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Monday, July 07, 2014

We said that things couldn't get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush.
But, President Barack Obama's administration has us yearning for the good ol' days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polls show that Americans are giving Obama lower marks than in 2006 when Iraq was going poorly for Bush and a tepid response to Hurricane Katrina sunk Bush's ratings. It's not that popularity polling should be the final or even best measure of a president. There is that old saw that points out there's a difference between doing what is right and what is popular. For us, though, it's the number of bungled or blown policies in the Obama administration which lead us to believe Obama has earned every bit of an abysmal approval rating.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Obama administration is contacting hundreds of
thousands
of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions
about their eligibility and consumer advocates express concern that many
will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies.
Of the eight million people who signed up for private health plans
through insurance exchanges under the new health care law, two million
reported personal information that differed from data in government
records.


Monday, June 09, 2014

A sex education slideshow presented to students at a California middle school went a little heavy on the goofy memes, leading to complaints from parents and an obligatory local news segment showing the "horrific" images contained within. One unidentified parent at Pine Valley Middle School in San Ramon, Calif., said that some of the images given to her child are something "you can't unsee," and are "definitely more than R-rated," venturing into "X-rated" territory. The presentation was meant to address "Top Conception Myths," and contained meme-heavy slides including one showing a young man with blood on his face, captioned with: "A real man loves his woman every day of the month."


Friday, June 06, 2014

Quinn Norton: It's hard to explain to regular people how much technology barely works, how much the infrastructure of our lives is held together by the IT equivalent of baling wire. Computers, and computing, are broken. Software is so bad because it's so complex, and because it's trying to talk to other programs on the same computer, or over connections to other computers. Even your computer is kind of more than one computer, boxes within boxes, and each one of those computers is full of little programs trying to coordinate their actions and talk to each other. ... Your average piece of ---- Windows desktop is so complex that no one person on Earth really knows what all of it is doing, or how. read more


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An Occupy Wall Street protester who became a cause celebre for activists after she was charged with assaulting a police officer was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, with a judge saying a protest is no excuse for an attack. Cindy McMillan's case became a rallying point for Occupiers, and members of the once-jailed Russian punk group Pussy Riot have visited her behind bars. Director Spike Jonze, Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon, some City Council members and even several of the jurors who convicted her wrote to the court asking for leniency. More than 171,000 people have signed an online petition. McMillan's supporters overflowed the courtroom Monday, singing "We Shall Not Be Moved," a folk song recorded by Pete Seeger and long a protest staple, as they filed out afterward. More than 30 court officers lined the courtroom as well, an unusual show of crowd control that came after some spectators shouted "Shame!" when she was convicted.


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