In today’s good news - the Brazilian Supreme Court has - after months of fierce legal battles - ruled that the Pataxó Hã-Hã-Hãe community have the right to live undisturbed on their ancestral lands and that any and all ranchers, garimpeiros and other incomers have to leave the area or face prison sentences.
“Bully” director Lee Hirsch • Discussing the MPAA’s decision to make the film PG-13 upon its expansion nationwide starting April 13. Hirsch was able to keep a key scene in the film, but edited out three uses of a profanity. The movie, originally rated R, was rated as such because of its usage of profanity: The original cut of the film had six uses of a certain profanity. The key scene, where the word is used three times, will remain unedited. (via shortformblog)
Decision Time to End Mountaintop Removal in Tennessee
Tennessee is poised to become the first state to ban mountaintop removal coal mining within its borders. A bill in the state legislature, the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, would end strip mining above 2000 ft in elevation, effectively ending the practice. This bill is likely to move forward within weeks. Now it’s up to state legislators and Gov. Bill Haslam to decide whether they will do the right thing for the future of the state.
Tennessee Conservation Voters just launched this TV ad explaining what’s at stake.
EXCLUSIVE: A bubble is forming in Heartland real estate, and it’s almost entirely homegrown. After a year of record profits, farmers are plowing their savings into expanding their spreads. And thanks to record commodity prices and low job prospects, aspiring farmers are trickling in. Meanwhile Wall Street fund managers are showing uncharacteristic restraint.
Mike Duffy has a bumper crop on his hands. In his three decades teaching agricultural economics at Iowa State University, he has never seen so many aspiring farmers. The roster of names at the school’s Beginning Farm Center is now at 400.
“Are they the hippies of the ’70s? I don’t know, but they’re much less willing to become part of the general stream of things,” Duffy said. “And when the incomes are good, everybody wants in.”
In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed. However, it isn’t quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA(the Senate’s version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.
» via examiner.com
Great job, Internet. Don’t stop now.
The Obama Administration says “No to SOPA.”
Montana’s Highest Court Rebukes Citizens United Ruling
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock may have become the most, and simultaneously the least, popular person in America. In a stunning 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Montana rebuked the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling. [more]
To be clear, this decision only applies to the state of Montana, not the country. But it’s still a quite notable decision, as it could define how the Citizens United ruling is interpreted at the state level. Read more at Manic, Chill.