Bill Maher Announces “Flip a District” Campaign

Tanya’s Comment: I think this is a great idea! Bill Maher is a well-known TV personality who has strong political views and a very “in your face” presence, so any political candidate he targets on his show will be under a very harsh spotlight. It will be interesting to see what impact this makes on the coming elections. If it does make an impact, hopefully Bill Maher, as well as others in the media, will continue to do this. 

Minority Media Ownership On the Decline, What Will the FCC DO?

Stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger! (petition)

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Photo courtesy of gizmos.es

 

From WorkingFamiliesParty.org:

America’s two largest cable and internet companies want to merge into one monopolistic giant. Less competition means higher prices and worse service. Tell the FCC and Dept. of Justice to protect consumers and stop this merger!

Sign the petition here!

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“Vanity Fair” Mag Lightened Actress Lupita Nyongo’s Skin For Cover

Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice (Infographic)

Women’s Magazines Are REALLY Trying to Help You (?)

Kerry Washington on Elle Magazine cover

Kerry Washington on Elle Magazine cover

Here is a sampling of recent women’s magazine articles (print and online):

Cosmopolitan 

(Diet Tips) Six Ways To Make Your Bikini Your Bitch

(Sex Tips) Leg Sex: It’s a Thing

(Beauty Tips) Are You Applying Your Skincare All Wrong?

(Celebrity-Inspired Tips) Nicole vs Anne in The Battle of Bleached Hair- Who Wore It Best?

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Winston Churchill Quote

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Photo courtesy of Images.Sodahead.com

These words are a great source of encouragement, inspiration and strength to all bloggers and journalists who search for the truth, even when they know that doing so may make enemies. Society needs their courage and fearlessness- without them, who knows what information and knowledge would never see the light of day.

Teens Now Say Facebook is a ‘Social Burden,’ Study Finds

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Photo courtesy of ComputerParenting.com

 

Teens are actually getting fed up with Facebook, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The study surveyed 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 last September about their Facebook use. An article was written about the report’s findings by the Huffington Post on May 21 of this year.

The report’s findings are no doubt troubling to Facebook, given that the teen demographic has long been crucial to its massive success. The root of the “problem” (which is most likely what Facebook’s investors are calling it) is spelled out thus in the report of the study:

“Facebook has become a ‘social burden‘ for teens. While Facebook is still deeply integrated in teens’ everyday lives, it is sometimes seen as a utility and an obligation rather than an exciting new platform that teens can claim as their own. Facebook, teens say, has been overrun by parents, fuels unnecessary social “drama” and gives a mouthpiece to annoying oversharers who drone on about inane events in their lives.”

The Huffington Post summed up another important part of the study:

They’re deleting, lying and blocking- Some three-quarters of Facebook users have purged friends on Facebook, 58 percent have edited or deleted content they’ve shared and 26 percent have tried to protect their privacy by sharing false information. Among all teens online (not just Facebook users), 39 percent have lied about their age.”

Another interesting find of the Pew study is that the typical teen has approximately 300 Facebook “friends.” But exactly who are these friends? Well, seventy percent of teens are friends with their parents, 30 percent are friends with teachers or coaches, and 33 percent are friends with people they’ve never met in person.

In some ways, the results are surprising- most people, teens and adults alike, have Facebook pages. In fact, a majority of the teens in the study, including those that complained about the site, still maintain pages on it. Some said that they continue using the site because they want to stay up on the social scene. Yet, as the study clearly shows, a large portion of their Facebook social circles are not real-life friends. A second possible reason for continued use of the site, though not suggested in the report, could be peer-pressure. Teens are very sensitive to what their peers say and do, and feel that if they don’t follow the crowd, they will be socially penalized by way of bullying or simple exclusion from peer activities, such as parties and dating.

To adults who have either never used the site, have an account but use it rarely, or have had accounts and deleted them, the news comes as no surprise. These adults often give the same reasons as the teens in the study for their own lack of interest in Facebook. Which begs the question- is Facebook just a failed social experiment, or is it here to stay? It seems society (and the social media industry) has yet to fully understand the human mind enough to properly predict how it will respond to new technology. After all, we didn’t exactly evolve to meet and interact with each other using machines.

Apple Doesn’t Want You To Know They Use This Amazingly Bold Tax Evasion Technique

Young Progressive Voices

Reposted from Addicting Info.

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Apple, the most profitable company of its kind in the United States, has been dodging taxes in a somewhat interesting way — by declaring subsidiary companies that are “stateless” and saying that they don’t have to pay taxes to any country. While their scheme is, in actuality, much more complicated than that, it demonstrates the basic premise of their tax avoidance setup — gall.

And in cheating both the United States and other nations this way, Apple has profited by billions.  Nelson D. Schwartz and Charles Duhigg of The New York Times report,

The investigation is expected to set up a potentially explosive confrontation between a bipartisan group of lawmakers and Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, at a public hearing on Tuesday.

Congressional investigators found that some of Apple’s subsidiaries had no employees and were largely run by top officials from the company’s…

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Kanye West is a Misogynist

Kanye West- Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org

Kanye West- Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org

 

Even if you don’t listen to rap music regularly, you’ve most likely still heard of rapper Kanye West. He’s sold millions of albums, been nominated for and won Grammy Awards and MTV Videos Music Awards, and has been hailed as a great musician by Rolling Stone, Time, Vibe magazine, and several others

All of this disgusts me. Why? Because of his lyrics. While it is true that some of his music is more introspective than a lot of rap music of the day and discusses social and racial issues, enough of it is so sexist and narcissistic that the praise heaped on his work is baffling to me.

The dictionary defines the word “misogynist” to mean a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats women. Kanye West does an excellent job convincing us that he indeed is a misogynist through his own music. Below are a sampling of some of his Grammy-winning lyrics. I apologize in advance for the crassness of the content. Just remember- he’s actually won AWARDS for this.

When necessary, I include translations- much of it is very difficult and messy to understand.

Lyrics from “Niggas In Paris”:

“She said, ‘Ye can we get married at the mall?’/I said, Look you need to crawl ‘fore you ball/Come and meet me in the bathroom stall/And show me why you deserve to have it all”

“You know how many hot bitches I own”

“Fuck that bitch, she don’t wanna dance”

For clarification purposes: “Ye” is short for Kanye. “Fore” means before. “Ball” means to make a lot of money and show it off.

Lyrics from “E.T.” (with Katy Perry) (from MetroLyrics.com):

“I got a dirty mind/I got filthy ways/I’m tryna lay my egg, egg,/ in your Milky Way”

“Pockets on Shrek, rockets on ya dick/Tell me what’s next, alien sex/I’ma disrobe you, then I’ma probe you/See I abducted you, so I tell ya what to do/I tell ya what to do, what to do, what to do”

For clarification purposes: “Tryna” means trying to. “I’ma” means I’m going to.

Lyrics from “Gold Digger”:

“18 years, 18 years/She got one of yo’ kids, got you for 18 years/I know somebody payin’ child support for one of his kids/His baby momma’s car and crib is bigger than his/You will see him on TV Any Given Sunday/ Win the Superbowl and drive off in a Hyundai”

“If you ain’t no punk, holla, “We want prenup”,”We want prenup!”/ yeaah/It’s something that you need to have/’Cause when she leave yo’ ass she gone leave with half”

For clarification purposes: “Crib” means house.

Lyrics from “Deuces” (remix):

“You know what, yo?/you a bitch!/you should have a travel agent cuz you a trip/you should make your own toilet tissue since you the shit/but all you got is some fucking issues you fucking bitch.”

For clarification purposes: “You the shit” means you think you’re so great.

Why is he being rewarded for this trash? Is the entertainment industry still this sexist?