10

Todays coverage includes Roman Polanski, the Supreme Court’s ruling on corporate political campaign financing and John Edwards confirms he’s the father. Scott Drake hosts…Legal Headline News

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