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Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Ending polio

Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 6:46 AM
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  • It was a great interview, also showing why viewers of Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's shows tend to be the most well informed and knowledgeable people about politics and current events.

    Even thou Fox News' Bill O' Reilly likes to refer to Stewart and Colbert's audience as "stoners" and "slackers", a Pew Research study of various media outlets found that when asked a series of political and current events questions, viewers of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" scored almost twice as high as Fox News viewers.

    Not suprising.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 10:53 AM
  • This is off-topic for this blog post; please e-mail me if you need followup.

    You'll have to refresh my memory; I don't recall our previous conversation. I'm well aware of the doctrine of fair use, as are most content creators. Be aware that it primarily covers the use of short excerpts, and that academic and journalistic purposes are relatively strictly defined. I could not, for example, make spiralbound copies of some copyrighted nonfiction book and hand them out to my friends simply by announcing that my purpose was to educate them. I could, if I were a classroom teacher, copy a page or two from that book and hand it out to my students to help illustrate a particular point. There's a big difference.

    The gray area between the two is where intellectual property lawyers make their money.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 5:53 PM
  • In Oman between 1988 and 1989, a polio outbreak occurred amongst thousands of fully vaccinated children. The region with the highest attack rate had the highest vaccine coverage. The region with the lowest attack rate had the lowest vaccine coverage. The Lancet, 21/9/91

    -- Posted by zygoat on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 10:29 AM
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