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The WeekholeView: October 10 through October 16

Here each hole starts on Wednesdays and this is what fell through this past week:

Last Wednesday, October 10, 2012, the cause of fair use at academic libraries got a big boost when a federal judge handed the HathiTrust Digital Library and its university partners a resounding victory in a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and other groups. In a summary judgment, the judge threw out the authors’ arguments that HathiTrust and its partners had trampled copyright law by preserving and making scanned works available for certain uses. At the TPV we wonder if the world will still go for Google’s commercially available scanned books.

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Vice-President Biden proved once again he would have been a better President than Obama, and Ryan proved to be yet another Republican idiot. On an even brighter note, John Oliver of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart proved that any intelligent person who does not dream of personal jets could be a better U.S. president than the few ones we have had since Jimmy Carter.

On Friday, October 12, 2012, TPV investigative reporter just learned the United States military had secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its [alleged] chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict. The task force led by a senior American officer is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. The American mission in Jordan quietly began this summer. In May, the United States organized a major training exercise, which was dubbed Eager Lion. In case you were aware of this story, it may be because you had read it already in either The New York Times or News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government. Based on those accounts, our TPV reporter has one question for the US officials: Is this task force the one we used in Libya to protect the late Ambassador Chris Stevens?

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Taliban killed nine more people aimlessly. Not that we cared.

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Banana Republic shoppers benefited from $30 off if they spent more than $100 in any Upper East Side store (that’s the richest side of Manhattan) and one Republican wish came true when Arlen Specter former senator of Pennsylvania, who handed Democrats a supermajority in the Senate by switching to their party in 2009, died.

On Monday, October 15, 2012, MoveOn released an ad directed by Rob Reiner and featuring actresses Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington talking about women’s issues. Reiner believes that Romney would screw women so much worse than Obama that women have no other choice than vote for Obama. TPV wonders why waste the energy Rob, if indeed women have no choice but being screwed?

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg could not have taken the 6 train to work, as he allegedly does every weekday, because due to a switch problem there were no southbound 6 train. Our local baronet had to either use one of his choppers to go about town, show up to work at noon, or call in sick. Hours later, Obama and Romney exchanged words in yet another televised debate.