I was listening to Henry Rollins talk about his one and only encounter with James Brown before he died, and because of that I have been wanting to get home to spin my James Brown records. I am very pleased (indeed) to be finally listening to the Godfather of Soul.
Crazed Motherfucker at the end, but goddamn if he didn’t shake things up a bit.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin denies he had anything to do with the digital currency. In an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press Dorian S. Nakamoto, 64, said he had never heard of Bitcoi…
Who got cut, and who got an increase in the Obama proposed budget.
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It Would Be Hard For Me To Believe People Actually Said This Stuff … Except I’ve Heard It Myself
Kim Kelley-Wagner adopted her daughters from China many years ago. Like most transracial adoptive families, hers has received its fair share of questions and comments, many of which don’t make her girls feel great.
Most people aren’t intentionally being unkind when they say these things. So Kelley-Wagner and her daughters created this photo series of things people have actually said to them as a reminder that just because something pops into someone’s head doesn’t mean it should come out of their mouth!
Read more here.
Rand Paul, Asshole of the Day for March 5, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
In a few short months gay marriage bans are disappearing in this country due to federal judges, but not without a lot of whining and sore losers.
Of course it started with the Supreme Court invalidating the Defense Of Marriage Act, with Scalia claiming the Supreme Court couldn’t overturn laws Congress passed only 24 hours after he led the charge overturning the Voting Rights Act.
Then judges in Utah and other states overturned state bans against gay marriage, with Trestin Meacham going on a hunger strike to protest that his state must persecute gays in accordance with his religion.
And now a federal judge has overturned Kentucky’s law refusing to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. On top of that Kentucky’s Attorney General has refused to defend the law, saying in part that “I got to a point where I realized that if I took it any further I’d be defending discrimination, and that I couldn’t do.”
So then here comes Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky to try to stop the march of history, claiming that states have a right to define marriage and federal courts have no legitimate basis for interfering:
"I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage. I also believe this power belongs to the states and the people, not the federal government. It is illegitimate for the federal courts to intrude here," he told Reason when asked about a federal judge’s February ruling that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
But Rand Paul knows that the federal government does overrule the states on this, especially the courts when invoking Supreme Court precedent.
Rand Paul knows that 50 years ago the Supreme Court overruled states who banned interracial marriage.
So for him to say that states alone have the right to define marriage is to say that states interracial marriage bans should still be allowed if the people in those states want them. It’s no different. But for acting like it is, Rand Paul is the Asshole of the Day.
It’s not surprising either, since in the past Rand Paul has said that business owners should be allowed to refuse to serve blacks if they want to. He doesn’t think they should, but he thinks they should be allowed to. Yeah.
It is Rand Paul's fourth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous win were for
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This year, help make International Women’s Day more than just a cover story.
Investing in equality for girls and women is key to ending global poverty.
Yet only 7% of all U.S. foundation funds go to girls and women. Only 2% of every development dollar goes to adolescent girls. And 1 in 5 girls’ and women’s rights organizations are in danger of closing.
In honor of International Women’s Day, support the people working for the equal and human rights of girls and women.
March 8th is International Women’s Day!
Fox News seems to be obsessed with lower income individuals’ access to seafood — and using food stamps to get it.
Herman Cain was the latest conservative talking head to make up lies about what food stamps can and cannot be used for, and on last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took him to task for his misinformation that those on food stamps can use the vouchers for fitness programs.
"Far be it for me to criticize former Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain," Stewart said. "But food stamps cannot be used for fitness."
He explained that such vouchers exist on Medicare Advantage, as fitness programs are “cheaper than heart transplants or diabetes medication.”
Essentially, Stewart said, Fox commentators do not think poor people should not eat and stay healthy unless they have earned it “They don’t mind poor people eating seafood, as long as the poor people catch the seafood themselves,” he said.
Check out the clip above.
FACEBOOK IS REPORTEDLY BUYING A DRONE MANUFACTURER
For big tech companies, drones are a shining, whirly emblem of the future. Amazon and Google say they would like to use them to deliver things to your doorstep, and now Facebook wants to use them to create Internet infrastructure.
Facebook reportedly has plans to buy Titan Aerospace, a company that makes “near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land,” for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. The basic idea is that these unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, would buzz over “the parts of the world without Internet access, beginning in Africa.”
TechCrunch suggests that they are less like UAVs, and more like miniature satellites designed to blanket the continent with Internet access as part of the social network’s Internet.org project, which aims to bring Internet access to the parts of the world that don’t yet have it. These solar-powered vessels would fly very, very high, parking themselves at altitudes up to 12 miles up, where they can soak up some sun. According to the plans, Facebook would like to launch 11,000 of Titan Aerospace’s “Solara 60" model, which can carry up to 250 pounds of equipment. Ostensibly this helps Facebook achieve its goal of connecting every man, woman, and child on Earth.
All of which could very well make for some very busy airspace. As Fast Companypreviously reported, Google is already partnering with the World Wildlife Federation to deploy drones in Nepal and Africa to fight ivory poachers, though these would fly at a lower altitude. Furthermore, Google, like Facebook, would similarly like to provide Internet access to undeveloped regions, but its approach is to use antenna-equipped solar-powered balloons. If anything else, the future of connectivity will cast a very large shadow—or, perhaps more accurately, 11,000 drone-shaped ones.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has busted Wall Street insiders and dark web drug dealers. Now he’s setting out to do what Marc Andreessen, the Winklevoss…