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Things are not looking good on the net neutrality front. According to several sources the FCC is set to propose new net neutrality rules "that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes." Or, as Tim Wu in The New Yorker so eloquently put it: "It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity."
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 02:14 PM
A new study has found that when reviewers were told the author of a legal brief was black they consistently rated the piece lower in quality and identified more errors than its identical counterpart. Evan Soltas, writing for Vox, has more:
Arin N. Revees, the president of Nextions and the author of the study, argues that the implicit racism happened because reviewers take the racial information she provided as a cue for how they should judge the work. When the author is supposed to be white, reviewers excused errors as out of haste or inexperience. They commented that the author "has potential" and was "generally a good writer but needs to work on" some skills. When the author is...
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:17 AM
Bloomberg is reporting that the NSA not only knew about the Heartbleed bug, but that they exploited it for at least two years. This is my reminder to you that you should be using unique passwords with all your online accounts (I recommend a password manager like 1Password).
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s...
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 02:58 PM
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have launched a non-governmental organization aiming to protect the rights of prisoners.
Jason Tate on 03/17/14 - 10:22 AM
Jump to the replies to watch Ariana Grande do a stellar cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" for President Obama and more at the White House for the "Women of Soul" concert put on by the First Lady.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/07/14 - 10:31 AM
Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor who has admitted to smoking crack in his office, recently attended a fundraising event for Toronto beat/electronic producers. He walked on stage to the coke-rap king Pusha-T's "Numbers On The Boards" and made a beat onstage, video of which can be found in the replies. Given the rumors that Joaquin Phoenix had produced tracks for Pusha's My Name Is My Name, I think this has to be another I'm Still Here-esque stunt.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/24/14 - 09:52 AM
Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy were more than a little irritated when they discovered that the U.S. government apparently uses their music to torture detainees at Guantanamo Bay. So they sent an invoice to the Department of State to the tune of $660,000 in royalties.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/07/14 - 09:04 AM
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 09:55 AM
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.

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Jason Tate on 12/11/13 - 10:46 AM
The XX have taken to Facebook to speak out about a Croatian political organization using their song "Intro" in an advertisement against same-sex marriage.
It has come to our attention that our music has been used without our permission in a promotional advert by the Croatian organisation "U ime obitelji". We wish to state that we didn't, and would never, approve the use of our music by this organisation. To be clear, we unconditionally support the equal right to marriage regardless of sexuality.
Jason Tate on 11/27/13 - 01:00 PM
It looks like Kony (the warlord brought to the attention of many via the Kony 2012 campaign) is reportedly "in talks" with the Central African Republic governement to possibly surrender.
US officials expressed doubt that the new talks represented a long-awaited breakthrough. The US State Department said the LRA's top commanders had used "any and every pretext to rest, regroup and rearm, ultimately returning to kidnapping, killing, displacing and otherwise abusing civilian populations".
Jason Tate on 11/22/13 - 05:42 PM
Mackelmore's commercial for the ACLU can be seen in the replies.
Jason Tate on 11/12/13 - 02:50 PM
Just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the Veterans that visit our website. Thank you for everything you do.
Jason Tate on 11/11/13 - 10:47 AM
Katy Perry's new album Prism has been declared a biohazard in Australia. Seriously.
The deluxe version of the singer's new album Prism has been the subject of international security concerns, because the artwork contains a seed paper that fans are encouraged to plant and "spread the light". Australian officials have been told to inspect any copies of the CD from overseas, since the international versions of the album include seeds that are not locally sourced.

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Jason Tate on 11/07/13 - 11:33 AM
New FAA guidelines will soon allow us to use e-books, listen to music, or watch videos on devices in "airplane mode" during take off.
Passengers can use e-book readers, play games and watch videos on devices, and can hold gadgets during both take-off and landing, or else stow them in the seatback pocket. These gadgets need to be in Airplane Mode or have cell service turned off during both landing and taxi/take-off, but you can actually use Wi-Fi during your flight and continue to use Bluetooth accessories connected to your phone.
Jason Tate on 10/31/13 - 11:39 AM
Joining Stevie Wonder's announced boycott of the Sunshine State are stars like Kanye West, Usher, and The Rolling Stones. The boycott comes in the wake of the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/23/13 - 07:16 AM
Lil B recently dictated an Op-Ed about the abortion debate in Texas to Rolling Stone.
Wendy Davis matters. She's a woman fighting for what's right. A lot of people aren't agreeing with her; she's doing something that's out of the norm. A lot of people who do agree are scared to speak, or they're not in a position to be heard. So I definitely respect Ms. Davis for planting new seeds for women's rights. I'm trying to do that on my level, too. I think women are going to keep excelling. We're going to have a woman president. We need more women in the workforce, way more women involved in running everything. That's our problem.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/01/13 - 09:38 AM
Minnesota has become the 12th state to legalize same sex marriage.
Drew Beringer on 05/13/13 - 04:14 PM
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