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September 29, 2013
13:00 // 1 year ago
Much debate is brewing over recent Associated Press headlines throughout the United States government political developments over the looming government shutdown. This one in particular (pictured above) says “House shutdown bill” which could mean that the House either doesn’t want or does want to shutdown the government. (Let’s be clear, they don’t want to shut it down, or at least we hope so.) It’s rather a confusing headline and people are pointing to it as bias. I also find it interesting that the AP uses “Obamacare" in many of their headlines as the health care plan passed and was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court, so call it as it is, the Affordable Care Act. 

Much debate is brewing over recent Associated Press headlines throughout the United States government political developments over the looming government shutdown. This one in particular (pictured above) says “House shutdown bill” which could mean that the House either doesn’t want or does want to shutdown the government. (Let’s be clear, they don’t want to shut it down, or at least we hope so.) It’s rather a confusing headline and people are pointing to it as bias. I also find it interesting that the AP uses “Obamacare" in many of their headlines as the health care plan passed and was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court, so call it as it is, the Affordable Care Act. 

11:00 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2013
This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

20:22 // 1 year ago
March 14, 2013
19:55 // 1 year ago
We are aware of the charges brought by the Department of Justice against Matthew Keys, an employee of our news organization. Thomson Reuters is committed to obeying the rules and regulations in every jurisdiction in which it operates. Any legal violations, or failures to comply with the company’s own strict set of principles and standards, can result in disciplinary action. We would also observe the indictment alleges the conduct occurred in December 2010; Mr. Keys joined Reuters in 2012, and while investigations continue we will have no further comment.
A statement by Reuters’ corporate affairs manager David Girardin, made to Politico in response to this morning’s news. source
19:31 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013
We wholeheartedly approve of this decision. source

We wholeheartedly approve of this decision. source

14:51 // 1 year ago
February 18, 2013
Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.
Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry • Speaking on behalf of the White House Press Corps, expressing the group’s frustration at being given limited access to President Obama before/during/after his weekend golf game with Tiger Woods. The White House has defended its handling of the press pool, saying that officials’ actions were consistent both with previous presidential golf games and what was promised to reporters who traveled to Florida last week. source
20:05 // 1 year ago
January 11, 2013

hypervocal:

That guy there, with the face tattoo … he could be the next president of the Czech Republic. Seriously. Do yourself a favor, read this.

Moving to Eastern Europe just so I can vote for this guy.

13:20 // 1 year ago
December 26, 2012
It’s no secret that I don’t like guns. But neither am I someone who thinks gun owners are all wingnuts who are stockpiling guns to protect themselves against the government (which is why I frequently lampoon those who are doing this) or to murder their neighbors. If you want to think seriously about ways to put a brake on gun deaths in our country — apart from arming everyone, which is the NRA position — simply publishing a list of (some) (potential) gun owners isn’t going to help.
Ari Kohen • Offering an effective bit of commentary regarding the gun registry map put online by a New York-based newspaper. What benefit does posting public information about people who have guns offer? Not a lot, honestly. It doesn’t add much to the gun control debate, it shames and endangers people who don’t necessarily deserve either shaming or endangerment, and it gets away from the actual issue at hand. Yes, it’s public data. No, it doesn’t really shine a light on anything, other than that this is a really effective way of pissing people off.
18:38 // 1 year ago
December 25, 2012
kohenari:



Peace on Earth: John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought a large billboard in Times Square in 1969 declaring that ‘War is over if you want it’


As millions and millions of children open presents under festively decorated trees in their living rooms this morning, I think we can finally declare this year’s War on Christmas at an end.
Of course, in an enormous mansion somewhere in this great country, Bill O’Reilly is sitting on a pile of money and already preparing for next year’s War on Christmas. It’ll begin just after Halloween, when the first lights go up on people’s houses and trees. And it’ll end, as every year, when the Christmas holiday is celebrated without a hitch.
Every year, Fox News goes wild with the notion that Christians somehow can’t celebrate their holiday as they choose and, every year, a sizeable group of Christians crowd into shopping malls to sit on Santa’s lap while listening to Christmas carols that are playing on a month-long loop; they buy Christmas presents to unwrap under their Christmas trees on a federal holiday that just so happens to coincide with Christmas … all the while lamenting that someone has wished them “Happy Holidays.”
So, remember what John and Yoko told you:
War (on Christmas) is Over … if you want it.

Wish we could get Bill O’Reilly and Lennon in a room together. That meeting would be a hoot.

kohenari:

As millions and millions of children open presents under festively decorated trees in their living rooms this morning, I think we can finally declare this year’s War on Christmas at an end.

Of course, in an enormous mansion somewhere in this great country, Bill O’Reilly is sitting on a pile of money and already preparing for next year’s War on Christmas. It’ll begin just after Halloween, when the first lights go up on people’s houses and trees. And it’ll end, as every year, when the Christmas holiday is celebrated without a hitch.

Every year, Fox News goes wild with the notion that Christians somehow can’t celebrate their holiday as they choose and, every year, a sizeable group of Christians crowd into shopping malls to sit on Santa’s lap while listening to Christmas carols that are playing on a month-long loop; they buy Christmas presents to unwrap under their Christmas trees on a federal holiday that just so happens to coincide with Christmas … all the while lamenting that someone has wished them “Happy Holidays.”

So, remember what John and Yoko told you:

War (on Christmas) is Over … if you want it.

Wish we could get Bill O’Reilly and Lennon in a room together. That meeting would be a hoot.

(via kohenari)

11:02 // 1 year ago