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May – Week 2 Summary

13 May

So I’ve been thinking about trying something a little different with my blog. Instead of the steady posts every other day, some of which get rather winded, I thought I’d instead, throughout a week track the most interesting things I find. Then at the conclusion of the week, publish a post which summarizes those findings, providing a small summary for each item as well as the associated link. The idea being, if there’s anyone that regularly reads my blog, won’t be inundated with posts every other day. I’ll probably still pull an article or two into their own post every now and then, but not nearly as frequently as I have been. Tell me what you think.

  • May 9, 2011
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce is losing their shit over a proposal from the Obama administration that would require government contractors to reveal all of their campaign related spending. This is a step in the right direction, campaign spending needs to be brought to the public’s attention, perhaps by doing so everyone will start to see that their elected officials haven’t really been keeping their voter’s best interests at heart and thus will prompt a change. Here’s what the Chamber of Commerce has said in a fear-mongering email action alert, “your tax dollars only going to those companies or contractors that have contributed to a particular political part. Sounds like pay-to-play, right?” Damn, they must’ve attended the Fox News’ School of Misleading Followers, graduated head of their class. (Full story at alternet.org)

  • May 10, 2011
    • Ever wanting to spread their wholesome Christian love, religious right figures aren’t happy with Rep. Steve Simon for his comments made in regards to his state’s recent attempts at passing an anti-gay marriage amendment. He asked, during hearings over the amendment, “How many gays must God create before we accept that he wants them around?” Ever since that question was asked he has been referred to as evil and a blasphemer who should be immediately removed from office. Bradlee Dean of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, showing off his blind ignorance, mocked homosexuality by saying during his program, “‘Oh, I was born this way. I can’t help myself.’ Really? Then you belong in jail.” He continued by saying that Steve Simon was “violating your constitution, violating his oath, he is violating the God he’s supposed to serve and the people that he serves.” How is he violating the Constitution? Sounds more like you want to violate it by not allowing him to speak his mind during a hearing. Violating his oath and God, how, that’s your opinion and certainly not grounds for his removal from office. (Full story on Minnesota Independent)

    • Teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit, Candie’s Foundation, after releasing their 2009 tax information was found to have paid Bristol Palin a salary of $262,500 for her work with the organization. Under close examination, ThinkProgress, discovered that the organization only disbursed $35,000 in grants to actual teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics. More icing on that cake, $165,000 on advertising, plus the group is run by Neil Cole, executive of Iconix Brand Group, a teenage clothing company. Critics have argued that the organization is more interested in polishing their public image than helping teenage pregnancy. Keep up the good work guys. (Full story on thinkprogress.org)

    • Osama bin Laden‘s children have issued a statement to the world, apparently they’re not 100% certain that he was killed, given the lack of visible evidence. Furthermore, if he has been killed, they’re curious as to why a supposedly unarmed man was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world. They’re also a little upset that, with his children’s location being well known, why they were not contacted to receive his dead body. I can’t say I’m surprised this is happening, I feel its kind of strange that they’ve chosen to not release any evidence of his assassination and were so quick to dump his body at sea before anyone had a chance to see it. If I were one of his children, I’d be pretty upset, the United States pretends to put forth this example of innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and he we are exacting some Judge Dredd style justice. Granted, none of us were there, so we don’t know exactly how it went down, perhaps they entered that compound with every intention on arresting bin Laden, hard to tell. Either way, his family is asking for some answers and they’re willing to take their request all the way to the United Nations and if necessary to the International Criminal Court. Somebody better give them what they want or we’re going to find out asses in trouble. (Full statement on New York Times)

    • Physicist Stephen Hawking, in a short Q&A with AMERICAblog, through his two cents in on universal healthcare. Mostly in response to a suggestion from Investor’s Business Daily that had Stephen Hawking been a British citizen that their National Health Service would have killed him off. Apparently checking simple facts on Wikipedia is too difficult for Investor’s Business Daily because, newsflash, Hawking is a British citizen. Hawking’s response was simple and straightforward, “I am British, I live in Cambridge, England, and the National Health Service has taken great care of me for over 40 years. I have received excellent medical attention in Britain, and I felt it was important to set the record straight. I believe in universal health care. And I am not afraid to say so.” Okay, so since nobody is allowed to believe in universal healthcare what is the reasons he believes in it. Some pinko commie hacked into his speech computer and made his say it. (Full Q&A on AMERICAblog)

  • May 11, 2011
    • FCC commissioner Meredith Baker has announced that she will be resigning from the FCC on June 3 to join Comcast-NBC Universal as its senior vice president of governmental affairs. Does anyone else find it a bit strange that she’s announcing this only four months after she voted to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. The company’s Washington office president, Kyle McSlarrow, made the following statement, “Meredith’s executive branch and business experience along with her exceptional relationships in Washington bring Comcast and NBC Universal the perfect combination of skills.” Let me fix that statement for you Kyle. “Meredith’s willingness to screw consumers and complete lack of dedication to her duties at the FCC along with her relationships with greasy friends in Washington makes her the perfect addition to our team. In fact, back when we were trying to complete that merger, we told her that if she played along and got it approved we’d get her a job that pays way more than her FCC position.” (Full story on the Washington Post)

  • May 12, 2011
    • The Senate Finance Committee is looking to terminate $21 billion in  oil subsidies, several oil company executives tried to convince the Senate Finance Committee that they still need those tax breaks. Keep in mind those very same companies earned more than $30 billion in profit in 2010 and are reporting a 69% profit increase for the first quarter of 2011. Several Republicans and company officials warned that these increased taxes could lead to higher gas prices for consumers. They’re probably right, those oil companies are going to want to maintain their ludicrous profit margins, so if their taxes increase they’ll just increase prices. Perhaps we should suggest they consider the threat of an investigation into price fixing, go for it guys. They should also keep in mind that if they raise the prices too far that many people may simply stop buying gas and they’ll be in a worse spot than they are now. (Full story on The Consumerist)

  • May 13, 2011
    • Well, LimeWire is officially screwed, they’ve settled with RIAA and will be paying them $105 million for damages suffered. Stealing is wrong, obviously, and LimeWire deserved to be punished for choosing to do nothing when their service was clearly being used for music and film piracy. But there’s another stealing going on with this event, and RIAA is responsible, they’ve chosen to keep that money and reinvest it in new anti-piracy efforts. This sounds okay until you start to think about who RIAA is, they represent the thousands of recording artists, and during the case, presented those artists as victims of the piracy. So the true victims of the theft are having their recouperated funds withheld so that their representative can re-invest in, according to RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy, “our ongoing education and anti-piracy programs.” Crooks! This is precisely why many artists these days have chosen to publish under their own labels and many artists that are under a RIAA label will tell you that they hardly make any money from album sales and really make their money through live performances. (Full story on TorrentFreak)
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