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August 6, 2013

CBS blacks out online streaming for Time Warner customers

This is the latest step in a contentious battle over retransmission fees mounted between CBS and Time Warner Cable, which drove the latter to pull CBS and affiliated cable channels from its lineup in various markets, Los Angeles and New York most prominently. Time Warner had directed their customers to get around the blackout by using Aereo, a startup which offers broadcast network channels online for $8 per month (CBS is currently suing Aereo, which doesn’t pay retransmission fees). This seems like it could be a riposte to that urging — even for internet-only subscribers, if you’re going through Time Warner, CBS is off-limits. source

19:32 // 8 months ago
August 3, 2013

Mugabe wins Zimbabwean election amid fraud allegations

  • 61%of the vote for Robert Mugabe, according to Zimbabwe’s Election Commission — a result denied, and blasted with accusations of fraud, by his challenger, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who pledged to mount a legal challenge and lobby the African Union. Mugabe, the African continent’s oldest president at 89, has ruled Zimbabwe since taking power in 1980. source
16:36 // 8 months ago
July 27, 2013
Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that that’s true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people.
President Obama, in an interview with The New York Times • Dismissing the argument, by proponents of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline project, that the construction of such would generate a meaningful number of American jobs. This is just one of the arguments against the pipeline that Obama seemed to voice sympathy for in his comments with the paper — he also argued the pipeline would not impact American gasoline prices, as oil shipped to the gulf coast would largely be exported to foreign markets. source
20:03 // 8 months ago

Huge jailbreak from Libyan prison near Benghazi

  • 1000+inmates escaped from the al-Kwafiya prison in Libya today, located near the city of Benghazi. The large-scale jailbreak took place amid some citywide tumult, with protests following yesterday’s assassination of Abdelsalam al-Mismari, a Libyan lawyer and early anti-Gaddafi activist who also opposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence in Libya, though whether the events are connected is unclear. The AP reports a security officer claims most of those inmates escaped were facing serious charges. source
19:54 // 8 months ago
July 23, 2013

Here’s the full Anthony Weiner press conference, which concluded moments ago,on the new allegations of his online sexting behavior that broke today. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, hadn’t weathered this sort of media appearance the first time her husband’s online sexting was exposed, but this time, she joined him at the podium. Despite the resurgent scandal, Weiner intends to continue his run for New York City mayor (via Mediaite).

18:50 // 9 months ago
Some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them happened after, but the fact is that that was also the time that my wife and I were working through some things in our marriage. I know this was a very public thing that we had happen to us, but by no means does it change the fundamentals of my feelings here, and that is that I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York.
New York City mayoral candidate Carlos Danger Anthony Weiner • Confirming, in somewhat vague terms, the renewed scandal which once forced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives, and now threatens to derail his run for NYC mayor — he’s been doing the online sexy-talk again. The details of his most recent alleged cyber-tryst first appeared on gossip website TheDirty.com, and subsequently sparked a media frenzy. The woman in question was apparently told by Weiner that he could get her a job on a “blogging panel” at Politico, a delightfully vague use of buzz words if we’ve ever heard one, all while using the pseudonym that’s swept social media in an explosion of mockery — Carlos Danger. source
18:39 // 9 months ago
July 20, 2013
17:44 // 9 months ago
July 16, 2013
She said that if I ran she wasn’t going to run. That wasn’t correct. I thought we were friends.
Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi • Commenting on today’s announcement that Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will be challenging him in a primary for his U.S. Senate seat in 2014. If Enzi is telling the truth, he may feel a bit back-stabbed by this, even though his surprise seems a touch naive for a 69-year-old career politician. Enzi is a three-term Senator, while Cheney acquired a new home in Wyoming about a year ago, a prerequisite for her candidacy. The National Republiscan Senatorial Committee (NRSC) will be throwing its support behind Enzi, in keeping with its support of incumbent Republicans. source
21:11 // 9 months ago
July 13, 2013

Verdict reached in George Zimmerman trial

The verdict is in: George Zimmerman has been acquitted of second-degree murder. The 6-member jury agreed unanimously to find Zimmerman not guilty, who showed little visible reaction to the verdict being read aloud. 

22:12 // 9 months ago

High death toll in two bombings of Sunni mosques in Baghdad

  • 21Iraqis killed by a pair of bombs detonated in the capitol of Baghdad, at Sunni places of worship. The blasts injured another 50 people. Iraq is currently stricken with fearfully high levels of sectarian violence, with 2,600 people left dead since the start of April. source
20:56 // 9 months ago