I’m surprised people seriously refer to these positions are “this or that czar”… there’s a reason he was called Ivan the Terrible, but even the modern history of czars is less than complimentary.
Oxy U.S. lawmakers approved the creation of a cabinet-level position of copyright czar as part of sweeping intellectual property enforcement legislation that sailed through the Senate on Friday.
[From Senate Passes Bill Creating ‘Copyright Czar’ | Threat Level from Wired.com]
The little big man down in Venezuela fully pegged the irony meter this week by first claiming that capitalism has destroyed the United States and that we should write a new constitution that frees us from the “dictatorship of the elite” that is banks and big corporations… and then placing an order for a bunch of laptops for schools that are made by a big U.S. corporation that is in many ways the poster child for capitalism. I guess Chavez is behind on his reading and hasn’t heard of One Laptop Per Child.
The computers, which the government started distributing in Portuguese primary schools this week at a subsidised price of 50 euros , will be delivered to Venezuela from December. They cost 285 euros in stores in Portugal.
The laptop is based on Intel Corp’s Classmate PC, a cheap computer that has been adopted in various formats in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia.
[From Chavez says crisis-hit U.S. needs new constitution – Yahoo! Singapore News]