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Facts in Five

  • Robert Ambrogi mentions a couple of interesting legal wikis: Cornell’s Legal Information Institute’s Wex and Wiki-Law. Normally, I would be excited about an idea like this, but given the Bush Administration’s use of the new consti-wiki, it sounds a little risky.
  • A new study in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care suggests that Internet addiction is a serious problem that is seen in between 5 and 10 per cent of Internet users.
  • I was almost certain I would never write anything positive about Qwest, but here it is: they demanded that the NSA get a FISA warrant before listening in on calls.That’s commendable, given typical corporate acquiescence to the Bush/Gonzalez/Ashcroft civil liberties agenda.
  • The New York Times Review of Books asked critics and editors to name “the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.” The winner? Toni Morrison’s Beloved. I was especially excited to see Don DeLillo’s Underworld make the list as the runner-up, because despite my love for it, I always see it in clearance stacks at bookstores.
  • Heard of the 65% Solution, an education reform movement ostensibly about providing more money for the classroom? Check out an interesting debate on the subject here.
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