think presidential politics have gotten ugly, just wait.
With wealthy corporations and individuals spending billions of dollars to influence
your vote, the real dirt is about to hit your TV screen like mud on a linen bed
According to the New York Times, which got its hands
on a conservative proposal from a shadowy Super PAC, wealthy Republican
strategists are working overtime on a billionaire-fueled campaign to flood the
airwaves with race-laced attacks against President Obama:
It’s been just about two years
since Verizon announced it was planning to end
unlimited data plans for smartphone users. And in
2011, Verizon made good on its promise, getting
rid of unlimited plans for new customers and forcing them to pay at least
$30 a month for limited plans.
Meanwhile, existing users with
unlimited data have been able to “grandfather” in their special plans, carrying
them over when they upgrade to new devices. But this week Verizon is dreaming
again, this time of a future in which everyone must surrender their
The recent U.K. government report on “rampant
law breaking” at News Corp. was by any measure a devastating
critique not so much of one man and his son, but of a power elite that has for
too long considered itself beyond scrutiny or accountability. Rarely in British political history has there been such a united front against the perils of concentrated media power. This is the real story behind the report.
Recently AT&T requested that the Louisiana Public Service Commission stop the delivery of residential white pages to every home. Highlighting the growth of cellphones and the Internet, the company told the commission that “the traditional residential white page telephone directory no longer provides the same utility it once did as customers are now turning less and less to the residential white pages directory and are looking to online and other resources for listing information.”
The bill — the Cyber Security Act of 2012 (S. 2105) — is co-sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. Like the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which passed last month in the House, this bill would make it easier for companies like Facebook and Google to share our personal information with federal authorities.
For 2.7 million children in the United States, a phone call is their only means of communicating with parents in prison. Phone calls with those parents can provide stability, comfort and a sense of normalcy.
According to press
reports, Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep.
Doug Lamborn are circulating letters in the Senate and House to rally
support for cutting all federal funding for the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and its nearly 1,300 local stations. The letters argue that the
$445 million CPB budget is an “enormous” cost to taxpayers.
The letters come just a month before
the CPB is supposed to deliver a report to Congress outlining how it could
operate without federal funding. This timing is particularly troubling in light
of a recent federal appeals court decision that opened
the door to political ads on NPR and PBS stations.
The answer: the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.
While the media mogul was
called before Parliament and hammered by regulators in the United Kingdom, few
in the halls of U.S. power are willing to call News Corp. to account for the
“culture of corruption” that has spread through its media empire.