Spencer Ackerman says he's tired of arguments like the one I made yesterday about Monsanto. In brief, I said that painting a giant bull's-eye on the agri-giant and launching all of our arrows in that direction is, perhaps, not a fully-formed strategy. "Monsanto is a despicable corporation," writes Spencer. "Monsanto's evil is both distinct and strong."
The Associated Press is plainly trying to nail agricultural giant Monsanto for unfair licensing practices that use a variety of tactics to lock small farmers and small seed companies in binding relationships, for better or for worse. Sometimes, Monsanto requires that its modified seeds make up a majority of a seed company's stock, edging out competitors. In other cases, they've made companies agree to both exclusivity and non-disclosure agreements.
Melissa Goldstein points out that at a cost of $16, 320 pages and several months of production time, Dave Eggers' latest print project, San Francisco Panorama, isn't going to provide a road map for the revival of the American newspaper industry.
Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh's commentary on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated internationally and in secret is, as EFF's Richard Esguerrapoints out, so completely misguided that you might think he was being disingenuous -- if not for the fact that there were probably dozens of other senators, on both sides of the aisle, earnestly nodding their heads alongside him.