Like much of the Internet, I was among the many who were rather confused and taken-aback by Miley Cyrus' performance on the 2013 VMAs. Lacking cable, I saw it roll out in articles and gifs before I saw the video clip from MTV, but it was nonetheless still pretty shocking. However, there's a difference between "shock factor" and being "bothered" by the imagery. You can have plenty of shock factor - "I can't unsee/unknow this!" - and not be bothered at all really. While I didn't care for the Read more [...]
In the first of the 2012 Presidential Debates, Mitt Romney said the following:
I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you [Jim Lehrer] too.
NPR.org -Transcript And Audio: First Obama-Romney Debate
As it turns out PBS gets actually very little funding from the federal government (See this visual illustration of PBS federal funding). As Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted:
Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help Read more [...]
I read today that Facebook is encouraging organ donations. I think this is a great effort and more people should be organ donors. Ultimately I want this campaign to be successful (and it looks like it is) , but I do have a few concerns:
This feature is kind of hidden away. In fact, I didn't realize the amount of "Timeline Life Events" I could indicate until I started writing this. This speaks to a larger problem Facebook has with rolling out new site changes without really communicating Read more [...]
On my walk back to the office from lunch, my co-workers and I were stopped by this really large protest. It even blocked traffic coming from off the freeway - sorry Los Angeles drivers and bus transit riders. It turned out to be a protest for Justice for Janitors, emphasizing more affordable healthcare and fairer wages.
A protest like this gives reason to pause and more than just for the inconvenience of traffic. A few minutes of protest is nothing compared to where we would be without Read more [...]
GOP senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra ran/is running a seriously racist ad against incumbent Debbie Stabenow in Michigan. It’s not that I don’t understand the point of Hoekstra’s ad – obviously, he believes that Stabenow is pouring money into China’s economy by spending too much, but everything about this ad loses that point because of its over-the-top images and racial insensitivity.
There is a video embed of the commercial at the end, but here’s the text:
Thank you, Michigan Read more [...]