“Too many people are using religion as a sword to fight those with whom they disagree, instead of as a plowshare to help their fellow neighbors tend the land and form a community. The key is to go about your life, as one of the faithful, and to make sure you actually do at least one thing each day that reflects the faith in which you believe.”—Retired pastor knows why people don’t like Christians any more – Orlando Sentinel
Making medical school free would relieve doctors of the burden of student debt and gradually shift the work force away from specialties and toward primary care. It would also attract college graduates who are discouraged from going to medical school by the costly tuition.
We estimate that we can make medical school free for roughly $2.5 billion per year — about one-thousandth of what we spend on health care in the United States each year.
“I’m about to cry!” Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton said over the phone from his home in Tallahassee on Wednesday. “They’re taking the Mothership! They’re shipping it out! . . . But I’m glad it’s going to have a nice home there.”—Smithsonian acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership
“Each look was centred around what Gwyneth deemed wardrobe basics - but unfortunately for those of us who aren’t rolling in it, these so called staple items came to a grand total of $18,301”—Stop the motherfucking presses: Gwyneth Paltrow serves up her spring fashion advice
On May 12, an employee of the Seattle, Washington non-profit Reel Grrls, which “empowers young women from diverse communities” by teaching them filmmaking, tweeted: “OMG! @FCC Commissioner Baker voted 2 approve Comcast/NBC merger & is now lving FCC for A JOB AT COMCAST?!?”
On May 13, Comcast VP Steve Kipp emailed Reel Grrls, and told them that because of that tweet, his company was withdrawing the $18,000 grant they had pledged in support of the non-profit’s filmmaking summer camp. “Given the fact that Comcast has been a major supporter of Reel Grrls for several years now,” he wrote, “I am frankly shocked that your organization is slamming us on Twitter.”
Between Kipp’s email and this Thursday, a firestorm of criticism erupted against Comcast, with articles appearing in The Washington Post, TechDirt, and elsewhere.
On Thursday, Comcast said that cutting Reel Grrls’ funding was wrong, that Kipp was acting beyond his reponsibilities, and that they would reinstate the $18,000.
On Friday, Reel Grrls rejected Comcast’s offer to reinstate the grant. Their spokeswoman, Teresa Mozur, encouraged the communications giant to “craft a corporate policy that clearly defends freedom of expression in order to ensure that this situation does not arise again.”
Using the word “retard” or “retarded” is not the same as using it as an epithet. “Retard” means to hinder advancement and has its emphasis on the second syllable. This is not the same as a bunch of obnoxious douchenozzles throwing it around as an epithet. It’s not a word that’s ever been in my vocabulary nor will it be in my children’s. That’s how you stop this kind of thing, not by using taxpayer money to change perfectly cromulent wording of law.
“Best sellers in the last ten years only. The book club has been in existence since 1996.
1. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
2. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
3. Night by Elie Wiesel
4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
5. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
6. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
7. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
9. Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
10. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski”—Top 10 Bestselling Books in Oprah’s Book Club - GalleyCat
Yes, I liked WWF in the late 80s. Macho Man was my guy. I liked his humor and his style and I love just about any imitation of Macho Man (in case you ever want to get on my good side). Step into a Slim Jim in Randy’s memory :)
Local competition in broadband service benefits the citizens who have demanded it. For that reason, community after community in North Carolina have passed resolutions asking you to give them the chance to provide the Internet service that the national quasi-monopolies have not. It is why businesses from across the nation have opposed the bill, and business leaders from your state, including Red Hat VP Michael Tiemann, have called upon you to veto the bill.
Commercial broadband providers are not happy with this new competition, however. After spending millions in lobbying and campaign contributions in North Carolina, they convinced your legislature to override the will of local North Carolina communities, and ban these faster, cheaper broadband networks. Rather than compete with better service, and better prices, they secured a government-granted protection against competition. And now, unless you veto H. 129, that protection against competition will become law.
Apparently the U.S. Constitution no longer applies when it comes to battling music and movie piracy.
Consider California legislation already passed by two state Senate committees. It allows law enforcement to enter optical-disc plants and seize disc-stamping equipment, and pirated movie and music discs without a court warrant.
“Lenz’s trouble stems from the fact that electronic communications resemble casual, private conversations in their speed and ease, but create a searchable record. Though the prudent practitioner will admonish her clients on the importance of discretion when speaking to third parties, the human need to gossip, crow or vent means that a few short, stray comments are likely to leak out to friends and family in many cases. People simply aren’t geared to think that letting some tidbit slip to a friend could blow a hole in one of their most valuable legal protections. Fortunately, these indiscretions are usually in some format that creates no record, and a person’s friends certainly aren’t inclined to run around reporting them to opposing counsel—the words just disappear into the air. When they’re made electronically, though, they linger, ready to undermine the client and her lawyer should some clever or lucky opponent stumble upon them.”—The Walls have e-Ears