Technology

Rockefeller Censorship

Get a load of this, folks. A sitting United States senator is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to pull the plug on cable networks such as MSNBC and Fox. You heard right, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) lamented recently that programming by Fox and other cable daysides apparently gets in the way of politicians and their ability to obfuscate and deceive the public.  

While holding a hearing on the FCC, Rockefeller was reported saying, “It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future.”

Since when did having more scrutiny of politicians and their activities by news organizations lead to the travesty of justice Rockefeller is claiming? Apparently, Sen. Rockefeller and his colleagues don’t like to be bothered by a meddling media, investigating their moves and challenging them on questionable actions.  

I guess it’s a relief that Rockefeller failed to realize the FCC has no jurisdiction over cable airwaves.

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CrisisCamp - people working together to prepare for the next crisis

Crisiscamp-map-5001-300x228 Hey, the folks at CrisisCamp work together to get smart about the next big crisis, quake, flood and worse.

This Saturday there will be a Global CrisisCamp Day and we welcome participation both in the cities and virtually:
http://crisiscommons.org/blog/2010/09/15/globalcrisiscampda/

CrisisCamp is a global network of hybrid barcamp/hackathon events which bring together people and communities who innovate crisis response and global development through technology tools, expertise and problem solving. Since 2009, CrisisCamp volunteers have created crisis response and learning events in over 10 countries with volunteers of all backgrounds who collaborate in an open environment to aggregate crisis data, develop prototype tools and train people on how to use technology tools and problem solving to aid in crisis response and global development.

I personally bear witness to what they do.

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Rediscovering the American Dream

Throughout the world, people view America as the place to find a better life, still feeling that we are "the shining city on the hill." People aspire to be part of our vital and large middle class.

That was true of my family two generations ago and is still true for much of the world. You work hard, you play by the rules, you move ahead. It works.

Sure, in past years politicians and tax policy have been fairly successful transferring wealth from the middle class to a small upper class. That's the point of tax breaks for the rich. However, I see a lot of vitality in the American middle class.

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Big Brother is bipartisan

The great coming issue is privacy. The great sucking sound you hear is government and business wanting to know what you write in e-mails, what condoms you purchase at the pharmacy, what books you read in the library and what credit cards you use at the store. Privacy is the issue that should unite Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) and Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) while bringing together Matt Drudge and Frank Rich.

Google is one of the great inventions of modern history. But do you want anyone willing to pay and the government that wants to watch what you have Googled or searched for on the Internet? This is a great debate that needs to happen.

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Healthcare.gov — real info on new healthcare options

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The new healthcare stuff sounds way more complicated than it is, but like with any kind of insurance, there's always a need for a little help.

healthcare.gov just launched, and the folks doing it are serious about getting it right, and helping us all with what we need to know.


The site brings together all pertinent information regarding health insurance plans, and makes it reasonably easy to compare what plans might work for you. It also addresses your rights, and how the Affordable Care Act will help you.
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AmericaSpeaks: Town halls and more on the national budget

The online grassroots democracy thing is real, and gathering momentum. Here's another example of a notable effort, focusing on the national budget.

As I recall, nearly half of the deficit is from tax cuts for the rich, and half regarding the war in Iraq, including missing cash and big-ticket items. (I wish more of that had gone to support the troops, but my bias is showing.) (Please fact-check me.)

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Please vote: Campus Progress National Keynote Contest

We hear that students aren't getting involved in politics post-Obama election, but the reality looks different.

Campus Progress and HuffPost College have put together a national keynote contest that will give three young people the chance to attend and address the 2010 Campus Progress National Conference, July 7 in D.C. The videos of the top six contestants contradict what we've heard. They make clear that many in this new generation are staying involved and have important things to say:

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The iPhone and American pride

Later today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take his usual place on stage at the software company's annual conference and, if rumors are true, unveil the latest iteration of his masterpiece — the iPhone. Oh, this isn't just a new 2010 version of last year's model. No, sir, this is the 4G iPhone, full of technology and teeming with promise to turn yet another corner in cell phone advancement.

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