Roger Ailes' Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox... →
Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a “fair and balanced” counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to...
Our technologies are not going to rob us (or relieve us) of our humanity. Our...– Open the Future: Not Giving Up
How Corporations Buy Access to Power →
I think you can imagine how a major bank/investment firm like Goldman Sachs can gain access to power. They obviously can make or withhold campaign contributions. They can throw money into political action committees that go after politicians who want to mess with them. They also can offer politicians lucrative six or seven figure jobs should they ever fail to win reelection or want to retire...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-26) →
The Allman Brothers Band (51) The Specials (24) Van Halen (23) Electric Light Orchestra (23) Rush (22) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Is this something you can share with the rest of... →
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wilwheatonsuperteen: While my personal archive of Superteen Wil Wheaton pictures is embarrassingly extensive, if you have photos, scans, or personal memories you’d be willing to share, it would be awesome.
Be prepared to lose several hours.
Great Moments In Journalism: CNN Brings On... →
This might be the most mind-bogglingly idiotic thing I have ever seen on cable news, and I say that having seen a lot of idiotic things on cable news. CNN has now upped the ante several degrees by devoting a segment about the economy not to unemployment, not to our nation’s financial institutions, but to the question of what if f**king psychics had all the answers? One woman thinks she can...
2600 NEWS: LATEST VERIZON DENIAL OF SERVICE ENTERS... →
I haven’t been following this particular story, but I’m a longtime reader and subscriber to 2600, so I offer this rudimentary mirror, since their site keeps going down: LATEST VERIZON DENIAL OF SERVICE ENTERS FOURTH DAY Posted 25 Jun 2011 15:49:51 UTC It seems incredible that we continue to be victimized by either the horrendous ineptitude or the endless malice of Verizon - but...
AHHH THE STUPID IT BURNS →
Q: Should evolution be taught in schools? Miss USA Contestants: OMG NO WAY JESUS AND LIKE AND SUCH AS THE BIBLE ALSO I NEVER STOP THE CREEPY INSINCERE SMILING!
I am SO sick of this argument. Local is important. People want local. But Local...– Sean Bonner, in response to Local Media Isn’t What People Want: They Want Liquid Media (via soupsoup) Sean Bonner is a genius, and I am lucky to call him my friend.
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-19) →
Bob Marley (67) Arcade Fire (26) Electric Light Orchestra (23) Esquivel (20) Wall of Voodoo (19) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
EUREKA Pre-Season 4.5 Crib Sheet →
As you may have heard, Eureka Season 4.5 premieres soon (JULY 11! JULY 11!). And while there is a TON of stuff coming in those episodes that will reward loyal fans, Season 4.5 also is a great one for new viewers to jump on board. Now, newcomers wanting to catch up on the show might feel a little daunted by the fact that there are four seasons of Eureka out there. Never fear. We’ve put...
Download the Dragon Age RPG Quickstart Guide →
As promised, you can now download the PDF version of the Dragon Age RPG Quickstart Guide, as featured on Free RPG Day, for free! This quickstart features rules, an adventure, and pre-generated characters so you can jump right into the action. The Dragon Age RPG is based on BioWare’s popular Dragon Age RPG franchise, and brings the dark and gritty world of Thedas to your gaming table. I...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-12) →
Electric Light Orchestra (52) Duran Duran (44) Rush (42) Nine Inch Nails (31) The Raveonettes (18) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Google To Digitize 40 Million Pages Of History,... →
Cool! Google has added The British Library’s collection of out-of-copyright books to its trove of works to be digitized and placed online. The British Library, the UK’s national library, and Google announced Monday that they had agreed to digitize 170 year’s worth of history in 250,000 out-of-copyright books. Google will cover the costs of the project.
Insane Clown Posse puts a stop to Upright Citizens... →
Unfortunately, not only is the death of a baby Juggalette one of the two or three worst things that happens to Juggalos and therefore no laughing matter, holding a faux Juggalo funeral apparently infringes on the Juggalo brand that Mssrs. J and 2 Dope have labored so intensively to cultivate over the years, leading them to seek their totally wicked, balls-out legal action.
John McCain Blames Illegal Immigrants For Arizona... →
“There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally,” Sen. McCain (R-AZ) told reporters on Saturday at a press conference. “The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border.”’ Arizona is in the midst of battling a pair of huge blazes, the Horseshoe 2 fire and the more recent Wallow...
Free Lovecraft eBook Being Sold on Amazon – About... →
On March 1, 2011, I released a free eBook of the complete works of Lovecraft in EPUB and MOBI formats. On March 21, 2011, someone uploaded a copy of the MOBI file (with a different cover and missing the intro) started selling it on Amazon. I didn’t discover this until June 18th, 2011, by which time it had achieved a 5-star rating and a good sales rank. I am very disappointed and wish to a)...
Now anyone, not just cops with a warrant, can peek... →
laughterkey: soupsoup: Dropbox Reader is yet another reason for Dropbox subscribers to be more responsible about how they interact with the cloud service. Before the ToS change, the service boasted: “Dropbox employees are unable to view user files.” Now, not only are the files viewable, but with Dropbox Reader, the very fundamental elements of the account are penetrable. Motherfucker.
Jack Balkin's post about the similarities between... →
Digby says: Jack Balkin’s post about the similarities between the Bush lawyer shopping and the Obama lawyer shopping is an important read. The difference between them is that I think Bush manipulated the system to provide the appearance of following the normal process and Obama just said to hell with normal process. The result is the same, but it is surprising to see a Democrat who ran on...