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RIAA to artists: Drop dead

In the latest move to garner hatred from the public, my dear friends at the RIAA are now setting their sites against songwriters and publishers, asking a group of judges to pay the artists involved LESS money for their efforts in newer electronic media (i.e. ring tones). An IGN article appropriately tags a roll of toilet paper with the term "RIAA" while Slashdot uses search terms for this story like "greed," "asshole" and (my personal favorite) MAFIAA, which they should change their name to just to stay honest (for a change, I mean...). Still, they haven't gone as far as suing the artists to blame them for their troubles, at least yet.

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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