Whistleblower Ellsberg to SF Pride: Manning Should be Lauded as "Hero That He Is"
Speaking before the San Francisco Pride Board Tuesday evening, noted whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg told the group that Bradley Manning should be "lauded as the hero that he is," throwing in their face the Board's earlier assertion that to support Manning would be a "mistake" and an "insult," following the gay rights group's u-turn on a decision to name Manning an honorary Grand Marshal at the city's June Pride Parade.
White House Sticks to Cautious Path on Syria
The administration cast doubt on a United Nations official’s assertion that the Syrian rebels, not President Bashar al-Assad’s government, had used nerve gas.
Symphony Conducted to New Harmony in National Crisis
Whether in memoriam or in the moment; the symphony is regarded as a convener for reflection and solace in a time of trouble. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra in this time of trouble prove this assertion to be true.
Senator Charles Schumer Plans Bill For USPTO To Review Patent Troll Suits Before They Head To Court
Companies like Google, BlackBerry, Earthlink, Red Hat, and others in the tech community, have been piling pressure on the U.S. government to take a stronger stand against companies that file patent suits but don't actually make any products themselves -- known formally as "patent assertion entities" but more commonly as patent trolls and patent privateers (a term favored by Google). Now someone in government is responding. Today, Senator Charles Schumer is expected to announce legislation that looks to snuff out patent suits brought by these companies in their early stages, by sending the suits to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for vetting before they hit the courts.
Syrian Official: Chemical Weapons Claim a 'Barefaced Lie'
A Syrian official has declared US and British accusations of the Syrian use of chemical weapons a "barefaced lie" countering that the two countries like to "juggle with facts"—alluding to their wrongful 2003 assertion of 'weapons of mass destruction' which opened to door to the Iraq invasion.