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What *is* it with this administration and theft of material for use in food-related publications? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherwoodh/5752914645/in/photostream


They're assuming copyright law works both ways: If a government agency produces a graphic, anyone can use it. Conversely, if anyone produces a graphic, a government agency can use it.

It's that clause in the Patriot Act that reads, "All your pic are belong to us!"


Hey, I'm from the government. I can do anything I want to.

Mary in Ohio

One of my favorite authors, the late Tony Hillerman, was always emphasizing how his 2 Navajo policemen, Leaphorn and Chee, would ask questions and then shut up, usually making the suspect/opponent do exactly what they wanted them to do - blurt out something to fill the silence. I adopted this technique in teaching with middle grade kids, and since retiring have found it also works with The Public. "Do you do shoe repair?" "No." You can tell they want me to explain why we DON'T repair shoes (at a dry cleaner's), or to apologize for their being inconvenienced. But eventually they accept that answer. Though I get the impression that sometimes it's the first time anyone has said that word to them and meant it.


I don't think the Navajo cops have a corner on that one. The only reality show I watch is "First 48,"* and the need to compress things into an hour means they take out the part of the interrogation where they simply sit and stare at the guy and wait for him to start talking. But you can see hints of those missing segments. Of course, they'll also just walk out of the room when things are unproductive, and then stand around shooting the breeze for awhile while the guy stews in his own juices, before going back in and starting over again.

*(Okay, I also watch "Bully Beatdown," where shooting off your mouth and never shutting up is part of the strategy. But that's more of a guilty pleasure.)

stephanie t

thanks for pointing this out, and supporting 'the little guys'. i am the designer of the Nutri-plate (the plate on the RHS) and we actually showed our plate to Michelle Obama's team over a year prior to the MyPlate initiative launching. ... They told us that they couldn't support a private enterprise/product (though perhaps they can steal our design)!

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