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  •  Yep, I've had enough of this crap (14+ / 0-)

    Holder has been criminally negligent as AG and I have no idea if Obama is paying attention or playing political 11-dimentional chess. This situation however has me completely livid.

    As an academic who got government funding for research and had to sometime pay journals for color images at exorbitant rates with my federal funds, but I needed to publish in those journals in order to succeed as an academic........I'm fucking furious.

    This has to stop. I was happy that some Stanford Profs started the PLOS movement of open access publishing and have now gotten many journals to open up their archives but get this...our federal gvmt pays University researchers grant money to do research, the researchers sometimes have to pay to publish in certain journals (Elsevier) and our university libraries have to pay a fortune to have access to the data from the research we funded. The whole shebang is crooked.

    Then the AG's office decide to put a do-gooder in prison for life for preparing to do something...He committed a thought crime.

    It's f'ing insane and must be corrected.

    Listen to Netroots Radio or to our pods on Stitcher. "We are but temporary visitors on this planet. The microbes own this place" <- Me

    by yuriwho on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:34:29 PM PST

    •  Playing "11-dimensional chess" (2+ / 0-)
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      Often results in some important pieces being sacrificed.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:50:29 PM PST

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    •  We'll be discussing this live on Netroots Radio (1+ / 0-)
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      if you have something to say please call us at: 1-417-717-1454

      We would like to hear from you.

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      by yuriwho on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:57:25 PM PST

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      •  Thank you for that (6+ / 0-)

        and for your comments about the corrupt process of publishing and allowing access to research.

        My fiance and his colleagues were just the other day talking about the same thing.

        And in his work as an independent consultant, he needs access to these journals sometimes.  Just recently he wanted to reference one paper in his work and they were charging $40 for each paper and he wasn't even sure if the information that he needed would be in those papers.  He was willing to pay for the ones that would end up in his work as refererences but he could not even look at them first without paying for all of the candidate research papers, and these projects were funded by the government.  

        Also, the academics who did the actual work are not compensated by these download fees.  


        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:31:21 PM PST

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    •  The live show just ended (1+ / 0-)
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      contact me if you have something more to say

      Listen to Netroots Radio or to our pods on Stitcher. "We are but temporary visitors on this planet. The microbes own this place" <- Me

      by yuriwho on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:06:28 PM PST

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